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  1. Chelsea go through but miss out on top spot
  2. Man Utd top group after quickfire second half brace
  3. Celtic qualify for Europa League
  4. Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)
  5. Tottenham v Apoel Nicosia (Wednesday, 19: 45 GMT)
  6. Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK


And that's where we leave you for this morning's Football Special, many thanks for being with us again. You can join Tom Rostance, Gary Rose and the team for the live text on tonight's Champions League matches on the website from 18:30 GMT. Cheerio now.

Manchester derby live on BBC Radio

5 Live

Then on Sunday we have the big one, across the Ship Canal here at BBC Sport HQ at Old Trafford, as second place Manchester United host their local rivals City, who have an eight-point advantage.

Jonathan Overend presents 5 live Sport from Old Trafford at 12:00 GMT, with updates on the lunchtime game between Southampton against Arsenal.

Mark Chapman hosts a Match of the Day 2 edition with former Manchester United striker Andy Cole, ex-Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given and journalist Henry Winter.

Updates on the Merseyside derby at Anfield follow, before live commentary of the Manchester derby from John Murray, joined by former Wales international Robbie Savage. The big match kicks off at 16:30 GMT.

For your weekend delectation

5 Live

And that match at the London Stadium begins a superb weekend of commentaries on the BBC, so let's give you some details of those matches now.

Saturday's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman begins at midday and live commentary on West Ham against Chelsea comes from Conor McNamara, joined by ex-Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin.

The 15:00 GMT kick-off comes from Wembley as Spurs attempt to respond from their four league games without a win (but hardly a crisis) by hosting Stoke. Ian Dennis will describe this one, with former Bradford, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester keeper Mark Schwarzer providing the summaries.

A third commentary of the day follows at St James' Park as Newcastle take on Leicester, watched by Ali Bruce-Ball and former Wales international John Hartson.

Hammers set to spend

West Ham v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

David Moyes is set to target players with Premier League experience next month in a bid to avoid relegation with West Ham.

The Hammers are free to renew their long-standing interest in Sporting Lisbon defender William Carvalho after the two clubs said on Tuesday a disagreement over a £22.8m bid for the player had been resolved.

Moyes has been told he has money to spend in January.

However, whilst a further move for the Portugal midfielder is not being ruled out, it is understood Moyes feels knowledge of English football is key in ensuring new arrivals have an immediate impact.

West Ham are 19th in the table and entertain champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Moyes is still to win in four games since he was appointed as Slaven Bilic's successor as manager on 7 November, drawing the first two before losing to Everton and, on Sunday, Manchester City.

They have only spent three of the last 25 seasons outside the top flight.

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John McEnerney: Celtic a Champions League club with a CL stadium & fans but a Europa League team let’s see if The Hoops can do damage in the competition where we really belong & could win. Mon The Hoops!

Celtic need to improve in Europe - Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald

Former Celtic striker on BBC Scotland

It was a night to really put a stamp on getting into the Europa League and being positive about progressing within Europe. We still have to be positive, we're there, and there's a lot of football to be played between now and then.

There's a transfer window so we never know what is going to happen in that, but on that performance, it's going to have to be a lot, lot better, if they want to progress in Europe.

Celtic turn to Europa League

It will be the Europa League next year for Celtic, who finished that formidable group in third place, ahead of Anderlecht, despite losing 1-0 to the Belgian side after an own goal last night at Parkhead.

The Bhoys go through courtesy of a better head-to-head record after a 3-0 win in Brussels. They conceded 18 goals in their six Group B games, seven of which came in one match, at mega-bucks Paris St-Germain last month.

Celtic beaten at home by Anderlecht
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The complex world of Dele Alli

Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

It is a measure of the complexities that surround the business dealings of high profile Premier League stars that they no longer rely on a single representative to take care of them.

Tottenham's Dele Alli, one of senior Spurs players who will definitely start tonight's Champions League group game against Apoel, has decided to leave long-time agent Rob Segal.

Instead, his step brother Harry Hickford, will deal with his day-to-day affairs and the Creative Artists Agency will look after his commercial interests.

CAA's Matthew O'Donohoe, who also looks after Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, will oversee the new deal, which should help raise Dele Ali's profile in year when he is expected to be one of the key figures in Gareth Southgate's England World Cup squad.

Phil Foden time?

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)

Manchester City

David Silva misses tonight's game through injury and Kevin de Bruyne is suspended.

England Under-17 World Cup winner Phil Foden is in the squad and after giving him some minutes against Feyenoord, could Pep turn to the gifted youngster again?

