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Thursday's football as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Jonathan Stevenson

2207: Right then dudes, that's your lot for today. Hope you enjoyed it, I know I certainly did. I expect I might see some of you this weekend for some tasty Premier League action. I'm off to read all about how the greatest county in all the world won the biggest prize in cricket. Night night.

Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Liverpool turned up the intensity in the second half and Steaua couldn't deal with it. Great strike by Lucas Leiva as well."

2203: Good times for Manchester City and Liverpool today, then, both sitting pretty on three points after their first Europa League group stage games. They go back to the Premier League at the weekend, with City visiting Wigan on Sunday and 1500 BST and Liverpool travelling to Man Utd at 1330 BST.

Liverpool's Joe Cole: "I've been a month without playing, it's been a bit stop-start but I was really happy to get going. They tried to stop us playing in the first half, but after the break it opened up a bit. It was a tough game, but a good result."

From Mr Red on 606: "Well done lads. Sterner tests ahead, but at least we have something to cheer about until Sunday. I wonder if Torres will start on the bench!"

Full time
2154: Full-time Liverpool 4-1 Steaua Bucharest
A half of two halves as Liverpool found themselves up against it before the break, only to step up the tempo and ease to victory afterwards. A good outing for the Anfield men.

2153: Daniel Pacheco goes for the spectacular, but his 25-yard shot doesn't dip or come inside quite enough to threaten for a fifth.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Reds goal: That wraps up a pretty decent night's work for Liverpool and Roy Hodgson, doesn't it? David Ngog collects a pass on the edge of the Steaua area, bulldozes his way into some space and slams a shot into the bottom corner. Not bad at all.

2151: GOAL Liverpool 4-1 Steaua Bucharest (Ngog)

2151: We're into injury time at Anfield and we're set for about three minutes of the stuff.

2148: Standing ovation for Joe Cole as he is taken off and Nathan Eccleston comes on in his place.

2147: Daniel Pacheco just played a 70-yard backpass to Pepe Reina. I think I'm a fan already.

2145: Maxi is taken off by Roy Hodgson and Daniel Pacheco comes on. I'd really like to see more of the 19-year-old Spaniard, I know a lot of you Reds fans rate him really highly. He's got a handful of minutes.

2144: Seven minutes left of normal time for Liverpool to keep Steaua at bay. The Romanians have been a bit disappointing since half-time, you know.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Reds goal: I'll tell you what that ball stayed: hit. What a majestic strike from Lucas, who shows the Brazilian in him with a 25-yard screamer that fairly flies into the corner of Ciprian Tatarusanu's net. Two keepers wouldn't have saved that (they might have).

2141: GOAL Liverpool 3-1 Steaua Bucharest (Lucas)

2139: Liverpool make a change, with Lucas on for Ryan Babel.

2139: Europa League Nath: "Dortmund have given away their two-goal lead with Karpaty Lviv back level in the Ukraine. Stuttgart looking good for their win, though - two goals up at home with under 30 minutes to play. Elsewhere, Aleksandr Kerzhakov has bagged a hat-trick and seemingly the three points for Zenit St Petersburg at Anderlecht, while Dinamo Zagreb are causing Villarreal problems in Croatia, 2-0 to the hosts in that one."

2137: What a chance for Steaua. The talented Cristian Tanase slips the ball between the legs of Sotirios Kyrgiakos and from 20 yards can only bend a shot wide of Pepe Reina's left-hand post.

2136: About 15 minutes left at Anfield, where Liverpool lead Steaua Bucharest 2-1 in their opening Europa League match.

From panchopuskas on 606: "Maxi? How on earth is he playing in a Liverpool shirt? And Pacheco isn't as good? Really?"

2132: Liverpool break and Ryan Babel can't make his mind up what to do, and there are a couple of boos from the Anfield crowd. Babel eventually skins his man down the right and fizzes over a brilliant cross that is just cut out before it can reach David Ngog at the far post.

