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Europa League as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Paul Fletcher

2203: Yep, those three FIRST-half goals could prove very costly for Fulham. Many thanks for all your contributions tonight - all are welcome (sort of) and help to keep the evening ticking along nicely.

Europa League Danny: "Simao has managed to get himself sent off in the 94th minute of Panathinaikos' 3-1 home defeat to Standard Liege. Terrible result for the Greek side. Elsewhere, it finished Valencia 1-1 Werder Bremen and Benfica 1-1 Marseille. Lots of tonight's ties very much in the balance - all the second legs take place next Thursday, remember."

From OJ via text: "Is it just me or has Zamora looked a little sluggish tonight? Slightly disappointed with his input, although Fulham are well in this tie."

2155: I thought it was a decent second-half showing from Fulham but I wonder whether they have left themselves too much to do after conceding three first-half goals. However, BBC Radio 5 live summariser Mark Bright reckons Roy Hodgson's team are still in this tie.

Europa League Danny: "Late Europa-themed drama. Hatem Ben Arfa has scored a last-minute equaliser for Marseille, and they're drawing 1-1 at Benfica. Will that prove to be a killer goal come the end of next week's second leg?"

2154: FULL-TIME Juventus 3-1 Fulham

2153: Almost another for Juventus, as Diego shoots towards the bottom corner from 25 yards but sees his effort saved from 25 yards. Vincenzo Iaquinta heads wide from a decent position from the subsequent corner.

2151: Just a couple of minutes of normal time left - and I'm not getting the impression that another Fulham goal is looking likely.

2148: Big trouble for Fulham - or at least it should be. Claudio Marchisio bursts into the Fulham box and space seems to be opening up in front of him but he is let down by a very heavy touch and Fulham clear the danger.

2147: So Rafa thought his players were fantastic.....

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez: "I am disappointed with the result but really pleased with the effort of the players. They were fantastic today. It is clear, particularly in this competition, you have to score away because it is an advantage. We were just not strong enough today but there is still 90 minutes to play. I am confident we can beat anyone at Anfield on our day with the fans behind us."

2145: Another Fulham corner but I reckon that Juve have defended pretty well in this match.

Europa League Danny: "Goal frenzy! It's Panthinaikos 1-3 Standard Liege as Igor De Camargo scores for the visitors on 74 minute. The Belgian side have one foot in the quarter-finals it would seem. And the deadlock is broken in Portugal as Benfica take a 1-0 lead over Marseille thanks to Victorio Maxi Pereira."

2142: There are 10 minutes of normal time left.

2140: Fulham have had a lot of play in and around the Juve box but have been let down by a few disappointing killer final passes. I think they have played pretty well second half but could just do with another goal....

2139: Former Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko replaces Christian Poulson, who clearly likes a bit of the niggle.

2136: The ball is laid into the path of Vincenzo Iaquinta, whose 20-yard strike leaves his boot at a trajectory that suggests he is aiming at the moon.

2134: More promising approach play from Fuham results in a corner but Juve clear and threaten to break. Good defensive work from Dickson Etuhu, who makes an excellent covering tackle, sees off the danger.

From Rob, Chelmsford, via text: "Fletch, you need to resign from the BBC now! You are total pants. My licence fee pays your salary and I object to you being employed by the beeb for your totally futile comments. Your P45 is hopefully in the post."

2131: Corner to Fulham. It is cleared but this is not a bad little spell for the visiting team, who could so desperately do with another away goal.

2130: Fulham win a free-kick in a decent position after a handball from Nicola Legrottaglie. Damien Duff floats it in but Fabio Cannavaro heads clear.

Europa League Danny: "Action in Spain and it's bad and good news for Valencia. Ever Banega's been sent off on 55 minutes for violent conduct - but no matter, two minutes later, Juan Mata scores to make it Valencia 1-1 Werder Bremen."

2125: David Trezeguet off, Vincenzo Iaquinta on. Good news, bad news. Fulham have a free-kick that is floated into the box and headed towards Bobby Zamora, who cannot quite make contact.

