Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs & Newcastle in Europa League

Live text commentary as Spurs beat Lyon and Newcastle are held by Kharkiv after Chelsea beat Sparta Prague and Liverpool lose at Zenit.

14 February 2013 Last updated at 23:17 GMT

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  1. 2234: 

    That is a debate that we are not going to decide tonight I fear. While the Ronaldo v Bale set-piece set-to continues to rumble away on Twitter, I am going to step away from the controls on a mammoth night of Europa League football. Thanks for all your messages, Valentines kisses on both cheeks for you all and look forward to the next time.

    Gareth Bale

    Who would you rather have taking your free-kicks? Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo? We have been asking for your opinions from our Twitter account after the Spurs star's set-piece masterclass - here's a selection of your responses.

    Heather McDonald: "Cristiano Ronaldo each and every time. Bale isn't quite at CR7's level.. Yet."

    Nathan Morley: "Ronaldo. The way he dips it over the wall and has such a unique taking style is great. His one against Pompey was amazing."

    Tom Edwards: "Bale any day of week. Ronaldo has all the show but how often does he really score. Bale has always scored freekicks."


    Doron, London: "On the way back from Spurs. Delighted with the win. Will be a huge challenge in France. But we are an away-day team. Bale has definitely evolved his game in so many areas."

  4. 2230: 

    Amid all the hyperBale, Lyon have still got a decent position in the tie with an away goal in the bag. It is easier said than done but if they could stem Bale at the Stade Gerland then Tottenham could be in for a tricky night. The return legs are in two weeks time on Thursday 21 February.


    Iain: "Nobody going to question the awful technique shown by the goalkeeper for those free kicks, or are we just sticking to waxing lyrical about Bale?"

    Nope, get with the programme Iain. We are going to gloss over some slightly shoddy shot-stopping because no-one likes a spoilsport.

  6. 2221: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on the two disallowed goals in his side's defeat by Metalist Kharkiv: "Both goals are onside and fundamentally the officials got them wrong. It was a great game, Metalist are a good side and we played a great game tonight, we were physical and technical enough and in these games those are the margins. I can accept one but twice is tough to take. The law says it should favour the striker and both those decisions were level."

  7. 2221: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is certainly feeling the rough end of that result. He is in the tunnel at St James Park waiting to have a chat with the referee. He is trying to keep a can on it, but he is bubbling underneath.

  8. 2214: 

    Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker on ITV1: "I see Gareth practise those free-kicks quite a lot after training. That's what you deserve when you put the practice in. It comes off."

    Gareth Bale

    Matthew Ball: "Yes Cisse had two goals disallowed but he had plenty other chances, especially the last diving header. Poor, poor finishing."

    Dave Brown: "Linesman gets a decision wrong, runs straight down the tunnel after the final whistle. Farcical. Tough in Ukraine now."

  10. 2212: 

    Papiss Cisse was tearing through defences up and down the country this time last year. He scored 13 goals in 14 games for the Magpies last season. He has got only seven this time around and needs a change of luck and boost of confidence.


    NeymarsMohawk21: "Lyon have the away goal, they'll be confident, keep Bale quiet and you keep Spurs quiet, they're a one man team."

    Jonathan Burton: "Bale has to be the best in England at this moment."

    AEssof: "I think Spurs fans best start saying their goodbyes to Bale. Real? Barca? City? All up for grabs."

  12. 2207: 

    Tottenham matchwinner Gareth Bale on ITV 1: "I'm delighted. I've been practising free-kicks on the training ground and I scored one like that last week. Both came at good times in the game.

    "Lyon are a good team and we weren't 100 per cent to be honest - we looked a bit tired. But the most important thing is we got the win. It's going to be hard going over there, but we're taking this competition seriously."

    Gareth Bale
  13. 2206: 

    Those two Gareth Bale free-kicks have just been getting the multi-angle slow-motion treatment from the television companies. They are both absolute brutes, rearing up like crazy horses before crashing down like Bondi breakers. Extraordinary technique.

  14. 2204: 

    Andre Villas-Boas gazed in awe at his star man as he ruffled Gareth Bale's hair on his way off the White Hart Lane pitch. Villas-Boas looked like an eager fan rather than Bale's manager, but when you do that sort of thing you deserve a bit of love from the bosses.

    Gareth Bale

    David Ljunggren: "Oh come on, who is writing the script for this Spurs game? Disney?"

    Jake Waring: "That. Was. Immense."

    Cort Robson: "Where would Spurs be without Gareth Bale? Unstoppable."


    Chris, a giddy Spurs fan: "We're a one man team, he'll leave us eventually to win trophies but I still don't care. I LOVE BALE!!"

  17. 2159: 

    All the action seems to be in Germany tonight as Lazio score the sixth goal of the night in the fourth minute of injury time to secure a 3-3 draw against Borussia Moenchengladbach, Libor Kozak with his second goal of the night. That is three goals in the last eight minutes. Elsewhere Inter beat Cluj 2-0 but the holders Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 at home to Rubin Kazan.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

    Joey Barton, Marseille midfielder

    "What a strike from Bale. Remember Lyon had a player that banged free licks in like that all the time. Juninho Pernambacho."

  19. 2156: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 2-1 Lyon

    BBC Sport's Matt Monaghan reports: "Cometh the hour, cometh the man at White Hart Lane as once again Gareth Bale proved the difference for Tottenham. The Welshman's second free-kick deep into injury-time earned his side a just-about-deserved lead ahead of next week's return leg against a Lyon team who proved in spells they will be no push-over on home soil at Stade Gerland."

  20. 2155: 
    FULL-TIME- Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "Fine performance by Newcastle but you can understand Alan Pardew's frustrations with not one, but two disallowed goals which both looked marginal if they were offside at all. Papiss Cisse could have settled matters had he taken any one of several chances but based on this performance, the Magpies will travel to Ukraine next Thursday with hope not trepidation."

  21. 2155: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-1 Lyon - Gareth Bale (90+3 mins)

    He's more than a bit special. Another humdinger of a free-kick smashes into the net. Gareth Bale has scored all of Tottenham's last six goals and his team have a lead to take to France. They probably want him to play it a bit lower key. He will be attracting a lot of attention.

  22. 2155: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Lyon

    A late free-kick for Spurs as Gareth Bale is upended by Maxime Gonalons. Bale is up and grabs the ball. 25 yards from goal. Here we go.

  23. 2153: 

    It seems we spoke too soon and with just two minutes to go in Germany Borussia Moenchengladbach are now leading against Lazio. Thorben Marx scored the equaliser from the penalty spot after Lorik Cana bought down Luke de Jong in the area, before Juan Arango gave them the lead for the second time tonight.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  24. 2153: 
    THREE MINUTES OF INJURY TIME- Tottenham 1-1 Lyon

    Gareth Bale sends over a low cross that flies between Lewis Holtby and Emmanuel Adebayor. Three minutes injury time in both games.


    Andrew Graham: "Sums up Newcastles season all round, just no luck!! Decisions have been awful."

  26. 2151: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Metalist are drawing the sting from the last few minutes, holding possession with little intent and it looks like we might be all out of goals in our two featured matches.


