Champions League football as it happened

Live text commentary as Celtic reach the last 16 of the Champions League but Chelsea go out despite a huge win.

5 December 2012 Last updated at 22:37 GMT

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    But that is it for us. An epic and emotional night in the end, with Chelsea losing out despite a massive win and Celtic making the last 16.

    Good night to you all, and join Phil Dawkes for live text on tomorrow's Europa League action. See you later.

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    And for Celtic? Two away games in a row, as they travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday and Arbroath in the Scottish Cup next Wednesday.

  3. 2230: 

    So what next for Chelsea?They face Sunderland on Saturday before heading over to Japan for the Club World Cup.

    They will find out who they will face in the last 32 in the Europa League in a draw on 20 December.

  4. 2224: 

    Rafael Benítez became the 12th Chelsea coach (including caretakers) to manage the club in the Champions League tonight, and the thumping 6-1 win means that now all 12 have picked up a win in their first game.

  5. 2217: 

    That penalty for Kris Commons also saw him become only the seventh Scottish player to score for Celtic in the Champions League.

    He was born in Mansfield, admittedly - but he is a Scotland international.

  6. 2214: 

    One for your diaries people - The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League is on 20 December, and the games are due to be played on 12-13 and 19-20 February 2013, with the second legs on 5-6 and 12-13 March 2013.

  7. 2213: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Barney Cooper on Twitter: "Got a sneaky feeling that Dortmund, Bayern or PSG are going to win the Champions League."

  8. 2210: 
    MESSI NEWS

    FC Barcelona on Twitter: "Lionel Messi has a bruise on the outside of his left knee. He'll undergo further tests to determine the exact extent of the injury."

  9. 2207: 
    MESSI RECORD

    As Lionel Messi chases down that record of 85 goals in a calendar year, it's worth noting that Barcelona only have four games left this year. So it wouldn't take a major injury to scupper his chances. If he ends the year on 84 goals he'll be gutted...

  10. 2207: 

    We haven't got much news on that injury to Lionel Messi to report - Andoni Zubizarreta (director of football at Barcelona) has told Spanish TV that it doesn't seem serious but they are waiting for tests to be sure.

  11. 2206: 
    Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland

    Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez: "I was always sure about the quality of the players, the commitment of the players, today we could see their intensity.

    "For me tonight was the confirmation of everything I was watching in the training sessions. The main thing with Fernando Torres is that if we create chances, he will score goals."

  12. 2205: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ryan Noodle on text: "Pains me to say it but Giggs, Fletcher and even Scholes are not at the class required at United anymore. Final ball tonight was woeful at times."

    Tom on text: "The calibre of the second-placed teams is so high. Real Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, Shakhtar, Porto, Galatasaray and Celtic. There should be some good last 16 matches!"

    Nathan, avid Man United fan on text: "Not fancy playing Celtic? Would take them over Porto, Milan, Madrid, Valencia or Juventus!!"

  13. 2202: 

    So Sir Alex Ferguson was not overly distressed about that defeat tonight, but it was only Manchester United's second home defeat in a Champions League first group match.

    The other one? Deportivo La Coruna won 3-2 at Old Trafford in October 2001. At the risk of stitching him up, I think I remember Fabian Barthez making an error in that one.

  14. 2159: 
    Man Utd 0-1 Cluj

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson:

    "It was a wonder goal that beat us. We didn't deserve that, we created some good chances but when you lose a goal like that you can have no complaints. We had a young side out and I felt we did very well at times. The pitch was a bit dead from the frost but I am satisfied we put a good performance in.

    "We have won the group but we know the likes of Shakhtar, Milan, Porto, all the big names, are in there. We qualified comfortably but the real tournament starts at the end of February. The knockout stages are fantastic.

    "Tom Cleverley has a calf injury, so we will have to see what he is like. Was it important to rest players ahead of Sunday? Yes absolutely. No doubt about that."

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    Celtic 2-1 Spartak Moscow

    Victorious Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "The players have been magnificent. It is a monumental achievement on their behalf. For the club to be at the big table in the New Year, and to get 10 points, is phenomenal.

    "We didn't play well in the first half, but Gary Hooper is such a good goalscorer. We were slack for the goal we conceded but we were much better in the second half. I threw players on because we had to win it. I didn't watch the penalty because I've watched our last couple and we've missed them!

    "This campaign has been a great learning process and these young lads have grown as its gone on. This is the premier event, the toughest of the toughest. No-one gave us a prayer going into this group."

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    You have to feel a bit for Rafael Benitez don't you? Even when you win 6-1, you still lose.

  17. 2152: 
    GET INVOLVED

    John Train on Twitter: "Looking at those group winners, Arsenal have got some job on their hands in next round. Might regret resting so man last night."

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    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Celtic will be a match for many teams, and I cannot stop praising them for getting to this stage. It is a remarkable achievement. They deserve more credit than you can imagine."

    You can listen to reaction to tonight's results on 5 live Sport right now.

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    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux, at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

    "Very, very disappointing for Chelsea. It turned out to be a very tough group. It just goes to show that those margins for success have proved very costly for Chelsea tonight."

    You can listen to reaction to tonight's results on 5 live Sport right now.

  20. 2150: 
    Barcelona 0-0 Benfica

    Spanish football journalist Andy West at the Nou Camp: "A wasted opportunity for Benfica, who really should have won this game to progress at Celtic's expense. The Portuguese side only have themselves to blame after wasting a series of good chances and dropping their tempo midway through the second half when they thought a draw would suffice. For Barca it was a bit of a non-event but they'll be very anxious to discover how badly Lionel Messi is injured."

  21. 2150: 

    Opta tweets: " Celtic have equalled Rangers' (1992/93) record for most points (10) gained by a Scottish team in a Champions League group."

  22. 2149: 
    Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech: "We knew it could happen. Unfortunately the damage had been done before. We did what we could today and could only hope that the other result went our way.

    "You have results away from home when we lost two games but the main thing was the draw at home to Juve. We were 2-0 up and drew 2-2, that was the difference."

  23. 2147:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Celtic start in an uneven field in Europe compared with English clubs. The English Premier League clubs get £40m from TV, whereas Celtic get just £2.5m. That's an uneven playing field, so Celtic have done so well."

    You can listen to reaction to tonight's results on 5 live Sport right now.

  24. 2146: 

    Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba tweets: "Why is that two top English sides are out of the Champions League group stage already? It's something wrong with our football."

  25. 2144: 
    THE FINAL 16

    So after months of action, plenty of goals, red cards, penalties (and that was just tonight) we are down to our last 16.

    The chosen few are:

    Group A: PSG, Porto

    Group B: Schalke, Arsenal

    Group C: Malaga, AC Milan

    Group D: Dortmund, Real Madrid

    Group E: Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk

    Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia

    Group G: Barcelona, Celtic

    Group H: Manchester United, Galatasaray

  26. 2144: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Michael Taktak on Twitter: "This has been Samaras at his best. Almost unplayable! Congratulations Neil Lennon and Celtic."

    Anthony Percival on Twitter: "If Celtic hadn't conceded that last gasp goal in the Nou Camp they would have topped the group!"

    Richard Lindle on Twitter: "Congrats Celtic. I wonder if Rod is crying again? He should be."

  27. 2142: 

    Football is all about margins at times, and nothing captures that more than Kris Commons' penalty tonight. He is the hero, and rightly so, after smashing that one in off the underside of the crossbar. But a few inches higher, and he would have looked a prize idiot.

