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  1. Post update

    Lille fans

    A long journey home, possibly after a bit of the Cavern Club tomorrow, for these lot.

    For you, the next football to look out for is tomorrow's FA Cup first round giant-killing possibility when Warrington's part-timers take on League Two Exeter.

    You can read more about the catalogue model, pizza man and member of Liverpool's 2005 Champions League winning party who will be involved in that one right here.

    See you there.

  2. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Best footballing names

    Richard Chinn: Ex-Wolves centre back John de Wolf, Great name!

    Lekan Olubusoye: Former Wolfsburg manager Wolfgang Wolf, is certainly worth a mention.

    James Wilkin: Surely it has to be the Indonesian FA's Bob Hippy?

  3. Post update

    We have tapped a bottomless seam with your knowledge of fabulous footballing names.

    Still some unheard pearls landing in our social media and text inboxes.

  4. Player reaction

    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Steven naismtih

    Steven Naismith speaking to ITV4: "One of our biggest assets is that everyone works hard for each other and when we lose the ball we work hard to get it get it back. That was very evident in the first half and I think that was where we won the game."

  5. Post update

    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Everton and Lille stats

    These are the stats then. And they probably don't do Everton's dominance justice. It was a very easy win once the second went in. The sort of performance to fuel fans' hopes of improving on last year.


    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Franck Beria and his teammates applaud the fans at full-time
  7. Post update

    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Divork Origi wins a late corner as he battles away with Sylvain Distin, but nothing comes of it as Everton boot clear.

    Cue Grand Old Team....

  8. Three minutes of injury time

    Everton 3-0 Lille

    I wouldn't normally advocate it, but if you are going to beat the traffic at one match this might be the one to choose. It is done. Finished. Over. Bar another 180 seconds of kickabout.

  9. Post update

    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Lille fans celebrate in the stands

    Lille's fans rouse themselves into some rhythmic clapping late on. It is more life than their team have shown for long periods.

    The home fans meanwhile have been giving Florent Balmont the bird before and after his dreadful corner kick.


    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Florent Balmont clatters into Leighton Baines and the yellow card that has been in the post for the whole 90 minues finally lands on his doormat.

    He is still chuntering away to Baines after the challenge. He looks like an angry man. Someone get him some scented candles or something.


    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Muhamed Besic is being taken through some late tactics on the dugout tablet computer. Either that or there are some of Roberto's holiday snaps to take a look at. Nope, on he comes. James McCarthy is the man who makes away to a fully deserved standing ovation. He has been everywhere tonight.

  12. Post update

    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Christian Atsu darts in off the left flank and narrowly fails to pick out Romelu Lukaku with a cute reverse pass. Ten to go.


    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Romelu Lukaku with possession of the ball

    Romelu Lukaku charges down a yawning channel between the two centre-halves and onto James McCarthy's pass. Vincent Enyeama comes out of goal and stands stock still with his hand in the air appealing for offside.

    Fortunately for the Lille keeper, unlike that time when Fabian Barthez tried the same when faced with Paolo Di Canio, the linesman agrees.

  14. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Best footballing names

    Tom Ellison: Great football names? Championship Manager legend Tonton Zola Moukoko.

    Adam: Can't be many better named footballers than Zimbabwean defender Danger Fourpence.

    Rob: Jan Vennegoor of Hessilink has to be worth a mention

  15. Post update

    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Everton are still probing away and look the more dangerous of the two teams. Lille's double switch has not injected life into their flat-lining performance.

    The visitors roll the dice for the third and final time as Sebastien Corchia makes way for Ronny Rodelin. Another decent name...

  16. Post update

    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Whoever is on the tannoy at Everton is doing a sterling job with the announcements to the away fans. They are calling the subs in what sounds like grammatically perfect French with absolutely zero concession towards an accent.

  17. Text us on 81111

    Lenell John-Lewis playing for Grimsby

    Anon: Lenell John-Lewis [pictured] plays for Grimsby Town, nickname 'the shop'.

    Alan, Edinburgh: Another one from the nominative determinism school, this time from the US code of football; former Detroit Lions QB Chuck Long.

    Tim, Exeter: Denmark international and Leeds midfielder Casper Sloth has to have one of the best names in football.


    Everton 3-0 Lille

    Gareth Barry is substituted

    Everton are forced into a double change of their own. Aiden McGeady's removal for Christian Atsu is planned, but Gareth Barry is back on the sidelines as well after clashing shins with Sebastien Corchia over a 50-50 ball.

    Barry limps off and is shown a rather harsh yellow as he goes. It looked like an honest challenge for a ball that was there for him to win.


    Everton 3-0 Lille

    A double switch from Lille, who replace Michael Frey with Nolan Roux and Ryan Mendes with Franck Beria.

    It might be all too little too late though.

  20. GOAL

    Everton 3-0 Lille - Steven Naismith

    Steven Naismith scores
    Steven Naismith celebrates

    A sumptuous team goal and that is surely three points bagged as well as three goals.

    Romelu Lukaku slides Leighton Baines in on the overlap and the former Wigan man squares neatly for Steven Naismith in the box. Naismith still has plenty to do, but does it in style. He holds off his man, before rifling into the roof of the net.

