Defoe 'tricks to keep Spurs in hunt

Nov 10, 2012, 03:35 IST | AFP

England striker Jermaine Defoe helped himself to three clinically-struck goals and moved Tottenham Hotspur a step closer to the Europa League knockout stages with a 3-1 win over Maribor of Slovenia on Thursday.

Tottenham’s Jermaine Defoe celebrates a goal against Maribor on Thursday. Pic/AFP.

With Group J leaders Lazio beating Panathanaikos 3-0 in Rome, Spurs are now two points clear of Maribor in the race for the second qualifying spot.

Key results:

Partizan 1-3 Inter
Academica 2-0 Atletico
Bilbao 2-3 Lyon
Brugge 2-2 Newcastle
Napoli 4-2 Dnipro
Udinese 2-3 Young Boys

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