Europa League football as it happened

Live text commentary as Tottenham see off Tromso, Swansea beat Valencia and Wigan draw with Zulte Waregem in the Europa League.

19 September 2013 Last updated at 22:08

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  1. 2207: 

    Thanks for keeping me company tonight on a goal-laden Europa League night. Swansea were spectacular, Tottenham in control and Wigan, well they drew.

  2. 2206: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Tottenham 3-0 Tromso
    Christian Eriksen

    Christian Eriksen, speaking to ITV4: "My goal was a really nice goal and I'm really happy to score in my second game. The two goals from Jermain were good and very important."

  3. 2205: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Tottenham 3-0 Tromso

    Jermain Defoe, speaking to ITV4 about moving within two goals of Martin Chivers' Tottenham European scoring record: "He's a legend so to be up there with someone like that is great.

    Asked if he showed manager Andre Villas-Boas, what he can do, Defoe adds: "I think the manager knows, It's a case of getting out there and working hard for the team. If you can score it's nice but I just want to work hard for the team. The new lads are brilliant and it was a good win.

    "This is a top club with top players and when you get an opportunity you have to take it."

  4. 2203: 
    Real Betis v Lyon

    Lyon's first game back in the Europa League ends in a fairly uninspiring goalless draw at Real Betis while Lazio have won 1-0 against Legia Warsaw.

    Sevilla scored a 77th-minute winner courtesy of France international Kevin Gameiro after Bruno Miguel had cancelled out Machin's opener.

    While Tottenham comfortably beat Tromso, Group K opponents Sheriff Tiraspol played out a goalless draw against Anzhi Makhachkala in Moldova.


    Sam Woods: Out of all Tottenham's summer signings, Eriksen will prove to be by far the most astute.

    Ben Goodwin: The fact that City payed nearly three times more for Fernandinho than Spurs paid for Eriksen is ridiculous.

    Kristian Ross: Swansea beating Valencia 3-0 away has to be the result of the season so far. Incredible.

  6. 2202: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Tromso

    Tottenham's last four games in Europe have now seen Spurs players hit a brace.

    Clint Dempsey hit two in last season's 2-2 draw with Basle, while Roberto Soldado scored twice in the 5-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi before Jermain Defoe's braces in the second leg against the Georgians and tonight.

  7. 2158: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Tromso

    They may have faced weak opposition tonight, but Tottenham look like they have a squad that could compete on several fronts this season. They look stronger for Gareth Bale's departure.

  8. 2157: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Tromso

    Bradley Allen, academy coach at Tottenham Hotspur, on BBC London 94.9: "Spurs were very, very strong here this evening. They did the job in terms of the result, were very professional and very impressive at times. A good start to their European exploits this season."

  9. 2155: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 3-0 Tromso
    Christian Eriksen

    An utterly dominant performance by Tottenham with a Jermain Defoe brace and a brilliant Christian Eriksen strike. However injuries to Danny Rose, Mousa Demble and Younes Kaboul will take some of the gloss off for boss Andre Villas-Boas.


    Anas Rahman: What a shot! What a coup by spurs to sign one of the best young players in Europe! Great finish!

    Jamie Gillies: Christian Eriksen, what a bargain.

    Dave Dixon: I can't wait to see Eriksen playing for Real Madrid...!

  11. 2152: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Tromso

    Jermain Defoe, who has barely been in the game in the second half, had a hand in Christian Eriksen's goal with some good play down the right. A good night for the England international, who has lost his place to Roberto Soldado in Spurs' Premier League team.

  12. 2152: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Tromso

    Tottenham will finish the game with 10 men after centre-back Younes Kaboul hobbled off - that's three injuries for Spurs tonight.

    Andre Villas-Boas is angry with his defence for not organising quickly enough after the France international's departure.

  13. 2150: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Tromso

    Bradley Allen, academy coach at Tottenham Hotspur, on BBC London 94.9: "A drop of the shoulder and it was a curling effort over the top of the goalkeeper - a fabulous finish. Eriksen at his best."

    Listen to live radio commentary of Tottenham v Tromso right now.

  14. 2150: 
    Tottenham 3-0 Tromso

    That is Christian Eriksen's first goal for Tottenham, in his second substitute appearance, following his £11.5m move from Ajax on 30 August..

  15. 2148: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 3-0 Tromso - Christian Eriksen (86 mins)

    That is a wonderful goal by Christian Eriksen, the Danish maestro pulls the ball from his left foot onto his right and he curls the ball into the top corner.


    Jono from East Herts on 81111 on text: Little reality check needed on Defoe and Spurs: in over an hour they have scored two goals against a team worried with relegation. Not exactly playing a top team. Really need to hammer the Norse to make a statement of intent.

    Chris on 81111 on text: Re Dave Walker, 21.34 - That "striker" has scored eight in eight for England. Not bad for a "striker". I agree Defoe should be in England squad, but don't talk daft about replacing one in form "striker" for another.

  17. 2147: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Spurs will have to be careful, as Zdenek Ondrasek is almost given a run through on goal. The hosts have been comfortable throughout but a Tromso goal now would cause a nervy last five minutes.

  18. 2145: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has a couple of chances for his first home goal since his summer move from Corinthians. His first shot is blocked and then he curls wide from an angle. Seven minutes left at White Hart Lane.

  19. 2143: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Bradley Allen, academy coach at Tottenham Hotspur, on BBC London 94.9: "The game has drifted and Spurs have pretty much strolled through this second half. If anything, Tromso have had the only half-chances in this period of the game. Hopefully Dembele's injury is not too serious. I think he got a kick on the fibula - hopefully it's just a knock."

    Listen to live radio commentary of Tottenham v Tromso right now.

  20. 2140: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tromso make the final change of the night - Thomas Drage coming off for Magnus Andersen.

  21. 2138: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Fifteen minutes to go at White Hart Lane - this game is petering out somewhat.

    Jermain Defoe

    Luke Wilson: Defoe never gets a consistent run in the team because his form only lasts half a season.

    Alex Jeffs: Would Defoe be able to go on loan to QPR? Harry's looking for a striker right now...

    Dave Walker: It is scandalous that 'striker' Welbeck is keeping a real striker Defoe out of the England team.