  21. Post update

    Everton 2-0 Lille

    Without an early breakthrough in the second half, Lille are being forced further forward. They have not managed to apply any concerted pressure on Everton though.

  22. Elsewhere in Europe

    Wolfsburg are two to the good against Krasnodar in the other game in Everton and Lille's group. Both goals have come from second-half substitute Aaron Hunt, who qualifies for England through his mum's side of the family.


    Everton 2-0 Lille

    A meaty strike from Romelu Lukaku, who managed to convince Leighton Baines to let him have a dig, but Vincent Enyeama gets across well and shovels it out with two solid palms.

  24. Post update

    Everton 2-0 Lille

    More easy-on-the-eye interplay from Everton and it is rudely interrupted as Rio Mavuba slides in on Romelu Lukaku. Nearly 30 yards out and central, it is a good spot for a free-kick....

  25. Elsewhere in Europe

    Jonathan De Guzman

    Napoli are 1-0 up against Young Boys Bern in a crunch clash in Group I thanks to Jonathan De Guzman's goal on the stroke of half-time. In the pool's other game Sparta Prague look set to bank all three points after taking a 2-0 lead over Slovan Bratislava into the interval.

    Legia Warsaw are currently being held 1-1 by Metalist Kharkiv but if they can earn the win they will finalise their place in the last 32 provided Belgium side Lokeren's clash with Trabzonspor remains 1-1. Not many goals in Group J where leaders Aalborg are drawing 0-0 away against Dynamo Kiev while Rio Ave are 1-0 up at home to Steaua Bucharest.

    Sevilla look in control in Group G after taking a 2-1 lead at home to Standard Liege with Feyenoord set to climb into second spot if they can hold on for victory against Croatian outfit HNK Rijeka after scoring twice without answer in Rotterdam.

    You can follow all the latest scores here.

  26. Post update

    Everton 2-0 Lille

    Ryan Mendes is down in a heap. The Lille midfielder actually copped a heel in the back from team-mate Michael Frey as he wrestled with an opponent. Everton put the ball out sportingly and he is back up and running after a few gentle words of encouragement from the physio.

  27. Post update

    Everton 2-0 Lille

    Divock Origi gets one-on-one with Tony Hibbert out wide, but he is closely watched by the Everton full-back. The teenager's shot is deflected behind by Hibbert's leg.

  28. KICK-OFF

    Everton 2-0 Lille

    We are back under way. No changes from either boss at the break.

  29. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liam Harding: C'mon, it's got to be Creedence Clearwater Couto

    Marc Harrison: No one comes close to Danny Invincible once of Swindon Town.

  30. Post update

    You'd think wouldn't you Dave, but still they keep coming...

  31. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Best footballing names

    Drum-roll please maestro

    David Ledger: Australian goalkeeper born in 1916... Norman Conquest. Surely unbeatable.

  32. Elsewhere in Europe

    Kevin Kuranyi

    Veteran German striker Kevin Kuranyi fired Dinamo Moscow into the knockout stages as a 1-0 victory at home to Portuguese side Estoril Praia maintained their 100% record in Group E. PSV Eindhoven put themselves in a good position to follow Dinamo through with a battling 3-2 win away at Panathinaikos.

    Salzburg roared into the last 32 with a 5-1 demolition of Dinamo Zagreb thanks to a Jonathan Soriano hat-trick in Group D. Borussia Monchengladbach moved to the top of Group A after a 2-0 victory over Apollon Limassol in Cyprus, replacing Villarreal following their surprise 3-2 defeat by FC Zurich.

    Lior Rafaelov plundered a first-half hat-trick as Club Brugge maintained their bid for a place in the knockout phase with a 4-0 rout of Copenhagen. Club Brugge lead Group B ahead of Torino, whose chances of progressing to the next round were jeopardised by a 2-1 defeat in Finland to HJK Helsinki.

  33. Post update

    Everton 2-0 Lille


    It felt like a lot more than 64% possession from here. Everton have been bossing affairs.


    Everton 2-0 Lille

    Everton stride back in for their half-time pep talk. If they don't win from here, I think even the unflappable Roberto Martinez might get a little angry.

  35. GOAL

    Everton 2-0 Lille - Phil Jagielka

    Phil Jagielka scores a header
    Phil Jagielka celebrates

    Zonk! Phil Jagielka tenses the neck muscles and bullets a header home from a deep corner. The marking was absolutely AWOL though.

    Everton earned the set-piece after a clever move, with Leighton Baines' scooped throughball finding Steven Naismith, who saw his shot smothered behind by Vincent Enyeama.

    The Lille goalkeeper has looked good and probably doesn't deserve to have picked the ball out of the onion bag twice already.

  36. Post update

    Everton 1-0 Lille

    The crowd enjoyed that one. Sylvain Distin wins a foot-race with on-loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi, wiping out the teenager with a lawnmower of a tackle.

    Origi has struggled to get a sniff so far.

  37. Post update

    Everton 1-0 Lille

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton are still zapping the passes around. Their play is almost as stylish as their gaffer. Roberto Martinez is sporting a very classy overcoat on the sidelines, putting Lille counterpart Rene Girard to shame.

