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By Phil Dawkes

2219: That is pretty much all from me for this engrossing night of Europa League football. Congratulations to Stoke, Fulham, Celtic and Birmingham. Commiserations to Tottenham. Make sure you're back here on Saturday from 1000 GMT on Saturday when Tom Rostance will be kicking off our live text on the day's domestic fixtures. I'll see thee.

Full time
FULL-TIME Birmingham 2-2 Club Brugge
Becky Ashton reports: "An excellent fight back for Birmingham keeps alive their hopes of qualification and it could have been all three points for the home side, who also hit the woodwork twice through David Murphy and Guirane N'daw."

Full time
FULL-TIME Fulham 4-1 Wisla Krakow
Arindam Rej reports: "Some beautiful, one-touch football from Fulham, meaning they cruised to victory in the end. They're back on form - and so is Andy Johnson."

2208: I stand corrected, Birmingham are in fact second in Group H courtesy of their superior head-to-head record against Brugge. It's even better than I thought for Hughton's boys.

Andy Johnson: "It was a great result. Things haven't been going for us recently but things turned for us tonight. I'm pleased to be back and scoring goals."

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From Anon, via text: "Currently sat in the Hilton Tel Aviv having a beer. Tony Pulis and his coaching staff are sat opposite enjoying a glass of white. They seem happy following a good night's work.... "

Butty2403 on Twitter: "Proud to be a Bluenose. What a comeback. Doing the Championship proud. It is not all about the Premiership, you know."

Full time
FULL-TIME Celtic 3-1 Rennes
Andy Campbell reports: "Celtic claim their first win in Europa League Group I and keep themselves in contention to reach the knock-out stages. Anthony Stokes' first-half double and Fraser Forster's second-half saves were the catalysts for the Glasgow side's win and they host Atletico Madrid on 30 November. Rennes' chances of staying in the competition now appear remote."

2201: So where does that leave the groups? Well, Fulham move second of Group K with seven points, three behind FC Twente, but four ahead of both Odense and Wisla Krakow. Birmingham are third, but level on seven points with both Braga and Club Brugge. Celtic remain third in Group I, but are now just two points behind Atletico Madrid and Udinese.

2158: Three superb second halves to go with three quality first 45 minutes. Plus, three good results for our sides. Fulham wiped the floor with Wisla, Celtic ripped into Rennes and, considering where they were at half-time, Birmingham will be more than happy with the point they earned against Brugge.

2155: FULL-TIME Celtic 4-1 Rennes

2155: FULL-TIME Fulham 4-1 Wisla Krakow

2155: FULL-TIME Birmingham 2-2 Club Brugge

2154: Meanwhile, over at Craven Cottage, Pajtim Kasami draws a good save out of Sergei Pareiko with a close-range header from Damien Duff's cross.

2152: We're going to have three minutes of injury time at St Andrews.

Davros183 on Twitter: "Chris Hughton - most underrated manager in English football??"

2151: Two minutes of normal time left at St Andrews and the game remains up for grabs. Brugge having a spell of possession, taking the sting out of the home side's momentum and the crowd's encouraging voice.

Red card
Rennes red card: It has gone from bad to worse for Rennes as Yann M'Vila picks up a second yellow card. The France international's second caution came after a late tackle on Kris Commons.

2149: RENNES RED CARD (Yann M'Vila)

2148: Birmingham giving it their all at St Andrews. A chipped cross into the box from Jean Beausejour finds its way to Chris Burke at the back post but his shot on the turn is miscued wide.

Fulham goal: Fulham have wrapped this up now. Damien Duff's cross is met by Steve Sidwell's header, six yards out, which cannons back off the bar. Sidwell makes no mistake on the rebound, lashing in from close range. Thank you Craven Cottage, goodnight.

Celtic goal: Celtic look well on their way to victory now. Moments after Youssouf Hadji threatened twice for Rennes, substitute Gary Hooper plays a one-two with Georgios Samaras and finishes well past Benoit Costil to give the hosts a two-goal advantage.

2144: GOALFLASH Fulham 4-1 Wisla Krakow (Steve Sidwell)

2144: GOALFLASH Celtic 3-1 Rennes (Gary Hooper)

NobbyNolano on Twitter: "What a job Hughton is doing in Birmigham, wish him well for the future, from a thankful toon fan."

WoolleyBag95 on Twitter: "People over reacting about Andy Johnson, he has only scored 2 goals against Wisla Krakow, I mean please!"

2139: Despite the two-goal deficit against them, Wislaw are still giving it their best shot at Craven Cottage with Tsvetan Genkov coming close with a header that loops narrowly off-target.

2139: Europa League latest - In Fulham's group, FC Twente are drawing 2-2 at home to Odense BK. If scores stay as they are, top-of-the-table Twente will lead the Cottagers by a point with two games remaining. Braga - ahead of Birmingham and Club Brugge at the top of Group H on goal difference - lead NK Maribor 3-1. And Udinese, top of Celtic's group, are 3-0 down at Atletico Madrid

Birmingham goal: The Blues are back from the dead. Jean Beausejour is fouled just inside the area by Ryan Donk and referee Marcin Borski has no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Marlon King, who has just come on as a substitute steps up and calmly slots in the penalty. Birmingham deserve this for their second-half showing and must believe they can win this now.

2135: GOALFLASH Birmingham 2-2 Club Brugge (Marlon King penalty)


2134: Birmingham agonisingly close to an equaliser at St Andrews. After a cross is only half-cleared, Guirane N'daw strikes first time from 30 yards and it looks for all the world as though it is goal-bound until Brugge keeper Vladan Kujovic knocks it onto the post with his outstretched hand.

AbdulFulham on Twitter: "Andy Johnson should get a England Call Up #backtohisbest"

2128: Major throw of the dice by Birmingham boss Chris Hughton. Marlon King is on for Nicola Zigic, Chris Wood replaces Adam Rooney and Wade Elliott makes way for Chris Burke. Will the fresh legs make a difference?

SamBorni on Twitter: "Very few this season have played as well as Andy Johnson. What a beautiful finish."

