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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 October 2007, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Uefa Cup as it happened

Panathinaikos 3-0 Aberdeen
Bolton 1-1 Braga
Everton 3-1 Larissa
Tottenham 1-2 Getafe


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By Saj Chowdhury


Aberdeen Michael Hart was rated the best player for the Dons with 7.00 after a night he and the team will want to forget.

Bolton: Jussi Jaaskelainen and substitute El Hadji Diouf were rated the best players for Bolton with scores of 8.00.

Everton: Tim Cahill edges out fellow midfield engine Mikel Arteta with a rating of 7.73. Impressive by the Australian who was making his first start this season following a long-term injury.

Tottenham: Jermain Defoe was rated the north London side's best player with 7.71. For a striker that has rarely played this season - that's an impressive stat. Team-mate Dimitar Berbatov also scored highly with 7.47.

2201: "I'm a lifelong Arsenal fan and even I'm disgusted by how Martin Jol has been treated by Tottenham, absolutely disgraceful."
Matt via text on 81111

FULL-TIME Everton 3-1 Larissa
A comfortable win in the end for the Merseyside outfit. Substitute Victor Anichebe's introduction proved priceless for David Moyes' side.

FULL-TIME Bolton 1-1 Braga
This match was far from entertaining but Bolton will be upset at conceding late in the game from a cross.

FULL-TIME Tottenham 1-2 Getafe
It's all over for Martin Jol. His reign at White Hart Lane comes to an end with a defeat. The constant speculation that surrounded his future at the club dogged Jol this season and now the Dutchman is set to bid farewell to the north London club for the final time.

2149: Tottenham boss Martin Jol is shedding a tear or two while his name is chanted by the home support at White Hart Lane.

2145: GOAL Everton 3-1 Larissa
Victor Anichebe muscles his way into the area and gives Everton a two-goal cushion with a cool low finish from 10 yards.

NEWS ALERT: Martin Jol has parted company with Tottenham. It is understood the decision was made before kick-off.

2143: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Braga A late, late goal for the Portuguese side. Jailson leaps fantastically well to send his looping header past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

2141: Kevin Davies hits the woodwork for Bolton.

2140: Tottenham's Group G rivals Anderlecht beat Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-0.

2137: Daniel Diaz comes to the rescue twice for Getafe blocking two efforts from Defoe. Heroic stuff from the visitors.

2136: It's quiet again at Bolton.

2132: A number of major news sources are running with the line that Martin Jol is set to leave after the match against Getafe. If his tenure ends with defeat then it will be a very sad finale for the Dutchman.

2129: GOAL Tottenham 1-2 Getafe
Braulio gives the Spanish side the lead. The striker backheels the ball past Radek Cerny from a low right-wing cross from David Cortes. A bitter blow for the home side.

2126: GOAL Everton 2-1 Larissa
Silva Cleyton gives the away side hope. After dispossessing Joleon Lescott, Clayton eases past Joseph Yobo and slots the ball past Tim Howard.

2123: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Braga
Substitute El Hadji Diouf nods in after connecting with Kevin Davies' dinked cross from the right.

2120: Jorginho drills in a low angled shot from 10 yards out but Jussi Jaaskelainen saves well low down.

2118: Jermain Defoe unleashes a firework of a shot that flies three yards over Oscar Ustari's crossbar.

2118: The crowd are singing "Stand up for Martin Jol" at White Hart Lane.

2117: Bolton's El Hadji Diouf is about to come on for Danny Guthrie.

2116: "Ossssssssssssie what a cracker!"
ypsylon on 606

2114: Dimitar Berbatov misses with a header for Spurs from six yards. Frantic stuff at White Hart Lane.

2112: GOAL Everton 2-0 Larissa
Great strike from Leon Osman. The diminutive midfielder thunders in from 20 yards after feeding on a cheeky flick from Steven Pienaar who picked up the ball from Leighton Baines.

2110: Everton's James McFadden is left one-on-one with the keeper but the Larissa number one saves with his legs. The Scot should have done better with his chance.

2108: "If the reports about Jol are true - I hope Spurs win this match for him, and then never win another match this season. He's been treated disgracefully."
Eccles45 on 606

2106: They restart at Bolton and Everton.

2102: Getafe begin the second half with rumours sweeping through White Hart Lane that Juande Ramos is set to take over from Martin Jol.

2057: Getafe's Juan Albin and Spurs' Dimitar Berbatov swap shirts. How bizarre.