  28. 2141:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a tremendous performance from Celtic. Football in this country is in the doldrums at the moment, but Celtic have renewed the respect that is due towards Scottish football."

    You can listen to reaction to tonight's results on 5 live Sport right now.

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    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence on Twitter: "Samaras was immense tonight for Celtic."

  30. 2140: 

    Well done Celtic, well done. Neil Lennon has not been the toast of everyone at Celtic Park recently, but he is just now. He is loving it, and why not? Not many teams will fancy getting drawn against them either.

  31. 2139:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic to get into the last 16 from this group. This wasn't a vintage performance but it was a gritty, determined one. There was nothing to be gained from playing attractive football - they just had to win this match. They deserve to go through."

    You can listen to reaction to tonight's results on 5 live Sport right now.

  32. 2139: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    Agony for CFR Cluj, ecstasy for Galatasaray. Aydın Yilmaz has scored his second goal of the night to put the Turkish side ahead against Braga. That means they will go through and Cluj will go out, despite the fact they are still ahead at Old Trafford.

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    CELTIC THROUGH TO LAST 16

    Celtic qualify for the knockout stages as defending champions Chelsea are pushed into the Europa League.

  34. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 0-1 Cluj - Luis Alberto
  35. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland
  36. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 2-1 Spartak Moscow
  37. 2137:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Celtic are using their experience and professionalism here and are playing out time well..."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

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    FULL-TIME- Barcelona 0-0 Benfica

    All over at the Nou Camp. Good news for Celtic.

  39. 2136: 
    CLOSE!

    Fernando Torres should have a hat-trick, he runs in behind the non-existent defence but doesn't get under his shot and it's easily held by Jesper Hansen.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Ben, a Tottenham supporter, on 81111 on text: "Looking forward to Chelsea coming to join us in the competition they dumped us in back in May..."

    Nick in Cheshire on 81111 on text: "Two teams (Benfica and Milan) could go through with eight points. Two teams with 10 points (Chelsea) and nine points (Olympiakos) are going out!"

    Jane on 81111 on text: "Are the Chelsea fans still wanting Rafa out?"

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    YELLOW CARD

    David Luiz picks up a needless booking as we enter stoppage-time - the Chelsea man will now miss the next European game.

  42. 2133: 
    CLOSE!

    Victor Moses almost makes it seven for Chelsea. He has been excellent tonight but the former Wigan man gets his body shape wrong from Eden Hazard's cross and heads wide.

  43. 2132: 
    FINAL FIVE

    We are into the final five minutes...

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    Kris Commons is struggling after being caught high by Kim Kallstrom. It looks like he is coming off on a stretcher, which would mean the game would end 10 v 10.

  45. 2131:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day presenter

    "Messi stretchered off. Oh no!"

  46. 2131: 
    MESSI INJURED

    Still 0-0 at the Nou Camp and Lionel Messi will not be equalling - or beating - Gerd Mueller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year tonight. He has just gone off injured after being hurt while failing to take his first and only chance since coming off the bench. That will mean lots of injury time for Benfica to find the goal they need to reach the last 16, and send Celtic crashing out.

  47. 2130: 
    RED CARD FOR SPARTAK- Kim Kallstrom

    The Swede goes in high on Kris Commons, it's not pretty, and it's a red card.

  48. 2128: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Joseph Reade on Twitter: "This goal difference v head to head is silly, although so is going through because your opponents have a sieve as a defence."

    Jack McCourt on Twitter: "Chelsea fans should be slating Di Matteo over Benitez - Di Matteo is the reason they're heading out of the Champions League."

    Aman Sheth on Twitter: "United are down to playing the long ball. It's shameful really."

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    That was almost a Chris Waddle moment for Kris Commons, you have to admire the man for smashing it like that under that amount of pressure. The crowd are going mad in Glasgow. As you'd expect...

  50. 2127: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    More drama in Donetsk, where Shakhtar want a penalty when Henrik Mkhitaryan goes down in the area… hope for Chelsea? No. The Armenian forward ends up being booked for diving. Juventus still lead 1-0.

    Meanwhile, in Group F, Bayern Munich look certain to pip Valencia as group winners after adding two more goals against BATE Borisov. Thomas Mueller made it 2-0 with a fierce finish following Bastian Schweinsteiger's flick and Xherdan Shaqiri added a third when he headed home a Mario Gomez cross.

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    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Samaras was pushed without doubt. That was a clear push in the area. Initially I thought it might have been a soft award but on replay I have to say it would have been a free-kick anywhere else on the pitch. It was a recklessly conceded penalty and it was fired into the roof of the net. A great goal for Celtic, relief for Celtic, and joy for Celtic!"

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  52. 2126: 
    AS IT STANDS

    Celtic will go through if the scores remain the same.

  53. 2126: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Chelsea are on course for their biggest ever Champions League win. They beat Genk 5-0 and Galatasaray 5-0."

  54. 2123: 
    GOAL- Celtic 2-1 Spartak Moscow - Kris Commons (82 mins)

    Kris Commons looks an incredibly nervous man as he lines up the spot-kick, but hats off to the man. He goes hard, really hard, right down the middle and sees his strike hit the crossbar and bounce down over the line. What a moment - what a goal.

  55. 2123: 
    PENALTY TO CELTIC

    Giorgos Samaras goes to ground very, very easily under a challenge from Kirill Kombarov - it's a massive penalty for Celtic...

  56. 2121: 
    WHY ARE CHELSEA GOING OUT?

    So why exactly are Chelsea going out? It all goes down to their head-to-head record with Shakhtar Donetsk. Both teams have 10 points, but the side from Ukraine will go through because they scored more goals at Chelsea than the London club managed in the reverse fixture. (This comes on the list of qualification criteria after goal difference and goals scored between the two teams - both of which were the same).

    If you are interested, that is Champions League rule 7.06, sub-section d).

    I'm sure you knew that...

  57. 2120: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    What a save! Celtic so close to going ahead as Mikael Lustig heads a corner down and up into the top corner, but Spartak keeper Sergei Pesyakov is able to just about tip it over the bar. Brilliant save.

  58. 2119: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    I'd forgotten all about Paulo Ferriera - Rafa Benitez must have found him at the back of a cupboard somewhere because he has come on here for his first appearance of the season. Juan Mata has been given a rest for the last 15 minutes.

  59. 2117: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    Juventus have had a scare in Donetsk, where Shakhtar substitute Ilsinho forced Kwadwo Asamoah to turn the ball on to his own post after getting on the end of a Razvan Rat cross. But the Italian side have also wasted two great chances themselves with Sebastian Giovinco and Paul Pogba both having shots blocked with the Shakhtar defence at sixes and sevens.

    As it stands, Juventus are going through.

  60. 2117: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Amy Thompson on Twitter: "Get your foot on the pedal Shakhtar, we need you!"

    Paul Ogunbamowo on Twitter: "A team that cannot keep at least two clean sheets in the group stage of the Champions League will not go far, Man United."

    Mike on Twitter: "If only the Champions League group stages was decided on goal difference over head-to-heads..."

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    GOAL- Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland - Oscar (71 mins)

    Nordsjaelland have fallen apart. Juan Mata carves open the defence, and substitute Oscar - who has only been on a minute or two - slots home casually from the edge of the box.

  62. 2114: 

    Celtic are pushing hard for a goal which could be enough to see them through. Kris Commons has a shot deflected and then the winger's corner is headed into the side-netting from Efe Ambrose.

