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Live - Uefa Cup

Thursday, 16 April 2009


Man City 3-2 FC Twente
Slavia Prague 0-1 Aston Villa
Tottenham 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2202: So, that's that. Great evening, some cracking goals (take a bow, Robinho and Tom Huddlestone), and more importanly, three wins for the English boys. The Uefa Cup shows the Champions League the way. Tomorrow, I'm afraid, is a rare rest day, but I'll be back on Saturday morning for the return of the Premier League, and the small matter of Arsenal v Manchester United. Take it easy.

2158: Here's some Player Rater chat for you. Robinho is bossing things from the Man City game on a massive 8.41. (See 2153) Brad Guzan is indeed your man of the match so far from Villa's 1-0 win, he's got 8.02 right now. As for Spurs, it's got to be hat-trick hero Darren Bent, on an alarmingly huge 9.01. Remember, you can keep voting.
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2153: "(See 2130) Are you mad?! Don't know what game that guy was watching but Guzan was absolutely brilliant tonight. My man of the match easily."
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2150: "A big victory for Tottenham will only increase their confidence further. Maybe it is a new dawn? They look a different side to earlier on this season. Darren Bent walks off with the ball, very deserved too."
BBC Radio 5 Live's David Pleat

2148: Full-time Tottenham 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb

2146: Two minutes plus stoppages before Dinamo Zagreb are put out of their misery at White Hart Lane. Didier Zokora seems to have picked up an injury, though.

2144: "Bostock will be at Manchester United within the next year."
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2142: Sometimes, Danny the Stat's like having another limb: "News from elsewhere, Ajax have beaten MSK Zilina in Aston Villa's group. Metalist Kharkiv drew 0-0 with Hertha Berlin in Group B, St Etienne beat Rosenborg 3-0 in Group G and Standard Liege beat Sevilla 1-0 in Group C."

2140: John Bostock slams a 30-yard left-foot shot wide. This boy can play, of that there is no doubt whatsoever.

2139: "Hi Stevo, I'm a head teacher and I'd like to offer J of London (see 2124) a place if he gets expelled. He sounds like a lad with initiative..."
Kimpton Baggie, via text on 81111

2138: Full-time Slavia Prague 0-1 Aston Villa

2137: The great Ronaldinho has only gone and stepped off the substitutes' bench and bagged a late winner for AC Milan at home against Braga. Legend.

2135: We have lost pictures from the Spurs game, so apologies for saying it was David Bentley - I have now been assured it was Tom Huddlestone who set up Darren Bent's hat-trick goal. John Bostock comes on, he's only 16. Great night for Tottenham.

2134: Full-time Manchester City 3-2 FC Twente

2133: News from Man City's group - Racing Santander 1-1 Schalke 04 is a final score.

2132: My word you just do not get given better chances than that. FC Twente tear Man City open and the ball is played back to Stein Huysegems, 10 yards out, with the whole goal to aim at, but he can only lean back and blaze over. Steve McClaren, not for the first time in England, has his head in his hands.

2130: "(See 2110) Guzan was at Chivas USA in MLS before he joined Villa. I have season tickets to Toronto FC in MLS and follow the league closely. Guzan is pants, and way out of his depth. He'll be back in MLS within 18 months. Fact."
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2129: Robinho must really love that post. He hits another cracking shot from the right-hand side of the FC Twente area but his effort crashes against the upright yet again. He's been brilliant since the break.

2126: GOAL Tottenham 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Who needs Berbatov and Keane? Darren Bent has only gone and completed his hat-trick, collecting a Tom Huddlestone pass and keeping his composure to fire past the goalkeeper.

2125: Is Danny the Stat having a Turkish? "Galatasaray make it two wins from two with a fine 2-0 victory away to Benfica. Emre Asik and Umit Karan notched those goals, goalscorer name fans."

2125: "Superb volley from Huddlestone - not quite Bentley at Arsenal but a stunning strike."
BBC Sport's Lewis Wiltshire at White Hart Lane

2124: "Broke arm attempting scissor kick on muddy pitch. Allowed to use laptop in school. Double history. Couldn't minimise Football Manager in time. Even worse? Asked teacher not to shut down. Beat Chelsea in CL semi with Villa and hadn't saved. Three weeks' detention. Post this please, cheer me up!"
J, London, via text on 81111

2122: By the way, we're deep into the second half in Milan and the biggest team in the Uefa Cup, AC, are still drawing 0-0 with Braga. To make matters worse, only 10,000 could be bothered to turn up. Shambles.