  23. 2134: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is not taking this tournament, or this game, lightly. He brings off midfielder Lewis Holtby but instead of bringing on a youngster, on comes £17m summer signing Paulinho.

  24. 2133: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen plays in a lovely ball which Sandro heads on target but keeper Marcus Sahlman is equal to his effort.

  25. 2132: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tottenham's Jermain Defoe tries to find Erik Lamela in the penalty area but Jaroslaw Fojut punts his cross out for a corner.

  26. 2130: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Bradley Allen, academy coach at Tottenham Hotspur, on BBC London 94.9: "Tottenham have taken the foot off the accelerator, and AVB will be frustrated with what he's seen in the last seven or eight minutes. But credit to Tromso, who have shown some pride."

    Listen to live radio commentary of Tottenham v Tromso right now.

  27. 2130: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    ... which Hugo Lloris punches clear. It is the 67th minute and that is the first time I have mentioned the Tottenham goalkeeper.

  28. 2129: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tromso are definitely starting to have more of an influence going forward, Josh Pritchard plays a part in a nice move that leads to a corner...

  29. 2127: 

    Lazio, Cup Winners Cup winners in 1999, have taken a 1-0 lead against Legia Warsaw with Brazilian midfielder Hernanes netting in the 53rd minute.

    Sevilla have broken the deadlock at Estoril Praia courtesy of winger Victor Machin's 59th-minute strike.

    Apoel Nicosia, who benefitted from Fenerbahce's expulsion, are still goalless at Maccabi Tel Aviv.


    Jack on 81111 on text: Defoe is proving class is permanent. Soldado may well be worried for his starting spot in the Premier League. I would be.

    Joe T on 81111 on text: Defoe needs to go to a club where he is the main man, wearing no 9 for 90mins a game and absolutely adored by the fans. Could be the league's top scorer.

    Dave in Essex on 81111 on text: Message to Sam Allardyce - bring back Jermain Defoe to his proper home, like you did with Joe Cole. That would solve our goal shortage.

  31. 2125: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is injured in a heavy challenge and comes off on a stretcher. He is replaced by Christian Eriksen.

    Worrying moment for Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

  32. 2122: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Just after I say that Tromso have a chance as Remi Johansen thinks he is George Weah at his peak and skims past Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson but then at the moment of picking his final pass he thinks he is Ali Dia and loses possession.

  33. 2120: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    The one thing to be said for Tromso is the font of their name on the back of their jerseys. Sadly for them Europa Leagues are never won on such things.

  34. 2119: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    It's like a training session from Tottenham, Lewis Holtby playing an outrageous backheel to Erik Lamela, who does a trick or two with the ball.

    I could play in this Spurs team and they would still cruise it.

  35. 2116: 

    Do you think that Swansea City's 3-0 win in Valencia is the most impressive result by a British club in Europe this week? Share your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  36. 2115: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tottenham are in utter control. I wonder if either manager would not take the current result. It could get a lot worse for Tromso, while Spurs would be happy to avoid further injuries, one would imagine.

  37. 2111: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Bradley Allen, academy coach at Tottenham Hotspur, on BBC London 94.9: "I'm sure the words from the Tottenham manager in the dressing room at half-time were 'more of the same'. They need to keep up their tempo and rack up a really big scoreline here tonight."

    Listen to live radio commentary of Tottenham v Tromso right now.


    John Murray: I love Defoe to pieces, but we need to let Soldado and Eriksen gel, and that will probably restrict his Premier League playing time.

    Benjamin Cook: Can Spurs somehow work out a formation to include Defoe, Soldado, Holtby, Eriksen and Siggy? All too good to be wasted.

    VonBlade: A striker who can score? Of course Defoe isn't part of Hopeless Hodgson's England side...

  39. 2109: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    That was like the Arsenal stereotype of taking one pass too many from Tottenham. After several intricate passes, Gylfi Sigurdsson has a good chance to shoot but he instead lays it off to Sandro, whose shot is blocked.

  40. 2107: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tottenham get us going under way in the second half. You can't see anything other than a home win here.

  41. 2107: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tromso's players are coming on now, with Lars Gunnar Johnson replacing Thomas Bendiksen in the visitors' midfield.

  42. 2106: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tottenham are ready to kick off the second half. But Tromso are nowhere to be seen. Maybe Agnar Christensen is giving the team talk of his life.

  43. 2102: 
    Lazio and Legia Warsaw

    It is goalless at half-time in the big games elsewhere in the Europa League. Lazio have failed to break down Legia Warsaw in Group J while the deadlock is still to be broken as Real Betis face Lyon.

    In Tottenham's Group K, Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova are goalless up against Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

  44. 2054: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Valencia 0-3 Swansea
    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It was a fantastic game. Of course the red card was an influence - but we dominated from the first minute to the last.

    "It could have been more than three and I'm very pleased to beat a club like Valencia. It was our fifth game in Europe - and we were facing a big team.

    "But I'm just so pleased for everyone. Not just the fans, but for the players as well. It is great to see that even if we have players without international experience, then there is no problem.

    "We had a lot of fans here and I'm sure they had a night to remember. These are great experiences, and to win the first game in the group is a fantastic start."

  45. 2053: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan
    Ibrahima Conte and James McArthur

    Wigan midfielder James McArthur: Well worked tonight from the boys. Hard earned draw away from home. Fans were brilliant.

  46. 2051: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Tottenham are utterly, utterly in control at White Hart Lane. You feel they could score five or six in the second half if they needed to.

  47. 2050: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Jermain Defoe is chasing his hat-trick. Sandro picks out the England international, who forces a save from Marcus Sahlman. I wouldn't be surprised if he got his third at all.


    Mic Medeska: What injury comes on that quick without impact and makes you rip off your shoe?

    Richard Morris: Defoe needs to play regular football for the national team's sake. There are too many fringe players in the England squad.

    Hashim Albahbahani: Holtby is the sort of player England really need. He can split a defence with a single pass. Shame he chose Germany...

  49. 2049: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    And, as I say that, Tromso have what might be their first chance of the night. It lands to Stockport-born Josh Pritchard, on loan from Fulham. He takes on a couple of Spurs defenders, the move is looking promising but then he drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.

