Europa League football as it happened

Live text commentary as Spurs and Liverpool reach the Europa League knockout stage, while Newcastle lose in Bordeaux.

6 December 2012 Last updated at 22:46 GMT

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  1. 2221: 

    So, ultimately a good night for English teams in the Europa League. All three are through to the knock-out stages, where they will be joined by Chelsea. The next football we'll be covering via text commentary will be Saturday's Premier League matches. Tom Rostance will be here to type you through that. I'll see thee.

  2. 2221: 

    Andre Villas-Boas on midfielder Tom Carroll: "He has been excellent. All of those from the development team aspire to go into the first team. They are doing well. Tom is proof of that. He has played more in the Europa League but also in the Premier League we've seen him play a couple of games. He's been a successful player and fits exactly into the Tottenham philosophy."

  3. 2220: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas: "The problem was 1-0 wasn't enough. They had the determination and motivation to get a result. But we played really well and had opportunities. We wanted to go to 2-0 before 1-1, but didn't manage that. We felt a little bit of anxiety but managed to get the result which was fair. We've been scoring a lot of goals and I think the team is the second-best attacking team in the Premier League. We create chances and we took our chances."

  4. 2216: 

    Spurs goalscorer Jermain Defoe on ITV4: "Everyone played their part. It's a good victory."

    On his goalscoring streak: "When you're playing with good players they're always going to create chances. It's up to myself, Clint and Ade [Adebayor] to finish them off."

  5. 2214: 

    Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor on ITV4: "Panathinaikos came here to win the game. We had the chance to go ahead through Clint and we did. We're truly happy."

    On his partnership with Jermain Defoe: "Jermain is a good player and for us to play alongside him means I'm learning every day. Today we had the chance to play together and we've done the job. Everyone is happy."


    Fabian Whitbread on Twitter: "Yes Tottenham!"

    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "Defoe has been simply unstoppable this season, but I can guarantee he still won't start for England."

    Emyr Jones on Twitter: "Dare I say it? AVB is Benitez's successor? They will want him back if Spurs keep playing the way that they are at present..."

  7. 2210: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Jordan Henderson, who scored Liverpool's winner at Udinese: "He is a great lad and works hard and has come in over the last month and made a good contribution to the team. It was a very good finish and he was unfortunate not to get a second goal as the keeper made a wonderful save. He has that quality to arrive in the box and he has a finish in him so I am delighted for him and his hard work is paying off."

  8. 2207: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "There was no margin for error tonight, I felt we had to win the game because we were in a difficult group against good teams. Over the course of all the games, how we have played and progressed through the tournament I think we are deserved winners of the group. We can rest well, focus on the league and look forward to next February."

  9. 2203: 

    Following his side's 2-0 defeat in Bordeaux tonight, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says he is hoping to head into the knockout stages of the Europa League with a few new additions to his squad. "We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that with a game to spare," he said. "I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn't qualified and they played their best team on that pitch. But the bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February. I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad."


    OptaJoe on Twitter: "Jermain Defoe has been involved in six goals (five goals, one assist) in his last six starts in the Europa League."

  11. 2158: 

    They had a scare along the way when Panathinaikos woke up for 15 minutes but ultimately Spurs are the better side and reach the knock-out stages as group runners-up behind Lazio. That makes it four English teams in the next round - Tottenham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea.

  12. 2155: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 3-1 Panathinaikos
  13. 2154: 

    Panathinaikos keep plugging away deep into injury time Bruno Fornaroli heads wide from a right-wing cross.

  14. 2152: 

    The 90 minutes are up at White Hart Lane. There are going to be three added minutes.

  15. 2150: 

    Tottenham's Gylfi Sigurdsson gets his head on a corner from the left but his near-post effort goes wide.


    Andy Pickard on Twitter: "If Dempsey does things like that more often, I may be forced to change my mind. Great movement and good header."

    Ally Hewet on Twitter: "Defoe plays, Defoe scores. Simple as that!"

    Qayam Sayani on Twitter: "Defoe has always been class and his season is just getting better and better. In awe of his form this season."

  17. 2149: 

    Tottenham's third and final change sees Aaron Lennon depart to a standing ovation to be replaced by Jake Livermore.

  18. 2148: 

    Five minutes left and Spurs are in cruise control. It is a marked difference from 15 minutes ago when Panathinaikos were still in the game. Tottenham could yet add more goals. They come close when Kyle Walker drives into a gap in the box on the right but his low cross is stabbed wide of goal by an off-balance Jermain Defoe.

  19. 2146: 

    Panathinaikos won't be getting the win they need here but they make a third and final change with Bruno Fornaroli on for Charis Mavrias.

  20. 2144: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 3-1 Panathinaikos - Jermain Defoe (83 mins)

    It is definitely game over now. No doubt about who scored this one. Aaron Lennon drives at the Panathinaikos defence before playing a neat ball through to Jermain Defoe in the box and his finish is as cool as you like to lift the ball over the advancing keeper and in to seal Spurs' progress.

  21. 2143: 

    Uefa have given the second Tottenham goal as an own goal by Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.

  22. 2143: 

    10 minutes to go. Tottenham in control. Emmanuel Adebayor has a chance to shot but his effort is blocked before Jermain Defoe is muscles out of possession by a Panathinaikos defender.

  23. 2141: 

    Spurs also make a change as Clint Dempsey leaves the field and Gylfi Sigurdsson comes on.

  24. 2140: 

    Panathinaikos react quickly to the goal by sending on Antonis Petropoulos for Toche.

  25. 2137: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-1 Panathinaikos - Orestis Karnezis og (76 mins)

    That should seal Spurs' progress. Kyle Walker's free-kick from the right is met by Clint Dempsey and his header hits the bar and comes back before hitting the back of Orestis Karnezis and bouncing into the net. Tottenham are now back in control of this game and heading for the next round.

  26. 2136: 

    Off goes Tom Carroll to be replaced by the more senior Moussa Dembele. Villas-Boas will be hoping he can add a greater presence to his midfield.

  27. 2136: 

    Jan Vertonghen has just added a vital touch to deny Panathinaikos a chance. He glances a header away from goal from a left-wing cross with Toche just behind him and ready to pounce.


    Peter Price on Twitter: "Dempsey and Naughton look shakey..."

    Adam Kyle on Twitter: "Obviously pleased with our league position, but no one can surely claim are a better team under AVB?"