  63. 2113: 

    Did I say Eden Hazard was French? I obviously meant Belgian...

  64. 2112: 

    Gary Hooper almost chases down a goalkeeping clearance for Celtic, while Aiden McGeady is not giving his former club an easy time. There's been some determined tackling and a neat shimmy or two since the Republic of Ireland winger came on as a substitute at Celtic Park.

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    Spanish football journalist Andy West at the Nou Camp: "Messi and Gerard Pique have been brought on but it's not changed things because Benfica are still on top. They're slightly less dominant than in the opening period and you wonder whether they're aware of proceedings at Celtic Park because they seem to be playing with a little more caution. Cristian Tello has been lively at times down Barca's left wing but it's Benfica looking more likely."

  66. 2112:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Celtic are having difficulty getting the ball out of their own half at the moment, because Spartak are energetic, look a very fit side and are showing renewed effort."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  67. 2111: 
    SUBSTITUTION- LIONEL MESSI ON

    Just to clarify, Lionel Messi is on for Barcelona as he chases that record.

  68. 2110: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    Lots to play for at Old Trafford, just not for Manchester United. Galatasaray have equalised against Braga, with Burak Yilmaz heading home Nordin Amrabat's cross. That means CFR Cluj need to hold on to their 1-0 lead in Manchester because, if they draw with United and Galatasaray win, the Turkish side go through under the head-to-head rule.

  69. 2108: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 5-1 Nordsjaelland - Juan Mata (63 mins)

    Chelsea are ripping Nordsjaelland apart now, and Eden Hazard has been terrific. Again the Belgian runs straight through the defence, they cannot live with him. He square the ball for Juan Mata and while Jesper Hansen saves well with his feet, Mata is able to collect the rebound and slam in.

  70. 2106: 

    Celtic have raised the tempo and the atmosphere inside their stadium appears to have been lifted not only by the efforts of their own players but by the arrival of one Lionel Messi in the Nou Camp. Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady comes on for Spartak. Polite clapping but no hero worship from the home fans before Jose Jurado fires a low drive from distance that is easy meat for new England cap Fraser Forster.

  71. 2106: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Ashley Cole's 100th Champions League appearance ends with a knock - he comes off and Ryan Bertrand is on.

  72. 2105:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea's fans celebrate as Fernando Torres gets his second - but the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge tells you they know that Juventus are ahead at the Donbass Arena."

  73. 2105: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Collingwood on Twitter: "United go a goal down? There's a shocker..."

    L Duale on Twitter: "Cartoon defending comes to mind whenever United concede a goal!"

    Jamie Matthews on Twitter: "It gets to a point as a United fan, you can only laugh at our calamitous defence! Fearful of another thrashing on Sunday..."

  74. 2104: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    Chelsea can score as many goals as they want, they are still going into the Europa League as things stand because Juventus are ahead in Donetsk. Stephan Lichsteiner's cross would probably have been slotted in by Sebastian Giovinco anyway, but it ended up coming off Shakhtar defender Olexandr Kucher and going in.

    If Juventus win or draw remember - Chelsea are out. So they need Shakhtar to turn it around in a big way.

  75. 2101: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 4-1 Nordsjaelland - Fernando Torres (56 mins)

    The bad news for Chelsea is Juventus are ahead. The good news is that Fernando Torres has bagged again. It's fine work from Eden Hazard down the left, he is just a cut above the defence, and he gets to the dead ball line and serves up a tap-in for Torres.

  76. 2058: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 0-1 Cluj - Luis Alberto (56 mins)

    What a goal! Absolutely stunning strike puts Cluj ahead at Old Trafford. Midfielder Luis Alberto is allowed to run from deep, nobody closes him down, so he shoots from 25 yards. He cuts right across the ball with the outside of his foot, and it curls right into the top corner, going in off the inside of the post. Just brilliant.

  77. 2057: 

    What a night Gary Cahill has had for Chelsea. He's conceded a penalty, won a penalty and now scored a great goal.

    Fernando Torres almost latches on to a good cross from the right but he can't get it under control.

  78. 2056: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alex Downing on Twitter: "Less then 30 seconds after kick off! Really?! Urgh! Come on Chelsea, you are better than this!"

    York Blues on Twitter: "At least we're having a go. Worryingly Shakhtar haven't had a shot on goal yet."

    Mowlid on Twitter: "Bayern Munich are playing at home in their away kit. How does that work?"

  79. 2056: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 3-1 Nordsjaelland - Gary Cahill (51 mins)

    What a header this is. Juan Mata sends in a free-kick from the right wing, and Gary Cahill rises high to meet it on the penalty spot before picking his spot and looping the header right in to the top corner. Superb.

  80. 2055: 

    Cluj have made a decent start to the secodn period at Old Trafford. The Romanians have been decent so far.

  81. 2054: 

    Imagine being a defender and seeing Lionel Messi coming on as a sub? Nightmare time.

  82. 2054: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    Benfica have picked up at the start of the second half where they left off at the end of the first, with Nolito firing a fraction wide. Barcelona have responded, though, with David Villa seeing his goalbound shot blocked in what was probably their best attack of the night so far - not much competition for that accolade, though. Anyway, it's still 0-0 and still hope for Celtic... and even better news for the Bhoys is that Barca substitute Lionel Messi is WARMING UP!

  83. 2052: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Giorgios Samaras seems to save his best for the Champions League, and he almost puts Celtic back in front with a wonderful volley, clipping Mikael Lustig's cross brilliantly into the corner, but it kisses the post and goes wide. So close.

  84. 2052: 

    Opta tweets: "Since August 2005, David Luiz is one of only two defenders (with Mats Hummels) to have taken multiple Champions League penalties."

  85. 2051: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-1 Nordsjaelland - Joshua John (46 mins)

    Wow! Just 21 seconds into the second period, and Joshua John halves Chelsea's lead, racing on to a through pass and clipping past Petr Cech from the edge of the area. That won't help the nerves.

  86. 2050: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 2-0 Nordsjaelland

    Chelsea get us underway...

  87. 2050: 

    Scott Brown has a decent early chance for Celtic, but his shot is tame after a smart move and it is easily blocked.

  88. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd 0-0 Cluj

    ...and Old Trafford.

  89. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF- Celtic 1-1 Spartak Moscow

    Back under way at Celtic...

  90. 2047: 

    I've seen a few people texting and tweeting in speculating that a very big win for Chelsea will help them - unfortunately not, as goal difference does not decide the group if two teams are level on points. It comes down to head-to-head record first.

  91. 2046: 

    Spanish football journalist Andy West at the Nou Camp: "Benfica will be wondering how they're not winning this game as they head into the dressing room. They've been by far the better team and have created four very good chances, with young Dutch winger Ola John a constant threat. In a half-empty stadium and a subdued atmosphere, Barcelona have been poor and Tito Vilanova must be considering substitutions - including a certain Mr L Messi."

  92. 2045: 
    Celtic 1-1 Spartak Moscow

    BBC Sport's Clive Lindsay reports: "Celtic still have it all to do in Glasgow. They need to better Benfica's result in Barcelona to progress. You have to say that Spartak deserve to be level at least on the balance of play. Neil Lennon will no doubt be presently demanding more from his side in the second half."

  93. 2044: 

    Fernando Torres' goal was first in five starts since scoring in the sixth minute of the win over Shakhtar Donetsk in early November. Of course it counts for nothing at the moment if the scores stay as they are.

