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Wednesday football as it happened


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By Sam Lyon

2210: Right then, that - as they say - is that for this evening. Cheers for your company make sure you're all back with Jonathan Stevenson tomorrow afternoon at around 1630 BST for the Champions League group-stage draw followed by a whole host of ties in the Europa League. Before that, though, Carling Cup fans will want to join Manish Bhasin as he presents action from round two in The League Cup Show tonight at 2345 BST on BBC One, online and iplayer soon after (UK users only). I'll see you all at the weekend for a spot of Premier League action. We just can't get enough can we?

2205: So congratulations to Tottenham, who ease into the Champions League group stages thanks largely to a Peter Crouch hat-trick - who would have predicted it would be that comfortable half an hour into the first leg? The Uefa seedings for Thursday's draw are due to be confirmed by 2300 BST, but it is looking almost definite that the Londoners will be in Pot Three. That means they could face Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Spartak Moscow - surely the dream draw for Spurs fans, that - or it could mean Lyon, Shakhar Donetsk and CFR Cluj - which is a tad less glamorous, let's be honest.

stubbski on Twitter: "Is it over? Can I come out from behind the sofa yet? Hopeful Spurs fan..."

Berbatov-is-a-devil on 606: "SAM! You promised us CUPSET'S!!"
I'm sorry, I've let you all down, forgive me... hold on! 'Promised'?!

2200: TOTTENHAM 4-0 YOUNG BOYS (agg 6-3)
Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"Tottenham run out deserved winners after an impressive and professional display. They were a different side compared to the that turned up on the artificial surface last week and Peter Crouch showed his worth to them - relief and joy all round."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "London is the first city to have three clubs representing it in the Champions League since Athens in 2003. Capital."

Full time

Moon on 606: "I feel more relieved than anything about tonight - just glad we got through an 'easy' tie after a huge scare from the first leg..."

2153: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp: "It's fantastic. When I came here the dream was to get into the group stages and we've achieved that so that is something to look forward to. We haven't made many changes (to the squad) here and we don't need to. We are happy with the squad and unless we can improve it we will sit tight. We will give anybody a game. It is a tough place here and we want to progress as far as we can."

Full time

jgooderson on Twitter: "I'm impressed with Defoe for coming clean with it so soon. It may have been obvious, but many wouldn't admit it."

delboy6568 on 606: "Defoe as big a cheat as Henry? Yes. The way he was looking across he knew it should have been disallowed."

2149: Champions League Stevo: "I can exclusively reveal the teams joining Spurs in the Champions League group stage: FC Copenhagen, MSK Zilina, Auxerre and Ajax. The draw, that all-important draw, takes place in Monaco at about 1700 BST on Thursday. I expect you'll be here for that, won't you?"

Everton goal: Seamus Coleman's cross finds Leon Osman, and the onrushing Everton midfielder makes no mistake with his header. So much for any potential Cupsets (see 1909) huh?

2147: GOALFLASH Everton 5-1 Huddersfield (Osman)

AceofSwiss on Twitter: "Well done Young Boys. I think they raised their game over the two legs. Were bound to lose, but they gave the Spurs a scare."

2145: Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe: "It was handball for my goal, yes. The linesman didn't see it, though, and sometimes it goes your way. It was a great performance. The hard work was put in last season and it has paid off now. Everyone played their part."

Stephen Simpson on 606: "Well done Spurs and welcome to the Champions League experience. Let's hope for some entertaining games."

Full time

Dukey42 on Twitter: "Does this mean we have to teach Tottenham fans the secret handshake?

Everton goal: Redemption for Johnny Heitinga, who plays a 65-yard pass to Leon Osman, the midfielder finding Jemaine Beckford who lays it into the path of fellow forward Louis Saha to finishes well.

Accrington goal: They couldn't... could they? There are 93 minutes on the clock as League Two Accrington Stanley reduce the deficit to one, Sean Hussey drilling an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from the angle. Barnstorming finish.

