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  1. Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT) & Arsenal v Anderlecht (19:45)
  2. Online racist abuse a disgrace - Man City's Yaya Toure
  3. Rangers youngster Macleod in Scotland squad for Rep. Ireland/England
  4. Wales RU centre Davies to miss Australia opener
  5. GET INVOLVED: Tell us your club's "undroppable" player? #theundroppables

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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For the latest on this evening's Champions League ties, join Tom Rostance for

live text commentary which will feature Real Madrid v Liverpool and Arsenal v Anderlecht.

That's it from the Sportsday team for today, there will be more of the same from 08:00 GMT on Wednesday.


Zenit St Petersburg 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Leverkusen take control of their Champions League tie against Zenit. Two quick-fire goals by Heung-Min Son, in the 68th and 73rd minute, gives the Germans a handsome lead.



Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers starts with Kolo Toure, Lucas, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Fabio Borini against Real Madrid, with regular starters Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli on the substitutes' bench.

It's a strong-looking bench...

Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Manquillo, Toure, Skrtel, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Allen, Lallana, Markovic, Borini.

Skrtel to captain Liverpool


Defender Martin Skrtel captains Liverpool in their Champions League tie against Real Madrid this evening as Steven Gerrard starts on the bench.

Britton nearing Swansea return


Midfielder Leon Britton is on course to be in the selection mix for Swansea's Premier League clash against Manchester City later this month.

Britton, 32, has not played so far this season after suffering a knee injury during the summer.

However, the Swans announced on their official website that he took part in training on Tuesday and will continue with partial team training for the rest of this week before making a full return during the forthcoming international break.

Liverpool fans want Rodgers sacked


A section of Liverpool fans are reportedly planning on flying a banner over Anfield calling on manager Brendan Rodgers to be sacked.

A Twitter account, under the name @RodgersOutClub, has revealed a plane will fly over Anfield when the team plays Chelsea on Saturday

displaying a banner which says: "Brendan Rodgers is a football genius. Forever in love with Southampton and Swansea's footballers. £215m spent on absolute rubbish #RodgersOUT".


Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

The second half is under way at the Petrovsky Stadium and although Andre Villas-Boas's men are enjoying plenty of possession, they have been unable to break Leverkusen's defence. It remains 0-0 between the two sides after 54 minutes.

Cech banging the drum


What do footballers do in their spare time? Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech pretends he's a rock star. The Czech has

posted a video of himself playing the drums along to the Foo Fighters' 'Walk'.

Cech wrote: "Drum cover of my favourite band... it is not perfect but I wanted to do it in one take without correcting it."

The American band could do worse than calling the 32-year-old should they need to replace current drummer Taylor Hawkins.

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Alonso's mixed emotions on Real v Liverpool tie


Former Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has said he was shocked when he learnt that the two teams were drawn against each other in the Champions League.

Real host Liverpool this evening, and Bayern Munich midfielder Alonso told "When the draw was made, it was like a little shock in my mind because I remember that I was going through the medical session at Munich. I came out from the scan and my agent asked me if I'd seen the draw.

"I told him I hadn't and he told me it was Liverpool and Madrid. It was like a shock in my body, because when I was still in Madrid, I was really happy that Liverpool were back in the Champions League."

Saints rise good for football - Keegan


If Southampton finish in the top four this season, it will be a greater achievement than finishing second in the old First Division in 1984,

according to Kevin Keegan.

They are currently second in the Premier League and the former Liverpool, Saints, Newcastle and England forward told BBC South Today he was impressed by the management style of Ronald Koeman.

"They are capable of playing the big teams at football, which is what will really please the Southampton fans, they're not going out there and setting up to defend," the former England boss added.

Hodgson waiting on Sturridge news


England manager Roy Hodgson has not spoken to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers about the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge ahead of his squad announcement for the matches against Slovenia and Scotland.

