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Europa final plus League One play-off as it happened

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By Chris Whyatt

2255: And that's that. Exhilarating. Thanks for your company these past few hours. Get some decent R&R in, won't you. You'll need it, because there's plenty more play-off mayhem to come. Ciao...

2253: Quick word from victorious Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas - just 33! - before we say our goodbyes? "This has a huge emotional impact for us. Round after round, we kept believing more. Porto becomes an even more special club, even more unique. It adds another trophy, which is important and builds its future."

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Davros183 on Twitter: "Feel bad for the Cherries, it's a shame anyone had to lose that enthralling match. Next year Bournemouth, but congrats Tykes!"

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Stu from Manchester texts on 81111: "I suggest the Championship make extra space for both teams. They both deserve to go up. This is a staggering illustration of the beautiful game."

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark on Sky: "It's very special to win. I feel desperately sorry for Bournemouth, they're a terrific side. There's not much between us. This atmosphere tonight was as good as anything I've experienced. The fear factor for me was letting our owner down. He's been magnificent. This is my most special night in football."

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Tom in Rugby texts on 81111: "Best game of the season by miles!"

2242: Peterborough or MK Dons await Huddersfield in the play-off final at Old Trafford. Still there? Gonna skim through some of your thoughts now before we wrap...

Huddersfield's Gary Roberts on Sky: "It's a special night. There wasn't much time to think when we went a goal down [for the first time in the tie] in extra time. With the sending off we looked to push on. There was only going to be one winner."

Full time
HUDDERSFIELD REACH THE LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL!

HUDDERSFIELD to seal it... GOAL! (Kay) 4-2

BOURNEMOUTH to stay in it?... GOAL! (Cooper) 3-2

HUDDERSFIELD... GOAL! (Kilbane) 3-1

BOURNEMOUTH... MISSES! (Robinson) 2-1

HUDDERSFIELD to lead?... GOAL! (Ward) 2-1

BOURNEMOUTH... SAVED! (Feeney) 1-1

HUDDERSFIELD next... GOAL! (Novak) 1-1

BOURNEMOUTH first up... GOAL! (Sykes) 0-1

2227: This is a lottery, so the cliche goes. Is it? I'm undecided. Nerve and skill certainly a factor though. Here we go...

Whistle
HUDDERSFIELD AND BOURNEMOUTH GOES TO PENALTIES!

2221: That's the most ridiculous goalmouth scramble I've ever seen. But Bournemouth survive. Don't know how. Then Daniel Ward shanks wide. Hearts dangling out of Cherrie mouths.

2219: Ever played a 120-minute football match? These players must be shattered. Seconds from the end. The beginning of the end, I should say. Two minutes of added time. Men down, cramping up. Great atmosphere...

2218: Wonder if Porto are watching this in deepest Dublin? Hope so...

2216: Cleared well. Three minutes until penalties.

2214: Ugly tackle. He knew it. Studs too high as he clattered through Kevin Kilbane. Cigarette paper between Bournemouth's proverbial backs and the wall now. Corner for corner specialists Huddersfield...

Red card
RED CARD! BOURNEMOUTH'S JASON PEARCE SENT OFF

2211: Those who can tune into BBC One South will be thrilled to hear that you can watch TV highlights of this match tonight: 2245-2315 BST. This tie will be decided by then, I can guarantee you. Just.

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener at the Galpharm: "Cherries subs Symes and Pugh combined for teenager Ings to nod in but Huddersfield responded yet again. What a game. And how cruel it would be for either side to lose from here."

Huddersfield goal: Words not enough. Gary Roberts lashes a meaty sandwich of a corner across for Antony Kay - who's leaping like a high jump-addicted salmon - to crash an unstoppable header into the roof of the net. Keep the predictions coming out there. Crazy.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
GOAL! HUDDERSFIELD 3-3 [4-4] BOURNEMOUTH (Kay)

Bournemouth goal: The Cherries deftly work space for Mark Pugh to whip in a tasty cross from the left wing. Danny Ings, all unmarked, nods in. Where will the drama end? When will the drama end?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
GOAL! HUDDERSFIELD 2-3 [3-4] BOURNEMOUTH (Ings)

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2156: Sorry. But Bournemouth's Steve Lovell has been On Fire in Yorkshire. Yet there'll be no hat-trick heroics, as he's replaced in the fifth minute of extra-time by Michael Symes.

