UEFA Europa League 2013: Spurs and Swansea fail to impress but still earn victories

Clive Rose

It was a busy day across Europe as the Europa League group stages continued with match day two.

The UEFA Europa League continued on Thursday! Admit it, you're excited...maybe? Just a little? If you've got a horse in the race, so to speak, you probably are and for all those fans out there, hopefully your team's result went they way you hoped.

Neither Swansea City or Tottenham were particularly impressive but they both did enough to win, which in the end is what really matters. Even Wigan Atheltic got in on the winning spirit defeating NK Maribor. Sevilla and Valencia both won but Real Betis was held to a draw by Rijeka.

Here's a recap of all of Thursday's results from the Europa League group stages.

Group A

Kuban Krasnodar 0-2 Valencia

Goals from Paco Alcacer and Sofiane Feghouli in the final 17 minutes helped Valencia escape Russia with three points.

Swansea City 1-0 St Gallen

Swansea survived a lackluster first half and got a big boost when Goran Karanovic missed a penalty. The Swans finally broke through seven minutes into the second half when Wayne Routledge scored, giving the Swans the victory.

Group B

Chornomorets 0-2 PSV Eindhoven

Memphis Depay's 13th minute goal gave PSV the lead and Florian Jozefzoon's 89th minute goal secured the points as PSV moved into a tie on points for second place in the group.

Ludogorets Razgrad 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb

Juninho Quixada , Virgil Misidjan and Svetoslav Dyakov all scored as Ludogorets rolled over Zagreb and into first place in the group.

Group C

Elfsborg 1-1 Standard Liege

Viktor Claesson's first half goal was evened out thanks to second half strike from Geoffrey Mujangi Bia, as Elfsborg and Standard Liege settled for a draw.

Esbjerg 1-2 SV Salzburg

A first half brace from Alan have Salzburg not only the win, but a comfortable lead at the top of Group C.

Group D

FK Rubin Kazan 4-0 Zulte-Waregem

It took awhile for Rubin Kazan to break through but after an own-goal in the 60th minute by Frederic Duplus, the floodgates opened and Kazan ran away with the match. Gokdeniz Karadeniz, Alexander Ryazantsev and Bebars Natcho all scored in the final 15 minutes of the match to complete the rout.

Wigan Athletic 3-1 NK Maribor

After taking a 2-0 lead into the break behind goals from Nick Powell and Ben Watson, Wigan held off a second half surge from Maribor until Powell's second goal of the match completed the win. With the three points, Wigan holds on to second place in the group.

Group E

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1-2 Fiorentina

Gonzalo Rodríguez and Yevhen Seleznyov both scored on penalties five minutes apart early in the second half, but it was Massimo Ambrosini's 73rd minute strike that tipped the result to Fiorentina. David Pizarro was shown a red card late in the match.

Paços de Ferreira 1-1 Pandurii Targu-Jiu

Marko Momcilovic gave Pandurii the lead in the opening five minutes but Rui Miguel's second half goal helped Paços fight back to earn a draw.

Group F

Apoel Nicosia 0-3 Eintracht Frankfurt

Frankfurt jumped ahead of Apoel Nicosia thanks to a Nektarios Alexandrou own-goal and never looked back. Srdjan Lakic and Sebastian Jung got in on the fun as well, earning a win for Frankfurt and keeping them on top of the group.

Bordeaux 1-2 Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Jussie's goal just three minutes into the second half gave Bordeaux the lead but the French side couldn't hold on as goals from Barach Yitzhaki and Micha Dor eight minutes apart helped Maccabi Tel-Aviv complete the comeback.

Group G

Racing Genk 2-1 FC Thun

Behind goals from Julien Gorius and Jelle Vossen, Racing Genk moved to the top of Group G after two rounds. Josef Martinez scored for Thun three minutes into stoppage time but it was too little, too late.

Rapid Vienna 2-2 Dynamo Kiev

An Andriy Yarmolenko goal and Christopher Dibon own-goal staked Dynamo Kiev to a first half lead but they couldn't hold on against Rapid Vienna. Guido Burgstaller pulled Rapid within one goal in the 53rd minute and Christoper Trimmel completed the comeback four minutes into second half stoppage time.

Group H

Liberec 2-1 Estoril

Say hello to one of the wildest games of the day. Josef Sural put Liberec in front early and when Estoril's Bruno Miguel was sent off in the 39th minute, Liberec looked to be in control. Luis Leal scored an equalizer just before halftime but Radoslav Kovac put Liberec back in front in the 63rd minute. Isaac Sackey of Liberec was sent off with eight minutes to play, but the Czech side was able to hold on for the win.

Sevilla FC 2-0 SC Freiburg

Freiburg's Fallou Diagne picked up two yellow cards in a six-minute span, conceding a penalty on the second card that Diego Perotti scored. Carlos Bacca's second half stoppage time goal sealed the result for Sevilla.

Group I

Lyon 1-1 Guimaraes

Guimaraes held Lyon to a draw in France thanks to an early goals from Ouwo Moussa Maazou. Maxime Gonalons equalized for Lyon early in the second half but they couldn't find the winner. Moussa Maazou was also shown a red card deep into second half stoppage time.

Rijeka 1-1 Real Betis

Leon Benko put Rijeka in the lead after ten minutes but Betis' Cedric pull his side even four minutes later as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw.

Group J

Legia Warsaw 0-1 Apollon Limassol

Gaston Sangoy made up for a missed penalty in the first half, scoring in the 56th minute to help give Apollon Limassol an away victory over Legia. The win pulls Limassol within a point of Trabzonspor and Lazio at the top of the group.

Trabzonspor 3-3 Lazio

Say hi to the other wild game of the day. Despite taking a 3-1 lead by the 35th minute thanks to goals from Yusuf Erdogan, Adrian Mierzejewski and Filho Paulo Henrique, Trabzonspor couldn't hold on. Sergio Floccari scored twice in one minute late in the second half as Lazio roared back for a draw.

Group K

Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli scored five minutes apart at the end of the first half as Spurs cruised to a road victory over Anzhi. Spurs, with six points from their first two matches, are sitting comfortably with a four point lead over second place Sheriff Tiraspol.

Tromso 1-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

Despite taking the lead in the 65th minute with a goal from Zdenek Ondrasek and playing the final 17 minutes win a man advantage after Sheriff's Melli was sent off, Tromso couldn't hold on to the win. Ricardinho was the hero for Sheriff, scoring three minutes from full time to steal a point for his side.

Group L

Shakhter Karagandy 2-2 Maccabi Haifa

Karagandy won the first half, taking a 2-0 lead to the break thanks to goals from Andrey Finonchenko and Yevgeni Tarasov. Haifa won the second half behind goals from Hen Ezra and Alon Turgeman. Thus, they ended in a draw.

AZ Alkmaar 1-1 PAOK Salonika

Jeffrey Gouweleeuw put Alkmaar in the lead with eight minutes left to play but a Dimitris Salpingidis' goal four minutes into stoppage time gave PAOK a point and a share of the group lead with Alkmaar.

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