    Aykan Sunar on Twitter: "A little game for you, fill the gaps. Who should Spurs bring on to turn the game around? M_U_S_-D_M_E_E"

  29. 2135: 

    Andre Villas-Boas has decided he needs to shuffle his pack to try and regain control of this match. Midfielder Moussa Dembele is readying himself for action.

  30. 2133: 

    That is a let-off for Spurs. Kyle Naughton and Jan Vertonghen get themselves into real trouble in trying to clear a cross from the left but fluff it and give a chance to Toche. Fortunately for the home side, the Panathinaikos striker pokes his effort a yard past the post.

  31. 2131: 

    Loukas Vyntra has a moment of panic for Panathinaikos as he allows a ball forward to bounce with Jermain Defoe on the hunt but the defender makes amends with a solid header back to his keeper.

  32. 2130: 

    Aaron Lennon looks top start something for Spurs but he is blocked by Nikos Spyropoulos, who is booked for the foul.

  33. 2125: 

    Just under 30 minutes to go and there are a lot of nervous faces in White Hart Lane. Tottenham are going through as it stands but another away goal and that will change. Spurs need to re-establish a foothold in the game.

  34. 2124: 

    Group J leaders Lazio extend their lead at Maribor as Sergio Floccari scores his second of the evening for a surely impregnable 4-0 advantage.

    Azerbaijan minnows Neftchi briefly equalise at the San Siro, before Inter Milan restore their advantage less than two minutes later through Marko Livaja's second goal of the evening.

  35. 2122: 

    Lazaros Christodoulopoulos comes on for Pape Sow as the visitors looks to continue their good recent spell. Tottenham are on the back foot.


    Dan Wilkinson on Twitter: "What a ball. What a header. What a goal."

    Matt Cartwright on Twitter: "Typical! We just can't kill off games."

    Paul Higgins on Twitter: "In reply to Murph (2056): I think you're implying Carroll may score on Sunday? Unfortunately he's injured..."

  37. 2122: 

    Panathinaikos have a half-hearted penalty appeal waved away as Toche tumbles in the box. The contact from the Spurs defender was perfectly fair, though.

  38. 2120: 

    Suddenly, the Greek side look a threat. That goal has changed this game and the visitors are snapping into tackles and harrying the home side. Spurs look nervous.

  39. 2115: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-1 Panathinaikos - Zeca (54 mins)

    Panathinaikos have barely threatened this game but they are now level to reawaken this game. Nikos Spryropoulos' cross from the left swings over three heads and is met by the onrushing Zeca, who steers his header past Brad Friedel and in to the far corner. After looking so comfotable, Spurs are now another Panathinaikos goal from going out of this competition.

  40. 2110: 

    Jermain Defoe is so close to making it 2-0 to Spurs. He only needs a yard in the box, after collecting a Clint Dempsey pass, which he uses to take a touch and fire a low shot that beats the diving Orestis Karnezis but not the post. The ball comes back across goal but a Panathinaikos player is first to the ball to clear.

  41. 2109: 

    Tottenham start the second half positively with Aaron Lennon jinking in on the right before chipping over a cross that Clint Dempsey leaps for but is beaten in the air before Panathinaikos clear.

  42. 2106: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Tottenham 1-0 Panathinaikos

    Adam Wheeler on Twitter: "Tom Carroll is the the type of player Brendan Rodgers would go for. If Moutinho arrives, less opportunities for young Carroll."

    Timmy Tour on Twitter: "Come on you Spurs, the only British team unbeaten in Europe this season"


    From Kieran, Liverpool fan, via text: "I'm not that happy about winning the group. Look at the teams we could face: At. Madrid, Napoli, Inter, Stuttgart, Leverkusen, Zenit, Ajax, Dynamo Kiev... think I'd have rather have come second..."

    Murph, Liverpool, via text: "Am I the only Liverpool fan who is gutted we are through? We are 11th in league with a paper-thin squad and this is the last we need. Swap all of it for three points at West Ham on Sunday. We will be lucky to get one. Anyone guess who might score against us? I have 50 quid on it."

  45. 2056: 
    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis reports:Tottenham 1-0 Panathinaikos

    "For all of Tottenham's possession, the home team failed to threaten the Panathinaikos goal until Emmanuel Adebayor's strike in the 28th minute. Jermain Defoe and Jan Vertonghen then went close before the break and Andre Villas-Boas's men just about deserve their lead against a Panathinaikos team lacking adventure despite needing victory to progress."


    Chris Fleming on Twitter: "Tom Carroll looks like he will become a top player. Refreshing to see such a good passer of the ball."

    Chris Lawton on Twitter: "@clint_dempsey is proving to be a fantastic signing for Spurs. Who needs Modric?"

    Andy Pickard on Twitter: "Dempsey has been woeful at Spurs so far. He does about 100 bad things for every good thing he does. Thoroughly unimpressive."

  47. 2050: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-0 Panathinaikos
  48. 2050: 

    That is nice play from Tottenham as Tom Carroll plays a one-two with Emmanuel Adebayor to release the striker in the box. He opens his body to shoot but his denied by a solid last-ditch tackle from Kostas Triantafyllopoulos. Two home corners follow but Spurs are unable to capitalise on either.

  49. 2048: 

    Lazio are firmly on course to progress as Group J winners after racing into a 3-0 lead at Maribor. Skipper Stefan Radu puts the Italian team 2-0 ahead, before Sergio Floccari grabs a third after 38 minutes. Surely game over.

    Apart from Spurs' group, the only other qualification issue remaining comes in Group G. But one of the ties, between Sporting Lisbon and Videoton, has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch and will take place tomorrow. The Hungarian side, managed by ex-QPR, Leicester and Swansea boss Paulo Sousa, need a win in Portugal to stand any chance of progressing. But they will be eliminated before the game takes place if Basel earn a point at Genk.

  50. 2047: 
    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Emmanuel Adebayor's goal was his second of the season - his other came in the 5-2 defeat against Arsenal. He was sent off in that game.

  51. 2045: 

    Tottenham force a corner as Jermain Defoe is tackled in the box by Giourkas Seitaridis. Clint Dempsey moves to the near post to try and get on the end of the delivery but it is cleared. The ball comes back in but Dempsey handballs in controlling and the attack ends.

  52. 2043: 

    Tottenham looking much better now. Aaron Lennon's cross from the right is headed away from Clint Dempsey by Giourkas Seitaridis but straight to the feet of Jermain Defoe, but he blazes his shot well over the bar from 12 yards. Defoe is better than that.


    Matt Cartwright on Twitter: "Was just about to moan about Dempsey playing in the middle too often when he produces a lovely ball for Adebayor to score."

