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By Jonathan Stevenson

2228: Apparently, Mario Balotelli had an "allergic reaction" of some sort tonight. The boy's box office, whichever way you look at it. Can't take your eyes off him. Anyway, it's time for me to go, so hope you had an enjoyable evening and well done for sticking with it. Hard core, you lot. Chris Bevan is back for the FA Cup on Saturday, hope you have fun - think of me while I'm at the City Ground watching Forest, won't you? I'm Jonathan Stevenson, see you soon.

Man City manager Roberto Mancini: "The match was good, we played well, but we made two mistakes for the goals and you can't make mistakes in games like this. Kiev is a good team, but the right result could be 2-1, maybe. They were stupid goals. We had control of the game. They played on the counter, so I'm frustrated."

From Kat, Spurs fan, still on cloud nine, on text: "Not one goal from a Prem player in Europe this week. What were the odds on that I wonder?"

Full time
Full-time Dynamo Kiev 2-0 Man City
Marc Vesty reports: "After winning four of their last five games Roberto Mancini will not have expected his side to be so comprehensively outplayed by Dynamo but his side now have it all to do at Eastlands after lacking ideas and energy in Kiev."

Full time
Full-time Braga 1-0 Liverpool
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Striker Andy Carroll made a difference for Liverpool but they are going to have to improve on the first leg showing against Braga if they hope to make it into the last eight of the Europa League."

Full time
Full-time PSV Eindhoven 0-0 Rangers
Andy Campbell reports: "Rangers claim a scoreless draw in Eindhoven after frustrating PSV. The Dutch side had the game's best chances with Marcus Berg and Marcelo missing the target with gilt-edged opportunities. Rangers almost took the lead when Kyle Bartley's header was saved by Andreas Isaksson. It's game on for the second leg at Ibrox next Thursday where a win for either side would send them through but a score draw with give PSV an away goals victory."

2214: Let's get a wrap on tonight from our match report writers, then. I'm currently embroiled in a Twitter "chat" with a Man City fan who doesn't think they were as bad as I made out tonight. I know...

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills: Manchester City are still are very good team of individuals, but they don't have cohesion, they don't anticipate things. They are very reactive, and that's because they are a work in progress."

From Mickyknox6 on Twitter: "Respect to the City fans who travelled all that way to stand in freezing cold and watch a very negative and poor performance."

Darren from west London, on text: "Stevo, what's all this talk about Premier League dominance? I think we all agree 2011 is the year where the 'gaps' are bridged."
Not sure about that. Plenty of time left still.

Europa League Macca: "It's been a wonderful night for Twente against 2008 winners Zenit. The Dutch side get a third goal in stoppage time through Luuk de Jong's second of the evening and will take a very handy 3-0 lead to Russia. Spartak's hopes are looking a tad better than their comrades as they somehow win 1-0 at Ajax. And Benfica have completed a Portuguese treble by coming from behind to win 2-1 at home to PSG."

2159: It's almost midnight in Kiev and there will be some pretty decent celebrations as it sinks in that Dynamo have really just handed Manchester City a lesson in how to play in Europe. It's got nothing to do with money whatsoever - Dynamo just wanted to win more tonight, is all.

2158: Full-time Dynamo Kiev 2-0 Man City

2156: Dynamo do nearly get that third as sub Milos Ninkovic is teed up 18 yards from goal, the low, accurate right-foot shot forcing another save from Joe Hart. He's had a busy night in the end, the England keeper.

2155: Into stoppage time in Kiev and there will be three minutes. City are all over the place - they must be praying Dynamo don't get a third goal.

Europa League Macca: "So, so close to a leveller for Ajax in injury time as Dikan tips a curling effort from Christian Eriksen onto the woodwork and out for a corner, from which the keeper double fists an inswinger to safety."

2153: Should've been 3-0. City get hit on the break and a fabulous first-time pass sends Oleh Gusev clean through on the left of the penalty area, the scorer of the second goal denied a Dynamo third by a fine Joe Hart save, the keeper coming out like lightning to narrow the angle.

2152: Andriy Shevchenko gets a standing ovation as he is withdrawn, as Milos Ninkovic comes on in the great goalscorer's place.

Europa League Macca: "Benfica have turned things around at home to PSG as Franco Jara puts them 2-1 in front with nine minutes remaining, firing in low from inside the area."

2150: Five minutes left in Kiev and Dynamo are doing the majority of the attacking, still. City simply cannot afford to concede another goal here.

2149: Oleh Gusev has a taste of the goalscoring action now and he runs directly at the City defence, who look like they are running in treacle. Gusev burns past a couple of them but Joleon Lescott does superbly to stay with him and the defender's deflection makes Gusev's left-foot shot easier to save for Joe Hart.

Yellow card
2146: Andriy Shevchenko carelessly gives the ball away, which hasn't happened much tonight, and Carlos Tevez is cynically fouled by Ayila Yussuf, who gets booked. Man City then take off Aleksandar Kolarov and send on winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Yellow card
2144: Carlos Tevez is booked for remonstrating with an official after disagreeing with a decision, but moments later he generates some space outside the Kiev box and flashes in a low right-foot that takes a deflection and forces the safe hands of Olexandr Shovkovskiy to save down to his right.

