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Summary

  1. Everton beaten on final group game
  2. Four full debutants for Toffees
  3. Everton already through to next round

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Martinez

    Right, it's goodbye from me. And it's goodbye from him.

    Make sure you join us - and him - for Monday's Europa League draw. Sportsday Live will be bringing you all the teams as soon as they are pulled out of the hat. See you then!

  2. Monday's draw

    Tottenham, Everton and Celtic are all in the last 32 draw which takes place on Monday (12:00 GMT, along with Liverpool who drop down from the Champions League.

    • Two pots for the round of 32 draw
    • The 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams dropping down from the Champions League group stage are seeded
    • They are drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed Champions League sides.
    • No team can play a club from their group or a side from the same association.
    • Games will be played on 19 and 26 February.
  3. Monday's draw

    Group winners: Borussia Monchengladbach, Club Brugge, Besiktas, Red Bull Salzburg, Dinamo Moscow, Inter Milan, Feyenoord, Everton, Fiorentina, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Legia Warsaw.

    Runners-up: Villarreal, Torino, Tottenham, Celtic, PSV Eindhoven, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Sevilla, Wolfsburg, Young Boys, Aalborg, Guingamp, Trabzonspor.

    Transferring from Champions League: Seeded - Olympiakos, Zenit, Sporting Lisbon, Athletic Bilbao. Unseeded - Liverpool, Anderlecht, AS Roma, AFC Ajax.

  4. Player reaction

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Everton left-back Luke Garbutt: "It was a difficult game because I thought Krasnodar played really well and passed the ball well. But our boys did well. We wanted to the win game but we have got to take some positives from it.

    On his own performance: "I think I've done alright. The gaffer wanted me to get forward from the off and that's what I've done. Watching Leighton Baines day in day out is invaluable for me and will help me no end."

  5. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rian Hoskins: While the result is disappointing, Everton are still top of their group while quite a few youngsters have gained experience.

  6. Player reaction

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Everton midfielder Gareth Barry: "We always knew we had won the group so it was a chance to try a few young players. The group has come in today and done a great job. We wanted to win but there were plenty of positives.

    "It is never easy when one youngster comes in on their own with lots of experienced players around them. So when three, four or five are playing together, it is always a bit more difficult. At half-time, the manager said 'impress yourself a bit more'.

    "I thought we took the game to Krasnodar in the second half and thought we were unlucky not to get the goal."

  7. FULL-TIME

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Europa

    Despite that narrow defeat, Everton move into the last 32 as one of the 16 seeded teams. German side Wolfsburg qualify as the runners-up after a 3-0 win at Lille.

  8. FULL-TIME

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Roberto Martinez dished out debuts to a quartet of young Toffees players, along with giving experience to several others lacking European experience.

    And for the majority of this cagey 90 minutes, the Blues equipped themselves pretty well against the Russian visitors who fielded a strong side.

    Everton defender Tyias Browning
  9. FULL-TIME

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    No more chances for Everton to salvage a draw as their Europa League group campaign ends with a defeat.

    But tonight wasn't about the result for Roberto Martinez. No, with his team already assured of finishing as Group H winners, he was more interested in blooding a few youngsters.

    And in that respect I'm sure the Spaniard will be content with a successful evening.

    Everton players at full-time
  10. INJURY TIME

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Two minutes of stoppage time.

  11. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mike Lawson: Ledson, Dowell and expecially Garbutt have been great to watch. Bright futures. I'm not so sure about McAleny and Joel...

  12. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Time for another Everton debut. Wales youth international Gethin Jones comes on for fellow defender Tyias Browning.

  13. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Plenty of encouragement from those Everton fans who have braved the lashing rain, and resisted the temptation to run back early to the warm car.

    Can they be cheered by a late equaliser? Another reminder that it will NOT affect Everton's progress in the Europa League -they're already through to the last 16.

  14. FINAL FIVE

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Five minutes for Everton to nick an equaliser. Substitute Chris Long has a half chance, pointing to the spot where he wants the ball, but the angle beats him as he scuffs into the hands of away keeper Andrei Sinitsin.

  15. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    The Krasnodar physio does not look happy about having to run out into the heavy Merseyside rain to treat the injured Joaozinho. The Brazilian crumbles to the turf after a meaty tackle by Toffees right-back Tyias Browning.

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    Jamie Mills O'Brien: Saw this boy Long do the crossbar challenge once. Shanked it. This one is staying 0-1.

  17. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Chris Long is straight into the thick of the action. Winning a free-kick on the left which Luke Garbutt clips into the danger-zone. Arouna Kone climbs highest but can't keep his header down.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    England Under-20 forward Chris Long is the next product of Everton's Academy to be given a run-out. The Liverpool-born striker comes on for his Toffees debut as he shakes hands with Conor McAleny.

  19. Europa League latest

    Best of the rest

    Everton are already through as Group H winners, and it looks as though Wolfsburg will be joining them.

    Dieter Hecking's side, who only need a draw in Lille to progress, lead 2-0 through goals from Vieirinha and Ricardo Rodriguez - but they are down to 10 men after midfielder Josuha Guilavogui was sent off for two yellow-card offences.

    Of interest to Liverpool fans - Divock Origi, on loan at Lille from Anfield - has had a penalty saved.

  20. All about Tyias Browning

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Tyias Browning

    An England Under-21 international, Tyias Browning - who is making his first start for Everton tonight - was given the ultimate test when he made his club debut as a substitute against Liverpool at Anfield in September.

    Born in Liverpool, the 20-year-old has been on the books at Goodison Park since he was 10.

    The defender, who has a reputation for no-nonsense tackling, helped Everton win the Under-18 Premier League title in 2011, and played two games in the Championship when manager Roberto Martinez sent him out to his former club Wigan on a month's loan in January.

