It’s been a testing week for English football in Europe this week, with only three winners from the seven teams competing in European competition. In Slovenia, Spurs earned what could be a vital point at Maribor, coming from behind to draw 1-1. The Slovenian outfit took the lead in the first half through some poor Tottenham defending as Beric was allowed to scramble the ball home. Tottenham’s equaliser wasn’t particularly glamorous, Sigurdsson poking it into the net after Defoe had his shot charged down. Although a 1-1 scoreline wasn’t ideal, it does keep Tottenham in the hunt, defeat surely would have spelled pressure for AVB’s men. It sets up an interesting final run of fixtures, which should see them qualify with two winnable home games against Maribor and Panathinaikos, top spot may be out of reach, but it still could be possible with a win in Rome.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a strong side as Liverpool ran out 1-0 winners over Russian leader, Anzhi. A solitary goal from Stewart Downing was all that was needed, as he came on to his weaker right foot to fire an explosive effort into the net, it was a mark of his former Middlesbrough days when he was renown for his sweet strike. The win puts Liverpool into command at the top of the group and makes the next game at Anzhi very interesting, as the Russian outfit did pose some threat that could make it difficult for Liverpool. Liverpool could struggle to qualify despite being top, two away games at Anzhi and Udinese could end badly for the Merseysiders, with the latter already getting the upper hand at Anfield.

Newcastle look like they’ll cruise through Group D, a single goal from Obertan just after half time was all that was needed. The win makes it seven points from the first nine in the Group, an ideal start for any side in European competition. Although it does seem very positive for Newcastle now, tides could change with away defeats in Bordeaux and Brugge, still a win against Martimo would practically seal their knockout stage pass.

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