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Europa League wrap: Athletic fall to in-form Lyon, Spurs held

Lyon continued their perfect start to the Europa League, while Tottenham Hotspur drew in Slovenia and Hannover won in Sweden on Thursday.

Goals from Argentine Lisandro Lopez and Frenchman Jimmy Briand clinched a 2-1 victory for Lyon over Athletic Bilbao in Group I.

Lyon are one of three teams with three wins from as many matches alongside Atletico Madrid in Group B and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Group F.

Atletico accounted for Academica 2-1 in Madrid, while Dnipro recorded a 3-1 win at home to Napoli.

Elsewhere, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 58th-minute goal earned Tottenham a 1-1 draw at Maribor after Robert Beric had opened the scoring in the first half.

Hannover grabbed a thrilling 2-1 win at Helsingborg after the sides traded goals in second-half stoppage time.

Helsingborg striker Alvaro Santos levelled proceedings in the 91st minute before Didier Ya Konan put the visitors back in front two minutes later.

Stewart Downing’s 58th-minute strike secured a 1-0 victory for Liverpool over Anzhi Makhachkala at Anfield, while Gabriel Obertan scored the decisive goal in Newcastle United’s 1-0 win at home to Club Brugge.

Goals from Marlos and Cleiton Xavier in the last 10 minutes secured a 2-1 win for Metalist at Rosenborg.

Rodrigo Palacio’s 88th-minute goal sealed a 1-0 win for Inter Milan over Partizan, while Panathinaikos striker Toche scored on 90 minutes to clinch a 1-1 draw with Lazio.

Bayer Leverkusen thumped Rapid Wien 4-0 in Austria, and Levante outclassed Twente 3-0 at home.

Genk defeated Sporting 2-1, while Videoton edged Basel 2-1 and Neftci lost 1-0 to Rubin Kazan.

Young Boys beat Udinese 3-1, Viktoria Plzen grabbed a 2-1 win at Hapoel Tel Aviv, and AEL went down to Fenerbahce 1-0.

Borussia Moenchengladbach overcame Marseille 2-0, Maritimo and Bordeaux played out a 1-1 draw and Steaua Bucharest outclassed Molde 2-0.

Stuttgart and FC Copenhagen ended in a 0-0 stalemate, while PSV Eindhoven and AIK finished locked at 1-1.

Thu 25 October, 2012
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