Europa League as it happened

Live text commentary as Swansea defeat St Gallen and Wigan see off Maribor after Tottenham win at Anzhi Makhachkala.

3 October 2013 Last updated at 21:45 GMT

Get involved

To get involved contact us in any of the following ways

As it happened

  1. 2244: 
    Jermain Defoe

    Tonight has been a good night for British football, with Tottenham, Wigan and Swansea all winning.

    Spurs and Swansea made it two wins from two in the Europa League group stages, with the Latics picking up their first ever European win.

    We've seen England internationals current and future, Jermain Defoe and Nick Powell, on the scoresheet.

    Thanks for joining me for all that, and we'll see you this weekend for all the Premier League action.

  2. 2244: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for striker Jermain Defoe after his goal in the 2-0 win at against Anzhi Makhachkala.

    Defoe's 21st European strike sees him just one goal away from levelling the record of European goals for Spurs.

    "Another great goal, great finish," the Portuguese said. "He is doing extremely well whenever he's given the opportunity.

    "He is very professional and has a great attitude, and is now just one off Martin Chivers. So, a great achievement from him."

  3. 2235: 
    Roy Hodgson

    A little treat for all of you watching Match of the Day this weekend.

    England manager Roy Hodgson will be in the studio on Saturday night with Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, both former Three Lions captains.

    Two of Hodgson's former clubs, Fulham and Liverpool, will be in action.

    England lead Group H by one point and face Montenegro on 11 October before hosting Poland four days later.

  4. 2232: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen
    Michael Laudrup

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has been telling ITV4 that he was not surprised by St Gallen's impressive performance at the Liberty Stadium because he has watched them a few times recently.

    He accepts that the visitors could consider themselves unlucky not to have drawn the game and praised the character of his own team.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Simon Hancock: Swansea had three bookings for dissent. Hardly surprising with the awful decisions by the ref tonight...

    Cham De Silva: Could Nick Powell be the answer to Manchester United's midfield problem? Commanding performance tonight.

    Powell could probably do a job for United this season - I'd be amazed if he doesn't go on to play for England.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  6. 2217: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Wigan 3-1 Maribor
    Owen Coyle and Nick Powell

    Wigan manager Owen Coyle: "The level of performance was outstanding. This is a proud club. Sixteen years ago we were in the Fourth Division. From start to finish we were outstanding. We showed the quality we've got.

    "Nick Powell showed great quality. Given the injuries, we're hoping it all goes well with us moving forward. I said to the lads to dominate - it should have been five or six nil. Scott Carson was an England keeper not by accident - he can get back into the squad."

  7. 2216: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Wigan 3-1 Maribor
    Nick Powell

    Wigan's Nick Powell, who scored twice: "We had a lot of opportunities in the first half. We said coming out in the second half 'we get a goal and it's over' - but I hit the post from about a yard out. If Scott Carson was in the Premier League he'd be in the England squad."

    And asked about the compliments paid to him by manager Owen Coyle: "I can't understand him, so I wouldn't know. I've just come back from an operation, so I'm taking it game by game."

  8. 2215: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Wigan 3-1 Maribor
    Ben Watson celebrates

    Wigan goalscorer Ben Watson on BT Sport: "Scott Carson made a great save, he was brilliant. It was our first European victory and we deserved the win. Our main aim is to get back into the Premier League - we've got a fantastic squad. First and foremost is the league form."

  9. 2213: 
    Wigan 3-1 Maribor
    Jasmin Handanovic

    This probably won't be a game that Maribor and Slovenia keeper Jasmin Handanovic will put on his showreel. The 35-year-old is cousin of Inter Milan keeper Samir Handanovic.

  10. 2211:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveWigan 3-1 Maribor
    Nick Powell

    BBC Sport's Ian Brown at DW Stadium: "Wigan sealed this in stoppage time, as Nick Powell sauntered through the Maribor defence. In the context of this group this win puts Wigan very firmly in second place."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.


    We've had a number of comments via the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Mark Jackson: So long as Swansea finish 17th or higher they can afford a Europa League adventure simply because they won't finish top four. Wigan, playing well, can't really afford a Europa League run as need to be promoted. Spurs are in a big quandary - finish top four for more money or win the Europa League? Spurs might just win this thing, but I daresay finishing fourth and winning say FA Cup would be better.

    You can also share your views here.

  12. 2208:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSwansea 1-0 St Gallen

    BBC Sport's Andy Gillies at Liberty Stadium: "Victory for Swansea in a game littered with incidents and questionable refereeing. But Swansea take the win with that solitary goal."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Dave Wathall: Proper good night for British football!

    Kenny Jarvis: That was one of the best 1-0's I've ever seen! Love the Europa League. Fair play to St Gallen, great fans as well.

    Gus Sette: Great results for Swansea and Spurs tonight, but an absolutely brilliant result for Wigan Athletic!

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  14. 2208: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    BBC Sport's Aled Williams: "Swansea maintained their 100% record in Group A with a hard-fought victory over a physical St Gallen side, who caused plenty of problems for Michael Laudrup's side and most probably a thumping headache for the bloodied Michu tomorrow morning.

    "But it's two wins out of two for the Welsh club, which sets them up nicely for the remaining four games of the group stages."

  15. 2207: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen
    Swansea v St Gallen stats

    Swansea had more possession, shots and shots on target tonight. But St Gallen had 12 shots of their own and actually had more corners in the game.

  16. 2206: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    Swansea captain Leon Britton: "I think the first 25 minutes was quite stoppy. It wasn't a great performance but we got the win. When you see some of the referee's decisions, it's frustrating but you just get on with it."

  17. 2205: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    Swansea's goalscorer Wayne Routledge on ITV4: "They battled hard and it was a gritty win and we're happy to have the three points. I thought it [the goal] was going in, I left it roll as long as I could but I tapped it in.

    "It shows we have massive character. We can knuckle down if we need to and play if we get the chance."

  18. 2202: 
    Wigan 3-1 Maribor
    Wigan v Maribor stats

    Wigan dominated their match with Slovenian side Maribor, having taken twice as many shots - 16 versus eight from Maribor - and had more possession.

  19. 2200: 
    Wigan 3-1 Maribor

    Wigan are second in Group D following their win over Maribor. Rubin Kazan lead that group after two wins from two games, and they are the Latics' opponents in their next two games.

    Athletic, on four points, are three clear of Zulte Waregem with Maribor having lost their two games so far.

  20. 2159: 
    Massimo Ambrosini scores

    Fiorentina hold on for a 2-1 win at FC Dnipro in Group E despite former Manchester City midfielder David Pizarro picking up a red card in the dying minutes.

    Elsewhere in Ukraine, Florian Jozefzoon scores in the 88th minute as PSV Eindhoven win 2-0 at Chornomorets Odesa in Group B.

    In Group F, French club Bordeaux are beaten 2-1 at home by Maccabi Tel Aviv after two late goals from the Israel side.

  21. 2157: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    Swansea are now in control of Europa League's Group A thanks to victories over Valencia and St Gallen. They are already three points clear of those two with two games against group outsiders Kuban Krasnodar to come.

    If they win those two games, they could be through to the knockout stages with two games to spare.

