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Scottish Europa League action - as it happened


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By Keir Murray

2158: Thanks for joining me this evening. I hope you can follow our live coverage of Scottish football at the weekend. If you'd like to have a bit of fun guessing the scores in the Scottish Premier League, visit The Predictor.

Graeme by text to 80295: "It's a shame Dundee United got such a tough draw in the competition after coming third and winning the cup, but it boils down to improving our standard, not getting lucky breaks."

2154: Three Scottish teams were in action this evening - one win and two defeats. All three ties are still "alive" for next week's second legs but it looks like the best we can hope for is two sides progressing to the Europa League. But you never know...

"Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say you have been beaten by a better side." BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston

Full time
Dundee United 0-1 AEK Athens

2151: Talking of which, Prince Buaben - not a Scot, mind you - lets the ball bounce off his foot and the chance for the Terrors is gone.

2150: The Greeks seem to be able to control the ball with their first touch every time. We still have some way to go in that regard in Scotland.

2149: The United players are looking exhausted. They have had to chase the ball all over the pitch.

"It's disappointing but not embarrassing. They are a quality side." BBC Scotland commentator Jim Spence with an honest assessment of United's performance against AEK

2145: We have only three minutes to go in Dundee.

2142: Danny Cadamarteri comes on in place of Scott Robertson as Peter Houston goes for a more attacking formation to try to snatch an equaliser.

2141: Agony for United's Irish captain. That was just about their only chance of the evening.

2140: Jon Daly shoots wide of the net from 14 yards, United's best chance of the evening.

2139: With under 10 minutes to play, Papa Bouba Diop comes on for AEK Athens.

2136: So, not too bad a result for Motherwell and a great scoreline for Celtic. Let's hope United can give themselves a chance in Athens in the return with a late goal at Tannadice.

Full time
Full-time: Celtic 2-0 Utrecht

2133: Once again, sorry for the absence of updates. We are back up and running.

2115: Pereira Leonardo heads the ball straight into the hands of United's Slovakian keeper Dusan Pernis.

My Sport
OneFarTheFallen on My Sport: "Not looking good for United. Was hoping AEK would be weakened by all their problems off the pitch but they are running over the top of United. Perhaps the Arabs drawing with Cowdenbeath, sorry St Mirren, last weekend was a clue to how this would go!"

2110: From the east end to the east coast, and at Tannadice the fans are finding their voice as United get "in about" the visitors. (A euphemism for "get a wee bit physical" with the Greeks.)

2109: And it's Celtic's Cha Du-Ri clears the danger around Lukasz Zaluska as Utrecht try to sneak an away goal. Twenty minutes left in the east end of Glasgow.

2108: Cha Du-Ri is living up to his reputation as a player who gives his all for the team. He is covering a terrific amount of ground.

2106: AEK Athens' Pereira Leonardo fires in a bullet that goes under Dusan Pernis and comes back off the post.

A text to 80295 from Joe in Fife: "Utrecht are going to sit in then go for a goal in the last 10. Then they're right back in it."

2104: At Celtic Park, Michael Silberbaur fires in a searching ball to the back post and Edouard Duplan takes a shot, but Lukasz Zaluska tips it over the bar.

2102: The second half is under way in Dundee.

2100: The commentary team at Tannadice say United must be more careful with the ball. The Terrors cannot afford to surrender possession as cheaply in the second half.

"Utrecht look to have come out for the second half with less belief than at the start of the game." BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod

"It could have been AEK two or three up. They are a classy side." BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston

Half time
Half-time: Dundee United 0-1 AEK Athens

"It's very, very difficult for United to get a foothold in this match. Every time AEK come forward they look like they are going to score." BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston

2044: Six minutes until half-time at Dundee. Manager Peter Houston has his work cut out. It feels a bit like a boxer hanging on until the bell sounds so that his trainer can give him a pep talk.

2042: United's Garry Kenneth is struggling with a knock to his left calf. Big Darren Dods is out warming up in case man mountain has to come off.

"It's a passage of play that is languid with nothing going on." Brutal honesty from Jim Spence at Tannadice

Paul M from Motherwell has texted 80295: "That away goal may be so crucial for Motherwell. In all their away Euro games they have managed to score away from home and as we all know it's vitally important to increase teams' chances of progress. Craig Brown for manager of the year if he manages to get the 'Well through to Europa League stages! C'mon Celtic and United, show Europe we can compete at this level.