2129: Steaua have come back into it a little, but they aren't getting close enough to the Liverpool goal to be able to hurt the Reds. Still, it's pretty finely poised.

2125: Good hit from the new boy as Raul Meireles volleys one in from 30 yards that might just be bending into the bottom corner, before Ciprian Tatarusanu parries it away to his right. Liverpool need that third goal.

Yellow card
2123: Maxi Rodriguez dives in on Iasmin Latovlevici and the Argentine picks up a yellow card for his troubles. The Steaua fans, who were making most of the noise inside Anfield, have gone a bit quiet.

2121: Good spell from Liverpool still - Steaua are struggling to get out of their own half at the moment. The Reds only need to remember what happened in the first half, though, to guard against complacency. Just over an hour gone at Anfield.

From Ally, Airdrie, via text: "Re 2044 - I played against Bannan when we were both at Primary School... was apparent from the way he ran the show back then he'd be a player and so it's proved."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Reds goal: Silly boy. Pantelis Kapetanos undoes lots of Steaua's good work by pulling down Sotirios Kyrgiakos inside their area from a corner, and David Ngog steps up to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot. The Greek went down theatrically, but it was probably still a penalty.

2116: GOAL Liverpool 2-1 Steaua Bucharest (Ngog)

2115: PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL

2112: Steaua make a change and it looks like another injury, with Eder Bonfim coming on in place of Stanislav Angelov.

2110: Decent start from Liverpool at the start of the second half, but David Ngog can only head a corner wide under pressure. Meanwhile, I'm devastated by my mis-spelling of Bryan at 2100 BST. One of my heroes, too. Shame on me.

2108: Chance for Jay Spearing to have a shot from 25 yards for Liverpool, but he tries to slip David Ngog in and the chance goes begging. Moments later Maxi's shot from a Joe Cole pass is easily dealt with by Ciprian Tatarusanu.

2106: Back under way at Anfield.

Liverpool's injured forward Dirk Kuyt: "If we can push forward the way we began the game I think we can win it. There is a long way to go but we can still be OK. As for me, I'm disappointed I'm injured, but I'm aiming to be back for the Utrecht game so let's keep fingers crossed."

From knorth26 on Twitter: "Liverpool cant string more than two passes together, too many below standard players."

2100: I wonder what Steaua Bucharest manager Ilie Dumitrescu is saying to his players at the break. My best memory of his time in England (two years at Spurs, one at West Ham) was a stunning goal he smacked in from an improbable angle against Forest at White Hart Lane, what a goal that was. Not as good as Lars Bohinen's delicious chip for Forest, though, who won 4-1 with Bryan Roy (2) and Steve Stone also getting in on the act. I've watched that video a thousand times if I've seen it once.

From The Kop Prophet on 606: "It's 1-1 with half a game left - new season, new players, new manager - give it time. Football fans want people sacked after five games - or players sold after one bad performance. You aren't fans! Go away and support someone else."

Mandeep Sanghera reports: "It was a dream start for the Reds but Steaua have hit back and look dangerous."

2051: Half-time Liverpool 1-1 Steaua Bucharest

Yellow card
2049: Ooh, the Romanians are not happy about that. Octavian Abrudan picks up a booking for a supposed foul on Maxi Rodriguez, but it looked like a pretty decent tackle from where I'm sitting. Paul Konchesky misses the resulting set-piece by a mile.

2046: Europa League Nath: "German sides going well in these opening group games. One win for Leverkusen and Stuttgart lead Young Boys 1-0, while Borussia Dortmund are 2-0 up away at Karpaty Lviv from the Ukraine."

2044: Liverpool move it quickly from right to left and Ryan Babel shifts it on to his right foot just inside the Steaua area, only to shoot tamely at the visitors' keeper.

From Ben, Durham, via text: "May I make a mention of Man Utd's v Villa reserves playing tonight? Notably, Bebe is making his debut with Nani in the stands for support. Villa winning 3-1, however, with their no.11, Bannan, stealing the show."