  38. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Alex Hammel: Best football names? How about the striker from the Seychelles named Johnny Moustache.

    Sean Kelly: Great footballing names? Surely ex-Southampton player Forbes Phillipson-Masters is worth a shout. Touch of class.

    Nutmeg Larry: Innocent Mdledle and Knowledge Musona in South Africa are up there with some of best names I've come across

  39. CLOSE!

    Everton 1-0 Lille

    Aiden McGeady's got his dancing shoes on. The Republic of Ireland winger leaves Simon Kjaer's head spinning with a quick stepover and spurt and lays on a perfect cross for Romelu Lukaku in the middle. The ball smears across the Belgian's forehead and wide though.

    A big chance for 2-0 that.

  40. GOAL

    Everton 1-0 Lille - Leon Osman

    Leon Osman scores the opening goal
    Leon Osman celebrates with the corner flag

    Breakthrough Everton. Aiden McGeady's cross is behind both Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku, but Leon Osman at the far post has time to readjust his feet, control the ball and lash a punted shot across Vincent Enyeama and into the corner.

    The Lille players appeal for a handball from the goalscorer, but it looks like his controlling touch was more chest than arm.

  41. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Lille

    Lille starting to get a toehold in the game. Ryan Mendes demands a save from Tim Howard with a howitzer from a tight angle. It was sneaking into the top corner of the American's near post.

    Marko Basa's long-ranger from the subsequent corner is well over the top though. A lot of shadow boxing and not many meaningful punches so far in this one after Everton's fast start.

  42. Text us on 81111

    Sam, Kenilworth: Best name ever has to be Ulrich van Gobbel!!!

    Plain old Chris in Herts. Junior Agogo always struck me as a pretty chilled out name.

    Coopz, Nottinghamshire: Best footballing name? Ex-Chelsea youngster Nortei Nortey! Got to be!

  43. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Lille

    Leon Osman and Florent Balmont

    Lille have got a chunky midfield pairing. Rio Mavuba and Florent Balmont both have builds closer to bouncers than ballet dancers.

  44. CLOSE!

    Everton 0-0 Lille

    Steven Naismith gets up above Idrissa Gueye, but not over the ball. The Scotland international's header clears the bar from little more than three yards.

    Better from Everton though, who drew the free-kick to create that chance as Pape Souare chopped down Aiden McGeady.

  45. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Lille

    The game has settled into a tempo. The default position is Everton on the ball, with Lille pressing hard and preventing any penetration. Two solid banks of yellow shirts from the visitors.

  46. Text us on 81111

    Chris in Birmingham via text: What about Bilyaletdinov who was at Everton? Unfortunately more like bilya-let-me-down most times he played.

  47. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Lille

    Everton are buzzing brightly. Steven Naismith almost bundles his way through the centre of the Lille defence before Romelu Lukaku's lay-off has a bit to much on it. The Belgian just could not quite take the sting out of the ball as he attempted to steer it into the path of Leon Osman.

  48. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Best footballing names

    Wayne: Goalkeeper Fabian Assman was nearly signed by Chelsea from Independiente.

    Paul Lowry: One fabulous name was Ces Podd - ex Bradford City and Halifax Town player, amongst others.

    Dan Miles: Surely Nordin Wooter, the ex-Ajax and Panathinaikos player?

  49. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Lille

    Vincent Enyeama comes for but misses the ball

    That was less clever from Vincent Enyeama. The Lille goalkeeper rushes out of goal to try and snuff out some danger, but only succeed in spreading panic as he misses the ball entirely. His defenders eventually bail him out of bother, which is the least they can do after his wondersave a minute earlier.


    Everton 0-0 Lille

    Just 30 seconds on the clock and only a world-class save from Vincent Enyeama denies Everton the lead.

    Romelu Lukaku spun neatly onto Steven Naismith's lay-off and drilled hard and low for the corner. Enyeama reacted in a blink though, getting down superbly to turn the ball behind.

  51. KICK-OFF

    Everton 0-0 Lille

    Romelu Lukaku and Steven Naismith do the honours and we are under way.

  52. Post update

    Everton v Lille (20:05 GMT)

    Goodison Park

    Down to Merseyside business though.

    Everton are out on the Goodison baize. Picture-perfect European night and this is how they line up against Lille.

    Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Naismith, McGeady, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Gibson, Eto'o, Besic, Atsu, Barkley, Pienaar.

    Lille: Enyeama, Corchia, Kjaer, Basa, Souare, Gueye, Mavuba, Balmont, Ryan Mendes, Origi, Frey. Subs: Elana, Rodelin, Meite, Beria, Rozehnal, Roux, Traore.

  53. Post update

    We have got some more gems up our sleeve as well. Stay tuned.

  54. Text us on 81111

    Peter via text: Platanias, in the Greek Super League, have Banana Yaya. He's awesome.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Barry Dunne: Harlee Dean at Brentford, and non-league journeyman and long throw specialist Exodus Geohaghon.

    DSM: Bernt Haas, the former Sunderland and West Brom right-back.

    Rob Gorry: Blackpool's recent summer signing Belgian Jeffrey Rentmeister must be up there.

