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European clockwatch: West Ham and Rangers win, Spurs shocked by Vitesse

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The Guardian
 2021-10-21

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Related: European football roundup: Roma humiliated 6-1 by Bodø/Glimt

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Ewan Murray’s match report

Related: Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe on target in Rangers win over Brondby

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Jacob Steinberg was at the London Stadium tonight. His report has landed. You know what to do. Get clicking! Thanks for reading this Clocko marathon. Nighty night!

Related: Jarrod Bowen rounds off West Ham’s comprehensive victory over Genk

Updated at 10.01pm BST

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Full-time scores

Group A: Rangers 2-0 Brondby; Sparta Prague 3-4 Lyon
Group B: PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Monaco; Sturm Graz 0-1 Real Sociedad
Group C: Napoli 3-0 Legia Warsaw
Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 Olympiakos
Group E: Lokomotiv Moscow 0-1 Galatasaray
Group H: West Ham 3-0 Genk

9.59pm BST

GOAL! Sparta Prague 3-4 Lyon (Krejci 90). A very, very, very late consolation for Sparta. There’s not enough time for it to make a difference.

9.56pm BST

GOAL! Napoli 3-0 Legia Warsaw (Politano 90). Matteo Politano makes it look a little easier than it actually was for the Italians.

9.53pm BST

FULL TIME: Rangers 2-0 Brondby

A comfortable victory for Rangers in the end, and they’re right back in contention in Group A!

9.52pm BST

FULL TIME: West Ham United 3-0 Genk

The Hammers eased home after that quickfire double at the start of the second half. They have nine points out of nine in Group H, and end the day six clear of Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Vienna and Genk. David Moyes’ side are within touching distance of the knockout stage already!

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David Moyes applauds the fans after another fine performance from his West Ham side. Photograph: Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Updated at 9.58pm BST

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GOAL! Sparta Prague 2-4 Lyon (Ekambi 88). Lyon may be down to ten men, but Karl Toko Ekambi has sealed the deal nonetheless. Lyon consolidate top spot in Group A with nine points, five clear of second-placed Sparta. Great news for Rangers, who despite their slow start in the group, are now involved in a three-way tussle with Sparta and Brondby for second spot.

9.48pm BST

GOAL! PSV 1-2 Monaco (Diop 89). Sofiane Diop puts third-placed PSV on the back foot in Group B, sending Monaco top.

9.45pm BST

Scott Wright is very fortunate not to be walking at Ibrox. Chasing Andreas Maxsø, he scrapes his boot down the back of his leg; the Brondby captain is fortunate not to suffer any injury. The officials, who have made a series of slightly odd decisions this evening, show no interest. Lucky Wright.

9.43pm BST

GOAL! Napoli 2-0 Legia Warsaw (Osimhen 80)
GOAL! Lokomotiv Moscow 0-1 Galatasaray (Akturkoglu 82)
Kerem Akturkoglu’s late strike for the 2000 Uefa Cup champs ensures a goal in every 8pm kick-off.

9.40pm BST

Scott Wright dances down the right wing at Ibrox and cuts back for his namesake Arfield, who clips a first-time shot off the crossbar. Then Fashion Sakala is sent clear down the middle, but he can’t slot his shot past the octopus arm of Thomas Mikkelsen. Rangers will wonder how they’re not three or four in front now. Then again, Mikael Uhre must be wondering how he missed those chances at the start of both halves, so it’s swings and roundabouts.

9.37pm BST

GOAL! Napoli 1-0 Legia Warsaw (Insigne 76). Lorenzo Insigne gives the 1989 Uefa Cup champions the lead. Should the Italians hold on, they’ll draw level on points with Leicester City in Group C.

9.34pm BST

It might not be done and dusted in Prague yet. Lyon defender Malo Gusto has been sent off for a second bookable offence.

9.32pm BST

GOAL! Sturm Graz 0-1 Real Sociedad (Isak 68). The leaders of La Liga edge ahead in Austria, the extremely promising young Swede Alexander Isak breaking the deadlock.

