Europa League football: Tottenham and Swansea in action

Live text commentary as Swansea and Spurs both claim big wins in the first leg of their Europa League play-off ties.

22 August 2013 Last updated at 21:23

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  1. 2116: 

    So Michael's happy, I'm happy - you're all happy.

    That's a wrap for the evening, we'll be back with more live European football tomorrow evening and of course the usual offerings over the weekend.

    Take it easy.

  2. 2113: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 5-1 Petrolul Ploiesti
    Michael Laudrup

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It was a great result. First 30 minutes we did really well to score three goals and we moved the bal around well. Then we dropped off but started the second half well again. They scored a great goal, I wanted a clean sheet but what can you do about that?"But overall it was a magnificent result and we have confidence now. Scoring five goals is good for us. We have to finish the tie but it's great to see us socring goals."

  3. 2103: 
    Swansea 5-1 Petrolul Ploiesti

    BBC Sport Wales' Bruce Pope's full-time snapshot: "The late goal that Swansea conceded against Ploiesti - and what a goal it was from Gheorghe Grozav - will annoy boss Michael Laudrup, but a four-goal cushion should prove more than enough for next Thursday's second leg in Romania. On this showing the Swans should be in the hat for the group stage and few teams will relish facing them."

  4. 2101: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    Tromso have beaten Besiktas 2-1 with former Manchester United and Fulham youth player Josh Pritchard bagging for the Norwegian side. Genk defeated Finnish outfit FH Hafnarfjordur 2-0, aided by an own goal from former Chelsea and Brentford full-back Sam Tillen. Czech side Slovan Liberec surprisingly lead at Udinese with still half an hour to play in that match, while Fiorentina are 1-0 up at Grasshoppers.

  5. 2101: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Swansea 5-1 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Swansea winger Wayne Routledge: "At times we were ruthless. To get five at home is great, before it got into a bit of a bar fight at the end.

    Wayne Routledge

    "It's nice to get on the scoresheet and it stands us in good stead."

  6. 2057: 
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    Samuel Davies: Superb from Swansea - got through the preliminaries admirably. Finish the tie first leg, rotate the squad second leg

    Harpreet Thiara: Chelsea hijacking Spurs' Willian bid? Now they know how Liverpool feel....

    Matt Graham: Do you think Scott Sinclair has watched Swansea since he left and just banged his head against the wall? Such a silly decision

  7. 2053: 

    So a 4-0 win in Romania would knock Swansea out next week, but we can be fairly safe to say that the Swans and Tottenham will be joining Wigan in the Europa League group stages.

  8. 2053: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 5-1 Petrolul Ploiesti
  9. 2051: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alex, Hackney: "Need to be the first to counter this Bony love-in going on. He is about as mobile as a tree and with a dreadful work ethic. I see a very expensive flop - Michu and Pozuelo far better."

  10. 2050: 
    Swansea 5-1 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Michael Laudrup said he didn't want to concede a goal tonight, but even he must have enjoyed that one. A ripper.

  11. 2048: 
    GOAL- Swansea 5-1 Petrolul Ploiesti - Gheorge Grozav (87 mins)

    What a goal! A standing ovation from the whole crowd at the Liberty Stadium as a cross from the left takes a deflection and spins into the air, Gheorge Grozav adjusts his position underneath it to launch into an overhead kick which flies into the corner!

    Just a brilliant piece of skill that. Sublime.

  12. 2045: 
    FINAL FIVE- Swansea 5-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Into the last five in Swansea then - a stroll in the park for Michael Laudrup and his boys.

  13. 2042: 
    WILLIAN? IT WAS REALLY NOTHING

    There are plenty of rumours doing the rounds that Chelsea have attempted to hijack Spurs' bid for Brazilian Willian, but speaking after his side's 5-0 win in Georgia this evening Andre Villas-Boas said he had no knowledge of that.

    "We were just involved in a game so unfortunately I can't give you further information," the 35-year-old said.

    "I confirmed our interest in the player. Everything is possible, but I'm not aware of the circumstances because of our involvement in the (Dinamo) game. I don't want it to be a distraction over what we achieved here tonight."

  14. 2041: 
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    Mathew Llyr Evans: "Swansea have to stand strong if Arsenal want Michu. Can't afford to lose such a key player that's involved in everything."

    Wilfried Bony

    Mathew Coombes: "Swansea 5-0 up now.. Are they on the same par as Spurs then?"

    Akhil Sakaria: "The game between Tottenham and Swansea this weekend has 0-0 written all over it."

  15. 2040: 
    Swansea 5-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    The match has reverted to 'testimonial' pace again now. You can hear the players talking to each other as the Romanians pop the ball around harmlessly in midfield.

    We have 12 minutes left.

  16. 2037: 

    Opta Sports: 14 - Swansea's three home games (in all competitions) this season have produced a total of 14 goals. Festival.

  17. 2033: 
    Swansea 5-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Two goals in two home Europa League games for Alejandro Pozuelo then, a promising start to his Swans career. And that makes it 10 for the night for the Premier League as well. rarely have you seen a more professional couple of displays.

  18. 2031: 
    GOAL- Swansea 5-0 Petrolul Ploiesti - Alejandro Pozuelo (70 mins)

    Lovely, lovely finish! Jonathan De Guzman has an instant impact, weaving past three half-hearted challenges before finding Michu in the 'D'. Michu then slides in sub Alejandro Pozuelo breaking into the box and he waits for the keeper to go down before dinking a chip into the net.

  19. 2030: 
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    A.Nail: "Ah! So many goals! I love it!"

