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  1. Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale suffers ankle tendon injury
  2. Fifa begin disciplinary action after Wales and Northern Ireland poppy displays
  3. Sunderland defender Paddy McNair faces 'lengthy' absence with serious knee injury
  4. Leicester and England midfielder Danny Drinkwater faces FA violent conduct charge
  5. Tonight: Arsenal v Paris St-Germain, B Monchengladbach v Manchester City, Celtic v Barcelona
  6. Get involved: Who is your black British sporting hero? #blackbritishhero
  7. Get involved: Crazy matches you have seen #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Andy Donley and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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That's your lot from us, we're off to get ready for tonight's football, it's sure to be a cracker.

You can follow along via our live text from 18:30 GMT, and from there you can reach our 5 live commentary of Manchester City's trip to Germany as well.

Of course, Sportsday will be back with rolling sports news and reaction to tonight's action tomorrow, so tune in at 08:00 GMT.

Until then, have a good one. Cheers!

It was an honour to spend time in Germany - Guardiola

Borussia Monchengladbach v Man City (19:45 GMT)

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking forward to his personal return to Germany, although he did so in a summer friendly after moving to England from Bayern Munich in June.

"I am really happy because I had a really great time and my family had a great time," he said.

"My first official visit to Germany as City manager was actually the friendly against Bayern Munich in July and as I said it was an honour to have spent that time here in Germany."

City will secure their place in the knockout round with victory against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Wenger targets 'statement' victory

Arsenal v Paris St-Germain (19:45 GMT)

Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal to send a statement out to their European rivals with a victory over French champions Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Wenger, whose team have been eliminated at the last-16 stage for the past six seasons, said the competition was more open this year, citing Manchester City's 3-1 defeat of Barcelona in the last round of fixtures as an example.

"When you play at home against a big team, you want to win. It sends a statement out. We are ready to compete. We saw Man City winning against Barcelona. We have an opportunity to show it against Paris St-Germain.

"Let's finish first and at least we have the advantage to play the second game at home. I feel guilty when we finish second and have a difficult tie."   


We have no fear - Rodgers

Celtic v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

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Celtic's 2-1 Champions League success against Barca in Glasgow in 2012 "shows that it can be done", according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers' side lost 7-0 at the Nou Camp in September, but Rodgers said has side "have no fire" ahead of tonight's game at Celtic Park.

"What it shows is that it can be done," Rodgers said of the exploits of Neil Lennon's side in 2012.

"There are many variables that go into it. You need a bit of luck along the way, you need to play at the top of your game, you need your goalkeeper to play well because you know he'll have to make saves and you hope you can take the opportunities that come your way.

"We've no fear of the result. We want to perform well and if we do that in our pressing, our recovery of the ball and being clinical in the final third, then we believe we have a chance."

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Football's craziest matches

GeorgeWilliamBrooks: Ipswich 6-4 Crewe, probably 2003/2004, I think. Shefki Kuqi was a beast.

Alex Winterton: Hard to forget Leicester - Man U 2014. Leicester 3-1 down after 60 mins. Vardy with 4 (FOUR) assists and a goal to finish 5-3.

Liz Tray: None more insane than the 2012 MCFC/QPR. Darkness, weeping... Agueroooooooooooo! More weeping. It'll never be like that again.

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Who said Brits weren't good at languages?

Celtic v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

My preface to this next post is that I never realised that Barcelona had an anthem.

Regardless, this video of schoolchildren in Glasgow singing in Spanish is excellent entertainment.


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Tonight's team news

Celtic v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Defenders Kolo Toure and Emilio Izaguirre are expected to start when Celtic host Barcelona in the Champions League. The duo were rested for Friday's win at Kilmarnock, along with attacking midfielder Tom Rogic.

Star forwards Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez return for Barcelona, who opened Group C with a 7-0 win over Celtic. Messi has recovered from illness to travel, while Suarez was suspended for Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Malaga.

"Leo always wants to play and I'm sure he'll be ready," said manager Luis Enrique.

Defender Gerard Pique is expected to recover from a knock but captain Andres Iniesta and defender Samuel Umtiti remain sidelined with injury.


Tonight's team news

Arsenal v Paris St-Germain (19:45 GMT)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will field a strong side after urging his players to "finish the job" in the Champions League against Paris St-Germain.

The Gunners and PSG both have 10 points and have booked their place in the knockout stage with two games to spare.

France forward Olivier Giroud could start after his equaliser as a substitute at Manchester United on Saturday. Two players who will definitely not be involved because of injury are midfielder Santi Cazorla (Achilles) and right-back Hector Bellerin (ankle).