2122: Bobby Zamora breaks down the right and is in plenty of space but Nicola Legrottaglie cuts out his cross. Disappointing. Clint Dempsey comes on for Simon Davies.

2120: Juve knocking it about quite nicely, Fulham working hard to regain the ball, the small contingent of home fans singing while their hero Alessandro Del Piero goes through a few warm-up routines on the touchline.

Europa League Danny: "Game on in Greece. Loukas Vyntra scores on 48 minutes to make it Panathinaikos 1-2 Standard Liege."

2117: Poor Fulham marking allows a Juve player a free header from a corner but it is put over the target. Yes, I didn't quite see who it was hence the wishy washy description.

2115: For once Fulham turn the Juve defence, with Dickson Etuhu picking out Bobby Zamora down the right. The striker's low cross towards Damien Duff is cut out and although Zamora regains possession, the home team manage to clear the danger.

2114: Fulham look a little short of ideas to me, while there is plenty of fizz and invention about Juve when they move into the opposition third.

2112: We haven't seen too much of Brazilian Diego, who breaks forward and is given the space to shoot but makes a complete mess of his 20-yard effort.

2110: A change to tell you about at the break, Mauro Camoranesi replacing Hasan Salihamidzic. Not a bad option to have.

2108: Play resumes. If Fulham don't score soon I'm going to tempt fate, again.

2106: For what it is worth, I think that the music played inside the stadium is from Rocky and is played when the pugilist is in a successful phase of his training regime prior to the defining fight of the film.

From John the Wolf via text: "Every time you say Juve nearly scored - they score within a minute. First I thought it was your fault. Now I'm thinking Fulham really need to sort out their defending from set pieces!"

2103: I've got to hand it to Fulham, they have certainly been involved in a very entertaining opening 45 minutes. I guess the key thing for them is to ensure that they are still in this tie come the second leg.

2059: Just polishing off my pasta.

Europa League Danny: "Half-time o'clock across Europe in the 2005 GMT kick-offs. Away from Turin, the scores on the doors are thus - Benfica 0-0 Marseille; Panathinaikos 0-2 Standard Liege; Valencia 0-1 Werder Bremen."

2056: Not boring, is it.

2055: HALF-TIME Juventus 3-1 Fulham

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Juventus goal: Disaster, the goal comes so late in the first half that there is not even time to restart the match. David Trezeguet shoots and hits the post. The ball rebounds back towards him but even though he is slightly off balance he manages to guide the ball into the bottom corner.

2053: GOAL Juventus 3-1 Fulham

2052: Juve almost score in first-half injury-time but Fabio Grosso's shot is brilliantly tipped over by Mark Schwarzer.

2051: Worrying. Bobby Zamora goes down holding his foot after a challenge by Fabio Cannavaro. Thankfully he is able to play on.

2050: A driving run from Paul Konchesky, who squares the ball to Zoltan Gera. Alas, a poor first touch lets Gera down. Seconds later Gera is back in possession and Alex Manninger, who had done virtually nothing before picking the ball out of the night, makes a save.

2048: A text has arrived asking how my words taste. A strange question but I'm pleased for Fulham, who are right back in this tie. An 18-yard volley from Bobby Zamora is saved by Alex Manninger.


2045: Almost! Brede Hangeland heads a corner towards goal and Alex Manninger just about manages to make a save.
2045: If I suggest Fulham are unlikely to score any time soon does that mean they will equalise?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Fulham goal: Woah - just what Fulham need, even if there is a big hint of fortune about it. A free-kick from Simon Davies is half cleared and falls to Dickson Etuhu, whose strike takes a big deflection off Nicola Legrottaglie and leaves former Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger flat-footed.

2040:GOAL Juventus 2-1 Fulham

2039: Unhurried, measured, composed - it really is too easy for Juve at the moment.

2036: A rare chance of an attack for Fulham is quickly snuffed out when a sliding tackle from 36-year-old Fabio Cannavaro ensures Damien Duff's progress comes to an abrupt end.