  94. 2042: 

    Just having a review of the three penalties awarded at Stamford Bridge in that first half. I'm going harsh on the first one against Gary Cahill, the second one is a clear penalty, and I think the third one which David Luiz actually netted was also very harsh.

  95. 2038: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Damien Hateley on Twitter: "Yes Fernando!"

    Phil Mansell on Twitter: "You could just see the influence Benitez has had on Torres' finish there..."

    Ken Coombs on Twitter: "Re Mark Ledger (2012): And the Glazers are still in charge..."

  96. 2037: 
    AS IT STANDS

    Here's the bad news. With Juventus and Shakhtar drawing in the Ukraine, it is the Italian side who will go through instead of Chelsea.

    And with Celtic only drawing, and Benfica holding Barca, the Bhoys will also be out. It can all change though, don't you worry about that.

  97. 2036: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    Crucially for Celtic and Chelsea there are no goals in Barcelona and Donetsk so far but, elsewhere in Europe, the goals are finally starting to fly in. Well, we've had two more anyway.

    In Group H, the good news for CFR Cluj is that Braga are leading Galatasaray after Marcio Mossoreo got on the end of Alan's deflected cross. The Romanian side will go through to the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time if Galatasaray lose and they hold Manchester United.

    And in Group F, Valencia - who are already through - are ahead against Lille. Jonas was fouled inside the area by Marko Basa and stepped up to convert the penalty himself. With Bayern Munich still leading BATE Borisov 1-0, the German side would go through as group winners on the head-to-head rule.

  98. 2036: 

    So after a slow half hour or so, that really got interesting...

  99. 2035:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was a worrying first half for Celtic. They were lucky - they got the first goal. But throughout the first half there was an unease, a hesitancy, and it wasn't surprising when Spartak got the equaliser. At half-time a draw is fair but disappointing for Celtic."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  100. 2035:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford BridgeHALF-TIME- Chelsea 2-0 Nordsjaelland

    "Fernando Torres scores his first goal since being reunited with Rafael Benitez. Have to think Chelsea's work is done and now they must rely on Shakhtar Donetsk beating Juventus."

  101. 2034: 

    Matt Dickinson of The Times tweets: "Pedant alert. No penalties have been missed at Stamford Bridge. Both were on target and saved..."

  102. 2034:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux, at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

    "Fernando Torres attacked the ball, facing the goal, as he must do. It was a very composed half-volley."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  103. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Man Utd 0-0 Cluj

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "All very muted at Old Trafford. United were slow out of the blocks and twice allowed Cluj in at the back only to be spared by two strong blocks by Scott Wootton. But as half-time approached, United burst into some kind of life. Wayne Rooney went close with a delightful chip only for Cluj goalkeeper Mario Felgueiras to make a tremendous save. The Portuguese produced another brilliant stop to keep out Danny Welbeck's header from the resulting corner, before Chris Smalling headed wide from a second corner with the goal at his mercy."

  104. 2032: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 2-0 Nordsjaelland - Fernando Torres (45 mins)

    This is more like it! Victor Moses, who has been very good so far tonight, plays the sort of defence-splitting pass that Fernando Torres dines on, he is onto it in a flash. He bursts clear of his defender and while keeper Jesper Hansen saves his first effort, Torres is able to tuck away the rebound.

  105. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Celtic 1-1 Spartak Moscow
  106. 2030: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Tom Cleverley has a problem for Manchester United, and he has had to come off, so it's yet another Champions League appearance for Paul Scholes.

  107. 2030: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Chelsea v Nordsjaelland has already equalled the Champions League record for match with most penalties, three, plus the most misses (2) (excluding shoot-outs)."

  108. 2029:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

    "Remarkable rat-a-tat of penalties at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea have the lead at last. Surely they can now go on to fulfil their part of the bargain tonight?"

  109. 2029: 
    GET INVOLVED

    M Green on Twitter: "This is why I love football. Drama and two penalty misses at both ends of the field within minutes. Give me more action!"

    Ally Hewet on Twitter: "Where Hazard fails, Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons prevails. Nothing Hazardous about his penalty taking!"

    Aman Sheth on Twitter: "Why didn't Torres take the penalty?"

  110. 2029: 
    CLOSE!

    Cluj have been more than holding their own at Old Trafford but three times in the past five minutes Manchester United have come very close. First Javier Hernandez mis-controlled with the goal at his mercy before Cluj goalkeeper Mario Felgueiras produced two brilliant saves, first from Danny Welbeck and then from Wayne Rooney's chip, to deny United.

    Chris Smalling has just directed his header inches wide, when it looked easier to score. Half-time in sight.

  111. 2028: 

    Still some work to do for Celtic, then, but at least things are still going their way in the Nou Camp. Benfica are still camped in the Barca half and the chances keep coming… and going.

    First Nolita plays in Lima, who tries to beat Jose Manuel Pinto with a curling right-foot shot, but somehow the Barcelona keeper claws his shot on to the post. Then Melgarejo finds Ola John raiding down the right, but he fires into the side netting after getting the better of Carles Planas. I'm not sure how it is still goalless, but it is.

  112. 2028:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was a wonderful goal for Spartak. The chip over the keeper was brilliant and Kelvin Wilson couldn't keep it out. That is deserved, because Spartak have played so well away from home here in Celtic Park."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  113. 2028:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux, at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

    "Three handballs, all different. There was absolutely no chance David Luiz was going to miss his spot kick, with the intent and concentration of his run-up."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  114. 2024: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-1 Spartak Moscow - Ari (39 mins)

    A lovely finish hurts Celtic. Spartak catch them on the break, and when Emmanuel Emenike plays in Ari running into space on the right of the area, he nonchalantly lobs the onrushing Fraser Forster. Touch of class.

  115. 2024: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 1-0 Nordsjaelland - David Luiz (39 mins)

    Unsurprisingly Chelsea change their kicker, and David Luiz takes a fast-bowler's run-up before smashing the penalty into the roof of the net. You do not save those.

  116. 2023: 
    PENALTY TO CHELSEA

    Amazing. A third penalty in a mad spell of six or seven minutes. Juan Mata shoots, and this time it cannons into the hands of Joshua John. Again the referee gives the spot-kick.

  117. 2022: 

    Cluj are still looking comfortable at Old Trafford, where Felice Piccolo has had a header saved by David de Gea. It's a pretty dull game though.

  118. 2022: 

    Argentine defender Juan Insaurralde must hate the sight of Celtic. He was sent off in the Glasgow side's 3-2 win in Moscow. Now he has made a hash of the clearance that let in Gary Hooper for his 13th goal of the season.

    Meanwhile, Kris Commons fires a snap-shot just wide from the edge of the box following a corner as Celtic threaten to extend their lead over Spartak. But it is still end-to-end stuff in Glasgow.

  119. 2021: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    Juventus are upping the ante in Donetsk. Mirko Vucinic, who tormented Chelsea a fortnight ago, runs at the Shakhtar defence and finds Sebastian Giovinco in space…to fire a fraction wide from the edge of the area. That was a real waste.

    Elsewhere, we already know who is through to the last 16 in Group F, and the only thing left to be decided is whether Bayern Munich or Valencia go through as group winners. Bayern are in the driving seat at the moment, leading BATE Borisov through a close-range Mario Gomez finish from Xherdan Shaqiri's cross.