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Get Involved - football's craziest matches


Stephen Mooney: Europa 2010 Fulham v Juventus (5-4) aggregate after the Cottagers down 3-1 away and Gera runs rampant!

Harry Whittingham: Wolves 6-4 Rotherham, promotion party, five goals after the 80 minute mark, four pitch invasions and a Sam Ricketts beauty. Unreal. 

Chris Spina: Derby 1-0 NUFC Sep 2007...can't believe that squad won a match!

Chris there, still finding it necessary to stick the boot into Derby fans, nine years after their struggle-filled Premier League campaign.

Send us your suggestions for football's craziest matches at #bbcsportsday.

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'She's turned my life around'


...those are the words of just one person Rachael Halifaxfrom East Kilbride has helped.

Rachael - a clinical co-ordinator at Strathclyde University - devotes scores of hours of her free time each year to volunteer at cycling groups in Glasgow and has been named BBC Scotland's Unsung Hero for 2016.

'Rachael is just passionate about cycling'

Tonight's team news

Borussia Monchengladbach v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)

Manchester City will be without captain Vincent Kompany as they attempt to reach the Champions League last 16 with victory at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The defender was concussed in the weekend win at Crystal Palace but boss Pep Guardiola says Kompany has missed the trip to Germany with a knee injury.

Yaya Toure, who scored twice against Palace on his return to the side, is not in City's Champions League squad.

The Blues are second in Group C, three points ahead of their opponents.

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Coverage on BBC Sport


From 18:30 GMT you can follow live text commentary, images and social media of all tonight's Champions League group stage action as Man City travel to Borussia Monchengladbach, Arsenal host PSG and Celtic host Barcelona on the BBC Sport website.

Our build-up towards tonight's action starts now.

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On this day...


You may remember when then-Southampton manager Graeme Souness was duped by a man claiming to be the cousin of a former world footballer of the year. 

Ali Dia had persuaded his agent to ring the former Liverpool and Rangers boss and pretend he was George Weah ringing about his relative, who just happened to be a highly talented striker he was representing. 

The agent claimed Dia had played 13 internationals for Senegal and that Weah was certain he would succeed in the Premiership. Souness' curosity got the better of him and he gave Dia a one-month contract. 

But the painful truth emerged about his real identity when Dia was introduced from the bench against Leeds on this day in 1996.

His performance was so diabolical that Souness had to take the substitute off after just 53 painful minutes.

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BreakingBale dislocates ankle tendon


Gareth Bale has been diagnosed with a "dislocated ankle tendon", Real Madrid have confirmed.

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'A wonderful player to watch'


Leicester and Algeria midfielder Riyad Mahrez is one of five men nominated for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 award.

In the below video, we look at how he moved from playing on the streets of his home town in Algeria and ending up winning the Premier League title with the Foxes.

Mahrez joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure in the five-man shortlist for the BBC award.

The winner will be decided by fans from across the world, who have until 18:00 GMT on 28 November to vote for their choice.

Make your vote here.

Get Involved


All day we have been asking for your #blackbritishhero and here are some more of your comments.

Lukas Glynn: Paul Canoville, Chelsea's 1st black player, is my #blackbritishhero for sport. Taught kids, tackled racism & gun/knife crime.

Harrison Short: Jason Robinson! That unforgettable try against Australia in 2003 was legendary and his speed and agility were mind-boggling!

Martyn Nicholls: I'm nominating Garth Crooks as my #blackbritishhero. Great footballer and Spurs through and through.

Read here to find out more about why we are running our Black and British season.

We are also after your suggestions for the craziest football match you have seen. For that topic, use the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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Segeyaro to stay with Leeds Rhinos

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Leeds Rhinos hooker James Segeyaro will remain with the club despite interest from teams in the NRL, chief executive Gary Hetherington has said.

Segeyaro, 26, joined the Rhinos from Penrith during the 2016 season and scored six tries in 10 appearances.

He is contracted to the Headingley club until the end of 2018.

Hetherington said: "There has been interest from NRL clubs, but I have explained that we are not prepared to consider a release or transfer."

Forest's Cohen out for three months


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Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen will be out for up to three months with an adductor muscle injury.

Cohen, 29, missed Forest's 2-0 win over Ipswich on Saturday after sustaining the problem in a training session.

He has had a number of fitness issues in recent years, including a knee injury suffered in September 2014 which kept him out for 15 months.

The former West Ham trainee joined Forest from Yeovil in 2007 and has made 292 appearances for the club.

'I am lucky to be involved'


Rachael Halifax
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A cycling enthusiast from East Kilbride has won the 2016 BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award in Scotland.

Rachael Halifax, 43, has been recognised for volunteering at cycling groups in Glasgow.