2040: Ryan Babel is the latest to let fly from range for Liverpool, but his 30-yarder is well handled again by the Steaua keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

From AlexVickers11 on Twitter: "Liverpool need to stop giving the ball away, because Steaua look very dangerous every time they head towards Liverpool's box."

2037: Liverpool's turn to attack and Joe Cole finds himself 25 yards from goal with no team-mates to pass to, so he shoots low and hard into the arms of Ciprian Tatarusanu.

2034: Boy, Steaua can break with pace - they're like greased lightning those boys. Another rapid-fire attack ends with Cristian Tanase wastefully shooting at a Liverpool player from 30 yards, but they're enjoying themselves at Anfield.

2032: It's a bit even-steven at Anfield at the moment, both teams cancelling each other out. Liverpool are showing the Romanians due respect after that hugely impressive spell that saw them draw level.

From Ashley, via text: "I'm in the Liverpool Bar in St Petersburg... But watching Zenit beat Anderlecht. How did they not qualify for the Champions League? Maybe I should switch rooms and watch the Reds. Sounds a cracker!"

2027: Europa League Nath: "Reigning champions Atletico Madrid begin the defence of their title with a miserable 1-0 defeat at Aris Salonika. Peral Javito has a memorable European goal to his name while the holders have tougher tests to come in Rosenborg and Bayer Leverkusen, with the Germans thrashing the Norwegians 4-0 tonight.

2024: The visitors are forced into a change as Ifeanyi Emeghara limps off with an injury and Banel Nicolita comes on.

2023: Are Steaua a team in their manager's image? It's only former Spurs and West Ham forward Ilie Dumitrescu, isn't it? Another lightning break sees Pepe Reina save well from Pantelis Kapetanos, but the flag had gone up anyway. Ossie Ardiles would be so proud.

2022: Don't forget to get involved, will you? I'm on Twitter @Stevo_football, I'm on text on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide) and there's a 606 thread to boot.

2020: Liverpool need to be careful here. Steaua aren't having much of the play but they look super dangerous when they get forward, and this time Bogdan Stancu's shot is blocked by Sotirios Kyrkiakos.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Steaua goal: Shaping up to be quite the cracker isn't it, this one? Against the run of play a little the Romanians get back on level terms, with Bogdan Stancu playing a lovely forward pass and Cristian Tanase opening up his body beautifully to slot past Pepe Reina into the far corner. Great goal.

2017: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Steaua Bucharest (Tanase)

2013: Check this, from Infostrada Sports: "Joe Cole's is the fastest goal this season in the Europa League, the fifth time a first-minute EL goal has been scored and the first since Fulham's Bobby Zamora against Wolfsburg on 8 April."

2011: Jay Spearing decides to let fly from about 30 yards and he hits it well, but just a little too high and the ball flies over Ciprian Tatarusanu's crossbar.

2008: Crikey. It's not a full house by any means at Liverpool, but those who have turned up had a very early treat there. The Reds look very sprightly in the early stages, worrying times for the Romanians.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Reds goal: That's the way to start a campaign. After a remarkable 25 seconds a Steaua defender plays a sloppy backpass and it is seized on by Joe Cole who beautifully curls in off the post for his first goal for the club. Will find out the defender asap, promise. But what a start.

2005: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Steaua Bucharest (Cole)

2005: Guess what? We're under way at Anfield. Liverpool v Steaua, here we go.

Saj Chowdhury reports: "A relatively comfortable win for Manchester City but they cannot afford to be as profligate in front of goal against next opponents Juventus."

Mandeep Sanghera reports: "England Women were better than Switzerland even when they were down to 10. A deserved win and 2011 World Cup here they come."

2000: Here's some Reds-related chat from Infostrada Sports, then: "Liverpool have won their last five matches in European competitions, including all four European matches this season. The streak of five is the longest running streak of victories in all of Europe right now."

1957: Lovely stuff. I guess that leaves us to concentrate on the Liverpool v Steaua Bucharest game then doesn't it? On to Anfield we go...

