Europa League - as it happened

Tottenham comfortably defeat Anzhi in the Europa League after Swansea go through but Wigan are out following defeat to Maribor.

12 December 2013 Last updated at 16:57

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  1. 2231: 

    That is your lot from the Europa League tonight and indeed this year. Time to get our heads down and sort the wheat from the chaff with some serious seasonal match-ups over the coming weeks.

    Manchester City v Arsenal and Tottenham v Liverpool will be coming at you on BBC Radio 5 live and on these pages this weekend.

    You wouldn't want to miss either. Catch you there.

  2. 2225: 
    Tottenham midfielder SandroTottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Congratulations guys... Beautiful game tonight... Soldadooo oooo, Soldadoo oooo..."

  3. 2224: 
    Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala
    Anzhi fan

    Stuck for a Christmas present for the person in your life who has everything? Search no longer and get them kitted out Anzhi-ultra style. I can't promise that yetis were not harmed in the making of this outlandish fashion statement.

  4. 2220: 

    Tottenham and Swansea are in the different halves of Monday's round-of-32 draw.

    As group winners, Spurs will face one of: Ajax, Juve, Porto, Viktoria Plzen, FC Chornomorets Odesa, Esbjerg fB, Maribor, Dnipro Donetsk, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dynamo Kiev, Slovan Liberec, Real Betis, Lazio or PAOK Salonika.

    As runners up, Swansea will face one of: Napoli, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad, Red Bull Salzburg, Rubin Kazan, Fiorentina, Eintracht Frankfurt, KRC Genk, Sevilla, Lyon, Trabzonspor or AZ Alkmaar.

    Remember, the first legs will be played on 20 February.

  5. 2218: 
    MATCH FACTS- Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala
    Match facts

    A bit of a coconut shy of a game, but when your big-money striker scores a much-needed hat-trick they all count.

  6. 2213: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala
    Lewis Holtby

    Tottenham goalscorer Lewis Holtby: "I think it's important to keep the winning streak going, we scored four goals as well, for everyone it was good game out and confidence is rising."

  7. 2211: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala
    Andros Townsend

    Tottenham winger Andros Townsend: "Everyone's confidence is high, all 22 players, we made changes tonight and we won 4-1 so it bodes well for the busy Christmas period. Everyone is delighted for Roberto Soldado, he's not scored as many goals as he would like so hopefully he can go on and show everyone what a quality striker he is."

  8. 2202: 

    For those looking for their next Europa League fix, the draw for the next phase is on Monday with the round of 32 set to begin on 20 February.

    That means Andre Villas-Boas and Michael Laudrup have a 70-day wait to steer their teams again in Europe. Or for those with a real attention to detail, that makes it roughly 1658 hours, 99,480 minutes and 5,968,800 seconds until the next match day.

  9. 2201: 

    Lyon, who have won 2-1 at Vitoria de Guimaraes, and Betis progress from Group I and Liberec qualify behind Sevilla in Group H after the Spaniards win 2-0 at SC Freiburg.

    Dynamo Kiev are also through in Group G thanks to their 3-1 win over Rapid Vienna, while Lazio go through second in Group J after their goalless draw with Trabzonspor.

  10. 2201: 

    Tottenham can wrap up the Europa League and pack it away until February when the round of 32 brings the tournament out of hibernation.

    They have a match against Liverpool on Sunday and, with the Reds missing Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard, Spurs might fancy their chances of turning them over.

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen on BBC Radio LondonTottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    "Spurs have been very professional this evening. It sets them up in a positive frame of mind.

    "I think Jermain Defoe has been given the nod already for the game against Liverpool, despite Roberto Soldado's hat-trick."

  12. 2155: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala
  13. 2154: 
    Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Into injury-time we go, with the game petering out as a few of the home fans get a head-start on the race for transport.

  14. 2147: 

    Former Manchester City man Abdul Razak trots off to be replaced by Alan Gatagov as we go into the final five minutes.

    MOTD presenter and former Totenham striker Gary LinekerTottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    "As underwhelming as the Europa League group stage is, this hat-trick for Soldado could restore some much needed confidence."

  16. 2144: 
    Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Nikita Burmistrov lines up a meaty shot from the edge of the area but Brad Friedel makes light of his 40-odd years, palming away the first effort, before hopping up to smother the follow-up. Cod liver oil companies take note, there is a brand ambassador waiting to happen right there.

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen on BBC Radio LondonTottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    "Shaquile Coulthirst is a 19-year-old striker of real promise. He was on the bench for the Premier League match against Liverpool last season, but this is his first taste of first-team action for the club."

  18. 2142: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Kyle Naugton has limped to the touchline and may need to come off, meanwhile Anzhi remove Kamil Agalarov and bring on Benoit Angbwa.

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    Russell Smith: Pleased for Soldado, class player finally finding his feet!

  20. 2140: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Roberto Soldado departs to a standing ovation and on comes Shaquile Coulthirst to replace him.

  21. 2140: 
    MATCH FACTS- Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    It's been an open one tonight.

    Statisticians OptaTottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    3 - Roberto Soldado has netted his first hat-trick since Oct 23 2012, when he bagged three for Valencia against BATE Borisov in the Champions League. Click.

  23. 2139: 
    Trabzonspor"s supporters cheer their team

    Lazio look set to finish second in Group J as they remain goalless against Trabzonspor in Rome. Both teams have already qualified but the Turks are looking like they will hold on to top spot.

  24. 2138: 
    Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Lewis Holtby brings another good save out of Evgeni Pomazan with a well-struck effort from the edge of the box as the clock ticks over 75 minutes.

  25. 2137: 
    Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    This is the perfect game for letting players recovering form or fitness get up to full speed before they are released back into the wilds of the Premier League. Christian Eriksen's extravagant flick fails to find a white shirt in the box.

  26. 2134: 

    In Group I, Vitoria de Guimaraes are heading out after Lyon score two goals in three minutes to take a 2-1 lead. Pedro Correia was sent off for the home side before Bafetimbi Gomis equalised from the penalty spot.

    Jordan Ferri scored a second and Lyon are set to qualify as group winners with Betis, who are still goalless against Rijeka, are in line to finish second.

  27. 2134: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Ryan Fredericks floated cross is met by Erik Lamela, but the Argentine's sharp header is tipped over the top by Evgeni Pomazan.

