Europa League as it happened

Live text commentary as Tottenham defeat Maribor in the Europa League after a draw for Newcastle and defeat for Liverpool.

8 November 2012 Last updated at 23:30

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As it happened

  1. 2228: 

    At the start of the night I called for the Europa League to raise its game. Things did not get off to a promising start in Russia, but four goals in Blegium and another four at White Hart Lane have done me nicely.

    All three of our Premier League teams are handily placed in their groups and look well set for places in the final 32.

    That's all from us tonight though, make sure you get yourselves back here on Saturday for all the latest football action. See you there.

  2. 2227: 

    Here's some words from Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas: "We were brilliant from the beginning - in possession, in attack, in the way we kept the ball, our mobility and desire to bounce back from 1-1.

    "We controlled it from the beginning and it was really pleasing to see. When you play like this, you deserve good things and today it came to us.

    "He [Defoe] makes the most of his opportunities, Gareth was amazing to make two goals with his link-up play. When you have so much quality in your link-up play it's possible to score.

    "Defoe is a clinical striker and it's good for him to overtake Teddy Sheringham in the scoring charts, it means a lot to him.

    "We're a team who still creates a lot of attack opportunites with one striker too. We've done well in the past with both [4-5-1 and 4-4-2]. We go four steps up in competition at the weekend, we're away, it's a different scenario and we have to focus on the game."

  3. 2226: 

    Tottenham winger Gareth Bale on ITV4: "We're taking this competition seriously and hopefully we can win it. We needed to bounce back from the weekend's result (a 1-0 home defeat by Wigan) and we certainly have done that."

  4. 2222: 
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    Johnny, London, via text: "Tottenham fans are hilarious! One win at home against a team from Slovenia and all of a sudden they have forgotten about getting beat by Wigan on Saturday!"

  5. 2222: 

    I've just seen Joey Barton's goal tonight - direct from a corner, whipped in under the crossbar. Question marks on the keeper.

  6. 2219: 

    Fabrice Muamba on Twitter: "Amazing day at WHL tonight. Thank you guys for everything. Spurs fans tonight were awesome. Thank you."

  7. 2218: 

    Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has just said that his side face "not one step up - but four steps up in class against Manchester City on Sunday."

  8. 2214: 
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    Andrew Dias on Twitter: "AVB will revert to 4-3-3 against City because they will attack us and pace on the break can win us that game."

  9. 2210: 

    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe on his hat-trick: "It feels amazing. As a forward you are judged on scoring goals. It's the best feeling in the world."

    On moving above Teddy Sheringham in Tottenham's all-time goalscoring list: "For me that's special. He's a forward I used to watch as a kid. He was a fantastic player, a great goalscorer, for club and country. So I'm really pleased with that."

  10. 2210: 

    Something to recap on is Newcastle's 2-2 draw with Club Bruges earlier on this evening. We haven't heard from boss Alan Pardew as yet - so here he is:

    Pardew said: "We are going to have to kick ourselves if we don't beat Maritimo at home, with all due respect to them.

    "We have got ourselves in a great position and are looking to just wrap the league up perhaps with that win there, which is our next game."

  11. 2206: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    So Lazio remain top of Tottenham's Group J following their comfortable 3-0 home win against Panathinaikos. Group I leaders Lyon's fourth straight win - a 3-2 victory at Academica - puts them into the knockout stages, while 2010 Champions League winners Inter Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Hannover and Metalist Kharkiv join them after respective victories.

  12. 2205: 

    That's the way of the footballing world isn't it? Score a hat-trick, and Jermain Defoe is brilliant, switch to 4-4-2 and Andre Villas-Boas is a hero. But the real test will come at the weekend you fancy.

    Spurs travel to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. A big, big game.

  13. 2203: 
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    Davey Jay on Twitter: "Kudos to AVB for shifting the system slightly to what Spurs are more used to, and it worked. Are you watching, Brendan Rodgers?"

    Another Character on Twitter: "How long is AVB going to stay as a genius after tonight's tactics. His next loss, and he'll be branded as useless again."

  14. 2156: 

    Job well done for Spurs in the end, and they now need four points from their two remaining Europa League games to secure qualification. Andre Villas-Boas may have said before the game that the team is not necessarily more attacking with two out-and-out strikers, but I disagree.

    Jermain Defoe just looks a better player with someone alongside him.

  15. 2156: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 3-1 Maribor
  16. 2155: 
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    Steven, Cambridge, via text: "Am I the only one that has noticed when Defoe doesn't score he gets labelled as 'wasteful', but when he scores everyone turns around and loves him again?"

  17. 2153: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Final change for Spurs as Iago Falque gets a few minutes under his belt, replacing Aaron Lennon.

  18. 2152: 

    We are into four minutes of stoppage time.

  19. 2148: 

    More good work from Thomas Carroll as he bursts into the final third and finds Clint Dempsey on his shoulder.

    The American turns inside his man and gets a shot off but it is half blocked and Jasmin Handanovic is able to make the save. USA boss and Spurs legend Jurgen Klinsmann is in the stands to keep an eye on Dempsey, but I think he left to beat the traffic about 90 seconds after Clint got on.

  20. 2147: 
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    Bob, Oldham, via text: "Re Neil from Greenwich. Jose Baxter isn't clubless - he's tearing League One apart for Oldham!"

  21. 2147: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Gareth Bale has just been too good for Maribor tonight. But he earns himself a bit of a rest, coming off for Ryan Mason as we tick over into the last five minutes.

  22. 2146: 
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    Daniel Collins on Twitter: "You put Defoe in any top European team and he would score goals. The guy is top class."

    Danny Gunn on Twitter: "Two up front and Spurs look great up front. Pace and space on both wings for Lennon and Bale."

  23. 2145: 

    Jermain Defoe has not netted five trebles for Tottenham. That's his first European one - he knows where the goal is alright.

  24. 2144: 
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    Ross, Catford, via text: "Get in! Great goal by Defoe, reminiscent of Lineker at his best."

    Dan, Hornsea, via text: "To say Defoe has showed why he should be in the England squad would be an understatement. Clinical finisher!"

  25. 2143: 

    Oh what a chance this is for 4-1. Aaron Lennon somehow evades two tackles on the edge of the box, it all opens up for him but he tries to pass it to Emmanuel Adebayor for some reason. Shoot man! Shoot.

  26. 2143: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Job done for Jermain Defoe as he comes off with nine minutes left to be replaced by Clint Dempsey.

  27. 2141: 

    Is that game over now? You would think so. Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe have been excellent, but Spurs look a bit culpable at the back.

  28. 2140: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Neil, Greenwich, via text: "The last thing we need is to hype young Tom Carroll. Jose Baxter was meant to be the new Rooney...he's currently clubless. But yes Carroll is very good."

  29. 2138: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 3-1 Maribor - Jermain Defoe (77 mins)

    Textbook Gareth Bale. Textbook Jermain Defoe. Tom Huddlestone plays a brilliant ball over the top into the path of Bale, he rips past his defender and squares the perfect cross for Defoe to side-foot home from eight yards out and complete his hat-trick.

