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Villas-Boas eyes 'destiny draw' with Chelsea

Tottenham progress to the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League

Emmanuel Adebayor opens the scoring in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Panathinaikos

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League last night, while Newcastle United, who had already qualified, lost in Bordeaux.

Tottenham Hotpsur 3-1 Panathinaikos

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas expressed his excitement at the possibility of faing his old team Chelsea in the Europa League after Spurs progressed to the knockout stages a 3-1 win over Panathinaikos at White Hart Lane.

Villas-Boas could face his former employers, who enter the competition after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League group, if they both win in the last 32.

"Sometimes it's destiny," he said. "Hopefully if we go through we can meet each other.

Spurs, who needed just a draw to progress, took the lead against Panathinaikos through Emmanuel Adebayor but the Greek side hit back with an equaliser from Zeca.

Spurs eventually went on to seal the win thanks to an own goal from Orestis Karnezis and Jermain Defoe's 13th goal of the season.

Europa League Results

Bordeaux 2-0 Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Panathinaikos

Udinese 0-1 Liverpool

Key Points

  • Tottenham Hotspur beat Panathinaikos to progress to last 32 of Europa League
  • Liverpool's 1-0 win over Udinese secures their passage to the last 32
  • Newcastle's young squad go down 2-0 away to Bordeaux