  22. 2156: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen
  23. 2156: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    That's a shame for Ermir Lenjani, who is on the wing for St Gallen in the final minute but slips and concedes a throw-in. That's their last chance gone.

  24. 2154: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    Two minutes of injury time left at Swansea.

  25. 2154: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 3-1 Maribor
  26. 2152: 
    GOAL- Wigan 3-1 Maribor - Nick Powell (90 mins)

    Nick Powell seals Wigan's first ever European win with his second goal of the night. The Manchester United loanee picks the ball up 40 yards from goal and dances past several Maribor defenders before slotting home unmarked from close range.

    No hat-trick for the ex-Crewe man though, as he's immediately replaced by Nouha Dicko to a good reaction.

  27. 2152: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    St Gallen had a couple of big chances, as Mario Mutsch takes a heavy touch in the box, squandering a chance to shoot and then an attempted pull-back just fails to find Alhassane Keita, who was waiting to pounce 12 yards out.

  28. 2152: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Wigan 2-1 Maribor

    What a save from Scott Carson, potentially one that is the difference between one point and three. Tavares hammers the ball from 20-plus yards and Carson makes a brilliant one-handed save at full stretch.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Daniel: What ridiculously entertaining game this Swansea match is! Would love to see Swansea go far in this competition...

    Simon Brown: Surely Swansea having to play eight and a half minutess with 10 men because of blood makes a good case for blood substitutions in football?

    James Sutton: MacManaman boys make good wingers - he's not related to Steve though, is he?

    Callum is a "distant relative" of former Liverpool and England winger Steve, yes.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  30. 2146: 
    Wigan 2-1 Maribor

    Wigan look to be back in control at the DW Stadium. Maribor had a bright spell around their goal but that appears to have ended now. Five minutes to go for the Latics.

  31. 2145: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    It's Jonjo Shelvey time. The ex-Liverpool midfielder comes on for Alejandro Pozuelo, who has had a hand in a few attacks for Swansea tonight.

  32. 2143: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    Dejan Janjatovic pulls the ball back from Stephane Nater, who hits a brilliant strike from all of 30 yards which comes off Gerhard Tremmel's left-hand post.

    Unlucky for the Swiss side, that was a magnificent hit.

  33. 2143: 

    Veteran Italy international Massimo Ambrosini puts Fiorentina 2-1 ahead in Ukraine at Group E opponents FC Dnipro.

    In Group F, Bordeaux are pegged back by Maccabi Tel Aviv with a goal from Barak Itzhaki while Eintracht Frankfurt captain Sebastian Jung puts the German side 3-0 up against Apoel Nicosia.

  34. 2142: 

    Ten minutes to go in our games at the DW and Liberty Stadiums. Wigan and Swansea both holding on to one-goal leads.

  35. 2141: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    Nathan Dyer almost kills the game off. Alejando Pozuelo plays a great cross from the left and Nathan Dyer takes a well-struck first-time volley from eight yards out but it's saved by St Gallen keeper Daniel Lopar.

  36. 2140: 
    YELLOW CARD- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    St Gallen's Ivan Martic is booked for bringing down Nathan Dyer, who is also shown a yellow card for his over-the-top reaction to the foul on the halfway line.

  37. 2139: 
    YELLOW CARD- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    Swansea left-back Ben Davies is booked for bringing down Marco Mathys. Free-kick for St Gallen on the right wing but it's straight at keeper Daniel Lopar.

  38. 2138: 
    Wigan 2-1 Maribor
    Ben Watson

    Moments before Ben Watson's withdrawal he almost created a third goal for the Latics. His low pass struck across the face of goal was very inviting but Nick Powell, who might have scored four tonight, could not quite apply the finishing touch. Think Gazza at Euro 96.

  39. 2138: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Wigan 2-1 Maribor

    Both teams make a change at the DW Stadium. Wigan's Chris McCann is on for fellow midfielder Ben Watson, while Maribor bring on Dejan Mezga for Goran Cvijanovic.

  40. 2135: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    Michu is having more petroleum jelly rubbed onto his head on the sidelines. It's a Herculean effort for him to have carried on really.

  41. 2135: 
    Wigan 2-1 Maribor

    Tavares is causing Wigan problems as Maribor push for a leveller. The Brazilian is given too much space outside the Latics box but his shot is straight at Scott Carson.

  42. 2134:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveWigan 2-1 Maribor

    BBC Sport's Ian Brown at DW Stadium: "We're into the final 20 minutes here, and the Slovenians are hitting back in this second half. Wigan were looking very comfortable, but Maribor are back in this..."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

  43. 2133: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    And within seconds the pace of the substitute almost kills the game off, he is set through on the left wing and charges forward before cutting inside onto his right foot but his shot curled just off target.

  44. 2132: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    Swansea are bringing off £12m record signing Wilfried Bony for Spaniard Alvaro Vazquez, who is on loan from Michael Laudrup's old side Getafe.


    Alan in Reading on 81111 on text: Britton really is some player...

    Jonathan in Surrey on 81111 on text: Swansea are moving the ball well now and Michu is looking a threat. What a player to still be on the pitch!

    Rob on 81111 on text: This Swansea game is like an old school FA Cup match. Love it!

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  46. 2129: 
    Swansea 1-0 St Gallen

    That is stunning play by St Gallen substitute Alhassane Keita and it almost deserved a goal. The Guinean takes a high ball down magnificently, cutting inside Jordi Amat at the same time, but his resulting shot is over the crossbar.

  47. 2129: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Wigan 2-1 Maribor

    Wigan make a change - Callum McManaman is replaced by former Sunderland winger James McClean.

    Dnipro v Fiorentina

    Fiorentina take the lead at Group E opponents FC Dnipro when Gonzalo Rodriguez scores a penalty. But it's quickly wiped out when Yevhen Seleznyov equalises - also from the spot - for the Ukrainians to make it 1-1 on a waterlogged pitch.

    In Group F, Brazilian Jussie puts Bordeaux 1-0 up at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv while Eintracht Frankfurt now lead 2-0 at Apoel Nicosia.

    Standard Liege are drawing 1-1 with Elfsborg in Group C after Geoffrey Mujangi Bia's equaliser for the Belgian club.

  49. 2126: 
    Wigan 2-1 Maribor

    The goal has made a big difference to the atmosphere at the DW Stadium. It was a bit of a party atmosphere five minutes ago but a few moans and groans now at misplaced passes. Will the change in mood make a change to Wigan's play?

  50. 2123: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen
    Swansea celebrate scoring

    One textbook winger coming off for another, as Swansea goalscorer Wayne Routledge is replaced by Nathan Dyer with less than half an hour left at the Liberty Stadium.

    St Gallen also make a change, with Roberto Rodriguez coming off for Stephane Nater.

  51. 2122: 
    Wigan 2-1 Maribor

    Wigan not in as much "absolute control" as I might have implied three minutes ago.

  52. 2120: 
    GOAL- Wigan 2-1 Maribor - Tavares (60 mins)

    Tavares starts off the move and plays the ball out right to Jean-Philippe Mendy, who charges forward and cuts the ball brilliantly back to the Brazilian under pressure from keeper Scott Carson to slam home with Ryan Shotton unable to block it on the line.