  30. 2135: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Spurs go close to a third killer goal again. Kyle Walker runs at the Maribor defence and plays in Emmanuel Adebayor, he turns and drives in a low shot but Jasmin Handanovic is at the near post and keeps it out. That could be a key save as we enter the last 15 minutes.

  31. 2133: 

    Gareth Bale is apparently complaining of a headache after that earlier whack to the jaw. He's certainly been quiter since he took the knock.

  32. 2132: 

    Another half chance for Spurs as Emmanuel Adebayor turns away from his man and could shoot, but instead decides to try and find Aaron Lennon on the right and the move breaks down.

    Tavares is then almost in for Maribor, he is onside, but Kyle Naughton this time defends really well to get back and make a challenge.

  33. 2131: 
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    Jack, Norwich, via text: "Oh dear, only a handful of games and Carroll is suddenly the 'new Modric'. Try him out against a world class side, then we'll see how good he is! Not saying he hasn't got the potential, but he's no way near Modric right now!"

  34. 2130: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Change for Maribor, who should be out of this game but aren't. Goran Cvijanovic comes off to be replaced by Dejan Mezga. There are 20 minutes left.

  35. 2129: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    Lazio are firmly on course to top Tottenham's Group J tonight, as they add a third goal without reply against Greek visitors Panthinaikos.

    From looking rather comfortable in Bilbao, Lyon are now winning 3-2 against Athletic - but only after surrendering their two-goal half-time lead within 10 minutes of the restart. However, a draw will still be enough for the French side to progress into the last-32 tonight.

    Bayer Leverkusen are 3-0 ahead and cruising against Rapid Vienna, while Inter Milan, Hannover and Sporting Lisbon are the only other sides still winning.

  36. 2124: 

    Now then! Jermain Defoe is played in on goal by another good pass from Thomas Carroll, he goes down as Arghus clatters into him but somehow referee Antti Munukka does not give the foul. If he had done, Arghus would have been off. Defoe was sniffing a hat-trick for sure.

  37. 2121: 

    Gareth Bale in the thick of it again. He takes a whack on the chin from Aleksander Rajcevic and spits out some blood. Bale is not happy about the challenge but it looked clumsy rather than nasty to me. The game goes on.

  38. 2120: 

    It is surprising that Jermain Defoe is not in the England squad. The only strikers in the squad to play Sweden are Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge. The emphasis is on youth though - it's only a friendly.

  39. 2120: 
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    Matt, Romford, via text: "Why exactly was Defoe dropped from the England squad? Surely the most in-form English striker at present."

    Max, Surrey, via text: "I think by now Defoe has established himself as the best England No.9. He can create something from nothing, just what England need."

  40. 2120: 
    CLOSE!

    This is brilliant from Gareth Bale. Emmanuel Adebayor plays the ball into Bale's feet 25 yards out, Bale waits a moment and then scoops it right over the top of the defence, Barcelona-style, for Adebayor to run on to. Adebayor has the whole goal to aim at really but puts his volley wide of the near post.

    Terrible miss, but superb approach play.

  41. 2116: 

    An uncomfortable moment for Spurs and their keeper Hugo Lloris. He is hesitant to come for a flat free-kick from the right, and goalscorer Robert Beric gets there ahead of him and heads over the top. Close.

  42. 2116: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Les Pearson on Twitter: "From a Gooner - total respect to the Spurs fans. Great reception for Fabrice Muamba - let's not forget, the big man was an Arsenal player."

    Ryan Langdon on Twitter: "Tom Carroll is the new Modric in waiting!!"

  43. 2115: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Gareth Bale is in the book. He skins two men, wants a free-kick for being pulled down but the decision goes the other way. Bale boots the ball away in frustration and earns a booking.

  44. 2114: 
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    Jon, Spurs fan in Eastleigh, via text: "Re 2059. Having seen replays, I've had a bit of a 'mare there! Would still lay more blame at Naughton's door than Lloris though!"

    Agreed.

  45. 2112: 

    Forget that bright start for Maribor as Spurs look rampant now. Gareth Bale almost cuts through and wins a corner, before Michael Dawson forces a cracking save from Jasmin Handanovic with a low drive. He had handled the ball though so it would not have counted.

  46. 2110: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-1 Maribor - Jermain Defoe (49 mins)

    Notch up another goal for Jermain Defoe. Young Tom Carroll picks him out with a perfectly-weighted through ball, Defoe lets the ball run across his body on to his left foot, and smashes it into the corner. Cracking finish.

  47. 2108: 

    Maribor have made a strong start here. Ales Mejac smashes in a low shot from range but Hugo Lloris makes the save.

  48. 2106: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 1-1 Maribor

    The second half is back under way.

  49. 2105: 
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    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "Well done to all fans in the stadium just now, full of respect and admiration for Fabrice Muamba. Rightly so. Powerful scenes."

  50. 2104: 

    Jon (20:59), Hugo Lloris did get a shocking backpass but you want your goalkeeper to be taking man and ball, the lot in that situation don't you? Get it smashed away. Would Brad Friedel have tried to take the ball round the striker or smash it into row Z?

  51. 2101: 

    Sunderland and former England under-21 midfielder Lee Cattermole on Twitter: "Unbelievable scenes at White Hart Lane! Great to see Fab looking fit and well!"

  52. 2100: 

    Newcastle striker Sammy Ameobi on Twitter: "Sorry we couldn't pick up three points for the fans who travelled out tonight but the lads showed great character to get the two goals back."

  53. 2059: 

    Fabrice Muamba points to the spot where he collapsed on the playing surface. What a recovery he has made, but it's a shame that his playing days are over. A great reception from all at White Hart Lane.

  54. 2059: 
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    Jon, Spurs fan in Eastleigh, via text: "Sorry Tom but how in any way was that Lloris's fault? He had zero time and it was well out of his reach for a clearance."

  55. 2057: 

    Some deep breaths from Fabrice Muamba as he prepares to enter the White Hart Lane pitch. An emotional moment for the former Bolton man no doubt, and for any supporters who were in the ground in March when he collapsed.

    His heart stopped beating for 78 minutes. That is still an incredible statistic.

    There are tears for Muamba as he is given a hearty reception from the Spurs fans.

  56. 2056: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    And it goes from bad to worse for Spurs, with the news that Lazio are leading 2-0 in their home tie against Panathinaikos. The Italian leaders will strengthen their grip on the Group J as things stand.

    Lyon look to be coasting into the knockout stage tonight. The Group I leaders, who have won each of their previous three matches, are 2-0 ahead at last season's beaten finalists Athletic Bilbao. German pair Bayer Leverkusen and Hannover are the only other teams holding half-time advantages.

  57. 2055: 

    So as it stands, Spurs are third in Group J, a point behind Maribor and four behind Lazio. Plenty of time to turn this one around though.

