Europa League as it happened

Live text commentary with Tottenham and Swansea through in the Europa League, plus the Champions League group stage draw.

29 August 2013 Last updated at 21:14 GMT

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  1. 2212: 
    Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola

    Thanks for joining me today for a six-hour European competition session.

    Please join us again tomorrow night for live text commentary of the European Super Cup in Prague.

    It's Chelsea v Bayern Munich - Jose Mourinho v Pep Guardiola. That one should be interesting.

  2. 2209: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)
    Andros Townsend

    Andros Townsend on winning a call-up to the England squad: "Obviously it's every kid's dream to get called into the England squad. It's a nice reward for the season but I need to build on the start I've had. The manager [Andre Villas-Boas] has just said to me to prove to everyone what I can do."

    Townsend's loan spell at QPR last season is really paying dividends now.

  3. 2206: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)
    Jermain Defoe

    Tottenham goalscorer Jermain Defoe on whether he might seek a move to secure regular first-team football: "If you saw me tonight, it answers all your questions. As a forward you get judged on scoring goals and getting a start was good and getting two goals was nice. I was desperate for the hat-trick but the most important thing was to win the game."


    Kenneth Molloy: Bale improved Spurs last year and his sale has made them stronger and more flexible this year. Top 4 at least this year.

    Tunde Akere: I will really want to be sentimental a bit. Before I can judge Spurs, I will wait for a big game. Like against Arsenal on Sunday

    Russell Winfield: If Bale move doesn't happen (injury, price, deadline), will Spurs be scuppered? They have spent big money they may not have!

  5. 2204: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)
    Lewis Holtby

    Lewis Holtby's celebration brought back memories of another Germany international at White Hart Lane - Jurgen Klinsmann.

  6. 2201: 

    But the draw is not the first bit of Europa League drama tomorrow.

    There is a random draw to replace Fenerbahce at 0800 BST with one team being selected from the play-off losers. The Turkish side failed in an appeal against their ban from competing in Europe following their involvement in domestic match-fixing.

    And even more bizarrely, 10-man AZ Alkmaar must play the final 33 minutes of their play-off tie with Atromitos after tonight's match was abandoned when a fire broke out.

    Greek side Atromitos led the match 1-0 but are 3-2 behind on aggregate.

  7. 2158: 

    Tottenham and Swansea, along with FA Cup winners Wigan, will find out their Europa League group opponents tomorrow when the draw takes place in Monaco at 1145 BST.

  8. 2155: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)

    It was an absolute walk in the park for Tottenham, they are through to the group stages of the Europa League.

  9. 2155: 
    INJURY TIME- Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)

    We're halfway through two minutes of stoppage time. I think Spurs are going through.

  10. 2153: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham's Jermain Defoe

    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is booked for diving in the penalty area. Dinamo's David Khurtsilava did make contact with Defoe but the England striker made the most of it - he didn't overly protest the decision.

  11. 2153: 

    Sevilla will be among the big names in Friday's Europa League draw and they cruised through the play-offs in style with a 9-1 aggregate win over Slask Wroclaw - winning 5-0 on the night in Poland.

    Fiorentina squeeze through on the away goals rule despite a 1-0 defeat at home by Grasshoppers Zurich.

  12. 2151: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)

    Tottenham substitute Harry Kane has a go from the edge of the area but Giorgi Loria saves his shot for a corner with an overly acrobatic dive.

  13. 2149: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)

    Dinamo Tbilisi make their final change as Giorgi Seturidze comes of to be replaced by Elguja Grigalashvili. Four minutes to go plus stoppage time.


    So how impressed have you been by Tottenham tonight? The quality of opposition hasn't been the best but Spurs have looked good - can they challenge on several fronts with this squad?

    Are they actually stronger now (presuming Gareth Bale leaves) than they were last season with the Welsh winger?

    Let us know via Twitter at #bbcfootball or on text - 81111 (UK only).


    Matthew Hilling: Kane certainly isn't ready for the Spurs first XI...

    Shane Lees: Tom Carroll is good, but not great. He's too ambitious with his passing and has given the ball away more times then I can count.

  16. 2144: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)
    Lewis Holtby

    That was Lewis Holtby's first goal for Tottenham - in the 22-year-old Germany midfielder's 18th appearance for the club.

  17. 2141: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)

    Dinamo make a change of their own now - Giorgi Merebashvili comes off for David Khocholava. With eight goals needed in 11 minutes, I'm not sure it'll be a game-changing substitution.

  18. 2139: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)

    Tottenham bring off goalscorer Lewis Holtby and on in his place is fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele - Andre Villas-Boas has made his three substitutions now for Tottenham.

  19. 2138: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0)

    Fifteen minutes to go at White Hart Lane. Tottenham with all the possession now, it's genuinely like a training match.


    Chris Thompson: Lewis Holtby with a Klinsmann style dive celebration! Retro!

    William Giffin: Tottenham have spent well, The Baldini and AVB relationship has worked well unlike at Newcastle.

  21. 2136: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 2-1 Swansea (agg 3-6)

    Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup was angry after goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel had a laser pen shone on him at set-pieces during the game - with the stadium announcer asking fans to stop.

    "It's obvious we don't approve of things like that," the Dane said. "The authorities or the police or Uefa have to do something with that. It's not the only ground where it has happened.

    "It's difficult, what do you do? You can search people, but a small pen is easy to bring in."

  22. 2132: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 8-0) - Lewis Holtby (69 mins)

    Tottenham are so unbelievably comfortable here - Tom Carroll lays the ball off to Lewis Holtby, who hits a thunderbolt from at least 20 yards out which goes in off the underside of the crossbar.

  23. 2129: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 2-1 Swansea (agg 3-6)

    Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup was not happy with his side's defeat in Romania - even though it was enough to see them into the Europa League group stages.

    "We are definitely not pleased with that," he said. "We are happy to go through and I thought we would after the first leg but once more we have seen what can happen if you don't take chances when you get them.

    "We knew they would go out and press us because they had to in front of their own fans after a result like last week.

    "They took a lot of risks and we knew we would have a lot of counter-attacks but we did not finish them. They were huge chances. It's fantastic to go through, but we should have done better."

  24. 2128: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Harry Kane is the latest player to have a go for Tottenham but his effort from an angle is low and easily scooped up by Dinamo goalkeeper Giorgi Loria.

    Brad Friedel must feel lonely in the Tottenham goal, he hasn't seen much action for a while.

    As I write that Patrick Vouho heads just wide for the visitors.

  25. 2126: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Harry Kane sets up Gylfi Sigurdsson, who hits a wonderful strike from the edge of the area that strikes the crossbar, just inches away from flying into the top corner.