2139: GOALFLASH Everton 4-1 Huddersfield (Saha)

2138: GOALFLASH Accrington 2-3 Newcastle (Hessey)

TheLeighRoy on Twitter: "Tottenham looked different class tonight. Thoroughly deserved."

Full time
That's that and Tottenham cruise into the group stages of the Champions League for the first time. Never in doubt... was it?

2135: It remains Everton 3-1 Huddersfield despite Seamus Coleman being dumped on his backside by Lee Peltier in the Huddersfield box - the Town defender seeing red card as a result - as Johnny Heitinga sees his spot-kick saved by Ian Bennett. Hope for Huddersfield?

2134: MISSED PENALTY (Heitinga, Everton)

2133: RED CARD (Lee Peltier, Huddersfield)


Fulham goal: What is it about 6-0s this season? Clint Dempsey gets his name on the scoresheet this time as he dips in a 25-yarder.. Craven Cottage already calling for seven.

2130: GOALFLASH Fulham 6-0 Port Vale (Dempsey)

2129: Champions League Stevo: "It's going horribly pear-shaped for Zenit - they are down to nine men, with keeper Viacheslav Malafeev and Tomas Hubocan both sent off. Safe to say they won't be reaching the group stages, so well done Auxerre. Meanwhile in Amsterdam, Mounir El Hamdaoui had put Ajax 3-1 ahead on aggregate, but Andriy Shevchenko has just pulled one back from the spot to set up a frantic finale."

2128: Peter Crouch should have a fourth a White Hart Lane as Roman Pavlyuchenko picks him out unmarked 10 yards out, but Young Boys keeper Marco Wolfli stops the effort with his feet.

Fulham goal: Tottenham are not the only ones who are rampant this evening, as Bobby Zamora gets his second of the night when he fires in a free-kick from the edge of the area that sneaks inside the post.

2126: GOALFLASH Fulham 5-0 Port Vale (Zamora)

2125: Standing ovation for Welsh flyer Gareth Bale as he is replaced by Niko Kranjcar.

Red card
Tottenham goal: Rampant. Gareth Bale is brought down by Senad Lulic - it's a stonewall penalty, for which the Young Boys midfielder receives a second yellow card - and Peter Crouch completes his hat-trick from the spot.

2120: GOALFLASH Tottenham 4-0 Young Boys (agg 6-3) (Crouch pen, hat-trick)

2120: RED CARD (Senad Lulic, Young Boys)


The strike of the cescy verminator on 606: "Let's officially welcome Spurs to the Champions league proper. When's the draw by the way?"
It's Thursday evening at 1700 BST mate.

2117: It's all a bit niggly at White Hart Lane now, with Young Boys committing a few fouls as Spurs look to work the ball and take the sting out of the game.

BBC Radio 1's David Garrido at White Hart Lane: "The Spurs fans are in full voice now, cracking out their first chant of "we're all going on a European tour" which reverberates around the Lane..."

Newcastle goal: Newcastle score their potentially decisive third goal through Peter Lovenkrands, who hooks the ball home from inside the six-yard box after Ian Dunbavin could only parry from Sean Hessey after the Stanley defender almost diverted a low cross into his own net.

Everton goal: The Toffees restore their two-goal cushion as Damien Johnson hauls Jack Rodwell down in the box and up steps Jermaine Beckford to slam in his first Everton goal from the spot.

2112: GOALFLASH Accrington 1-3 Newcastle (Lovenkrands)

2111: GOALFLASH Everton 3-1 Huddersfield (Beckford pen)


2110: Aaron Lennon - missing last week - has been excellent for Tottenham tonight and another fine run and cross finds Gareth Bale, whose running header is well kept out by Young Boys keeper Marco Wolfli.

2109: Everton and Fulham back under way in their Carling Cup second round ties.

2107: It must be catching as Young Boys substitute Alberto Regazzoni goes in wildly on Vedran Corluka - only this time the referee waves play on. Looked nasty as well, that one.

