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Chelsea are thrashed at Juventus, Celtic slip up in Benfica and Manchester United lose at Galatasaray in the Champions League.

20 November 2012 Last updated at 22:19 GMT

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  1. 2209: 

    And this is where I bid you farewell after a night of disaster for Chelsea, disappointment for Celtic and, dare I say it, indifference from Manchester United... although you can hardly blame them seeing as they are already through. Whichever way you look at it, it's not been a vintage night for British sides in the Champions League, though. Can Manchester City and Arsenal do any better on Wednesday? Tom Rostance will take you through those games - I shall see you very soon. Bye for now.


    It's not all bad news for Neil Lennon, mind. His team will still reach the last 16 if they better Benfica's result in their last game. The Portuguese side have to go to Barcelona, however, while Celtic - who are assured of at least third place and a Europa League place - host Spartak Moscow, who are already out.

    "We have one more crack at it against Spartak next week and we live to fight another day," Lennon said. "We will hopefully have some players back for next week, we need to have some of the guys step forward from the back room. We can't keep patching up Scott Brown (who has an ongoing hip problem) and we might have to shut him down because he is playing through pain and distress. It does not look good for him."


    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on seeing his side lose 2-1 after taking the lead against Benfica in Lisbon: "I'm disappointed with the two goals we conceded. There was a lack of composure, a nervousness, about us at times on the ball. It is a young team and this is a difficult place to come and play football. We gave it away in bad areas and cheaply and pressure is inevitably going to come from those errors."

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think it's time for Fernando Torres to move on. It simply has not worked and he doesn't look at all happy. I think Chelsea as a club have let themselves down - they put all their eggs into the one basket with Torres. Beyond him, what have they got? Now Torries hasn't shown the form everyone wanted him to show Chelsea have started to struggle, because they have nothing up front."

    You can hear reaction to Juventus 3-0 Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  5. 2200: 

    Chelsea's next three games? They come thick and fast - at home against Manchester City (on Sunday), then two London derbies, first against their neighbours Fulham at Stamford Bridge (on Wednesday 28 Nov) and then across town against West Ham (on Saturday 1 Dec).

    Then comes their final group game in the Champions League against FC Nordsjaelland (Wednesday 5 Dec). Will Roberto di Matteo still be around by then, though?


    Steven, a Middlesbrough supporter, on 81111 on text: "I'm far from Chelsea's biggest fan but it is a tough group. Juve are no pushovers and Shakhtar look dark horses for the whole competition. In saying that, Di Matteo has been lucky and I'm not sure he was ever first choice for the job."

    Paul in Norwich on 81111 on text: "Calm down. Who says Shakhtar can't beat Juventus at home? They are a quality side. Chelsea still to qualify."

    Ed on 81111 on text: "These things go in cycles. The Premier League will be the best again in a few years but at the moment it looks really short on quality. I'd still rather watch it week in week out than any other league though."

  7. 2158: 

    More from Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, who almost seems resigned to the fact that his side's defence of their Champions League title is over.

    "We showed much better spirit than the last games," Cech said. "The first half it was very difficult, we did well and created chances, but if you create a chance you need to take it. That was the difference. They went ahead with a lucky deflection, the second goal was another deflection but they did very well and deserved to win. We didn't cope very well.

    "We said before the game that we have our destiny in our hands, not any more. Now we need to do our bit , we need to win our last game and hope our fate is kind. Being realistic Juventus played very well and they need a point and Shakhtar are already through. It is a very sad moment."


    Manchester United will have a say on who joins them in progressing from Group H, when they face FC Cluj in their final group game at Old Trafford. The Romanian side's 3-1 win over Braga keeps them level on points with Galatasaray and they will need to better whatever result the Turks can manage in their respective final games.

  9. 2153: 

    Is it just me or does Sir Alex Ferguson (below) sound like he is talking about a draw rather than a defeat? He doesn't seem too bothered, anyway, but that's probably because the result didn't really matter.

  10. 2152: 

    Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson on his side's 1-0 defeat by Galatasaray in Group H: "The possession was good and the attacking play was good. We had one or two good opportunities in both halves. They had few strikes from outside the box and our goalkeeper did well. Otherwise we coped well."

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea lacked character and presence. They need to find replacement for John Terry and Frank Lampard, who are coming to the end of their careers, and they need to replace Didier Drogba with a striker who will work hard. They have been left with just Torres and that makes things very difficult."

    You can hear reaction to Juventus 3-0 Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  12. 2151: 

    Celtic striker Giorgios Samaras, speaking after his side's defeat by Benfica in Group G which leaves their hopes of progressing in the balance: "When you lose a game you are never happy. We did not play our best, we lost the game on the details, but the effort was there.

    "Now we have to look forward and try and beat Spartak. We were nervous throughout, I don't think we had clear minds, but we have to concentrate on the group energy that we had."


    Thomas on Twitter: "Man City and Chelsea now looking likely to not get of the group. It's fair to say the Premier League's rise in Europe is over."

    Chris Murray on Twitter: "I will personally fly to London and drive Mikel to the nearest airport/dock/Eurotunnel to get rid of him. I'll even pay!"

    Liam McConville on Twitter: "I wonder how many missed calls Pep has from Roman tonight..."

  14. 2147: 

    More reaction from all of tonight's Champions League games coming right up. I wonder if Pep Guardiola has been following tonight's action?

  15. 2147: 

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech on his side's Champions League prospects after their comprehensive 3-0 defeat by Juventus: "Last season the Champions League was like a dream, now this is a like …not a nightmare, just very disappointing."


    Valencia and Bayern Munich have shared the spoils at the Mestalla after Thomas Mueller cancelled out Sofiane Feghouli's opener for the hosts. Their 1-1 draw takes both sides through to the last 16 from Group F with a match to spare after BATE Borisov's 2-0 loss to bottom side Lille earlier today.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Chelsea lose by a least a three-goal margin for the second time in the Champions League and for the first in 12 years since a 5-1 defeat at Barca in 2000."

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "There will be some tough questions for Roberto Di Matteo tonight, but at the weekend they've also got a massive game against Manchester City. If they lose that, well, Mr Abramovich may be having a meeting with Mr Di Matteo."