  53. 2119: 
    Wigan 2-0 Maribor

    Callum McManaman leaves two Maribor defenders in his wake as he flies forward from midfield. His cross lands to Jean Beausejour, whose shot is blocked by a defender and the chance is gone.

    Wigan in absolute control at the DW Stadium.

  54. 2117: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Wigan 2-0 Maribor
    Jean Beausejour (left) in action for Wigan

    How has Nick Powell missed from there for Wigan? James McArthur plays the ball wide to Jean Beausejour, who whips in an inviting left-wing cross.

    Powell, in yards of space at the far post, is sliding in and it looks for all the world a goal, however it comes off the post. Lucky escape for Maribor but Beausejour is causing them a world of grief on the wing.

  55. 2114: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 St Gallen - Wayne Routledge (52 mins)

    Alejandro Pozuelo plays a wonderful through ball to Wilfried Bony, who is at a wide angle but still gets in a shot. Daniel Lopar saves the effort but it's rolling towards the post and winger Wayne Routledge converts from the closest of ranges.

  56. 2112: 
    Wigan 2-0 Maribor

    It could be a big few days for town of Wigan, whose football team are not only leading in their first home European tie, but whose rugby league team play Warrington in Saturday's Grand Final at Old Trafford.

    Comfortable since the restart for the Latics.

  57. 2112: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Goran Karanovic suffered concussion in a clash with Gerhard Tremmel in the first half, resulting in his half-time withdrawal, and he could not remember if he had missed his penalty. Bad news for you Goran, you did.

  58. 2110: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    It's been reported that Swansea's kitman ran into the club shop at half-time to get a shirt printed up with 'Michu 9' on the back.

  59. 2108: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    St Gallen made a change at half-time, with Goran Karanovic, who took that woeful penalty, coming off for Alhassane Keita.

  60. 2107: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Swansea start the second half. Michu is sporting a new top with his name and number on the back again.

  61. 2105: 
    KICK-OFF- Wigan 2-0 Maribor

    Maribor get us going in the second half at the DW Stadium. Can the Slovenians find a way back into this game?

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Elliot Hunter: Hugely admirable from Michu to continue playing. Always a joy to watch, even with a whacking great bandage on his head.

    Mark Slade: The state of Michu following that tackle... St Gallen are better side so far, but ref is a disgrace.

    Joe Thomson: The ref has been fine throughout, letting play go. It was a low header - it's football for a reason.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  63. 2057:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSwansea 0-0 St Gallen

    BBC Sport's Andy Gillies at Liberty Stadium: "It's been a harem-scarem half, and we should have had goals. The most controversial moment was when Michu caught a defender's studs and was one the side of the pitch after eight and a half minutes, having his head wound treated."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

  64. 2055:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveWigan 2-0 Maribor

    BBC Sport's Ian Brown at DW Stadium: "There were some similarities with both Wigan goals. Maribor have had only two shots on target, and have been very poor in truth with a performance riddled with errors. Wigan should be further in front."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

  65. 2055: 

    Following in the footsteps of Fred, Oscar and Bernard, Brazil have another sensibly named star as Alan scores twice for Salzburg, who lead 2-0 at Danish side Esbjerg.

    In Group F, Eintracht Frankfurt lead 1-0 at Cyprus's Apoel Nicosia thanks to an own goal from Nektarios Alexandrou.

    Ludogrets continue their fine form in the Europa League and now lead 2-0 against Dinamo Zagreb in Group B.

  66. 2054: 
    Wigan 2-0 Maribor

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury: "It's all been very comfortable for Wigan and they appear to be heading for their first European victory. Maribor have been awful defensively - it would be a surprise if it finished 2-0."

  67. 2054: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    BBC Sport's Aled Williams: "It's been a feisty first half at the Liberty Stadium between the two sides at the top of Group A.

    "Michu has been prominent for Swansea and suffered a nasty kick to the head for his efforts but it's St Gallen who have had the better chances. Marco Mathys has been a real threat while Goran Karanovic will still be rueing a poor spot kick which Gerhard Tremmel had no trouble in saving. Swansea have been warned."

  68. 2053: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    In case you're wondering why there was only a minute's stoppage time at Swansea, it's because all the Michu patch-up work took place on the side of the pitch as the other 21 players continued for the eight-and-a-half minutes he was missing.

  69. 2051: 

    We are half-time in both our matches.

  70. 2051: 
    Wigan 2-0 Maribor

    Callum McManaman runs into the area from the right and fires in an angled drive that flashes half a foot wide of the Maribor right-hand upright.

  71. 2051: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Wilfried Bony fires just wide from outside the box after a good bit of interchange with Michu, whose new shirt is covered in blood.

  72. 2047: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen
    Swansea's Michu has his head bandaged

    Michu, who is playing without a name or number on the back of his jersey now but has gone without the bandage, has a sniff at goal but his shot is well blocked by a St Gallen defender.

    BBC Radio 5 liveWigan 2-0 Maribor
    Ben Watson scores for Wigan

    BBC Sport's Ian Brown at DW Stadium: "Wigan are looking good here. Watson, of course, headed the winner in the FA Cup final, and this could win it for Wigan tonight."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

  74. 2045: 
    Wigan 2-0 Maribor

    Wigan are utterly dominant now, this time Callum McManaman plays a ball across from the right that assist king Jean Beausejour fails to connect properly with.

    And moments later McManaman has a shot of his own but it's easily saved by Jasmin Handanovic.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    John Dawson: The ref in this Swansea match is... dubious!

    James Sutton: Michu is an absolute rock star. I bet he rides a motorcycle wearing a leather jacket...

    Chris Parker: And who says European football is softer than the Premier League? Some brutal challenges so far!

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  76. 2043: 
    Wigan 2-0 Maribor

    Another terrible bit of defending by Maribor lets opening goal-scorer Nick Powell in on goal but he fails to hit the target with a chip from around the edge of the penalty area.

  77. 2042: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Monments before that, St Gallen's Marco Mathys had a shot from distance that was saved by Gerhard Tremmel, who fumbled it and had to retrieve the ball from the goalline.

  78. 2041: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Finally, Michu comes back on after eight and a half minutes on the sideline being treated.

  79. 2038: 
    GOAL- Wigan 2-0 Maribor - Ben Watson (34 mins)

    Jean Beausejour gets another assist, this time his left-wing cross is headed home from close range by Wigan's FA Cup final hero Ben Watson. Wigan in control at the DW.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Jasper Chamberlain: This ref is having an absolute shocker...

    Cormac McDonnell: No chance of Swansea been relegated. Will finish ahead of Man Utd the way things are going.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  81. 2037: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Michu has had some petroleum jelly rubbed on his head but that's not enough and his head is now being bandaged. Swansea have been down to 10 men for the last few minutes as the Spaniard continues to be treated.

  82. 2035:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSwansea 0-0 St Gallen

    BBC Sport's Andy Gillies at Liberty Stadium: "We should have had goals here. Right now, Michu is bleeding from the head after a clash with a St Gallen boot, something the referee did absolutely nothing about. The Swansea bench are incensed."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

  83. 2035: 
    Wigan 1-0 Maribor

    French striker Jean-Philippe Mendy skips past a couple of challenges before firing in a powerful low shot from the edge of the area that is comfortably saved by Wigan keeper Scott Carson.