Full time
1954: Full-time Switzerland Women 2-3 England Women (agg: 2-5)
Fear us, the World Cup, fear us. Hope Powell has led England Women to the finals in Germany in 2011 courtesy of a gutsy victory in Switzerland. I hope they celebrate in the proper manner, because they deserve it. Marvellous.

ENGLAND WOMEN REACH THE WORLD CUP FINALS

1952: Remember the name. Remember that name. Oh my. In Turin, the Italians have been stunned by a 22-year-old Latvian going by the name of Artjoms Rudnevs. He has completed a hat-trick in injury time to secure Lech Poznan a 3-3 draw at Juventus. Oh my.

1950: Into injury time in Switzerland now and there will be three extra minutes for England Women to see off.

Full time
1949: Full-time Salzburg 0-2 Manchester City
Great start to their Europa League campaign. City never looked like taking anything other than three points away from Austria and now they can concentrate on the Premier League again. Very comfortable.

1946: Into three minutes of injury time for Manchester City to see off and they can then focus on a trip to Wigan on Sunday.

1945: England Women are winding down the clock in Switzerland. They're produced a super display and are on the brink of reaching the World Cup. In Austria, City are coasting to victory. Salzburg are doing some pressing, but it's easy as for the visitors.

From GreatWhitePathan on 606: "City have plenty of players to come back... Boateng, Adebayor Balotelli, Kolarov, Lescott and many others who didn't play today like Johnson and Milner. Plenty of strength, once they gel it should get exciting."

1940: A Switzerland Women's corner hits the England crossbar. About 10 minutes left in Wohlen and the hosts need four goals to reach the World Cup finals.

1938: Jo has a shot blocked as Man City continue to dominate in Austria. The hosts aren't offering anything. Patrick Vieira came on for Carlos Tevez a few moments ago and now David Silva has been replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips.

From Big C (Liverpool supporter stuck on tube), via text: "Love LFC line-up. Will tell us if any of these players are good enough. Go Roy!"

1934: Europa League Nath: "We'll definitely keep our upset eggs in the Aris Salonika basket now as Lech Poznan look to have blown their chances of a shock against Juventus. Alessandro del Piero comes to the party to complete a magical turnaround, making the score 3-2 to the Italians."

1932: The game appears to be dying some sort of death in Austria, with Man City more likely to score the third and finish Salzburg off than the hosts get back into it. Off balance, Carlos Tevez lashes over from an angle on the left.

1931: By the way, slight correction - there are eight changes to the Liverpool side that played Birmingham with Pepe Reina, Paul Konchesky and Maxi Rodriguez all keeping their places.

From kopman4 on 606: "I'm relieved that Gerrard and Torres are nowhere to be seen in the Liverpool line-up. Liverpool need them refreshed and at their best if they want to stand any chance of beating Man Utd."

1927: Europa League Nath: "We'll switch our upset focus to Greece shall we? And what a shock this one would be. Minnows Aris Salonika take the lead against the holders Atletico Madrid through Peral Javito."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Swiss Women goal: They might be running out of time, but that is a stunning way to narrow the deficit. From fully 25 yards, Selina Zumbuhl curls a sensational free-kick up and over the wall and into the top corner. Goal of the night, wonderful.

1925: GOAL Switzerland Women 2-3 England Women (Zumbuhl) (agg: 2-5)

1924: Wayne Bridge's first appearance of the season comes to an end as he is taken off and replaced by Dedryck Boyata.

From zarifrasul on Twitter: "Great to see Meireles handed his first start. Was excellent against Birmingham as a sub, hope he bosses the midfield tonight."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: That should do it. The points are heading Manchester-wards as Carlos Tevez sees a shot saved by Gerhard Tremmel and there's Jo to slam in the rebound from an angle on the left.

1919: GOAL Salzburg 0-2 Manchester City (Jo)

1919: Liverpool v Steaua Bucharest:
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson makes nine changes to the side which drew with Birmingham. Midfielder Raul Meireles makes his first start for the club and playmaker Joe Cole returns, with Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard missing out altogether."