  21. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Right-back Tyias Browning is another youngster who Roberto Martinez will be pleased with tonight. Browning, like Luke Garbutt on the opposite flank, has not been shy in ploughing forward, and his deep cross picks out Arouna Kone. But the Ivorian striker cannot control and the chance goes begging.

  22. SUBSTITUTION

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Ricardo Laborde can be pleased with his night's work - as things stand the Krasnodar man is the matchwinner. He is replaced by Nikita Burmistrov for the final 15 minutes.

  23. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Golden chance for Krasnodar to kill off this spirited Everton side. Gaps appear at the back as the Blues search for a leveller, with Krasnodar attacker Joaozinho in acres of space on the left of Everton's penalty area. He twists, he turns. He dillies, he dallies. And instead of shooting himself he picks out team-mate Marat Izmailov, who cannot hit the target. Waste.

  24. Get involved

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    Jamie Lang: Robles won the FA Cup the other year, which Everton would give their right nut, can't expect him to be matchfit warming bench

  25. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Another raid down the left side sees Arouna Kone charge at the Krasnodar defence. A couple of tentative challenges go in on the Ivorian, who - to his credit - keeps his feet as he enters the penalty area. Some would have gone down there and got a penalty. Or a yellow card.

    Arouna Kone goes on the attack for Everton
  26. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    The home side are continuing to force the pace, they have woken up in the past 15 minutes. Bryan Oviedo gets the crowd on their feet by sticking the ball through an opponent's legs, before Everton work the ball left to Luke Garbutt. The left-back steadies himself and unleashes a low angled shot that away keeper Andrei Sinitsin gathers.

  27. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Sharp movement from Everton substitute Kieran Dowell as he races on to Bryan Oviedo's slick through ball. The youngster sees the morning headlines flash across his mind as he lets fly from 15 yards, only to see Ragnar Sigurdsson's superb sliding tackle block his effort.

    Kieran Dowell
  28. YELLOW CARD

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Steven Pienaar is walking a disciplinary tightrope after being shown the yellow card for a foul. The South African midfielder laughs as the referee brandishes the card. But it's not a genuine laugh. It's an incredulous laugh of disgust.

  29. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Roberto Martinez, wrapped up in a stylish wool overcoat and scarf combo, is barking instructions on the Goodison touchline to his young players. Think he will be happy overall with what he has seen so far.

    Krasnodar offer a warning sign that they are dangerous on the break though, Mauricio Pereyra allowed space to drag a potshot wide. Toffees keeper Joel Robles unruffled.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez
  30. Get involved

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    Matt Q: Ryan Ledson is my Arsenal and England captain in Football Manager 2014. Worth £42million and has won all there is to win, including the World Cup. I am currently in the year 2024. Ledson has lifted the Premier League six times in a row. What a career.

  31. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Another sight of the Krasnador goal as Everton slowly but surely increase the pressure. Teenage substitute Kieran Dowell bursts clear down the left and fizzes a low cross across the Russian goal. Bryan Oviedo arrives at the far post but is almost surprised to see the ball land at his feet, unconvincingly prodding the ball wide.

  32. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    That effort from Arouna Kone lifts the Goodison Park crowd, who find their voices to give their young heroes some encouragement. Left-back Luke Garbutt is at the centre of most of Everton's best work, shooting low from distance as the home side chalk up only their second shot on target.

    Shame he has to look at the back of Leighton Baines's mop-top in the queue for a starting position.

  33. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Chances at either end. First Joel Robles has to be alert to block a low Krasnodar shot. Then, seconds later, Arouna Kone turns sharply inside the penalty area and forces the away keeper Andrei Sinitsin into beating away the ball at his near post.

    Arouna Kone has an effort on goal
  34. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Now they have a chance. The home side win a free-kick close to the left touchline and it is whipped in dangerously by their left-back. Nope, not Leighton Baines - Luke Garbutt. The English youngster has a mean left peg on him but no-one can get a killer touch.

  35. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    The Russian visitors look more refreshed after the restart, flying out of the blocks sharper than Usain Bolt. Everton have barely had a kick, but Krasnodar can't stretch Joel Robles in the Toffees goal.

  36. KICK-OFF

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    After a quick half-time chat and a few fluids, the players are back and raring to go.

  37. Stat attack

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Everton: At 17 years and 114 days old, Ryan Ledson has become our 10th youngest ever player to start a senior game.

  38. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    "He's got to get the geeza to bend the ball right round him," says ITV pundit Les Ferdinand of Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles' efforts for Krasnodar's opening goal.

    I couldn't have put that any better myself Sir Les.

  39. Half-time stats

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Everton
  40. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Cliff B: I've been supportive of this second XI this evening - a good run out - but Robles is so out of his depth he needs scuba gear.

  41. HALF-TIME

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    No further chances at either end as referee Istvan Kovacs brings the first half to a close. Some encouraging signs for an inexperienced Toffees side, but they have come unstuck on one occasion against a near full-strength Krasnodar team.

  42. INJURY TIME

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    The fourth official's electronic board shows that there will be two minutes of stoppage time.

  43. YELLOW CARD

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Everton striker Arouna Kone whacks Krasnodar marker Vitali Kaleshin with a flailing arm as the pair contest a loose ball. No intent from Kone, but he still receives a yellow card for his troubles. Kaleshin looks a little dazed as he is given a wet of the magic sponge. No words of sympathy from the Everton fans closest to the left touchline.

    Arouna Kone is booked by the referee
  44. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    More encouraging signs down the left from Luke Garbutt, who wins corner for the home side. We know what threat Antolin Alcaraz can pose from these situations. But he can't stick his nut on Garbutt's delivery this time.

  45. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Spotting familiar faces in the Goodison Park stands is more fun than this match at the moment. Oooh, there's Francis Jeffers. And there's Duncan Ferguson (that's no surprise because he's part of the Blues coaching staff).

    Big Dunc winning a few headers for 'Fox-In-The-Box' Franny is exactly what Everton could do with right now.