  84. 2034: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Michu is currently on the sidelines trying to wash the blood off himself so he can get back on the pitch. He'll need a new shirt too. Gruesome stuff at the Liberty Stadium.

  85. 2032: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Swansea fans are livid after Michu is kicked in the head by Stephane Besle but the referee does not give a penalty. Michu, who was going for a low header, is bleeding very heavily - there is a lot of blood on his face and neck.

  86. 2031: 

    Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira missed out in the Champions League qualifiers and they are struggling in the Europa League, losing 1-0 at home to Romanian club Pandurii Targu-Jiu following an opening day defeat.

    In Group B, Memphis Depay has put PSV Eindhoven ahead against Chornomorets Odesa while table-toppers Ludogorets have taken an early lead against Dinamo Zagreb. Police arrested 45 Zagreb fans before the game for acts of violence.

  87. 2031: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Swansea are so close to opening the scoring. Jordi Amat's header from Ben Davies's free-kick is touched onto his own post by St Gallen keeper Daniel Lopar. A huge scramble follows before the ball is cleared.

    From the follow up, Alejandro Pozuelo has a shot blocked by Ermir Lenjani.

  88. 2029:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveWigan 1-0 Maribor

    BBC Sport's Ian Brown at DW Stadium: "Wigan have their first ever goal in European football. It was a cross and a dreadful piece of goalkeeping off his line. Nick Powell, on loan from Manchester United, was there to swoop and head in one of the easiest goals you will ever see."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

  89. 2026: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-0 Maribor - Nick Powell (22 mins)
    Nick Powell celebrates scoring

    That is shocking goalkeeping. Jean Beausejour plays a cross in from the left which keeper Jasmin Handanovic punches up in the air and the ball drops behind him for Nick Powell to head in Wigan's first ever European goal. As easy as you want for the former Crewe man on loan from Manchester United.

  90. 2024: 
    Wigan 0-0 Maribor

    Comfortable enough so far for Wigan. Maribor have not really shown too much in front of goal, although Goran Cvijanovic has just shot over from 20 yards, while Ales Mejac also tried his luck from distance.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball
    Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel saves a penalty from St Gallen's Goran Kranovic

    Tom Miszkowski: That is quite possibly the worst penalty I have ever seen - Sunday league stuff.

    Robin Gelder: Worst penalty I've ever seen. Shocking!

    Tim G: Swansea will be nowhere near relegation. They are stronger than half the Premier League. They should try to get as far as possible in Europe.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  92. 2024: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Marco Mathys is played through for St Gallen by a magnificent ball forward and he should be hitting the back of the net but he drags his shot wide of Gerhard Tremmel's right-hand post.

    Swansea are certainly riding their luck here - a far way removed from that performance in Valencia so far.

  93. 2021:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSwansea 0-0 St Gallen

    BBC Sport's Andy Gillies at Liberty Stadium: "Saved by Tremmel diving to his left-hand side. The decision given by the Portuguese referee outraged Swansea. It seemed ball to hand, but it was given despite the Swansea protests."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

  94. 2019: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    That is an awful penalty, absolutely pathetic. Goran Karanovic just stops before taking it and his weak kick more like a backpass straight at Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel.

    You won't see an easier penalty saved all season.

  95. 2019: 

    A cross comes in from the left-hand side - very firmly hit - and Dwight Tiendalli jumps to try to block it. He isn't that far from the ball when it is struck - pretty much on the edge of the area - but he undoubtedly stops it with his hands. Portuguese referee Duarte Gomes has no hesitation in awarding a penalty.

  96. 2018: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen
    St Gallen fans

    St Gallen's fans are making an awful lot of noise in the opening 12 minutes at the Liberty Stadium. Sounds like a wonderful atmosphere in the away end.

  97. 2017: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Striker Wilfried Bony is a right handful and this time he gets past Philippe Montandon, unfortunately for Swansea he had bundled the Swiss defender to the floor.

    He caused Valencia a whole load of problems two weeks ago in their 3-0 win. Their defenders are probably still having nightmares about the Ivorian.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Dave Wathall: Great result for Spurs and let's hope the other teams follow suit. Big, big night for Wigan!

    Myles Pip: Even with a run in Europe I still don't think Swansea are going to be anywhere near relegation.

    Russell Reynolds: Tiendalli is the one weak point of Swansea. Doesn't have the pace to get back when he goes up, but he's decent in defence.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  99. 2014: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Wigan 0-0 Maribor
    Wigan's Nick Powell

    Wigan forward Nick Powell should have scored his team's first ever European goal there. He is put through by an absolutely horrific backpass, he's in space and has time to pick his shot but it's saved well by Jasmin Handanovic. The Manchester United loanee should probably have given the keeper no chance however.

    From the corner, James McArthur fires wide with a low 20-yard effort.

  100. 2012: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Stephane Besle is quite lucky there, he ponders on the ball on the halfway line and Michu nicks the ball off him, but the defender just manages to tackle Michu and win it back. If he'd mis-timed that he might have been off.

  101. 2010: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    And Michu has Swansea's second chance of the match, Jonathan De Guzman's corner goes all the way across goal to the Spaniard, who wasn't really expecting the ball to come to him and thus heads over.

  102. 2009: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Swansea forward Michu has the first chance of the night at the Liberty Stadium but his shot from just outside the box is easily saved by Daniel Lopar.

  103. 2008: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    Former Wales international Ian Walsh at Liberty Stadium for BBC Radio Wales: "Swansea, if they win this, should be favourites to win their group.

    "This is a big game so Michael Laudrup has picked a strong team, a very attacking team. But the Swans have to be careful defensively - they need to be stronger than they were against Arsenal. But you hope they'll have enough possession and chances to get a few goals tonight."

  104. 2008: 
    Wigan 0-0 Maribor

    Wigan have been the brighter team in the opening two and a half minutes at the DW Stadium - it's a big night for them if they want to reach the knockout stages - it's likely they'll need to win this game.

  105. 2006: 
    Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    A fair few flares were set off in the Liberty Stadium just before kick-off. It looks like a big continental match.

  106. 2005: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 St Gallen

    St Gallen kick off this Europa League Group A match as both sides chase a second win in two games.

  107. 2005: 
    KICK-OFF- Wigan 0-0 Maribor

    The hosts get us under way with the first kick of a ball in European competition Wigan has ever seen.

  108. 2003: 

    There are some big games kicking off in Ukraine at 2005 BST.

    Italian giants Fiorentina face FC Dnipro while PSV Eindhoven will aim to get their campaign back on track at FC Chornomorets Odesa following their surprise defeat at home by Bulgarian side Ludogrets two weeks ago.

    In Group F, bottom side Bordeaux host Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv while German club Eintracht Frankfurt travel to Cyprus to face Apoel Nicosia.

  109. 2001: 
    Wigan v Maribor (2005 BST)

    Wigan manager Owen Coyle on BT Sport 1: "The potential of Nick Powell is vast. I've worked with very talented players like Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere.

    "We're determined to get everything out of him so he's a better player when he goes back to United. Maribor are pleasing on the eye and comfortable with the ball. We also want to be pleasing on the eye and get a victory."


    Dan in Southampton on 81111 on text: Whether Spurs win the Europa League or not will have much to do with who drops down from the Champions League. Looking at the other Europa League teams at present, I'd say Spurs are the best of the lot.