The clinical co-ordinator at Strathclyde University will attend the Sports Personality of the Year 2016 event in Birmingham on 18 December.

"I am lucky to be involved with these fantastic groups that do a great job of encouraging cycling," she said.

"The commitment and dedication of all those involved in running them is inspiring."


A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier today we asked you the four men from outside of the UK to have reached the final of Snooker's UK Championship since 2005 were.

Ready for the answers? 

The players were Neil Robertson, Liang Wenbo, Ding Junhui and Marco Fu.

Notts County facing winding-up petition


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Notts County are to face their second winding-up petition of the year brought by HM Revenue and Customs.

The case against the League Two side is to be heard on 19 December, having had a separate order dismissed in May.

Notts, who are 15th in the fourth tier after 18 games, were also put under a temporary transfer embargo in May for money owed to football creditors.

The club, which was put up for sale by owner Ray Trew in February, declined to comment when contacted by the BBC.

Trew met potential buyers from the United States and China in March and, with no deal struck, he later approached local businessman Alan Hardy about a potential takeover in October.

Adams targets headline Vegas show


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"I most probably could be that woman…"

That's what two-time Olympic champion boxer Nicola Adams has said about the potential of being the first woman to headline a show at Vegas. 

“I love pressure,” she told BBC Radio 4. “It makes me perform ten times better. I like the feeling of ‘if I get this wrong I might die’.”   

Read more of her Desert Island Discs interview here.

Get Involved - football's craziest matches


Auay Jokesomefun: 93/94 UEFA Cup; Norwich City beating Bayern Munich two goals to one in Munich.

Adam Smith: Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool in the CL 2009. 2-0 down at HT, 3-3 on agg. Then went 3-2 up before going 4-3 down. Then 4-4. Mayhem.

Mike Roebuck: Boca Juniors match last Sunday. 20 mins gone - riot police broke up a fight with the players and 1 each side got sent off.

I like this Mike, a match that's memorable not purely for the result. How about the time Sunderland beat Liverpool courtesy of Darren Bent's balloon deflection?

Let us know your suggestions for football's craziest matches at #bbcsportsday.

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Whistle blown on MSP's refereeing clash


Douglas Ross and Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema
Douglas Ross and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

Can you imagine an MP running the line in a Champions League match? No? Well that's exactly what leading Scottish Conservative MSP Douglas Ross did on Tuesday.

Ross missed a parliamentary committee to work as an assistant referee at the match between Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid.

It has led to calls for Douglas Ross to stand down from his frontbench role as the party's justice spokesman.

It certainly brings a new meaning to politicians with second jobs...

Read more here.

Scotland up to fourth in world rankings

Rugby league

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Scotland have risen five places to an all-time high of fourth in the rugby league world rankings.

The Scots held New Zealand to an 18-18 draw in the recent Four Nations, becoming the first side from outside the top three to avoid defeat by the Kiwis, Australia or England since 1990.

Australia usurp New Zealand as world number one after hammering their rivals 34-8 in the Four Nations final.

England stay third, with Ireland eighth and Wales ninth.

USA and Canada, who have been jointly awarded the 2025 World Cup, appear in the top 12 nations for the first time at 10th and 12th respectively.

De Gea enters winter mode


Modo invierno ON ❄️⛄️😬 Winter Mode ON #manchester

Modo invierno ON ❄️⛄️😬 Winter Mode ON #manchester

It is getting cold out there...

Confused by Zlatan's contract?

Manchester United v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Simon Stone

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Quite amusing press conference at the Aon Training Complex this afternoon.

First, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho comes in and says Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be staying at the club for a second season.

Ten minutes later, Zlatan comes in and says there have been no discussions.

Complicated? Not really. Ibrahimovic signed a one-year deal with the option of a further season that United can trigger.

If Ibrahimovic does not want to stay, it is for him to argue his case, which he won't if he feels as he is now.

Got it?

'I will conquer wherever I go'

Man Utd v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals he was offered the chance to join Manchester United in 2015, but rejected the opportunity and decided to stay at Paris St-Germain for a further season.

"I was happy at PSG and didn’t feel the moment was there," said Ibrahimovic. "I came here when I was 35. I could stay at home and feel happy but no, I will travel alone and conquer wherever I go."

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the Ligue 1 title with Paris St-Germain in all four seasons with them, scoring 156 goals in 180 appearances in all competitions

Get Involved - craziest football matches


a: Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal The best one by far. Rooney hat trick and superb goals by Ashley Young.

Benjy Hamilton: Champions League 2007. Manchester United 7 Roma 1 after losing 2-0 in the away leg.

Deal A Trip: Dundee beating Cologne (full of German International players) at home in the old European Cup in 1963 at Dens Park, Dundee!!!