NEWS ALERT: There are some sources suggesting that Spurs boss Martin Jol is set to step down after the game against Getafe.

Bolton 0-0 Braga: "It's not a thriller", according to my colleague watching the game.

Tottenham 1-1 Getafe: Quite an entertaining match but Tottenham will be gutted to have let Getafe equalise straight after taking the lead. Martin Jol was livid after the Spanish team levelled.

Everton 1-0 Larissa: Everton are is control of their game. They haven't played at their best but haven't needed to. Good goal from Tim Cahill who has performed brilliantly.

2045: Good chance for Jermain Defoe. Tom Huddlestone dinks in a pass for his Tottenham team-mate but the end result is a shot high and wide from 20 yards out.

2045: "Good Jokes? No, but Gary Megson is the Bolton manager"
pompey_chimes on 606

2043: Tottenham's Anthony Gardner is stretchered off and replaced by Michael Dawson in defence.

2043: Tim Cahill's low strike from 25 yards is well saved by Larissa's Stefanos Kotsolis.

2041: Tottenham's Anthony Gardner falls awkwardly on his ankle.

2041: Having said that Getafe's Braulio winds up his leg for a volley from the edge of the area but it horribly spins off his foot and goes wide.

2039: It has gone a little bit quiet kids in the three matches - no decent chances. Anybody know any good jokes?

2032: Meanwhile, at the Reebok, Gary Megson has taken a spot in the dug-out. He will take charge of his first game on Sunday. I wonder if he'll take the half-time team-talk?

2031: Not much happening in the match at Goodison Park. The goal appears to have settled down the home team.

2030: Jermain Defoe's run into the box and shot is blocked by Daniel Diaz. Close again for Spurs.

2026: Nicolas Anelka misses a glorious chance to put Bolton ahead. The striker could only chip the ball to Braga keeper Paulo Santos from 40 yards after a terrible mistake by Alberto Rodriguez sent him through on goal.

2024: Dimitar Berbatov appears to have put Spurs back in the lead but his header is ruled out for offside. The replay suggests Jermain Defoe was offiside when the free-kick from the right was played in.

2021: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Getafe
Ruben de la Red grabs temporarily breaks Spurs hearts. He gets the smallest of touches to guide Granero's in-swinging free-kick into Radek Cerny's left-hand corner.

2018: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Getafe
Pascal Chimbonda delivers a looping cross from the right and finds the head of Dimitar Berbatov who nods the ball back across the six-yard area for Jermain Defoe who, for a relatively small man, leaps high to head in Spurs' opener.

2017: GOAL Everton 1-0 Larissa
Leon Osman drills in a cross from the left and Tim Cahill stoops low to head the ball past the keeper on his return to the side.

2015: It's quiet in the other games - trust me.

2011: "Changes in Latitude by Jimmy Buffett - 'If we weren't all crazy we would go insane'"
ElSquirrel on 606 in response to the Uefa Cup signature tune suggestions.

2008: Getafe's Esteban Granero fires his 12-yard shot over the bar after Nacho wins the ball on the byeline. An early scare for Spurs.

2005: "How about Stop Your Sobbing by The Pretenders or Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads?"
Graham, Kimpton via text on 81111 in response to the Uefa Cup signature tune suggestions.

2002: Getafe's Braulio hooks in a 25-yard shot but it is well held by Tottenham's Radek Cerny.

2001: All three games kick off.

1958: Newcastle defensive cult figure Nikos Dabizas is in the back four for Larissa.

1955: Fewer than 500 Getafe fans have made the trip. To be fair to them, their average attendance is about 11,000. The teams come out on to the White Hart Lane pitch to the music from Star Wars. Nice.

1952: Former Bolton boss Sammy Lee is in the stands to watch the Everton match - I don't think he has any chance of usurping David Moyes.

1945: Earlier on, Zenit St Petersburg drew 1-1 with AZ Alkmaar in Group A. If Everton can sneak a win then that would be a pretty good start for them.

1941: About 26,000 expected at White Hart Lane. An accident on the A10 is the reason the kick-off has been delayed until 2000 BST.

1939: "I'd rather the Uefa Cup theme tune was 'simply the best', at least until I'm sure Liverpool are staying in the Champions League! After that it should revert to 'I can only disappoint you' by Mansun"
Ant, Kingston via text on 81111

What did happen to Mansun?

