Europa League: Swansea v Napoli as it happened

Live text commentary as Swansea draw with Napoli after Tottenham lose in Ukraine in the Europa League.

20 February 2014 Last updated at 17:23

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  1. 22:18: 

    A goalless end to a pretty dismal week on the European front for the Premier League then, but Swansea can be pleased enough with their display. That's all from us, we'll see you at the weekend for the return of top-flight action.


  2. 22:07: 
    Player Reaction- Swansea 0-0 Napoli
    Ashley Williams

    Swansea captain Ashley Williams on ITV: "We are really pleased with the way we played. It says a lot to say we are disappointed with a 0-0 against Napoli.

    "We emphasised the message to get on the front foot. It does not matter who comes here, we want to do that.

    "It will be a tough game in Napoli - we are under no illusions. We can take a lot of heart from tonight."

  3. 22:06: 
    Best of the rest

    FC Salzburg breezed through the group stage with a 100% record and continue their fine form on the European stage by brushing aside Dutch champions Ajax on their own patch. Skipper Jonathan Soriano bags a brace for the Austrians, including a phenomenal 50-yard lob from close to the halfway line. It is no exaggeration to say it is David Beckham-esque.

    Lazio are the only other side to suffer defeat in the later kick-offs, going down 1-0 in Rome to Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad. Five other ties - including thrilling 2-2 draws between Porto and Eintracht Frankfurt, and Maribor and Sevilla - all end in stalemates.

  4. 22:04: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Swansea captain Ashley Williams says they are pleased with how they played tonight against a very good Napoli side, adding that the tie is still on.

    BBC Radio Wales, Former Swansea striker Ian Walsh at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Napoli

    "They had a massive chance here tonight. Napoli did not score, which is crucial, as I expect Swansea to score out there."

  6. 21:59: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    If there's anybody still out there - it's all over. Nil nil, strong display from the Swans but it will be tough for them out in Naples.

  7. 21:57: 
    Stoppage Time- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Four minutes added on at the Liberty...

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    Andrew Wright: Someone tell Swansea that relentless, sideways passing does absolutely nothing in a cup game... Boring!

  9. 21:52: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Jonjo Shelvey breaking into space - but Pepe Reina is off his line quickly to sweep it up. Into the final 90 seconds we go then. Is there anyone still reading?

  10. 21:50: 
    Final Five- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Into the last five minutes then. Looking like another blank for the Premier League in Europe.

  11. 21:47: 
    Europa League latest
    Eintracht Frankfurt

    Finally, a glut of goals in the other ties across Europe - and most of the drama has happened in Porto's home clash against German side Eintracht Frankfurt. Silvestre Varela hands Porto a 2-0 lead before the Bundesliga side, who have taken 7,000 fans to Portugal, send the travelling faithful into raptures with two goals in the space of five minutes. Young Spanish striker Joselu pulls one back before an own goal from Porto left-back Alex Sandro equalises.

    Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and Russians Rubin Kazan both equalise at Viktoria Plzen and Real Betis respectively, while Sevilla are now 2-1 ahead at Maribor. Dutch champions Ajax are still 3-0 behind at home to FC Salzburg.

  12. 21:46: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Into the last 10 minutes. Wilfried Bony gets up to meet a deflected cross from the right but glances his header wide.

  13. 21:42: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Nathan Dyer has done himself a mischief in the aftermath of that Wayne Routledge shot, so he is coming off with what looks like a foot injury. Marvin Emnes is on in his place.

  14. 21:41: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Jonjo Shelvey does have an impact, teeing up Wayne Routledge cutting in from the left with a neat pass, Routledge goes for the big dipper into the far corner but Pepe Reina moves his feet well to get to the pitch of the b all and push it out of harm's way.

  15. 21:39: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Last fifteen then. It promised so much in the opening half hour or so but it's rather petered out to be honest.

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    Some Body: Exercise in rolling with the punches from Napoli. Expect them to strike once Swansea's energy saps.

  17. 21:38: 
    James McArthur

    You may recall that Wigan midfielder James McArthur lightened up our night last night with his twitter account of his impending fatherhood, claiming that he wouldn't be missing Arsenal's clash with Bayern Munich no matter when the child was born.

    Well he's just updated us all with this picture, adding: "Only other dads will understand the feeling of watching your baby born, crying was an understatement."

  18. 21:35: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Jose Canas comes off, and Jonjo Shelvey is on in his place. Can he find the breakthrough?

  19. 21:32: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Ashley Williams tests Pepe Reina for the first time as he peels away to win a header at the back stick but Reina is able to push it clear easily enough. Twenty-two minutes left.

  20. 21:31: 
    Europa League latest

    Spanish side Sevilla have a rich pedigree in this competition having won back-to-back Uefa Cups in 2006 and 2007. Since then they have struggled in the knockout phase, but have grabbed a potentially-decisive away goal as they draw 1-1 at Maribor.

    Czech champions Viktoria Plzen take a 1-0 lead against Shakhtar Donetsk, only to surrender that advantage within seconds as the Ukrainian visitors equalise inside three minutes.

    Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad are still beating Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico, but the Italians waste a golden chance to level when Felipe Anderson misses from the penalty spot. Ludogorets, who were reduced to 10 men after conceding the spot-kick, have half an hour to cling on for a famous win.

  21. 21:28: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    A stale 10 minutes comes to life. Napoli winger Jose Callejon nutmegs Ben Davies with some style, he then goes for a toe-poker into the top corner as Ashley Willams closes him down and he's not far away either, bending the ball just past the far corner. Head in hands moment.

  22. 21:23: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Into the last half hour then. The tempo has gone from the game and it's not been a great second half to be honest. Are the Premier League going to go all week without a European goal between them?

    BBC Radio Wales, Former Swansea striker Ian Walsh at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Napoli

    "I am very surprised at that decision to take Pablo Hernandez off. He has been brilliant."

  24. 21:20: 
    YELLOW CARD- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    That rather dampens Pablo Hernandez's night though, as he goes into the book for treading on the toes of Marek Hamsik. He almost talks himself into a red as referee Ivan Bebek squares up to him.

    Garry Monk then instantly takes him off, putting Jonathan de Guzman on in his place. Still 35 minutes left.

  25. 21:19: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Pablo Hernandez is having a storming game, drifting into space all the time in that 'Michu' role behind Wilfried Bony, he beats two men with a flick of the hips but his shot is then well blocked by a Napoli leg.

  26. 21:16: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Jonathan de Guzman is warming up, maybe to counter the slow start Swansea have made to this second half. They've not found that first-half tempo.

  27. 21:13: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Chance for Napoli as Gonzalo Higuain is played in by a clever lofted pass, but the Argentine leans back and smashes it clear over the top. Very casual approach to the shot and it's a let-off for the Swans. A man of Higuain's class normally hits the target there.

    BBC Radio Wales, Former Swansea striker Ian Walsh at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Napoli

    "Pepe Reina is a great goalkeeper, but Rafael Cabral made three top saves to keep Swansea out in the first half."

  29. 21:10: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Game on...

  30. 21:09: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    The outstanding performer of the first half, Napoli goalkeeper Rafael Cabral, does not reappear after picking up that injury so on-loan Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is on.

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    Martyn: Inspired performance from Swansea so far. if they carry on like this Garry Monk will be earning managers awards before long!

  32. 21:02: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Ridiculously, Swansea have not taken a lead into half-time in their last 17 matches in all competitions, going on to win just four of these games.

    Get Michu back ASAP.

  33. 21:01: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Swansea boss Garry Monk must just be saying 'more of the same' after that first 45 minutes. He does have Jonjo Shelvey, Jonathan de Guzman, David Ngog and Marvin Emnes on the bench. Options.

    Ajax 0-3 FC Salzburg

    Statisticians Opta: 3 - Ajax have conceded 3 goals in the first half against Salzburg, as many as they had in their 8 previous home games (all comps).

  35. 20:58: 
    Europa League latest

    If Dutch champions Ajax were not already aware of the attacking threat posed by FC Salzburg then they are now. The Austrians, who have scored in their last 63 matches, race into a 3-0 lead at the Amsterdam Arena to leave the home supporters shaking their heads in disbelief. And the third goal is reminiscent of David Beckham's famous 1996 strike from the halfway line for Manchester United against Wimbledon. Jonathan Soriano - take a bow.

    It was only a matter of time before Porto moved in front against German visitors Eintracht Frankfurt. Three-time Europa champions Porto had six shots on goal before ex-Barcelona forward Ricardo Quaresma scores a minute before half-time. The winners of this tie face Swansea or Napoli in the last-16.

    Elsewhere, Maribor and Sevilla hold slender 1-0 home advantages and there is a another shock on the cards in Rome, where Lazio are losing to little-known Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad.

  36. 20:55: 
    Swansea v Napoli

    Manchester City = no goals.

    Arsenal = no goals.

    Tottenham = no goals.

    Swansea = no goals.

    Premier League = no goals.


  37. 20:54: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    No goals, but everything else you could ask for. Napoli goalkeeper Rafael Cabral was the busiest man of the half but he did pick up an injury in stoppage time that had Pepe Reina warming up.

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    Charlie Meach: What a goal from the halfway line by Salzburg's Jonathan Soriano to make it 3-0 against Ajax. Beckham-esque.

    I've seen it. It's brilliant. Brilliant goal!

  39. 20:49: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Yet another fine save from Rafael Cabral! The Napoli keeper is at full stretch once more to tip Wayne Routledge's drive over the top.

    'Swans will tear you apart again' is the chant as Angel Rangel then forces Cabral into another save from the corner. Swansea hunting for a goal before half time.

  40. 20:46: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Another good chance! This time Swansea work a smart short corner, it comes back to Pablo Hernandez and his cross picks out Ashley Williams who has peeled away into space, he cranes his neck but sends his header two feet over the top. Almost, almost...

  41. 20:40: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli
    Swansea's Dwight Tiendalli and Napoli's Marek Hamsik

    Everything but the goal. That's the story of the first 35 minutes for Garry Monk's Swansea.

    Jose Canas is the latest to have a pop, smashing over left-footed.