  56. Post update

    While the football was hotting up, our social media machine almost blew a gasket with the sheer quality and quantity of footballer name gold you were coming up with.

    Five minutes until Everton v Lille, just enough time for these nuggets.

  57. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 1-2 Tottenham

    Well, those two second halves boiled up into something unexpected.

    Tottenham were battered from pillar to post in the final 10 minutes, while Celtic's visit to Astra got very feisty.

    The match stats make Gary Lineker's dismissal of Asteras at 18:56 as "utter rubbish" look premature at best. Patronising presumption might be more accurate.

  58. Text us on 81111

    John via text: It must be extremely frustrating for Fazio not getting the opportunity to play in the Premier League. Instead he has to settle for playing against weaker opposition in the cup competitions. This guy was the captain of Sevilla last season, poor man-management from Pochettino in my eyes.


    Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Celtic

    Celtic remain unbeaten but slip to second in the group with a draw.

  60. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Vinny Person: Fazio has more red cards in seven games than Soldado has goals this season. That's Spurs in a nutshell.

    Jesse: I swear Fazio has a similar amount of red cards as he does appearances for Spurs!

    The Spaniard was sent packing in the 4-1 defeat by Manchester City earlier this season.


    Asteras Tripolis 1-2 Tottenham

    And they make it over the line with three points in their back pocket. Spurs were sweating buckets at the end though.

  62. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 1-2 Tottenham

    The crowd on the far side thought it was in. But Ziguy Badibanga's looping header has brushed the outside of the side netting. Spurs are reeling and rocking.

  63. RED CARD

    Astra Giurgiu's Vincent Laban

    No. Doubt. Whatsoever.

    Astra Giurgiu's Vincent Laban careers into Charlie Mulgrew and wipes him out, preventing the possibility of a late Celtic counter.

    One of the easiest decisions of the referee's career.

  64. GOAL

    Asteras Tripolis 1-2 Tottenham - Jeronimo Barrales (90 mins)

    Jeronimo Barrales celebrates his goal

    Jeronimo Barrales goes for power and it does the trick. Asteras have four minutes of injury time to find an improbable equaliser!

  65. RED CARD

    Tottenham's Federico Fazio

    ..and enough to send Federico Fazio for an early bath. Spurs down to 10 men!


    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Jeronimo Barrales get the wrong side of Federico Fazio and the Argentine defender blunders into the back of the Asteras striker in his attempt to make up the ground. It is marginal, but enough to award the spot-kick.

  67. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Ziguy sprinkle his little bit of stardust on the party as Asteras's Badibanga flicks a shot goalwards. It doesn't have the pace to beat Michel Vorm.


    Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Celtic

    Leigh Griffiths is off and celebrating but Serhiy Boiko brings his fun to an end, ruling that the Celtic striker has nudged his marker out of the way unfairly in the build-up.

    He doesn't agree at all.

  69. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Asteras are still knocking on the door. Michel Vorm keeps his sheet clean with a fine reflex save from close range. Five minutes to go...

  70. GOAL

    Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Celtic - Amorim (79 mins)

    What a goal! William Amorim scores an absolute beauty to peg back Celtic in Romania. A lovely twist past his man and then a curling shot that made light of the tight angle and left Craig Gordon stranded.

    A man with number 91 on his back shouldn't be scoring goals like that.

  71. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Barrington Belgrave playing for Southend

    Robbie Auton: Dodo for Inter Milan is a great name.

    Michael Blighe: I'm sorry, but no name is better in football than Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

    Daniel Walford: Barrington Belgrave...enough said.

    Ah yes, Barrington. Fans of Yeovil and Southend know all about him. Last seen playing for St Neots Town.

  72. Post update

    I don't know about you, but I thought Shaun (see 19:27) was joking about a defender called Mark De Man. Turns out he's spot on, and here's some photographic evidence of the brilliantly-monikered Belgian in action against Finland. Nominative determinism in action.

    Mark De Man

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Mauricio Pochettino looks like he is wishing the next 13 minutes of his life away. He puts on Paulinho to tie down the scoreline, sacrificing Harry Kane up front.

  74. Post update

    In the other game in Group C, Besiktas lead Partizan Belgrade 2-0 in Turkey. If it stays as it is, Besiktas and Tottenham will still be locked together at the top of the group with the same goal difference and a 1-1 draw from their meeting earlier in the campaign.

    You can check all the latest scores right here.

  75. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham


    Asteras have now had more shots than Tottenham. Less accurately though and it is about quality rather than quantity.

  76. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Shaun: Best names in football? Look no further than Belgian defender Mark de Man!

    A debate started by the arrival of Ziguy Badibanga on the pitch for Asteras.

  77. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Martin Rolle advances with the ball

    Kritt Normsaskul: Asteras are all over Spurs. They deserve a goal.


    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Asteras deserve a goal. The margins separating them from one are getting thinner as well. Pablo Mazza catches a sweet half-volley from just outside the area. Michel Vorm is clawing at thin air and is relieved to see the ball thump away off the post.


    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Fernando Usero has got the drop on Ben Davies and the Spurs left-back leans into the Asteras captain sending him tumbling when he could have got on the end of a cross.