Reds forward Sturridge, who has been sidelined since early September with a thigh injury suffered on England duty and a calf problem before his club comeback, has travelled to Spain with Liverpool for their Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

When asked if he had spoken to Rodgers, Hodgson told Sky Sports News: "I was waiting to see what the situation would be with him (Sturridge). It's very good news to hear that he's travelled but of course before I select him again I would check with the player and the club that we were doing the right thing."

Daniel Sturridge
Kirsty Wigglesworth

Champions League latest

Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

Russian runners-up Zenit are piling on the pressure against the German visitors, but forward Aleksandr Kerzhakov is twice denied the opener in a matter of moments.

The Russia forward is stopped by the legs of Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno after he is put clean through by his skipper Danny, then the pair combine again seconds later. This time Kerzhakov rounds Leno but is beaten by a tight angle.

Zenit boss Andre Villas-Boas, looking resplendent in a sky blue padded jacket, seems happy on the touchline.

Andre Villas-Boas
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England scrum-half and Liverpool fan

Danny Care: Anyone saying they wouldn't have Gerrard in the @LFC team tonight against Madrid needs to have a word with themselves. Need our leader

Texan sets world record with 20ft club


Michael Furrh sets world record
BBC Sport

An American called Michael Furrh has set a new Guinness world record for the

longest shot with the longest usable golf club. The Dallas native made 63 yards with a driver which measured 20 ft and 6 ins.

Liverpool Under-19s lose to Real


If Liverpool fans were looking for positive omens ahead of the senior team's Champions League tie against Real Madrid this evening, their younger players failed to provide any as Liverpool's Under-19s have lost 4-1 to Real Madrid Under-19s.

Champions League build-up

Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

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How many of that winning Liverpool starting XI do you think are still at Anfield today? I'll tell you. One. And that is centre-back Martin Skrtel. Here's how they lined up.

Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Fabio Aurelio, Benayoun, Alonso, Mascherano, Riera (Gerrard 88), Torres (Babel 62), Kuyt (Lucas 90)

Champions League build-up

Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

Steven Gerrard
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Will he? Won't he? That is the question. Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard could be dropped to the bench for tonight's Champions League trip to Real Madrid - almost unthinkable for many Reds fans.

But the ex-England midfielder has started on the bench at the Bernabeu before. And it turned out well, very well in fact, for Rafa Benitez's side.

The Reds

won 1-0 in the first leg of their 2008-09 last-16 tie thanks to Yossi Benayoun's header, then went on to win 5-0 on aggregate.

Champions League latest

Zenit St Petersburg 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

While the Liverpool and Arsenal lads tuck into their pre-match meal of beans on toast, two sets of players have already kicked off tonight's Champions League action.

Group C leaders Bayer Leverkusen are visiting Russian runners-up Zenit St Petersburg knowing a win will edge them closer into the last 16. Still goalless in the early exchanges.

Cellino hoping for 10-year Redfearn stay


Leeds president Massimo Cellino hopes to keep Neil Redfearn as head coach for the next 10 years.

Former academy manager Redfearn, 49, signed a 12-month rolling contract at the weekend to become the club's fourth head coach since Cellino completed his takeover in April.

"I hope he stays at least 10 years. That is the dream, to keep him as coach for at least 10 years," Cellino, known as the 'manager-eater' in Italy, told Sky Sports.

Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)


Jamie Carragher and friends
BBC Sport

Former Liverpool defender

Jamie Carragher: The lads are in good spirits in a lounge at the Bernabeu before the game!

Bale back for Madrid?

Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

Gareth Bale
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A familiar face could line up against Liverpool tonight - ex-Tottenham star Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid forward, 25, has missed five matches through injury and has returned ahead of tonight's Champions League tie.

But will he start? Or be sat in one of those comfy-looking heated seats on the Madrid bench? Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is keeping us guessing...

"Gareth Bale is ready to play and is back from injury. I don't know if he will play from the off or on the bench," says Ancelotti.

