International Soccer
                === Tottenham eliminated from Europa League ===
 Dublin, Ireland (Sports Network) - Steven Pienaar, Andros Townsend and Jermain
 Defoe scored in the first half to lead Tottenham to a 4-0 win over Shamrock on
 Thursday, but the English side was still eliminated from the Europa League.
 Tottenham finished Group A with 10 points, trailing Greece's PAOK and Russia's
 Rubin, which secured second place with a tie at PAOK on Thursday despite being
 down a man for nearly 80 minutes.
 PAOK finished atop the group with 12 points, followed by Rubin with 11. Spurs,
 which could have joined  Manchester City and Manchester United in the last 32,
 would have advanced if Rubin lost to PAOK.
 Harry Kane added a  fourth goal in the closing minutes at Tallaght Stadium for
 Tottenham, which can now focus on maintaining its top-four spot in the English
 Premier League.
 PAOK put Tottenham in good position early when Vieirinha converted a penalty -
 which resulted  after Sergei Ryzhikov was sent off - but 10-man Rubin pulled a
 goal back early in the second half and held on for the draw.
 Shamrock finished group play with six losses in as many matches.
 In Group B, Konstantin  Rausch and Didier Konan scored in the opening half and
 Hannover defeated  Vorskla  Poltava 3-1 to follow group winner Standard Liege,
 which wrapped up an undefeated  group stage with a 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen,
 into the knockout round.
 Michy Batshuayi scored on the half-hour mark for Standard Liege, which managed
 four wins and two draws in group play to finish with 14 points. Hannover ended
 with 11 points to finish second.
 In Group C, Stanislav and Tim Matavz scored and PSV Eindhoven ended group play
 unbeaten with a 2-1 win over Rapid Bucharest and Salim Toama and Avichai Yadin
 scored as Hapoel Tel-Aviv picked up a 2-0 win over Legia Warsaw, which already
 had clinched advancement along with PSV.
 PSV won five of  its six games to finish with 16 points. Legia finished second
 with nine points.
 In Group G, Adam Maher answered Marko Devic's goal in less than 60 seconds, as
 AZ Alkmaar tied group  winner  Metalist Kharkiv 1-1 to hold off Austria Vienna
 for second place and a spot in the knockout stage.
 Metalist previously clinched the group, but AZ needed the draw to finish level
 on points with Austria Vienna, which downed Malmo 2-0, to advance to the final
 32 on a tiebreaker. Malmo finished last without a win.
 In  Group  H, Ewerton scored  as 10-man Braga notched  a 1-1 draw against Club
 Brugge  that sent  both  clubs  into the  knockout  stage.  Uwa Echiejile  was
 sent off after 15 minutes, but Ewerton answered Bjorn Vleminckx's goal to save
 Adam Rooney  fired  Birmingham City to a 1-0 win over winless Maribor, but the
 English side ended third with  10 points to  finish one  point off both Brugge
 and Braga. Brugge finished first on a tiebreaker.
 In  Group I, Antonio Di Natale scored as Udinese tied Celtic 1-1 to secure its
 place  in the last 32 at the expense of the Scottish side. Gary Hooper put the
 Bhoys in front, but Di Natale equalized to help Udinese secure second.
 Falcao  opened the scoring as group winner Atletico Madrid finished with a 3-1
 win over winless Rennes.
 12/15 17:25:57 ET

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