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen on BBC Radio LondonTottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    "This hat-trick will help Roberto Soldado no end. I thought it was a really bright run from Ryan Fredericks to win the penalty."

  29. 2131: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 4-1 Anzhi Makhachkala - Roberto Soldado PEN (70 mins)

    A first hat-trick in Tottenham colours for Roberto Soldado, who finds the corner of the net with his spot kick despite the keeper getting a hand to the ball.

  30. 2131: 
    PENALTY TO TOTTENHAM- Tottenham 3-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Ryan Fredericks bursts into the box and is felled by Jucilei. Initially it is not given, but the behind-the-goal officials tells the ref that it should be. If it was a penalty, it was a very slight touch from the Anzhi skipper.

  31. 2129: 

    SC Freiburg are heading out of the tournament as they continue to trail Sevilla 1-0. The Germans are not the only ones having a tough time as one of the linesmen is being helped off by two medics after suffering what looks like a calf injury.

  32. 2127: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 3-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Mousa Dembele gives way to heary applause and Cristian Eriksen comes on to make his first appearance since picking up an ankle injury while on international duty with Denmark last month.

  33. 2126: 
    Tottenham 3-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    More seamless slick attacking from Tottenham as Ryan Fredericks rampages down the left, his long stride gobbling up the yards. His cross is a beaut and Roberto Soldado's header is cute, but Evgeni Pomazan is down sharply to save.

  34. 2123: 

    Tom in Brighton: What I love about Soldado is that he applauds absolutely everything positive that his teammates do. Such a gent.

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    Richard Powell: Holtby gradually coming of age. Bided his time and is now turning in some quality performances. Bring on Liverpool!

  36. 2121: 
    SHOWBOAT- Tottenham 3-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    A lovely little backheel from Roberto Soldado frees Kyle Naughton down the left. One for the highlights reel from the Spaniard.

  37. 2118: 

    Danny Rose's injury has afforded rampaging full-back Ryan Fredericks a rare first-team appearance for Tottenham.

    The 21-year-old is not making his debut for Spurs, however, after previously featuring three times in their 2011-12 Europa League campaign. Last season, the England Under-19s international spent time on loan at League One Brentford but also suffered a number of injuries.

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen on BBC Radio LondonTottenham 3-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    "That should be game, set and match for Tottenham."

  39. 2115: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 3-1 Anzhi Makhachkala - Lewis Holtby (54 mins)

    That has got them purring in the White Hart Lane stands. Andros Townsend cuts in off the right flank and chips a ball through for Lewis Holtby who is charging through a massive gap in the Anzhi rearguard. Holtby controls deftly and volleys home with the same left foot in one sweet movement.

  40. 2115: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 2-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Mousa Dembele attempts to surge forward from midfield, but that is hard to do when you are towing Ilya Maksimov in your wake. The Anzhi striker goes into the book for his shirt tug.

  41. 2109: 
    CELEBRITY SPOTTED- Tottenham 2-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, who was handed a three-year contract worth a reported £15.3m a season by Anzhi in 2011, has turned up at White Hart Lane. The Cameroon legend is chatting with his former employers in the stands which is the least you can do when they have given you those sort of figures.

  42. 2108: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 2-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    We are up and running. Kyle Naughton has swapped flanks to accommodate Ryan Fredericks.

  43. 2107: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Tottenham have introduced Ryan Fredericks in place of Danny Rose.

    Wigan loanee Nick Powell after their Europa League exitMaribor 2-1 Wigan

    "Great experience at the end of the day."

  45. 2059: 
    SOLDADO ON SONG- Tottenham 2-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Roberto Soldado is enjoying one of his more productive nights in a Tottenham shirt.

    The £26m summer signing's first-half double against Anzhi Makhachkala has ended a five-game dry spell that stretches back to an 80th-minute penalty in the 1-0 win against Hull on 27 October. Soldado's seventh-minute header was also his first goal in open-play for Spurs at White Hart Lane.

    Could this be a new beginning for the Spain international after being dropped to the substitutes' bench for Tottenham's previous two league games?

  46. 2056: 
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    Tony Brown: Spurs are 2-1 up against a team bottom of Russia's Premier League. Teams higher than Anzhi: Tom' Tomsk, Terek Grozny and Ural.

  47. 2056: 
    Josef Sural celebrates scoring for Liberec

    Vicente Iborra has put Sevilla ahead in Freiburg and the German side are heading out, with Slovan Liberec, who are still leading 1-0 against Estoril, are going through.

    Lazio need a win to finish top of Group J but are goalless at half-time against current leaders Trabzonspor.

  48. 2056:  
    Former England striker Michael Owen

    "The Mrs is out at a Christmas Dinner so me and the kids are HAVING A PARTY!!!"

    That is a capital-letters party people. Break out the Party Rings and make mine a cheese and pineapple.

  49. 2055: 

    Well, that was a decent 45 minutes of entertainment with two sides bombing on enthusiastically. Easy to do when you are both safe and sound in the next round I guess.

    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen on BBC Radio LondonTottenham 2-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

    "There was a space between Etienne Capoue and Kyle Naughton that Ewerton managed to get through.

    "Anzhi have had very little possession but they have created a few opportunities."

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    Ashley Williams: Why Naughton thought he should be wrestling an opponent instead of using his feet (he's paid to use them) is ridiculous.

  52. 2052: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 2-1 Anzhi Makhachkala
  53. 2049: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-1 Anzhi Makhachkala - Ewerton (44 mins)

    Anzhi strike back and there was nothing there that the Spurs defence will want to see again in a hurry. The corner kick is allowed to travel too far and when someone does get on it at the far post, it is Ewerton who gets in front of Kyle Naughton with a strong, outstretched leg to stab in.

  54. 2048: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Gylfi Sigurdsson frees Andros Townsend into acres with a neat pass out of the side door as Spurs counter-attack. Townsend bares down on goal but his attempt to clip a finish over Evgeni Pomazan, while OK for height, is just off target.

  55. 2045: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Andros Townsend chases the ball gamely into the corner to force Gia Grigalava to concede a throw-in up near his own corner flag. The Tottenham winger has looked as lively as ever, he does not go hiding that fella.

