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Uefa Cup as it happened


FT Aston Villa 1-1 FH Hafnarfjordur (Agg: 5-2)
Match report FT FC Midtjylland 0-1 Man City (Agg: 1-1, City win 4-2 on penalties)
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By Jonathan Stevenson

2200: Time to wrap up then, methinks. Congrats to our boys for making it into the first round of the Uefa Cup - don't forget the draw is at 1200 BST tomorrow (Friday). I'll be back with you on Saturday for some Premier League chat - no teams with ridiculous names there. You've been delightful. You really have.

2155: Player Rater: Well, Craig Gardner is a country mile out in front at the minute, with a rip-roaring rating of 7.71. He's making Marlon Harewood trail in his wake, with the former West Ham hitman on a pretty disastrous 5.25. Don't agree? Vote away.
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2150: "I'd like to withdraw my statement from 1910. That was awful."
Jamie, via text

You'll learn, son.

2147: Full-time Aston Villa 1-1 FH Hafnarfjordur (Agg: 5-2)

2145: Oh Marlon. Harewood gets away down the right, doesn't look up and crosses to, well, no-one. Woe, woe, woe.

2142: Substitute Jonas Gardarsson shoots from an acute angle but it's saved by Brad Friedel, and the resulting corner comes to nothing.

2140: By popular demand, it's only right I mention St Patricks, who have caused a big shock by beating IF Elfsborg 2-1 to move into the first round of the Uefa Cup. That's no mean feat, either. Many congratulations to those boys.

2136: "So then Stevo, what happened to this 6-0 win for Villa then?"
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You tell me pal, you write the scripts. What a stitch up...

2132: Wayne Routledge has been a bit more lively in the last few minutes and he skips past one challenge before sending over a lovely cross that the goalkeeper comes out well to gather. Much better wing play.

2129: Marlon Harewood produces a moment of rare magic, chesting the ball down in the area, turning very neatly and firing in a shot that is brilliantly saved, before Nathan Delfouneso lashes the rebound wide. Typical Harewood - when he acts on instinct, he can be brilliant, but when he's got time to think about it, he's useless.

2128: Nathan Delfouneso is booked for a sliding, slightly naughty foul.

2125: Craig Gardner's shot is deflected wide but the referee is probably quite bored too and obviously wasn't watching as he gives a goalkick. Good pace down the right from Wayne Routledge and his cross is acrobatically missed by Marlon Harewood before Gareth Barry teed up Gardner.

2120: Asgeir Asgeirsson crashes in a half-volley that flies into the side-netting. Speculative, but why not.

2120: "Maybe Marlon Harewood could go to sleep on the halfway lne for ten minutes or so, so when he wakes up he might feel like a sub."
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2117: Now then, 17-year-old Nathan Delfouneso comes off the bench and he'll give us some excitement. The miserable Gabriel Agbonlahor is taken off - to some decent applause, too. The cheek of it.

2116: Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away possession carelessly, for the umpteenth time tonight. He doesn't look interested, but he should be - this is a guy trying to force his way into England reckoning. It's just not good enough.

2114: "He's not playing, but isn't Ashley Young absolute class? Best English winger by a mile. Wish he was at Arsenal, 9m was a bargain even by Wenger's standards."
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2112: Atli Bjornsson nearly gets his name on the scoresheet for the second time, but Brad Friedel saves his 20-yard left-foot shot.

2110: Marlon Harewood flicks on a corner and it's just too far ahead of Moustapha Salifou. This is starting to get boring.

2110: "Maybe its Villa's problem - too many Englishmen. Seem to recall Steve McClaren had the same problem at Boro and, surprisingly, also with England..."
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2108: Asgeir Asgeirsson gets a nasty bang on the head in an aeriel challenge with Curtis Davies and he will need a little bit of treatment off the pitch.

2106: No wonder Wayne Routledge cannot get a regular start. He receives a gorgeous 50-yard pass from Isaiah Osbourne (that should pick up his Player Rater mark), but twists and turns unconvincingly and Hafnarfjordur easily deal with him again. If he can't threaten these boys, he might as well retire from Premier League football.