Yellow card
2105: Harry Redknapp takes the chance to substitute Jermain Defoe, throwing on Roman Pavlyuchenko. The Russian's first involvement is to go straight into the referee's notebook for a nasty challenge on a Young Boys defender. Hhmm.

Tottenham goal: Tottenham fans - the group stages beckon. Young Boys have looked vulnerable at set pieces all night and Gareth Bale's corner is headed home firmly - and practically unmarked again - by Peter Crouch.

2103: GOALFLASH Tottenham 3-0 Young Boys (agg 5-3) (Crouch)

2102: Champions League Stevo: "Auxerre are Russian into some form at just the right time as Polish forward Ireneusz Jelen bags their second of the night to make it 2-0 (2-1 on aggregate) against Zenit St Petersburg. As things stand Auxerre, Ajax, FC Copenhagen and MSK Zilina are joining Spurs in the Champions League proper."

2101: Newcastle almost score a third at the Crown Ground but Ian Dunbavin makes a superb save from Shola Ameobi and Dean Winnard brilliantly clears Nile Ranger's follow-up strike.

2100: Oh that's brilliant defending from Young Boys defender Christoph Spycher, denying Jermain Defoe what looks a certain goal with a cracking clearance from Gareth Bale's cross six yards out. Moments later, the ball falls to Peter Crouch in the area from the resulting corner, but he can only poke his shot straight at the keeper.

BBC Radio 1's David Garrido at White Hart Lane: "Nice bit of chat between Peter Crouch and Young Boys defender Scott Sutter there - must be a bit weird for Sutter, whose boyhood team were Spurs. He was even a season ticket-holder here in the 1990s. Doesn't look too starstruck, though. Just very, very wet."

2058: Young Boys have started brightly in this half and they are finding a lot more room in and amongst the Spurs backline. Henri Bienvenu, this time, is picked out in the box but his tame effort is well stopped low down by substitute keeper Carlo Cudicini. Tottenham need to settle down a touch, here.

Yellow card
2055: Referee Laurent Duhamel has been quite lenient with his bookings so far, but he dips into his pocket for the first time as he brandishes a yellow card to Wilson Palacios for a foul on Xavier Hochstrasser. The Spurs crowd - feeling Young Boys have got away with one or two - are not impressed.

Newcastle goal: The Premier League side are back in front as a long throw into the box causes problems and after headers by Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi turns and fires home from eight yards.

2053: GOALFLASH Accrington 1-2 Newcastle (Ameobi)

2050: The Everton and Fulham matches enter half-time, just as the second half of Accrington-Newcastle kicks off. Seamless.

Fulham goal: Bobby Zamora's ball finds Zoltan Gera in the box, who takes one touch, turns, then blasts his effort into the top corner. The Londoners running riot.

2048: Carlo Cudicini is on for Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes as Tottenham get their game against Young Boys back under way. The Swiss side, lest we forget, need two goals at least.

2047: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-0 Port Vale (Gera)

Dan on 606: "Anyone comparing Defoe's handball with Henry's really must be desperate to see Spurs lose."

paulp1989 on Twitter: "Looks like Defoe handles that on purpose... will we villify him like everybody did Henry?"

Huddersfield goal: The visitors back in it. Joey Gudjonsson is the creator, the Town midfielder producing some cracking work before Gary Roberts smashes a shot against the bar, the ball ricocheting down and going in off the head of Everton defender Johnny Heitinga in the melee. Game on.

2042: GOALFLASH Everton 2-1 Huddersfield (Heitinga og)

2041: With the game leaning very much Tottenham's way at half-time, I've just time to relay you some opinion from the likes of 606 , text and Twitter - on which Jermain Defoe's 'handball' is getting a fairly stern examination. Some labelling it as bad as Thierry Henry's against the Republic of Ireland in France's World Cup play-off last November, some are less convinced. Have your say, people.

sisu_oliver on Twitter: "Delighted if Salcido comes to Fulham. He was arguably the best left-back at the World Cup."

