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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2007, 23:27 GMT
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Results:
Newcastle 4-2 AZ Alkmaar Rangers 1-1 Osasuna Sporting Braga 2-3 Tottenham

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

By Charlie Henderson

2327: A very entertaining night's action with 13 goals in the matches featuring Britain's three Uefa Cup sides, including a late leveller and a late winner. Tottenham will be confident going into their second leg match at home next Wednesday, while Newcastle and Rangers will travel in varying degrees of hope after their first leg results.

2326: FULL-TIME Braga 2-3 Tottenham
Spurs have not beaten Arsenal yet this century and they made heavy weather of seeing off Portugal's version, but they did - just - and deservedly so.

2324: GOAL Braga 2-3 Tottenham
Another late goal to a British team. Robbie Keane beats the offside trap and runs on to Didier Zokora's pass before stroking the ball between the keeper's legs for his second strike of the night.

2322: Three extra minutes to be played in an absorbing night's action, in Braga and beyond.

2321: Now it is Paulo Jorge's turn to make a vital block in defence. Having meekly headed a clearance to Robbie Keane, he slides in to smother a shot from Aaron Lennon.

2319: Peruvian Alberto Rodriguez cuts out a dangerous forward pass into the box with Dimitar Berbatov lurking on his shoulder for the scraps.

2317: Let's all fall over - again. This time Didier Zokora, Steed Malbranque and Andrade are down. The Braga man makes a bit of a meal of the challenge from Malbranque.

2315: Backed by their fervent home support in their granite bowl of a ground, Braga have found their second wind. Tom Huddlestone heads a cross from the left away... for the time being.

2313: GOAL Braga 2-2 Tottenham
Amazing. They were dead and buried and now they are right back in the match. Castanheira's inswinging free-kick from the left is headed in by Ze Carlos. Cue PA pandemonium.

2311: A third and final change for Braga. Striker Maciel is on for Joao Pinto, one of the survivors of Portugal's so-called 'Golden Generation'. He has not survived the 90 minutes here, but then again he has only just come back from injury.

2308: In the fall-out from the goal Pascal Chimbonda is booked and the bloke on the PA is at it again. P-A-U-L-O, over and over again. This guy is loving his job.

2307: GOAL Braga 1-2 Tottenham
Hope for Braga as Anthony Gardner fouls substitute Diego in the box. A second harsh penalty against a British side tonight. As at Newcastle the keeper saves the initial effort, but Paul Robinson cannot block the follow up from Paulo Jorge.

2306: A Tottenham change. Tom Huddlestone replaces Teemu Tainio.

2303: GOAL Braga 0-2 Tottenham
That is the game and probably the tie. Aaron Lennon cuts in from the left and while keeper Paulo Santos saves, his parry goes straight to Steed Malbranque and is high in the back of the net within a flash of the eye.

2301: From old to young with the highly-rated Brazilian Diego coming on. The teenager scored the winner in Braga's last European match at Parma. Compatriot Cesinha is also on with the sultan of stepover Bruno Gama and "Arsene" Wender the men to make way.

2259: Braga's known as 'Portugal's Rome' and the cathedral is Portugal's oldest and one of its most important religious landmarks.

2258: A bit of a mundane patch. Sporting do not look like they know how to score and Spurs look like they are happy to bide their time before scoring another goal.

2253: Another dinked pass forward, this time from Steed Malbranque, and Robbie Keane heads over the bar when he in fact had time to take his time.

2250: That is the first goal Braga have conceded at home in Europe this season.

2249: GOAL Braga 0-1 Tottenham
Not a surprise, but it was worth waiting for. Aaron Lennon jinks forward and gets a lucky break as he rides a tackle before dinking the ball over the defence to Robbie Keane on the edge of the box. The Irishman chests it down and volleys home. An excellent goal.

2247: Bruno Gama's been watching a DVD of compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. He is silly for stepovers on the edge of the area before nutmegging Lee Young-Pyo, but cannot then pick out a team-mate.

2245: Great tracking back by Aaron Lennon to win the ball back and launch another attack. Didier Zokora's pass forces Robbie Keane a touch wide on the left and his return ball into the box is smothered by the home defence.

2242: A booking for Dimitar Berbatov for a petulant challenge on Carlos Fernandez.

2241: Blimey! Out of nothing a chance for Braga made and executed by Ze Carlos. The Brazilian collects the ball on the left of the area with his back to goal, flicks it up and turns and volleys wide.