  58. 2052: 
    BBC Radio 5 live's Alistair Bruce-Ball at White Hart Lane

    "Lots of chants of "We're Tottenham Hotspur, we sing what we want" ringing round WHL."

  59. 2052: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-1 Maribor

    From cruise control to catastrophe, Tottenham see their early lead cancelled out in disastrous fashion and that could deal another hammer blow to their European aspirations.

  60. 2051: 
    BBC Radio 5 live's Alistair Bruce-Ball at White Hart Lane

    "Thoroughly undeserved goal for Maribor - Tottenham have been all over them. It was a comical goal to concede, but I don't think Andre Villas-Boas will be laughing. It was just calamitous defending."

  61. 2050: 

    Spurs almost carve through the Maribor defence again, but when Aaron Lennon finds Jermain Defoe in space the England striker is flagged for offside. AVB will be warming up his version of the hairdryer as we enter stoppage time.

  62. 2047: 

    How on earth this game is level, I could not tell you. But the spotlight will be on Hugo Lloris after that one. Put your foot through it man!

  63. 2045: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-1 Maribor - Robert Beric (40 mins)

    Howler central. Terrible stuff at the back as Maribor level. Kyle Naughton plays a blind backpass which puts goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in trouble, but the Frenchman should still be able to clear his lines. Instead, he tries to take it round Robert Beric, who tackles him and prods the ball home.

  64. 2045: 
    CLOSE!

    They've barely been out of their half, but Maribor could be level. Tavares is freed down the right, and when Hugo Lloris can only palm away his stinging shot, Goran Cvijanovic heads over. Good chance.

  65. 2042: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Maribor play themselves into trouble 30 yards from their own goal and when Kyle Walker nips in to win the ball, he is cynically hauled down by Ales Mejac, who is booked.

  66. 2040: 
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    Josh, Rugby, via text: "Bale really is devastating. He has the quality and tempo to his game to get in any side in the world. I admire him for sticking with Spurs for the moment, but he surely has to move to a team capable of matching his potential this summer. In my eyes only Barca and Real Madrid can do this."

  67. 2039: 

    Aaron Lennon drifts over to the left momentarily and he too is able to coast past the Maribor defence and put a cross in, but Kyle Walker coming in at the far post can't keep it down. With 10 minutes of the half remaining another goal looks likely for Spurs.

  68. 2038: 
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    Dom Davis, Radley, via text: "Re Sam, Farnham, 20:22. Have you tried comparing the Spanish league to the Romanian and the Danish leagues? Where would Cluj and Nordsjaelland be in La Liga?"

  69. 2036: 

    I'm starting to feel sorry for Maribor right-back Martin Milec now. He is not even getting close to the winger, backing off and Bale is able to this time pick out Emmanuel Adebayor whose header is tame.

    Adebayor then pulls off a marvellous chip from the edge of the area into the back of the net, but the whistle had already sounded for offside.

  70. 2034: 

    Half an hour gone at White Hart Lane, and Spurs have taken their foot off the gas a tad since they scored. It's been a much improved performance on the away game in Maribor though.

    Thomas Carroll has caught the eye. Looks very accomplished.

  71. 2033: 
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    Matt Cartwright on Twitter: "That goal has been coming. The way we've been playing you'd expect us to score a few more tonight."

    Asfand Khan on Twitter: "I know it's all Gareth Bale but what a player Carroll looks like. Every pass has been spot on."

  72. 2032: 

    That goal has put Jermain Defoe level with Teddy Sheringham in the Spurs' all-time goalscorers list. That's 124 for Defoe now.

  73. 2030: 

    Gareth Bale is going to be in every time he gets the ball now. The Maribor defence look terrified of him.

  74. 2027: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Maribor - Jermain Defoe (22 mins)

    It's been coming. Gareth Bale, who has been outstanding, is this time not even closed down and punishes Maribor by whipping in a cross to the front post where Jermain Defoe gets free and angles in a neat side-foot volley. Fine finish. Maybe 4-4-2 is the future?

  75. 2024: 

    It's all Gareth Bale for Spurs, he has his full-back on toast but time and again he can't pick a man out.

    Emmanuel Adebayor then crosses from the right and Jermain Defoe sends in a header but it's straight at Jasmin Handanovic.

  76. 2022: 
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    Sam, Farnham, via text: "Re Rob, London, 20:11. Cluj and Nordsjaelland are far more deserving of Champions League football than Atletico on the basis that they are both national CHAMPIONS."

  77. 2022: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    Rubin Kazan booked their last-32 spot with a 1-0 victory in their early kick-off at Neftci and could be joined in the knockout stage tonight by Group H rivals Inter Milan. But the Italian giants, who will progress with three points, are still goalless at Partizan. Plenty of goals are already flying in elsewhere, with Hapoel Kiryat Shmona, Metalist, Leverkusen and Hannover all holding early leads.

  78. 2020: 
    SHOWBOAT

    Oh what a touch this is. Brilliant from Gareth Bale.

    A long pass is sprayed out to him on the left and with his back to goal he takes it down and turns his man in one movement before cutting back a cross which beats the goalkeeper but is just in front of Emmanuel Adebayor. Almost superb.

  79. 2016: 

    Another sharp move from Spurs, with Aaron Lennon linking up well with Emmanuel Adebayor on the right. Adebayor goes to ground as Arghus challenges him from behind, but there's no real appeal for a foul.

  80. 2012: 

    Spurs threaten from another corner, Tom Huddlestone's delivery is whipped in to the near post and Gareth Bale flicks it on, it flies just wide of the far post though and Maribor hook it clear. It's been all Spurs in the opening eight minutes.

    Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe then link up well but Defoe can't quite get over his half-volley and sends it wide.

    Already, Spurs look more of a threat with two up front.

  81. 2011: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob, London, via text: "Although they lost tonight, I find it astonishing that Atletico Madrid are playing in the Europa League! They are certainly more deserving of Champions League football than Nordsjaelland or Cluj..."

  82. 2009: 

    I've not seen Thomas Carroll play before, but the midfielder has shown some neat touches in the centre of midfield in these opening minutes. He finds Jermain Defoe with an incisive pass to start another swift attack which ends when Gareth Bale's cross is cleared away.

  83. 2007: 

    Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas: "We've used strong players in the competition this year, it's been our regular way of approaching it throughout. This could be our last opportunity in the Europa League. If we want to go forward, it's certainly a game we have to win.

    "We set out with 4-4-2 and two strikers, and we'll see how the game goes. It's a system the players played tremendously well last year, and one we can count on.

    "We're linking up Adebayor and Defoe, they were successful last year as a two. Playing 4-4-2 and partnering these two doesn't mean it's a more attacking system than the other system, but it's good to try and play this way.

    "[Tom] Carroll did extremely well at Norwich. We lost but he did extremely well. He has been through difficult times with the recovery of his knee but he has developed well. He's available and I'm sure he can continue."