9.30pm BST

GOAL! Sparta Prague 2-3 Lyon (Paqueta 67). Lyon complete the comeback in Prague, Lucas Paqueta with the French side’s latest. This is all good news for Rangers, who as things stand will be just a couple of points behind second-placed Sparta; Lyon are running away with the group, closing in on a haul of nine points from nine.

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Off comes the shirt as Lucas Paqueta of Lyon celebrates his side’s thrid goal. Photograph: Martin Divíšek/EPA

Updated at 9.48pm BST

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Alfredo Morelos is looking for his 100th goal in light blue. He finds a pocket of space, 25 yards out, but sends a disappointing bobbler straight down Thomas Mikkelsen’s throat. Rangers remain two up.

9.24pm BST

GOAL! Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 Olympiacos (Kamada 59). Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada stretches Eintracht’s lead.

9.22pm BST

GOAL! PSV 1-1 Monaco (Gakpo 59). The young Dutch international winger Cody Gakpo puts Eindhoven back on terms.

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Cody Gakpo equalises for PSV. Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Updated at 9.46pm BST

9.21pm BST

GOAL! Sparta Prague 2-2 Lyon (Aouar 53). The Group A favourites have hauled themselves level from two goals down, Houssem Aouar with the equaliser.

9.20pm BST

Rangers really should have been awarded a penalty kick at Ibrox. Joe Oribo dropped a shoulder and glided in from the right. Sigurd Rosted hung out a leg and clipped Oribo’s boot, but for some reason neither referee nor VAR was interested.

9.18pm BST

GOAL! West Ham United 3-0 Genk (Bowen 58)

Jarrod Bowen drives down the inside-right channel and has a dig from 25 yards. His low drive should be parried by Maarten Vandevoordt, but the keeper lets the ball bounce up off him and into the right-hand side of the net. All of a sudden, it’s game over!

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Jarrod Bowen gets a fine third. Photograph: David Loveday/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock

Updated at 9.28pm BST

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GOAL! West Ham United 2-0 Genk (Diop 57)

An Aaron Cresswell free kick from the left. Issa Diop wins the aerial battle and crashes a header off the underside of the bar and in. And then ...

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Issa Diop scores the second for West Ham. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

Updated at 9.21pm BST

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Tottenham went down 1-0 at Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League earlier this evening. Nuno Espirito Santo changed his entire starting XI, leaving all his big names back in Blighty, and now Spurs are third in Group G, two points behind Vitesse and three behind leaders Rennes. No matter, he says!

You have to discuss the options, the decision was made. We took a little moment to decide and we decided to bring the players that started, with the Under-23s to give us support.
It was a tough match, tough match like we expected. Always away from home in Europe in the Conference League is tough. I think we compete well, in terms of attack I think we should finish the actions better. Some combinations were missing.
There was a period in the second half when we lost a little bit of control but in terms of lack of focus in the moment of the goal, details that we should improve like we always do.
The Conference League is always a chance to have minutes on the players, players who work hard and deserve. This is what it’s all about so let’s progress.
In terms of the group I think we have two games at home against Vitesse and Rennes and then we have to play Mura. We can solve the situation of the group.

9.10pm BST

Genk midfielder Kristian Thorstvedt - son of Erik, who won the 1991 FA Cup in goal for Spurs - sees a long-range shot deflected at the London Stadium. It nearly wrong-foots Alphonse Areola in the West Ham goal, but the keeper reacts well to claim. The opportunity to shoot was set up well by Junya Ito, who has been lively on the Genk right.

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Tottenham legend Erik Thorstvedt in 1991. Photograph: Getty Images

Updated at 9.14pm BST

9.07pm BST

It’s all Brondby in the early exchanges of the second half at Ibrox. The Danes have clearly decided to go for it, and go for it hard. A couple of half-chances open up, Rangers just about shutting the door in time. But the hosts can’t get out of their final third.

