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Summary

  1. Liverpool striker Danny Ings faces nine months out with knee injury
  2. Man City 3-1 Barcelona, Ludogorets 2-3 Arsenal, B Monchengladbach 1-1 Celtic
  3. Tottenham v Bayer Leverkusen and FC Copenhagen v Leicester tonight
  4. Prime Minister Teresa May criticises Fifa's decision to not allow poppies on international shirts
  5. Get Involved: Your club's best or most significant result #bbcsportsday

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By Andy Donley and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight!

Five o'clock already? Today has flown by. 

That's it from us for today, but we'll be returning with our Champions League live text at 18:45 GMT, from where you can navigate to our BBC Radio 5 live coverage of Tottenham and Leicester as well. So stay tuned.

Thanks for all your suggestions on important results, it's been a trip down nostalgia lane.

We'll be back here at 08:00 tomorrow morning. See you then!

'We need to take three points'

Tottenham v Bayer Leverkusen

Mauricio Pochettino
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Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham are looking to end a run of five matches without a victory when they take on Bayer Leverkusen tonight, after a promising start to the season.

And the Argentine manager is aiming for his forwards to be more clinical to rectify their poor form.

"We need to be more clinical in our offensive situation, we need to be determined and aggressive in the last third," he said.

"It'll be tough but we are conscious that we need to take the three points if we want to go to the next round."

Tottenham team news

Tottenham v Bayer Leverkusen (19:45 GMT)

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Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela is a doubt for Wednesday's Champions League group game against Bayer Leverkusen.

The 24-year-old has recovered from the illness that saw him miss the Leicester game on Saturday, but he suffered a hip problem in training on Tuesday.

Spurs will also miss defender Toby Alderweireld and Striker Harry Kane through injury.

Midfielder Moussa Sissoko - who is serving a three-match ban for elbowing Bournemouth's Harry Arter - is available as his suspension affects domestic games only.  

Ranieri writing 'new chapter' at Leicester

Copenhagen v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

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Claudio Ranieri's time at Leicester has been impressive enough already - but the Italian is aiming to "write a new chapter" in their history through victory in Copenhagen tonight.

"We are very close to achieving something special," he said.  

"We can write a new chapter of Leicester's story. It's important to be well organised as I respect Copenhagen a lot."

Leicester team news

Copenhagen v Leicester City (19:45 GMT)

Islam Slimani
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Leicester City will not risk record signing Islam Slimani but Ahmed Musa has recovered from a knock at Tottenham.

Musa scored the equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at White Hart Lane, a performance Ranieri rated as his side's best in the league this season.  

The Foxes, who top Group G, will secure a top-two finish with victory in Denmark, but Copenhagen have not lost at home since August 2015.  

Taxi to training: Christian Fuchs

Football

Comedian Lloyd Griffiths drives Premier League footballer Christian Fuchs to training.

Ever wondered what Leicester City left-back Christian Fuchs and comedian Lloyd Griffiths would get up too if left in a car together?

Well you're in look. During the commute, Fuchs reveals how he feels about fellow team-mates, as well as revealing which footballer's feet he wants to kiss.

Plus there's time for a very special quiz master - Mr Gary Lineker - to make an appearance and put Christian's knowledge of the Foxes to the test.

Follow this link to give that one a watch.

'A lot must happen' if Evans to return

Football

Ched Evans
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Wales manager Chris Coleman says "a lot needs to happen" if Ched Evans is to return to international football.

After a retrial in October, striker Evans, who has won 13 Wales caps, was found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

The 27-year-old was originally found guilty of rape in 2012, but this conviction was quashed in April.

"From the football side of it, he has missed a lot of football," said Coleman.

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Your club's best or most significant win

James Mortimer: Burnley beating Orient, 9/5/87. If Burnley hadn't won that day, one of the founder members would have probably folded leading up to the Football League's centenary.