  42. 20:37: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Pablo Hernandez at it again, this time picking the ball up in the penalty area and flicking it over his head to find Wilfried Bony 10 yards out, but the Ivorian can't generate enough power to test Rafael Cabral this time.

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    Matt Donnelly: Pablo Hernandez take a bow. Xavi-style pass to Wilfried Bony - talk about incisive.

  44. 20:32: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Pepe Reina may have a struggle to get back into the Napoli team if Rafael Cabral keeps this early form up. The Brazilian has been superb in net for the Italians so far. Swansea have settled into their rhythm now, tiki-taka stuff.

  45. 20:30: 
    Europa League latest
    Red Bull Salzburg

    Only two goals have been bagged in the opening 20 minutes of the eight last-32 matches which kicked off at 20:05 GMT.

    Over in the southern Spain city of Seville, hosts Real Betis lead 1-0 against Russian team Rubin Kazan. Left back Didac Vila surges through the visiting defence after cutting in from the flank before smashing into the far corner from a tight angle. Perfect start for Betis.

    And there could be a shock in the Dutch capital Amsterdam as FC Salzburg surge into a 2-0 lead at Ajax. Jonatan Soriano puts the Austrians ahead from the penalty spot before Sadio Mane doubles their advantage.

    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Statisticians Opta: 8 - Napoli have not won on any of their eight trips to England, Scotland & Wales combined in major European competitions (L7 D1).

  47. 20:28: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Pablo Hernandez needs to play through the middle all the time. What a pass again, absolutely inch-perfect to carve Napoli open and free Wilfried Bony, Bony maybe takes a touch too much but his shot is saved by the face of Napoli keeper Rafael Cabral.

    That's two cracking saves from Cabral already.

  48. 20:27: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham have all failed to score in Europe this week so it's up to Swansea to bag one for the Premier League. After 20 minutes they haven't managed to but they have been excellent. It's been everything the earlier game in Ukraine wasn't.

  49. 20:23: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli
    Napoli boss Rafael Benitez

    Swansea are all over Napoli here. Nathan Dyer skins a man to burst into the box and he dinks a cross for Wilfried Bony in the middle - but the cross is just overhit and Bony can't reach it. Almost a free header!

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    Ben Goodwin: Wilfried Bony has a scarily powerful shot. Fantastic, open game so far.

  51. 20:19: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Pablo Hernandez, playing more centrally tonight, lazers a wonderful through pass into the run of Nathan Dyer. Hernandez made a goal against Cardiff the other week with a pass like that.

    BBC Radio Wales, Former Swansea striker Ian Walsh at Liberty StadiumSwansea 0-0 Napoli

    "Passing was direct, accurate, sharp, to the man, lay-off. That was great play from Swansea in the build-up to that Wilfried Bony effort."

  53. 20:16: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    The Slade 'David Moyes' song is booming out, have the Swans fans penned their own version in honour of the Monk? Cracking start to the game at the Liberty, and there I was questioning the move to put this game on mainstream TV. Justified so far.

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    Tom Minton: Hope Swansea can put in a good performance. Would love to see a young English manager in Monk do well, bright future ahead.

  55. 20:16: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Wilfried Bony has a pop this time, slightly dragging his effort wide from 20 yards. No lack of intent from the home side.

  56. 20:14: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Great pace so far, chalk and cheese when contrasted with most of the Tottenham match earlier. Napoli giving the Swans very little time on the ball.

  57. 20:13: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Great save graphic out again - this time at the other end of the pitch as a whipped right-foot strike from Nathan Dyer is palmed clear by Rafael Cabral. Ten out of 10 for this one so far.

  58. 20:12: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Napoli mean business. Lots of cutting edge. It takes a great save from Michel Vorm to deny a punchy effort from Marek Hamsik, who is sporting a stunning mohican.

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    Joe Reeves: So far three out of three English teams have lost in Europe this week. Time for Wales to see if they can do any better.

  60. 20:09: 
    Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Sounds like a cracking atmosphere down at the Liberty. Fairly high tempo so far. Napoli in yellow - and they fashion the first effort at goal, with Jose Callejon drilling a low strike just wide.

  61. 20:05: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Napoli

    Wilfried Bony rolls the ball and we are away...

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    Liam Colebourn: Watched the game just to see Yevhen Konoplyanka play... Can't say I've been disappointed!

  63. 20:02: 
    Swansea v Napoli (20:05 GMT)

    Here we go then, your men from Naples in a fetching pastel yellow and blue effort. Let's hope for some more quality in this game.

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    Dave in Arran: It's a game like this that shows the utter folly in Spurs getting rid of Jermain Defoe.

  65. 20:00: 
    Swansea v Napoli (20:05 GMT)

    Swansea interim manager Garry Monk on ITV: "I am looking forward to it, and so are the boys. We had a good training session last night, and we know what we are up against.

    "I said in the dressing room just then it is about putting on a performance that I can be proud of. We will make sure we impose our principles on them."

    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach at Dnipro-ArenaDnipro 1-0 Tottenham

    "Tottenham should have taken their chances. They should have at least got a draw out of this.

    "Ex-Spurs boss Juande Ramos will be chuffed he has got his Dnipro side a lead for the second leg."