  84. 2006: 

    Spurs win an early corner and Emmanuel Adebayor heads the ball over the top. Good start.

  85. 2005: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham v Maribor (20:05 GMT)

    Game on at the Lane.

  86. 2004: 

    It's been a while since Spurs fans saw two men up top. Let's hope it has the desired effect and we have some goals to report on...

  87. 2002: 
    GET INVOLVED

    George, via text: "AVB starting a game with two strikers? I wish he'd swallow his pride and adopt the same approach in the Premier League. COYS."

  88. 2000: 

    The players are in the tunnel at White Hart Lane. We are minutes away from kick-off.

  89. 1957: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    So Young Boys do move alongside second-placed Liverpool in Group A after they battled through a nerve-jangling final seven minutes to win 3-2 at Udinese. Newcastle remain top of Group D, with Bordeaux just a point behind in second after their narrow 1-0 victory against Portuguese visitors Maritimo.

    Elsewhere in the early kick-offs, defending champions Atletico Madrid and Dnipro saw their 100% winning records ended by Academica and Napoli respectively. Much-coveted Uruguyan striker Edinson Cavani netted all four Napoli goals in their 4-2 win.

    Plzen thumped Hapoel Tel-Aviv 4-0 to move level with Atletico at the top of Group B. Joey Barton scored directly from a corner as Marseille drew 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach, while Rubin Kazan, Fenerbahce, Steaua Bucharest, Stuttgart and AIK all won.

  90. 1951: 

    A cracking game in Belgium, a world away from the Liverpool match to be honest. Where will Spurs take us now?

  91. 1948: 
    FULL-TIME- Club Bruges 2-2 Newcastle
  92. 1944: 
    CLOSE!

    Bruges almost nick it. They pull a clever free-kick on the left back to Jesper Jorgensen in space, and he side-foots it narrowly over the bar with Tim Krul at full stretch. He got a cracking connection on that one but just over the top.

  93. 1942: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    Steven Taylor flicks on a header from a corner as Newcastle push for a winner, and they have a scare moments later when Carlos Bacca goes to ground under a challenge from Taylor - referee Luca Banti has a long hard look but waves it away.

  94. 1939: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Sammy Ameobi has had an eyecatching game, but he is replaced for the last few minutes as Romain Amalfitano comes on. Can Newcastle find a winner?

  95. 1937: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    Now it is going to take a monumental effort from Udinese to stop Young Boys joining Group A rivals Liverpool on six points. The Swiss side are 3-1 ahead following Raphael Nuzzolo's 73rd-minute strike.

    Newcastle's Group D opponents Bordeaux still lead 1-0 against Maritimo, while reigning champions Atletico Madrid's 100% winning start to Group B looks in jeopardy. They trail 2-0 at Portuguese side Academica.

  96. 1935: 

    Chances continue to come at both ends in Bruges. Sammy Ameobi shimmies inside but his shot is blocked, before Mohamed Tchite unleashes one at the other end which is also well blocked by the chest of a defender. Into the last 10 minutes.

  97. 1932: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matty, Liverpool, via text: "Re Danny in Manchester 1909. I can think of a manager described as out of their depth in their first season who went on to good thing or 26!"

    James, Boston, via text: "How long, exactly, did it take to build Rome? Maybe someone should tell some of today's chairmen so they aren't always too trigger happy."

  98. 1931: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Another chance at the other end now though, as Mohamed Tchite powers in a header which Tim Krul has to claw away. Cracking game in Bruges still, where we are into the last 15 minutes.

  99. 1930: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Yohan Cabaye almost scores with his first touch! He takes a free-kick from wide on the left, overcooks it - if it was a cross - but almost puts it straight in, smashing the crossbar. That would have been some impact.

  100. 1929: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    Young Boys have retaken the lead at Udinese after Alexander Farnerud curls in to hand the Swiss visitors a 2-1 lead. Young Boys will move level on six points with second-placed Liverpool in Group A - if they can hang on to their slender lead.

  101. 1928: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    It's fizzled out a bit now in Bruges, and Alan Pardew makes a change. It's a positive one, sending on Yohan Cabaye in place of Gael Bigirimana. There are 20 minutes left.

  102. 1925: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Maribor (20:05 GMT)

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Lennon, Huddlestone, Carroll, Bale, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Dempsey, Gallas, Sigurdsson, Falque, Livermore, Mason.

    Maribor: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Arghus, Mejac, Cvijanovic, Mertelj, Filipovic, Ibraimi, Tavares, Beric. Subs: Pridigar, Vidovic, Mezga, Komazec, Potokar, Viler, Dodlek.

    Referee: Antti Munukka (Finland)

  103. 1924: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom Castle on Twitter: "Aren't 'Nine Ameobis' one of the things given in the Twelve Days of Christmas?"

    Craig Barrass on Twitter: "The Ameobis are having a real game. Mameobi will be very pleased."

  104. 1922: 

    Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba is back at White Hart Lane tonight for the first time since he collapsed on the pitch earlier this year. "I hope I don't collapse this time," he says. So do we Fabrice, so do we.

  105. 1920: 

    Another chance for Bruges, and that man Carlos Bacca is the guilty party again, heading over from close range. With 25 minutes left, I cannot see this ending 2-2.

  106. 1919: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James, South Wales, via text: "I disagree with Danny in Manchester (re 1909), remember that old saying? Rome wasn't built in a day..."

  107. 1918: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    What a save from Tim Krul, as he somehow keeps out a low shot from Carlos Bacca with his legs. Newcastle are playing like the Kevin Keegan days here. Open as you like.

  108. 1917: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    Liverpool may have already lost - but one Scouser will be celebrating a Europa League success tonight. For Joey Barton has netted a remarkable goal - directly from a corner - for Marseille against Borussia Monchengladbach.

    In the other game in the Reds' Group A, Udinese have equalised against Young Boys. Talisman Antonio Di Natale volleys in after a mistake from the Swiss side's goalkeeper Marco Wolfli for 1-1.

  109. 1916: 

    Sammy Ameobi is the latest Ameobi to threaten, he fires in left-footed but it's an easy save. There are more goals in this one. I guarantee it.

    *Not a guarantee.

  110. 1915: 

    Spurs defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Twitter: "On my way to WHL! Hope to see a win tonight...it'll give us a good confidence for the weekend too! COYS."

  111. 1915: 

    Here's the words of wisdom from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after their defeat to Anzhi tonight:

    "I thought we were outstanding tonight. We were terrific for 44 minutes and 55 seconds in the first half but we just switched off at the crucial moment. We created chances throughout and although they got at us a bit more as we pushed on I thought we deserved something out of the game.

    "I am very proud of my young players. It was a difficult night but it was a great team performance. I thought Conor Coady did very well on his debut and Adam Morgan's movement was good. It is a steep learning curve and when we learn to cut out our mistakes we will be able to go on and win these games."