  46. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    John Pierce: Just play 11 outfield players.....Robles my word. Commitment son. You are playing for Everton!

  47. Post update

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar

    Everton defender Antolin Alcaraz has been the home side's biggest goal threat in the opening half hour - and he goes close again.

    The big Paraguayan uses his power to get the better of Krasnodar marker Yuri Gazinski but sees his header sail over.

  48. GOAL

    Everton 0-1 Krasnodar - Ricardo Laborde

    Silence at an already-quiet Goodison. This is not what the hardy home fans wanted. A clever throughball sliced open the Toffees defence and Krasnodar attacker Ricardo Laborde races clear.

    He is forced out wide as Everton keeper Joel Robles stomps out, but Laborde is too clever for the Spaniard - giving him the eyes before pulling back into the net after shaping to cut back to a waiting team-mate.

    Ricardo Laborde celebrates
  49. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    A bearded Gareth Southgate is sat in the posh seats at Goodison. Plenty of young Englishmen for the Under-21s boss to keep tabs on tonight.

  50. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    Everton's defenders pause, looking inquisitively over at the linesman on the far side, expecting to see a flag raised against Krasnodar's Wanderson. But the Brazilian instinctively stops and the flag stays down as team-mate Joaozinho races on to the loose ball. But the Toffees regroup and prevent Joaozinho taking advantage.

  51. Europa League latest

    Best of the rest

    Borussia Monchengladbach are through as winners of Group A thanks to their 3-0 win over FC Zurich; Patrick Herrmann's opener was followed by two goals from Branimir Hrgota to eliminate the Swiss side. Villarreal go through in second place after a 2-0 away victory over Apollon Limassol.

    Torino's 5-1 win over nine-man FC Copenhagen seals a last-32 place, but not top spot in Group B, which goes to Club Brugge after Lior Refaelov's 88th-minute goal gave them a 2-1 victory over HJK Helsinki.

  52. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    Left-back Luke Garbutt is another teenager trying to make an impression for Everton and he does just that with a driving run into the left side of the Krasnodar box.

    The Russian visitors make a mess of clearing the danger as the ball falls to Steven Pienaar on the edge of the area. The stand-in skipper digs out a first time effort which away keeper Andrei Sinitsin shovels away from his bottom corner.

  53. All about Kieran Dowell

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    Kieran Dowell

    Ormskirk-born Kieran Dowell, who is making his Everton debut as an early substitute for the injured Christian Atsu, has been with the club since the age of seven and can play in a variety of attacking positions.

    The 17-year-old has become a regular at youth level for England over the last couple of years, winning his first Under-18 cap against Italy in September.

    Manager Roberto Martinez indicated during the summer that Dowell's potential was one of the reasons he decided against pursuing a permanent deal for Tom Cleverley, who instead ended up leaving Manchester United for Aston Villa on loan.

  54. Get involved

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    Charlie Finnamore: I think the floodlights were turned out by a Spurs fan and I don't blame them...

    Andrew H: Even God's turned off the Spurs match then. If we played for a year we wouldn't work out how to score. Sigh.

    Paul Moore: Spurs playing the same completely ineffective nonsense created by AVB, undone by Sherwood, then continued again by Pochettino.

  55. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    Warning sign from the Russians as the wonderfully-named Wanderson stings the palms of Everton keeper Joel Robles with a fierce strike from a narrow angle.

  56. GREAT SAVE!

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    An Arouna Kone goal would be greeted with plenty of enthusiasm from the home fans inside Goodison after his long-term injury hell. And the Ivorian striker almost grabs one, flashing a fierce shot towards the bottom corner.

    Arouna Kone has a chance for Everton
  57. FULL-TIME

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    All over in Istanbul. Spurs can't force an equaliser and that means they are consigned to runners-up spot in Group C. Besiktas progress as group winners instead.

  58. LIGHTS BACK ON

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Let there be light! The floodlights have been switched on in Istanbul's Olympic Stadium - for the third time tonight. Three minutes of stoppage time are about to kick off in the next few minutes.

  59. SUBSTITUTION

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    Youngster Kieran Dowell is the man summoned to replace Christian Atsu as Everton return to their full complement of 11 men.

  60. CLOSE!

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    Paraguay defender Antolin Alcaraz is making only his 11th start since joining Everton 18 months ago - and comes within a whisker of netting his first Toffees goal. His firm header from a left-wing corner brushes past the left-hand upright.

  61. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    An early injury concern for Everton. Don't worry, it isn't Arouna Kone. Instead it is Christian Atsu whose night is over almost before it begins.

    The on-loan Chelsea winger sprints after a pass out to the right and immediately pulls up short. Looks like he has pinged his hamstring.

    Christian Atsu leaves the pitch after injury
  62. Post update

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    Plenty of empty blue seats at Everton. You can hear every instruction and roar of encouragement that comes out of the players' mouths tonight. Although my Russian isn't good enough to understand what the Krasnodar players are saying...

  63. Europa League

    Best of the rest

    Celtic

    Celtic, already through to the last 32 as Group D runners-up, were involved in a thriller in Croatia, losing 4-3 to Dinamo Zagreb, for whom Marko Pjaca scored a hat-trick. Dinamo are out but at least avoid finishing bottom, as they leapfrog Astra Giurgiu, thumped 5-1 at group winners Salzburg.

    Dinamo Moscow had won Group E even before tonight's 1-0 win away to PSV, who had guaranteed second spot before kick-off. Aleksei Ionov scored the 90th-minute winner. Panathinaikos and Estoril, both already out, drew 1-1.

    The other game in Group C - Tottenham's section - saw Partizan Belgrade and Asteras Tripolis draw 0-0. Partizan finish bottom, Asteras third.

  64. KICK-OFF

    Everton 0-0 Krasnodar

    Let me lead you from the darkness into the light. As an Istanbul engineer furiously tries to fix the problem again, Goodison Park is basking in a glare of artificial light.

