Alex Livesey

UEFA Europa League 2013: Zenit down Liverpool, while Cardozo upends Bayer

The Europa League round of 32 is off and running, where Liverpool have already lost to Zenit and Bayer's poor run of form continued in a loss to Benfica.

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Europa League: Late games recap

Two free-kicks from Gareth Bale helped Spurs seal a dramatic win over Lyon, while Newcastle were held at home and Rubin managed to get an away win at Atletico Madrid.

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The Gareth Bale Show

Gareth Bale is in the form of his life, as Lyon found out on Thursday.

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Oscar bails out Chelsea

It took a wonderful individual effort from substitute wonderkid Oscar for Chelsea to defeat Sparta Prague away in the Europa League.

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Recaps of all the early Europa League games

Liverpool are in a big hole after their first leg match against Zenit St. Petersburg, while Chelsea escaped the Czech Republic with a win thanks to a late goal from Oscar. Napoli look done after a 3-0 home defeat against Viktoria Plzen.

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Cardozo gives Benfica victory at Bayer Leverkusen

Benfica got a fine result with a 1-0 away win against a disappointing Bayer Leverkusen courtesy of an excellent goal from Oscar Cardozo.

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Zenit exploit poor Reds finishing, win 2-0

Liverpool showed some early promise in St. Petersburg but were ultimately brushed aside as Zenit came away with a 2-0 home victory.

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Newcastle's new boys helping them to a trophy?

Can Newcastle's huge influx of talent from the winter transfer window help them secure a trophy? They're up against a tough opponent in Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday.

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Benfica-Bayer the best tie of the bunch?

File this one under "ties we wish were in the later rounds". The winner of the Europa League Round of 32 tie between Benfica and Bayer Leverkusen will have to be considered one of the favorites to win the competition.

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Spurs face a tough test against Lyon

Tottenham will face an extremely tough Round of 32 tie against Olympique Lyonnais, who currently sit second in Ligue 1

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Will Chelsea be up for the lesser tournament?

Rafa Benitez will probably not be the manager of Chelsea next season but if he has any hopes of sticking around, winning the Europa League might be a good start.

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Zenit vs. Liverpool: Preview and TV schedule

Liverpool will travel to Russia to face Zenit Saint Petersburg in their Europa League knockout round first leg match. It's probably going to come down to which team cares more about this competition.

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