1917: Europa League Nath: "Not to be outdone by Artjoms Rudnevs, Giorgio Chiellini grabs his second goal hauling Juve level just after half-time. That upset for Lech Poznan fading away fast now. Cracking tie in Turin."

1915: Liverpool v Steaua Bucharest line-ups:
Liverpool:
Reina, Kelly, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Konchesky, Spearing, Meireles, Maxi, Cole, Babel, Ngog.
Subs: Jones, Johnson, Pacheco, Lucas, Carragher, Shelvey, Eccleston.
Steaua Bucharest: Tatarusanu, Emeghara, Abrudan, Geraldo, Latovlevici, Radut, Angelov, Bicfalvi, Tanase, Stancu, Kapetanos.
Subs: Lungu, Gardos, Nicolita, Gomes, Surdu, Eder, Apostol.
Referee: Cesar Muniz Fernandez (Spain).

1912: Over in Austria, Man City are still making hard work of Salzburg, though the hosts are clearly no mugs. A Yaya Toure cross for Jo is mis-hit by the Brazilian striker and the score remains 1-0.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Eng Women goal: If that's the referee evening things up, then so she should. Kelly Smith goes down under a soft-ish challenge from Caroline Abbe and Fara Williams takes over spot-kick duties, scuffing hers into the corner rather than wide. Switzerland now need five - no chance.

1909: GOAL Switzerland Women 1-3 England Women (Williams) (agg: 1-5)

1908: PENALTY TO ENGLAND WOMEN

1905: And now we're back under way in Switzerland too, with England Women needing to not concede four goals in the half to make sure they will be at the World Cup next summer. They are down to 10 women though, remember.

Yellow card
1904: Kolo Toure picks up a booking for a clumsy foul and from the resulting free-kick, 22 yards out, Nikola Pokrivac's low drive flies inches wide of Joe Hart's left-hand post. A reminder of how slender City's lead remains.

From Mr_Dobby_ACA on Twitter: "Glad to see both the refereeing and play-acting are as bad in the women's game as in the men's."

1901: Back under way between Salzburg and Manchester City in Austria, with the English side leading 1-0.

Mandeep Sanghera reports: "England should feel aggrieved against after some shocking behaviour from Switzerland's Ramona Bachmann sees keeper Rachel Brown sent-off. It's still theirs to throw away, though."

1858: Europa League Nath: "Giorgio Chiellini pulls a goal back for Juventus on the stroke of half-time. Long time to hold out for the Poles now, but they still lead 2-1. Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen are coasting against Rosenborg, 2-0 they lead at half-time. Sporting Lisbon going well at Lille, 2-0 to the Portuguese at the break, but no goals for Diego Forlan's Atletico Madrid against Greek side Aris Salonika."

From Ed, London, via text: "That was the most disgusting piece of cheating by the Swiss number 10. She should be ashamed, really letting the women's game down. Disgraceful."

1854: Half-time Switzerland Women 1-2 England Women (agg: 1-4)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1853: In the pandemonium that ensued after Rachel Brown's sending off, I forgot to tell you that Fara Williams almost restored England's advantage after powering in a shot from 20 yards, only to see the ball come back off the post. What drama.

Saj Chowdhury reports: "Manchester City have created a hatful of chances and deserve their half-time lead, but Salzburg have given them cause for concern at the other end."

1848: England have brought on reserve goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain. Rachel Brown might miss World Cup games for that, should England get there. Fifa should throw the book at Ramona Bachmann.

Red card
England Women sending off: I'm disgusted. I really am. That really is the dark side of women's football. Ramona Bachmann tries to retrieve the ball from the back of the net, and Rachel Brown is there trying to get it too. There's a slight coming together but Bachmann disgracefully goes down clutching part of her face when there was clearly no contact. Referee Cristina Dorcioman from Romania brandishes a red card to Brown, a truly laughable decision.