    Statisticians Opta Sport: "Prior to tonight, Newcastle had scored in each of their last 14 European games at home, a run going back to 2004."

  28. 2149: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Lyon

    Goalscorer Samuel Umtiti takes his time as he gets treatment for a back injury after coming downheavily from an aerial challenge with Kyle Walker. The time is ticking down for Spurs...

  29. 2147: 

    Five minutes left in both matches as Newcastle push Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor forward for a late free-kick.

  30. 2146: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 1-1 Lyon

    Steed Malbranque, formerly of the Tottenham parish of course, gets a big ovation as he gives way to Clément Grenier.


    George Uppington: "Holtby looks like the sort of player Spurs have been missing since Modric moved on. Calm with a great eye for a pass and shot."

    Jamie Gillies: "Spurs need to up the tempo a bit, we look out of ideas at the moment. Hopefully Holtby will change that."

    Thos Chopping: "Holtby is PURE class England missed out but Spurs will gain."

  32. 2145: 

    Lazio have completely turned things around in Germany and now lead Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1, thanks to Libor Kozak's goal. Just moments later though the Italians were reduced to 10 men when Andre Dias was sent off for a second bookable offence. Elsewhere FC Basel now lead Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2-0 after Marco Streller added to their tally.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  33. 2145: 

    We are inside the last ten minutes at White Hart Lane and St James Park.


    Jeremy from Newcastle: "This referee is definitely a Sunderland fan - two Cisse goals wrongly ruled out for offside."

  35. 2144: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Moussa Sissoko has thumped a 25-yard effort right down the throat of Olexandr Goryainov before picking up a yellow card for a foul on Marco Torsiglieri. Shola Ameobi has come on for Chieck Tiote.

  36. 2141: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 1-1 Lyon

    That wonder goal from Samuel Umtiti looks like it has taken the wind out of Tottenham's sails. Lewis Holtby has hardly touched the ball since coming on and his side are looking like they are running out of ideas and energy. On comes Gylfi Sigurdsson for Aaron Lennon.

  37. 2139: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Papiss Cisse could have had a hatful. Even without better luck with the linesman's calls. His touch again is a little heavy as Metalist open up in front of him once more.

  38. 2137: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Papiss Cisse is celebrating for a good 30 seconds after getting in front of the Metalist keeper to poke in Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's cross. When he emerges from the embraces of his team-mates he sees the linesman has called a marginal offside decision against him. He is not happy.

  39. 2134: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Sylvain Marveaux is almost in on goal but his final touch is a little too strong and Olexandr Goryainov is out to smother at his feet. Newcastle are well on top in the last five minutes.

  40. 2133: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Papiss Cisse squanders yet another chance. Davide Santon's cut-back is perfect for him eight yards out, but his effort is well saved by Olexandr Goryainov The Senegal striker left his shooting boots back on the beach last summer it seems.


    Johnny Magrinho: "Tottenham a one-man team? Bale is incredible but AVB's influence and squad depth reason for pushing for Champions League place."

    Thomas Murden: "Bale is world class, but like Best and Giggs, I doubt we'll see him at the finals of a major tournament."

    George Brignall: "As soon as a player on a team has a good season they are a one man team? They're just a good team that utilise a good player!"

  42. 2130: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 1-1 Lyon

    Gareth Bale is picking a personal duel with Lyon keeper Rémy Vercoutre. The Welshman is denied twice in quick succession, with his second effort straight at the stopper. Lewis Holtby comes on to a great reception to replace Clint Dempsey for Spurs.

  43. 2127: 

    Lazio are back on level terms in Germany after Sergio Floccari cancelled out Borussia Moenchengladbach's first-half opener.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.


    Adam May: "Stunning strike! Wowsers. Equally as good as Bales? I think so!"

    Alex Briggs: "Probably best single kick of a football I've ever seen."

    Russell Moore: "I can't have been the only one who thought: 'Don't hit that from there...'"

  45. 2127: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 1-1 Lyon

    Alexandre Lacazette beat just about the whole Tottenham defence as he cut in off the left wing and left Jan Vertonghen, Scott Parker and two others tackling thin air. Fortunately for Spurs, Brad Freidel stands tall and tips over his shot.

  46. 2125: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Jonas Gutierrez is the latest culprit for Newcastle as his effort from 20 yards trails wide of the upright. Alan Pardew has made a change, Sylvain Marveaux is on for Gabriel Obertan.


    Matt in Telford: "That goal gets better and better every time you see it. Magnificent."

  48. 2123: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    They could do with some of Samuel Umtiti's accuracy up on Tyneside. Both sides are creating openings but the shooting is powderpuff stuff.

    Robbie Savage, BBC Sport

    "Wow wow what a goal for Lyon !!!! Zooooommmm."

  50. 2117: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-1 Lyon - Samuel Umtiti (55 mins)

    What. A. Goal. An absolutely jaw-dropping strike from Samuel Umtiti as the ball dropped to him on the half-volley from William Gallas' clearing header. Twenty yards out, the 19-year-old blasted a rocket past a rooted Brad Freidel and into the top corner. Seek it out. It is worth your time.

  51. 2117: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Tottenham 1-0 Lyon

    Alexandre Lacazette is asking the question, but he is getting the blunt reply he deserves from the referee after he flopped to the ground attempting to get on the end of Lisandro's cross.

  52. 2114: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Yohan Cabaye coughs up the ball in a dangerous area and suddenly Newcastle look outnumbered at the bask. Jonathan Cristaldo is the man in space for the visitors, but he thunders his effort wide of the near post. That was a let-off.

  53. 2112: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 1-0 Lyon

    Kyle Walker is wide-eyed with astonishment and well he might be. Referee Pedro Proença produces the yellow card for a foul on Samuel Umtiti, but it looks like the Lyon player took a self-inflicted tumble.


    Will Moores: "Where would Barcelona be without Messi's goals last season? But does that make them a one man team, No. Same applies to Bale."

  55. 2110: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Newcastle get an effort in on Metalist's goal inside the first minute of the second half. Papiss Cisse pulls a long ball forward from Yohan Cabaye out of the sky, but his shot under pressure flies over the top.

  56. 2107: 

    Metalist and Newcastle are spilling back out into the Tyneside air, but the action at White Hart Lane is going to be first to get going as Bafétimbi Gomis taps the ball off the spot.

  57. 2105: 

    Alfie-Lee Marcus: "Happy Balentines."

    And we got Bale's customary heart-made-of-hands celebration. I feel it in my fingers...

  58. 2103: 

    Holders Atletico Madrid are trailing 1-0 at home to Rubin Kazan at the break, while Inter Milan lead Cluj and Lazio trail away at Borussia Moenchengladbach by the same scoreline. There are now goals in every game except the one involving Newcastle United, after Stuttgart went ahead against Genk through Christian Gentner.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.


    Statisticians Opta Sport: "Gareth Bale has now bagged five goals in his last four games for Tottenham, with three of those goals coming from long-range. Streak."

