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Summary

  1. Full time: ZSC Lions 3-1 Nottingham Panthers
  2. Second leg takes place next Tuesday (7 November)
  3. Panthers ranked 32nd out of 32 teams in the Champions Hockey League
  4. Panthers won four of their six group games to qualify for knockout stages

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Panthers prepare for historic match

BBC Sport goes behind the scenes as Nottingham Panthers travel to Zurich to face ZSC Lions in the last 16 of the Champions Hockey League (CHL).

How did the Panthers reach this stage?

Ranked 32nd out of 32 teams in the Champions Hockey League (CHL) - the ice hockey equivalent of football's Champions League - Panthers defied the odds to win Group F and reach the knockout stages of the competition.

Panthers won four of their six group games, including a 4-2 win over the tournament's fourth seeds Bern and a 2-0 shutout against Finnish side TPS Turku.

They now face Swiss side ZSC Lions from Zurich in a two-legged last-16 tie, with the first leg in the 11,000-seater Hallenstadion in Switzerland tonight. The return game will be played next Tuesday in Nottingham. Think Maribor against Liverpool in the Champions League, this is the task that the Panthers face.

Nottingham Panthers
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Get Inspired: How to get into Ice Hockey

If you have been inspired by the Nottingham Panthers to take up Ice Hockey then all you need is a pair of skates, a stick, a puck and an ice rink to get cracking!

If you want to start playing in England or Wales, contact the English Ice Hockey Association, or if you live in Scotland, your first port of call should be the Scottish Ice Hockey Association.

In Northern Ireland, the Belfast Giants are an elite team, but they have a junior section too.

Ice Hockey UK has comprehensive information about the elite side of the sport.

For full information on how you can into the sport go to our Get Inspired Ice Hockey page.

Ashley Tait; Csanad Virag
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Who are the Nottingham Panthers?

Formed in 1946, Nottingham Panthers are the oldest ice hockey club in England and this week they take centre stage in Europe for the biggest game in their 71-year history.

Nottingham became the first UK team to win a game in the Champions Hockey League (CHL) when they beat Hamburg in the group stages of the inaugural competition in 2014-15.

Champions Hockey League BBC Coverage

Watch the first leg of the CHL last-16 tie between the Nottingham Panthers and ZSC Lions by using the play icon at the top of this page.

You can also listen to commentary of game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Nottingham by selecting the audio options at the top of this page.