1846: Half-time Salzburg 0-1 Manchester City

1845: RED CARD (Rachel Brown, England)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Swiss Women goal: Hmm, maybe it's not quite all over yet. Ramona Bachmann gets into some space down the right and slams a shot across Rachel Brown into the corner. It gets worse, too...

1844: GOAL Switzerland Women 1-2 England Women (Backmann) (agg: 1-4)

1842: Jo curls a shot from the edge of the box into the grateful arms of Gerhard Tremmel. Man City will definitely feel this game is there for the taking.

1840: Man City could have doubled their lead in Austria, too. Carlos Tevez collects a long pass down the middle and tees up David Silva inside the area, but his goalbound left-foot shot is tipped away by Gerhard Tremmel.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Eng Women goal: Those passports will need dusting down again next year - the Swiss now need to score five. Cutting in from the right, Eniola Aluko plays a lovely one-two with Kelly Smith and shoots low into the near post past Maris Brunner. Party time.

1837: GOAL Switzerland Women 0-2 England Women (Aluko) (agg: 0-4)

1837: Europa League Nath: "Safe to say we have a potential shock on the cards in Turin. Latvian Artjoms Rudnevs is having the game of his life, adding to his earlier penalty to make it Juventus 0-2 Lech Poznan."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Eng Women goal: So near to the World Cup finals in Germany now. Captain Alex Scott crosses from the right, Eniola Aluko mis-kicks at the near post and there's that woman Kelly Smith inside the six-yard box to slot into the net. They can almost touch it now, it's that close.

1835: GOAL Switzerland Women 0-1 England Women (Smith) (agg: 0-3)

From James, Ipswich, via text: "Watching the ladies, and as a Hammer I'm sure they would give our shambolic team a run for our money!"

Someone has struck the woodwork
1831: Little bit of a let-off for City there as a Salzburg corner is scuffed into the ground and against the top of the crossbar by the home team's captain Ibrahim Sekagya.

1830: Kelly Smith skins two defenders down the left but her cross - intended for Eniola Aluko - is cut out by Switzerland keeper Marisa Brunner.

1829: The sporadic outbreaks of intense clapping in Austria makes it sound like there's torrential rain at the Wals-Siezenheim Stadium. There isn't, and there isn't much going on either. Just thought I'd share that with you.

From shivamLM on Twitter: "Interesting fact about Lech Pozan - they can't host a match at their stadium this weekend because Sting is performing."

1824: Not much happening in either game right now, which probably suits Manchester City and England Women as things stands. Incidentally, you lot are quiet this evening. You all out celebrating Notts' magnificent County Championship success? I wouldn't blame you if you were.

1821: Europa League Nath: "Italian giants Juventus, Alessandro del Piero et al, are trailing to Lech Poznan from Poland. Plenty of time left, mind, but Artjoms Rudnevs has bagged from the spot."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1818: You have to say, that's magnificent. Kelly Smith, a la Eric Cantona in his pomp, tries an audacious 25-yard chip and with the keeper in no-woman's land, the ball sails back into play courtesy of the Swiss crossbar. Stunning.

1817: Eniola Aluko hits one from just outside the Swiss box, but it flies into the arms of Marisa Brunner. A pass might have been the better option there, but promising stuff from England Women.

1815: Wayne Bridge flings over another decent cross from the City left and Carlos Tevez controls 10 yards out, but he can't get enough on the hooked shot and it dribbles wide. Very sharp haircut for the Argentine, no need for one of those girly alice bands today.

Someone has won a penalty
England missed penalty: That's a shocker. Kelly Smith might be England's all-time top scorer, but she won't want to see that again in a hurry. Smith wins the penalty herself, going down under a challenge from Rahel Graf, but promptly drags hopelessly wide with her left boot from 12 yards. Eurgh.