    No problems - apart from the driving rain - as a youthful Everton side begin their match against Krasnodar.

  65. PLAY STOPPED

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Disaster. Just as the clock ticks into injury-time, Istanbul's Olympic Stadium plunges into darkness for the second time.

  66. Post update

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Still the match swings from end-to-end like a pendulum clock operating on new batteries. Tottenham keeper Michel Vorm is alert to gather a Besiktas cross before the tie moves into three minutes of added time.

  67. Post update

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Spurs win free-kick in a promising position about 35 yards out, just to the right of the Besiktas goal. Surely the away side can finally produce a pinpoint delivery? No. Andros Townsend's set-piece is over hit and flies past everyone gathered in the box.

  68. FIVE TO GO

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Five minutes, or 300 seconds, for Spurs to find a vital equaliser. Plus injury-time of course. Loads of time...

  69. SUBSTITUTION

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic is forced into a late change - and I'm sure he's happy to run the clock down. Gokhan Tore limps off after being crunched by Spurs sub Erik Lamela and his place is taken by Ismail Koybasi.

  70. All about Ryan Ledson

    Everton v Krasnodar (20:05 GMT)

    Ryan Ledson

    It could be well worth keeping an eye this evening on Everton debutant Ryan Ledson, a player tipped for a big future.

    The midfielder, born in Netherton, to the north of Liverpool, has been with Everton since the age of five, and signed a three-year professional contract on his 17th birthday in August.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez named him on the bench for Premier League matches against Southampton and Manchester City towards the end of last season, before the youngster led England's Under-17s to the European Championship title in Malta in May.

    Ledson has captained England's Under-18s this season, and scored a spectacular long-range free-kick for them in a 4-1 friendly win in Poland in November.

  71. Post update

    Just under 10 minutes for Spurs to find a dramatic equaliser and snatch top spot from Besiktas's grasp.

    Just under 10 minutes until Everton kick off their dead rubber against Krasnodar.

  72. Post update

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Spurs try to bounce back with an attack of their own - and they are greeted by a chorus of whistles. Andros Townsend wins back possession close to the left corner flag but there is only one yellow shirt waiting in the box for his delivery. Throw some men into the box!

  73. Post update

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Desperate times for Spurs. Twice they are a little stretched defensively as Besiktas look to land the killer blow. Twice they survive.

  74. Get involved

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    Jack: Spare a thought for FK Qarabag. Scored a perfectly good 94th-minute goal to make it 1-0, only to see it wrongly wiped out.

    Karwolo Kamei: Qarabag was robbed! That was never offside...

    Yes, controversy late on as Qarabag were eliminated after a 0-0 draw at home to Inter Milan earlier. A win would have taken the Azerbaijan champions through with Inter - and they thought they had got it when Richard Almeida's shot was deflected in off Inter defender Isaac Donkor in the third minute of stoppage time.

    But the goal was ruled out for offside, and Dnipro went through instead thanks to a 1-0 win over St Etienne. Fine margins, fine margins.

  75. SUBSTITUTION

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Final change for Spurs - and it is an attacking one. Right-back Kyle Walker lasts 76 minutes on his comeback from a long-term injury and is unsurprisingly given a rest by Mauricio Pochettino. Midfielder Etienne Capoue is the man tasked with helping Spurs find an equaliser.

    Kyle Walker in action for Tottenham against Besiktas
  76. Post update

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    But there is no such luxury for Spurs. For most of this game they have looked comfortable, but find themselves behind. And it was almost two.

    Marauding left-back Danny Rose is caught napping, allowing Jose Sosa to barge into the Spurs box from the right. Rose - and Spurs - are glad to watch his left-footed shot fly over.

  77. Post update

    Everton v Krasnodar (20:05 GMT)

    Everton
  78. Post update

    Everton v Krasnodar (20:05 GMT)

    Little under 20 minutes until we switch our focus from Istanbul to Liverpool. Luckily we're not relying on a low-budget airline to take us there.

    Everton are already through as group winners remember, and are using the opportunity to give some vital experience to a number of young players.

  79. Europa League latest

    Best of the rest

    Group A looks done and dusted, with Borussia Monchengladbach set to finish top as they hold a 3-0 lead over FC Zurich, who are heading out.

    Villarreal, 2-0 up away to Apollon Limassol thanks to first-half goals from Gerard Moreno and Luciano Vietto, will finish second, a point behind.

  80. DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    All change for Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino throws the tactical dice and comes up with a double. Attacking midfielders Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon replace Paulinho and Roberto Soldado. Can these two change Tottenham's fortunes?

  81. CLOSE!

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    This game is wide open now. Besiktas midfielder Kerim Koyunnlu has the chance to bury Spurs as the Turks pick apart the away defence with a slick move. But he fires into the side-netting and glances to his bench with a knowing look. Slaven Bilic does not have to tell him that he should have done better.

  82. Post update

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    That opening goal has woken Spurs up from their brief slumber. Danny Rose is the next to trouble the Besiktas goal, as the left-back's fierce daisycutter is gathered by home keeper Tolga Zengin.

    Danny Rose heads towards goal
  83. Post update

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Oooh, almost a near-instant reply from the visitors. Another Spurs corner is flicked on the near post to Roberto Soldado, who untidily shoots wide.

    Roberto Soldado shoots wide
  84. Post update

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    And that goal means Spurs will finish as Group C runners-up as things stand. But if they find an equaliser then they will leapfrog Besiktas again....

    Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Mousa Dembele
  85. Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "It's a brilliantly worked goal. They recycled the ball so well after Tosun struck the bar - he deserved the goal for that himself. That was really unselfish by Olcay Sahan to set up the goal.

    "I think the disappointment is that Spurs are behind having played OK - they hadn't really been troubled. We wondered if Besiktas would come out to attack, and in the last couple of minutes, we've had the answer."