2033: The camera cuts to Roy Hodgson in the away dug-out. He strokes his chin like a man with things on his mind. I can understand why. That said, an away goal would make a huge difference to the complexion of this tie.

Europa League Danny: "So, how are Frings going over in Valencia? Pretty well, I can tell you. Torsten Frings has scored from the penalty spot to put Werder Bremen 1-0 up."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Juventus goal: To be fair, Juve are well in control now after a stunning, stunning, stunning strike from Jonathan Zebina. The right-back was allowed to skip past Simon Davies and Dickson Etuhu far too easily but his exocet strike across goal from 25 yards was simply unstoppable. Brutal

2029:GOAL Juventus 2-0 Fulham

2028: Jonathan Greening loses the ball and within seconds Juve are inches away from extending their lead. David Trezeguet lets one rip from 25 yards and is not far away.

2026: A few people I know are in the 'Bobby Zamora for a place in the World Cup squad' camp. He hasn't had too much of an opportunity so far to show what he is all about.

2025: One touch football, smoothly along their back line, from Juventus.

Europa League Danny: "Quick update - it's now Panathinaikos 0-2 Standard Liege, thanks to Milan Jovanovic's 16th-minute goal. Great start for the visitors."

Europa League Danny: "Remember Axel Witsel? He's the Standard Liege player who served an eight-match ban after he broke Anderlecht's Marcin Wasilewski's leg following a tackle in a match in August last year. He's also the scorer of the first goal at Panathinaikos who trail the Belgian side 1-0."

2021: Not one for the show reel from Simon Davies. Damien Duff breaks down the right and picks out an unmarked Davies, who shapes to shoot but actually fails to make contact with the ball. A bad miss as well as slightly embarrassing.

2017: There are an estimated 10,000 Juve fans inside the stadium. I don't think that figure is impressive but they have certainly made some noise since the goal. Fulham look comfortable in possession but have not threatened so far.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Juventus goal: Not the start that Fulham wanted. A corner comes in and Juve defender Nicola Legrottaglie heads the ball into the ground and up into the roof of the Fulham goal.

2013: GOAL Juventus 1-0 Fulham

2012: Very good header from David Trezeguet, who must be 16 yards from goal but directs his effort towards the bottom corner, forcing a very good save from Mark Schwarzer.

From fballpreviews on Twitter: "Rafa won't be sacked, but don't fear Liverpool fans - that's only because the club knows Madrid will want him this summer."

2006: Apparently there are five World Cup winners in the Juve side. The pitch looks a lot better than what we saw in Lille. Nothing too alarming from Fulham's perspective thus far.

2005: And we are under way in Turin.

2004: I wonder how Alberto Aquilani feels right now?

eirebilly on 606: "This is terrible for Liverpool. It looks as if the players have lost faith in Rafa. Liverpool seriously are in a major decline."

1959: I'm going to stick my neck out here and argue that the less than jam packed stadium in Turin suggests Juve fans aren't too bothered about their match against Fulham. More fool them.

From Fred, 13, Milton Keynes, via text: "I'm sorry Liverpool. I'm a lifetime obsessive follower, and I will stick with you through anything, but this is unacceptable."

Europa League Danny: "So, here are your full-times in the other 1800 GMT kick-offs around Europe. It finished Atletico 0-0 Sporting - although possibly not so Sporting from the Portuguese side, who finished the game with nine men. Hamburg beat Anderlecht 3-1 and Rubin Kazan drew 1-1 with Wolfsburg."

1953: Just over a year ago, Liverpool hammered Real Madrid 4-0. But to pick out the positives, it is only half-time in the tie with the return leg at Anfield to come.

1951: OK, not good. Rafa Benitez asked for a response and did not really get it from his team.

1950: FULL-TIME Lille 1-0 Liverpool

1950: Liverpool on the attack, the ball is played in to Steven Gerrard, he shoots but it is not a clean strike and Mickael Landreau saves, putting is out for a corner.

