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  1. Gerrard, Sterling & Balotelli left out of starting XI
  2. Real Madrid qualify for knockout stages
  3. Result: Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht
  4. Anderlecht fight back from 3-0 down

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right, that's a wrap for the evening here. Join us tomorrow night for more Champions League gold. Over and out.

  2. Post update

    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht

    Arsenal's result tonight was the first time in 102 games that an English side has failed to win when three goals up. Stat-tastic.

  3. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht

    Arsene Wenger looks on dejected

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talking to Sky Sports: "I was never completely sure that we were not in danger because all game you could see we didn't defend well.

    "It's hugely disappointing. We have to win our next game and see if we have a chance of winning the group.

    "I'm confident because one point should be enough but it's not done. Everybody is really down tonight."

  4. Text us on 81111

    Nick in London: The Arsenal players need to come forward and take responsibility for this evening. I see no reason in blaming Wenger. The short answer is the players threw the game away.

  5. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Graham Jack Thirkill: Arsenal will win at the weekend and all the fans will be calling Wenger a legend again

  6. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We had some bad luck, the first goal was offside but we had a lack of concentration and thought the game was won.

    "Overall we were poor defensively from the first to the last minute. At 3-2 you have to secure yourself and we were not cautious enough. It was very poor defending.

    "Am I angry or disappointed? Both."

  7. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers reveals that Liverpool are staying over in Madrid tonight. To Gran Via!

  8. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard

    More from Henry Winter on Liverpool's team against Real Madrid: "Steven Gerrard will probably never get the chance to come to the Bernabeu again and he was sat on the bench for most of tonight.

    "We can spin it either way and say that Kolo Toure and Alberto Moreno played well, but Liverpool leave here tonight having slipped another place down the table and they have got to win their next two games.

    "This was not the Liverpool way tonight."

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    Rich in Hitchin: Arsenal have no spine, no guts and no brain. Wenger is out of touch and out of ideas. Has been for a long time. Not been good since Henry and Vieira left.

  10. Manager reaction

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "I've got to manage a squad which has seven games in 21 days. I didn't rest players for next Saturday, it was a team who I thought could get a result, and we were unfortunate not to get a result. Against the best team in the world.

    "It's easy to say that we may have done better with a different team but listen, we could have lost 5-0."

  11. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The Daily Telegraph's football correspondent Henry Winter has been reacting to Liverpool's team selection.

    Was Brendan Rodgers vindicated by that selection tonight?

    "You can't say that yet, it will all depend what happens against Chelsea on Saturday.

    "Where we are at the moment is it's Tuesday night and Chelsea haven't even played yet."

  12. Post update

    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht

    Manchester United may have problems at centre-back, but what about Arsenal? United have an injury crisis there, Arsenal just don't have any.

    Nacho Monreal does not look like a central defender at all.

  13. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Harry Partridge: Disappointing result, but not only can Arsenal still easily qualify, but topping the group isn't inconceivable!

    David Thomas: Wenger didn't replace Vermaelen. Monreal not a centre back. Facts.

  14. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Should Liverpool still make it through? Two wins and they're in, but they have only scored against Ludogorets so far...

  15. Join the debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    On the BBC Sport Facebook page we're asking you, were Liverpool right to rest Gerrard and co v Real Madrid?

    Here's what you're saying:

    Lee Warmington: Best performance so far all season......against the mighty Real Madrid.....same set up against Chelsea I say and we could walk away with at least a point

    Liam Meredith: Liverpool played well???? Casillas had one very easy save to make, it was a case of Madrid team not turning up but they still done the job

    Grant Lawson: Think that is a question for the 4,000 plus Liverpool fans to answer many who took time off work and paid for flights and hotels and will have spend a fair few quid

  16. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Real Madrid players celebrate

    Real Madrid have won 10 successive Champions League home games; their longest run since December 1998.

    Can they become the first team to retain the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990?

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    Dean in London: Perhaps Wenger will now realise that playing your reserve left back as centre back probably isn't good enough to win the Champions League.

    Rohan in London: 3-0 up and they still mucked up!

  18. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James William Dingle: Arsenal are a joke. That is all.

    Raymond Little: How much longer does Wenger get after another shocking Arsenal performance #cantdefend

  19. Football league full-times

    In the 20:00 GMT kick-offs in the Championship, two second-half goals from Simon Cox saw Reading run out 3-0 winners at home to Rotherham, who have conceded six goals in their last two games. It was the same scoreline at the Macron Stadium, where Bolton showed their progress under manager Neil Lennon with a 3-0 win at home to Russell Slade's Cardiff.

    In League One, Swindon were the winners against Preston, who continue to falter at the top of the table. Second-placed North End have lost more ground on Bristol City after back-to-back defeats.

  20. Join the social

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The Football Social is up and running on BBC Radio 5 live now.

    Finish this sentence - Brendan Rodgers' team selection was ___________

    Also - What are Arsenal playing at in Europe?

    Tweet @bbc5live or call 0500 909693 or text 85058.

  21. Manager reaction

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "You asked me at the beginning if the team was strong enough but you saw how good they were. To come here, where they win in threes and fours, to keep the game as close as it was showed the quality of our performance. We had the courage to play and I'm very proud of the team tonight. We showed wonderful composure.

    "I knew what I was doing. I knew what the team would be tonight. We are disappointed with the result but there are many positives tonight. Some of the young players did very well.

    "There's every chance of us qualifying still. We always thought it would come down to the last game and it is in our hands."

  22. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "Chelsea haven't played yet, they're away from home tomorrow night. They will want to play a strong team as well on Saturday in the Premier League.

