Uefa Europa League: Spurs, Stoke, Birmingham and Twente Win

 
Roman Pavlyuchenko Scores For the Spurs
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Thanks to a stunning first-half free-kick from Roman Pavlyuchenko in the Spurs' 1-0 defeat of Rubin Kazan last Thursday, Tottenham Hotspur sits on top of Group A in the Uefa Europa League.

"We wanted to get the points tonight and really I can look to send the kids over there to play."

"It's a horrendous journey to Russia before you play on the Sunday. It's not what you want. It will be a good experience for some of the young players to go and I can save the senior ones for the game on the Sunday.

"I thought it was a good performance. We had to hang on a little at the end but I was pleased with us.

"When Pav lined it up I had a feeling he was going to score because he is a very clean striker of the football. I was pleased for Gomes. He was great tonight. I would like to think he still has a big future here."

Although he has admitted he wants to tranfer to another club to get more time on the pitch, after the match Pavlyuchenko commented on his love of playing for the Spurs.

"I only make it into the starting line-up in the Carling Cup and Europa League matches. That's the reality. So my goal on Thursday is unlikely to influence my future at Spurs."

"I love Tottenham. The team is like my second family," he said.

Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes made a string of fine saves to earn his side an important victory in his third start this season. 

Uefa Europa League Results - Thursday, 20 October 2011
 
Some interesting matches include -Tottenham 1-0 Rubin Kazan, Stoke 3-0 Macc Tel-Aviv, Club Bruges 1-2 Birmingham, and Odense BK 1-4 FC Twente. 

AEK Larnaca 0-5 Schalke 04

Athletic Bilbao 2-2 Red Bull Salzburg

AZ Alkmaar 2-2 Austria Vienna

Club Bruges 1-2 Birmingham
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Dynamo Kiev 1-0 Besiktas

FC Zurich 1-1 Lazio

Hannover 96 2-2 FC Copenhagen

Hapoel Tel-Aviv 0-1 PSV Eindhoven

Lokomotiv Moscow 3-1 AEK Athens

Maccabi Haifa 5-0 Steaua Bucharest

Malmo 1-4 FC Metalist Kharkiv

NK Maribor 1-1 Braga

Odense BK 1-4 FC Twente

PAOK Salonika 2-1 Shamrock Rovers

Rapid Bucharest 0-1 Legia Warsaw

Rennes 1-1 Celtic
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SK Sturm Graz 0-2 Anderlecht

Slovan Bratislava 0-0 Paris SG

Sporting 2-0 FC Vaslui

Standard Liege 0-0 Vorskla Poltava

Stoke 3-0 Macc Tel-Aviv
 
Tottenham 1-0 Rubin Kazan
 
Udinese 2-0 Atletico Madrid
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