  112. 1914: 

    Bruges have been under the cosh since the restart, but they test Tim Krul on the break. The ball is shifted out to substitute Mohamed Tchite on the right, he hammers in a low shot but Krul is able to get behind it. Decent game this.

  113. 1909: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Danny, Manchester, via text: "Rodgers seemingly immune from criticism despite appalling start. Out of his depth and doing awfully in all competitions."

  114. 1909: 
    Tottenham v Maribor (20:05 GMT)

    Emmanuel Adebayor makes his first start for Tottenham since joining permanently in the summer against Maribor as Andre Villas-Boas names a strong side for the Europa League clash.

    The former Manchester City striker partners Jermain Defoe in attack, while Hugo Lloris comes into goal, replacing Brad Friedel. Michael Dawson captains the side as they look to pick up their first win in this season's competition.

  115. 1908: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Shola Ameobi powers right through defender Jordi and thrashes in a low shot which Bojan Jorgacevic does well to turn away. This is good stuff from Newcastle.

  116. 1907: 

    This is getting out of hand now. We'll be able to field a team of Ameobis soon.

    Shola is on it tonight, he wins another header well from a corner which is threatening the goal but it lands on the roof of the net. Alan Pardew wants to win this one, he's sent his lads out with a spring in their step.

  117. 1906: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Russell Moore on Twitter: "Re Richard McLernon 18:55. Erm there's actually three Ameobis...Tomi plays for Grindavik (but is ex-Newcastle player too)."

    Tim Whatmough on Twitter: "Actually, there are nine Ameobis in total!"

  118. 1905: 

    Shola Ameobi puts a header in on goal from a cross from the left as Newcastle make a bright start to the second period. Easy save for Bojan Jorgacevic though.

  119. 1903: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Maribor (20:05 GMT)

    Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe both start for Spurs, while Hugo Lloris is back in goal.

  120. 1902: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mark Boylan on Twitter: "Liverpool with absolutely no presence up top. Bet Rodgers is regretting letting Carroll go now. Bring him back I say!"

    Peter Hatherall on Twitter: "Well, that was pretty dull. Liverpool confirming Rodger's fears about the lack of depth in his squad."

  121. 1901: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    A change at the break for the hosts, as goalscorer Ivan Trickovski is replaced by Mohamed Tchite.

  122. 1901: 
    KICK-OFF- Club Bruges 2-2 Newcastle

    We are back in play in Belgium.

  123. 1901: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Patrick, Glasgow, via text: "Hoping Newcastle go on to win 3-2 with a double whameobi!"

  124. 1900: 

    Joe Cole is getting some treatment. I bet he's had better birthdays.

  125. 1857: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Abhinav Reddy on Twitter: "I think Joe Cole just confirmed his ticket out of Liverpool in January. Pathetic performance, to say the least."

    Billy Wild on Twitter: "Getting on the BBC live text is hard. Not as hard as it's gonna be for Liverpool next year when they're not even in the Europa League!"

  126. 1856: 
    Tottenham v Maribor (20:05 GMT)

    With a trip to Lazio looming on the horizon, tonight's Europa League clash with Maribor must be viewed as a must-win game for Tottenham. Andre Villas-Boas's side have drawn all three games in the competition so far and are third in Group J, a point behind Maribor and two behind leaders Lazio. It won't be easy for Spurs, with Maribor having only lost to Lazio so far, so expect Villas-Boas to field a strong side tonight.

  127. 1856: 

    Don't forget we've got another batch of games still to come...

  128. 1855: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matty Hughes-Short on Twitter: "Newcastle the third English team to demonstrate this week that 2-0 is a very dangerous scoreline."

    Richard McLernon on Twitter: "There's only two Ameobis! There's only two Ameobis!"

  129. 1853: 

    So defeat for Liverpool, who put in a solid display without ever really looking like scoring. A familiar tale in recent times. At least they were able to hand some game time to much of their young guns.

  130. 1853: 
    FULL-TIME- Anzhi 1-0 Liverpool
  131. 1852: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt, Spalding, via text: "Re Jordan Howcroft. How is it disrespectful of Rodgers? He's working with the squad he's got, everyone would be slating him if he played Gerrard, Suarez and co. And they got injured in the freezing conditions. Some Liverpool fans need to get a grip!"

    Ivor, Monmouth, via text: "I don't think Rodgers is being disrespectful. He's resting his "stars" and giving the kids a chance to prove their worth."

  132. 1851: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    Elsewhere in the early kick-offs, there are two teams - Atletico Madrid and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk - aiming to protect 100% winning records. But Atletico, the reigning champions, are losing 1-0 at Portuguese side Academica at half-time. Ukrainian side Dnipro are now level against Italian hosts Napoli after Edinson Cavani's early opener.

    And, following David Bellion's goal for Bordeaux, another ghost from the Premier League past has reappeared. Former Manchester United and Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba has been given his marching orders as his team Hapoel Tel-Aviv trail 2-0 at Plzen.

  133. 1848: 

    Liverpool create a half chance as we enter stoppage time, Jon Flanagan cutting the ball back to Jordan Henderson who can only shoot high and wide.

  134. 1846: 

    There are three minutes left in the Liverpool game. No brothers available for the Reds though.

  135. 1845: 
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    JP Dumas on Twitter: "What a turn around! Come on Newcastle!"

    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "What is going on?!?!?! The AMEOBI double act!! Unbelievable!!!! Class from Sammy. Brugge heads will go down now."

  136. 1845: 
    HALF-TIME- Club Bruges 2-2 Newcastle
  137. 1843: 
    GOAL- Club Bruges 2-2 Newcastle - Shola Ameobi (43 mins)

    The Ameobi show has Newcastle back on track. Sammy Ameobi plays big brother Shola through, the big man's first touch isn't great but he recovers to toe-poke a low shot in at the near post. What a few minutes for the Magpies.

  138. 1841: 
    GOAL- Club Bruges 2-1 Newcastle - Vurnon Anita (41 mins)

    What a hit this is! Yet another poor defensive header is punished in the most ruthless of fashions. Slyvain Marveaux crosses from the left, Tom Hogli heads it out and Vurnon Anita returns it with considerable interest, smashing in a volley from 25 yards into the corner. His first goal for Newcastle. And it's a belter.

  139. 1840: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jordan Howcroft on Twitter: "A little disrespectful from Rodgers to think that this vastly inexperienced team could beat Anzhi who are a decent side."

  140. 1840: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Couple of changes in Russia as we enter the last 10 minutes. Lacina Traore is replaced for Anzhi, with Fedor Smolov coming on. Joe Cole is off for Liverpool, with Oussama Assaidi on.

  141. 1838: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Cheick Tiote has been a walking yellow card since kick-off, and he finally works his way into the referee's book for a challenge on the halfway line. He will now miss the next game in the Europa League.

  142. 1837: 
    CLOSE!

    Lacina Traore should have wrapped this one up for Anzhi, but after being played clean through he drags his shot wide. He is a frustrating character on tonight's evidence.