    Liam Thompson on Twitter: "Get in Adebayor! Now push on and show us that form from last year. He and Defoe could be lethal together over the Christmas period."

  54. 2039: 

    Panathinaikos respond with a shot from range but Pape Sow cannot control his effort and it goes well over the bar.

  55. 2038: 

    Sandro's turn to try from range for Tottenham but, like Clint Dempsey's effort a minute ago, his shot ends up in the stand behind the goal.

  56. 2036: 

    Now the game has livened up and Tottenham come close to adding a second. Following the breakdown of a Panathinaikos attack, Spurs charge forward and Jermain Defoe's flick on the edge of the box sets up Clint Dempsey to blaze an effort high over the bar.

  57. 2033: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Panathinaikos - Emmanuel Adebayor (29 mins)

    The first time Tottenham put something together in the attacking third and they make it count. Clint Dempsey's pass puts Emmanuel Adebayor in on goal and the striker makes no mistake with a cool side-foot finish. Spurs now have a firm grip on qualification. The Greek side must score at least twice to take Tottenham's place in the next round.

  58. 2032: 

    More frustration for Spurs as Tom Carroll and Jermain Defoe operate on different wavelengths with the former's pass going harmlessly out of play as the latter peels away in the opposite direction.

  59. 2031: 

    Tottenham's Group J rivals Lazio break the deadlock against hosts Maribor though Libor Kozak's 16th-minute strike. The Italians know they will progress as group winners with victory in Slovenia.

    Elsewhere, two of the tournament favourites - Inter Milan and Lyon - are ahead in their respective home ties against Neftchi and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona. Hannover take an early lead against hosts Levante as the pair battle to top Group L.

  60. 2030: 

    Clint Dempsey has a pop from range for Spurs but his effort lacks precision and drifts harmlessly over the bar. 25 minutes gone of what has been a frustrating game so far for Andre Villas-Boas' side.

  61. 2028: 

    The away side are the first to have a shot on goal and they should have done better with it. Giourkas Seitaridis whips a free-kick behind the Spurs defence to where Toche has nipped in. There is no flag for offside but the striker can not get enough power on his shot to beat Brad Friedel.

  62. 2026: 

    Tottenham are not being threatened by Panathinaikos but they are struggling to create anything at the other end. Spurs are their own worst enemy on too many occasions as passes go astray to halt promising moves.

  63. 2022: 

    Now we're going to see an effort on goal. Clint Dempsey is felled by Ibrahim Sissoko 22 yards from goal for a free-kick to Spurs. Kyle Walker smashes it low but straight into the wall. Meanwhile, Lazio have just taken the lead against Maribor to strengthen their grip on top spot in the group.

  64. 2021: 

    15 minutes in at the Lane and we're yet to see a real effort on goal.

  65. 2021: 

    We've got a couple of players limping on the pitch at White Hart Lane. Tom Carroll for Spurs and Pape Sow for Panathinaikos have taken blows from challenges. Both look like they'll be able to run their respective knocks off, though.

  66. 2018: 

    Tottenham charge forward through Clint Dempsey and Emmanuel Adebayor. Is this going to be the first effort at goal? No. No, it's not as Adebayor's cross from the left is headed away by a Panathinaikos defender.

  67. 2016: 
    Liverpool fans

    Liverpool supporters saw their team clinch a place in the knock-out round of the Europa League.

  68. 2016: 

    Panathinaikos have a clear game plan, and it is certainly not based around cavalier attacking football. They are keeping it very tight and making life hard for Tottenham, presumably with the aim of nicking something on the break.

  69. 2014: 

    There is a bit of bother in the box before Tottenham's first corner because of some holding by the away side. When the delivery does come it is poor and headed away at the near post.

  70. 2012: 

    We've still yet to have a chance at White Hart Lane. The visitors have an opportunity to fashion something but a cross from the right is low and easily cleared by Jan Vertonghen.

  71. 2009: 

    Tottenham dominating the early possession but so far haven't threatened the Panathinaikos goal.

  72. 2007: 

    The Panathinaikos fans are making themselves heard at White Hart Lane. They're making sure they're seen as well, bouncing around in one end.

  73. 2005: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham v Panathinaikos (20:05 GMT)

    Owain Glyn Evans on Twitter: "Several thousand hearts were about to fall out several thousand mouths just then. Liverpool fans: breathe now."

    Doug McPherson on Twitter: "Glad Liverpool are through but I'm going to need some stomach medicine."

    Liam Sharpe on Twitter: "Newcastle's midfield will be getting sore necks soon from watching the ball fly over their heads. Long ball football returns."

  75. 2002: 

    So Young Boys do all they can by beating already-qualified Anzhi in a 3-1 home win, but are eliminated by Liverpool's success at Udinese. Group A's top three all finish on 10 points, but the Reds and Anzhi progress courtesy of their superior head-to-head record between the three teams.

    Steaua Bucharest and Stuttgart qualify from Group E after the Romanians held FC Copenhagen to a 1-1 draw in Denmark. Copenhagen would have advanced if they found a winner as Stuttgart lost 1-0 to already-eliminated Molde.

    Elsewhere, Vaclav Prochazka's first-half winner ensures Plzen top Group B at the expense of reigning champions Atletico Madrid, who must be content with the runners-up spot.


    Opta tweets: "Tottenham have won just one of their five matches against Greek opposition in European competition, and none of the last four."

  77. 2000: 

    Right, over to north London, where we are roughly six minutes away from kick-off. Just to remind you, Tottenham need to avoid defeat against Panathinaikos to go through. If Spurs win and Lazio lose, Andre Villas-Boas' team will win the group.

  78. 1958: 

    Here is the official Uefa explanation for the next round: "The draw for the next round will be held in Nyon on Thursday 20 December, with the group winners and the four Uefa Champions League transferred teams with the best records seeded and drawn against the group runners-up and remaining four transferred teams. No team can play a club they met in the group stage or from their own association. The unseeded teams will be at home in the first legs on 14 February and away a week later. The round of 16, on 7 and 14 March, will also be drawn on 20 December, without restrictions."

  79. 1957: 

    So, Newcastle finish second of their group behind Bordeaux and Liverpool finish top. This means the Reds will be seeded for the next round. Newcastle won't be.

  80. 1954: 
    FULL-TIME- Udinese 0-1 Liverpool
  81. 1954: 

    Massive chance for Udinese right at the end. Antonio Di Natale has not had a sniff since coming on but with he is alert to latch on to a flick in the box before - thankfully for Liverpool - firing his shot just over the crossbar. You can practically hear the exhale of breath from Merseyside.

