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Tottenham exit Europa League, Rubin Kazan advance

Updated: December 15, 2011, 15:38


Shamrock Rovers' Roban Finn, left, runs past Tottenham Hotspur's Niko Kranjcar, right, during their Europa League group A soccer match at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

GENEVA(AP) Tottenham was eliminated from the Europa League despite beating Shamrock Rovers 4-0 on Thursday, as 10-man Rubin Kazan got the point it needed to reach the knockout stage.

Tottenham looked well set to advance when leading 3-0 in Dublin while the Russians trailed 1-0 at Group A leader PAOK.

Rubin also had goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov sent off for conceding a 16th-minute penalty scored by PAOK winger Vieirinha.

But Rubin leveled in the 48th through Paraguay forward Nelson Valdez and held on to draw 1-1.

That result made it academic when Harry Kane scored Tottenham's fourth in stoppage-time, adding to first-half goals from Steven Pienaar, Andros Townsend and Jermain Defoe.

Tottenham reached the Champions League quarterfinals last season, but paid the price for fielding under-strength teams in Europe's second-tier competition.

Standard Liege and Hannover go into Friday's last-32 draw from Group B, and PSV Eindhoven and Legia Warsaw had already progressed from Group C.

Liege got a 1-0 win at FC Copenhagen through Michy Batshuayi's 31st-minute goal, while Hannover won 3-1 against Vorskla Poltava after goals from Konstantin Rauch, Didier Konan Ya and Artur Sobiech.

PSV beat Rapid Bucharest 2-1 at home, and Legia lost 2-0 away to Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

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