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Uefa Cup as it happened


Wisla Krakow 1-1 Tottenham (agg 2-3) Match report
Standard Liege 2-1 Everton (agg 4-3) Match report
Man City 2-1 Omonia Nicosia (agg 4-2) Match report
Motherwell 0-2 AS Nancy (agg 0-3) Match report
Aston Villa 1-1 Litex Lovech (agg 4-2) Match report
Guimaraes 2-2 Portsmouth (agg 2-4) Match report


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By Andrew McKenzie

0016: I'd second Peter Crouch's chat (below) but it could have been longer without those goals. Well done to Crouch and Pompey for providing a dramatic end to an action-packed day. It was certainly a marathon not a sprint but it's been a cracker. Thanks for sharing and caring. Now go and get some sleep.

0015: Douglas takes the Player Rater honours with a mark of 8.00 after 120 minutes, but you can still register your marks.
Player Rater

0012: "We came out in the second half and dominated. We were a lot fitter than them and that told in the end. Our fitness and quality showed. Glen Johnson was fantastic down the right and fantastic cross. It's been a late night."
Pompey match-winner Peter Crouch

0011: "Shame 606 is closed... Congrats to Pompey! They deserve it. All the perseverance and my dog barked just as Crouch scored the 2nd goal. Spooky!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

0009: FULL-TIME Guimaraes 2-2 Portsmouth (agg 2-4)
That's all folks. Pompey are safely through but it was anything but easy. They showed real character in the second half and extra-time and will join Tottenham, Aston Villa and Manchester City in the group stages.

0007: We have one minute to go of normal extra-time, not that this has been normal. Guimaraes have not given up yet as Joao Alves fires in a shot that David James can only parry.

0005: "Great strike from Peter Crouch, and right on the stroke of midnight!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

It has turned out to be Good Friday for Pompey.

0001: In the joy of Peter Crouch quite literally putting this game to bed, I didn't get chance to answer Bluekrackers' question about away goals. Not that it matters now as Guimaraes need three goals, but away goals would have counted.

2359: Guimaraes 2-2 Portsmouth (agg 2-4)
Peter Crouch you absolute beauty. A cracker of a finish from the big fella, who finds room, picks his spot and slots home powerfully with a sidefooted effort. Thank you and good night.

2358: "Andrew can u please confirm if away goals count as double after 90 minutes? I didn't think they did."
Bluekrackers via text on 81111

2356: Are you watching Southampton?, the Pompey fans chant. I'd be very surprised lads. They are almost certainly in bed by now.

2356: "Come on Pompey! Don't let all the hard work from last year go to waste now! The 1-0 at Old Trafford, the other big results from last season were all for this! Time for people like Defoe, Campbell, Distin and James to use their European experience and step up to the plate!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

2353: Pompey's fans are in buoyant mood and who can blame them? Younes Kaboul has come on for Jermain Defoe as Harry Redknapp looks to end this one.

2352: Half-time in extra-time and about time too at the Estadio D Afonso Henriques.

2351: Great work from Glen Johnson there and fully deserved. He's had a top game and played a key role in denying Guimaraes a goal moments earlier after David James's save, clearing as Douglas was preparing to pounce on the rebound.

2349: GOAL Guimaraes 2-1 Portsmouth (agg 2-3)
Gooooooaaaaaalllll. Glen Johnson sends over a peach of a cross into the middle and Peter Crouch gets up, hangs in the air and nods it in from a couple of yards out.

2348: Big moment and a big save from David James, who pulls off a tremendous one-handed save from Joao Alves.

2346: The Portuguese side are furious after Lassana Diarra clashes with Andrezinho and the Pompey man looks to have left his boot in.

2345: Jermain Defoe gets a look at goal and his pace takes him away before he fires in a shot that finds the net, unfortunately it's the side-netting.

2343: A lovely bit of skill from Joao Fajardo, who beats his man and then gets a shot with the outside of the right boot in. David James is alert and he saves well to his right.

2341: Jermain Defoe still looks full of running but he can't find a team-mate in the box and has to go backwards, where the move breaks down.

2338: Nothing doing at the moment. Harry Redknapp, Joe Jordan and Tony Adams are having a bit of a chinwag in the dug-out. They can still make two substitutions, so maybe they are thinking of a change soon. Or maybe they are thinking they need to rearrange their flights home.

2334: The first period of extra-time gets under way. No changes for Pompey.

2332: (Re 2319) "When did Jack Bauer sign for Pompey then? How much did Harry have to pay CTU?"
Anonymous via text on 8111

He was a free transfer apparently. Yoye has asked for some clarification about Jack Bauer. Apologies Yoye, he's a character on a TV series called 24. It's very good if you ever get chance to check it out.

2329: "Enjoying this immensely. Come on you Guims. Is Douglas a Scot?"
StSLaw via text on 8111

I'm afraid he's Brazilian, but it might not be too late if you can track down a Scottish grandmother.

2327: The 90 minutes are over. If anyone is still awake out there then we will have extra-time. I'm off home now. Only kidding, we're staying until the end.

2325: Portsmouth are virtually defending on the halfway line but this is very cat and mouse at the moment. I reckon both sides are happy to go for the extra period.

2323: Three minutes of injury time.

2322: "Is it me or is the seedings system not working? Everton finish 5th, and get the Belgian champions while Man City get Cypriot builders for being rubbish at fouling!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

2321: Not with crosses like that from Desmarets as he attempts to curl one in but can only find the arms of David James.

2319: Four minutes and counting. This is starting to feel like one of those Jack Bauer days. Do we have one last chance of a late goal?

2317: Glen Johnson is agonisingly close to a Pompey goal as his volley just flies over the bar. There were a few shouts in the office at that one. Either we have some newly-acquired Pompey fans in here or some people desperate to avoid extra-time so they can go home!

2316: A couple of half-chances for Pompey as Peter Crouch gets in a header but it's weak and then Jermain Defoe lashes over.

