Stoke and Spurs both came from behind to record Europa league win’s, Fulham had a comfortable home win while Celtic conceded a late goal to settle for a point.
At the Britannia Stadium, Jon Walters was the hero as Stoke came from behind to defeat Besiktas 2-1. The inform premier league side, who drew with Manchester United at the weekend, went behind on 14 minutes when Roberto Hilbert struck into the far corner having latched on to Ricardo Quaresma’s pass, however their lead lasted only a minute as goalkeeper Rustu Recber failed to deal with a Dean Whitehead corner and Peter Crouch was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, though, Stoke were awarded a penalty when Crouch went down in the box under Sivok’s challenge and Gautier pointed to the spot leaving Walters to step up and claim the win.
Meanwhile at White Hart Lane Tottenham also recovered from going a goal down to beat League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers 3-1.
The impressive Stephen Rice put the Irish champions ahead after 50 minutes however 3 goals in a 5 minute spell halfway through the second half sealed the comeback handed Harry Redknapp men’s their first win of the group stages.
Roman Pavlyuchenko’s, Jermain Defoe and Giovani dos Santos scored the goals to guide the home side to a comfortable win.
An under strenght Udinese claimed a point in their clash with Celtic thanks to Almen Abdi’s late penalty. The Hoops got off to a perfect start when midfielder Ki Sung-yueng scored from the spot in the third minute after striker Gary Hooper had been fouled by Joel Ekstrand.
Despite the game ebbing and flowing it looked as though Neil Lennon’s side would hold on for the win however in the 86th minute Hooper, back defending, gave away a penalty when he clipped Neuton in the box and Abdi sent Lukasz Zaluska the wrong way from the spot.
Fulham ended an eight game winless run as a brace from Andrew Johnson’s helped Martin Jol’s side to a 2-0 win over Odense.
The 30-year-old broke the deadlock with a first-half strike that snuck under former Everton goalkeeper Stefan Wessels, before sealing the win with a fine curling effort with two minutes to go.