  82. 1952: 

    Liverpool look to finish the game in style but Raheem Sterling fouls his marker as he climbs to head a Stewart Downing cross in the box.

  83. 1951: 

    Liverpool have the ball with 90 seconds left. They are doing the right thing - making the 10 men of Udinese chase the ball.

  84. 1949: 

    The 90 minutes are now up in Udine. Liverpool have a corner, which will eat into a nice chunk of time. There are going to be three minutes of stoppage time.

  85. 1949: 
    FULL-TIME- Bordeaux 2-0 Newcastle
  86. 1949: 

    Bordeaux should really have rubbed salt into Newcastle wounds but Fahid Ben Khalfallah pulls his shot wide of goal from about 15 yards out after a pull-back from the left.

  87. 1947: 

    The 90 minutes are up in France and two minutes of added time will be played.

  88. 1946: 

    FC Copenhagen equalise against Group E visitors Steaua Bucharest. Now they have got another three minutes plus stoppage time to find a winner against the 10-man Romanians and qualify for the last-32.

  89. 1945: 

    Udinese play their trump card with striker Antonio Di Natale on for Mathias Ranegie. He has just under five minutes to break Liverpool hearts.

  90. 1945: 

    There are five minutes to go in Udine. As it stands Liverpool are going through. An Udinese goal would change that completely and dump the Reds out.

    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day presenter

    "Euro 2020 will be held at cities all over Europe. You've got to give it to Michel Platini, he's got a great sense of humour."

  92. 1942: 

    A substitution I neglected to tell you about. Newcastle have brought on Papiss Cisse for Shola Ameobi with about four minutes to go.


    Claire in Manchester on 81111 on text: "Does anyone else think the Europa League is demeaned by the entry of teams such as Chelsea and Man City when they fail to progress in the Champions League? Teams like Newcastle worked hard to get into Europa for a fair shot at silverware and might lose that because the 'big guns' get a free pass when they fall at the first hurdle in the more elite Europe comp. I think you should compete in one or the other surely not both?"

    Nick from Surrey on 81111 on text: "Spurs game delayed by five minutes whilst the home announcer reads out the Panathinaikos starting line up..."

    Lee Tynan in Walsall on 81111 on text: "I have a lot of respect for Redknapp but AVB is taking the Europa League far more seriously this season and rightly so. Big, big game!"

  94. 1941: 

    Another card in Udine as Jamie Carragher's foul on Diego Fabbrini is punished. It is a dangerous free-kick to give away but fortunately for the away side the strike from 25 yards goes straight into the wall.


    Humayra on Twitter: "Liverpool are playing a dangerous game. They need to kill teams off."

    LudaChris on Twitter: "Still dont know the answer to the million dollar question. What does Joe Allen do?"

    Matt Day on Twitter: "As a fan I'm sad to say Newcastle play such ugly, uncreative football and deserve all the results they've been getting."

  96. 1941: 

    Newcastle are heading for defeat in France following a pretty limp display but they show a late sign of life. Nile Ranger does well to turn his man but blazes his effort over the bar. Six minutes to go. Bordeaux 2-0 Newcastle.

  97. 1938: 

    Big bonus for Liverpool as Udinese's Giovanni Pasquale is shown his second yellow followed by a red for a foul on Raheem Sterling. That makes Liverpool's job of holding on to their vital 1-0 lead a lot easier.

  98. 1937: 

    Anzhi forward Lacina Traore receives his second yellow card as the Russians are reduced to 10 men. Young Boys still lead 2-1 as Liverpool preserve their own lead at Udinese. But there is plenty of time for the complexion of Group A to change considerably.

    News of a big goal in Group E. Ten-man Steaua edge 1-0 ahead at FC Copenhagen, who must win to qualify ahead of Stuttgart. The Germans are currently losing 1-0 against visitors Molde.

  99. 1936: 

    Mathias Ranegie gets another sniff in the Liverpool box but he can only head wide from a corner.

  100. 1935: 
    Marco Faraoni of Udinese (left) competes with Jose Enrique of Liverpool

    Liverpool's Jose Enrique has been pushing forward regularly down the left for his team.

  101. 1933: 

    Liverpool under some serious pressure now in Italy. The home side look to bully their way into the Reds box but the away defence holds strong to prevent Mathias Ranegie getting through. Liverpool need to be resolute. If they concede here they are facing elimination with Young Boys winning against Anzhi. 15 minutes to go in Udine.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Tim Matavz only the fourth PSV player with two European hat-tricks to his name. Joins Willy van der Kuijlen, Romário and Ronaldo."

  103. 1932: 

    Napoli, who led through Edinson Cavani's early opener, are heading towards their first home European defeat in 15 matches as PSV lead 3-1. Slovenian star Tim Matavz completes his hat-trick for the Dutch side with a simple finish. But it matters little in the grand scheme of Group F, with Napoli assured of the runners-up spot and PSV already eliminated.

  104. 1931: 

    A change for both Liverpool and Newcastle. Fabricio Coloccini comes on for Mike Williamson for Newcastle, while Suso leaves the pitch in Italy to be replaced by Raheem Sterling.

  105. 1928: 
    GOAL- Bordeaux 2-0 Newcastle - Cheick Diabate (72 mins)

    That could well be game over in France. It is along ball forward that does the damage, splitting open the Newcastle defence and giving Cheick Diabate a clear run on goal and the chance to finish coolly past Rob Elliot. Bordeaux's top spot in Group D looks secure.

  106. 1928: 

    How has Luis Suarez not scored for Liverpool there? He cuts in from the right and beats two men in the box before poking a shot that looks destined for the net until Daniele Padelli sticks out a hand that tips the ball over the bar.

  107. 1927: 

    It's gone very quiet in Bordeaux, where Shola Ameobi did force a save out of Olimpa not long after the restart. James Tavernier has been booked for a poor challenge on Saivet, but there is not a lot to get excited about.

  108. 1926: 

    Liverpool's Suso is dumped on the turf by a tackle from behind from Giovanni Pasquale, who gets a booking.

  109. 1926: 
    Tottenham v Panathinaikos (20:05 GMT)

    Brad Friedel makes his first start in a month for Tottenham and captains a strong-looking Spurs team. Manager Andre Villas-Boas has made four changes to the side which convincingly beat Fulham at the weekend, recalling Kyle Walker, Emmanuel Adebayor and midfielder Tom Carroll.