  120.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mark Ledger on Twitter: "Why don't Chelsea fans put their mouths where the money is and protest against Abramovich? We did it at Old Trafford!"

    Luke Moody on Twitter: "Please Roy, look at Hooper. Been one of the best English finishers ever since moving to Scunthorpe. Give him a call."

    Ryan Heatly on Twitter: "Celtic haven't been firing on all cylinders in the league this year, but they've fairly done their bit in the Champions League!"

  121. 2021: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Eden Hazard

    Good grief - two missed penalties in a few minutes! Eden Hazard steps up but his effort is tame and easily saved by Jesper Hansen.

  122. 2019: 
    PENALTY TO CHELSEA

    Gary Cahill in the thick of it again, as his header hits the arm of Mikkel Beckmann. Big penalty this...

  123. 2019:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux, at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

    "That certainly shouldn't have been a penalty. Cahill was outside the box when the ball struck his hand. It was a decent penalty but a great save from Petr Cech."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  124. 2017: 
    MISSED PENALTY

    Petr Cech guesses the right way and makes a fine save to deny Nicolai Stokholm. That has got the crowd going at Stamford Bridge!

  125. 2017: 
    PENALTY TO NORDSJAELLAND

    Harsh. Anders Christiansen shoots from range and it strikes Gary Cahill on the hand, leaving referee Bas Nijhuis to give the penalty. Was Cahill even in the area? I'm not sure.

  126. 2015: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Max McLean on Twitter: "We could very conceivably have four British clubs in the last 16. What crisis?"

    Luke Johnston on Twitter: "Think Celtic definitely lead the way as far as atmospheres go. Sounding incredible again tonight!"

    Ruari on Twitter: "Felipe (1957): If you are older than 10 you need to have a word with yourself..."

  127. 2015: 

    Kasper Lorentzen has Nordsjaelland's first decent chance, shooting just wide from long distance although Petr Cech probably had it covered. It's all gone a bit flat at the Bridge.

  128. 2014: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    A reminder that if Juventus get at least a point against Shakhtar in Donetsk, then Chelsea are out. Not too many chances at the Donbass Arena to tell you about so far but the Italian side have just had a shout for a penalty when Andrea Pirlo's free-kick hits Fernandinho, with Giorgio Chiellini looking to pounce. Nothing given by Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson, and it remains 0-0.

  129. 2014:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

    "Subdued atmosphere and subdued performance at Stamford Bridge. Nordsjaelland look ripe for the picking by Chelsea but no real sense of urgency about their game so far."

  130. 2012: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Almost a bizarre own goal puts Chelsea in front. Victor Moses puts a low cross into the goalmouth and captain Nicolai Stokholm smashes a wild clearance against his own crossbar. Maybe that was the spot of luck that Rafa Benitez needed?

  131. 2012: 

    Spanish football journalist Andy West at the Nou Camp: "It's been all Benfica in the opening 25 minutes. The Portuguese team are playing to win - it looks like they're assuming Celtic will pick up all three points and they've adopted a very positive approach. Barca are looking every inch a reserve side and haven't managed a single shot on goal."

  132. 2010: 
    CLOSE!

    Tom Cleverley has a shot blocked for Manchester United as they look to recover from a slack start. Chris Smalling then heads over the top after Nick Powell helped on a cross.

  133. 2010: 

    Emmanuel Emineke goes close to equalising for Spartak with a powerful drive that rises a couple of feet over the Celtic crossbar.

  134. 2010: 
    CLOSE!

    Fantastic chance for Cluj, the best for either side tonight. A neat exchange put Modou Sougou through down the right channel of the penalty area, only for Scott Wootton to make a crucial block just as Sougou struck his goalbound shot. From the resulting corner, Wayne Rooney has to scramble another Cluj shot away from inside his own six-yard box. Far from straightforward for United.

  135. 2009: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence on Twitter: "Now that's a quality finish from Hooper!"

  136. 2009:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

    "Just in case you were wondering - no anti-Abramovich chanting."

  137. 2009: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    Everything is going Celtic's way at the moment. They are ahead, and Lima has just sent a diving header flying wide for Benfica against Barcelona. Still 0-0 at the Nou Camp, but the Portuguese side are still dominating proceedings.

  138. 2009:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Fantastic finish from Hooper - he doesn't miss chances like that. He was gifted it after a complete miskick from the Argentine defender. Hooper drilled it, low and hard, into the back of the net. That was great for Celtic, and it's gone a long way towards waking this crowd."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  139. 2006: 
    GOAL- Celtic 1-0 Spartak Moscow - Gary Hooper (21 mins)

    The fairytale lives on. Gary Hooper has Celtic Park rocking with a cracking first-time finish. Giorgos Samaras plays a hopeful looking ball forwards from out on the left, it should be easy for the Spartak defence to deal with but Juan Insaurralde makes a total hash of cutting it out. It runs through for Hooper, who wastes no time in accepting the gift and thrashes a shot in from the edge of the box. Great start.

  140. 2005: 

    Celtic have had plenty of joy from Charlie Mulgrew corners in Europe this season, and he flies in another one which has Spartak keeper Sergei Pesyakov struggling for a moment but he turns it over.

  141. 2003: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UPDATE

    The GOOD news for Celtic fans is that Benfica have missed a glorious chance to take the lead at the Nou Camp. Ola John set Rodrigo free and he ran clear before curling a shot just wide of Jose Manuel Pinto's right-hand post. The BAD news for Celtic fans is that this depleted Barca side are struggling to get out of their own half at the moment - not often you write that sentence, is it? It's still 0-0 at the moment, though.

  142. 2003: 
    CLOSE!

    Spartak Moscow are now having a really good spell, and they almost carve Celtic open. Artem Dzyuba plays a neat pass into the stride of Kim Kallstrom on the edge of the box and the Swede almost caps his 50th Champions League appearance with a fine bending effort, but it drifts just wide.

  143. 2000:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea fans sing "There's Only One Di Matteo" - suspect Roman Abramovich is supremely indifferent to that one."

  144. 2000: 

    Lovely stuff from Chelsea's Eden Hazard, classic wing play as he rides a challenge on the halfway line, commits another defender and drives on before seeing his deflected cross-shot turned away by Jesper Hansen. The Nordsjaelland keeper is earning his corn already this evening.

  145. 1958:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is not the normal Celtic Park atmosphere. There seems to be a lot of unease. Nobody seems to have confidence. The problem is that when there is expectation you sometimes don't live up to it."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  146. 1958: 

    Celtic are finding Spartak Moscow hard work to break down at the moment. With Benfica still holding Barcelona, it is the Lisbon side who would go through as it stands.

  147. 1957: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ben Davies on Twitter: "One Di Matteo, there's only one Di Matteo!"

    Felipe Sturgis on Twitter: "Never seen such a bad Chelsea side. Three-and-a-bit games under Benitez and nothing has happened! Bring back Avram."

    Daniel Boer on Twitter: "Chelsea fans are a disgrace - get behind your manager!"

  148. 1957: 
    GREAT SAVE!

    Chelsea almost open the scoring as Ashley Cole sends in a deep cross from the left, Victor Moses meets it well and Jesper Hansen has to make a smart save at his near post.

    Fernando Torres then wins the ball high up the pitch and Hansen saves well, before the keeper makes a third good stop in a minute when he keeps out David Luiz's effort from the corner. Chelsea are pounding on the door.