    "But, Brendan Rodgers will go away from here tonight thinking can he really leave a few of those players out after the performances they put in?

    "The real disappointment tonight was Raheem Sterling when he came on."

  23. Player reaction

    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht

    Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, speaking to Sky Sports: "The main aim when you start the competition is to win the group but we have thrown everything away today. You can't do that in this competition."

  24. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    Tweets you never thought you'd write: Ronaldo was pants!

  25. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "The performance was very credible from Liverpool tonight.

    "The players given their chance worked their socks off. The system worked and Brendan Rodgers will be pleased with that.

    "Players like Emre Can really grew in to the occasion."

  26. Player reaction

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Adam Lallana advances with the ball

    More from Adam Lallana speaking to ITV: "We've got quite a big squad and we were out there tonight to prove a point and I think we stood up.

    "The main thing though is the result and we're disappointed, even though we've come to the holders of the competition tonight."

  27. Football league full-times

    A 2-1 win for Gary Rowett in his first home game in charge of Birmingham City will do the Championship strugglers a world of good. It was a win against the unlikeliest opponents, as Watford move off the top of the table and lose for the first time under Slavisa Jokanovic.

    At the other end Bournemouth move to the top of the Championship table as they win 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday - it is the first time the Cherries have won six in a row in the second tier in their history.

    Ipswich take the spoils at Portman Road in the game that saw Mick McCarthy come up against his former club. Wolves gave the ball away cheaply for both of the home side's goals, which were both clinically put away by Daryl Murphy.

    Derby got back on track with a 3-2 win against Huddersfield, while Middlesbrough crushed Norwich 4-0. Neil Redfearn was denied a first win as the permanent boss of Leeds thanks to a late Charlton equaliser, and Millwall rescued themselves after falling 2-0 behind to Blackburn with 10 men. It finished 2-2.

    Brighton got their first win in 12 games as they beat Wigan 1-0 thanks to Gary Gardner's goal in the first minute. Relief for Sami Hyypia.

  28. Player reaction

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Adam Lallana

    Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana speaking on ITV: "We said at half time if the game stayed at 1-0, we would have every chance of getting back in to it.

    "We showed we have got the fight with that performance and we know we have got to win the last two games to go through, but we're confident we can do that."

  29. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    The 4,000 or so fans who have made the trip to Madrid are still in good voice. When the team sheet came out an hour before kick-off they must have feared the worst, but Liverpool put in a good showing.

    However, they never really looked like scoring all night. They didn't hurt Madrid in the slightest.

  30. Text us on 81111

    James in London: To all those who will say we should have played the 1st team seen as our fringe players only lost 1-0. The "1st team" so called did play Madrid at Anfield...and got walked over 3-0. Lucas impressed, and maybe it is time to drop Mario for Borini. At least he moves

  31. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    If Liverpool win their final two games, they are through. They have to play Ludogorets away and Basel at home.

  32. Elsewhere in Europe...

    Swiss side Basel move ahead of Liverpool in Group B after a comfortable 4-0 win over Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets Razgrad at St Jakob Park. Borussia Dortmund secured their passage to the last-16 with a routine 4-1 home win over Galatasaray.

    Spanish champions Atletico Madrid climbed to the top of Group A following their 2-0 win over Malmo thanks to goals from Koke and Raul Garcia. Juventus earned a valuable 3-2 win over Olympiakos in Turin, although they remain behind the Greek side in third place on goal difference.

    In Group C Benfica boosted their hopes of progressing to the knockout phase with a 1-0 win over Monaco with Bayer Leverkusen increasing their advantage at the top of the pool following a 2-1 away win over second-placed Zenit St Petersburg.

  33. Text us on 81111

    Jamie in Leeds: 3-0 up at home with 30 minutes left and to draw 3-3. That is shocking, truly shocking.

  34. Post update

    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht

    By my shaky maths, Arsenal need a point from their final two games to book a place in the last 16. So all is not lost.

  35. Post update

    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

    Arsene Wenger looks on

    "Arsenal could have got qualification done and dusted tonight with two games to spare.

    "That's not happened tonight, it probably still will. But, their defending was absolutely shocking tonight."

  36. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nick Clohessy: Say what you want about their 1st goal, this has been an amazing comeback from Anderlecht. Nothing more than they deserve.


    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht

    A stern face, a quick unzip of the jacket, and straight down the tunnel for Arsene Wenger. Nacho Monreal and co may be on for Le Hairdryer...

  38. Football league update

    Birmingham City could be putting a surprise end to Watford's unbeaten run at the top of the table. David Cotterill heads home from inside the six-yard box to give Gary Rowett's side the lead in front of more than 18,000 at St Andrews on his first night as manager at the ground.

    Charlton have snatched another equaliser at Leeds, again through Johann Berg Gudmundsson. Will it be more frustration in the permanent hot seat for Neil Redfearn?

    On a night of remarkable turnarounds, 10-man Millwall have also equalised at home to Blackburn to the of delight of the Den.

    There is a fourth for Middlesbrough at home to hapless Norwich through Yanic Wildschut, and Bolton have a third against Cardiff.

    There is a goal in tonight's only game in League One. Andy Williams gives Swindon the lead at home to Preston, with just six minutes remaining.

    But as it stands, Bournemouth are heading to the top of the Championship table. Can Premier League supporters start to dream of that August bank holiday away-day on the South Coast?


    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Iker Casillas embraces Steven Gerrard at full-time

    Real Madrid take the win then. A scrappy second half but Liverpool's second-string produced a decent showing in the end...