    No penalty says the official. The crowd don't agree and the replay sides with the masses.

  80. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Harry Kane waves

    Danny Cheng: All this criticism of Harry Kane not starting in the Premier League is nonsense. Mauricio Pochettino clearly wants to win Europa League, best chance of Champions League qualification.

    Martin Ratcliff: The Kane bandwagon will go on for as long as he keeps scoring in every start he gets, regardless of the opposition.

  81. Text us on 81111

    Anon: I completely disagree with Gary Lineker (see 18:56), they may be a bit rubbish but we need any kind of wins we can to boost morale and accumulate some sort of cohesion in this team. They badly need it. And without these awful foreign teams to win against Harry Kane wouldn't be playing and scoring and flying so high. Win is a win Gary.

    Andy: Harry Kane for England. There, I said it! Too bad Roy Hodgson has overlooked him for a nowhere-near fit Theo Walcott. Idiotic thinking.

    Rob, Hornchurch: Some of the teams in the Europa League are a joke. This lot are making a terrible Spurs side look like world beaters.


    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    A peeved Christian Eriksen trudges to the sidelines. Ryan Mason is on in his place.

  83. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Harry Kane is doing his best to nail down a Premier League starting spot. The striker's shot from 15 yards is partially blocked and loops up into an easy catch for Tomas Kosicky. It would have been more of a test had the defender not got something on it.


    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Best names in football? I have always had a lot of time for Sunday Oliseh, but this Asteras substitute might be a new entry at number one. Ladies and gentlemen, Ziguy Badibanga is into the fray.

  85. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    John O'Shea playing as a goalkeeper for Manchester United

    We're asking for your favourite instances of players playing out of position. Tweet #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Rob Miles: Manchester United's John O'Shea in goal v Spurs. Saved a 1 v 1 v Robbie Keane!

    John McEnerney: The great Winston Bogarde played six or seven games as an outside right covering for an injured Overmars during their Ajax days!

    Cooke: Remember Diaby playing behind the striker against Liverpool in Champion League and ended up getting first goal!

  86. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Mauricio Pochettino looks on from the touchline

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is readying a change. Nacer Chadli has been hooked back in from his sideline stretches and told to get his tracksuit off.

  87. CLOSE!

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham's centre-back pairing is looking flaky, very flaky. Facundo Parra bullies Jan Vertonghen off a bouncing ball, skips inside Federico Fazio and crashes a low effort wide when he should have done better.

    He gets a chance to learn from that mistake a minute later, but yet again, after swerving Fazio, his cool deserts him and he blazes clean over the top.

    Asteras look like they mean business. Maybe someone told them what that Twitter hatchetman Lineker said [see 18:56].

  88. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Woodley: If Harry Kane doesn't start against Stoke on Sunday there will be an inquest in north London.

    Sam Robson: When will the Harry Kane bandwagon end! He's scored a few goals against lesser teams and one deflected Premier League free-kick!

  89. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Christian Eriksen has had a quiet game so far, but the Dane breaks cover to slap a shot down the goalkeeper's throat from 20 yards. Tottenham have cleared their heads after being given a scare from the kick-off.

  90. Breaking Everton team news

    Everton v Lille (20:05 GMT)

    Roberto Martinez looks on

    Four changes for Everton as Roberto Martinez recalls Tony Hibbert, Sylvain Distin, Leon Osman and Romelu Lukaku to the side that started the goalless draw against Swansea last time out.

    The players making way are the injured Antolin Alcaraz, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and Samuel Eto'o.

    Everton XI: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Barry, McCarthy, Osman, Naismith, McGeady, Lukaku.

  91. CLOSE!

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    What do Tottenham have in their half-time tea? Night nurse?

    Spurs, not for the first time this season or this month, are caught napping straight from the kick off. Their sluggish defence is sliced open with a single pass and it is only a scruffy finish, bobbling wide from Tasos Tsokanis, that spares their two-goal advantage.

  92. KICK-OFF

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Back up and running in Greece where Roberto Soldado has replaced Erik Lamela for Spurs.

  93. Text us on 81111

    We asked for your favourite examples of players playing out of position...

    Rory, London: Can't forget Mathieu Flamini's string of games at left-back during Arsenal's Champions League run to the final in 2006.

    Jake, Halifax: Rio Ferdinand in net for United against Portsmouth 2008 FA Cup tie! Jake in Halifax

    Rio Ferdinand goes in goal
  94. Post update

    Astra Giurgiu 0-1 Celtic

    It is half-time out in Romania where Celtic are leading 1-0 against Astra.

    Celtic celebrate

    There is a live text commentary underway over here.

  95. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jamie: Harry Kane is so under rated!

    It turns out I have under-rated him as well. His goal tonight is his 10th this season, not ninth. He is scoring so often I lost count.

  96. Post update

    Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker: What benefit is there to trekking all over Europe to play against utter rubbish is beyond me....unless, of course, it's money!

    That seems a little harsh. Asteras are not all that, but Tottenham drew away to Partizan Belgrade and will be tested away to Besiktas.