2119: Benjani rifles in a shot from 25 yards that Sander Boschker tips behind for a corner.

2118: "What would it take, Stevo, for you to change your mind about Robinho? A goal after beating five defenders in a run from the half way line? Or a cheeky punch into net for a controversial goal?"
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Hang on, all I've ever said about Robinho is that I don't think he's world-class. He's clearly a fabulous player, but has he done enough to be in the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Leo Messi? No.

2117: FC Twente give the ball away cheaply and Robinho runs at them, brilliantly giving himself a clear sight of goal, but the finish strikes the bottom of the post. Unlucky.

2115: GOAL Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb
What a goal. David Bentley floats a corner in from the left but he plays it to the edge of the area, where Tom Huddlestone is standing unmarked, the former Derby midfielder volleying the ball superbly into the bottom corner via a slight deflection. Magnificent goal.

2112: Since getting back into the game, FC Twente have been attacking with some gusto. The ball is pulled back to Stein Huysegems and he drags a left-foot shot wide. Interesting.

2110: Tomas Necid heads wide from a cross from the left. It was a looping header and Brad Guzan was well beaten. Slavia are well on top.

2109: "I was at Man City reserves on Monday and Benjani scored but there was no half Aussie rules celebration. Maybe he saves it for the big games?"
Sam, via text on 81111

2107: Danny the Stat just cannot sit still: "Goodness. It's gone quite literally goal crazy at Racing Santander. Mohamed Tchite put the home side 1-0 up on 57 minutes, only for Orlando Engelaar to equaliser but four minutes later. Those two teams are in Man City's group - not that they'll be too bothered right now."

2107: Matej Krajcik fizzes a shot acoss goal that narrowly zips past the upright as Slavia's pressure begins to pin Villa back.

2106: GOAL Manchester City 3-2 FC Twente
Rob Wielaert, captain of the FC Twente side, rises highest from a corner and heads into the corner of the Man City net. You know, this one might just not be over yet.

2105: "Can Spurs do the unthinkable, and go on to get a clean sheet?"
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A team of Carraghers? That'd be awful. I'd close my curtains if they were playing in my garden.

2103: GOAL Manchester City 3-1 FC Twente
He's only been on three minutes. Zimbabwean Benjani picks up the ball from Darius Vassell, runs 30 yards at the Dutch defence who don't fancy making a tackle and then shoots from 20 yards. It takes a heavy deflection and spins into the corner of the net.

2102: Tottenham and Dinamo Zagreb are back under way in north London.

2100: Benjani comes on for his first appearance of the season for City, replacing the wholly ineffective Jo. I like Benjani, though I dislike his half Aussie rules goal celebration.

2058: GOAL Manchester City 2-1 FC Twente
Steven Ireland lays the ball off to Robinho on the left of the FC Twente penalty area and the Brazilian conjures up a quite brilliant finish, bending the ball into the top corner. It's unsaveable, it's delightful.

2057: "I'm trying to write a review of a book on interwar Croatian and Czech architecture. Do you think following the games will inspire me?"
Anonymous, via text on 81111

No wonder you've chosen anonymity. No, it won't inspire you, but what it will do is put off an essentially boring task for a few more minutes.

2055: Slavia have started the second half well and Brad Guzan has to be alert to make another good save low down from Mickael Tavares.

2052: "Two nice finishes from Bent, both from intelligent Huddlestone passes. Gomes has touched the ball maybe once in the Spurs' goal. Zagreb look very ordinary."
BBC Sport's Lewis Wiltshire at White Hart Lane

2051: "After all Martin O'Neill's words on using the squad I hope he stays loyal to these guys on Sunday if we win. Salifou is the Togolese Zidane!"
Rod, Worcester, via text on 81111

2048: "(See 2042) My mistake. I was thinking about Pekhart. Er Stevo, you might wanna take that down then."
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Or just put the apology up. Yeah, Bostock is a midfielder. Consider yourself absolved, dahitman.