2104: The definitive: "Middlesbrough, on the last day day of the 2005/06 season played a team of 10 players from within an hour's drive of the club and one other Englishman against Fulham. They played well, but lost 1-0."
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2100: Villa get us started in the second half. Stay tuned for goals, goals, goals.

2059: "The way Villa are shipping goals lately, you'd think they were already fielding 11 Englishmen."
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2056: "Villa could field an all-English XI as well as at least three English substitutes, plus any youth players they have: Taylor; Young, Davies, Knight, Shorey; Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Barry, Young; Agbonlahor, Harewood. Subs: Routledge, Gardener, Osbourne. A refreshing thought in the modern world with foreign players dominating English teams' line-ups."
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2052:Player Rater - Gabriel Agbonlahor is leading so far with an average of 8.20, admittedly against pretty standard opposition though. Isaiah Osbourne has the lowest score a paltry 4.50. Thinks that's garbage? Then get voting.
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2048: "(See 2038) I think it was actually Villa that fielded an all-English 11 under John Gregory in the Premiership. Where's Motty when you need him?"
Sam, Bristol, via text

Where indeed.

2045: Half-time Aston Villa 1-1 FH Hafnarfjordur

2044: Hjortur Valgardsson trips Wayne Routledge and receives a yellow card for his troubles. From the free-kick 25 yards out to the right of the penalty area, Gareth Barry forces a tip-over save from Robert Orn Oskarsson.

2043: "(See 2038) Didn't Steve McClaren field an all-English side for the Boro?"
Fat Lad from Reading, via text

2040: Villa carve FH open once again, but this time Moustapha Salifou gets the ball stuck in his feet and his shot is scuffed wide.

2039: Marlon Harewood pays for his second reckless challenge of the evening and is shown a yellow card.

2038: "I think he should! Does anyone know the last time a top-flight team fielded an all-English starting XI?"
Ryan, Southampton, via text

2032: "Does anyone else think that Martin O'Neill could field the first full starting line-up of Englishman this season?"
Dan, Wellingborough, via text

2028: GOAL Aston Villa 1-1 FH Hafnarfjordur
Oh I say. Well that wasn't in the script, was it? Atli Bjornsson takes advantage of a Brad Friedel mistake - he palms a cross straight into the striker's path - and he chests the ball down and smashes it into the roof of the net.

2026: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 FH Hafnarfjordur
Very, very standard goal. Marlon Harewood is sent away down the right, he cross on to the penalty spot and Craig Gardner, who has impressed in central midfield so far, calmly slots high into the net. Good goal son.

2023: Tryggvi Gudmundsson gets his head on to Atli Bjornsson's left-wing cross, but he cannot get enough power behind it and Brad Friedel makes an easy enough save. Good break from the little team, though.

2019: That Gareth Barry - he's a good player isn't he? He checks inside his player, drifting in from the left, and curls a right-foot shot just past the post from 22 yards. Imagine if he had a really good right foot - how much would he be worth?

2015: That would have been a gorgeous goal. Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses from the left again, Craig Gardner steps over the ball just inside the 18-yard box and Wayne Routledge clips an outside-of-the-right-foot shot just past the angle of post and bar.

2014: Great break by Villa and Marlon Harewood's dangerous low cross from the right is expertly cleared by Dennis Siim.

2013: You lot have all gone quiet - maybe you didn't hear me earlier? Can you keep those texts coming in on 81111 - it's not as if I've limited your chat boundaries, is it? And stick with 606, it could get lively again.
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2011: Moustapha Salifou hammers a right-foot shot over from 22 yards after good work down the left and a decent pull-back from Gabriel Agbonlahor.

2007: Brad Friedel makes a good save to his left after Matthias Gudmundsson twisted and turned on the left inside the penalty area and got away a decent shot.

2006: "Well no Delfounso, who many thought would start today. Is he on the bench? C'mon Stevo, you haven't told us who the subs are. Pull your finger out!"
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Can you ever forgive me? Those substitutes in full then: Taylor, Laursen, Ashley Young, Carew, Delfouneso, Petrov, Baker.

