Europa League: Tottenham v Sheriff latest updates

Live text commentary as Spurs progress to the last 32 of the Europa League after a draw for Swansea and a defeat for Wigan.

7 November 2013 Last updated at 22:33

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  1. 2229: 

    AVB's happy then, Erik Lamela's happy, Jermain Defoe's happy - everyone's happy at White Hart Lane.

    That's our cue to call it a night. Thanks as ever for your contributions, the away day chat was a belter. See you Saturday. Over and out.

  2. 2227: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol
    Andre Villas-Boas

    Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas: "We upped the tempo in the second half, had more penetration and put more crosses in. It is a pity that we conceded a goal in our best period as I thought we could go on and score more goals. But credit to Sheriff, they had chances too. We are pleased to be through.

    "Erik Lamela, we had been waiting for him to have a game like this. We are particularly happy for him. He is very creative, has no fear to take on his man and beat him. It can only help in his confidence.

    "It is a great pleasure for us to get through as soon as possible. We now want to ensure that we finish top so we can play the second leg at home."

  3. 2222: 

    Eight teams through to the last 32 - 24 spaces up for grabs.

    To clarify, the top two teams from each Europa League group go through, and are joined by the eight sides which finish third in their Champions League groups.

  4. 2220: 

    Infostrada Sports: Legia Warszawa (#europaleague) and Austria Wien (CL) are the only teams of all 80 clubs who have not yet scored a goal in CL+EL this season.

  5. 2219: 
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    Danny Howell: We must be getting better. I only yelled at the TV once.

    Josh Mellor: After tonight Lamela definitely needs to be playing on the right in the PL with Townsend putting in crosses from the left.

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    Anonymous on text: RE John Brown [2151] what is happening at Spurs? Signing overrated, overpriced players (Soldado cost more than Negredo!), and not even comfortably beating Sheriff in the Europa League. Ajax, Dutch league title contenders and in the Champions League! Strange move.

    Henry via text: Wooo, spurs through!! I'm thrilled!! Muck about travelling all over the place only to get beaten by a team that drops down from champs league!!! Gotta love Europa!!!

  7. 2209: 
    WHO'S THROUGH

    Eight sides have now booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Here's who has made it:

    Group A: Valencia B: Ludogorets C: Salzburg, Esbjerg D: Rubin Kazan E: Fiorentina, Dnipro K: Tottenham

  8. 2208: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE FULL-TIME

    Genk closed in on a place in the final 32 with a 2-2 draw with Rapid Vienna, while Dynamo Kiev, who sit second in Group G, beat FC Thun 2-0 despite playing over 70 minutes with just 10 men. Slovan Liberec earned a 1-1 in Sevilla after David Pagelka cancelled out Diego Perotti's early goal.

    In the other game in Group H Estoril were unable to take advantage of Freiburg being reduced to nine men and the game finished goalless. Real Betis top Group I after their late win over Vitoria Guimaraes. The Spanish side scored in injury time to take their points tally to eight, while Lyon were held 1-1 at HNK Rijeka.Trabzonspor and Lazio both won in Group J beating Legia Warsaw and Apollon Limassol respectively.

  9. 2207: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol
    Jermain Defoe

    Tottenham goalscorer Jermain Defoe: "It was a frustrating night as they camped in and gave us no space in behind. I had to stay patient and I am delighted to score the goal and take the European scoring record. What an opportunity to do it, I was confident with the penalty.

    "I saw Martin Chivers at half-time, he said to me to keep going and I would get the record. He's a legend.

    "Erik Lamela was fantastic tonight. He is strong, good on the ball and it is difficult when you come into a club at a young age. But he made things happen for us, I'm delighted for him."

  10. 2159: 
    JOB DONE
    Tottenham

    Tottenham are through, and need two points from their remaining games against Tromso and Anzhi to ensure top spot. One will probably do it, unless Russians Anzhi go goal mad.

  11. 2156: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

    That's that and Spurs are into the last 32.

  12. 2151: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Ah, should be three! Harry Kane's low shot is only spilled out by Vjekoslav Tomic, fellow sub Lewis Holtby slides in to meet the ball but Tomic makes a sharp second stop to keep it out.

  13. 2151: 
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    John Brown: RE Anthony [2142]: Eriksen said he was very excited about what was happening at Spurs and said he wanted to play in England. That's why.

  14. 2150: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Sheriff win a corner and send on a late sub, Jhulliam on for Luvannor Henrique. Brad Friedel punches the corner clear and the danger has passed.

  15. 2146: 
    FINAL FIVE- Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Erik Lamela is really enjoying himself now, beating men off both feet, drifting cleverly into space, allowing Kyle Walker to get forwards all the time down that right. It's still only 2-1 though as we tick into the final five...

  16. 2143: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Christian Eriksen - who has had a good second half - is replaced with 10 minutes left. Lewis Holtby takes his place.

  17. 2142: 
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    Erik Lamela

    Anthony Vaughan: Can't understand why Eriksen moved to Spurs could have stayed @ Ajax and played in the CL @ Spurs he's not going to win anything.

    Martin Ratcliffe: Criticised Defoe earlier but have to congratulate him on becoming our all-time top goalscorer in Europe. Great achievment.

    Mike Hunkin: Scored one and won a pen just what Lamela needed, he's played well tonight and that goal should help him settle in

  18. 2139: 
    ACROBATIC EFFORT- Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Spurs have been much brighter in attack since they opened the scoring and Christian Eriksen has been at the heart of most of it - his right-wing cross is a cracker, fizzed in at real pace, Paulinho arrives on it with a surging run but he can't keep his volley down, smashing into the stand.

    Paulinho then gets into the box again, meeting Kyle Walker's cross with a scissor kick that Mark Hughes would admire, but again his effort is over the top.

  19. 2137:  
    BBC Radio LondonTottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen: "They will go for it now and Sheriff will commit players forward and go for the equaliser and Spurs, who should have been clear in this one, may face a lot of defending."

  20. 2136: 
    Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Maybe it won't be a comfortable last 20 minutes for Spurs then. They are still thoroughly dominant in terms of possession, but a third goal is now needed to settle any late nerves.

  21. 2134: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff Tiraspol - Ismail Isa (72 mins)

    Tottenham have conceded a goal in the Europa League! Finally. It comes out of nothing really, Cadu letting off a powerful shot from 20 yards which Brad Friedel seems to miscalculate, he can only pat the ball down into the danger zone and Ismail Isa arrives first to prod in the loose ball.

  22. 2133: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    That's seven goals in the Europa League this season for Jermain Defoe. In all honesty he's hardly seen the ball but he's scored and that's all that matters.

    We are into the last 20 minutes and Spurs are on their way to the knockout phase.

  23. 2131: 
    SHOWBOAT- Tottenham 2-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    They're all coming out now - Erik Lamela beating a man down the right with a marvellous bit of skill. Confidence soaring...