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener at the Galpharm: "An absolute belter here. 360 minutes of play has failed to separate these sides all season. Can an extra 30?"

2150: Unconfined joy for Porto. Helton launches the Europa League trophy towards the heavens. Bem feito.

2149: Some horrendous wailing, masquerading as music, over the Tannoy at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as Braga limply collect their losers medals. Porto float up the stairs. There's Uefa president Michel Platini. Slaps backs. Nice work. The moment is nearly upon us...

Whistle
2145: Not content with already providing 90 minutes of memorable entertainment at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield and Bournemouth will provide at least 30 minutes more of nerve-jangling, end-to-end action as the League One play-off semi-final goes into extra-time. If you've got a hat, you might just want to hold on to it. First-half of extra time under way...

2143: So Andre Villas-Boas become the youngest coach ever to win a Uefa club competition. Unlike the previous holder of that record, Gianluca Vialli, he's never played professional football. You're going to be hearing a lot more of him. A star is born. Agree?

2140: We'll sweep up some reaction from Dublin like Beckenbauer in his pomp, but the focus of our attention must turn now to Huddersfield's League One semi-final play-off with Bournemouth - where we have just reached 90 minutes of normal time. Ref blows his whistle. We've got extra time in Yorkshire. Don't move a muscle.

Full time
PORTO BEAT BRAGA 1-0 TO WIN THE EUROPA LEAGUE!

2135: Awful attempted cross from Silvio. Porto fail with keep-ball attempt. Braga chuck another half-chance in the bin. Last seconds.

2133: Big pump down field from Braga's keeper Artur but Silvio cannot hook it back from the bye-line. They haven't showed up. Shame. Into added time now. Villas-Boas dancing along the touchline with anguish...

2131: Hope fading as that poor corner fails to beat 'the first man'. Last chance saloon a crowded bar now for the underdogs. Deafening noise from Porto fans. Still all square in Yorkshire.

2129: Porto nearly there. They could be on for the Treble. Wonder how long Villas-Boas could resist the lure of bigger clubs, with no disrespect to his current employers, if that happens? Been linked with Chelsea and Inter etc. Belluschi nearly seals it from distance. Just over. Braga corner. Hope...

2126: Over to the 'Scorcher in Yorkshire' [(c) Nick in Reigate]... and we've more histrionics on the touchline from Lee Clark as Benik Afobe skews a fantastic opportunity high above the crossbar from 10 yards. The intensity is cranked right up to teeth-chattering levels right now at the Galpharm - this game could easily go either way. Almost impossible to call. Anyone care to call it?

2124: Referee Carlos Carballo would be entitled to file some overtime forms with Uefa tomorrow. Busy man tonight. Dipping hand into top pocket frequently, though sometimes leaving cards inside. Woeful free-kick from Hulk. Miles out. More like a goal kick that.

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener at the Galpharm: "Steve Lovell, half-brother of ex-Cherries manager Eddie Howe, has raised the stakes at the Galpharm Stadium with two well-taken goals. Having spent much of the season on the treatment table, he has rescued Bournemouth twice tonight."

2118: About 15 minutes left in Dublin. More than 45,000 present. Can Braga force extra time? That's what we'll have in Huddersfield if no more goals come in the next 15 minutes or so. Nothing decided yet.

2115: Certainly not dire in Yorkshire. Not quite 'Thriller in Manilla' territory, as labels go. Wish we could say the same about events in Dublin, but it's still one for the purists. Lots of gamesmanship. Decent leap by Paulo Cesar, who heads just over. Ah. But he was offside anyway. Fredy Guarin off for Porto, Fernanado Belluschi on.