  60. 2103: 

    Both Tottenham and Newcastle's matches have been a step up in quality and entertainment from Chelsea's professional take-out of Sparta Prague in the Czech capital earlier today. And Liverpool's tame capitulation to Zenit St Petersburg for that matter.


    Benjamin Thomas: "Where would Spurs be without Bale? Not in CL contention that's for sure."

    Tim Dugdale: " man team."

    Gavroche Gergaud: "A ridiculous free kick from Bale! Definitely overshadows his earlier miss!"

    Full credit to Spurs for showing the vision and cajones for paying the big bucks for Bale when he was a Southampton teenager then. He didn't just fall into their laps.

    Gareth Bale

    Mich: "Gareth Bale FC at it again."

  63. 2052: 
    HALF-TIME- Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "Moussa Sissoko is once again providing Newcastle's main threat and only a linesman's flag has denied the hosts the lead. But Metalist have looked dangerous and they are getting lots of space in behind Newcastle's midfield. Every time Marlos gets the ball, they look like they can score."

    Moussa Sissoko
  64. 2052: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-0 Lyon

    BBC Sport's Matt Monaghan reports: "Gareth Bale proved he was fallible at last with a glaring open-goal miss but, as with all players from the top bracket, redemption was not long in coming. The Welshman brought White Hart Lane to its feet with a devilishly swerving 35-yard free-kick to give Tottenham a deserved lead against Lyon."

  65. 2050: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Lyon - Gareth Bale (45 mins)

    Gareth Bale's Cristiano Ronaldo impression over a long-range free-kick is getting very convincing. He stabs his instep through the ball to produce some wicked dip and the power and accuracy is too good as it beats Rémy Vercoutre in the race to the bottom left-hand corner.

    Gareth Bale
  66. 2050: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    José Ernesto Sosa gets a glimpse of goal as he is slipped in around the side of Davide Santon, but drags his shot wide from a narrowing angle. Papiss Cisse almost gets in at the other end, but the ball has a little more pace than him and Olexandr Goryainov comes to claim at his feet.

  67. 2047: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Papiss Cisse is sniffing around as a game of head tennis breaks out in the Metalist six-yard box, but goalkeeper Olexandr Goryainov reaches in to plucks the ball out of the fire.

  68. 2045: 

    There might be no goals in the games involving the British sides but there are now in four of the seven ties. Basel have taken a 1-0 lead, at home to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk through Valentin Stocker, while Inter Milan lead CFR Cluj 1-0 through Rodrigo Palacio.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  69. 2044: 
    WHAT A MISS!- Tottenham 0-0 Lyon

    That Gareth Bale is bobbins. The Welsh superman, who has scored Tottenham's last four goals, has a chance served up to him on a plate by Kyle Walker's low cross. He screws a simple side-foot slot straight back towards his team-mate rather than the back of the net.

  70. 2041: 
    CLOSE!- Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Papiss Cisse is played clean through by Yohan Cabaye's slide-rule pass but his finish is all power, no precision. His shot cannons clear off the knees of goalkeeper Olexandr Goryainov. Cabaye picks up a yellow card shortly after for leaving his elbow in in an aerial challenge with Jonathan Cristaldo.

  71. 2038: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Lyon

    Tottenham might currently be struggling to make the breakthrough against Lyon but manager Andre Villas-Boas's main frustration is with having to open a gate on the hoardings in front of the dugout to get pitchside. The fourth official has just got an earful and a variety of rapid-fire hand movements fired his way after the Portuguese's latest attempts to get through.


    Ed Paice: "Worst offside decision ever."

    BenPharoah: "Would someone kindly explain the offside rule to this assistant! Shocking decision."


    Dave, Thetford: "Come on Newcastle let's get the season back on track with a honest decent performance. Let's get a decent result to take away to the second leg. Some Newcastle players really need to step up tonight not hide when things get tough."

  74. 2036: 
    YELLOW CARD- Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Cheick Tiote has his name taken by the referee for taking out Marlos in an innocuous position. Metalist almost heap further punishment on the anchorman as Cleiton Xavier draws a decent save from Tim Krul with a header from the resulting free-kick.

  75. 2034: 
    WHAT A MISS!- Tottenham 0-0 Lyon

    A clever throughball from Mousa Dembele carves open the Lyon defence, rolling perfectly into the stride of Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo striker takes it on first time, but his well-hit effort is into the hoardings. maybe just needed to get his head up and get his bearings.

  76. 2031: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Newcastle and Papiss Cisse's celebrations are cut short and, on further inspection, it appears wrongly. Moussa Sissoko looks like he was played on by Fininho before squaring for the Senegal international to slot in. Unfortunately for the Magpies, the linesman saw it otherwise.

    Papiss Cisse

    David in London: "As a Spurs fan I'm trying to sneak views on BBC Sport updates while in the cinema. Hopefully my true love delivers tonight!"

  78. 2029: 

    Borussia Moenchengladbach have taken the lead at home to Lazio, through their captain Martin Stranzl from the penalty spot.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  79. 2028: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 0-0 Lyon

    Samuel Umtiti is first into the book as a clattering body check on Kyle Walker earns him a ticking off from the referee. Spurs cannot make anything from the free-kick and Benoit Assou Ekotto tries an extraordinary volleyed shot from halfway that crashes into Lyon defender.

  80. 2025: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Moussa Sissoko slips a pass to an unmarked Gabriel Obertan as Newcastle break from deep. The Frenchman's effort is a trundler rather than a flier, but it is close enough to the corner to give the visitors a scare as it heads behind for a goal-kick.

  81. 2023: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Lyon

    Lyon are building a bit of momentum here and they are aggrieved as Pedro Proença turns down a penalty appeal for Jan Vertonghen's challenge on Bafetimbi Gomis. There was certainly contact there, whether it was enough to warrant a spot-kick though is questionable. Dejan Lovren directs a header into the gloves of Brad Freidel shortly after. Spurs need to weather this period.

  82. 2020: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Lyon

    Gueida Fofana, usually a defensive midfielder, shows a clean pair of heels to a couple of Spurs defenders before thumping narrowly over from fully 35 yards.

  83. 2018: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    There is a noisy Ukrainian contingent in St James' Park, adding to a simmering atmosphere. It is one of the English grounds that does European nights very well. Neither side has done anything to increase the noise so far though.

  84. 2016: 

    The first goal has been scored in the final batch of matches and it has come at Atletico Madrid but it's gone to the visitors Rubin Kazan, who have taken the lead through Gokdeniz Karadeniz.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  85. 2015: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Lyon

    The crowd rise from their seats at White Hart Lane as a deep cross floats across to Gareth Bale and the Welshman sets himself to volley 12 yards out. Bums are rapidly plonked back into seats though as Bale slashes horribly over the top.

    Gareth Bale
  86. 2014: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Gabriel Obertan and Yohan Cabaye force the first corner of the game. Newcastle have a significant height advantage, but they cannot make it count this time.

  87. 2013: 
    Newcastle 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

    Newcastle have been a little more reserved. A lot of shadow boxing around midfield but neither they or Metalist have posed much of a threat yet.

  88. 2011: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Lyon

    Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey combine with a couple of snappy passes to set Benoit Assou-Ekotto scurrying toward the byeline. The Cameroon international's attempt to send the ball fizzing through the six-yard box is cut out, but it has been a promising start for Tottenham.