  20. 2029: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 4-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    If anyone saw Fenerbahce striker Dirk Kuyt's horrendous shiner last night, the reason for it is coming on. Swansea midfielder Jonathan De Guzman comes on in place of the impressive Jonjo Shelvey after making a quick recovery from a sickening collision with Netherlands team-mate Kuyt last week.

    Unfairly, if not predictably, De Guzman's looks appear untouched, while Kuyt was left looking (more of) a mess.

  21. 2026: 
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    Timothy Mutambuki: Re : 2004. Well, Rickie Lambert would disagree with your statement methinks

    Samuel Davies: I think some of Spurs and Swansea's opponents could be the subject of late bids by Arsenal to improve their side..

  22. 2023: 
    Swansea 4-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    That's nine goals for the Premier League so far then, and we have 29 minutes to make it a round 10. Wilfried Bony will not be happy when he finds out he's lost that goal, but I think an OG was the right call.

  23. 2021: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 4-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    No hat-trick chance for Wayne Routledge as he is replaced by Alejandro Pozuelo for the last half hour.

  24. 2019: 
    GOAL- Swansea 4-0 Petrolul Ploiesti - Pecanha OG (58 mins)

    The scruffiest goal Swansea will score all season. Wilfried Bony wins a header to flick it out wide to Wayne Routledge, he plays in the overlapping Michu and he picks out Bony arriving at the near post. His shot is saved by Pecanha but the ball somehow wriggles free and just crosses the line before it can be cleared.

    It is given as an own goal.

  25. 2018: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Wayne Routledge is the danger man again, leaving his marker on his backside before spinning the pass out to Wilfried Bony. He tees up Pablo Hernandez on the right, and when his cross is back into the mixer Bony can't get there as he is on the deck. He looks longingly at referee Sergei Karasev - but there's no reaction.

  26. 2014: 
    Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Jonjo Shelvey has had a great game - but this is shocking. He throws himself into a challenge, needlessly, and gets it all wrong, smashing recklessly into the side of Sony Mustivar. He is very lucky not to see a yellow card there.

  27. 2012: 
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    Eddy in Cornwall: "Re 2000 - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be in England soon hopefully he takes Plymouth to dizzy heights. All jokes aside Leon Britton still is absolute quality and I'm very impressed by Andros Townsend."

  28. 2011: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Close again! Pablo Hernandez spins away from a defender as he receives a throw-in, getting the ball on to his right foot and flashing a shot inches past the top corner. Lovely footwork from the winger.

  29. 2008: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    After the visitors breach the Swansea area with a powerful run from Hamza Younes, it is the hosts who go close to a fourth goal for the night. Pablo Hernandez counters at pace down the right and crosses early for Wilfried Bony. His first touch is a delight, bringing the ball under control and away from the clutches of a defender, but his shot on the turn cannons off the crossbar after clipping the shoulder of goalkeeper Pecanha.

  30. 2007: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    And we are back under way...

  31. 2006: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    The Romanians throw on a striker at half-time, with Ovidiu Hoban replaced by Abel Camara.

  32. 2006: 
    Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Swansea coach Alan Curtis says his side were 'sloppy' in the first half and Michael Laudrup wants four or five before full-time. Fighting talk.

  33. 2004: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kit Marsden: re: 1934 - "Who'll get an England cap first - Wayne Routledge or Andros Townsend?" Neither, as they don't play for Man. Utd.

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Chris Parker: Shelvey looking very good and only 21 if you believe it!

  34. 2000: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP
    Salzburg

    Goals, more of them. Salzburg have all but secured their place in the group stages of the competition after beating Zalgiris of Lithuania 5-0, while Danish side Esbjerg have turned it around in injury-time to beat St Etienne 4-3. Dnipro are in control with three away goals against Kalju of Estonia and Turkish teams Trabzonspor and Besiktas both lead. Two goals from Saloman Rondon has given Rubin Kazan a 2-0 victory over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde.

  35. 1958: 

    Harsh, Matt. Harsh. Jonjo Shelvey has looked the business so far.

  36. 1958: 
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    Matt in Norwich: Jonjo Shelvey has found his level - the 3rd best team in Romania. With that much time and space, the pace and quality around him, I could ping it around like Pirlo.

  37. 1955: 
    Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    BBC Sport Wales' Bruce Pope half-time snapshot: "Well what a half for Swansea, there must be something about white shirts tonight after Tottenham's earlier performance. Wayne Routledge has been immense and the little winger really should have completed his hat-trick before the break.

    "Malmo were beaten 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium in the previous round and there's every indication Swansea will at least match that against Ploiesti."

  38. 1954: 

    So with 45 minutes remaining we've had eight goals in today's Europa League games. How many more?

  39. 1951: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti
  40. 1951: 
    Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Ploiesti coach Cosmin Contra is not a happy man, swinging his arms like Harry Enfield's teenager Kevin on the sidelines. He can't wait to get them off the park here.

  41. 1947: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Ah, it should be four again! Another lovely move sees the Romanians ripped apart, Angel Rangel walks past the last man to cut it back for Wilfried Bony, and he mishits his shot into the side-netting. Good chance for the striker to add to his tally.

  42. 1947: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Wilfried Bony gives Swansea another dimension, another option this season. Wayne Routledge - who has been terrific so far - works space on the left and sends in a first-time cross which is just cut-out before it can reach Bony.

    And seconds later Routledge is denied his hat-trick! Lovely passing move ends with Michu sliding Routledge in on goal, he shoots first time, and it clips the top of the crossbar on its way over.

  43. 1944: 
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    Ben Jones: "Jonjo Shelvey looks like a great deal by Swansea. Assists in the first two goals and his range of passing is fantastic."

    Neal McGinnis: "Shelvey has been great so far, finally found his level. Brilliant business by the Swans."