    You can hear reaction to Juventus 3-0 Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  19. 2142: 

    As discussed, Chelsea are on the brink of becoming the first Champions League holders to fail to make it out of the group stage in the defence of their title. Blues owner Roman Abramovich probably won't like being the owner of that particular statistic, will he?

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Juventus excellent value for 3-0 win. Some superb perfornances and far too good for Chelsea. The Champions League holders are struggling now."

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Di Matteo did get things wrong tonight. Tactically it was wrong and he should have changed it sooner, but Chelsea have been beaten by a better team. Juventus were on the front foot from the off, they wanted it more and they've won the game. This now leaves Chelsea needing a minor miracle and it's sad for English football, because Manchester City tomorrow need a full-on major miracle."

    You can hear reaction to Juventus 3-0 Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  22. 2140: 

    Chelsea are by far the biggest losers of the three, though. Qualification out of Group E is no longer in their hands because if Shakhtar draw with Juventus, Roberto di Matteo's men are out, no matter what they do in their final game against Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge.

  23. 2138: 

    So, not a great night for British football. Far from it, in fact. We had three teams in action - Chelsea, Manchester United and Celtic. And they suffered three defeats - against Juventus, Galatasaray and Benfica.

  24. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Benfica 2-1 Celtic
  25. 2136: 

    One last attack from the Bhoys, who launch the ball into the Benfica box. Tony Watt drills the ball across the face of goal and Gary Hooper is inches away from connecting in front of goal.

  26. 2136: 

    They are still playing in Lisbon. Here come Celtic...

  27. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Galatasaray 1-0 Man Utd

    OptaJoe on Twitter: "Chelsea have won just one of their 12 European games away from home in Italy (W1 D5 L6)."

  29. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- Juventus 3-0 Chelsea
  30. 2135: 
    YELLOW CARD- Celtic's Victor Wanyama

    More bad news for Celtic. If they need a result from their final group game against Spartak Moscow, and it looks like they will, they will have to do it without Victor Wanyama. The midfielder goes into the book for an untidy challenge and will have to sit out the final chapter of Celtic's Group G campaign.

  31. 2135: 

    No way back for Chelsea tonight, but what about Celtic? Er, no. Benfica are not looking entirely comfortable as they attempt to steer their way home to victory but Kris Commons scuffs a shot straight at the goalkeeper when the defence opens up nicely as he cuts in off the right wing. Chance gone.

  32. 2131: 
    GOAL- Juventus 3-0 Chelsea - Sebastian Giovinco

    I could watch this goal a million times and still not know why Petr Cech comes rushing off his line. Ashley Cole is back to challenge Sebastian Giovinco as he runs clear but Giovinco spots Cech dashing towards him, way outside his area, and shoots from 30-odd yards out... the ball rolls home and Chelsea's miserable night is complete.

  33. 2129: 

    Here's a familiar face coming in for Juventus, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. The 19-year-old, who left Old Trafford in the summer, is on to see out the last couple of minutes.

  34. 2128: 

    Defeat matters a lot more for Chelsea, and they are looking increasingly desperate. They are still not looking like scoring one goal, let alone two. Apart from gathering some crosses, Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon is being given little to do.


    Valencia briefly looked like rocking the Group F boat as they took the lead against Bayern Munich when a draw would take both sides through to the next stage. Sofiane Feghouli's strike was not alone on the scoresheet for long though. Five minutes later Thomas Mueller sweeps home for the Germans to square things up again.

  36. 2126: 

    United, meanwhile, have got Galatasaray pegged back in their own half but are unable to break them down. They look short of ideas, to be honest.

    Defeat would not matter too much for Sir Alex Ferguson's men, remember, because they are already through as group winners.


    Davy on 81111 on text: "I can't remember when I saw one of the Premier League's big boys be totally outplayed and outclassed..."

    Luca on 81111 on text: "The Premier League is just so overrated. All the hype surrounding it somehow conceals the fact that a supposed title contenders Chelsea just aren't very good."

    Rob on 81111 on text: "Who's the bigger Abramovich indulgent flop, Torres or Shevchenko?"

  38. 2125: 

    If Benfica close out victory over Celtic in Lisbon - and at 2-1 up they are still dominating possession against Neil Lennon's men - then they will head into the final round of matches needing to just equal the Scottish side's result in their final game to deprive the Bhoys of a place in the last 16.

    It's far from done and dusted, mind. The Portuguese outfit have to go to the Nou Camp and take on Barcelona however, while Celtic have a much more inviting-looking encounter, at home to the already eliminated Spartak Moscow.

  39. 2122: 

    The final ball just isn't happening for Chelsea, with Victor Moses getting to the byline before over-hitting his cross, before a David Luiz delivery is easily plucked out of the air by Gianluigi Buffon, with no Blues players near him. Eight minutes left for Roberto di Matteo's men to find some much-needed improvement in attack, and two goals too.

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Torres has got to work harder, he's got to want to prove a point. Even if he can't score two he needs to show the manager he wants to be in this team, that he wants to be at this football club."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day presenter

    "Come on Torres, make it happen. Pray for strikers..."

  42. 2119: 

    It's Manchester United's woodwork that is rattled this time, after Hamit Altintop smacks in a fierce shot from 25 yards out. It hits the underside of the bar and bounces back out, and I think Anders Lindegaard got his fingertips to it.

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    Celtic are under the cosh too. Benfica go close to a third that would probably seal a victory as Eduardo Salvio rattles Fraser Forster's bar with a thunderous strike from 30 yards.

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    No sign of a Fernando Torres inspired fightback by Chelsea just yet. He's only touched the ball once and he lost it very quickly. Juventus don't look rattled, in fact they are looking for more goals.


    Gareth Soye on Twitter: "Danny Welbeck is in a Torres class of uselessness."

    Daniel Law on Twitter: "Watching Juventus and Chelsea brings back memories of England and Italy. The Italian side are just so much better."

    Sam Turton on Twitter: "Wanted: new manager required at Kings Road, London. Apply in writing to a Mr Abramovich. Special Ones need not apply..."

  46. 2117: 

    With 15 minutes to go, here come the Manchester United cavalry - well, Ashley Young and Federico Macheda anyway. Anderson and Nick Powell make way. Galatasaray still lead 1-0.