Europa League Macca: "Ajax have had 17 efforts on goal compared to Spartak's three but wouldn't be surprised if the Russians pinch another on the break. Still Ajax 0-1 Spartak, Benfica 1-1 PSG, FC Twente 2-0 Zenit with 10 to go."

Dynamo goal: It's such poor defending, it really is. A cross comes in from the Kiev right and Artem Milevskiy gets the flick on, the ball flying high into the air in the City penalty box. Micah Richards reacts far too slowly so Oleh Gusev takes advantage, controlling the ball on his chest and smashing a volley from eight yards into the top right-hand corner of Joe Hart's net. City are in serious trouble now.

2141: GOAL Dynamo Kiev 2-0 Man City (Gusev)

2140: About 15 minutes remaining at the Valeriy Lobanovskiy Stadium in Kiev and the score is still Dynamo 1-0 Man City, as it has been for an awfully long time. Can they fashion a way back into this tie?

Mo, Spurs fan from London, on text: "Stevo, I think the manager has to take a bit of responsibility when a player is so casual. Take Berbatov for example, Fergie has made him work hard yet still retain that casual streak."

2138: Better build-up from Man City down their left, but when Yaya Toure lifts the ball into the Dynamo box Alexandar Kolarov, who made good progress down the flank, was in an offside position. Carlos Tevez remains the key - City will get back into this game if he can inspire them.

2135: Goodness me that's a chance for City. Pablo Zabaleta scuffs a cross-shot from the right-hand angle of the Dynamo penalty area and it falls perfectly for David Silva seven yards out, but it falls for the Spaniard too quickly and he can't adjust his feet in time, directing a bobbling shot well wide.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills: "Everyone in the Dynamo team seems to be more technically accomplished on the ball than the City players. I don't understand why when you look at people like Dzeko, Toure, Silva, Tevez and so on - why is that the case?"

2132: The livewire Carlos Tevez runs forcefully at the Dynamo defence and he appears to be flattened on the edge of the box by Ayila Yussuf, who gets his big frame in the Argentine's way. Tevez wants a free-kick, but gets nothing. Soon after Joleon Lescott fizzes in a left-foot shot from 20 yards that Olexandr Sovkovskiy, who has been very impressive tonight, handles faultlessly.

Europa League Macca: "It's a terrific game in Amsterdam and Sulejmani beautifully Johan Cruyff's his marker before firing in a cross that Siem de Jong can't finish. The Dutch side are creating enough to be ahead but have got nobody there to finish them off. Spartak still 1-0 up."

2130: Yaya Toure is dispossessed inside the Dynamo half by Artem Milevskiy, the forward showing real desire to get back and make a tackle. City are probing a little more, but it's pretty even at the moment. If there's another goal tonight, it might just prove the killer either way.

From Calam, London, on text: "As an aspiring footballer it's painful to watch someone with the potential of Balotelli act so uninterested. He has no idea how many people would kill to be in his place."

2127: City look more dangerous in the Dynamo half, but the hosts are still getting into their box too easily. Andriy Yarmolenko picks a pass to Artem Milevskiy inside the penalty area and his low shot in-between a defender's legs is safely gathered in by Joe Hart.

Europa League Macca: "Twente are looking good for the last eight as Denny Landzaat doubles the Dutch side's lead against Zenit with a medium-range effort."

2124: Quality - Carlos Tevez has improved City immediately, as you'd expect. He does really well to get down the right and find a cross and when it is played back to the edge of the box it is Yaya Toure who hits a low side-footer towards the bottom right-hand corner, Olexandr Shovkovskiy getting down well to tip the ball behind.

Europa League Macca: "Ajax are made to pay for that miss as Spartak are level. It's a Brazilian special as well from Alex, who bobbles his way through a couple of half-tackles and then unleashes a left-footer into the far corner. There really was nothing wrong with that finish."

2122: I've worn contact lenses for the past 15 years and when you get it wrong they can seriously sting. But I'm convinced there's something worse going on with Mario Balotelli tonight. He is taken off and Carlos Tevez comes on in his place. Balotelli trudges off down the tunnel. Stranger and stranger.

Europa League Macca: "Spartak are looking a lot more positive in this half, but they really should be 2-0 down as Demy de Zeeuw is free as a bird in the area only to head straight at the keeper. Massive let-off."

Yellow card
2118: Edin Dzeko breaks forward for Man City and passes to Mario Balotelli and the Italian runs at the Dynamo defence, but after he over-runs the ball he leaves his foot in on Ayila Yussuf and the defender needs some treatment. Balotelli is in all sorts of trouble this evening, he's booked and he'll soon be coming off. It's hard not to think Robinho when you see a footballer with so much talent but such little attitude.

