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Live - Uefa Cup

Thursday, 16 April 2009

CSKA Moscow 2-0 Aston Villa (agg: 3-1)
Man City 2-1 FC Copenhagen (agg: 4-3)
Tottenham 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk (agg: 1-2)

Hull City 2-1 Sheffield United


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2202: That's it for tonight then, hope you enjoyed it. Congratulations to Manchester City for reaching the last 16 of the Uefa Cup and Hull the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time in 38 years. As for Aston Villa and Tottenham, I think they both got what they deserved in the end - and probably what they wanted as well. Cheesy's back in the chair on Saturday, see you soon.

2159: "So proud of Spurs tonight. Great performance from Dos Santos and Huddlestone and the youngsters looked very good."
James, via text on 81111

2158: One of my colleagues has just spoken to someone who works for AC Milan. Apparently the atmosphere in the home team's dressing-room is like a morgue - none of the players are even talking to each other after their humbling Uefa Cup exit at the hands of Werder Bremen.

2156: Draw for last 16 of Uefa Cup:
Werder Bremen v Saint-Etienne
CSKA Moscow v Shakhtar Donetsk
Udinese v Zenit St Petersburg
Paris Saint-Germain v Braga
Dynamo Kiev or Valencia v Metalist Kharkiv
Marseille v Ajax
Hamburg v Galatasaray
Live scores - Uefa Cup

2153: "We're very early in our development and progression, but sometimes people don't want to hear that. We're exactly where we want to be. I'm delighted with tonight, a lot of good teams have gone out so let's see how far we can go."
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes

2148: Full-time Tottenham 1-1 Shakhtar (1-3 on agg)

2146: We're deep into injury time at Tottenham and it's Carling Cup final victory or nothing for Harry Redknapp's boys this season.

2145: "Watching the game on Spurs TV and to be honest, it is one of the best performances of the season. At least we are having a go."
Craig, via text on 81111

2141: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Shakhtar
That's that one finished as well then. Fernandinho, scorer of this season's best Champions League goal, robs Spurs' youngsters of a potentially famous night with four minutes remaining, latching on to Rodrigues Jadson's pass and rifling past Heurelho Gomes into the bottom corner.

2140: Full-time Hull City 2-1 Sheffield United

2139: AC Milan are out of the Uefa Cup after Claudio Pizarro's second-half brace in the San Siro. No medal for David Beckham then.

2138: Full-time Manchester City 2-1 FC Copenhagen (4-3 on agg)

2137: GOAL Manchester City 2-1 FC Copenhagen
It shouldn't matter, but probably annoying for Shay Given anyway as Martin Vingaard slams a low right-footer into the far corner from 20 yards. Good hit.

2137: Ajax are indeed through and they'll play Marseille in the next round.

2137: "Another magical performance by Diego. After Gourcuff, the one player I'd want to see at the Bridge."
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2134: Leonardo Santiago appears to have sent Ajax through to the last 16 after scoring a last-gasp goal against Fiorentina, while Antonio Di Natale has scored late on for Udinese against Lech Poznan to put the Italians in the ascendancy.

2132: Libor Sionko does really well to fire over a cross-shot for FC Copenhagen and Shay Given tips the ball out to Ailton, but the Brazilian is stretching and can only divert wide from a couple of yards.

2130: Tottenham have brought on Dean Parrett at White Hart Lane for Jamie O'Hara. They have about 15 minutes to score and take us to extra-time.

2128: Sheffield United have about eight minutes plus stoppage time to save their FA Cup campaign at Hull.

2127: "I went to Spurs' 5-0 win over Roma in pre-season and Giovani had a cracking game at left-wing. Just baffled we haven't given him more of a go this season given Harry's whinging about a lop-sided team."
Glenn, Sydenham, via text on 81111

2125: GOAL Manchester City 2-0 FC Copenhagen
Fair to say he's a bit happier now. Shay Given's long punt finds Robinho down the left, he leaves his man for dead as he races to the byeline and pulls the ball back for Craig Bellamy to steady himself and fire in a second.

2124: Oh my word, it's happened. Chelsea misfit Claudio Pizarro has only gone and scored for Werder Bremen at AC Milan - the Italians now need to score to save their Uefa Cup campaign.

2122: Robinho is sickened with himself. Utterly disgusted. He kicks a post in anger after slotting against the other post and wide from about four yards having collected Stephen Ireland's clever return pass. They've played some good stuff tonight, Man City, but for 32m, you've got to tuck them away.