  86. GOAL

    Besiktas 1-0 Tottenham - Cenk Tosun

    But Tottenham cannot hold on for long. The away defence are left rocking - like the frame of their goal - from Cenk Tosun hitting the crossbar. And they crumble moments later.

    Olcay Sahan calmly steers a long ball across the six-yard box to team-mate Tosun who sidefoots home the opener.

    Besiktas celebrate their opening goal against Tottenham
  87. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham escape! And Younes Kaboul particularly is thanking his lucky stars. The French defender is caught in possession and Cenk Tosun cracks a thunderous shot against the crossbar.

  88. Europa League latest

    Best of the rest

    Most eventful match of the night is taking place in Denmark's capital, where Italian side Torino have surely secured qualification from Group B as they lead nine-man FC Copenhagen 5-1.

    Stale Solbakken

    Copenhagen's Mikael Antonssen was dismissed after 30 minutes for a professional foul, before Mathias Jorgensen was dismissed just before the break as he gave away the penalty from which Amauri gave Torino a 2-1 half-time lead. Quick goals from Josef Martinez, Matteo Darmian and Gaston Silva have put the game to bed.

    The Danes were already out of the competition anyway, but it's turning into a grim night for their manager Stale Solbakken, the former Wimbledon midfielder and Wolves boss.

    Torino, who started the night in second, could yet top the group ahead of Club Brugge, who are being held 1-1 at home by HJK Helsinki.

  89. Post update

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    Danny Rose is starting to enjoy himself now. The Spurs left-back launches another attack for the away side, but has a rush of blood to the head as he skews a long-range shot into the box. Sure he'll claim it was a pass intended for Roberto Soldado. I'm not buying that.

  90. Post update

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    Danny Rose stretches his legs as he gallops down the touchline like a gazelle. The Spurs left-back pumps in a dangerous cross which the Besiktas defence scramble clear. Paulinho wastes the resulting corner. Again.

  91. Post update

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    Friendly stuff as Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun slaps the back of Spurs marker Younes Kaboul as the pair fly into a full-blooded challenge on the left touchline. To be fair, I wouldn't want to upset the big Frenchman either. Big man.

  92. Post update

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    If Besiktas want to finish as Group C winners, as Slaven Bilic said he did in his pre-match interview, then his side must show some more adventure.

    That they do, as full-back Serdar Kurtulus misses the target with a speculative shot from outside the area.

  93. KICK-OFF

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs striker Robert Soldado has the honour of having the first touch of the ball in the second half. Game on!

  94. SUBSTITUTION

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    The players are re-emerging in the Istanbul gloom for the restart. Or, I should say, the second restart.

    Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic decides to make a change at the break. Atinc Nukan replacing fellow defender Ersan Gulum, who was booked in the first half.

    Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic
  95. Get involved - teenage kicks

    Text us on 81111

    Earlier, we asked for your memories of teenage stars bursting on to the football scene.

    From Kevin in Essex: Jermain Defoe scoring in all those consecutive games for Bournemouth. People watching knew he'd be destined for the top.

    From Kev in Grimsby: I was at Brighton in 1982 to see our hero, big Norman Whiteside, make his Manchester United debut. What a man - great memories.

  96. HALF-TIME

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    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "I don't think either set of players were fazed by the stoppage. Spurs have been professional. They've made one or two chances. The midfield three of Stambouli, Dembele and Paulinho have controlled this match."

  97. Europa League latest

    Dinamo Zagreb 4-2 Celtic

    While we are still twiddling our thumbs waiting for the net to bulge in Istanbul, there is a goal frenzy in Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic's native Croatia.

    But it isn't good news for Celtic. The Scottish champions are trailing 4-2 after conceding twice in quick succession after the restart. In truth, it doesn't matter a great deal as the Bhoys are already certain of finishing second in their group.

    Follow Clive Lindsay's live text commentary on the BBC Sport website for any more goals that may or may not arrive.

  98. Everton team news

    Everton v Krasnodar (20:05 GMT)

    Arouna Kone

    Remember Arouna Kone? The Ivorian striker is set makes his first senior Everton appearance for 14 months after recovering from cruciate knee ligament damage.

    Toffees boss Roberto Martinez makes 10 changes to the side beaten at Manchester City on Saturday. Gareth Barry is the only player retained.

    Martinez gives a debut to 17-year-old midfielder Ryan Ledson, who captained England to the Under-17 European Championship title in May, and has led the national Under-18 side this season.

    Everton starting XI: Robles, Browning, Alcaraz, Barry, Garbutt, Ledson, Pienaar, Atsu, Oviedo, McAleny, Kone.

  99. Europa League latest

    Best of the rest

    Right, let's bring you up to date with some half-times elsewhere. The biggest excitement is in Groups A and B where, in both cases, three teams are battling for two places in the knockout stage.

    Borussia Monchengladbach are on course to win Group A, as they lead third-placed FC Zurich 1-0 at the break. If that score stays as it is, Villarreal will go through in second whatever happens, but they look like making sure for themselves as they are 2-0 up away to Apollon Limassol, who can't qualify.

    In Group B, leaders Club Brugge are 1-0 up on third-placed HJK Helsinki, and are set to be joined in the last 32 by Torino, who are 2-1 up away to already-eliminated FC Copenhagen.

  100. As things stand

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    Spurs

    So far so good for Spurs. They are halfway to completing their task of earning a draw and finishing as Group C winners.

  101. HALF-TIME

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    Referee Stefan Johannesson, with his shaved balding head and three-day stubble, doesn't look like a man who messes about. And the stern Swede does not mess about here. No added time as he toots his whistle as soon as the clock passes the 45-minute mark.

  102. Post update

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    Everything goes a little scrappy as we head towards stoppage time. But that suits Spurs, who only need a draw remember to finish as group winners.

  103. Post update

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    Spurs left-back Danny Rose is left isolated as Besiktas midfielder Kerim Koyunlu tries to make some magic happen for the home side. But the Turkey international - a name familiar to Fulham and Cardiff fans - cannot swing in a telling delivery from the right as Spurs clear easily.