Phil Foden
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Pep wants to keep unbeaten run going

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)

Manchester City

Manchester City will go through to the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners tonight, regardless of their result at Shakhtar Donetsk.

You could be forgiven for thinking they've got nothing to play for. Well you would be wrong - and you would not want to get on the wrong side of Pep Guardiola in that black jacket.

"We travelled here to win the game, to make a good performance and show respect for the clubs and this competition. We are preparing to win the game and trying to do as much as possible to make a good game," says the City boss.

Pep Guardiola
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Poch turns to youngsters

Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur

It has certainly been a huge improvement in the elite club competition for Spurs, who won only two games in the event last season, scoring six goals from six matches. This term they have hit 12 from five games, with only four conceded.

With the title of group winners already in the bag, Mauricio Pochettino is set to give chances to some young players tonight, 18-year-old striker Kazaiah Sterling and 20-year-old Luke Amos included in the matchday squad and in line for senior debuts.

Who should Poch plan for next?

Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur

In Monday's draw for the last 16, Spurs could face Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Spartak Moscow, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli, Porto or Leipzig.

Better than PSG or Barca though isn't it?

Spurs seek to maintain unbeaten record

Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur

Bit of a blip for Tottenham in the Premier League, with no win in four leading to some rather absurd suggestions about their season being "in crisis" but what a superb Champions League campaign so far for the Lilywhites, unbeaten with four wins and a draw and guaranteed group winners even before tonight's final fixture against bottom side Apoel Nicosia from Cyprus, who have managed only two draws thus far.

Mane has Champions League dreams

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (19:45 GMT)


"Liverpool is a big and great club, we want to play a big part in the Champions League. We want to go as far as we can," said Mane, who was rested for Liverpool's 5-1 win at Brighton.

"It doesn't matter to us (who scores), we just want to win the games. We are working hard every single day to be difficult for the defenders."

Sadio Mane
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Same again tonight?

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (19:45 GMT)


Jurgen Klopp's men drew 1-1 with Spartak in Moscow in September but that doesn't tell the whole story of the match.

Liverpool had 16 shots on goal but could not make their dominance count. A similar result tonight would see Liverpool through, but surely they'll be keen to be more lethal in front of goal?

It would help the fans nerves.....

Philippe Coutinho scoring for Liverpool against Spartak Moscow
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Philippe Coutinho scored Liverpool's goal in Moscow.

Reasons for Liverpool to be optimistic

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (19:45 GMT)


It's fair to say some Liverpool fans are a little worried going into tonight's game, with the 3-3 draw in Sevilla when they squandered a 3-0 half-time lead, understandably still playing on some minds.

However, Reds fans take seek spiritual solace from Simon Gleave, head of analysis at Gracenote Sports, who says there is cause for calm.

"Liverpool's results throughout the Champions League have tended to be misinterpreted by fans in terms of their effect on the club's chance of progress," he begins.

"The two wins and two draws achieved in Liverpool's first four matches have barely had an effect on the club's chance of reaching the knockout phase.

"The Reds can only fail to qualify if they lose at home to Spartak Moscow, and even then they can still progress if Sevilla lose away to NK Maribor."


Jordan Henderson
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Jordan Henderson was not alone in being frustrated by Liverpool's collapse at Sevilla.

Anfield expects

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (19:45 GMT)


If Liverpool avoid defeat against Spartak Moscow, they'll reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the first time since 2008-09.

Jurgen Klopp wants Reds fans to play their part.....

Anfield atmosphere 'can help' in Champions League - Klopp

Liverpool on the brink

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)


Tonight it's Liverpool's turn as the Reds attempt to complete a clean sweep of five English teams through to the last 16, but there are some Reds fans who still fear the worst because of that defence of theirs.

Liverpool lead Group E going into the final fixture by a point from Sevilla, but defeat tonight at Anfield against Spartak Moscow, currently three points behind, would see the Russian side go through at Liverpool's expense on the head-to-head record between the two teams.

Liverpool lead Group E by a point

Shaw deserved opportunity - Mourinho

Manchester United

So Jose Mourinho has not always been the biggest admirer of Luke Shaw's abilities, telling him to "change his football brain" in April, but the United boss was full of praise for him last night.

"It was a very positive performance especially with the ball going forward, really dangerous, creating a lot, great intensity in his game," Mourinho said.

"It was no surprise in minute 80 he was feeling the consequences of that intensity, it is normal in the first match of the season for him, but he was deserving that opportunity for quite a long time and he is going to get more because the performance was really positive."