  26. 2123: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Half an hour to go and Spurs are shooting at will now, Lewis Holtby firing one just over of the Dinamo crossbar. The Georgians aren't seeing much of the ball now, must be very frustrating for them out there.

  27. 2121: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    It would almost be a surprise if Jermain Defoe doesn't score a hat-trick tonight, this time he curls one just wide. He is eager to really shine here tonight.

  28. 2120: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)
    Kyle Walker

    Another youngster coming on for Spurs, another member of the team likely to start against Arsenal coming off. Right-back Kyle Walker is off for former Manchester United youngster Zeki Fryers.

  29. 2118: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Tottenham are in absolute cruise control now, Jermain Defoe setting up Gylfi Sigurdsson to curl just wide this time - they could yet reach 10-0 on aggregate.

  30. 2118: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Jermain Defoe almost has a hat-trick. It's fantastic play by the striker, he squeezes in between two defenders from Lewis Holtby's ball, pirouettes to get some space and then forces a save from Giorgi Loria.


    Rob Gurr: Is Defoe's job this season to keep Soldado on his toes?

    Bra: This will be AVB's season, just to show Chelsea what they missed out on. Fine manager.

  32. 2115: 

    Portugal's Braga have been Champions League regulars but failed to qualify this year and are in danger of crashing out of the Europa League. They trail 1-0 at home to Romanian side Pandurii following their 1-1 draw in the first leg.

    Dutch side Feyernoord are also on their way out with 40 minutes to go, losing 2-1 at home to Russian club Kuban Krasnador - 3-1 on aggregate.

  33. 2115: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Dinamo have spent more time on the front foot in the first six minutes of the second half than they did the first but they don't look like they're going to score. Patrick Vouho handles in the box when they have another sniff at goal.

  34. 2113: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Dinamo forward Patrick Vouho latches onto a long ball and his side look like they're in for the first time tonight, but defender Jan Vertonghen does well to deny the Ivorian.

  35. 2109: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Dinamo Tbilisi get us going at White Hart Lane - the Georgians need seven goals to progress...

  36. 2109: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Tottenham make a change at half-time as forward Harry Kane replaces Andros Townsend. I wonder if Townsend has come off with a view to starting against Arsenal on Sunday?

  37. 2104: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    Not too long until the second half now, will Andre Villas-Boas make any changes? Or does he keep it as it is and go for double figures (on aggregate)?

  38. 2057: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)
    Jermain Defoe scores for Spurs

    Jermain Defoe will be delighted by how his night has gone so far - two great poacher's goals and his first two of the season. He might not be Tottenham's first-choice striker anymore but he can do no more than score when he gets his chance.


    Neil Knighton: Great incisive ball by Carroll for the goal. Showing the odd flash of intelligent play. Not a complete player yet, but getting there.

    Thomas: What we've signed is great so far, but is it too greedy for me to want to sign an experienced defender to complete us?

  40. 2053: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "All very straightforward for Tottenham so far with Jermain Defoe's goals giving the crowd something to cheer against a resigned Dinamo Tbilisi. With the tie as good as over, is it now time for the players to try to impress ahead of the Arsenal game on Sunday?"

  41. 2052: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 7-0) - Jermain Defoe (45 mins)

    Wonderful play by Kyle Walker out on the right as he rolls the ball under his foot before playing it to Gylfi Sigurdsson, who plays the ball across goal and Jermain Defoe fires home from two yards out.

  42. 2050: 
    INJURY TIME- Tottenham 1-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 6-0)

    Two minutes added on at White Hart Lane.

  43. 2049: 

    After Udinese crashed out of the Europa League, fellow Italian side Fiorentina are now in danger of failing to reach the group stage. Nassim Ben Khalifa has put Grasshoppers Zurich ahead in Florence to make it 2-2 on aggregate.

    Turkish side Besiktas are through after beating Norway's Tromso 2-0 to overturn their first leg defeat.


    Kevin in Darlington on 81111 on text: The only problem with Spurs buying all this talent is the youth in the squad won't get much of a chance. Disappointing, since I like some of their youngsters.

    Simon from Woking on 81111 on text: If Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League this year will it be deemed an expensive flop? A Baldini inspired folly? I feel expectations are outstripping reality with Tottenham at the moment.

  45. 2045: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 6-0) - Jermain Defoe (40 mins)

    Lewis Holtby pokes a ball through to Jermain Defoe and the England international takes it in his stride, finds some space and fires past Giorgi Loria.

    It was a vintage Defoe strike and will give him some confidence after getting his chance to replace the rested Roberto Soldado.


    StAlbansSpurs: This is the strongest 'reserve' side Spurs have put out for a while. With three more signings apparently to come it looks promising.

    Sebastian Tampin: If Spurs don't play a full strength 11, they look very abject.

  47. 2044: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)

    That's a great tackle by David Khurtsilava after Tottenham winger Andros Townsend breaks in the box. The Dinamo defender puts in a wonderful sliding tackle to deny Townsend, if he got his calculations wrong that would have been a penalty. But he got them very, very right.

    Just over five minutes until half-time at White Hart Lane.


    Benjamin Cook: Holtby and Carroll both looking sharp, inventive and creative. Not convinced that Spurs need to sign Eriksen.

    Spurs are working on a deal to sign 21-year-old Denmark winger Christian Eriksen from Ajax.

  49. 2039: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)

    Dinamo defender Dato Kvirkvelia is coming off with a hamstring injury, while Macedonia international Darko Glisic comes on.

  50. 2037: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)

    Tom Carroll fires over the Dinamo crossbar after the ball landed to him following a Lewis Holtby attack. Tottenham are comfortable but would like to get on the score-sheet in front of their home fans.

    Tottenham's Jermain Defoe shoots at goal

    Max Maslen: You could hear a pin drop at white heart lane.. And not for a good reason.


    How do you think Tottenham will do this season? Have they spent the Gareth Bale money wisely (before selling him)? Can they challenge for the Premier League title?

    Tweet us your thoughts at #bbcfootball or text us at 81111 (if you are in the UK).

  53. 2029: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)
    Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will be happy with how his squad are looking this season - he has spent the money he expects to receive from the Gareth Bale sale to Real Madrid on a host of new impressive players.

    He has broken the club's transfer record twice, for Brazil midfielder Paulinho then Spain striker Roberto Soldado, as well as signing Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli, while they are close to signing another three quality players.

    None of them start tonight but that's because he has rested them for Sunday's league derby with Arsenal. For what is almost a second string team, this is a very impressive line-up he has sent out.