2048: Slavia Prague and Aston Villa are in the mix as well.

2047: Manchester City get the second half under way at Eastlands.

2046: "It's just as well managers can't be cup-tied, because Harry Redknapp is working his magic once again."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Conor McNamara

2045: Half-time Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb

2042: "Hopefully we get to see Campbell and Bostock both play for Spurs in the second half. Could be the next generation of English strikers that."
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2040: Bosko Balaban, the former Aston Villa flop, fires in a shot low from an angle on the right, but Heurelho Gomes gets down well to save. Goodness me the Brazilian could do with a quiet night and a clean sheet to boost his confidence.

2039: My, Danny the Stat's keen tonight: "Wolfsburg have thrashed Heerenveen 5-1 in Group E. Curiously, that hefty beating for the Netherlanders has resulted in Portsmouth moving off the bottom in the group on goal difference. Joy."

2038: "Some action off the pitch as well as on it at White Hart Lane. Zagreb's fans have lit a series of flares which the stewards are battling to put out. Spurs very much on top with Modric looking lively against his former club."
BBC Sport's Lewis Wiltshire at White Hart Lane

2034: "You sound a bit annoyed about Flora, Stevo. Don't lurpak in anchor mate."
Tom, London, via text on 81111

Butter late than never, you hero.

2033: Half-time Slavia Prague 0-1 Aston Villa

2032: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
The visitors' defence is all over the place and Tom Huddlestone plays a lovely pass into the path of Darren Bent, who sneaks in between two defenders, takes a touch and then slots the ball underneath the advancing goalkeeper. There's goals here, for Spurs.

2031: Half-time Manchester City 1-1 FC Twente

2031: Danny the Stat is veritably stalking my inbox: "Standard Liege take the lead against Sevilla in Group C, thanks to Deiudonne Mbokani. Stuttgart and Sampdoria are also in that group, with only Partizan Belgrade ruining that rather nice 'S' theme."

2030: Danny the Stat writes: "Ajax, beaten by Aston Villa in Group F two weeks ago, are 1-0 up on MSK Zilina thanks to Luis Suarez."

2030: I'm so bored of this dude already (see 1956, 2013 & 2019). Antonio Floro Flores is his actual full name. He's 25, he was born in Naples and he plays for Udinese. End of.

2028: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Spurs take a deserved lead, with Luka Modric crossing from the left against his old club, the ball deflecting off a defender and Didier Zokora and falling for Darren Bent, who smashes the ball in via another defender's backside and the underside of the bar for Tottenham to go ahead.

2026: Jo has a golden chance to put Man City ahead but after creating it superbly himself, his shot is saved by Sander Boschker.

2025: Marek Jarolim drifts in between two Villa defenders in Prague but his low 15-yard shot is brilliantly saved down to his left by Brad Guzan.

2023: More from Danny the Stat: "Full-time from the Netherlands - Feyenoord 1-3 CSKA Moscow. Six points for Moscow in Group H, they'll already be dreaming of the knockout stages (possibly). And while we're talking about the great footballing names, Vagner Love bagged a brace for the away team."

2021: Whisper it, but FC Twente are on top in Manchester. They have grown in confidence since their equaliser and City are struggling a touch.

2020: Martin Vaniak is in the game again, making a sprawling save to keep out John Carew's right-foot drive from 16 yards after Ashley Young's ball across the box. Villa could barely be any more in the ascendancy in Prague.

2019: "See 1956 - I've seen video of Udinese's Flora - and I can't believe he's not better!"
Puffinbilly in Shetland, via text on 81111

2017: Craig Gardner is a little late on Slavia keeper Martin Vaniak and all hell breaks loose (nearly). The home players are not too happy and Gardner picks up a booking.

2015: Remember Alessandro del Piero in his prime? He used to hit those outrageous free-kicks from outside the penalty area on the left almost by the byeline, curling them in with his right foot. Ashley Young does a brilliant impression of a young Del Piero, but his effort cannons against the far post. Almost sensational.

2013: I've been led right up the garden path (See 1956). Turns out his name is actually Antonio Flores Flora. Sorry.

2012: GOAL Slavia Prague 0-1 Aston Villa
Not the greatest goal you'll ever see, but they all count for one. Ashley Young cuts the ball back to Steve Sidwell on the left-hand edge of the 18-yard box and his right-foot shot deflects heavily off John Carew and spins wickedly into the corner of the net.