2126: What a miss from Rennes! Another free-kick into the box sees substitute Victor Montano rise unchallenged in the box but he bullets a header over the bar with Fraser Forster stranded. Celtic's zonal marking once again looking far from convincing.

2125: Birmingham close to an equaliser at St Andrews with a neat free-kick of their own. Wade Elliott chips from 20 yards but it is just too high and lands on the roof of the net.

Fulham goal: Fulham firmly in control now at Craven Cottage and again it is Andrew Johnson with the goal. A superb training ground free-kick move sees Danny Murphy feed Bobby Zamora and his flick finds Johnson, who chips into the goal over away keeper Sergei Pareiko with all the confidence of man who has already scored one stunner tonight.

2020: GOALFLASH Fulham 3-1 Wisla Krakow (Andrew Johnson)

2118: One thing Birmingham do need to be is carfeul now. They almost undo all their hard work when Vadis Odjidja is allowed to strike from long range, but thankfully for the Blues the post denies him.

Birmingham goal: What was I just saying? Wade Elliott crosses from the right and, while not able to finish himself, Nicola Zigic's attempted shot falls to Jean Beausejour, who does finish. A lifeline for Birmingham and a timely one at that. Game well and truly on.

2116: GOALFLASH Birmingham 1-2 Club Brugge (Jean Beausejour)

2116: Birmingham have started well in this second half, roared on by the St Andrews sell-out crowd. They have made inroads into the Brugge half and now just need one of their attacking players to find a cutting edge. Unfortunately, Nicola Zigic doesn't look like he's about to step up.

2113: Wisla Krakow threaten at Craven Cottage. Gervasio Nunez shoots from 20 yards but Mark Schwarzer pushes it past the post. Still 2-1 to Fulham. Meanwhile, at St Andrews Jean Beausejour finds space to cross from the right but it is just too close to the keeper with Nicola Zigic waiting to pounce.

2108: After the briefest of delays, Fulham get the second half under way at Craven Cottage.

2107: We are back under way at St Andrews. Celtic Park brings us a kick-off shortly after.

jack_kenneth on Twitter: "RE goal against Grimsby. As one of the 8 Grimsby fans, I say yes, yes we are forgetting that goal :)"

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From Simon, in Plymouth, via text: "Whilst we're two down, I believe with the right subs, Birmingham will get something from this."

2102: Some quality football leading to some top-class entertainment from those first halves. Fulham and Celtic looking good right now, but will they hold on? Birmingham have a big task ahead but who is to say they won't turn it around. Whichever way you look at it, we've got some engrossing football ahead of us in the next 45 minutes.

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From Anon, via text: "RE nedthomasisablu. Are we forgetting Jason Walkers overhead kick for York against Grimsby, following some Barcelona-like sexy football? I hope NOT!"

PadtrustsWenger on Twitter: "Wish Anthony Stokes played at the Britannia, pardon the pun.

sanj06 on Twitter: "Wait a second! Either I'm going mad or something extraordinary has happened. Are Celtic really leading a half-decent side?"

Half time
Birmingham 0-2 Club Brugge
Becky Ashton's HT snapshot:
"Birmingham have a mountain to climb at St Andrews after first-half goals from Meunier and Akpala give Club Brugge a 2-0 lead. They will have to do more in the final third if they are to get anything out of this one, with a free-kick from Murphy, which hit the crossbar, their only real chance of the half."

Half time
Celtic 2-1 Rennes
Andy Campbell's HT snapshot:
"Rennes opened the scoring within two minutes and looked in control but two strikes by Anthony Stokes has given Neil Lennon's side the lead at the break. Both defences look vulerable so there will be chances in the second half but, as things stand, Celtic are keeping themselves in contention to qualify for the knock-out stages."

Half time
Fulham 2-1 Wisla Krakow
Arindam Rej's HT snapshot:
"Anybody who disparages the Europa League should have seen this first half. Ambitious, attacking football from both sides and a stunningly executed Andy Johnson goal."

2053: HALF-TIME Birmingham 0-2 Club Brugge

2053: HALF-TIME Celtic 2-1 Rennes

2053: HALF-TIME Fulham 2-1 Wisla Krakow

Club Brugge goal: It goes from bad to worse for Birmingham. Jean Beausejour gives the ball away in midfield, allowing Vadis Odjidja to run down the right before crossing for Joseph Akpala to convert the simplest of finishes. Long way back now for the Blues.

Celtic goal: Rennes are undone by a long ball as Celtic take the lead. Georgios Samaras climbs high and flicks the ball onto Anthony Stokes, who shrugs off Kader Mangane far too easily before drilling a left-foot shot into the corner.

2049: GOALFLASH Birmingham 0-2 Club Brugge (Joseph Akpala)

2049: GOALFLASH Celtic 2-1 Rennes (Anthony Stokes)

2048: Fulham twice go close to extanding their lead at Craven Cottage. Damien Duff - who has looked very lively - fires over from 20 yards before Clint Dempsey weaves his way into the box and produces a chip that hits the bar and goes over. Great game.

Club Brugge goal: The Belgians take the lead and it is against the run of play. However, Birmingham have themselves to blame somewhat. Thomas Meunier is given way too much time to control a corner from the left on the full and volley into the back of the net.

2044: GOALFLASH Birmingham 0-1 Club Brugge (Thomas Meunier)

Full time
FULL-TIME Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-2 Stoke
David Ornstein reports: "Whitehead and Crouch strike to put Stoke on the verge of a place in the last 32 and extend their unbeaten European run to 10 games. Maccabi lose at home in Europe for the first time in 13 matches, and deservedly so."

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From Kev, via text: "Wow, in my room revising for a uni exam 2moro. Jus heard the roar from Parkhead after that equaliser, I live over a mile away!"

nedthomasisablu on Twitter: "That goal by Andy Johnson is probably the best we've seen since Rooney's overhead kick against City"

MartinWFox on Twitter: "Andy Johnson does a pretty decent Zidane impression "

Celtic goal: Celtic level with their first real attack of the match. James Forrest drives at the Rennes defence and fires in a low shot that's palmed out by goalkeepeer Benoit Costil to Stokes, who converts the rebound with his left foot.

