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American Alejandro Bedoya scored his first European goal for Helsingborg in 3-2 loss at Group L leader Hannover in Europa League play Thursday.

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Bedoya, who has been playing in Europe since 2009, tied it at 2 in the 67th minute, and Hannover's Szabolcs Huszti scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time. American right back Steve Cherundolo played for Hannover.

Inter Milan and Lyon were among the six teams to qualify for the Europa League second round, and defending champion Atletico Madrid's 16-match winning streak ended.

Liverpool's qualification hopes took a dive by losing 1-0 at wealthy Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in Group A, while Edinson Cavani scored all of Napoli's goals in a 4-2 win over Dnipro to revive the Italian team's chances in Group F.

Inter joined Rubin Kazan in progressing from Group H with two games to spare by easing past Partizan Belgrade 3-1, and Lyon ensured a top-two finish in Group I by winning 3-2 at last season's beaten finalist, Athletic Bilbao, which slumped to a third loss in four matches.

Bayer Leverkusen, Metalist Kharkiv and Hannover were the other teams to advance with victories, but Atletico lost 2-0 at Academica in Group B - the Portuguese team's first win in Europe in 43 years.

Jermain Defoe scored a hat trick in Tottenham's 3-1 home win over Maribor that left the English club second in Group J, behind Lazio after its 3-0 victory over Panathinaikos.

Five teams - Rosenborg, Rapid Vienna, Neftchi, Partizan Belgrade and Hapoel Tel-Aviv - were eliminated in the 48-club group stage, which resumes in two weeks. The top two teams in each group advance, where they will be joined by the eight third-place finishers in the Champions League groups.

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