Blog by: Digant
Tottenham Hotspur all but booked their place in the Europa League group stage as they demolished a poor Dinamo Tbilisi to take a 5-0 lead to White Hart Lane for the second leg. Roberto Soldado scored a second half brace as he continued his impressive start.
Goals from Andros Townsend and Paulinho had given Tottenham a two goal lead at half-time. Soldado’s brace sandwiched Danny Rose’s wonderful goal, struck from the edge of the Dinamo box.
Swansea put five past Petrolul Ploiesti as they won 5-1 at home as. The Swans got off to a bright start as a Wayne Routledge brace and a Michu goal put them three goals up inside 25 minutes.
Ploiesti goalkeeper Peterson Pecanhan then scored an own goal as he put Wilfried Bony’s shot into his own goal. Alejandro Pozuelo then chipped in with a goal to make it 5-0 before Gheorge Grozav grabbed a consolation late on for the Romanian side.
Sevilla scored three second half goals and Marko Marin, on loan from Chelsea, grabbed a brace as they beat Slask Wroclaw 4-1 at home. Slask had Dudu sent off in the 55th minute when the score was 1-1 and Sevilla scored twice in the last five minutes and made themselves overwhelming favourites to advance to the group stage.
Fiorentina will take a 2-1 lead over Grasshoppers to Florence next week as an early Juan Guillermo Cuadrado goal and a Stephane Grichting own goal in the 46th minute gave them a two goal lead. Grasshoppers pulled one back through Anatole N’Gamukol two give them hope of upsetting Fiorentina next week.
Liberec won 3-1 away at Udinese to put them well on course to pull off a surprise win. Two second half goals allowed the Czech side to take control of the tie ahead of the second leg next week.
The rest of the results are as follows:
Aktobe 2-3 Dynamo Kyiv
Jablonec 1-2 Real Betis
Karabakh Azersun 0-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Kuban Krasnodar 1-0 Feyenoord
Atromitos 1-3 AZ Alkmaar
Maccabi Haifa 2-0 Astra Ploiesti
Minsk 0-2 Standard Liege
Esbjerg 4-3 St Etienne
Molde 0-2 Rubin Kazan
Nomme Kalju 1-3 Dnipro
SV Salzburg 5-0 Zalgiris Vilnius
St Gallen 1-1 Spartak Moscow
Kukesi 0-2 Trabzonspor
Apollon Limassol 2-0 Nice
Elfsborg 1-1 Nordsjaelland
FH Hafnarfjordur 0-2 Genk
Pandurii Targu 0-1 Braga
Tromso 2-1 Besiktas
Chornomorets Odessa 1-0 Skenderbeu
Partizan Belgrade 1-0 Thun
Rijeka 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
Vojvodina 1-1 Sheriff Tiraspol
Zulte-Waregem 1-1 Apoel Nicosia
Rapid Vienna 1-0 Dila Gorii