  24. 2130: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 Sheriff Tiraspol - Jermain Defoe (Pen 67 mins)

    Club record for Jermain Defoe, who is now Tottenham's record goalscorer in Europe. His 23rd goal in Europe comes in emphatic style, smashing the penalty into the roof of the net.

  25. 2128: 
    PENALTY TO SPURS- Tottenham 1-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    That really is special! Slaloming run from Erik Lamela as he drives at the heart of the Sheriff defence, beating three men with a superb couple of touches and going down after a clumsy challenge from Djibril Paye.

  26. 2127:  
    BBC Radio LondonTottenham 1-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen: "That is probably just rewards for Lamela's performance tonight, he has probably been the most positive player. The keeper wasn't quite in the right position there and Spurs will be thankful of that. It's perhaps harsh on Sheriff because they have just started to come in to the game."

  27. 2125: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    More sharp work from Erik Lamela sees him burrow past two defenders to get into the box, Jermain Defoe gets in the mix and flashes a snap-shot away but for the umpteenth time tonight there's a Moldovan defender in the way.

  28. 2122: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Sheriff Tiraspol - Erik Lamela (60 mins)

    There it is! Spurs get the breakthrough, and it's a first goal for record signing Erik Lamela! He starts the move, cutting in from the right before finding Christian Eriksen in the D. Eriksen flips a pass over the top for Paulinho, a defender gets a head on to it an dLamela follows in to lash home on the bounce from 10 yards. Really good, clean connection and he is up and running...

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    Steve in West Yorkshire: Bale still gets mentioned more than any other player when Spurs play. Lets forget him please, the summer transfer saga was quite enough about him.

    Blue, a Spurs fan: Please can everyone stop smacking on about Bale, every time a Spurs match is on, Bale is spoken like a saviour. He has moved on, Spurs fan's have moved on. Celebrate the team not the individual.

    Neil from Ilfracombe: Why does the manager not see we need WIDTH? Swap Lamela to the left, stop cutting inside. Is this too old fashioned? I think not.

  30. 2120: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Etienne Capoue's comeback has lasted 58 minutes, he gets a healthy reception from the White Hart Lane crowd as Paulinho comes on in his place. Can the Brazilian sniff out an opening?

  31. 2118: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Christian Eriksen! Fine effort from the Dane, a dipping strike from 25 yards which forces Vjekoslav Tomic into a top-class save. That was much better from Spurs, can they now go on?

  32. 2116: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Etienne Capoue tries to thread a pass through and it is cut out, and Sheriff then counter-attack well, with Luvannor Henrique turning sharply inside the penalty area and shooting low, easy save for Brad Friedel though. That's 10 minutes of the second half gone...

  33. 2115: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    That is impressively dreadful from Sheriff's Marcel Metoua. He takes a free-kick quickly from the left wing, and hammers the ball cleanly out of play on the far side. The fact that is a highlight of the last five minutes tells its own tale.

  34. 2111: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Christian Eriksen puts in a testing early cross which the stretching Sheriff defence hook away. Spurs keen to get an early goal.

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    Mark Lynch: Another game where we badly need a left footer on the left. Both Naughton and Gylfi coming inside constantly.

    Harvey Brimicombe: Can no one cross the ball in this #Tottenham game? Haven't seen one decent delivery. Awful wing play.

    Martin Ratcliffe: Reason why Defoe doesn't play in the league is simple. Offers nothing at all when teams sit deep. Has he touched the ball?

  36. 2107: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    No changes for Spurs at the break, and Jermain Defoe gets the second half back under way...

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    Alistair White: Can't complain too much about our season but Spurs need to head down the line and put some balls into the box! Mix it up a bit.

    James Keeling: I remember the good old days when the Europa League was the Uefa Cup and it was actually an exciting knock-out competition!

    Shohidur Rahman: Can't believe Spurs haven't scored yet, it's only Sheriff. They really do have problems scoring goals.

  38. 2102: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE HALF-TIME UPDATE
    Lazio celebrate

    Sergio Floccari has scored twice for Lazio in their Group J match at home to Apollon Limassol but Fotis Papoulis pulled a goal back just before the break to trail just 2-1. It's 1-1 between HNK Rijeka and Lyon in Group I and Sevilla lead Slovan Liberec 1-0. Group G is the only game with goals in both games as 10-man Dynamo Kiev still lead FC Thun and Rapid Vienna have come from 1-0 down to lead Genk 2-1.

  39. 2056: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Aaron Lennon, Roberto Soldado, Lewis Holtby and Harry Kane are all on the bench for Spurs tonight. Do they need to make a change? If so, who would you bring on? And no, it can't be Gareth Bale.

    Group K

    Spurs still well in control in Group K as it stands.

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    Jon Spurs fan in Eastleigh: Our players look great until we get about 25 yards out and then the old "concrete shoes" come into effect. Passing and first touch around the opposition area has been woeful.

    Sam in Tonbridge: Listening to the commentary it sounds Lamela is playing incredibly. Give him time and he will be as good as Bale was!

  41. 2052: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol
  42. 2051: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    He's barely been involved all night - but there's the chance for Jermain Defoe! Gylfi Sigurddson puts in an early cross from the right, it nicks up off a defender's foot and loops up for Defoe unmarked six yards out - but he misses his kick.

    Sheriff then have a tentative penalty shout waved away right at the end as Ismail Isa goes down under a challenge from Younes Kaboul.

  43. 2049: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    More positive play from Erik Lamela who has come out to wide on the left now. He dribbles past two men and puts in a low cross/shot which deflects off the heel of a defender and strikes the base of the post. Goalkeeper Vjekoslav Tomic had that one covered I think. Almost half-time.

  44. 2044: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    The first signs of frustration from some of the Spurs support as another lengthy spell of play comes to nothing, Kyle Walker's cross from the right well cut out. Having said that there is then a rousing rendition of 'When the Spurs go marching in'. The first goal is crucial here.

  45. 2041: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    Dynamo Kiev have taken the lead away at FC Thun despite already being reduced to 10 men. Striker Dieumerci Mbokani was given his first yellow card on 17 minutes and the red followed just a minute later but they have taken the lead through an own goal from Lukas Schenkel. Genk are also leading in Rapid Vienna thanks to a penalty from Kara Mbodj. Elsewhere Sevilla lead Slovan Liberec 1-0, Lazio are 1-0 up against Apollon Limassol.

  46. 2039: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Into the last 10 minutes of the first half then, and the two clearest chances have both fallen to Sheriff. Despite that, it's been all Spurs...

  47. 2034: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Who wants it? Erik Lamela does, as he has two snap shots in the space of 30 seconds. His first is a wonderful connection on his left foot, clean as you like, but a fine block from Miral Samardzic clears the ball away. Lamela then shoots again but once more it is blocked away for a corner.

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    Erik Lamela

    Harry Hopwood: Lamela looks bright this evening, a sign of things to come! People need to remember he is still young and settling.

    Mike Gregson: Don't think I've ever wanted a player to come good more that Lamela. Could be everything Spurs need.