    Jonathan in Farnham on 81111 on text: Wigan have the quality and the know-how to go far in this competition.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  111. 1959: 
    Tromso v Sheriff Tiraspol

    Spurs are four points clear at the top of Group K after Ricardinho's 88th-minute strike gives Sheriff Tiraspol a 1-1 draw at 10-man Tromso.

    In Group J, Lazio snatch a late point with two goals in a minute from number 99 Sergio Floccari to pull the game back to 3-3 against Trabzonspor.

    AZ Alkmaar are held at home by PAOK Salonika after Dimitris Salpingidis's 94th-minute equaliser while Rapid Vienna also leave it late to snatch a 2-2 at home to Dynamo Kiev.

  112. 1958: 
    Swansea v St Gallen (2005 BST)

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup to ITV4: "It's a completely different game to the Valencia one - a different team and challenge. We have to show we can cope with that as well, and accept that we are the favourites.

    "We know it won't be easy - football isn't always 2+2=4. It will be difficult. They showed in the play-offs against Spartak Moscow that they are a good team.

    "They won their first game so it's an important match. Valencia are back in the game after winning 2-0 in Russia today. Whatever happens, there are still a lot of games to play."

  113. 1952: 
    Swansea v St Gallen (2005 BST)
    Michael Laudrup

    Despite an impressive 3-0 victory away to Valencia in their opening group game, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is not getting too carried away with his side's Europa League chances.

    "We had a fantastic start beating the top favourites on their ground 3-0," said the Dane.

    "[But] just because we win one game - even if it was Valencia away - it doesn't make us favourite for anything. If we keep this level we could move on to the knockout phase but even then there will be 32 teams."


    We've had a number of comments via the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Nishan Yogan: If Spurs play like this in the league then they will be a real title contenders. But that's a big if!

    Will Pearson: Britton and Pozuelo to boss the midfield tonight. If we get past the groups, I don't even mind being relegated. Don't care what other fans say, I'll remember European glory long after the Premier League fame. People will be talking about the Capital One Cup long after Michu et al are old and wrinkled.

    Ollie Moreton: All this midweek football is distracting me from my studies!

    You can also share your views here.

  115. 1946: 
    Wigan v Maribor (2005 BST)
    Owen Coyle

    Wigan manager Owen Coyle says he looking forward to a "special atmosphere" as the club host their first ever European tie.

    "For us, it's important we get to our standard and perform as we can. We've got good players and we're in the process of building a very good team," he said.

    "Nothing's altered our opinion that we're set for a very successful and exciting season, and this fixture provides that as well. Hopefully it will be a special atmosphere. Coming along for the first home European tie, it will be a special night for everybody."

  116. 1942:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveWigan v Maribor (2005 BST)

    BBC Sport's Ian Brown at DW Stadium: "I'm soaking up the atmosphere as well as the rain here in Wigan.

    "The home side are hosting European football for the first time. It's a shame they have so many injuries at the moment, but this is as strong a line-up as possible.

    "They will be watched tonight by their former coach Roberto Martinez, who guided them to that win in the FA Cup."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

  117. 1942:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSwansea v St Gallen (2005 BST)

    BBC Sport's Andy Gillies at Liberty Stadium: "Swansea will be hoping to match Tottenham's achievement tonight. This is the meeting between the two sides who took maximum points in their first games in Group A.

    "The Swiss side are on a 12-match unbeaten run, including a win in Russia against Spartak Moscow which ensured their qualification. They will not be a pushover. Michael Laudrup has rung the changes for Swansea, but he is taking the competition seriously."

    You can hear updates throughout 5 live Sport.

  118. 1937: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v St Gallen (2005 BST)

    Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Amat, Ben Davies, Britton, Pozuelo, De Guzman, Michu, Routledge, Bony. Subs: Vorm, Taylor, Shelvey, Dyer, Lamah, Canas, Vazquez.

    St Gallen: Lopar, Martic, Montandon, Besle, Lenjani, Mutsch, Janjatovic, Vitkieviez, Mathys, Rodriguez, Karanovic. Subs: Herzog, Nushi, Nater, Keita, Wuthrich, Demiri, Russo.

    Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

  119. 1936: 

    So how are Wigan and Swansea's opponents doing in their domestic leagues this season?

    St Gallen, Swansea's visitors, are fourth in the Swiss Super League after picking up 15 points from nine games.

    In the Slovenian Prva Liga, Wigan's opponents Maribor are top with 23 points from their opening 11 matches.

  120. 1930: 
    Swansea v St Gallen (2005 BST)

    Swansea might not have won at home in the Premier League this season but in the Europa League qualifiers at the Liberty Stadium they comprehensively beat Malmo and Petrolul Ploiesti.

    Michael Laudrup's side secured an impressive 3-0 win at Valencia in the first round of matches and top Group A on goal difference ahead of this evening's opponents St Gallen, who beat Kuban Krasnodar 2-0 at home in their opening game.

  121. 1927: 
    Rapid Vienna celebrate

    In Group G, Rapid Vienna are trying to stage a second-half comeback against Ukraine giants Dynamo Kiev with Guido Burgstaller's strike pulling it back to 2-1 in Austria.

    Diego Perotti fires Group H leaders Sevilla ahead from the penalty spot against Freiburg, who also had Fallou Diagne sent off for his foul on Carlos Bacca.

    Tromso take the lead against Sheriff Tiraspol in Group K, which is headed by Spurs.

  122. 1924: 
    Wigan v Maribor (2005 BST)

    Wigan host their first ever European home tie, with visitors Maribor of Slovenia at the DW Stadium. The Latics drew their opening match 0-0 at Belgian side Zulte Waregem, with Chris McCann's block on the goalline late on earning a point for the FA Cup winners.

    Maribor made an awful start to their Group D campaign with a 5-2 defeat at home by Rubin Kazan in their opening fixture and have since replaced their coach Ante Cacic with former player Ante Simundza. The Slovenian champions, who competed in the Champions League group stage in the 1999-2000 season, failed to progress beyond last season's Europa League group stage.

  123. 1919: 
    TEAM NEWS- Wigan v Maribor (2005 BST)

    Wigan make three changes from the team who lost 1-0 to Watford last time out. Callum McManaman, Emmerson Boyce and Jean Beausejour come in, as Thomas Rogne, James McClean drop to the bench and the injured Marc-Antoine Fortune is also out.

    Defenders Gary Caldwell and Ivan Ramis, goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, midfielder Shaun Maloney and strikers Grant Holt are all out injured for the hosts.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Matthew Tilbury: Spurs fans need to realise this is good practice for being in the Champions League and fighting for fourth. It's no good getting there just once.

    Simon Atkins: Swansea need to focus on their league games. While a run in Europe would be good, it's no good if they're fighting relegation.

    Russell Reynolds: Wigan have too many injuries to seriously challenge for Europa League. They need their best players for promotion, which would bring more money.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  125. 1913: 
    TEAM NEWS- Swansea v St Gallen (2005 BST)

    Swansea make four changes to the side which lost 2-1 at home to Arsenal on Saturday. Goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel. Alejandro Pozuelo, Wilfried Bony and Leon Britton, captain for the evening, come into the side. Defender Ashley Williams misses out once again with injury as expected.