My Sport
bringthemonjpn on My Sport: "The DU boys must have had a few too many pies before the match. Looking a bit slow... Come on!"

"The problem for Dundee United is that they are not used to playing against this quality of opposition every week." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Jim Spence

2031: It will be a happy home dressing room at Celtic Park. Another goal would be welcome, of course, before Celtic head to the Netherlands.

Half time
Half-time: Celtic 2-0 Utrecht

My Sport
robbiboy on My Sport says: "How much will that away goal be worth in the tie? Nice one, Well."

2023: United win a corner, thanks to the probing of Craig Conway. Garry Kenneth wins the header against the veteran Dellas but does not threaten the goal.

2019: The Dundee United side differs from the one that drew 1-1 with St Mirren at the weekend. Youngster Keith Watson replaces defender Darren Dods who drops to the bench. There is no place in the squad for influential midfielder Danny Swanson, who has been struggling to recover from an Achilles injury. With striker Francisco Sandaza on trial at Swansea, Irishman Jon Daly and David Goodwillie are the players charged with firing in the goals for the Tannadice club.

Georgios Samaras chests the ball down and fires the ball beyond Utrecht goalkeeper Michel Vorm. It's a terrific start for Neil Lennon's side.

GOAL: Celtic 2-0 Utrecht (Samaras)

"It has been a nervous start by United." BBC Scotland football pundit Allan Preston

2014: United need to settle down to keep this tie alive for the second leg at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

Rafik Djebbour gives Dundee United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis no chance with a shot from inside the six-yard box.

GOAL: Dundee United 0-1 AEK Athens (Djebbour)

2011: Quick re-boot of my PC required there.

Efrain Juarez puts Celtic ahead at home to Utrecht, Beram Kayal crossing the ball, Georgios Samaras providing the dummy and the Mexican slams the ball home.

GOAL: Celtic 1-0 Utrecht (Juarez)

1957: Shaun Maloney has a shot saved on the line as Celtic apply pressure on Utrecht.

Full time
Full-time: Odense 2-1 Motherwell

The Motherwell fans will be singing "Have we told you Hateley that we love you?" What a screamer of a free-kick. He blasted it into the top corner of the net from 25 yards out on the left.

GOAL Odense 2-1 Motherwell (Hateley)

1953: Scottish football really needs the three teams to have a good night. Our co-efficient desperately requires a boost.

1951: At Celtic Park, Cha Du-Ri makes a surging run down the right but over-hits his cross.

1950: We're into injury-time in Odense. Craig Brown looks tense in the away dugout.

Red card
Steve Jennings is shown a second yellow card and is sent for an early bath. Motherwell are hanging in there at 2-0 down. Any more and it will be looking grim for the second leg.

1947: Ross Forbes fires in a shot which is comfortably smothered by Roy Carroll.

1946: Motherwell have a chance to get a goal back - a free-kick 20 yards out.

1945:Utrecht's starting 11 is: FC Utrecht: Vorm, Cornelisse, Asare, Nesu, Schut, Silberbauer, Wuytens, Lensky, Mertens, Mulenga, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Sinouh, Duplan, Oar, Van Der Maarel, Maguire, Keller, Nijholt.

1944: Celtic's match against Utrecht kicks off.

Peter Utaka puts a major dent in Motherwell's chances of progressing, breaking speedily down the left wing, cutting inside and rifling a right-foot shot high into the net past three despairing Motherwell defenders.

GOAL: Odense 2-0 Motherwell (Otaka)

1936: And in his first touch the former Blackburn striker shields the ball well, turns... sound like Kenny Dalglish so far...? - and thunders the ball over the bar.

1935: Nick Blackman replaces Murphy but I think this is a tactical move rather than Craig Brown fearing his striker could be sent off for mouthing off to the ref.

1933: Espen Ruud makes a clumsy challenge on Jamie Murphy in the box, sending the youngster flying. No penalty is awarded and that does not impress Murphy one bit!

1930: Seventy minutes have now passed in Odense. How should Motherwell play the last 20 minutes? Go for an equaliser or keep it at 1-0 and keep the tie alive for the return at Fir Park?

"Come on, Motherwell, sneek an away goal!" How nice to see a text offering comradeship from Stuart, an Aberdeen fan.