1812: MISSED PENALTY (Smith)

1811: PENALTY TO ENGLAND WOMEN

1809: First chance for England Women, but Eniola Aluko's 10-yard shot is saved comfortably by Swiss keeper Marisa Brunner.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City goal: He had asked the City fans to be patient while he acclimatised, but that's what David Silva can do. A Wayne Bridge cross from the left is laid back into the Spaniard's path by Jo and Silva strokes neatly into the corner past Gerhard Tremmel's dive.

1807: GOAL Salzburg 0-1 Manchester City (Silva)

1806: Man City's only early threat has been from a David Silva corner, while Joe Hart was called upon to push a cross away at the other end. There were some concerns about the pitch early doors, but it looks pretty decent at the moment.

1803: At the Wohlen AG Stadium, Switzerland Women and England Women get their World Cup qualifier under way. Two minutes early. Very Kevin Keen.

1802: Switzerland Women v England Women:
Mandeep Sanghera reports: "England's Women have a place in the 2011 World Cup in Germany tantalisingly close. They beat Switzerland 2-0 in the first leg of their play-off in Shrewsbury on Sunday and will shortly be in action in the away leg in Wohlen. England manager Hope Powell knows the Swiss have to attack and has targeted her side catching their rivals out on the counter-attack. If the disastrous happens and England lose the play-off, their World Cup hopes aren't over - they'll just have to win three more play-offs to book a spot in Germany! Powell says the thought of that makes her feel sick."

1800: We are under way in the fourth-largest city in Austria. And in the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, there's a wall of sound coming from the home fans.

1758: Ooh, the teams are out at the Wals-Siezenheim Stadium and we're only a few seconds from getting under way in the Europa League group stage.

1757: By the way faithful punters, if you refresh your screen right now you will see live - yes, live! - video of England Women appear at the very top of your screen. Mr Benn's shopkeeper ain't got nothing on this.

1756: Salzburg v Manchester City:
Saj Chowdhury reports: "Manchester City breezed past Timisoara to make the group stages. Italian giants Juventus and Polish side Lech Poznan await City, but they kick off tonight at Red Bull Salzburg, 1994 runners-up, another side who have been looking to make their impact on the bigger stage in quick-time following their takeover by the fizzy drinks company in 2005."

From MCFC_TID on 606: "City should not underestimate Salzburg tonight, in the same stage of last year's competition the Austrian side finished with a 100% win record in a group that contained Villarreal and Lazio."

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "It's very important, the first game in a group always is. Today, we have five or six players injured, so I don't regret Roque Santa Cruz not being available, we did what we could."

1749: Europa League night = chat from Infostrada Sports. Here's what those boys make of tonight's deal:
Red Bull Salzburg, ranked 81st in the Euro Club Index, have a 27% chance of beating Manchester City, who are ranked 22nd. City have a 45% chance of three points. At Anfield later, Liverpool (10th) have a 75% chance of beating Steaua Bucharest (85th), who are 8% likely to notch an away victory. All clear? Good.

1745: There are some cracking looking ties in the Europa League tonight - check out Anderlecht v Zenit, FC Porto v Rapid, Napoli v Utrecht, PSV Eindhoven v Sampdoria and Sevilla v PSG. We'll endeavour to keep you up-to-date with events from around the continent.

From Meerschaum_221B on 606: "Despite the negative reaction to the all the splashing of cash going on at MCFC, I wish Mancini all the best. I think he's a brave man to put himself in a situation where there are NO excuses for failure. Plus he's a lot cooler than Fergie."

Saj Chowdhury reports: "Manchester City line up with Jo and Carlos Tevez in attack with fellow forward Emmanuel Adebayor out with a dead leg. Joleon Lescott is sidelined with a groin injury, so Wayne Bridge will make his first appearance of the season. For Salzburg, striker Gonzalo Zarate once again leads their line in what is expected to be a 4-5-1 formation."

Mandeep Sanghera reports: "England Women stick with the same side which beat Switzerland 2-0 in the first leg and striker Kelly Smith spearheads the attack. Switzerland Women make one change as Ana Maria Crnogorcevic replaces Martina Moser."

