Tim Sherwood

FULL TIME - FC Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham

7:47: Dnipro hit the post in time added on! What a left off for Spurs!

7:44: Close again! Chadli wins the ball and swings a ball across the face of the goal but it bypasses everyone, including Harry Kane who was centre meters away from making contact.

7:43: Spurs swing in a corner from the left that looks to have been over hit but Eriksen chases it down and swings an expected ball straight back into the near post towards the Paulinho at the near post, but the keeper makes the block.

7:41: Dnipro are immediately on the search for the second and the ball falls to Konoplyanka who tries a speculative effort on the half volley from 25 yards out. It's not half bad, but it's over Brad Friedel's cross bar.

7:38: Dnipro take the lead! Konoplyanka fires low to the left and watches his effort bounce off the inside of the post and into the back of the net. Take not, Mesut Ozil!

Goal! FC Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham (Yevhen Konoplyanka, 80)

7:37: After turning down a series of penalty appeals, the referee points to the spot after Jan Vertonghen pulls down Matheus in the box.

PENALTY - Dnipro

7:28: Matheus again bears down on the right before swapping the ball onto his favoured left foot. His effort is well struck but Freidel is firmly behind it to take a decent save.

7:26: This game is picking up the pace nicely now. Bentaleb this time drives towards the opposition goal but is nudged ever so slightly inside the box, Again, the referee isn't interested in penalty appeals.

7:24: Konoplyanka kicks into gear and drives at the Tottenham defence, shimmying left and right passed sprawling defenders before letting fly with a low effort, but Dawson is across to make a timely block.

7:21: DISALLOWED GOAL - Danny Rose bombs forward and pokes through a ball for Eriksen who finishes well inside the left of the box, but the Dane was marginally offside.

7:19: First change of the evening as Christian Eriksen replaces Townsend. The winger has had a fairly disappointing evening with his only contribution being a series of tame efforts from long range when a pass was the better option on each occasion.

7:16: Elsewhere, Benfica have taken the lead against PAOK through Lima.

7:13: What a miss from Soldado! Kyle Naughton plays an excellent reverse pass in from the right and Paulinho does excellently to shrug off his man and play an inviting ball across the goal mouth. It evades the Dnipro defenders but Soldado skies it. Yes, it may have taken a bobble, but it is a horrendous miss none the less.

7:12: Penalty appeal from Dnipro as Roman Zozulya goes down under a challenge from Brad Friedel, but the referee books the Dnipro man for simulation. There looked to be some contact but the American 'keeper did pull out of the challenge as the attacker went down far too easy.

7:11: Artem Fedetskiy goes in with a high boot to challenge Paulinho but it's the Dnipro man who is down in agony with an ankle injury.

7:10: Konoplyanka enjoyed a lively start to the game in the first half, causing Kyle Naughton one or two problems down the left flank. Spurs' backline has looked rather disjoined this evening and Dnipro's modus operandi remains lumping balls over the top, but expect the Liverpool target to be involved again soon.

7:07: This game is in desperate need of a goal. Or a piece of skill. Or a nice pass. Or anything, really.

7:04: A slight mix up between the two Dnipro centre halves almost allows Townsend to gallop through but he isn't able to take the ball in his stride. Spurs win a corner out of it.

7:02: And we are back underway in Dnipro.

7:00: While you wait, here's some team news ahead of Swansea's clash with Napoli.

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.

6:56: While we fervently await the second of this rendition of Total Football, here are the half time scores from elsewhere in Europe.

Esbjerg 1-3 Fiorentina

Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Valencia

FC Chornomorets Odesa 0-0 Lyon

Juventus 1-0 Trabzonspor

PAOK Salonika 0-0 Benfica

Slovan Liberec 0-0 AZ Alkmaar

6:53: It's goalless in Dnipro and we are hardly drowning in talking points. Tottenham momentarily thought they had a penalty after Paulinho was clipped breaking through on goal but replays show the decision to award a free kick was spot on. There has been some haphazard defending from both teams but nothing to suggest this is going to explode into a frenzy of attacking football.


FC Dnipro 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

6:45: The long ball over the top catches Tottenham out again with Zozulya racing onto it but Danny Rose is hot on his heels. The full back catches up and cuts across the Dnipro forward, he demands a penalty. He doesn't get it.

6:41: Boyko gets away with trying to Cruyff-turn is way out of trouble after receiving a back pass and almost ran straight into Soldado.

6:36: Townsend whips a vicious effort on goal but it flashes wide of the post.

6:34: Paulinho is clipped by Strinic as he bursts through on goal to win a free kick but Spurs are adamant it was a penalty. It was a wonderful through ball from Soldado that found the Brazilian but replays show it was just outside the area. Perhaps there was a case for a red card given the goal scoring opportunity presented to Paulinho but a yellow suffices. Townsend stands over the free kick.

6:30: Spurs respond as Danny Rose bursts down the left before teeing a cross over to Chadli who has burst through on the edge of the area, but the Belgian is leaning back and fires his shot wildly over.