From SJD_17 on Twitter: "Balotelli definitely holds the record for the most casual approach to football ever."

2114: Lovely build-up again from Dynamo which ends with Andriy Shevchenko blazing a shot over Joe Hart's crossbar from about 20 yards. Mario Balotelli is back on, but after getting past one tackle he gives the ball away. What a maverick.

2112: Mario Balotelli has got a problem here, he's holding his face. The medical people are having a look at him, but no-one seems to know what the problem is. BBC Radio 5 live speculate it might be contact lenses. He's off the pitch, though it's hard to tell the difference such was his first-half lethargy.

2109: We've started the second half without Mario Balotelli - here he is, walking slowly back on to the pitch. Roberto Mancini has a face like absolute thunder. Give him 10 minutes, I reckon, then he'll be off. A law unto himself.

2109: Dynamo are good to go a couple of minutes before City, whose manager Roberto Mancini is ready and waiting way before his team come back out. Thankfully, the Italian has ditched his ridiculously unbecoming blue bobble hat, so let's hope that was the cause of City's less than impressive first half. I'm not sure how that would work, but here we go again... No, wait, no-one knows where Mario Balotelli is...

From Kevin, Leeds, on text: "Anyone else think Hart was asleep for the goal? Mind you he's in good company with Yaya and Dzeko having a nap."

2104: Furious messages trickling in about our boys' - up until now - woeful showing in the Europa League tonight. Keep 'em coming: tweet me directly @Stevo_football and/or tweet with the hashtag #BBCFootball or text on 81111.

From SwedishDave1986 on Twitter: "Shevchenko is showing Torres there is life after being an expensive Chelsea flop."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills: "I'm really disappointed in City. Dynamo have been on the front foot, they've passed it, they are more determined and more up for the game and City just haven't got into it at all."

Ben, Canterbury, on text: "I thought Liverpool were bad - then Manchester City kicked off... Great respect to Sheva for staying on his feet."

Europa League Macca: "Just before the break another chance for Ajax and nearly another De Jong on the scoresheet, but Siem's glancing header is kept out and it remains 0-0 at the break. Benfica have scored though as Maxi Pereira fires home a leveller at home to PSG, 1-1 now. Twente remain 1-0 ahead against Zenit."

Half time
2053: Half-time Dynamo Kiev 1-0 Man City
Marc Vesty's HT snapshot:
"The lead is nothing less than Dynamo Kiev deserve with Andriy Shevchenko and Andriy Yarmolenko controlling the game for the home side. City are lacking ideas up front and Roberto Mancini might be tempted to look to his bench for some inspiration. They need something."

2051: Lovely interchange from Dynamo Kiev - the difference between the two teams isn't that the hosts know how to play on this pitch, it's that they are trying - and succeeding - in playing some football. City just don't want to try. Artem Milevskiy fires another shot over from 18 yards.

2049: City have had some decent crossing positions today, especially from set-pieces, but they haven't worked the Dynamo defence anything like enough. Another cross is cleared by the first man - cardinal sin.

Europa League Macca: "Ajax really are knock, knock, knocking on the door of the Spartak goal. This time it's Muralem Sulejmani, once wanted by West Ham, who whips a free-kick with his wand of a left-foot just past the upright."

2047: Two decent positions for Gareth Barry down the City left, but from the first one Yevhen Kacheridi seems to push him over, with the ref waving play on, and from the second, inside the penalty box, Kacheridi does superbly to get a tackle in and clear the danger.

2045: Andriy Shevchenko truly is rolling back the years tonight. He does brilliantly to play a one-two and get into the City box and fair play to him - he gets past Vincent Kompany and could probably go down and win a penalty, but the legend stays on his feet and crosses and wins a corner. The set-piece is half-cleared to the edge of the area, where Sheva smashes a half-volley just over Joe Hart's crossbar. Top stuff.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills: "When City have Carlos Tevez in the team it makes a huge difference. He offers you tempo, he closes people down, he makes his team-mates work harder. Dzeko isn't doing it, Silva isn't doing it - it's easy for Dynamo to play the ball out of the back at the moment."

2042: Dynamo aren't letting Man City have the ball at the moment, which the home fans are quite enjoying. The visitors look disjointed - Roberto Mancini might have to sort a couple of things out at half-time.

Europa League Macca: "Excellent chance for Demy de Zeeuw as the ball lands in his path a few yards out, but his attempt at a volley gets more air than ball and Spartak escape. Aiden McGeady gets a rare snifter during a scramble at the other end. Still Ajax 0-0 Spartak."

2039: You know, this is a really good game of football. City are trying their best to get forward, but Dynamo look super lively when they break and from one such attack Artem Milsvskiy falls theatrically inside the City box, referee Florian Meyer rightly refusing to point to the spot. Surely he should be booked for that? It's cheating.

From supermez on Twitter: "Well that makes things interesting. How long will City stay with three defensive midfielders?"

Europa League Macca: "FC Twente take the lead at home to Zenit as Luuk de Jong - brother of Ajax's Siem - puts them in front against Zenit."