Fulham goal: No sign of things slowing down at Craven Cottage as the home side take the lead again and what a goal it is. Danny Murphy's initial corner is cleared but his second cross is met first time on the volley, and on the turn, by Andrew Johnson to smash the ball into the top corner. It's a superb goal, fitting of what has been a superb first half so far.

2035: GOALFLASH Celtic 1-1 Rennes (Anthony Stokes)

2035: GOALFLASH Fulham 2-1 Wisla Krakow (Andrew Johnson)

2034: Things are definitely picking up at St Andrews. Keith Fahey's cross picks out Nicola Zigic at the back post but he heads wide. The big striker is getting himself in good positions but so far has been unable to capitalise. It remains 0-0.

2030: Just as I was saying that. David Murphy comes within inches of giving Birmingham the lead with a free-kick that he curls round the wall from 20 yards but which strikes the corner of the goalframe and bounces clear.

2030: So far we have two very contrasting matches on our hands at St Andrews and Craven Cottage. One good, one not so good. I'll give you a guess as to which is which. But as a clue, the good one involves a team that starts with F and ends in ulham.

2028: St Andrews briefly rises as one when Nicola Zigic chests down a Guirane N'daw cross, but they fall again as the big striker blazes over from close range. The linesman though spares his blushes by raising his flag for offside. Firstly, Zigic should never have allowed himself to drift off, and second he should have hit the target regardless of the flag.

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From Farrell, via text: "FOOTBALL What an atmosphere down here at the cottage.. Electric start!"

2021: Celtic have been stunned by the loss of that early Rennes goal and the home side are struggling to find any fluency in what is becoming a pretty scrappy game. Meanwhile, the French outfit are looking dangerous on the break.

MikeJWake on Twitter: "Great start to the Fulham v Wisla match, 1-1 after 10 minutes and a disallowed goal for Fulham. Definitely not turning off"

2019: It's all action at the Cottage as Fulham think they have scored again. It is Damien Duff's shot that creates the chance, as Sergei Pareiko parries the ball out. Andy Johnson tucks the ball in, but his effort is ruled out for offside.

2016: Brugge have their first real chance of the match after Vadis Odjidja reacts quickly to a ball over the top by Victor Vazquez. He beats the offside trap and manages to get on the end of the high ball but can only direct the ball wide of the right-hand post. Dangerous for Birmingham though who are struggling to get a foothold in the game.

Wisla Krakow goal: Fulham's lead lasts barely five minutes. Lukasz Gargula finds space in the box after a good run from David Biton and lays off for Andraz Kirm to find the goal via a deflection off John Arne Riise.

2014: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-1 Wisla Krakow (Andraz Kirm)

Fulham goal: Martin Jol's men make the perfect start at Craven Cottage. Bobby Zamora lays off to Andy Johnson down the line and his cross is slotted home superbly by Damien Duff on the run.

Rennes goal: Disastrous start for Celtic as Rennes take a second-minute lead. Julien Feret's corner is headed into the net by captain Kader Mangane. Celtic had to come from a goal down when the sides first met and they're going to have to do that again.

2009: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-0 Wisla Krakow (Damien Duff)

2009: First chance at Craven Cottage goes to the home side. Damien Duff forces an excellent save from Sergei Pareiko with a curling, 15-yard effort. Gervasio Nunez is already being booed after his antics when the side played each other in Poland.

2007: GOALFLASH Celtic 0-1 Rennes (Kader Mangane)

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From Anon, via text: "Everyone getting carried away with stoke, remember man city couldnt even make the quarters last year... "

2006: We have play at Craven Cottage... and at St Andrews... and, finally, at Celtic Park.

2004: With all these games going on it would be totally understandable if you need a quick recap of the state of play. So here it is: Tottenham were beaten 1-0 in Rubin Kazan, while Stoke won 2-1 at Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Coming up in a minute is Birmingham v Brugge, Fulham v Wisla Krakow and Celtic v Rennes. Consider the next 90 minutes as stage two of operation Europa League.

Stoke striker Peter Crouch: "It's been going well in this competition. You strive to get into Europe so you can't then complain with the games when you get there. It's a difficult place to come; we knew that before we came so it's a great result that puts us top of the group."

1958: Europa League latest - In Stoke's group, Egemen Korkmaz's powerful header is enough for Besiktas as they win 1-0 against Dynamo Kiev. PSV complete a stunning comeback to draw 3-3 against Hapoel with Kevin Strootman driving in a last-gasp equaliser. Paris St-Germain consolidate their grip on second place in Group F as Javier Pastore volleys in their winner against Slovan Bratislava.

1958: If your main interest is Celtic-themed you may want to check the live text commentary from our colleagues in Scotland, which is live now and will give you a much more thorough take on the clash with Rennes.

nedthomasisablu on Twitter: "Could Stoke be the Fulham/Middlesbrough of this year's Europa League and make it to the final?"

Andy Campbell reports:
"There are starts for Glenn Loovens, Georgios Samaras and Paddy McCourt with Kris Commons and Gary Hooper on the bench as Celtic go looking for victory against Rennes."

1952: Stoke have a brief late scare but they hold on for a deserved victory. The Potters are now on the verge of reaching the second round of the competition. Oh, and if you push through a cheeky re-fresh you'll see Mark Schwarzer magically appear as goalkeeper in the Fulham team. Because he is playing, I promise.

1951: FULL-TIME Stoke 2-1 Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Well, this might make the last few minutes more interesting than they were looking like being. Sheran Yeini crosses and Roberto Coluatti glances a header into the far corner of the net. You have to wonder why they didn't try to craft more goals like that earlier?

1947: GOALFLASH Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-2 Stoke (Roberto Colautti)

C_Arsenal on Twitter: "Stoke will win the Europa League and Barcelona the Champions League. The match we have all been waiting for euro club super cup"

Celtic v Rennes line-ups
Forster, Cha, Majstorovic, Loovens, Matthews, Forrest, Wanyama, Kayal, Samaras, McCourt, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Commons, McGregor, Chalmers, Fraser, George, Hooper.
Rennes: Costil, Danze, Mangane, Mandjeck, Theophile Catherine, Tettey, M'Vila, Pajot, Pitroipa, Boukhari, Feret. Subs: Diallo, Mavinga, Hadji, Montano, Jebbour, Doumbia, Sane.
Referee: Bruno Miguel Duarte Paixao (Portugal)

1944: Five minutes left to play in Tel-Aviv. I wish I could bring you news of some goalmouth action, but there has been none. Stoke are happy to leave with a 2-0 win and the home side are presenting little challenge to this.