    Adam Smith: Lamela is looking a real threat tonight, hoping to see his real talent.

  49. 2033: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Another big chance for Sheriff! Christian Eriksen gifts the ball away just outside their own penalty area and Ricardinho drags his shot wide from 20 yards. You simply have to hit the target from there.

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    Nick in Llandudno: My Spurs 11 would be, Lloris, Walker, Dawson and Vertonghen, Paulinho and Sandro as a defensive midfield partnership, Townsend and Lennon on the wings, Eriksen playing behind a front two of Soldado and Defoe. Would be good to see, definite goals there!

    Dean in Huddersfield: Vlad Chiriches is the same. 6 in PL, 12 in Europa League. Andy Carroll was the same when he first moved to Liverpool. 9 in PL, 29 in Europa League. In each occasion, it's because someone else was registered with UEFA for each of those numbers for European competition (Torres 9 at Liverpool, Caulker 6 and Bale 11 at Spurs).

  51. 2030: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Erik Lamela gives the ball away and all of a sudden Sheriff are in! Ricardinho turns away well and plays in Ismail Isa, his shot takes a deflection off the shins of Younes Kaboul and hits the near post! Talk about against the run of play, check out the possession stats for the opening 24 minutes...

    Stats
  52. 2026: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    He's certainly seeing plenty of the ball in the early stages, and Erik Lamela has a good shout for a penalty now. He picks it up on the right wing, runs at the Sheriff defence, throws in a lollipop or two and goes down in instalments. It's a very clumsy challenge from the Tax man's favourite left-back Djibril PAYE - but referee Kenn Hansen is having none of it...

  53. 2021: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    You're quite right Buddman, Erik Lamela is wearing number 33 tonight. He's 11 in the Premier League but I think he may have originally been registered as 33 for that competition as well. I don't know, someone with a big folder in Switzerland and a red pen will have a reason for it. Anyway, back on the pitch there's more nice approach play from Spurs but no real threat.

    Sound familiar? They're all mouth and no trousers this Tottenham side, and Jermain Defoe has been a spectator so far.

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    From Buddman via text: Is Lamela the only player to wear to different squad numbers in a season? Sure he's no 11 in PL and 33 in Europa?

    Lee in Hove: I'm sure we would all love to see Spurs score a few tonight and fingers crossed we will. Let's qualify in style COYS.

  55. 2017:  
    BBC Radio LondonTottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen: "A powerful turn from Erik Lamela to set that chance up and that's what Spurs have in abundance throughout this side. Quality in that final third."

  56. 2015: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    I was at Everton on Sunday where Tottenham were superb in the opening 20 minutes. They are at it again here. picking up some lovely stuff in the middle third. Christian Eriksen is again involved with a deft touch to tee up Etienne Capoue, and the midfielder drives in a low shot past the far corner. Tottenham will score soon surely, and it will probably be a cracker...

  57. 2014: 
    FULL-TIME ROUND-UP

    There was no shock in Romania as Fiorentina scored twice in the last four minutes to come from behind to beat Pandurii Targu-Jiu in Group E. Matos Santos-Ryder scored the equaliser before Borja Valero scored in injury time to top the group. FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk also secured their place into the final 32 win a 2-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira. Eintracht Frankfurt are also through from Group E despite losing 4-2 at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Red Bull Salzburg kept up their 100% record in Group C with a 3-1 win on Standard Liege and second placed Esbjerg are also through following their 1-0 win over Elfsborg. Ludogorets Razgrad also secured their place in the last 32 after their 1-1 draw with Chornomorets Odesa.

  58. 2012: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Mousa Dembele just glides across the turf with that distinctive style, shrugging off a weak challenge in midfield to motor in on goal and let off a low drive from 20 yards, it's flying into the net until Vjekoslav Tomic gets a strong wrist behind the ball and turns it away. Excellent start from Spurs.

  59. 2010: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Erik Lamela gets clattered by a sliding Miral Samardzic, that's a nasty challenge but referee Kenn Hansen doesn't even give a foul! Poor shout from the ref. Positive early intent from Lamela though.

  60. 2009: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    An early sign of what Erik Lamela is all about, the forward collecting a nice lay-off from Christian Eriksen, beating one defender with a Chrissy Waddle-style drop of the shoulder to break into the box but he is stopped in his tracks by a fine recovery tackle.

  61. 2005: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 0-0 Sheriff Tiraspol

    Sheriff forward Ismail Isa kicks us off, and it's game on...

  62. 2002: 
    GET INVOLVED

    After four hours of superb contributions, we are parking the 'away day' travel chat there for the night. To be revisited I'm sure.

    Keep your thoughts coming though via the usual channels as we concentrate on Tottenham for the next few hours. Why are they struggling for goals in the Premier League? What have you made of Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela so far? Who would be your first choice midfield?

  63. 2001: 
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcfootball

    Tundo Akere: THFC can go all the way to the finals, because they have a stronger team now and seem to have the confidence to face opposition.

    Ian Marks: Good decision to leave Hugo out by AVB, he's probably fine but he could do without more controversy.

    Mark Lynch: When he scores we'll hear more media love in for Defoe, but fact is he's never been first choice for Spurs or England.

  64. 2000: 
    JERMAIN MAN- Tottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol (2005 GMT)

    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is hoping to break a record tonight, he is level with Martin Chivers on 22 European goals for Spurs.

    Former England striker Chivers helped Spurs win the Uefa Cup in 1972. Can Defoe deliver? Here come the players...

  65. 1956: 

    Infostrada Sports: Ola Toivonen (PSV) is playing his 34th #europaleague match, equalling the record by Eduardo Salvio (Atletico/Benfica)

    The striker also scored the opening goal against Dinamo Zagreb.

  66. 1956: 
    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY- Tottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol (2005 GMT)

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "We decided to rest Sandro, Andros Townsend and Michael Dawson and we gave Hugo Lloris the extra rest bearing in mind what happened at the weekend. We want to do well in this competition, we have a big squad which allows us to rotate and this is a window of opportunity for players who want to play in the Premier League.

    "Lewis Holtby and Aaron Lennon have grabbed that opportunity by playing well in the Europa League this season."

  67. 1951: 
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    Luke, via text: Took my best mate on a 500 mile round trip from Canterbury to see his Gillingham play Hereford after he got dumped by his girlfriend - Gills won 7-1! Definitely worth the trip! Best mate ever?

    Mark in London: Flew to Munich and rented a car and drove through Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain through to Portugal to watch Germany vs Holland at Euro 2004. And then drove back. Awesome trip.

    Carl in Wiltshire: In 2003, I went with a friend to see Bristol Rovers play a friendly in Clyde. My leg was in plaster at the time and when we returned to Bristol airport less than 24 hours after leaving the rain was torrential. My friend ran to the waiting transport bus forgetting he had my crutches leaving me to hop down the stairs and onto the bus. Friends eh?

  68. 1948: 
    Kuban Krasnodar 1-1 Swansea

    Opta Joe: 4 - Four of the five goals Swansea have conceded in Europe this season (including qualifiers) have come in the final 15 minutes. Napping.