  44. 1944: 
    Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    It's like a pre-season friendly now at the Liberty. Those quick goals have ended this as a contest and both sides are down to walking pace.

    Michu celebrates scoring for Swansea
  45. 1941: 
    Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Jonjo Shelvey continues to impress, dictating play and picking out team-mates all over the park, He picks open the visitors' defence again to send Neil Taylor beyond the backline but the left-back's cross is poor.

  46. 1936: 
    Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    It's genuinely been about seven minutes since the visitors strung two passes together. They are all over the shop now as Swansea make them work hard across the park just to get close to the ball.

  47. 1934: 
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    Phil Vieira: "Swansea are running the show here, the usual lovely passing football, how long before Laudrup moves on?"

    Stacy Phillips: "Swansea; The Welsh team who play Spanish football. Beautiful play.

    Paul Thompson: "Who's to bet against Swansea eclipsing the Spurs score?! This is an absolute joy to watch. The defending's awful mind..."

  48. 1934: 
    Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Who'll get an England cap first then - Wayne Routledge or Andros Townsend?

  49. 1933: 
    Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    I can recall some Europa League nights last year where we barely managed a goal across three different kick-off times. Not so today, we've already had eight to enjoy and there's over an hour of play remaining. The Premier League is rampant.

  50. 1930: 
    GOAL- Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti - Wayne Routledge (25 mins)

    What was that about Ploiesti being no pushovers? Swansea are marmalising them here. Michu wins the ball with a sliding challenge, Leon Britton picks out Pablo Hernandez on the right and he delivers a perfect cross to the back post for a diving Wayne Routledge to head home in style. Game over inside half an hour.

  51. 1927: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-0 Petrolul Ploiesti - Michu (22 mins)

    Soft defending again as Swansea slide into a commanding two-goal lead. Jonjo Shelvey pings in a deep cross from the left wing, Pablo Hernandez's shot is saved by Pecanha, but the Brazilian can only parry the ball back into the six-yard box and Michu arrives on it to slam into the roof of the net.

  52. 1924: 
    Swansea 1-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Wilfried Bony got a brace on his European debut for the Swans against Malmo, and bagged a consolation against Manchester United last weekend, but he is struggling to get into the game at the moment. Jonjo Shelvey has caught the eye though with several raking long passes as the home side control the match. Michael Laudrup wanted domination, and he's getting it.

  53. 1922: 
    Swansea 1-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Goalkeeper Pecanha was probably going to save that you know until it took a nick right in front of him, but Wayne Routledge has been credited with the goal.

    Pablo Hernandez is the next to take aim from range, skidding in a low shot which Pecanha saves with ease.

  54. 1922: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will watching in Oxford on text: My first year at Swansea Uni I watched the Swans play a game to stay in the football league. Now look at them. Crazy

  55. 1919: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 Petrolul Ploiesti - Wayne Routledge (14 mins)

    Quick thinking from Jonjo Shelvey unlocks the Ploiesti defence. Swansea have a free-kick out wide which Shelvey whips in as the defence is still organising itself. Michu lets the ball run through his legs and Wayne Routledge shoots from the edge of the box, with the ball going in off the toe of Ovidiu Hoban.

  56. 1916: 
    Swansea 0-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    This is better from Swansea though as they move the ball at pace. Wayne Routledge plays a one-two with Neil Taylor and clips in a cross from the left which is heading for Wilfried Bony until a defender nods it clear.

  57. 1914: 
    Swansea 0-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Ploiesti coach Cosmin Contra also had a spell playing for West Brom in the past, and has played under Michael Laudrup for Getafe in Spain as well.

    Ploiesti have lost just one in their last 29 games so will be no pushovers, and they have certainly looked solid and organised in the opening 10 minutes.

    Petrolul Ploiesti fans outside the Liberty Stadium in Swansea
  58. 1913: 
    Swansea 0-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Angel Rangel flashes in an early cross which almost finds its way through to Wilfired Bony before Wayne Routledge almost gets in behind but fouls his man. Almost - but no cigar for the Swans in a low-key opening.

  59. 1910: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    Goals, plenty of them around Europe. St Etienne have taken a 2-1 lead in Denmark over Esbjerg, while across the sea in Norway, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's Molde side are 1-0 behind against Rubin Kazan. AZ Alkmaar are ahead at Greek side Atromitos and Salzburg are in control against Lithuanian outfit Zalgiris leading 3-0.

  60. 1909: 
    Swansea 0-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Ploiesti make their intentions clear as first Wilfried Bony and then Michu get a nibble on the heel as they lay-off passes to midfield. It will be competitive up there for sure.

    One familiar face in the Romanian side is their number 80 Filipe Teixeira, who was part of a West Brom side I covered a fair bit when they were on their way to promotion from the Championship. He was a class act then.

  61. 1905: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Petrolul Ploiesti

    Wilfried Bony rolls the ball to Michu, and it is game on at a sunny Liberty Stadium.

  62. 1903: 
    Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti (1905 BST)

    Ashley Williams leads his side out against Romanian opposition then. It's a long way from his days at Stockport County. Kick-off moments away...

  63. 1901: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Luke Irelan-Hill: "WILL PEOPLE CALM DOWN, TOTTENHAM ARE ONLY PLAYING DINAMO TBIILISI."

    Johnny Magrinho: "As good as Spurs are playing, they are up against considerably weaker opposition. Only time to judge this team is end of season."

    Steven Juuko: "Tottenham fans getting really optimistic but do we even know what country this team is from?"

  64. 1900: 
    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY- Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti (1905 BST)

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup: "We have looked at some of their games on DVD and from a staff point of view we are prepared. We don't know much about their players but they know who ours are.

