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Thursday 04 October 2012

UEFA Europa League: Mixed fortunes for Barclays Premier League clubs

Liverpool lose to Udinese; Newcastle beat Bordeaux; Tottenham held by Panathinaikos

  • Papiss Cisse steers home Newcastle's third goal against Bordeaux

  • Michael Dawson's (20) first-half header was not enough for Spurs to beat Panathinaikos

  • Jonjo Shelvey's header gave Liverpool a first-half lead but Udinese turned the match around

Barclays Premier League clubs enjoyed mixed fortunes in UEFA Europa League action. Newcastle United ended Bordeaux’s unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 home victory, Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 1-1 draw by Panathinaikos in Athens and Liverpool were beaten 3-2 at Anfield by Udinese.

Newcastle United 3-0 Bordeaux

Newcastle United powered their way to the top of Group D with their first win in front of a delighted crowd of 30,987 against a Bordeaux side whose unbeaten run of 17 matches, dating from April 8, was ended emphatically.

Shola Ameobi had set Alan Pardew's side on their way with his 13th European goal after good work by Gabriel Obertan, and Brazilian defender Henrique's 40th-minute own goal left the visitors in deep trouble.

Papiss Cisse, who opened his season's account in the Capital One Cup tie at Manchester United last week, ensured that the points remained on Tyneside with a smart finish only four minutes after the break and Newcastle saw out time with the minimum of fuss.

Newcastle have four points, a point ahead of Bordeaux and Club Brugge, who beat Maritimo 2-0 at home and are the next club that Newcastle face, on Tyneside on October 25.

Panathinaikos 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham were held to a second consecutive draw in Group J by a late goal in Athens.

New signing Hugo Lloris was one of three changes from the side who beat Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, with Michael Dawson coming in at defence for William Gallas and made captain for the night. In midfield Tom Huddlestone replaced Sandro, who dropped to the bench.

After enjoying the bulk of possession early on Tottenham took a 35th-minute lead when Dawson headed in Huddlestone's free kick at the near post.

After the restart Jermain Defoe had a chance to seal the game but his shot from the edge of the box went over the bar, before the striker's deflected 20-yard shot narrowly went wide.

On 76 minutes the Greeks stole an equaliser, against the run of play, when Toche ran onto a great through-ball from Giourkas Seitaridis to round two defenders and shoot past Lloris into the far corner.

Spurs are third in the group with two points and are behind Maribor with three and Lazio, who beat the Slovenian side 1-0 in Rome, on four points. Spurs next travel to Maribor in three weeks.

Liverpool 2-3 Udinese

Three second-half goals sent Liverpool spinning to defeat in their Group A match against Udinese at Anfield.

Jonjo Shelvey headed Brendan Rodgers' team into a first-half lead from Stewart Downing's cross. However, Antonio Di Natale levelled early in the second half and a Sebastian Coates own goal and Giovanni Pasquale effort made it 3-1 before substitute Luis Suarez concluded a burst of three goals in five minutes when he reduced the deficit.

Liverpool fell to third in the group on three points, a point behind joint leaders Anzhi Makhachkala, who beat Young Boys 2-0, and Udinese. The Russian side next travel to Anfield in three weeks.

Selected UEFA Europa League results

Group A
Anzhi Makhachkala 2-0 Young Boys
Liverpool 2-3 Udinese

Group D
Newcastle United
3-0 Bordeaux
Club Brugge 2-0 Maritimo

Group J
Lazio 1-0 NK Maribor
Panathinaikos 1-1 Tottenham

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Key Points

  • Newcastle go top of Group D with 3-0 victory over Bordeaux
  • Tottenham are held to a second draw in Group J by late Panathinaikos equaliser
  • Liverpool go down 3-2 at home to Udinese in Group A