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Live text commentary as Man Utd come from behind to beat Cluj and Chelsea see off FC Nordsjaelland in the Champions League.

2 October 2012 Last updated at 22:16

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  1. 2210: 

    Right, time for me to call it a night. Thanks for keeping me company on an excellent night for Celtic, Manchester United and Chelsea in the the Champions League. Can Manchester City and Arsenal make it five wins out of five on Wednesday night? Join Phil Dawkes to find out. Cheerio for now, though.


    From Louis, via text on 81111: "Juan Mata's two-week break seems to have paid off- he was excellent for Chelsea!"


    From Callum Barrett in Harrow, via text on 81111: "That's why we're champions! Scoreline doesn't reflect how well Nordsjaelland played. But we'll take it."

  4. 2204: 

    It all worked out well for Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo too. The Blues started like a train against FC Nordsjaelland but failed to score, and ended up protecting a fragile 1-0 lead for most of the second half before three goals in the last 10 minutes made sure of their win.

    "You just need to score the goals to close the game off," Di Matteo said. "All-in-all it is a pleasing night. Petr Cech made a crucial save. We are pleased he made it as it was 1-0 at the time, and then we scored a few goals in the end."


    Charlie Stevens on Twitter: "BATE have two wins out of two despite being the lowest seed in the group. Repeat of APOEL last year there?"

  6. 2201: 

    By the way, Robin van Persie now has seven goals in seven starts for United. He isn't satisfied though...

    "I think I am on the way to settling in well," the Dutchman said. "I would like to make more assists. It is not only about goals but I want to make more assists. I would like to improve that. I am on a good run but I would like to do better."

  7. 2201: 

    More from Ferguson, this time on the way Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney linked up for the second goal.

    "The pass and the finish both were equally as good," Ferguson said. "It was a fantastic finish, but what a nice ball that Wayne has dropped in, I actually thought it was a bit too far but Robin did well to get on to it."

    Is this a great strike partnership in the making? "It is difficult to say," he added. "I hope so. There are great combinations all over our side, the strength of our squad is in our attacking positions."

  8. 2156: 

    We found out at half-time that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was far from happy about the way his side conceded, describing Cluj's goal as an "absolute shocker" but he seems in a much better mood now...

    "Coming away from home in Europe is never easy," Ferguson said after his side's 2-1 win in Romania. "They have a good home record here and you can see why from the way they kept going, hitting so many telling crosses that kept us under pressure. But I have got to be pleased with the possession. We defended well apart from the goal and David De Gea made a good save late on."

  9. 2154: 

    As well as Bayern Munich's defeat by BATE Borisov in Belarus, another surprise result tonight is Galatasaray's 2-0 home defeat by Braga, who are now unbeaten in seven matches on the road. The Turkish champions were seen as Manchester United's closest rivals in Group H, so United might be pleased with that result.

    Group B is headed by Barcelona after their 2-0 win at Benfica. Celtic briefly sat top of that group following their victory at Spartak Moscow, but they will still be happy to finish the night in second. Of concern to Barca is a awful-looking arm injury for Carles Puyol.

    Shakhtar Donetsk led Group E at the start of the evening and it seemed they would consolidate that position when Alex Teixeira put them in front at Juventus. But Leonardo Bonucci hit straight back for the hosts and it finished 1-1, leaving Chelsea top on goal difference.

  10. 2153: 

    And here's the other half of that partnership, Wayne Rooney, talking about Van Persie's second goal and United's victory.

    "It was nice goal by Robin, a nice finish. But it was tough tonight, a tough pitch. We had to be fully concentrate on our passing and our first touch but thankfully we managed to hold on and get the win.

    "It's difficult in the Champions League and we know that it was a silly goal to give away early on. Thankfully we managed to get back in the game. If we get three points in the next game, we'll be in a great position in the group."

  11. 2150: 

    Understandably, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie enjoyed his two-goal salvo in the win over Cluj which puts his side top of Group H. He seemed to relish playing with Wayne Rooney too.

    Asked if his second goal was his best so far for United, Van Persie said: "Maybe, I have to look at it again. It felt good.

    "Everything starts with a good pass, so I have to thank Wayne for that. Not many players can make a pass like that. When it came to him I knew he could see that pass and give it the way I wanted it.