2313: It's all gone a bit quiet over there in Portugal. It's not surprising really at this time of night. Some of the fans are looking a little bit weary. What chance we see a player asleep on the bench (or the pitch) before the night is out.

2310: "Feel free" - but it's not free on 81111 - woops I just spent money! But it's worth it - Good luck Pompey."
Bluekrackers via text on 81111

Is this the time of night when the texts start getting increasingly bizarre? Not that I am in any suggesting you've been to the pub Blukrackers.

2306: We are still getting some texts about the misinformation regarding Steve McClaren's FC Twente side. If you didn't catch my correction later on (2118), then they have gone through. They won on the away goals rule. They are very much through.

2304: Some words from Villa boss Martin O'Neill after his side's 4-2 aggregate victory over Litex Lovech:

"I couldn't be more delighted, especially for the supporters, who can look forward to European evenings at Villa Park. All the work we have put in since July has paid dividends."

2302: It appears that 606 has left the building for the evening. But if you want to continue to get involved then feel free to keep the texts firing over on 81111. And thanks for all the comments on 606. It's been emotional. Come back again soon.

2259: "My team of the night is Borussia Dortmund: Getting outplayed at home (0:2) by a clever Udinese they came back to win 2:0 away from home in Italy and forced a pen shoot out - which they lost."
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2257: Carlitos is straight into the action as he tries to take on Lassana Diarra and looks for the foul, but gets no joy from referee Selcuk Dereli.

2254: Guimaraes are forced into a change as the dangerous Roberto goes off. He looked to have picked up a knock and has been hobbling for the last few minutes. Carlitos is the man to come.

2252: (See 2234) "I am revising for a masters exam, I have a baby that's teething and a wife who won't let me watch football because Pete and Jordan are on TV. Bravegooner - make the most of it."
Anonymous via text on 81111

Pete and Jordan. Please tell me that's Joe Jordan she's watching.

2250: "Just back from Fir Park and I'm just gutted. We reached the Uefa Cup by playing attractive attacking football. Pass to feet. I've seen nothing of that football. I just can't understand why we didn't have a go. Inconsolable!"
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2248: "I don't normally drink during the week (well, I'm trying not to), but this game has got me reaching for the rest of the red wine we opened last weekend. Note to self: Buy beer."
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2247: Glen Johnson is bossing things at the moment. No, seriously he is. He almost gets Jermain Defoe in on goal but delays his pass too long and the striker is offside.

2245: A much better start this as Glen Johnson picks out Peter crouch at the back stick, but he cannot guide it towards his unmarked strike partner Jermain Defoe in the middle.

2243: An early chance for Pompey to get their noses in front as Jermain Defoe slips a ball in for Armand Traore, but his touch lets him down and it runs out of play.

2240: "My best friend a Spurs fan. I have been gloating all week but could have the tables turned if Pompey don't turn things around soon. Come on Harry!"
Julie, Pompey, via text on 81111

2239: The second half is under way.

2238: CCFC-Geraint on 606 asks what time it closes tonight. I'm afraid we think it is the usual time of 2300 BST, although we have none of the interactive wizards in this evening. you have at least 20 minutes to get your diamond chat in.

2234: "God, I've got a tough history essay to hand in, a presentation of US voting behaviour to do, and I think I'm gonna ask a very lovely girl at school, who I may very well love. What do I find myself doing at 1030pm? Watching Porstmouth..."
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Sometimes I wish I was a youngster again and then I read stuff like this. I don't envy you braveGooner4eva. I'd just carry on watching Pompey - the rest of the stuff will look after itself tomorrow. And good luck!

2232: "Guimaraes looked pretty good in the second half at Fratton Park. We need to keep the ball, get Belhadj on to combine with Traore and stop making them look good!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

2226: This is not the only game still going on. Deportivo La Coruna v SK Brann has gone into extra-time and Valencia-Maritimo is nicely poised at 1-1, with about 20 minutes left.

2223: Worrying times for Pompey. If there are no goals in the second half we will be having extra-time, with the potential for penalties. Whatever happens we will be sticking with it until the end, even if it is nearly breakfast time before it is all over.

2221: The half-time whistle goes in Portugal. Guimaraes are on top and looking good - time for Harry to do his work.

2220: That's better from Pompey as Glen Johnson, who has been playing very advanced, gets a left-foot shot off and Nilson pulls off a very smart save down to his right.

2219: "I am a Man Utd fan. And Portsmouth remind me of when we returned to the European stage, post ban, which seems like an age ago now. Anyway, like us, Portsmouth look naive. Still, we all need to start learning some day, and look at us now! Keep the faith!"
Sir Alex, Manchester, via text on 81111

2216: Ashley Young is top of BBC Sport's Player Rater on 90 minutes with 7.24. You can still give the players marks out of 10 after the match has finished.
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2214: "In other exciting news, Benfica are through 4-3 on agg. against Napoli. Superb game and and even better goal by Reyes!"
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2212: "Portsmouth better be careful. This could finish 5/6-0."
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2210: There are signs that Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch could cause some problems if Pompey can get a hold of this game. Defoe teams up with his strike partner but his cross is picked off by Nilson.

2209: Jermain Defoe goes close for Pompey but it's not long before Guimaraes are back on the attack. Joao Alves doesn't need a second invite to have a shot and this time it whistles past David James's right-hand post.

2205: GOAL Guimaraes 2-0 Portsmouth (agg 2-2)
Oh dear. That's a soft goal as Guimaraes get a free kick nearly 40 yards out. Joao Alves attempts a shot and it squirts along the floor and past a static David James.

2201: Glen Johnson sticks over what looks to be a lovely cross for Peter Crouch, but Flavio Meireles gets back brilliantly too intercept and put the ball out for a corner.

2159: Nervous times for Pompey as Guimaraes go forward again and Roberto flashes a shot just over the bar.

