Europa League round-up: Stoke on verge of the next round as Birmingham rally
Friday 04 November 2011
Stoke City head for their next Europa League game against Dynamo Kiev at the Britannia Stadium on 1 December knowing a point will be enough to take them through to the knockout round after Tony Pulis's side won 2-1 at Maccabi Tel Aviv last night.
A team showing nine changes from the starting XI for Monday's 3-1 defeat to Newcastle was still too strong for the Israelis, Dean Whitehead and Peter Crouch getting their goals in the second half. "I thought the lads were brilliant tonight," Pulis said. "The balance looked good."
Birmingham's heroics in the competition continued as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Club Bruges at St Andrew's. Jean Beausejour gave Chris Hughton's side a lifeline in the 55th minute, turning in the rebound after Nikola Zigic's shot was blocked, then Marlon King equalised from the penalty spot with 16 minutes to go.
Celtic gave some respite to manager Neil Lennon by coming from behind to beat Rennes 3-1 at Celtic Park, Anthony Stokes scoring twice.
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