  89. 2009: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Lyon

    Tottenham have an early free-kick to exploit, but Clint Dempsey has been pinged by the referee for clambering up the back of Milan Bisevac in pursuit of the cross.

    Joey Barton, Marseille midfielder

    "Just about to watch Spurs v Lyon. Can't see beyond Spurs. Lyon been having a little wobble of late. Big game in their season this. #homewin"

  91. 2006: 

    Metalist Kharkiv do the honours at St James' Park.

  92. 2005: 

    We are up and running at White Hart Lane.

  93. 2005: 

    There is a healthy crowd in the St James' Park house tonight. Metalist breezed through their group in qualifying for this stage, it should be a good one.

  94. 2003: 

    The final whistle is starting to go on the second batch of games and Levante have beaten Olympiakos 3-0, Viktoria Plzen have won by the same scoreline away at Napoli, Dynamo Kiev and Bordeaux ended 1-1, Benfica won 1-0 at Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax beat Steaua Bucharest 2-0. Bate Borisov who were held to a goalless draw by Fenerbahçe who were reduced to 10 men after just three minutes.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

    Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv (2005 GMT)

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on ESPN: "In some of the cup competitions, and this one particularly, it's been tough with some of the teams we've put out. But they've done well and now we've got our strongest team out.

    "I like to think we will give them a good go. Their names are not familiar to many of the viewers in the British Isles, but they are a quality side and got to the quarter-finals last year.

    "They are an experienced side - much more experienced than ourselves. It's a test for us."

    Alan Pardew

    James, Surrey: "Please stop slating Chelsea! A clean sheet away victory in Europe can only be a good thing. Bring on Brentford this weekend!"

  97. 2002: 

    Metalist Kharkiv have apparently warming up for this match with a friendly against Whitley Bay. Although 'warming up' might have been the wrong phrase considering some chilly weather up in the north-east. Honours at 1-1 apparently although I'm reading that Metalist officials banned black and white shirts and scarves from the ground. Which just seems a little paranoid doesn't it?

  98. 1955: 
    Tottenham v Lyon (2005 GMT)

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Lyon should be playing in the Champions League and sees this tie as a barometer of his side's progress. It is hard to disagree with the Portuguese's assessment of his opponents, who reached the last four of that competition in 2010.

    Star names such as Michael Essien, Florent Malouda and Karim Benzema have all passed through Lyon on their way to the European elite. Fellow Les Gones product Hugo Lloris is not expected to be in action tonight as Spurs continue their policy of fielding veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel in the cup competitions.

  99. 1954: 

    There's not much going on elsewhere around the rest of Europe either but Viktoria Plzen do now lead 3-0 in Napoli, Frantisek Rajtoral and Stanislav Tecl adding to Vladimir Darida's opening goal.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  100. 1953: 

    Prague is a beautiful city. I'm surprised that Chelsea and Sparta did not need special planning permission to stage a game that ugly. Maybe it was all a scheme to put off any more stag parties making the flight over from the United Kingdom. Onwards, and hopefully upwards, we go.


    Statisticians Opta Sports: "Chelsea have now scored in all but one of their last 21 European games. Potent."

  102. 1949: 
    FULL-TIME- Sparta Prague 0-1 Chelsea

    Referee Marton Dinnyes puts this dog of a game down.

  103. 1948: 
    Sparta Prague 0-1 Chelsea

    Tomáš Zápotočný and Leony Kweuke almost managed to smuggle the ball through a clutch of Chelsea defenders for a sight of goal but Branislav Ivanovic clamps down on their little scheme with a sliding tackle.


    Cup-tied Chelsea striker Demba Ba: "Can't really do better than that Oscar..."


    Jack, Newcastle: "No game at the weekend so I'm glad to see Pardew playing a strong side. Lots of South American influence in this Ukrainian side. Tricky game for the Toon today."

  106. 1945: 
    INJURY TIME- Sparta Prague 0-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea look distinctly underwhelmed by life in the second tier of European competition. They have been lacking in energy and spark until Oscar bailed them out. Should they finish the job at Stamford Bridge in the second leg then the possibility of Dutch champions Ajax in the next round might warm their blood. Into three minutes of injury time we go.


    Mike Martin: "Now that's what I call a substitution."

    Omar: "How many Chelsea fans just groaned about Mata coming off? Brilliant change there, Rafa!"

    Ishan Islam: "Oscar in Europe is something special, 6 goals in 6 starts and for this one he just wandered over and stroked it in."

  108. 1941: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sparta Prague 0-1 Chelsea

    Sparta Prague have just brought on former Hearts, Blackpool and West Brom striker Roman Bednar to see if he can follow Oscar's lead.

  109. 1938: 
    GOAL- Sparta Prague 0-1 Chelsea - Oscar (82 mins)

    About 15 seconds on the pitch and Oscar does more than his team-mates had done in the previous 80 minutes. He picks up the ball 30 yards out, skirts round a tired-looking Sparta challenge and slots past the goalkeeper with icy cool.

  110. 1937: 

    As the clock ticks past 80 minutes, Chelsea have brought on Oscar for Juan Mata.


    David Ljunggren: "Wow, Pardew must be confident Newcastle are going to stay up this year. That's a very strong line-up against Metalist."

    Tom Clazie Flynn: "Any Spurs fan saying that tonight's game should be an easy win is deluded, Lyon are a strong side."

    Joshua Kleiman: "Tottenham team very strong - Parker, Bale and Adebayor. How seriously are they taking the race for fourth then?"

  112. 1935: 
    LINE-UPS- Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv (2005 GMT)

    Newcastle: Krul, Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Sissoko, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Simpson, Anita, Perch, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Haidara.

    FC Metalist Kharkiv: Goryainov, Villagra, Gueye, Torsiglieri, Fininho, Torres, Marlos, Edmar, Cleiton Xavier, Sosa, Cristaldo. Subs: Disljenkovic, Berezovchuk, Shelayev, Blanco, Jakson, Krasnopyorov, Willian.

    Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (Norway)

  113. 1935: 
    Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv (2005 GMT)

    So the serious business begins. Magpies boss Alan Pardew abandons his previous Europa League policy of resting his stars and makes just three changes from the team which lost 2-1 at Tottenham.

    Two of those switches are enforced, with French internationals Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy both ineligible. Ivorian midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote also replaces James Perch.

  114. 1933: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Time is ticking away for Chelsea to grab an away goal in Prague. So far both sides look like they might be happy for the game to finish goalless and take their chances of being able to finish the job at Stamford Bridge.

  115. 1931: 

    Tottenham's Lewis Holtby speaking with ITV: "I always got an England shirt for Christmas and I always got stick when England lost to Germany. I remember the 1996 European Championship semi-final, my dad was biting his fingernails and crying after the game.

    "Me and my dad sung together after the 5-1 World Cup qualifying victory in 2001.

    "People used to think German football was boring. But now, there are 30-40 attacking players who can produce world class football."