2157: That's not what we expected. On the evidence of the opening 20 minutes it was probably a good job Douglas was suspended for the opening game.

2153: GOAL Guimaraes 1-0 Portsmouth (agg 1-2)
Douglas has started this game on fire and gets his reward with a stunning strike. A deep cross from the left lands at his feet and he lashes past David James.

2147: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-1 Litex Lovech (agg 4-2)
Villa are safely through after a comfortable draw at Villa Park. The hard work was done in the opening leg.

2147: The camera pans to Harry Redknapp in the dug-out and he is looking at his watch. Early days yet Harry.

2144: If Pompey fans thought this one was in the bag then they might be in for a shock. Guimaraes are looking decent. They have a shout for a penalty when the ball hits Sol Campbell on the arm in the box, but it's anything but deliberate.

2141: We've got about three minutes left at Villa Park.

2140: Early chance for Guimaraes, who will be desperate to grab an early goal to eat into Portsmouth's 2-0 first-leg lead, as Alves crosses for Douglas, but the striker's scuffed effort allows David James to save comfortably.

2138: FULL-TIME Man City 2-1 Omonia Nicosia (agg 4-2) Manchester City march goes on after two 2-1 wins over their Cypriot opponents.

2137: FULL-TIME Motherwell 0-2 AS Nancy (agg 0-3)
Motherwell's Uefa Cup dreams are over after a 2-0 to Nancy at Fir Park.

2135: Our final game of the evening gets under way in Portugal.

2133: Heart's in your mouth time as Joe Hart drops a Efstathios Aloneftis corner and has to quickly gather at the second attempt. At the other end Martin Petrov seems determined to get on the scoresheet but his shot is kept out by Antonis Giorgallides.

2131: Some good link-up play between Shaun Wright-Phillips and Martin Petrov ends with the latter blasting just wide. Just a few minutes left in this one and I'm going to go out on a limb and say City will join Tottenham in the next round.

2131: "I think you're missing out on an amazing result for the NEC Nijmegen boys, in their debut year in the Uefa Cup."
Johan Neeskens, Nijmegen, via text on 81111

Johan Neeskens, really? Anyhow, well done Nijmegen on going through after a goalless draw with Dinamo Bucharest (a 1-0 win on aggregate).

2128: Manchester City substitute Ched Evans gets on the end of a breakaway and takes on the last defender, but he attempts a Hollywood effort into the top corner...and gets nowhere near the top corner.

2127: It seems that Litex Lovech's equaliser has failed to spur the Bulgarians to seek out a second goal. Most of the entertainment is currently being provided by their keeper Todor Todorov. Villa are looking comfortable at the moment.

2125: Martin Petrov almost marks his return with a goal, however his thumping effort is parried by Antonis Giorgallides.

2123: Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp makes two changes to the side that beat Tottenham 2-0 at the weekend, with midfielder Sean Davis and defender Noe Pamarot drafted into the side as the visitors look to protect their 2-0 first-leg lead at Guimaraes. Nadir Belhadj and Glen Little drop to the bench with Pompey looking likely to start in a 5-3-2 formation.

2122: GOAL Man City 2-1 Omonia Nicosia (agg 4-2)
Is there life in this dog after all? Efstathios Aloneftis swings over a corner and Rasheed Alabi powers in a header. Just over 10 minutes to go.

2118: It seems that the information I was handed about Schteve McClaren was complete nonschensch. They have gone through on the away goals rule, not gone out.

2117: Stephen Ireland almost caps Manchester City's win as he races through on goal. He attempts a dinked finish, which looks good but he fails to find the target.

2114: Manchester City look home and dry now and, with his side well on top, boss Mark Hughes makes a couple of changes - Dietmar Hamann is on for Vincent Kompany and Ched Evans replaces Jo. When the action resumes, Robinho brings a fine save from Antonis Georgallides at his near post as he looks to add a third goal. But he won't get the chance as he also goes off to a standing ovation. Martin Petrov makes his return after a month out.

2114: "Floodgates could open now! Terrific support for the Cypriots from their fans. They've brought twice as many as Pompey did and their drummer is miles better!"
Dan, at Eastlands, via text on 81111

2112: Apologies to Villa fans but for some reason we have no pictures of your game so we are a bit short on details. Apparently it was Carlos Cuellar who brought down Wellington da Silva inside the box. Just when Villa fans were reaching for their European maps for their next destination, the Bulgarians make the faithful shift a little uncomfortably in their seats.

2110: Some other notable scores the keep you up to date about. Ajax are 1-0 up against Borac Cacak (5-1 on aggregate), Benfica versus Napoli is goalless (2-3 on aggregate), Fredi Kanoute has bagged twice as Sevilla lead 2-0 at Red Bull Salzburg (aggregate 0-4) and AC Milan beat FC Zurich 1-0 (aggregate 1-4) with Andriy Shevchenko on the mark. Remember him?

2108: Schome bad news for ex-England manager Schteve McClaren as his FC Twente side have gone out of the Uefa Cup, despite a 1-0 win at home to Rennes. They exit 2-2 on the away goals rule.

2105: GOAL Aston Villa 1-1 Litex Lovech (agg 4-2) Maybe this one isn't quite over yet as the visitors grab a goal back through a Wilfried Niflore penalty.

2103: The second half has kicked off at Villa Park.

2103: Omonia Nicosia look headed out of the Uefa Cup but their fans are having a good time. Despite the weather in Manchester the shirts are off.

2101: "Everton aren't doing well but to call for Moyes' head is an insult to a brilliant manager who has worked wonders for Everton on a small budget."
George, London, via text on 81111

2058: GOAL Man City 2-0 Omonia Nicosia (agg 4-1)
Shaun Wright-Phillips looks like he has made this one safe. A nice build-up down the right hand side ends with Wright-Phillips jinking past a challenge, getting a fortunate deflection but then slamming it into the net. Job done.