2122: "Bellamy is becoming quite a good buy for City."
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2119: Not all over yet in Milan - Claudio Pizarro has pulled a goal back for Werder against AC and now the Germans only need one more to go through.

2117: GOAL Manchester City 1-0 FC Copenhagen
That's that then. Pablo Zabaleta wafts a pass down the left and there's some ropey defending as Craig Bellamy shrugs off a poor challenge and slams a right-foot shot into the corner from 15 yards.

2116: "Wonder strike from Giovani!"
Tom H, via text on 81111

2113: Spurs have another strong penalty shout for a foul on Frazier Campbell turned down at White Hart Lane.

2112: I love Giovani, shamelessly. I thought he'd be a massive player for Spurs this season - I hope that's just the start for the kid in English football, because he's got a frightening amount of talent.

2110: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Shakhtar
Giovani scores his first goal for Spurs since joining from Barcelona last summer and they are right back in this tie. The Mexican takes a touch from a Gareth Bale pass and then smashes a shot from 18 yards into the top corner. What a way to open your account.

2108: Man City have picked up the tempo and they are keen to find the goal that will make their lives a lot easier. Robinho and Shaun Wright-Phillips are heavily involved and the City fans are urging their team forward too.

2106: "See 2052: Who's Ailton? He's not in your team list. If he does exist, is he that Brazilian striker who used to play in Sweden?"
From Garry at the Man City, via text on 81111

Dear Garry at the Man City, he's down on our list as Almeida, because his full name is Ailton Jose Almeida. And yes, he played for Orgryte in Sweden. Cheers.

2103: Jesper Gronkjaer is on for FC Copenhagen - can the former Chelsea wing wizard produce some magic at Eastlands?

2101: GOAL Hull City 2-1 Sheffield United
No doubt about this one and Phil Brown punches the air with delight. Nicky Barmby creates a yard of space down the right to send over a devilish cross to the edge of the six-yard box, where Peter Halmosi and his trusty left foot are waiting to guide the ball home.

2101: Spurs get started again and they have 45 minutes to score two goals and stay in the Uefa Cup.

2100: Richard Dunne somehow avoids a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Ailton at Man City.

2059: Oh Shaun Wright-Phillips, just shoot! He is played in on the right of the FC Copenhagen area and instead of finishing, tries to slide it across to Stephen Ireland and the midfielder just cannot get on the end of it.

2058: "Spurs' youngsters are making a good fist of it at the Lane, but they are coming up against stiff resistance in Shakhtar. Harry's boys have had some decent chances though, considering you'd have to be a real aficionado of the club to know some of these players."
BBC Sport's Mark Fleming at White Hart Lane

2057: "We really need to be careful not to annoy Uefa too much. I'm sure they are delighted that English clubs are undermining one of their competitions. Lets not forget we will need European votes for the World Cup. I am shocked by Villa's attitude towards this competition."
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2055: Craig Bellamy's 25-yard free-kick is pushed away by Christiansen in the FC Copenhagen goal.

2054: Man City look like they will be playing Aalborg if they can squeeze past FC Copenhagen today. Those Danish boys are winning 3-1 at Deportivo in the Riazor tonight, to give them an aggregate lead of 6-1. Who'd have thought it?

2052: Ailton turns sharply inside the Man City penalty area and hits a decent right-foot shot that flies a couple of yards over the crossbar.

2051: Hull and Sheffield United are back under way too.

2050: Back under way at Man City.

2047: "Are you going to acknowledge Arsenal Ladies? 4-0 up in the League Cup Final? Hat-trick by the USA-bound Kelly Smith? Thank you!"
Lucy in Surrey, via text on 81111

No, thank you, Lucy.

2045: Half-time Tottenham 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

2043: "Who knows whether we'd have won with a full complement of players? Who knows? We'll never know. But these experiences will stand these players in good stead for the future."
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill

2041: Pascal Chimbonda heads straight at the goalkeeper at Tottenham.

2040: Heartbreak for Dutch-speaking former England manager Steve McClaren, who has seen his FC Twente team bow out of the Uefa Cup tonight, losing 7-6 on penalties to Marseille after a 1-1 draw in the Netherlands.

2038: Jon Obika shoots wide from the edge of the Shakhter box as Spurs continue to take the game to the Ukraine outfit.