  67. 19:59: 
    Best of the rest
    Eduardo Vargas celebrates scoring for Valencia

    It has been a difficult week for Dynamo Kiev following the violent clashes in the Ukrainian capital which forced their last-32 tie against Valencia to be moved to Cyprus. In front of a virtually empty stadium in Nicosia, the Spanish side claim a 2-0 win thanks to Chile forward Eduardo Vargas's header and an own goal by Dynamo defender Domagoj Vida.

    Goals from Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo and ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba give Juventus a 2-0 home win against Turkish side Trabzonspor. But it was a far from convincing display by the Italian champions. The visitors threatened to level Osvaldo's first-half strike on several occasions after the break, but were punished by Pogba's injury-time thunderbolt.

    Serie A rivals Fiorentina earn a 3-1 win at Danish minnows Esbjerg, while last season's runners up Benfica and AZ Alkmaar clinch narrow 1-0 wins at PAOK and Slovan Liberec.

  68. 19:55: 
    Best of the rest (2005 GMT kick-offs)

    Dutch champions Ajax, who dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in a Champions League group containing Barcelona, AC Milan and Celtic, host an FC Salzburg side looking to win their first match in the Netherlands.

    Two former winners, FC Porto and Eintracht Frankfurt, have never met each other in a European competition - until tonight. The Portuguese champions' success has been more recent, having took the title in 2003, 2004 and 2011, while German side Frankfurt's moment was all the way back in 1980.

    Serie A outfit Lazio were undefeated in the group stage and are aiming to prevent Ludogorets Razgrad becoming only the second Bulgarian club to win a game in Italy. Ludogorets were only promoted to the Bulgarian top flight for the first time in 2011, but are competing against some established European names after winning back-to-back titles.

  69. 19:55: 
    Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham

    A penny for your thoughts Roberto Soldado?

  70. 19:51: 
    Swansea v Napoli (20:05 GMT)

    The last few weeks have been a "whirlwind" for Swansea's interim head coach Garry Monk after he replaced the sacked Michael Laudrup. Four games into his fledgling managerial career, Monk takes charge of his side in a Europa League round of 32 tie against a club that won the competition under its previous guise of the Uefa Cup in 1989. "I never expected to be in this position. But I am prepared. I am a level-headed lad, I know what I want to do," Monk said. "Napoli are one of the best teams in Europe. They have good players all over the pitch. We are in for a tough time but it is a game we are really looking forward to."

  71. 19:50: 
    FULL-TIME- Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham

    There it is! A win in Ukraine for Dnipro, and in the end Spurs are lucky to be going back with just a one-goal deficit.

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    Chris Hill: Tim Sherwood's constant selection of Nabil Bentaleb is a mystery, doesn't look ready.

  73. 19:48: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham

    And a charmed life for Spurs again! That should be a goal but Dnipro midfielder Roman Zozulya thumps a header against the post!

  74. 19:47: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham

    How has that not gone in?! Dnipro have a free kick from deep on the left, Ruslan Rotan whips it in and Tottenham get their offside trap all wrong. They step out and Brad Friedel is left with two men right in front of him but he somehow digs the ball out! Great save from the veteran.

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    Statisticians Opta: 4 - Yevhen Konoplyanka has scored in each of his last four Europa League appearances for Dnipro.

  76. 19:44: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham

    Spurs make a mess of a corner but it almost pays dividends, Michael Dawson helps the ball back in and Paulinho manages to flick the ball against the base of the post.

    From the following corner substitute Harry Kane flicks it on and Nacer Chadli can't quite steer it home. Two minutes left.

  77. 19:40: 
    Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham

    Spurs have six minutes to respond to that Dnipro strike, which was just about deserved. Tim Sherwood won't be too annoyed at a 1-0 deficit though. This pitch has not helped Tottenham.

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    Ellias: Mesut Ozil, that's how you take a pen!

    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach at Dnipro-ArenaDnipro 1-0 Tottenham

    "Spurs had lost their balance, and they were caught out. There was no holding player to track the run.

    "Brad Friedel was at full stretch and read the penalty, but Yevhen Konoplyanka found the back of the net. Tottenham will be kicking themselves because of Roberto Soldado's earlier miss."

  80. 19:37: 
    GOAL- Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham - Yevhen Konoplyanka (Pen 81 mins)

    Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka is entrusted with the spot-kick and it is perfect, kissing the base of the post on its way into the net. Unsaveable.

  81. 19:36: 
    PENALTY TO DNIPRO- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Dnipro break away, Jan Vertonghen leaves an arm on the shoulder of Matheus and he goes down - penalty given! That was right on the edge of the area.

  82. 19:36: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Napoli (20:05 GMT)

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, Canas, Britton, Dyer, Routledge, Hernandez, Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Amat, Taylor, Shelvey, de Guzman, Ngog, Emnes.

    Napoli: Rafael Cabral, Maggio, Henrique, Britos, Reveillere, Dzemaili, Inler, Callejon, Hamsik, Insigne, Higuain. Subs: Reina, Mertens, Pandev, Ghoulam, Albiol, Behrami, Zapata.

    Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

  83. 19:34: 
    SHOWBOAT- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    The skills that pay the bills. Yevhen Konoplyanka leaves Kyle Naughton dazed and confused with a majestic flick over their heads but the winger then rather ruins it all by shanking his cross out of play.

    Twelve minutes remain.

  84. 19:33: 
    Europa League latest

    Finally, we have a second-half goal in one of the other games across Europe! And it is last year's runners-up Benfica who have bagged. A goal from forward Lima puts the Portuguese team, who lost to Chelsea in the 2013 decider in Amsterdam, ahead at Greek team PAOK Salonika.

    Trabzonspor fans in Turin

    Southampton bad-boy Dani Osvaldo may not be welcome at the Premier League club, but the Juventus loanee is certainly making the right impression in Turin. Osvaldo's goal separates the Italian champions from Turkish visitors Trabzonspor, who almost give their hardy band of travelling fans something to celebrate. Visiting midfielder Olcan Adin sticks the ball into the Juve goal, only for the referee to rule it had already gone out for a home goal-kick.

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    Toby in Kent: As 0-0s go, this is right up there. End-to-end game, how have we not seen a goal yet?! Well simple answer - £26m man, Roberto Soldado.

    Paul F in London: Seriously, get off Soldado's back. The ball took a crazy bobble, it's hardly his fault. He has a goal every two starts for Spurs, hardly the disaster some would like to claim.

  86. 19:30: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Twenty minutes left. The hosts are having more of the ball in a decent area now, as Ondrej Mazuch heads a deep cross over the top. Anyone going to score tonight?

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    Ben Hopkinson: Too many times this season we've seen misses like that from Soldado. Spurs missing consistency of Adebayor... Did I just say that?

    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach at Dnipro-ArenaDnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    "Nabil Bentaleb should have been booked then for diving. He did well to break from the half-way line in the first place."

  89. 19:25: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Nabil Bentaleb beats two men before going down in a heap, nothing given though. Christian Eriksen then whips in a cross which Roberto Soldado catches sweetly but his volley is deflected away. Eriksen has improved the game no end.

  90. 19:22: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    A piece of play so far out of context with this match, it was like watching a whole new sport.

    Yevhen Konoplyanka suddenly turns into Diego Maradona, weaving away from three men on a run down the left wing before cutting inside and arcing a shot which is well blocked by Jan Vertonghen. What a run from the Liverpool target! Superb.

    Brad Friedel then beats away a shot from range. Dnipro need a lead to take to White Hart Lane and they have 22 minutes to get one.

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    Matt, Romford: Surely that's the last of the fumes in Soldado's petrol tank used up.

    Matt: I'm a spurs fan and I can't believe the hype around Townsend I've never seen a player so wasteful, shoots from the middle of nowhere and never passes! No wonder soldado goes missing!

  92. 19:20: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Here is a change for Spurs, as Christian Eriksen comes on in place of Andros Townsend. And he scores within seconds! But no, the flag was up. Offside.

  93. 19:18: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Into the final half hour and we will not get a better chance to break the deadlock, that is for certain. Spurs don't have a great deal of attacking options on the bench, but Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen could well get a run out.

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    Ben Goodwin: Miss of the season by Roberto Soldado. To think he cost a quarter of the Gareth Bale fund.

    Gareth Whalley: Soldado doing what Soldado does best. That is a man without confidence right now

  95. 19:13: 
    SITTER!- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    One of the great misses of our time! Dear oh dear! Paulinho shrugs off his man, puts a fine ball across the six-yard box on a plate for Roberto Soldado, but the Spaniard somehow slams it over the crossbar from four yards out.

    An open goal, a horrible, horrible miss. That man cannot buy a goal.

    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach at Dnipro-ArenaDnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    "That time, Tottenham were a bit deep on the free-kick. Roman Zozulya went down all too easily ,and it was a correct decision from the referee."

  97. 19:13: 
    Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Valencia
    Dynamo Kiev fans in Cyprus

    There are a few Dynamo Kiev fans watching their team play Spanish side Valencia in Cyprus. Uefa moved the tie to the Mediterranean island because of security concerns in Kiev, where at least 21 anti-government protesters died in clashes in Kiev on Thursday.

    On the pitch in Cyprus, there has been little action for the Ukrainian fans to cheer - it remains goalless.

  98. 19:11: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Another penalty shout, as Dnipro midfielder Roman Zozulya goes down under a challenge from Brad Friedel - but referee Antonio Lahoz is having none of it, booking the Dnipro man for a dive. Friedel pulled out of the challenge but there was some contact.

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    Djethro Colmer: Does the Europa League have the most goalless draws in European competitions? Feels like it.

  100. 19:09: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    High boot from Artem Fedetskiy on Paulinho but it's the Dnipro man who comes off worse. Sore one that, as the replacements on the bench huddle for warmth under a massive beach towel. Not much enthusiasm for warming up there.

  101. 19:04: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Dnipro win an early corner but Michael Dawson makes a commanding header to clear his lines. I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that this is finishing 0-0.

  102. 19:02: 
    KICK-OFF- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Back under way in Ukraine.