2056: The Manchester City players enjoyed that goal. Robinho headed over towards the cameras and was joined by his team-mates in a spot of samba dancing. It was lacking Richard Dunne's input, but otherwise it was a pretty decent effort.

2055: It's looking comfortable for Manchester City, who are passing the ball around very nicely. They almost get a second as Javier Garrido's cross finds Shaun Wright-Phillips and he directs a shot with the outside of his boot on goal but too close to the keeper.

2054: Monsef Zerka fires just wide as Nancy push for a third goal. Motherwell's players look shell-shocked. It could be a long second half for Mark McGhee's men.

2051: GOAL Man City 1-0 Omonia Nicosia (agg 3-1)
Manchester City go in front on the night and into a commanding lead overall with a goal made and finished in Brazil. Robinho picks out Elano and he scores with a swerving effort from the edge of the area.

2050: It is almost a very tidy start to the second 45 minutes as Jo follows a few twists and turns with a drilled shot that is just off target from the left of the box.

2049: The second half kicks off at Eastlands. Mark Hughes has a seat and a deep breath.

2048: Mark Hughes is an unhappy man at Eastlands as Omonia Nicosia have taken their time coming out for the second half.

2045: Stiliyan Petrov heads just over the bar from 12 yards a minute before referee Tony Chapron blows his whistle to indicate the end of a lively first half. So far so good for Villa, with a 4-1 aggregate lead, it's all looking good for the men in claret and blue.

2042: Dante takes the Player Rater honours at full-time with a 6.56 rating. Some would say he's been on fire. There is still time for you to have your say though.

2040: "Get out Moyes! Let's get a manager in who wants to be at the club and not obsessed with money and contract!"
Anon via text on 81111

2037: "Everton for the FA cup......!! What? No? Ok then."
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2034: Half-time at Fir Park. Motherwell are 2-0 down and Nancy are well on their way to their first away win in Europe.

2033: Half-time at Eastlands. It's been a poor first-half by Manchester City. They haven't really got going and Omonia goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides has not had a serious save to make. The Cypriot side have not exactly created much themselves, however, so both teams will need to improve after the break.

2031: FULL-TIME Standard Liege 2-1 Everton (agg 4-3)
Everton exit Europe and to be brutally honest they deserved to. They just didn't do enough and Standard Liege are lapping it up.

2030: A great chance for Everton in the dying seconds but they lose possession and it ends with a Victor Anichebe shot that is deflected out for a corner. They can't do anything with it.

2029: Milan Jovanovic is hungry to end this as he heads for goal but his shot is straight at Tim Howard. The Liege fans are in celebratory mood. They think it's over.

2028: We're into stoppage time in Everton's game. They need something special now if their European hopes aren't to be ended tonight.

2026: Milan Jovanovic has a chance to bury Everton as he is put through on a one-on-one with Joseph Yobo, but he produces a shocker of a finish. That was so bad he looked like he had his boots on the wrong feet.

2025: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Litex Lovech (agg 4-1)
The much-maligned Marlon Harewood puts Villa 1-0 up with a quality finish on 27 minutes. The striker receives the ball on 30 yards from Ashley Young, takes on the Bulgarian defenders before unleashing an powerful 12-yard finish across keeper Todor Todorov.

2023: Rorys Aragon goes flapping again under a challenge from Tim Cahill. He flaps more than a flock of birds this boy. the referee bails him out this time by awarding a free-kick. Everton just need to send it long. Get it in the mixer.

2023: City's passing has been erratic to say the least so far but at last they string a nice move together with Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephen Ireland combining to release Robinho on the edge of the area, but the final ball is just too long for the Brazilian.

2021: A gap opens up for Mikel Arteta but he decides to try his luck instead. It's a decent effort but he'd be doing well to score from there - even with Rorys Aragon in goal.

2019: Anton Zlogar's back on now, stitched up with a lot of cotton wool up his nostrils, so Omonia are back up to 11 men.

2018: So Everton still need a goal, with nine minutes left but if they were to get it we would be into extra-time.

2015: GOAL Standard Liege 2-1 Everton (agg 4-3)
Leighton Baines is adjudged to have fouled Milan Jovanovic and the referee points to the spot. Jovanovic takes the spot kick and Tim Howard guesses the right way, but it is just out of reach.

2012: Just under 15 minutes left for Everton to get that crucial second goal. It's not looking too promising at the moment. Having seen their first goal, they need to get some crosses in the box. Rorys Aragon dropped a couple of crosses before allowing an Arteta corner to slip through his hands.

2009: "Looks like there has been rain in the north west? Looks like? Haha. That's a good one."
Bas Rutten, a bouncer for many, many a year, via text on 81111

2008: "Motherwell have plenty of time to score three goals, but they need to be rock solid at the back."
Former Motherwell defender Craig Paterson on BBC Scotland

2008: Omonia's Slovenian midfielder Anton Zlogar has just gone off in a lot of pain after a clash of heads with Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta. It appears he has broken his nose and he is getting stitched up on the sidelines so he can come back on.

2006: GOAL Motherwell 0-2 AS Nancy (agg 0-2)
Benjamin Gavanon's free-kick sails into the six-yard box and into the net. The tie is as good as over.

2004: GOAL Standard Liege 1-1 Everton (agg 3-3)
Everton are back in it as Phil Jagielka scrambles home from close range, but it has to go down as some shocking goalkeeping from Rorys Aragon.

2002: With half an hour remaining, striker Victor Anichebe comes on for defender Tony Hibbert. These Toffees need waking up sharpish. Everton need to score twice.

2001: GOAL Motherwell 0-1 AS Nancy (agg 0-2)
Marc-Antoine Fortune follows up Youssouf Hadji's free-kick to fire Nancy ahead. A crucial away goal for the French outfit and it's an uphill task for the home side.

2000: Aston Villa get their game under way.