  40. Post update

    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht

    Arsene Wenger reacts

    How have Arsenal managed to throw two points away here? Arsene Wenger is livid. And wet. Wet and livid.

  41. GOAL

    Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht - Aleksandar Mitrovic (90 mins)

    Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates

    My word! From 3-0 down, Anderlecht have levelled! Andy Najar whips in a fine first-time cross, substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic holds off Per Mertesacker and connects with a stooping header! Incredible stuff...

  42. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Henry Shah: The Madrid number 7 has had a shocker. They won't be renewing his contract

  43. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool's performance means that Brendan Rodgers may be in for an easier grilling in the press than he was expecting - or does it?

  44. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Callum Sparrowhawk: Rodgers selection tonight has robbed Liverpool players of the kind of night they worked so hard to earn last season.


    Into the last five minutes across Europe. Can Liverpool sneak one? Can Arsenal hold on?

  46. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Toni Kroos
  47. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "That's as good a yellow card as you're ever going to get.

    "It's cynical but if I was out there in a Red shirt, I'd be saying 'well done Moreno'."


    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    All kinds of pace from Gareth Bale! Such an exciting sight as he eats up the yards, he bursts through and Alberto Moreno does what he has to, slides in and chops him down right on the edge of the box.

    Bale takes the free-kick, gets it over the wall but again Simon Mignolet punches it away.

  49. Football league update

    Middlesbrough are coasting now to a comprehensive win against Norwich. Grant Leadbitter gets his second and the home side's third goal of the night to make it 3-0.

    It is not so comfortable for Blackburn, who have been pegged back to 2-1 by 10-man Millwall.

    Reading have moved three clear at home to Rotherham, Simon Cox getting two goals in the second half.

    It looks more difficult for Huddersfield now, as Derby's Simon Dawkins' shot from outside the area creeps in off the post. 3-1 to the home side.

    But the night could belong to Bournemouth. The Cherries are heading for a fantastic away win at Sheffield Wednesday, Ryan Fraser's goal giving them a two-goal advantage against a Wednesday side who earlier had Royston Drenthe dismissed.

  50. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Kamila Morgan: Now would be time for Arsenal to just park the bus but with our defensive capabilities it is more like parking a smart car...

  51. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "Raheem Sterling is just sitting in midfield. That's not where his strength is going to be in a game like this.

    "He needs to get forward, it's such a great opportunity."


    Arsenal 3-2 Anderlecht

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could prove Arsenal's match-winner yet, comes off along with Danny Welbeck. Lukas Podolski and Tomas Rosicky are the new boys in town.

    Arsenal have nine minutes to see this one out.

  53. Text us on 81111

    Paul in London: Watching Ronaldo free kicks reminds me of suffering David Luiz free kicks for Chelsea last year. Start with your best 'blue steel' pout for the cameras and hold it for a good 30 seconds...1 in 40 will be spectacular. The other 39 will hit someone's toe in the wall or row z!

  54. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Sergio Ramos with the pass of the night. Sixty yards, flank to flank, over three defenders and straight to his team-mate's feet. Well done sir, well done.

    Into the last 10 minutes.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chicago Fire striker Robert Earnshaw tweets: You cannot go to play against Real Madrid and leave your best players on the bench. Its Like going to War with a butter knife.

  56. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 3-2 Anderlecht

    Mark Pougatch

    BBC Radio 5 live

    It doesn't matter how brilliant Sanchez is.

    Arteta/Flamini & Monreal as 4th choice CB is not good enough at this level. AFC poor defensively

  57. Text us on 81111

    Sam in Crowthorne: In my opinion everyone is over-hyping Alexis Sanchez's start to English football. Yes he has played well against Anderlecht and Burnley, but I'm yet to see a world class performance against world class opposition, like Dortmund or Chelsea where he failed. Why he is a class below Aguero and Hazard.

  58. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Cristiano Ronaldo back out on his old stomping ground, the right wing, and he's still useful there too. He beats two men for pace, stands up the cross which Isco could hit. Again, he takes an extra touch though and the chance is gone.

  59. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Jones: You see Nacho, this is why you only play when Arsenal have no other defenders fit.


    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Marcelo receives a yellow card

    Marcelo has been top drawer going forwards this evening but that's an ugly challenge, hard and rash on Raheem Sterling and he goes in the book for his troubles.

  61. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    Kolo Toure is challenged by Karim Benzema

    "I think both Can and Toure have been fantastic for Liverpool.

    "Mignolet has obviously played well too.

    "I think whatever happens from here on, Rodgers is going to find it very hard to criticise any of his players."


    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Fabio Borini can tell his kids that he scored at the Bernabeu - well sort of. He fouls Sergio Ramos, but plays on after the whistle to slot under the body of Iker Casillas.

    Liverpool have 15 minutes to go.

  63. Football league update


    It is getting interesting at Leeds as Neil Redfearn searches for his first win as the team's permanent boss. Two goals from Alex Mowatt either side of a Charlton equaliser from Johann Berg Gudmundsson give the home side a 2-1 lead.

    Wolves equalised at Ipswich through James Henry's cross that missed everyone, fizzed off the sodden November turf and crept into the corner. But Ipswich have restored their lead thanks to a deft chip from Daryl Murphy, who doubles his tally. 2-1 to Mick McCarthy's side.

    Andy Wilkinson has made Millwall's night against Blackburn significantly more difficult, as he receives his fifth career red card for a ferocious tackle that had the referee going straight to his back pocket. There was also a nasty fracas between the two dugouts following the challenge. Just two minutes later, Rudy Gestede doubles the away team's lead. 2-0 to Rovers.