  103. 18:55: 
    Swansea v Napoli (20:05 GMT)
    Napoli boss Rafael Benitez

    Rafa Benitez's last visit to the Liberty Stadium was one to forget. His Chelsea side were knocked out of the League Cup and Eden Hazard was sent-off for kicking out at a ball boy. One year on since that eventful night Benitez is now in charge of Napoli and Swansea have Garry Monk, not Michael Laudrup, in charge following a turbulent few weeks. "Obviously they have changed their manager and it's different, but I know the players and style," Benitez said. "I don't know if they will be thinking about the Europa League or maybe they are keeping an eye on the bottom of the Premier League. We will see."

  104. 18:53: 
    Team News- Swansea v Napoli (20:05 GMT)

    Garry Monk goes strong, very strong with his Europa League side. Swansea are pretty much full strength, though they do make nine changes. Napoli's main man Gonzalo Higuain starts.

    Swansea XI: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, Canas, Hernandez, Routledge, Dyer, Bony.

    Napoli XI: Cabral, Maggio, Henrique, Britos, Reveillere, Dzemaili, Inler, Callejon, Insigne, Hamsik, Higuain.

  105. 18:51: 
    Europa League latest

    Fiorentina appear to have one foot in the last-16 after moving into a 3-1 lead against Esbjerg in Denmark. Liverpool misfit Alberto Aquilani converts a penalty to put the Italians in command at half-time of the first leg.

    If the Viola do advance, they could face an all-Italian tie against Juventus in a repeat of the 1990 Uefa Cup final. Serie A leaders Juve are winning 1-0 against Turkey's Trabzonspor, who include ex-Premier League pair Jose Bosingwa and Didier Zokora in the starting XI.

    Unfortunately, there is little else to tell you from around the continent. The game between Greek side PAOK and last season's runners up Benfica of Portugal is one of five other earlier kick-offs which remains goalless. One of PAOK and Benfica will face Tottenham in the next stage.

  106. 18:50: 
    Swansea v Napoli (20:05 GMT)
    Garry Monk

    Few would have imagined that Garry Monk would be in charge of Swansea for this one when the draw was made. Rafael Benitez was probably looking forward to a glass of wine with Michael Laudrup but the Dane has been dispatched, and it's Monk in charge.

    Is he ready for knockout football? Course he is. Swansea's interim boss played in both legs of the 2006 LDV Vans Trophy Final.

    "I remember the Colchester match, it was a home and away game," said Monk.

    "The teams are different this time, but the same principles are the same.

    "As the home team, you want to take something into the second leg.

    "Likewise, as an away team, you want to take something home with you."

    It's exactly like Colchester Gaz. Exactly...

    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach at Dnipro-ArenaDnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    "Tim Sherwood will be pleased with that. As long as they keep dealing with the runs from deep and start passing the ball slightly better, they will get an away goal here."

  108. 18:48: 

    Well that was not a classic...

    Can Napoli and Swansea serve up better?

  109. 18:47: 
    HALF-TIME- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham
  110. 18:46: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Danny Rose is the latest man to get away with a bit of a rash tackle - he pulls his man over and the referee is happy to wave play on.

  111. 18:42: 
    CLOSE!- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Almost a total howler from Dnipro keeper Denys Boyko as he tries to take it around Roberto Soldado inside the area, Soldado half tackles him but the ball squirts out of play and the Spaniard can't tuck it in.

    This is really not the pitch for goalkeepers to be taking it round strikers...

  112. 18:40: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs having more and more of the ball as the half wears on, we are five minutes away from the interval and this game is crying out for a goal. It's crying out for a good pass to be honest. A tackle. I'll take a decent interception.

  113. 18:37: 
    CLOSE!- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    After much debate it is a free-kick for Spurs, and Andros Townsend whips it wide from 20 yards. A bit more bend required.

    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach at Dnipro-ArenaDnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    "Michael Dawson and the rest of the Tottenham players are arguing that should have been a sending off. Paulinho was about to shoot - that is a poor decision."

  115. 18:35: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Paulinho surges through a challenge, he is about to pull the trigger and he's brought down! Referee Antonio Lahoz books Ivan Strinic when it could have been red - and was that inside the box?

    Just outside I think. Free-kick given.

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    Paul Charles: Tottenham game is simply a masterclass in wasted chances so far, from both sides.

  117. 18:33: 
    Europa League latest
    Pablo Osvaldo celebrates scoring for Juventus

    Further good news for the Italians as Fiorentina regain their advantage at Danish minnows Esbjerg. Slovenia midfielder Josip Ilicic neatly controls the ball on his chest before thumping in for 2-1.

    Juventus almost double their lead through Mauricio Isla and Carlos Tevez in a matter of seconds against Trabzonspor. The Italians champions, who have only been beaten once in 34 European matches in Turin since August 2004, are firmly in control.

    And it is a good job that the Serie A pair are doing the business - because nobody else is. Still no goals to report anywhere else.

  118. 18:31: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Danny Rose is up to full fitness after that early injury scare, skidding a bobbler of a shot through a crowd of players from 25 yards. It's easy for Denys Boyko in the Dnipro net though. Half an hour gone.