    "We are at home so we have to dominate the game. We will try to win it without conceding any goals. The Europa League is very important for us, it's big."

  65. 1854: 

    Our focus moves to south Wales now then. Can Swansea step it up and match Spurs' five-goal haul?

  66. 1852: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Duncan Hunt: Dinamo... Great at magic, rubbish at footy.

    Andrew Carnaghan: Level of performance tonight from Spurs shows what having competition for places does for motivation. They've been brilliant.

  67. 1849: 

    Job done, and then some for Spurs. A very impressive display, putting the tie to bed in the first 90 minutes.

  68. 1849: 
    FULL-TIME- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham
  69. 1845: 
    FINAL FIVE- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham

    Into the last five minutes then, Dinamo sub Patrik Vouho has a sniff of goal when Younes Kaboul misreads a cross but he scuffs his shot wide.

  70. 1844: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Stone: Sure, Spurs are playing some awesome stuff (from an Arsenal fan), but calm down your playing a very weak team.

    Sam Blackie: Spurs running riot but remember we are playing a poor side. Wouldn't be given half as much time in the Prem. Encoraging though

    Nic Billot: With Willian seemingly on his way to Spurs, it makes you wonder how dangerous they can be this season. Frightening.

  71. 1841: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham

    ...but Spurs counter swiftly and are inches away from a sixth. Nacer Chadli stands up a cross from the left and Harry Kane sees his header come back off the far post.

  72. 1840: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham

    Elguja Grigalashvili makes sure Hugo Lloris is still awake as he rifles in a low drive which is brilliantly saved by the Frenchman...

  73. 1837: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham

    We enter the final 10 minutes in Georgia. Tottenham have gone about their business on the pitch in the same way the have off it this summer. Clinically.

  74. 1837: 
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    Roberto Soldado celebrates scoring for Spurs

    Matt in Norwich on text: Who needs Gareth Bale? Champions league teams.

    Rich in London: Soldado in the box is reminding me a lot of Van Nistelrooy in the box. Hopefully he keeps it up!

    Niall from Birmingham: Real test for Swansea won't be the European games, how they deal with the Premier League game the weekend after will determine if they really are a good side #tippedtostruggle

  75. 1832: 
    CLOSE!- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham

    Andros Townsend embarks on a mazy run again from the right, beating his man for pace before flashing a shot over the bar. His day has its first bad moment.

    Lovely stuff at the other end then as David Khurtsilava skips away from Mousa Dembele and playing in Jaba Dvali - whose low shot is kicked away by Hugo Lloris.

  76. 1829: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Weenie Beenie: "Gareth Who?"

    Nic Billot: "Who needs Gareth Bale anyway?

    Andrew Priestley: "Sure who needs Gareth Bale anyway! Spurs are running rampant without him!"

  77. 1829: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Here we go then. Youngsters Harry Kane and Thomas Carroll are on in place of Paulinho and Roberto Soldado. No hat-trick for the big man tonight then.

  78. 1827: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham

    The bad news for Dinamo is that there are still 20 minutes remaining, but the good news is that Spurs are readying two more replacements.

  79. 1825: 
    GOAL- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham - Roberto Soldado (67 mins)

    My suggested half-time team talk of 'take it easy lads' is being proven to be utterly, utterly false as Tottenham keep their foot pressed to the metal.

    Substitute Nacer Chadli is again the creator, whipping in a delightful cross from the left which picks out Roberto Soldado to provide a side-footed finish from close range. Predatory stuff.

  80. 1824: 
    GET INVOLVED

    tom knowles: "Townsend playing like a man trying to put himself in the shop window. great performance."

    Kiran Ahluwalia: "Townsend thoroughly enjoying his football and delivering an end result. Lennon should be worried."

    Gareth Brett: "Who needs Bale when you've got Andros Townsend!"

  81. 1823: 
    GOAL- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-4 Tottenham - Danny Rose (64 mins)

    Wow! Another gem of a goal from Spurs, as Nacer Chadli drives into the penalty area before laying it back to Danny Rose, everyone expects a clipped cross but Rose instead swings a powerful left-footed shot over the head of keeper Giorgi Loria and into the top corner. Right in the postage stamp.

  82. 1821: 
    ACROBATIC EFFORT- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-3 Tottenham

    Lovely again from Spurs!

    Roberto Soldado and Paulinho team up to free Andros Townsend on the right of the area, he thinks about a left-footed shot but dinks it in to the box and Paulinho flashes an overhead kick wide. Spurs are turning it on now.

  83. 1821: 
    THE NEW STUART PEARCE

    Some breaking news for you - former England defend and Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has been appointed boss of the England Under-21 team.

    He has signed a three-year deal and begins work immediately. In addition to coaching the U21s he will also oversee the coaches with responsibility for the U20s through to the U16s.

    "I'm delighted to get this role and extremely excited about the prospect of working with the best and brightest young players in the country," said Southgate.

  84. 1819: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jordan: "Soldado is one of these strikers that is utterly useless at everything except from when he has a yard of space in the box."

    Cameron Laws: "Andros Townsend. Jeeze! He's on another level!"

    Rachel T: "Spurs are obviously a three-man team."

  85. 1819: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-3 Tottenham

    Just to rub it in, Spurs bring on another flying winger. Nacer Chadli is on in place of Gylfi Sigurdsson for the last half hour.

  86. 1818: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    Goals have dried up a little. Czech side Jablonec have restored parity at 1-1 against Real Betis, while Maccabi Haifi have taken the lead against Romanian side Astra Ploiesti. Russian side Kuban are 1-0 up against Feyenoord.

  87. 1816: 
    GOAL- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-3 Tottenham - Roberto Soldado (58 mins)

    He does not miss those!