2240: Tottenham had 59% of the possession in the first-half and they pick up where they left off, brushing off their red-and-white rivals with ease to win the ball.

2237: The PA announcer gives out a high pitched B-R-A-G-A as the game resumes. This is the only match being played now and Spurs will want to emulate Werder Bremen, the only other team to win on the road tonight.

2236: A nice blast of what sounds suspiciously like Euro-pop greets the teams back on the pitch.

2225: Jorge Costa, who won the Champions League with Porto, has only just taken on the job and is Braga's third coach of the season. That suggests they are in some sort of crisis, but far from it. They are sitting pretty prettily in fourth in the Portuguese League. While he's chatting to the defence and midfield, he may as well stick a rocket up the attack as well.

2219: HALF-TIME Braga 0-0 Tottenham
That 45 minutes has flown by. Some nice stuff, particularly from Tottenham. Former Charlton defender and present Braga coach Jorge Costa needs to have words with his defence. And his midfield.

2217: This Portuguese butter has the odd hard bit in it mind, and that is a case in point as Dimitar Berbatov is crowded out in the box.

2216: It is surely only a matter of time before Tottenham score. They are cutting through Braga like a warm knife through butter.

2214: Goalkeeper Paulo Santos again denies Dimitar Berbatov, saving high to his right. He is wearing a tight-fitting blue short-sleeved top. Aren't short-sleeved tops banned for keepers?

2213: Paulo Santos is living a charmed life. A wonderful move from Tottenham ends with the ball being whisked into the box by Young-Pyo Lee where Dimitar Berbatov cracks a first time effort on goal straight at the keeper.

2211: Off the pitch the home fans are making a right old din slapping some sort of fan into the palm of their hands. On it Andrade fires a low free-kick wide.

2209: Robbie Keane shoots that time - and some. Dimitar Berbatov slides a pass through to his strike partner who shoots across the ball on the left of the box. The goalkeeper Paulo Santos gets enough of his arm on the ball to deflect it over.

2207: Maybe the dazzling advertising hoardings were to blame for Robbie Keane taking his eye off the ball there. He shapes to shoot on the volley from Didier Zokora's sweeping cross, but having shaped, he forgot to shoot.

2203: They are playing let's all fall over out there. Is that a game? If not, it should be. Michael Dawson goes down under a challenge from Wender and then Bruno Gama straddles and eventually topples over his team-mate.

2201: An Arsenal youth team! OK, they were not quite youths in the Carling Cup semi-final but that will be enough to bring back nightmares for Spurs fans.

2200: So then, let's clear up this Arsenal malarkey surrounding Braga. They have been known as 'Minho's Arsenal' ever since former coach Jose Szabo returned from a match at Highbury in the 1930s and convinced his old team to ditch green in favour of the famous red with white sleeves. Sporting even renamed their youth team Arsenal do Braga.

2158: Braga put together a neat passing move straight out of the Arsenal textbook of free-flowing football but Bruno Gama's snapshot is straight at Paul Robinson.

2155: Steed Malbranque plays in Dimitar Berbatov on the right of the box, but the Alice-banded Bulgarian pulls his effort wide of the keeper and the post.

2153: FULL-TIME Rangers 1-1 Osasuna
They left it late and probably did not deserve anything from the game, but Rangers give themselves hope for the return leg next Wednesday.

2151: GOAL Rangers 1-1 Osasuna
What was that about putting your house on Rangers finding an equaliser? Brahim Hemdani pounces on a weak clearance from the otherwise excellent Juanfran on the edge of the area and curls in a delightful leveller.

2150: There are three minutes of added time for Rangers to find a goal. Do not bet on it mind.

2149: Alan Hutton chops at the ankles of Juanfran, and the Spaniard bites back. After a wee tete-a-tete things simmer down. A good job too as Hutton is on a yellow.

2147: Straight up the other end in Portugal and another long-range effort stings the goalkeeper's palms, Paul Robinson saving from Bruno Gama.

2146: Teemu Tainio tries from range but his effort is palmed away by Braga keeper Paulo Santos.

2145: Osasuna are looking for a second and it is only a late interception from Chris Burke on the edge of the area that denies David Lopez after he was teed up by substitute Juanfran.