2037: "Sheffield United have got to be the unluckiest team in the world, controversy follows us wherever we go!"
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2034: Half-time Hull City 1-1 Sheffield United

2033: Half-time Manchester City 0-0 FC Copenhagen

2033: Lovely little link-up from Robinho and Craig Bellamy sends the Welshman through but he scuffs his shot and it hits the far post and rebounds back away from goal.

2032: Fernandinho seems to catch Frazier Campbell in the Shakhtar box, but referee Paolo Tagliavento waves away Spurs' protests.

2031: Scenes of an extraordinary nature in Turkey this evening, as Sabri Sarioglu makes himself a legend by scoring Galatasaray's winner in stoppage time to earn them a 4-3 win against Bordeaux. The first leg finished 0-0. Unbelievable.

2030: Jon Obika lets fly from distance for Tottenham, but the youngster misses the left-hand post.

2028: Billy Sharp is booked for diving in the Hull box - but replays show his right foot was kicked away from him by Kamil Zayatte. More poor officiating.

2027: Jamie O'Hara has been booked for a foul on Fernandinho at White Hart Lane. Early reports suggest he might be lucky with the card's colour.

2026: "The only thing making this packed train to Brighton easier is knowing that Gomes is a definite starter for Sunday."
Damian (United fan in case you hadn't guessed), via text on 81111

2023: Bernard Mendy forces a decent save from Paddy Kenny at his near post as Hull try to regain their lead.

2022: Robinho fires in a low shot from 22 yards that Copenhagen keeper Christiansen does well to gather at the City of Manchester Stadium.

2022: Brazilian sensation Alexandre Pato doubles AC Milan's advantage against Werder Bremen and it's a long way back for the Germans tonight. Milan are taking it very seriously indeed, the Uefa Cup.

2021: "Is the Spurs line-up really so bad? Gomes, Gunter, Giovani, Palacios, and Bale cost close to 40m between them, and Campbell started for Man Utd on the first day of the season."
Dan, Somerset, via text on 81111

Is that why Man Utd only drew?

2019: GOAL Hull City 1-1 Sheffield United
The Blades will think that is justice being done. Greg Halford swings over a deep cross from the right that Lee Hendrie heads goalwards and Billy Sharp reacts quickest to poke the ball home from inside the six-yard box.

2017: They've shown a replay of Hull's goal on the big screen at the KC Stadium. The Blades fans and boss Kevin Blackwell watched it angrily. So did Tigers manager Phil Brown, presumably perplexed as to why the replay had to be shown.

2015: AC Milan have gone in front against Werder at the San Siro, with Andrea Pirlo slotting home from the penalty spot to put the Rossoneri 2-1 up on aggregate.

2013: "What a brilliant header that was. Absolute bullet. Strangest goal over the season so far?"
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2010: GOAL Hull City 1-0 Sheffield United
It's an unbelievably controversial goal and the Blades will be furious about that one. A cross from the Hull right is for some reason headed against the underside of his own crossbar by Kyle Naughton and the ball bounces down on to the line and away. The whole ball isn't over, though, so it shouldn't count. Poor decision from the assistant referee to award it.

2009: That Robinho chance (2007) - it should have been a penalty because in trying to go past the first Copenhagen defender, it definitely struck the visiting player's arm. Not sure you should be playing on in that instance, referee Selcuk Dereli of Turkey.

2007: Robinho forces a fabulous stop from Christiansen after skipping effortlessly past two despairing Danish challenges inside the Copenhagen penalty area.

2006: Craig Bellamy's deflected cross falls to Robinho at the back post and the Brazilian's header hits the underside of the crossbar and is patted away from the line by goalkeeper Christiansen.

2004: Jamie O'Hara shoots straight at goalkeeper Pyatov at Tottenham, while the fabulous Rodrigues Jadson goes close at the other end.

2002: "The Spurs game is live on the Spurs website. Are you trying to say our website is dodgy? Or are the BBC too tight to stump up the 2.99 for the game?"
Russ, Berkshire, via text on 81111

Er, can I not answer either of those questions please?

1959: We're under way at Tottenham too now.

1958: "The only person missing from the Tottenham team after a Butcher and Obika is a candlestick maker. Anyone seen my coat?"
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1956: Peter Halmosi swings over a corner from the Hull right and Kamil Zayatte gets up at the near post only to glance the header wide.