  69. 1945: 
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    Dexter Dreen: Flew To Granada then train to Sevilla to see #Arsenal play in Champs league Got date wrong arrived a day late! And AFC lost 3-1

    Alan Walker: Houston, Texas to Manchester for the weekend for my son's first trip to Old Trafford. Left Friday back Sunday. 10,000mi in 48hrs.

    Freddie Blackett: Real v Spurs '11. Flew to Alicante then drove to Madrid and back to watch Crouch see red and Spurs lose 4-0. Still worth it.

  70. 1942: 
    NEW RECORD
    Brad Friedel

    Brad Friedel becomes the oldest player to have ever played in the Uefa Cup/Europa League tonight, at the grand old age of 42. The previous record holder was FC Twente keeper Sander Boschker, who is still playing after making his debut for the club in 1989! Friedel probably played in the Fairs Cup...

  71. 1938: 
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    Andrew in London: London to Tokyo to see Chelsea in last year's World Club Cup, just after Di Matteo got sacked and then all that way to lose in the Final, sad times!

    Anonymous via text: Longest away trip? 48-hour round trip by coach to see Liverpool v CSKA Moscow in the Super Cup in Monaco in 2005!

    Anonymous via text: Newcastle to Plymouth. On a Monday night. Thank you tv scheduling! Won the championship that night so can't really complain.

  72. 1937: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    PSV Eindhoven have doubled their lead over Dinamo Zagreb in Group B, thanks to a goal from Ola Toivonen and in Group C Standard Liege have pulled a goal back against Red Bull Salzburg so now trail 3-1 while Esbjerg lead Elfsborg 1-0 in the other game. Fiorentina are still trailing 1-0 at Pandurii Targa-Jiu in Group E while the big fight back is on at Maccabi Tel Aviv, where the home side were leading 3-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt. Second-half goals from Srdan Lakic and Alexander Meie, from the penalty spot, means there is now just one goal in it.

  73. 1934: 
    WE LOVE A EUROPA GOAL
    Jermain Defoe

    With the likes of Erik Lamela, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Christian Eriksen and Jermain Defoe on the pitch tonight we may get some goals from Spurs tonight - they have managed 15 in the tournament so far without conceding a solitary strike.

    They could do with bringing that form to the Premier League, where they have only managed nine all season. Feast or famine?

  74. 1932: 

    This 'away day' chat is my favourite of the season. Well done all of you, though some of you need to have a long hard look at some of your life choices. That means you Stephan Hay...

  75. 1928: 
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    Stephan Hay: Drove 421 miles from the Scottish Borders to see my 'English' team Torquay play a home game vs. Lincoln. Match was rained off.

    Aaron Nicholson: Went from Nottingham to Berwick to watch Berwick take on Rangers in the FA cup, didn't know I was going till we hit the motorway.

  76. 1925: 
    Tottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol (2005 GMT)

    'Astonishing' - that's what Andre Villas-Boas made of the criticism of his side's decision to allow goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to play on at Everton on Sunday after being knocked out.

    The Frenchman took a whack from the knee of Romelu Lukaku but was keen to continue and eventually did do so. That led to calls for a change in the rules, but AVB was not a happy man in his news conference yesterday.

    "A medical department and two people who, two years ago, saved the life of a footballer on the pitch have been completely forgotten, poorly treated and badly respected by lots of opinion makers," he said.

    "I stand by the decision I took and I stand by the decision made by my medical staff. They did everything by the book."

    He added that "a couple of people" had chosen to use the incident "as an opportunity to get some publicity", claiming: "They have no experience on the pitch of these situations."

    So there. Lloris has got the night off today though, as Jordan Archer takes his place on the bench.

  77. 1925: 
    LINE-UPS- Tottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol (2005 GMT)

    Spurs: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton, Capoue, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Defoe. Subs: Archer, Lennon, Paulinho, Soldado, Chiriches, Holtby, Kane.

    FC Sheriff: Tomic, Balima, Samardzic, Metoua, Djibril Paye, Djibril Paye, Stanojevic, Cadu, Moyal, Ricardinho, Isa, Luvannor. Subs: Stajila, Furdui, Paireli, Fernando, Celestino William, Celestino William, Pascenco, Jhulliam.

    Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

  78. 1920: 
    Tottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol (2005 GMT)

    Spurs will qualify for the knockout stages with victory tonight, how far can they go? You may recall that last year they got to the quarter-finals before losing on penalties to FC Basel.

  79. 1911: 
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    Anonymous via text: Myself and 4 friends went to see Tottenham play in Seville but our flight got redirected because of storms so we had to divert to Portugal and hire a car. This was ok to go to the game but we got lost on the way from Seville back to Portugal and then started getting low on fuel. We slept 5 of us in the car at some random petrol station till 0700 the next morning when it opened not even knowing if we were in Spain or Portugal.

    Sandy W in Kingston upon Thames: Ok, left Aberdeen by train after league game on a Sat, overnight ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland, then to Oktoberfest in Munich, on to Vienna to see Aberdeen v Austria Vienna in first round of the European cup for best nulnul ever, return (avoiding Oktoberfest this time) to see a league win v Hearts in Edinburgh on the way home to dry out. We drew Liverpool next round, but that's another story!

  80. 1910: 
    Tottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol (2005 GMT)

    Andre Villas-Boas makes nine changes to the Spurs side which drew at Everton as they look to reach the last 32 of the Europa League with two games to spare in the group. Only Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker retain their place, while Etienne Capoue returns for the first time since being carried off injured against Arsenal on 1 September.

  81. 1909: 

    Tottenham Hotspur: FC Sheriff top their domestic league with 11 wins and just one defeat in 14 matches.

  82. 1908: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE UPDATE

    Elsewhere in the early kick-offs PSV Eindhoven have scored the only goal in Group B as they lead Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 thanks to a goal from Adam Maher, while in Group C Red Bull Salzburg have taken a 2-0 lead away at Standard Liege. The shock of the night so far is at Pandurii Targu-Jiu who lead Fiorentina 1-0 thanks to a first half goal from Eric Pereira. Elsewhere Maccabi Tel Aviv are already 3-0 up at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

  83. 1907: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Kuban Krasnodar 1-1 Swansea

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "We conceded a late goal again but the circumstances were completely different from the first game. In the first half we played very good football which was nice to see, it was an open game.

    "The boys are disappointed but I said to them that if we keep playing like this we will have no problems. We were much sharper today than against Cardiff and I feel sorry for the players today. They deserved to win the game but Kuban gave it their all."

  84. 1904: 
    Tottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol (2005 GMT)

    Is tonight the night we see some magic from Erik Lamela?

  85. 1902: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol (2005 GMT)

    Etienne Capoue returns to the Spurs line-up after injury, while Erik Lamela, Jermain Defoe and Brad Friedel all also start.

    Spurs XI: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Naughton; Capoue, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Defoe.