2142: Where's Juliet, because here comes Romeo? Bernado Romeo replaces Pierre Webo for Osasuna.

2141: A dazzling run from Dimitar Berbatov down the Tottenham left. He keeps going into the box. And going. His final toe-poked shot squirts into the side-netting.

2140: Those marks for Stefan Klos will no doubt go up again. Osasuna carve Rangers open, but the German blocks another shot from Munoz.

2139: But Spurs fans can find comfort in the fact that for the first time since the 1991/92 season they are involved in European competition later in the season than north London rivals Arsenal.

2138: The Arsenal replica kit that Braga wear cannot be the most comforting sight for Tottenham fans. Spurs are wearing their brown change strip.

2135: The third game involving a British side is up and running as Tottenham and Braga get things going at the breathtaking Municipal Stadium which is carved into a granite mountain face. More than one million cubic metres of granite were blasted out of the hillside to make room for the venue ahead of Euro 2004.

PLAYER RATER: The marks for the Rangers players are beginning to pick up, with Stefan Klos leading the way on 5.71. That save from Munoz must have helped his cause.

2132: A neat passing move from Rangers but as substitute Dado Prso looks to turn inside in the box the ball is nicked off the striker.

2130: Here come Osasuna. Nacho Monreal breaks down the left, but his angled pull back to Munoz is hammered high over the bar.

2127: Rangers have enjoyed their best period of the game but they are still trailing.

2123: FULL-TIME Newcastle 4-2 AZ
A good night's work for Newcastle. A healthy advantage to take to Holland, although remember, AZ have never lost at home in Europe, a run that dates back to 1977. Should be a cracker next Thursday.

2122: Rangers are pressing and that has buoyed the home fans. Ricardo tips over a rising shot from Kevin Thomson.

2121: Stefan Klos makes a wonderful low save to his right to deny Munoz.

2120: Three minutes more at St James' Park.

2117: The poor weather's drifting south and it has started raining in Newcastle. As long as AZ do not rain on the home side's parade with another goal in the final few minutes the majority inside St James' Park will leave happy. Well, happy-ish.

2115: The ball bobbles around in the Rangers box from a corner but bounces through to Stefan Klos after Pierre Webo fails to get a telling touch on the ball. The Cameroonian had malaria last year.

2113: Are AZ happy taking a two-goal deficit back to Holland. Bring on a defender for a midfielder suggest so. Gijs Luirink replaces Nourdin Boukhari.

2111: The ball breaks for Javad Nekounam on the edge of the Rangers box. He has an inkling of space, but by the time he fires a shot away that has been closed down and the effort is blocked.

2109: Alan Hutton is walking a tightrope. Well, not literally, as if he was in this Glaswegian downpour he would lose his footing for sure, but a challenge from behind on the tricky Juanlu when you're already on a yellow? That's tightrope territory whatever the weather.

2106: A change for Newcastle as well. After 11 games out Emre returns, coming on in place of Damien Duff.

2105: Rangers and Osasuna resume and the weather conditions have deteriorated big time. The hosts bring on Nacho Novo for Charlie Adam.


TEAM NEWS - Braga v Tottenham
Braga opt for an attacking 4-3-3 formation and welcome back Joao Pinto. Tottenham make three changes from the team that beat West Ham at the weekend. Didier Zokora, Steed Malbranque and Robbie Keane come in for Jermaine Jenas, Hossam Ghaly and Jermain Defoe.

2100: GOAL Newcastle 4-2 AZ
A lifeline for AZ. Steven Taylor is harshly judged to have handled in the box and after Shay Given saves Moussa Dembele's spot kick, Danny Koevermans fires in the rebound.

2058: There is that man Obafemi Martins. His neat, volleyed flick almost releases Scott Parker but the skipper's first touch is poor.

PLAYER RATER: Obafemi Martins is your man of the match at the moment in the Newcastle game with a rating of 8.81.

2054: More changes south of the border. James Milner replaces the injured Antoine Sibierski, while Julian Jenner makes way for Jeremain Lens.

2051: HALF-TIME Rangers 0-1 Osasuna
The half-time whistle is greeted by boos north of the border.

2050: Two quick chances for Newcastle, but Kew Jaliens is alert to clear the danger first time up and Damien Duff gets the ball caught up in his feet after breaking into the area.

2048: An attacking change for AZ. Moussa Dembele comes on for Maarten Martens - so good they named him twice.