  56. 2043: 
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    Gary Titley: Some perspective please, Anzhi are hardly tough opposition. 19 games played in Russian Premier League and rock bottom with zero wins.

    Tom Girling: Sure those that say Soldado's goals are only in Europa League are the same who called for Defoe to be picked for same reason.

    Navneet Gautam: As a Chelsea fan, I want to remind Spurs fans that Torres was scoring goals for fun in the Europa League last year.

  57. 2042: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Anzhi goalkeeper Evgeni Pomazan punches a Lewis Holtby free-kick straight into the back of Gia Grigalava, sending the ball bobbling back towards his own net. Panic stations for the Russians, but Kamil Agalarov is back to boot the ball off the line as Erik Lamela lurks with intent.

  58. 2040: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Roberto Soldado is wincing like it is the morning after a particularly heavy night before. The Spaniard was clobbered in a challenge by Ewerton but after a quick chat with the medic he is up and running.

  59. 2036: 

    What a turnaround in Kiev. Jeremain Lens has equalised and Oleh Gusev has scored a second to make it 2-1 for Dynamo Kiev against Rapid Vienna. The Ukranians need a draw to go through.

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    Vinny Person: Yes it's only Anzhi, but this is just what Soldado needs. If he starts firing, we'll climb up that league with no problem.

    Mark Lynch: Great start. Soldado service and funnily enough scores! We look so much better with Townsend on the left!!

    Sam Robson: Amazing what a goal can do. Soldado scores and suddenly he becomes unplayable and full of energy.

  61. 2036: 
    Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Lewis Holtby is an unlikely midfield hatchet man, but that is the second time that Vladimir Sobolev has been on the receiving end from the Germany international. The Anzhi midfielder is laid out by a strong, but fair, shoulder as the pair contested an aerial ball.

  62. 2033: 
    Injured Tottenham defender Jan VertonghenTottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala
    Roberto Soldado scores for Spurs

    "What a start, what goals!!"

  63. 2032:  
    Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen on BBC London 94.9Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    "It is all too comfortable for Tottenham after Anzhi's brief attacking foray in the first five minutes.

    "There will be more opportunities to come for Spurs as their opponents will tire chasing the ball."

  64. 2032: 

    Slovan Liberec have taken the lead at Estroril through Josef Sural and as it stands they will qualify ahead of SC Freiburg, who currently are goalless against Sevilla.

  65. 2029: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Roberto Soldado needs the collective attentions of three Anzhi Makhachkala defenders to snuff out a determined run. The Tottenham players see a penalty appeal turned down shortly after as the ball bounces up and hits Anzhi skipper Jucilei on the arm. Nothing doing says Swedish referee Stefan Johannesson.

  66. 2026: 

    Tomane has given Vitoria de Guimaraes a 1-0 lead against Lyon in Group I. The Portuguese side are now a point behind second-placed Real Betis, who are drawing 0-0 at home with Rijeka.

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    Ian Marks: Just what the goal-doctor ordered. Get in!!

    Kanayo Umeogu: Finally Soldado gets back his mojo. Scoring for fun now.

    ADPM: Could this be the day Anzhi have finally awoken a sleeping giant in Roberto Soldado?

  68. 2026: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Lewis Holtby gets a little carried away with these heady free-scoring days and clatters into Vladimir Sobolev, earning himself a yellow card.

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    Guy Janaway: Townsend is on fire tonight! I can see him providing a few assists in the World Cup!

  70. 2021: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-0 Anzhi Makhachkala - Roberto Soldado (16 mins)
    Roberto Soldado celebrates scoring for Spurs

    Nice, very nice. Erik Lamela tip-toes to the edge of the box and spots a pass and a space that no-one else in the ground has seen. He slips the ball through the legs of a defender and into the path of Roberto Soldado who swivels and sweeps a low shot into the bottom.

  71. 2020: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Anzhi by the way have only named five substitutes for tonight's game. Times are tough at the Russian club since owner Suleyman Kerimov slammed shut his wallet and the likes of Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto'o left town.

  72. 2017: 

    Dynamo Kiev only need a point against Rapid Vienna to go through but the Ukrainian side have got off to a poor start, with American Terrence Boyd giving the Austrian team the lead after five minutes. Kiev are heading out as it stands.

  73. 2017: 
    Tottenham 1-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Tottenham look in the mood for more. Kyle Naughton steams into the box and warms Evgeni Pomazan's gloves with a fierce cross-cum-shot.

  74. 2012: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-0 Anzhi Makhachkala - Roberto Soldado (7 mins)

    Roberto Soldado's celebrations make clear that he believes the goal is his. There is a little hint of desparation in his claims, but he is correct. He has got a lovely deft header to Gylfi Sigurdsson's fizzing free-kick delivery and that is enough to guide it past Evgeni Pomazan and in off the post.

  75. 2011: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Lewis Holtby is hustled off the ball by a mob of Anzhi midfielders and the Russians break with speed and intent. Ilya Maksimov is played in but gets his stride pattern all wrong as he approaches Brad Freidel and the shot never comes.

  76. 2008: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Zeki Fryers gets up well to head clear from an early set-piece, before Alexandru Epureanu clambers all over Brad Freidel as the ball comes back into the middle. No free-kick, but the Anzhi man's header is well over the top.

  77. 2006: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 0-0 Anzhi Makhachkala

    Here we go, up and running at the Lane.

  78. 2005: 
    Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala (2005 GMT)

    This is the deadest of rubbers with Spurs already assured of top spot and Anzhi safe in second, but both teams collect in pre-match huddles before kick-off.

  79. 2004: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas: "It's important to get another win to finish on 18 points. Obviously both teams have qualified but we have the club and the fans to honour so we will try and put on a good performance and try to get a result.

    "We have not done anything differently to what we have done before, we have rotated the squad a lot. It gives us the opportunity to rest a couple of players who were tired from international duty and to give a chance to those who want to get into the team for the next Premier League match."

  80. 2002: 
    Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala (2005 GMT)

    It doesn't look like it is going to be a full house at White Hart Lane tonight. With less than five minutes to go until kick-off there are still plenty of empty seats. Strange, considering this is the one competition where the home fans get to see their side score some goals.

  81. 1958: 

    PSV Eindhoven could not find the equaliser they needed to progress and a 1-0 defeat to Chornomorets Odesa sends the Dutch side out as the Ukrainians go through. Maccabi Tel Aviv are also into the knock-out phase after their 1-0 win over Bordeaux.