    Last season he had a quality starting XI but not much in reserve.

  54. 2027: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)

    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is flagged offside after a scooped ball forward by Tom Carroll. I'm not certain he was offside, it was very close, but his shot was saved anyway by Dinamo keeper Giorgi Loria, who is wearing number 77 naturally.

  55. 2024: 
    YELLOW CARD- Dinamo Tbilisi's Giorgi Merebashvili

    Dinamo Tbilisi have a player in the book too now - Giorgi Merebashvili is shown a yellow card for a foul on Kyle Walker. We are 20 minutes in and the hosts look comfortable.

  56. 2024: 

    The Press Association confirms that AZ Alkmaar's play-off with Atromitos was abandoned after a fire broke out at the AFAS Stadion.

    The spectators were evacuated after the match was brought to a halt in the 57th minute, with the visitors leading 1-0 to trail 3-2 on aggregate.

    Ten-man AZ will now play the remaining 33 minutes against their Greek opponents on Friday at 1000 BST before the draw for the Europa League group stage.

  57. 2023: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)

    Andros Townsend scored in the first leg rout and he is eager to add to his haul tonight however he again fails to hit the target from the edge of the penalty area.

  58. 2021: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham's Sandro

    Tottenham midfielder Sandro is shown a yellow card for a crunching tackle on Dinamo Tbilisi's Dorin Goga.

  59. 2021: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 2-1 Swansea (agg 3-6)

    BBC Sport's Aled Williams reports: "It was an eventful second half for Swansea, capped off by Leon Britton's second half. But it's job done and Swansea survived without any major injuries and can look forward to Friday's draw and further European adventures."

  60. 2020: 
    FULL-TIME- Petrolul Ploiesti 2-1 Swansea (agg 3-6)

    And that is that, Swansea City are into the group stages of the Europa League with ease - they did all the work in the first leg.

    They will find out their opponents in tomorrow's draw in Monaco.

  61. 2020: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 2-1 Swansea (agg 3-6)

    With the last chance of the game, Ovidiu Hoban has a go from 20 yards for Petrolul but his shot is deflected wide by Jordi Amat.


    Tom, from Newcastle, on 81111 on text: "Swansea will be glad they got that all important away goal there. It was getting tense."

    Sarcasm overload, I suspect there from Tom.

  63. 2018: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)

    Centre-back Younes Kaboul breaks out from the back for Tottenham and plays the ball to Jermain Defoe. The England striker has scored plenty of goals from that area, wide on the edge of the box, in the past but he drags this one wide.

  64. 2017: 
    INJURY TIME- Petrolul Ploiesti 2-1 Swansea (agg 3-6)

    Three minutes of stoppage time.

  65. 2016: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)

    Ten minutes in at White Hart Lane and Tottenham are looking comfortable but struggling to find an incisive final ball. Dinamo Tbilisi don't look like they are ready to fire in five unopposed goals.


    Shane Lees: Spartak, Stuttgart, St Etienne, Udinese... Some pretty big teams out already. Bit disappointing really.

    Kenny Jarvis: Looking forward to watching Tom Carroll again tonight, the future of England's midfield with Barkley and Wilshere.

  67. 2013: 
    RED CARD- Swansea City's Leon Britton

    Swansea City will end the night with 10 men after Leon Britton is shown a second yellow card for his part in a flare-up, the Swans player kicking the ball away. They are going through to the group stages but the game ends on a bit of a low point for them.

  68. 2012: 

    AZ Alkmaar's match with Atromitos was abandoned in the 59th minute because of safety reasons. Reports of a fire inside the stadium are still unconfirmed.

  69. 2010: 
    GOAL- Petrolul Ploiesti 2-1 Swansea (agg 3-6) - Hamza Younes (83 mins)

    Hamza Younes heads home a left-wing cross from close range - it's far too little far too late for Petrolul Ploiesti however.

  70. 2007: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)

    First chance of the game and it's new England call-up Andros Townsend, the Tottenham player cuts in from the right and fires off target.

  71. 2005: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg 5-0)

    Tottenham get us under way at White Hart Lane. There is even less chance of them going out than there was Swansea following their 5-0 first-leg win in Georgia.

  72. 2003: 

    A Moustapha Bayal Sall own goal means that St Etienne are out, losing 1-0 at home to Danish club Esbjerg to make it 5-3 on aggregate.

    Udinese have gone the same way following their 1-1 draw at Czech club Liberec after their 3-1 home defeat in the first leg.

  73. 2003: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Petrolul Ploiesti 1-1 Swansea (agg 2-6)

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup definitely thinking about Sunday now, off comes key forward Michu and on comes Jose Canas. Petrolul would need to score four goals in 13 minutes to force extra-time.

  74. 2000: 
    GOAL- Petrolul Ploiesti 1-1 Swansea (agg 2-6) - Roland Lemah (74 mins)

    And seconds later Roland Lamah keeps his eye on a left-wing cross and hits it first time in off the post from close rangte. Where have they been hiding these goals?

  75. 1958: 
    GOAL- Petrolul Ploiesti 1-0 Swansea (agg 2-5) - Njongo Priso (73 mins)

    Njongo Priso is left in an extraordinary amount of space just outside the Swansea area. The Cameroonian controls the ball well on his chest and fires home.

  76. 1955: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Rory Donnelly has the ball in the back of the net, he thinks he's scored on his full Swansea debut but it's been ruled out. His first effort is saved by Mircea Bornescu but the Northern Irishman slams home the leveller. Unfortunately for him the referee reckons Donnelly handles the ball and cuts his celebrations short.

  77. 1954: 

    The match between AZ Alkmaar and Greek side Atromitos has been suspended. There seems to be a suggestion that there is a fire outside the stadium. We will bring you more when the details are confirmed.

  78. 1954: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    That shot was the last thing Pablo Hernandez did for Swansea this evening, he has come off for Belgium international Roland Lamah. Boss Michael Laudrup definitely has one eye on Sunday's Premier League match with West Brom now.

  79. 1952: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Pablo Hernandez has a good chance for Swansea, one of their best tonight, but he fires just over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty box. The Swans are 24 minutes from the group stages now - the game doesn't really have any pattern now,

  80. 1946: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea make their first change of the match, Ki Sung-Yueng comes on for Jonathan de Guzman.

    The momentum the hosts had seems to be gone now, they needed to score in that period to have had any chance.

  81. 1945: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Petrolul's Guilherme has a go from 30 yards out but he's fired it straight at the back of the referee with some power. It was never going to go in from there. We're coming up to the hour mark now.


    Tom Watson: I've just got this funny feeling that if Tbilisi can nick an early goal, they might not lose by so much.