1954: Craig Bellamy beats the offside trap this time as the Danes continue to stay high up the pitch, but he's wrongly flagged once more. I think you can guess the hot-headed hitman's reaction.

1954: Peguy Luyindula has already made himself a hero, the striker bagging a brace for PSG in their 3-1 win at Wolfsburg, to earn a 5-1 triumph on aggregate.

1952: Peter Halmosi creates the first chance at Hull, but his left-wing centre is met first time and sent over the bar by Nicky Barmby.

1951: FC Copenhagen are keeping a high line and Craig Bellamy is ready to pounce, trying to beat their offside trap - but he just goes too soon from Robinho's pass on that occasion.

1950: "As a United fan I feel bad for saying it, but City's respect for the competition is really refreshing... still hope they lose though."
Paul, Stockport, via text on 81111

1947: We're under way at Hull in the FA Cup replay, and moments later Man City and FC Copenhagen get going too.

1945: Wilson Palacios, who is cup-tied for Sunday's Carling Cup final, is the only player to remain from the Tottenham team that beat Hull on Monday. Gilberto makes his first appearance since getting hauled off at half-time against Spartak Moscow earlier in the season. Of the starting XI, only goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes looks certain to start against Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday.

1944: "Good luck City, since you seem to be the only team who actually want to progress to the next round."
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Tottenham: Gomes, Gunter, Chimbonda, Huddlestone, Gilberto, Giovani, Palacios, O'Hara, Bale, Campbell, Obika.
Subs: Jansson, Bostock, Parrett, Butcher, Smith, Mason, Townsend.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Chigrinsky, Ischenko, Rat, Fernandinho, Jadson, Ilsinho, Lewandowski, Willian, Gladkyy.
Subs: Khudzamov, Hubschman, Duljaj, Kucher, Seleznyov, Gai, Moreno.
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

1939: As with Villa earlier, we haven't got a feed of Tottenham tonight, so I'll be relying on radio and various other reports to bring you all the latest news from White Hart Lane. And no, in answer to your earlier questions, I'm not going on a dodgy internet site just so I can watch it.

1936: "Jon Obika is a pretty good player to be fair, an exciting prospect. But he played earlier in this season's competition [for seven minutes]. He'll score today. Our youth team is on fire, with John Bostock serving him up."
Vince, Cardiff, via text on 81111

1934:Hull City make seven changes for their FA Cup replay, with Michael Turner, Sam Ricketts, Dean Marney and Kamil Zayatte the only survivors from Monday's defeat by Spurs. Sheffield United are forced to make four changes and can only name five substitutes due to injuries and players being Cup-tied.

Hull: Myhill, Doyle, Turner, Zayatte, Ricketts, Mendy, France, Marney, Halmosi, Barmby, Folan.
Subs: Warner, Geovanni, Garcia, Cousin, Featherstone, Manucho, Gardner.
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Naughton, Morgan, Walker, Naysmith, Cotterill, Howard, Stephen Quinn, Hendrie, Halford, Sharp.
Subs: Bennett, Jihai, Tahar, Keith Quinn, Starosta.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1930:Manchester City midfielder Vincent Kompany has shrugged off a toe injury to start against FC Copenhagen, so it's the same City starting XI that played in the first leg.

Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Onuoha, Dunne, Richards, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, Bridge, Robinho, Bellamy.
Subs: Hart, Garrido, Berti, Elano, Vassell, Caicedo, Evans.
FC Copenhagen: Christiansen, Pospech, Antonsson, Jorgensen, Wendt, Kvist, Kristensen, Norregaard, Hutchinson, Almeida, Ndoye.
Subs: Coe, Niclas Jensen, Laursen, Gronkjaer, Vingaard, Sionko, Nordstrand.
Referee: Selcuk Dereli (Turkey)

1925: "So Harry gives up on the Uefa Cup by resting his players for the weekend's competition, which if they win will put Spurs... in the Uefa Cup. Hmmm."
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1922: "Don't worry Stevo, I'm sure managers will take it seriously next year when it's the Uefa Europa League."
Matt in Durham, via text on 81111
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1919: Tottenham, of course, are involved in the Carling Cup final and only played in the league on Monday, so you can probably forgive Harry Redknapp for using all of his available players tonight. Three games in six days is an awful lot to ask at this stage of the season. "You have to prioritise," said the ex-Pompey gaffer. And my word, prioritise he has.