    Panathinaikos manager Juan Roman Rocha has left out Quincy Owusu-Abeyie after the former Arsenal forward failed to recover from a hamstring injury.

  110. 1923: 

    The substitute is substituted as Medhi Benatia is injured and is replaced by Max Reinthaler. Just before this Jordan Henderson comes close to adding a second goal for Liverpool as his volley from Jose Enrique's cross is tipped over the bar by Daniele Padelli.

  111. 1921: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Panathinaikos (20:05 GMT)

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Lennon, Sandro, Carroll, Dempsey, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend, Stewart.

    Panathinaikos: Karnezis, Seitaridis, Triantafyllopoulos, Vyntra, Spyropoulos, Vitolo, Sow, Sissoko, Zeca, Mavrias, Toche. Subs: Kapino, Christodoulopoulos, Fornaroli, Marinos, Petropoulos, Chouchoumis, Velazquez.

    Referee: Pawel Gil (Poland)

  112. 1920: 

    30 minutes to go in the 18:00 kick-offs and Liverpool nearly suffer a big blow. Mathias Ranegie rises in the box to meet a corner but puts his header just a few inches over the bar.

  113. 1919: 

    Young Boys retake the lead against Anzhi through Moreno Costanzo's 52nd-minute half volley. Therefore, Liverpool will go through as Group A winners IF things stay the same in both ties. But an Udinese equaliser would eliminate the Reds.

  114. 1918: 

    Newcastle waste a good opportunity to fashion something in the Bordeaux half when Sylvain Marveaux floats a free-kick from 40 yards into the box but nowhere near a team-mate. Home keeper Kevin Olimpa is able to watch the ball bounce harmlessly behind.


    Adam Mason on Twitter: "That is Liverpool's problem, not finishing games off. Should be 2-0..."

    Phil Viera on Twitter: "We're sitting very deep this second half. If Liverpool want a second goal they need to play higher up."

    Bharat Paudyal on Twitter: "Having seen the Italian night yesterday, let's make this an English night tonight!"

  116. 1917: 

    Liverpool are sitting deep and inviting Udinese on to them. It's a dangerous approach, especially as Young Boys have now taken a 2-1 lead over Anzhi though Moreno Costanzo's goal.

  117. 1914: 

    Newcastle living dangerously as they give Gregory Sertic space to smash a shot that clips the post before going wide.

  118. 1913: 

    FC Copenhagen know they must beat visitors Steaua Bucharest to stand any chance of qualifying from Group E. And they have been boosted by the dismissal of Steaua's Cristian Tanase. The Romanian commits a second bookable offence to hand the Danes a numerical advantage as they search for a vital winner.

  119. 1912: 

    Newcastle have started the second half well but they almost concede a second goal as Bordeaux pour forward before Cheick Diabate slices his shot wide from 15 yards.

  120. 1910: 

    Newcastle are denied a leveller in France by Bordeaux keeper Kevin Olimpa. Gael Bigirimana's superb sweeping pass from the right falls into the path of Shola Ameobi, who is able to collect in the box and fire low across goal but the keeper spreads himself to push the ball behind.


    Opta tweets: "Liverpool have kept clean sheets in five of their last six visits to Italy in European competition."

  122. 1907: 

    Liverpool should be 2-0 up. Luis Suarez finds Suso inside the box on the right but he slices his shot high and wide as a Udinese player slides in to try and block.

  123. 1904: 
    Napoli striker Edinson Cavani

    Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has now scored seven in the competition this season - and that is in five games.

  124. 1904: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Udinese 0-1 Liverpool
  125. 1903: 

    Udinese make a change with Medhi Benatia on for Grampiero Pinzi.


    Ted on 81111 on text: "Henderson deserves that. Criticism last season, yes, but this season he is definitely improving as a player and playing well. He's still young don't forget!"

    Paul in Formby on 81111 on text: "Henderson isn't as bad as many Liverpool 'fans' make out. He was instrumental in the 4-1 rout against Chelsea (and scored in it) in one of only a couple of games in his preferred position. He has a lot of potential."

    Lisa on 81111 on text: "I'm a Chelsea fan just acquainting myself with Thursdays. This tournament is definitely winnable - hope we field a proper team. A trophy is a trophy!"


    Liverpool defender Martin Kelly tweets: "Get in Hendo! Come on the Redmen!"

  128. 1902: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Bordeaux 1-0 Newcastle
  129. 1900: 

    Everything is going to plan again for Liverpool in Udine - and it has got even better as Anzhi equalise at Young Boys. Odil Ahmedov nets on the stroke of half-time as the teams go into the break deadlocked at 1-1. Maritimo lead 1-0 against Club Brugge, with both teams already eliminated from Newcastle's Group D.

    Group E is where all the qualification excitement is tonight and as things stand Steaua Bucharest and Stuttgart will progress. Stuttgart are losing 1-0 to bottom-side Molde, but Copenhagen, who must beat Steaua to overhaul the Germans, are drawing 0-0. The other interesting match is defending champions Atletico Madrid's trip to Plzen, as both sides battle for top spot in Group B. The Czech side are leading 1-0 meaning they will be given that all-important seeding in the last-32.

  130. 1858: 
    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis reports:Tottenham v Panathinaikos (20:05 GMT)

    "Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said he is happy for the squad to have 'two or three' Christmas parties but before the squad start gathering around a Christmas tree to sing Mistletoe and Wine they must secure a point against Panathinaikos to progress to the knockout stages.

    "Though a draw will be enough for Spurs to advance as runners-up, a victory at White Hart Lane could see them finish top if Lazio lose against NK Maribor. Tottenham however will be without the injured Gareth Bale."

  131. 1856: 
    BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports:Udinese 0-1 Liverpool

    "A goal to the good and on course for a place in the Europa League last 32, Liverpool will be delighted with their first 45 minutes in Italy. But their situation is delicate and a second-half slip-up could prove costly."

  132. 1853: 
    Cheick Diabate scored for Bordeaux

    The goal from Cheick Diabate is the difference between Bordeaux and Newcastle at the break.


    Deletsu D Selase on Twitter: "Udinese can't seem to string even five passes together!"

    Conor Parker on Twitter: "Not the first time Newcastle haven't turned up to a game recently - let's hope it's the last!"

    Nic Wirtz on Twitter: "All the passion and tempo of a testimonial. Europa League is a useless competition that needs a major rethink."

  134. 1850: 
    BBC Sport's Tim Oscroft reports:Bordeaux 1-0 Newcastle

    "Half time in Bordeaux, with the home side deservedly in the lead through Diabate's 29th minute header.

