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UEFA Cup round-up: Bright night for England

Friday, November 7, 2008

All three English teams were victorious in the UEFA Cup as Tottenham continued their revival with a comfortable 4-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb, Manchester City defeated FC Twente 3-2 and Aston Villa grabbed a 1-0 win at Slavia Prague.

Darren Bent scored a hat-trick at White Hart Lane to stretch Tottenham's unbeaten run to four matches and light up their hopes of advancing.

The former Charlton striker scored twice inside three minutes to give Spurs a commanding lead going into the interval.

Tom Huddlestone made it 3-0 with a long range volley in the 59th minute before Bent completed his treble on 70 minutes.

Manchester City saw off Steve McClaren’s Twente side 3-0 at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Shaun Wright-Phillips ensured former England coach McClaren's return to home soil got off to a bad start as he struck the opener after only two minutes.

Twente leveled through Eljero Elia 15 minutes later but Brazilian star Robinho fired City back in front when he curled a shot high into the top corner.

Substitute Benjani Mwaruwari, who returned from a four-month injury layoff, added a third on 62 minutes before Twente captain Robbie Weilart headed in Youssouf Hersi's corner to cut the deficit.

Villa survived a second-half Slavia Prague onslaught to hang on for a 1-0 away win thanks to a John Carew deflected shot.

In other of Thursday's matches, AC Milan needed a last-gasp goal by Ronaldinho to beat Braga 1-0, and Sevilla, which won the tournament in 2006 and 2007, was shocked 1-0 at Standard Liège.

Mario Gómez was the hero for Stuttgart after his brace gave his side a 2-0 win over Partizan Belgrade, while Udinese continued their good form in Europe with a 2-1 win at Spartak Moscow.

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