Adam Paget: Mark Robins goal (against Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup in January 1990) to supposedly save Fergie's job. It begs the question what would the following 30 odd years had been like in the Premier League had it not happened?

Rob Wayne: Bolton Wanderers drawing 2-2 against Bayern Munich in the Uefa Cup (in 2007). They had a strong side out and it really was our peak since the 50s. Going strong at that time in the Premier League, had the same players around for a few years and were moving up the spending ladder. Things have been alright since then, minus two relegations and almost becoming insolvent while watching the likes of Gary Madine turn out in a Wanderers shirt. 

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Schweinsteiger training return is 'human and professional decision'

Fenerbahce v Manchester United (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Bastian Scweinsteiger and Jose Mourinho
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Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to first-team training earlier this week, after Jose Mourinho had previously sent him to train with the under-23 squad, as the former Germany international was not in his first-team plans.

"Schweinsteiger is back," said Mourinho. "It was based on the fact we are in this time of the season where it is hard to train with all the players. 

"To do the tactical sessions I want to do you need a certain number of players. The group shrinks when people are injured or recovering, many times we go to the academy to bring young boys to have a group of the perfect numbers to train. 

"It is the human and professional decision to bring him back to the team. He will be much better prepared in case his future decision is to leave the club. 

"If he stays with us he becomes one more option. In this moment we have no problems in midfield like we do in defence, but if we do he is one more option." 

Mourinho has faith in Darmian to cover for injured Valencia

Fenerbahce v Manchester United (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Jose Mourinho is asked about the injury to Antonio Valencia, who suffered a broken arm against Manchester City in the EFL Cup.

"Valencia is a bad injury, he has a fracture in his arm, and he's had surgery. He will be out for a while," says Mourinho.

"The good thing is even when Antonio was playing very well we were preparing (Matteo) Darmian and he was having matches to develop himself, and when in the last match we had to play Darmian for the first time in the league he was ready to answer, and played very well. We trust him totally."

Matteo Darmian
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'I am happy with the performances, not the results'

Fenerbahce v Manchester United (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is asked whether he still has the excitement for the job.

He replies: "Of course I'm excited and of course I'm not happy with results, that is obvious. What I am happy with is the performances. Sometimes you win matches but you feel that the period cannot last forever because the team is not playing well.

"Other times you have results where you feel the good results have to arrive sooner or later. I have a very good feeling towards the players.

"For me the worst feeling that a manager can have is not the bad result, but having a bad feeling with players, and that I do not have. After the bad result against Chelsea the team reacted in an unbelievable way. The number of shots we had in the last match (against Burnley) was something absolutely incredible."

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'The Europa League is a target'

Fenerbahce v Manchester United (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Jose Mourinho has not been too complementary of the Europa League in the past, but feels the competition is a more attractive one now.

He says: "My opinions change because the rules change and the Europa League winner qualifies for the Champions League. For the last couple of years the Europa League has new meaning for big teams.

"I don't change my opinion that big teams belong in the Champions League with the history, but the Europa League is a target because you can qualify for the Champions League."

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'We lost three defenders in a week'

Fenerbahce v Manchester United (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Defender Phil Jones is in the Manchester United squad and boss Jose Mourinho is pleased to see him back in contention.

"I can't remember when Phil Jones had a good run of matches for United, I don't remember," says Mourinho. "I remember when I was at Real Madrid in about 2012, I played against Man Utd and Phil Jones played then - I don't remember many occasions after that when Phil was ready.

"He's having a difficult relationship with injuries and it's been a difficult period for him. He has worked hard to recover, he has been training with the team for more than a week.

"We lost three defenders in a week in Valencia, Bailly and Smalling, and because of that we do not have enough time to give him for him to get into good condition. Maybe we have to play him."

Phil Jones
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'We are in a positive position'

Fenerbahce v Manchester United (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Jose Mourinho is asked about Manchester United's Europa League form where they lost the opening group game, but won the next two.