  104. FIVE TO GO

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Five minutes of the first half remaining - can Tottenham nudge ahead with a deserved opener before the break?

    And if you're arriving late and wondering why it isn't already half-time, that's because we had a 15-minute delay after floodlight failure. Spurs are cursed in this competition...

    Tottenham defender Kyle Walker
  105. Europa League latest

    Best of the rest

    It's all happening at the Stadion Maksimir. Marko Pjaca has scored his second of the night for Dinamo Zagreb to make it 2-2 at half-time against Celtic, who had gone in front through Stefan Scepovic after Kris Commons' equaliser. Ronny Deila's side will go through as runners-up in Group D whatever happens, and you can follow Clive Lindsay's live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

    A terrific effort from Azerbaijan champions FK Qarabag has come to nothing - they have held Group F winners Inter Milan to a 0-0 draw, but slip to third place and elimination because Dnipro have beaten St Etienne 1-0 to clinch second spot. Those games both kicked off at 17:00 GMT.

  106. Get involved

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Vinny Person: Used to get excited when seeing Spurs strikers with ball at feet in the penalty box. Now I look away, head in hands #Soldado

    Eddie: Some of the pitches in the Europa League group stages give cart tracks a bad name...

  107. Post update

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham have 10 men inside the Besiktas half (keeper Michel Vorm obviously being the exception) as they probe for an opening. Nacer Chadli tries to latch on to Younes Kaboul's long pass, but a home defender shepherds the ball out for a goal-kick.

  108. Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC London 94.9

    "I think Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with this so far. Spurs have shaded it; they've certainly offered more going forward and could well be in front."

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
  109. Post update

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    Mousa Dembele drives forward from the Spurs midfield, showing the touch and poise of a ballet dancer as he shrugs off a Besiktas opponent. Unfortunately his shot lacks power and goes straight down the throat of home keeper Tolga Zengin.

    Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele
  110. Get involved - teenage kicks

    Text us on 81111

    Earlier, we asked for your memories of teenage stars bursting on to the football scene.

    From Chris in London: Trevor Francis, aged 16, scoring four against Bolton in an incredible start to his career. Didn't want to pass to anybody and didn't need to. He scored 12 goals in eight games as he burst on to the scene with Birmingham City. Sensational.

  111. Post update

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    Now it is Tottenham's turn to step forward with intent again. Roberto Soldado's cutback from the right almost picks out Paulinho but, as the Brazilian swings his foot through the air seeing the glory in his mind, Besiktas defender Ersan Gulum nips in first.

  112. Post update

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    Now the home side give their already-vociferous fans something more to shout about. Olcay Sahan trundles through the away defence without much conviction and then gets lucky when a rebound off a Spurs leg comes back to him. That allows him to dig out an angled shot but Michel Vorm is happy to watch it go over his bar.

  113. Post update

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    Replays show that Chadli had only marginally strayed past the last Besiktas defender. Very close. And the home side would not have been able to complain had Spurs gone ahead if he hadn't - the English visitors are dominating possession and chances.

  114. DISALLOWED GOAL

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    Spurs have the ball in the back of the net as Nacer Chadli coolly clips over the Besiktas keeper. The Belgian beats the home defence, but he doesn't beat the linesman's flag. Offside.

  115. Post update

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Another Roberto Soldado chance. Another missed opportunity. The Spaniard shows excellent movement to peel off to the right, picks up Mousa Dembele's sliding pass but sees his low shot blocked.

    Spurs win another corner. They're 5-1 ahead in that battle...

    Roberto Soldado shoots towards goal
  116. Get involved - teenage kicks

    Join in on Facebook

    Earlier, we asked for your memories of teenage stars bursting on to the football scene (see 17:43).

    Pete Whitelaw: Trevor Francis......poetry in motion.

    Josephine Papadopoulou: You can't win anything with kids...

    Ah yes, the old Alan Hansen classic from 1995, relating to the young generation of Beckham, Scholes, et al breaking through at Manchester United.

  117. YELLOW CARD

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    I said Roberto Soldado needed some love (16 mins) but he's not getting any from the mean Besiktas defenders. They're giving him a right kicking. Home centre-back Ersan Gulum goes into the book for one such offence.

  118. Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Bradley Allen

    Tottenham academy coach on BBC Radio London 94.9

    "There have been moments of attacking promise for Spurs. When they use Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli, they look threatening - but there's always that fear they could be caught on the break themselves. It's finely poised at the moment."

  119. Post update

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    Besiktas are a team in impressive form. The Turkish leaders have won five of their last six matches, but are showing few signs of extending that run so far. Spurs pretty comfortable.

    Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul
  120. CLOSE!

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    You've got to score from there! Spurs striker Roberto Soldado is a man starved of more confidence than a recently-dumped boyfriend.

    But the Spaniard scuffs hopelessly straight at Besiktas keeper Tolga Zengin from six-yards after Younes Kaboul's headed knockdown. He needs some love. He needs a goal.

    Soldado
  121. Europa League latest

    Some goals elsewhere to tell you about. In Group B, Torino are drawing 1-1 away to already-eliminated FC Copenhagen. As it stands, a draw will be enough for the Italian side as group leaders Club Brugge are 1-0 up on third-placed HJK Helsinki thanks to a Felipe Gedoz penalty. But there'll be a few more twists to come in that group, I fancy.

    In Group D, Celtic are already through in second place, and Kris Commons has cancelled out Marko Pjaca's goal for Dinamo Zagreb to make it 1-1 in Croatia. Group winners Salzburg lead eliminated Astra Giurgiu 1-0 through a Marcel Sabitzer goal.

  122. Post update

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    But Kyle Walker, back after a nine-month absence with an abdominal injury, isn't the only one struggling to find their rhythm. All very bitty, as you can understand, since the restart.