  149. 1955: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson called his side's defending 'a cartoon cavalcade' yesterday, and they are at it again at the back. Ryan Giggs plays a slack ball back and puts Chris Smalling under pressure, he then slices his clearance to a Cluj player who shoots and David de Gea makes the save. More worrying signs at the back.

  150. 1955: 

    Spartak have started the brighter at Celtic Park, with the home side unable to put any passing movements together and having failed to threaten the Russians' goal.

  151.   
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Celtic look a little nervous, without the assurance you would expect them to have at Parkhead. It's been very disappointing so far."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  152.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ian from Girvan on 81111 on text: "Spartak Moscow to end Celtic's champions league run, and their season. Come on the Russians."

    John in Harlow on 81111 on text: "If I was a Chelsea fan I wouldn't mind finishing third because then they have a chance to win one of the only cups they have not won, and they would have a much more realistic chance of winning it."

    Lisa in Vienna on 81111 on text: "Jose come back to Chelsea - we will even get your overcoat out of the museum for you!"

  153. 1952: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Nordsjaelland are forced into a very early change, as centre-back Ivan Runje leaves the field on a stretcher after pulling up with injury.

  154. 1951: 

    First real chance of the night falls to Manchester United, as Danny Welbeck gets across his man at the front post but can only head a Wayne Rooney corner wide.

  155. 1950:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux, at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

    "It seems a long time ago since we were in Munich seeing Chelsea lift this trophy. Fernando Torres is still relatively young, but positionally he doesn't put himself in places to run onto balls. He now plays with his back to goal and that does not suit him. Benitez has to find a system and a style of approach play that suits Torres if they are going to rely on him for goals."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  156. 1950:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

    "A light dusting of booing for Rafael Benitez as he appeared in the technical area."

  157. 1949: 

    Cluj make the early running at a muted Old Trafford - where there are plenty of empty seats. Manchester United just want to tick this one off and move on.

  158. 1948: 

    Nordsjaelland survive those early corners but it remains all Chelsea.

  159. 1948:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is 6'7" and is eligible for England. The keeper at the other end is also very tall - two taller keepers I have not seen in a long time. If he's anywhere near as good as Forster he will be very capable."

    You can listen to live coverage of tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  160. 1947: 

    Chelsea start brightly and win a corner in the first minute. Victor Moses wins the header and it is out for another corner.

  161. 1946: 

    Opta tweets: "Celtic have scored more headed goals (four) than any other team in the Champions League this season."

  162. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF

    Game on in our three featured games.

  163. 1943: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ewan Clark on Twitter: "I can still see Messi getting a hat-trick tonight and overtaking Mueller..."

    Porter Ramsey on Twitter: "I don't understand why Evans is ahead of Smalling in the pecking order. Whenever he plays he puts in a strong performance."

    Richard Lappage on Twitter: "Even if Chelsea go through, with the current squad we'd be hammered by Madrid/Dortmund/Barca in the next round!"

  164. 1942: 

    Rafael Benitez is surrounded by cameramen as he emerges from the tunnel. The TV cameras pick out a few fans holding Jose Mourinho-based placards. A truly bizarre scenario for Benitez, it really is...

  165. 1941: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "This is Alex Ferguson's 200th European Cup/CL match as Man Utd manager. W110-D51-L38. Lifted two Champions League trophies - 1999, 2008."

  166. 1940: 

    The teams are in the tunnel in Glasgow, London and Manchester. It's do or die time people.

  167. 1940: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Hamish from Uppingham on 81111 on text: "The Brown, Hooper and Samaras combination will be to much for Spartak tonight. Celtic for the last 16!"

    Shu Hang Jason in Canterbury on 81111 on text: "I don't understand why everyone is so harsh on Rafa. Give the man some time. Confident in a result tonight, come on you Blues!"

    Robbie, Man United fan on 81111 on text: "Please, please, please let tonight be the night we stop defending like The Kings Head!"

  168. 1938:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

    "Banner at The Shed End at Stamford Bridge tells Roman Abramovich: 'Bring Back The Special One'."

  169. 1937: 

    This is Rafa Benítez's first Champions League game since Inter Milan's 3-0 defeat at Werder Bremen on 7 December 2010 - when the Italians had already qualified for the last 16. Quite a different kettle of fish.

    Maybe tonight Fernando Torres will come good. Maybe.

  170. 1936: 

    Real Madrid booked their place in the last 16 with a game to spare, but there are murmurings from the Spanish capital that Jose Mourinho is on his way out.

    Where will he go next? European football expert Andy Brassell has been having a look, and he thinks that not for the first time Pep Guardiola may be standing in his way...

  171. 1933: 

    There are only three places in the last 16 up for grabs tonight. We all know the story about Chelsea and Celtic's quest to join the party, but what about the other spot?

    It comes in Manchester United's group, where Galatasaray and Cluj are battling it out for second place.

    The two sides are level on seven points, with Galatasaray ahead due to a better head-to-head record.

    Galatasaray travel to already-eliminated Braga knowing a win will see them progress, while Cluj travel to Manchester needing to better Galatasaray's result.

  172. 1930:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge

    "Chelsea captain John Terry has been pulling no punches in his programme notes, saying: "Let's not beat around the bush. No wins in six games is simply not good enough and since I have been here I have not experienced a run like this.

    "We, as players, have to stand up and take responsibility - stand up and stick together. We demand a lot of ourselves and we have to focus on rediscovering the winning habit."

  173. 1929: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris from London on 81111 on text: "Why on earth has Benitez dropped Azpilicueta? He's been a rare plus for Chelsea over the last few weeks. And he's being dropped to accommodate the calamity that is David Luiz!"

    Dave in London on 81111 on text: "I've got nothing against Benitez - my problem is with the board and owner. They keep making stupid decisions. We need stability."

    Matt in Cambridge on 81111 on text: "I'm sure Di Matteo would have won this game tonight. I was prepared to be patient with Benitez but, after the weekend, if he doesn't get a result tonight and Juve lose, I want him gone by 9am."

  174. 1929: 
    Celtic v Spartak Moscow (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Clive Lindsay reports: "It is another cold, frosty night in Glasgow, but the heat will be on Spartak Moscow at Celtic Park as the home side look to secure the win they hope will take them into the last 16 of the Champions League for the third time. I say hope because they must better the result achieved by Benfica against an under-strength Barcelona to do so.

    "Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady is left on the Spartak bench despite his vow to do his best to help his side beat his boyhood heroes. Celtic are without the suspended Victor Wanyama, whose impressive midfield performances have had the likes of Manchester linked with the Kenyan."

  175.   
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Celtic will be buoyed by a huge home support, which is to their advantage. They will be up for the fixture but minus Wanyama they have lost a very important player."

    You can listen to all the build-up to tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  176. 1925: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Palmer on Twitter: "I like that United team apart from Giggs being in it. Youthful and fast."

    Jay Sood on Twitter: "I'm glad to see Chris Smalling and Phil Jones back in defence. I hope the back four have a strong performance tonight."

    Jordan King on Twitter: "Messi on the verge of footballing immortality and you put him on the bench? Shame on you, Barcelona."

  177. 1924: 

    For obvious reasons, being the best player in the world and all, Lionel Messi is not left out very often. He is on the bench tonight for the first time in a Champions League game since 7 December 2010. That was a 2-0 home win over Rubin Kazan.