2045: A sensational tackle from Titus Bramble. Danny Koevermans is all but through on goal when Bramble slides in just inside the area and takes the ball cleanly. Anything less and Newcastle would have been down to 10 men and facing a penalty.

2043: Dutch international Tim de Cler races forward and cracks a shot in on target from inside the area on the left, Shay Given parries and cue pandemonium in the Newcastle box. Danny Koevermans blocks a follow-up shot from Nourdin Boukhari and when the ball breaks back to the Moroccan he has an air shot.

2041: AZ's Icelandic defender Gretar Steinsson is not having the best of nights. The man who gave Newcastle the lead with an own goal is now booked for a tug on Damien Duff.

2039: The Ibrox match has all the makings of being a testy encounter as the night wears on. Kris Boyd goes down injured and Osasuna play the ball out. Kris Boyd gets back up but Rangers do not give the ball back to their visitors.

2038: Frustration for Rangers as for the second time in quick succession they are pinged for offside as Brahim Hemdani looks to play in Barry Ferguson in the area.

2036: There is a crescendo of noise at Ibrox as Rangers threaten to thread a way through the midfield but they are crowded out by red shirts.

2034: AZ get things going again at St James' Park.

2032: Oh dear! Bad news for Rangers. Barry Ferguson catches Iranian holding midfielder Javad Nekounan under a high ball and the Gers skipper is booked. He will be suspended for the return leg next week in Pamplona.

2031: Rangers are keeping the ball well but cannot find a real cutting edge to threaten their visitors. Chris Burke's cross is straight at the visiting keeper Ricardo, who used to be on Manchester United's books.

2029: Things get a little heated after Raul Garcia fouls Charlie Adam. The Osasuna man holds on to the ball and Brahim Hemdani takes exception. The Osasuna man is booked and things calm down.

2027: That goal has seen Rangers make a change. Boss Walter Smith has given up his seat in the stand for a more hands-on role on the touchline.

2024: If Rangers can turn things around it could be good omen news for Newcastle. The 1969 Fairs Cup was the last time they won a trophy... until that Intertoto plaque tonight of course.

2022: There is a really bad historical omen out there for Rangers. They have not beaten Spanish opposition since seeing off Osasuna when these teams met in 1985. They have not beaten Spanish opposition over two legs since seeing off Athletic Bilbao in the Fairs Cup in 1968/69 season.

2020: GOAL Rangers 0-1 Osasuna
That shocks the Ibrox faithful. Juanlu flights a ball into the box from deep on the right and Raul Garcia flicks it on in a crowded box beyond Stefan Klos. It is the first time Rangers have conceded at home in the Uefa Cup this season.

2017: HALF-TIME Newcastle 4-1 AZ
AZ have yet to lose in the Uefa Cup this season, but unless the second-half is even more remarkable than the first you can count on that stat going in the bin.

2016: Stefan Klos does his best to liven it up with a shocking clearance from a back pass and Pierre Webo clatters into David Weir.

2015: Unlike the white-hot knuckle ride at St James' Park, it is a bit of a slow burner at Ibrox.

2012: The ball breaks for Danny Koevermans on the edge of the box, but despite the attentions of a host of black and white shirts he fires away a shot which Shay Given has to be alert to. He parries it away.

2009: An early free-kick for the red-shirted Osasuna and Carlos Cuellar's header gives Stefan Klos an early touch in the Rangers goal.

2007: GOALS Newcastle 4-1 AZ
The blue-booted Nobby Solano is afforded space on the right, but not as much as the white-booted Obafemi Martins gets in the box. The Peruvian pulls the ball back for the Nigerian, who drills a low shot in to the exact same part of the goal where he slotted his first. That's the first time AZ have conceded four this season and there goes their comeback.

2005: Two of our three matches are now under way. Osasuna, who are beset by injuries, play a 4-1-4-1 formation.

2002: Barry Ferguson leads out Rangers on the occasion of his 64th European appearance. He equals the club record which was set by John Greig who is "widely regarded as the greatest ever Ranger" according to boss Walter Smith.

2001: GOAL Newcastle 3-1 AZ
AZ coach Louis van Gall predicted goals and he was right. His side break at pace and the ball is worked wide to Julian Jenner. His cross from the right is headed in off the underside of the bar by Shota Arveladze.

1959: Newcastle keeper Shay Given palms away a shot from Shota Arveladze from outside the area.