    Kyle Walker loses the ball for Spurs
  123. Post update

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Sloppy play from Spurs right-back Kyle Walker gifts possession to Besiktas. The hosts mount an attack down the left but it breaks down when forward Cenk Tosun strays offside. We'll forgive Kyle Walker for being a little rusty...

  124. Get involved - teenage kicks

    Text us on 81111

    What are your memories of teenage stars bursting on to the football scene?

    From Jon in London: I went to the old Wembley on a school trip to watch England Under-16s. A rapid young striker scored and the announcer said "watch out for this name in the future"... sure I've heard Michael Owen mentioned a few times since!

  125. Post update

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham carry on where they left off before that enforced break - on the attack. The away side win another corner, Vlad Chiriches meeting Paulinho's delivery at the near post with a headed flick, but team-mate Benjamin Stambouli is unable to turn in.

  126. Post update

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    Ataturk Stadium

    Times journalist Rory Smith at the Olympic Stadium: A festive blackout at the Ataturk. Good news: the wifi's still working. Bad news: so is whatever diabolic mechanism enables them to blast Turkish pop into the stadium.

  127. PLAY BACK UNDER WAY

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    Swedish referee Stefan Johanneson gives the signal to restart after a 16-minute delay - after he holds up play for another couple of minutes. He's probably waiting for the nod from his Uefa delegate.

    That eventually arrives and Besiktas restart the match with an attacking throw-in.

  128. PLAYERS RETURNING TO THE PITCH

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    Jeers ring out around the Olympic Stadium as Spurs follow their hosts back on to the pitch. Another quick warm-up for each side and then we are good to go...

    Spurs
  129. PLAYERS RETURNING TO THE PITCH

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    The light are back on! Somebody has found the meter, stuck in an electricity card with plenty of credit and we'll be back under way in a few minutes.

    Spurs
  130. PLAY STOPPED

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    But that's no consolation to Spurs and their merry band of travelling fans. Mauricio Pochettino had seen his side make an encouraging start, picking a few holes in the home defence. Now they are back in the dressing room, going through their pre-match superstitions before they must start again.

    Spurs
  131. PLAY STOPPED

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Fantastic scenes inside the Olympic Stadium as the Besiktas fans all whip out their mobile phones within seconds of the blackout. They stick on their flashlight apps and wave their handsets in the cold Istanbul air in unison. That's the exact definition of creating your own entertainment.

    Besiktas floodlights fail
  132. PLAY STOPPED

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    I've got no idea how long this enforced break will be. I suspect some maintenance man is scrambling about in the depths of the stadium trying to sort it out.

  133. PLAY STOPPED

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Someone find the fuse box. Quick. The lights have gone out inside Istanbul's Olympic Stadium, prompting referee Stefan Johannesson to call the players back to the dressing room.

    Istanbul's Olympic Stadium is covered in darkness as the lights go out
  134. Post update

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    Andros Townsend's shot is blocked by a wall of white home shirts, but then a swift ball left picks out Nacer Chadli. The Belgian whips in a devilish ball from a wide position but Roberto Soldado cannot stretch to stick his head on it. If only he was another four inches taller.

    Nacer Chadli receives the ball out wide
  135. Post update

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    Spurs chalk up the first mark on the corners board. Paulinho's set-piece from the right is unconvincingly punched clear by home keeper Tolga Zengin. And it only goes as far as Andros Townsend on the edge of the area...

  136. Get involved - teenage kicks

    #bbcfootball

    Earlier, we asked what are your memories of teenage stars bursting on to the football scene?

    Callum Everatt: I remember when a young Danny Rose stepped up for a long shot in the North London derby...

    Kenneth Molloy: I'll make you feel young - Jimmy Greaves for Chelsea, August 1957. Scored on his debut against Spurs.

  137. Post update

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    Spurs fans will be pleased to see Kyle Walker back in action after a long spell on the sidelines. And it doesn't take the England full-back to get back into the thick of the action. He dribbles towards the Besiktas half and then is dumped to the ground to win a free-kick.

    A hefty challenge beats those long, lonely hours in the treatment room eh? Welcome back Kyle.

  138. Post update

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham, decked out in all yellow, enjoy the lion's share of possession in the opening exchanges. Spurs defender Vlad Chiriches almost gifts a chance to the home side after trying some ill-advised fancy footwork on the edge of his own area. Luckily his pocket isn't picked and Spurs get away with it.

    Besiktas v Tottenham
  139. KICK-OFF

    Besiktas 0-0 Tottenham

    Earlier this week we saw one North London team emerge from Istanbul with an European victory. Can Tottenham replicate Arsenal's success? Let's find out. The home side kick off in a hostile atmosphere.

    Besiktas v Tottenham Hotspur
  140. LINE-UPS

    Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Besiktas: Zengin, Kurtulus, Franco, Gülüm, Motta, Uysal, Töre, Koyunlu, Sosa, Sahan, Tosun,. Subs: Köybasi, Yaman, Karaal, Nukan, Kaya, Metin.

    Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Walker, Chiriches, Kaboul, Rose, Stambouli, Dembélé, Townsend, Paulinho, Chadli, Soldado. Subs: Lloris, Lennon, Lamela, Fazio, Capoue, Davies, Onomah.

    Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)

  141. Post update

    Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    The two teams have emerged out of the tunnel at Istanbul's Olympic Stadium - time for another quick run-through the line-ups...

  142. Post update

    Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino: "It's always important to get the victory and the points, and especially today to finish top of the group. With one point we are first in the group but the victory is always important.

    "Kyle Walker is a very good player and he's very important for us. It's nice to see him back in the squad."

  143. Post update

    Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Mauricio Pochettino's turn to face the pre-match cameras in a misty Istanbul and, if we didn't know it already from the experience he has named on his team sheet, he wants to win...

  144. Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen: All the best to the boys tonight!!! Especially to big man Kyle Walker. Good to have him back!