1959: Robinho lights up Eastlands with some tricky moves before lashing a shot across the face of goal. Stephen Ireland had his arms out in the centre and desperately wanted the cross - he's got a lot to learn.

1959: "Your only as good as your worst player. And Tony Hibbert has been rubbish tonight!"
Leon, South Wales, via text on 81111

1957: You've all gone a bit birthday bananas on 606. Can I just say one big Happy Birthday to you and yours and get back to the footy.

1956: It's all a bit scrappy over at Eastlands. It looks like there has been some rain up in the north-west and players are finding it hard to stay on their feet.

1955: Dante beats Tony Hibbert and finds his way into the Everton area, but his cross is charged down and lands in the arms of Tim Howard.

1954: Motherwell midfielder Bob Malcolm fires a free-kick high and wide. Mark McGhee's side look fired up for the cause, but a nervous hush falls over the home fans every time Nancy venture into Motherwell's half.

1953: Radio 5 Live are reporting that something has been thrown from the crowd at Mikel Arteta.

1952: Not much joy for Everton at the moment as Louis Saha tries to chase down a pretty woeful pass from Yakubu. Rorys Aragon comes a long way out of his goal and shepherds the ball out.

1948: No subs at half-time with the Toffees needing to grab a couple of goals. The clouds have just opened up above the stadium. Perhaps the rain can help their cause? They need something.

1947: Early chance for Manchester City as Micah Richards finds himself the furthest man forward and gets on the end of Javier Garrido's cross, but it iss traight at the keeper.

1946: "Anyone else think the Standard Liege manager looks suspiciously like Kurt Russell?"
John, Manchester, via text on 8111

1945: Manchester City and Motherwell get their games started.

1942: Liege get the second half started in Belgium.

1941: Some news on the Motherwell line-up from our friends in Scotland: Joint-top scorer John Sutton has to settle for a place on the bench at Fir Park. Teenager Jamie Murphy is also named among the substitutes, despite Mark McGhee hinting he would start. Chris Porter returns from suspension, while captain Stephen Craigan and Stephen Hughes recover from injury to start. Nancy's Pascal Berenguer, who scored the only goal of the first leg, is on the bench. The Motherwell fans are in fine voice as kick-off approaches.

1939: "I was born in Cyprus and I am delighted to see the Cypriot teams doing well! Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta and Apoel all in European football! Anorthosis beat Panathanaikos last night and I think this deserves a special mention!"
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Consider that a special mention.


Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Ben-Haim, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, Elano, Robinho, Jo. Subs: Schmeichel, Michael Ball, Petrov, Fernandes, Hamann, Evans, Sturridge.

Omonia Nicosia: Giorgallides, Ndikumana, Wenzel, Pletsch, Zlogar, Kaiafas, Bangura, Okkas, Charalambous, Aloneftis, Christofi. Subs: Asprogenis, Alabi, Maris, Aguirre, Clayton, Pantic, Cafu.

1935: The news from Manchester City is apparently Richard Dunne has a slight hamstring strain. Nothing major but enough to keep him out tonight.

1934: Tal Ben Haim replaces Richard Dunne in the centre of Manchester City's defence, but otherwise Mark Hughes' side are unchanged from Sunday's defeat by Wigan. Martin Petrov, who has been out for a month with a hamstring injury, is on the bench.

1930: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill makes six changes for his side's clash with Litex Lovech, Martin Laursen, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gareth Barry, Nigel Reo-Coker, John Carew and Curtis Davies all rested with the hosts protecting a 3-1 first-leg lead. In come James Milner, Marlon Harewood, Zat Knight, Carlos Cuellar, Moustapha Salifou and Wayne Routledge to a side captained by Stiliyan Petrov, while Litex start the match without suspended duo Cedric Cambon and Mihail Venkov.

1928: Here's your teams from Fir Park:

Motherwell: Graeme Smith, Quinn, Craigan, Reynolds, Hammell, Lasley, Malcolm, Hughes, McGarry, Porter, Clarkson. Subs: Nielsen, Sutton, Darren Smith, Murphy, Fitzpatrick, O'Brien, Connolly.

AS Nancy: Bracigliano, Chretien, Andre Luiz, Sami, Brison, Macaluso, N'Diaye, Hadji, Gavanon, Fortune, Zerka. Subs: Gregorini, Helder, Berenguer, Biancalani, Dia, N'Guemo, Ouaddou.

1927: Half-time in Belgium. That was a bit quick wasn't it? Or have I just lost track of time? Some decent moments from Everton but that's not going to get them into the group stages. They need goals.

1925: Dieumerci Mbokani almost gets free in the box but that's a cracking challenge from Phil Jagielka.

1922: Just over 20 minutes until Man City and Motherwell get under way. We should have some teams coming soon, but for now here's some chat from well boss Mark McGhee:

"If Nancy score first then it could be difficult for our fans to believe we can get three. It's important we score first."

1920: "I support Amonia Niscosia and AS Nancy and I hope they win as it's my birthday TODAY. Not that this will get put on the main page as I'm not supporting the British."
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Happy Birthday to you too Mustardo.

1919: Liege break again and Axel Witsel tries his luck from the right side but it's off target.

1916: The game is starting to open a little bit and I'm not sure that's good news for Everton.

1914: Louis Saha gets off a shot from the edge of the box but fails to get a clean connection and it's easy for Liege keeper Rorys Aragon.

1911: Leighton Baines is nearly made to pay for some sloppy defending down the left. He tries to see the ball out for a throw but Dieumerci Mbokani pinches it from him and races towards the box. He looks to have been fouled but the referee is happy to let the game continue.

1910: That goal was a little cruel on Everton, who had started the better of the two sides and have had nearly 60% of possession.

