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Uefa Cup as it happened

NEC 0-1 Tottenham REPORT
Portsmouth 2-2 AC Milan REPORT
Schalke 0-2 Man City REPORT


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By Caroline Cheese

2212: I must go - I don't want to miss the highlights of that game. It was an absolute crackerjack. Thanks for being there.

2209: The other game in Portsmouth's group is level at 1-1 between Braga and Wolfsburg. Pompey will probably need to beat Wolfsburg away and Herenveen at home to go through.

2208: Not that this will be of any help to the Pompey fans, but it's a fabulous touch from Pippo Inzaghi to bring the ball down in the box for his goal. Deadly control.

2206: "I'd have taken a point 100% before the match, it's only heartbreaking because I had the most incredible experience of being 2-0 up against AC Milan. What a match - I am amazed."
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2205: "Real shame. Pompey totally dominated the game for most parts but two moments of pure world class and they got punished."
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2202: I don't know what to say - except that I feel enormously sorry for the Pompey fans, who were magnificent tonight.

2201: "Goodbye, Europe. I'm devastated."
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2158: FULL-TIME Portsmouth 2-2 AC Milan

2157: GOAL Portsmouth 2-2 AC Milan
Heartbreak. Absolute heartbreak. Gianluca Zambrotta chips the ball into the box and there are two Milan players free in the box. One is Pippo Inzaghi and he takes one touch and finishes into the corner. A stunned silence descends on Fratton Park as the Milan players celebrate.

2157: Armand Traore takes the ball into the corner as Portsmouth look to run the clock down. The Pompey fans are already desperately whistling...

2155: Into three minutes of added time.

2154: The Portsmouth chimes are ringing out. I'm not sure how they manage it. It's so tense. Tony Adams is sinking further and further down into his seat.

2152: It's going to be a nervous last five minutes for Pompey. Luca Antonini's low shot skids across the surface, takes a slight deflection and goes narrowly wide.

2151: "'Are you Bournemouth in disguise?' Brilliant from the Pompey fans!!"
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2149: GOAL Portsmouth 2-1 AC Milan
But there's a bit of Milan magic to spice things up. Substitute Ronaldinho steps up to take a 25-yard free-kick and arrows it into David James' top left-hand corner. The England keeper complains he didn't have his wall lined up, but to be honest, I'm not sure the Great Wall of China would have stopped that one.

2147: As Portsmouth celebrated their second goal, Milan brought on Pato and Ronaldinho for Andriy Shevchenko and Kaka. What a double substitution that is. Portsmouth, though, have shown no sign of being overawed tonight.

2145: Kanu gets a standing ovation after his first start of the season. He might as well retire now. Sean Davis is on.

2144: News from Manchester City's group: Racing Santander and PSG draw 2-2 and we reckon that means City have qualified for the last 32.

2142: Pippo Inzaghi just can't get enough of the Fratton Park woodwork. The striker's diving header from a brilliant Clarence Seedorf cross comes back off the foot of David James' right-hand post. That's three times he's hit the wood.

2142: "So pleased for Pompey and Tony Adams. World class performance from Glen Johnson."
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2140: Pato is on for Milan. Not sure who came off. Not sure if I care. Stirring stuff from Portsmouth at Fratton Park - and what a European managerial debut for Tony Adams. Still 25 minutes remaining.

2138: GOAL Portsmouth 2-0 AC Milan
I can hardly believe my eyes. Glen Johnson brushes aside two challenges and sticks a tempting ball across goal for Kanu who celebrates his first start since the FA Cup final by blasting in from close range. Milan who?

2136: With 20 minutes remaining, those cheeky Pompey fans have already started the "oles" as their team stroke the ball around in midfield.

2134: Spartak Moscow are 1-0 up against Dinamo Zagreb which would make things very tight in Tottenham's group if it stays like that.

2133: With Milan a goal down, surely it's Dinho-time. Surely.

2131: One change each. Clarence Seedorf replaces Gennaro Gattuso, while Arnold Mvuemba comes on for Glen Little.

2129: The Pompey fans want a penalty after Gianluca Zambrotta's challenge on Kanu on the edge of the box. Optimistic shout though.

2128: Philippe Senderos allowed Younes Kaboul to get away for that header. Hard to believe, I know. And shortly before the goal, the ref finally gave a yellow card to Milan - Luca Antonini for the foul on Glen Johnson.

2126: GOAL Portsmouth 1-0 AC Milan
Kanu opts against allowing the ball to run out for a corner but instead lays it off for Glen Johnson, who crosses for Younes Kaboul to head home. Dreamland for the Pompey fans. And over on the touchline, Tony Adams air-heads one in too.

2125: Papa Bouba Diop is back on the pitch, but still hobbling. Pompey could do without another injury.