  47. 2115: 
    GOAL- Benfica 2-1 Celtic - Ezequiel Garay (71 mins)

    It's been coming, and Benfica are ahead. It's their centre-backs who combine to put the Portuguese side ahead, with Luisao nodding a cross into the path of Ezequiel Garay, who buries the bouncing ball past Fraser Forster. Celtic need a draw to go through, but all hope is not lost even if they do lose.

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Every single Chelsea outfield player has been second-best to Juventus this evening. I don't think there is a Blues player who will come off the pitch and think they did well and they tried their best. Maybe they're all lacking a bit of confidence..."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  49. 2112: 

    Back in Istanbul, United are yet to make any substitutions as they look to get back on terms. Ashley Young and Federico Macheda are among their attacking options on the bench. Galatasaray need to hold on for victory here because Cluj are beating Braga.

  50. 2111: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea's Fernando Torres for John Obi Mikel

    Torres is on, Mikel is off. Chelsea are going for this - they have to really. Can their £50m man find the goals to rescue them from 2-0 down?

  51. 2111: 

    Ah, here comes Fernando Torres now!

  52. 2110: 

    Fernando Torres has been warming up for Chelsea but with 20 minutes left, he has still not been introduced from the bench.

  53. 2108: 

    If the scorelines stay as they are in Group E, then Shakhtar will be through and have nothing to play for in their final game against a Juventus team who would only need a point to knock Chelsea out.

    The Blues could beat Nordsjaelland and still become the first Champions League winners not to get past the group stage in the defence of their title.


    Janniky on Twitter: "Juve players were literally queuing up outside the box to put that one home."

    Ahmed Qayyum on Twitter: "Both goals coming from deflections, is Chelsea luck in the Champions League finally running out?"

    Christopher Hall on Twitter: "European champions on the ropes. Torres needed now. Got to gamble, very little to lose. Football needs strikers!"

  55. 2107: 

    "What's happening in Lisbon?" I hear you ask (Or at least I hope you ask).

    Well, Celtic's rearguard action is continuing with Luisao the latest to squander a decent half-chance for the hosts.

    The Brazilian central defender scooped an awkward side-foot volley over the top from just outside the six-yard box. Former Chelsea player Nemanja Matic then lashed wildly over the top as the pressure contnues to build on the Scots.

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Sadly for Chelsea the game has followed the pattern of the first half. Juventus have been on top and they have had the lion's share of the attacking. It's too easy for them, and they had two players on the edge of the box completely unmarked. There was a little deflection past Petr Cech, but from a neutral's point view you have to say all the play has come from Juventus, and Chelsea are just off the pace."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  57. 2104: 

    I have got chances at both ends to tell you about in Istanbul, where United are 1-0 down and trying for another one of their trademark comebacks.

    First, United test the Galatasaray goal for the first time this half when Anderson's low shot is easily saved by Fernando Muslera. Then, at the other end, Emmanuel Eboue's deflected shot has to be pushed away by the flying Anders Lindegaard.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Galatasaray 1-0 Man Utd: Burak Yilmaz scores in three Champions League matches in a row, becoming the second player from the club to ever do so after Hakan Sukur."

  59. 2102: 
    GOAL- Juventus 2-0 Chelsea - Arturo Vidal (61 mins)

    Another deflection, another Juventus goal. The Italian side raid down the left, and Kwadwo Asamoah's cross finds Arturo Vidal to smash in a shot from the edge of the area. It might have been going in anyway, but it takes a wicked deflection off Ramires and ends up flying through Petr Cech's legs. Chelsea are in BIG trouble now.

  60. 2101: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Victor Moses for Cesar Azpilicueta

    Chelsea's first change is an attacking one, but Fernando Torres is still not needed by boss Roberto di Matteo. Torres stays on the bench.


    In League One, Crewe have fought back with two goals in three minutes to go into the break 2-2 at Sheffield United. Mark Ellis pulled one back in the 42nd minute, before Mathias Pogba equalised on the stroke of half time. At Shrewsbury, Angelo Balanta has put MK Dons ahead with a 45th minute strike.

    In League Two, Port Vale are 3-0 up at home to Bristol Rovers and look set to record a comfortable win, while leaders Gillingham are being held 1-1 by Exeter.

  62. 2059: 

    Er, just as I say Chelsea are improving, Juventus up the ante. Andrea Pirlo's shot brings another smart stop from Petr Cech, who follows that up by standing up to block off Fabio Quagliarella after he runs clear down the right.

    Victor Moses is about to come on for Chelsea by the looks of things. They need to change something, to be honest.


    Charlie on 81111 on text: "You can say what you like about Chelsea's performance, but they have created just as many real goal scoring opportunities as Juventus have."

    Dom on 81111 on text: "People say a lot about Chelsea's midfield but it's Juve's world class central trio of Marchisio, Vidal and Pirlo that's doing all the damage."

    Jordan in Northampton on 81111 on text: "People need to stop slating Di Matteo. Had it worked, we'd be praising him. You've got to take risks in football. He who dares wins."

  64. 2057: 

    Chelsea have improved of late, and Oscar is making a nuisance of himself. But I bring bad news for the Blues from Denmark, because two goals in two minutes have put Donetsk 4-2 up. That means Chelsea could win their last game and not go through.

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea can't keep hitting long balls up front. They don't have Dider Drogba there any more... they don't even have Fernando Torres."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    More on those bizarre goals in the Nordsjaelland-Donetsk game now...

    Remember Kanu misunderstanding Arsenal's attempts to return the ball to the Sheffield United goalkeeper in an FA Cup match in February 1999? We have had something similar in the first half of the match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Nordsjaelland. The Ukrainian side's first goal came as Luiz Adriano intercepted his team-mate Willian's attempt to boot the ball back to the opposition, rounded the hapless Danish goalkeeper and slotted home.

  67. 2055: 
    GOAL- Galatasaray 1-0 Man Utd - Burak Yilmaz (54 mins)

    I bet it is noisy in the Turk Telekom Arena right now. Galatasaray are ahead, with Burak Yilmaz getting on the end of a corner to steer home his header. The goal came moments after Anders Lindegaard had tipped over a Felipe Melo header.