  86. 1856: 
    Group D

    Swansea still on top of their group then but life would have been much easier if that hadn't conceded another soft late goal. Wigan meanwhile remain in second spot in Group D, while Rubin Kazan become the first team to qualify for the next round.

  87. 1854: 
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    Mike Mawson: Herts to Sapporo via Milan & Tokyo - Becks beat Argentina 1-0! Spent night in a natural hot spring before flew home.

    Russell Edge: Did an 18-hour round trip from Dubai - Orlando for a Newcastle pre-season game. We lost 1-0, but Harry Potter land was decent.

  88. 1853: 
    AS IT STANDS

    That late, late goal for Kuban Krasnodar has left Group A very tight indeed. Here's the table as it stands, with St Gallen and Valencia drawing 1-1 at half-time of their 1800 GMT kick-off.

    Group A
  89. 1852:  
    BBC Radio WalesKuban Krasnodar 1-1 Swansea

    Former Swansea and Wales defender Andy Legg: "I am just lost for words, it is just incredible, it is that long ball again but how disappointing is it for Swansea who deserved to win? The first 60 minutes was excellent for Swansea but what is worrying is the number of goals they are conceding at the moment."

  90. 1852: 
    FULL-TIME- Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan
  91. 1850:  
    BBC Radio WalesKuban Krasnodar 1-1 Swansea

    Former Swansea and Wales defender Andy Legg: "That has just spoilt the evening but you have got to give credit to the striker there, he was so brave to take the ball past Michel Vorm. But what a big blow that is to Swansea who have played so well, especially after what happened in the derby on Sunday."

  92. 1850: 
    FULL-TIME- Kuban Krasnodar 1-1 Swansea
  93. 1848: 
    GOAL- Kuban Krasnodar 1-1 Swansea - Ibrahima Balde (90 mins)

    Deja vu all over again for the Swans as they concede a stoppage-time equaliser! Substitute Ibrahima Balde latches on to a flick-on from Ivelin Popov and dinks a brilliant little chip over the body of Michel Vorm! That's four points Swansea have dropped in the last minute of both games with Kuban now.

  94. 1846: 
    CLOSE!- Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    What a chance! Marc-Antoine Fortune has only got to move his head a few inches and he scores, but he instead watches the ball skim over his forehead! Dear oh dear...

  95. 1843: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Into the last few minutes of our 1700 kick-offs...

  96. 1842: 
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    Rob in London: My friend Jacob was on exchange in Melbourne when Fulham reached the Europa League final. He used his final student loan payment to fly to Hamburg and didn't have enough cash in his bank account to buy a bottle of water at the airport when he was finished.

    Steve from Hemel Hempstead: I flew to Auckland from London to watch England beat Scotland in the rugby world cup 2011. Stayed one night and flew back. 44 hours of flying for 80 mins of rugby!

    Bruce from London: I went on a 4-day road trip from Oxford to Hamburg with 2 friends to watch my beloved Fulham in the Europa Cup final. There was a 10 day gap between my penultimate and final fresher exams at uni. I planned to revise on the way. Diego Forlan broke our hearts in the 116th minute and then I missed the flight back to London. Had to book another and walked into my pharmacology exam in my Fulham shirt. Failed that exam.

  97. 1841: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    Maybe that was the moment! Thomas Rogne gets up to meet Roger Espinoza's left-wing cross, it's a brilliant header, but the ball comes back off the angle of post and bar! Very unlucky for the former Celtic man.

  98. 1838: 
    Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    Kazan seem happy enough with their 1-0 lead while Wigan don't appear to possess the quality to do anything about it - substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune gets on the end of another Ryan Shotton throw but can only drive into the side-netting.

  99. 1837:  
    BBC Radio WalesKuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Former Swansea and Wales defender Andy Legg: "In the first hour of this game Swansea were bang at the races. They are under a bit more pressure now but you would expect that because Krasnodar are the home side and if they don't get something out of this game then they are out."

  100. 1835: 
    Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Good news for Swansea as Valencia take the lead against St Gallen. If Valencia and Swansea both win tonight then the Swans are through.

    We are into the last 10...

  101. 1835:  
    BBC Radio WalesKuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Former Swansea and Wales defender Andy Legg: "Xandao could have just cost his team the chance to get something out of this game but I don't like to see what we just have from Alvaro Vazquez. He was rolling around all over the place and then as soon as the red card was shown he jumped up and was fine."

  102. 1831: 
    RED CARD- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea - Xandao (75 mins)

    That may have torn it for the hosts as defender Xandao sees a second yellow card for clattering into Alvaro Vazquez on the halfway line. He didn't need to make that challenge...

  103. 1831: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE LATEST

    There are only two other goals so far in the early kick-offs, despite 12 games now being under way. Both of them have come in Group F, where Bordeaux trail 1-0 at Apoel Nicosia and Maccabi Tel Aviv lead 1-0 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

  104. 1829: 
    CLOSE!- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    He's getting closer! Djibril Cisse almost fires Kuban level again, beating a slipping Ashley Williams to glide into the penalty area before slightly mishitting a bobbling shot back across goal, which has Michel Vorm worried but skips past the post. Can the Swans hang on?

  105. 1828: 
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    Anthony Hall: 26,000 mile round trip from NZ in under a week to watch little Wigan smash city in the cup final! Worth every penny.

    Desmond Heneghen: Driving 650 miles from Glasgow to Norwich in one day to go see Celtic play Norwich in a friendly.

    Hitcho: In 1996 a mate flew from Toronto to watch Darlington at Wembley & spent 24 hours at Paris airport waiting for flight back again.

  106. 1827: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Wilfried Bony's work - which hasn't been much since his goal - is over as he jogs off to be replaced by Alvaro Vazquez.

  107. 1826: 
    CLOSE!- Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    By far and away Wigan's brightest moment as Nick Powell darts off on a jinking, mazy run, beating three men with some superb footwork before firing off a left-footed drive which sails just beyond the top corner. Give the ball to that man as we enter the final 20 minutes.

  108. 1822: 
    Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    It's very scrappy in Kazan, where Wigan still show no signs of troubling the scorers. That £1600 trip for the away fans doesn't look great value right now...

  109. 1819: 
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    Anonymous via text: Travelled from Dagenham to Witton (Twinned with the borough) near Bochum in Germany when they were in the Ryman League to watch a pre-season friendly. Won the game and proceeded to go back to the hotel with the team on the team coach. Away fans in attendance that day... 3!

    Aiden in Bristol: Bristol to Dublin for FAI Cup final. Sligo v Shamrock Rovers, bus to Holyhead and ferry to Dublin, 60 hour round trip with waiting, had to miss the shoot out!

    Melvin in Lanarkshire: Motherwell to Dortmund by bus for a game. And I had the seat on the bus next to the toilet. My trip from Rochdale to Plymouth to see Dale (my English team) was a breeze in comparison.

  110. 1818: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    Wigan now make a change as Nick Powell comes on in place of James Perch. Owen Coyle goes for it.