2003: Wayne Routledge uses his pace to get away down the right but his slide-rule pass across the six-yard box is just too far ahead of Craig Gardner and his shot flies wide.

2002: Here's another Stevo Predo: Marlon Harewood WILL score tonight. Get your money on it.

1959: Early half-chance for Wayne Routledge on his first Villa start, but he blazes a volley high and wide from 20 yards.

1959: Under way at Villa Park.

1954: Forgot my Stevo Predos this week, didn't I? What a clown. I'm going Aston Villa 6-0 FH Hafnarfjordur. Standard.

1950: "We've got some good players playing tonight and we are expecting a good performance. We've got a good advantage, but what you don't want to do is let that slip."
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill

Aston Villa: Friedel, Gardner, Knight, Davies, Barry, Routledge, Reo-Coker, Osbourne, Salifou, Agbonlahor, Harewood.
FH Hafnarfjordur: Oskarsson, Asgeirsson, Nielsen, Siim, Valgardsson, Vihjalmsson, Vidarsson, Bjorn Sverrisson, Petur Sigurdsson, Bjornsson, Tryggvi Gudmundsson.

1946: "Spurs 6-2 Southampton - Ronny Rosenthal scored an amazing hat-trick coming off the bench."
Wayne, Faversham, via text

1941: "Luton 3-5 Liverpool had some beauties."
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1939:TEAM NEWS Aston Villa v FH Hafnarfjordur
Aston Villa make just the six changes as they defend a 4-1 lead from the first leg. Wayne Routledge and Moustapha Salifou are handed first starts for the club, while Marlon Harewood, Zat Knight, Craig Gardner and Isaiah Osbourne also come into the starting XI.

1936: "My memory is rubbish, so the highest quality goals in a game I can remember is Holland 4-1 France. Magnificent strikes from Robben and Sneijder, and two great build ups that led to goals for Henry and Van Persie. And Kuyt scored too."
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1932: I reckon in a game I've been at, it'd either be Forest 0-4 Man Utd on Boxing Day 1996, when they scored some crackers, including a stunning free-kick from David Beckham, or the FA Cup final in 2006, when Steven Gerrard scored two absolute belters.

1928: "Man United 7-1 Roma. I thought that there were some brilliant goals there."
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1924: The great Danny the Stat has just texted in - I'm surprised he's not still watching highlights of Bristol Rovers beating Hereford 6-1 on Saturday. Mind you, there were some pretty special goals in amongst that lot. Danny wants to know what's the match with the highest-quality goals you've ever seen? Not the most - just the best.

1920: So, who is Nathan Delfouneso? Well, he was born in 1991, which frankly just shouldn't be allowed. He's a 6ft 1in striker who scores goals for fun for Villa's reserve and academy teams and he bagged a hat-trick on his England Under-17 debut to boot. He's been dubbed 'the new Ian Wright'. But only by me.

1914: "I'm predicting a 3-0 win for Villa's reserves tonight. I won't try and guess the scorers as I - like many of us - have no idea who O'Neill is going to put out there. Delfouneso to start maybe? A future England striker and no mistaking! "
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1910: "Why in the build up to the mighty Villa playing is it chat about what you like? European domination begins here!"
Jamie, via text

1906: "Oi Stevo! Apart from oxygen are you sure you didnt have a little tipple? Go on mate! Tell us."
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Hahaha. I wish I could pal - it got a bit frantic there for a few minutes, could've done with a little relaxer. But you know me, professional to the last. Do you want to try spelling Hafnarfjordur after a couple of beers?

1900: It's happy hour, officially. Chat about whatever you want - Champs League draw, the Uefa Cup, the Premier League - heck, you can even bang on about Bristol Rovers winning 6-1 at the weekend if you want. It's your special day.

1815: So Man City sneak through to the Uefa Cup first round, but let's not forget that the draw has just been made for the group stage of the Champions League. It's a good one too - looking forward to Manchester United v Celtic and Chelsea v Roma among others. Also, we've still got another Uefa Cup qualifier to go tonight - Aston Villa take on FH Hafnarfjordur, with a 4-1 advantage from the first leg. I'll be back at 1900 BST after I take in some oxygen, so get back involved then. Nice one.
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1811: By the way, for those of you panning Uefa for handing Ronaldo the striker of the year award because "he's not a striker", I'm hearing you loud and clear. But he's not a midfielder by any stretch of any imagination, either. You don't score 42 goals in a season by tracking back, that's not up for debate.