    It does not take Bournemouth long to take advantage of Royston Drenthe's red card for Sheffield Wednesday. The Cherries are one up within two minutes of the red card, Andrew Surman keeping his cool. Could Bournemouth be heading for an unprecedented sixth straight league win as a second-tier club? They are going top of the table at present.

  64. Elsewhere in Europe....

    That Ludogorets Razgrad comeback against Basel that Liverpool fans were hoping for? Well, it's going to take something truly special now after Shkelzen Gashi and Marek Suchy make it it 4-0 to the Swiss side at St Jakob Park.

    Borussia Dortmund look to be cruising into the last 16 of the competition after taking a 2-0 lead against Galatasaray. The Turkish club failed to clear a corner and Sebastian Kehl headed the ball into the box for Greek centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos to hook the ball home.

    Juventus fell behind to Olympiakos after Delvin N'Dinga scored for the Greeks. But the Italian champions stepped it up and now lead 3-2 after Fernando Llorente's header hit the bar and bounced in off Olympiakos goalkeeper Roberto before Paul Pogba fired home minutes later.

  65. GOAL

    Arsenal 3-2 Anderlecht - Anthony Vanden Borre (Pen 73 mins)

    Anthony Vanden Borre scores a penalty

    He's not offside this time, and right-back Anthony Vanden Borre has his second of the night, slotted home.

  66. PENALTY to Anderlecht

    Arsenal 3-1 Anderlecht

    Arsenal are making a good job of messing this one up! Nacho Monreal is pinged for holding and that's a pen...


    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Gareth Bale! Against the bar! Great chance for Bale to make it 2-0 but he leans back on impact and smashes the crossbar, it was after another excellent cutback from Marcelo. Brilliant tonight, the Brazil left-back.

  68. Post update

    Arsenal 3-1 Anderlecht

    Danny Welbeck should have scored tonight - he had two decent openings in the first half and now sees a header saved by Silvio Proto.


    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool - Gerrard on

    Steven Gerrard comes on for Lucas

    Here they come. Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling on for Lucas and Lazar Markovic.

    They have 21 minutes to salvage anything for the Reds.

  70. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Brilliant again from Marcelo! Hammers in the cross, right across goal, but this time Karim Benzema can't steer it home.

  71. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    Cristiano Ronaldo looks on

    "You just felt it was going to happen there for Ronaldo, it was just so neatly worked.

    "Toure stands firm though as he has done all night so far."

  72. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Positive signs from Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, who has twice gone on powerful runs through the middle. He can carry the ball, that's for sure.

    But Real should be 2-0 up! It's a great block from Kolo Toure, preventing Cristiano Ronaldo from finding the net. But Ronaldo took an extra touch, he could have hit it first time but opened up the angle.

  73. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Vishnu Ladwa: How the linesman can't see Vanden Borre is THREE yards offside is anyone's guess. Shocking!

  74. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Gareth Bale is out on the right flank for Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries to run straight through the middle of the Liverpool defence but Kolo Toure erects a roadblock to get in his face.

  75. Post update

    Arsenal 3-1 Anderlecht

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

    "Probably won't make any difference to the overall result, but Arsene Wenger will be disappointed to see Arsenal concede there.

    "Anthony Vanden Borre was at least a yard offside."

  76. Arsenal 3-1 Anderlecht

    Alexis Sanchez

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool - BALE ON

    Gareth Bale is brought on for James Rodriguez

    Not a bad sub to have - the world's most expensive player. Gareth Bale gets half an hour, on in place of James Rodriguez.

  78. GOAL

    Arsenal 3-1 Anderlecht - Anthony Vanden Borre (61 mins)

    He's three yards offside! It shouldn't matter too much though, as Anthony Vanden Borre slams in a cross from the left. Well offside...


    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Fabio Borini is tackeld by Sergio Ramos

    Sergio Ramos is booked for a tackle that my old PE teacher would have handed out commendations for. Thumping, sure, but clean as a whistle.

  80. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Anderlecht

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

    "Arsenal did really well there, working hard to win the ball back.

    "Oxlade-Chamberlain worked himself in to space to hit the shot and a beautiful finish."

  81. GOAL

    Arsenal 3-0 Anderlecht - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (58 mins)

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring

    A goal his performance has thoroughly merited! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain puts qualification beyond any doubt with a fine third. Credit again to Alexis Sanchez, who wins the ball back in the final third with a sliding tackle, Oxlade-Chamberlain picks up the pieces, powers past the last man and buries the low shot across the keeper. Fine goal.

  82. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool getting closer! Adam Lallana is the architect this time, moving the ball onto his left foot on the corner of the box before flashing an early shot right across goal.

  83. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "Alberto Moreno's willingness to get up the pitch - from the first minute, he has wanted to get up there. He has been absolutely fearless on that left side."

  84. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Shot on target from Liverpool, left-back Alberto Moreno testing Iker Casillas from range. No dramas for the veteran though, down and behind it all the way. The zip has gone from this game a bit.

  85. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    David McNaught: Liverpool fans a real credit. In great voice. Jose must be jealous. (Not about the team, of course).

  86. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    Almost! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been terrific this evening, and he is at it again, beating one man before standing up a cross which Danny Welbeck flicks wide on the stretch.

  87. Football league

    Johnny Russell celebrates

    Johnny Russell celebrates after putting Derby 2-1 up against Huddersfield on the stroke of half-time.

