By RYAN TOLMICH
The Europa League is back in action Thursday with the second leg of the competition’s Round of 32.
Tottenham Hotspur look to rebound from a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, as Spurs host the Ukrainian side at White Heart Lane. Toronto-bound Jermaine Defoe will be honored at half-time, despite not being able to play due to a hamstring strain.
American Aron Johannsson will lead AZ Alkmaar in their clash with Czech side FC Slovan Liberec. Johannsson has scored 20 goals in all competitions for the Dutch side, which enters the meeting having won the opening leg 1-0.
Four Italian teams will also be in action, including league-leaders Juventus, which take their 2-0 advantage to Turkey to face Trabzonspor. Lazio head to Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets down 1-0, while Fiorentina host Esbjerg with a 3-1 opening leg scoreline. Finally, Napoli take on Swansea after the two sides played to a scoreless draw in their first matchup.
Outside of Europe, the Copa Libertadores will resume with a pair of contests from Group 2 and Group 6. San Lorenzo will host Independiente del Valle, while Newell’s Old Boys take on Nacional.
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Enjoy the action. (Today’s schedule is after the jump):
THURSDAY’S SOCCER ON TV
12:00pm – FK Rubin Kazan vs. Real Betis – Fox Soccer 2go
1:00pm – Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FC Porto – FOX Sports 2/ESPN3
1:00pm – FC Basel vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv - Fox Soccer 2go
1:00pm – Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Lazio – Fox Soccer Plus/ESPN3
1:00pm – Napoli vs. Swansea City – FOX Sports 1
1:00pm – Sevilla FC vs. NK Maribor – DirecTV 482/ESPN Deportes
1:00pm – Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Viktoria Pizen – DirecTV 483/ Fox Soccer 2go
1:00pm – SZ Salzburg vs. Ajax – ESPN3
3:05pm – AZ Alkmaar vs. Liberec - Fox Soccer 2go
3:05pm – Benfica vs. PAOK – DirecTV 483/Fox Soccer 2go
3:05pm – Fiorentina vs. Esbjurg – DirecTV 481/ESPN3
3:05pm – Lyon vs. Chornomorets – Fox Soccer Plus
3:05pm – Racing Genk vs. Anzhi Makhachkala – DirecTV 482/Fox Soccer 2go
3:05pm – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk – FOX Sports 1/ESPN3
3:05pm – Trabzonspor vs. Juventus – FOX Sports 2/ESPN3
3:05pm – Valencia vs. Dynamo Kiev – ESPN Deportes
5:30pm – San Lorenzo vs. Independiente del Valle – Fox Deportes
7:45pm- Newell’s Old Boys vs. Nacional – Fox Deportes