9.05pm BST

Brondby should have halved Rangers’ lead. Mikael Uhre missed a golden chance after 15 seconds of the first half, and he’s passes up another, just 17 seconds into the second! He latches onto Borna Barišić’s dreadfully underhit backpass, and is clear on goal! He draws Allan McGregor, only to slam his shot wide right. What a miss! What a let-off for Rangers and Barišić!

9.03pm BST

The second halves are under way. A good evening for West Ham and Rangers so far.

8.54pm BST

GOAL! Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Olympiacos (Toure 45). Almamy Toure puts the 1960 European Cup finalists back into the lead, rendering our half-time scores round-up semi-redundant. Anyway, the whistle’s now gone in Germany, so this one’s for the completists ...

  • Group A: Rangers 2-0 Brondby; Sparta Prague 2-1 Lyon
  • Group B: PSV Eindhoven 0-1 Monaco; Sturm Graz 0-0 Real Sociedad
  • Group C: Napoli 0-0 Legia Warsaw
  • Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Olympiakos
  • Group E: Lokomotiv Moscow 0-0 Galatasaray
  • Group H: West Ham 1-0 Genk

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Half-time scores

  • Group A: Rangers 2-0 Brondby; Sparta Prague 2-1 Lyon
  • Group B: PSV Eindhoven 0-1 Monaco; Sturm Graz 0-0 Real Sociedad
  • Group C: Napoli 0-0 Legia Warsaw
  • Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Olympiakos (L)
  • Group E: Lokomotiv Moscow 0-0 Galatasaray
  • Group H: West Ham 1-0 Genk

Updated at 8.51pm BST

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GOAL! West Ham United 1-0 Genk (Dawson 45+1)

The Hammers break the deadlock just before the break! Craig Dawson meets Aaron Cresswell’s left-wing corner, looping a header into the top left!

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Craig Dawson puts West Ham ahead with a looping header. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

Updated at 8.57pm BST

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GOAL! Sparta Prague 2-1 Lyon (Ekambi 42). Karl Toko Ekambi reduces Lyon’s arrears in Prague just before the break. Meanwhile in the other Group A game, Alfredo Morelos, on the right-hand edge of the D, takes a first-time swipe and crashes the ball off the base of the left-hand post! So close to sealing the deal for Rangers before half-time.

8.40pm BST

A huge let-off for West Ham keeper Alphonse Areola. He comes out flapping at Gerardo Arteaga’s left-wing cross, missing it entirely. Paul Onuachu heads towards the empty net ... but his looping effort floats wide left. So close to the opener for Genk. Areola breathes again.

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Alphonse Areola goes flapping. Photograph: David Loveday/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock

Updated at 8.43pm BST

8.38pm BST

They’ve flashed up another frame of the Roofe VAR decision. Turns out the officials had it spot on: as Morelos headed down towards keeper Mikkelsen, the ankle of defender Henrik Heggheim was playing Roofe on. Millimetres in that. But every single one precious to the Gers.

8.36pm BST

GOAL! Basel 1-1 Omonia Nicosia (Gomez pen 26)
GOAL! Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Olympiacos (Santos Borre pen 26)
GOAL! Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Olympiacos (El Arabi pen 30)

Spot-kicks flying in all over the shop.

8.34pm BST

GOAL! Rangers 2-0 Brondby (Roofe 32)

VAR checks, and decides that Roofe was still onside when Morelos was heading straight at the keeper from Joe Aribo’s fine right-wing cross! To be honest, that looks a really weird decision - Roofe looked half a yard offside if the freeze-frame on BT Sport is anything to go by - but Rangers don’t care!

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Offside? Apparently not. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Updated at 8.51pm BST

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... and West Ham should be leading at the London Stadium, Jarrod Bowen with a close-range whiff. Meanwhile at Ibrox ... Rangers have the ball in the net again at Ibrox, Kemar Roofe tapping home from a couple of yards after Alfredo Morelos’s header is parried by the Brondby keeper. The flag goes up. Nobody complains, but ...

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Jarrod Bowen with a tame effort for the home side. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Updated at 8.34pm BST

8.28pm BST

Brondby should be level at Ibrox. Mikael Uhre tears down the left, reaches the byline, and pulls back for Andrija Pavlović, ten yards out and free. Pavlović leans back and blazes over the bar. A huge let-off for Rangers.