  83. 1940: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    However, Swansea could have taken the lead - Rory Donnelly breaks forward and I think he's trying to square it to Pablo Hernandez but Petrolul defender Geraldo Alves slides the ball onto his own post. It was almost an own goal - but he denied a good chance for Swansea in the process.

    The game has sprung to life in the second half - almost unrecognisable from the first period.

  84. 1938: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Petrolul Ploiesti attacking with intent constantly now - where was this in the first half? They need four in the next 38 minutes though...

  85. 1936: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Guilherme steps up to take a free-kick from 20 yards out but it is right at Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel - it had no curl, power or precision.

  86. 1935: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea are struggling to cope with Petrolul in the early stages of the second half and Jordi Amat brings down Guilherme just outside the box - if the hosts had started the first half like this, we might have had a tie on our hands.

  87. 1934: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Petrolul substitute Abel Camara has just had a sniff at goal now but the ball went just beyond him into Gerhard Tremmel's hands. Cosmin Contra's's two half-time substitutes making an instant impact going forward for the hosts.

  88. 1932: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    And within 50 seconds of coming on, Filipe Teixeira has a good chance for Petrolul, however his save is tipped around the post by Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel.

  89. 1932: 
    KICK-OFF- Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    The hosts get us going in the second half in Romania.

  90. 1930: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    The hosts make two changes at half time - Filipe Teixeira and Abel Camara come on for Pablo de Lucas and Ferebory Dore.

  91. 1929: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    The players are back out on the pitch - we're almost ready to go for the second half of this Europa League qualifying tie.

  92. 1928: 
    Tottenham v Dinamo Tbilisi (2005 BST)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas makes eight changes to the team that beat Swansea 1-0 last Sunday. Brad Friedel, Tom Carroll and Lewis Holtby get their first action this season, while Andros Townsend continues his run in the team. Striker Jermain Defoe will lead the line on his first start this term."


    Gooner_DS: Is it just me or is Bendtner starting to look really tempting as a solution to our striker shortage?

    Lukas Shajko: As a Chelsea fan I would rather have PSG then Schalke to make the group more interesting.

  94. 1923: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    I wonder if Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will consider bringing off any of his key players for Sunday's trip to West Brom. Famous last words and all that but there is no way Petrolul are going to go through here, is there any need to risk Michu?

  95. 1922: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Petrolul Ploiesti boss Cosmin Contra used to play under Swansea boss Michael Laudrup at Spanish side Getafe.

    "It's a little strange to play against a team coached by Cosmin," Laudrup said.

    "Before I've tried to play against teams where I've been playing with the manager or against him. But suddenly we're playing a team where the manager of the opponent is one who has been playing for me, under me.

    "That means I must be getting very, very old and that's not very nice."

  96. 1918: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    BBC Sport's Aled Williams reports: "Petrolul Ploiesti have given it a real go in the first half and a Hamza Younes effort was cleared off the line by Leon Britton late on. But apart from that Michael Laudrup's side look comfortable and barring a calamitous second-half collapse the Europa League group stages beckon."

  97. 1917: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Dinamo Tbilisi (2005 BST)

    Jermain Defoe starts up front for Tottenham, his first of the season. Brad Friedel and Lewis Holtby also make their first appearances this term.

  98. 1915: 
    HALF-TIME- Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    It's been a poor half of football but, for Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, the important thing is that they are just 45 minutes away from reaching the Europa League group stages.

  99. 1914: 
    INJURY TIME- Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Just one minute of stoppage time at the Stadionul Ilie Oana.

  100. 1913: 
    CLOSE!- Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Petrolul have their best chance of the game - Hamza Younes has a chance from close range but keeper Gerhard Tremmel gets a hand to it and midfielder Leon Britton heads the ball off the line. The closes either side have come without a doubt.

  101. 1910: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Moments later Swansea striker Rory Donnelly receives the ball and tries to get the other side of Geraldo Alves on the six-yard box but the ball ends up in Mircea Bornescu's arms.


    Djethro Colmer: Look how far a poor Newcastle came last season. Swans can win.

  103. 1908: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Michu breaks forward into the Petrolul half and plays the ball out right to Rory Donnelly. There is loads of space in the centre for the Spaniard to run onto if Donnelly gets the ball right but he doesn't - chance gone.

  104. 1907: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    This is quite a scrappy match, there's not been much to report in the past few minutes other than that Swansea are now less than 55 minutes away from the Europa League group stages.


    Max Bell: Power to the couple of dozen or so Swansea fans who've made the very long trip to Romania. I'd love to be in your shoes 1 day!

  106. 1902: 

    More shocks as Goran Mujanovic's last-minute strike sees Croatia's Rijeka knock out German giants Stuttgart.

    Danish side Nordsjaelland picked up just one point on their Champions League debut last season but don't need to worry about any chastenings in Europe this year after losing at home to Elfsborg, from Sweden.

  107. 1900: 
    ACROBATIC EFFORT- Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    And from the corner, striker Hamza Younes, who has recovered from an earlier injury, attempts an overhead kick from the edge of the box but it flies over Gerhard Tremmel's crossbar.

    More of those please, Hamza, got to love an acrobatic volley.

  108. 1858: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Chico Flores kicks Damien Boudjemaa to the floor and concedes a free-kick - the Swansea defender will have to be careful or he is going to pick up a yellow card before we see half-time.

    Neither side have really got going. Although the hosts have a corner...

  109. 1856: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Rory Donnelly is at the heart of most of Swansea's attacks but his side are just lacking any penetration at the moment, they get the ball to the box and the move breaks down.

  110. 1855: 

    Udinese narrowly missed out on Champions League football - finishing fifth in Serie A - but they look like dropping out of the Europa League at the first hurdle. The Italians lost 3-1 at home to Liberec and are being held 1-1 at half-time in the Czech Republic.

    St Etienne are another side synonymous with European football nights but they are also heading out unless they can overturn a 4-3 first leg defeat to Danish side Esbjorg, but it's goalless at half-time.

  111. 1854: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Petrolul Ploiesti have a free-kick from distance but it is cleared by Swansea striker Michu - the hosts don't look like they are going to turn this tie around. Neither side have created much to talk about in the opening 25 minutes.

  112. 1851: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    We're almost halfway through the first half - it's not been a classic but Swansea will be happy enough. They only have to avoid a total collapse in order to clinch their place in the Europa League group stages.

  113. 1850: 

    Which group do you think is toughest in the Uefa Champions League? Comment on the BBC Facebook page and tell us which game you are most looking forward to.


