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Summary

  1. Balotelli gives Liverpool lead from spot
  2. FT: Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina
  3. Soldado volleys Tottenham ahead
  4. Basanta levels from close range for Italians
  5. FT: BSC Young Boys 1-4 Everton
  6. Lukaku treble but Stones sent off

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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And on that bombshell, it is time for me to bring this live text commentary to a close.

Europa League boring? Nahhh.

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

Balotelli
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How can he not take a penalty when he is on the pitch?

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Abhishek: Hendo was assigned as penalty taker because Balo didn't start. But obviously Balo is better penalty taker. Studge made a scene

Jamie: Give Balotelli credit, young and in another country and takes the ball off over-rated over hyped English players. Believe.

lomekian: Balotelli is one of the best penalty takers in the world...putting Henderson ahead of him under any circumstances is idiotic.

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

More from Steven Gerrard talking on ITV: "Credit to Mario, he's scored, but it's not nice to see when footballers are arguing. I think Jordan has handled the situation very well. He can see that Mario really wanted to score. Jordan walked away at the right moment and handled his post match interview very well."

"Jordan is the captain and Mario showed Jordan a bit of disrespect there, but he's scored a very important goal. I think six or seven players would have wanted to take that penalty so if they all say they are taking it, what happens then?! Rules are in place for a reason."

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, speaking to ITV: "Jordan should have taken the penalty. Rules are rules. It should have been Henderson. Mario has been a bit mischievous."

When your captain says that, you know you are going to be in bother.

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

Interesting stuff from Steven Gerrard as well in the ITV studio, says he felt Jordan Henderson should have taken the penalty and did not seem best pleased with Mario Balotelli's actions. More from Gerrard shortly.

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

Very diplomatic from Jordan there, but it was pretty clear he was not happy with having the ball taken from him.

Player reaction

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, speaking to ITV: "It was a big goal, I thought we kept the ball well at times and we deservedly got the goal at the end. It was a big goal for us and especially keeping the clean sheet.

"I wanted the penalty, Mario felt confident and he has taken big penalties before. Everyone wants to take them. I felt confident in Mario, he has taken big penalties before and he got the nod."

Elsewhere in Europe...

Holders Sevilla take a slender lead into their second leg tie against Borussia Monchengladbach thanks to a Vicente Iborra goal that gave the Spaniards a 1-0 win.

Guingamp come back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at home against nine-man Dynamo Kiev, with Claudio Beauvue and Mustapha Diallo giving the French side the advantage heading into the second leg while Ajax beat Legia Warsaw 1-0 after Arkadiusz Milik's first-half effort.

Villarreal defeated Salzburg thanks to efforts from Ikechukwu Uche and Denis Cheryshev either side of a Jonathan Soriano penalty while Anderlecht and Dynamo Moscow play out a goalless draw in Belgium.

Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

Bradley Allen

Tottenham academy coach on BBC Radio London

"The intensity they will need to put into the return leg to win it will be high. But with the League Cup final only three days later, will Pochettino risk the big players like Kane and Eriksen. But some of Spurs' best performances this season have come away from home, so they won't be phased by this. But God forbid, any of the players get injured and miss the final."

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Luke Davy: Why would you not start with Sterling or Kane? Not as if the opposition is weak?

Ash: Ever since that moustache appeared on super Mario, he's starting to look good, working hard and linking up.

CFC Warrior: He demanded it. He took it. He scored. Leadership. That's Mario.

FULL-TIME

Celtic 3-3 Inter Milan

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

Jordan Henderson takes it, but hits the wall. That's the last action of the game.

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

Raheem Sterling's tricky feet win Liverpool a free-kick on the edge of the area, a good chance for a second...

GOAL

Celtic 3-3 Inter Milan - John Guidetti (93 mins)

John Guidetti
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What drama! Celtic snatch a late, late equaliser through John Guidetti, who chests the ball down before firing in. Could there be more late drama?

FULL-TIME

Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

All over at White Hart Lane and not a great result for Tottenham, Fiorentina have the advantage with the away goal.

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

There will also be three added minutes at Liverpool and the hosts are a little nervy as Besiktas come forward, searching for an equaliser.

Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

Christian Eriksen
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Into three minutes of injury time in London. Can Tottenham find a second?

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas

Liverpool have the lead, but could Mario Balotelli's decision to take the ball off Jordan Henderson cause a bit of friction? Henderson was not happy at all, signalling at the bench before Balotelli scored. Henderson tapped Balotelli on the shoulder in the celebration, but looked a little half-hearted.