2033: Mario Balotelli hits a ridiculous free-kick from 40 yards (a shot) that dribbles to the edge of the Dynamo area and is easily cleared by the home team. He should be embarrassed by that - who does he think he is?

2032: Joe Hart looked like he had picked up an injury in challenging Andriy Shevchenko for that ball, but the England keeper is absolutely fine to continue. That's Sheva's 67th goal in European competition. Wow.

Dynamo goal: The great strikers are the ones who come alive inside the penalty area: step forward Andriy Shevchenko, who has just sent the locals wild with joy. Dynamo capitalise on a couple of minutes of pressure by taking the lead as Andriy Yarmolenko's devilish cross from the left wing is met by the outstretched right foot of Shevchenko, who gets there just before Joe Hart and prods into the City net.

2030: GOAL Dynamo Kiev 1-0 Man City (Shevchenko)

2027: That's a better effort from the Serb - Pablo Zabaleta forges forward for Man City and the ball drops favourably for Aleksandar Kolarov on the volley 18 yards out, the left-back catching it quite nicely but sending it straight at Olexandr Shovkovskiy. Either side and he might have been in business.

Europa League Macca: "Goal in Portugal but it's gone to the French side as Peguy Luyindula gives PSG a 14th-minute advantage."

2024: Man City win a free-kick 35 yards and it's Aleksandar Kolarov who wastes it, firing the ball straight at the Kiev goalkeeper. Do players not really practice set-pieces anymore, do you think?

Europa League Macca: "Spartak keeper Andriy Dikan looks like he could be in for a busy evening as Lorenzo Ebecilio is the latest Ajax player to test his alertness. The Moscow goalie comfortably palms over. 0-0 everywhere still."

2021: Dynamo are doing most of the pressing in Kiev, but so far they have been pretty ineffective and City are easily soaking up some pressure in the opening stages. Pablo Zabaleta, Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure are all playing as defensive midfielders, and that probably won't change for most of the night.

2018: By the way, please do feel free to get in touch. It'll be a long, cold night otherwise: send us a text to 81111, tweet me directly @Stevo_football and/or tweet with the hashtag #BBCFootball. Much obliged.

2016: Hmm... I wonder which of Simon and jogreen speaks Spanish and which chucked Cesc's chat into google translate... Anyway, Man City create the first half-chance of their own in Ukraine as David Silva slides a superb pass into the box for Micah Richards, who has burst forward from right-back, but keeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy rushes off his line to gather bravely.

From jogreen46 on Twitter: "Re Cesc: goal by Nilmar. Stone has made a great individual play. Great player."

From Simon, Hastings, on text: "Cesc said: 'What a brilliant goal by Nilmar. He created it all out of next to nothing. Great player.'"

Europa League Macca: "It sounds lively at Amsterdam ArenA and Siem de Jong has an early chance to raise the decibels another notch with a chance after just 51 seconds, but he scuffs his shot and it's easily saved."

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish: "The way we started the game, the first 35 minutes, we were terrible. To the boys credit they picked themselves up a bit in the second half. I think at 1-0 you have got a chance."

2008: Some early signs of good understanding between Andriy Shevchenko, Artem Milevskiy and Andriy Yarmolenko - they interchange neatly and the move ends with Milevskiy dragging a weak shot wide from 20 yards.

2006: Under way in Ukraine. If it's possible for somewhere to just look cold, it certainly does in Kiev.

From Sam in Newcastle, on text: "As a Newcastle fan I'm pleased that our former player did well tonight. Step forward Hugo Viana. Brilliant performance."

Europa League Macca: "Liverpool aside, it's been a fine night so far for the visiting sides. Porto will be firm, firm favourites to go through after Fredy Guarin earns them a slender-but-vital 1-0 lead away to CSKA Moscow."

Man City boss Roberto Mancini: "It is normal in this cold that the pitch is hard. Every game is different, I hope this time we can play better than in the first leg against Aris Salonika, the pitch is the same. Dynamo have a lot of experience, it will be a difficult game. Zabaleta and Gareth Barry will play in the middle together. I want a side that can control the game and is strong in the middle."

Europa League Macca: "The Russians and Dutch are well represented in the last 16 with three teams each - and we have a couple of head-to-heads at 2005 GMT. Ajax host Spartak Moscow and FC Twente face Zenit. The other match is a clash of two sides struggling domestically - PSG of France at Benfica of Portugal."

1959: I'm not fluent, but I think Cesc reckons Nilmar is awesome. Anyway, shall we focus on Dynamo Kiev v Man City? Kick off in Ukraine in six minutes.

Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas on Twitter: "Q golazo de Nilmar. De una piedra ha hecho una gran jugada individual. Gran jugador."

From Joel_Dawson9 on Twitter: "Carroll's introduction resulted in the 'Stoke' approach to football. All we need now is Delap to sign in the summer!"