    Juan Cuadrado's late effort earned Fiorentina a 2-1 win over Dnipro and they finish top of Group E.

  82. 1958: 
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    Simon Hancock: "At the start of the season, Laudrup reckoned that a squad of 22 could compete in the league and Europe. Not so sure now."

  83. 1956: 

    Kuban Krasnodor have drawn 1-1 in Valencia meaning that Swansea would have gone through whatever their result against St Gallen.

  84. 1954: 
    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 2-1 Wigan

    "Wigan can be proud of this performance, the referee's incorrect decision for the penalty and red card cost them."

  85. 1954: 

    The headline news therefore is that Swansea are through to the last 32, while Wigan go out. With Rubin Kazan beating Zulte Waregem 2-0 in Belgium, the Latics would have gone though had they won tonight.

  86. 1952: 
    FULL-TIME- Maribor 2-1 Wigan
  87. 1951: 
    FULL-TIME- St Gallen 1-0 Swansea
  88. 1951: 
    Maribor 2-1 Wigan

    Wigan are laying siege to the Maribor goal, but it is going to be too little, too late.

  89. 1950: 

    Valencia's Victor Ruiz has been sent off against Kuban Krasnodar but the Russians, who are only drawing 1-1, are running out of time to get a winner to knock Swansea out.

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    Tarron Lander: Come on Wigan! Last few moments in Europe.

  91. 1950: 
    Maribor 2-1 Wigan

    The ball skims through the Maribor six-yard box, but somehow finds its way through a forest of legs without a Wigan player getting a touch.

  92. 1948: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Maribor 2-1 Wigan

    Bouncing ball, 12 yards from goal, no pressure and Marc-Antonine Fortune catches it as clean as you like. He must have thought he had scored but Jasmin Handanovic dives left to make a stunning reflex save.

  93. 1946: 

    Lorenzo Melgarejo has pulled Kuban Krasnodar back to 1-1 at Valencia but the Russians need a win to put Swansea out even if the Welsh side lose at St Gallen.

  94. 1945: 
    CLOSE!- St Gallen 1-0 Swansea

    What a goal that would have been. Alejandro Pozuelo scoops a lovely ball over the top, Pablo Hernandez beats his marker with an exquisite first touch, but the Spaniard rolls his shot just wide.

    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 2-1 Wigan
    Zeljko Filipovic celebrates scoring for Maribor

    "With equal numbers on the pitch, Wigan have dominated it. Wigan have worked their socks off, and kept going.

    "It is a credit to them."

    St Gallen 1-0 Swansea

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe speaking to BBC Radio Wales: "Swansea have been very sloppy in the second half. I'd hate to play Swansea at five a side. They've got some nice tippy tappy players and it all looks great but there has to be an end product."

  97. 1944: 
    Maribor 2-1 Wigan

    Zeljko Filipovic can kick the panels off a football. The Maribor defender rolls up from the back and blasts another shot straight at Gerhard Tremmel from 25 yards.

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    Andrew Priestley: Big last few minutes for Wigan at 10 v 10 men.

  99. 1942: 

    Franck Dja Djedje has put Chornomorets Odesa ahead in the Netherlands and that will be enough to move the Ukrainian side above PSV and through to the knock-out phase.

    Eran Zahavi's penalty has given Maccabi Tel Aviv the lead against Bordeaux and that will be enough to take the Israeli team through.

  100. 1942: 
    Maribor 2-1 Wigan

    Wigan's Leon Barnett wallops a shot over the top from 25 yards as the Maribor defence stands off him and invites him to chance his right foot.

  101. 1941: 
    Maribor 2-1 Wigan

    Wigan are busy around the Maribor box, but they are struggling to find the corridors to the goal. They have six minutes of normal time to find two goals and a place in the last 32.

  102. 1938: 

    News from Belgium. Ruban Kazan have scored against Zulte Waregem. That means that, as it stands, Wigan will go through if they can find two goals and a victory in the last ten minutes.

  103. 1937: 
    GOAL- St Gallen 1-0 Swansea - Marco Mathys (80 mins)

    Sebastien Wuthrich crosses from the left and Swansea fail to deal with it. To be fair, it is a dangerous ball in and Marco Mathys is on hand to stab it home from six yards out. As it stands, Swansea are still going though because Kuban Krasnodar are losing at Valencia.

  104. 1936: 
    SUBSTITUTION- St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Wilfried Bony takes his leave for the evening - nobody actually expected him to last the full 90 minutes. Pablo Hernandez replaces him. Just less than 15 minutes remaining.

    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 2-1 Wigan

    "Wigan have a long time left with 10 against 10. Wigan have looked a more capable team, and Marc-Antoine Fortune has added some real quality."

  106. 1934: 
    RED CARD- Maribor 2-1 Wigan - Ales Mertelj

    Ales Mertelj walks after getting a second booking for raising his leg to bar the way of Jordi Gomez. He knew exactly what he was up to there. Wigan replace James McArthur with Emmerson Boyce.

    Statisticians OptaMaribor 2-1 Wigan

    "0 - A Slovenian team is yet to beat an English side in European competition (excluding qualifiers, D2 L4). Threat."

  108. 1931: 
    CLOSE!- Maribor 2-1 Wigan

    Latics so close to an equaliser but substitute Ben Watson sees his 20-yard effort saved by keeper Jasmin Handanovic. Class name for a keeper. Seconds later, almost another goal for Maribor, as Damjan Bohar wondefully collects a pass, moves into the area and opens up his body shape but then shoots across goal and wide.

  109. 1930: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    The hills are alive with the sounds of jeering. Sebastien Wuthrich thinks he has the opener, but the referee judges, quite accurately, that he has bundled into the back of Neil Taylor, forcing the Swansea defender to chest the ball into his own net. Still scoreless.

  110. 1928: 
    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Good news for Swansea. Francisco Alcacer has given Valencia the lead against Kuban Krasnodar and the Russians are currently four points behind Michael Laudrup's team.

  111. 1927: 
    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 2-1 Wigan

    "The sending off changed this game massively. You cannot speak highly enough about Wigan though, as they have kept on going despite losing a player and then going behind."