    "I think it is the first time we have started together, we were both really pleased with that. We did it together tonight. "

  12. 2146: 

    Bayern Munich see their Group F hopes suffer at setback as they are stunned 3-1 by BATE Borisov in Belarus. Aleksandr Pavlov gave the hosts a first-half lead and it was doubled by Vitali Rodionov. Franck Ribery pulled a goal back shortly before full-time, but Renan Bressan rounded off the win deep into stoppage time.

    That result keeps BATE top of the group on six points as Valencia, who beat Lille 2-0, leapfrog 2011 runners-up Bayern into second.

  13. 2145: 

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who was back in the Blues team for their win over FC Nordsjaelland in Group E, has been speaking about what ended up being a comfortable win in Denmark.

    "It was a great result," Lampard said. "We had to bide our time. At 1-0 they created a few half chances and hit the post. But once we got the second goal that was it and we dominated."


    Daniel Thomas on Twitter: "Say what you want about our central defence and midfield, Rafael is becoming a real gem of a player - combative and dynamic."

    Dahood on Twitter: "De Gea should remain as United's first choice! Another reflex save tonight got us the maximum points!"

  15. 2142: 

    That second Robin van Persie goal gets better every time I see it... he had a quick glance to see the Cluj keeper charging towards him before steering the dropping ball past him, all in one movement.

    Van Persie's first goal, though, gets worse with every viewing. It bounced in off his shoulder (and, no, he didn't mean it!). Still, I guess they all count...

  16. 2140: 

    All three British teams did it the hard way, though. Manchester United and Celtic both went behind against Cluj and Spartak Moscow, while Chelsea rode their luck against Danish minnows FC Nordsjaelland before eventually running riot.

  17. 2138: 

    Bayern Munich certainly won't be snatching a late point - they've conceded a late third. Renan Bressan makes it 3-1 to BATE Borisov with a strike five minutes into stoppage time. And there goes the full-time whistle. Big shock.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Manchester United haven't been brilliant. But they have got through and won the game. With six points, they are in a strong position now.

    "When Sougou was on, United looked frail at the back. Once he went off, they recovered. United were good but not completely convincing up front. Good result, did OK, but could do better."

  19. 2137: 

    So, three wins out of three for the British teams in the Champions League tonight. All on their travels too.


    Shyamil Tanna on Twitter: "Torres has been immense tonight! Deserves a goal, he really is coming back!"

    Stephen Porter on Twitter: "Anyone else think that was quite a flattering scoreline for Chelsea?"

    Josh Bond on Twitter: "Not even a good performance and we've won 4-0. Wouldn't get away with it in the league, but right now I'm loving it."

  21. 2136: 

    There is an extraordinary game going on at Turf Moor, where fans who have braved the rain have been treated to six goals so far. Charlie Austin has been on fire this season and he had no sooner scored his third tonight before Sheffield Wednesday equalised, Antonio scoring a stunning 30-yard goal. 3-3 as full-time approaches.

  22. 2135: 
  23. 2135: 
  24. 2133: 

    Franck Ribery chips home to pull one back for Bayern Munich at BATE Borisov. Can the Germans snatch a late point?

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "De Gea's made a fabulous save. Great credit to the keeper. That's a top-drawer save."

  26. 2133: 

    Chelsea are home and dry but United have work to do here. Cluj come forward at last and Sasa Bjelanovic spreads the ball out wide before charging into the area to meet the return. His header is sneaking inside the post too, until David de Gea sticks out a paw to tip it away. A superb stop when United needed it most.

  27. 2131: 
    GOAL- FC NORDSJAELLAND 0-4 CHELSEA - Ramires (90 mins)

    The scoreline would have you believe this is a convincing Chelsea victory. It isn't. They will win at a canter, though, after scoring what is their third goal in the last 10 minutes. Oscar's low cross allows Ramires to tap in from close range but FC Nordsjaelland do not deserve to be on the wrong end of a rout.

  28. 2129: 

    The shock of the night looks set to come in Belarus, where minnows BATE Borisov now lead Bayern Munich 2-0 in Group F. The hosts took a first-half lead through Aleksandr Pavlov and Vitali Rodionov doubles the advantage with a left-foot shot into the top corner after exchanging passes with Edgar Olekhnovich.

    In the same Group, Valencia lead Lille 2-0 as a Jonas cross finds the net. That's his second of the evening and could take his side above Bayern on goal difference. The visitors are also down to 10 men after Mathieu Debauchy receives a second booking.