Jose Mourinho watches Luke Shaw in training

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Eric Timperton: Chelsea’s group seemed relatively straight forward, I do think they have under estimated Roma slightly, but last night they have to put chances away. Drawing PSG would scare me the most, they look frightening going forward.

Shaw back in United starting line-up

Manchester United

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw was given his first start of the season last night, just the 50th overall for the club since he was yet another to leave the Southampton production line in 2014, in a £27m move.

The 22-year-old, frequently criticised by Jose Mourinho in recent times, completed 90 minutes and generally impressed, although BBC Sport's Shamoon Hafez said the defender "was culpable for the away side's opener."

Luke Shaw in action for Man Utd

Who's next?

Manchester United

Unlike Chelsea, United could be paired with a host of sides in Monday's draw for the last 16 in Nyon, Switzerland - and the one at the bottom of this list could be interesting.

Possible opponents for Manchester United in the next round

Lukaku on target as United top group

Manchester United

Manchester United became the third English side to top their group as they came from a goal down to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 at Old Trafford last night.

Two goals in 66 seconds from Romelu Lukaku - only his second goal in 13 matches - and Marcus Rashford also helped equal United's club record of 40 matches unbeaten at home.

Romelu Lukaku scores for Manchester United

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Steve Howes: Conte faces draw horror? Last 16 is never easy and if you have aspirations to win you have to beat top teams.

On the cover

Tottenham v Apoel (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur

Speaking of Spurs, they complete their Group H campaign tonight at Wembley as guaranteed winners, having gone unbeaten so far, with that memorable 3-1 win over holders Real Madrid. Mauricio Pochettino is expected to hand some more young players at the club a chance against Apoel Nicosia this evening.

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What do you think of the Champions League picture? Have Chelsea had a more difficult group than, say, Tottenham, who had Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to contend with? How will the Blues fare against Barca, PSG or Besiktas in the last 16? Please send in your thoughts on all matters relating to the Champions League, using the hashtag #bbcfootball

Conte laments "easy" groups for other English teams


Hazard's manager Antonio Conte, meanwhile, was more interested in taking a swipe at the other English teams who have benefitted from "easy" groups. That's in the Times this morning.

'It's not a problem who we get'


You wouldn't expect him to predict a defeat of course, but Eden Hazard was in buoyant mood when asked about the quality that could be about to face the Blues in the next round.

"It's not a problem who we get, we are Chelsea," said the Belgium international.

"We know PSG and Barcelona are very good but we are a top team too. We can do anything."

You can find out exactly who that next test will be against in our live text on the Champions League draw for the last 16 on Monday morning.

A defiant Eden Hazard

PSG, Barca or Besiktas


So let's start at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea went a goal down to twice recent finalists Atletico Madrid before salvaging a 1-1 draw with the own goal pictured below.

Second place behind Roma, who scraped a 1-0 win over bottom side Qarabag in Group C, means Chelsea will face one of three teams in Monday's draw for the last 16 in Switzerland - and two of them are Paris St Germain and Barcelona.

As it cannot be another English team or Roma, Turkish side Besiktas, who will top Group G regardless of tonight's visit to Germany to face RB Leipzig, are the other possible next opponents for Antonio Conte's men.

Besiktas have recorded three wins and two draws thus far in a group also containing Porto and Monaco.

Chelsea equalise against Atletico Madrid with an own goal

The Times

And in the Times, could it be Barcelona next for Chelsea?

The Times lead with Chelsea facing the threat of Barcelona in the next round
The Times

The Daily Telegraph

In the Daily Telegraph, Manchester United score twice in as many minutes to see off CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford - and that Ashes headline was always going to be a risk wasn't it?...

Romelu Lukaku scores for Manchester United on the front page of the Daily Telegraph sports supplement
Daily Telegraph

The Sun

In The Sun, fears for Chelsea's next opponents, who could be PSG or Barcelona, after their second-placed finish in the group stage.

An anxious Antonio Conte on the back page of The Sun
The Sun

Daily Mirror

In the Daily Mirror, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says tonight's match with Spartak Moscow is "all or nothing" for his side.

Jurgen Klopp warns his Liverpool players in the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror

The Guardian

"Second best" say the Guardian in reference to Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid which left them second in their group.

A frustrated Eden Hazard on the front of the Guardian sports supplement


Hello again and welcome to another Football Special. It was a mixed night for the English teams in the Champions League but both Manchester United and Chelsea are through. Some of us who optimistically set the alarm for 03:15 are still trying to get over the cricket though. Let's see what the newspapers make of things this morning.