He says: "The problem we had in Feyenoord we resolved by winning the next two matches and by putting ourselves in a positive position in the group.

"If we had not won the next two matches we would be in trouble, but, no, our reaction was to win the next two matches at home - which we did - and by having six points out of six from the home matches we have put ourselves in a positive position in the group."

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Mourinho news conference

Fenerbahce v Manchester United (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is now talking to the media before his side's Europa League match against Fenerbahce tomorrow. We will bring you the best of his quotes shortly.

Celtic trio see positives in draw

Football

Celtic's 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach last night may have left there chances of progressing to the next round of the Champions League hanging by a thread, but Scott Sinclair, Patrick Roberts and Craig Gordon are all drawing the positives from their performance.

Celtic exit Germany with head held high

Football

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

Celtic's Moussa Dembele celebrates his goal in Monchengladbach
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Celtic leave Germany on Wednesday afternoon with their dignity intact - perhaps restored - after a performance and result that defied pre-match predictions of another away-day humbling in Europe.

Incredibly, this was only the fifth point they've brought home from their Champions League travels, with a win over Spartak Moscow and an unlikely draw in Barcelona their only other positive achievements in the competition on foreign soil.

The key for Brendan Rodgers is to ensure that this result acts as a catalyst towards more consistent success away from Celtic Park, which should help him achieve his ambition of turning Celtic into a team that regularly reaches the latter stages of Europe's elite tournament.

Read more of Alasdair's thoughts here.

'I grew up wanting to be a Manchester United striker'

Football

BBC Radio Manchester have recorded an interview with 2012 Olympic Games long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford and you can watch the clip below.

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The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that Harry didn't just fool himself - I included his original tweet before he deleted it as well. Never trust a footballer.

Nevertheless, Spurs fans will be hoping Harry Kane can bring that scoring touch back to their team when he returns to their after his recent injury, potentially this weekend.

Southampton set for takeover?

Football

Reports have been circulating today that Southampton are in talks to be taken over by a China-based company.

However, both manager Claude Puel and player James Ward-Prowse are in the dark as to details.

"I have no idea about the situation. I give all my confidence to the president and the people at the club to do things in a good way," said Puel.

"It's the first I have heard of it, but it is a great club, a worldwide club, so of course there is going to be world interest," added Ward-Prowse.

'It's difficult to prepare for this game'

Southampton v Inter Milan (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

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Southampton manager Claude Puel is targeting a win from tomorrow's "important" game, as his team chase the 10-point mark he thinks they'll need to progress from their group.

However, the Frenchman also said that Southampton's job has been made harder by the turmoil at Inter Milan.

"It's difficult to prepare for this game, because we don't know what we can expect from Inter now," he said.

"It's always a shame for a coach to lose his job. Now we have to show more concentration tomorrow night."  

Footballer fined for punching steward and spitting at fans

Football

A non-league footballer has been fined more than £1,000 after spitting at fans and punching a steward in the face.

Redbridge FC's William Drake, 27, also let off a fire extinguisher after being sent off in a Ryman League match at AFC Sudbury in February.

He admitted a string of offences when he appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

As he left court Drake, of Canning Town in London, said: "I'm very sorry for what I've done."

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Your side's best or most significant result

Richard Van Dyke: As a Cambridge fan our most significant result was a 5-0 loss against Leicester (in 1992), not a win. If we had won then we would've been a Premier league team and our fortunes would be entirely different.

Simon Woolley: Villa beating Blues 3-1 (in 2006). Nothing to do with bragging rights (OK, just slightly) but basically the loser would have got relegated. Nearly dislodged something celebrating Gary Cahill's wonder goal.

Toniwater: Ireland beating England 1-0 Euro88 first match in a major championship & beat the old enemy. Doesn't get better than that.

Republic of Ireland
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'It's great to see the rise of the club'

Southampton v Inter Milan (Thursday, 20:05 BST)

Inter Milan come into the match having beaten Southampton 1-0 in the reverse fixture, but without the manager who presided over that success, after Frank de Boer was sacked yesterday.