1953: Full-time Braga 1-0 Liverpool

Europa League Macca: "Villarreal have done a right job on Leverkusen tonight and Nilmar has done much of the damage on the break and off the bench. The Brazilian does wonderfully well to control a through ball and then poke past the advancing keeper. All over: Leverkusen 2-3 Villarreal."

1951: Braga make a late change, all to try and eat up the clock. Though it's the Portuguese team who are at the moment ending the game on the front foot.

1950: Full-time PSV Eindhoven 0-0 Rangers

1949: Oof. Kaka goes up aerially with Andy Carroll and the Brazilian defender's elbow catches the striker. Looks nasty, and he might be a little lucky to stay on the pitch, Kaka. His namesake wouldn't condone it, that's for sure.

1947: Into injury time in the Netherlands and in Portugal too. Not the two worst games ever, but boy I hope we get more from Man City tonight.

1945: Liverpool's Glen Johnson slams a free-kick from 30 yards into the Braga wall and the Portuguese side are running down the clock a little bit at the Estadio Municipal.

From JamboJamesHMFC on Twitter: "Kyle Bartley is Arsenal's solution to their defensive problem. He hasn't put a foot wrong all game for Rangers."

1942: Raul Meireles can't get to an Alan ball from the Braga right quickly enough and it's that man Silvio who meets the ball 18 yards out, this time on his right foot, but he smashes it over the crossbar.

1939: No chances in Eindhoven, but that's a definite plus for Rangers. If they can get out of the Netherlands with a 0-0, risky as that is, I think Walter Smith would take it. PSV have just over five minutes plus stoppages to try and edge in front.

Europa League Macca: "The deadlock is broken in Moscow and it's been done so by the visitors. CSKA can't say they haven't been warned as Colombian Fredy Guarin scores with Porto's 15th effort of the evening."

1937: Sorry, scores update: Braga 1-0 Liverpool and PSV 0-0 Rangers.

1936: If away goals really are crucial in European competition, then Rangers and Liverpool are both in a bit of trouble. At least Liverpool are trying to nick a goal in their tie, though. Rangers are risking a lot.

From Alex, Cambs, on text: "Smladek, sadly it is against the laws to use your own player to climb to get an advantage!"

1933: Dirk Kuyt looks so much more comfortable playing off another striker, as he did with Luis Suarez on Sunday against Man United. He's had a much better time of it since Andy Carroll came on, but Liverpool still cannot find a way through. Braga take off Lima and send on the Cameroonian Albert Meyong.

1931: Braga seem to have survived the Andy Carroll-inspired incessant pressure from Liverpool and they are starting to have a bit more of the ball now. Just over 15 minutes to go - scores remain Braga 1-0 Liverpool and PSV 0-0 Rangers. Still got Dynamo Kiev v Man City to come.

Europa League Macca: "Crazy spell in Germany. Leverkusen have a goal chalked off for offside, Villarreal go up the other end and Nilmar puts the Spaniards in front after a touch of class and a slice of good fortune, but just over a minute later Gonzalo Castro turns inside and lashes in to level. 2-2."

From smladek on Twitter: "I don't know why most teams don't tell their players to use their team-mates to leap higher, it seems so obvious."

1926: What a chance for PSV. Balazs Dzsudzsak floats a cross to the far post where Marcelo meets it unmarked, four yards out, the defender somehow heading wide with the goal gaping. Rangers could not be more playing for a 0-0 in Eindhoven. They've parked the bus, but it could yet cost them.

1924: Nice control and shot from Dirk Kuyt on the edge of the Braga box after good work from Raul Meireles down the right - Kuyt chests it down and hits a sweet half-volley, but Artur fingertips over the bar. There's a Reds goal in the offing here.

Europa League Macca: "Mubarak has been walking a fine line with the referee and he is perhaps wisely withdrawn by Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido on the hour mark. Still goalless in Moscow."

1920: Joe Cole wants a penalty after smartly getting into the Braga box, but there's nothing doing there, before Andy Carroll hits a fierce left-foot shot from 15 yards that takes a deflection and sails over. Lots of questions, meanwhile, about why Carroll is wearing 29 - it's because Fernando Torres has already worn the number nine shirt for Liverpool in the Europa League this season, and Uefa is clearly more bothered about things like this than the Premier League.

1918: It'd be fair to say that Braga aren't quite sure how to handle Andy Carroll already. The big striker uses team-mate Martin Skrtel's shoulder to leap even higher as a corner comes in, but referee Serge Gumienny penalises the giant striker for a foul. He's livened things up, no mistake.

1917: Andy Carroll's had an impact already - his glancing header looks like it has put Dirk Kuyt through, but the Dutchman's touch is, er a touch heavy and goalkeeper Artur races from his line to clear the danger.

Europa League Macca: "Michael Ballack, who refused a place on the bench at the weekend, watches on from the stands as Leverkusen are again doing the pressing against Villarreal. The Spaniards are playing it dangerously with only a few marginal offside flags saving them."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Danny Mills in Kiev: "I think Roberto Mancini has left Tevez out in one or two European fixtures this season. Their style in the away legs tends to be defensive. Mancini will be more than happy with a 0-0 draw tonight. Dynamo Kiev are a very good side, it's very cold here, the pitch will be very hard and Dynamo will be much more used to the conditions so it will be very tricky."