2124: "Re 2116: Tony Adams is living every pass, kick and shot. It's great watching his body language. There should be a 'Tony cam' on every Pompey game."
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2122: "Re 2110. My mum said I couldn't watch England play Holland at Euro 96 because that was too late, so I listened to it on the radio. Following furious protests after every goal, she let me watch the rest with the score at 4 - 1. Cheers mum."
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2120: Portsmouth only half-clear a corner and the ball comes back to Kaka on the right. His deflected cross is fumbled by David James as he collides with Papa Bouba Diop - but Portsmouth get away with it. Diop doesn't though. He's down injured.

2116: Kanu sends a lovely cross over from the right which just evades Peter Crouch but falls instead to Glen Little, who slams a shot just wide and into the back of the netting - prompting a few vain cheers around the ground. In true Fergie-style, Tony Adams plays the ball every step of the way - ending with his fist to his head a la Bruce Forsyth. Terrific stuff.

2112: AC Milan on the attack immediately. David James pushes a Kaka shot behind which was probably going wide anyway before Andriy Shevchenko has a pop. Despite only needing a draw, Carlo Ancelotti appears to have told his players to push on.

2110: Portsmouth get the second half under way. No changes from either side.

2110: "I've just woken my five-year-old son up to watch the second half. He wanted to watch the game but I said it was too late. How can I deny him?!"
Neil in Pompey via text on 81111

2108: From what I can see, CSKA Moscow have definitely qualified for the next round. In today's other game in that group, Deportivo La Coruna are thrashing Feyenoord 3-0. That would leave the Dutch side on nil points after three games.

2105: "Pompey must go on to win this, they are playing out of their skins and their fans are magnificent! Harry who???"
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2103: Happy Spurs boss Harry Redknapp tells BBC Radio 5 Live he fancies Portsmouth to beat AC Milan tonight.

2058: A very good first half from Portsmouth I reckon. Milan, though, will be happy enough - they only need a point to go through to the next round.

2056: "Re 2049: Crouch did indeed score at least two of those for Liverpool about two seasons ago. Or were you being sarcastic, you sly devil?"
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What is this sarcasm you speak of?

2054: HALF-TIME Portsmouth 0-0 AC Milan

2053: This referee doesn't seem to want to book Milan players. Nadir Belhadj nicks the ball past Gianluca Zambrotta and is promptly brought down by the Italian defender. The free-kick is deflected behind for a corner - cleared by Milan.

2049: Glen Johnson effortlessly beats his man on the right and swings over the cross to the far stick where Peter Crouch slices an ambitious overhead kick wide. You don't score two of those in a season Crouchy.

2047: "Is it me or does Kaka look overawed by the occasion..?"
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2045: Glen Johnson overlaps down the right but his cross is headed high and wide by Peter Crouch at the near post. A good spell from Portsmouth.

2045: "Sitting in the Milton End I can't quite see who's pocket Kaka is in."
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2044: Some terrible Portsmouth defending leaves Pippo Inzaghi with a sniff of goal but Nadir Belhadj is there in a flash to take the ball off his toes.

2041: The home fans ramp up the noise as half-time approaches. Brilliant stuff.

2040: Another half-chance for Portsmouth as Glen Johnson's cross from the right evades everyone - except Peter Crouch at the far post. He attempts to head it back for Kanu when he might have gone for goal.

2038: Mathieu Flamini clatters Glen Johnson - but escapes a yellow card. That's the former Arsenal midfielder's second poor tackle of the game. Hmmm.

2038: "Re 2013: royaldrew's right! Fond memories of Glen Little for Reading at Stamford Bridge on a Boxing Day tearing Wayne Bridge then Ashley Cole to pieces!"
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The Glen Little love-in continues...

2035: Kaka volleys over in absolutely disastrous fashion. It's fair to say the Pompey fans very much enjoyed that one.

2033: But neither does Portsmouth's. Gennaro Gattuso's precise pass finds Pippo Inzaghi, who chips David James but sees the ball clip the top of the bar and land on top of the net.

2032: Peter Crouch heads against the back of Philippe Senderos. The Milan defence does not look impregnable by any means.

2030: Another word on those earlier games: Jamie O'Hara's winner for Tottenham has seen him jump to the top of the class with 7.85 on Player Rater, while Stephen 'in-form' Ireland is head and shoulders above his Manchester City colleagues with a sparkling 8.64. You can still have your vote on those two games but it seems that the technical woes have spread to the Pompey Player Rater.
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2028: "Filippo Inzaghi - Born offside."
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So true

2025: Poor defending from Portsmouth as Andriy Shevchenko is given the time to chest the ball down in the box. He shoots wastefully wide - a familiar sight for Chelsea fans.

2024: Kanu spins a delicious crossfield ball from left to right for Peter Crouch at the far post but the striker makes an awful mess of his shot. Tony Adams punches the air in frustration. Evenly matched game so far though.

2021: A first real sighting of world player of the year Kaka, who sprints past Nadir Belhadj as if he isn't there and sends a dangerous cross spinning out of play.

2020: "It seems to have been overlooked that AC Milan came to a rain sodden Glasgow last year (as European champs mind) and came away from Celtic Park beaten 2 -1. They are beatable despite the array of stars at their disposal."
Chris in Glasgow via text on 81111

2018: Oof. A let-off for Pompey. Mathieu Flamini wins another free-kick after a nothing challenge by Papa Bouba Diop. Andriy Shevchenko's 30-yard effort canons off the wall, Pippo Inzaghi swings a leg at it and sees his scuffed shot come back off the post and into David James' arms.