    Steve McClaren's side have lost their last two. Can they close it out against the Terriers in the second 45?


    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard's name is sung by the Liverpool fans, but it's Real Madrid who are warming replacements up. Gareth Bale is going through the motions - could we have two Welshmen on the field soon enough?

    James Rodriguez then gets a card for hacking down the flying Lazar Markovic. Real pace down the middle.

  89. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    Plenty of urgency about Arsenal's start to the second half. Arsene Wenger wants a third and out...

  90. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Andrew Neill: The only reason this isn't a rugby score already is Real's poor finishing. LFC's defence looks more porous than a slashed sieve

    Ali Hough: WHAT IF Liverpool won tonight? Would Rodgers then drop the starting XI for the Chelsea match?

  91. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool chasing white shadows. Real Madrid put together a moment of class as Isco, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo link up, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure don't know what day it is but again Simon Mignolet reads the script, getting behind Ronaldo's swerving shot to beat clear.

    Champions League goal number 71 is proving an elusive beast for the Real Madrid seven...

  93. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    Lovely move! Arsenal at their slick one-touch best, popping it around and through the defence, it all opens up for Kieran Gibbs but he goes for the perfect goal, a square ball when a shot was on. He was only 10 yards out...


    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    'The fields of Anfield Road' is heard cascading down the Bernabeu's stands - as captain Martin Skrtel goes into the book for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo. Only a few feet outside of the box, that was dangerous...

  95. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    And game on in London.

  96. KICK-OFF

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Back under way in Spain...

  97. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Gareth Bale looks on

    Here come the sides. Gareth Bale has been in Spain too long - he's wrapped up with gloves, body warmer and all sorts. It's Madrid, not Merthyr Tydfil...

  98. In the Gallery...

    Andrea Pirlo

    Pirlo's pearler on his 100th Champions League appearance? Arsenal's 500th goal at the Emirates? Check out those photos and the best of the rest on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  99. Football league update

    There have been goals aplenty in the first half in the Championship, with the pick of the games at Pride Park where in-form Huddersfield are taking on Derby, who are looking to get back on track after losing their last two. Johnny Russell has given Derby the lead for the second time in the game on the stroke of half-time, but it could still go either way at 2-1 to the home side.

    Andrew Shinnie has missed a sitter for a much-improved Birmingham against table-toppers Watford. The Blues took the lead in Gary Rowett's first home match in charge, before Fernando Forestieri's equaliser to make it 1-1, but Shinnie had a gilt-edged chance with a header from inside the box to restore Blues' lead.

    Middlesbrough are in control at 2-0 up at home to Norwich, Ipswich have a 1-0 lead at home to Wolves and Brighton, without a win in 11, lead 1-0 at home to Wigan.

    In the 20:00 GMT kick-offs, Jamie Mackie has put Reading one-up against Rotherham and a double from Liam Feeney has put Bolton well on the way to moving out of the drop zone. They lead 2-0 at home to Cardiff.

  100. Text us on 81111

    Matt in London: Arsenal are playing their best football in the final third, but I can't help but feel that's mainly because their whole team is up there! Chambers and Gibbs are pushing up, Arteta and Cazorla are playing far forward, and the defence are playing a very high line. Anderlecht have snuck behind that line a couple of times already

  101. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    Arsenal are going through as it stands - they always get through. Textbook stuff from Arsene Wenger and co.

  102. Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool celebrate
  103. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "RM v LFC HT stats: Score 1-0, Shots 13-0, shots on target 6-0, corners 4-0, poss 61%-39%.

    "You'd think Liverpool were playing their reserves."

  104. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

    "Arsenal have not looked that sharp despite their lead.

    "If Arsene Wenger was being honest at half time, they haven't played that well and certainly when they get in to the latter stages of the competition, they will have to be sharper."

  105. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    The sprinklers are on at the Bernabeu, with a rare outing for REM's 'Shiny Happy People' too. Great scenes.

    Will Real turn it up a notch in the second half?

  106. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tom Hughes: This is a more lively, more exciting and more dynamic team than #lfc have fielded in weeks. Yes we #EmreCan

  107. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    Brendan Rodgers instructs

    "I have to say, when Rodgers gets those players into the dressing room, I don't think he'll have a cross word to say to any of them.

    "They've worked really hard and pushed Real. Everyone is working their socks off."

  108. Football league update

    Middlesbrough have extended their lead to 2-0 against Norwich through a Grant Leadbitter penalty, although it took referee Nigel Miller a short while to award the spot kick after Russell Martin's lunge in the area.

    Mick McCarthy's Ipswich have the advantage on a special night for the former Wolves boss at Portman Road. Wolves defenders dallied on the ball at the back, it was pinched by the Ipswich forwards, then curled in terrifically by Daryl Murphy to make it 1-0.

    Blackburn have the lead on their trip to Millwall thanks to a poked shot from Shane Duffy after a melee in the box.

  109. Elsewhere in Europe...

    Andrea Pirlo

    Liverpool fans will be praying Ludogorets Razgrad can pull something out of the bag in the second half against Basel. The Bulgarian outfit are 2-0 down to the Swiss side, who took the lead through 17-year-old forward Breel-Donald Embolo, and strike partner Derlis Gonzalez added a second on the stroke of half-time.

    In Group A Atletico Madrid are leading 1-0 in Sweden against Malmo, a team they thumped 5-0 on home soil last time out. Koke put the Spanish champions ahead when the midfielder calmly steered home Juanfran's cross. That puts Atletico top of the group as things stand with Juventus currently drawing 1-1 at home to Olympiakos after Alberto Botia's header cancelled out Andrea Pirlo's opener from a free-kick.