  126. 1912: 
    LINE-UPS- Wigan v Maribor (2005 BST)

    Wigan: Carson, Boyce, Shotton, Barnett, Perch, McManaman, Watson, McArthur, Beausejour, Gomez, Powell. Subs: Nicholls, Rogne, McCann, McClean, Espinoza, Garcia, Dicko.

    Maribor: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Arghus, Mejac, Filipovic, Mertelj, Bohar, Tavares, Cvijanovic, Mendy. Subs: Pridigar, Mezga, Fajic, Dervisevic, Potokar, Viler, Dodlek.

    Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (FYR Macedonia)

  127. 1909: 
    Swansea v St Gallen (2005 BST)

    Swansea are also at home tonight, to Swiss side St Gallen, as they look to build on their remarkable 3-0 win in Valencia last time around.

    Wilfried Bony, Michu and Jonathan de Guzman scored as they pulled off a surprise win against the 10-man hosts.

    The League Cup winners had to come through two rounds of Europa League qualifying, beating Malmo 4-0 on aggregate and then Petrolul Ploiesti 6-3 over two legs.

  128. 1908: 
    THE STORY IN STATS- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham
    Anzhi v Spurs in stats

    So, Tottenham had five shots on target compared to two from Anzhi, and 66% of the possession, but lost the corner count 8-0. Andre and his boys clearly have some work to do....

  129. 1902: 
    Wigan v Maribor (2005 BST)

    Tonight European football hits the Greater Manchester town of Wigan for the first time ever.

    The Latics qualified for the Europa League courtesy of winning the FA Cup, although they are having to juggle it with the demands of the 46-game Championship following their relegation.


    We've had a number of comments via the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Claire Carolyne Ezekiel on Facebook: They have a great chance to progress to the finals!

    Fatou Badjie: I feel Spurs need another good striker. Not impressed with Soldado so far. Should have bought Benteke...

    Stu Fairway: We want to be winning trophies. I find it utterly depressing that people would rather finish fourth than win the Europa League (or any competition).

    I agree with Stu - surely football fans will remember winning trophies for longer than playing in a few Champions League group stages? Although whether football owners are that bothered about what the fans want is another issue altogether.

    You can also share your views here.


    Tottenham were dominant tonight but against a side that looked of Football League standard. Will they be capable of beating the big teams this season in their trophy chase?

    How do you think Wigan and Swansea will get on tonight? Are the Swans contenders for the tournament after their 3-0 win over Valencia? Are the Latics glad to be in the tournament or will it get in the way of their promotion push?

    Let us know your thoughts via Twitter, using #bbcfootball, or on text, 81111 (UK only and please let us know your names) or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  132. 1854: 
    Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli heads the ball

    Spanish side Valencia bounce back from their 3-0 opening-fixture defeat by Swansea with a 2-0 victory at Kuban Krasnodar in Group A.

    Rubin Kazan have a maximum six points in Group D following a 4-0 win over Zulte Waregem, who drew with Wigan in their opening match.

    In the 1800 BST kick-offs, Lyon are a goal behind to Group I rivals Guimaraes, while Serie A side Lazio are now 3-1 down against Turkish club Trabzonspor in Group J.

  133. 1852: 
    FULL-TIME- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham make it two wins from two in Europa League Group K thanks to a comfortable victory over Anzhi Makhachkala, who are yet to win in any competition this season.

    In all honesty the second half was more like a training match than a European tie.

  134. 1851: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Anzhi midfielder Odil Ahmedov has probably the last shot of the match but his shot is well over Hugo Lloris's crossbar.

  135. 1850: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    That is amazing - Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has tried to pass the ball when he could have shot. He goes around keeper Evgeni Pomazan but doesn't shoot immediately and is surrounded by defenders.

    His attempted pass goes awry - to be fair he doesn't have much experience of passing in the box.

  136. 1844: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    That is just about the closest Anzhi have come tonight, Odil Ahmedov plays a ball over the top for Pavel Solomatin to have a shot but his volley from the right-hand side of the box is saved by Hugo Lloris.

    Less than five minutes to go now.

    Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli

    We've had a number of comments via the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Dave Sansom: Impressive stuff from Spurs but I still think they're two to three quality players from really competing for the league. They've come leaps and bounds, though.

    Untouchable Mohammed: Tottenham need to mainly focus on finishing in the top four this season. Forget about the Europa League.

    Stephen Palmer: Holtby and Defoe are really building a good understanding in this alternative Spurs setup. Lamela, though, looks totally lost. Does make you wonder about the quality of Serie A if he knocked in 15 goals last season...

    You can also share your views here.

  138. 1841: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe curls one well over the crossbar, he's been quiet in the second half. But goal poachers often are when they're not scoring.

  139. 1838: 
    TEN TO GO- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Only 10 minutes left, it's hard to see Anzhi coming back into this game. Tottenham haven't had to play at the top of their game in the second half.

  140. 1838: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Just before those substitutions Jermain Defoe was caught offside from Gylfi Sigurdsson's ball - he doesn't have long to keep up his streak of two goals from every start this season.

  141. 1837: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas makes his final change of the night, Danish maestro Christian Eriksen coming on for Lewis Holtby.

    Anzhi make their third substitution, Ali Gadzhibekov coming on for Cameroon international Benoit Angbwa

  142. 1832: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham
    Tottenham celebrate

    In truth, it's been a relatively comfortable game for Tottenham and it would be very hard to see them dropping any points now.

  143. 1830: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham are making a double change with 20 minutes left, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Dawson coming on for Erik Lamela and Younes Kaboul.

  144. 1829: 

    There are a couple of small surprises around Europe, with Real Betis locked at 1-1 with Croatian club Rijeka in Group I, while Serie A club Lazio are 2-0 down to Group J rivals Trabzonspor in Turkey. Wigan's Group D rivals Rubin Kazan could make it two wins from two - they are 1-0 up against Zulte Waregem.

  145. 1827: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Anzhi want a penalty - they're not getting it. Pavel Solomatin charges into the box, Younes Kaboul puts his arm onto the Russian's shirt and a moment later the 20-year-old went down looking for the spot-kick. He was lucky not to be booked for diving.

  146. 1826: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    The pitch does have a non-league feel to it. The old hosts, FC Saturn Moscow Oblast, went bust two years ago and their successors FC Saturn-2, play in the third tier.

  147. 1823: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    A brief worrying moment for Spurs (and England). Right-back Kyle Walker goes down in pain after a challenge from Lacina Traore but he's up and looking OK now.

  148. 1818: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Pavel Solomatin has a shot from an angle for Anzhi but Hugo Lloris saves the ball out for a corner. The Spurs keeper has probably had as much to do in the first 15 minutes of this half as he had in the first period.

  149. 1817: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Lacina Traore has probably been Anzhi's most impactful player so far. He charges forward from his own half, shrugging off pressure from Sandro and plays the ball wide to Andrey Yeshchenko but the substitute's cross is blocked by Hugo Lloris's feet.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Krishan Pau: Holtby has assisted most of Defoe's goals. The two of them are deadly together.

    Sam Pritchard: I can see Spurs easily winning the Europa League - theyr'e playing like champions.