Andy Campbell reports: "At Celtic Park, the hosts take on French side Rennes looking for their first win in Europa League Group I. The two sides drew 1-1 in France a couple of weeks ago but Celtic have lost several players through injury with news just in that defender Mark Wilson will be out for up to three months following surgery. To compound matters, Thomas Rogne, who is fit, cannot play because he was not included in Celtic's Europa League squad having been injured at the start of the season. Rennes have some tidy players, as they proved in France, and they also are targetting a first group victory."

1939: Europa League latest - Italian giants Lazio have been in poor form in the Europa League but they're 1-0 up against Zurich after Christian Brocchi's looping strike. Spanish side Athletic Bilbao sit pretty at the top of Group F and are 1-0 ahead against Red Bull Salzburg thanks to Ander Herrera's finish after a counter-attack. PSV are back in their game against Hapoel, pulling the score back to 3-2 with Ola Toivonen's solo effort.

1937: Contrary to what I suggested earlier, Stoke will not actually qualify from their group with this win tonight. They will be denied if Besiktas beat Dinamo Kiev, which they are currently doing 1-0. However, a point against Kiev in their next game will see Stoke through. That's if they win this of course, which they surely will now. The game has pretty much died since the Potters' second goal.

Arindam Rej reports: "Martin Jol is still bristling about Fulham's 1-0 defeat in Poland, condemning Gervasio Nunez's play-acting that led to Moussa Dembele's dismissal. Clint Dempsey has also chimed in, saluting Fulham's "honest guys". Nunez will be given a prickly reception as Fulham seek revenge. With a trip to FC Twente still to come, Jol can't afford another bad result against a creaking Krakow team, who are struggling domestically. Fulham are protecting a 21-game unbeaten run in home European matches."

Arindam Rej reports: "Fulham make three changes from the starting line-up that won 2-0 at Wigan. Stephen Kelly, Damien Duff, Dickson Etuhu are all promoted from the bench. Zdenek Grygera and Steve Sidwell are both named as substitutes, while Moussa Dembele is suspended. Orlando Sa has a hamstring problem and defenders Philippe Senderos and Aaron Hughes both have thigh injuries. Wisla name Milan Jovanovic, Marko Jovanovic and Ivica Iliev on the bench despite those players' injury concerns."

Fulham v Wisla Krakow line-ups
Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Baird, Riise, Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Sidwell, Kasami, Gecov, Frei, Grygera, Briggs.
Wisla Krakow: Pareiko, Lamey, Jaliens, Brud, Diaz, Wilk, Nunez, Paljic, Gargula, Kirm, Biton. Subs: Jovanic, Kurto, Boguski, Genkov, Jovanovic, Czekaj, Illiev.
Referee: Halis Ozkahya (Turkey)

1931: There are tops off in the Stoke end people. Repeat, there are tops off in the Stoke end. That must be to greet Diego Arismendi to the game, who replaces Wilson Palacios.

Becky Ashton reports: "Birmingham City could open up a gap at the top of Group H tonight if they can secure the double over managerless Club Brugge. They currently lead the table from the Belgian side following their 2-1 win last time out, when Chris Wood scored in injury time to secure the win."

Becky Ashton reports: "Birmingham make seven changes from the side that were held to a goalless draw by Brighton at the weekend. The most notable being Colin Doyle replacing Boaz Myhill in goal and Adam Rooney and Nikola Zigic, replacing Marlon King and Chris Wood in attack. Club Brugge caretaker coach Rudi Verkempinck makes six changes from the side that faced Birmingham a fortnight ago."

Birmingham v Club Brugge line-ups
Doyle, Spector, Caldwell, Ibanez, Murphy, Fahey, Elliott, N'Daw, Beausejour, Zigic, Rooney. Subs: Myhill, Ridgewell, Burke, King, Redmond, Davies, Wood.
Club Brugge: Kujovic, Van Acker, Donk, Van Gijseghem, Vansteenkiste, Odjija Ofoe, Zimling, Vazquez, Dirar, Akpala, Meunier. Subs: Coosemans, Almeback, Rafaelov, Vleminckx, Perdichizzi, Deschilder, De Jonghe.
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)

1926: Peter Crouch close to making it 3-0 to Stoke. He chests down a long ball forward, turns and fires from 25 yards but his effort flies just past the post.

Look_Sharp on Twitter: ""It's not how Stoke cope with Europe, it's how Europe cope with Stoke." I think Winston Churchill may have said that first."

Stoke goal: Peter Crouch's first action on the pitch is to tap in Dean Whitehead's cross from the right, putting his side into what you can only imagine is an unassailable 2-0 lead and on the verge of qualifying to the next round.

1920: GOALFLASH Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-2 Stoke (Peter Crouch)

1917: Stoke introduce another aerial threat for Maccabi Tel-Aviv to deal with as Peter Crouch replaces Jonathan Walters.

1917: Europa League latest - Shamrock Rovers are given something to cheer at last as Billy Dennehy scores from a free-kick, on the edge of the box, to cut the deficit to 3-1 against PAOK. It's all gone quiet in Eindhoven as Toto Tamuz drives in another Hapoel goal, putting them 3-1 up and on course for a shock win.

1916: Chance for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Moussa Konate fires over from close to 30 yards. It was an optimistic effort at best.