1909: "Liege haven't lost at home for god knows how long... But I have a feeling the plucky Blues will sneak through with a 3-3 draw."
From Bluey via text on 81111

1907: "Just in case anyone cares, it's my 18th birthday on Sunday! And wins for Man City and Motherwell tonight would be a nice little pressie." CaleySaints90 on 606
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A Man City and Motherwell fan eh? Or do you just support all teams beginning with M? Happy birthday for Sunday anyway.

1902: GOAL Standard Liege 1-0 Everton (agg 3-2)
Not a good start. Steven Defour is denied by a top stop from Tim Howard but Everton can't clear as Milan Jovanovic picks out Axel Witsel at the back stick to slide in and score.

1900: That decision has got the crowd going. It is properly rocking over there. Meanwhile Steven Defour makes a clumsy tackle and he is going to have to be careful if he doesn't want to head for an early shower.

1858: It's fast and frantic as Liege claim a penalty for handball by Joleon Lescott at one end and then Louis Saha is upended on the edge of the area at the other. A quite remarkable reaction by Liege skipper Steven Defour to that decision and he rightly goes in the book for his reaction. Calm down dear.

1857: At the other end of the park Tony Hibbert tries an effort on goal - and it's not a bad one for a man approaching 200 appearances and still looking for his first goal.

1855: Dieumerci Mbokani goes tumbling in the box and claims a penalty as he is challenged by Tony Hibbert, but that's asking a lot.

1853: Some great and not-so-great work from Louis Saha as he beats Marcos Camozzato with a cheeky little move, but he then lashes his left-foot shot wide of the target.

1851: Wilfried Dalmat dances past a few challengers and into the box. That boy can travel. He unselfishly tries to pick out Dieumerci Mbokani but he is crowded out.

1849: "Supporting Liege tonight, not out of hatred towards Everton, but due to my respect for Liege. They deserve to be in the Champions League, not just in the Uefa cup. They were just unlucky they came up against one of the world's best sides in the qualifier. To go out of Europe altogether would be tragically unfair."
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Liverpool fan?

1846: "Anyone know when the draw is for group stages?"
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It is next Tuesday - 7 October.

1844: Everton are seeing plenty of the ball in the early stages. Looks like Standard Liege will look to protect their defence and try and hit Everton on the break.

1841: Everton have it all to do in Belgium after the 2-2 home draw. Unlike in Krakow it looks like a belter of a pitch and already it's looking like a livelier pace to the game.

1840: And we're off.

1835: Five minutes to go and the ground is buzzing.

1831: We're going to be largely concentrating on the British clubs playing tonight. I'm not sure my fat fingers can type quick enough to get the goals in for all the games, but if you want to follow the latest scores on the other games.
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1829: "Why Neville and No Castillo? Phil has been awful thus far this season, Castillo has been average which makes him our most in-form player."
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1828: "Everton to sneak through with a 1-0 win courtesy of Tiny Tim. We Blues need something to look forward to!"
Grundy, very bored in work listening to Blues Brothers, via text on 81111

Is that a pre-match ritual?

1824: "Huge night for the Toffee men. Out of the League Cup last week, a derby defeat at the weekend - surely a UEFA Cup exit too is unthinkable? It could be season over in October. No pressure though boys."
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1820: Thanks to Fletch for filling in there while I polished off the remains of some surprisingly good cottage pie from the BBC canteen. Fully energised and raring to go, here's the full line-ups for the game at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne:

Standard Liege: Aragon, Dante, Onyewu, Dalmat, Camozzato, Sarr, Nicaise, Defour, Witsel, Jovanovic, Mbokani. Subs: Devriendt, Goreux, Toama, Mikulic, Benko, Ingrao, Mangala.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Neville, Osman, Cahill, Arteta, Yakubu, Saha. Subs: Nash, Yobo, Castillo, Nuno Valente, Pienaar, Rodwell, Anichebe.

1817: "Motherwell will play Nancy off the park and in true Scots fashion will end up winning 2-1 but still go out due to a late conceded goal."
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Come on now, lets crank it up with some P-O-S-I-T-I-V-E thinking.

1815: "I thought Litex lovech was a female punk noted for her lucky numbers!"
John Edmonds, Newquay, via text on 81111

Litex Lovech, of course, play Villa later. But honestly we had all these 70s pop star/hit song gags in the first leg.

1811: After their spanking by Liverpool at the weekend, Everton boss David Moyes has made two changes. Joseph Yobo keeps the bench warm and Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott are in the back four. Leighton Baines also returns. Full teams to follow soon (hopefully).

1809: Just another 36 games to go tonight. Next up from a British point of view are Everton. My colleague tells me that they are up against a very confident Standard Liege team - so much so that instead of training on Monday, Belgium's high-fliers were taken for a spot of tenpin bowling. The Toffees skittle-like defence get going at 1840 BST.

1806: Hello again and welcome back. So Tottenham are safely through and they have been joined by Wolfsburg, who beat Rapid Bucharest. We got a text from Stephen Carr (I guess he's not doing anything else at the moment) saying: "I see Grafite has scored for Wolfsburg. The writing was on the wall there....

1651: So we have a bit of a break now until Everton kick off at Standard Liege at 1840 BST. We'll be back at around 1800 for more of the same. Make sure you come back and, in the meantime, feel free to keep the chat happening on 606 and fire in those texts to 81111. Thanks for listening. You've been lovely guests so far.

1647: Some Player Rater news and Wisla's Pawel Brozek was the top man on 90 minutes with a score of 6.50, but some fine late saves from Gomes has seen him move into top spot. But it's not too late to register your vote:
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1642: "At least we are in the next round, we might actually improve in the next few weeks and by then be good enough to get to the next stage of the Uefa Cup."
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1637: "Hopefully things can pick up. We knew it was going to be tough. The pitch wasn't great, it was a bit bobbly but we showed some character."
Spurs skipper Ledley King

1636: (See 1604) "What Spurs are missing is a 100% fit King and Hutton, a midfield general and a foil for Bent or Pavluv. THEN they will be a force to be reckoned with."
Steve, Swindon, via text on 81111

"Stuart you're obviously in the pub early with that comment. Get back to work!"
Anonymous via text on 81111

"I spat my drink out all over my PC monitor reading that text."
Leo the Gooner via text on 81111

1631: FULL-TIME Wisla Krakow 1-1 Tottenham (agg 2-3)
That's full-time and Spurs are in the group stages of the Uefa Cup. It was anything but easy or comfortable, particularly in those last 10 minutes. But the main thing is they are in there. You can take a breath now Juande.

