Champions League live: Tottenham v FC Twente and Valencia v Manchester United

29 September 2010 07:37
A historic night for the Tottenham as against FC Twente they host their first Champions League game proper since 1962, while Manchester United will hope to put the disappointment of being held by Rangers last time out by getting a result at Valencia. The Gers host United's fellow group rivals Bursaspor. Follow all the action here with Sportsmail.

 Champions League (7.45pm)Rangers 1-0 Bursaspor

Tottenham 0-0 FC Twente

Valencia 0-0 Manchester United

20.33: Half-time: Tottenham 0-0 FC Twente

20.31: Half-time: Rangers 1-0 BursasporHalf-time: Valencia 0-0 Manchester United

20.29: Likewise Van der Vaart, his first time left footed effort produces an equally stunning save from Mihaylov who gets a desperate outstretched hand to palm away for a corner.

20.28: What strike from Jeremy Mathieu! His first time effort from the edge of the box forces the best from Van Der Sar, who proves he still has a spring in his step with a fine outstretched save.

20.25: Gamesmanship at its finest. Nikolay Mihaylov is booked for time wasting and the kick is held up again as more Twente players complain about the position of the ball on the spot. Van der Vaart takes the kick and Mihaylov does well to spring to his right (albeit miles off his line) to punch away for a corner.Twente will feel justice has been done though as the original foul for the penalty sees Peter Crouch go down under pressure.20.23: PENALTY (Tottenham)20.21: All Spurs now but they are failing to get any real shots on goal. Van der Vaart goes close with a well improvised volley but it's a comfortable height for the keeper Spurs just have to do better.20.19: Good chance for United, they are starting to get in to the game in Spain, and have a free-kick out wide of the left after Michael Carrick is brought down. They look for Dimitar Berbatov in the box but he is heavily marked and Valencia easily clear their lines.20.17: They are running things in midfield Spurs but just can't seem to make it work in the final third. Their strikers have been a little goal shy of late.20.14: Gareth Bale is running things for Spurs, the winger is constantly beating his man down the left but so far his final ball has been very poor, in truth though Crouch and Pavlyuchenko have not made themselves massive targets in this first half.20.12: Very slow pace in Spain, which probably suits United more than the home side. very few chances so far.20.08: Spurs starting to boss the play now and the ever dangerous Rafael Van der Vaart is involved again. His free-kick from out wide just evades Crouch at the far post who was inches away from getting the slightest touch it needed.20.05: GOAL! Rangers 1-0 BursasporThey have dominated early on and the Scottish side have been rewarded. Steven Naismith converting Kirk Broadfoot's knock down.20.03: Lucky man. lucky man indeed. Tom Huddlestone is having his shirt blatantly pulled but reacts by swinging back a right elbow. The intent is clearly there and he is lucky the ref has not spotted it.20.01: He had little time to adjust but after Edwin Van der Sar flaps and misses, Roberto Soldado looping header just falls over the bar and on the roof of the net. It's a good chance and judging by his reaction he knows it.19.59: But now it's Spurs on the attack and Pavlyuchenko fires just wide with a low strike from the 18 yard box.19.57: Chance from FC Twente, Spurs give it away at the back and Bryan Ruiz is through on goal before being denied by great keeping form Gomes who stood his ground well to get a strong one handed stop.19.54: No such fast paced action in Valencia, the Spaniards slightly edging the early battle but United looking comfortable.19.50: Lively start in London, both Twente and Spurs have been inches away from scoring already.

19.45: Games are up and running.

19.42: I love that Champions League music, just never gets old. Of course Spurs, FC TWente and Bursaspor are all making their debuts in the Champions League this season.

19.40: Teams are out, it is tipping it down at White Hart Lane.

19.36: Already one result in the Champions League this evening. Rubin Kazan held Barcelona to surprise a 1-1 draw in Russia. Sign of things to come perhaps?

19.33: While a draw is not a disaster for any of the three tonight,  you feel Rangers and Spurs even at this early stage have to win. On paper it's their easiest games in the group and failure to win coupled with the fact the games only get harder would already leave them on the backfoot.

19.31: Manchester United have only ever won once in Spain, and in Valencia they do not have an easy task to double that tally. Click here for Chris Wheeler's piece on why the Mestalla and its fans may cause a few problems for the Red Devils.

19.26: Been plenty of talk about the lack of English managers in Europe's Premier competition, but in Spurs' Harry Redknapp, England finally have a representative. Click here to read Martin Samuel's piece on why English managers may be slightly underrated.

19.23: Good news for Rangers fans, who have Steven Davis fit for their clash as they hope to win their first European game in 12 attempts. Law of averages and all that mean that has to end some time.

19.21: Interesting lineup at White Hart Lane, as Spurs field a rare partnership in Pavlyuchenko and Crouch. Harry Redknapp has also decided to gamble with Ledley King,, who is struggling for fitness, at the back.

19.18: Comeback complete? Ferdinand and Vidic finally reunited in the defence for United, but will that be enough against Valencia who top the Spanish table at this early stage of the season?

19.16: As promised:

Valencia v Man UtdValencia: Cesar, Miguel, Navarro, Maduro, Mathieu, Pablo, Albelda, Costa, Mata, Dominguez, Soldado. Subs: Moya, Bruno, Topal, Aduriz, Feghouli, Fernandes, Ricardo Costa.Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Nani, Berbatov, Park. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Smalling, Hernandez, O'Shea, Macheda, Gibson.Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)Tottenham v FC TwenteTottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Bassong, King, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch. Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Jenas, Keane, Palacios, Kranjcar, Corluka.FC Twente: Mihailov, Rosales, Franco, Wisgerhof, Kuiper, Brama, Janssen, Ruiz, Landzaat, Bajrami, Janko. Subs: Boschker, Bengtsson, de Jong, Parker, Chadli, Vujicevic, Schimpelsberger.Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway)Rangers v BursasporRangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Weir, Bougherra, Papac, Whittaker, Davis, McCulloch, Edu, Naismith, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Lafferty, Foster, Weiss, Little, Wylde, Hutton.Bursaspor: Ivankov, Tandogan, Erdogan, Stepanov, Wederson, Sen, Svensson, Ergic, Ipek, Batalla, Yildirim. Subs: Ozkan, Cimsir, Insua, Bahadir, Keceli, Nunez, Ibrahim Ozturk.Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)

19.15: If there was ever a case study to look at in terms of how to react to Premier League defeats at the weekend, Spurs and United could be hard pressed to find better examples from the London duo last night.

Arsenal and Chelsea bounced back superbly from crushing defeats to easily dispose of Marseille and Partizan Belgrade respectively.

Tonight however is slightly different, Tottenham are still wet behind the ears in terms of their Champions League experience and are slightly out of form having lost their last two games as they host Dutch champions FC Twente in Group A.

In Group C, Manchester United while a European force have unarguably the hardest match of the British clubs this week as they travel to Valencia.

Speaking of Britain (and Group C), Rangers are also in action and they take on Turkish champs Bursaspor.

Team news on the way from the three British sides.

Reaching out: Spurs will hope to record their first Champions League victory

 Redknapp tips Lennon to rediscover his fire ahead of Twente clashNo more excuses! Rooney's absence against Valencia could be a blessingHuddlestone urges Spurs to take control of Champions League destiny Take a break! Blow for England and United as Fergie orders Rooney rest


Source: Daily_Mail