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From Anon, via text: "re Brian....that's exactly the kind of comment and belief that has led to England's dominance at international level....erm, actually there has been none. Arrogance towards other teams for no reason (and yes Tottenham's strikeforce had 2 full internationals in it with 0 goals). Good football should always be respected."

mdwilliams85 on Twitter: "Great to see Danny Higginbotham back from injury. Any chance Salif Diao might pass the ball forwards? No? Thought not. #scfc"

Stoke goal: It's not pretty, but Stoke don't care. A free-kick forward from deep is allowed to bounce and Savo Pavicevic battles with Jonathan Walters, allowing the ball to drop to Dean Whitehead, who fires low into the net from close range on an angle. Stoke aren't playing superbly, but so far they haven't had to against a weak Tel-Aviv.

1907: GOALFLASH Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-1 Stoke (Dean Whitehead)

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From Brian, in Falkirk, via text: "Yep, Rubin a force to be reckoned with, having drawn, on aggregate, 1 each over 2 games using their first team against Spurs' reserves!"

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From John, in Finchley central, via text: "Re: stadiums. The fact of the matter is that if you ask any arsenal fan they would want to return to Highbury in a heartbeat. The atmosphere was better and there was much more history attached to it. Plus in terms of success what have Arsenal actually achieved since moving to the Emirates?"

1902: And so, for the time being we can switch back to just the one game featuring a British team. Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Stoke is back under way. And with reference to the entry at 1854, I of course meant full-time. Oops.

AldridgeJoe on Twitter: "Full credit to Rubin, they dominated with some fantastic passing moves and scored a fantastic goal. A force to be reckoned with"

1857: Europa League latest - Group B leaders Standard Liege are grateful to Luis Manuel Seijas's long-range strike and a poacher's effort from defender Kanu, which gives them a 2-1 advantage against struggling Vorskla. Group D table-toppers Sporting are less happy - their 100% start is being threatened by Vaslui, who lead 1-0 after Denis Zmeu strikes following a goalmouth scramble.

1855: It has no doubt been a valuable experience for many of the young Spurs players given a chance to play tonight. However, they leave Russia with nothing and must wait to book their place in the next round of the competition.

1854: FULL-TIME Rubin Kazan 1-0 Tottenham

1854: Little time left now if Spurs are going to snatch something. They're pushing forward but can't find a killer pass to unlock the Russian defence. Four miniutes injury time have been played...

jackgrant on Twitter: "Re. Stadiums. Surely the fact the Chelsea are also looking at ways to move to a bigger stadium proves that it is vital?"

1851: Iago Falque has half a chance to salvage something for Spurs. The ball drops to him at the back post but he delays on shooting and his eventual effort is blocked away. Four minutes of injury time to play in Kazan.

nickholas8 on Twitter: "A joke about Natcho? Na, that's too corny for me."

Half time
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-0 Stoke
David Ornstein's HT snapshot:
"Bereft of attacking ideas and shaky at the back, Maccabi are clinging on to their clean sheet. Stoke have a brilliant opportunity to book their place in the last 32."

1846: HALF-TIME Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-0 Stoke

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From Anon, via text: "With regards to Spurs' stadium and comparing to Chelsea's, bigger stadiums, bigger revenue equals bigger players, chelsea dont need a bigger stadium with a billionaire owner do they?"

1844: A Stoke "goal" is ruled out in Tel-Aviv. Thomas Sorensen's long ball forward is headed on by Kenwyne Jones to send in Jonathan Walters, who slots in but the flag was already up.

1841: Carlo Cudicini is continuing to keep Spurs in with a fighting chance of getting something from this. Christian Noboa's cross from the left is headed on goal by Gokdeniz Karadeniz but the Italian keeper blocks with his legs. Nelson Valdez is then denied by Cudicini from a 15-yard shot. Now can Spurs find some punch at the other end?

1838: Chance for Maccabi Tel-Avib against Stoke. A cross makes its way to Uri Cohen at the back post but his volleyed effort is placed horribly over the goal. It remains 0-0.

NickParrottBBC on Twitter: "I thought #Newcastle fans were hard core, but it must get a bit colder in #Russia where #Rubin #Kazan's fans are topless!"

samroake on Twitter: "All these people posting Natcho puns are really taking Libreties."

1836: Stoke come within inches of taking the lead as a corner finds its way out to Ryan Shotton on the edge of the box and his drive hits the post via a heavy deflection off a team-mate. The ball falls kindly for Maccabi goalkeeper Levy to gather. Moments later, Shotton fires just wide following a Dean Whitehead free-kick.

1835: Elsewhere in the Europa League, Shamrock Rovers are still 1-0 down after Dimitris Salpingidis's early goal for PAOK, who - as it stands - will top Tottenham's group at the end of today. In Group C, PSV host Hapoel in a fixture that seems a home banker on paper. But the Dutch side - with a 100% record - are only on level terms with the pointless Israelis, with Georginio Wijnaldum's neat strike cancelling out Omer Dameri's cool finish.

1833: Tottenham are struggling to get a foothold in this game. Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko are isolated up front, with midfield unable to take a firm hold on possession to supply anything of meaning. And to compund things, William Gallas has gone off injured, visibly in pain after what looked like contact in a challenge. Another youngster, Dean Parrett, replaces him.

WannabeJourno on Twitter: "A joke about Natcho, that would just be cheesy I'm afraid."

1829: A midfield battle ensuing in Israel. Little action at either end so far. Just as I'm typing, the home side do produce a shot though from 25 yards from Moshe Logasi, but Thomas Sorenson clutches it comfortably to his chest.

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From Alex, in Durham, via text: "With regard to Tottenham not being able to progress due to their stadium capacity: WHL holds 36,000, compared to 41,000 for Stamford Bridge. That's surely not a significant difference and therefore potential success is not due to stadium size."

1823: For those of you expecting a pun about the Rubin goalscorer, I'm not biting. Feel free to dip in with some of your own though.

1822: Another chance for Rubin in Russia. Aleksandr Ryanzantsev cuts in down the right and shoots from an angle, but Carlo Cudicini is equal to it and palms away. It remains largely one-way traffic.

1820: Stoke's game plan seems pretty clear in Tel-Aviv - get the ball forward to Kenwyne Jones as quickly as possible, or spread it wide and get a cross in. The latter option sees Ryan Shotton supply a decent delivery from the right but Jonathan Walters cannot connect properly and the game remains goalless. Moments later, Shotton is again the provider with a low cut-back, only for Andy Wilkinson to lash his first-time finish high and wide.