1630: Over three minutes into stoppage time and Juande Ramos is off the bench barking instructions. Whether that is towards his players or for the referee to blow up I don't know.

1627: The 90 minutes is up and Marcelo fires a shot about a yard over the top. The full-time whistle cannot come quick enough.

1626: Michael Dawson is on for Aaron Lennon as Juande Ramos looks to protect their lead and what a first touch that is as he denies a certain goal with a last-gasp lunging tackle.

1623: Drama, drama, drama. Krakow should have sent this one into extra-time as Heurelho Gomes can only parry Cleber's volley from the edge of the box. Pawel Brozek has a cracking chance with a follow-up header, only to send it straight at Gomes.

1622: Five minutes to go and it looks like Spurs will be spending that time defending.

1619: GOAL Wisla Krakow 1-1 Tottenham (agg 2-3)
It's not over, not by a long shot and that's a horrible goal to concede. Junior Diaz plays a ball down the centre and Jonathan Woodgate is caught napping, allowing Pawel Brozek to nip in and lob Heurelho Gomes and into the net.

1616: Spurs are not doing this the easy way. From a Marek Zienczuk corner Pawel Brozek is up highest and heads towards goal. It looks like either Gareth Bale or a wonder save from Heurelho Gomes has kept it out.

1615: A couple of nervy moments for Spurs and they will be pleased to see Piotr Brozek, who was left unmarked, miscontrolling in front of goal.

1611: We're coming up to 15 minutes left and it looks like Krakow might have run out of juice. Just as I say that Junior Diaz is unhappy at an Aaron Lennon challenge and there's a bit of handbags in the centre circle. Lennon is booked for the tackle, while Didier Zokora and De Lima Cleber also receive yellows for getting involved. Diaz seems to escape punishment, despite kicking it all off.

1608: "I spent three days driving from Cyprus to see my beloved Nicosia. I'm in a Manchester pub and realised I have lost my car keys."
Jason, via text, on 81111

Where did you have them last?

1607: (See 1601) Didier Zokora takes a little swipe in the face and goes down, but it's nothing serious and he is soon back on his feet and raring to get that elusive goal...

1605: It's looking far more promising for Spurs. Darren Bent tricks his way past Arkadiusz Glowacki and drills a low shot just past the upright. Nice move.

1605: Spurs make a change as Jamie O'Hara comes on for Fraizer Campbell.

1604: "What Spurs are missing is Hutton at right-back, as soon as he is fit again I can see Spurs being a dominant force in the league and in Europe."
Stuart Jamieson, in Glasgow, via text 81111

1601: Almost a second for Spurs as Didier Zokora latches on to a loose ball in midfield and heads straight for goal. He whistles one past the upright and is still waiting for his first goal for the club - that's 99 games and counting.

1559: Gareth Bale goes into the book for a foul on Wojciech Lobodzinski. It looks a bit harsh on the youngster as Lobodzinski beats him but then goes down a touch theatrically.

1556: Nearly 30 minutes to go and that should relieve some of the pressure. Krakow are straight back on the attack and Heurelho Gomes saves well.

1554: GOAL Wisla Krakow 0-1 Tottenham
That should help. Gareth Bale pings in a beauty of a cross from the left and it's put into his own net by Arkadiusz Glowacki. Credit should go to Bale, but also Fraizer Campbell, who was putting Glowacki under a lot of pressure.

1551: A shot on target for Tottenham, would you believe? It's decent as well as Luka Modric cuts in from the left and hits it low to the keeper's right. However, Mariusz Pawelek gets down to save.

1546: Fraizer Campbell gets a sight on goal but his powerful-looking shot is blocked and deflects out for a corner. The dead ball is slightly better than usual but Jonathan Woodgate can only flick it towards the back post.

1544: "Everyone seems to have forgotten that Spurs were the only London club to win a trophy last season."
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1542: The second half is off and running. A huge 45 minutes for Juande Ramos awaits.

1541: OK, OK can we stop with the Spurs gags now please? They're all very good but I'm going to get sacked if I print any more of them.

1539: "How about a good luck mention for Motherwell tonight? Lanarkshire will be jumping (and very cold) come kick-off!"
Paul, in Glasgow, via text on 81111

Good luck to Motherwell.

1534: "I hear that the reason this game is on this early is because Wisla's ground does not have any floodlights. Where are all the Polish electricians?"
Anonymous via text on 81111

1528: "What do you reckon? Everton win & Moyes signs a new contract. Everton lose & Moyes becomes the new Newcastle manager on Monday?"
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Sounds like a terrible consolation prize.

1526: The half-time whistle goes in Krakow and it could not have come at a better time for the visitors as their defence is all over the place. Wojciech Lobodzinski and Junior Diaz both had shots on goal in a scramble just before the interval.

1525: Big, big, big chance for Krakow as Tottenham's defence opens up and Radoslaw Sobolewski is clean through. He tries to pick his spot and Heurelho Gomes saves well, but the midfielder should have buried that.

1522: "The phrase 'end to end' generally refers to goal to goal. In this case it's side to side. This game is like watching your own birth."
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Or your own death?

1519: Spurs get a free-kick on the right side and a Tottenham fan in the office says "we're going to score here". Jermaine Jenas's free-kick can't find a Tottenham head and Krakow clear. They get the ball up the other end and Heurelho Gomes flaps rather unconvincingly at a left-wing cross.