    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe speaking to BBC Radio Wales: "The defence has actually been calling for Ashley Williams to come on because it's just not been functioning and maybe he can go in there and shake it up. It's hard coming on as a centre-back because you have to do a lot of sprinting and if you're not warmed up properly you could pull a muscle."

  113. 1924: 
    SUBSTITUTION- St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Michael Laudrup shuffles his pack as well with Ashley Williams comes on for Wayne Routledge.

  114. 1923: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Maribor 2-1 Wigan

    Uwe Rosler makes a change, bringing on Marc Antoine Fortune for Nick Powell.

    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea
    St Gallen v Swansea

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe speaking to BBC Radio Wales: "Michael Laudrup must be pulling his hair out at some of Swansea's defending."

  116. 1920: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea have been living on their luck. Roberto Rodriguez forces two big saves from Gerhard Tremmel and then Sebastien Wuthrich strikes the apex of post and bar with a swirling free-kick.

    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 2-1 Wigan

    "That is a massive body blow for the Latics. Wigan had been controlling the game, but what a strike that was.

    "Wigan will pick themselves up and go again. I'd bring Marc-Antoine Fortune on to add a bit of pace into the team."

  118. 1916: 
    GOAL- Maribor 2-1 Wigan - Zeljko Filipovic (59 mins)

    Pick that one out. Zeljko Filipovic smashed one into the hoardings in the first half, but the Maribor man puts away the blunderbus and brings out the sharpshooter, curling into the top corner form 25 yards. That goal means Wigan need to score at least twice and hope that Rubin Kazan, currently 0-0 against Zulte Waregem, can find a winner. As it stands, Wigan are out.

  119. 1913: 

    In Group B, PSV Eindhoven are still holding Chornomorets and are on course for the point they need to progress. Group C is sorted but Elfsborg, who have one point from their five previous games, are pulling off a bit of a surprise, leading 3-1 at Standard Liege.

  120. 1912: 

    Matt in Romford: Rooting for Soldado and Lamela tonight. Home match with nothing riding on it for Spurs - surely tonight's the night to just enjoy playing football and show what you can do.

    It should be. Anzhi have won only twice in the last 28 games.

  121. 1911: 
    Maribor 1-1 Wigan
    Wigan's Nick Powell (left) and Maribor's Martin Milec

    Wigan are pressing over in Slovenia as well. Jean Beausejour's low cross picks out Nick Powell, but the youngster, on loan from Manchester United, sweeps his first-time shot wide of the post.

    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe speaking to BBC Radio Wales: "That was a let-off for Swansea and this is always going to be about mistakes, not St Gallen creating their own chances."

  123. 1909: 
    CLOSE!- St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Roberto Rodriguez goes clean through on Gerhard Tremmel, but the Swansea goalkeeper stands tall and gets a shin in the way of the St Gallen striker low shot. Good save.

  124. 1908: 
    CLOSE!- St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Wilfried Bony meets a cross from the left with a full-blooded header. The goalkeeper would not have had a chance but it is just wide.

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    Paul Moore: Wigan are now my second team. I am not a bitter Manchester City fan. I absolutely adore Uwe Rosler. Come on Wigan! Uwe a legend.

  126. 1906: 
    Maribor 1-1 Wigan

    Maribor have made an enterprising opening to the second half with Damjan Bohar forcing a save from Scott Carson in the visitors' goal before Ales Mertelj's eyes spin round to cherries as the ball drops to him on the edge of the box. His shot is high and not so handsome.

  127. 1904: 
    Esbjerg keeper Frederik Rennow lies on the ground after Salzburg's Sadio Mane scores

    In Group C, Sadio Mane gave Red Bull Salzburg the lead against Esbjerg as the Austrian side look to finish the group phase with 18 points from their six matches.

  128. 1903: 
    KICK-OFF- St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    The hosts do the honours in Switzerland.

  129. 1903: 
    KICK-OFF- Maribor 1-1 Wigan

    Back under way in Slovenia where Wigan have replaced Callum Mcmanaman with Ben Watson at the break.

  130. 1902: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Tottenham v Anzhi Mahachkala (2005 GMT)

    Roberto Soldado starts up front for Tottenham as Danny Rose returns from injury and Andre Vills-Boas decides Cristian Eriksen is only fit enough for the bench. Jermain Defoe is not in the squad.

    Tottenham starting XI: Friedel; Naughton, Capoue, Fryers, Rose; Dembele, Holtby; Lamela, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Soldado


    We asked for your favourite footballing odd couples earlier. It seems you have not been impressed by the referee's performance in the Maribor v Wigan game, after he gave two penalties and a red card in the first half.

    Damian in London: Another one - Szymon Marciniak and the handball law.

  132. 1859: 
    HALF TIME STATS- Maribor 1-1 Wigan
    St Gallen v Swansea

    Wigan have been knocking the ball about neatly. They will need to show a little more dog and a little less fancy-dan stuff if they want to dig themselves out of hole and have a chance.

  133. 1852: 

    Right what does that all mean for the British clubs chances of making the last 32?

    Wigan need to win tonight to have any chance of going through, so they were briefly doing their part, before Maribor levelled. However the Latics also need Rubin Kazan to help them by beating Zulte Waregem in Belgium. It is still scoreless at the break between those two. As it stands, Wigan are out.

    Swansea are on course for the point that need. Even if they were behind they would still be going through as Kuban Krasnodar have yet to go ahead against Valencia. As it stands, Swansea are going through.

    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 1-1 Wigan

    "I would be very disappointed if I was Uwe Rosler. The penalty call was harsh, but the sending off was ludicrous.

    "Wigan have totally dominated the game. Even with 10 men, I think they have the ammunition on either flank to cause Maribor problems in the second half."

  135. 1850: 
    Wigan striker Grant Holt on Maribor's penaltyMaribor 1-1 Wigan

    "Wow, that is a joke. He is a yard away from the ball. If it's a penalty, it's definitely not a yellow. Come on big man."

    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea
    St Gallen defender Stephane Besle (below) tackles Swansea's Wayne Routledge

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe speaking to BBC Radio Wales: "Swansea only need a point but they're making too many mistakes. Shelvey's running the midfield and they just need a little bit of composure in the final third and maybe Michu will come on for the final five or 10 minutes."