1914: With nearly 57 minutes gone and little happening for Kenny Dalglish's men, the Scot throws on £35m striker Andy Carroll for his second appearance for Liverpool, in place of the largely ineffective Christian Poulsen.

Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City team news:
Marc Vesty reports: "Manchester City
boss Roberto Mancini makes two changes to the side that beat Wigan on Saturday. Captain and 21-goal top scorer Carlos Tevez is on the bench, replaced in the starting XI by Edin Dzeko - who scored twice against Aris Salonika in the last round. Aleksandar Kolarov comes in for Patrick Vieira. Andriy Shevchenko starts up front for Dynamo Kiev alongside danger man Artem Milevskiy, who already has six goals in the Europa League this season."

From Andre, Huddersfield, on text: "Stevo, no mention of Wenger's comments on the Uefa charges? The man has his faults, but he got this one spot on."
He may well be right, but he's in a lot of trouble too

1908: Desperately close to PSV taking the lead as Ola Toivonen slips a cute little pass into the box for Marcus Berg and his well-hit right-foot drive whistles a yard past the far post.

1907: Increased threat from Liverpool in the second half, Raul Meireles' free-kick being attacked by Sotirios Kyrgiakos and the Reds winning a corner, but that comes to nothing. Andy Carroll continues to warm up.

1905: Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City line-ups:
Dynamo Kiev:
Shovkovskiy, Danilo Silva, Khacheridi, Yussuf, Popov, Gusev, Vukojevic, Eremenko, Yarmolenko, Shevchenko, Milevskiy.
Subs: Koval, Betao, Garmash, Kravets, Ninkovic, Leandro Almeida, Guilherme.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta, Toure Yaya, Barry, Kolarov, Balotelli, Dzeko, Silva.
Subs: Taylor, Wright-Phillips, Boateng, Vieira, Tevez, De Jong, Boyata.
Referee: Florian Meyer (Germany)

Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City scene-setter:
Marc Vesty reports:
"Temperatures could plummet to -4 in the Ukrainian capital tonight but City will hope to avoid being frozen out by a Kiev side unbeaten at home in Europe since December 2009. Roberto Mancini will shuffle his pack as City's expensively assembled squad face a fifth game in 15 days. Kiev have form, sitting second in their domestic league and unbeaten in all competitions since November, they also have a striker with a point to prove in former Chelsea flop Andriy Shevchenko."

1902: Back under way first in Eindhoven as PSV and Rangers resume at 0-0, before Braga and Liverpool get their second 45 minutes started, the Portuguese side leading 1-0.

1900: Quick reminder that we've still got Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City to come at 2005 GMT. Full team news chat on the way, but Carlos Tevez being on the bench can be your starter for 10.

1858: Do drop us a line. A minute's endeavour for, er, two minute's enjoyment. You can text 81111, you can tweet me directly @Stevo_football and/or you can tweet with the hashtag #BBCFootball Also, a reminder you can follow PSV Eindhoven v Rangers with Keir Murray's live text commentary.

From Karim, on text: "Toxteth the hour, Toxteth the man, this is Andy Carroll's chance to rescue a draw! I know he is a sub but let's get him on."

From RMtheconspiracy on Twitter: "Re 1838: Stevo, that strike was so good, had it gone in, Liverpool should have handed the tie to Braga - awesome technique."

Europa League Macca: "Leverkusen are made to pay for wastefulness in front of goal and slackness at the back as Villarreal go in level. Still goalless at the break in Moscow, but chances for both sides. CSKA have shaded things but the Porto defence has held out against Honda and co so far."

Half time
Half-time Braga 1-0 Liverpool
Mandeep Sanghera's HT snapshot: "It could have been worse than a 1-0 goal deficit going into the break for Liverpool. The Reds are struggling to keep hold of the ball in order to engineer any sort of goal threat. Made for Carroll to come on and hold up the play."

1846: Good bit of pressure from Liverpool towards the end of the 45 minutes, but aside from a header that loops into the arms of Artur, they haven't tested Braga with a serious shot on goal in the entire first half.

1844: Too many fouls in Portugal at the moment, the game isn't being allowed to flow at all. Hugo Viana slams in another ambitious free-kick from about 35 yards, but it's a routine save low down for a keeper as good as Pepe Reina.

Europa League Macca: "Villarreal have hardly threatened but Giuseppe Rossi gets a sniff of goal and he opens his body to finish beautifully with his trusty left peg."

From Robi1993 on Twitter: "The prospect of seeing Carroll in action is the only reason why I haven't switched off my TV yet."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1838: That might have been a contender for goal of the season. The ball from the Braga right is half-cleared by Liverpool and it drops out of the sky 25 yards out on to the left foot of Silvio, who catches the sweetest volley you could possibly imagine, the ball crashing against Pepe Reina's crossbar before the Spaniard had even finished his dive. I know what you're thinking - it probably wasn't that good. Honestly it was.

