It’s Thursday night, which can only mean one thing – the return of the Europa League group stages.
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Young Boys 3-5 Liverpool
- Udinese 1-1 Anzhi Makhachakala
- Hapoel Tel-Aviv 0-3 Atletico Madrid
- Viktoria Plzen 3-1 Academica
- AEL 0-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
- Fenerbahce 2-2 Marseille
- Bordeaux 4-0 Club Brugge
- Maritimo 0-0 Newcastle United
- FC Copenhagen 2-1 Molde
- Stuttgart 2-2 Steaua Bucharest
- Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2-0 PSV Eindhoven
- Napoli 4-0 AIK
17.27 – AFTER CHELSEA, MANCHESTER United, Manchester City and Arsenal all got their Champions League group fixtures up and running over the past two nights, it’s the turn of Liverpool, Spurs and Newcastle in the Europa League.
At White Hart Lane, Andre Villas-Boas hosts Italian side Lazio, who have made a terrific start to their domestic league campaign. That game begins at the later time of 8.05pm and Paul will be liveblogging events directly after this.
Newcastle are without a number of players on their visit to Portugal where Maritimo are the opposition but our feature match will be Liverpool’s trip to Berne where Brendan Rodgers opens his European account against Young Boys (insert inappropriate joke/pun here).
The Reds have left several of their established players, including Pepe Reina, Luis Suarez, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger Steven Gerrard at home, and with a huge game with Manchester United on Sunday, will put out a second string of youngsters tonight.
The teams are on the way…
17.41 – So, as expected, Liverpool go with an inexperienced team and put out a whole different starting XI to the one which began at Sunderland at the weekend. Teenagers Andre Wisdom and the highly-rated Spaniard Suso get the nod, as do new signings Nuri Sahin and Oussama Assaidi. Jamie Carragher will be expected to show leadership from the back while Dani Pacheco gets the nod up front.
17.50 – Former Liverpool great Robbie Fowler in the studio having the pre-match chats with Gordon Strachan. He was at Croker for the All-Ireland SHC final two weeks ago… wonder will he be back for Mayo v Donegal on Sunday?
18.00 – A quick glance around the other games:
- Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s Molde travel to Denmark to take on FC Copenhagen
- Joey Barton starts for Marseille away to Fenerbahce
- Big spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachakala host Udinese
- Holders Atletico Madrid are in Israel to face Hapoel Tel-Aviv
18.14 – Looking past the goal, which was a defensive howler from Young Boys, Liverpool have spread the ball about well during this opening period. They win a corner but Downing’s delivery isn’t great. Young Boys then break and Alexander Farnerud goes down under a nudge from Jamie Carragher. Never a penalty and referee Michail Koukoulakis of Greece waves play on.
18.17 – A clumsy tackle from Mario Raimondi on Downing earns the Young Boys full-back the first yellow card of the match and rightly so.
18.27 – Sebastian Coates rises highest for the latest Liverpool corner but cannot direct it anywhere near the goal. The Reds recycle the ball and keep possession before handing it back to their opponents. When they then intercept a pass at the halfway line, Downing runs at his man but allows the ball to get stuck underneath his feet.
The Swiss side break and Zarate cuts in onto his left but can’t get the sufficient bend on his strike, which curls wide of the mark.
19.08 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi, signed from Heerenveen in the summer, gets down the left flank, cuts inside and pop. It’s a decent effort and only just curls the wrong side of the top corner.
19.43 – Absolutely shocking dive from Bobadilla, who then comically pleads his innocence while a yellow card is flashed in his direction.