1928: Daniel Majstorovic makes his Celtic debut against the Dutch side. The defender is drafted straight into the side in place of the suspended Jos Hooiveld to partner Glenn Loovens in the heart of defence.

1927: So, only two Scots in Neil Lennon's starting 11.

1925: The Celtic side to play Utrecht is: Zaluska, Cha, Majstorovic, Loovens, Ledley, Kayal, Brown, Juarez, Fortune, Samaras, Maloney. Subs: Cervi, Ki, McCourt, Murphy, Towell, Forrest, Conroy.

1923: Atle Roar Haland makes a defensive header bordering on the suicidal, Roy Carroll nipping in to pick the ball off the alert Jamie Murphy's toe.

1922: Motherwell are seeing quite a bit of the ball on the right wing. The delivery into the box has to be better, though, to trouble Roy Carroll.

1919: Eric Djemba-Djemba catches Tom Hateley with a late challenge on his shin.

Alan from Penicuik has texted 80295 with a comment on Rangers' likely signing. "It will be interesting to see how Nikica Jelavic gets on in the SPL. Quite a build-up in the press for a player with a poorer scoring record than Georgios Samaras, who in comparison isn't exactly showered with praise every week."

1912: Motherwell's corner out on the right does not amount to any effort on goal, but the travelling band of fans are in good voice. They know a 1-0 defeat wouldn't be disastrous, but what they would give for an away goal!

1911: If you would like to share your thoughts on Motherwell, Dundee United or Celtic's efforts in the Europa League qualifiers, hammer away at your keyboard on My Sport.

1908: Motherwell stay within one goal of parity but only just. A left-foot drive across goal goes an inch wide.

1906: Steven Saunders recovers well to stymie a counter-attack by Odense.

1905: The second half kicks off in Denmark.

1900: We are hearing that Rapid Vienna's Nikica Jelavic is to have a medical on Friday with a view to signing for Rangers.

1854: HALF-TIME: Odense 1-0 Motherwell

Half time
1845: Peter Utaka takes a frustrated swipe at the ball, sending his shot well wide of Darren Randolph's post.

1844: Odense are playing it calmly at the back, pinging it along the defensive line as they look ahead for a suitable pass.

1842: I went along to the Scotland Under-21s match against Sweden at St Mirren Park last week. Motherwell's Jamie Murphy did not look out of place at that level at all.

1841: Still, there is no need to panic. Motherwell have looked fairly comfortable until that goal.

1838: Craig Brown will be furious at losing that goal. We all know how meticulous the manager is in his defensive preparations, so to lose a goal so cheaply will be eating away at him. Darren Randolph seemed to be caught in two minds whether to come for the ball or not.

The Danes take the lead directly from a free-kick out on the right wing. Chris Sorensen clips an angled "cross" into the box and it evades everyone as it bounces into the net.

GOAL: Odense 1-0 Motherwell

1834: But no joy for the hosts as the corner comes to nothing - Johan Absalonsen tries a shot from outside the box but it sails over the bar.

1833: Odense win a corner after scything through the Well defence.

1831: It has already been quite an adventure for Motherwell. They have beaten Breidablik and Aalesunds in previous qualifying rounds.

1830: A nice effort there by Tom Hateley, his low, curling shot just a yard wide of Roy Carroll's right-hand post.

1829: Motherwell have a free-kick on the edge of the box.

1827: Darren Randolph makes a strong save from a left-hand blast by Chris Sorensen.

1825: The Steelmen are playing further up the pitch than I expected. The local fans aren't too impressed at the time it is taking the Scots to take a throw-in, though.

1823: Motherwell are looking fairly comfortable, although they are a bit fortunate that Peter Utaka did not connect properly on the six-yard line with a low cross from the right.

1822: Good to see Roy Carroll in action again. He is a player I had lost track of.

1820: Back to the action on the pitch, Tom Hateley has launched a free-kick high over the bar from 25 yards.

1818: That might not sound a tremendous amount but their turnover is only £4m.

1817: To give you some idea of the importance of this match to Motherwell, if they can reach the Europa League they will net something like £1.5m.

1815: Keith Lasley takes a sore one on the leg from Peter Utaka. He's OK to carry on, though.

1812: Chris Humphrey makes a good run down the left wing but the move peters out. A nice burst of pace from the Motherwell man.