  97. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham


    Tottenham have been dictating terms in the first half. Asteras have looked useful coming forward at times, but those times have been pretty infrequent.

  98. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Joel Ejike Ikemba: Tottenham are making English football proud once again after a mixed Champion League performance. Go Tottenham!


    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Let's say no more about it, Harry Kane. The Tottenham striker heads down the tunnel with his team-mates.

  100. What a miss!

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Harry Kane. One yard out. You would think it is simple maths and the only answer is goal. You'd be wrong.

    The Tottenham striker contrives to hit the bar. His blushes are partially spared as the offside flag pops up. But it was still an eyesore of a miss.

  101. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Brandon: It might be against a team of nobodies but goals are goals. Go on Harry Kane!

    Jamie Thompson: It is time for Harry Kane to get the recognition he deserves. Welbeck got all the hype but doesn't score. Kane for me.

    Chinedu: Harry Kane for Europa League Player of the Year. If there's anything like that!

  102. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham

    Well, this has been a very acceptable first 45 minutes of work from Tottenham.

  103. GOAL

    Asteras Tripolis 0-2 Tottenham - Harry Kane

    Harry Kane celebrates with teammates

    You just can't stop the lad at the moment.

    Harry Kane towers up above the bearded Giorgios Zisopoulos and buries his header from Andros Townsend's lovely lobbed-up invite of a cross.

    That is Kane's ninth goal of the season. He has more than twice the combined total of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado.

  104. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Your favourite moments involving players playing out of position.

    Edmund Eden Matic: When John Terry kept goal against Reading for Chelsea after Carlo Cudicini got hurt. All the team were trying to block shots.

    John: Steve Watson playing as a lone striker for most of Everton's 02/03 season. Scored a bicycle kick against Bolton.

    Rodgersin: Steven Gerrard playing RB, CB, CM and other positions in the 2005 Champions League final v Milan.

    John Terry playing in goal for Chelsea
  105. GOAL

    Asteras Tripolis 0-1 Tottenham - Andros Townsend pen (36 mins)

    Andros Townsend celebrates with teammates

    Andros Townsend dusts himself down, steps up and wallops a fierce penalty into the corner. Goalkeeper Tomas Kosicky guessed the right way, but would have had to set off halfway through Townsend's run-up to get there in time.


    Asteras Tripolis 0-0 Tottenham

    Andros Townsend is haring to the byeline when Khalifa Sankare comes racing across to take out man, ball and everything not nailed down.

    The referee deems it reckless at best and points to the spot.

  107. GOAL

    Astra Giurgiu 0-1 Celtic - Stefan Johansen

    Stefan Johansen celebrates

    Celtic have the breakthrough in Romania. Stefan Johansen's well-hit effort from distance gets a big helping hand as it deflects off an outstretched leg and past a wrong-footed goalkeeper.

  108. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-0 Tottenham

    The clearest sight at goal yet for Asteras. Pablo Mazza screws his effort wide from a good spot in the penalty box. And immediately blames a bobble, his team-mates and his studs.

  109. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-0 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela feints and darts past a couple of defenders, but the finish can not match the build-up as he wellies it so high the ball clears the protective netting between the stands and the pitch.

  110. Post update

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    Asteras got a useful draw away to Besiktas and beat Partizan Belgrade 2-0 at home in their first two group games. This looks more like the team that got those results than the one that was hammered at White Hart Lane.

    Juan Munafo is blown for a foul as he goes up against goalkeeper Michel Vorm, contesting a free-kick delivery.

  111. Text us on 81111

    We're asking for your favourite instances of players playing out of position...

    Ben, Cobham: Graham Taylor once played Andy Sinton at right back for England during the Euro 92 campaign. Not bad for a left sided midfielder!

    Andy, Trowbridge: At a Plymouth vs Watford game a few years back, our striker went off so Kristian Timar went up front. Gave Watford such a scare they threw Danny Shittu up! Timar ran past 4 players from the halfway line and nearly scored only to realise the ref had blown up for a foul on halfway!

    Mark, London: How about a little known Welsh left-back who plays up top, week-in week-out, for one of the biggest clubs in the world?

    Andy Sinton
  112. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-0 Tottenham

    Asteras goalkeeper Tomas Kosicky does a rather ungainly jig around the ball as he attempts to shepherd it out for a goal-kick with Harry Kane yapping at his heels. The ball finally makes it over the line, but it would have been an obstruction anywhere else on the pitch.

    Better work from the goalkeeper shortly after as he clutches Erik Lamela's sharp effort to his chest.

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    Brian Stokes: The game between Spurs and Asteras does have an FA Cup feel to it, a good pre-show for this weekend's action.

  114. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-0 Tottenham


    Tottenham are getting plenty of time on the ball, but they have not done a whole lot with it.


    Asteras Tripolis 0-0 Tottenham

    Ben Davies crumples to a heap in the box under a modicum of pressure from Braian Lluy. Davies looks aghast. The referee Javier Estrada looks unmoved.

    It would have been a soft one.

  116. Post update

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    That was exquisite from Asteras. The Greeks play their way out from up near their own corner flag with a series of neat triangles, before a glorious pinged crossfield ball very nearly exposes Eric Dier's positioning.