    Tom from Manchester on 81111 on text: I feel Group B is a tough draw. Galatasaray won't lie down. Arsenals group is very interesting too.

    Martin from Falkirk on 81111 on text: Surely better to have glamour teams at Celtic Park and every now and then sneak into last 16, than have so called "easy" group which I'd actually just a banana skin of pressure and expectation.

    Rubbs from Harrow on 81111 on text: At least Arsenal are getting out of the group stage every single year, so no big worries for gunners! Have Man City been out there once in their lives?

    Keep your Champions League reaction coming, as well as your thoughts on this match.

  115. 1848: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    And moments later, 21-year-old Rory Donnelly has the first shot of the game, unfortunately for him he fires wide of Mircea Bornescu's right-hand post.

  116. 1847: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Lovely bit of slick passing from the Swansea and the ball breaks to full debutant Rory Donnelly. Just as he's ready to run at the Romanian side's defence, he loses his footing. Frustrating for the Northern Irishman.

  117. 1846: 
    YELLOW CARD- Petrolul Ploiesti's Njongo Priso

    Petrolul Ploiesti had midfielder Njongo Priso booked in the aftermath of the penalty appeal for his protests - the first yellow card of the evening.


    Andy Davies: Went to Ploesti to watch Wrexham in 95. Their fans were amazing.

    Anyone else been to watch the Romanians? The atmosphere looks good in their Stadionul Ilie Oana home.

  119. 1844: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Petrolul Ploiesti think they should have a penalty here - striker Hamza Younes goes down in the box under pressure from Chico Flores - their arms are linked, it's hard to know who was at fault there.

    But the crucial thing is that the referee was not interest in awarding a penalty. Slight let off for the visitors.

    Younes is down in agony there, he fell very awkwardly.

  120. 1838: 

    There has already been a shock with Russian giants Spartak Moscow beaten 4-2 at home to Swiss side St Gallen to crash out 5-3 on aggregate.

    No such mistakes from countrymen Rubin Kazan, who beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde 3-0 on the night - 5-0 on aggregate.

  121. 1838: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Petrolul Ploiesti have a little sniff on goal but Ben Davies is fouled in the build-up and Swansea are handed a free-kick.

  122. 1835: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Striker Rory Donnelly is caught offside from a long ball as Swansea look to breach the home defence but no way through yet for the visitors.

  123. 1833: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti 0-0 Swansea

    Petrolul Ploiesti fans are in good voice at the Stadionul Ilie Oana - but can their team find a way back into this tie? No chances at either end yet.

  124. 1829: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti v Swansea (1830 BST)

    We are under way - Swansea kick us off in Romania.


    Jawad Kayani: Huge relief for Manchester City after easiest group in three years. Definitely now they will qualify for knockout stages.

    Vijay Luhan: New Napoli signing Gonzalo Higuain to show Arsenal what they missed out on!

    Vaibhav Chandrasekha: Everyone is talking about Arsenal's group and United's group, but what about Ajax. They get a tough group every single year!

  126. 1828: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti v Swansea (1830 BST)

    So it's a big day for Swansea City striker Rory Donnelly, who has only made one substitute appearance for the club since his January 2012 switch from Northern Irish side Clintonville.

    The 21-year-old starts today.

  127. 1823: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti v Swansea (1830 BST)

    Swansea City may be about to find out how well equipped they are to juggle the twin demands of the Premier League and Europa League.

    They are at Romania's Petrolul Ploiesti tonight and are on the road again to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in the domestic top flight.


    Geoff Lantern: Celtic's group isn't as bad as it seems. Ajax and Milan are big names, but not great sides.

    Dipo Lawuyi: Think Arsenal's group is the group of death. Rafa is an experienced manager in dis competition, Dortmund are a decent side.

    Tunde Akere: I am absolutely sure Chelsea will not drop a point in this group. Absolutely easy. Mourhino will be real HAPPY ONE.


    Craig from Surrey on 81111 on text: Why are people writing United's group off? Sociedad disposed of Lyon, and Shakhtar are ex-UEFA Cup champions!

    Jordan from Norfolk on 81111 on text: Not sure that Man Utd have got it as easy as people think. Sociedad tore apart Lyon home and away, Shakhtar and Leverkusen could both be a threat. Complacent.

    Phillip on 81111 on text: Arsenal need to make sure they grab 3rd in the group and can then concentrate on the Europa League to end their trophy drought. They won't be winning anything else for a while.

  130. 1816: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti v Swansea (1830 BST)

    Swansea cruised to victory in the first leg at the Liberty Stadium, with Wayne Routledge scoring twice and Michu, Alejandro Pozuelo and an own goal making it up to 5-1.

    But Petrolul Ploiesti, who finished third in the Romanian league last season, are bound to be a tougher opponent at home.


    Connor McQuade: I think all the people saying Celtic haven't got a chance are forgetting what happened last year!

    Arpit Desai: What a mouthwatering draw for Arsenal and Celtic. ManCity v Bayern Munich. Real Madrid v Juventus. Already very excited!

    Cei Frampton: Napoli are not as good as two seasons ago - they've shipped a lot of players including Cavani. Arsenal should get out of that group.

  132. 1811: 
    LINE-UPS- Petrolul Ploiesti v Swansea (1830 BST)

    Petrolul Ploiesti: Bornescu, Alcenat, Alves, Hoban, Guilherme, Mustivar, De Lucas, Priso, Younes, Boudjemaa, Dore. Subs: Pecanha, Abel Camara, Benga, Achim, Romario, Teixeira.

    Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Amat, Ben Davies, Hernandez, Britton, de Guzman, Pozuelo, Michu, Donnelly. Subs: Vorm, Lamah, Routledge, Monk, Ki, Canas, Richards.

    Referee: Michail Koukoulakis (Greece)


    We're going to start to turn our attentions towards Swansea's Europa League match with Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti now.

    The Swans are 5-1 up from the first leg - can you see any comeback or do you expect the Welsh side to be in the group stage draw tomorrow?

    Can Michael Laudrup's side challenge to win the tournament?

    Let us know via Twitter, #bbcfootball, or by text, 81111 (UK only).

  134. 1806: 

    More from Celtic boss Neil Lennon: "The financial side of it is a huge benefit for the club. This makes us stable for the next three or four years now. Can we move on and develop?"

  135. 1806: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on their group of Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax: "I think it's the best and the worst draw we could have got!

    "In terms of glamour it doesn't come any better but it's the most difficult we could have got. There's a lot of excitement. The hard work was done last night and we can enjoy it now. In terms of travelling for supporters it's great.

    "Three great footballing arenas with fantastic pedigree. Locking horns again with Barcelona, there's so much to savour. It's going to be extremely difficult.