1518: "What's the difference between Tottenham Hotspur and a triangle? A triangle has more points."
Dan, in Grimsby, via text on 81111

Slightly better, but only slightly.

1515: "Spurs application for a new ground has been declined. London Mayor said he had two fairs already booked and another circus act in the city is out of the question!"
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Has anyone got any good gags?

1514: What is Jonathan Woodgate doing? He tries to stop Mariusz Pawelek from taking a quick clearance and ends up giving away an ugly foul. He earns a booking for his trouble and he can have few complaints at that.

1512: "If Spurs fail to win today we'll be in a Pole lot of trouble." Anonymous via text on 81111

No wonder you didn't leave your name.

1509: Krakow get a shot on goal when Pawel Brozek fires a low one in from the edge of the box, but Heurelho Gomes gets down well to gather comfortably.

1508: Aaron Lennon stretches his legs down the right side and goes on a decent run before he looks like he is taken out after knocking it past the left-back, but the referee is unimpressed.

1506: Tottenham are being severely let down by their final ball into the box. Gareth Bale is the latest to fail to get anywhere near a team-mate with a ball into the box. Is the air different over there?

1503: "I wake up and Uefa Cup football is on! Anyway Spurs to win comfortably 2-0."
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Some good vibes from Tottenham fans on 606. It seems like the majority like Ramos's line-up. Time will tell....

1501: It's not exactly a great game so far, but it is end-to-end. Luka Modric tries his luck from outside the box but it goes harmlessly wide.

1500: Krakow are finding a bit of space behind the Tottenham backline and Argentine midfielder Mauro Cantoro provides a moment of worry only to then scuff his shot from a narrow angle.

1458: "If I had seen this line-up any other time I would have said that finally Ramos has gotten it right. But we're trying to protect a one goal lead away from home. He should have kept the 4-5-1 for one more game. Question: If Spurs lose tonight is it really an upset?" dahitman55 on 606
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1456: A decent opening down the right from Spurs but Aaron Lennon wastes the opportunity to fire in a decent cross with an overhit effort that goes over everyone. A minute later and he does exactly the same thing.

1454: Junior Diaz looks like he could be a bit of a handful for the Tottenham defence. He looks to outmuscle Chris Gunter in the box but the Spurs man gets the decision from Romanian referee Alexandru Dan Tudor.

1450: Tomas Jirsak goes down injured for the home side, but it doesn't look too serious. Meanwhile Darren Bent gets a header in but it is straight at Mariusz Pawe?ek.

1449: "I am in the ground now, the place is rocking, this lot are crazy. Just hope we don't get turned over. Wish we still had Gary Mabbut shoring things up. Come on you spurs."
Derek, in Poland, via text on 81111

1446: The first sniff of goal for Krakow as Junior Diaz cuts inside the area but he can't find a team-mate.

1445: Spurs get a free-kick in a decent position. Gareth Bale takes it but it's pretty limp and straight at the wall.

1444: It's been a very quiet start. Certainly in terms of action on the pitch. The home fans are making plenty of noise though, it's sounding very lively.

1441: Just a gentle reminder that away goals count at 90 minutes in all of the games. So a 1-0 defeat will see Spurs bow out. The problem is Krakow are a bit tasty on their home patch. They even beat Barcelona here this season. They're also in decent nick at the moment, having thumped Arka Gdynia 4-0 at the weekend. But that's enough of the bad news for now.

1440: We're off and running at the Stadion Wisly.

1436: If there's one thing that Ramos loves, it is a cup competition. He was twice a winner of this competition with Sevilla, while also winning both Spanish cups. But since he won the Carling Cup with Spurs last season they have been pretty woeful. Only three league wins have been recorded since then.

1433: So I think it is fair to say this is a monster of a game for Tottenham and their under-pressure manager Juande Ramos. Last October the club gave Martin Jol the push after a defeat to Getafe in the Uefa Cup.

Wisla Krakow: Pawelek, Baszczynski, Glowacki, Cleber, Piotr Brozek, Boguski, Cantoro, Sobolewski, Diaz, Jirsak, Pawel Brozek. Subs: Juszczyk, Singlar, Guedes Filho, Zienczuk, Niedzielan, Lobodzinski, Barreto.

Tottenham: Gomes, Gunter, King, Woodgate, Bale, Lennon, Zokora, Jenas, Modric, Campbell, Bent. Subs: Cesar, Bentley, Huddlestone, Giovani, Dawson, O'Hara, Assou-Ekotto.

1424: Some early, early team news from Tottenham. Fraizer Campbell starts up front alongside Darren Bent in an attacking line-up. Ledley King has passed a fitness test, as has Gareth Bale, while Luka Modric makes his first start in five games.

1421: For the best part of the next 11 hours we're going to be here following the latest Uefa Cup action. But we can't do it alone. We need your input more than ever. It's YOUR special day so fire in those topical texts on 81111 or get involved in the debate on 606.
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1417: Whether you call it the Uefa Cup, the Uefa Europa League, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup or The Slightly Less Prestigious of Uefa's Two Major Competitions, Thursday afternoon football gets no bigger in October.

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Uefa Cup photos
02 Oct 08 |  Football
Motherwell 0-2 AS Nancy (0-3)
02 Oct 08 |  Europe
Guimaraes 2-2 Portsmouth (2-4)
02 Oct 08 |  Europe
Uefa Cup as it happened
18 Sep 08 |  Europe
Tottenham 2-1 Wisla Krakow
18 Sep 08 |  Europe
Everton 2-2 Standard Liege
18 Sep 08 |  Europe
Omonia Nicosia 1-2 Man City
18 Sep 08 |  Europe
Portsmouth 2-0 Guimaraes
18 Sep 08 |  Europe
Litex Lovech 1-3 Aston Villa
18 Sep 08 |  Europe
AS Nancy 1-0 Motherwell
18 Sep 08 |  Europe

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