GOAL

Liverpool 1-0 Besiktas - Mario Balotelli pen (85 mins)

Mario Balotelli
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Nice. Very nice. Taking the ball off Jordan Henderson was a big call by Mario Balotelli. He has to score now and he steps up, pauses slightly, but fires the ball into the net.

Mario Balotelli
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Liverpool 0-0 Besiktas

Mario Balotelli takes the ball off Jordan Henderson, the striker wants this...

PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL

Liverpool 0-0 Besiktas

Chance for Liverpool here as Jordon Ibe is fouled inside the area, penalty. But who takes it...?

Liverpool 0-0 Besiktas

Raheem Sterling's direct running finally awakens Anfield as he charges forward on a counter, sliding the ball out wide to Daniel Sturridge, who gets into the area but his attempted chip lands on the roof of the net.

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Mark Savile: Liverpool have been good up to the 18 yard box, missing that final 5%

Dave: Liverpool trying to pass it into the net. Not gonna happen lads. Shoooooooooot!!!!

Colin Todd: Not sure why Balotelli takes free kicks, can't remember him scoring one before.

Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

For all their dominance, lacklustre defending could be Tottenham downfall in this game. Mohamed Salah is allowed to get inside the area, the legs of Spurs' defenders trying desperately to hack clear, eventually succeedin. A lucky bounce and Salah could have sneaked in there.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 0-0 Besiktas

Dejan Lovren heads over from a free-kick before Raheem Sterling makes his return from injury, replacing Adam Lallana. He has 13 minutes to make an impact.

Liverpool 0-0 Besiktas

Mario Balotelli
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This has not been a great half, about the most entertaining thing has been Mario Balotelli's outstanding moustache.

Raheem Sterling is getting ready to come on.

Celtic 2-3 Inter Milan

After a breathless first half in which five goals were scored, there's been nothing to add in the second half.

Could there be late drama though?

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Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

Lovely flick by Roberto Soldado puts Paulinho through on goal but his shot is pushed behind for a corner. Andros Townsend is then substituted, receiving a standing ovation as he goes off after an excellent display, Erik Lamela replaces him.

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Brendan Rodgers and Slaven Bilic
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Steve Howes: So Brendan Rodgers promised the real European Liverpool would arrive six months late. Well so far they've not arrived.

Elton Nkhata: Even if Liverpool lose, I see a good future, especially for Jordon Ibe.

Mark Wilkins: This game needed something, let's hope that super Mario's introduction is the catalyst?

CLOSE!

Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

Chance for Fiorentina as Mario Gomez receives a pass midway inside the Tottenham area, breaks into the box and wrongfoots two defenders but his good work is undone when he shoots over the bar.

Elsewhere in Europe...

Villarreal were pegged back by a Jonathan Soriano penalty for Salzburg, but re-establish their lead thanks to a Denis Cheryshev strike at the Madrigal.

No change in the rest of the games since half-time.

SUBSTITUTION

Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

Harry Kane
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Harry Kane is on for Nacer Chadli for the remaining 25 minutes while Marcos Alonso replaces Manuel Pasqual for Fiorentina.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 0-0 Besiktas

Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli do indeed come on, replacing Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho. Can Balotelli inject a bit of life into this game?

Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

Marcos Alonso
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Over in London, Harry Kane is receiving instructions as he prepares to come on. Marcos Alonso is also about to come on for Fiorentina. Alonso was a Bolton player when Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane back in 2012.

Liverpool 0-0 Besiktas

Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli look set to come on. Liverpool certainly need something, they've been very flat in this half.

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Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

Bradley Allen

Tottenham academy coach on BBC Radio London

Harry Kane has become the focal point for the Tottenham attack. If he comes on, he will give the whole team a lift. If they can take a 2-1 lead to Italy they have a great chance to qualify.

Liverpool 0-0 Besiktas

Desperate defending by Beskitas as Martin Skrtel shoots goalwards, his shot is blocked before Jordan Henderson drags a shot wide from the edge of the area.

Tottenham 1-1 Fiorentina

Harry Kane
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Tottenham have Fiorentina struggling to get out of their own half, they are pinging in crosses like there is no tomorrow but each and every one is failing to find a Tottenham player. Harry Kane o'clock?

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Slowbear: Pochettino needs to unleash Harry Kane!

Ste Dooney: Crazy night so far in the Europa League and there's still 45 mins left to run! This competition deserves so much more respect.

CFC Warrior: What a cross that was from Henderson. Liverpool wont miss Gerrard that much with him in the side.