Fulham goal: The Cottagers absolutely cruising as England's new frontman Bobby Zamora exchanges passes with Damien Duff and slams into the top corner from a tight angle.

2037: GOALFLASH Fulham 3-0 Port Vale (Zamora)

Half time

2035: Champions League Stevo: "Full house - well done Ajax and Martin Jol, well done indeed. Luis 'hero or villain' Suarez has only gone and popped up with a goal to put them 1-0 up over Dynamo Kiev and 2-1 ahead on aggregate. The Champo League play-offs are all half-times, not incidentally."

Accrington goal: Newcastle might have been in control but Ray Putterill has just struck a sensational equaliser for Accrington after Newcastle failed to clear the ball. The 21-year-old picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, shifted it to his right and launched a thunderous strike with his right foot to draw Stanley level on the verge of half time.

2032: GOALFLASH Accrington 1-1 Newcastle (Putterill)

Half time
Mandeep Sanghera's one-line HT report:
"Spurs through as it stands, deservedly, but tension still haunting White Hart Lane as the game goes into the break."

BBC Radio 1's David Garrido at White Hart Lane: "Harry Redknapp seems to be taking to the Champions' League like a duck to water. Which is handy, cos it's still absolutely chucking it down here and he's drenched as he stands by the touchline, arms folded. But hair is unaffected, I'm pleased to report. Same goes for headband-clad Niko Kranjcar and Giovani dos Santos on the bench. Relief all round."

2030: Yet more good news for Fulham, by the way, as my colleague John Sinnott learns the club have agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven to sign full-back Carlos Salcido. The Mexican, who has also been linked with Liverpool, is still to talk to the Fulham club, though.

Fulham goal: Fulham's £5m signing Moussa Dembele scores on his debut. The Belgian picks up ball on the right-hand side before cutting inside and skidding a shot which sneaks in at the far post.

2027: GOALFLASH Fulham 2-0 Port Vale (Dembele)

2027: Nervy couple of minutes in the Spurs defence as Michael Dawson and Heurelho Gomes leave Moreno Costanzo's cross for each other, allowing Henri Bienvenu a free header on goal - it flies over.

2026: Champions League Stevo: "Back to all-square in the FC Copenhagen-Rosenborg tie now as the brilliantly named Solvi Ottesen puts the Danes 1-0 in front on the night to make it 2-2 overall. Just Ajax-Dynamo that remains goalless. Meanwhile in a friendly, Barcelona and AC Milan are level at 1-1, David Villa's opener cancelled out by Pippo Inzaghi."

2025: That's the closest Young Boys have come - by a distance. Ammar Jemal's shot is blocked by Michael Dawson and it falls to Xavier Hochstrasser, who's dipping half volley drifts inches wide of Heurelho Gomes's far post.

Newcastle goal: I tell you what, even now that shot is still hit. Ryan Taylor collects the ball inside the Accrington half, takes a touch and looks up, and sends an absolute barn-stormer into the top corner from fully 30 yards. Unstoppable.

2022: GOALFLASH Accrington 0-1 Newcastle (Taylor)

2021: It should be 3-0 at White Hart Lane as Aaron Lennon sets Jermain Defoe clear on goal, but the frontman can't repeat his trick of a few moments ago and he pings his low shot wide of the far post. Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch - both unmarked in the centre of goal - are not amused at not receiving a pass.

2020: Newcastle have taken control of their Carling Cup tie at Accrington and defender Sean Hessey makes a superb block to clear a goal-bound Shola Ameobi strike. Minutes earlier Andy Parkinson cleared on the line from a Nile Ranger header as the visiting team threatened to take the lead.

Tottenham goal: It should never be allowed, but Jermain Defoe cares not. The diminutive striker - due an operation and on a run of just three goals in 19 matches - controls the ball clearly with his hand before sweeping, brilliantly it has to be said, left-footed in off the near post from 20 yards. It's all going Tottenham's way.