1735: And I've started a 606 thread in your honour.

1735: On text at 81111 (UK) and +447786200666 (worldwide)...

1734: Need a reminder of how to get in touch. Come on then...

1732: Red Bull Salzburg v Man City line-ups:
Red Bull Salzburg:
Tremmel, Schwegler, Afolabi, Sekagya, Svento, Schiemer, Mendes Da Silva, Zarate, Leitgeb, Pokrivac, Boghossian.
Subs: Walke, Dudic, Wallner, Augustinussen, Jantscher, Hierlander, Alan.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Toure, Bridge, Silva, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Barry, Tevez, Jo.
Subs: Given, Richards, Milner, Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson, Vieira, Boyata.
Referee: Georgios Daloukas (Greece).

1730: Stevo's predos:
Salzburg 1-2 Man City
Switzerland Women 0-2 England Women
Liverpool 3-1 Steaua Bucharest

1727: Cheeky little inbetweener entry at 1722 there, I'm sure you'll agree. Yep, as well as Man City and Liverpool in Europa League action, the England Women's team are bidding to reach next year's World Cup finals in the second leg of their play-off against Switzerland. The good news is they lead 2-0 from the first leg. Germany here we come?

From Simplyton on Twitter: "Man City's January transfer targets?"
What, even Tevez and Toure?!

1722: But before I do, inevitably, go on, let me hit you with a schedule of events for this fine evening:
1800 BST: Salzburg v Man City
1805 BST: Switzerland Women v England Women
2005 BST: Liverpool v Steaua Bucharest

1719: Need I go on? Here's the moral of this particular story: The Europa League is awesome. Welcome to the festival of football that won't play second fiddle to anyone.

1717: Liverpool, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Dynamo Kiev, Juventus, CSKA Moscow, Sporting Lisbon, Zenit St Petersburg, FC Porto, Napoli, PSV Eindhoven, Sampdoria, Paris St Germain, Sevilla, Stuttgart...

1715: Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Carlos Tevez, Yaya Toure, Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro del Piero, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero, Nilmar, Giuseppe Rossi, Andriy Shevchenko, Igor Akinfeev, Keisuke Honda, Alan Dzagoev, Liedson, Danny, Hulk, Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Ola Toivonen, Giampaolo Pazzini, Antonio Cassano, Claude Makelele, Ludovic Giuly, Luis Fabiano, Jesus Navas, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Mauro Camoranesi, Javier Pastore...



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Europa League results

16 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

  • AEK Athens3-1Hajduk Split
    FT
  • Anderlecht1-3Zenit St P'sbg
    FT
  • Aris Salonika1-0Atletico Madrid
    FT
  • AZ Alkmaar2-1FC Sheriff Tiraspol
    FT
  • Bayer Leverkusen4-0Rosenborg
    FT
  • Besiktas1-0CSKA Sofia
    FT
  • Club Bruges1-1PAOK Salonika
    FT
  • Debrecen0-5FC Metalist Kharkiv
    FT
  • Dinamo Zagreb2-0Villarreal
    FT
  • Dynamo Kiev2-2BATE Borisov
    FT
  • FC Porto3-0Rapid Vienna
    FT
  • Getafe2-1Odense BK
    FT
  • Juventus3-3Lech Poznan
    FT
  • Karpaty Lviv3-4Borussia Dortmund
    FT
  • Lausanne Sports0-3CSKA Moscow
    FT
  • Levski Sofia3-2AA Gent
    FT
  • Lille1-2Sporting
    FT
  • Liverpool4-1Steaua BucharestFT
  • Napoli0-0FC Utrecht
    FT
  • PSV Eindhoven1-1Sampdoria
    FT
  • SV Salzburg0-2Man CityFT
  • Sevilla0-1Paris SG
    FT
  • Sparta Prague3-2Palermo
    FT
  • VfB Stuttgart3-0Young Boys
    FT

see also
Tough Europa draw for English duo
27 Aug 10 |  Europe


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