LiveSportsday - Champions League draw as it happened


  1. Liverpool will face holders Real Madrid in Champions League group draw
  2. Man City drawn with Bayern Munich and Roma; Arsenal to face Dortmund; Chelsea get Schalke
  3. Wayne Rooney appointed England captain
  4. Jack Colback, Fabian Delph, Calum Chambers & Danny Rose in England squad
  5. Louis van Gaal expects more Man Utd signings as Di Maria presented to media
  6. GET INVOLVED: What do you think of the Champions League draw?

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By Luke Reddy and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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And that is everything from a hectic day on Sportsday Live. We will be back at 08:00 BST on Friday, for all the latest news, transfer rumours and information before the weekend's action. Thanks for joining us and bye for now.

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Just a reminder that there will be a separate live text commentary for tonight's Europa League matches as Tottenham and Hull City aim to secure their places in the main group phase of the competition.

'We have a few plates spinning'

West Brom boss Alan Irvine says he wants to make one more signing before the transfer window closes on 1 September.

Irvine, who has signed 10 players in the summer, is after another winger to complete his squad.

"We have a few plates spinning at the moment," says Irvine. "If you pin all your hopes on one player and that one goes wrong where do you turn?

"You have got to make sure there are other options. We have a preferred choice but that might not be the one which happens."

Champions League draw reaction


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tells his club's official website: "Hopefully it was great for the supporters to sit and watch the draw for the first time in five years.

"To be back in it again, no matter who we were going to play, it was always going to be exciting. But to have Real Madrid in your group, the champions last season, is going to be special.

"I'm already thinking of Anfield on that night. But there are two other good teams in it along with us. It's a tough group but we'll really look forward to the challenge of getting out of the group."

Palace close in on Zaha deal


Crystal Palace FC

Crystal Palace are "very close" to completing the season-long loan signing of Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United, according to new manager Neil Warnock (pictured).

Zaha, 21, will return to Palace after just two appearances for United despite costing the Old Trafford club £15m.

"We're very close, we've agreed everything, there's just a few little bits insurance-wise," said Warnock. "The forms are signed from our end, and I've spoken to Wilfried."

Thursday's Europa League action

Tottenham v AEL Limassol (19:45 BST)

Tottenham will be without Spanish striker Roberto Soldado for the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie against Cypriot side AEL Limassol.

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Soldado scored in Mauricio Pochettino side's 2-1 win in the first leg, but will not play because of neck and back injuries.

Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches could feature for the first time this season after recovering from a back injury. Right-back Kyle Naughton returns following suspension, but Kyle Walker is ruled out with a hip problem.

Welsh rugby row over

Rugby Union

The long-running feud in Welsh rugby between the Welsh rugby union and the four regions has been settled, with the announcement of a new six-year Rugby Services Agreement.

Under the new agreement, the Wales head coach Warren Gatland will select a number of players to be dual-contracted, a move designed to ensure a core of Welsh internationals remain in Wales.


A new selection policy has also been finalised, ruling that no player based overseas can play for Wales, although Gatland is able to make exceptions. The WRU will contribute 60% of the dual-contracts, with the regions 40%.

The regions will all receive an increase in funding from the union, as well as a one-off payment of £500,000. The agreement will mean British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will now be able to resume club duties for Cardiff Blues.

Champions League draw


We asked for your votes on which English side had the toughest Champions League group. There is a clear winner, by a huge margin. A total of 73.9% of you said Manchester City.

Manuel Pellegrini's men face Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow and Roma in Group E.

It seems the majority of you do indeed disagree with Andre Schurrle. He reckons Chelsea have a tough draw, but only 4% of you believe the Blues have the hardest route out of the group stages.

Chelsea face Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor in Group G.

Thursday's Europa League action

Hull City v KSC Lokeren (19:45 BST)

Hull City boss Steve Bruce will once again give his fringe players a chance as they aim to overturn a 2-1 deficit in the second leg of their Europa League play-off with KSC Lokeren.

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Bruce made wholesale changes to his squad for the 1-0 defeat in Belgium last week and should again start with defender Harry Maguire. Striker Yannick Sagbo could start after serving a two-game domestic ban.

New signing Michael Dawson is not eligible following his move from Tottenham this week.

Europa League previews


Tomorrow will be the Europa League draw. Celtic will definitely be there after their defeat in the Champions League play-off round, while two English clubs - Tottenham and Hull - will be hoping to join them. They both play tonight, so let's have a look at their games.

Another award for Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

Liverpool face Real Madrid

Ben Smith

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"Liverpool have won all three of their previous European Cup ties with Real Madrid without conceding a goal."

Champions League draw


Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tweets: Great draw for LFC decent chance to get through and the experience for the players of playing against Madrid. Real away my first Euro trip as a fan. Not easy for Man City with Munich and Roma who were outstanding in Serie A last season. Think they will go through though with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

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Some reaction to the Champions League draw.

Simon Ho: Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor we (Chelsea) should breeze that, but we shouldn't get lazy, these teams are in the Champions League.

Kenneth Fitzmaurice: Happy with the draw for Liverpool. Can see us topping this group. Liverpool to reach semis in return to Champions league.

Koroye E Young: Arsenal have a moderately easy ride and that should ease the pressure in our chase for multiple trophies and new players.

Andrew Priestley: Manchester City get yet another tough Champions League group draw. They have absolutely no luck in this competition.

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So there you have it… the Champions League draw has been made.

Who do you think has the toughest draw? Vote on the top right-hand side of this page.

The vote closes at 18:15 BST and the result will be announced here soon afterwards. If you want to, you can read our full terms and conditions.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweets: Some familiar and some new teams and grounds to travel to. Can't wait to hear the Champions League anthem again in September, bring it on!

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So the draw has been made. Happy with your opponents? Confident of reaching the knock-out phase? Let us know your thoughts. Get involved on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday.

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