1948: Lille on the attack and win a corner. Wasted with one of those short corner routines. Why?

1947: Almost as though I am literally going to be playing at Anfield. Into injury-time.

Anonymous via text: "We don't want yer apologies...we'll batter you when you play at Anfield."

1945: Liverpool attack but several players slide in to block a strike from Fernando Torres. The Reds have made a sub by the way, with Nabil El Zhar on for Dirk Kuyt.

1943: Almost disaster for Liverpool. The ball drops to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who smashes it towards goal with his right foot. Pepe Reina is beaten but the ball smashes the outside of the post.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Lille goal: Ouch, Eden Hazard whips in a swerving, dangerous free-kick from out wide on the left-hand side. It eludes everyone and ends up in the back of the Liverpool net.

1940: GOAL Lille 1-0 Liverpool

1938: I have been hugely impressed with Eden Hazard but after making very minimal contact with Jamie Carragher inside the Liverpool box he goes down like he has sustained a serious injury on a battlefield. The ref is having none of it and, to my mind, should perhaps have got out the yellow card.

Europa League Danny: "More goal action in Hamburg - David Jarolim puts the home side 3-1 up on Anderlecht and they look like taking a healthy lead to Belgium for the second leg."

1935: An Albert Riera free-kick hits the wall. I seem to have accidentally annoyed a few Liverpool fans. Sorry about that. I hugely rate Fernando Torres, although I might need some convincing over the suggestion that Torres (See 1924) was making a Spanish gesture to indicate annoyance. My wife's cousin's husband is Spanish and visiting next week. I'll ask him.

1934: A positive change from Lille, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comes on for Pierre-Alain Frau.

1933: Don't quite know how to take that Nwike. A shot from Stephane Dumont hits a divet and rears up sharply but Pepe Reina quickly adjusts his body position and manages to parry the ball clear.

From Nwike, Liverpool fan in Nigeria, via text: "I'm so fed up with Liverpool this season that I now prefer following their matches via live text."

1929: Bye bye Babel, on comes Albert Riera. Lille make a change, with Yohan Cabaye off and Stephane Dumont on. The subs are announced over the tannoy by an enthusiastic female voice. I don't recall a female announcer at a football ground before?

Europa League Danny: "Reverse psychology strikes again! (see 1922 and 1825). Zvjezdan Misimovic scores for the visitors to make it Rubin Kazan 1-1 Wolfsburg. Twenty minutes to go."

1928: Thunderous. Yohan Cabaye tries his luck from 35 yards and is not far away. Pepe Reina would have been nowhere near it.

1927: As several texters/tweeters and 606ers have pointed out, Steven Gerrard has been badly out of sorts.

1924: Oh Fernando, he really isn't very happy, on the deck and making that gesture of waving an imaginary card towards the ref, imploring him to book an opponent. The ref duly books Torres. GOOD.

Europa League Danny: "About half-way through the second-half across Europe - and no new goals to tell you about, I'm afraid. So, the scores remain Atletico 0-0 Sporting; Hamburg 2-1 Anderlecht; Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wolfsburg."

1922: A wicked, vicious, swerving shot from Pierre-Alain Frau is saved by Pepe Reina. Shortly afterwards Daniel Agger does his best to divert a cross from Florent Balmont into his own net but cannot quite do so.

Anonymous via text: "Does anyone else think that Juventus team is a bit insulting to Fulham? Lets hope they show Juventus what they're made of..."

1920: He's a filthy hatchet man isn't he that Torres, who brings a Lille player down. Handbags and some form of verbal exchange follow. Jamie 'keep it calm' Carragher breaks it up.

1918: TEAM NEWS Juventus v Fulham
Fulham
, who are without suspended captain Danny Murphy, make just one change from the side that drew 0-0 with Tottenham in their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday, with Paul Konchesky replacing Nicky Shorey, who is cup-tied after playing for Aston Villa in this competition at the start of the season. Clint Dempsey is on the bench after shaking off a knee injury. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger starts for Juventus, who are without first-choice shot-stopper Gianluigi Buffon. Alessandro Del Piero is among their substitutes.