  50. 2048: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Gylfi Sigurdsson curls a shot just wide from outside the area after a layback by Jermain Defoe. Spurs are cruising.

  51. 2043: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Jan Vertonghen comes on for Danny Rose, that is a major disappointment for the Tottenham left-back, who has had a good start to the season.

    Spurs have probably played the last four or five minutes with 10 men although you feel they could play with eight men and still beat Tromso, who have offered nothing so far.


    Kenny Jarvis: What a ball. What a goal. Lovely stuff.

    George Neilson: Defoe showing his consistency yet again. Top notch finish.

    Richard Powell: Defoe may look back on his career and regret not moving to a club where he was more appreciated. Class finish.

    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    On-loan Wigan forward Nick Powell: Talk about rusty...

    Powell made his first start for the Latics following his loan move from Manchester United this evening.

  54. 2040: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Danny Rose comes off injured for Tottenham, he pulled up with an injury while he was trying to take on Morten Moldskred. Jan Vertonghen is warming up.


    Do you agree with former QPR forward Bradley Allen? Should Jermain Defoe still be a regular in the England squad?

    Let us know your thoughts on this or anything Europa League related on Twitter (#bbcfootball) or via text (81111 - UK only).

  56. 2037: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso

    Bradley Allen, academy coach at Tottenham Hotspur, on BBC London 94.9: "Absolutely brilliant play from Spurs. Lovely weight for the through ball from Holtby, and once again Defoe knew exactly where the goal and the keeper were.

    He just trickled it in - it was a lovely finish. If he gets more chances this could be an evening where he gets four or five. And in a World Cup year, if England get there, you've got to have him in your squad."

    Listen to live radio commentary of Tottenham v Tromso right now.

  57. 2037: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Tromso
    Jermain Defoe

    That's four goals in two Europa League games for Jermain Defoe this season (pictured is his opening goal of the night).

  58. 2034: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 Tromso - Jermain Defoe (29 mins)

    Lewis Holtby plays a lovely through ball that finds Jermain Defoe perfectly and the England striker slots home with a first-time effort.

  59. 2032: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Tromso

    That really is the definition of a defender's shot, a corner comes across to Tottenham centre-back Younes Yaboul who lumps the ball out for a goal-kick from eight yards out. You're not meant to keep them out of that goal, Younes.

    Jermain Defoe

    Dan Barnes: Jermain Defoe scores goals.

    Chris Lutton: Typical Defoe goal. He needs to be playing regularly, if not for Spurs' sake then for England's.

    Adewumi David: Spurs should be winning this comfortably. 5-0 for me.

  61. 2029: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Tromso

    That is Jermain Defoe's third goal of the season - but they have all come in the Europa League. The 30-year-old is making only his second start of the season (having come on as a substitute in three Premier League games).

  62. 2028: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Tromso

    Bradley Allen, academy coach at Tottenham Hotspur, on BBC London 94.9: "That was Jermain Defoe at his very best. Explosive movement and always knew there would be a ball through for him.

    "And it was the most delicate of finishes, just lifting it over the keeper. Spurs are ahead, and Defoe is looking sharp. He is at the stage of his career where he just wants to be playing football. He has scored goals throughout his career."

    Listen to live radio commentary of Tottenham v Tromso right now.

  63. 2026: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Tromso - Jermain Defoe (21 mins)

    That is a wonderful goal by Jermain Defoe as he dinks it over the oncoming Marcus Sahlman. He was set up by Erik Lamela, who is making his first start for Spurs.

    I love a chipped goal. Brilliant stuff.

  64. 2025: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Tromso

    Sandro picks out Gylfi Sigurdsson in the penalty area but the Tottenham man's shot is easily saved by Marcus Sahlman.

  65. 2023: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Tromso

    Tottenham could perhaps be a bit more daring in terms of trying to pick a final pass - they seem happy to pass the ball around in midfield. As I write that, Mousa Dembele fires one over from 25 yards out.

  66. 2021: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Tromso

    Bradley Allen, academy coach at Tottenham Hotspur, on BBC London 94.9: "With the compact nature of the Tromso formation, Spurs have to be very intricate and precise when playing through the middle. Their better moments so far have come from wide."

    Listen to live radio commentary of Tottenham v Tromso right now.

  67. 2020: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Tromso

    Spurs striker Jermain Defoe has a chance and he shoots from an angle as he has done 1,000 times in his career before. Unfortunately for him keeper Marcus Sahlman stands up tall and keeps out his effort.

  68. 2018: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Tromso

    Spurs are knocking on the proverbial door now. Playing most of their stuff within 35 yards of the Tromso goal.

  69. 2015: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Tromso
    Tottenham v Tromso

    Considering the fact that they lose most weekends in Norway, Tromso boss Agnar Christensen will probably be relieved to have got to 10 minutes goalless away to Tottenham.

    Jose Canas Michu

    Ben Ackland: Swansea can win the Europa League...

    Alex Capp: Everyone saying Wigan should win games like Waregem - they finished second in the pro league last season, so they're not that bad a team.

    Snakesevens: Tromso beat Chelsea many many snowy winters ago...

  71. 2010: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Tromso

    Bradley Allen, academy coach at Tottenham Hotspur, on BBC London 94.9: "Danny Rose often supplies crosses and is very positive on the overlap, and it's good to see he's being encouraged to play high and wide up the pitch.

    "It was a good shot then. Spurs will need to use the whole width of the pitch this evening."

    Listen to live radio commentary of Tottenham v Tromso right now.

  72. 2010: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Tromso

    Tromso are in a relegation battle in the Norwegian league. They sit above the relegation play-off zone on goal difference with seven games left of the season.

  73. 2009: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Tromso

    Danny Rose has Spurs' first chance, he takes on two Tromso defenders in some style down the left but his shot is saved by keeper Marcus Sahlman.

  74. 2005: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 0-0 Tromso

    We are under way at White Hart Lane.


    How will Tottenham get on against Tromso? Can Swansea win the Europa League?

    Let us know your thoughts on these topics or anything Europa League related on Twitter (#bbcfootball) or via text (81111 - UK only).

  76. 2003: 
    Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)
  77. 2002: 
    Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, speaking to ITV4: "We have a squad that's strong in depth so it allows us to give some opportunities to players that have trained well. The squad still looks strong and the main focus is to get the three points we need for a good start.