  68. 2051: 

    We have picked up where we left off in Turin, with Juventus on the attack. At first glance it looks like the Italian side should have a penalty when Gary Cahill tangles with Mirko Vucinic inside the box but replays show referee Cuneyt Cakir was right to wave play on. Vucinic made a meal of that.


    Jed Whitaker on Twitter: "Chelsea need to change something. Hazard is not getting good enough service! Lets hope Oscar, Mata and company can make it happen!"

    Niall McCaffrey on Twitter: "If Torres gets injured Chelsea will be forced into this atrocious formation again... and we thought Liverpool had striker issues..."

    Andy Radier on Twitter: "Snoop Dogg is supposedly Snoop Lion now. I guess Samaras is his mane man!"

  70. 2049: 

    Benfica and Celtic has just resumed, at the same time as Galatasaray's former Liverpool winger Albert Riera brings a solid stop from United keeper Anders Lindegaard.

  71. 2048: 

    During my cameo appearance on Turkish radio earlier, I predicted lots of goals in the Galatasaray-Manchester United game, on the strength of United's devastating attack and ever-so-dodgy defence. That hasn't quite happened yet... but there is still time, right?

  72. 2047: 

    We are back under way in Istanbul and Turin, but still waiting for the second half to start in Lisbon.


    Valencia and Bayern Munich are on course for the draw that would send both through from Group F to the last 16 with neither side yet on the scoresheet at the Mestalla. In the race to finish second to Manchester United, Braga are staring down the barrel. The Portuguese trail 3-1 to Cluj with defeat spelling the end of their hopes of qualification.

  74. 2046: 

    Chelsea still have 45 minutes to salvage something from this game in the second half but they will also be keeping half an eye on what happens in Group E's other game.

    At this stage Nordsjaelland and Shakhtar Donetsk are drawing 2-2 which keeps Chelsea very much in the competition - if things stay as they are, the Blues are down to third place but a home win over Nordsjaelland in their final group game would still take them through because Juventus and Shakhtar have to play each other.

    More on that Nordsjaelland-Donetsk game coming up, because there have been a couple of bizarre goals scored in it...

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reportsHALF-TIME- Juventus 1-0 Chelsea

    "A breathless opening 45 minutes in Turin but it isn't all bad news for Chelsea. They trail 1-0 and came within a whisker of going two down just before half-time but they have looked dangerous on the rare occasions they have broken forward with Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata all going close."

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury reportsHALF-TIME- Galatasaray 0-0 Man Utd

    "This youthful Manchester United side have survived a couple of scares, but will be generally pleased with their first-half performance. Danny Welbeck has played brilliantly in attack as has 18-year-old Nick Powell, who, on his first Champions League start, has gone closest to scoring for the visitors."

    HALF-TIME- Benfica 1-1 Celtic

    Celtic have been on the rack for large sections of the first 45 minutes but their combination of stubborn defending and well-worked set-pieces have conjured a scoreline that would take them through to the last 16. Expect Benfica, with nothing to lose, to come out firing after the break.

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea haven't been on it from the very start. Juventus have been on the ball more, have held onto it better and have passed it better. Chelsea are lucky to be just one goal down, and Di Matteo needs to make a change at half-time. The boss will want them inside that dressing room, and it's now a very big team talk for Robbie Di Matteo. I'd get their frontman on - without him it makes it very hard for them to build attacks."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  79. 2034: 

    Celtic do indeed get to half-time with the score 1-1. It is also all-square in Istanbul, where Manchester United look a lot more comfortable against Galatasaray. No goals in that one yet.

  80. 2033: 

    Time for one last chance before the break in Lisbon... and it falls for Benfica.

    A lovely reverse through-ball from Oscar Cardozo frees Eduardo Salvio whose low cross finds Ola John at the back post. Fraser Forster spreads himself well to block and defender Kelvin Wilson has to do likewise to snuff out Salvio shortly after.

    Celtic will be pleased to get to the interval level because, as things stand, they are into the last 16.

  81. 2031: 

    It's half-time in Turin, where Juventus are 1-0 up and look in control. Work to do for Chelsea, who need a goal but don't have a striker on the pitch. How long before Fernando Torres gets the call?


    Mowlid on Twitter: "Cech makes some incredible saves but everyone seems to overlook his mistakes which happen far too often."

    Thomas Brookes on Twitter: "You cannot criticise Cech, he has kept them in the game up to then!"

    Craig J Blues on Twitter: "Bet Torres is smiling, and so he should. What a joke formation..."

  83. 2029: 

    United have been pretty quiet going forward for most of the night so far but they have almost taken the lead right at the end of the first half in Istanbul.

    Tom Cleverley's corner reaches Nick Powell at the far post, who leaps to meet the ball but sees the ball clatter back off the bar. So close, but no cigar.

  84. 2028: 

    Hartlepool fans look away now. They have not won since 1 September and they are currently trailing 1-0 at home to Oldham, Jose Baxter with the goal. As it stands, Hartlepool are nine points adrift at the foot of the League One table.

    At the other end, an early Shaun Miller strike has put Sheffield United 1-0 up against Crewe. Elsewhere, Doncaster are looking firmly on course to collect three points from their game at Carlisle - they lead 2-0 thanks to goals from Rob Jones and David Cotterill.

    In League Two, Chris Whelpdale had given leaders Gillingham a 1-0 lead against Exeter, but the visitors hit back through Alan Gow. Port Vale are 2-0 up against Bristol Rovers while James Beattie has scored his first goal for Accrington. The former England striker scored a ninth-minute penalty before George Miller made it 2-0 at Fleetwood.

    Dan Walker, Football Focus presenter

    "Something of a chocolate wrist from Mr Cech there. Surely a few more goals in this."

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    On Juventus's goal: "That is really unlucky for Petr Cech, who was completely wrong-footed. Juventus won the ball in midfield too easily in my eyes. Cech tried to go to his left but just can't get enough of a hand to it. Chelsea are now 0-1 down and, though I want Chelsea to do well, they can't say they don't deserve that scoreline."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    Elsewhere in the Champions League, Valencia and Bayern Munich, who will both progress with a draw, are goalless in their top-of-Group F clash. A tip of the hat to Cluj's Portuguese striker Rui Pedro who has scored a first-half hat-trick to give his side a 3-1 lead over his Braga in Romania. Braga are out if they cannot salvage a draw.