  116. 1929: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Lyon (2005 GMT)

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Dempsey, Bale, Adebayor. Subs: Lloris, Holtby, Naughton, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Caulker.

    Lyon: Vercoutre, Reveillere, Lovren, Bisevac, Umtiti, Gonalons, Fofana, Lacazette, Malbranque, Lopez, Gomis. Subs: Lopes, Kone, Grenier, Ferri, Dabo, Benzia, Ghezzal.

    Referee: Pedro Proenca (Portugal)

  117. 1929: 
    Tottenham v Lyon (2005 GMT)

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas makes five changes to the team that beat Newcastle 2-1 at the weekend. In comes goalkeeper Brad Friedel, defenders William Gallas, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jan Vertonghen, plus striker Emmanuel Adebayor who makes his first start for the club in more than a month.

    Opponents Lyon make three changes to the team that lost 3-1 to Lille on Sunday, with top scorer Bafetimbi Gomis handed a recall. While former Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris drops to the host's bench as it is a cup competition, ex-Spurs winger Steed Malbranque marks his return to White Hart Lane with a start.

  118. 1928: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Frank Lampard directs a header right into the cradling arms of Tomas Vaclík before Fernando Torres shanks a shot so far wide that it goes out for a throw-in. He has just looked thoroughly miserable in a blue shirt since making the move from Liverpool.


    Mark: "Chelsea players had better start taking this Europa seriously! With Benitez in charge we're going to end up in it next season as well."

  120. 1925: 

    There's been a goal in Germany but it's not good news for the home side as Benfica have taken a 1-0 lead against Bayer Leverkusen, through Oscar Cardozo. Elsewhere Levante now lead Olympiacos 3-0, former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins with the third goal.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  121. 1925: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have been listless in the second half. Sparta have not been any better though and the whole thing makes for a pretty unappetizing spectacle. Rafael Benitez throws on Yossi Benayoun in place of Marko Marin in an attempt to spice things up with 25 minutes to go.

  122. 1922:  
    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann

    "Another disappointing night for LFC. The team is getting beat far too easily these days..."

  123. 1920: 

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in the wake of his side's 2-0 defeat by Zenit St Petersburg: "We are very disappointed to have lost the game. After 5-10 minutes of the opening spell when they had too much space behind our midfield, we had an almost perfect away performance. We had the chances to score and we were defensively solid so to concede the goals in the last 20 minutes was very disappointing."

  124. 1920: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Cesar Azpilicueta is perhaps a little fortunate to escape the referee's notebook as he jumps in on Marek Matějovsky with the ball having departed the scene half a second earlier.


    Jacob, London: "On the way to Spurs vs Lyon. Very strong starting line up. Should be an easy win. But lets keep our hopes down. It's Tottenham."

  126. 1917: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Juam Mata scoops a ball over the top of a momentarily flat-footed Sparta rearguard for Fernando Torres. The Spaniard is onto it, but almost immediately the cover is on to him. Marko Marin's shot is blocked from Torres' lay-off.

  127. 1914: 

    Over in Amsterdam Ajax have taken a 2-0 lead against Steaua Bucharest through Ricardo van Rhijn, while Napoli are trailing 1-0 at home to Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  128. 1914: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Marko Marin has had a decent audition for a full-time role in the Chelsea first-team so far. I'm guessing he might still be behind Victor Moses in the queue though after the Nigeria international's stellar performances out at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Marko Marin

    Mahir, from Oldham, via text: "Badly missed Sturridge at least we have him in the Europa for next year...if we get there."

  130. 1910: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Matěj Hybš warms Petr Cech's palms with a well-struck effort from distance. At the opposite end, the doors slam shut on Fernando Torres as his first touch is too heavy to allow for a telling second. He still looks like he is shackled by his lack of self-belief.

  131. 1906: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Frank Lampard gives it the big build-up as he stands over a free-kick out wide with his breath steaming and arms loose by his side. His team-mates are buzzing about in the middle, but his cross thuds into the shins of the first defender.

  132. 1903: 

    Should Liverpool claw their way back against Zenit St Petersburg they could play Olympiacos in the last 16. Of course, the Greek side was who they had to beat by two clear goals to progress from their final group game in their 2005 Champions League triumph.

    With Olympiacos 2-0 down against Levante themselves though, I think we might be scratching around fruitlessly for good omens with that.

  133. 1901: 
    KICK-OFF- Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    We are back under way at Sparta Prague.

  134. 1858: 

    It's all over at the Dynamo Stadium as Anzhi Makhachkala beat Hannover 3-1 and elsewhere Levante have doubled their lead over 10-man Olympiacos, who had Djamel Abdoun sent off on 29 minutes. The second goal came from the penalty spot courtesy of Jose Barkero.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  135. 1858: 
    BREAKING NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS- Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv (2005 GMT)

    France defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes his first Newcastle start as Alan Pardew names a strong starting line-up.

  136. 1857: 
    BREAKING TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Lyon (2005 GMT)

    Emmanuel Adebayor makes his first start for Tottenham in more than a month. Hugo Lloris is left out against his old club with Brad Friedel preferred, as usual for Cup competitions.

  137. 1851: 

    Liverpool have been well beaten and have it all to do at Anfield. There was not much attempt to make inroads into Zenit's two-goal lead in the final ten minutes. They will have to do that hard work at Anfield while also keeping things ship-shape at the back to avoid the away goal. It is going to be tricky, they will need every decibel of the Anfield roar.

    FULL-TIME- Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Liverpool
  139. 1850: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Liverpool

    Zenit are knocking the ball about as neatly as they have all game and substitute Viktor Fayzulin forces Pepe Reina into a sprawling save with a long-range effort.

    HALF-TIME- Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea
  141. 1848: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Liverpool

    We are entering two minutes of injury-time in St Petersburg.


    Jordan King: "Haven't seen anything from Marin this season to suggest he is worth one penny of the £6.5 million we spent on him."

    Adam Bowley: "Marin having his best game in a Chelsea shirt. Good to see."

    Omar: "Chelsea won't go to the Europa league final because we haven't got a striker that can put the ball in the net."

  143. 1847: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Sparta Prague are applying the more concerted pressure, but Chelsea still carry a threat on the counter. The Blues break quickly on the Czechs and Frank Lampard is able to get his head up and fire off an effort from 30 yards. It is not the cleanest connection though and Tomas Vaclík gobbles up the bouncing ball.

  144. 1844: 

    It looks like being a good night for the Russian sides as Anzhi Makhachkala have further extended their lead over Hannover to 3-1, Mbark Boussoufa with their third goal after they initially went behind.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  145. 1844: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez's low effort is pushed away by a plunging Vyacheslav Malafeev. Jordan Henderson manages to shovel the loose ball back to Stewart Downing, but the Zenit defence is out to block his effort.

  146. 1842: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool have a chance from a free-kick 20 yards out as Luis Neto is booked for a body check on Luis Suarez. Suarez looks like the prime candidate to take on the set-piece...

  147. 1840: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Marko Marin has looked bright on the Chelsea left and the German plays his part, along with Juan Mata and Frank Lampard, to conjure half a chance for Fernando Torres. The ball gets caught under the Spaniard's feet though just when he needs to pull the trigger and the moment is gone.