1958: A good atmosphere, but not the best of conditions in Glasgow on a wild night. Maybe that's apt, as when these teams last met in Scotland in freakily wet weather conditions in September 1985. Rangers won that day 1-0.

1956: A good atmosphere is building at Ibrox. The home fans will be hoping boss Walter Smith has given his Rangers side whatever it was that Glenn Roeder dug out for the Newcastle boys.

1953: GOAL Newcastle 3-0 AZ
Crikey, this tie is as good as over. A biting tackle in midfield by Scott Parker wins back possession and Antoine Sibierski is the provider again. He floats a ball forward to Obafemi Martins who cuts in from the left and, from a central position on the edge of the box, rifles in a low effort.

1952: GOAL Newcastle 2-0 AZ
That clearance has cost AZ big time and Newcastle come back with interest. Nicky Butt finds Antoine Sibierski who frees Kieron Dyer inside the box on the right and he dinks his effort over Boy Waterman.

1951: Boy, what a bad clearance from AZ keeper Boy Waterman. He has just changed his boots, but maybe he should go back to the other ones.

1949: Now it is Newcastle's turn to boss the play, and they carve out a chance. Nobby Solano swings in a delightful cross but it is a touch too high for Obafemi Martins and his header is wide. The Nigerian was leaning back as he craned to get anything on the ball.

1945: Pretty possession from AZ, but no end product.


TEAM NEWS Rangers v Osasuna
Stefan Klos starts his first game in 11 months for Rangers in place of the suspended Allan McGregor. Osasuna opt to play Pierre Webo as a lone striker with former Aston Villa forward Savo Milosevic and top scorer Roberto Soldado injured.

1942: Titus Bramble needs some remedial classes about offside. He runs forward, arm raised and leaves an ocean of space for Danny Koevermans to run into down the left. He is unable to find his skipper and fellow striker Shota Arveladze in the box.

1940: Never mind all that bumph about the goals AZ have scored and the fact they never lose at home. They never win in England! Three visits and three defeats.

1938: GOAL Newcastle 1-0 AZ
AZ are struggling big time. A neat backheel from Damien Duff frees Kieron Dyer on the left and his wicked, low cross is turned in by Gretar Steinsson for an own goal.

1937: Another corner for Newcastle after good work from Kieron Dyer on the right and AZ are struggling to clear.

1933: Antoine Sibierski works some space on the right of the box, but his shot is deflected away for a corner. The shaven-headed Frenchman has another sight of goal as Newcastle open up AZ soon after the corner, but he cannot turn Stephen Carr's cross on target from a tight angle.

1932: A bright start from the visitors, who are playing three up front. Leading scorer Danny Koevermans is caught offside on the right.

1930: We're off. Far from a full house at St James' Park.

1928: Here come the teams. Newcastle in their customary black and white stripes, while AZ are also in their home kit of red shirts and white shorts.

1926: In addition, AZ have a nose for goal. They are the Uefa Cup's leading scorers this season, an accolade they also hold in the Dutch league having slotted 71 goals in 27 games.

1923: A word of warning for Newcastle. AZ have never lost in Europe at home - 28 matches and counting - so a Magpies victory looks like an absolute priority tonight.

1920: It is a busy night of action with the three matches featuring British sides running into each other. Rangers and Osasuna start at Ibrox at 2005 GMT before Sporting Braga entertain Tottenham in Portugal at 2135 GMT. The final whistle will be going at about 2325 GMT, all things being equal.

1919: The first match of the night between Newcastle and AZ brings together two of the tournament's form teams who are unbeaten this season. They have never met before.

1917: "It is not to be mocked," said Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder. They have been deemed the winners by virtue of having survived the longest of any of its entrants in the Uefa Cup. "It would be terribly disrespectful, no matter how small a competition is, to knock it," Roeder added.

1915: Newcastle have got their hands on some silverware for the first time since 1969. Captain Scott Parker is presented with a plaque to mark their success in the Intertoto Cup earlier in the season.


TEAM NEWS - Newcastle v AZ
Antoine Sibierski partners Obafemi Martins in the Newcastle attack with Kieron Dyer and Damien Duff on the flanks. Stephen Carr returns in defence in place of the ineligible Oguchi Onyewu. AZ make two changes to the team that won at the weekend with defenders Kew Jaliens and Gretar Steinsson coming in.


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