Europa League Macca: "Leverkusen are deservedly ahead through a fine strike from Michal Kadlec. Giuseppe Rossi loses possession and Kadlec is left open down the left to unleash a low left-foot strike from 20-odd yards that flies in the far corner. Humdinger."

1835: He's a player, this boy. Jeremain Lens shows great feet to get into the Rangers box in Eindhoven, but the shot from just inside the box is narrowly over the bar.

Yellow card
1834: Christian Poulsen is in the book in Braga for a foul on the edge of the Liverpool area on Leandro Salino, who took a very lively tumble as he made sure of the free-kick. Hugo Viana smashes it goalwards, but it crashes into Jay Spearing and flies away to safety.

1833: More than half an hour gone in the Netherlands and Rangers have done hardly any attacking. They are, however, still 0-0 - which I imagine they would love to still be the case in an hour. In Portugal, Liverpool need to get Andy Carroll on - possibly at half-time. They look a bit toothless right now.

Europa League Macca: "Leverkusen are on top at present in Germany and have the ball in the net through Sam, but the lively forward strays offside and it's chalked off."

1828: Bit more space now as Liverpool press, and after Raul Meireles fails to pick out Dirk Kuyt inside the Braga box the hosts counter with pace, and only a solid interception from Martin Skrtel denies Paulo Cesar a shooting chance.

1826: ... Eurgh. Low, into the wall. Horrible waste of time.

Yellow card
1825: Much better from Liverpool, Joe Cole showing great feet to get away from Kaka and the Brazilian defending bringing the midfielder down. Free-kick to the Reds, playing in black, about 30 yards out...

From rohit_united on Twitter: "Have to say, Kyrgiakos's defending is as complicated as his name."

1821: Great noise in Portugal, the home fans buoyed by their side taking the lead. Liverpool's influence on the game is slowly starting to grow, but they couldn't half do with an away goal now to take back to Anfield next week.

1819: Couple of hairy moments for Rangers in the Netherlands as recalled keeper Neil Alexander first races from goal to deny Marcus Berg and then flaps at a corner which duly sails behind for a goalkick. Lucky boy.

Braga goal: Really soft way to go behind, but Liverpool can have few complaints - they haven't got going at all yet. The ever dangerous Mossoro gets into the Reds box and Sotirios Kyrgiakos gets his tackle all wrong, bringing the midfielder down. It's a definite penalty and Alan steps up to coolly slot into the bottom right-hand corner of Pepe Reina's net.

1817: GOAL Braga 1-0 Liverpool (Alan)

Might have one now, to be fair...

1815: Neat exchange of passes in the Liverpool half from Braga, with Mossoro at the heart of it, but some strong defending on the edge of the Reds box from Sotirios Kyrgiakos means the hosts still cannot get a shot in. My kingdom for a shot. Anywhere.

1813: PSV are still looking more dangerous in Holland, but aside from a couple of balls into the box from Balszs Dzsudzsak, Rangers are quite comfortably keeping them at bay at present.

From Luke, happy Hammer, on text: "Sorry Stevo, but there is absolutely no way Liverpool will score tonight. The same goes for Braga. Got the rest of your predictions spot on though."

1809: Braga are keeping the ball pretty comfortably at the moment, it has to be said, and when Liverpool get it they keep gifting it straight back to the hosts. Look, I'm not saying it's Barcelona v Arsenal all over again, but just an early note to make.

1807: There are about 800 Liverpool fans inside the Estadio Municipal, all of whom are seeing Jamie Carragher overtake Ryan Giggs as the highest-appearance maker in European competition for a Brit with his 138th game tonight. Until Giggs plays for United next week in the Champions League, that is. Probably.

From djdobbo on Twitter: "Bold predo there, Stevo. Don't see Liverpool scoring three, but a Carroll hat-trick from the bench would be lovely, ta."

1803: PSV and Braga have had most of the early play, but neither team has created a chance yet. Steady stuff from Rangers and Liverpool so far, having a look at their opponents.

1800: Portuguese outfit Braga are the first to kick off as they take on Liverpool, and a few seconds later we're under way in the Netherlands too as PSV take on Rangers.

1800: Stevo's Predos:
SC Braga 1-3 Liverpool
PSV Eindhoven 2-1 Rangers
Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Man City

Europa League Macca: "Aside from Liverpool and Rangers, there are two other games kicking off at the rather unsociable hour of 1800 GMT. They're not half bad mind: Leverkusen - presently second in the Bundesliga - host Villarreal, who are currently sinking in Spain, while Porto, winners of this competition (of sorts) in 2003, travel to 2005 champs CSKA Moscow."

From Bert, London, on text: "Estadio Municipal, overshadowed by a vast quarry, is the perfect stage for one of King Kenny's unforgettable European nights."