1810: Odense's Chris Sorensen crosses the ball from the right wing as the Danes hit back.

1806: Jamie Murphy puts an early chance for Motherwell over the bar.

1805: Stephen Craigan does his captain's bit for Motherwell...and we're off.

1803: Motherwell are in their usual claret and amber, Odense in a blue and white Kilmarnock-style strip.

1802: The teams are coming out now. It's a lovely sunny evening.

1800: Jamie Murphy will be played through the middle, with Chris Humphrey on the left wing. Odense start with former Manchester United pair Roy Carroll and Eric Djemba-Djemba. The Danes are without the injured Henrik Toft and his suspended strike partner Kalilou Traore, with Brazilian Caca starting up front alongside Peter Utaka, the younger brother of Portsmouth's John Utaka.

1759: Craig Brown and his assistant Archie Know are wily old characters and they will surely need to call on all their experience to get past the Danes.

1757:Odense, meanwhile, have gone with: Carroll, Ruud, Haland, Andreasen, Christensen, Utaka, Absalonsen, Sorensen, Caca, Djemba-Djemba, Gislason. Subs: Alexander Lund Hansen, Henrik Hansen, Johansson, Johansen, Kadrii, Feldballe, Hoegh.

1755: So that's the same team that was beaten by 3-2 by Hibs on Sunday, but John Sutton will play off the front to mark Eric Djemba-Djemba.

1752: We have the Motherwell team news. Manager Craig Brown goes with: Randolph, Saunders, Hammell, Reynolds, Craigan, Hateley, Humphrey, Jennings, Murphy, Sutton, Lasley. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Fitzpatrick, Forbes, Hutchinson, Page, Blackman.

1748: Motherwell are first up. They are away to Odense in Denmark. My colleague Alasdair Lamont has made the trip and will be sending his observations on the match as it happens. After that, Celtic take on Dutch side Utrecht and Dundee United play AEK Athens at Tannadice.

1745: Good evening. A warm welcome to the live text commentary covering the three Scottish sides in Europa League qualifying action.

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Europa League Q'fying results

19 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

  • AIK Solna0-0Levski Sofia
  • AZ Alkmaar2-0FC Aktobe
  • BATE Borisov3-0Maritimo
  • Bayer Leverkusen3-0Tavriya Symferopol
  • Borussia Dortmund4-0FK Qarabag
  • Celtic2-0FC UtrechtFT
  • Club Bruges2-1Dinamo Minsk
  • CSKA Moscow4-0Ano's Famagusta
  • CSKA Sofia3-0The New SaintsFT
  • Debrecen2-0Litex Lovech
  • Dnipro0-1Lech Poznan
  • Dundee Utd0-1AEK AthensFT
  • FC Timisoara0-1Man CityFT
  • FC Vaslui0-0Lille
  • Feyenoord1-0AA Gent
  • Galatasaray2-2Karpaty Lviv
  • Genk0-3FC Porto
  • Getafe1-0Apoel Nicosia
  • Gyor ETO FC0-2Dinamo Zagreb
  • Hajduk Split4-1U Urziceni
  • Lausanne Sports1-1Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Liverpool1-0TrabzonsporFT
  • Napoli1-0Elfsborg
  • Odense BK2-1MotherwellFT
  • Omonia Nicosia0-1FC Metalist Kharkiv
  • Palermo3-0NK Maribor
  • PAOK Salonika1-0Fenerbahce
  • Paris SG2-0Macc Tel-Aviv
  • Rapid Vienna1-1Aston VillaFT
  • Sibir Novosibirsk1-0PSV Eindhoven
  • SK Sturm Graz1-2Juventus
  • Slovan Bratislava0-1VfB Stuttgart
  • Sporting0-2Brondby
  • Steaua Bucharest1-0Grasshoppers
  • Villarreal5-0Dnepr Mogilev


see also
Europa League as it happened
19 Aug 10 |  Europe
Steelmen out to defy Danes
18 Aug 10 |  Motherwell
Greek history against Dundee Utd
17 Aug 10 |  Dundee Utd
Odense BK 2-1 Motherwell
19 Aug 10 |  Europe
Celtic 2-0 Utrecht
19 Aug 10 |  Europe
Dundee Utd 0-1 AEK Athens
19 Aug 10 |  Europe

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