Europa League roundup: Liverpool, Spurs, Dortmund all victorious


A roundup of Thursday’s UEFA Europa League group stage action:

Rubin Kazan 0-1 Liverpool

Don’t look now, but it’s three straight wins for Liverpool (all competitions) under new manager Jurgen Klopp following a slow start (three straight draws, all competitions) to begin his tenure at Anfield. On Thursday, it was Jordan Ibe (52nd minute) who gave the Reds three key points in their quest to advance from the Europa League’s Group B. Ibe cut through the heart of Rubin’s midfield, received the ball from Roberto Firmino and fired low and hard past the goalkeeper for his first professional goal for Liverpool. Through four games played, Liverpool sit second in the group, two points behind Swiss side Sion, whom Klopp’s men will play away to on the final group stage matchday.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Anderlecht

Harry Kane gave Tottenham their first lead with a pinpoint finish from the top of the penalty area just before the half-hour mark, but the Belgian powerhouse hit back at the Premier League side through Imoh Ezekiel’s 72nd-minute equalizer. That set the stage for Mousa Dembele‘s stunning strike to win it for Spurs, the Belgian midfielder’s third goal in three games (all competitions). Son Heung-Min laid the ball off to Dembele and the Belgian unleashed a right-footed blast that was always moving away from the goalkeeper and found the upper-90 in the 87th minute. Through four games played, Spurs lead Group J, a single point ahead of Monaco, who are set to visit White Hart Lane on the final day of the group stage.

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 FK Qabala

If there’s a favorite to win the Europa League this early, Dortmund have to be among those considered. Thomas Tuchel’s side continue to tear through Group C (10 goals scored – five more than the next highest) with a 4-0 hammering of Azerbaijani side Qabala on Thursday. Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored three of four goals for Dortmund, who got one more through a Qabala own goal. Dortmund are through to the knockout stage of the Europa League and will clinch top spot in the group with a win over FC Krasnodar next matchday.

Elsewhere in Europa League action

Dinamo Minsk 1-2 Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao 5-1 Partizan Belgrade
Napoli 5-0 FC Midtjylland
Lech Poznan 0-2 Fiorentina
Rosenborg 0-2 Lazio
FK Qarabag 1-1 Monaco
Marseille 1-0 Braga
Saint-Etienne 3-0 Dnipro
Sion 1-1 Bordeaux
Sparta Prague 1-1 Schalke
Augsburg 4-1 AZ Alkmaar
Besiktas 1-1 Lokomotiv Moscow
Club Brugge 1-0 Legia Warsaw
Groningen 0-1 Liberec
Viktoria Plzen 1-2 Rapid Wien
FC Krasnodar 2-1 PAOK
Belenenses 0-2 Basel
Astera Tripolis 2-0 APOEL Nicosia
Skenderbeu 3-0 Sporting CP