8.24pm BST

GOAL! CFR Cluj 0 AZ 1 (Karlsson 18)
GOAL! Basel 1 Omonia Nicosia 0 (Millar 19)
GOAL! Sparta Prague 2 Lyon 0 (Haraslin 19)
GOAL! PSV 0 Monaco 1 (Boadu 19)
The most notable of this lot being Lukas Haraslin’s second for Sparta Prague, a surprise brewing in Czechia.

8.20pm BST

GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Brondby (Balogun 18)

Some nice karma in action here. James Tavernier is pelted by Brondby fans - plastic cups and what looks like a cigarette lighter - as he prepares to take a right-wing corner. He whips into the middle. Leon Balogun rises highest and powers a missile of his own into the top right. Tavernier glances over at the away end with great satisfaction.

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Goal for Rangers as Leon Balogun scores with a header. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Updated at 8.30pm BST

8.16pm BST

Genk are looking lively in London. Alphonse Areola is forced to steam out of his box to hack clear, just in time as it happens, with Théo Bongonda this close to latching onto keeper Maarten Vandevoordt’s long pass. That would have been a route-one classic.

8.13pm BST

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8.11pm BST

... so having said that, Genk get the ball in West Ham’s net. Junya Ito strides into acres down the right, crosses deep for Paul Onuachu, who knocks the ball back across the face of goal for Théo Bongonda to bundle in. Easy and clinical as that ... though West Ham are saved as the flag goes up (correctly) for offside, Ito having made off down the wing too early.

8.10pm BST

Not a great deal going on at the London Stadium. West Ham, having already pouched wins against Rapid Vienna and Dinamo Zagreb, are in no need of pushing it.

8.08pm BST

GOAL! Sparta Prague 1-0 Lyon (Haraslin 4). In Rangers group, Lukas Haraslin scores the first goal of the 8pm kick-offs. As things stand, Sparta leapfrog Lyon and go top of Group A.

8.05pm BST

Other than that, Rangers - who really need the three points after two defeats - have started fairly brightly. Alfredo Morelos looks in a busy mood, as does Ianis Hagi. The bustle of the former, down the left, tees up John Lundstram on the edge of the box, but Lundstram hesitates and is closed down before he can get a proper shot away.

8.02pm BST

Off we go, then ... and within ten seconds, Brondby’s Mikael Uhre skitters clear of the Rangers back line and makes towards their box with a great passion. Five seconds later, he sends a wild shot into the Copland Road stand.

7.58pm BST

Goodbye Baz, hello 8pm kick-offs. The teams are out at Ibrox and the London Stadium - we’re going to be concentrating on Rangers-Brondby and West Ham-Genk - and we’ll be off in a minute or two. A reminder of all the 8pm starts:

  • Group A: Rangers v Brondby; Sparta Prague v Lyon
  • Group B: PSV Eindhoven v Monaco; Sturm Graz v Real Sociedad
  • Group C: Napoli v Legia Warsaw
  • Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt v Olympiakos
  • Group E: Lokomotiv Moscow v Galatasaray
  • Group H: West Ham v Genk
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Bubbles fill the sky at the London Stadium. Photograph: David Loveday/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock

Updated at 8.06pm BST

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That’s all from me. On a night when Tottenham were embarrassed at the hands of Vitesse Arnhem and Jose Mourinho’s Roma were utterly humiliated in a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Norwegian outfit Bodo Glimt, it’s over to Scott Murray, who’ll be keeping tabs on the matches featuring West Ham and Rangers tonight. Thanks for your time and your company – enjoy the rest of the show.