And while James Ward-Prowse admits that facing managerless opposition lends them an "unpredictable" air, regardless of the result, the very fact that they're hosting Inter Milan pays testament to the club's growth.

"Having been at the club for a long time I’ve seen the growth on and off the pitch and it’s great to see the rise of the club," he said. 

"The fans stuck with the club through thick and thin - a few years ago fans were travelling to League One fixtures, now we’re hosting Inter Milan in the Europa League."

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'The club has worked hard for nights like this'

Southampton v Inter Milan (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Southampton are hosting Italian giants Inter Milan in the Europa League tomorrow night, who bring the type of European glamour that fans at St Mary's will be hoping to grow a lot more accustomed to in the coming years.

Midfielder and England Under-21s captain James Ward-Prowse says the players are excited for the match.

"The club has worked incredibly hard to be involved in nights like this and we are all hungry to be involved in matches like this," he said.

"I don’t think this is must-win, we’ve got three games left and the group is wide open. Of course, it’ll be easier if we win. It’s going to be a great occasion and we’re looking forward to it."

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BreakingBarton to stay at Rangers

Football

Midfielder Joey Barton will stay with Rangers, the club have confirmed.

A club statement said: "Joey Barton has been told he will return to full-time training following the conclusion of a disciplinary procedure.

"The Auchenhowie management team will inform the player of appropriate training arrangements to which he must adhere for as long as he remains a Rangers player. Neither the club nor the player will comment further."

The 34-year-old midfielder has been absent since a training-ground row after the club's 5-1 loss to Celtic in September.

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Southampton press conference coming shortly

Southampton v Inter Milan (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Southampton press conference
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Plenty in the media room at St Mary's for Claude Puel's press conference ahead of Southampton's Europa League match against Inter Milan.

It is only a fortnight since Saints went down somewhat unluckily in the San Siro.

Since then, Inter have changed managers.

Frank de Boer lasted 85 days before he was axed on Tuesday.

Gary Neville gives £20,000 to deaf football teams

Football

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has donated £20,000 to help the Great Britain's men's and women's deaf football teams secure their place at next year's Deaflympics.

The teams needed to raise the money by the end of the month as deposits for next July's competition in Turkey, which is the biggest multi-sport event for deaf athletes.

However, they still need to raise a further £105,000 to cover the cost of travelling to the event and training camps.

"You don't know how much this means to me and the team," tweeted GB women's captain Claire Stancliffe, who has been helping to lead the fundraising effort.

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Your club's best or most significant win

James Ward Gwilliam: 1982 European Cup final, the true Champions League. Such a stunning move for Peter Withe's goal for Villa to become champions of Europe. 

Liam Bonanno Burnett: 11th May 1983 European Cup Winners Cup Final Aberdeen 2 Real Madrid 1. Still the last Scottish club to win a European trophy and that will stand for a long long long time, worst result losing 9-0 to Celtic in November 2010.

Chris Young: Man City 2-3 Fulham we were mathematically relegated at half-time at 2-0 but we smashed it up in the second half and ended up surviving. Then we beat Juventus 4-1 a few years later.

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What do players want from referees?

Football

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew criticised the appointment of Andre Marriner for their game against Liverpool last weekend, while my manager at Wycombe Wanderers, Gareth Ainsworth, has continually called for professional officials in Leagues One and Two.

Referees are essential and their performance is always under scrutiny, but what's the difference between a good and not-so-good one from a player's point of view?

Apart from getting decisions correct, I would say that the main thing is communication. If a referee is willing to converse with the players, I find that they keep control of the game a lot better and there is a lot less chance of the players causing them issues.

Read more of Wycombe midfielder Matt Bloomfield's column here.

Konta guaranteed top 10 end of year spot

Tennis

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent

Johanna Konta's win at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zuhai earlier means she will definitely finish the season in the world's top 10 (at number 10) - and will be the first British woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1983.