Bournemouth goal: Wow. Steve Lovell turns into Ryan Giggs as he collects a pass on the edge of the area, beats one defender with his first touch on his left foot, his second is too good for outrushing goalkeeper Ian Bennett, and his third rifles into the back of the net from an acute angle 10 yards out. Quite, quite brilliant. "You won't see many better goals than that," says BBC Radio 5 live sports extra summariser Craig Short. Not half.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
GOAL! HUDDERSFIELD 2-2 [3-3] BOURNEMOUTH (Lovell)

2107: Talking of that League One semi-final play-off... Gary Naysmith just opened up the Bournemouth defence with a mazy run, but the ball doesn't quite fall on his favoured right foot. He duly squares the ball unselfishly from the edge of the six-yard box for Jordan Rhodes, though the striker shoehorns his shot over the crossbar. Cue disbelieving faces on the pitch and in the stands. A very entertaining, open half is keeping everyone entertained inside the Galpharm.

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Joe from Peterborough texts on 81111: "Surely the most interested attendee at Huddersfield is Fergie Jr. Just not premature we hope..."

2100: Ubiquitous Hulk imploring Porto's fans to roar themselves hoarse(r). Bit more passing now in Dublin. All taking place in the midfield though. Still feisty. Yellow card for Mossoro, who tried to persuade the ref to book Moutinho. Karma?
Yellow card

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener at the Galpharm: "Bournemouth have less than 45 minutes to keep their season alive. Expect to see veteran striker/assistant manager Steve Fletcher introduced before long if they remain behind."

2056: Villas-Boas will be 33 years and 213 days old if Porto do win tonight. He still will be if they don't - but you get my point. The youngest coach so far to win a Uefa club competition was player/manager Gianluca Vialli, who won the Cup Winner's Cup with Chelsea in 1998. He, Infostrada tell me, was 33 years and 308 days.

2053: Braga, in red, on the front foot for the first time in the match. Villas-Boas - donning a smart overcoat - rises to his feet flashing standard 'vaguely-concerned' football manager look. Game on.

Whistle
2049: Crazy. Seconds into the second half. Porto fast asleep, substitute Mossoro skips free... he's one-on-one... but can only shoot into the legs of birthday boy Helton. Waste.

2048: Erm. Enjoy that Anglo-Portuguese goal deluge trilogy? Braga must de-clinck the shackles now, surely. Too negative in that first half. Here's Mossoro actually, who should add greater attacking threat. Hugo Viana off. Rodriguiz, who was perhaps culpable for the goal, also makes way for Kaka. Not the Kaka. You knew that.

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Andy Rumens on Twitter: "Andre Villas-Boas on course to win the Europa League like his mentor Jose Mourinho, albeit with much more style and class."

Huddersfield goal: Did I say it's gone quiet in west Yorkshire? The Galpharm decibel levels are at ear-splitting levels as Danny Ward produces a sumptuous left-footed finish from the edge of the box past the sprawling dive of the beaten Jalal. What a time to score as referee Neil Swarbrick blows his whistle for half-time seconds after Bournemouth restart the game. Incredible.

2039: Coming up for air?

HALF-TIME: HUDDERSFIELD 2-1 [3-2] BOURNEMOUTH
Half time

HALF-TIME (EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL): PORTO 1-0 BRAGA

GOAL! HUDDERSFIELD 2-1 [3-2] BOURNEMOUTH (Ward)
Goooooooaaaaaaaaal

Bournemouth goal: A very useful run by Adam Smith is prematurely ended by a clumsy challenge inside the box by Peter Clarke, two-footed without the malice, but it definitely merits a yellow card and penalty. Up steps Steve Lovell, who absolutely hammers an unstoppable spot-kick straight down the middle with Ian Bennett nowhere to be seen. You don't save those. Game on - and it has suddenly gone very quiet in west Yorkshire.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
GOAL! HUDDERSFIELD 1-1 [2-2] BOURNEMOUTH (Lovell)

Porto goal: Really simple. Fredy Guarin breaks down the right wing to whip a cross onto the unchallenged head of Falcao, who nods in his 17th goal of season's Europa League campaign. A-B-C. That easy. To Yorkshire people...

