LiveChampions League & League Cup as it happened


  1. Full-time: Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas (Sanchez)
  2. 10-man Arsenal edge through to group stages
  3. League Two Burton beat QPR, Orient stun Villa
  4. Wins for Stoke, Bradford, Sunderland

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By Andy Cryer

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Time for a lie down I think. Job done for Arsenal as they make it 17 seasons in a row in the Champions League group stages.

But the final word has to go to Ludogorets defender and stand-in goalkeeper Cosmin Moti. Legend.


Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on BBC Radio 5 live:

"He (goalscorer Alexis Sanchez) had a good game. Not only on a technical side, but on a fighting side.

"He was mobile, dangerous and he showed a great a fighting spirit that will serve him well in the Premier League.

"We produced the performance we wanted on a tactical, technical and mental side.

"But we couldn't finish off the game of and it was nervous at the end when we were down to ten men."

Manager reaction

Burton 1-0 QPR

QPR manager Harry Redknapp on BBC Radio 5 live: "You give players an opportunity and you hope they can take it. But they didn't' take the opportunity tonight.

"Nobody wants to get beat. You want to win every game. We came here - I picked a strong team on paper - with senior players, but they were poor and didn't take the opportunity.

"We were short of quality tonight."

Manager reaction

Aston Villa 0-1 Leyton Orient

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm really disappointed.

"Leyton Orient took their chances and we didn't take ours. Darren Bent, who is deadly from that range, would normally get you one.

"The goal we conceded was poor and I didn't think we were strong defensively.

"The team I picked was strong. I expected us to win the game."

Chelsea and Arsenal will be in pot one for the Champions League group-stage draw on Thursday, with Manchester City in pot two and Liverpool in pot three. Here are the best and worst possible outcomes for the English quartet.

CHELSEA: Best: Chelsea, Basle, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor. Worst: Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Ajax, Roma

ARSENAL: Best: Arsenal, Basle, Sporting, Maribor. Worst: Arsenal, PSG, Ajax, Roma

MANCHESTER CITY: Best: Benfica, Manchester City, Olympiacos, Maribor. Worst: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Roma

LIVERPOOL: Best: Benfica, Basle, Liverpool, Maribor Worst: Real Madrid, PSG, Liverpool, Roma.

The BBC Sport website will have live text commentary of the Champions League draw at at 16:30 BST.

Moti the hero

Absolutely astonishing. Let's recap that last 10 minutes of madness.

In the last minute of extra time Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad have goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov sent off against Steaua Bucharest. Centre back Cosmin Moti, a Romanian, is forced to go in goal for the penalty shootout with all three substitutions having already been made.

Moti steps up to convert the first penalty before saving two of Bucharest's to send his side into the Champions League group stages. He was probably four yards off his line when he saved the decisive kick but who cares? What a story.

The celebrations will go on long into the night.


The Bulgarian fans are chanting 'Moti, Moti' ad he has done it. The stand-in goalkeeper launches into a wild celebration as he puts Ludogorets Razgrad into the Champions League group stages. Incredible. Two saves from the centre back.

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What a story this will be if Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad win this shootout with their centre back Cosmin Moti in goal. 4-4 now against Steaua Bucharest.

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Both Ludogorets Razgrad and Steaua Bucharest score their fourth penalties. It is sudden death at 3-3.

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Moti could be the hero yet. The defender, now a stand-in goalkeeper, saves Steaua's second penalty after his side Ludogorets Razgrad missed their own spot kick. It is 2-2 from the spot now with two penalties each left.

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Stand-in goalkeeper Cosmin Moti, who is Romanian, first though steps up to slam home the first penalty for the Bulgarians. Moti dances around on his line but Steaua make it 1-1 in the shoot-out.

Penalty drama

Drama in the Champions League play-off between Bulgaria's Ludogorets Razgrad and Steaua Bucharest. It has gone to a penalty shootout but Ludogorets have had their goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov sent off in the last minute of extra time. All three substitutions have been made and their centre-half Cosmin Moti goes between the posts for the shootout.

Can he be the hero?

League Cup draw

Full third-round draw:

Chelsea v Bolton, Arsenal v Southampton, West Brom v Hull, Crystal Palace v Newcastle, Leyton Orient v Sheffield United, Cardiff v Bournemouth, Sunderland v Stoke, Derby v Reading, Liverpool v Middlesbrough, MK Dons v Bradford, Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday, Burton Albion v Brighton, Swansea v Everton, Shrewsbury v Norwich, Fulham v Doncaster, Tottenham v Nottingham Forest

League Cup draw

League Cup holders Manchester City host Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the competition, with Arsenal drawn at home to Southampton in all-Premier League tie.