    From Will Rider, via text on 81111: "Re Kenya Wetherill: There's a chap who plays over in Spain and comes from Argentina. He's a number 10 as well but I can't for the life of me remember his name. He's pretty decent though."

  30. 2128: 

    David de Gea has not had many crosses to deal with tonight, considering we are in Transylvania. He does well here, leaping to collect a high ball into the box under pressure from Sasa Bjelanovic... and keeping hold of it too despite being unfairly challenged.


    From Yaz in Wimbledon, via text on 81111: "Jonathan Pitt (1931) take a bow! I hope you put money on that. If so, you're a goal away from being a very rich man."

  32. 2127: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man Utd's Rio Ferdinand

    Rio Ferdinand cannot really complain about this one, because he is high and late when he catches Rafael Bastos with his follow-through from a clearance. Cluj also have a free-kick, about 35 yards from goal, but they cannot do anything with it. Robin van Persie is back to head clear when it is punted hopefully into the area.

  33. 2127: 

    Tranmere are showing why they are top of League One as two goals in a matter of minutes means they now lead 2-1 at Scunthorpe. James Wallace equalised just after the hour before Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro put them ahead soon after. Crawley, promoted from League Two last season, are 3-1 up at Bournemouth and are up to third as things stand.

    Gillingham are firmly on course to strengthen their hold on first place in League Two as goals from Deon Burton and Jack Payne have given them a 2-0 lead at Northampton, who look set to taste defeat at home for the first time this season.

  34. 2125: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd's Danny Welbeck for Javier Hernandez

    A change up front for United too as they look to see this one out. They look comfortable at the moment, mainly because Cluj are not seeing much of the ball.

  35. 2123: 
    GOAL- FC NORDSJAELLAND 0-3 CHELSEA - Juan Mata (83 mins)

    The points are definitely safe now. What starts off as an intricate passing move on the edge of the Nordsjaelland area ends with the ball in the back of their net when it comes back off Jores Okore and into the path of Juan Mata to dig it out of his feet and prod home. That's Mata's last contribution of the game because he is off, replaced by John Obi Mikel.

  36. 2123: 

    Some bad news for Barcelona, as their captain Carles Puyol has suffered a horror injury at Benfica. Puyol, whose side are leading 2-0, goes up for a header and lands on his left arm, which twists horribly under his body. The Spaniard is carried off in visible distress as his team-mates cover their eyes.


    Rick Smith on Twitter: "Everyone is mentioning Rooney and RVP. The story tonight is the return of Fletcher."

    Kenya Wetherill on Twitter: "This just proves why even a not fully-fit Rooney should've started against Tottenham. Best number 10 in the world for me."

    Edwin Okugbo on Twitter: "Hello, United fans. I noticed you've started this Rooney hype again! Remember, you are playing Cluj, not Barca."

  38. 2120: 
    GOAL- FC NORDSJAELLAND 0-2 CHELSEA - David Luiz (80 mins)

    Breathing space for Chelsea, and boy did the need it. The Blues have been poor since the break but the points look safe now thanks to a delightful dipping free-kick from David Luiz, who fires a 25-yard free-kick over the Danish side's wall and into the net via the post. A quality strike.

  39. 2120: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd's Scott Wootton on for Jonny Evans

    United make a change at the back, with Scott Wootton on for Jonny Evans.

  40. 2119: 

    Cardiff are keeping themselves firmly on course to move top of the Championship as they currently lead Birmingham 2-1. Leroy Lita had cancelled out Craig Bellamy's opener but Mark Hudson has put the Welsh side ahead once again.

    In-form Wolves finally broke Crystal Palace's resolve to lead 1-0 with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scoring the goal before Wilfried Zaha equalised for the visitors.

    Leicester look set to continue their charge up the table as Anthony Knockaert scores again to put them two-up at Huddersfield, while Leeds are now 2-1 up at Bolton. Neil Warnock's side had equalised just before half time before Luciano Becchio scored from the spot five minutes after the break.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "David de Gea's done enough this evening. But had he been absolutely outstanding, would he have played in the Premier League in the next game? If not, what does that do for a goalkeeper's confidence? You have to pick your number one goalkeeper and let them play. If they make a mistake, then change it."

  42. 2117: 

    With 15 minutes to go, United still look to be in control against Cluj, who have not come forward with any purpose since that Cadu header.

    It is still the visitors doing all the attacking and they have just had a decent shout for a penalty turned down when Patrice Evra was bundled over inside the box.


