England’s four Europa League representatives – Newcastle United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur – will all aim to advance to the last 16 tonight after experiencing differing fortunes in their respective round-of-32 first legs.
Spurs had two Gareth Bale free-kicks to thank for their 2-1 victory over Lyon at White Hart Lane, while a late strike from substitute Oscar gave the Blues a priceless 1-0 win over Sparta Prague in the Czech capital.
The two London clubs will certainly fancy their chances of extending their European adventures beyond this evening, but progress is far from certain for Newcastle and Liverpool.
Papiss Cisse had two goals wrongly disallowed for offside as the Magpies were left frustrated in a goalless draw with Metalist Kharkiv at St James’ Park and they face a tough test in the return leg in Ukraine.
The Reds, for their part, spurned a host of chances as they were beaten 2-0 by Zenit St Petersburg and now need to summon up the ghosts of magic European nights at Anfield past in order to overturn the deficit on home soil.
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And to read more about tonight’s four matches, individual previews can be found on our Europa League page.