    "(Erik Lamela) trained for consecutive days for us and it was important for his link up with his colleagues. Most Spurs fans know him from what he did at Roma.

    "We've been getting some good results. Ideally it's always important to start well, we want to get our focus right and get three points."

  78. 1958: 
    Ludogorets Razgrad

    PSV have been beaten at home by Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria, a side only formed in 2001, and making their debut in the Europa League. The 1988 European Cup winners were handed a shock 2-0 home defeat.

    Danes Esbjerg have won 2-1 in Standard Liege. Mujangi Bia levelled in the 74th minute but Mushaga Bakenga scored the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

    In Wigan's group, Rubin Kazan scored two goals in injury time through Rondon and Aleksandr Ryazantsev to emerge as convincing 5-2 winners in the end over Maribor.

  79. 1956: 

    Bad news for all you Pandurii Targu fans out there - a 1-0 home defeat by Dnipro tonight. Will need to do better against Pacos Ferreira and Fiorentina.

  80. 1955: 
    Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)
    Josh Pritchard

    Tottenham are lining up against a British player tonight.

    In Tromso's squad is Stockport-born Welshman Josh Pritchard, a 20-year-old midfielder on loan from Fulham.

    "All the young English players want to do is play football in the Premier League," he tells the Daily Mail. "They need to open their minds, go abroad and discover there's life outside England. There are chances wherever you go."

  81. 1954: 
    Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur academy coach Bradley Allen is summarising for BBC London 94.9: "Tottenham should be able to cope with all their team changes.

    "AVB doesn't feel his side have enough turnaround for his players to recover for the weekend. I think his senior players will play in Cardiff on Sunday. But you would hope with the strength of their squad they will get all three home wins and, if they get 10 points, they will get though this group. They must be favourites to top it."

    Listen to live radio commentary of Tottenham v Tromso right now.

  82. 1953: 
    Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)

    You can listen to online commentary of tonight's game on BBC London 94.9.

  83. 1951: 
    Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)
    Miika Koppinen scores against Chelsea

    Tromso defender Miika Koppinen scored in his last game in England - Rosenborg's 1-1 draw with Chelsea in Jose Mourinho's final game of his first spell in charge of the Blues.

    "The last time I was here in London it was a nice experience for me," says 35-year-old Finn Koppinen.

    "Playing in England is like a dream come true for every footballer. The culture, the atmosphere, the stadiums, it was a nice experience and I hope we can create something like that again.

    "I would love to score against Tottenham. It's going to be difficult. Spurs are one of the best teams in England and they are in the top 20 teams in Europe, but anything is possible."


    Stephen Frid: Wigan's slim hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage surely rested on them getting points from a game like this?

    Jay: What is absolutely ridiculous is that Swansea have 66% possession in an away match in Spain.

    Daniel Woodley: I don't think the Valencia manager will be in his job for much longer. Shocking result. Former European great floundering.

  85. 1950: 
    Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)
    Tottenham training

    Tottenham, who were the first ever winners of the Uefa Cup in 1972, are looking for an improved start to their European campaign after drawing their first three games in the Europa League last term.

    They have never played Norwegians Tromso, a side that lost 7-1 to Chelsea in their last match against English opponents in the 1997 Cup Winners Cup.

  86. 1950: 
    FULL-TIME- Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan pick up a point in their first ever European game. They might have hoped for more but they ended the game under the cosh so a point isn't a bad result.

  87. 1949: 
    FULL-TIME- Valencia 0-3 Swansea

    A wonderful result for Swansea and Michael Laudrup. They might have been playing against 10 men but they have been magnificent tonight, although Valencia have been woefully poor.

    Jonathan de Guzman's spectacular free-kick will live long in the memory of Swansea fans everywhere.

  88. 1947: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    And Ibrahima Conte, who has been lively, now curls just high and wide from 20 yards out. Wigan will surely be happy with a draw now.

  89. 1947: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Zulte Waregem ending this game in the ascendancy. They wanted a penalty when Karel D'Haene thought James Perch blocked his shot with an arm but referee Marcin Borski was not interested. We're in injury time now.

  90. 1944: 
    CLOSE!- Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Zulte Waregem have a huge chance with five minutes left but Chris McCann does brilliant to block Karel D'Haene's close-range shot. A massive goal-saving effort by the Irishman.

  91. 1942: 
    Valencia 0-3 Swansea

    Valencia's fans streaming out at the Mestalla and I don't think they're coming back after 15 minutes this time.


    Chase Kross: Swansea running riot in Spain.

    Daniel Woodley: This Swansea performance is heroic. Fantastic passing side who will go far in this competition.

    Rob Alderman: The last time Valencia saw passing like this on their own ground was probably against Barca! Hats off Swansea.

  93. 1941: 
    Valencia 0-3 Swansea

    Former Swansea and Wales winger Leighton James says on BBC Radio Wales that "Valencia have got off lightly" and suggests they could have been 6-0 behind. He's not wrong.

    If coach Miroslav Djukic was under pressure before tonight (and he was), this won't have helped matters.

  94. 1939: 

    It's turning into a real thriller in Maribor. Substitute Roman Eremenko restored Rubin Kazan's two-goal cushion with a low shot on the turn in the 69th minute. But the Slovenians hit back through another sub Nusmir Fajic four minutes later and it should be an exciting finish.

    There is a potential surprise in the Netherlands as PSV are trailing 2-0 to Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad with strikes from Roman Bezjak and Virgil Misidjan.

  95. 1938: 

    Ten minutes to go in both games. Party time for Swansea but an important period for Wigan - they would like to open their European adventure with a win.

    That Belgian beer tonight will taste a lot sweeter for their travelling fans if they can find a winner.

  96. 1935: 
    Valencia 0-3 Swansea

    But for some reason Alejandro Pozuelo takes it and hits it off the wall. What would De Guzman have had to do with that last free-kick to get a chance to take this one?

  97. 1934: 
    Valencia 0-3 Swansea

    Swansea have another free-kick in Jonathan de Guzman territory...

  98. 1933: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Valencia 0-3 Swansea

    There will be no fifth goal of the season for Michu today, he comes off for Jonjo Shelvey. How many goals at either end can the England Under-21 international be involved in tonight? Just under 15 mintues left.