6:29: Spurs are struggling at the minute as Capoue as is caught dawdling 25 yards out from his own goal. Matheus fires a low drive which Brad Friedel spills but Zozuyla can't scramble in the rebound either.

6:27: Tottenham's backline was all over the shop there; the space between Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen was just begging to be exploited.

6:26: What a miss from Dnipro! Tottenham's backline is completely deceived by a simple long ball over the top leaving Matheus one on one with Friedel. The Dnipro forward stalls before trying to deftly slot the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper, but Friedel blocks to make the save. Smart save, but he really should have punished Spurs.

6:24: Paulinho wins the ball in midfield before finding Bentaleb who finds Townsend coming in from the right. The winger continues his run inside and fires a shot through a crowd of players from 25 yards but it's comfortably saved.

6:22: Juventus have taken the lead and it's Southampton bad boy Pablo Osvaldo who has opened the scoring against Trabzonspor.

6:20: Danny Rose is clattered by Ruslan Rotan and gets his foot stuff in the awkward turf for good measure. After gingerly getting up the full back receives some treatment and looks okay to continue.

6:16: Quiet opening 15 in Dnipro but it's bee quite the opposite where Fiorentina have taken a 2-1 lead of Esbjerg.

6:15: Nacer Chadli finds some space down his left and easily swings in a tempting cross that is unconventionally batted away by the Dnipro goalkeeper with Soldado lurking nearby.

6:12: Konoplyanka shows why Liverpool were so keen on him as he skins Kyle Naughton with a run down the left before finding Matheus at the near post, but his effort is steered the wrong side of the post.

6:10: Dnipro cause a stir as as Giuliano picks up the ball and bursts down the inside flank and looks to cut it back with Zozulya lurking in the middle but Dawson is across quickly to nullify the danger.

6:07: Paulinho fires off Tottenham's first effort of the game, a wayward shot from 20 yards out that the midfielder hoped had taken a deflection. It didn't.

6:04: Dnipro enjoying the early share of possession, Giuliano threatens to break through receiving a neat one two but Dawson shrugs him off the ball to avert the danger.

6:00: And we are off and underway in south east Ukraine with a lot of empty seats vacated by those boycotting tonight's game in Dnipropetrovsk in protest against the violence in Kiev.

5:57: Kick is off moments away, here's quick reminder of the two teams.

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.

5:49: And we will have goal updates from all of this evening's games as they they go in.

5:48: In the early kick off of the evening Anzhi Makhachkala are being held at home to Belgian outfit KRC Genk with the score 0-0 at half time. Games approaching kick off around Europe also include:

Esbjerg v Fiorentina

Dynamo Kiev v Valencia

FC Chornomorets Odesa v Lyon

Juventus v Trabzonspor

PAOK Salonika v Benfica

Slovan Liberec v AZ Alkmaar

5:36: Yevhen Konoplyanka, the man at the centre of the the biggest transfer saga on deadline day last month, lines up for FC Dnipro this evening and the 24-year-old is insistent these ties against Spurs are not an audition ahead of a summer move to Liverpool.

"Everything that happened is in the past. There is a good saying 'everything is for the best' - all we have to do is concentrate on the game for tomorrow, that is all.

"It doesn't influence my game tomorrow and if the coach finds it possible to put me in the team I will do all I can - all I have to think about is that game. It is a good chance for any player to play against a team like that. It is a better motivation for us to play tomorrow and do our best."

5:33: We are less than half an hour away from kick off as skipper Michael Dawson, one of the few first teamers to start tonight, heads out for a warm up.

5:28: And of course there is familiar face in the home dug out for Spurs tonight. After great success at Sevilla Juande Ramos moved to White Hart Lane to replace Martin Jol in 2007, but lasted just over a year before being shown the door. The Spaniard recently had some words to share on his time in north London, particularly on the eating habits of some of his former players.

We trained out in Chigwell and there is a McDonald's and we would see them there, eating hamburgers and drinking Coca-Cola.

"I couldn't go to their houses to see what they were eating but if they were not at their ideal weight then I could keep them out of the side."

5:25: Tottenham enter tonight's first leg of the knock out stages as the only team to have won all eight of their group games.


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

Subs: Archer, Fryers, Veljkovic, Eriksen, McEvoy, Onomah, Kane

5:12: Tim Sherwood confirmed earlier today that Emmanuel Adebayor, Hugo Lloris, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker had been left at home as they recover from minor 'niggles', as the Spurs boss described them as. The quintet join Erik Lamela, Sandro, Vlad Chiriches and Jermain Defoe on the injury list so expect a fair bit of rotation from the north Londoners this evening.

5:10: Good evening and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of this evening's Europa League. We will be concentrating on Tottenham Hotspur's visit to FC Dnipro with kick off just 45 minutes away and we will keep you updated with the action from six other games scheduled to kick off at 6:00 (GMT). We will have all your team news coming up shortly.