    "Mike Williamson was booked for shoving David Bellion to the floor just before half-time, the referee waved play on but eventually showed the defender the yellow card when the game paused. Very little threat from Newcastle, who will finish second in the group to Bordeaux if the score stays like this."

  135. 1849: 
    HALF-TIME- Udinese 0-1 Liverpool
  136. 1847: 

    In the final action of the first half in Italy, Liverpool force a corner, which Glen Johnson nudges on before Luis Suarez blazes an overhead kick that the keeper tips over. The half-time whistle blows and the Uruguayan gets involved in some handbags on his way off, with a number of Udinese players unhappy with him. There seem to be suggestions of an elbow.

  137. 1846: 

    One added minute to be played in Udinese.

  138. 1846: 
    HALF-TIME- Bordeaux 1-0 Newcastle
  139. 1846: 

    Luis Suarez is the latest man to threaten for Liverpool. Suso finds him wide right but he fires his shot high and wide, much to the frustration of Stewart Downing and Jonjo Shelvey in the box.

  140. 1844: 

    Big goal over in Switzerland - and it's (potentially) not good news for Liverpool. Young Boys have bagged the opener against already-qualified Anzhi through Argentine striker Gonzalo Zarate. The Reds will still progress from Group A as things stand, but an Udinese goal would put the proverbial cat among the pigeons.

  141. 1843: 

    Really good chance for Liverpool. Jonjo Shelvey's initial corner is headed back to him by a home defender and his return delivery finds Suso in the box. The winger can only steer his header over the bar, though, when he could have done better. It remains 1-0 to the Reds.

  142. 1843: 

    Liverpool are currently heading into the knockout stages after taking the lead against Udinese.

    Liverpool celebrate scoring against Udinese
  143. 1840: 

    Liverpool look the more dangerous attacking force in Italy. Jose Enrique charges to the byline on the left to reach Stewart Downing's pass but his cross into the six yard box is claimed by Daniele Padelli with Luis Suarez lurking.

  144. 1839: 

    No sign yet of Newcastle mounting a comeback to Bordeaux's goal. They look like a side that is full of players who don't play first-team football together often, which is exactly what they are.

  145. 1837: 

    Liverpool come forward again but Suso fails to beat his man after being found in the box by Luis Suarez. Suso then gets himself booked after pulling back the man who dispossessed him.

  146. 1835: 

    Udinese look to hit back against Liverpool but Pepe Reina is right behind Diego Fabbrini's shot from 20 yards following a neat dribble from the home player.

  147. 1834: 

    It took 18 minutes for the opening strike of the evening, but finally there is a flurry of goal action. However, none are decisive in terms of qualification - other than Liverpool's opener of course. Much-coveted Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani puts Group F runners-up Napoli ahead against PSV Eindhoven with his seventh goal of the competition. And moments later, group winners Dnipro edge ahead against AIK through ex-Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic.

    However, the most important goal has been scored in the Czech Republic as Plzen lead 1-0 against defending champions Atletico Madrid. A win for the home side ensures they will finish as Group B winners, with Atletico finishing runners-up.


    Paul Thompson on Twitter: "Henderson scores for Liverpool tonight and Torres scored for Chelsea last night! Miracles CAN happen!

    Adam Mason on Twitter: "So glad Henderson has got a goal, fully deserves it and doesn't deserve the stick he gets"

  149. 1829: 
    GOAL- Newcastle 0-1 Bordeaux - Cheick Diabate (29 mins)

    Good news for Liverpool but bad news for Newcastle. Fahid Ben Khalfallah crosses from the left and Cheick Diabate rises highest to head home in the box. The French side strengthen their grip on top spot in Group D.

  150. 1828: 

    Suddenly, Liverpool are all over Udinese, passing the ball in little triangles to cut through the Italians. Glen Johnson puts the ball into the net from close range following Stewart Downing's cross but the latter was offside when receiving the ball on the left. Brendan Rodgers will have been very pleased with much of the build-up, though.

  151. 1824: 
    GOAL- Udinese 0-1 Liverpool - Jordan Henderson (23 mins)

    Yes, you're reading that right. Jordan Henderson has scored for Liverpool. Stewart Downing's corner is met by Luis Suarez but he can only steer his header towards Suso at the back post. The winger's lay-off is met by Henderson, who fires his side into the lead from 12 yards. As it stands, Liverpool are second in the group and going through.

  152. 1823: 

    Liverpool have a free-kick for a foul on Jonjo Shelvey 20 yards from goal. This is a chance to test Daniele Padelli. Luis Suarez steps up but hits the wall with his effort.

  153. 1821: 

    Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot has been by far the busier of the two men between the sticks, making three saves to keep it at 0-0. The third, down to his left and one-handed, stopped ex-Sunderland, Man United and West Ham man David Bellion from opening the scoring.

  154. 1821: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised Pepe Reina before this game and the keeper has just illustrated why his manager has such faith in him. Roberto Pereyra looks to curl a shot over the Spaniard from an angle on the left but Reina dives back to tip the effort over.

  155. 1819: 

    That is dangerous. Udinese's Diego Fabbrini lunges in on Jonjo Shelvey and upends him in the middle of the pitch. Shelvey doesn't make a meal of it and Fabbrini is given a yellow card. Referee Menashe Masiah could have punished that much more severely.

  156. 1817: 

    Suso looks to create something for Liverpool with a dangerous cross from the right but home keeper Daniele Padelli dives in to punch away. In a counter-attack, Mathias Ranegie darts ahead of his marker in the box to head an effort just wide of goal.

  157. 1815: 

    Not only has it been a quiet start in Udine and Bordeaux - little has happened elsewhere across Europe too. Nothing in fact. All 12 games remain goalless after the opening quarter of an hour.

  158. 1815: 

    Newcastle have a chance from a free-kick that is about 25 yards from goal. Gael Bigirimana takes it short to Sylvain Marveaux but he slices his shot through the players gathered in the box and wide of goal.

  159. 1813: 

    It appears as though Nuri Sahin's nose is too bust for Liverpool to temporarily patch him up. Jonjo Shelvey is stripped and comes on to replace him. That's not a bad replacement, though, as Shelvey has done pretty well in this competition this season. Shelvey's first touch is to fire a shot wide from 25 yards.

  160. 1811: 

    Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot is called into action again in France as Fahid Ben Khalfallah unleashes a shot from 20 yards. Elliot dives to left to palm away.