  111. 1818: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Roland Lamah and Nathan Dyer come off for Swansea, as Wayne Routledge and Angel Rangel come on. We are into the last half hour.

  112. 1815: 
    Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    Wigan utility man Ryan Shotton unleashes his Rory Delap-style long throw into the goal mouth, goalkeeper Sergei Ryzhikov panics and gets nowhere near the ball, but as is so often the case the referee bails him out with a soft free-kick.

  113. 1814: 
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    From Richard in London: My Grandfather followed Oxford United everywhere but a trip to Carlisle was deemed just that bit too far. When he passed away 10 years ago my brother and I travelled to Brunton Park in his honour; 18-hour round trip for a depressingly dull 0-0. No doubt Grandad found it deeply amusing.

    Anonymous via text: Took the train from York to Macclesfield to see Gillingham play. Landslide at Sheffield meant I decided to get a taxi there, which cost £120. Arrived at 3.15 after missing the only goal of the game. At least it was for us...

  114. 1813: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    The crowd hit top gear for the first time al night as Djibril Cisse fires in a smart finish - but he was offside, just going too early to run in behind Jordi Amat. There's a Kuban goal in the air...

  115. 1813:  
    BBC Radio WalesKuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Former Swansea and Wales defender Andy Legg: "No one has under performed today, everyone has played to their maximum and is on their game. The big difference between how Swansea have been playing recently is the passing has been so much crisper and they are much more direct than they have been lately."

  116. 1812: 
    YELLOW CARD- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Swansea defender Dwight Tiendalli goes into the book for a rash challenge in midfield, Michael Laudrup's men are just starting to look rattled. Time for someone to get their foot on the ball.

  117. 1810: 
    Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Ah, Djibril Cisse gets it all wrong again, fluffing his lines to miskick after a good cross from the right opened up the Swans defence. After controlling the opening 10 minutes with ease that was a big scare!

  118. 1807: 
    Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Swansea are keeping the ball superbly in the opening stages. Michael Laudrup has had a word and it's worked, they are monopolising possession.

  119. 1807: 
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    Tom, a long suffering Cambridge Utd fan, from Bristol: Two differing Cambridge Utd away days: a long happy trek from Kings Lynn to Bristol City by bus, train and fan coach, 18 hour effort securing a day bunked off school and a place in the LDV final at the Millennium Stadium. More recently and less happily, from Bristol, where I now live, to a cold, grey, wet Southport last Saturday to see this season's last unbeaten record in English professional football go down. Still six points clear though!

  120. 1806: 
    Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    Half chance for the Latics as Roger Espinoza gets into the area, he cracks off a shot which is well blocked by a flying Kazan defender. Better tempo from Wigan in these early stages.

  121. 1803: 
    KICK-OFF- Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    And Wigan get the ball rolling in Kazan. No Nick Powell for the Latics yet...

  122. 1802: 
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    Mike in Wigan: 4,000 mile overnight flight from USA. Landed 9am the morning of this year's Cup Final. No proper sleep on flight. Mate picked me up and we drove straight to Wembley and then watched my beloved Man City lose! Got back home about midnight and slept forever, in a deep depression!

    James in Carlisle: From Carlisle to Torquay for the FA Cup a couple of years ago - don't know the distance in miles, best to measure it in terms of fractions if a day, roughly 21/24ths....

    A Wigan fan from Aberdeen: 1400 mile round trip by rail, road and boat to watch Wigan in Brugge.

  123. 1801: 
    KICK-OFF- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Back under way in Krasnodar...

  124. 1759: 

    At least Philly to Indy looks a pretty straight run Paul...

    Anyway, back to tonight's action. Can Wigan find a goal?

  125. 1756: 
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    Paul Anderson: Philadelphia to Indianapolis (driving) for an NFL game - 23 hour round trip.

    Chris Riley: Got up at 6am to go from Dover to Reading to play in a uni game in the rain (roughly 125 miles). 2 assists and no regrets.

    Scott Parkinson: Hartlepool Fan, done Bristol Rovers/Exeter/Torquay so far this season still got Pompey and Plymouth yet! lots of miles.

  126. 1753: 

    The lengths we go to for 90 minutes of football is ridiculous when you stop and think about it. The Tuesday nights I've spent in Grimsby, Rotherham, Darlington...

  127. 1752: 
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    Russell Reynolds: I went to Toronto to watch them play the Montreal Impact last month. About 250 away fans, very vocal but lost anyway. #MLS

    Ross Graninger: While living in San Francisco, CA my dad and I flew to Belgium to watch England v Germany in Euro 2000. "And Sheareeeerrrrr!"

    Simon Adams: Spurs v United, from Dundee. 13-hour overnight buses and the game was almost called off due to heavy snow. Cold. Tired. 1-1.

  128. 1749:  
    BBC Radio WalesKuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Former Swansea and Wales defender Andy Legg: "There has been some crisp passing, good movement and Swansea have looked lively. They have looked good from front to back, the only concern is the long direct ball but so far so good."

  129. 1749: 
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcfootball

    Our question about whether there are away fans in the MLS has certainly got some of you talking on Twitter.

    Lewis on life: MLS Away fans - Yes but given some of the ludicrous distances, it's not the norm. NYC to Philadelphia not too bad for example.

    Liam Poss: I have been to a lot of D.C united games, plus a few others including New England Revolution. You might get 30 at most!

    Roger: MLS has away fans at Red Bull Arena and NYRB fans travel in large numbers too when possible. We had about 500 go to Philly.

  130. 1747: 
    HALF-TIME STATS- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea
    Swansea

    It's been a familiar 45 minutes for Swansea, who have bossed the ball so far. Michael Laudrup's men have looked pretty fragile at the back at times though and will want a second goal.

  131. 1747: 
    HALF-TIME- Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan
  132. 1745: 
    HALF-TIME- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea
  133. 1743: 
    Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    When in doubt, put it in the mixer. Wigan go close as a long free-kick is pumped into the goalmouth, Grant Holt goes up with Kazan keeper Sergei Ryzhikov, and he can only pat it down into the box. It's there for the taking but a red Rubin shirt is first to react and clear the lines.

  134. 1742: 
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    Raymond Berg: Three day round trip to watch Spurs 2nd XI lose 2-0 to Shaktar not a highlight. Would do it all again though #COYS

    Gareth Evans: Amazing how Wigan can take 150 to Moscow on a Thursday when they just about took that many to Anfield on a Saturday last season.

  135. 1740: 
    Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Lovely feet from Nathan Dyer as the Swansea winger beats two men for pace before dumping a third on his backside with a clever turn. He looks up and decides to shoot but this time it's an easy save for the Kuban keeper.

  136. 1737: 
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    Michael in Stockport: Over the last several years every trip to Stockport County (my local team) has felt like a long arduous trip.....

    A Man City fan studying at university in Stirling, Scotland: I did the FA Cup final there and back in a day 650 mile round trip...long long day.

    Anonymous, via text: 536 mile round trip from Swindon to Hartlepool, excitement of the first game of the season ... We drew 0-0 and missed a pen!

