London: Tottenham Hotspur recorded a sixth straight win in Group K by beating Anzhi Makhachkala with striker Roberto Soldado netting a hat-trick.
Twice Uefa Cup winners Tottenham have struggled for consistency domestically, but a string of impeccable performances in Europe have helped them cruise through the group by winning every game, scoring 15 and conceding two.
PSV Eindhoven’s disappointing season took a turn for the worse as they went out of the Europa League after losing 0-1 at home to Ukrainians Chernomorets Odessa, who pipped them to second place in Group B, on Thursday.
Former European Cup winners PSV, languishing 10th in the Dutch league, needed a point to make the last 32 but were undone when Odessa’s Franck Dja Djedje netted a second-half header.
With 18 teams having already booked places in the knockout round as group winners or runners-up and eight sides dropping into the competition from the Champions League, Thursday’s action concentrated on the six remaining places up for grabs.
Maribor, Swansea City, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dynamo Kiev and Slovan Liberec all joined Odessa in wrapping up the runners-up spots in their groups to secure a place in Monday’s draw. (Reuters)