1915: Woah, action, action, action. Ryan Babel shoots at goal and Mickael Landreau makes a decent save. Lille break but Pierre-Alain Frau is flagged for offside. Iffy.

Anonymous via text: "Such is the boredom of watching this Liverpool game, I'm off to chop some chicken and cook a curry."

1913: TEAMS Juventus v Fulham
Juventus: Manninger, Zebina, Cannavaro, Legrottaglie, Grosso, Salihamidzic, Poulsen, Marchisio, Candreva, Diego, Trezeguet. Subs: Pinsoglio, Iaquinta, Del Piero, Camoranesi, Grygera, Sissoko, De Ceglie.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Duff, Davies, Etuhu, Greening, Gera, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Nevland, Dempsey, Smalling, Marsh-Brown.

1913: Thus far Liverpool have certainly kept possession better than on Monday (which isn't saying much). And they look the most likely to score. But if I was one of the 1,500 away fans I'd probably want a little more action to justify my trip across the water.

1910: A Fernando Torres header leads to a left-foot strike at goal from Lucas. Wide.

1908: Woah - lucky Liverpool. Replays show that Emiliano Insua was playing Eden Hazard on-side.

1907: The superb Eden Hazard slots the ball into the Liverpool net but the offside flag was raised some time ago and we are dealing with a no drama situation.

1906: Curious headed clearance from Adil Rami, who stoops down so low I wonder why he didn't just put his foot through the ball.

1904: No subs at the break. Liverpool start as though they mean business with an early attack.

1900: Play resumes.....

1900: Come on then, will Liverpool find the form that has been eluding them and turn on the style after the break to effectively put this tie to bed ahead of the return leg?

1856: Got an appointment date through the post the other day with regard to a slight eye problem I have. I'm sure 17 August will roll around pretty quickly. Until then I'll continue to mistake Lucas for Fernando Torres (See 1843). At least it gets Lucas a mention.

ElSquirrel on 606: "I'm thinking Lille score one goal and they'll go through, because I can't see Liverpool scoring here or at Anfield. It's not so much Rafa's trading gaffes, but that the team have no spirit."

Europa League Danny: "Some Europa League half-times for you. Atletico 0-0 Sporting (the visitors down to 10 men, remember); Hamburg 2-1 Anderlecht (Jonathan Legear scoring on the stroke of half-time for the visitors); Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wolfsburg. In the balance."

1848: Not classic fare. More two for a tenner than noveau cuisine. Still, at least Liverpool came into the tie as the half wore on and created the better of the chances.

1846: HALF-TIME Lille 0-0 Liverpool

1845: How good is Eden Hazard? Real good on the evidence so far. His strike is saved by Pepe Reina. Lille win a free-kick but Yohan Cabaye shoots over.

1843: Decent ball from Glen Johnson to Fernando Torres but the striker's attempt to control it with his chest is heavy and the chance is gone.

Europa League Danny: "Here's a familiar name for you - Ruud van Nistelrooy notches for Hamburg, who now lead Anderlecht 2-0."

1841: Sensational, amazing save low to his right by Mickael Landreau as he prevents Fernando Torres from scoring with a close-range header.

1840: Jamie Carragher makes a series of firm defensive headers as Lille try to finish the half on a high. Liverpool counter and after Fernando Torres is, in the opinion of the ref, fouled close to the box. The subsequent strike from Steven Gerrard is palmed clear by Mickael Landreau.

BBC Radio 5 live summariser Kevin Gallacher: "I think that Lille need to get at least three goals tonight."

1837: Ryan Babel goes down and looks to be in a lot of pain. He is holding his side and appeared to sustain the problem as he landed after challenging for the ball. Oh, he doesn't need the stretcher and seems to be OK.