    "In terms of attracting players, the quality players we are looking for, it's been a really difficult summer. We are in the Champions League again though and it adds to the reputation of the club."


    Tushar Kadam: Finally Messi's streak is broken. Congratulations to Ribery - absolutely deserved it!

    Belete Eshetea: Even karma is telling Arsene Wenger to strength his squad.

    Zac Lott: Wouldn't it be a cruel twist of fate for Higuain to score the goal that knocked Arsenal out?

  137. 1800: 

    The first round of group matches will be played on 17-18 September. The final games are on 10 and 11 December.

    The top two teams from each of the eight groups reach the second round, while the third-placed teams enter the Europa League.


    Paul on 81111 on text: The fact it's such an hard group is exactly why Arsenal will get through it. Still, could have been worse, as Celtic's shows.

    Kevin in Falkirk on 81111 on text: Group C is rubbish as is D and G... Chelsea and Man Utd practically got a bye.

  139. 1758: 

    Bayern Munich and France winger Franck Ribery is named the Uefa Best Player in Europe. It's a hideous trophy, it really is. Looks a bit like a heart - and not one of those romantic ones, an actual human one.

  140. 1756: 

    For Neil Lennon's Celtic, it's Spanish champions Barcelona, third-placed Italians AC Milan and Dutch title winners Ajax - that is a huge amount of European pedigree there.

  141. 1754: 

    And Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be cursing his side's luck - they face Marseille, who finished second in the French league last season, Champions League and German Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund and Italian second-placed side Napoli

  142. 1753: 

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be confident of success in a group of Schalke (fourth in the German league), Swiss champions Basel and Romanian kings Steaua Bucharest.


    Sandy Teenan: Can we stop with the Celtic-Barcelona games, please? We're getting bored taking points off them..

    David Roberts: Embrace big European nights. Great matches on the way for Arsenal.

    Benjamin Cook: Can't see Celtic or Arsenal getting out of the group stages. Napoli and Dortmund look too strong recently.

  144. 1751: 

    Manchester City are up against German and European champions Bayern Munich, Russian champions CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen, who won the Czech league last season.

    Beer-loving City fans are going to love the trips to Munich and Plzen.

  145. 1749: 
    Petrolul Ploiesti v Swansea (1830 BST)

    Swansea City make five changes from their 1-0 Premier League defeat last Sunday at Spurs as they defend a 5-1 Europa League play-off tie lead in the second leg at Petrolul Ploiesti.

    Striker Rory Donnelly, signed from Northern Irish side Cliftonville in January, makes his full debut. Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, defender Jordi Amat, midfielders Leon Britton and Pozuelo also start in Romania.

  146. 1748: 

    Manchester United will fancy their chances in with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayern Leverkusen (third in Germany last season) and Real Sociedad, who finished fourth in the Spanish league last season.


    Liam Wilson: All four English teams drawn in the same groups as all four German teams!

    Kyal Mapara: Arsenal get drawn with the best possible outcome for pot two, but the worst possible for pot three and four. Please spend, Arsene!

    Craig Williams: If Celtic make it out of their group, Neil Lennon deserves a knighthood.

  148. 1747: 

    Celtic fans are going to have some great European trips it must be said - Barcelona, Milan and Amsterdam.

    Of course they stunned Barca last year thanks to Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt. Can they achieve the near-impossible again?


    Michael in Manchester on 81111 on text: Group H have won 16 European cups between them, an average of four each!

    James on 81111 on text: I think Chelsea should change their name to FC Chelsea just to fit in...

  150. 1744: 

    Time to find out the winner of the Uefa Best Player in Europe Award - this is somewhat of an anti-climax really.


    Laurence in Woburn Sands on 81111 on text: That draw couldn't be much worse for Arsenal!

    Ben from Ayr on 81111 on text: These groups have got to be the hardest in Champions League history!

  152. 1743: 
    Champions League draw

    So Manchester United and Chelsea will be quite pleased with their groups, while Manchester City are in with European champions Bayern Munich and Arsenal face Marseille, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli - the toughest third and fourth seeds they could have faced.

    And Celtic, well that is a group of death.

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter (#bbcfootball) or on text (81111 - if you're in the UK).


    Chris Coiley: Ouch! Arsenal definitely need to open up that wallet now...

    Oli Parkes: Arsenal, Marseille and Dortmund were in the same group two years ago. A lot has changed since then.

    Matthew Girvan: Some epic matches are going to come out of the Champions League group stage!

  154. 1740: 
    Champions League draw

    Wow, Celtic are in a real tough one there - four European champions in Group H.

    Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad

    Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, Copenhagen

    Group C: Benfica, Paris St-Germain, Olympiakos, Anderlecht

    Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen

    Group E:Chelsea, Schalke, Basel, Steaua Bucharest

    Group F:Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli

    Group G: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg, Austria Vienna

    Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic


    Shane McMenemy: Arsenal got a really tough group there. They could struggle. United get a walk-through again.

    Trevor Maxwell: Bye bye, Man City.

    Aman Sheth: Celtic are dead. I predict they wont pick up a single point.

  156. 1734: 

    While this mammoth draw rumbles on, tonight's actual action is up and running.

    In the day's early Europa League fixtures, Russian outfit Rubin Kazan have opened up a 4-0 aggregate lead over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde with 20 minutes remaining, while two goals from Goran Karanovic look like sending Swiss side St Gallen through against Spartak Moscow. The Swiss lead 4-2 on aggregate - and 3-1 in Moscow - inside the final 20 minutes.

    Dynamo Kiev are also well on their way to qualifying.

    Swansea are the first British side in action this evening, with their second leg against Petrolul Ploiesti kicking off at 1830 BST.

  157. 1734: 

    Pot 4 draw is under way. Celtic will find out their fate very soon.

  158. 1734: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Petrolul Ploiesti v Swansea (1830 BST)

    Swansea's 21-year-old Northern Irish striker Rory Donnelly makes his full debut against Romania' Petrolul Ploiesti amid five changes to the team that started against Tottenham on Sunday.

  159. 1733: 

    For the Pot 4 teams, former Stoke striker Michael Owen is out and ex-QPR, Swansea and Leicester boss Paolo Sousa is in.

    I'll be honest, they didn't market the pair with the teams mentioned above.

  160. 1732: 
    Champions League draw

    Manchester United and Chelsea will definitely be happier than their English rivals with the draw so far.

  161. 1731: 
    Champions League draw

    Manchester City are in with European champions Bayern Munich, while Arsenal are in with last season's finalists Borussia Dortmund.

    Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen

    Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray

    Group C: Benfica, Paris St-Germain, Olympiakos

    Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City

    Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, Basel

    Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund

    Group G: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg

    Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax


    Martina Callaghan: Thought these guys were meant to be good at ball control?

    Tim Diggy: Figo, Cruyff and McNeill, it's "left loosey, righty tighty".

  163. 1727: 
    Champions League draw

    Halfway through pot 3.

    Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk

    Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray

    Group C: Benfica, Paris St-Germain, Olympiakos

    Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow

    Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, Basel

    Group F: Arsenal, Marseille

    Group G: Porto, Atletico Madrid

    Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan

  164. 1725: 

    It's time for the Pot 3 teams to be drawn out now. Nervous wait for Manchester City. Michael Owen says he was watching the ball struggles from off-stage and no such problems for the ex-Liverpool man in his first effort.


    Mike: Both Billy McNeil and Johan Cruyff must have a lot of unopened jars in their houses...

    True enough, that...

  166. 1723: 

    Out goes Johan Cruyff and in comes ex-England striker Michael Owen for Pot 3. No footage of his Stoke spell in the montage.

    How will he get on with the balls though?

  167. 1721: 
    Champions League draw

    Manchester City will dreading Group B or H now...

    Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk

    Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus

    Group C: Benfica, Paris St-Germain

    Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow

    Group E: Chelsea, Schalke

    Group F: Arsenal, Marseille

    Group G: Porto, Atletico Madrid

    Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan


    K Synt on 81111 on text: Come on you Gunners!

    James on 81111 on text: Coefficients are a farce. Designed to keep the same teams in the top pots for eternity. No way Arsenal should be ranked top eight in Europe when they haven't won their own league since 2005 and not reached the Champions League quarter finals since 2010.

  169. 1718: 
    Champions League draw

    Halfway through Pot 2 now.

    Group A: Manchester United

    Group B: Real Madrid

    Group C: Benfica, Paris St-Germain

    Group D: Bayern Munich

    Group E: Chelsea, Schalke

    Group F: Arsenal, Marseille

    Group G: Porto

    Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan

  170. 1718: 

    This is incredible, after Billy McNeill's problem opening the balls, Johan Cruyff is struggling too. And Luis Figo, so cool in the opening stage, has just asked for some help. What kind of industrial strength adhesive have they used?

  171. 1715: 

    Pot 2 draw is under way now. Johan Cruyff and Luis Figo teaming up - what a dream team.


    Garth Truscott: Man City will get a group of death. It's inevitable, just accept it now.

    Tom Beasley: This draw is about 10 times as glitzy as it needs to be.

    David Gibbs: This draw is tedious to watch! Rethink needed, Uefa.

  173. 1712: 

    As planned, Billy McNeill is being substituted out after Pot 1 and is being replaced by Johan Cruyff, who will draw the Pot 2 teams.

  174. 1710: 
    Champions League draw

    All the teams in Pot 1 have been drawn - onto Pot 2 now.

    Group A: Manchester United

    Group B: Real Madrid

    Group C: Benfica

    Group D: Bayern Munich

    Group E: Chelsea

    Group F: Arsenal

    Group G: Porto

    Group H: Barcelona

  175. 1707: 
    Champions League draw

    This is going to take a while - after each team is drawn, Luis Figo then has to draw what group they are in. Four teams out so far.

    Group A:

    Group B: Real Madrid

    Group C:

    Group D: Bayern Munich

    Group E: Chelsea

    Group F: Arsenal

    Group G:

    Group H:

  176. 1706: 

    Billy McNeill is having some problems opening the balls so he is getting a hand from Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino.

  177. 1702: 

    Different colours of balls represent different match days too - he has a wry smile on his face as he asks if we've followed that all closely.


    Mark from Nottingham on 81111 on text: How are Dortmund not in Pot One when they were in the final, whereas Benfica are?

    Nick in Leicester on 81111 on text: United to get Celtic and Arsenal to get Olympiakos, as per usual.

    Manny, a happy Celtic fan, on 81111 on text: Wouldn't mind who we get - just glad we're there!

  179. 1701: 

    Uefa's Gianni Infantino is explaining the draw process now. We will start with putting the eight teams in Pot 1 (the top teams) into eight groups and then add all the teams from Pot 2, before moving onto 3 and then 4.

  180. 1659: 

    Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino is giving an anti-racism speech and promised tougher sanctions this season. "Actions speak louder than words," he says.

  181. 1658: 

    Luis Figo says: "For Portugal and Lisbon, to have the chance to host the final of the best club competition is a great honour. We're sure it will be a fantastic evening."

  182. 1658: 

    We're getting nearer draw time now. Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino and ambassador for this season's Champions League, Luis Figo, are out on the stage.

    Figo won 127 caps for Portugal, the host country of this season's final. He played for two teams in today's draw - Real Madrid and Barcelona. What a player.

  183. 1655: 

    Celtic legend Billy McNeill comes out with the trophy that today's 32 teams will be dreaming of.

    The 73-year-old helped the Hoops become the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967, beating Inter Milan in the final.

    This season's final is in Lisbon, the same city that Celtic won the cup in.

  184. 1651: 

    Let's spare a thought for The New Saints and Cliftonville, who both exited this season's Champions League in the second qualifying round last month.

    Welsh champions TNS lost 4-1 on aggregate to Legia Warsaw, while Northern Irish title holders Cliftonville were hammered 5-0 by Celtic.


    Josiah: I'll love to see Dortmund or Manchester City in the same group with Barcelona.

    Adam Gaabi: The Champions League is a new territory for David Moyes. He'll surely want to be avoiding a tough draw.

    Rian Hoskins: Hope Chelsea can avoid Borussia Dortmund, PSG and Juventus. As a football fan though, you want the group stages to be tight.

  186. 1649: 

    We are now watching a multi-lingual review of last season's Champions League tournament. They love to milk an occasion, do Uefa.

  187. 1648: 
    Franck Ribery

    As well as the Champions League draw, we will find out the winner of the self-explanatory Uefa Best Player in Europe Award.

    Experts from each Uefa country take part in a live vote to decide between Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo.

  188. 1647: 

    They're just about to start in Monaco and there's nothing like a bit of Champions League theme tune music to get you in the mood.

    Hopefully this is the season that one of the players sings along with it before a game like it was a national anthem.

  189. 1643: 
    James Forrest celebates his goal

    There's no doubt which of the 32 teams in the draw left it latest to clinch their place at the top table of European football.