2017: GOALFLASH Tottenham 2-0 Young Boys (agg 4-3) (Defoe)

Everton goal: The Toffees showing their class early doors, here, as Steven Pienaar lays it to exciting midfielder Jack Rodwell, who lashes into the corner from all of 25 yards. Game over?

2017: GOALFLASH Everton 2-0 Huddersfield (Rodwell)

2016: Heurelho Gomes is not comfortable here and he is pleading with the Spurs bench to take him off because of a leg injury. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp - with Carlo Cudicini on the bench - is having none of it, though. Interesting.

BBC Radio 1's David Garrido at White Hart Lane: "The Young Boys fans are still making a lot of noise here. Just had one of their chants translated to me by a Swiss journalist here in the press box…it means: "That's the way…we like it." Didn't know KC and the Sunshine Band were from Berne…"

2013: Champions League Stevo: "I think we can safely pencil MSK Zilina's name into the draw for the group stages as the Slovakians have taken an early lead at home against Sparta Prague, extending their overall advantage to 3-0. Gambian Momodou Ceesay has done the damage there. Still 0-0 in the Ajax-Dynamo and FC Copenhagen-Rosenborg ties."

Fulham goal: Talking of simple - Matthew Briggs's cross finds Zoltan Gera at the far post, who heads Fulham into the lead.

2011: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-0 Port Vale (Gera)

2011: A misplaced Wilson Palacios pass gifts possession to Young Boys, who go on to earn a corner. But it comes to nothing.

Everton goal: Simple. It's Everton debutant Magaye Gueye who crosses for Marouane Fellaini to head the home side into the lead.

2008: GOALFLASH Everton 1-0 Huddersfield (Fellaini)

2006: Ooof. A Gareth Bale cross into the Young Boys box is only half cleared and Benoit Assou-Ekotto slams goalwards from range - only to wipe out unfortunate defender Ammar Jemal. That had to hurt.

2004: He's such a reassuring presence for Spurs at the back is Ledley King, and again the centre-half stands tall to clear the ball under pressure from David Degen. Tempo has slowed a touch since that Gomes injury stop.

2001: Up and running in the Everton-Huddersfield and Fulham-Port Vale matches.

2000: Champions League Stevo: "As if fans of early goals that level scores on aggregate haven't had a cracking enough start to the evening, Cedric Hengbart has only gone and notched for French side Auxerre against Russians Zenit St Petersburg, making that tie 1-1. In other European football news, AC Milan have confirmed they are in discussions with Barcelona to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Curious one."

1958: After their travails on the plastic pitch last week, Spurs look a whole more comfortable on what is a zippy White Hart Lane surface tonight. Young Boys hanging on a touch in these early stages - but still showing the odd glimpse up front in the form Henri Bienvenu that they could still cause the hosts problems here. Meanwhile, Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes is receiving treatment here - looks likes a leg problem and he's not overly comfortable.

1955: Peter Lovenkrands has just seen a firm header from a long throw well saved by Accrington keeper Ian Dunbavin. Apart from that, League Two Accrington very much holding their own.

1952: That goal puts Spurs ahead on aggregate, despite it being 3-3, courtesy of away goals - but there's no sign of them sitting back now, as Aaron Lennon almost breaks free in the area only to be pulled back by the offside flag.

Tottenham goal: Dream start for Spurs and White Hart Lane goes mental. Young Boys don't learn their lesson when Michael Dawson is left unmarked from a corner, and moments later Gareth Bale's cross is guided home from six yards by the head of Peter Crouch. Advantage Spurs.

1950: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-0 Young Boys (agg 3-3) (Crouch)

1949: It's teeming it down with rain at White Hart Lane - but no sign of either side making a slippery start so far. Tottenham, as promised, are trying to get in and amongst the visitors, but Young Boys are showing no little ambition themselves. Nice open start.