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish: "Braga started off in the Champions League and they've had some excellent results at home, but they've not played us yet so hopefully we can put a stop to it. We'll always respect the opposition and they are a good side, but we have to get our house in order and I'm sure the result at the weekend [beating Man Utd 3-1] improved the mood in the dressing-room. It's a big game for us."

From Dinnyboy09 on Twitter: "Liverpool need to come out of the blocks all guns blazing. Let's bring something back to Anfield. YNWA."

PSV Eindhoven v Rangers team news:
Andy Campbell reports: "PSV
dangermen Jeremain Lens and Ola Toivonen both start in Eindhoven. "Rangers have changed goalkeeper with Neil Alexander starting and Allan McGregor dropping to the bench. Elsewhere, Kyle Hutton earns a rare start in midfield and Kyle Lafferty returns from injury, John Fleck and David Healy dropping to the bench."

Braga v Liverpool team news:
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Liverpool striker Andy Carroll may be fit again from a thigh injury but he is on the bench against Braga. Dirk Kuyt spearheads the Reds attack and playmaker Joe Cole, along with midfielders Christian Poulsen and Jay Spearing, makes the starting line-up. Steven Gerrard is missing with a groin injury and forward Luis Suarez is ineligible. Braga beat Benfica to end the national record 18-match winning streak of their rivals on Sunday and, although midfielder Alan picked up a stomach injury in the victory, he plays."

1745: Lots to pack in, as always, but your A-game chat is very much top of my wish list, so get bantering. You can text to 81111, you can tweet me directly @Stevo_football and you can tweet with the hashtag #BBCFootball to boot. Like shelling peas, only easier.

PSV Eindhoven v Rangers scene-setter:
Andy Campbell reports:
"This is the first time in four years Rangers have faced a first leg away from home in knock-out European competition and they be will looking to take something back to Glasgow for next week's return leg. But Walter Smith's men are up against the team riding high at the top of the Dutch league and the Rangers manager has admitted toppling PSV will be a tougher task than overcoming Sporting in the previous round. These sides last met in season 1999-2000's Champions League group stages, Rangers winning home and away."

Braga v Liverpool scene-setter
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "If Liverpool need any idea of the danger Braga pose they should look at Arsenal and Celtic. A defeat at the home of the Portuguese side played a huge part in the Gunners not finishing top of their Champions League group and drawing a Barcelona side who knocked them out in the last 16, while Celtic have also lost at the Estadio Municipal de Braga this season. Liverpool are unbeaten in 12 outings in Europe this season but have not won in their last six visits to Portugal - the last time being a victory over Benfica on the way to winning the 1984 European Cup."

1740: Braga v Liverpool line-ups:
Artur Moraes, Miguel Garcia, Kaka, Rodriguez, Silvio, Leandro Salino, Hugo Viana, Alan, Mossoro, Paulo Cesar, Lima.
Subs: Cristiano, Paulao, Helder Barbosa, Meyong, Dani, Peterson, Anibal.
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Johnson, Poulsen, Lucas, Spearing, Meireles, Cole, Kuyt.
Subs: Gulacsi, Pacheco, Maxi, Wilson, Ngog, Carroll, Flanagan.
Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)

1738: PSV v Rangers line-ups:
Isaksson, Manolev, Marcelo, Bouma, Pieters, Hutchinson, Engelaar, Dzsudzsak, Toivonen, Berg, Lens.
Subs: Cassio, Rodriguez, Vukovic, Koevermans, Wuytens, Bakkal, Zeefuik.
Rangers: Alexander, Foster, Weir, Bartley, Bougherra, Whittaker, Lafferty, Edu, Davis, Hutton, Diouf.
Subs: McGregor, Fleck, Healy, Weiss, Wylde, Cole, Hemmings.
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)

From tomwfootball on Twitter: "You misspelled Mickey. Other than that, a magnificent start."
Haha. I did too. Ooh look, my taxi's here.

1735: Three games involving British teams tonight, so the BBC will be concentrating on this sequence of events:
1800 GMT: SC Braga v Liverpool
1800 GMT: PSV Eindhoven v Rangers
2005 GMT: Dynamo Kiev v Man City
Don't think Europa League Macca won't be getting his big frame involved to tell us what's going on elsewhere on the continent, though. Don't you dare.

1733: No, this isn't the "big sell". I'd have thought the fact that the likes of Carlos Tevez, Andriy Shevchenko, Nene, Fabio Coentrao, Christian Eriksen, Jeremain Lens, Radamel Falcao, Keisuke Honda, Andy Carroll and Nilmar are all involved would mean it doesn't even need selling. I'm Jonathan Stevenson, welcome to the last 16 of the Europa League - the tournament that some are still steadfastly calling the Uefa Cup. The heathens.

1730: Sixteen big clubs, who between them have a trophy haul that almost beggars belief. Check out this cheeky little booty:
League titles: 242
FA Cup (or equivalent): 165
European titles: 41

Try telling them they're only playing for the Mickey Mouse Cup - somehow I'm not sure they'd agree with you.

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