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
GOAL! PORTO 1-0 BRAGA (Falcao)

2029: Attrition rules. Crowd still in fine voice. Hang on...

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener at the Galpharm: "Huddersfield's pressure has finally told. The Cherries dug deep on Saturday to bounce back and they have just over an hour to do so again. By the way, there are some interested spectators in the directors box just in front of me - including Peter Jackson, Phil Parkinson, Alan Knill and Chris Hughton."

2020: Alvaro Pereira trying to unpick the heavy-security Braga safe down the left flank, but he's hustled out of a foray to the bye-line. No real chances to tell you about in Dublin. Calm before the storm?

Huddersfield goal: Boom! The home faithful are in raptures as Gary Roberts' viscious in-swinging left-footed corner finds Lee Peltier among a bundle of players as the defender powers an unstoppable header from six yards - deflected via the last man on the line - and into Shwan Jalal's net. That's Peltier's fifth goal of the season, one which sees manager Lee Clark go absolutely ballistic on the sidelines.

2016: Details of that goal to come - but need to tell you that Silvio has just seen yellow for a very heavy challenge from behind on Hulk. Could have been red. Freight train-like.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
GOAL! HUDDERSFIELD 1-0 [2-1] BOURNEMOUTH (Peltier)

2011: Remember Hugo Viana, formerly of Newcastle? Putting in some heavy challenges around the pitch as Braga continue their lack-of-charm offensive. Totally understandable defensive tactics, though, given Porto's might. Festival of free-kicks.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra summariser Craig Short at the Galpharm Stadium: "Anton Robinson is the key for Bournemouth in midfield - he is starting to get a grip in the middle. Bournemouth have got a real foothold on this game at the moment."

2004: Scrappier than a metal merchants right now - but what else can you expect with such a prize at stake? Hulk once again floats a dead ball across for Falcao, but his header floats away from goal into the night. Vandinho looking to threaten for Braga, who are struggling to get hold of the ball while defending deep.

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Anonymous texts on 81111: "Otamendi, Falcao and perhaps Hulk to be playing for world-class teams before long. All top quality."

2002: Huddersfield quickly into their stride as Gary Roberts makes space in the box to get off a decent effort that's easily dealt with by Shwan Jalal. The hosts really look pumped - but Bournemouth have weathered the early storm and fashion a chance of their own through Danny Ings, though the nippy forward drags his effort wide after a driving run. Back across the Irish Sea to Dublin...

1959: Which Braga clear with ease. What's happening in Yorkshire, one wonders?

1957: Typo alert: Porto's strikers, Hulk and Falcao, have 71 goals between them this season - not 41. Sorry about that. Here's Hulk whipping in a corner...

1954: And a clear opening for Porto as Hulk muscles his way past Silvio and Paulo Cesar from the wing before lashing a shot past the post. 'Muscles' was lazy. Braga offered all the resistance of wet tissue paper.

1951: Big early chance for Braga, but Custodio - unmarked after springing the Porto offside trap - crashes a half-volley wide with plenty of time and space to set himself. Tempers flaring a little now.

1948: Quiet start on the pitch. Not in the stands. Porto unbeaten this season on their way to being crowned champions; 27 wins out of 30 matches. They beat Braga twice too. Bit of spring sun in Ireland.

Whistle
1945: Bang on time. Full house. We're off...

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1941: Porto's strikers, Hulk and Falcao, have 71 goals between them this season. Prolifically prolific. Braga huge underdogs. Anyone think the Europa League doesn't matter?

1938: Oceans of juicy context to swim in ahead of kick off, which is about seven minutes away. Porto finished 38 points ahead of Braga in the Primeira Liga. Guess that makes them favourites, no? Also, the clubs - playing 800 miles from home tonight - are based only 30 miles apart in northern Portugal. That's kind of Liverpool-Manchester distance. Talking of which, here's Ronnie Whelan carrying the big brash silver vase of a chunky trophy into the noisy arena...