    Don't forget to put your name and where you are when you text us on 81111

  137. 1735: 
    Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Jonathan De Guzman is stripped of the ball in midfield, with his cries of foul falling on deaf ears, and Kuban work it well to tee up Ivelin Popov 20 yards out, but he shanks his shot wide. Good opening again for 'The Toads'.

  138. 1734: 
    Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan

    Wigan are starting to see more of the ball but they look pretty toothless in attack, Grant Holt's tame header wide of the target their best moment to date.

  139. 1731: 

    A genuine question: Are there away fans at MLS games?

  140. 1731: 
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    Michael Baggs: My darkest days seem to be watching Reading lose in play-off finals. Three so far!

    Joe Magee Billson: The longest trip I ever had to take for a away match was Philadelphia to LA . . . not fun.

  141. 1730: 
    Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    It's a very decent game in Russia, as the hosts pull the Swansea defence from side to side with a flowing move, the ball is cut back from the right flank for Ivelin Popv - but he leans back and skies his shot into the stands. The opening half hour has flown by.

  142. 1727: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Kuban continue to press for an equaliser as Michel Vorm again gets his angles right to keep out a stop before Swansea counter superbly, Nathan Dyer curling an effort from 25 yards which Aleksandr Belenov tips away!

  143. 1724: 
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    From Chris in Bridgend: A 35 mile cycle ride from Bristol to see Newport county versus Forest Green in the FA trophy first round on a November afternoon. The driving rain on the Severn bridge didn't put me off, but the dire 0-0 made me think it should have! It goes without saying that I got the train back.

    Jon in London: Drove from north London to Orly (slightly south of Paris) to catch a cheap flight the next morning to Madrid for a Champions League game. Did it all again the next day on the way back. All for a 4-0 loss, cheers Spurs.

  144. 1724:  
    BBC Radio WalesKuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Former Swansea and Wales defender Andy Legg: "Roland Lamah has got to hit the target from there, he should have done better after all his hard work. He is causing them all sorts of problems and he could have wrapped up the game there, Swansea could be 3-1 up here already."

  145. 1722: 
    GOAL- Rubin Kazan 1-0 Wigan - Oleg Kuzmin (22 mins)

    It's been coming, and Rubin Kazan take the lead. Right-back Oleg Kuzmin steams forward down the flank, he's found by a lofted pass which catches the Wigan defence out, and the defender drills in a shot which goes right through Lee Nicholls.

  146. 1720: 
    CLOSE!- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Roland Lamah has been impressive for Swansea in this opening spell and he has a great chance for a second goal! Alejandro Pozuelo plays him in on goal, his pace takes him clear but his low shot drifts wide of the far corner...

  147. 1719: 
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    From Andy in Manchester: I suspect that the mention of 150 away fans for Wigan is intended as a jibe. To put this into perspective, travel through the club was priced at £1600.00...

    No jibe at all, we salute the 150 who have made the trip - especially on a Thursday night.

  148. 1717: 
    Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Good response from Kuban as Michel Vorm has to save from a Xandao header and Dwight Tiendalli has to clear his lines. Swansea could do with some more possession.

  149. 1715: 

    Chris, that's exactly the sort of trip I was after. A week off to get to Portugal though?

  150. 1715: 
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    Paul Vickers: Seeing England twice in Kyiv for 0-0s v Italy in Euro 2012 then September qualifier against Ukraine were pretty long journeys. I'm living in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, so one way is 12 hours overnight on train. Neither game provided any satisfying entertainment.

    Matthew Brown: Last week's trip to Man United in the Capital One Cup wasn't exactly fun, I got in at 5am after seeing Norwich lose 4-0.

    Chris Albas-Martin: Missed a week of uni to go to Braga in the Europa League only for Nikola Zigic to miss a penalty and ruin it.

  151. 1713: 
    CLOSE!- Rubin Kazan 0-0 Wigan

    The hosts should lead! A cleverly worked corner comes back into the box, and when a low cross from the left squirms across the six-yard box, Bebras Natcho misses his kick altogether. Wigan under the cosh a bit at the minute.

  152. 1712:  
    BBC Radio WalesKuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    Former Swansea and Wales defender Andy Legg: "That was a terrific passage of of play, the movement and passing was excellent. Bony took his chance really well, he composed himself and took his goal well - this is going to be some game."

  153. 1711: 
    Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea

    With Michu out for around a month maybe now is the time for Wilfried Bony to really hit top form up front for the Swans? That was a cracking goal, and Swansea are almost in again with a quick counter from a Kuban set-piece but Roland Lamah is just tackled in time.

  154. 1710: 
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    Wigan fans in Russia

    Liam O'Connor: @LaticsOfficial @EuropaLeague wafc in Moscow yesterday #wafc #wafcinRussia

  155. 1708: 
    GOAL- Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 Swansea - Wilfried Bony (9 mins)

    What a brilliant team goal! Swansea just pass, pass, pass, pass and pass their way through the lines of Kuban, Roland Lamah stepping round the last defender to square the ball from the left, Alejandro Pozuelo can't quite gather it in but Wilfried Bony is primed to slam it home from close range.

  156. 1705: 
    Rubin Kazan 0-0 Wigan

    The home side have made the brighter start in Kazan, with Wigan packing the midfield and leaving Grant Holt up top on his own in the early stages.

  157. 1704: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Kuban Krasnodar 0-0 Swansea

    And now the home side should be ahead, former Liverpool man Djibril Cisse bursting clear of a flat back four, Ian Rush style, to bear down on goal. He has all manner of time, but his shot is poor and Michel Vorm makes a comfortable save.

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    From Dom in Northwich on his longest / darkest day as a football fan: A 5 mile walk to watch Northwich Victoria, in the conference, in the middle of December, only to find the game's called off due to frozen pitch. Long walk back... I felt sorry for the travelling Weymouth fans.

  159. 1701: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Kuban Krasnodar 0-0 Swansea

    Wilfried Bony, with Andy Legg's words ringing in his ears, almost scores in the first minute, powering in a header from Jonathan De Guzman's free-kick, but Aleksandr Belenov gets across to keep his effort out!

  160. 1701:  
    BBC Radio WalesKuban Krasnodar 0-0 Swansea

    Former Swansea defender Andy Legg on BBC Wales: "I think it is a big big match for Swansea, if they get the victory and St Gallen lose then they are virtually there. It is important for them to bounce back too. It is also a big game for Wilfried Bony, I don't think he has played as well as he can so far this season."

  161. 1700: 
    KICK-OFF- Kuban Krasnodar 0-0 Swansea

    We are under way in both games...

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    From Ali in Edinburgh: To be fair Krasnador fans were probably looking at a map with puzzled expressions going where is Swansea?

  163. 1658: 

    Opta Joe:10 - Rubin Kazan are the only team in the Europa League this season to have reached double figures for goals scored (10). Danger.