    Celtic, trailing 2-0 from their first leg with Shakhter Karagandy, were heading for extra-time after removing the deficit in the second leg before James Forrest's 92nd-minute strike took the Hoops through 3-2 on aggregate.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon has described his side's qualification as his biggest achievement in the game - a big call for a man who has won seven league titles as a player and manager and beat Barcelona in last season's tournament.

  190. 1643: 
    Pep Guardiola

    The top five ranked teams in the coefficients all have new managers this season - Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

  191. 1641: 
    Alex Ferguson

    Manchester United are making a record 19th appearance in the Champions League (out of its 22 seasons), but their first without Sir Alex Ferguson in charge. Barcelona, Real Madrid and FC Porto are all one behind the Red Devils.

  192. 1637: 
    Austria Vienna celebrate

    One of today's 32 teams, one have never been in the Champions League group stages before - Austria Vienna, the easiest team in Europe to identify their country and city.

    No cryptic Arsenal-style name there.


    Diwaana-e-Hussain: As a United fan I would be happy with Marseille, Olympiakos and Austria Vienna. No long journeys and all beatable.

    Jonathan Dixon: I'm a Celtic fan - I'd like us to avoid Bayern and Borussia, but apart from that I'd take anyone.

    Andrew Priestley: This is easily the most competitive Champions League draw I can ever remember. There are high-quality sides shuffled throughout all four pots.

  194. 1632: 
    Disappointed Manchester City players

    How did last season's draw go for the British teams?

    Well not so well for Manchester City - they faced Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund and went out without a win.

    Arsenal and Manchester United had much more manageable draws and progressed, while Chelsea went out of a group containing Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk - but went on to win the Europa League.

    Celtic managed to come through a group containing Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow - against all the odds.

    Didier Drogba

    Harry in Essex on 81111 on text: As an Arsenal fan I'd actually rather draw Marseille than Shakhtar or CSKA Moscow - wouldn't fancy a long away trip to Russia which could cause a European hangover when it comes to the league.

    Harry on 81111 on text: Hoping Galatasaray are in the same group as Chelsea. Homecoming for our hero - Didier Drogba!

  196. 1627: 

    So why are Arsenal in Pot 1 and Man City in Pot 3, you could legitimately ask.

    Well it's all down to the Uefa coefficients, which reward European results over the past five seasons. Which of course leaves anomalies like an English fourth-tier and Scottish third-tier side in the top 100 sides in Europe.

    Any guesses who they are? No, it's not Oxford and Stranraer, it's Portsmouth and Rangers (91st and 92nd respectively).

    My colleague Chris Bevan has gone to extraordinary detail to explain it all better than I ever could and you can read that on the BBC Sport website.

  197. 1623: 

    Here are all the 32 teams and their pots. Each group will have one team from each pot and the draw is organised in such a way that teams from the same country can't draw each other.

    Pot 1: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, FC Porto, Benfica.

    Pot 2: Atletico Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, AC Milan, Schalke, Marseille, CSKA Moscow, Paris St-Germain, Juventus.

    Pot 3: Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, FC Basel, Olympiakos, Galatasaray, Bayer Leverkusen.

    Pot 4: FC Copenhagen, Napoli, Anderlecht, Celtic, Steaua Bucharest, Viktoria Plzen, Real Sociedad, Austria Vienna.


    Jamie Antcliffe: I want to see Manchester United against a bigger team like Juventus, to bring in a tough test ahead of the knockout stages.

    Timothy Collins: I'm an Arsenal fan! I would quite like to avoid PSG - I do not like the idea of Ibrahimovic hassling our defence!

    Rab: As a Celtic fan, I want to see Real Madrid, AC Milan, Man City and the mighty Hoops in the same group! Six amazing occasions!

    Rab seems to be thinking of some great European nights (and city breaks) rather than the best hope of reaching the knockout stages. What about the rest of you - do you want big teams in your group or the weaker the better?

  199. 1619: 

    So, what's best-case scenario?

    Well Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal could face CSKA Moscow, Olympiakos and Viktoria Plzen.

    Manchester City could be in a group with Benfica, CSKA and Plzen.

    And Celtic? The best they can hope for is Benfica, CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos.

  200. 1616: 

    But back to the Champions League draw first and who could each of the British teams face today?

    Well first of all, the English sides cannot be in the same group as each other - but any of them could face Celtic.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are all in Pot One (top seeds) but could still face a group of Paris St-Germain (or Juventus), Borussia Dortmund and Napoli.

    Manchester City are in Pot Three (of four) so they could have to face Bayern Munich or Barcelona, as well as PSG or Juve and Napoli. In fact because they cannot face an English side, they have a 50% chance of being in with Bayern or Barca.

    Celtic are in the bottom group of seeds (Pot Four) so could face Bayern or Barca, PSG or Juve and Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund.

    But that's all worst-case scenario.

  201. 1611: 

    After the draw, we have some on-pitch action coming up - there are 30 Europa League matches happening all across Europe this evening.

    We will be focussing on the two British sides in action, Swansea and Tottenham, while keeping you up to date with any major results or shocks elsewhere.

    Swansea visit Romanians Petrolul Ploiesti at 1830, with Tottenham hosting Dinamo Tbilisi at 2005. Now, I won't lie - it would take a remarkable collapse for both sides not to be in tomorrow's draw in Monaco - Swansea won their first leg 5-1 and Spurs went one better, winning 5-0 in Georgia.


    If you support a team in today's Champions League draw, who would you like to see them face and why? Even if you don't follow a team in the draw, who do you want to see drawn in the same group?

    Tweet us at #bbcfootball or text us at 81111 (but only if you're in the UK). If you text us, let us know your name or else we can't use it.

  203. 1608: 
    Samuel Eto'o

    Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, 32, from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala on a one-year deal, for what is believed to be a free transfer.

    Anzhi have started selling off some of their big-name players after billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov decided to significantly reduce the club's budget.

    It's not looking like we'll see Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney make the move to Stamford Bridge now.

  204. 1605: 

    The draw starts at 1645 BST today in Monaco, well the formal pre-amble before the draw starts then. With Uefa draws, it's anyone's guess though as to when we see the first ball get drawn.

  205. 1601: 
    Celtic celebrate

    So, where does British interest lie in this season's Champions League?

    Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea were automatically entered into the group stages courtesy of their top-three finishes in the Premier League last season.

    Arsenal cruised into the last 32 thanks to their 5-0 aggregate play-off win over Fenerbahce while Celtic squeaked in thanks to a dramatic 3-2 aggregate win over Shakhter Karagandy.

  206. 1600: 

    It may only be August but for five British teams (and 27 from the continent) today could make or break their season - but balls won't be kicked into nets, they'll be drawn out of pots instead.

    That's right, it's Champions League group stage draw day.

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