1809: "(See 1750) Best tell James of Macclesfield not to buy a lottery ticket tonight. Well done City."
Dave, London, via text

1803:Manchester City win 4-2 on penalties and are in the first round of the Uefa Cup. Blimey that was close. Anything Liverpool can do, eh...


CORLUKA SCORES FC Midtjylland 2-4 Man City
AFRIYIE SAVED FC Midtjylland 2-3 Man City
HAMANN SCORES FC Midtjylland 2-3 Man City
BORRING SAVED FC Midtjylland 2-2 Man City
JOHNSON SAVED FC Midtjylland 2-2 Man City
POULSEN SCORES FC Midtjylland 2-2 Man City
PETROV SCORES FC Midtjylland 1-2 Man City
REID SCORES FC Midtjylland 1-1 Man City
EVANS SCORES FC Midtjylland 0-1 Man City

1754: "Never have I seen such a boring match. Hopefully Man City will play like this on Sunday too!"
Paul, Sunderland, via text

1752: Full-time in extra-time in Denmark and we are going to penalties.

1751: Presumably Fernando Torres' eyes will have lit up at that last pot - he'll be going home to Madrid to play Atletico.

1750: "City will lose if it goes to pens. With Elano off only Hamann the German will score."
James, Macclesfield, via text

Champions League group stage draw in full:
Group A: CHELSEA, AS Roma, Bordeaux, Cluj
Group B: Inter, Werder, Panathinaikos, Anorthosis
Group C: Barcelona, Sporting, FC Basel, Shakhtar
Group D: LIVERPOOL, PSV, Marseille, Atletico
Group E: MAN UTD, Villarreal, CELTIC, Aalborg
Group F: Lyon, Bayern, Steaua, Fiorentina
Group G: ARSENAL, FC Porto, Fenerbahce, Dinamo Kiev
Group H: Real Madrid, Juventus, Zenit, Bate

1748: Atletico Madrid finish off Liverpool's group, complete with PSV Eindhoven and Marseille.

1747: Arsenal's group is complete, with Dinamo Kiev joining the Gunners, FC Porto and Fenerbahce.

1746: Six minutes left in extra-time in Denmark. Are Man City going to penalties?

1746: Romanians Cluj complete Group A, with Chelsea, AS Roma and Bordeaux.

1744: Man Utd and Celtic's group is complete - they will play Villarreal and Aalborg of Denmark.

1743: "Just step back - remember that Chelsea were unlucky not to win it. And if you care to remember, the final great game went to penalties."
Jim, Croydon, via text

Oh I remember. I was there, after all. Still seems silly though.

1741:Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo is given the striker of the year award. Didier Drogba must be gutted!

1739: The great Eusebio is introduced in Monaco to present the forward of the year award. I'd just give it to him. What a legend.

1738: Marseille are in Group D with Liverpool and PSV.

1738: Scottish champions Celtic are drawn. They are in Group E with Manchester United and Villarreal.

1736: Half-time in extra-time FC Midtjylland 0-1 Manchester City (agg: 1-1)

1735: Turks Fenerbahce, complete with Spain's Euro 2008-winning coach Luis Aragones, are in Group G with Arsenal.

1734: French side Bordeaux are drawn in Group A with Chelsea.

1733: Daniel Sturridge bashes a left-foot shot against the bar for Man City.

1731: This is a Chelsea carve-up and no mistake. Frank Lampard beats off some pretty major opposition to win Uefa's midfielder of the year for last season. Did anyone actually see who won it?

1730: "Terry? Is someone having a laugh? Ferdinand was top of the stats by miles and stats don't lie."
Steve, Portsmouth, via text

1729: The good news is that the English boys have all avoided Bayern Munich, who are in Group F with perennial French champions Lyon. Celtic are in the next pot.

1728: Jose Mourinho's old boys FC Porto are in Group G with Arsenal.