The full draw to follow.

Manager reaction

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic talking to Sky Sports: "It was a very open game. It was a very bad time to concede.

"I was banned enough (to comment on the potential penalties) but we are very disappointed, we are gutted because we played good in both and are close to qualifying for Champions League against great opponents. Of course we are gutted.

"Those couple of chances we had to score but we didn't. Congratulations to Arsenal they had the experience and quality up front when needed.

"I can't blame Demba Ba but you have to score that goal."

Bilic again declined to comment on the penalty incidents at the end of the interview.

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The League Cup third round draw is under way. We will bring you the highlights.

Manager reaction

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Giroud's injury:

"Olivier Giroud had surgery today. It went well but he will be out, for maybe top competition, until end of December beginning of Januray.

On whether he will try to sign a striker: "We will look around but we want quality. We have quality, we have Walcott coming back soon, Podolski, Campbell, Sanogo. To find players better than we have would be very difficult.

"Anytime you have a problem you can't always buy. I bought Sanchez to be a striker, Walcott can be a very good striker, Sanogo is a very good striker, Campbell if you ask him what he is he says a striker. All players of quality."

Giroud out until end of year

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud had surgery on his ankle today and is expected to be out of action until the end of the year, manager Arsene Wenger confirms.

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas


Relief will be the overriding feeling around Arsenal at the moment. Besiktas enjoyed more of the ball in a tense encounter but failed to hit the target in the entire match.

Player reaction

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshire speaking to Sky Sports after the game:

"It is tough against a good team with 10 man. They have good quality but we dug it out and showed good character. We had a few chances and normally at this level you get punished for that.

"After going down to 10 we are men happy with the 1-0. We showed great character, and the defence was brilliant, 17 years in Champions League shows what a big club we are.

"It is unthinkable not to be in the Champions League. We have to be at this level."

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Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown

BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

"All credit to Besiktas. Slaven Bilic and his team really tested Arsenal.

"It was a vital time for Alexis Sanchez to score a goal in the first half, when Arsenal were second best really.

"Arsenal played for 15 minutes down to ten men but did what they had to do.

"As an Arsenal fan, my heart was in the mouth a few times. The Wilshere penalty chance was 100% a penalty.

"They have scrapped through, but they are through, and Arsene Wenger has preserved his wonderful record."


Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Napoli (agg 4 - 2)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-0 FC Copenhagen (agg 7 - 2)

Malmö FF 3- 0 FC Red Bull Salzburg (agg 4 - 2)

Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 Steaua Bucharest (agg 1 - 1) (Extra-time being played)

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Arsenal's victory makes it four English clubs in the Champions League group stages.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea will find out their fate in the Champions League draw at 16:30 BST tomorrow. You can watch the draw live on Sportsday on the BBC Sport website.


Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

A 17th consecutive season in the Champions League for Arsenal but, boy, were they made to work for their place.

Alexis Sanchez's first goal for the Gunners proves a very lucrative one as the home side thank the supporters for sticking by them.

What a battle that was.

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Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown

BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

On Demba Ba's missed late chance at the far post:

"It's a teasing cross that has eluded everybody and Demba Ba should be putting that in. In his defence, Mertesacker is the biggest man on the pitch. Bilic can't believe his striker has missed that."

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Surely that will be that. The visitors chip the ball out for an Arsenal goal kick and the Gunners are almost there.

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Arsenal hack clear as Besiktas keep attacking.


Birmingham 0-3 Sunderland - Connor Wickham (88 mins)

It is all over at St Andrew's. Substitute Emanuele Giaccherini slides a pass for Connor Wickham in the left side of the penalty area, and he fires across the Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle.

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Santi Cazorla disposses Atiba Hutchinson and Arsenal have the ball. Less than two minutes of injury time remaining.

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Relief as Wojciech Szczesny hangs on to a cross from the right. Time is ticking for Besiktas as they attack again....


Aston Villa 0-1 Leyton Orient - Romain Vincelot (87 mins)

Late drama at Villa Park as League One Leyton Orient take the lead with only three minutes left through Romain Vincelot's header.

Villa reached the semi-finals in 2012-13 and have not gone out in the second round since 1991-92, but have only three minutes to save themselves.