Europa League Danny: "Wham, bang, thank you Kazan. Sorry. Anyway, Cristian Noboa has headed Rubin Kazan in front and they lead Wolfsburg 1-0. Elsewhere, it's Atletico 0-0 Sporting - but the Portuguese side are down to 10 men after Leandro Grimi picked up a second yellow card."

1833: Clever thinking from Steven Gerrard, who tries his luck from 30 plus yards. His strike dips with the goalkeeper scrambling but it doesn't quite do enough and goes over the crossbar.

1832: A few texts/606s/tweets asking why Liverpool's shirt sponsors are not where they should be. Something, I believe, to do with alcohol, advertising and French law.

1830: Want to talk this match up but I've not got a lot to work with at the moment. Juve v Fulham later. That one should be good.

From thegreatshakes on Twitter: "Does Pepe Reina's neck warmer give him special powers?"

Europa League Danny: "I knew my reverse psychology would work (see 1822). Your first Europa League goal tonight comes in Hamburg, courtesy of Joris Mathijsen. Hamburg 1-0 Anderlecht."

1825: Steven Gerrard is briefly involved but quickly loses the ball. He has done nothing. Moments later Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel exchange passes. Babel is through but his low strike is saved by Mickael Landreau.

Thanks Danny. Goals, goals, goals, looking for a good time. It is what the Europa League is all about.

Europa League Danny: "Twenty minutes gone across Europe. Here are your latest scores. Lille 0-0 Liverpool; Atletico Madrid 0-0 Sporting; Hamburg 0-0 Anderlecht; Rubin Kazan 0-0 Wolfsburg. Hmmm. Not a night you'll be demanding to see on DVD thus far."

1822: Heartening for Liverpool as Glen Johnson collects a pass from Dirk Kuyt and bursts into the Lille box. He slightly over-runs the ball, which goes out of play, but the sight of Johnson in full flow can only be good news.

1820: Liverpool definitely enjoying a touch more possession and territory now. The level of intent from Lille seems to have fallen slightly and the home fans aren't quite as vocal as they were earlier on.

1817: Pepe Reina opts to punch the ball clear when both Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger are unmarked and in close attendance. It was an action that spoke of uncertainty.

1814: All Lille so far but the first real run towards goals from Fernando Torres results in Liverpool winning their first corner. It is easily cleared but at least it ensures play is at the right end of the field from Liverpool's perspective.

From Lorcan, Alsace, via text: "Lille and Liverpool may be in the same position in their leagues, but in January Lille lost to fourth-tier Colmar (home of Arsene Wenger) in the French cup. It was the biggest upset in French cup history."

1811: Eden Hazard flies down the right flank before delivering a telling low ball dangerously across the face of the Liverpool goal. I wonder if his nickname is Dukes of, in the way that Fitz Hall's is one size.

1809: Liverpool look to counter attack but Ryan Babel is all too easily dispossessed. Lille burst forward and deliver a series of crosses before their opponents finally clear.

1809: Some good news for Liverpool fans - Lille are without injured key striker Gervinho. The bad news is that it doesn't seem to have impacted on their confidence or endeavour.

1806: Lille's two full-backs are marauding forward at every opportunity. BBC 5 live summariser Kevin Gallacher has just described them as Ferraris, such is their pace.

1804: Lille win a corner. They are coached by Rudi Garcia, who as part of his coaching education studied and observed teams coached by one Rafa Benitez. The corner comes to nothing but Lille are well on top.

1801: Cracking start......for Lille, as a decent strike from Yohan Cabaye forces an early save from Pepe Reina.

1800: And the match starts in Lille. Approx 1,500 away fans in the stadium.

1758: Liverpool in their away kit - but will it be all white on the night? I'll get my coat.

Jan Molby's mum in Leeds, via text: "The last thing we need is to win the Europa League and save Rafa from the chop. Allez Lille!"

Europa League Danny: "So, just for the record, there are three other last-16 Europa League first legs starting at 1800 GMT. They are Atletico v Everton's conquerors Sporting; Hamburg v Anderlecht and Rubin Kazan v Wolfsburg."