1937: "Gardner? I know Dawson had a stinker against the barcodes but he's better than Gardner even on a bad day."
MightySpurs07-08 on 606

1931: Bolton make four changes to the side that lost to Arsenal with Nicolas Anelka back after recovering from a thigh injury and Gary Speed, Nicky Hunt and Gerald Cid recalled.

1929: Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is set to make his first start for the club since March.The Toffees make five changes from the side that lost to Liverpool at the weekend. James McFadden starts on his own up front with Ayegbeni Yakubu and Victor Anichebe dropping to the bench.

1927: The match between Tottenham and Getafe has been delayed until 2000 BST.

1910: The Tottenham team news is in, and under-fire Tottenham boss Martin Jol rings the changes for the Uefa Cup visit of Getafe.

Anthony Gardner, Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov are all drafted back into the starting XI, with Robbie Keane and Michael Dawson starting on the bench.

FULL-TIME Panathinaikos 3-0 Aberdeen
It's all over for the visiting Dons. They didn't really threaten the Panathinaikos goal much. After the referee blows the final whistle, what seems like a Greek take on the Z Cars theme tune is played over the tannoy system. Beautiful.

1844: "The Panathinaikos chairman has massive problems with his supporters. The club is trying to bring in legislation which will require fans to provide their name and address to obtain tickets, which they do not like. It appears Panathinaikos are the first Greek club to adopt the policy. Because of that the supporters are boycotting games."
sauceball1703 on 606 in response to why the stadium in Athens is far from full

1840: "Uefa Cup theme has to be Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young!"
Tom, Bath via text on 81111

1837: GOAL Panathinaikos 3-0 Aberdeen
It's a goal for Dimitrios Salpingidis. He pounces on the loose ball after Jamie Langfield makes a superb save low down from Andreas Ivanschitz's curling 25-yard free-kick.

1833: GOAL Panathinaikos 2-0 Aberdeen
Dimitrios Papadopoulos fires in a low drilled shot from the left side of the Aberdeen area to put the Greeks two goals up.

1826: Panathinakos should have made it 2-0 but Nasief Morris sends his header from six yards wide.

1820: It is a little bit quiet in the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium - apparently there is some sort of Panathinaikos fans protest. Any of you guys know what that's about?

1819: Lee Mair comes on for Andrew Considine.

1812: Lee Miller nods the ball into the path of Barry Nicholson who narrowly fails to get his head to the ball. Straight up the other end Dimitrios Salpigidis speeds down the right wing and leaves Andrew Considine for dead. His low ball into the penalty area just misses the outstretched leg of Dame Ndoye.

1810: "Safe European Home by The Clash - something Spurs probably wish they'd got!"
Matt Newsum, BBC Bus in response to the Uefa Cup theme tune suggestions

1809: "Surely the Uefa theme has to be Z-cars?"
Chris, Everton fan in Sheffield via text on 81111

A surprising choice from an Evertonian

1804: The second half starts. Dame Ndoye speeds into the box but luckily for Aberdeen, Alexander Diamond is on hand to prevent the forward getting in a good strike.

1803: The teams come out for the second half. I've just noticed home keeper Arkadiusz Malarz has got a wild mohican haircut.

1801: Dons can do it! Clark should have finished of a great attacking move! C'MON U REDS!
Andreas, Aberdeen via text on 81111

1755: "What about "Torture Me" by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers as the Uefa Cup theme...Yes I am a depressed Spurs fan!!!"
The Y... on 606

1754: "Knockin on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan? Its Oh So Quiet by Bjork? my personal favourite: Where's the Love by Hanson."
stonedefone on 606 in response to the Uefa Cup theme tune suggestions

I listened to MMMBop the other day on the wireless - it actually has got a good beat.

HALF-TIME Panathinakos 1-0 Aberdeen
Chances on goal have been few and far between in the opening 45 minutes, but the important statistic is that Panathinakos are leading. It's not a massive ask for Aberdeen to pull themselves back into the match.

1743: Scott Severin, Lee Miller and Derek Young are starting to put some good combinations together, but the Panathinaikos defence are pretty sharp at closing the trio down.

1742: "How about Second Best by well-endowed country and western veteran Dolly Parton?"
Iain Ross, Aberdeen, via text on 81111 in response to the Uefa Cup theme tune suggestion

1740: "What about 'Still Take You Home' by Arctic Monkeys? Idea of not being as good as it gets, but still worth a go."
Dazza via text on 81111 in response to the Uefa Cup theme tune suggestion

Is that Arctic Monkeys lead singer still going out with presenter Alexa Chung?