2010: "Rumour has it that the FC Twente players were promised a full half-time teamtalk in McClaren's Dutch accent. This would explain their complete domination at the moment."
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2008: Aaron Lennon, brought in to start after two electric substitute performances, has made a very lively start at the Lane and Spurs are all over the Croatians at the minute.

2006: Martin Vaniak makes a very smart, low save for Slavia Prague at home against Aston Villa, from Craig Gardner's well-struck close-range volley.

2005: "Jonathan, a mention of Bostock, the 16-year-old former Palace player making the first-team squad for the first time is surely worth a mention."
Stefan from St Andrews, via text on 81111

2002: GOAL Manchester City 1-1 FC Twente
Eljero Elia gets the Dutch side back on level terms and City are not best pleased. Pablo Zabaleta gets a kick on the head and City stop play, but Twente play on and the 21-year-old runs through the defence and plants a low shot past Joe Hart. Mark Hughes is not a happy camper.

2000: We're under way at White Hart Lane for the Spurs v Dinamo Zagreb tie. Luka Modric is playing against his former team.

1959: City are bossing proceedings in their match so far, with Steven Ireland running the show in midfield. Slavia are probably just on top in Prague, but no clear-cut chances so far.

1956: "Stevo, another contender for name of the night could be the Udinese striker Alberto Flores Flora. So good they named him twice (kinda). Also he sounds like a make of margarine!"
James in York, via text on 81111

This game spread pretty quickly...

1953: Early warning shot for Villa as Matej Krajcik ploughs forward from right-back and slices a few yards wide from just outside the area.

1950: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp makes four changes from the side which beat Liverpool at the weekend. Alan Hutton, Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale all start in a new-look defence while Aaron Lennon replaces Jamie O'Hara in midfield. Luka Modric will play just off Darren Bent up front.

1947: GOAL Manchester City 1-0 FC Twente
So, how much has Mr McClaren learned? It's all Dutch to me as Shaun Wright-Phillips plays a gorgeous give-and-go one-two with the giant Jo and the little man spanks his low shot into the bottom corner from 15 yards to put City ahead.

1946: Mr Kapitanis blows his whistle and we are in the mix in Prague as well now. By the way, Ronaldinho's only on the bench for AC Milan.

1945: Under way in Manchester for City v FC Twente.

Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Woodgate, Dawson, Bale, Bentley, Zokora, Huddlestone, Lennon, Modric, Bent. Subs: Cesar, Gilberto, Campbell, Dervite, Bostock, Assou-Ekotto, Gunter.
Dinamo Zagreb: Kelava, Ibanez, Hrgovic, Lovren, Balaban, Sammir, Mikic, Mandzukic, Vrdoljak, Biscan, Drpic. Subs: Loncaric, Etto, Tomic, Tadic, Carlos, Badelj, Morales.
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (France).

1942: Stevo's Predos:
Man City 3-1 FC Twente
Slavia Prague 1-1 Aston Villa
Tottenham 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb

1942: "Stevo, the ref in the Villa game has the name of the night."
Dave, Gloucester, via text on 81111

Great shout. Let's just hope Costas Kapitanis isn't the Cypriot version of Stuart Attwell.

1940: "Name of the day may well go to David Villa at the end of the night. He's got 17, that's right, 17 goals already this season, and with Copenhagen at home tonight, he may go over the 20 mark!"
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1937: He just will not stay away, will he? For sure, Schteve McClaren returns to these shores yet again tonight with his FC Twente team up against Man City at Eastlands. And he's full of chat, as always, after being asked if he was stronger following his England "experience": "If I am not, I want shooting again." Again?

1933: "Site is fixed. Give the gremlins a pat on the head from me."
Janis (it's Latvian), Nottingham, via text on 81111

Will do. Now can we all just get on with our lives?

1931: Darius Vassell returns from injury to makes his first appearance since July as Manchester City boss Mark Hughes makes four changes from the team that lost to Bolton on Sunday. Jo is back up front after illness in place of Ched Evans, Javier Garrido comes in at left-back so Micah Richards replaces Tal Ben-Haim in the middle of the defence and Gelson Fernandes starts ahead of Vincent Kompany in central midfield.