£5m Belgian striker Moussa Dembele makes his first start for the club. Manager Mark Hughes has only made three changes from the team that drew with Manchester United, with Zoltan Gera and Matthew Briggs also coming into the team. League Two Port Vale, managed by former Fulham boss Micky Adams, are unchanged from the side that beat Southend 3-1 at the weekend.

1946: Accrington-Newcastle also up and running.

1945: It is absolutely kicking at White Hart Lane - and Young Boys, leading 3-2 from the first leg, get us up and under way.

Tom, Bristol via text: "Fulham line-up looks very strong for Carling Cup second round, maybe Mark Hughes is taking this seriously."

Stockdale, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Gera, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Zamora, Dembele. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Baird, Riise, Eddie Johnson, Dempsey, Greening.
Port Vale: Tomlinson, Yates, Collins, McCombe, Owen, Griffith, Rigg, Roberts, Dodds, Justin Richards, Marc Richards. Subs: Martin, Robert Taylor, Fraser, Kris Taylor, Morsy, Malbon, Bell-Baggie.
Referee: Andy Penn (W Midlands)

1941: "If we can't win from the position we're in now, we don't deserve to be in the group stages do we?" says Harry Redknapp. "It's massive, the biggest game I've been involved in. It's all or nothing," says defender Michael Dawson. "Everyone wants to play in the Champions League. On Tuesday nights, you don't want to be at home watching Eastenders," says Jermain Defoe. "We know what is coming, but we know how to defend and will try to attack ourselves," says Young Boys coach Vladimir Petkovic. The players are ready and waiting in the tunnel of a rocking White Hart Lane - you guys ready for a spot of Handel's 'Zadok the Priest'? Course you are.

Amir Mir on 606: "I hope Young Boys do make a fight of it. Anything like the first leg then we're in for another treat."

The29 on Twitter: "RE 1904 That's just Harry's version of mind games... riddle the opposition into submission."

Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"The nerves will be jangling for Tottenham as kick-off against Young Boys approaches with the prize of a place in the Champions League group stages within agonisingly close grasp. Spurs will be hoping to complete the comeback after being 3-0 down, but know full well from the first leg that they underestimate the Swiss side at their own peril. There may be plenty of tension in the air, but Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has told his side to "swarm" all over the visitors from the off. Will fortune favour the brave, though?"

field a strong side despite making six changes with Jack Rodwell and Marouane Fellaini both included. Goalkeeper Jan Mucha and forward Magaye Gueye make their debuts. Huddersfield welcome back ex-Everton defender Gary Naysmith from suspension.

oozatden on 606: "Reasonably strong Toffees line up tonight - here's to an end to our League Cup hoodoo. Wemberrrrrley here we come! (Hopefully)"

1932: Good point that fourfootedchallenge (below) - and if you wanted any more reason, other than them leading from the first leg and them having beaten Fenebache away from home to progress in the last round, of course, to back Young Boys tonight, consider this: last night, only one out of the five ties was won by the team playing at home in the second leg. Dun dun dun.

fourfootedchallenge on 606: "The biggest lesson Spurs could learn before this was not the 3-2 humbling Young Boys gave them last week, but the humiliating Braga gave Seville yesterday. Let's hope they were paying attention."

make one change for the visit of Newcastle, with Andrew Parkinson replacing Rory Boulding. Newcastle, fresh from a 6-0 thumping of Aston Villa, name an entirely different starting XI, with the likes of James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson and Kazenga LuaLua playing.

sewey89 LUHG on 606: "Great night for Scott Sutter, if he plays like he did last week he might be playing at WHL more often! Surely worth a gamble for one of the lower Prem teams?"

lewisjamesbrown on Twitter: "Let's hope for two Spurs wins tonight - one at the Lane and one for the ill-treated Martin Jol leading Ajax in Amsterdam."