Updated at 7.46pm BST

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Europa League results

Group A

  • Rangers v Brondby (8pm)
  • Sparta Prague v Lyon (8pm)

Group B

  • PSV Eindhoven v Monaco (8pm)
  • Sturm Graz v Real Sociedad (8pm)

Group C

  • Napoli v Legia Warsaw (8pm)

Group D

  • Fenerbahce 2-2 Royal Antwerp (5.45pm)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt v Olympiakos (8pm)

Group E

  • Lazio 0-0 Marseille
  • Lokomotiv Moscow v Galatasaray (8pm)

Group F

  • FC Midtjylland 1-1 Red Star
  • Ludogorets 0-1 Braga

Group G

  • Real Betis 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Group H

7.39pm BST

Full time: Vitesse Arnhem 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Europa Conference League: Vitesse Arnhem beat an English club for the first time in their history, with Max Wittek popping up with the winner on 79 minutes. It was fairly diabolical perform,ance from TOttenham’s second string. This defeat leaves Tottenham in third place in the group, two points behind tonight’s winners and four behind group leaders Rennes.

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Jose Mourinho's Roma losing 6-1 in the Arctic Circle!

Europa Conference League: This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. Roma are 6-1 down against Bodo/Glimt. Oh, Jose. How the mighty have fallen.

7.27pm BST

Europa League Group G: Robert Andrich has equalised for Bayer Leverkusen against Real Betis. It’s 1-1 in Seville.

7.24pm BST

Europa League Group G: Meanwhile in Seville, Real Betis have gone one up against Bayer Leverkusen. Borja Iglesias has put the Spanish side ahead from the spot. So he has.

7.21pm BST

GOAL! Vitesse Arnhem 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Wittek 79)

Oh dear. Tottenham go behind to a splendid Max Wittek volley from the edge of the penalty area. I think it took a deflection on its way past Gianluigi Gollini but it was a fine effort.

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Vitesse take the lead against Tottenham! Photograph: Peter de Jong/AP

Updated at 7.34pm BST

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Europa Conference League: With their game against Vitesse Arnhem still scoreless, Tottenham Hotspur continue their search for a goal. Dele Alli has a shot deflected into the arms of Markus Schubert, the Dutch side’s goalkeeper.

7.10pm BST

Europa Leaghue Group D: Archbishop Desmond is in the house at Fenerbahce’s Estadio Şukru Saracoglu. The astute among you will have already guessed that the score between the Turkish side and Royal Antwerp is now 2-2.

7.06pm BST

Europa League Group E: Ciro Immobile thought he had broken the deadlock in the match between Lazio and Marseille but was mistaken. His effort is ruled out for a very tight offside.

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Europa League Group F: Mirko Ivanic has just put Red Star Belgrad a goal ahead against FC Midtjylland with a strike just before the hour mark.

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West Ham v Genk line-ups

West Ham: Areola, Johnson, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Vlasic, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Bowen.

Genk: Vandevoordt, Preciado, Cuesta, Lucumi, Arteaga, Heynen, Hrosovsky, Bongonda, Ito, Onuachu.

Updated at 7.54pm BST

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6.57pm BST

Europa Conference League: A miserable evening has just got worse for Jose Mourinho above in the Artic Circle. Bodo/Glimt have just extended their lead against his Roma side and are 3-1 up.

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Still, nice hat. Photograph: Fabio Rossi/AS Roma/Getty Images

Updated at 7.03pm BST

6.55pm BST

West Ham team news: West Ham boss David Moyes makes six changes for the Europa League visit of Belgian side Genk. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko, Nicola Vlasic and Manuel Lanzini all come into his side. Tomas Soucek, who needed plastic surgery on his lip after Saturday’s win at Everton, keeps his place along with Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen, Aaron Cresswell and Ben Johnson.

6.54pm BST

Rangers v Brondby line-ups

Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic, Aribo, Lundstram, Davis, Roofe, Morelos, Hagi.

Subs: Bassey, Patterson, Bacuna, Scott Wright, Kelly, McCrorie, Sakala, McLaughlin, Arfield.

Brondby: Mikkelsen, Heggheim, Maxso, Rosted, Gammelby, Cappis, Frendrup, Ben Slimane, Mensah, Uhre, Pavlovic.