  143. 1836: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tzali, London, via text: "English teams: Tuesday night - draw. Wednesday - win. Thursday - lose?"

  144. 1836: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Should be 2-0 to Anzhi. Rasim Tagirbekov drills in a flat cross from the left, Lacina Traore gets up well to power in a header from eight yards but Brad Jones reacts well to keep it out.

    Liverpool then have their best chance of the night. Suso shoots from the edge of the area, Vlad Gabulov spills it in the Anzhi goal but stands up well to block Joe Cole's follow-up.

  145. 1833: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    There has been another goal in Group A - but not in Russia. It has come in the other game between Udinese v Young Boys. Argentinian striker Raul Bobadilla, who bizarrely has images of his parents tattooed on to his chest (I kid you not), puts the Swiss side ahead. As things stand they would move level on six points with Liverpool.

  146. 1831: 

    Meanwhile, there are less than 20 minutes remaining in Russia, and Liverpool are not looking like levelling this one up.

  147. 1831: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Newcastle are close to a goal again. It's a brotherly act, as Sammy Ameobi does well to keep the ball in down the right and hang over a looping cross, Shola gets his nut on it and tries to float the header back into the corner, but Bojan Jorgacevic tips it over. Half an hour gone and a decent game in Bruges.

  148. 1829: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul Richardson, via text: "Re James Doyle. What's more surprising is that those five are England internationals."

  149. 1828: 

    Cheick Tiote is not making any friends in Belgium, as he catches Jesper Jorgensen with what looked like a forearm smash to the chops. The referee gives nothing though.

  150. 1826: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "Bigirimana to blame for the second goal, losing possession, very reminiscent of Jonas against Liverpool. So frustrating."

    Conor Parker on Twitter: "Two poor goals to concede, one long ball and a 25-yard daisy cutter, sort it out Newcastle!!!"

  151. 1826: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    Things have gone from bad to worse for Newcastle - as a former Sunderland striker puts Group D rivals Bordeaux ahead against Maritimo. David Bellion (remember him?) opens the scoring in France, where a victory for the home side, coupled with a Newcastle defeat, will move them level with the Premier League side at the top of the group.

  152. 1824: 

    Big miss for Newcastle as they look for a foothold in the game. Gabriel Obertan, who has been a real threat so far, again bursts clear down the left and puts in a fine cross for Sylvain Marveaux, six yards out, with an open goal.

    Unfortunately the midfielder takes a total air shot and misses the ball completely. A howler.

  153. 1822: 
    CLOSE!

    Anzhi almost snatch a second, as a neat move ends with Yuri Zhirkov flashing a cross shot across the face of goal.

  154. 1820: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool make a double change, as Suso and Daniel Pacheco come on in place of Conor Coady and Adam Morgan. Half an hour left in Russia.

  155. 1819: 
    GOAL- Club Bruges 2-0 Newcastle - Jesper Jorgensen (19 mins)

    Not great defending again from Newcastle as Bruges double their lead. A cross from the left is headed away by James Tavernier, but only to Jesper Jorgensen, who shoots a real bobbler right into the far corner. Not the cleanest of hits but very accurate. Newcastle in trouble now.

  156. 1817: 

    In Russia, Samuel Eto'o finally does something in this half, spinning clear of a challenge and rifling in a shot which is straight at Brad Jones in the Liverpool goal.

  157. 1816: 

    Newcastle were undone by the basics for that goal, but they do mount an immediate attack of their own. The ball is moved neatly from left to right and ends with Sammy Ameobi getting a shot off only to see a defender make a brave block.

  158. 1816: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Doyle on Twitter: "Very surprising that Liverpool playing five England internationals in Cole, Carragher, Shelvey, Henderson and Downing!"

  159. 1814: 
    GOAL- Club Bruges 1-0 Newcastle - Ivan Trickovski (14 mins)

    Route one stuff for Bruges as they forge ahead. A long ball is smashed downfield, and Ivan Trickovski gathers it in with a marvellous touch, before turning away from Fabricio Coloccini and slotting the ball into the far corner. He's certainly a tricky customer...

  160. 1812: 
    CLOSE!

    Good chance for Newcastle now, as Gabriel Obertan is played in by Shola Ameobi down the left of the area, the winger shoots low but it's an easy save for Bojan Jorgacevic. Obertan should have lifted it there, he would have scored. Bright start in Bruges though.

  161. 1811: 

    Bruges having a good spell now, another break down the right is half cleared away, and Ryan Donk smashes a shot wide from 25 yards.

    In Russia, it's all a bit stale still.

  162. 1810: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James, Durham, via text: "From being at the home leg of this fixture a few weeks back the biggest threat is the Bruges fans!! Noisy, passionate group of people who spurred their club on throughout the match!!"

  163. 1809: 

    Tim Krul slashes a clearance at the feet of Carlos Bacca, but the Bruges striker dithers in possession and Krul is able to recover and make the save.

  164. 1808: 

    Trademark challenge in Belgium from Newcastle's Cheick Tiote. He clatters into Ryan Donk. That is known in the trade as 'a reducer.'

    Play goes on though, with Newcastle looking a threat out wide.

  165. 1807: 
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    Iain Davidson, Dundee: "Astonished at Traore's goal, he looked like he couldn't trap a sack of Maris Piper spuds at Anfield. Now he is outshining the most highly paid striker in Europe."

  166. 1804: 
    KICK-OFF- Anzhi 1-0 Liverpool

    The second half in Moscow is go. Can Liverpool's youngsters turn this one around?

  167. 1802: 

    Bright start from Alan Pardew's side, as Gabriel Obertan cuts in from the left and thrashes a shot into the side-netting.

  168. 1800: 
    KICK-OFF- Club Bruges v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)

    Game on in Belgium.

  169. 1755: 

    Newcastle are about to get under way in Belgium. From what I saw of the first game, Maxime Lestienne is the danger man for Bruges.

    How about that for a pre-emptive commentator's curse?

  170. 1754: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jez in Shropshire on text: "Brad Jones didn't pass that test. Why on earth did he come that far off his line?"

    Ian in Ellesmere Port: "Is this what my glorious Liverpool in Europe has become? Our youth team has its limits. Fight last season to be in Europe, just to play a team like this. Where is the depth?"

    Kevin in Cavan: "It's still more entertaining than my geography essay."

  171. 1751: 

    I have to say I did not see that goal coming from Lacina Traore. The fabled 'good touch for a big man' was certainly evident there. A great goal.

  172. 1749: 
    HALF-TIME- Anzhi 1-0 Liverpool
  173. 1747: 
    GOAL- Anzhi 1-0 Liverpool - Lacina Traore (45 mins)

    At times he has looked like a basketball player who had never seen a football before tonight, but this is absolutely superb from Lacina Traore. The 6ft 8in striker receives a pass to feet, flicks it up and over Sebastian Coates with one touch, before spinning and then lobbing Brad Jones with a second touch. Brilliant, brilliant individual goal.