1736: An entertaining bout of pinball in the Panathinaikos box ends with the ball scrambled away. The Greek side don't look to clever when the ball is put in the mixer.

1734: "Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams or it's Peanut Butter - Jelly Time"
its_snowing on 606 in response to the Uefa Cup theme tune suggestion

1733: Scott Severin is booked for a foul on Dame Ndoye. He seemed to win the ball cleanly. Ndoye comes off on a stretcher seemingly in pain then comes back on the pitch within a minute. Amazing powers of recovery.

1731: "How about Swing Low Sweet Chariot? It's had a good effect on the Rugby World Cups."
LFCBENITEZ on 606 in response to the Uefa Cup theme tune suggestion

1727: Derek Young just fails to connect his head to the ball from six yards. Another chance for the Dons. Not much height in the home side's defence.

1726: "The Champions League's opera style theme sung by children with less vocal experience would be perfect for the Uefa Cup's signature tune."
Gav, Glasgow via text 81111

1724: It was Jackie McNamara's birthday on Wednesday. Happy birthday Jackie.

1721: "Aberdeen will (hopefully) scrape a draw...1-0 down at the moment but lets not let that pull us down."
Are you quite Kikkoman? on 606

1720: We need more suggestions as to what the signature tune should be for the Uefa Cup.

1719: Panathinaikos go close to going two-up. Dame Ndoye's sidefoot strike from 12 yards is well saved low down by the right hand of Jamie Langfield. Good effort keeper.

1717: "I'm looking for some good games in Uefa Cup this year to proove that the Dons have what it takes. STAND FREE."
Kev via text on 81111

Not a great start though Kev. They should have done better from the free-kick.

1711: GOAL Panathinakos 1-0 Aberdeen
Giannis Goumas rises high for a free-kick from Andreas Ivanschitz on the right and gets the slightest of touches with his head to flick the ball past Jamie Langfield in the Aberdeen goal.

1709: "I predict 0-1 to the Dons! Richie Byrne to come off the bench and steal the winner right at the death!"
From sonoftherock via text on 81111

1707: It's Aberdeen's 100th appearance in Uefa club competition. Happy returns!

1705: Derek Young with a tremendous run down to the byeline cuts the ball back and finds Chris Clark who pokes his volley two yards over the bar. Early chance for the Dons.

1704: "Saj, yes it does still have the arcades, however they now tend to be filled with little scallies with their trousers tucked into their socks!"
Mark, Redcar via text on 81111 (see 1653)

1701: It has kicked-off in the match between Panathinaikos and Aberdeen. You can watch the match on our website.

1658: "Stand free where ever you may be we are the famous Aberdeen."
Montana via text on 81111

I'm not sure if that is a suggestion for the Uefa Cup theme tune.

1653: "Saj, I didn't realise the Uefa cup was now a 5 a side competition? Or did you mean 8 groups of 5 teams?!"
Mark, Redcar via text on 81111

Massively fair point Mark. How could those rules confuse me? Does Redcar still have the arcades?

1649: "I think the Uefa Cup theme tune should be Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson. It's inspirational."
Caroline Cheese, BBC Sport

1647: "I hope Everton put the derby behind them and get a result tonight, I feel they should have had at least a draw last Saturday."
loyalgunner07 on 606

TEAM NEWS: Aberdeen's Scott Severin takes his place in the side after recovering from a knock, as does midfielder Michael Hart who is fit to play following a tonsil operation. Panathinaikos' main striker Dimitris Papadopoulos is on the bench with Dimitris Salpigidis spearheading their attack.

1631: I was humming along to the Champions League theme tune (a work by Handel apparently) while writing the Liverpool report last night and wondered why the Uefa Cup hasn't got a jazzy signature ditty. You guys got any ideas as to what they should use? I like War of the Worlds - Jeff Wayne style.

1630: It should be an interesting night in the Uefa Cup with four British teams kicking-off their bids to qualify from the group stage of the competition. For those unfamiliar with this format, here is a brief explanation:

  • Eight groups of five teams
  • Two games played at home; two played away

  • Winners, runners-up and third-placed teams from each group qualify for the last 32 (joined by eight teams from the Champions League groups)

Simple? I hope so.

Uefa Cup photos
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