    Tattz: If only the England team had three strikers in red hot goal-scoring form, rather than Rooney, Sturridge and Defoe. Oh, hang on...

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  151. 1813: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Anzhi defender Rasim Tagirbekov got forward but then held the ball up in the corner like they were winning and it was the last minute before crossing the ball into no-one. The Russians aren't looking full of ideas in Moscow.

  152. 1811: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Lacina Traore tries to slip Serder Serderov in behind the Tottenham defence but Kyle Walker intercepts the pass. It's been a quiet start to the second half at the Saturn Stadium.

  153. 1804: 
    KICK-OFF- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    And Anzhi get us going in the second half. They need big things from Lacina Traore in the second half.

  154. 1804: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    Anzhi Makhachkala bring on Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore for Islamnur Abdulavov at half-time. He was expected to miss tonight with a shoulder injury.

  155. 1757: 

    In Group A, it is 0-0 between Kuban Krasnodar and Valencia, who were defeated 3-0 by Swansea in the opening match.

    Rubin Kazan are goalless with Belgian side Zulte Waregem in Group D, which features Wigan.

    But there have been goals in the other match, with Group L side Shakhter Karagandy, who lost to Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers, 2-0 up against Israeli side Maccabi Haifa.

  156. 1755: 
    THE STORY IN STATS- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham
    BBC Sport stats

    So far so good for Spurs, who might be losing the corner count but have dominated possession, scored twice and prevented Anzhi from managing a shot on target.


    We've had a number of comments via the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Kyle Utterson: I said 3-0 to Tottenham and at this rate with Spurs two up, they could go on and hit four or five. A very good composed and professional performance from a classy Tottenham side who can win this competition.

    Dean Oram: Spurs look strong in all areas. We'll see a better more cohesive unit in a couple of months time when they learn each others name. Quality all over the park

    Andy Brett: I put my house on Defoe getting one tonight! (Don't tell the missus...)

    You can also share your views here.


    So Tottenham are approaching a second victory out of two games in Group K. They have several fringe players in tonight - do you think Andre Villas-Boas's side can compete on several fronts this season?

    Let us know your thoughts via Twitter, using #bbcfootball, or on text, 81111 (UK only and please let us know your names) or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  159. 1747: 
    HALF-TIME- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    There is literally no injury time at the Saturn Stadium - Spurs are halfway there.

  160. 1743: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

    That is Nacer Chadli's second goal in eight appearances following his £7m summer move from FC Twente.

    His first was in the 4-0 League Cup win at Aston Villa a couple of weeks ago.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Ally Hewet: Defoe plays, Defoe scores. Simples!

    Aidan O'Regan: That build-up play from Spurs was sensational - so patient, picking out the right passes. Defoe's always reliable to smash it home.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  162. 1740: 
    GOAL- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham - Nacer Chadli (39 mins)
    Nacer Chadli (right) in action for Spurs

    I said Defoe's goal hadn't dented Anzhi's confidence but this probably has. Kyle Walker finds Nacer Chadli in space and the Belgian strokes home from close to the penalty spot with ease.

  163. 1739: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-1 Tottenham

    The goal doesn't appear to have dented Anzhi's confidence too much, they have had a couple of attacks since the goal. Coach Gadzhi Gadzhiev will be relatively pleased with their performance so far, considering that they have not won a game all season.

    However, Spurs are strong favourites to win this match now.

  164. 1738: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-1 Tottenham

    Jermain Defoe has had a great day so far, after being named in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

  165. 1735: 
    GOAL- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-1 Tottenham - Jermain Defoe (34 mins)

    He starts. He scores. Lewis Holtby plays the ball forward for Jermain Defoe, who has space in the box and fires into the roof of the net from 12 yards out.

    That is his seventh goal of the season in four starts. He is now one goal away from equalling the 22 Martin Chivers scored for Spurs in Europe.

  166. 1734: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    Lewis Holtby has Spurs' best chance of the match so far, the Tottenham midfielder cuts in from the right and curls an effort on target but Anzhi keeper Evgeni Pomazan pulls off a 'for the cameras' dramatic save.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

    Peter Christley: Spurs are very realistic winners. AVB is notorious for picking strong teams in Europa - it cost us fourth place last year.

    Douglas McDoug: Where has the abundance of young wingers gone? Having Townsend as the only out and out winger is a tad tepid.

    Gary Wood: There's a lack of natural wide players in the squad...

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  168. 1731: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham
    Erik Lamela

    Erik Lamela has been very sloppy in possession so far for Tottenham, a few attacks have broken down so far by a casual pass from the Argentine going awry.

    I suspect Andre Villas-Boas might have words at half-time with the ex-Roma winger.

  169. 1729: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham
    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

    Anzhi Makhachkala have an attack, with Serder Serderov playing a nice little reverse ball in to Islamnur Abdulavov but Hugo Lloris comes off his line to deal with the danger.

  170. 1727: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    Anzhi forward Serder Serderov is limping after a meaty challenge from Spurs defender Younes Kaboul, which will really smart in these near-freezing conditions but he's OK to play on.

  171. 1724: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    The tempo of this match has been more like a training session at times. Little to keep the fans in the stands warm.

  172. 1723: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs are just starting to get on top slightly at the Saturn Stadium. But it has certainly been a frustrating start for them in the weather in Russia, with the temperature 4C.

  173. 1721: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham's £25.3m man Erik Lamela, who has been quiet so far, picks up the ball around 30 yards from goal but his first touch is poor and Anzhi clear their lines.

  174. 1715: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    Jermain Defoe has Spurs' first shot at goal but he drags it wide of the post. A minute later midfielder Sandro charges forward and fires their first shot on target but it's straight at keeper Evgeni Pomazan.

  175. 1713: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker does well to get in behind the Anzhi backline but his cross is intercepted by the hosts' defence and cleared.

    Spurs will be encouraged to see how easily they got in by a ball over the top there.


    We've had a number of comments via the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Crippy Cooke: While a point away to Anzhi would be good for Spurs, I think they can get all three. They have lost a number of top players, so Tottenham have a great chance to pull away in their group.

    Scott Barwick: I hope Spurs have a really tough game and a bumpy journey home, in readiness for Sunday!

    Neil Wiseman: Football on a Thursday? It's not right!

    You can also share your views here.

  177. 1709: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    Anzhi continue to push forward and Spurs defender Vlad Chiriches does well to deny Pavel Solomatin with a sliding tackle. I'm not sure anyone was expecting to see Spurs on the backfoot so much this early on.

  178. 1709: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    A quick look at the bench and a lot of the players are wearing blankets as well as their coats, hats and gloves. I'd imagine some of the Spurs players on the pitch would probably appreciate a blanket.

  179. 1707: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    Anzhi have started on the front foot, this time Serder Serderov is looking to get at the Spurs defence but he overruns the ball and goes flying into the advertising hoardings.

  180. 1705: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    That is a lucky call for Tottenham, Anzhi forward Pavel Solomatin is played in on goal and looks to go around Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris but it is called back for offside.

    Replays indicate that the Russian was in an onside position 40 yards from goal when the ball was played.


    imajoebob: Different from other Premier League clubs, Tottenham seems to use this tournament to improve the team, not just to give regular starters a rest and cash the cheque.