    The former Sporting Lisbon man gets back just in time to clear as an attacker bears down.

  117. Post update

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    Federico Fazio is challenged for the ball

    Tottenham have been hogging the ball like that annoying kid at school in the first five minutes. It has been like an attack v defence drill out there.

  118. Post update

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    Jan Vertonghen has seen the buzz caused by Erik Lamela's wonderstrike and fancies some of that positive PR from himself. The Belgian defender is already imagining the headlines as he cocks his left foot from fully 35 yards.

    They stay unwritten though as his ambitious effort veers high, wide and ugly.

  119. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham are popping the ball around nicely on the fringe of the box, with Erik Lamela teasing a couple of defenders with tippy-tappy control. The move flounders though on a heavy touch from Benjamin Stambouli whose pass to Harry Kane is over-hit.

  120. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Players out of position. Keep your favourite moments coming in. Tweet #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only).

    Mason Clark: Goalkeeper Alan Fettis coming on up front for Hull City at Boothferry Park and scoring in front of the South Stand terraces.

    Alexander Toon: When defender Lucas Radebe played in goal for Leeds. What a game that was. Leeds legend!

  121. KICK-OFF

    Asteras Tripolis 0-0 Tottenham

    We are up and running. Asteras have never lost a home European game remember...

  122. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Out of position? You betcha.

    Robbie Cunningham: As a Chelsea fan, I'll go for that famous night in 2012 when @ryanbertrand3 started the #UCL final in left-mid!!! #bbcfootball

    Joe Walkley: Blackburn played Chris Samba upfront for a couple of game, and I remember him doing quite well! #bbcfootball

    Will Court: Zabaleta - playing up front for City a few seasons back, absolutely awful but I loved every minute of it #bbcfootball

  123. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    The two teams stride out across the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium surface. Is that the Europa League anthem coming out through the speakers?

    It has some way to go to pierce as deeply into the public consciousness as the Champions League ditty...

  124. Post update

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    By the way in the aftermath of Erik Lamela's show-stealing strike a fortnight ago, Uefa got on the blower to showpony supreme Ricardo Queresma to do a little show-and-tell on the skill

    The Portugal and Porto star can be seen hitting a couple of behind-the-leg beauts past a quite small goalkeeper from 4.10 into this video on their website.

    Ricardo Quaresma
  125. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    What are your favourite instances of footballers played out of position? Get in touch via #bbcfootball on Twitter or 81111 (UK only) on text.

    Simon B: I seem to remember Les Sealey playing up front for West Ham at Arsenal for the last 10 minutes in 1997.

    Craig Beavers: Vinnie Jones going in goal for Wimbledon at Newcastle and getting a standing ovation at the end.

    Johnathan MacDonald: Phil Jagielka in goal for Sheffield United against Arsenal.

  126. Stay-at-home Emmanuel

    Asteras Tripolis v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Has Emmanuel Adebayor lost his passport? Or is he taking a weekly evening class in Mandarin? Or maybe Thursday night is date night in the Adebayor house and the big striker is also a big romantic...

    Either way he has not travelled away on Europa League business with Tottenham since a trip to Sheriff Triaspol in October 2013.

    There have been another six European away matches since then spanning Andre Villas-Boas, Tim Sherwood and Mauricio Pochettino's managerial reigns. Adebayor has missed them all...

    Pochettino insists there is no specific issue keeping Adebayor out of action. Curious...

  127. Text us on 81111

    Players playing out of position? Seems you lot have plenty to say on this front.

    From Lynda, Hornchurch: David Platt went in goal at Arsenal in the 90-91 season when Nigel Spink went off injured. He let in one, Spink had already conceded four.

    Djimi Downing: David James playing as a striker for Man City on the final day of the season - keeping regular striker Jon Macken on the bench!

    Murray Edinburgh: Didn't John O'Shea start in defence, went up front and scored a goal and ended up between the sticks all in one match for Man U once? A true 'all rounder'!

  128. Post update

    Astra Giurgiu v Celtic (18:00 GMT)

    Live text commentary, complete with radio words, of Celtic's match away to Astra Giurgiu has started over on BBC Scotland's pages. The big team news is that Craig Gordon secured an aisle seat on the way out, ensuring his dicky knee is up to speed. He is named in goal.

    Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Mulgrew, McGregor, Johansen, Wakaso, Scepovic. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Ambrose, Biton, Tonev, Griffiths, Kayal.

  129. Breaking news

    A little bit of breaking news to bring you...

    England have been drawn to face Italy, Portugal and Sweden in the group stage of next summer's European Under-21 Championship finals in the Czech Republic.

    Group of Death? Well, it is making me feel a little queasy for the Young Lions.

  130. Elsewhere in Europe

    Rafael Benitez and Gonzalo Higuain

    Something will have to give in Group I tonight with Sparta Prague, Young Boys Bern and Napoli all locked on six points. And it's the same story in Group J with Steaua Bucharest, Dynamo Kiev and Aalborg all equal with six points after two wins each.

    It's also pretty tight in Group G with only two points between leaders Sevilla, who host Standard Liege, and bottom side Feyenoord as they welcome Croatian side HNK Rijeka to Rotterdam.