Mucha, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Pienaar, Rodwell, Fellaini, Osman, Gueye, Beckford. Subs: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Bilyaletdinov, Saha, Arteta, Cahill.
Huddersfield: Smithies, Peltier, McCombe, Peter Clarke, Naysmith, Croft, Gudjonsson, Johnson, Roberts, Arfield, Robinson. Subs: Bennett, Kay, Garner, Rhodes, Novak, Goodwin, Carey.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Anon via text: "Re: The Saint - Everton are under pressure from what? Everybody seems to think we will be lucky to do aswell as last year. Baring a terrible injury crisis like last year, we'll be right up there with the rest of them. But pressure? There ain't none."

CFC-Man 606: "Come on Spurs. From a Chelsea fan, be nice to see another team from London in the later rounds of the competition!"

Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Tottenham
boss Harry Redknapp opts for Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch in attack, while the importance of the game to Spurs is signified by Ledley King returning to the starting line-up and partnering Michael Dawson in central defence. Wilson Palacios gets the nod ahead of Jermaine Jenas and takes his place next to Tom Huddlestone in central midfield. Young Boys boss Vladimir Petkovic is still missing the injured Emiliano Dudar and so gives the same side that beat Spurs 3-2 in the first leg the chance to go out and try to complete the job."

lubine_sport on Twitter: "Our household can only be compared to cats on hot tin roofs. We're so nervous it's scary. Being a typical Spurs fan - I'm not hopeful!"

redandblackT on 606: "First footballing cliche of the night... Spurs need an early goal."

1918: Champions League Stevo: "Spurs aside, four other places in Uefa's nice shiny glass bowls are up for grabs this evening, with Ajax-Dynamo Kiev (1-1), Auxerre-Zenit (0-1), FC Copenhagen-Rosenborg (1-2) and MSK Zilina-Sparta Prague (2-0) all playing to a finish. Don't think for a second I won't be keeping you abreast of that action. Oh, and remember, the group stage draw takes place at 1700 BST-ish on Thursday. Bye for now."

Accrington Stanley:
Dunbavin, Bateson, Hessey, Edwards, Winnard, Procter, Barnett, Ryan, Putterill, McConville, Parkinson. Subs: Cisak, Richardson, Joyce, Turner, Murphy, Boulding, Owens.
Newcastle: Krul, Ryan Taylor, Kadar, Tavernier, Ferguson, Ranger, Donaldson, Vuckic, LuaLua, Ameobi, Lovenkrands. Subs: Soderberg, Nolan, Williamson, Barton, Routledge, Perch, Smith.
Referee: Rob Shoebridge (Derbyshire)

FHTHCrelly on Twitter: "I think it's fair to say, most British fans are behind Spurs to win tonight."
I'm not sure mate - have a quick look on 606 !

The Saint via text: "Come on the Town. Everton are under pressure. I predict 2-0 win to the Terriers. Great signing today too in Alan Lee. He's the big lad we need."

Gomes, Bale, Huddlestone, Lennon, Palacios, Crouch, Defoe, Dawson, Corluka, King, Assou-Ekotto. Subs: Cudicini, Kaboul, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Giovani, Kranjcar.
Young Boys: Wolfli, Sutter, Costanzo, Tape Doubai, Bienvenu, Spycher, Lulic, Affolter, Degen, Hochstrasser, Jemal. Subs: Burki, Marco Schneuwly, De Pierro, Christian Schneuwly, Raimondi, Regazzoni, Mayuka.
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (France)

1909: Well last night's Carling Cup action might not have been red hot with shocks - no disservice to the likes of MK Dons, Peterborough, Notts County et al - but this competition rarely fails to throw up more than the odd Premier League casualty, so could Everton, Fulham or Newcastle follow Blackpool out of the competition tonight? Many call this the trophy no-one wants to win in these early rounds - I'm sure David Moyes, Mark Hughes and Chris Hughton would disagree, though. Erm... wouldn't they?

Russell via text: "Toon fan here, still on cloud nine after Sundays demolition of Villa. If we don't win the league, I'll be pleased with the League Cup."

joelross17 on 606: "We can't lose tonight, not after what we did last season. It just can't happen."