    In tonight's other two games, Marco Reus has given Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 advantage over Galatasaray with a stunning volley, while Benfica's home clash with Monaco is goalless.

  110. HALF-TIME

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

  111. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Andy West

    European football writer

    Spanish TV coverage getting right stuck into Liverpool performance. "Not like an English team", "very slow", "no confidence"...

  112. HALF-TIME

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Martin Skrtel leaves the field

    Not bad from Liverpool, not bad at all. But they are losing and have not tested Iker Casillas in the Madrid goal at all - while Simon Mignolet has been tested on multiple occasions...

  113. Champions League matches

    Fourth official
  114. Ouch

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    Aaron Ramsey is in trouble - holding the bottom of his back and rubbing it in pain. He got a knee in the area I think - but he's OK...

  115. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "I do think Real Madrid have been surprised by the liveliness of this Liverpool team.

    "A lot of sides come here and try to soak up pressure and survive. That's not been the Liverpool way so far."

  116. Text us on 81111

    Jack in Crowthorne: What makes Sanchez and Costa great players is their ability to track back and help their team defend - two best signings of the Premier League

  117. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool move the ball nicely from left to right, Emre Can gets into the penalty area but hesitates - fatally - and then overhits the ball when he does try to cross to the back post. He had a team-mate in space, but it had to be early...

  118. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    Danny Welbeck is in! Great ball over the top to find the Englishman, but his touch betrays him a bit and he runs into goalkeeper Silvio Proto. Arsenal should beout of sight really.

  119. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    Cristiano Ronaldo on the ball

    "Oddly enough Ronaldo is trying too hard.

    "He's trying so hard to get this next goal, he's almost turning and shooting at will."

  120. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool can't get out. Cristiano Ronaldo is half-a-second away from steering in a clever scooped pass over the top from Luka Modric, and seconds later Karim Benzema repeats the trick, finding Marcelo scurrying into the box. He rifles in a volley which thuds against Simon Mignolet's chest. Got to be more goals in this one...

  121. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ahmed Mohamed: Sanchez is currently covering defensive cracks in the team. Ohh how Liverpool could do with one

    Kerry Peter Parvin: What a strike from Sanchez!!! He is unstoppable right now!!!

  122. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    It remains an open and entertaining game at the Emirates, Dennis Praet going close for Anderlecht again at one end before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain skins his man down the left and puts it on a plate in the middle - but Danny Welbeck can't convert.

  123. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    If you won points for running around, Fabio Borini would be first-choice every week. No doubt about that Tom.

  124. Text us on 81111

    Tom in Newport: I can't begin to describe how much more lively Borini looks compared with Balotelli!

  125. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Almost a superb own goal! Kolo Toure does well to get a toe to a dropping ball over the top, but he lobs Simon Mignolet and has an anxious wait as the ball drops on to the roof of the net.

  126. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Karim Benzema
  127. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "Correct thing to do from Mignolet there with that free-kick.

    "Punch it away and do not take any chances."

  128. GREAT SAVE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Cristiano Ronaldo strikes a free-kick

    What a hit! Free-kick from 30 yards, Cristiano Ronaldo lines it up, the stadium waits - and bang! Like an arrow down the middle, so much pace on the ball but again Simon Mignolet stands up well and thumps the ball clear. He's having a good night so far.

  129. Football league update

    In the battle of the managers emerging from the "honeymoon period", it is Neil Lennon's Bolton who have taken the lead against Russell Slade's Cardiff. Liam Feeney's poked shot has put Wanderers 1-0 up, as they look to climb out of the relegation zone.

    Harry Bunn is continuing to make a name for himself at Huddersfield, as the 21-year-old equalises against Derby at Pride Park. 1-1 there.

  130. Text us on 81111

    Adam in Darlington: Alexis, so good he gets his own assists.

  131. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Magic. James Rodriguez with a £65m touch, like velcro to his instep as he somehow kills the ball and beats Kolo Toure in one fluid movement. They're very watchable, this Real side at times. Some lovely stuff, Toni Kroos the band leader from deep and soloists James, Ronaldo and Benzema in front of him.

  132. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Charles Nurick: Benzema has been in unbelievable form recently. A real unsung hero of Real. Would be outright star in a lot of other teams

  133. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool have played better than most expected but they're still 1-0 down. Can they summon a response? They do win a free-kick in a dangerous area but the delivery is very average. Got to do better there.

  134. Elsewhere in Europe...

    It's not exactly raining goals around Europe at the moment. However, there have been a couple in Turin where Juventus are currently 1-1 against Olympiakos. Andrea Pirlo, on his 100th Champions League appearance, curled home a trademark free-kick to put the Italian champions a goal to the good. But the Greeks equalised shortly after with a stooping header from Spanish defender Alberto Botia.

  135. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

    "A ridiculously good goal from Sanchez.

    "The initial free kick wasn't great, The ball looped up and he hit a stinging volley into the corner on the rebound.

    "Quite brilliant."

  136. GOAL

    Arsenal 2-0 Anderlecht - Alexis Sanchez (29 mins)

    Alexis Sanchez strikes the ball on the volley
    Alexis Sanchez celebrates

    What a signing this lad is! Cracking goal from Alexis Sanchez. His free-kick hits the wall but spins back to him, 22 yards out, and with a lazy swing of his right peg he flashes a crunching volley past Silvio Proto and into the bottom corner. Tremendous finish.

  137. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "Just as Liverpool were getting comfortable there, the ball was played behind the centre backs and well finished.

