Dempsey makes critical contribution to Spurs' advancement in Europa League.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Friday, December 7, 2012) -- United States midfielder Clint Dempsey assisted on one goal, then had his smash lead to an own goal, sparking Tottenham Hotspur of England's Premier League to a 3-1 triumph yesterday over Panathinaikos of Greece and into the final 32 of the Europa League, Europe's second-tier tournament.
Dempsey assisted attacker Emmanuel Adebayor's goal for a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute.
After Panathinaikos tied the match early in the second half, Dempsey drilled the go-ahead tally off the crossbar and off the back of goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis for a 2-1 lead in the 76th minute.
American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored his third goal since arriving at Helsingborgs IF of Sweden to help the club to a 3-1 victory yesterday over FC Twente of Norway in the Europa League's Group L. With its first win in the group, Helsingborgs escaped the basement, but has no chance to advance.
On Tuesday, Americans faced off for the first time ever in the European Champions League match. U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan assisted a goal by forward Dieumerci Mbokani in the 89th minute to give Anderlecht of Belgium a 2-2 draw with Málaga of Spain in Group C.
Kljestan went the distance and was issued a yellow card in the 33rd minute. U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu played 90 minutes for Málaga.
Málaga won its group, as did Germany's FC Schalke 04, employer of German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones. Jones came on in the 72nd minute in a 1-1 draw with host Montpellier HSV of France
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance and earned a yellow card in the 50th minute Wednesday for Belgium's visiting FC Nordsjælland, which was punished 6-1 by Chelsea of the English Premier League.
Parkhurst becomes a free agent at the end of the month.
With two Americans playing, Club Tijuana completed its improbable championship run in the Torneo Apertura of Mexico's Liga MX, defeating Toluca 2-0 for a 4-1 aggregate triumph.
U.S. defender Edgard Castillo went the distance for Tijuana, while American midfielder Joe Corona played the first 72 minutes.
Corona was born to a Mexican father and Salvadoran mother is Los Angeles, and still lives in San Diego, commuting to Tijuana.
American defender Greg Garza did not play Sunday, but netted the winning goal in the opening leg in Tijuana's quarterfinal series at Monterrey.
In the German Bundesliga, Jones played 90 minutes for FC Schalke 04 in its 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes for Hannover 96 in its 2-1 loss to 1. FSV Mainz 05.
U.S. defender Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
American David Yelldell was Leverkusen's backup keeper.
On Sunday, German-American defender Fabian Johnson and midfielder Danny Williams for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 4-1 setback to Hamburger SV. It was the fifth straight loss for Hoffenheim, which dropped to 16th place at 3-10-3 with 12 points.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, American striker Bobby Wood's return to match fitness continues. He scored his team's goal and played 90 minutes for TSV 1860 Munich in a 1-1 draw with VfR Aalen.
German-American defender John Anthony Brooks went 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin in its 2-1 decision Monday night over Energie Cottbus.
German-American defender Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha.
German-American forward Andrew Wooten played the final five minutes and received a yellow card for SV Sandhausen in its 2-2 draw with FC Erzgebirge Aue.
American midfielder Joe Gyau dressed, but did not play in FC St. Pauli's 1-0 win over FC Kaiserslautern.
In Austria, German-American striker Terrence Boyd scored a goal in 90 minutes for Rapid Wien, which edged SV Ried 4-3.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played 90 minutes for AS Roma in a 3-1 victory over Siena.
In the Netherlands, Jozy Altidore went the distance for AZ Alkmaar in a 2-1 loss to FC Utrecht.
In Belgium, Kljestan played 90 minutes for Anderlecht in a 2-1 decision over Cercle Brugge.
In Spain's La Liga, Onyewu did not dress in Málaga's 1-0 loss to Getafe.
In Spain's second-division Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra is sidelined with an injured hamstring for Racing Santander.
In Denmark, American midfielder Conor O'Brien played the full 90 minutes in SønderjyskE's 3-1 victory over AC Horsens.
Parkhurst played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Nordsjælland's 3-0 shutout of Brøndby IF.
U.S. defender Clarence Goodson did not dress for Brøndby IF.
American striker Charlie Davies missed Randers FC's 2-0 loss to FC Copenhagen, serving a one-match, red-card suspension.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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