1915: Spurs team to play Shakhtar: Gomes, Gunter, Gilberto, Huddlestone, Chimbonda, Giovani, Palacios, O'Hara, Bale, Campbell, Obika.
Subs: Jansson, Smith, Butcher, Bostock, Parrett, Mason, Townsend.

1913: There's an FA Cup tie tonight as well. I know - on a Thursday! What bizarre times we live in. Hull City and Sheffield United are the protagonists, and a potentially lively Yorkshire derby could usurp the Uefa Cup as the story of the night. It's a fifth-round replay, and the winners will travel to either Arsenal or Burnley.

1910: "To be fair to O'Neill, if Villa get into the Champions League it will be a much greater achievement for the club than winning tonight would have been. 'Lowly Stoke' or not, three points are three points."
Rob, Co. Durham, via text on 81111

1907: AC Milan must be playing a reserve team too - some bloke called Beckham starts in their game against Werder Bremen at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

1906: I'm hearing news that will send shockwaves throughout north London: academy striker Jon Obika will make his full Tottenham debut against Shakhtar tonight. Who's he when he's at home, then?

1905: "Martin O'Neill has gone way down in my estimation. Imagine how those fans who travelled out there feel right now. I remember when Liverpool won the Uefa Cup, it was a fantastic occasion and a great stepping stone into the Champions League."
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1902: That Villa result means we won't get an all-English tie in the last 16 - they could have played Spurs in the next round. It's only happened twice - when Wolves met Spurs in the 1972 final and then when Spurs played Liverpool in the semis the season after.

1900: Stevo's Predos:
Man City 3-1 FC Copenhagen
Tottenham 2-1 Shakhtar
Hull City 1-2 Sheffield United

1855: "See 1830: Will Villa do the same thing next year if they qualify for the Champions League? No, of course not. Definite lack of respect for the competition from O'Neill and after a reasonable first leg result as well."
Paul in Oxford, via text on 81111

But if they qualify for the Champions League, doesn't that justify tonight's selection?

1852: Full-time CSKA Moscow 2-0 Aston Villa (3-1 on agg)

1851: GOAL CSKA Moscow 2-0 Aston Villa
I can't see it, so I won't try and explain it to you. Suffice to say that Vagner Love has banged in his 10th Uefa Cup goal of the season (he's the competition's top scorer) to finish Villa's kids off in Moscow.

1848: Two other English teams are trying to secure a berth in the last 16 of the Uefa Cup tonight too, though Tottenham probably fall into the Villa camp of largely not being bothered whatever happens this evening. Their second-string side starts 2-0 down to Shakhtar, while hopefully a first XI-resembling Man City host FC Copenhagen with the scores locked at 2-2.

1844: "Why was John Carew selected in the squad but not even named in the substitutes?"
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The enormous Norwegian apparently suffered a back problem and that's why he's played no part today.

1841: I'd love to know what you think about MON's decision to leave his first team at home, ahead of a home Premier League game against lowly Stoke on Sunday. Get your mobile thoughts texted in to 81111, and all internet thoughts welcome on the 606 debate. Non-Villa thoughts welcome too, of course.
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1837: When Aston Villa's reserves met their Arsenal counterparts 10 days ago, 674 people rocked up to Hinckley United's Marsden Stadium to watch them play. Tonight, about 300 hardy Villains have travelled to Russia to watch a similar second-string outfit masquerade as first-teamers taking on CSKA Moscow.

For the record, this is the Aston Villa team Martin O'Neill picked: Guzan, Luke Young, Davies, Knight, Shorey, Albrighton, Gardner, Salifou, Sidwell, Bannan, Delfouneso.

1834: I can tell you that as it stands at the Luzhniki Stadium (didn't they once play quite a big game there?), Villa are 1-0 behind. Which is bad news for their fans, as they'll be heading out of the competition. But good news for Martin O'Neill, who could do without the distraction frankly.

1830: Don't think just because Martin O'Neill's not treating the Uefa Cup with respect that we're not, either. There's a reason we couldn't do text commentary on Aston Villa's tie at CSKA Moscow - we haven't got a feed of the game. So apologies for that.

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see also
CSKA Moscow 2-0 Villa (agg 3-1)
26 Feb 09 |  Europe
Hull City 2-1 Sheff Utd
26 Feb 09 |  FA Cup

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