2016: Richard Hughes - perhaps over-excited at the thought of playing the club he supported as a lad - flies in on Mathieu Flamini and gets the evening's first yellow card.

2013: "Can't wait to see Glen Little tonight. Reading wouldn't have gone down last season if he'd been fit. He deserves to play against a huge club."
RoyalDrew, Reading, via text on 81111
Are you Mrs Little?

2011: "Shooooooot" shout the Pompey fans as Glen Johnson picks up the ball about 30 yards out, recalling the full-back's wonder goal against Hull at the weekend. Johnson thinks better of it.

2009: It's chucking it down on the south coast. Have the glamorous Italians seen rain before I wonder? Portsmouth looking to pass it around the back to settle the nerves.

2007: There's Kaka! At Fratton Park! Good lord. Off we go then.

2006: "12 months back if you'd told me Glen Little would be playing against Kaka and Ronaldinho, I'd been thinking more in terms of PES or FIFA...Can't believe this perennial crock's luck!!"
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2004: "It looks so weird seeing Senderos in a Milan shirt."
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2003: Absolutely belting atmosphere at Fratton Park as the players walk out for Tony Adams' first European match as a manager. Portsmouth could do with a win here after losing to Braga in their opening game, while Milan only need a point to be certain of qualification after wins over Heerenveen and Braga.

2001: I hardly dare mention this, but the live videprinter appears to have failed. Here are the results so far:
Schalke 04 0-2 Manchester City
Galatasaray 0-1 FC Metalist Kharkiv
NEC Nijmegen 0-1 Tottenham
MSK Zilina 0-0 Slavia Prague
CSKA Moscow 2-1 Lech Poznan

2000: Finding it difficult to get your head round the idea of Pompey v AC Milan? You're not alone. Tony Adams doesn't seem to know what to make of it. "Don't get me wrong, this is probably the most prestigious match this club has ever played," he crows. So you'll be giving it everything then Tone? "Let's not big it up too much. It's feet-on-the-floor time. What we need to be focused on is staying in the Premier League." Righto.

1959: "Re 1939: I think Thomasbirty is rather optimistic, mainly due to the fact that Diarra isn't even on the bench let alone in the team! That would be some goal!"
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1956:Portsmouth make three changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Hull, with Glen Little, Armand Traore and Kanu coming into the starting line-up in place of Noe Pamarot, Sean Davis and John Utaka. Kaka starts for AC Milan, as do former Gunners pair Philippe Senderos and Mathieu Flamini and former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko.

1952: "Kaka starts because he is suspended for Milan's home game on Sunday with Palermo. Pretty certain he'll score today in his Uefa Cup debut!"
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1950: FULL-TIME Schalke 0-2 Man City

1950: FULL-TIME NEC 0-1 Tottenham

1947: "At the game in Holland, cracking atmosphere and the Spurs are winning, great night so far!"
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1942: Not a great game at the McDOS Goffertstadion where Spurs deservedly lead their Dutch opponents. Much better at the Veltins-Arena, where Manchester City have been impressive against Schalke - who lie seventh in the Bundesliga. City keeper Joe Hart has made a couple of fine saves, while Schalke stopper Manuel Neuer, reportedly a January target for the Eastlands club, might have done better with City's second.

1939: "I'm going with a 2-1 win for Pompey. Crouch and Diarra with the goals, and Ronaldinho scoring a late consolation."
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1938: Interesting to compare the two benches at Fratton Park... Carlo Ancelotti can choose from Ronaldinho, Pirlo, Pato etc. Tony Adams can't even name a full seven subs.

1936: FULL TEAMS Portsmouth v AC Milan
Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Kaboul, Distin, Belhadj, Little, Diop, Hughes, Armand Traore, Crouch, Kanu. Subs: Ashdown, Hreidarsson, Pamarot, Mvuemba, Davis, Wilson.
AC Milan: Dida, Zambrotta, Favalli, Senderos, Antonini, Gattuso, Emerson, Flamini, Kaka, Inzaghi, Shevchenko. Subs: Kalac, Kaladze, Alexandre Pato, Seedorf, Pirlo, Bonera, Ronaldinho.

1934: In case you missed it, Spurs lead NEC (not the one in Birmingham) through Jamie O'Hara's first-half header. Manchester City have an impressive 2-0 lead over Bundesliga side Schalke, thanks to Benjani and Stephen Ireland goals. Should those scorelines stay the same, both English sides will have a foot in the last 32. Only once in Uefa Cup group stage history has a side with six points failed to go through. Less than 15 minutes remaining in both games.

1930: What time do you call this then eh? A million apologies, technical problems meant we could not cover the early games. Believe me, I'm almost certainly more gutted about that than you are. That leaves us with one game. But what a game: Portsmouth v AC Milan. AND KAKA STARTS!

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