International Soccer
               === Atletico nets four in thrashing of Udinese ===
 Madrid,  Spain  (Sports Network)  -  Atletico  Madrid  bounced back  from  its
 previous Europa League result in resounding fashion, earning a comfortable 4-0
 home win over Udinese in Group I action on Thursday.
 Udinese  claimed  a 2-0  win over  the Spanish  side on  Oct. 20, but Atletico
 responded  with a punishing result, scoring three times in the opening half to
 put the contest beyond any doubt.
 Adrian  bagged a  brace for Atletico in  the first half while Diego and Falcao
 both chipped in with a goal apiece to complete the rout.
 It  took  Atletico only  six minutes  to get  in front,  as Adrian collected a
 through  ball before firing a low shot past goalkeeper Samir Handanovic at the
 near  post. The Spanish striker doubled the lead just six minutes later with a
 darting run into the box to head home a cross played in front of goal.
 Diego  provided  a third  goal in  the 36th  minute and  Falcao wrapped up the
 scoring in the 67th minute to add insult to injury for Udinese.
 Atletico moves into a tie Udinese for first place in Group I as both teams are
 deadlocked  at seven points apiece. But with both teams claiming a win against
 one another, Atletico holds the tie-breaker with a better goal differential.
 Celtic  kept  its Europa  League hopes alive  on Thursday with  a 3-1 win over
 Rennes in Group I's other match.
 Anthony  Stokes scored  twice and  Gary  Hooper added  a third  to see  Celtic
 overturn  an early goal from Kader Mangane. The famed Scottish club sits third
 in  the group with  five points while Rennes rounds out the standings with two
 In  Group A,  Tottenham suffered a shock  defeat in a 1-0 loss at Rubin, while
 Dimitrios Salpigidis scored twice for PAOK in a 3-1 win over Shamrock.
 In  Group B, Hannover  and Standard Liege both earned road wins, as the German
 side edged Copenhagen 2-1 and the Belgian side defeated Vorskla Poltava 3-1 to
 top the group on goal differential.
 In  Group C,  Kevin Strootman struck late  to help keep PSV Eindhoven in first
 place  with  a 3-3 against Hapoel  Tel Aviv, and Miroslav Radovic provided two
 goals for Legia Warsaw in a 3-1 win over Rapid Bucharest.
 In  Group  D, Sporting Lisbon  stumbled for the  first time Europa League play
 this  season, falling  to Vaslui  1-0,  while Lazio  kept pace  in the  table,
 earning a 1-0 win over Zurich.
 In  Group  E, Dean Whitehead and  Peter Crouch handed  Stoke City a 2-1 win at
 Maccabi  Tel Aviv, and  Egemen Korkmaz tallied the lone goal for Besiktas in a
 1-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv.
 In  Group  F, a  volley from  Javier Pastore  clinched a  1-0 defeat of Slovan
 Bratislava for PSG, while Red Bull Salzburg fell to Athletic Bilbao 1-0 behind
 a 37th minute goal from Ander Herrera.
 In  Group  G, Taison scored twice  to help group-leaders Metalist Kharkiv to a
 3-1  win over Malmo, and Austria Vienna netted two goals in the second half to
 salvage a 2-2 home draw against AZ Alkmaar.
 In  Group H,  Marlon King  converted a  penalty 16  minutes from  time to  see
 Birmingham  City draw  2-2 at home with  Club Brugge, while Braga moved to the
 top of the table on goal differential after a 5-1 thrashing of Maribor.
 In  Group J,  Schalke was held to a  0-0 draw at home against AEK Larnaca, and
 Cristian  Tanase  provided two second-half  goals to see Steaua Bucharest edge
 Maccabi Haifa in a 4-2 win.
 In  Group K,  Adam Johnson recorded a brace  for Fulham in a 4-1 home win over
 Wisla  Krakow, while Twente topped Odense 3-2 thanks to a late goal from Leroy
 In Group L, Anderlecht maintained its perfect Europa League record this season
 with  a  3-0 home win over  Sturm Graz, and Loko  Moscow earned a 3-1 road win
 against AEK Athens.
 11/03 18:28:25 ET

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