    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day presenter

    "Chelsea trail but Shaktar losing 2-1 in Denmark. Wait til you see Adriano goal for Shaktar. Plays on after drop ball. Shocking!"

  89. 2026: 

    Yep, Chelsea go within an inch of going 2-0 down when Kwadwo Asamoah's cross spins off David Luiz and is rolling in until Ashley Cole recovers to whack it off the goal line. Seconds later, and from that Cole clearance, the Blues turn defence into attack, but Gianluigi Buffon is off his line to put off Juan Mata as he tries to meet Eden Hazard's cross.

  90. 2025: 

    In Istanbul, Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard comes to his side's rescue again, this time blocking a fierce 20-yard low drive from Hamit Altintop. That game is still goalless and it is in Turin where most of the action is happening at the moment...

  91. 2023: 
    GOAL- Juventus 1-0 Chelsea - Fabio Quagliarella (38 mins)

    Oh dear. Petr Cech has been brilliant tonight but I can't help thinking he should have done a lot better here. Andrea Pirlo lets fly from about 30 yards out and his shot takes a fortunate deflection off Fabio Quagliarella on the edge of the area... that takes the sting out of the strike but it still has enough on it to beat Cech, who gets a hand on it but cannot stop the ball trundling into the bottom corner of his net.


    Stevie Boy on Twitter: "United are playing a very disciplined game in a hostile stadium. Great passing and possession is good. Keep your game up lads."

    Hiten Patel on Twitter: "Wonder why the bus didn't turn up today... Chelsea are using it."

    Toby Covill on Twitter: "I can't believe no one has mentioned Pirlo's beard yet. It's luxurious..."

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Because Chelsea have nobody up front they are having to take their time, pass the ball around and work it through their midfield. By the time they've done that Juventus have got men behind the ball. At the moment Juventus look like they want this more. Chelsea do need a man up front, so he can stretch the game and offer them an out-ball."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  94. 2022: 

    Almost even better news quickly follows for Chelsea. Another neat attack ends with Oscar letting fly from just inside the area... but Leonardo Bonucci slides in to make a brilliant block.

  95. 2022: 

    Chelsea are struggling on the pitch but they are faring a lot better off it. They have had some good news from out in Denmark, where the already-eliminated FC Nordsjaelland have taken the lead for the second time against Shakhtar Donestsk with Morten Nordstrand driving home from Patrick Mtiliga's cross. The Blues are on top of Group E as it stands.

  96. 2018: 
    GOAL- Benfica 1-1 Celtic - Giorgos Samaras (32 mins)

    Celtic are level and from their first clear-cut chance. It comes moments after Benfica's Oscar Cardoza wastefully fired wide from about eight yards out, and arrives despite Neil Lennon's side lacking any cohesion coming forward.

    The Bhoys are still handy from set-pieces, though, and Giorgos Samaras runs in unmarked at the back post to nod in Charlie Mulgrew's corner.

  97. 2016: 

    Normal service is quickly resumed, as Chelsea are cut apart at the back again. Mirko Vucinic combines with Stephan Lichtsteiner as Juve burst into the Blues area, but Lichsteiner's cross is blocked at the near post as the Chelsea defence recovers, just.

  98. 2014: 

    A bit of a shock in Turin, where Chelsea have had a shot. It seems a long time since that dangerous Eden Hazard effort, doesn't it?

    This latest strike was from a LONG way out, mind, and Ramires was a LONG way off target with his scooped shot too. Gianluigi Buffon watches it sail high and wide.

  99. 2011: 

    That flurry of Galatasaray chances (all two of them) has dried up in the last few minutes, although Nordin Amrabat is giving Rafael a torrid old time on United's right flank. Darren Fletcher is dropping back to help him out, and to bolster the rest of the defence too. It's working.

  100. 2010: 

    Moments later, Andrea Pirlo drills a low free-kick straight at Petr Cech from about 25 yards. Just over 25 minutes gone and it feels like he has made about 25 saves.

  101. 2008: 

    Nothing has changed in Turin, where we have just seen another Juventus shot, and another Petr Cech save.

    Mirko Vucinic is the latest to try his luck, from the edge of the area, but there is no beating the Chelsea keeper at the moment and he keeps that one out comfortably.

  102. 2007: 

    Over in Lisbon, Celtic are still 1-0 down and still struggling to get hold of the ball.

    Benfica, in contrast, are confidently stroking it about. There has been lots of scurrying around from Scott Brown and Victor Wanyama in the Celtic midfield but so far their Portuguese opponents look unruffled in possession.

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea are under the cosh, they are conceding too much possession and are dropping too deep. In the midfield it's too easy for Juventus to lift their heads and look for correct passes. Chelsea need to start working a little bit harder and start pushing up the pitch."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  104. 2005: 

    Meanwhile, it is still all Juventus in Turin. Petr Cech is called into action again, this time keeping out an angled drive by Fabio Quagliarella, who had run in behind the Chelsea defence down the right.

  105. 2005: 

    United have some defending to do here, though. Nordin Amrabat's curling shot is headed over by Michael Carrick and, from the resulting corner, Burak Yilmaz fails to connect with an attempted header in front of goal. Sir Alex Ferguson's side got away with that one.


    Daniel Thomas on Twitter: "Galatasaray tackle like crazy! Arguably two straight reds already, though the ref won't give them because of the fans."

    Matty Burns on Twitter: "There's no way Galatasaray are finishing this game with 11 men..."

  107. 2000: 

    Another fine save by Petr Cech keeps Juventus at bay. Claudio Marchisio's whipped shot is about to squeeze inside his left-hand post but the Chelsea keeper is at full stretch to claw it to safety. Now, what can Gianluigi Buffon do to match that?

  108. 1958: 

    Right, where are we? Celtic are behind. Chelsea are under pressure and United?

    Well, they are doing a bit better if only because they are keeping Galatasaray quiet. Nick Powell is seeing a lot of the ball and there have been some firm challenges by Felipe Melo (for a change) but that's about it.

  109. 1955: 

    Two top keepers in action in Turin tonight and Gianlugi Buffon has just produced a save to rival the one from Petr Cech earlier.