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From Dave, in the Cotswolds, via text: "Have to disagree with Tom in London, having a big stadium doesn't mean u are the top club, results on the pitch and being top at the end of the season do."

Rubin Kazan goal: Sebastien Bassong needlessly gives away a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the area, which sees him and Jermain Defoe booked - the latter for dissent. Bebras Natcho weighs up his options from 20 yards before curling a superb effort into the corner of the net. There was little Carlo Cudicini could do about that. Spurs have some work to do.

1815: GOALFLASH Rubin Kazan 1-0 Tottenham (Bebras Natcho)

Vosperm on Twitter: "re Spurs being top club in london. Best chance in long time. Great midfield boosted to new levels by Parker."

1812: Positive work from Tottenham at the start of the second half. Ryan Fredericks shows superb trickery to give himself a shooting chance from an angle on the right. Unfortunately, he can only find the side-netting with his resulting effort.

1810: After that early chance from Stoke, Maccabi Tel-Aviv have settled well, passing the ball around nicely. We saw in the match at the Britannia though that they are susceptible to aerial attacks. Stoke, of course, will remember this well.

1808: News from Tottenham's group and Shamrock Rovers are a goal down to PAOK Salonika. Dimitris Salpingidis with the goal after seven minutes.

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From Tom, in London, via text: "Despite the marked improvement in recent years, plus the slight slip from Arsenal and arguably even Chelsea, Spurs will struggle to be london's no1 club without a bigger stadium. It's what you need to regularly compete, unfortunately."

1805: Game back on in Kazan. The home side get us under way.

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From Gavin Edgware, via text: "All of Kazan's danger has come from the wingers, Spurs need to protect their young full backs."

1801: Just a minute into the game and Stoke have a chance. From a Dean Whitehead corner, Robert Huth rises above his marker but his header is wide of goal.

1800: We are under way in tonight's second Brit-themed match as Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Stoke kicks off.

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From Anon, via text: "My mate's are out in Russia to see Spurs and pledged in the week that 'if Spurs score, shirts come off'. Think they're praying for a 0-0."

1759: This week Steve Wilson suggested Tottenham are London's number one club. It is maybe not very fair to judge that claim on tonight's display so far from a second string Spurs side. However, it's a nice little talking point. Let me know what you think.

1755: That half certainly picked up as it wore on. First 15 were poor but the remaining 30 minutes were very watchable. Maybe not to for Harry Redknapp back home though, who if viewing this has seen his side's goal threatened on a regular basis. You can't imagine they'll be able to keep Rubin out for another 45 if they carry on like this. Or can they? If Carlo Cudicini keeps performing like this, maybe.

David Ornstein reports:
"Stoke boss Tony Pulis makes nine changes to the side that started against Newcastle on Monday. Out go Asmir Begovic, Ryan Shawcross, Jonathan Woodgate, Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson, Jermaine Pennant, Rory Delap, Matthew Etherington and Peter Crouch. In come Thomas Sorensen, Danny Higginbotham, Robert Huth, Matthew Upson, Wilson Palacios, Salif Diao, Dean Whitehead, Ryan Shotton and Kenwyne Jones. There are five changes for Maccabi Tel-Aviv from their 3-0 defeat at the Britannia, defender Yoav Ziv a notable absentee following his red card in that match."

David Ornstein reports: "The second of three games in seven days sees Stoke travel to Israel knowing victory will send them through to the last 32. The Potters have not lost in Europe since 1972 and will fancy their chances against a side who sit bottom of the group with one point from three games. That said, Maccabi Tel-Aviv's 12-match unbeaten home record in Europe suggests a repeat of Stoke's 3-0 win at the Britannia is unlikely."

ll295 on Twitter: "Loving every second of this game. Haven't enjoyed a game like this for a long time. Delicious football."

Half time
Rubin Kazan 0-0 Tottenham
Chris Bevan's HT snapshot:
"Rubin have been rampant at times but they just cannot beat Carlo Cudicini. A series of super stops by the Spurs keeper have kept this game goalless."

1749: HALF-TIME Rubin Kazan 0-0 Tottenham

1747: We're closing in on half-time in Russia and it's fair to say Tottenham have been under the cosh for much of it. But, it remains 0-0, which I'm sure would do just fine for the north London side thanks very much.

1743: The previous Tweet is almost spot on as Jermaine Defoe muscles his way on the left and crosses to the centre of the goal, but it is just too far ahead of the sliding Roman Pavlyuchenko.

James10hodgson on Twitter: "can see spurs scoring on the counter.. Chance after chance Rubin are missing!"

1740: Spurs now looking to take the sting out of Rubin with a concerted period of possession. It's effective while it lasts. Unfortunately it doesn't last long and Rubin attack again. A cross from the left is superbly swung over by Alan Kasaev and beats William Gallas but also Obefami Martins, who should really have done more to connect.

JackOHanson on Twitter: "Cudicini, best third choice goalkeeper in the Premier League!"

1737: Rubin continue to come forward and again Spurs are reliant on Carlo Cudicini to deny them. Aleksandr Ryazantsev cuts into the box at an angle and fires at goal but the Italian keeper tips over.

1735: Apologies to DanielCurry14 on Twitter for earlier posting one of his Tweets under the name dmarchantTHFC. If you re-fresh now it will be correctly assigned.

1732: After all I was saying about this being dull, it's really opened up now. And not in a good way for Spurs. Firstly, Bebras Natcho strikes from range for Rubin and Carlo Cudicini is forced to palm away and then the keeper is called into action again to block a shot on the turn, under pressure, from Salvatore Bocchetti.

1729: Rubin stepping it up now and they threaten again. Gokdeniz Karadeniz's cross is punched away by Carlo Cudicini but only as far as Christian Noboa, but his shot on the turn is narrowly over. Tottenham living dangerously.

notmyipod on Twitter: "Either Pavlyuchenko thinks he can score with every kick or he gets paid per shot."

1726: And just as I'm writing about basketball, Rubin threaten for the first time. It's their number 10 Alan Kasaev with the effort, bringing the ball down in the box and firing just over from 15 yards. The ball seemed to be just behind him though and he had to be slightly off balance to connect with it.