  137. 1847: 
    HALF-TIME- Maribor 1-1 Wigan
  138. 1846: 
    HALF-TIME- St Gallen 0-0 Swansea
  139. 1846: 

    Just the minute of injury time for St Gallen and Swansea, two for Maribor and Wigan.

  140. 1845: 
    Yevhen Konoplyanka

    There are no goals in the matches where qualification places are up for grabs but in Florence Dnipro led Fiorentina through Yevhen Konoplyanka but Joaquin has equalised for the Italians just before the break.

    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 1-1 Wigan

    "Chris McCann had half-turned his body. How could he have meant to handball it for the penalty if he could not see it?"

  142. 1843: 
    GOAL- Maribor 1-1 Wigan - Dejan Mezga PEN (43 mins)

    Scott Carson makes a wonderful stop, but the Wigan goalkeeper's fingertip save only diverts the ball onto the post and relieved penalty taker Dejan Mezga is on hand to gobble up the leftovers.

  143. 1843: 
    RED CARD- Maribor 0-1 Wigan - Chris McCann

    Chris McCann goes for a second bookable offence as he handles the ball in the box. That looked harsh, very harsh.

  144. 1842: 
    PENALTY TO MARIBOR- Maribor 0-1 Wigan
    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 0-1 Wigan

    "That goal has been coming for the last 15 minutes. The referee's call to give a penalty was fully justified."

  146. 1840: 
    GOAL- Maribor 0-1 Wigan - Jordi Gomez PEN (41 mins)

    Jordi Gomez steps up and strikes the penalty fairly low and central but not exactly at full power. Jasmin Handanovic flings himself off to the left and seems to dive over the ball, which finds its way into the net.

  147. 1840: 
    PENALTY TO WIGAN- Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan are, quite correctly, awarded a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Nick Powell by Arghus.

  148. 1839: 
    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Plenty of patient build-up from Swansea, threading their way through the deep-lying hosts but Alejandro Pozuelo's pass is heavy hit and escapes Wayne Routledge's control. The story of the half so far.

  149. 1837: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    Width of the post away! Jordi Gomez smacks the upright with a precise curler, but the ball squirts off stage right and away from the visiting attackers hoping for a rebound.

  150. 1835: 
    Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    Jordi Gomez is sent tumbling by Maribor captain Tavares 25 yards from goal, and the Spaniard is going to take it himself...

    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 0-0 Wigan

    "Wigan are working very hard when they are not in possession. That is the main reason why Maribor are being frustrated thus far.

    "I have also noticed that Nick Powell has the legs on the two Maribor centre-backs. If Wigan could play a few balls over the top, he could cause them real problems."

  152. 1834: 
    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea
    St. Gallen's Emir Lenjani (front) and Swansea's Roland Lamah

    Things are looking lively all of a sudden in Switzerland.

    Not a sentence that has been typed that regularly, but Ermir Lenjani's fizzing, but slightly wayward, 20-yard effort for Maribor followed by Roland Lamah's low shot just wide from a similar distance has made it happen.

  153. 1831: 
    Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan are popping the ball around nicely which will please owner Dave Whelan. Is that a sign of the remit that new boss Uwe Rosler has been given? They are not causing the Maribor defence much concern however.

    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe speaking to BBC Radio Wales: "It's sloppiness from Swansea allowing St Gallen in, not good play from St Gallen. Swansea have had their chances going forward as well. It's just that last pass. The execution's not right or it's the wrong choice."

  155. 1828: 

    No goals as yet in Valencia's home meeting with Kuban Krasnodar or Rubin Kazan's meeting with Zulte Waregem. A long way to go but as it stands, Swansea are though and Wigan are out.

    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 0-0 Wigan

    "Wigan are looking very comfortable. They have had the better possession, and are creating one or two situations.

    "I would like to see Callum McManaman play further out wide as I question the defensive ability of the full-back he is up against."

  157. 1825: 
    Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    Wigan are sniffing around the penalty area with a little more intent. Callum Mcmanaman gets a low cross in behind a backpedalling defence, but Arghus stretches to divert behind before Nick Powell can get on the end of it. Jean Beausejour lumps the resulting corner onto the roof of the net and apologises to his team-mates. Quite rightly.

  158. 1822: 
    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Roland Lamah skins his man down the left with an electric turn of pace. The cover is across to block his attempt cross from the byeline and Swansea cannot make anything of the set-piece.

    Statisticians Opta

    13 - St Gallen have conceded the most goals in the Europa League this season (13).

    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe speaking to BBC Radio Wales: "It looks comfortable. Only a mistake will allow St Gallen to get in at the moment. Jonjo Shelvey's switched on, not just going forward but getting back to help the defenders. I'm worried there might be a mistake at the moment because one or two need to up their game. There really shouldn't be any problems."

  161. 1820: 
    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey trails a pretty tame shot straight into the midriff of St Gallen goalkeeper Marcel Herzog after bundling through a couple of challenges on the edge.

    The Swans only need a point and St Gallen do not look that determined to take all three so far.

  162. 1817: 
    Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    Just as I type, Wigan's Nick Powell catches one cleanly from 20 yards. Nothing wrong with the connection, but it needed a bit more dip to trouble Jasmin Handanovic rather than the ball boys.

  163. 1816: 
    MATCH STATS- Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    Plenty of possession for Wigan, but the shots have all come from the hosts so far.

    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 0-0 Wigan

    "Wigan have allowed Maribor to come into the game in the last five minutes. You cannot allow the home side to gain confidence."

  165. 1814: 
    Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    Maribor threaten again from distance as Dejan Mezga swipes off the top while off balance on the fringes of the area.

  166. 1813: 
    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Goran Karanovic needs a man under each shoulder to get to the sidelines. The St Gallen striker has twanged his hamstring and that is the last we are going to see of him for the evening. On comes Alhassane Keita in his place.

    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio Wales: "Swansea seem to be getting more numbers forward. They seem to have an extra man when they push on. I'm just a bit worried about Chico Flores. His positional sense is a bit off and he's stretching a little bit. Sometimes players might wonder why others are getting a rest and they're not. Jonjo Shelvey's bossing the midfield. He's demanding control and taking control."

  168. 1811: 
    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea's Roland Lamah wraps his left foot around a curling effort from the edge of the box, but it didn't get enough bite and grip on the Slovenia air and floated just wide.