    It comes after Oscar embarks on a magnificent run from the halfway line, leaving defenders in his wake. He feeds Eden Hazard and his fierce low strike brings a superb stop from the veteran Juventus keeper, who spreads himself and somehow turns it around the post, via his leg.

  110. 1953: 
    GOAL- Benfica 1-0 Celtic - Ola John (7 mins)

    Our first chance in Lisbon... and our first goal of the night. The ball is played into the Celtic area and takes a deflection off Kelvin Wilson and the ball breaks off Oscar Cardozo for Ola John to drill a low shot past Fraser Forster.


    Liam Thompson on Twitter: "Chelsea already struggling. No outlet up front and they're getting dominated down the wings. Could be a long night..."

    Chris Bloomfield on Twitter: "That's one of Cech's best saves in his career - incredible really."

    Akude Emeka O on Twitter: "Goalkeepers captaining both Juventus and Chelsea. Let's see whose going to be massive and a better leader tonight..."

  112. 1952: 

    Galatasaray have just tested United keeper Anders Lindegaard for the first time. The Turkish side's first attack ends when he pushes away Burak Yilmaz's 20-yard shot.

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea are just allowing Juventus to play wide, and their back four have started far too narrowly. Juve have been able to put balls into the box almost at free will, and that has caused the Blues some problems already. They are off the pace at the moment and are not getting anywhere near tight enough."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

  114. 1951: 

    No chances to speak of in Lisbon yet. Benfica are seeing more of the ball but they have not done much with it so far.

  115. 1948: 

    Chelsea have been under a lot of pressure in the early stages, and Petr Cech has just been forced into one of those special saves that he keeps in his locker. It looked like Stephan Lichsteiner was certain to score when he met Mirko Vucinic's clipped ball into the box but Cech turned his volley on to the post from about six yards out. A superb stop.

  116. 1947: 

    An early sniff for United. Tom Cleverley has a pop from the edge of the area, which loops up off a Galatasaray defender... and into the arms of goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

  117. 1946: 

    Benfica and Celtic have just kicked off too. It's pretty loud in Lisbon as well to be fair.

  118. 1945: 

    We are under way in Turin and Istanbul, where it is VERY noisy. Where did I put those ear plugs?

    Ray Wilkins, Former Chelsea assistant manager on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The reason results aren't going for Chelsea at the moment is because there's no Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard or John Terry. They have been the spine for Chelsea for a long time, and the three guys have been injured for the last few weeks. Without leaders on the pitch you're always going to have a little bit of a problem."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Powell (18 years, 242 days) is the second youngest Englishman ever to make his Champions League debut while playing for Man Utd (Richardson was 18 years, 2 days)."


    Opta tweets: "24 years 154 days - This is the third youngest starting lineup (based on average age) that Man Utd have ever selected in a Champions League game."

  122. 1944: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson speaking about his line-up ahead of kick-off in Istanbul: "This will be a test for Nick Powell. We have no doubts about his temperament. We've examined his time spent at Crewe and with us. There is potential in the boy. We hope to get 90 minutes from Phil Jones tonight. He's been training well. This is the right time to play him.

    "We have to make sure we keep possession and work our way into the game that way. The atmosphere will be hostile and intimidating. If we keep possession, hopefully, that will kill the atmosphere."

  123. 1943: 

    Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo on leaving Fernando Torres out of his starting line-up: "We want to not give them a point of reference and try to exploit the spaces we can create for the offensive players we have.

    "You will have to wait and see if it is a change of system. We wanted to change things for this game, it is necessary for us to get a good result.

    "Going forward it should be difficult for the opposition, it should give us a bit more colour when we are defending."

  124. 1943: 

    The players are out on the pitch at the Juventus Stadium, the Estadio da Luz and Turk Telekom Arena. Once the Champions League anthem is out of the way, we will get tonight's football under way.


    League One leaders Tranmere host Walsall tonight looking to get back to winning ways. Ronnie Moore's side lost 1-0 to MK Dons last time out, giving Sheffield United the chance to close the gap at the top to just two points.

    The Blades are at home to Crewe knowing a win, coupled with defeat for Tranmere, would see them go top of the pile.

    Meanwhile, Eddie Howe has yet to taste defeat since becoming Bournemouth boss and his Cherries side host Stevenage tonight. Hartlepool's search for only a second win of the season goes on as they host Oldham.


    Gillingham host Exeter tonight looking to record a 13th win in just 19 League Two games and further strengthen their position at the top of the table.

    Martin Allen's side appear to be striding confidently towards a return to the third tier of English football. They are seven points clear of second-place Port Vale and will likely fancy their chances against an Exeter side who have won just two of their last eight fixtures.

    Elsewhere, Northampton could potentially move into the play-off places with a win against Morecambe.

    The Cobblers may hand a start to Professional Footballers's Association chairman Clarke Carlisle, who has rejoined the club, while Adebayo Akinfenwa will be looking to continue his fine form, having scored six goals in the previous three matches.

  127. 1940: 

    As well a whole host of Champions League action, there is a full programme in Leagues One and Two tonight. Here's what we've got to look forward to...

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is a massive game for Chelsea, and the Torres decision is a really interesting one. They cannot lose this game, and they really want to win it. It's a strange decision by Di Matteo, to change his system. I think he's going to play with two holding midfield players. Without a doubt there will be no striker, and that is quite strange.

    "Chelsea will have to keep the ball and will need to keep it under pressure. But players win games, not formations. If things don't go Chelsea's way, what leaders do they have on the pitch?"

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    BBC Sport reporter Richard Conway tweets from Turin: "Juventus stadium in full voice. Great atmosphere already.

    "Triangular wedge of Chelsea fans responding. Teams warming up."

    LINE-UPS- Galatasaray v Man Utd (Group H, 1945 GMT)

    Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Kaya, Nounkeu, Riera, Altintop, Inan, Felipe Melo, Amrabat, Burak Yilmaz, Elmander. Subs: Ceylan, Cris, Bulut, Birinci, Kurtulus, Baytar, Colak.

    Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Jones, Carrick, Buttner, Anderson, Fletcher, Cleverley, Powell, Welbeck, Hernandez. Subs: Johnstone, Young, Macheda, Wootton, Cole, Vermijl, King.

    Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)


    Matthew Curran on Twitter: "Chelsea team is worrying. I'm having serious difficulty imagining a formation that could fit that set of players."