  164. 1655: 
    Rubin Kazan v Wigan (1700 GMT)

    There's a smattering of Wigan fans huddled together as we approach kick-off, while 1,000 miles down the road Ashley Williams is about to lead out Swansea. All set?

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    Jonathan in South Shields on his longest / darkest day as a football fan: A friend went from York to Plymouth by train midweek as he'd never been to a match there. Left desk at midday and was back at desk at 9.30 following morning. He holds a senior position in public sector so better remain anonymous as he's clearly mad. Match finished 0-0!

  166. 1651: 
    BEST OF THE REST

    Serie A side and Group E leaders Fiorentina could seal their place in the knockout stages tonight if they beat Pandurii Targu-Jiu in Romania while Sevilla could join them if they get three points against Slovan Liberec and Sport-Club Freiburg fail to win against Estoril-Praia in Group H. Ludogorets Razgrad, Red Bull Salzburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, PAOK Salonika and KRC Genk could all also go through if results go their way in their various groups.

  167. 1648: 
    Tottenham v Sheriff Tiraspol (2000 GMT)
    Jermain Defoe

    Our final featured game of the night sees Spurs take on Sheriff Tiraspol from Moldova, where a win for Andre Villas-Boas's side will see them progress.

    Will it be another Jermain Defoe Thursday? The England man has scored six times in the competition already this season and will become the club's leading scorer in European competition with a seventh...

  168. 1646: 
    Rubin Kazan players warm up

    Wigan Athletic: Rubin players are out for their warm up.

    Wigan are expecting 150 away fans tonight...

  169. 1645: 
    WHERE IS KAZAN?- Rubin Kazan v Wigan (1700 GMT)

    Wigan's trip to Kazan meanwhile is some 1,000 miles to the north east of Krasnodar, in the largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan.

    With a population of 1,143,535, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia, and Rubin have some decent pedigree to boast of.

    French midfielder Yann M'Vila was wanted by Everton, QPR and Fulham before heading East in January, and held Wigan to a 1-1 draw in the last round of fixtures.

  170. 1641: 
    WHERE IS KRASNODAR?- Kuban Krasnodar v Swansea (1700 GMT)
    Vladimir Putin

    Any guesses? I know what you're thinking, Swansea's destination tonight is just up from Novorossiysk, near the Black Sea, right?

    That's bang on. It's just under 2,500 miles from the Liberty Stadium, which makes Torquay to Carlisle look like a walk in the park.

    Their most familiar face to Premier League fans is former Liverpool and QPR striker Djibril Cisse, who scored the equaliser against the Swans in a 1-1 draw last month.

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    GET INVOLVED

    In honour of tonight's trips to the former Soviet Union, I want to hear your longest away days as a fan.

    Eight hours in the back of a Transit to watch a 3-0 defeat at Hartlepool? M25 woe on the way to a drubbing at Crystal Palace?

    Let me know your longest, darkest days as a football fan. We've all been there...

    You can text us with your names at 81111 (UK Only) or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

    We'd obviously be particularly keen to hear from any Swansea or Wigan fans out there - send us a picture.

  172. 1637: 
    Rubin Kazan v Wigan (1700 GMT)

    Wigan boss Owen Coyle has made five changes from their weekend win over Huddersfield as Stephen Crainey, James McArthur, Roger Espinoza, James McClean and Grant Holt all come in with Emmerson Boyce, Chris McCann, Jordi Gomez, Nick Powell and Marc-Antoine Fortune dropping to the bench. Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls makes his European debut.

  173. 1637: 
    Kuban Krasnodar v Swansea (1700 GMT)

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup makes seven changes from their defeat at Cardiff City. Michel Vorm, Ashley Williams, Jonathan De Guzman and Nathna Dyer are the survivors from the Welsh derby, while Wilfried Bony replaces the injured Michu in attack.

    Wales left-back Ben Davies has made a quicker than expected recovery from injury to start, with Neil Taylor dropping to the bench.

  174. 1636: 
    LINE-UPS- Rubin Kazan v Wigan (1700 GMT)

    Rubin Kazan: Ryzhikov, Kuzmin, Sharonov, Cesar Navas, Mavinga, M'Vila, Natcho, Eremenko, Torbinsky, Ryazantsev, Mukhametshin. Subs: Berezin, Kulik, Prudnikov, Kisliak, Wakaso, Dzhalilov.

    Wigan: Nicholls, Shotton, Rogne, Barnett, Crainey, McArthur, Perch, Espinoza, McManaman, Holt, McClean. Subs: Pollitt, McCann, Gomez, Boyce, Powell, Garcia, Fortune.

    Referee: Huseyin Gocek (Turkey)

  175. 1636: 
    LINE-UPS- Kuban Krasnodar v Swansea (1700 GMT)

    Kuban Krasnodar: Belenov, Bugaev, Xandao, Dealbert, Kozlov, Melgarejo, Kabore, Tlisov, Popov, Cisse, Khubulov. Subs: Bajcora, Fidler, Zhavnerchik, Ignatiev, Bucur, Bueno, Ibra.

    Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Amat, Williams, Ben Davies, de Guzman, Canas, Dyer, Pozuelo, Lamah, Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Chico, Britton, Routledge, Rangel, Vazquez.

    Referee: Robert Schorgenhofer (Austria)

  176. 1634: 
    Rubin Kazan v Wigan (1700 GMT)

    Chris McKenna reports: "Visiting the south coast usually goes down as a lengthy away trip for Wigan but they have travelled about 2,500 miles to face Rubin Kazan in Russia tonight. The FA Cup winners held the Group D leaders at home and another point tonight would put them in with a real chance of progressing. It may not be doing their Championship form much good, but the Latics would love to see this European road show go on."

  177. 1634: 
    Kuban Krasnodar v Swansea (1700 GMT)

    Bruce Pope reports: "Swansea City travel to Kuban Krasnodar still licking their wounds from last weekend's Premier League defeat to Cardiff City in the Welsh derby. Kuban snatched a late equaliser at the Liberty Stadium in their previous Europa League encounter but Group A leaders Swansea could secure a place in the last 32 with a win in Russia tonight.

    "However, Swansea are without key forward Michu, while Pablo Hernandez, Garry Monk and Jonjo Shelvey are also injured."

  178. 1634: 
    MATCHES OF THE DAY

    FA Cup winners Wigan and Capital One Cup holders Swansea are both in Russia tonight, but they haven't shared a lift.

    Here's the full rundown:

    Rubin Kazan v Wigan Athletic (1700 GMT)

    Kuban Krasnodar v Swansea City 1700 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur v Sheriff Tiraspol (2005 GMT)

  179. 1630: 
    Russia flag

    Добрый день!

    That's good afternoon for any non-Russian speakers out there, as our Europa League action takes a distinctly eastern feel.

    If you know your Rubin from your Kuban, your Kazan from your Krasnodar and your Kurban Berdyev from your Viktor Goncharenko then the next few hours are going to fly by.

    Like Rocky Balboa mourning the death of Apollo Creed, it's time to take the Russians on their own turf...

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