    From Phil in London, via text on 81111: "Cleverley is again showing signs of his maturing game tonight."


    From Sarah in Pontefract, via text on 81111: "So impressed with this Leeds team. Real feeling of strength and backbone this season, both physically and mentally. Could this be our year in the Championship?"

  45. 2114: 

    Chelsea's biggest scare yet. Joshua John cuts in from the left again and fires in another shot, this time bending it towards the far corner. It is heading there too, until Petr Cech dives at full stretch to claw it on to his post, before Mikkel Beckmann's follow-up is blocked by Ashley Cole.

    That goes down as a top-drawer save but it must be a worry for Roberto di Matteo that FC Nordsjaelland are passing their way through his defence so easily.

  46. 2111: 

    I thought we'd seen the last of this, but referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco and some of the United players are being targeted by green laser pens at the Dr Constantin Radulescu Stadium. Wayne Rooney is among them, but it doesn't seem to be affecting him much, he just sent over a low cross from the left that only just eluded Robin van Persie in the middle.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Cluj's confidence is starting to ebb away now. One or two passes are going astray and heads are starting to drop."

  48. 2109: 

    Tonight we are seeing where and how Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney link up when they play together in the same team. I don't think United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has anything to worry about there, do you?


    Michael Mabbitt on Twitter: "I can see Rooney playing this role from next season if Scholes and/or Giggs retire. A shame in my opinion, as Rooney has at least three more years in him up front."

    Mark Curtis on Twitter: "Awesome performance from Rooney in the Scholes position. A natural fit. Forget the white Pele, he's the mousey-blond Scholes!"

    Luke Johnston on Twitter: "Rooney has been pulling more strings than Geppetto tonight!"

  50. 2108: 

    Mikkel Beckmann could be on a hat-trick now. Instead, Chelsea still lead 1-0... but only because Beckmann just sliced his shot wide from the edge of the area after another neat FC Nordsjaelland build-up.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Manchester United are firmly in control of this game now. They got back into it with two relatively fortunate goals, as I felt the keeper was in no man's land for the second one. But Cluj have had eight attempts, four of them on target. It's quite unusual for United to concede that many chances."

  52. 2105: 

    United are faring rather better as they look to protect their lead. Rafael is seeing a lot of the ball down the right and they are finding gaps in the Cluj defence. With 25 minutes to go, the Romanians are still 2-1 down, still defending deep, still defending in numbers, and STILL looking to catch the visitors on the break.


    Matt Barron on Twitter: "For anyone saying RVP carries Manchester United, watch the two assists from Rooney. You can't score goals if no one gives you the ball!"

    Paul Stone on Twitter: "Rooney and RVP playing OKAY against Cluj. People need to relax."

    Christopher Hall on Twitter: "United's quality of passing is much higher tonight. Cleverley and Fletcher seeming very secure. Things are improving."

  54. 2103: 

    He set up the first and he's set up the second - Lionel Messi is running the show. Having earlier crossed for Alexis Sanchez to give Barcelona the lead at Benfica, the Argentine feeds Cesc Fabregas to slam home a second 11 minutes into the second half.

    The four-time champions look set to return to the top of Group G on six points, and that would leave Celtic second on four.

    Fabregas's strike and Robin van Persie's second for Manchester United at CFR Cluj are the only second-half goals so far.

  55. 2103: 

    Chelsea are not learning their lesson. FC Nordsjaelland threaten again as Nicolai Stokholm finds space to drill an angled shot goalwards, and Petr Cech has to push it away. The Blues still lead 1-0 but they need to pull their socks up.

  56. 2100: 

    Chelsea have to be careful here. Someone has flicked a switch in their defence and they have lost all the concentration they had before the break. Jores Okore chips the ball towards Mikkel Beckmann, who is on his own to meet it in the area... it's a glorious chance and he has time to bring the ball down, but instead elects to head it goalwards and end up looping the ball high over the bar. A big waste, that.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Cluj are just coming back into this. Manchester United have sat back, and Cluj are making headway."

  58. 2058: 

    United's turn to live dangerously, with Cadu getting on the end of a Bastos corner and powering a header goalwards. It is straight at David de Gea, but he still has to react quickly to turn it over the top.