  119. 18:29: 
    CLOSE!- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Chances galore now as Spurs this time should hit the target. Danny Rose flies away down the left and picks out Nacer Chadli, but he leans back and gets it all wrong. Horrible connection, over the top. There's a goal in the air though.

  120. 18:27: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Another chance! Dnipro go close again as Spurs make a total muddle of clearing the ball from the edge of their area, Matheus flashes in a low drive which Brad Friedel shovels out and they can't scramble in the rebound either. They need Lothar out there...

    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach at Dnipro-ArenaDnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    "Matheus was about six yards offside. Tim Sherwood is furious with that decision from the linesman to play him on."

  122. 18:25: 
    SITTER!- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Midway through the first half then and it's been pretty average fare so far. That's a lie, it's a long way from average.

    But what a chance this is! Dnipro's multi-booted forward Matheus is somehow played onside, he's clean through on goal with all the time in the Ukraine, but he hits a weak shot straight at Brad Friedel. An incredibly poor finish!

  123. 18:22: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    I've just noticed that Dnipro striker Matheus is wearing different coloured boots, one white and one black. This is a new low.

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    Sean: Yevhen Konoplyanka looking very lively along with Roman Zozulya. Tottenham not going to have it all their own way tonight.

  125. 18:20: 
    Europa League latest
    Trabzonspor's Aykut Demir (left) and Juventus's Carlos Tevez

    Juventus are nine points clear at the top of Italy's Serie A, but they haven't found Europe as easy to conquer. After they were dumped out of the Champions League group stage by Galatasaray, they are aiming for some Turkish delight against Trabzonspor tonight. And it is all going to plan. Dani Osvaldo, who is on loan from Southampton, slots in the opener after capitalising on a defensive howler.

    Serie A rivals Fiorentina lead through Alessandro Matri before Danish hosts Esbjerg peg them back to 1-1 within seconds. But there are no goals in the five other matches across the continent.

  126. 18:17: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Danny Rose may have an injury problem as he is cleaned out by Ruslan Rotan. The sticky pitch didn't help his cause there, it looked like he got his foot stuck in the turf.

    He's had some treatment and looks like he's OK.

    Bradley Allen, Tottenham academy coach at Dnipro-Arena on BBC LondonDnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    "The playing conditions are difficult, but Tottenham are controlling the ball well. They also look very well organised, and have players coming into the side who are eager to take their opportunity."

  128. 18:14: 
    CLOSE!- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Better from Spurs as Nacer Chadli whips in a cross from the left and Roberto Soldado gets there first, his header is tame though and it hits goalkeeper Denys Boyko in the chest. A bit tentative from Soldado.

    As Arsene Wenger said last night though, confidence is petrol for players, and Soldado is running on fumes.

  129. 18:12: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Etienne Capoue tries a shot from at least 35 yards but slams it high over the top. That was beyond ambitious from the Spurs midfielder. Is a 0-0 a good result for Spurs tonight?

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    Sam Borni: Many say this game should be postponed but football can bring joy to millions. Ukraine could use some right now.

  131. 18:09: 
    CLOSE!- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    First attack from the home side, and it's promising! Yevhen Konoplyanka shows just why Liverpool were interested in him as he burns off Kyle Naughton with a jinking run down the left, he crosses low for Matheus at the near post but the strike can't steer it in. Fine play from Konoplyanka.

    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Statisticians Opta: 1 - Tottenham have lost one of their last 10 Europa League away games, winning four matches and drawing five times.

  133. 18:06: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Paulinho is seeing plenty of the ball for Spurs, as Roberto Soldado looks to run the channels. Plenty of jeering and whistling from the small home crowd.

  134. 18:03: 
    Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    Steady start in the sparse stadium as both sides struggle to keep hold of the ball in the early exchanges. The pitch is not the best.

  135. 18:01: 
    Best of the rest

    As well as the games in Dnipropetrovsk, Turin and Nicosia that we have already mentioned, there are five other matches kicking off early doors. One tie is already under way and it remains goalless between Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and their Belgian visitors Genk at half-time

    Elsewhere, French side Lyon travel to Ukrainian outfit Chornomorets Odessa in a city which is 300 miles south of violence-hit capital Kiev.

    Last year's runners up Benfica go to Greece's PAOK Salonika, while Dutch side AZ Alkmaar - unbeaten in the group stage - are in the Czech Republic to play hosts Slovan Liberec. Italian outfit Fiorentina face Danish minnows Esbjerg, who are still involved in European competition after Christmas for the first time.

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    Zaheer Ahmed: The Europa League is worth winning. At the end of the day, it's a trophy and all teams want to win trophies!

    Rian Hoskins: It won't be taken seriously until a couple of years when the winner qualifies for Champions League.

    Matt Jones: What a strange season for Townsend! On the lips of every Spurs supporter at one point, then frozen out the first 11. Forgotten.

  137. 18:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham

    There was a lot of singing throughout that minute's silence. Anyway, we are up and running.

  138. 17:57: 
    Minute's silence- Dnipro v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Spurs have confirmed that there will be a minute's silence before the game.