    Will Greenslade on Twitter: "Weird feeling. Hated Spain's false nine in the Euros because it kept Torres out, now I'm glad Chelsea are using it to keep him out..."

    David Morris on Twitter: "Completely agree with tonight's team. Players should be picked on merit and on that basis Torres is lucky to be on the bench."


    Celtic manager Neil Lennon, speaking before kick-off in Lisbon: "We know we're in for a very difficult evening but the lads are ready for it and there's no reason why we can't get another positive result. We won't be defensive, we will play our natural game, we need to defend crosses and set-pieces well and our back line is going to be tested throughout.

    "The win over Barcelona has gone now, we can celebrate that in 15 years' time, what we really want is a draw or a win here tonight."

    LINE-UPS- Benfica v Celtic (Group G, 1945 GMT)

    Benfica: Artur Moraes, Almeida, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo, John, Matic, Lima, Perez, Cardozo, Salvio. Subs: Paulo Lopes, Bruno Cesar, Nolito, Maxi Pereira, Rodrigo, Gaitan, Jardel.

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Matthews, Brown, Ledley, Wanyama, Mulgrew, Samaras, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Miku, Nouioui, Commons, McCourt, Watt, Kayal.

    Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Fernando Torres's time at Chelsea has been well documented, and he hasn't scored the goals that everyone expected. He's working hard for the team but it's been set up differently this season, with three creative midfield players - that has left Torres quite isolated. People are always going to expect players of his quality to either deliver or not play, and it's a big decision tonight by the manager."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

    Juventus v Chelsea (Group E, 1945 GMT)

    Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah, Quagliarella, Vucinic. Subs: Storari, Caceres, Pogba, Pepe, Giovinco, Giaccherini, Matri.

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Hazard, Mata, Oscar. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Torres, Moses, Marin, Bertrand, Piazon.

    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

  136. 1933: 

    Getting dropped must be bad enough for Fernando Torres tonight, but being dropped when Chelsea don't have a striker available to replace him must make things even more depressing.

    Still, there is always the chance he could turn out to be a super-sub in the manner of Dzeko and Hernandez... if Di Matteo needs a goal, that is.

  137. 1932: 

    If you are wondering just how stern a test Juventus will pose Chelsea tonight then can I point you in the direction of James Horncastle's excellent feature about the tactical test the Italian giants will offer Roberto di Matteo's men. Juve are full of confidence and they have a formidable record at their new stadium too.


    OptaJoe on Twitter: "Man Utd have fallen behind in each of their last three Champions League matches, but come back to win on each occasion."

    Galatasaray v Man Utd (Group H, 1945 GMT)

    Manchester United rest several key players who started Saturday's match against Norwich. Four players remain from that XI, including Javier Hernandez, who leads the line. Former Crewe player Nick Powell, 18, starts in midfield. Anders Lindegaard retains his place between the sticks with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 19, on the bench.

    A strong Galatasaray side features three former Premier League players - Albert Riera (Liverpool and Manchester City), Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal) and Johan Elmander (Bolton).

    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea will certainly not be all guns blazing going forward. They have been so flamboyant this season with Hazard and Oscar and Mata being all really exciting to watch, but they can't be as free-spirited tonight.

    "They have got to show a lot more discipline, the same discipline they showed last season in the Champions League when they went on to win it. They will look to catch Juventus on the break."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

    Juventus v Chelsea (Group E, 1945 GMT)

    Roberto Di Matteo has dropped his £50m striker Fernando Torres and opted to play without a recognised striker in Turin. Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole are likely to form a back five.

    Eden Hazard will play as the attacking fulcrum with Juan Mata and Oscar supporting him. Ramires and John Obi Mikel will provide the platform from central midfield.

    Juventus have recalled three of their big hitters in Andrea Pirlo, Mirko Vucinic and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

    Benfica v Celtic (Group G, 1945 GMT)

    Celtic can guarantee progression from Group G to the last 16 of the Champions League with a win at Benfica tonight, a task that will be easier said than done, however.

    The Portuguese side are unbeaten domestically this season and have lost just twice in all competitions.

    However, Celtic will look to their win against Barcelona in their previous Champions League fixture as evidence that anything can happen, and they will take heart from the fact that their two previous passages to last 16 came in the seasons where they shared a group with Benfica.

    Danny Mills, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is a new-ish stadium with steep sides, and only a few hundred fans inside can make a real noise. This is really what the Champions League is all about - the champions of Europe versus the champions of Italy, and both teams want to win it. If Chelsea can stop Pirlo they have half a chance of stopping Juventus."

    You can hear live commentary of Juventus v Chelsea on BBC Radio 5 live right now.


    Harry on 81111 on text: "Tough game for the Blues tonight. About time they dropped Torres - he continues to look woeful in front of goal."

    Mark in Manchester on 81111 on text: "Carrick and Jones in central defence? If we're going to be that avant garde why don't we at least give young Wootton some more experience?"

    Aayush from Essex on 81111 on text: "People shouldn't underestimate United's weakened line up. Fergie always has a plan!"

  145. 1919: 

    I was working for a local paper in east London and Essex about 14 years ago when a young lad by the name of Gary Hooper began to dominate our junior football pages. He scored 20 one week and about 200 in a season. I wonder what ever happened to him?

    Benfica v Celtic (Group G, 1945 GMT)

    There are three changes in the Celtic line-up from Saturday's 2-0 victory over Aberdeen, and the three injury doubts - Joe Ledley, Scott Brown and Gary Hooper have all made it.

  147. 1916: 

    Thanks for those of you who have texted/tweeted in but I DID know it was Michael Keane (defender) NOT Will Keane (his twin who is a striker) at 1859. Honest. My fingers just let my brain down (again).

    Sorry. Still, at least I didn't write Roy...


    "After the drama at Parkhead in their previous Champions League game, Barcelona, winners of three of the last seven tournaments, strolled through to the last 16 in the end. What was going on in the record books was about as interesting as what was going on on the pitch in a straightforward 3-0 win over Spartak Moscow.

    "Lionel Messi's two goals in the Russian capital brought his 2012 goal tally to within five of Gerd Mueller's record haul of 85 in 1972. They also moved the Argentine up to joint-second in the all-time Champions League scoring charts, level with Ruud van Nistelrooy and behind Raul."