Subs: Greve, Riveros, Bruus, Tshiembe, Fallenius, Radosevic, Divkovic, Hedlund, Bjur, Sidhu, Aegidius, Borkeeiet.

Referee: Fran Jovic (Croatia)

6.51pm BST

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An email: “Dele Alli is such an enigma,” writes Yash Gupta. “Yes that Arsenal game was poor which led to question everything to be honest. But even today he hasn’t performed well. One part which desperately want him to succeed thinks he is playing out of position, for a long time now. But then the reality kicks in and it feels a bit sad.”

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A riddle. Photograph: Martin Rose/Getty Images

Updated at 6.53pm BST

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Europa Conference League: From the edge of the Vitesse Arnhem penalty area, Bryan Gil thumps a shot against the cross-bar and the woodwork saves the visitors. It remains scoreless.

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Europa League half-times

Group A

  • Rangers v Brondby (8pm)
  • Sparta Prague v Lyon (8pm)

Group B

  • PSV Eindhoven v Monaco (8pm)
  • Sturm Graz v Real Sociedad (8pm)

Group C

  • Napoli v Legia Warsaw (8pm)

Group D

  • Fenerbahce 2-1 Royal Antwerp (5.45pm)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt v Olympiakos (8pm)

Group E

  • Lazio 0-0 Marseille (5.45)
  • Lokomotiv Moscow v Galatasaray (8pm)

Group F

  • FC Midtjylland 0-0 Red Star (5.45pm)
  • Ludogorets 0-1 Braga (5.45pm)

Group G

  • Real Betis 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen (5.45)

Group H

6.32pm BST

Half-time: Vitesse Arnhem 0-0 Tottenham

Europa Conference League: It’s scoreless at the break in the Netherlands, where Tottenham certainly haven’t had it all way against their hosts in front of a packed house. Novice striker Dean Scarlett has struggled to get a foothold in the game but has been starved of service.

6.27pm BST

An email: “In case you’ve missed it: José Mourinho is not having fun in Northern Norway at the moment,” writes Guffen Helleve.

Currently muddying his spats in the Europa Conference League with Roma and freezing his giblits off in the Arctic Circle while his side play Bodo/Glimt, Jose’s side are 2-1 down. You love to see it.

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Josè Mourinho wraps up snugly for his Roma side’s match against FK Bodo/Glimt at the Aspmyra Stadion, where it’s currently two degrees celsius. Photograph: Fabio Rossi/AS Roma/Getty Images

Updated at 6.28pm BST

6.22pm BST

Europa League Group H: It’s Rapid Vienna 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb at the Allianz Stadion, in case you’re pondering. And let’s be honest: who isn’t? Mislav Orsice cancelled out the home side’s opener, only for Max Hofmann to restore their lead.

6.18pm BST

Europa League Group D: It’s all square in the match between Fenerbahce and Royal Antwerp, where Enner Valencia, who spent three years at West Ham, has restored parity for the Turkish side.

6.14pm BST

Europa Conference League: A Giovanni Lo Celso free-kick from near the corner flag causes minor panic in the Vitesse Arnhem penalty area but the Dutch side clear.

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Europa Conference League: Tottenham enjoy a rare sortie deep into Vitesse Arnhem territory and win a corner. Nothing comes of it.

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Europa League Group E: Either through apathy, Covid restrictions that may or may not be in place, or a mixture of both, there appear to be very few spectators at the game between Lazio and Marseille in Rome. Those who are there have just seen Leicester old boy Cengiz Under shoot wide for the French visitors.

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A great atmosphere in Rome as Marseille visit Lazio. Photograph: Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images

Updated at 6.33pm BST

6.09pm BST

Europa Conference League: Vitesse’s Nikolai Frederiksen tries a shot from distance which is put out for a corner. The Dutch side get a flick at the near post only for the ball to fizz wide of the far one. Close but no cigar yet for Vitesse Arnhem, who are having the better of it against this second string Spurs side. It remains scoreless.