  99. 1932: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    This picture probably sums up Wigan's game in Bruges.

  100. 1931: 
    Valencia 0-3 Swansea

    Michu has scored four goals in nine appearances this season - no second season syndrome from Swansea's Spaniard.

  101. 1928: 

    Eintracht Frankfurt are cruising on their European return. Constant Djakpa has added a third on 52 minutes while English referee Andre Marriner has now shown a red card to Lucas Orban of Bordeaux after he committed a professional foul on Stefan Aigner.

    Danish side Esbjerg have just taken a 1-0 lead at Standard Liege of Belgium,who have former Bolton and Portsmouth defender Tal Ben Haim in the team. Mick van Buren is the scorer in the 63rd minute.


    Simon Hancock: Incredible that Swansea were in League 2 only 9 years ago and now they are totally outplaying Valencia

    Chris Harvey: This Valencia team is a far cry from the ones that contained the likes of Albiol, Silva, Mata, Villa, Soldado etc...

    Richard Morris: Nobody should be surprised about Swansea beating Valencia. Le Che are fifth from bottom.

  103. 1926: 
    Valencia 0-3 Swansea

    Andres Guardado has a rare chance for Valencia but Michel Vorm touches his effort over the crossbar.

  104. 1925: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Zulte Waregem really make a hash out of clearing a corner and the ball lands to Wigan utility man James Perch, who has a go from 20 yards out. Unfortunately for him, keeper Sammy Bossut is equal to his effort.


    Aled Thomas: One of the best free kicks I've ever seen from De Guzman!

    Pekka Hiekkala: Oh Swanselona. So beautiful.

    Simon Atkins: If Swansea keep playing like this, my £5 bet on them to win the Europa League, may not be more than blind hope...

  106. 1923: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan boss Owen Coyle makes a double change as he attempts to find a breakthrough. Ben Watson comes on for Jordi Gomez and Marc-Antoine Fortune is on for Callum McManaman.

  107. 1922: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Frederic Duplus heads just wide from a Zulte Waregem corner.

  108. 1921: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    It's been a more open second half in Bruges. The 'hosts' are shading it. Habib Habibou headed a chance wide earlier in the second half and then failed to turn home a Jens Naessens cross. Ryan Shotton has had the best chance of the second period for the visitors.

  109. 1918: 
    GOAL- Valencia 0-3 Swansea - Jonathan de Guzman (62 mins)

    This is ridiculously good. Jonathan de Guzman must be 25 yards out when he lines up his free-kick which finds the far top corner. Wonderful effort.

  110. 1918: 
    Valencia 0-2 Swansea

    Valencia's fans had left their seats for the opening of the second half in protest at their struggles on the pitch. I think they were back in time to see Michu put Swansea 2-0 up.

  111. 1914: 
    GOAL- Valencia 0-2 Swansea - Michu (58 mins)

    I said Swansea needed a second goal, and now they have it. Alejandro Pozuelo plays the ball forward for Michu's charging run forward and the Spaniard smashes home past Vicente Guaita.

    That is surely game over - something I did not expect to be saying in Swansea's favour within an hour.

  112. 1914: 
    TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)

    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe makes only his second start of the season as he is named in Andre Villas-Boas's side to face Tromso tonight.

    The England man is currently Spurs' second highest goalscorer in European competition and will lead the line alone.

    Villas-Boas makes six changes from the one that beat Norwich 2-0 on Saturday with starts for Kyle Naughton, Younes Kaboul, Sandro, Erik Lamela and Lewis Holtby.

    It is a first start for Lamela, a £25.7m summer signing from Roma.

  113. 1913: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Valencia v Swansea (1800 BST)

    One of Swansea's six Spaniards, Angel Rangel comes off. Ben Davies comes on to replace his fellow defender.

    Rangel, captain for the night, hands the armband to keeper Michel Vorm.

  114. 1912: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)

    Spurs: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Dawson, Rose, Sandro, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Lamela, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Soldado, Townsend, Eriksen, Kane.

    Tromso: Sahlman, Kristiansen, Fojut, Koppinen, Causevic, Bendiksen, Johansen, Drage, Pritchard, Moldskred, Ondrasek. Subs: Lekstrom, Nystrom, Andersen, Lars Johnsen, Frantzen, Antonsen, Helmke.

    Referee: Livor Kovarik (Czech Rep)

  115. 1911: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan
    Habib Habibou

    Zulte Waregem striker Habib Habibou had an unhappy spell on loan with Leeds United last season making four appearances and failing to find the back of the net.

    In a league game against Lokeren in 2010 the Central African Republic international threw an invading duck off the pitch.

  116. 1911: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Michu is the latest Swansea player to miss the target, the Spaniard blazing over. They really could do with killing this game off now, while they have the chance.

  117. 1909: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Tromso (2005 BST)

    Tottenham give a first start to £25.7m summer signing Erik Lamela, while Jermain Defoe is handed a start up front.

  118. 1908: 
    CLOSE!- Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Are Swansea going to regret missing all these chances? Nathan Dyer does brilliantly down the right and whips the ball in for Wilfried Bony, who misses the target with his close-range header.

  119. 1906: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Press Association journalist Andrew Gwilym: Looks like some Valencia fans have seen enough. The lower section behind their goal, which was packed, is now empty.

  120. 1904: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Alejandro Pozuelo has the first chance of the second half at the Mestalla, but the Swansea player's effort is straight at Vicente Guaita.

  121. 1902: 

    We are going in the second half in Valencia and Bruges.

  122. 1901: 

    My lads, Pandurii Targu, (see 1710) are losing 1-0 at home to Dnipro at half-time. Come on you Pandurii boys.


    Can Swansea see out a famous win in the Mestalla? Will Wigan find a breakthrough in the second half?

    Let us know your thoughts on these topics or anything Europa League related on Twitter (#bbcfootball) or via text (81111 - UK only).

  124. 1856: 

    After these games finish, our focus will switch to White Hart Lane where Tottenham host Tromso.

  125. 1854: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea
    Miroslav Djukic

    There were a few boos for Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic at half-time. The Serb was only named manager this summer but is already under pressure after one win and three defeats in the league.