1725: Few empty seats over in the Kazan stadium tonight. That may be because the local basketball team UNICS Kazan are playing Barcelona tonight. On the football pitch though, you'll remember that Kazan beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Nou Camp in October 2009.

mufclander on Twitter: "Whatever trophy, fans like their team winning silverware. Newcastle fans weren't complaining when they won the Championship...."

1721: We have ourselves a shot in anger in Russia and it comes from Roman Pavlyuchenko from 25 yards. Unfortunately for the Russian striker it is well, well wide of goal.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Stoke line-ups
Maccabi Tel-Aviv:
Levy, Saban, Yeyni, Pavicevic, Cohen, Puncec, Lugasi, Medunjanin, Zizov, Konate, Atar. Subs: Haimov, Kahat, Seba, Colautti, Vered, Checkul, Mancherov.
Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Higginbotham, Upson, Wilkinson, Shotton, Palacios, Whitehead, Diao, Jones, Walters. Subs: Nash, Whelan, Pennant, Delap, Crouch, Etherington, Arismendi.
Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

1719: With little to tell you about in Kazan, here is the Stoke teams...

1717: Plenty of effort on show here but precious little quality. We've had a couple of half efforts but neither have come anywhere near threatening the goal. I'm trying to be diplomatic, but in truth it's pretty dull. For those of you still at work, you're currently missing nothing.

SDurning1 on Twitter: "Every1 is hating the Europa Cup! Im pretty sure attitudes will change if spurs get near the final, im loving it!"

1714: A glimmer of a chance for Spurs. A nice little bit of interplay between Steven Pienaar and Iago Falque gives the latter a shooting opportunity but a Rubin defender is on hand to block before he can get the ball away.

DanielCurry14 on Twitter: "How do Russia not win Eurovision EVERY year? The music the players came out to was quality. Anyway, back to the football... "

1710: Shouts of handball from the Rubin players against William Gallas in the box as the defender dives in to block a cross. It would have been harsh but I've seen them given.

1709: Pretty tame start to this game so far. Tottenham having plenty of possession but in these early stages they are content to bide their time.

BenWulwik on Twitter: "I really hope we go all the way in Europa League, it's a major Euro Cup after all. But NOT at the expense of CL qualification."

1705: Two minutes in and we have a fan on the pitch who runs around a bit and is quickly muscled away by a typically comedy steward.

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From Jontattz in Oldbury (the only person to text in so far), via text: "Phil. If you ask us to tweet & text in, it might be an idea to actually, you know, put some comments up! Come on Spurs!"

1702: You may not be surprised to learn that it looks a bit chilly out in Kazan. Lots of scarves, gloves and assorted thermal wear on show. The game, though, is now under way and Tottenham are the team who kick us off.

Tattz on Twitter: "As a spurs fan I would say that this Europa cup is neither worth having or worth fighting for. Pointless."

1659: Before we do though, let me just inform you of a special programme on BBC Radio 5 live at 1930 GMT celebrating 25 years of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Mark Chapman will be looking back on the career of English football's most successful manager.

1658: The Tottenham players are in the tunnel and awaiting the home side to join them. Shortly, we will have a whole game of Europa League football for you.

1657: And elsewhere we've got ties of the calibre of Atletico Madrid v Udinese, Besiktas v Dynamo Kiev and, of course, Shamrock Rovers v PAOK Salonika, which I'll strive to keep you updated on.

1655: Things aren't exactly rosy at Celtic at the moment. They trail Glasgow rivals Rangers by 12 points in the SPL, manager Neil Lennon has had to deny rumours of dressing room problems and they are struggling, in what is admittedly a tough group, in the Europa League. They face bottom side Rennes tonight at Celtic Park, two weeks after earning a 1-1 draw against them in France. You can follow that match live via a text commentary from my BBC colleagues in Scotland.

1652: In Poland two weeks ago, Fulham had a nightmare as Moussa Dembele was sent off and they lost 1-0. That defeat means Fulham's potential qualification remains in the balance. Having had plenty of fun in this competition in recent years, the Fulham fans won't want to say goodbye to it before Christmas. Neither does manager Martin Jol, it would appear.

1650: Birmingham boss Chris Hughton has spent this week playing down his side's chances of qualification from Group H, saying that Braga and tonight's opponents Brugge remain favourites to progress. However, if the Blues can repeat their win from two weeks ago against the Belgians tonight to claim their third straight Europa League win and take a clear lead in the group even he may have to start admitting a knock-out spot is a distinct possibility.

1649: Unlike Tottenham, Stoke have taken the vast bulk of their first-team squad to Israel and should start with a strong side, give or take a potential tweak here and there. One man who could feature is defender Danny Higginbotham, who has been out since April after damaging his cruciate knee ligament in a league game with Chelsea. Could be timely boost in the absence of the injured Ryan Shawcross and Marc Wilson.

1647: If you think Spurs have it rough tonight, spare a thought for poor Stoke, who were put through ringer by Newcastle on Monday, had to fly to Tel-Aviv on Wednesday morning to face Maccabi tonight, before then heading straight back to prepare for an away game at Bolton. It's no wonder boss Tony Pulis is a tad frustrated.

Chris Bevan reports: "Tottenham's stand-in boss Kevin Bond hopes to give Harry Redknapp a boost after his discharge from hospital by continuing Spurs' seven-game unbeaten run in Russia. "It would certainly lift his spirits if we were able to bring him home some points," Bond said."

1645: Of course, Tottenham will be managed by Kevin Bond tonight in the absence of Harry Redknapp. Bond has been with Harry long enough now to know what is required.

Chris Bevan reports:
"Defender William Gallas and midfielder Steven Pienaar make their first start of the season as two of 11 changes for Tottenham. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe start up front, while Carlo Cudicini is in goal. There are also starts for young midfielders Iago Falque, Thomas Carroll and Andros Townsend, who starts at full-back. Former Newcastle and Birmingham striker Obafemi Martins is named in the Rubin starting line-up."