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reportsJuventus v Chelsea (Group E, 1945 GMT)

    "The equation is simple, the task anything but. Chelsea must avoid defeat against Juventus in Turin to remain on course for the knockout stage of the competition they won so impressively last May. Defeat will push them to the brink of becoming the first holders to be eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage. The consequences for Roberto Di Matteo do not bear thinking about.

    "Chelsea's early-season swagger has been replaced by an anxious stagger in recent weeks but tonight Di Matteo needs his players to produce the type of resolute performance that helped them lift this trophy. But tonight Chelsea must do it without John Terry, Frank Lampard and, of course, Didier Drogba."

    Saj Chowdhury reportsGalatasaray v Man Utd (Group H, 1945 GMT)

    "It's feet up time for Sir Alex Ferguson with his team already Group H winners and through to the last 16 for the eighth time in nine years. In fact, their only slip-up during that time occurred last season, with the United boss having hinted that team selection might have been a factor in their failure. He's timed his tinkering right this time.

    "It's a different outlook for Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim. His side are in second, above but level on four points with third-placed Cluj, who play Braga, on three points. "It's clear that this match is one of the most important games in Galatasaray's history," says Terim.


    Josh D on Twitter: "Fergie has never been shy about blooding youngsters in big occasions. Great experience for Powell tonight."

    Tom Crook on Twitter: "Anyone else confused as to why Carrick is playing in defence? Wootton played against Chelsea in the Cup and qualifying is safe!"

    John Regan on Twitter: "Certainly don't want Celtic to go for a score draw. Our objective must be a win. Come on you boys in green!"

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Big call from Di Matteo to leave Torres on bench v Juventus in Turin - but Chelsea cannot wait forever for him to recapture the old spark."

    Juventus v Chelsea (Group E, 1945 GMT)

    BREAKING: Fernando Torres is on the bench for Chelsea, who don't have a recognised striker in their line-up because Daniel Sturridge is injured.

  154. 1904: 

    Galatasaray's new home at the Turk Telekom Arena (also known as the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, but I'm going to call it the Turk Telekom Arena) is definitely the right place for Sir Alex Ferguson to test the nerve of his young players.

    It may not be as intimidating as the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Galatasaray's primitive home until 2010 and scene of that famous aggregate win over United in 1993, but it holds the world record for the 'loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium'.

    131.76 decibels were recorded on 18 March 2011... which is (probably) louder than if a jumbo jet landed in your living room. Stick your ear-plugs in lads...

  155. 1859: 

    I was on Turkish radio on Monday to predict the United team that would travel for this tie, and plumped for a 'League Cup line-up with a bit more know-how'.

    I wasn't too far wrong - yes this is a young United squad but Ferguson was always unlikely to start against Galatasaray with a centre-back pairing along the lines of Michael Keane and Scott Wooton like he did in their Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea. Expect some kids to come on for some experience later, though.


    Sham Gallagher on Twitter: "Galatasaray will give the Man United's youngsters a challenge, but I hope it will be good for them. Giving them experience."

    Paul Philbin on Twitter: "Fancy Celtic to get the score draw they need to reach the last sixteen. Not a fan of them, but great achievement if they get through."

    Jamie Etherington on Twitter: "Can't beat a Champions League evening! Better than those pointless international friendlies..."

    Galatasaray v Man Utd (Group H, 1945 GMT)

    BREAKING: Nick Powell starts in midfield for United, with Michael Carrick and Phil Jones in central defence. Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez are in attack and Anders Lindegaard is in goal.

  158. 1851: 

    So, what are you lot expecting tonight? Has Blues boss Roberto di Matteo lost his magic touch? How will the Bhoys follow up their Barca bonanza... and can Sir Alex Ferguson's B team do the business in Istanbul?

    Tweet the commentary using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text me on 81111. Make sure you put YOUR NAMES on those texts, though, because I cannot use them otherwise.

  159. 1848: 

    Actually, Barcelona's impeding victory means a score draw will be enough to see Celtic progress. That should help a bit.

  160. 1846: 

    A win for Celtic will also see them through. Easy, huh? Er, no. Lisbon was the scene of the Scottish side's most famous triumph when they won the European Cup in 1967 but they will have work very hard if they are to have a victory parade tonight.

    Bhoys boss Neil Lennon anticipates his side's most difficult game of the season - and they have already played Barca twice.

  161. 1844: 

    Barcelona, by the way, are about to secure their progress to the knockout stages. They are currently thumping Spartak 3-0 with about five minutes to go in Moscow and, if they win (which looks very likely) they will join United, Porto and Malaga in the last 16.

  162. 1840: 

    The shadow squad that Manchester United have sent out to Turkey for tonight's game with Galatasaray do not have half as much to worry about as the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Paul Ince and co did in 1993, because they are already safely in the last 16 this time around.

    But Chelsea and Celtic, the other British sides in action tonight, do not have that luxury.

    Roberto di Matteo's side, the defending champions, need to put their dodgy domestic form behind them and try to avoid defeat in Turin against Juventus in Group E.

    And Celtic might have beaten Barcelona last time out, but their hopes of getting out of Group G are also in the balance as they travel to Portugal to play Benfica.

  163. 1835: 

    As you've probably noticed, United are back in Turkey tonight, 19 years on from their first tumultuous visit there in the Champions League in 1993.

    That was a tie you might remember well, from the badly-spelt banners and hostile welcoming committee for Sir Alex Ferguson's side before the game, to the clashes between United players and riot police after they had been eliminated.

    Failing that, you might recall United's players and fans getting a lorry load of Turkish Delight* bars lobbed at them from the Maine Road terraces when they ran out for the Manchester derby a dew days later?

    *Other gel-based confectionary bars are available.

  164. 1830: 

    Hello, and welcome to tonight's Champions League action. Or, if I was writing this in the style of a Galatasaray fan waiting for Manchester United to arrive at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport: "Heyyy. Wellcome to the Hell!"

    Hopefully my spelling will be a bit better than that over the next few hours, but I wouldn't bank on it.

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1 Man Utd 5 4 12
2 Galatasaray 5 0 7
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4 Braga 5 -5 3