Gutierrez tops help raise £5k for charity



Newcastle United fans have helped raise more than £5,000 for charity after signed T-shirts in support of Magpies star Jonas Gutierrez were auctioned off.

Gutierrez was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year and his team-mates wore warm-up tops bearing his name ahead of the Premier League match against Hull in September.

The Argentina international, 31, announced on Monday that

he has been given the all-clear.

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We're asking which player at your club you would class as undroppable? Tweet using #theundroppables or text 81111.

Ameer Chughtai: For Chelsea it's got to be Eden Hazard, always has the ability to flip a game on its head with a moment of brilliance.

Attwood should be back for England

Rugby Union

Dave Attwood
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England assistant coach Graham Rowntree is confident that Dave Attwood will be available to play against New Zealand at the weekend.

Bath lock Attwood, 27, missed Tuesday afternoon's training session after leaving to be with his pregnant fiancee who has gone into labour.

"He'll be fine. We'll play it day by day. We're off tomorrow but I'm expecting Dave to be back in Thursday and to train a happy man," says Rowntree.

"We'd like Dave to be around on the weekend for quite a big game. We announce the team on Thursday. He'll be heavily involved. He's playing well, he deserves it."

Crewe lead race for Ilkeston striker


Ilkeston FC striker Che Adams is being monitored by Championship and Premier League clubs and has already been the subject of a bid from League One side Crewe Alexandra, reports BBC Radio Derby.

The 18-year-old has scored nine goals for the Northern Premier League club so far this season.

Smith backs Scotland for more events


Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith thinks Scotland "deserves" more high-profile tennis tournaments.


Emirates Arena will host the first-round tie with the United States in March.

"South of the border gets a lot of tennis, there are lots of grass court events and the

Tour Finals that are on next week," Smith told BBC Scotland. "With Andy Murray coming through and becoming a
Wimbledon champion, Scotland deserves the opportunity for access."

Leon Smith with Andy Murray (right)
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Richard Parks on battling his demons

Rugby Union

Former Wales flanker Richard Parks has been talking to BBC Sport's Ben Dirs about conquering demons, depression and Everest.

"He brawled in a nightclub, slept in his own vomit. Then, ashamed and embarrassed, he disappeared under a duvet and grieved,"

writes Dirs.

Parks says of being forced to retire from rugby union: "Fewer people nowadays have a career for life, and that means more people, like me, having the rug pulled from under them.

"So many people are having to retrain and re-evaluate. So the ability to evolve, be resilient, and so many other skills we aren't taught formerly, are becoming more and more important. But that doesn't mean you have to scale Everest."

Richard Parks reaches the South Pole
Richard Parks

Blackpool bring in midfielder Legear


Blackpool have signed midfielder Jonathan Legear on a contract until the end of the season, with an option for a further year.

The 27-year-old, who has won two caps for Belgium, had been on trial with the Seasiders after leaving KV Mechelen earlier this year.

Toure criticises online abusers


Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says the

abuse he has been subjected to on social media is "a disgrace".

Police are investigating claims Toure was

racially abused on Twitter, just hours after he reactivated his account following a five-month absence.

"For me it's a disgrace to be honest," Toure, 31, told BBC Sport. "We need to do something to try to tell people those kinds of behaviour have to stop. "I want those people to understand what they're doing is wrong."

Yaya Toure
Laurence Griffiths

Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool - Uefa Youth League


Cameron Brannagan levels for Liverpool's Under-19s against Real Madrid's Under-19s so it's 1-1 at half-time at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Saunders unprofessional - Eubank Jr


Chris Eubank Jr has said he failed to attend a media conference this week as

he was concerned opponent Billy Joe Saunders may act "unprofessionally".

The pair will compete on 29 November in a WBO middleweight title eliminator.

