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Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Liverpool, Tottenham advance to Europa League knockout stage


LONDON — Liverpool and Tottenham moved into 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 Russia 3-1, Liverpool won Group A. All three teams finished on 10 points, but Liverpool had the best head-to-head record.

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