Yet another goal at Porto, who have retaken the lead through Tiquinho. Rangers still lead the group, and every time I glance at the feed of their game they have just missed a great chance to extend their advantage.
“You’re right that Roy Keane was known to most as Keano,” notes Peter Oh, “but I’m sure opposing players called him a Son of a [something] as well.”
Astana already had the worst goal difference in the Europa League and it’s an honour they look determined to keep. They’re now 3-0 down at Partizan Belgrade, Takuma Asano with the third.
The reason I say it’s all going on in Group G, incidentally, is that having been 2-0 up Porto conceded two goals in three minutes to get pegged back to 2-2 at home to Feyenoord, so had already lost group leadership even before Rangers scored. As it stands, Rangers have a three-point lead at the top!
GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Young Boys (Morelos, 30 mins)
It’s all going on in Group G! Young Boys give the ball away and it’s immediately popped through to Morelos. Sörensen screams across to cut it out but makes a complete hash of it, and suddenly Morelos is entirely free! There’s not even anyone there to pretend to be fouled by, so he concentrates on the task in hand and slides a shot past the keeper!
Jody Lukoki has put Ludogorets a goal up against Ferencvaros. According to Wikipedia his nickname is The Son of the Wind. I like this nickname. It certainly beats Keano or Gibbsy.
Another Roma player has scored, though Umar Sadiq is on loan at Partizan Belgrade, and has put them 2-0 up against Astana in the other game in United’s group.
At Ibrox, the now familiar sight of Morelos tumbling inside the penalty area, and a referee completely ignoring him. Then he’s played through on the right side of the area, but his shot hits the goalkeeper’s legs.
It must have been the flares in Glasgow, because visibility is now excellent. There have been no goals there, but elsewhere in Group G Luiz Diaz has given Porto the lead against Feyenoord, with the Portuguese side thus leapfrogging Rangers to the top of the group. And they’ve just scored again! That’s two in three minutes, the young left-back Tyrell Malacia putting into his own net. That leaves Rangers in second place, but potentially one goal from elimination.
Laurent Depoitre has his shooting boots on tonight. Gent are now 2-0 up against Oleksandriya, and the former Huddersfield hitman has got them both.
At Old Trafford, Idrissi is giving Young a bit of an examination, and it’s far from clear that United’s captain is going to pass it. AZ have had 63% of possession so far, with nearly 15 minutes played, and the home crowd is already sounding a little quiet.
In Rome, Diego Perotti has given the home side the lead over Wolfsberger from the penalty spot! And as I type that Wolsberger equalise, thanks to Alessandro Florenzi’s own-goal!
A goal in Group I, where Gent’s Laurent Depoitre has given them a seventh-minute lead over Oleksandriya, and thus placed them very much in the driving seat in the battle for group victory.
Ashley Young does some very relaxed defending in his own penalty area, before suddenly and emphatically crossing the boundary between cool and idiotic and very nearly presenting Idrissi with a free goal.
Pereira has the first shot of note at Old Trafford, low and hard but from an unpromising angle and duly blocked by the AZ keeper, Marco Bizot.
There has already been a goal in the largely irrelevant other match in Manchester United’s Group L. Partizan Belgrade have scored it, Seydouba Soumah putting them a goal to the good against Astana.
I’m watching the Rangers game in a little corner of my screen, and thus can’t be entirely sure whether it’s very foggy, extraordinarily rainy, or if fans have let off a few flares and it’ll all clear up any time now.
Peeeeep! They’re off! Or Wolves are, anyway. They seem to have stolen a march on the other British sides, who are being a little slow.
The players are already out and preparing for kick-off. No pause for breath here!
Hello! Simon Burnton here, taking over for the remainder of the evening. Here’s a quick run-through of tonight’s 8pm GMT kick-offs, and the state of play in the groups:
All to play for here: Rangers top the group as it stands and need at least a point to be sure of progress. If they lose, they will go out if Porto beat Feyenoord. Porto need to match Young Boys’ result to go through, while Feyenoord can progress only if they and Rangers both win.
Porto v Feyenoord
Rangers v Young Boys
Espanyol are through as group champions, and CSKA are out. Ludogorets and Ferencvaros essentially play off for the other place in the knock-out stages, with the Hungarians needing to win.
Espanyol v CSKA Moscow
Ludogorets v Ferencvaros
Gent and Wolfsburg are already through, and the Belgians will win the group unless they lose and Wolfsburg win.
Gent v Oleksandriya
Wolfsburg v Saint-Etienne
Wolsberger are out, but any two of the other three can go through. Istanbul Basaksehir need to win to go through; if they do that Borussia Monchengladbach will also go through, whatever their result.