1727: Francesco Totti's AS Roma are put into Group A with Chelsea.

1726: Spanish side Villarreal, who could be dangerous, are in with Manchester United. Meanwhile in Denmark, Michael Johnson runs clean through and sees his shot saved by the legs of Lasse Heinze. Stephen Ireland then heads wide from four yards.

1725: PSV Eindhoven are drawn in Liverpool's group.

1724: "City are more likely to win this now, momentum always seems to work like that, the midjits will be deflated and lose it all."
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1722:Chelsea's John Terry is named the Uefa defender of the year for last season. Terry and Cech, so far. I thought Chelsea lost the final?

1721: Back under way in Denmark don't forget, as Manchester City take FC Midtjylland into extra-time.

1719:Manchester United, last season's winners, head up Group E.

1718: Liverpool, having scraped past Standard Liege in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, are in Group D.

1718:Arsenal are in Group G. I won't tell you who is in all of the groups all of the time, but the important stuff, you'll hear about. Don't worry.

1717:Chelsea are drawn in Group A. This may take some time.

1716: Full-time FC Midtjylland 1-1 Manchester City

1715: "The latest from Monaco is that Uefa bigwig David Taylor is out on stage. He's explaining the system for the draw in ridiculous detail and even he seems a bit lost. Hopefully we'll get some balls with some names on it will all turn out nice in the end."
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1714: I wouldn't want to be Babjide Babatunde in that dressing-room if the Danes don't go through here. Though he can probably look after himself.

1711: GOAL FC Midtjylland 0-1 Manchester City (agg: 1-1)
Tragic scenes for the Danes, but jubilation for City. Michael Ball swings over a cross from the left, Ched Evans heads it (it's going wide) and it hits Danny Califf on the head and bounces in. Unbelievable. There goes my easy Champions League draw updates, too. Cheers Ched.

1710: Danny Olsen kicks fresh air from 12 yards after Midtjylland find space down the right once again to get in a dangerous cross. City are moments away from a European-less season here.

1708: Uefa are handing out the awards for last season's players of the year. Uefa goalkeeper of the year - Chelsea's Petr Cech.

1707: More from Champo League Andy: "Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson are seen in the crowd at the Champions League draw. Even they don't seem that interested in re-living last season. Get on with the draw Uefa."

1706: This from my colleague watching the Champions League draw: "It doesn't sound like we're going to be seeing balls drawn anytime soon over in Monaco. They are replaying the action from last season. Manchester United won, apparently."

1704: He's a sprinter, I swear to God. He cannot be a footballer. A cross comes over from the left and Babjide Babatunde pretty much lets it hit his thigh as it balloons over the City bar from eight yards. If City snatch a late leveller, that boy will be getting some stick.

1701: Gilt-edged springs to mind. Babjide Babatunde makes a mockery of Richard Dunne's marking and he's got a clear sight of goal 15 yards out, but slashes hopelessly wide. City take off 19m Jo and bring on Welsh kid Ched Evans. Make yourself a hero, son.

1701: "I think someone needs to tell Man City that this is a big game they need to win, they seem so laid back."
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1658: Micah Richards is booked for walking off with the ball after fouling George Floresuc. To be fair, I'd have thought City really need to get on with this. But you wouldn't have thought they were behind, looking at them.

1655: Tell you what, that Babjide Babatunde doesn't hang about. He'd have got a start on Usain Bolt there as he races on to a through ball, but again Joe Hart is off his line super quick and averts the danger.

1654: "I couldn't agree more with Steve in the basement (see 1645). Ben Haim reminds me of a sleepy and clumsy mole."
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1652: Babjide Babatunde gets free of his marker (if there even was one) and directs a header agonisingly wide of the far post from a right-wing corner. If the Danes bag, it's all over.

1648: Oh goody. It's relief as Jude Ikechukwu Nworuh is taken off by Midtjylland, before my world comes crashing down again with the introduction of the equally extravagantly-named Babjide Collins Babatunde. Only kidding, love it.

1647: More great football from the Danish side and the ball is lifted over the City defence for Mikkel Thygesen to run on to, but Joe Hart reacts very sharply and chests the ball down on the edge of the box before clearing.