    Andros Townsend, take a bow son. Brilliant wing play again from Townsend as he bursts past a defender before picking out Roberto Soldado in the six-yard box and he provides the clinical finish you would expect from a record signing.

  88. 1816: 
    Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti (1905 BST)

    BBC Sport's Bruce Pope reports: "Swansea are without Nathan Dyer (hamstring) and Jonathan de Guzman (concussion). Boss Michael Laudrup makes two other changes from the side that lost to Manchester United, bringing in Neil Taylor at left-back and Wilfried Bony up front to partner Michu.

    "Ploiesti have right-back Jean Sony Alcenat suspended, after his sending off in the previous round at Vitesse Arnhem."

  89. 1815: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham

    Spurs suddenly kick into gear as Mousa Dembele drives powerfully from the centre circle. He then finds Gylfi Sigurdsson who slides in Paulinho behind the left-back, he instantly squares it for Roberto Soldado but the striker can't quite collect. In a flash, that was lovely stuff from Tottenham.

    Dinamo then counter at real pace and Kyle Naughton has to recover well to cut out the cross.

  90. 1812: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham

    Danny Rose concedes a free-kick out on the right, Elguja Grigalashvili swings it in and David Kvirkvelia gets ahead of his marker but can only flick a header over the bar. The closest the hosts have come for quite some time - but it wasn't very close.

  91. 1810: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham

    This match has re-started with the intensity of a dead rubber Ashes Test. Neither side look particularly up for it.

  92. 1806: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham
    Dinamo Tbilisi's Givi Kvaratskhelia (left) and Tottenham's Roberto Soldado

    Spurs keeping the ball for fun early doors. Don't get injured, don't get booked are probably the orders of the day for this second half.

  93. 1804: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti (1905 BST)

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor, Hernandez, Britton, Shelvey, Routledge, Michu, Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Richards, de Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Lamah.

    Petrolul Ploiesti: Pecanha, Achim, Geraldo, Benga, Guilherme, Mustivar, Hoban, Boudjemaa, Grozav, Teixeira, Younes. Subs: Bornescu, Priso, Romario, De Lucas, Abel Camara, Dore.

    Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

  94. 1803: 
    KICK-OFF- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham

    And we are back in play.

  95. 1803: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham

    There is a half-time change but it's from the hosts. Darko Glisic is replaced by Giorgi Papava.

  96. 1800: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham

    That was a textbook 45 minutes for Andre Villas-Boas. Will he make any changes at the break? Mousa Dembele was looking quite close to a red card at times so he may get hauled off.

  97. 1800: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tristan Quinault: "Can we please calm down about Townsend. Yes he's playing well, but bear in mind that this is only against Dinamo."

    Richard Sherwin: "Re.17.45 to be fair to Townsend he was the one QPR player who shone at the back end of last season."

  98. 1759:  
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "I wonder how long it will be before Andros Townsend usurps Aaron Lennon from the first choice starting line-up. Not long I suspect. Runs like Lennon, beats people like Lennon, has a final delivery nothing like Lennon.

    "Mind you, how utterly useless are Tbilisi?"

  99. 1755: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti (1905 BST)

    The big guns are all wheeled out for Swansea. Michu and Wilfried Bony are both in attack in a side which only has three changes from the defeat by Manchester United.

  100. 1753: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dan Boys: "Ssh! Don't tell Real Madrid we've got Andros Townsend."

    Zohan: "Real Madrid has just bid for Townsend instead of Bale. 120 mil and Ronaldo in the package. Levy holding out for 150."

  101. 1752: 
    Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti (1905 BST)

    BBC Sport's Bruce Pope reports: "Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup will have one of his former players plotting against him from the dugout when they take on Petrolul Ploiesti in the Europa League.

    "Ploiesti boss Cosmin Contra played at Spanish side Getafe under Laudrup but is now in charge of the Romanians, who saw off Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in the third qualifying round.

    "Swansea are smarting from their 4-1 loss to Manchester United in their Premier League opener, but Laudrup must juggle resources with Tottenham looming on Sunday."

  102. 1751: 
    Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti (1905 BST)

    Our second Europa League tie of the day is looming on the horizon, have Swansea got an Academy graduate ready to take his chance for some Thursday-night limelight?

  103. 1750: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan's half-time snapshot: "Fine half for Tottenham and an even better one for Andros Townsend. At times he was QPR's best player while on loan last season, and although that is not saying much, the Spurs Academy graduate has certainly made an impression this evening. After numerous loan spells could this be the season he finally breaks through?"

  104. 1748: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Lewis Howard: "Townsend is making these big money signings look like fringe players. #Homegrown."

    Andros Townsend

    Micky PX: "As exciting as Spurs' potential transfer business is, I hope Townsend doesn't get pushed out of the frame after this showing."

    Noah Style: "Townsend showing Lennon how to play on the wing. Goal and assist! #androsforengland."

  105. 1747: 
    ET TU, CAPOUE?

    A satisfactory 45 minutes for Spurs then, with Andros Townsend and Etienne Capoue stealing the limelight.

    If you're not too familiar with Capoue - it's pronounced 'Capu' - he was a £9m buy from Ligue 1 club Toulouse and has won seven caps for France.

  106. 1746: 
    HALF-TIME- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham
  107. 1745: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham

    I'm not so sure I see Andros Townsend as a long-term replacement for Gareth Bale, but on the evidence of this first-half showing he'd rip it up in the Georgian Premier.