  59. 2056: 

    The whistle has just gone for half time in Bolton's game against Leeds at the Reebok Stadium, with the visitors equalising in the 44th minute to make it 1-1 at the break. Kevin Davies had given the hosts the lead but Leeds levelled with pretty much their first shot on target when El Hadji Diouf's free kick was turned home by Samuel Byram.


    Matt Rooney on Twitter: "Van Persie again, lovely finish. Why can't United start games like that?"

    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "This RVP-Rooney partnership looks like it could be terrifying. Good signs."

    Luke Davy on Twitter: "Sir Alex clapping looks like a man trying to shoo squirrels away from his allotments."

  61. 2053: 

    So, both English sides are ahead... but neither are sure of the points just yet.

    FC Nordsjaelland have just had their best moment of the night, when Joshua John cuts in from the left to run at Ramires then arrow a fierce shot just off target. Unlucky.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I was just about to say Rooney and Van Persie needed to provide something out of nothing, and that's what they did. It's a goal out of nothing. Now Manchester United should be able to settle themselves down and control this game, but they have to concentrate and defend soundly, which they haven't always done this season."

  63. 2049: 
    GOAL- CFR CLUJ 1-2 MAN UTD - Robin Van Persie (49 mins)

    What a goal this is. Wayne Rooney cleverly clips the ball over the Cluj defence and Robin van Persie darts into the area to brilliantly flick the ball past Mario Felgueiras with a virtuoso volleyed finish. United lead after making the perfect start to the second half. Pure genius by Van Persie, no shoulders involved this time.


    Former Celtic midfielder Murdo McLeod, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live on their 3-2 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow earlier: "It was a great night. A really good performance. Over the last few matches, they've done well away from Europe but to go to Moscow and get a win as a great result.

    "Now they've got two games against Barcelona, and they've just got to put on two good performances."


    From Sid on Sale, via text on 81111: "There's only one man strong enough to 'carry' mighty Manchester united and his name is Sir Alex Ferguson."

  66. 2048: 

    Hmmmm, FC Nordsjaelland love passing it about but it probably isn't the best idea to do it in their own area.

    Jores Okore's clearance is charged down by Victor Moses and falls for Fernando Torres, to nod the ball back to Juan Mata. Mata gets a shot away too but play has already been stopped because Torres is offside.

  67. 2047: 

    We are back under way in Cluj and Copenhagen.

  68. 2046: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson speaking at half-time: "We are doing most things correct in terms of passing, but losing that goal the way we did is a shocker. An absolute shocker.

    "The way Cluj play everyone is behind the ball, that is what they are built on. The counter attack is what they love to do, they will just sit in their and just hope to hang on."


    Mike Redgate on Twitter: "Is Danny Mills watching the same game as everyone else? 'Got away with it?' There's only been one team in this game."

    Alex Batt on Twitter: "So when RVP was scoring week in week out for Arsenal, he was carrying a team. Now he does it for United, he's a world-class player!"

    Nick Main on Twitter: "Jores Okore should be snapped up by a Premier League club soon - fantastic talent for Nordsjaelland."

  70. 2045: 

    Anyone else hoping for a glimpse of Andreas Laudrup for FC Nordsjaelland in Copenhagen? Hopefully he will come off the bench in the second half.


    From Matt in London, via text on 81111: "I'm sick of seeing Evra go missing for United. It's made worse with a dire midfield that is too slow in possession and lacks movement."


    From Ian in Swiss Cottage, via text on 81111: "Tend to agree with Rory Boyle at 2031. I can't believe it's not Buttner."

  73. 2037: 

    Benfica have won none of their last 12 competitive encounters with Spanish clubs and that looks set to become 13 as Barcelona reach half-time in Lisbon with a comfortable 1-0 lead. After Celtic beat Spartak Moscow earlier today, Barca need a win to restore their clear lead at the top of Group G.

    In Manchester United's Group H, Braga have a surprise lead at Galatasaray through Ruben Micael's strike, while in Group E - which features Chelsea - Juventus battled back from conceding early to level at 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk in Turin.

    Four-time champions Bayern Munich could be heading for a humiliating Group F defeat - the 2011 runners-up trail 1-0 at BATE Borisov - and a late Jonas goal put Valencia 1-0 up against Lille.


    Stavros Constantinou on Twitter: "United looked disheveled right until the equalizer; playing well yet lack creative options! Half-time gives them time to regroup."

    Jonny McGowan on Twitter: "Not enough United movement once the ball enters the final 3rd. Cluj's centre-backs need to be drawn out of position more by Hernandez and RVP."