1645: "Sigh. I fear for us with Ben Haim in squad, he's not impressed me so far. I think Hughes will turn us into another Blackburn. Which is a slightly classier Bolton, which is not good. At least with SWP back we'll have some more options."
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1643: "Stevo - are you going to be doing live text updates for the CL draw on this page?"
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Thanks for the reminder mate - yep, stay here for all the Champions League group stage news as it happens. It's due to start in 17 minutes, so let's hope they delay a bit. Hint hint, Uefa.

1641: Stephen Ireland gets into a fantastic position down the right to the byline, but his pull-back is a shocker - straight to a Midtjylland defender. What a waste.

1640: Tal Ben Haim is replaced by Dietmar Hamann. A minute ago it looked like Micah Richards was being taken off - and boy did the big unit not look happy about that. But Richards stays on and Ben Haim trudges off.

1638: Change for City, with Elano taken off for Daniel Sturridge. Elano had to go - he looked like he could get sent off any moment.

1637: Danny Olsen hits one from 20 yards but it trickles through to Joe Hart. Moments later the impressive Jonas Borring lets fly from 20 yards and the ball is deflected wide for a corner.

1634: Great feet from Elano, he dribbles brilliantly past two Midtjylland players before being fouled, but then the Brazilian picks up a booking because he forcefully tried to get the ball back from Adigun Salami. Silly booking, the Jekyll and Hyde of Elano in the space of 10 seconds there.

1630: Block and a half that from Kolja Afriyie as Martin Petrov cracked in a shot from 12 yards, after Michah Richards' header had been half-cleared. That's central midfield's Micah Richards, obviously.

1628: Does the word ambitious mean anything to Martin Petrov. He shoots from an angle that would make Marco van Basten blush and the ball flies off target. They need to show some patience, City.

1627: Eventually back under way in Denmark - that delay won't help with the Champions League group stage draw overlap. City either score or they're out of the Uefa Cup at a ridiculously early stage.

1626: There's a problem with one of the nets at the SAS Arena. I'm tempted to say if it's the goal City are shooting towards, they needn't bother sorting it. But I won't. Oh.

1624: "Any chance of SWP flying out for the second half?"
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1622: "City need to play Sturridge up front with Jo with Elano just behind and put Micah at right-back where his pace can be utilised. Take off Corluka who just doesn't look right at the moment, maybe because of transfer talk."
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1618:Player Rater: Manchester City's Micah Richards leads at the halfway stage with an average of 6.27 while Midtjylland's Winston Reid is perhaps harshly the lowest rated with 5.00. Get voting.
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1609: Half-time FC Midtjylland 0-0 Manchester City (agg 1-0)

1607: Martin Petrov lashes in a left-footed volley from 15 yards out on the left, it's a kind of cross-shot but Lasse Heinze gathers well with Jo breathing down his neck.

1606: Jo scampers away down the left and his deflected cross loops up dangerously, Winston Reid brilliantly climbing high to head the ball away from danger.

1604: They play some lovely stuff, Midtjylland. Jonas Borring makes another great run but just as Danny Olsen plays the ball through he had to stop for fear of being offside. Unlucky. Some great interchanges in midfield.

1603: "(See 1556) I wish I'd had a teacher that played football manager."
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1600: Richard Dunne powers forward from the back and sets up Elano, but the Brazilian's touch lets him down at the crucial moment and the ball runs through to goalkeeper Lasse Heinze.

1556: "My first time texting in, I'm a school teacher on the last week of the holidays. Been playing football manager 08 all day and decided I needed a break so I'm now here pressing F5 with the rest of you! It's a tough life."
Rick in Tewkesbury, via text

Good to know that the education of our future generation is in good hands.

1551: Michael Ball saves Man City with a brilliant last-ditch tackle after Jonas Borring teed up Danny Olsen in the visitors' penalty area. Cracking defending.

1550: That Jonas Borring, he's a threat I tells ya. The 23-year-old tries another long-ranger and Joe Hart once more has to be alert to catch the ball above his head. At the other end, Elano hammers a free-kick over the bar. Since that Newcastle one last year, his set-pieces have been disappointing, haven't they?