  161. 1810: 

    Nuri Sahin is off the pitch in Italy to receive some treatment on what looks like a bust nose. Liverpool temporarily down to 10 men.

  162. 1808: 

    Meanwhile, in Bordeaux, Newcastle have another corner, which home keeper Kevin Olimpa comes out and spills but under a bit too much pressure from Nile Ranger and a foul is given.

  163. 1807: 

    Liverpool are passing the ball around nicely in Italy. They have themselves a corner, which Stewart Downing delivers but home keeper Daniele Padelli (who once played for Liverpool... with emphasis on the once) dives to punch away.


    Simon Varley on Twitter: "I love the Europa League, much more diverse and interesting than the Champions League. Long may it continue."

    Talking Sport on Twitter: "Are Liverpool taking a private tour of the Stadio Friuli in Udinese or is that the actual attendance? Empty."

    Jonny Green on Twitter: "The referees in Italy are wearing gloves... football has reached a new level of ridiculousness."

  165. 1805: 

    Newcastle's turn to force a corner, which home player Cheick Diabate heads behind from inside the box but is fouled in the process, thus ending the away side's attack.

  166. 1803: 

    Early worry for Liverpool as Martin Skrtel is down injured after falling awkwardly in an aerial challenge. The defender takes his time but returns to the game and looks OK.

  167. 1803: 

    Bordeaux start positively and force the first corner in France. The ball is floated into the box and falls to Henri Saivet, who is eight yards from goal and has enough time to strike a powerful shot at goal. Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot does superbly to tip the ball over, though.

  168. 1801: 
    KICK-OFF- Udinese v Liverpool (18:00 GMT)
  169. 1800: 
    KICK-OFF- Bordeaux v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)
  170. 1759: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "We're obviously disappointed - this season we targeted our home form as being important and we drew our last game. We played well but just conceded in the last couple of minutes. The most important thing tonight is that it's in our hands and we're in control of where we finish. We've got strength, experience, some young players as well. The idea was to put out a team to win the game and that's what we want to do. It [the Europa League] has been brilliant for us. This tournament will get knocked and everyone wants to play in the Champions League, but this has been great for us."

  171. 1757: 

    Bordeaux have won their last eight consecutive home games in Europe, but have never won any of their eight games against English opposition in European competition. Fact.


    Joey Barton on Twitter: "Good luck to the lads in Limassol tonight. #allezlom"

    Already-eliminated Marseille have decided to field a weakened side in the dead rubber at Cypriot side AEL Limassol, meaning Monsieur Barton stays in the south of France.


    Liverpool midfielder Lucas tweets: "Come on Reds! Let's win and get through..."

  174. 1755: 

    Here is the list of the teams that have already qualified for the next round of the Europa League: Anzhi Makhachkala, Atletico Madrid, Viktoria Plzen, Fenerbahce, Borussia Monchengladbach, Bordeaux, Newcastle, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Napoli, Genk, Rubin Kazan, Inter Milan, Lyon, Sparta Prague, Lazio, Metalist Kharkiv, Bayer Leverkusen, Hannover, Levante.

    And those dropping down from the Champions League: Dynamo Kiev, Olympiakos, Zenit, Ajax, Chelsea, BATE Borisov, Benfica, CFR Cluj.

  175. 1752: 

    Other than the English interest, all the excitement centres around Group E. No team has clinched qualification, meaning Steaua Bucharest, Stuttgart and FC Copenhagen can all still progress. The final group where qualification remains an issue is Group G. Either Basel or Videoton will advance, with the Swiss side needing only a draw at already-qualified Genk.

    But there is still plenty at stake elsewhere. Seven group winners will be confirmed tonight - meaning they will be seeded in the round of 16 draw and avoid the Champions League sides. Fenerbahce, Dnipro, Rubin Kazan, Lyon and Metalist Kharkiv are the teams already assured of topping their respective groups.

  176. 1748: 

    Nineteen teams have already advanced from the Europa League group stage to book their place in the last-32. They are joined by eight teams, including Chelsea, who have dropped down from the Champions League. It means there are five places left up for grabs in the knockout phase. As already outlined, Liverpool and Tottenham could claim two of those spots. But who else is in with a shout...?

  177. 1746: 

    Reports of the impending death of the Europa League may have been greatly exaggerated. According to a piece in the Guardian today, Uefa boss Michel Platini is not about to discard the competition and may in fact reward the tournament's winners with a place in the Champions League.

    In fairness, something needs to be done to bridge the disparity between the continent's premier and secondary competitions and make the latter more attractive to clubs. The Guardian quotes figures of €60m and €42m going to the winners and runners-up of last season's Champions League and €10.5m and €9.5m respectively to the Europa League equivalents.

  178. 1743: 
    BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports:Udinese v Liverpool (18:00 GMT)

    "If Liverpool win at Udinese tonight, they are through to the Europa League knockout stage. It sounds straight forward, but if the Reds draw they are relying on Young Boys to drop points at home to Anzhi Makhachkala. Lose and Liverpool are out. While tonight's opponents have suffered three consecutive defeats in the competition, they returned to form with a 4-1 victory over Cagliari on Saturday, while their 3-2 triumph at Anfield in October is still fresh in the memory."

  179. 1741: 
    Bordeaux v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)

    Newcastle have already qualified for the next round of the competition so they will be spared any real drama on this final round of group games. However, top spot in Group D remains up for grabs. If they can repeat their home win over Bordeaux tonight they will leapfrog the French side and into pole position. Alan Pardew is nor risking the chance of injury to any more of his already depleted first-teamers and is backing his youngsters to do the job.

  180. 1738: 

    For those of you on mobile without links and those too lazy to click away from this page, here are the permutations for all three English sides in Europa League action tonight.

    Newcastle are easy to sum up. They're already through. They can win the group if they beat current leaders Bordeaux in France.

    Liverpool need to win against the already eliminated Udinese to ensure qualification. Drawing with the Italians is also enough for the Reds as long as Young Boys do not beat Anzhi, who are already through. But Brendan Rodgers' team will be knocked out if they lose.

    Tottenham will be in the draw for the next round if they avoid defeat against Panathinaikos. If they lose at White Hart Lane they are out.


    Josh Brigham on Twitter: "Euro 2020 being held across Europe instead of a single country is a brilliant idea!"

    James Earl on Twitter: "Multiple cities for Euro 2020? Are they trying to wear all the teams out and bore the viewers to death?"

    Chris Palmer on Twitter: "Michel Platini is ruining football..."