6.05pm BST

An email: “For years during our [redacted s-word] times for some reason we always played and exhausted our strongest XI in pointless Europa league games when we had albeit mediocre squad players crying out for game time,” writes Peter Crosby. “It’s such a relief to finally see a Spurs manager rotating properly! Well done Nuno!”

Updated at 6.06pm BST

6.00pm BST

Europa Conference League: Vitesse Arnhem’s fans appeal for a penalty for a potentially calamitous Bryan Gil lunge on Max Wittek just inside the Tottenham penalty area. He went in from behind but won the ball cleanly and the referee decides against awarding a spot-kick.

5.58pm BST

Europa League Group F: Huge news from Bulgaria, where Portuguese side Braga have gone a goal up against their hosts Ludogorets.

Europa League Group H: Rapid Vienna are a goal to the good against Dinamo Zagreb. Marco Gruell on the scoresheet there and he will no doubt be asking for more. Gruel, see? Eh? Oh.

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Europa League Group D: Royal Antwerp have taken an early lead at Fenerbahce’s Estadio Şukru Saracoglu, where Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta has fired the Belgian side ahead.

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Our 5.45pm kick-offs are under way ...

And in ther Europa Conference League, the match between Vitesse Arnhem and Tottemnham Hotspur has got off to an exceptionally lively start in a full-to-capacity GelreDome. Tottenham goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has already been forced to make one fine save.

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Lazio v Marseille line-ups

Lazio: Strakosha, Lazzari, Felipe, Acerbi, Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Basic, Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni.

Subs: Patric Gil, Escalante, Lucas, Akpa Akpro, Pedro, Luis Alberto, Hysaj, Reina, Radu, Moro, Furlanetto, Muriqi.

Marseille: Pau Lopez, Rongier, Saliba, Caleta-Car, Luan Peres, Guendouzi, Kamara, Payet, Under, Milik, Lirola.

Subs: Ngapandouetnbu, Alvaro, Balerdi, Harit, Gerson, Luis Henrique, Dieng, de la Fuente, Gueye, Amavi, Mandanda, Sciortino.

Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach)

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FC Midtjylland v Red Star Belgrade line-ups

FC Midtjylland: Olafsson, Dalsgaard, Sviatchenko, Dyhr, Andersson, Cajuste, Nwadike, Paulinho, Evander, Isaksen, Sisto.

Subs: Lossl, Cools, Hoegh, Mabil, Sorensen, Thompson, Charles, Marrony, Hansen, Bility, Lind, Simsir.

Red Star Belgrade: Borjan, Gobeljic, Dragovic, Degenek, Rodic, Srnic, Sanogo, Falco, Kanga, Ivanic, Ben.

Subs: Popovic, Gajic, Pankov, Krsticic, Petrovic, Stanic, Erakovic, Lazetic, Diony, Gordic, Bakayoko.

Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)

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Group D: Fenerbahce v Royal Antwerp line-ups

Fenerbahce: Bayindir, Tisserand, Kim, Szalai, Samuel, Sosa, Gustavo, Kadioglu, Ozil, Berisha, Valencia.

Subs: Meyer, Rossi, Pelkas, Aksoy, Gumuskaya, Guler, Zajc, Sangare, Ozer, Novak, Cetin.

Royal Antwerp: Butez, Bataille, Dinis Almeida, De Laet, Vines, Yusuf, Birger Verstraete, Gerkens, Fischer, Samatta, Frey.

Subs: Engels, Eggestein, Michel Ange Balikwisha, Benson, Quirynen, Dessoleil, De Wolf, Dwomoh.

Referee: Sergei Ivanov (Russia)

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That Tottenham Hotspur team: Nuno Espirito Santo has made 11 changes from the side that beat Newcastle last Sunday for the Europa Conference League trip to Vitesse Arnhem.

Those players that started at St James’ Park did not travel to Holland so the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn started. There is also a third senior start for 17-year-old striker Dane Scarlett.