    Steven Jerjian: "Looked as if Liverpool were turning a corner vs Arsenal & City, but fact is we've now conceded two goals in each of our last five."


    John, Belfast: "Just like Monday night Liverpool get punished by poor passing, poor finishing and just no desire. Brendan you have some work to do."

  150. 1837: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool are bringing on Lucas for Raheem Sterling. The Brazilian has plenty of defensive qualities, but with 13 minutes of normal time remaining, is that the change Liverpool need?


    Statisticians Opta Sports: "This is Liverpool's fifth trip to Russia and they are still yet to keep a clean sheet. Loose."

  152. 1835: 

    Ajax have opened the scoring after just 28 minutes against Steaua Bucharest. Toby Alderweireld with the first goal of the night, while in Belarus Fenerbahce's former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles has been sent off after just three minutes of their match with Bate Borisov.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  153. 1835: 
    WHAT A MISS!- Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea seem content to allow the home team to maintain possession, but that ploy seems to be causing the Chelsea defence problems. David Lafata should have put Sparta ahead after a ricochet shot confuses the visiting defence, but the striker wildly shoots wide from six yards.


    Alex Timperley: "Midway through typing out a tweet about Hulk looking disappointing tonight, top corner, wham! Top players change game."

    Will Moores: "Typical Liverpool this season, one setback quickly followed by another."


    Richard, from Manchester: "Liverpool are red, Zenit are blue, Hulk has scored, now Semak too."

  156. 1834: 

    We've been waiting for goals and two come along at once in Kiev. Dynamo took the lead against Bordeaux 1-0, thanks to a goal from Lukman Haruna but while the fans were still celebrating the French side have equalised through Ludovic Obraniak.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  157. 1830: 
    GOAL- Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 Liverpool - Sergei Semak (72 mins)

    This is looking like an uphill struggle to make the last 16 now for Liverpool. Aleksandr Anyukov's cross evades Martin Skrtel and Sergei Semak, lurking at the far post, side-foots home unmarked to double the lead. Liverpool may well need an away goal now.

  158. 1829: 
    GOAL- Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 Liverpool - Hulk (70 mins)

    I think Liverpool must have just made him angry. Hulk unleashes an absolute thunderbolt into the top corner, swerving off the outside of his boot right into the postage stamp. Jordan Henderson was cheaply dispossessed in the build-up.


    Mathew Coombes: "Suarez doesn't look like he could finish a packet of crisps tonight."

    Andrew Roxbury: "Watching Hulk against Liverpool has made me grateful that Chelsea didn't spend £40million on him. He's been average at best."

  160. 1827: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Zenit almost manage to get in behind the Liverpool backline with some neat play as Roman Shirokov comes close to playing in Aleksandr Kerzhakov. There have not been many scares for the visitors so far though.

  161. 1824: 

    Statisticians Opta Sports: "Luis Suarez has had a game-high four shots so far against Zenit, but not one has been on target. Wayward."

  162. 1824: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    It is a long way to the Zenit goal when you are attempting to make the journey with five-yard passes over a mess of a pitch, but Liverpool are enjoying more of the ball than they had in the early part of the first half.

  163. 1821: 

    Anzhi Makhachkala now lead against Hannover 2-1 thanks to a goal from Odil Ahmedov. It's quiet everywhere else with the only other goal coming at Levante with the Spanish side leading Olympiacos 1-0.

    Live scores for all of tonight's Europa League matches can be found here.

  164. 1820: 
    CLOSE!- Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Stewart Downing overruns the ball on the edge of the box, but fortunately for Liverpool it runs exactly where they would have wanted it - the right boot of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan strokes a curling effort goalwards, but he is a shade off target with the Zenit keeper motionless.

  165. 1818: 
    CLOSE!- Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    First chance for Sparta and it is a good 'un. Ladislav Krejčí's raking cross drops temptingly in front of David Lafata in the penalty box. Lafata is on the stretch, but will have hoped to have at least forced Petr Cech into a save.


    Stuart Mellor: "Stunned at some of the criticism Suarez is getting tonight! Last time I checked he was the second top scorer in the Premier League?"

    Siddharth Kothari: "Liverpool fans who are criticising Suarez should be ashamed of themselves. Suarez is the only reason we're in top 10."

    Billy Price: "We are dependent on Suarez, our best player, top scorer! So don't say you wouldn't miss him we definitely would."

  167. 1814: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Eden Hazard, may be getting his mojo back after that little incident with the ballboy in south Wales, looks full of his tricks and flicks in the early stages in Prague.

  168. 1812: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Roman Shirokov balloons an effort well over the top from distance and that is the cue for a Zenit substitution. Off comes the struggling Danny and on comes Sergei Semak.


    Cup-tied Chelsea striker Demba Ba: "Sitting in the front of tv. Come on Chelsea... #victory"

  170. 1810: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have started brightly out in the Czech Republic and Marko Marin's well disguised reverse ball to the overlapping Eden Hazard gives the Belgian a sight of goal. Hazard's effort fizzes across the face. Close but no cigar.

  171. 1808: 
    SHOWBOAT- Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    You remember Sol Campbell's rampaging runs from the back in the 1998 World Cup? Glen Johnson just did something very similar, dribbling forward past a couple of defender and only a block from goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev denied him a superb goal.


    Chris the Red: "Even great players, even Messi, Falcao, Ronaldo and RVP, have a bad game every now and then. Lay off our Luis."

    Calum in Glasgow: "Some fans talking nonsense I see. Sell Suarez? Who can Liverpool attract and will bang in 20+ goals a season?"

  173. 1805: 
    Sparta Prague 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea are in and among it straight away as Frank Lampard draws a save from Tomáš Vaclík with a decent hit from the the edge of the box.

  174. 1803: 

    Zenit kick us off for the second half in St Petersburg.

  175. 1802: 

    We are up and running in the Czech Republic. It looks like a grimy old night out there. Liverpool are just emerging for the second half over in St Petersburg.

    Sparta Prague
  176. 1801: 
    LINE-UPS- Sparta Prague v Chelsea (1800 GMT)

    Sparta Prague: Vaclik, Zapotocny, Svejdik, Holek, Hybs, Husbauer, Vacha, Matejovsky, Kadlec, Lafata, Krejci. Subs: Cech, Pamic, Kweuke, Vidlicka, Polom, Bednar, Janos.

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Marin, Mata, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Oscar, Ferreira, Terry, Benayoun, Ake.

    Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

    Sparta Prague v Chelsea (1800 GMT)

    John Terry has to make do with a place on the substitutes' bench despite being deemed fit after missing the 4-1 victory over Wigan with a knee injury. Rafael Benitez makes three changes to the team which beat the Latics, with Ryan Bertrand, Marko Marin and Juan Mata replacing Ashley Cole, David Luiz (suspended) and Oscar.


    Luke Sproule: "The last time I watched Chelsea in UEFA Cup we lost 5-4 to Viking Stavanger. Hoping for something a bit better tonight."