    "It wasn't an easy finish, but Benzema is a top-quality finisher."

  138. GOAL

    Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool - Karim Benzema (27 mins)

    Karim Benzema celebrates

    That's what Real Madrid can do, from walking pace to the back of the net in seconds. Isco releases left-back Marcelo in space, he looks up and fires in a fantastic low cross to the back stick, Karim Benzema escapes from Kolo Toure and slides it into the roof of the net.

  139. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "Liverpool fans will glance up at the big clock in the stadium that says 20 minutes gone and say, 'yeah, that's what we wanted'.

    "It's not spectacular at the moment, but they're holding their own."

  140. GOAL

    Arsenal 1-0 Anderlecht - Mikel Arteta (Pen 24 mins)

    Mikel Arteta scores a penalty
    Mikel Arteta celebrates

    No stopping that one! Lovely penalty from Mikel Arteta, chipped but hard and high, right down the middle. It's his first goal in the Champions League and it puts the Gunners on track for qualification.


    Arsenal 0-0 Anderlecht

    Danny Welbeck is fouled by Chancel Mbemba

    Scruffy, clumsy defending as Danny Welbeck is brought down by Chancel Mbemba. Spot-kick all day long.


    Arsenal 0-0 Anderlecht

    Alexis Sanchez hits the post

    Arsenal's man of the moment, Alexis Sanchez, whistles a low shot against the post after a good ball into his feet by Calum Chambers. The Chilean was a different class in the return game in Brussels and looks lively again.

  143. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Anderlecht

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

    "Sloppy from Arsenal so far, the passing has been poor.

    "Aaron Ramsey has had the best chance for the hosts, but Anderlecht are holding their own".

  144. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Beckenbauer-esque! Kolo Toure muscles Karim Benzema off the ball, spins away from the striker and then runs 40 yards down the left wing!

  145. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Anderlecht

    Anderlecht are looking dangerous, and go close again as Sacha Kljestan hurdles one tackle to get a shot away, but Wojciech Szczesny makes himself big and blocks well.

  146. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Gareth Bale
  147. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Danny O'Neill: Borini last year was in relegation battle & then nearly signed for QPR! Now he's playing against the Champions at the Bernabeu

    Lance Cunningham: Liverpool are actually holding their own at the minute. Two half-chances for Madrid but Liverpool have kept the ball well.

  148. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Adam Lallana

    Liverpool's best moment as Adam Lallana sets Lazar Markovic away on the break. He is one-on-one with Raphael Varane and takes him on for pace, but the young Frenchman steps on the gas to effortlessly sweep it up.

  149. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    That was good enough in the end from Kolo Toure! Not graceful, but effective. The centre-half looks in trouble as Luka Modric plays a pass down the side of him, Karim Benzema tries to latch on to it but Toure just about gets his backside in the way and shuts him off.

    Real stepping it up a gear now as James Rodriguez pulls the ball down with a sensational touch.

  150. Text us on 81111

    Aidan in Edinburgh: I hope this team selection sparks a reaction against Chelsea. This game is already lost.

    Paul on the Wirral: Lost all respect for Rodgers. 5 Times winners and we're effectively throwing the game because we have Chelsea at the weekend! If we get humiliated Rodgers should walk.

  151. Football league update

    There are positive starts for the basement boys in the Championship, as Birmingham City and Brighton both take the lead within the opening two minutes.

    Clayton Donaldson put Birmingham in front, but the joy was short-lived for Gary Rowett on his first home game as Blues boss, as top-of-the-table Watford equalise within five minutes through Fernando Forestieri.

    Brighton are without a win in 11 games in the league, but Gary Gardner's early strike has given them the lead at home to Wigan.

    Patrick Bamford has given Middlesbrough the lead against Norwich in the evening's top of the table clash, while Jordon Ibe has put Derby one up against in-form Huddersfield. Steve McClaren's men are looking to get back on track after losing their last two.

  152. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Lee Bown: To be honest, with the exception of Coutinho and Henderson that's probably not far off our best team #LFC

    James Bean: Idiotic from Brendan, I would no longer respect my manager at a club of LFCs stature if I was one of those rested on the bench.

    David Mackay: Disappointing team selection but absolutely ludicrous to suggest Rodgers is under pressure.

  153. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Anderlecht

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is challenged by Guinea Ibrahima

    Almost the goal the play deserved at Arsenal - brilliant run from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, committing two defenders and driving through a barely visible gap. He picks out Aaron Ramsey, who spins and leathers in a shot which is brilliantly diverted away by a sliding defender.

  154. Smart saves

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "Simon Mignolet may well get man of the match tonight as he's already made two world-class saves and we're only 10 minutes in."

  155. GREAT SAVE!

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Not what you need from your captain! Martin Skrtel is at fault, he takes a heavy touch, Cristiano Ronaldo picks up the pieces and flashes in an instant hit which Simon Mignolet turns over with an iron wrist.

  156. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Anderlecht

    That is close! Anderlecht inches away from the opener as Dennis Praet lines up a shot from 20 yards, it hits the ankles of Per Mertesacker and spins just past the near post. So nearly the breakthrough!

  157. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jordan Mundy-Gill: Emre Can looks a class act. Gonna be a top class box to box midfielder in 3 or 4 years time. Good start for #LFC

  158. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Lovely feet from Isco as he spins away from two tacklers - but he then runs straight into James Rodriguez! Isco has been in sparkling touch of late - but he'll still be dropped when Gareth Bale is fully fit.