  174. 1745: 

    I like the look of this Andre Wisdom. He impressed me the other week and he has put in a marvellous cross here, curling across the mythical corridor of uncertainty. Begging for a touch, but Adam Morgan can't reach it. We are into stoppage time.

  175. 1744: 

    It's not been great boys, I agree. But still, it must be better than an essay? When's your deadline?

  176. 1744: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Steve, SE London on text: "Even as a big Liverpool fan this is painfully boring to watch, their passing for the hell of it really is ridiculous, where is the penetration?"

    Mike, Swansea on text: "I'm actually considering writing an essay. 2,500 words on political realism would be more entertaining than this."

  177. 1742: 

    Anzhi have improved a lot since making that change, but Liverpool almost fashion a chance here as Conor Coady floats a gem of a pass 50 yards or so through the middle. Jon Flanagan almost brings it down but it just evades him. Fantastic vision from Coady though.

  178. 1738: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Here we go, Brad Jones has been tested now. And he passes the test.

    Andre Wisdom lost the ball on the right, Yuri Zhirkov was able to power away and pick out Samuel Eto'o with a neat pass. Eto'o took a touch to set himself before battering in a shot which Jones excellently turned away. By far and away the best bit of play we've seen.

  179. 1737: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mike Lawson on Twitter: "NEVER Compare Anzhi to Snow Patrol. Snow Patrol actually form a cohesive unit and can be enjoyed."

  180. 1734: 

    The pitch may not be doing much to help the tempo of this game in fairness. It looks in need of a trim to me.

    Anzhi have improved since that change and are bossing the midfield at the minute. They are yet to really test Brad Jones in the Liverpool goal though.

  181. 1732: 

    A shot at last for Anzhi - Lacina Traore is almost played in but he instead pulls it across for Mehdi Carcela, but the replacement bangs it high into the stands. Better though.

  182. 1731: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    An early change for the hosts, as Mehdi Carcela comes on in place of Odil Ahmedov. Let's hope he's bringing on some energy for his team-mates.

  183. 1730: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James in Bournemouth on text: "Shelvey more than justifying his England call up - so confident and strong on the ball. Commanding the midfield here."

  184. 1727: 

    Anzhi aren't exactly ripping into this young Liverpool side. I've seen more tempo and verve at a Snow Patrol gig. Maybe they're in a state of permanent jet lag.

  185. 1725: 
    CLOSE!

    Big chance for Liverpool - and they make a hash of it. Adam Morgan plays in a neat pass to release Jordan Henderson, clean through on goal. He should shoot but elects a cut-back toward Morgan for some reason, and Anzhi are able to clear.

    Henderson should have hit the target there, but some promise for Liverpool as we reach the 25-minute mark.

  186. 1724: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Franklin on Twitter: "As happy as I am that the likes of Downing and Cole are getting a chance, realistically, who is going to score tonight?"

    Sam Bull on Twitter: "It's a shame world class players like Eto'o just go where the money is when they could be banging in goals in the Champions League."

  187. 1722: 
    Club Bruges v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)

    Newcastle could secure their place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a win at Club Bruges tonight. Three points in Belgium, coupled with Maritimo failing to beat Bordeaux, will be enough to see Alan Pardew's side through from Group D.

    Newcastle have yet to concede a goal in the continental competition and with Club Bruges - who sacked manager Georges Leeken at the weekend - having lost their last five successive games, all signs point to a win for Pardew's men.

  188. 1721: 

    Adam Morgan clips a nice-looking through ball towards Joe Cole - who is absolutely monstered to the floor by Chris Samba. What a mismatch that is. Cole dusts himself up and gets on with it, but that must have been like running into a small family car.

  189. 1719: 

    Liverpool beginning to see plenty of the ball now, but it's all being played out in midfield. No cutting edge to either side at the moment.

  190. 1716: 

    Joey Barton is starting for Marseille again this evening - his domestic ban must be coming to an end soon. One of the odder transfer deals of recent times that one wasn't it?

  191. 1716: 

    For those of you reading on, this Liverpool kit is a hotchpotch of black, white and red. Adam Morgan has the ball for the first time, and he spots Stewart Downing in acres of space on the left but can't get his pass away. Wasted chance there.

    Samuel Eto'o is playing very deep for Anzhi at the moment. I'd be putting him up against Jamie Carragher I think, but I'd have to concede that Guus Hiddink knows more about football than I do.

  192. 1714: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Gray on Twitter: "This #LFC kit reminds me of when I used to design ludicrous kits on Premier Manager..."

    Nasek Wahhab on Twitter: "I already feel cold watching this match."

  193. 1710: 

    Liverpool have their first attack as Stewart Downing puts in a cross from the left which runs right through to Jon Flanagan, he drills the ball back in from the right but it is poked clear by Chris Samba in the Anzhi defence. Liverpool have settled into a nice rhythm now as we tick past 10 minutes.

  194. 1710: 
    LINE-UPS- Club Bruges v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)

    Club Bruges: Jorgacevic, Hogli, Hoefkens, Almeback, Jordi, Donk, Odjija Ofoe, Lestienne, Jorgensen, Trickovski, Bacca. Subs: Kujovic, Tchite, Vleminckx, Buysse, Engels, Verstraete, Lagrou.

    Newcastle: Krul, Anita, Williamson, Coloccini, Tavernier, Tiote, Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux, Bigirimana, Obertan, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Cabaye, Cisse, Amalfitano, Steven Taylor, Ferguson.

    Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)

  195. 1709: 

    First slight moment of danger as Anzhi play a ball in behind the Liverpool defence, but Brad Jones is off his line quickly to scoop up ahead of the giant Lacina Traore.

  196. 1708: 
    Club Bruges v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)

    Historic moment for Newcastle as Shola and Sammy Ameobi start, becoming the first brothers to start a game for Newcastle in 60 years.

    Also in Alan Pardew's first 11 are Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote. The pair are serving domestic bans after they were sent off against Liverpool and Sunderland respectively. Gabriel Obertan also starts as Pardew makes eight changes in total from the side that drew with Liverpool at the weekend.

  197. 1707: 

    Conor Coady looks to be playing as the deepest midfielder, coming short to pick up the ball from the back three. It's all been tidy from the youngster so far but nothing has happened of any note.

  198. 1705: 

    It's a very pedestrian opening in Moscow, plenty of passing around at the back from the home side. It's not a great crowd in either by the looks of it.

  199. 1702: 

    It looks like Liverpool are playing a 3-5-2 formation then, with Jon Flanagan and Stewart Downing operating as wing-backs and Andre Wisdom, Jamie Carragher and Seb Coates at centre-half. An experiment?

  200. 1701: 
    KICK-OFF- Anzhi v Liverpool (17:00 GMT)

    Game on for the Kop Kids in Russia.

  201. 1657: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "The players have been brilliant right the way through the competition. We have won two of our three games and apart from a half against Udinese there are no players who have let me down.