1752: I'm not sure about all these 1800 kick-offs. How do you crowbar in a pre-match beverage between finishing work and the game starting?

LFCDarlo on 606: "What do Lille and Liverpool have in common other than today's tie? Bruno Cheyrou. Two words that should remind every Liverpool fan that it could always be worse."

1749: "I am expecting a good reaction," said Reds boss Rafa Benitez ahead of the tie. His team weren't exactly tip top on Monday.

1748: And it is just about the English clubs tonight. Europa League Danny will be keeping us (more or less) up to date with news on Hamburg v Anderlecht, Rubin Kazan v Wolfsburg (known across Europe as THE BIG ONE), Benfica v Marseille, Panathinaikos v Standard Liege and Valencia v Werder Bremen.

1743: So, I'm told that Lille and Liverpool have never met in a competitive fixture. Both are currently in sixth position in their domestic leagues (make of that what you will). If Lille's home record is anything to go by then this could be a tricky assignment for the Reds. They have lost just once in Ligue 1 since the opening day of the season at their Metropole ground and have scored 25 goals in their last nine home fixtures.

1739: I believe we are having a technical issue. Which is why you cannot read this sentence.

The Macedonian Marvel on 606: "Hmmm, Hodgson for Liverpool! As a Liverpool fan I wouldn't mind that one bit, but Rafa, you've still got my support, for now."

1735: I need your help in the form of some interactive communication. I'm hoping this will facilitate high quality chat and banter (possibly). Text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (world), large it on 606 or quite simply tweet me.

1733: Liverpool against Lille in the first leg of their last 16 tie is, of course, the first of Thursday's big double header of ties involving English clubs. Later we have Roy Hodgson's mightily impressive Fulham at Italian side Juventus. Borrowing from Steve Waugh's remarkable vernacular this would have to be called a big ask, but then the men from Craven Cottage have dealt with a few big asks so far this season.

1732: TEAM NEWS Lille v Liverpool
Right-back Glen Johnson starts for Liverpool for the first time since tearing knee ligaments against Villa on 29 December, allowing Jamie Carragher and Javier Mascherano to continue in their preferred roles of centre-back and midfield. Yossi Benayoun misses out with an ankle injury picked up against Wigan, but Daniel Agger is back after sitting out the 1-0 defeat with a sickness bug. Alberto Aquilani, who has made just seven starts since joining the club, is on the bench once again with Lucas joining Mascherano in the centre of midfield. Lille defender Adil Rami, who scored the crucial goal to overcome Fenerbahce in the previous round of the competition, has recovered from a bout of 'flu to start for the hosts.

1731:TEAMS Lille v Liverpool
Lille: Landreau, Beria, Chedjou, Rami, Emerson, Hazard, Balmont, Mavuba, Cabaye, Obraniak, Frau. Subs: Butelle, Vandam, Aubameyang, Toure, Dumont, Souare, Souquet.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Insua, Kuyt, Mascherano, Lucas, Babel, Gerrard, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Riera, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, El Zhar, Kelly.

1730: Now then. My second live text of the football season and my second Liverpool game. Does that mean that I am pro or anti-Liverpool? I appealed for clemency on the pro/anti accusation front the other day but I no longer feel the need to be treated with kid gloves - so get accusing. Liverpool were beyond awful at Wigan on Monday and will have to be a lot better in Lille.




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11 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

  • Atletico Madrid0-0Sporting
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  • Benfica1-1Marseille
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  • Hamburg3-1Anderlecht
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  • Juventus3-1FulhamFT
  • Lille1-0LiverpoolFT
  • Panathinaikos1-3Standard Liege
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  • Rubin Kazan1-1Wolfsburg
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  • Valencia1-1Werder Bremen
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see also
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football
Lille 1-0 Liverpool
11 Mar 10 |  Europe
Juventus 3-1 Fulham
11 Mar 10 |  Europe
Thursday's football photos
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