  178. 1920: 
    Barcelona v Benfica (1945 GMT)

    Spanish football journalist Andy West at the Nou Camp: "With Barcelona already qualified as group winners, there was only one thing on the mind of Barca fans as they arrived at Camp Nou: Lionel Messi.

    "Messi is one goal short of Gerd Mueller's all-time record for goals in a calendar year: he has scored 84 in 2012; Mueller managed 85 in 1972.

    "So it was a big disappointment for the home fans when the teams were announced with Messi only on the bench. Tito Vilanova has called up a host of reserves, but he has selected Spain's all-time leading scorer, David Villa. Also playing are Barca's brothers Thiago and Rafinha Alcantara, who will be up against their cousin - Benfica striker Rodrigo.

    "It's a more important game for Benfica who need to match Celtic's result against Spartak Moscow. The Portuguese side are in top form, winning their last seven games and conceding just one goal in the process. They'll hope to take advantage of playing against Barca's reserve team."

  179. 1919: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Juventus need a draw to progress. They have drawn their last five European away matches."

  180. 1918: 
    Chelsea v Nordsjaelland (1945 GMT)

    Rafa Benitez is not a believer in miracles, but he is hoping that luck smiles on Chelsea tonight.

    "I don't think it's a miracle. We have to do our job and wait for the other teams. Shakhtar are a very good team and I think they can beat Juventus. So no, it's not a miracle - sometimes we need a bit of luck.

    "The only thing I can try is to win our game - I have confidence that Shakhtar can beat Juventus. They have players that want to be seen around the world. They know they have to perform."

  181. 1918: 

    So with half an hour to go until kick-off time, how are we all feeling? All Chelsea can do is win and then hope for the best. And having seen Shakhtar look very impressive in both games against Chelsea so far this season, you would not rule out the Ukrainians beating Juve tonight. Not by a long shot.

  182. 1916: 
    LINE-UPS- Celtic v Spartak Moscow (1945 GMT)

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

    Spartak Moscow: Pesiakov, Kirill Kombarov, Insaurralde, Suchy, Dmitri Kombarov, Rafael Carioca, Kallstrom, Jurado, Dzjuba, Ari, Emenike. Subs: Dykan, Bryzgalov, Pareja, McGeady, Yakovlev, De Zeeuw, Kozlov.

    Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

  183. 1915: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Nordsjaelland (1945 GMT)

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

    FC Nordsjaelland: Hansen, Ticinovic, Parkhurst, Runje, Mtiliga, Gundelach, Stokholm, Adu, Christiansen, John, Lorentzen. Subs: Jensen, Kildentoft, Beckmann, Laudrup, Issah, Lindberg, Maxso.

    Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Holland)

  184. 1914: 
    LINE-UPS- Man Utd v Cluj (1945 GMT)

    Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Wootton, Smalling, Buttner, Powell, Cleverley, Giggs, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Young, Scholes, Fletcher, Macheda, Vermijl.

    CFR Cluj-Napoca: Mario Felgueiras, Ivo Pinto, Cadu, Piccolo, Rada, Muresan, Luis Alberto, Rui Pedro, Camora, Sougou, Bastos. Subs: Stancioiu, Sepsi, Kapetanos, Maftei, Bjelanovic, Godemeche, Aguirregaray.

    Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

  185. 1912:  
    Craig Brown, at Celtic Park for BBC Radio 5 liveCeltic v Spartak Moscow (1945 GMT)

    "Qualifying would be a marvellous achievement for Celtic. 53 Uefa countries compete in this competition, so for a team from Scotland, with just five million people, to get into the last 16 would be fantastic."

    You can listen to all the build-up to tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  186. 1912: 
    Chelsea v Nordsjaelland (1945 GMT)

    Rafa Benitez makes two changes to the Chelsea side that started the defeat at Upton Park on Saturday. David Luiz, suspended for the defeat to Juventus, is back for Cesar Azpilicueta and Oriol Romeu replaces John Mikel Obi, who has just signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

  187. 1911: 

    The answer is indeed David Beckham. He has made 105 Champions League appearances.

  188. 1910: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Steven Blake on Twitter: "It's Gerrard, Neville and Scholes."

    Josh Dawe on Twitter: "David Beckham? Steve McManaman?"

    Brendan McGerty on Twitter: "Gotta be Mr Beckham - over the Man Utd, Real Madrid and Milan appearances. He has to have made the 100 club."

  189. 1910: 

    Chelsea have five survivors in tonight's starting XI from that win in the final in Munich. The famous five are Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Juan Mata and Gary Cahill.

    What they wouldn't give for Didier Drogba eh?

  190. 1906: 

    Some good news for Chelsea fans to kick tonight off though - John Obi Mikel has signed a new five-year deal to stay at the club.

    The Nigerian says: "Being 25 I think I am now hitting my peak but as a player you want to improve every day and there is still room for that. I want to learn from the players and the manager and I just want to keep going."

  191. 1905:  
    Gary Lineker, Match of the Day presenter

    "Not great news for Celtic. Barca have gone with the reserves. One consolation - Messi is on the bench."

  192. 1904: 
    Man Utd v Cluj (1945 GMT)

    David de Gea returns to a Manchester United starting line-up showing 10 changes from the weekend for tonight's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj.

    Only Wayne Rooney keeps his place from the team that defeated Reading while Scott Wootton, Nick Powell and Alex Buttner are included.

    Chris Smalling and Phil Jones start in defence, while there is place for Ryan Giggs alongside Tom Cleverley in midfield. As expected, the game has come too soon for captain Nemanja Vidic. While Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick are rested with Sunday's Manchester derby in mind.

  193. 1903:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le SauxChelsea v Nordsjaelland (1945 GMT)

    "We need to see a positive, upbeat and high-tempo performance tonight and a comfortable win. That will lift everybody irrespective of what happens in Donetsk. I might have spent a lot of time up until tonight thinking about scenarios and how frustrating it is to be in this position but when you go out there tonight, ultimately you can only win your own game."

  194. 1902:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCeltic v Spartak Moscow (1945 GMT)

    Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod on 5 live Breakfast: "It would be a fantastic achievement to qualify for the knock-out stages tonight, especially if you look at the quality elsewhere in the group. Celtic have produced good performances right throughout this group stage. They have been outstanding home and away - in the past they always suffered poor results away from home. We're all hoping they'll win tonight."

    You can listen to all the build-up to tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  195. 1901: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Roshun from Chelmsford on 81111 on text: "Maybe John Terry?"

    Arthur on 81111 on text: "Ryan Giggs?"

    Shaun on 81111 on text: "Giggs for sure. At least 130."

    Ryan Giggs is not English guys.

  196. 1901: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE

    Back on the domestic front, there is one game tonight in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Northampton Town take on Leyton Orient at Sixfields, and you can keep across the goings-on using the modules on the right-hand side of this page, or on our live scores page.

    And in League One, Coventry are facing more financial strife. They have been given 21 days to pay some outstanding rent, according to the Ricoh Arena's operator.

  197. 1858: 

    And then there is Lionel Messi. The Argentine genius can match Gerd Mueller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year with a goal against Benfica this evening.

    Eighty-five goals. In one year. Incredible.

    To put that into perspective, Michael Owen has scored 61 goals for Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke since he left Liverpool in 2004.

    The bad news for record fans out there is that Messi is on the bench tonight. He never gets a rest...

  198. 1857:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Coming up on 5 live tonight, there is full commentary of Celtic v Spartak Moscow with Alan Green and Craig Brown.

