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Steaua Bucharest, Stuttgart and FC Basel take the remaining spots in the Europa League

That seals itTottenham Hotspur’s English striker Jermain Defoe (centre) scores the third goal past Panathinaikos’s Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (left).Photo: afp
That seals itTottenham Hotspur’s English striker Jermain Defoe (centre) scores the third goal past Panathinaikos’s Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (left).Photo: afp

English sides Liverpool and Tottenham are through to the knockout stage of the Europa League after beating Udinese and Panathinaikos respectively on Thursday.

Steaua Bucharest, Stuttgart and FC Basel claimed the remaining berths in the last 32 to be played in February.

In Italy, Jordan Henderson scored midway through the first half to help Liverpool to a 1-0 win, and avenging the 3-2 loss to Udinese at Anfield in October.

When Young Boys of Switzerland beat already-qualified Anzhi Makhachkala of Russa 3-1, Liverpool won Group A. All three teams finished on 10 points, but Liverpool had the best head-to-head record, followed by Anzhi.

Stuttgart advanced despite an embarrassing 1-0 defeat at home to Molde. It was runner-up to Group E winner Steaua Bucharest after the Romanian side drew 1-1 at Copenhagen. Stuttgart edged Copenhagen on head-to-head.

Lazio finished as Group J winners after a comprehensive 4-1 win over Maribor. The Italian side progressed with Tottenham, which won 3-1.

Emmanuel Adebayor gave Spurs a 29th-minute lead as he beat the offside trap before firing into the bottom right corner. But Zeca headed Panathinaikos level nine minutes into the second half.

Tottenham restored its lead through Clint Dempsey’s header before Jermain Defoe sealed the match.AP

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