  108. 1743: 
    GOAL- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-2 Tottenham - Paulinho (44 mins)

    Paulinho has his first goal for Tottenham - but it's all about Andros Townsend again. the winger beating his man on the right wing before slamming on the brakes to evade his challenge in style. He has the presence of mind to stand up a dinked cross into the middle and Brazilian Paulinho arrives in style to nod home from close range.

  109. 1742: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    The hosts are forced into a change as Patrik Vouho comes on to replace the stricken Xisco. The match has slowed to a virtual halt now as we tick toward half-time.

  110. 1740: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    Dinamo coach Dusan Uhrin wears a forlorn look on his face as Xisco goes down with an injury, he can't get to his feet unaided and looks to be in trouble. He hobbles off for some treatment and may struggle to continue here.

  111. 1738: 
    YELLOW CARD- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    Spurs have a man on a yellow now as Mousa Dembele is cautioned by referee Pol van Boekel for his fourth or fifth foul in midfield.

  112. 1737: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    Etienne Capoue and Paulinho link up well again in midfield, but it's all a bit narrow. Danny Rose provides some much-needed width on the overlap though, beating his man this time before firing over a low cross which keeper Giorgi Loria makes a hash of, fumbling it behind for a corner.

  113. 1734: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jack: Based on his current performance, Andros Townsend is now valued at €56 million.

    Tunde Akere: Where was this Townsend before? I am watching him as if I am seeing a new signing. He will only get better.

  114. 1734: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    Etienne Capoue sets off on a mazy run through midfield, he beats two or three men before running out of steam on the edge of the box. Capoue looks to be another very powerful athlete in that Spurs midfield, which is looking formidable.

    Capoue then fires over from 25 yards.

  115. 1731: 
    GET INVOLVED
    James Marenghi

    James Marenghi is following the Spurs game on honeymoon in Sorrento, Italy. Is this a case for an early divorce, he asks?

  116. 1731: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    Goals going in in our 17:00 BST kick-offs. Eintracht Frankfurt lead 1-0 at Azerbaijan side Karabakh Agdam, while Jorge Molina Vidal has given Real Betis the advantage at Czech Republic side Jablonec. Still 0-0 between Kuban and Feyenoord in Russia.

  117. 1729: 
    YELLOW CARD- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    The jury is out on Danny Rose for me - he has a shaky minute as he gets the wrong side defensively and then puts a cross out of play from a good position down the left wing.

    Tbilisi full-back David Khurtsilava then goes into a book for a Paul Scholes-esque sliding tackle on Gylfi Sigurdsson. Late does not do it justice.

  118. 1726: 
    GET INVOLVED

    David in London: "Aaron Lennon needs to step his game up if he wants to play for Spurs and England as Townsend keeps taking his chances."

  119. 1725: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    And the Georgian Zidane goes close for Dinamo! A flying header from Jaba Dvali forces Hugo Lloris into a really top-drawer stop, flinging himself to his left to palm the header away. That has raised the tempo in Tbilisi.

  120. 1725: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    You refer to the number nine, Jaba Dvali, Kevin. A superb combo of bald head and beard. I would attach a photo for you all to admire but we've not got any in from Georgia yet.

    Attilio Lombardo and Yordan Letchkov have both been mentioned in the office already. Fighting for a place alongside skipper Zinedine Zidane in a 'bald XI'.

  121. 1723: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kevin McGinley-Power: "Is 'Lombardo with a beard' playing for Dinamo Tbilisi?!?!"

  122. 1722: 
    CLOSE!- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    Gylfi Sigurdsson lines up the free-kick - and curls a beauty, over the wall and rippling the side-netting of the near post. That was two yards away from 2-0.

  123. 1721: 
    YELLOW CARD- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    No doubt about the main man at the mo - Andros Townsend beats two men before being crunched by Giorgi Gvelesiani in a naughty challenge which earns him a booking.

    Free-kick in 'you-know-who' range...

  124. 1719: 
    GET INVOLVED

    From an Arsenal fan: I'm really impressed by Daniel Levy and Tottenham business this summer. Soldado, Paulinho, Chadli, Capoue and possibly Willian. Bringing these players only makes the Premier League better and, unfortunately for me, Tottenham.

  125. 1719: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    Andros Townsend is no Gareth Bale - but he's having a fine start to this game. He beats his man with a surging run down the right and fires in a cross whish deflects into the path of Roberto Soldado. Spurs' record signing wastes no time in getting a shot away, rifling in at the near post but Giorgi Loria beats it clear.

  126. 1716: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Bury Sports Camp: "Who needs Gareth Bale? #AndrosTownsend"

    Adam kyle: "Ready made replacement? #coys"

  127. 1715: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham

    A great start for Spurs, but Etienne Capoue almost hands Dinamo a way back into the game, dropping deep to collect the ball from Hugo Lloris but dawdling and losing the ball to Jaba Dvali - who shoots wide.

    Dvali fouled the midfielder in the process but he was taking a liberty there.

  128. 1712: 
    GOAL- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-1 Tottenham - Andros Townsend (12 mins)

    What a counter attack! Dinamo's corner is headed away by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Paulinho wins a block tackle just outside the box and Andros Townsend is away. He runs from inside his own half, backing up the lone Dinamo defender before firing in left-footed from 20 yards. Superb solo goal!

  129. 1712: 
    CLOSE!- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-0 Tottenham

    Magic, magic dribbling from Elguja Grigalashvili as he canters down the Spurs right, cuts inside and fires in a shot which is deflected over the top. Fine wing play.

  130. 1708: 
    GET INVOLVED
    Michael Blake

    Michael Blake is a Spurs fan following from, what he describes as, "sunkissed Ibiza."

    Keep your pics coming to #bbcfootball

  131. 1708: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-0 Tottenham

    Chaos!