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On this day...

Formula 1

In 2007, McLaren confirmed two-time world champion Fernando Alonso would be leaving their Formula 1 team. 

After spells at Renault and Ferrari, the Spaniard returned to McLaren for the 2015 season.

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Brawn denies F1 job speculation

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

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Ross Brawn says he has not accepted any position running Formula 1 under the sport's new owners.

The 61-year-old former Mercedes F1 boss told BBC Sport he was doing some consultancy work for Liberty Media, which is in the process of buying a controlling stake in F1.

But he said the company was not ready to make any definitive job offers.

"Liberty have not got far enough down the road to make any commitments yet," said the Englishman.

Rangers' Kranjcar out for six months

Football

Niko Kranjcar
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Earlier today we brought you news of a serious knee injury sustained by Liverpool striker Danny Ings.

Now Rangers have confirmed that 32-year-old midfielder Niko Kranjcar faces six months out because of cruciate ligament damage.

"Everyone in the building is so disappointed for him," said manager Mark Warburton. "We might look for a loan option in January. We need to have strength and depth. We'll see how the squad is shaping up come then."

Warburton added that Kranjcar was currently having his knee "reconstructed by one of the best surgeons down in London".

No reason for Man Utd fans to be worried at club's form - Advocaat

Fenerbahce v Manchester United (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Manchester United take on Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday (18:00 GMT) with Jose Mourinho's side only winning two of their last six matches in all competitions.

Fenerbahce boss Dick Advocaat, who has also managed Rangers and Sunderland during his career, said United fans had no reason to worry.

He said: "I'm sure they will play for the first place and start winning games and Ibrahimovic will start scoring again. 

"Not everything is going the right way but you see the chances they created on Saturday (against Burnley) - they had so many and it was unbelievable they didn't score. So there is no reason to be concerned about the team or their manager."

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On this day...

Tennis

In 2003, former British number one Tim Henman beat Romania's Andrei Pavel to win the Paris Masters - the only Masters Series title of his career.

Tim Henman of Great Britain
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'Torture mentally and physically'

Liverpool's Danny Ings out for nine months

Former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson has written on Instagram about the struggles striker Danny Ings faces after a knee injury has ruled him out for nine months.

Thompson writes: "I have been where Danny Ings is now - he spent the last 10 months rehabbing gets back fit and strong and his knee pops again back to square one.

"It's torture mentally and physically and it feels like your world has fallen in. Everybody says you come back stronger and tries to encourage you but you know it's a long hard slog to go again.

"You don't come back stronger, you just come back tougher and more battle hardened with the HOPE that it never goes again. #feelforhim."

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'What a catch' - watch the best NFL action of the week

American Football

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin's one-handed catch features in week eight's NFL plays of the week.

WATCH: Man Utd's Paul Pogba joins Redskins' Josh Norman at news conference

You can see highlights from week eight of the NFL tonight on BBC Two at 23:15 GMT.

Enjoy.

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NFL plays of the week: Travis Benjamin one-handed catch

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Your club's best and most significant victories.

Russ King: Bristol Rovers beating Grimsby in the Conference play-offs. Without that we'd still be there and no Al-qadi.

Dan: Spurs 5 Atlético Madrid 1. 1963. First British team to win a major European trophy.

Jay Pittard: Manchester City 1-3 Leicester. Totally deserved win at early title favourites to wake up the world #dillydong

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Christie 'training with boys' to improve Olympic prospects

Winter sports

Elise Christie
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Speed-skater Elise Christie hopes training with men and "learning to lose" will boost her medal prospects leading into the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Christie, 26, was controversially disqualified three times at Sochi 2014, but impressed by winning World Cup and European honours last season.

She begins her 2016-17 World Cup campaign in Calgary, Canada, on Friday.

"I have been racing boys in training, destroying my ego and improving my skills," she told BBC Sport.