Eubank Jr told BT Sport: "I respect the business of boxing so much, which is why I didn't come to the press conference, because Billy Joe Saunders is unprofessional about things he might do and say.

"That brings a bad light on British boxing and we need to stay away from things like that. My job is to get in the ring, beat him and take the belts."

Gutierrez thanks fans


As has already been reported, Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has been

discharged from hospital following treatment for testicular cancer. But he has just
tweeted: Thanks Geordieland for your support. Once a Geordie always a Geordie.

Jonas Gutierrez with Kevin Nolan

Pavey disappointed to miss out on funding


Jo Pavey
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Jo Pavey says she is disappointed but not surprised to miss out on lottery funding, telling the BBC she is "probably too old" to receive it.

The 41-year-old runner has enjoyed one of the most successful years of her athletic career, winning European 10,000m gold and Commonwealth Games 5,000m bronze.

But she was a notable absentee when British Athletics announced its funding list on Monday.

"It's nice to have that support, but I'm still focused on my goals and it's just another thing to overcome," said the Englishwoman. "I'll be putting the same effort into my training and doing the best I can really."

Uefa Youth League


As an appetiser to this evening's Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Liverpool, the clubs' under-19 sides are playing each other in the Uefa Youth League.

Good news for the Spaniards. Real's Under-19s currently lead 1-0 thanks to a seventh-minute Cristian free-kick from 20 yards.

Ighalo no longer a 'mummy's boy'


Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo says his seven years playing in Europe

have made him a stronger person.

He left home aged 18 to play in Norway in freezing conditions and told BBC Three Counties Radio: "It changed many things about me. My friends used to call me mummy's boy. I liked being with my mum and brothers."

The 25-year-old, who signed a contract to 2017 with the Hornets last month, added: "Living in Nigeria, it's like 40 degrees. I went to Norway and sometimes it's like minus 23. It was not easy going there as a young player with no family. But playing in Europe was my dream."

Lydiate has proved fitness - Howley

Rugby Union

Rob Howley says Dan Lydiate has proved his fitness ahead of Saturday's opening autumn international against Australia.

Lydiate has started only two games for Racing Metro this season, and is currently unattached after announcing he is returning to Wales.

"Dan Lydiate has come out in the top five of the echelons of fitness," said the former Wales scrum-half. "I totally understand there's fit and there's rugby fit, but we feel Dan's been an important cog from a defensive perspective... and sets the tone in terms of defence."

Dan Lydiate
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Cohen taking no chance with injury


Injured Nottingham Forest captain Chris Cohen says there is no chance of a return before the scheduled nine-month lay-off even if he feels fit enough.

The midfielder has been out since September after suffering the

third cruciate knee ligament injury of his career in the draw with Derby County.

"The surgeon won't let me play before nine months because it's a re-rupture," Cohen, 27, told BBC Radio Nottingham. "One more and it will probably be game over so I have to be very careful."

Wolves mourn title-winning defender


Former Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Eddie Stuart has died at the age of 83, following a long illness.

South Africa-born defender Stuart played 322 games for the club and was a member of the league title-winning sides of 1954, 1958 and 1959.

Chief executive Jez Moxey

said in a statement: "He was one of the legends who played such a key role in the club's achievements in the 1950s."

Get involved

Via text on 81111

We're asking which player at your club you would class as undroppable? Tweet using #theundroppables or text 81111. And we will put together your best 'Undroppable XI' later today.

Brett, via text: Carl Ikeme, Wolves. Mr Consistent, always reliable and before Kuszczak arrived yesterday we didn't really have any one to replace him!

Harry Truss, via text: Hugo Lloris. The only world class player we have at Tottenham since Bale left. Has kept us in many games and the score down in countless others.

Roofe joins Colchester from WBA


West Brom's 21-year-old midfielder Kemar Roofe joins League One side Colchester United on a month's loan.

"Kemar fits into our way of playing, can play all across the front and he has pace," said U's boss Tony Humes.