    A backpass from a Dinamo boot almost plays Roberto Soldado clean through but Givi Kvaratskhelia recovers to just about get a challenge in. Gylfi Sigurdsson is sniffing around for the loose ball but he can't quite get a shot away.

    Paulinho then has the first shot of the game but his 20-yarder is a stinker. Miles over the bar.

  132. 1705: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-0 Tottenham

    The ground may be a long, long way from being full but the pocket of fans who are in are making a fair din. It's pretty even stuff so far, with Dinamo causing a minor flurry in the Spurs back four as Irakli Dzaria played a ball over the top but the offside flag was swiftly raised.

  133. 1704: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Tony Jones: "If the reports are accurate that Coentrao is coming to Spurs as part of the Bale deal then BAE is on his way out."

    Kieran Kirschner: "Re. 1647 And that could be as Coentrao is on his way in!!!"

  134. 1703: 
    TRANSFER NEWS

    Some transfer news in for a winger - but it's not Gareth Bale.

    West Brom have signed Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal

    "Scott understands he needs to play football and it will be good to work with him again," said Baggies boss Steve Clarke.

  135. 1702: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi 0-0 Tottenham

    Younes Kaboul skippers Spurs this evening and makes an early interception after good work from Irakli Dzaria in the Dinamo midfield. Roberto Solado then wins the first free-kick of the night.

  136. 1700: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mark, Bristol: Not only did Spurs win 5-1 in 1973 home game, all five goals were headers!

  137. 1700: 
    KICK-OFF- Dinamo Tbilisi 0-0 Tottenham

    The hosts get us under way.

  138. 1657: 
    GET INVOLVED
    Sam Ellison

    Sam Ellison is an Arsenal fan enjoying himself in Sardinia at the moment. With the lack of transfer activity from his own team, Sam is interested to see how Spurs' new faces get on tonight.

    Keep your pics coming to #bbcfootball

  139. 1656: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    The Spurs players line up in the longest tunnel I've ever seen - they've got a new sponsor as well. A cheeky little 'Europa League' only deal there for someone.

    The Dinamo kit is a modern classic. Subtle, smart, understated.

    Here they come!

  140. 1655: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Spurs fan Kyle on text via 81111: I rate Rose very highly, impressed me both last season and pre-season, he can attack and defend unlike BAE who is a liability at the back.

    Matthew in London on text: Re Loren 1637, IF Bale is leaving then Daniel Levy will have got the price agreed with Real Madrid before buying replacements. Of that I am positive.

    Dave in Newcastle: Maybe re-signing Xisco is part of Pardew's 'gameplan' #desperation

  141. 1651: 
    TURKISH DELIGHT

    They say never go back, but some people can't help themselves. Fatih Terim - possessor of the sternest stare this side of the Bosphorus - is going back for a third spell in charge of the Turkish national side, while also remaining in charge of Galatasaray.

    Can a job share work with a national side?

  142. 1647: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    A subtle change to the Spurs side from what I saw in pre-season and their two games to date is the installation of Danny Rose as first-choice left-back. What do we make of that? Does it mean Benoit Assou-Ekotto is on his way out?

  143. 1644: 
    GET INVOLVED
    Keith Hart

    Keith Hart is enjoying the sunshine in Crete and is poolside as he follows the Europa League action on the BBC Sport website. We're not jealous in the slightest Keith. Not one bit...

  144. 1640: 
    WRONG XISCO

    A few of you have been asking if the Xisco in this Dinamo side is the same on who spectacularly flopped at Newcastle - it's not I'm afraid.

    This Xisco is a Spaniard who has played for Valencia and Betis down the years. Newcastle's Xisco is currently banging them in for Cordoba in the Spanish second tier.

  145. 1637: 
    DONDE GARETH BALE ENCAJAR?

    After watching Carlo Ancelotti's debut as Real Madrid boss against Betis last weekend, I couldn't help but wonder where exactly Gareth Bale is meant to fit in their side.

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    This is the XI which started Ancelotti's first league match - Diego Lopez; Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Mesut Ozil, Luka Modric, Sami Khedira, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo; Karim Benzema.

    Will Bale take Ronaldo's spot, with the Portuguese man-of-goals moving up top?

  146. 1637: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Loren in Belfast on 81111: All this talk of Levy doing well, but we know Bale has requested to leave, there is only one club in for him, and Spurs have already replaced him and spent a fortune on fees and wages. Surely their position is weakened? Madrid are canny negotiators.

  147. 1635: 
    LINE-UPS- Dinamo Tbilisi v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    Dinamo Tbilisi: Loria, Khurtsilava, Giorgi Gvelesiani, Kvaratskhelia, Glisic, Grigalashvili, Dzaria, Kvirkvelia, Merebashvilli, Xisco, Dvali. Subs: Zarkua, Ustaritz, Khocholava, Seturidze, Papava, Goga, Vouho.

    Spurs: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose, Paulinho, Dembele, Capoue, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Soldado. Subs: Friedel, Walker, Chadli, Carroll, Fryers, Kane, Coulthirst.

    Referee: Pol van Boekel (Holland)

  148. 1632: 
    GET INVOLVED
    Austin, Texas

    Christopher Goodwin is a Scottish Liverpool fan living in Austin, Texas. Nonetheless he is keen to see how Tottenham get on this evening. We'd love to hear from any Spurs fans in Georgia. Use the hashtag #bbcfootball

  149. 1630: 

    It awaits to be seen what sort of welcome Spurs get this afternoon - but it's bound to be different to that last meeting 40 years ago.

    'When we went out to inspect the pitch, as you do, in the middle was a sort of wooden gallows,' remembers Steve Perryman. 'And hanging by its neck was their idea of a cockerel. Of course, that's our emblem. That was their way of saying welcome!'