  179. 1758: 

    Elsewhere in Russia, Anzhi Makhachkala are back on level terms against Hannover. And who else other than Samuel Eto'o? The former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker and current very rich man taps in a pullback from new signing Willian to level at 1-1.

  180. 1751: 

    There has been plenty of space out there for Liverpool, but they have not managed to pick their way through the gaps left by an attacking Zenit team. The pitch has not helped. It is not the sort of carpet on which Brendan Rodgers' ball-hogging philosophy can easily take root.

    HALF-TIME- Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan's half-time snapshot: "The pitch might look like a horse field, but the Stadion Petrovski is serving up a match which is far more palatable. The only question mark is how it is still goalless. Normally you would expect Luis Suarez to gobble up those two fine chances, and with Zenit enjoying more of the ball you wonder if Liverpool might live to regret it."

  182. 1747: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez crowbars Axel Witsel off the ball in midfield and looks poised to pin his ears back and run at a quaking Zenit defence. The referee's whistle pulls him back however. It looked a little harsh, more shoulder to shoulder than anything.


    Bill in Hereford: "WHY WON'T SUAREZ JUST PUT IT IN THE NET?! Seriously if we sell him at the end of the season and get a replacement it won't be a worry to me."

    Sam: "Suarez showing he cares more about fancy flicks and tricks rather than being clinical. Looks world class when the come off but RVP, Messi, Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo would all have hat tricks by now."


    Tokunbo: "How wasteful can a single player be? Luis Suarez, shame on you."

    Eli Caywood: "Suarez doesn't look sharp, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing can't seem to link up constantly and Hulk looks dangerous."

    Sean Longwill: "Suarez needs a new pair of boots He's falling over every time he's on the ball."

  185. 1745: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Stewart Downing cuts in off the right flank and chances his arm from the apex of the penalty box. It is a wild swing of the left peg though and his effort swerves high and handsome.

  186. 1744: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Just a couple of minutes of the first half to go.


    Lewis Done: "Carra will be determined to go out on a high. A Europa League final would be a great way to send him off!"

    Newcastle fan Kristian: "Think there are better teams in it, but I'd love a cup run even if we just made the quarters."

    Benjamin Downey: "They all could but priorities lie elsewhere for Tottenham. Focus should be on top four and that's all for them."

  188. 1743: 
    CLOSE!- Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    I spoke too soon. Joe Allen peels into a pocket of space on the left and his cross is collected by Raheem Sterling at the far post. Sterling gets his head up, picks out Luis Suarez in the middle who flicks first time for goal round the back of his standing leg. It is one for the highlight reel, but it is just off target to Suarez's utter disbelief.

  189. 1739: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Zenit look good for at least another blooper at the back. Aleksandr Anyukov's pass almost sticks in the mud enough for Luis Suarez to intercept. Certainly Zenit look more like to create a chance for Liverpool than the Reds themselves,

  190. 1736: 

    The game is held up for a couple of minutes as Danny receives treatment for an ankle injury sustained as he booted Glen Johnson's studs. It looks like he is going to be ok after a quick application of the magic sponge.


    Can the Premier League's four Europa League contenders challenge for the silverware on 15 May?

    Kevin Gower: "AVB needs to get Spurs in top four and at least semis of Europa League. I would consider that a good enough season."

    93:20: "Yes, I believe Liverpool will be in the Europa League final. They've been playing a strong squad out in every match."

    Alex Burnell: "It could even be All-Prem semi-finals, they've all got a chance."

  192. 1734: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Jose Enrique bursts down the left and his square ball picks out Luis Suarez in the penalty box. There might have been a bit of a bobble en route. That is certainly what Suarez will claim as the ball dribbled off his instep and through to the Zenit goalkeeper.

  193. 1732: 

    Let's not forget, there is one other Europa League tie already underway. Around 450 miles south of St Petersburg, Zenit's Russian rivals Anzhi Makhachkala host German side Hannover in Moscow - and they are 1-0 behind after Szabolcs Huszti's 22nd minute strike.

  194. 1731: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool are fortunate to still be level and Zenit are getting closer. The Reds rearguard bars Axel Witsel's way, but the ball rebounds to Hulk whose first-time shot squirms through Pepe Reina at the near post and runs across the face of goal via the woodwork. Brendan Rodgers will not be impressed with this opening half-hour, no fluency going forward and not a lot of solidity at the back.

  195. 1728: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Hulk bears down on Jamie Carragher as he swats aside Joe Allen, but the Liverpool veteran makes up for his relative lack of pace with a perfect reading of the Brazilian's intentions. He steps in to nick it off his toe and carry the ball to safety.

    Hulk and Joe Allen

    Chris from Kirkby: "Liverpool are red, Everton are blue, we're playing in Europe tonight, where are you?"

  197. 1726: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Luis Suarez is playing on the last shoulder and twice almost gets through onto the ball. An offside flag pops up to deny him after his sneaky tug of a shirt is spotted by the referee. The pitch is a bit of a dog's dinner by the way, big crop circles of lightly churned-up mud where the teams went through their warm-ups.

  198. 1723: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool take the edge off some growing Zenit momentum as Raheem Sterling forces his way down the left hand sideline. The England winger is rewarded with a corner but the set-piece comes to nothing as Martin Skrtel is penalised for a pull.

  199. 1719: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    He looks like an old-school penalty box unit, but Hulk is getting a bit of joy when he heads out wide to take on Glen Johnson. He earns a corner out there before Steven Gerrard is required to get a toe in to divert away a dangerous cut-back.


    Dan Wilkinson: "Liverpool are red, Zenit are blue, both teams look like scoring, let's hope they do."

  201. 1717: 
    CLOSE!- Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Chances do not come any more golden than that. Nicolas Lombaerts plays the ball inexplicably to Luis Suarez to send the striker straight through on goal. Suarez shapes to shoot, rounds the grounded goalkeeper, but is foiled as Lombaerts gets back to get a challenge in as he overruns the ball. Wasteful.

    Luis Suarez

    Peter Andrew Chamber: "Anyone else feel like after shopping in Harrods yesterday we are now shopping in TK Maxx?"

  203. 1714: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard gets a chance to arrow over a free-kick from a decent position 50 yards from the goal, out on the Liverpool right. Luis Suarez looks up for a wrestle and manages to get his forehead to the delivery. It is straight into a defender's chest though.


    Mark from Lincoln: "Liverpool are red, Everton are blue, the Baggies broke Brendan, Zenit will too."

  205. 1712: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Hulk barrels Jose Enrique off the ball on the left but the striker's cross is over-cooked flying over his team-mate's head.

  206. 1709: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Joe Allen has not yet found his feet in the game. The Welshman is hustled off the ball by Belgian Axel Witsel. The offside flag spares his blushes as Hulk strays the wrong side of the last man.

  207. 1707: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    Both defences are creaking. Zenit are bombing on from all areas of the pitch, but they are leaving big holes at the back for Luis Suarez to worm his way into.


    Matthew Birch: "Hands up who else has managed to wangle a Friday Valentine's Day so they can watch the football?"

    Alex Mosedale: "Let's just hope that Liverpool's players combat any racism in the best way: with a victory."