1929: Remember, if you're out and about, you can still follow this text commentary and get all the scores on your mobile. From a UK phone, just text FOOTBALL to 81010, it will cost you 10 to 15p and you will receive in return a link to our mobile site. Click on that, and you'll be straight through (then bookmark it so you never need to text that number again). The cost of being online on your phone will vary according to network and your own contract. Geddit?

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Fernandes, Vassell, Robinho, Jo. Subs: Schmeichel, Onuoha, Ben-Haim, Hamann, Elano, Mwaruwari, Evans.
FC Twente: Boschker, Stam, Wielaert, Franco, Braafheid, Tiote, Brama, Hersi, Arnautovic, Nkufo, Elia. Subs: Paauwe, Perez, Huysegems, Heubach, Wellenberg, Gerritsen, Janssen.
Referee: Nikolai Ivanov (Russia).

1926: Woah there, Stevo (see 1904), the name of the day might not be all done and dusted just yet. The majestically-monikered Libano Batista Grafite has just put Wolfsburg 2-1 up at home to Heerenveen. Magical. Incidentally, it's not free to text, but it is quite cheap.

1923: "Err, we would get involved on 606, but the site is broken!! Get your minions to sort it out Stevo!"
Puntio, Worlingham, via text on 81111

Yeah, we've got our most technical people looking at it right now. In fact if they were a footballer, they'd be Johan Cruyff, they're so technically gifted. For now, you'll just have to all get texting on 81111. It's basically free these days, isn't it?

Slavia Prague: Vaniak, Krajcik, Suchy, Brabec, Hubacek, Volesak, Tavares, Jarolim, Cerny, Necid, Smicer. Subs: Divis, Latka, Janda, Toleski, Senkerik, Svento, Belaid.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Davies, Cuellar, Shorey, Knight, Sidwell, Ashley Young, Salifou, Gardner, Agbonlahor, Carew. Subs: Friedel, Luke Young, Laursen, Barry, Delfouneso, Routledge, Reo-Coker.
Referee: Costas Kapitanis (Cyprus).

1915: There are three games we will be watching like a hawk today, the ones involving Manchester City, Aston Villa and Tottenham. But if anything remarkable happens elsewhere, we will endeavour to keep you in the loop. Oh, and we'll keep you up to date with the other teams playing in our brave boys' groups. Lovely.

1912: Aston Villa make six changes from the side that lost to Newcastle last time out for their game against Slavia Prague. In come keeper Brad Guzan, Zat Knight, Curtis Davies, Craig Gardner, Moustapha Salifou and Steve Sidwell. Making way are keeper Brad Friedel, Luke Young, Martin Laursen, James Milner, Nigel Reo-Coker and Gareth Barry.

1910: As always, it's your special night. You're the people who will be texting in your droves to 81111, whatever may be on your mind. And it's you who will be steering the 606 crew away from any sort of ridiculous chat over the next few hours. If you do choose to get involved, enjoy yourself, yeah?
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1906: Anyway, enough of that chat. Here's Danny the Stat getting me back on the straight and narrow: "Udinese - who beat Spurs 2-0 in Juande Ramos's last match as boss - have seen off Spartak Moscow 2-1 away in Group D. That's Tottenham's group. Fabio Quagliarella notched both the goals and Udinese are top of the table. You would think their six points would be enough to put them through, given that the top three qualify." You would, Danny, for sure.
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1904: I mean, to continue this theme, there are a few top-drawer players plying their trade in European football's little brother competition tonight. Ronaldinho and Andriy Shevchenko will lead the AC Milan attack against Portsmouth-slayers Braga, David Villa leads Valencia's challenge against Copenhagen, and the likes of Luis Fabiano and Robinho are sure to be involved too. Name of the day? Already won, by unused 17-year-old Hertha Berlin substitute Shervin Radjabali-Fardi. Shame he's a defender, really.

1900: It wasn't vintage Champions League, was it? I mean, there were a few good goals (McDonald, Del Piero, Mutu etc), but it never caught fire like we're used to. Maybe that's where the Uefa Cup can come to the week's rescue? Maybe we're on the cusp of an evening of electric entertainment? Just maybe.

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