  169. 1809: 
    Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    The first effort at goal in anger in Maribor comes from the home side as Zeliko Filipovic cuts inside James McArthur and whacks a shots a yard wide. Scott Carson tried to look casual but I'm not sure that he would have got there had it been the right side of the post.

  170. 1807: 
    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    Swansea make their way into the penalty area through the gloom of the fog, but Wayne Routledge's cross is repelled by an outstretched defending foot.

  171. 1805: 
    Former Wigan manager Ray Mathias on BBC Radio ManchesterMaribor 0-0 Wigan

    "Wigan have kept good possession. They have got around the penalty box well.

    "They have started quite brightly, and are controlling the game at the moment."

  172. 1802: 
    LINE-UPS- St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    St Gallen: Herzog, Mutsch, Besle, Russo, Lenjani, Wuthrich, Janjatovic, Demiri, Rodriguez, Mathys, Karanovic. Subs: Lopar, Nushi, Nater, Keita, Schonenberger, Martic, Franin.

    Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Amat, Taylor, Shelvey, de Guzman, Pozuelo, Routledge, Lamah, Bony. Subs: Oliver Davies, Williams, Michu, Hernandez, Dyer, Canas, Ben Davies.

    Referee: Liran Liany (Israel)

  173. 1802: 
    St Gallen 0-0 Swansea

    There is a real peasouper at St Gallen. They have polished up a fluorescent pink ball, the less-celebrated cousin of the Tango orange fella.

  174. 1802: 
    LINE-UPS- Maribor 0-0 Wigan

    Maribor: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Arghus, Viler, Filipovic, Mertelj, Mezga, Fajic, Tavares, Bohar. Subs: Pridigar, Mejac, Zahovic, Mendy, Vuklisevic, Cvijanovic, Crnic.

    Wigan: Carson, Perch, Rogne, Barnett, Beausejour, McArthur, McCann, McManaman, Gomez, Espinoza, Powell. Subs: Nicholls, Crainey, Shotton, Watson, Boyce, Fortune, Meadows.

    Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

  175. 1801: 

    We are under way in both Switzerland and Slovenia.

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    James Young: Wee Raith Rovers 1-0 up at half-time in the Olympic Stadium against Bayern Munich! Never seen something so odd in my life.

    Rob Meech: Please tell me why Bournemouth v Real was a footballing mismatch? Yours faithfully, a huge Bournemouth fan.

    I was not asking for mismatches Rob, merely odd matches. But 6-0 suggests a mismatch as well.

  177. 1758: 

    Damian in London: Odd couples - in 1987, Mikhail Gorbachev was rumoured to have unjammed the BBC World Service so that he could hear the results of his favourite team, Wigan Athletic.

    In the crooning words of Lana del Rey, "Is that [really] true?". Glasnost in action.

  178. 1757: 
    St Gallen v Swansea (1800 GMT)

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup speaking to ITV Sport: "Wilfried Bony is back and that is positive. We talked a lot about it with the medical staff and although you cannot 100% guarantee anything I think we have prepared him as well as we could. We will see how much he can play, it definitely won't be 90 minutes."

    Wigan striker Grant HoltMaribor v Wigan (1800 GMT)

    "Just sitting down ready to watch the game, come on the boys."

  180. 1752: 
    Maribor v Wigan (1800 GMT)

    Press Association's Eleanor Crooks on Twitter: "About 1,000 Wigan fans thought to have made the trip. They've certainly made themselves heard in the town."

  181. 1750: 
    Maribor v Wigan (1800 GMT)
    Nick Powell

    Slovenian champions Maribor were dispatched relatively easily by Wigan in the reverse fixture at the DW Stadium with Nick Powell scoring twice in a 3-1 win.

    The difficult bit of their equation is that they are depending on Rubin Kazan, already into the last 32, mustering much fight against a decent Zulte Waregem side that still have to nail down qualification.

  182. 1741: 
    St Gallen v Swansea (1800 GMT)

    In his role as club ambassador, former Swansea striker Lee Trundle is just talking the TV cameras through the team's eventful journey to Switzerland as they were held up by fog and then technical problems at Cardiff airport and then felt the earth move as a minor tremor rippled the local area last night.

    So far, so surprising, but perhaps not as surprising as Trundle being made ambassador of anything after his less-than-diplomatic choice of T-shirt while celebrating the 2006 Football League Trophy final victory.

  183. 1734: 
    St Gallen v Swansea (1800 GMT)

    Swansea cannot rely on Valencia as they bid to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League says manager Michael Laudrup. The Swans need a point against St Gallen while anything less than a win for Kuban Krasnodar away to Valencia, will see Laudrup's side through.

    "I think we have to do the job ourselves" said the Dane. "It's true that if Kuban lose or draw we can go through with a loss. I think Kuban have a good chance of winning the game which means we have to do it ourselves."

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    Jonathan Moffatt: Will be watching the Wigan game from a pub in Dublin tonight. Hope the luck of the Irish is with us and we make it through!

  185. 1732: 
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- GET INVOLVED

    So, in honour of the big guns from the Champions League dropping down to slum it on a Thursday night, let's hear your favourite footballing odd couples, the sporting equivalent of Jason Orange and Catherine Tate's brief brush with coupledom.

    Norwich upstaging Bayern Munich in 1993, Bournemouth hosting Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid chums or Neil Warnock being linked with the Sheffield Wednesday job. That sort of thing.

    #bbcfootball on Twitter or 81111 on text are the ways to get in touch.

  186. 1725: 

    Dynamo Kiev and PSV Eindhoven are among the teams hoping to qualify for one of the six remaining places in the Europa League knock-out phase.

    Eighteen sides have already secured their spots in Monday's draw. Dynamo need a point from their home game against Rapid Vienna to progress from Group G, while PSV need a positive result against Chornomorets Odesa to go through from Group B.

    Maccabi Tel-Aviv will go through if they avoid defeat against Bordeaux in Group F. In Group H, SC Freiburg host Sevilla knowing that matching Slovan Liberec's result at Estoril will take them through.

  187. 1719: 

    Last night's Champions League action finalised the teams that will drop into the Europa League at the knock-out stages.

    There are some beautiful big names in there to be paired up with as well.

    Juventus, Ajax, Benfica, Napoli and Porto will be in the pot when the balls are drawn for the last 32 and last 16 tomorrow in Nyon.