    Torino will have the chance to consolidate their place at the top of Group B away in Finland to winless HJC Helsinki. Fans of Ligue 1 club St Etienne will be praying their team can find the net after three goalless draws in Group F as they prepare to host leaders Inter Milan.

  131. Origi on Merseyside

    Everton v Lille (20:05 GMT)

    Divock Origi playing for Lille

    Everton and Lille played out a bit of goalless stinker a fortnight ago. It definitely won't be the same this evening. Definitely not.

    We go in that one at 20:05 GMT. Will there be a few Liverpool fans sneaking across Stanley Park to catch a look at Divock Origi in action? The 19-year-old, loaned straight back to Lille after signing in the summer, might just be the best striker on Liverpool's books at the moment.

  132. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rob Shier: Given the managers track record that means no Kane start at the weekend then. Hope I'm wrong #bbcfootball

  133. Text us on 81111

    From Alex in Nottingham: Really wish I knew what goes on in Poch's head when he chooses his strikers for the Europa League and Premier League. Can't get my head around why he's left Adebayor at home, a strong indication that he'll start on the weekend. He must be doing something truly spectacular to keep our top goalscorer Kane from starting in the PL. To play Kane on a Thursday night is nonsensical. Adebayor is the one lacking confidence and goalscoring ability. If Kane doesn't start on the weekend, Poch no longer has my backing.

    From Andrew: It's time for Tottenham and Everton to salvage some pride for English football in Europe tonight. It's been a truly horrendous week of results and performances so far! But both Spurs and Everton should get things back on track for the Premier League.

  134. Join the debate at #bbcfootball or 81111 on text

    Harry Kane

    After Harry Kane's short-lived, and not entirely successful, stint in goal the last time Tottenham played Asteras Tripolis, we are looking for your favourite instances of footballers played out of position.

    Whether it is the comic - Vinnie Jones donning the gloves for Wimbledon - or the surprisingly successful - Paul Warhurst swapping defence for attack for early-90s Sheffield Wednesday, we are open for business.

    Get in touch via #bbcfootball on Twitter or 81111 on text.

    Paul Warhurst
  135. Elsewhere in Europe

    Fiorentina's Micah Richards

    Group K leaders Fiorentina can secure their place in the knockout phase with victory over Greek outfit PAOK Salonika. The same applies in Group E if Dinamo Moscow can win at home to Portuguese side Estoril Praia.

    A win for Leiga Warsaw in Group L will be enough for them to book their spot in the last 32, provided KSC Lokeren of Belgium fail to beat Trabzonspor.

    Group A leaders Villarreal will equal the Europa League record of 10 consecutive victories in the competition (held by Atletico Madrid) if they beat FC Zurich at El Madrigal, while Borussia Monchengladbach will take big step towards qualifying if they can win away in Cyprus to Apollon Limassol.

  136. Post update

    BBC Radio

    There will be a dedicated live text commentary looking after Celtic's journey out east starting shortly, along with live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland.

    Live commentary of Asteras Tripolis v Tottenham is being pumped out across the capital on BBC London 94.9, but you can get it all around the UK online.

  137. Do the Croaky Stokesy

    Astra Giurgiu v Celtic (18:00 GMT)

    Anthony Stokes

    It has been an eventful few days at Celtic. It began with people looking out for Lassana Diarra at Glasgow Airport and saw Anthony Stokes turned away from the same a few days later.

    Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Diarra, now a free agent, was linked with a move to Parkhead, while Stokes was sent home by the club's medical staff after turning up for their flight out to Romania with a sore throat.

    The Bhoys play Astra Giurgiu - which sounds like an excellent fake name - tonight and a win would take them to the magic 10-point mark in Group D.

  138. Post update

    Asteras Tripolis v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino makes nine changes from the side which beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the weekened.

    Striker Harry Kane, who scored the decisive goal at Villa Park, comes into the starting line-up along with Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend.

    Tottenham XI: Vorm; Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Dembele, Stambouli; Eriksen, Lamela, Townsend; Kane

  139. Post update

    We have some Tottenham team news for you and the big news is that it is Harry Kane season in the Mediterranean.

  140. Tripoli - a hard place to go

    Erik Lamala is yet to hit the heights demanded by a £28m transfer tag, but his 20-yard rabona special got the Tottenham faithful all hot and bothered as their side rolled Asteras Tripolis 5-1 at White Hart Lane.

    That win took Spurs to the top of Group C at the halfway stage of the Europa League qualifying.

    They may not be there by the end of this evening though. The Greeks are a far tougher proposition at home, unbeaten on their own turf in the whole of their European history.

    Admittedly that only stretches to seven games, but still...

    Downtown Tripolis
  141. Time for some Euro funk

    Erik Lamale celebrates scoring for Tottenham against Asteras Tripoli

    Thirty-three shots, six goals, a red card, a striker between the sticks and a piece of showboatery to match John Virgo's finest.

    If the Champions League is continental football's brightly lit mega-mall, the Europa League is a scuzzy late-night jazz bar where things get downright funky.

    Tottenham v Asteras a fortnight ago was a corker. Time for a reprise....