    Sam Lockley: Don't think I've ever seen the Mestalla as flat as it is now. Credit to Swansea. Playing an absolutely textbook away performance.

    Ross Lawson: Never seen Valencia look as bad as they do tonight. No collectiveness or organisation, and Swansea are all over them.

    Olhewaaley: So good to see Premier League team expressive in their play! Loving European games already...

  127. 1847: 

    We are at half-time in our two featured games. Swansea lead 1-0 in Valencia, while Wigan are goalless against Zulte Waregem.

  128. 1846: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Swansea are still dominant in Valencia and Jonathan de Guzman's right-wing cross is headed wide by Michu. The visitors could do with getting a second goal while they're on top.

    Valencia, even with 10 men, can't be this bad in the second half.

  129. 1845: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Chris McCann loses the ball for Wigan outside the box and Zulte Waregem have a double chance, their first effort is blocked by a defender and Ibrahima Conte's follow up is well saved by Scott Carson.

  130. 1843: 
    Gonzalo Rodriguez

    Rubin Kazan have started their Europa League campaign well by leading 2-1 in Maribor.

    Wigan will take on the pair in Group D action but the Russians got off to a great start with Gokdeniz Karadeniz giving them a 23rd-minute lead before Ivan Marcano added a second four minutes later. But Martin Milec has just pulled one back for Maribor.

    A Gonzalo Rodriguez header has put Fiorentina 1-0 ahead at home to Pacos Ferreira on the half hour. Manchester United loanee Bebe is playing for the visitors.

  131. 1840: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Swansea striker Wilfried Bony loses his marker Ricardo Costa just outside the box but fires his effort wide. The hosts are really struggling to cope with the Ivorian at the Mestalla.

  132. 1838: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Ever Banega's not having one of his best games for Valencia. The creative midfielder, who was at fault for Adil Rami's red card when he lost possession to Wilfried Bony, has now controlled the ball off his own arm.


    Andy Eeles: Bony is an absolute beast!

    John Brown: Spurs could walk to the semi-finals with their second team if there was no Champions League drop-down.

    Frank Mansell: Swansea have a brilliant chance here...

  134. 1837: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan winger James McClean hits the woodwork - except it's his own bar. A cross is whipped in from the left and McClean's header comes off Scott Carson's crossbar. That's probably the closest Zulte Waregem have come.

  135. 1830: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Ridiculous effort from Swansea forward Michu, the ball bounces up high in the arc outside the penalty box and he humps it out for a goal-kick. It would have been one of the great Europa League goals had he scored - but he was never, ever going to.

  136. 1829: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Valencia don't know how to handle Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, Ricardo Costa hauls the Ivory Coast striker down on the halfway line.

  137. 1827: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Injured Wigan striker Grant Holt: Just watching the game - looks very wet out there...

  138. 1826: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Moments after hurting his special area in a clash, Swansea striker Wilfried Bony tries a spectacular acrobatic effort that fails to hit the target. It is all Swansea in Valencia.

  139. 1825: 
    Eintracht Frankfurt  v Bordeaux

    Eintracht Frankfurt have scored the first goal of this year's Europa League proper as Czech striker Vaclav Kadlec converts from a loose ball just four minutes into their match with Bordeaux. Things have now got worse for the French side and they have gone 2-0 down as Marco Russ deflects in Tranquillo Barnetta with just 16 minutes on the clock.

  140. 1824: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan still unable to find a breakthrough in Bruges in their game with Zulte Waregem. If I'm talking about Swansea much more, it's because there is a lot more happening in the Mestalla.

  141. 1822: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea

    Swansea should be 2-0 up, a woeful bit of defending sends Nathan Dyer in but the winger fires wide of Vicente Guaita's post. The Swans in total control now.

  142. 1819: 
    Valencia 0-1 Swansea
    Wilfried Bony

    That is Swansea's 11th goal in the Europa League this season, and Wilfried Bony's fifth in all competitions this term.

  143. 1817: 

    Just before that, Fede Cartabia was taken off 12 minutes into his first Valencia start for Ricardo Costa as part of a tactical reshuffle following Adil Rami's red card.

    Cartabia probably won't be too happy with Rami.

  144. 1814: 
    GOAL- Valencia 0-1 Swansea - Wilfried Bony (14 mins)

    Swansea break at speed and Michu pulls the ball back to Wilfried Bony on the edge of the box, with the £12m summer signing firing home courtesy of a deflection.

    Huge goal for the Swans.


    Suheil Patel: Chance tonight for Nick Powell to get some good experience under his belt...

    UnSimpleSimon: Swansea will win. They should've beaten the Reds and bossed Man Utd for a while.

    Dominic O'Caollai: Swansea need to watch Canales tonight. Brilliant young player with a hell of a left foot.


    Rob in Bristol on 81111 on text: Re 17.19 - Ipswich also played in Europe in 2002 after qualifying through the Fair Play League the season we were relegated. It certainly didn't help our financial situation or league form at the time! Let's hope it does not distract Wigan too much this season.

  147. 1810: 
    RED CARD- Valencia's Adil Rami

    Swansea are going to be playing against 10 men for 80 minutes. Wilfried Bony nips the ball off Ever Banega and he's gone past Adil Rami, who hauls him down.

    The France defender was the last man so had to go and the pressure is on Valencia now.

  148. 1810: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Jordi Gomez has a sniff at goal for Wigan but he appears to panic and it goes over Sammy Bossut's crossbar.

  149. 1808: 
    Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Ibrahima Conte has Zulte Waregem's first real effort after skipping past a man on the edge of the box but his low shot is easily gathered by Wigan keeper Scott Carson.

  150. 1807: 
    Valencia 0-0 Swansea

    Five minutes gone in the Mestalla but neither side have had a real effort yet. Swansea striker Wilfried Bony heads the ball into keeper Vicente Guaita's hands but it wasn't a chance.

  151. 1804: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Zulte Waregem 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan have hit the post in the opening five minutes in Bruges. Emmerson Boyce heads a Latics corner back to James McArthur, who is 20 yards out and hits the outside of the bar.

  152. 1800: 

    We are under way in Valencia and Bruges.