    "There will be a minute's silence before kick-off and both teams will wear black armbands during the game as a mark of respect to those who have lost their lives as a result of the unrest in Ukraine," a statement on Tottenham's official website read.

    "In addition, we have been asked to request that our fans do not display any banners this evening as a mark of respect.

    "The club would like to remind supporters travelling to the match to take extra care when journeying to and from the stadium."

  139. 17:57: 
    Juventus v Trabzonspor (18:00 GMT)

    Home is where the heart is, and Juventus have their sights set on booking a date with the Europa League final in the comforts of their own place.

    The Italian champions face Turkish side Trabzonspor in their first hurdle towards the 14 May showpiece at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.

    The Old Lady could become the third club - at least since the competition started to be decided by a one-off final in 1997-98 - to compete in the showpiece at their home ground. Feyenoord won the 2002-03 final in Rotterdam, while Sporting Lisbon lost the 2004-05 decider at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

    Former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, along with Italy internationals Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo, start for Juve. As does Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo.

  140. 17:56: 
    Dnipro v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Michael Dawson leads Spurs out in Ukraine, it's very empty indeed. We understand there are around 150 Tottenham fans in the stadium.

  141. 17:54: 
    Boycott?- Dnipro v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Unsurprisingly, some supporters of FC Dnipro will boycott tonight's Europa League game against Tottenham Hotspur in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk in protest against the violence in Kiev.

    A representative of the Dnipro fan movement, Yevhen Pereverzev, told local website "We can't be watching football when something like this is going on in our country, when people are getting killed."

    You can't really argue with that as a statement can you?

  142. 17:51: 
    Around the grounds

    In all there are 16 Europa League ties tonight, split across kick-offs at 18:00 and 20:05 GMT.

    Big names in action include Juventus, Ajax, Porto and Lazio as sides look to move a step closer to the final in Turin in May.

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    Harry Hughes: Ridiculous that the Spurs game is going ahead. Some things are far more important than football.

  144. 17:49: 
    Dynamo Kiev v Valencia (18:00 GMT)

    Unsurprisingly, Dynamo Kiev's Europa League tie against Valencia has been moved to Cyprus because of the continuing violence in Ukraine's capital city.

    Governing body Uefa have switched the match to the GSP Stadium in Nicosia after "security" concerns.

    "We are satisfied with the decision. Common sense has prevailed," said Valencia president Amadeo Salvo. "The most positive outcome is that we will not change the date of the game.

    "We sincerely apologise to all those Valencianistas who were travelling to Kiev and had spent money and time on the journey. I can only say thank you to them, and advise them that we shall be in touch. We hope that they have the opportunity to watch Valencia play."

  145. 17:43: 
    Get Involved

    Who backed Tim Sherwood and Garry Monk to lead their sides into the latter stages of a European trophy then?

    It's been a busy season for Spurs and Swansea, but is it worth winning the Europa League? Who are favourites?

    Let us know. You can text in to 81111 (UK Only) or tweet us at #bbcfootball.

  146. 17:41: 
    LINE-UPS- Dnipro v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Dnipro: Boyko, Fedetskiy, Mazuch, Cheberyachko, Strinic, Kankava, Rotan, Zozulya, Giuliano, Konoplyanka, Matheus. Subs: Lastuvka, Kravchenko, Kulakov, Kalinic, Bruno Gama, Douglas, Politylo.

    Spurs: Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose, Townsend, Paulinho, Capoue, Bentaleb, Chadli, Soldado. Subs: Archer, Eriksen, Fryers, Kane, McEvoy, Veljkovic, Onomah.

    Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

  147. 17:37: 
    Team News- Dnipro v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Spurs left a coach-load of players behind in England but are still able to name a strong side. There are six changes in all as Andros Townsend starts for the first time in two months.

    Dnipro, managed by former Spurs boss Juande Ramos, hand a start to winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, who almost joined Liverpool on transfer deadline day.

    Tottenham XI: Friedel; Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Capoue, Paulinho; Chadli, Soldado, Townsend.

  148. 17:35: 
    Game goes ahead- Dnipro v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

    Tonight's game has been given the green light despite plans for a day of mourning in Ukraine following at least 26 deaths in violent protests in Kiev.

    Dnipro are based in Dnipropetrovsk, 220 miles away from the Ukrainian capital.

    "As it stands there is no indication [the round-of-32 first-leg match] will not go ahead," a Uefa spokesman said on Wednesday.

    "We are just concentrating on playing football and getting the game out of the way," said Spurs boss Tim Sherwood.

    "It is never great to see scenes of violence in any country at any time. It is not something we concentrate on."

  149. 17:31: 
    Special Report

    As ever, our colleagues at BBC News are the people to go to for the latest on the situation in Ukraine.

    You can read a lot of the background to the disturbances in Ukraine on the Special Report page, as well as following the latest developments in text and video.

  150. 17:30: 
    All eyes on Ukraine
    Kiev burns

    The eyes of the world are on Ukraine.

    After a horrendous week of civil unrest in the country, with at least 21 protestors killed on Thursday, it seems almost frivolous to focus on a football match.

    But Tottenham's Europa League game against Dnipro goes ahead, so focus on it we shall. Can Spurs move a step closer to Turin?

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