1546: "Portsmouth fan here stuck in the office, obviously looking forward to Uefa cup Thursdays, but when is the draw?"
Chris in Basingstoke, via text

Good question - the draw takes place at 1200 BST on Friday. And don't forget the Champions League draw either - at 1700 BST today. Meanwhile, Elano's left-foot drive from an angle is well saved by the exceptionally-named Lasse Heinze.

1544: I'm not drunk, but Micah Richards is playing in central midfield. I swear - I haven't touched a drop so far today. But what on earth is he playing there for?

1540: "I couldn't really care less if we lose today. Now we have SWP back we'll be in the Champions League draw a year today!"
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Hahaha. Great banter. I hope you're not being serious.

1537: "See 1500: mate you've hit the nail on the head. Never thought I'd be interested in the Uefa cup qualifying round, but after spending all day in an office staring at spreadsheets I can't wait!"
Josh in Weston-Super-Mare, via text

1534: Text commentator's dream Jo hammers a right-foot shot miles wide from 20 yards after barging his marker off the ball. Let's hope the character-challenged Brazilian sees plenty of the ball today (yeah, I know his full name is Joao Alves de Assis Silva, sue me).

1532: Jonas Borring has a golden chance to put City further behind on aggregate but as he bursts on to a flick-on his right-foot shot is not hit hard enough and Joe Hart gets across well to parry the ball away. Scare number one for the English boys.

1530: Stephen Ireland lets fly from 15 yards after the Danes (it's easier this way) fail to clear their lines from a corner. It's bit high and a bit wide, but a sign of City's intent.

1529: "Football at any time of the day is awesome Stevo. Being stuck at work for all these midweek fixtures (still morning here) I live for the F5 key... long live Uefa Cup Thursdays!"
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1527: "As a Brighton fan I have in interest in this game. If City go through they'll play us in the Carling Cup while I'm on my holiday and I'll miss seeing them at fortress Withdean. If City go out we'll play before I leave. Come on Midtjylland!"
Coxy in Hove, via text

1525: We are under way in Denmark.

FC Midtjylland: Heinze, Afriyie, Califf, Reid, Poulsen, Florescu, Salami, Olsen, Borring, Thygesen, Nworuh.
Man City: Hart, Ben-Haim, Richards, Dunne, Michael Ball, Corluka, Johnson, Ireland, Petrov, Elano, Jo.

1520: I fear for Man City too. But not because they're not very good - rather because two weeks ago FC Midtjylland proved they are a decent outfit. Watch out for classy midfielders George Florescu and Adigun Salami - they had a ball in Manchester.

1517: "I hope Pompey get a easy team. When is the draw tommorow? I fear for Man City."
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1515: I need you lot more than ever today. It's gonna be a long one, so get those texts flying in to 81111 and join the debate on 606 too. I don't care what you want to talk about - heck, we can even discuss football if you fancy it.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has recovered from concussion to take his place in the starting XI, along with striker Jo who is no longer jet-lagged after arriving back from the Olympics last week. Midtjylland boss Thomas Thomasberg made no changes from the side that beat City 1-0 in the first leg.

1509: It's already a great day for Man City fans, though, as their prodigal son Shaun Wright-Phillips returns to the club after three pretty rubbish years at Chelsea. He won't be playing in Midtjylland today, ironically enough.
Man City re-sign Wright-Phillips

1505: There is a reason why I've started so early today, it's not that I just love banging on about nothing all day long. Manchester City are in action in only 20 minutes in Denmark, taking on FC Midtjylland. It's the second leg and it's for a place in the first round of the Uefa Cup. After a woeful display in Manchester, City are 1-0 down.
Man City 0-1 FC Midtjylland

1500: I swear, these things just get earlier and earlier. Look, I know it's a stupid time on a stupid day to play football, but don't pretend there's not a little part of you that thinks it's awsome. I'm sure you've worked hard enough for one day - so put your feet up, get the teas in and start pressing F5 as if your life depends on it.

see also
Man City 0-1 FC Midtjylland
14 Aug 08 |  Europe

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