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Dane Scarlett, 17, makes his third start up front for Tottenham Hotspur tonight. Photograph: Dave Shopland/REX/Shutterstock

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Europa Conference League: Vitesse Arnhem v Tottenham Hotspur line-ups

Vitesse Arnhem: Schubert, Doekhi, Bazoer, Rasmussen, Dasa, Bero, Tronstad, Wittek, Frederiksen, Darfalou, Openda.

Subs: Oroz, Hajek, Von Moos, Gboho, Domgjoni, Houwen, Yapi, Buitink, Vroegh, Cornelisse, Huisman, van haveren.

Tottenham Hotspur: Gollini, Tanganga, Sanchez, Rodon, Davies, Lo Celso, Winks, Gil Salvatierra, Alli, Bergwijn, Scarlett.

Subs: Austin, White, John, Walcott, Clarke, Cesay, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Lyons-Foster, Markanday.

Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)

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Group F: Ludogorets v Braga line-ups

Ludogorets: Kahlina, Ikoko, Josue Sa, Verdon, Pinas, Badji, Goncalves, Yankov, Tekpetey, Sotiriou, Despodov.

Subs: Show, Padt, Terziev, Alex Santana, Manu, Tchibota, Rotariu, Plastun, Mitkov, Hristov, Yordanov.

Braga: Matheus Magalhaes, Fabiano, Paulo Oliveira, Diogo Leite, Nuno Sequeira, Iuri Medeiros, Al Musrati, Castro, Galeno, Ruiz, Ricardo Horta.

Subs: Yan Couto, Vitor Tormena, Andre Horta, Piazon, Tiago Sa, Gonzalez, Chiquinho, Lucas Mineiro, Raul Silva, Moura, Bruno Rodrigues, Vitor Oliveira.

Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)

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Celtic 2-0 Ferencvaros

Group G: “Long overdue, back-to-back domestic away victories for Celtic have now been followed up by success over the very team which emphasised their demise with a Champions League qualifying win in Glasgow at the start of last season ,” writes Ewan Murray.

Related: Kyogo Furuhashi fires Celtic to vital Europa League win over Ferencvaros

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Spartak Moscow 3-4 Leicester City

Group C: “Patson Daka did more than relaunch Leicester’s Europa League ambitions yesterday afternoon,” writes Paul Doyle. “With four expertly taken goals in Moscow, the Zambia international announced himself as a striker who could thrill Leicester for years.”

Related: Patson Daka strikes four as Leicester roar back from brink at Spartak Moscow

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Tonight's Europa League fixtures

Group A

  • Rangers v Brondby (8pm)
  • Sparta Prague v Lyon (8pm)

Group B

  • PSV Eindhoven v Monaco (8pm)
  • Sturm Graz v Real Sociedad (8pm)

Group C

  • Napoli v Legia Warsaw (8pm)

Group D

  • Fenerbahce v Royal Antwerp (5.45pm)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt v Olympiakos (8pm)

Group E

  • Lazio Marseille (5.45)
  • Lokomotiv Moscow v Galatasaray (8pm)

Group F

  • FC Midtjylland v Red Star (5.45pm)
  • Ludogorets v Braga (5.45pm)

Group G

  • Real Betis v Bayer Leverkusen (5.45)

Group H

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Europa League Matchday Three

With Leicester City and Celtic both having got their Europa League duties out of the way earlier this week for various reasons you don’t need to concern yourselves with, it’s left to Rangers and West Ham to fly the flag for British clubs in the more traditional Thursday night slot.

Bottom of Group A and yet to get a point on the board, the Scottish champions are in dire need of a win against Danish side Brondby at Ibrox. With two wins from two games in Group H, there is considerably less urgency surrounding West Ham’s appointment with Genk at the London Stadium.

Both games kick-off at 8pm (BST) but in the meantime we’ll be keeping an eye on the early evening 5.45pm (BST) fixtures, including potential thrillers such as ... erm, Ludogorets v Braga, Fenerbahce v Royal Antwerp and your friends and mine: Lazio v Marseille, which could be quite spicy.

We’ll also bring you updates from the Europa Conference, where a second-string Tottenham Hotspur side are in the Netherlands to play Vitesse Arnhem.

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