Borussia Monchengladbach v Istanbul Basaksehir
Roma v Wolfsberger
Braga and Wolves are through. Wolves, currently in second place, need to win their game, and hope that Braga don’t win theirs, if they are to top the group.
Slovan Bratislava v Sporting Braga
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Besiktas
Manchester United and AZ are through, with United destined to top the group unless they lose at home tonight.
Manchester United v AZ Alkmaar
Partizan Belgrade v Astana
Let’s have a quick run-through of some other results:
Eintracht Frankfurt have handed top spot in their group to Arsenal, conceding two late goals to bottom side Vitória. In Group C, Getafe won their eliminator against Krasnodar 3-0, with all three goals coming in the last 15 minutes. Basel topped the group after a 2-0 win over Trabzonspor.
In Group A, Apoel surprised Sevilla, winning 1-0 in a game between two teams who had already qualified. In Group D, LASK Linz grabbed top spot from Sporting with an emphatic 3-0 win, while PSV and Rosenborg drew 1-1.
Malmö got the win they needed in a cross-border derby at Copenhagen, who still crept through after Dynamo Kyiv were held at home by Lugano. Elswhere, two goals from Joris Gnagnon earned Rennes victory over Lazio in a Group E dead rubber.
FT: Cluj 2-0 Celtic
Defeat for Neil Lennon’s young side but they had already done the hard work and will look forward to the draw after topping Group E
FT: Standard Liège 2-2 Arsenal
That’s it, and top spot in the group is sealed for Arsenal after a topsy-turvy evening.
Vitoria have scored again to take the lead against Eintracht! Another goal from Standard Liege would take them through, but we are already into stoppage time
Over in Spain Getafe are cruising through after two goals against Krasnodar. Basel are also 2-0 up in the same group
More dramatic news from Germany as Eintracht have conceded an equaliser. That puts Arsenal back on top of the group for now …
Almost another goal there for Lacazette. Arsenal showing some real spirit here. The Freddie effect?
There’s been a breakthrough in the crucial meeting between Copenhagen and Malmo and it’s come from an own goal from the Danish side’s Sotirios Papagiannopoulos.
What a turnaround from Arsenal, just as they were sleepwalking to second place in the group. But Standard Liege need to win to have any chance so are continuing to attack
GOAL! Standard Liege 2-2 Arsenal (Saka)
Having just set up the first goal, Saka equalises with a brilliant shot from outside the area. Some lovely touches in the buildup there!
GOAL! Standard Liege 2-1 Arsenal (Lacazette)
Lacazette fires home to cut the deficit. That’s his 19th goal in the Europa League …
A piece of history made just now: Karamoko Dembele has become the youngest ever player for Celtic in European competition. He was born in February 2003!!
GOAL! Cluj 2-0 Celtic (Djokovic)
Damjan Djokovic has doubled the lead in Romania with an excellent finish. Looks like Celtic’s hopes of staying unbeaten are over.
Standard Liege are attacking at will now. Surely the unthinkable can’t happen? They need three goals in 18 minutes ….
GOAL! Standard Liège 2-0 Arsenal (Amallah)
Another goal for Standard! It’s a poor mistake from Willock, who gifts the ball to Amallah and the Moroccan finds the corner with a clever shot to make it 2-0.
This is perhaps why Arsenal fans are so angry about what’s happening tonight. The Europa League already looks their best chance of reaching the Champions League next season after all …
Celtic are under the cosh now against Cluj, who have just missed a good chance to make it 2-0. Meanwhile APOEL are ahead against Sevilla in Group A
An Arsenal-supporting friend has just texted urging me to watch and laugh at the defending for that goal. He should be used to it by now
Arsenal’s performance so far has had a few of you writing in as well …
“Good to see Arsenal has so much mediocrity in such depth,” says Peter Littley.
“A number of Arsenal players are doing the best they can to ensure they avoid being picked for the defeat against Man City on Sunday. Not a bad policy,” adds Charles Antaki
Both Celtic and Arsenal are trailing then but of course Neil Lennon’s side are are assured of top spot. It seems I’m not the only one still hoping to see young Grant Savoury make his debut later …
“I do hope young Savoury gets a run tonight,” emails Don Kavanagh. “He looked a bit tasty in the warm-ups…”
Celtic have fallen behind in Romania after a goal from Andrei Burca. The defender’s header from a corner left Gordon with no chance
That was desperately unlucky for Arsenal but just what Standard needed. Only four to go now for Standard unless Vitoria can do them a favour
GOAL! Standard 1-0 Arsenal (Bastien)
We’re back under way in Belgium and across Europe in the other games. And it’s an early goal for Standard! Bastien’s shot hits the arm of Sokratis and deflects in …