  153. 1759: 
    Zulte Waregem v Wigan (1800 BST)

    The Jan Breydel Stadium is not heaving, if I'm being honest with you - it is 34 miles from Waregem.

  154. 1757: 

    Wigan are not the only side making their debuts in the group stage of European competition tonight, there are three others.

    FC Kuban Krasnodar of Russia travel to Swiss club St Gallen in Group A), CS Pandurii Targu Jiu of Romania are at home to Dnipro in Group E while Chornomorets Odesa of Ukraine travel to Dinamo Zagreb in Group B.

    Fiorentina take on Portuguese side Pacos Ferreira in Group E while 1980 Uefa Cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt return to European competition after a seven-year absence to face 1996 Uefa Cup runners-up Bordeaux of France in Group F.

    Lyon, who only reached the Champions League semi-finals three years ago, travel to Real Betis in Group I.

  155. 1755: 
    Zulte Waregem v Wigan (1800 BST)
    Grant Holt

    Injured Wigan striker Grant Holt on BT Sport: "Obviously there's been a lot of expectation ahead of this and as a group we want to do well as you never know as a player if you're going to get another go at it.

    "We know how many fans have gone over there and how expensive it is to follow football these days, so we're not going to make up the numbers. The manager has put a fantastic squad together and it's one that compete at all levels."

  156. 1753: 
    Valencia v Swansea (1800 BST)
    Michael Laudrup

    Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup does not think the gap between his side and Valencia is that big.

    "We're up against the top team in the group on their home ground so all the pressure is on Valencia," says Laudrup, who has managed in Spain with Getafe.

    "I'm quite confident because... I don't think the gap between the two teams now is that big."

  157. 1747: 
    Zulte Waregem v Wigan (1800 BST)
    Wigan players

    Championship side Wigan are in Belgium for their first ever game in European competition and are set to be backed by over 2,000 supporters for their match against Zulte Waregem.

    The game against a side that lost 4-1 on aggregate to Newcastle United in the 2006-07 Uefa Cup is being played at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges, 34 miles from their home ground, which does not meet Uefa requirements as it has just 6,800 seats.

  158. 1746: 

    Swansea and Valencia are playing at the same time as their other Group A opponents, St Gallen and Kuban Krasnodar.

    And simultaneous to Wigan's game at Zulte Waregem, their Group D rivals, NK Maribor and Rubin Kazan, are in action.

  159. 1745: 
    Valencia v Swansea (1800 BST)
    Pablo Hernandez

    Swansea will be without former Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez tonight because of a hamstring strain.

    "Valencia are a big team, and the matches against Kuban and St Gallen will be very difficult too," the 28-year-old says.

    "But if we can finish first and Valencia second then that would be perfect for me.

    "The Mestalla is a big stadium in Spain, and they have great fans too."


    John in London on 81111 on text: Shelvey to come on, scoring a hat-trick, giving away two penalties, getting sent off, and the match to end 3-2 to the Swans!

  161. 1744: 
    Zulte Waregem v Wigan (1800 BST)
    Ben Watson

    Wigan midfielder Ben Watson, whose goal won the FA Cup in May, says: "It's going to be some journey in this competition, not just geographically, but in terms of what it means to the club, the players and the fans.

    "We want to do ourselves justice and put in some good performances. The group is one we feel we've got a good chance of getting through."

  162. 1739: 
    Zulte Waregem

    Back in 2001, Wigan were in the Second Division but for Zulte Waregem, it's been even more of a rise. That's the year they were founded.

    Zultse VV and KSV Waregem merged to form the new team 12 years ago and last season finished second in the Jupiler League. They lost to PSV Eindhoven in this year's Champions League qualifiers.

  163. 1739:  
    BBC Radio 5 live
    Dave Whelan

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan on 5 live Breakfast earlier today: "It's a great honour to be part of a European game. We've come a long way in 15 or 16 years, from the old Fourth Division to playing in Europe. It's fantastic. It adds enormously to the prestige of this club. We've got to give a good performance, of course, but we've also got to enjoy it.

    "It'll be a tough game against a very good football team. We're representing our home country, so we're up for it and are honoured and delighted to be doing it. We're going to play a minimum of 56 games this season, so we've also enlarged our squad so it's big enough to compete in all the competitions we're in."

  164. 1736: 
    Valencia v Swansea (1800 BST)
    Jonjo Shelvey

    Among five players to drop out of Swansea's starting line-up is Jonjo Shelvey, after his one-man mission to have a hand in all goals possible on Monday.

    The former Liverpool player scored one, assisted the other and helped set up both of the Reds' goals in the 2-2 draw.

    Jordi Amat, Dwight Tiendalli, Jonathan de Guzman, Jose Canas and Alejandro Pozuelo all come in.

  165. 1731: 
    LINE-UPS- Valencia v Swansea (1800 BST)

    Valencia: Guaita, Barragan, Rami, Feghouli, Mathieu, Ever, Javi Fuego, Guardado, Canales, Cartabia, Postiga. Subs: Diego Alves, Jonas, Pabon, Bernat, Alcacer, Ricardo Costa, Parejo.

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Amat, Chico, Tiendalli, De Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Dyer, Michu, Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Shelvey, Lamah, Routledge, Monk, Vazquez, Ben Davies.

    Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)

  166. 1730: 
    Zulte Waregem v Wigan (1800 BST)
    Owen Coyle and Emmerson Boyce

    Wigan Athletic are not underestimating the importance of their Europa League campaign.

    "It presents a great experience for our players and the club," says manager Owen Coyle.

    "The excitement around the whole town has been building. We want to enjoy these experiences, and the only way to do that is to perform well and win the game."

  167. 1728: 

    There's only one Wayne Routledge! - Solo hay un Wayne Routledge! (I bet nobody had ever used that phrase before this)

    Referee, that was a pen! - Arbitro, ¡eso fue penalti!

    A game of two halves - Un partido de dos mitades

    Do you serve pies? - Se sirven pasteles?

  168. 1728: 

    And while BBC Wales' Rob Phillips talks of Swansea's learning curve in Europe, the club have been using their heavy Spanish influence to help fans with any language barriers.

    An audio guide put together with the help of Michu, Chico Flores and Jose Canas could help visiting fans be understood as the action heats up.