Rubin Kazan v Tottenham line-ups
Rubin Kazan:
Ryzhikov, Cesar Navas, Bocchetti, Sharonov, Kaleshin, Ryazantsev, Kasaev, Noboa, Karadeniz, Natcho, Martins. Subs: Arlauskis, Kuzmin, Ansaldi, Haedo Valdez, Alexei Eremenko, Kverkvelia, Orazsakhedov.
Tottenham: Cudicini, Gallas, Bassong, Livermore, Townsend, Pienaar, Fredericks, Carroll, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Falque. Subs: Gomes, Kane, Nicholson, Lancaster, Pritchard, Parrett, Stewart.
Referee: Florian Meyer (Germany)

1644: Speaking of those Tottenham changes...

Chris Bevan reports: "Tottenham's preparations for their long trip to Russia have been far from ideal, with Harry Redknapp still in London recovering from a heart operation but, whether or not he will be watching on TV, they can give their manager a big boost by beating Rubin Kazan to seal their progress to the last 32 of the Europa League. A win might look a big ask for Spurs' second string, but they are not top of Group A for nothing. "

1642: Before I go on, allow me to briefly give you some contact details so you can sling your quality Tweets and texts our way. You can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or text in via 81111 (UK).

1641: I'm assuming the north London side won't have had to touch down on a snow-covered airstrip patrolled by soldiers with dogs and only Uncle Paulie and the bloke who trained Apollo for company though. However, they will be without their very own Mick (I know, I'm mixing up my Rocky chronology) as manager Harry Redknapp has stayed at home to undergo routine heart surgery. They do share one thing with the Italian Stallion, though; they'll be making a lot of changes.

1639: As you can see, Tottenham get tonight's fun under way at 1700 GMT with a game against Rubin Kazan in the Tsentralnyi Stadion. Spurs will have to be wary as no contest in Russia is an easy one. Just ask Rocky Balboa.

1636: Tottenham and Stoke form two-fifths of the British teams in Europa League action tonight. Here is the list of fixtures in full:
Rubin Kazan v Tottenham (1700 GMT)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Stoke (1800 GMT)
Birmingham v Club Brugge (2005 GMT)
Celtic v Rennes (2005 GMT)
Fulham v Wisla Krakow (2005 GMT)

1633: Both Spurs and Stoke can seal their qualification to the knock-out stages of the Europa League tonight with wins in Russia and Israel respectively, but they have had to trek roughly 4300 miles between them to give themselves the chance to do so. Plus, with travel being how it is, they'll have to do the same on the way back as well.

1630: Someone once famously said that "anything worth having is worth fighting for". If you are a representative or die-hard fan of either Tottenham Hotspur or Stoke City tonight you may want to replace the word "fighting" with "travelling thousands of miles".

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Europa League results

3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

  • AEK Athens1-3Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Anderlecht3-0Sturm Graz
  • Atletico Madrid4-0Udinese
  • Aust. Vienna2-2AZ Alkmaar
  • Besiktas1-0Dynamo Kiev
  • Birmingham2-2Club BruggeFT
  • Braga5-1NK Maribor
  • Celtic3-1RennesFT
  • FC Copenhagen1-2Hannover 96
  • FC Metalist Kharkiv 3-1Malmo
  • FC Twente3-2Odense BK
  • FC Vaslui1-0Sporting
  • Fulham4-1Wisla KrakowFT
  • Lazio1-0FC Zurich
  • Legia Warsaw3-1Rapid Bucharest
  • Macc Tel-Aviv1-2StokeFT
  • Paris SG1-0Slovan Bratislava
  • PSV Eindhoven3-3Hapoel Tel-Aviv
  • SV Salzburg0-1Athletic Bilbao
  • Rubin Kazan1-0TottenhamFT
  • Schalke 040-0AEK Larnaca
  • Shamrock Rovers1-3PAOK Salonika
  • Steaua Bucharest4-2Maccabi Haifa
  • Vorskla Poltava1-3Standard Liege

Europa Group A table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 PAOK Salonika 4 3 8
2 Rubin Kazan 4 3 7
3 Tottenham 4 2 7
4 Shamrock Rovers 4 -8 0

Europa Group B table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Standard Liege 4 5 8
2 Hannover 96 4 2 8
3 FC Copenhagen 4 -3 4
4 Vorskla Poltava 4 -4 1

Europa Group C table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 PSV Eindhoven 4 4 10
2 Legia Warsaw 4 3 9
3 Rapid Bucharest 4 -4 3
4 Hapoel Tel-Aviv 4 -3 1

Europa Group D table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Sporting 4 4 9
2 Lazio 4 0 5
3 FC Vaslui 4 -1 5
4 FC Zurich 4 -3 2

Europa Group E table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Stoke 4 5 10
2 Besiktas 4 3 6
3 Dynamo Kiev 4 0 5
4 Macc Tel-Aviv 4 -8 1

Europa Group F table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Athletic Bilbao 4 4 10
2 Paris SG 4 1 7
3 SV Salzburg 4 0 4
4 Slovan Bratislava 4 -5 1

Europa Group G table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 FC Metalist Kharkiv 4 6 10
2 AZ Alkmaar 4 3 6
3 Aust. Vienna 4 0 5
4 Malmo 4 -9 0

Europa Group H table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Braga 4 5 7
2 Club Brugge 4 2 7
3 Birmingham 4 0 7
4 NK Maribor 4 -7 1

Europa Group I table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Atletico Madrid 4 4 7
2 Udinese 4 -1 7
3 Celtic 4 0 5
4 Rennes 4 -3 2

Europa Group J table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Schalke 04 4 7 8
2 Maccabi Haifa 4 2 6
3 Steaua Bucharest 4 -3 5
4 AEK Larnaca 4 -6 2

Europa Group K table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 FC Twente 4 7 10
2 Fulham 4 4 7
3 Odense BK 4 -5 3
4 Wisla Krakow 4 -6 3

Europa Group L table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Anderlecht 4 10 12
2 Lokomotiv Moscow 4 2 7
3 Sturm Graz 4 -4 4
4 AEK Athens 4 -8 0

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Thursday's Europa League photos
03 Nov 11 |  Football

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