    "Three of our players that have been regulars in the Premier League have come from this tournament. Of course we want to get through but this was always going to be a chance to play the young players.

    "Conor Coady is a young England international, a local boy who has come through the system. He is a real good boy and this is his first start. He is a good passer of the ball and I am looking forward to seeing him out there."

  202. 1655: 

    Five minutes from kick-off in Moscow then. Our night of action is about to start. Let's have some goals...

  203. 1650: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Club Bruges v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)

    The Ameobi brothers start up front for Newcastle, while Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote - banned from the Premier League - also start.

  204. 1645: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Katie on text: "LFC have been accused of failing to bring through the next Gerrard or Fowler. Step forward Coady and Morgan!! Exciting times ahead for us Liverpool fans."

    Sal in Lancaster on text: "Looking forward to see some more of our young talent. Glad Rodgers is being braver than some of our past managers."

    Tom in Oxford on text: "Very glad to see Leon Osman in the England squad, he deserves that! And good to see an England manager stepping away from the usual lot!"

  205. 1642: 

    Apparently it was snowing earlier on today in Moscow, where it remains just above freezing. Not a night to be blocking a shot with your thigh. Stinger.

  206. 1641: 

    Is tonight the night that Joe Cole finally shows some form in a Liverpool shirt? He felt the wrath of some supporters after a lacklustre display in the league cup defeat to Swansea the other week and really needs to deliver.

    It wasn't that long ago that he was a first-choice pick for England. I imagine he will be playing just off Adam Morgan in attack this evening - let's see what he's still got in the locker.

  207. 1635: 

    Let's not forget that Liverpool are top of Group A of the Europa League with six points. A result tonight will put them in a very good place to qualify.

  208. 1635: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mohit Pasricha on Twitter: "I slept for 6 hours last night - in that time, Samuel Eto'o earned £12,960. Utterly depressing."

    Geoff Dragon on Twitter: "Adam Morgan has been scoring goals for fun at U18 level and for the reserves. The Europa League is just the platform he needs!"

  209. 1631: 

    As some of you have pointed out on Twitter, there are nine Englishmen in that Liverpool side tonight, so we may be seeing plenty more boys from Anfield in the national side in the years to come.

    Or not - let's see how they get on here first...

  210. 1628: 

    Some other news from earlier which you may have missed - England have named their squad for next week's friendly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden.

    Liverpool are well represented, as Jonjo Shelvey, Glen Johnson and Raheem Sterling join captain Steven Gerrard in the fold. There's also a first call-up for Everton's Leon Osman.

    Thoughts? Let us know.

  211. 1625: 

    You're a hard taskmaster Andrew. Newcastle don't kick-off until 18:00 remember, so I'll confirm the team news from that one in 40 minutes or so.

  212. 1625: 
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    Zac in London on text: "Definitely 2nd string for LFC but looking forward to seeing how youngsters like Conor Coady do in 1st team. He's been earmarked as a future club captain."

    Andrew on text: "Normally speaking I'm just happy for Newcastle to score more than their Europa League opposition. Tonight, however, with Coloccini and Tiote in the side due to their domestic suspensions I'm looking for more. 3-0 to Newcastle."

  213. 1623: 
    Anzhi v Liverpool (17:00 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "Joe Cole turns 31 today but Liverpool face an uphill task to celebrate that landmark with victory against Anzhi Makhachkala having named arguably their weakest side of the season so far.

    "Brendan Rodgers' side has struggled for goals all season and with Adam Morgan the lone striker and Cole, Jonjo Shelvey and Stewart Downing providing support they may well do so again tonight.

    "Liverpool have history on their side, though, having never lost an away group game in the Uefa Cup or Europa League but Anzhi have never conceded a European goal in Russia and have won their last four European home games."

  214. 1622: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Markus Khan on Twitter: "What I don't understand is why doesn't Brendan Rodgers play Assaidi, he's been exceptional in the Europa, but he isn't playing. Rested for Chelsea?"

    Pete Jones on Twitter: "It amazes me that LFC strive to get into Europe, but field a reduced team when we get there."

  215. 1618: 

    Tonight's game is being played in Moscow - that's not a mistake. Anzhi play their European home games in Moscow, a mere 991 miles away from their home town.

    If that's news to you, have a read of our feature on the Russian club. Which if nothing else, will make you glad you don't share a flat with Samuel Eto'o and his massive TV.

  216. 1614: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So Liverpool fans, what do you make of that team? Plenty of, er, potential? Or just plain old second-string?

    Can we serve up plenty of goals tonight? How about three wins for our Premier League boys? If you're confident or not, let me know your thoughts. You can text in on 81111 (UK Only), and tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

    Get talking. Nice one.

  217. 1614: 
    Anzhi v Liverpool (17:00 GMT)

    Conor Coady will make his Liverpool debut against Anzhi Makhachkala as manager Brendan Rodgers makes nine changes from Sunday's 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

    18-year-old Adam Morgan leads the line while Joe Cole and fit-again full-back Jon Flanagan are also included. Goalkeeper Brad Jones and Andre Wisdom are the only survivors from the last Premier League XI.

    Anzhi name Samuel Eto'o alongside giant 6ft 8in striker Lacina Traore in attack, while former Chelsea winger Yuri Zhirkov also starts in Moscow.

  218. 1612: 
    LINE-UPS- Anzhi v Liverpool (17:00 GMT)

    Anzhi Makhachkala: Georgi Gabulov, Logashov, Samba, Joao Carlos, Tagirbekov, Ahmedov, Jucilei, Zhirkov, Eto'o, Boussoufa, Traore. Subs: Pomazan, Gadzhibekov, Agalarov, Lakhiyalov, Carcela-Gonzalez, Smolov, Burmistrov.

    Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Flanagan, Henderson, Coady, Cole, Shelvey, Downing, Morgan. Subs: Gulacsi, Assaidi, Pacheco, Wilson, Fernandez Saez, Sama, Robinson.

    Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan (Spain)

  219. 1612: 

    It's a very early start for Liverpool today then - and the team news is in. Get a load of this line-up...

  220. 1611: 

    So first things first, let's confirm which of our teams are in action this evening. Get ready to savour the goal-tastic delights of:

    Anzhi v Liverpool (17:00 GMT)

    Club Bruges v Newcastle (18:00 GMT)

    Tottenham v Maribor (20:05 GMT)

  221. 1600: 

    It's time for the Europa League to raise its game.

    In recent weeks we've been spoilt by cup action. First it was two nights of the Capital One Cup going goal crazy, throwing out scorelines like Reading 5-7 (seven) Arsenal and Chelsea 5-4 Manchester United.

    Then it was the Champions League's turn - as Manchester City continued their taste for late drama, Chelsea and Shakhtar traded goals like two school teams, and then Celtic went and beat Barcelona.

    Quite frankly, the four goals served up in our three featured Europa League games last time out just won't do. We must do better tonight - surely?

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