  159. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    The visiting Liverpool fans strike up a song, they're in good voice no matter who Brendan Rodgers has picked tonight. It's a good start from the Reds, they are still popping it around nicely. Cristiano Ronaldo has been very quiet.

  160. Text us on 81111

    Rob in Staffs: Didn't Rodgers 'educate' Balotelli on the culture of the club for swapping shirts at half time a fortnight ago? Perhaps someone should educate Rodgers on the culture of the club now for all but admitting that Liverpool's best team can't beat Madrid so he won't let them try?

  161. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Anderlecht

    Pretty even start at the Emirates as Ibrahima Conte gets a shot away for the Belgians, but Calum Chambers makes a strong block.

  162. GREAT SAVE!

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Simon Mignolet makes a save

    Who's the weak link in the Real Madrid side? Arguably the two full-backs, but they're decent. Three minutes - that's how long before Simon Mignolet has to make a good save, pushing off to his left to save James Rodriguez's dipping 20-yarder.

    He scored a beauty at the weekend and that's a good effort too from the Colombian dangerman.

  163. 'I might retire'

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Alan Green

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Bernabeu

    "If Liverpool are tonked, it's a story. If they lose 2-0, it's a story.

    "If they get a draw, what a result.

    "If they win - I think I might retire."

  164. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Adam Lallana and Luka Modric fight for the ball

    Even a heavy defeat this evening wouldn't signal the end of Liverpool's Champions League story - they can still go through with two wins in their last two games. The men in Red are keeping the ball nicely in the opening stages.

  165. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 0-0 Anderlecht

    And we are go in London too.

  166. KICK-OFF

    Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool

    Joe Allen gets us under way...

  167. Post update

    Arsenal v Anderlecht (19:45 GMT)

    Theo Walcott warm up

    Plenty of empty seats at the Emirates tonight - has the Champions League lost its lustre all of a sudden?

  168. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Don Limani: For Rodgers to have the cheek to say he's fielded a strong team is shocking. No self respect in that man. Get him out!

  169. Post update

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Liverpool team pose for a team photo pre-match

    The players who have been selected by Liverpool tonight are out on the field at the Bernabeu. What an arena, what an occasion - will someone become a hero in red tonight?

  170. Post update

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to ITV: "I think we've got a strong team out for the game.

    "We've got nine full internationals and two under-21 internationals playing.

    "We're certainly not forfeiting it and there are players on the sidelines who can affect the result."

  171. Post update

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has 'a strong team' out tonight and he would be surprised if any fans are disappointed with his selection.

    Prepare to be surprised Brendan.

  172. LINE-UPS

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Rodriguez, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo. Subs: Navas, Pepe, Bale, Hernandez, Nacho, Medran, Torro.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Moreno, Toure, Skrtel, Manquillo, Can, Lucas, Lallana, Allen, Markovic, Borini. Subs: Brad Jones, Johnson, Gerrard, Coutinho, Henderson, Sterling, Balotelli.

    Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

  173. LINE-UPS

    Arsenal v Anderlecht (19:45 GMT)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck. Subs: Martinez, Rosicky, Podolski, Walcott, Flamini, Sanogo, Bellerin.

    Anderlecht: Proto, Deschacht, Mbemba, Vanden Borre, Praet, Kljestan, Tielemans, Najar, Conte, Cyriac, Acheampong. Subs: Roef, Colin, Heylen, Dendoncker, Kawaya, Kabasele, Mitrovic.

    Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

  174. Text us on 81111

    Simon in Sussex: Oh Brendan shame on you. what are you doing to my club?? This is Liverpool not (with the greatest of respect) Reading. #byebyebrendan

    Steven in Derry: Lose tonight and on Saturday and Rodgers is under massive pressure...... Win both though and he'll be a genius!

  175. Rule 4.01, subsection d

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Fifa rules

    This is a section from the hefty Uefa Champions League rulebook. Point D might be interesting the Uefa bigwigs if a Liverpool side without its captain and many of their big-money summer signings flop spectacularly at the Bernabeu.

    Let's just hope the Merseysiders have paid that 200 euro entry fee in point A.

  176. Text us on 81111

    Allan in Lewes: Arbeloa to forget he's in white, and to put an unforgettable hat trick of own goals past Casillas.

  177. 'Gerrard could play tonight'

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes on ITV: "If you want to rest players you look at Saturday's game against Newcastle. I still think that Steven Gerrard could play and have two days' rest, and then play Chelsea as well. He could play both games and then have two weeks off.

    "That's why he has retired from international football and these are the games you want to play in. He won't be happy about this. They are just hoping to avoid a 'doing' tonight."

  178. Text us on 81111

    Scott in Oxford: People seem to be forgetting that 'reserve side' out there cost upwards of £100m. Yes, we overpaid, but is Rodgers really that wrong to prioritise? Have the fans seen how poor we've been this season?

    Henry in Durham: Rodgers has put his neck on the line here, fielding a weakened team for such a big game won't go down well among the Liverpool fans. Pressure could really mount if they lose tonight and again on Saturday.

  179. Post update

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho wouldn't make seven changes for Real Madrid away though, would he?

  180. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Elliot Newstead: If Jose makes 7 changes for a CL game it's called 'rotating the squad'. Rodgers does it and it's 'waving the white flag'

    Sam Robson: They might not, but it looks likely that Liverpool will be thumped tonight, with that team, how does that help morale?

  181. Post update

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    You can't go wrong in Madrid Jon. Great city. I was told once that it has the most bars of any city in the world, so plenty of places to toast success.

    Or drown sorrows, of course...

  182. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Real Madrid v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

    Liverpool fans