    Welcome to Georgia indeed...

  150. 1628: 
    DINAMO WHO?- Dinamo Tbilisi v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    So who are Spurs' opponents this afternoon? A very good question.

    Dinamo won their domestic title last season, but dropped into the Europa League following a 3-1 aggregate defeat by Romanian side Steaua Bucharest in the third round of the Champions League qualifying.

    Xisco Munoz's 24 league goals were key to their success in the Georgian Premier League in 2012-13 and the Spaniard scored four minutes into injury-time to ensure Dinamo began their defence with a 2-1 win over Zestafoni.

    Tottenham last played Dinamo Tbilisi in November 1973 when they travelled to Georgia in the third round of the Uefa Cup.

    Ralph Coates

    Ralph Coates (pictured) scored for the visitors before Dinamo equalised with 17 minutes to go, but Tottenham progressed after a 5-1 second-leg win back at White Hart Lane.

  151. 1627: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports: "Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas demonstrates the growing depth of his squad by making four changes but still naming a strong side. With Jan Vertonghen and Aaron Lennon joining the injured list, Younes Kaboul and Andros Townsend come in, with former Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue making his full debut by replacing Nacer Chadli. Kyle Naughton takes Kyle Walker's place at right-back.

    "Dinamo Tbilisi include Xisco Munoz, who was their top scorer last season and is already off the mark this term."

  152. 1624: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Spurs fan James on text via 81111: Fantastic business by Levy and Baldini if we get Lamela, Willian and Coentrao in and Bale goes. He's never worth the money spoke about. He's world class but I fear he won't live up to his tag. The future is bright!

  153. 1621: 
    Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti (1905 BST)

    Later on this evening, Swansea will also begin their final push for the group stages when they welcome Romanians Petrolul Ploiesti.

    Thankfully for Swans fans there's rather less chat about their best players leaving this summer - though Ashley Williams and Michu continue to be linked to Arsenal...

  154. 1620: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    All the talk today - and for the next 11 days or so to be honest - may be centred on events in offices of chief executives and plush hotels, but on the pitch Andre Villas-Boas's side have a job to do this evening.

    Spurs have two games to see off Dinamo Tbilisi - champions of Georgia last season - with their reward being a place in the group stages of the Europa League.

  155.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Weenie Beenie: Bale should go, Spurs have the players who can easily replace him. AVB has done well with his transfers

    George Rigden: Bale to Real the footballing equivalent of when The Office swept the board at the golden globes. Small town lad come good.

    Russell Reynolds: With #Bale Tottenham were a bit one dimensional. Bringing in 2-3 more quality players for him adds more threat around the pitch

  156. 1611: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND-UP

    One early game in Far-east Europe where Kazakh side FC Aktobe have been beaten at home by former Champions League semi-finalists Dynamo Kiev. Plenty of action elsewhere this evening with some wonderfully named European sides competing. Karabakh Azersun of Azerbaijan, Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, Romanians Astra Ploiesti and Georgian outfit Dila Gori all play today.

    Aside from the minnows, European heavyweights including Stuttgart, Fiorentina, Udinese and Sevilla will all be looking to gain a positive first-leg result.

  157. 1610: 
    PUT US IN THE PICTURE
    Tbilisi

    Are you a Tottenham fan reading this from deepest Georgia? Or maybe from deepest Georgia, in the United States?

    If you are on your way to the Boris Paichadze National Stadium, or are just following the match form an obscure location, send us in your pictures and we'll pop the best in this here page.

    Send your pics to #bbcfootball.

  158. 1609: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So the questions over the future of Gareth Bale may all soon be answered very quickly.

    How good is he? How much of a loss would he be? Do Real Madrid even need him? Will he be a hit in Spain? Who else - if anyone - do Spurs need to sign to replace him? What is the best guitar solo on Spinal Tap's eponymous 'Black' album?

    So many hot topics to discuss - let's hear from you. You can text in - popping a name on there please - on 81111 (UK ONLY) or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  159. 1608: 
    THE NEW ARRIVALS

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has already spent the thick end of 60m notes this summer, landing midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians for about £17m and Roberto Soldado from Valencia for a (at the moment) club record £26m.

    Tottenham

    Midfielders Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue have also come in, while Anzhi Makhachkala attacker Willian is in talks over a £30m move and Roma playmaker Erik Lamela is also rumoured to be part of their plans.

    Busy enough for you Spurs fans?

  160. 1606: 
    Dinamo Tbilisi v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    Will he stay or will he go?

    The pendulum appears to have swung markedly in the direction of the exit door for Gareth Bale over the past 48 hours or so, with latest reports suggesting that Tottenham and Real Madrid are in advanced talks over a deal which is is set to eclipse the £80m world record fee Real paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

    Spurs are not letting the grass grow under his feet though - they are spending money like my missus on payday...

  161. 1603: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Dinamo Tbilisi v Tottenham (1700 BST)

    Spurs make four changes from the side which beat Crystal Palace - Etienne Capoue makes his full debut, Roberto Soldado again leads the line.

  162. 1600: 
    WISH YOU WERE HERE?
    Gareth Bale

    Touring without your star man is never easy.

    Spinal Tap may have carried on after lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel quit in the middle of a gig on a US Air Force base, but they were soon playing second fiddle to puppet shows.

    Derek Smalls on bass; David St. Hubbins

    Tottenham may not have fallen to such levels, but they are in Georgia this afternoon without their number one man; arguably the world's number one target at the moment.

    Gareth Bale is at home attempting to tie up a move to Real Madrid - but the show must go on. Can Spurs rock through to the group stages of the Europa League without him?

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