  182. 1733: 
    Udinese v Liverpool (18:00 GMT)

    Liverpool make five changes from the side that started against Southampton on Saturday as Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard (unwell), Lucas Leiva, Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey are replaced by Jamie Carragher, Jordan Henderson, Nuri Sahin, Suso and Stewart Downing. Luis Suarez is about to serve a one-game domestic suspension, but he leads the line tonight. The Reds may be pleased to know Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale has been left on the bench, although fellow Anfield goalscorer Giovanni Pasquale starts along with fit-again Giampiero Pinzi.

  183. 1730: 
    Bordeaux v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)

    Alan Pardew makes nine changes from the team that started on Monday night, with only Mike Williamson and Sylvain Marveaux surviving. Nile Ranger and Mehdi Abeid make their first starts of the season (with the former making his first Newcastle start since April 2010). With the Magpies already through to the knock-out stages of the Europa League, Pardew is resting key players ahead of their Premier League trip to Fulham next Monday.

  184. 1728: 
    LINE-UPS- Udinese v Liverpool (18:00 GMT)

    Udinese: Padelli, Faraoni, Heurtaux, Danilo, Pasquale, Pereyra, Agyemang-Badu, Pinzi, Armero, Fabbrini, Ranegie. Subs: Brkic, Di Natale, Benatia, Marsura, Berra, Reinthaler, Frison.

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Allen, Sahin, Fernandez Saez, Suarez, Downing. Subs: Jones, Cole, Assaidi, Coates, Sterling, Shelvey, Wisdom.

    Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

  185. 1725: 
    LINE-UPS- Bordeaux v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)

    Bordeaux: Olimpa, Chalme, Planus, Marange, Poundje, Ben Khalfallah, Biyogo Poko, Sertic, Saivet, Bellion, Diabate. Subs: Keita, Sane, N'Guemo, Sacko, Maurice-Belay.

    Newcastle: Elliot, Tavernier, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson, Abeid, Bigirimana, Ranger, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Krul, Coloccini, Simpson, Anita, Cisse, Amalfitano, Campbell.

    Referee: Menashe Masiah (Israel)


    Paul Dixon on Twitter: "I couldn't care if we get beaten 10-0 tonight as long as the Toon don't get anymore injuries..."

    Adam Kyle on Twitter: "Euro 2020? I though April 1st was months away?"

    Ross Ashworth on Twitter: "Sorry for ranting but I'm livid. Tournaments are about a community spirit in one place where fans from all over Europe mix, which will now be lost."

  187. 1723: 

    With this being the final round of group games in the Europa League there is qualification to be decided across all 12 groups. But how are we to know what each team needs to do tonight in order to reach the next round? If only there was a concise piece, say on a website, that succinctly sums up all the permutations. Hang on, there is. On this website. Lovely stuff.

  188. 1719: 

    Secondly, the 2020 European Championships will be held in a number of cities across the continent, Uefa has announced. It means there will be no one country hosting the tournament.

    The Football Association has already put forward Wembley to European governing body Uefa as a possible venue for the final.

  189. 1716: 

    Before we dive into the Europa League, I've got a few bits of news to clear up from around the footballing world.

    Firstly, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been suspended for three games and fined £60,000 after admitting a charge of using threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in the match official's changing room at the end of the game against Manchester United on 28 October.

  190. 1713: 

    As always, you can contact us with regard to tonight's action to offer some wit and wisdom that will hopefully help to brighten up another dark winter evening (not literally). If you want to text us you can do so on 81111 (UK only). Or if tweeting us your bag then simply use the hashtag #bbcfootball. If you want us to use your text in this commentary, though, please put your name on it. Cheers.

  191. 1709: 

    It should be a decent night of Europa League action tonight with groups to be decided all over the shop. There are a trio of English teams in action with Liverpool travelling to Udinese, Newcastle in France to play Bordeaux (both kicking off in about an hour), and Tottenham hosting Panathinaikos at 20:05 GMT.

    Alan Pardew's side are already through to the knock-out rounds (although top place in the group is still up for grabs), but Liverpool and Tottenham have it all to play for.

  192. 1705: 

    The Europa League got something of a prestige boost last night. For the first time, the reigning European champions will compete in the continent's current second-tier competition after Chelsea finished third in their Champions League group.

    If rumours are to be believed, the Europa League needs all the help it can get with Uefa apparently considering axing the tournament altogether to make way for an expanded Champions League. I guess we better enjoy it while we can then, starting tonight.

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Europa Lg Group A table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 6 2 10
2 Anzhi Makhachkala 6 2 10
3 Young Boys 6 1 10
4 Udinese 6 -5 4

Europa Lg Group B table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Plzen 6 7 13
2 Atl Madrid 6 3 12
3 Academica 6 -3 5
4 Hapoel Tel-Aviv 6 -7 4

Europa Lg Group C table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Fenerbahce 6 3 13
2 Borussia M'gladbach 6 5 11
3 Marseille 6 -2 5
4 AEL Limassol 6 -6 4

Europa Lg Group D table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bordeaux 6 5 13
2 Newcastle 6 2 9
3 Maritimo 6 -2 6
4 Club Bruges 6 -5 4

Europa Lg Group E table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Steaua Buch't 6 0 11
2 VfB Stuttgart 6 3 8
3 FC Copenhagen 6 -1 8
4 Molde 6 -2 6

Europa Lg Group F table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Dnipro 6 8 15
2 Napoli 6 0 9
3 PSV Eind'ven 6 1 7
4 AIK Solna 6 -9 4

Europa Lg Group G table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Genk 6 5 12
2 FC Basel 6 3 9
3 Videoton 5 -1 6
4 Sporting 5 -7 2

Europa Lg Group H table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rubin Kazan 6 7 14
2 Inter Milan 6 2 11
3 Partizan Belgrade 6 -5 3
4 Neftchi 6 -4 3

Europa Lg Group I table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Lyon 6 6 16
2 Sparta Prague 6 3 9
3 Athletic Bilbao 6 -2 5
4 Hap Kiryat Shmona 6 -7 2

Europa Lg Group J table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Lazio 6 7 12
2 Tottenham 6 4 10
3 Panathinaikos 6 -7 5
4 NK Maribor 6 -4 4

Europa Lg Group K table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Met'st Kharkiv 6 6 13
2 B Leverkusen 6 7 13
3 Rosenborg 6 -3 6
4 Rapid Vienna 6 -10 3

Europa Lg Group L table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Hannover 96 6 3 12
2 Levante 6 5 11
3 Helsingborgs 6 -3 4
4 FC Twente 6 -5 4