Tell us your craziest football results at #bbcsportsday.

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'Crazy things happen in the Premier League'

Man Utd v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Like his manager Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn't seem overly concerned about the team's recent struggles, attributing them to the "craziness" of the Premier League.

"We have a couple of games where we have been dominating totally and don't get the result we deserve - if you call that bad luck then yes we have been unlucky," said Ibrahimovic.

"But I feel that also that is the Premier, teams do not control matches, it is back and front, back and front. 

"Teams fight until the last minute, that's the way it is here. Here anything can happen. Crazy things happen."

'Walter Tull is my hero'


British DJ Norman Jay has a left-field choice of black British hero, but he firmly believes that former Tottenham player and British soldier Walter Tull deserves more recognition.

“He played for Tottenham in 1909. He also fought for this country in the Great War and was killed in action in 1918," Norman said.

"To this day, the British Government nor the British Army have recognised that bravery by awarding him his military cross. That’s why Walter Tull is my black British hero.”

Read here to find out more about why we are running our Black and British season, and tell us your #blackbritishhero on Twitter.

I shine 24 hours a day - Ibrahimovic

Man Utd v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won league titles with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris St-Germain and scored eight goals in 17 games since joining Manchester United in the summer.

He is asked, pretty harshly: "Why aren't you shining like you did at your other clubs?"

Ibrahimovic, never one to be lacking confidence, responds: "I shine 24 hours, so it depends how you want me to shine.

"I've been in the game for 20 years so I'm getting old yes, but as I get older I get better I feel. I'm shining, in one way or the other. If you want me to shine any more for you, I will do it for you."

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I will probably take a second year - Ibrahimovic

Man United v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has just said the club will be giving 35-year-old striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic a second year at Old Trafford.

Now it is the Swedish striker's turn to face the media, and he says a contract extension is "automatic after a while", but the criteria has not been fulfilled yet.

"We didn't even have any discussions, we had a contract that said one plus one," says Ibrahimovic. "I feel good I feel fresh, I feel like now I will probably take a second year.

"I want to be honest with myself and I don't want to waste time, but if I feel like now then yes. The second year goes automatic after a while, there's no word from me and no word from them. If it continues like this then it is a yes."

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On this day...

Formula 1

In 2014 Lewis Hamilton claimed his second Formula One world championship with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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I hope Messi never leaves Barca - Mourinho

Man Utd v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

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Jose Mourinho has rubbished the chances of bidding for Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, saying the five-time Ballon D'Or winner "belongs to Barcelona".

"Lionel Messi is every season the same story, every season he is going to leave and he never does," he said.

"I hope he never leaves. He belongs to Barcelona, the beautiful thing for him would be to start and finish at Barca."

BreakingZlatan to extend Man Utd contract

Man Utd v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be given a second year at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

The 35-year-old striker signed on a free transfer in the summer on a one-year deal, but with the option of extending that for a second.

"Zlatan's situation is simple," said Mourinho.

"He has one plus one. We are happy with him. We are going to execute the option of a second season. After that he can do what he wants."

Mourinho wants to 'deserve' extended Man Utd stay

Man Utd v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is asked by BBC Sport's Simon Stone how long it will take before the club are competing at the level the manager wants.

Mourinho replies: "I think the three years contract I was given, it is a fair period of time to be where we want to be.

"Three years is not just about the transfer windows we have, it is about my relationship with the players and my understanding of the players, of my personality in the club, and stability.

"It is a fair period of time, but if you ask me if I am waiting for my third year to have good results - no. I am going immediately to try this season to get results.

"Let's go step by step. I am in the beginning of my contract. If you ask me would I like to stay here for more time than three years, yes I would. I would love it, but I have to deserve that."

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'Defeat and we are out'

Man Utd v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Manchester United are third in their Europa League group, one point behind both Feyenoord and Fenerbahce with two games to go.

"We need four points to qualify, we don't need to be with the calculator and we don't need to be waiting for somebody not to win, or to score this or that," says Mourinho.

"It is so simple - we need four points to qualify, a victory and a draw. Tomorrow becomes a game where defeat, we are out. So we approach that game knowing it is a knockout game for us."

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Feyenoord beat Manchester United 1-0 when the teams met in the Netherlands in September

Mourinho 'amazed' by Manchester United support

Man Utd v Feyenoord (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Manchester United have only won three of their last nine games in all competitions, but boss Jose Mourinho has been delighted with the fact the Old Trafford fans have fully supported him and the team.

Mourinho says: "Manchester United fans, what can I say? I am amazed with the way they are with the team.

"We let them down a couple of times with a couple of really bad performances, but we never let them down in terms of the quality of the game, the commitment and the enthusiasm - never in that area."

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