MILAN: Tottenham Hotspur had two goals disallowed in a 0-0 draw at home to Serie A joint leaders Lazio in their opening game of the Europa League group stage on Thursday, while defending champions Atletico Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
United States international Clint Dempsey had a goal ruled out for offside halfway through the first period, before Steven Caulker saw his header struck off for his push on Lazio’s Stefano Mauri. Alvaro Gonzalez hit the post in the first half for Lazio, who failed to win for the first time this season.
In Israel, Cristian Rodriguez, Diego Costa and Raul Garcia all scored as Atletico made easy work of Hapoel, despite playing without striker Radamel Falcao, who was rested for the Group B opener.
Elsewhere, three-time winners Liverpool beat Young Boys 5-3 in a thrilling match in Switzerland, Inter Milan needed a last-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 at home to Rubin Kazan and French league leaders Marseille scraped a similar 2-2 draw at Fenerbahce.
Substitute Jonjo Shelvey scored Liverpool’s fourth goal 10 minutes after coming off the bench, before sealing the result two minutes from time. Teenager Andre Wisdom scored Liverpool’s second on his debut, after an own goal by Juhani Ojala had given the Premier League side an early lead. Sebastian Coates added Liverpool’s other goal in his first European match. Raphael Nuzzolo, Ojala and Gonzalo Zarate found the net for Young Boys, who briefly led in the second half.
Inter Milan needed a stoppage-time goal as they twice came from behind against Rubin. The Russian side took a shock lead when Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic saved Bibras Natkho’s spot kick, only for the rebound to fall to Aleksandr Ryazantsev, who lashed it home. Marko Livaja levelled with his first goal for Inter but Salomon Rondon looked to have given Rubin a historic win at San Siro before Yuto Nagatomo’s equaliser.
Udinese snatched a 1-1 draw, Antonio Di Natale’s stoppage-time strike rescuing a point for the Serie A side against Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. Lacina Traore had given Anzhi a lead. Meanwhile, last season’s runners-up Athletic Bilbao were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Hapoel Kiryat Shmona. Athletic have lost early ground in Group I, after Lyon beat Sparta Prague 2-1. Also. Napoli cruised to a 4-0 win over AIK Stockholm.