  169. 1727: 
    Valencia v Swansea (1800 BST)

    BBC Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips in Valencia: "The steep banks of the magnificent Estadio Mestalla illustrate perfectly the learning curve which Swansea City have negotiated in Europe. They take another huge step forward tonight in one of Europe's most evocative stadiums.

    "Valencia are Spain's third-biggest club, have the pedigree of two Champions League finals and are top seeds in Group A.

    "Yet the Swans travel in expectation rather than hope. Valencia - undoubtedly European aristocrats - have hit on hard times financially and on the pitch have lost their last three La Liga games.

    "The Swans, who include seven Spaniards, have the confidence, ability and know-how to master the Mestalla and make a strong start to the group."

  170. 1727: 
    Valencia v Swansea (1800 BST)

    Swansea have more Spaniards in their starting line-up than Valencia. The Swans field six, while the hosts have only four. No Welsh players in Valencia's starting line-up (although neither do Swansea).


    James Stevenson: As well as achieving Champions League qualification it should definitely be Spurs' aim to win the Europe League this season.

    Rob Kershaw: I want Wigan to win just for beating Man City in the FA Cup.

    Joe Thomson: After Chelsea's loss yesterday, surely they, yet again, represent Britain's best chance of winning the Europa League?

  172. 1722: 
    Wigan with FA Cup

    Wigan qualified automatically for the group stages thanks to their FA Cup win over Manchester City.

    Swansea's League Cup victory over Bradford City saw them through - although they have had to beat Malmo and Petrolul Ploiesti in the qualifiers.

    Tottenham's fifth-placed finish in the Premier League saw them into the Europa League play-offs, where they hammered Dinamo Tbilisi 8-0 on aggregate.

  173. 1721: 

    Gretna, then of the Scottish First Division, also played in Europe, losing 7-3 to Derry City on aggregate in the Uefa Cup second qualifying round in 2006.

    And of course, who can forget Vaduz, who play in the Swiss second tier, but compete in Europe most seasons by winning the Liechtenstein Cup?

  174. 1719: 
    Stephen Caldwell and Hugo Viana

    Wigan join a somewhat exclusive club of Football League sides to play in Europe.

    In recent years, Championship sides Millwall and Birmingham City have also played in Europe.

    The Lions, who lost the 2004 FA Cup final to Manchester United, went out in the first round of the Europa League to Ferencvaros (4-2 on aggregate).

    Blues got through the play-off buts went out in the group stages in 2011 after entering the tournament as League Cup winners.

  175. 1717: 
    LINE-UPS- Zulte Waregem v Wigan (1800 BST)

    Zulte Waregem: Bossut, De Fauw, Conte, Malanda, Duplus, D'Haene, Hazard, Kums, Skulason, Habibou, Naessens. Subs: Bruzzese, Verboom, Sylla, N'Diaye, Caceres, Tarfi, Bongonda.

    Wigan: Carson, Shotton, Boyce, Perch, Crainey, McArthur, McCann, McManaman, Gomez, McClean, Powell. Subs: Nicholls, Watson, Espinoza, Garcia, Dicko, Fortune, Buxton.

    Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)

  176. 1716: 
    TEAM NEWS- Zulte-Waregem v Wigan (1800 BST)
    Ryan Shotton

    Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle hands a debut to Ryan Shotton and a first start to Nick Powell for his side's first foray into European football against Belgium's Zulte Waregem.

    In total, Coyle has made seven changes to the side which lost at Leicester on Saturday. Joining Shotton and Powell in the starting 11 are Stephen Crainey, James McArthur, Chris McCann, Callum McManaman and James McClean.

    For their hosts, the younger brother of Chelsea's Eden Hazard - Thorgan - is in the starting line-up.

  177. 1714: 
    TEAM NEWS- Valencia v Swansea (1800 BST)
    Ashley Williams

    An ankle injury rules out Swansea skipper Ashley Williams from their clash against Valencia, but Wilfried Bony has recovered from the rib injury he suffered in Monday's 2-2 Premier League draw against Liverpool.

    Valencia make nine starting line-up changes from their 3-1 La Liga defeat by Real Betis with only defender Jeremy Mathieu and striker Helder Postiga retained by Serbian boss Miroslav Djukic.

  178. 1710: 

    We will of course be keeping you up to date with the best of the games not involving British teams in the Europa League tonight.

    As well as big names like Lazio and PSV in action, there are some more obscure sides - like Pandurii Targu (Romania), Estoril Praia (Portugal) and Kuban Krasnodar (Russia) - all playing tonight.

    Got to love Pandurii Targu.

    You can follow all the latest scores on the Videprinter.

  179. 1709: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Zulte Waregem v Wigan (1800 BST)

    Ryan Shotton makes his debut for Wigan following his loan switch from Stoke City.

  180. 1708: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Valencia v Swansea (1800 BST)

    Record signing Wilfried Bony starts for Swansea, as Valencia make nine changes to their starting line-up.


    Can Swansea cause a surprise in Valencia tonight? Will Michael Laudrup's time in Spain, in charge of Getafe, come in useful?

    How will Wigan cope with handling the Championship and Europa League this season? Can they qualify from the group stages?

    And Tottenham face Tromso later - are the Londoners challengers to win the cup?

    Let us know your thoughts, on Twitter using #bbcfootball, or text us at 81111 (UK only) - and tell us your name if you text in.

  182. 1703: 

    No dramatic rise from the bottom for Tottenham, probably Britain's best hope of winning the tournament, who face Tromso at 2005 BST.

  183. 1701: 

    Surely Swansea are the only rags to riches story representing English (and Welsh) football tonight?

    Well no, on the opening day of the Division Two (now League One) season in 2000-01, the Swans played out a goalless draw with Wigan.

    This evening (also at 1800 BST), the Latics make their European debut away to Belgians Zulte Waregem.

  184. 1700: 
    Swansea celebrate

    Cast your mind back 14 seasons if you can. Swansea City were in the bottom tier of English professional football, Division Three. Julian Alsop and Richard Appleby were in the team as they went on to win promotion.

    Valencia meanwhile were dazzling their way to the Champions League final, with Gaizka Mendieta and Claudio Lopez causing problems for Europe's elite.

    At 1800 BST the two meet in the Europa League Group A.

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