    Craig Wheeler: Few people would be surprised to see Spurs and Swans in the Europa final this year. Two top teams ready for Europe.

    Jon: Tottenham can certainly win it - and I'd love us to. Look at our squad. Cup glory? Yes please.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  182. 1701: 
    KICK-OFF- Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham get us going on in this Europa League Group K clash.

  183. 1701: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    The Saturn Stadium looks less than heaving tonight. A few thousand Anzhi fans, sporting their Norwich City-style scarves, have made the trip however.

  184. 1658: 

    Away from the British teams tonight, Ligue 1 side Lyon, featuring former Tottenham player Steed Malbranque, face Portuguese side and Group I leaders Guimaraes.

    PSV Eindhoven, second in the Dutch Eredivisie, will be looking to bounce back following their opening-day defeat by Ludogorets Razgrad with victory over Ukraine side Chornomorets Odesa in Group B.

    Fiorentina, fifth in Serie A, face another Ukraine club, Dnipro, as they look to make it two wins out of two in Group E.

  185. 1657: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    It will be interesting to see how Anzhi Makhachkala get on tonight, over 1,000 miles from home without a win all season and having lost their best players.

    Anzhi playing at home in Moscow is the equivalent of Spurs playing in Belarus in terms of distance.

  186. 1655: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    This new-look Tottenham have played some exciting football this season, with all the new faces they have brought in with the Gareth Bale money.

    I am looking forward to seeing £25m forward Erik Lamela, who joined from Roma over the summer. Christian Eriksen is on the bench, as is Roberto Soldado.

  187. 1649: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)
    Saturn Stadium

    Spurs' game tonight will be in Moscow's Saturn Stadium, over 1,000 miles away from the Anzhi-Arena, because of Anzhi not being allowed to play at home in Europe as a result of problems in Dagestan.

  188. 1645: 

    There are two other 1700 BST kick-offs that carry some significance for the British clubs in the Europa League. In Group A, which is currently headed by Swansea, Kuban Krasnodar face Valencia, who were defeated 3-0 by the Swans in the first match.

    In Group D, Wigan's first group opponents Zulte Waregem, with whom they drew 0-0, are away to Russian side Rubin Kazan. Rubin lead that group following a 5-2 win at Maribor. Norwegian side Tromso, who were defeated 3-0 by Group K table-toppers Tottenham, play Moldovan side Sheriff at 1800 BST.

  189. 1643: 
    DEFOE GOING FOR THE RECORD- Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)
    Jermain Defoe

    There will be one man looking forward to this game more than most.

    Striker Jermaine Defoe, who was named in today's England squad, has scored two goals in each of his three starts so far, albeit none in his four substitute appearances.

    A hat-trick tonight would see him overtake Martin Chivers's Tottenham European scoring record of 22 goals.

  190. 1640: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    Tottenham come into the game in form, sitting third in the Premier League and top of Europa League Group K after their 3-0 win over Tromso last time out.

    After coming through a qualifier against Dinamo Tbilisi, they have scored 11 goals in three European matches this season.

    Spurs have only lost once this season in all competitions, a 1-0 loss at Arsenal on 1 September.

  191. 1638: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas won the Europa League in 2011 with FC Porto and reached last year's quarter-finals with Spurs.

    He says Anzhi will look totally different tonight post-cuts, but will not take them lightly.

    "They are radically different from what Anzhi built in these past years," the Portuguese says. "The changes are so radical and dramatic that you find it hard to recognise the team and the project they set out to do in the beginning.

    "It looks apparent that staying in the league has become their priority. They've got one point out of the game against Sheriff so it's going to be a difficult game with difficult conditions.

    "We don't want to come here and play with the competition - we want to be serious about the project in that way."


    Steve on 81111 on text: Strength in depth is much better for Spurs this year. Eriksen and Lamela great buys.

    Ryan in London on 81111 on text: The Europa League is Spurs' competition to lose. Strength and depth in the squad at last - reaching the final should be a minimum expectation.

    You can also share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  193. 1632: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)
    Lacina Traore

    Lacina Traore, who signed from Kuban Krasnodar for a reported fee of £15.1m back in Anzhi's more high-rolling days, is only fit enough for a place on the bench after suffering a shoulder injury.

    The 23-year-old Ivory Coast striker is their only big name left, and he is expected to move on in January.

    Anzhi name 20-year-old Manchester City loanee Abdul Razak in their midfield.


    Let us know your thoughts on this evening's Europa League action. Can Spurs maintain their good start to the season or will Anzhi pick up a first win of this campaign?

    Are Tottenham realistic winners of this year's tournament?

    How do you see Wigan and Swansea getting on later?

    Let us know via Twitter, using #bbcfootball, or on text, 81111 (UK only) and please let us know your names or we can't use your texts.

  195. 1623: 

    Later on, we will have Swansea v St Gallen and Wigan's European home debut against Maribor, as well as the best of the rest from across the continent tonight.

  196. 1621: 
    LINE-UPS- Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    Anzhi Makhachkala: Pomazan, Angbwa, Tagirbekov, Adeleye, Ewerton, Jucilel, Ahmedov, Razak, Solomatin, Serderov, Abdulavov. Subs: Kerzhakov, Eschenko, Grigalava, Demidov, Gadzhibekov, Gatagov, Traore.

    Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Kaboul, Fryers, Dembele, Sandro, Lamela, Holtby, Chadli, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Dawson, Naughton, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Kane, Soldado.

  197. 1619: 
    Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham (1700 BST)
    Erik Lamela

    Tottenham shake things up from the side that drew 1-1 with Chelsea at the weekend with Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul, Zeki Fryers, Sandro, Erik Lamela, Lewis Holtby, Nacer Chadli and Jermain Defoe all coming in to make starts.

    Only Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele survive for the trip to Russia.

  198. 1617: 
    Guus Hiddink

    However they failed to win any trophies or reach the Champions League, with coach Guus Hiddink quitting in July and his replacement Rene Meulensteen being sacked after 16 days.

    And in August, Kerimov slashed their budget and sold Eto'o, William, Samba, Zhirkov, Diarra and more.

    And tonight, the bottom side in the Russian Premier League, with no wins from 11 games, 'host' Tottenham - in Moscow.

  199. 1616: 
    Suleyman Kerimov

    Billionaire Suleyman Kerimov purchased the club in January 2011 and immediately starting investing as part of "The Anzhi Project" with former Real Madrid and Brazil left-back Roberto Carlos their first major signing.

    Samuel Eto'o was rumoured to be the highest-earning player in the world when he joined the club from Inter Milan in August.

    Their players lived in Moscow, over 1,000 miles away from Makhachkala, and just flew into the capital of the war-torn republic of Dagestan for home games.

  200. 1615: 
    Lassana Diarra, Samuel Eto'o and Willian

    Samuel Eto'o, Willian, Chris Samba, Yuri Zhirkov, Lassana Diarra, Guus Hiddink. These are all people Tottenham won't be facing tonight.

    Anzhi Makhachkala announced in the summer they were slashing their budget by two thirds and so a dramatic flash sale saw them sell their top earners to teams across Europe.

Share this story

Get Inspired

How to get into sports and activities near you, plus more about our campaign

Follow BBC Sport on Google+

Visit BBC Sport's Facebook page