1904: So, deemed by most as a dream draw when Tottenham were pulled out of the hat against Swiss minnows Young Boys back on 6 August, it proved little more than a nightmare for half an hour at the Stade de Suisse just over a week ago. Goals from Senad Lulic, Henri Bienvenu and Xavier Hochstrasser had the Londoners on the precipice and staring into the Champions League abyss - but the fact Spurs fought back through Sebastien Bassong and Roman Pavlyuchenko goals has, somehow, convinced many pundits they are favourites tonight. Not Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, though. "They are very dangerous opposition, they are leading and they are favourites," he said. Mind you, he did add: "Saying that, I'll think we'll win. If we play as we can we'll win the game, simple as that." Erm, simple. Really?

Jp, St Albans via text: "I can't beloved the amount of Spurs fans that think this is a walk over. Mark my words this will be Everton-Villarreal all over again."

Meerschaum_221B on 606: "Young Boys had great home support in the first leg which inspired a great performance.I think they'll lack that edge entering the White Hart Lane cauldron."

matthew on 606: "Get in there Young Boys. I predict a 2-0 victory for the Boys. Spurs should be easy to handle having disposed of Fenerbahce 1-0 away in Turkey in the last round."

boss Harry Redknapp starts with Jermain Defoe in attack despite the striker's impending groin operation, while Young Boys field the exact same starting XI that started last week.

HenryWhitfield on Twitter: "Let's hope the 'madness' of yesterday's Carling Cup and European ties comes out today! Spurs need a BIG result!"

ExFleet on 606: "Although I'm not a Spurs fan, I am old enough to know of Bill Nicholson's double-winning side of 1961. Sports headlines always spoke of 'White Hot Lane' and they weren't wrong."

1855: So, at the end of the day, you lot have absolutely no excuse not to get involved tonight in a big way. Be your passion Champions League, Carling Cup, or merely quoting random television 'celebrities' I want to hear from you. The usual avenues are open, so get chatting on 606, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), or get in touch via Twitter @sampatricklyon. Let's be having you.

1852: Oh yes - and as if I wasn't pumped enough about tonight already, there's only a whole bunch of other matches too. As well as four other Champions League play-off second-leg ties - upon which you can rely on Champions League Stevo for all the latest - we've got three beauties in the Carling Cup second round. Newcastle travel to Accrington Stanley, Everton host Huddersfield and Fulham welcome Port Vale. Basically, it's all set up to be an absolute cracker.

1849: Did I actually just quote Masterchef presenter Greg Wallace on a football commentary? Man I'm maverick.

1848: Good evening and welcome to what is potentially one of the biggest nights in Tottenham's recent history. Overcome Swiss outfit Young Boys tonight and they will enter the Champions League group stages for the first time in the club's history, lining up potential meetings with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan or Bayern Munich - oh yes, and bringing a shedload of cash into the club as well. Fail, and it will be relegation to the Europa League, the undoing of all last season's hard work and a hefty kick in the guts of the club's immediate ambitions both on and off the field. As Greg Wallace might say... Football doesn't get tougher than this.

1845: Tonight, for the first time in 48 years, Europe's premier cup competition finally returns to White Hart Lane. Since Bill Nicholson's side were knocked out of the semi-finals of the 1962 European Cup by a Eusebio-inspired and eventual winners Benfica, Tottenham have enjoyed some special nights as part of their European adventures but never in the one now referred to as the Champions League. That could all be about to change. It won't be easy - when is it with Tottenham? - but Spurs want their "Glory Glory" nights back. Excited?

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Champions Lge Qualifying results

25 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

  • Ajax2-1Dynamo Kiev
    FT (agg 3-2)
  • Auxerre2-0Zenit St P'sbg
    FT (agg 2-1)
  • FC Copenhagen1-0Rosenborg
    FT (agg 2-2) FC Copenhagen win on away goals rule
  • MSK Zilina1-0Sparta Prague
    FT (agg 3-0)
  • Tottenham4-0Young BoysFT (agg 6-3)

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