  145. Get involved

    #bbcfootball

    Adam Smith: So glad that Ryan Mason and Harry Kane aren't even in the squad, shows that they're first team players now!

  146. Spurs fined over pitch prank

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    Spurs

    A bit of Tottenham-related breaking news for you...

    Spurs have been fined £11,870 by Uefa for multiple pitch invasions during last month's Europa League tie against Partizan Belgrade.

    Three disturbances - orchestrated as an internet prank - took place at White Hart Lane which caused the match to be suspended for around 10 minutes.

    Let's hope we don't have any silly antics tonight. Nobody wants a late one....

  147. Draw procedure

    I know exactly what you're thinking. What does all that mean in non-Uefa speak?

    The picture will only become crystal clear at the end of tonight's action, but here's what we already know....

    Confirmed group winners: Red Bull Salzburg, Dinamo Moscow, Inter Milan, Everton, Fiorentina.

    Qualified and can win group: Tottenham, Besiktas, Feyenoord, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Legia Warsaw, Trabzonspor.

    Confirmed runners-up: Celtic PSV Eindhoven.

    Transferring from Champions League: Seeded - Olympiakos, Zenit, Sporting Lisbon, Athletic Bilbao. Unseeded - Liverpool, Anderlecht, AS Roma, AFC Ajax.

  148. Draw procedure

    Tottenham, Everton and Celtic - whose match at Dinamo Zagreb is being described here - are all already in the last 32 draw which takes place on Monday (12:00 GMT). Here's the drill...

    • Two pots for the round of 32 draw
    • The 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams dropping down from the Champions League group stage are seeded
    • They are drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed Champions League sides.
    • No team can play a club from their group or a side from the same association.
    • Games will be played on 19 and 26 February.
  149. Post update

    Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Besiktas v Tottenham
  150. Get involved - Teenage kicks

    #bbcfootball

    Seeing all these talented youngsters step out on the Europa League stage tonight has got the BBC Sport office feeling nostalgic. And feeling old. Very old.

    We've been reminiscing about teenagers bursting on to the scene with a memorable performance that left you thinking 'How can you be that good at that age?'

    I remember seeing a 17-year-old called James Milner coming on as a substitute for Leeds United against Chelsea back in 2002. Within seconds, he picked up the ball on the edge of the Blues box, jinked past Marcel Desailly to leave the Frenchman eating turf (that's World Cup-winning defender Marcel Desailly), before exquisitely curling into the bottom corner. Magic.

    So we want to know your memories. Who has delivered a Milner moment for your club? Tweet using #bbcfootball, text 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

  151. Post update

    Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Slaven Bilic

    But Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic also has his (rather scary) eyes on top spot.

    "It's a big game for us. The pressure is only positive. We want to try to beat Spurs and we are going to try to finish first," he tells ITV4.

    "We are without six or seven players, but I'm expecting us to have a good game and hopefully to win."

  152. Post update

    Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Europa

    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino knows his side have already qualified from Group C. But will they finish as group winners or runners-up? That's the big question tonight.

    And it's a simple equation. The Premier League side will top the table if they avoid defeat in Istanbul.

    Achieving that is important because Spurs - who are two-time winners of Europe's secondary club competition - will then be seeded, along with Everton, for Monday's draw.

  153. The state of play

    I'll be honest from the very start - tonight is hardly a gripping night of European action for our British contingent. A relaxing week with your partner in the Swiss countryside will probably see more drama.

    Everton are already through and assured of finishing as Group H winners whether they win, lose or draw at Goodison Park.

    Celtic have secured a last-32 place as Group D runners-up and are unable to overhaul Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg at the top.

    So it's down to Tottenham to provide some tension....

  154. Tottenham team

    Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Spurs: Vorm; Walker, Chiriches, Kaboul, Rose, Dembele, Stambouli, Townsend, Paulinho, Chadli, Soldado. Subs: Lloris, Lennon, Lamela, Fazio, Capoue, Davies, Onomah.

  155. Tottenham team news - Walker returns

    Besiktas v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Kyle Walker

    The headline news for Tottenham is the return of full-back Kyle Walker, who makes his first start in nine months following an abdominal injury.

    Mauricio Pochettino continues with his all-change policy in the Europa League, making five other switches from the side that started the last tie against Partizan Belgrade.

    Goalkeeper Michel Vorm, defenders Younes Kaboul and Danny Rose and midfielders Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli are recalled. England youth international Joshua Onomah is on the bench.

  156. Post update

    Josh Onomah

    Listen carefully tonight and you might hear the likes of Josh Onomah, Ryan Ledson and Kieran Dowell humming along to Wizzard's festive classic 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday'.

    Spurs named several youngsters in their squad to face Besiktas tonight, but only 17-year-old attacker Onomah is given a place on the substitutes' bench. Bah humbug, Pochettino.

    Meanwhile, England Under-17s captain Ledson and Dowell, a silky forward who turned 17 two months ago, are strongly tipped to play for the Toffees against Russian side Krasnodar. More on that later.

  157. Post update

    However, on this occasion, it doesn't relate to the two kind Premier League bosses visiting their local hospital to hand out Christmas presents to sick children.

    Tonight, the beneficiaries of their generosity are a little older, but still kids nonetheless in the world of football.

    Roberto Martinez

    With Europa League qualification assured, Pochettino and Martinez - who, as this picture shows, is not afraid of entering into the Christmas spirit - are using their final group matches to hand out some early gifts to their prodigious talents.

    But these youngsters aren't frantically tearing apart wrapping paper on Christmas morning to discover a replica shirt. Nope, they are ripping open the plastic packaging of a first-team shirt.

  158. Post update

    "Christmas is a time for kids."

    Christmas

    If I had a pound for every time I heard that phrase in December then I'd be minted.

    I'm half expecting to hear Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and his Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez say it over the course of the next few hours.

    The pair are taking on the role of Father Christmas tonight, bringing festive cheer to a host of north London and Merseyside youngsters...