    There are updates from Chelsea v Barcelona with John Murray and Graeme Le Saux, and Conor McNamara and Michael Owen are providing all the latest from Old Trafford where Manchester United face Cluj.

    The build up to the games are just about to start at 1900 GMT where you'll hear from Neil Lennon, Juan Mata, Rafael Benitez and Sir Alex Ferguson.

    You can listen to all the build-up to tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  199. 1853: 

    Infostrada Sports tweets: "Juve's match v Shakhtar is the last match Juventus coach Antonio Conte will have to miss after a four-month suspension (matchfixing scandal v Siena)."

  200. 1852: 

    Mr Biccies - you got two right.

    Paul Scholes (123) and Gary Neville (109) are both in the hundred club. Frank Lampard is not...

  201. 1852: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Ware on Twitter: "Will Chelsea be the first ever holders to go out at the group stage? Looks likely."

    Matthew Winter on Twitter: "Oscar has four goals in the Champions League so far. Torres never scores. Hmmm, good one Benitez..."

    Mr Biccies on Twitter: "Scholes, Neville and Lampard?"

  202. 1851: 
    Man Utd v Cluj (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "Even Manchester United supporters may be tempted to sneak a glimpse at events elsewhere tonight, having already qualified so comprehensively as winners of Group H.

    "And yet the prospect of Wayne Rooney leading the line as he goes in search of a rare goal before Sunday's Manchester derby is more than enough to hold the attention.

    "United have won all five previous encounters with Romanian opposition including their 2-1 comeback success in Cluj on 2 October, but the visitors arrive at Old Trafford hungry to make the most of their outside chance of qualifying. Cluj must better Galatarasay's result in Braga to go through as runners-up."

  203. 1850:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Stamford BridgeChelsea v Nordsjaelland (1945 GMT)

    "Chelsea must win against Norssjaelland and hope Shakhtar Donetsk do them a favour by beating Juventus in Ukraine to avoid the ignominy of being the first Champions League holders to exit at the group stage. For interim manager Rafael Benitez, his first victory simply must come tonight."

  204. 1849:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told 5 live Breakfast this morning: "Chelsea as a club are in a difficult situation at the moment, but every club goes through a difficult spell. How they get out of this is their main concern.

    "The only way Rafael Benitez is going to win over the fans is if he starts winning matches. If he puts a run of wins together the fans will adopt him.

    "Chelsea need to win tonight, but they can do nothing else. It's not up to them, and they can only control their own game. The rest is hope. I hope it happens for Chelsea tonight, but I don't see it happening."

    You can listen to all the build-up to tonight's action on 5 live Sport right now.

  205. 1848: 

    Manchester United are also playing tonight, but unusually, they are very much bottom of the bill. United have already won Group H, so they have nothing to play for this evening, and with a Manchester derby against City on the horizon on Sunday, it's no surprise that Sir Alex Ferguson has made plenty of changes against Cluj.

  206. 1848: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Celtic v Spartak Moscow (1945 GMT)

    Celtic, who made nine changes for Saturday's Scottish Cup draw with Arbroath, are along more usual lines against Spartak Moscow. Mikael Lustig, Efe Ambrose and Scott Brown remain in the starting XI, with Georgios Samaras partnering Gary Hooper up front.

  207. 1846: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Man Utd v Cluj (1945 GMT)

    Manchester United make 10 changes from the side which beat Reading at the weekend. Wayne Rooney is the only survivor.

  208. 1845: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Nordsjaelland (1945 GMT)

    Ashley Cole does make that 100th Champions League appearance for Chelsea, while Oriol Romeu starts in midfield. Fernando Torres is up front.

  209. 1842: 
    MILESTONE

    Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole will break a barrier if he plays tonight - he will be the fourth Englishman to make 100 appearances in the Champions League.

    Can you name the other three?

  210. 1841: 

    It promises to be a tense old evening in west London, where at least everyone is together in the face of adversity and singing from the same hymnsheet. Oh wait, no. No they're not.

    New manager Rafael Benitez has stepped in to the breach in quite extraordinary circumstances, and has been made to feel extremely unwelcome by some Chelsea fans.

    But let's just remember that Rafa won this trophy in 2005 with Igor Biscan, Djimi Traore and Antonio Nunez in his squad. If there's a miracle to be done, he may just be the man to find it...

  211. 1838: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So we have plenty to talk about this evening. Can Chelsea do it? If not, how embarrassing is it for the champions to go out in the group stages? Can Rafael Benitez take the club to more trophies? Can Celtic make it through to the last 16?

    Let me know your thoughts. You can text us on 81111 (UK Only). and Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball. Let's be hearing from you...

  212. 1836: 

    And Chelsea are not the only British team hoping to make it into the last 16 tonight. Celtic - who pulled off a superb win at home to Barcelona just last month - can join Lionel Messi and co in the knockout rounds if they better Benfica's result tonight.

    To put it simply, a win at home to Spartak Moscow will be enough for Celtic to go through - unless Benfica win in Barcelona.

  213. 1833: 

    Chelsea have been through quite a lot in that 200 days. Take a look at the squad list for that final in Munich and cross out the likes of Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Jose Bosingwa, Michael Essien and even manager Roberto Di Matteo.

    You can cross out any hopes they have of defending the title in a few hours' time as well - unless they beat Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge, and Shakhtar Donestk beat Juventus in Ukraine.

  214. 1830: 

    I know it's been a big year on the sporting front, but bear with me as we turn the clocks back to 19 May.

    Before Bradley Wiggins had conquered France, before Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis lit up the London Olympics, before Rory McIlroy and Andy Murray won Majors in the United States.

    Before Frankel bowed out in style, before the nation's eyes were transfixed on the Paralympics, when Andrew Flintoff was still an ex-cricketer but not yet an ex-boxer, and Ricky Hatton was still an ex-boxer. Even before Martin Kelly was England's number five at a major tournament.

    Yep, just 200 days ago, Chelsea defied all the odds to bring home the Champions League trophy with a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich.

    Tonight, the defending champions could crash out at the first hurdle. It can't happen - can it?

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Champions League results

5 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Champ Lge Group A table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Paris SG 6 11 15
2 FC Porto 6 6 13
3 Dynamo Kiev 6 -4 5
4 Din Zagreb 6 -13 1

Champ Lge Group B table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Schalke 04 6 4 12
2 Arsenal 6 2 10
3 Olympiakos 6 0 9
4 Montpellier 6 -6 2

Champ Lge Group C table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Malaga 6 7 12
2 AC Milan 6 1 8
3 Zenit St P'sbg 6 -3 7
4 Anderlecht 6 -5 5

Champ Lge Group D table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Borussia Dortmund 6 6 14
2 Real Madrid 6 6 11
3 Ajax 6 -8 4
4 Man City 6 -4 3

Champ Lge Group E table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Juventus 6 8 12
2 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 4 10
3 Chelsea 6 6 10
4 Nordsjaelland 6 -18 1

Champ Lge Group F table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 6 8 13
2 Valencia 6 7 13
3 BATE Borisov 6 -6 6
4 Lille 6 -9 3

Champ Lge Group G table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Barcelona 6 6 13
2 Celtic 6 1 10
3 Benfica 6 0 8
4 Spartak Moscow 6 -7 3

Champ Lge Group H table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 6 3 12
2 Galatasaray 6 1 10
3 CFR Cluj-Napoca 6 2 10
4 Braga 6 -6 3