    James Huish: "Liverpool players should be able to deal with the hostile fans. Sterling and Henderson both played in the England U21 game v Serbia."

    Let me know all your thoughts on tonight's Europa League action using the #bbcfootball hashtag.

  209. 1706: 

    He has not been at his Porto best in Russia, but that was promising from Hulk. The Brazilian jinks past Martin Skrtel to buy a yard of space before getting off a low shot which Pepe Reina does well to stretch and push behind.

  210. 1704: 

    Liverpool break up the opposite end immediately and Luis Suarez, afforded the freedom of the left flank, does Luis Neto up like a kipper before drilling a yard wide. A breathless start and the Zenit fans are testing the structural strength of the Stadion Petrovski stands with a collective bounce.

  211. 1702: 

    Liverpool are pinned back in their own penalty area straight from the off and Pepe Reina has to be on his toes to bat away a snap shot from Aleksandr Kerzhakov from 12 yards.

  212. 1700: 
    Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Liverpool

    We are up and running in Russia.

  213. 1659: 

    The teams are out in the sub-zero temperatures of St Petersburg. The atmosphere is bubbling. There is a huge banner depicting a battle from centuries gone by stretched across one of the stands. Liverpool to get us under way.

  214. 1658: 
    BREAKING CHELSEA TEAM NEWS- Sparta Prague v Chelsea (1800 GMT)

    After missing the Wigan game last time out, John Terry is on the bench. Frank Lampard is in the starting XI,

  215. 1656: 

    Liverpool looked as toothless as a Deep South grandpa in defeat to West Brom on Monday. Daniel Sturridge missed that one through injury and is cup-tied for tonight having already played in the Champions League for Chelsea. Brendan Rodgers has opted for just Luis Suarez up front again, with Fabio Borini on the bench. Is that the right call?

  216. 1653: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It is certainly a competition that we thought we would really have a go for it, if we could navigate our way through group stages. It's the last cup competition we are in, and we want to give it a real go. It's a challenge, Zenit they have won the league the last two seasons and have invested a huge amount of money and they have a gifted squad. It makes it a difficult game but it's a chance to show our character. It's over two legs and we want to keep it tight."

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    This looks like a big evening for Joe Allen. After a promising start to his Liverpool career the Welshman has fallen back. He was one of the players whose copybook was blotted in the 3-2 defeat by Oldham and has looked short of confidence in himself. That clearly is not something that Rodgers lacks. His manager coughed up a fee of around £15m to prise Allen from the Liberty Stadium in the summer.

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    LINE-UPS- Zenit St Petersburg v Liverpool (1700 GMT)

    Zenit St Petersburg: Malafeev, Aniukov, Luis Neto, Lombaerts, Hubocan, Shirokov, Denisov, Witsel, Hulk, Kerzhakov, Danny. Subs: Zhevnov, Faitzulin, Rodic, Lukovic, Semak, Djordjevic, Evseev.

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Sterling. Subs: Jones, Coates, Lucas, Borini, Fernandez Saez, Shelvey, Wisdom.

    Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

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    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers shuffles the pack following the defeat by West Brom on Monday, and brings in Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel instead of Lucas, Jonjo Shelvey and Daniel Agger. Skrtel's inclusion may have added value, since he played for Zenit for four years. Zenit boss Luciano Spelletti names an attacking side, which is likely to play in a 4-3-3 formation, with Hulk and Danny supporting Russian international Aleksandr Kerzhakov at the spearhead of the attack."

    Liverpool dressing room
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    Sadly there is a chance that the tone of our sophisticated evening could be lowered by an element among the Zenit fans. They released a charming manifesto in December, demanding that non-white and gay players be excluded from their team. The club have released a statement underlining their opposition to racism in the build-up to tonight's match with Liverpool. We'll keep an eye, and ear, on the atmosphere as it unfolds.

    Zenit stadium
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    Mark Jones: "Let's hope come 7pm we're talking about events on the pitch and not events in the stands."

    Ally Howe: "Call me controversial but I can see 4 English defeats tonight. Happy to be proved wrong though."

    Get involved via hashtag #bbcfootball.

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    Zenit St Petersburg v Liverpool (1700 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "Liverpool travel to St Petersburg aiming to become the first club to win the Europa League (or Uefa Cup in its former guise) a record four times. Zenit are in the middle of their winter break but have been keeping fit with a series of friendlies and they harbour a healthy European record. The Russians have not lost in nine European home games stretching back to 2008 and the likes of Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will also have to deal with the menace of Zenit's Brazilian striker Hulk, although he's not been too incredible recently."

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    Manchester City fans might want to sneak a peek across to see how Edinson Cavani gets on tonight for Napoli against Plzen. The Uruguayan has scored 25 goals in 26 games this season and those are the sort of stats that get you linked to a move to Eastlands in today's papers.


    So who beyond the English sides are you looking forward to seeing? And can the Premier League's four remaining contenders challenge for the silverware on 15 May? Hit me on 81111 from UK mobiles or on the old Twitter machine via #bbcfootball.

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    You thought you saw the second-best team in Spain in action last night against Manchester United? You were wrong. Atletico Madrid are four points clear of their city rivals in the La Liga table and sliced their way through the Europa League draw to lift the trophy last year, Radamel Falcao has his scoring shoes on again in this campaign. Rubin Kazan will be trying to stop the prolific Colombian from 2005 GMT.

    You can keep across all the goals as they go in across the continent on BBC Sport's videprinter.

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    How about a bit of Ajax to get your teeth into? The Dutch champions sneaked third place in their rock-hard Champions League group ahead of Manchester City. Their reward is a Europa League tie against Steaua Bucharest at 1800 GMT. Your reward is a chance to check out two of the best young talents in Europe in Christian Eriksen and Viktor Fischer in further continental action.

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    There is also team news dripping through from out even further East, where Anzhi Makhachkala boss Guus Hiddink has scribbled the names of Samuel Eto'o, new mega-money signing Willian and former Chelsea left-sided not-too-sure-what-he-is Yuri Zhirkov on his teamsheet to face Hannover.

    It is one of a grand total of 16 first-leg ties taking place in the Europa League.

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    Martin Sktel, Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling come into the starting XI at the expense of Daniel Agger, Lucas and Jonjo Shelvey. Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard both start.

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    We have got a corking evening of Europa League fixtures spread across four time zones to keep you entertained on this St Valentine's Day night. The English teams involved are conveniently scattered through the evening:

    Zenit St Petersburg v Liverpool (1700 GMT)

    Sparta Prague v Chelsea (1800 GMT)

    Tottenham v Lyon (2005 GMT)

    Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv (2005 GMT)

    But that is not even the half of it...

  230. 1600: 

    Competitive small talk at an overpriced restaurant as you try and have a better time than the couple on the next table? Come on, there is still time.

    Cancel that table, order takeaway and settle in for a Europa League odyssey around some of the most beautiful parts of the continent.

    St Petersburg, Naples, Milan, Amsterdam, Tottenham. They are all on the menu.

    So fire up the tea lights, slap Luther Vandross on the CD player and settle in because the couple that support together, support each other.

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14 Feb 2013 23:59 UK

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