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JCarr7003 on Twitter: "I'm going to squint when I watch this game, so I can imagine its the blue and white of SWFC rather than Porto."

HUDDERSFIELD v BOURNEMOUTH TEAMS IN FULL
Huddersfield: Bennett, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Kay, Naysmith, Roberts, Kilbane, Peltier, Ward, Rhodes, Afobe.
Subs: Colgan, Gudjonsson, Cadamarteri, Arfield, McCombe, Lee, Novak.
Bournemouth: Jalal, Smith, Pearce, Cooper, Wiggins, Feeney, Hollands, Robinson, McDermott, Lovell, Ings.
Subs: Thomas, Pugh, Arter, Symes, Baudry, Cummings, Fletcher.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener at the Galpharm Stadium: "Some late afternoon sunshine poking through the fluffy clouds here in West Yorkshire - but the sun will definitely be setting on either Huddersfield or Bournemouth's season tonight. The sides are locked at 1-1 after the first leg of this League One play-off semi-final - and with away goals NOT counting double at any stage, the match is intriguingly poised. In fact, with two draws between these sides during the regular season, it's been nip and tuck for the 270 minutes they have contested so far. And it could be another 120 tonight - penalties will loom if they still can't be separated."

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ChristianAtkinson on Twitter: "Wait, Villa-Boas is from Stockport? I say we give him the England job and claim he's English. Footballers do that, right?"

FC PORTO v BRAGA TEAMS IN FULL
FC Porto: Helton, Sapunaru, Rolando, Otamendi, Pereira, Guarin, Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Hulk, Falcao, Varela.
Subs: Beto, Maicon, Belluschi, Walter, James Rodriguez, Souza, Ruben Micael.
Braga: Artur Moraes, Miguel Garcia, Paulao, Rodriguez, Silvio, Custodio, Hugo Viana, Vandinho, Alan, Lima, Paulo Cesar.
Subs: Cristiano, Kaka, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa, Meyong, Echiejile, Leandro Salino.
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

1914: Line-ups are in...

BBC World Service's Richard Fleming at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin: "Interest from some surprising quarters for this Europa League final, including Japan, Iran... and Sudan. Porto fans out here in numbers, though Braga reportedly returned some of their allocation. Occasion been overshadowed the past few days with the visit of Queen Elizabeth. Road closures, check-points and a vice-like police presence. Fans wisely kept a low profile."

1909: Seriously though, what a story. When Villa-Boas was a fluent English-speaking teenager [his grandmother hails from Stockport] he used to live in the same apartment block as the late Sir Bobby Robson. The former England boss helped him on the path to all his coaching badges. Fully qualified, Jose Mourinho then took him under his wing a few years later - and the rest, via Chelsea and Inter, is history. Do get in touch hashtag #BBCFootball via that Twitter lark in the next few hours, or text us on 81111. We'll also be keeping you abreast of Bournemouth's trip to Huddersfield for the second leg of the League One semi-final play-off, which is delicately poised at 1-1.

1905: So. Como você está? Welcome to this all-Portuguese Europa League final between Porto and Braga, where Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas - yep, the one everyone's calling the 'new Jose Mourinho' - will become the youngest coach to win a Uefa club competition should they triumph in Dublin. This might make you think anything is possible in life; hope so. But it could well make you weep: he's 33!

1900: Olá e bem-vindas. Hope you're excited. I am. We could, after all, be about to witness the footballing equivalent of a 12-year-old prodigy gaining a first-class honours degree at Oxford University...



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see also
Porto v Braga
18 May 11 |  Europe
Unbeaten Porto clinch 25th title
03 Apr 11 |  Europe
Porto & Braga reach Europa final
05 May 11 |  Europe
Portuguese clubs eye Europa final
15 Apr 11 |  Europe
Europa wins for Porto and Benfica
28 Apr 11 |  Europe
Lansdowne Road to host Uefa final
29 Jan 09 |  Irish


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