  188. 1717: 

    Tottenham are over the hill and far away in Group K with five wins in five games.

    They take on Anzhi Makhachkala at White Hart Lane in the final game on our British ticket tonight:

    St Gallen v Swansea (1800 GMT)

    Maribor v Wigan (1800 GMT)

    Tottenham v Anzhi Makhachkala (2005 GMT)

  189. 1713: 
    St Gallen v Swansea (1800 GMT)
    Michael Laudrup

    Michael Laudrup wants Swansea to finish on a high against St Gallen and confirm their place in the knockout stages. After winning their opening two games, the Swans have picked up only two points from the last three matches but a point this evening will be enough to advance.

    "It's the last game in the group stage and we have to finish the job to move on to the next stage where we want to play in a couple of months' time in the last 32. We have to do the job," Laudrup said.

  190. 1709: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- St Gallen v Swansea (1800 GMT)

    Wilfried Bony returns after three games out with a hamstring injury to lead the line for Swansea, Michel Vorm is given more time to recover from a knee injury sustained in Monday's draw with Hull as Gerhard Tremmel plays in goal.

    There are six changes in total with Neil Taylor replacing Ben Davies at left-back and captaining a side which also includes Roland Lamah, Wayne Routledge, Alejandro Pozuelo and Jordi Amat.

    Swansea starting XI: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Amat, Taylor (c), Shelvey, de Guzman, Routledge, Pozuelo, Lamah, Bony.

  191. 1707: 

    The task facing Swansea tonight is a lot easier.

    Michael Laudrup's side needs just a point from their visit to Group A's bottom team St Gallen to progress.

    Even if they slip up in Switzerland, Russian side Kuban Krasnodar will need to beat Valencia away, and bring about a three-goal swing in goal difference between them and the Swans in the process, to overtake the Welsh side.

    Tricky to say the least.

  192. 1704: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Maribor v Wigan (1800 GMT)

    New Wigan boss Uwe Rosler has made six changes to the side that lost to Millwall in the Championship at the weekend, as the German takes charge of his first Latics game this evening.

    Roger Espinoza starts for the first time since Wigan's defeat at Rubin Kazan on 7 November, while James McArthur, Jordi Gomez, Jean Beausejour, Thomas Rogne and James Perch all come into the side.

    Wigan starting XI: Carson, Perch, Barnett, Rogne, Beausejour, McCann, McArthur, McManaman, Gomez, Espinoza, Powell.

  193. 1702: 
    Muhammad Ali

    After a gut-kicker of a late goal gave Zulte Waregem victory at the DW Stadium in the last round of matches, the Latics require snookers tonight to make the last 32 of the Europa League.

    Wigan must win tonight away to Maribor and hope that group winners Rubin Kazan can beat Zulte Waregem in Belgium.

    A lot of ifs, buts and maybes to negotiate.

    But as Muhammad Ali found out when he was sent sprawling in the final round in 1971, sometimes 'Slim' comes in for you.

  194. 1700: 
    Uwe Rosler

    Before Muhammad Ali took on Joe Frazier at Madison Square Gardens in 1971 he had a customary prediction for his fellow American.

    "Frazier's got two chances. Slim, and none. And Slim just left town," said the Greatest.

    'Slim' may not quite left town for Wigan, but it is punching directions for the M6 into the sat nav.

    Can Uwe Rosler, in his first match in charge, turn the odds on their head and keep the Latics Europa League campaign alive?

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Last updated 12 Dec 2013 UK

UEFA Europa League - Group A summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Valencia CF 6 5 13
No movement 2 Swansea 6 2 8
No movement 3 Kuban Krasnodar 6 0 6
No movement 4 FC St Gallen 6 -7 6
UEFA Europa League - Group B summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Ludogorets Razgrad 6 9 16
No movement 2 FC Chornomorets Odesa 6 0 10
No movement 3 PSV 6 -1 7
No movement 4 Dinamo Zagreb 6 -8 1
UEFA Europa League - Group C summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 FC Red Bull Salzburg 6 12 18
No movement 2 Esbjerg fB 6 0 12
No movement 3 Elfsborg 6 -5 4
No movement 4 Standard Liège 6 -7 1
UEFA Europa League - Group D summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Rubin Kazan 6 10 14
No movement 2 NK Maribor 6 -3 7
No movement 3 SV Zulte Waregem 6 -6 7
No movement 4 Wigan 6 -1 5
UEFA Europa League - Group E summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Fiorentina 6 9 16
No movement 2 FC Dnipro 6 6 12
No movement 3 Paços de Ferreira 6 -7 3
No movement 4 Pandurii Targu-Jiu 6 -8 2
UEFA Europa League - Group F summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 9 15
No movement 2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 2 11
No movement 3 Apoel Nicosia 6 -5 5
No movement 4 Bordeaux 6 -6 3
UEFA Europa League - Group G summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 KRC Genk 6 5 14
No movement 2 Dynamo Kiev 6 4 10
No movement 3 SK Rapid Vienna 6 -2 6
No movement 4 FC Thun 6 -7 3
UEFA Europa League - Group H summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Sevilla 6 5 12
No movement 2 Slovan Liberec 6 1 9
No movement 3 Sport-Club Freiburg 6 -3 6
No movement 4 Estoril-Praia 6 -3 3
UEFA Europa League - Group I summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Lyon 6 3 12
No movement 2 Real Betis 6 1 9
No movement 3 Vitória Guimarães 6 1 5
No movement 4 HNK Rijeka 6 -5 4
UEFA Europa League - Group J summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Trabzonspor 6 7 14
No movement 2 Lazio 6 4 12
No movement 3 Apollon Limassol 6 -5 4
No movement 4 Legia Warsaw 6 -6 3
UEFA Europa League - Group K summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Tottenham 6 13 18
No movement 2 Anzhi Makhachkala 6 -3 8
No movement 3 Sheriff Tiraspol 6 -1 6
No movement 4 Tromsø 6 -9 1
UEFA Europa League - Group L summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 AZ Alkmaar 6 4 12
No movement 2 PAOK Salonika 6 4 12
No movement 3 Maccabi Haifa 6 -3 5
No movement 4 Shakhter Karagandy 6 -5 2

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