    Billy Dunmore on Twitter: "Van Persie quite literally carrying Man U on his shoulders... Or shoulder."

    BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera reports:HALF-TIME- FC NORDSJAELLAND 0-1 CHELSEA

    "Chelsea have the advantage in Copenhagen but Fernando Torres should have made sure they were leading by more than a single goal. Nordsjaelland have shown signs they can be a danger, although whether they can add a goal to that threat remains to be seen."

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports:HALF-TIME- CFR CLUJ 1-1 MAN UTD

    "Sir Alex Ferguson will be far from happy with Manchester United's first half showing. While United have recovered from that early setback, problems remain: they lack width, penetration and guile and the attacking triumvirate of Rooney, Van Persie and Hernandez simply hasn't sparked."

  77. 2033: 

    In League One, struggling Coventry are leading promotion hopefuls MK Dons 1-0, with Richard Wood's goal putting them on target for a first home win of the season as things stand.

    AFC Wimbledon have turned things around at Oxford United in League Two. Jake Forster-Caskey gave the U's a ninth-minute lead before AFC Wimbledon hit back to lead with goals from Byron Harrison and Jim Fenlon. Oxford United have lost their last six games in succession and it is not looking great for them to end that run as things stand.

  78. 2033: 

    The goals are starting to fly in through the Football League as half time approaches. Championship leaders Brighton are losing 1-0 at second-bottom Ipswich, with Daryl Murphy heading home. Consequently it is Cardiff who are top as things stand after Craig Bellamy slid in to put them ahead against Birmingham.

    Elsewhere, Anthony Knockaert's stunning 30-yard strike means Leicester lead 1-0 at Huddersfield while Bolton are 1-0 up against Leeds at the Reebok Stadium, with Kevin Davies scoring for the Trotters.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Manchster United have got away with it in this first half. They started very poorly. They have had the best part of possession, but they've got away with it and they might just have saved themselves from the half-time hairdryer.

    "If I were Sir Alex Ferguson, and I'm not going to tell him what to do, but I would be tempted to bring in Shinji Kagawa or Nani at half-time as a way to bring a bit of width into the side."

  80. 2031: 
  81. 2031: 
  82. 2031: 

    We are into added time at the end of the first half in Cluj and in Copenhagen too. FC Nordsjaelland are ending the first 45 minutes on the attack but, as has happened so often tonight, their pretty passing football flounders on the edge of the Chelsea area.


    Joel Sparks on Twitter: "The talk of formations is utterly pointless. Spain won the Euros using 4-6-0! It's good players, not formations, that win games."

    Alex Gilmore on Twitter: "Said it since start of season but do any United fans still think they are not short of two central midfielders (never mind the defence)?"

    Rory Boyle on Twitter: "Evra isn't in this tonight at all. Time to start maturing Buttner I feel!"

  84. 2030: 

    Here come United again, with Wayne Rooney stooping to steer a Rafael cross wide. Cluj are sticking to their guns and playing on the break but that tactic hasn't worked for them since Modou Sougou was forced off injured.

    Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, Chelsea should be 2-0 up. Fernando Torres is played in by Oscar but Jesper Hansen rushes off his line to lock.

  85. 2027: 

    Shouts for a United penalty as Tom Cleverley goes to ground under challenge from Matias Aguirregaray as he looks to latch on to a loose ball from a corner. Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco has a good luck but nothing doing.

  86. 2024: 

    Chelsea haven't had much defending to do tonight but it was important that Gary Cahill was on his toes and got to Kasper Lorentzen's cross from the right before Mikkel Beckmann. This is a decent spell from FC Nordsjaelland and Patrick Mtiliga has just brought a low save from Petr Cech too. Five minutes to go until the break.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was fortunate for Manchester United that Modou Sougou went off, because he was giving them problems when he went up against Patrice Evra. The Cluj plan is to let United have the ball. drop deep and play on the break. Now United have got the goal, it might just get them off the hook. They look a little bit more relaxed."

  88. 2020: 

    United have not stopped attacking since they drew level and they have just tested Mario Felgueiras again. Javier Hernandez's pass finds Robin van Persie's angled run into the area and his fierce drive is kept out by the Cluj keeper's legs.


    Edward Quinn on Twitter: "RVP! Soft goal, what the Cluj defence were doing I dunno, but I'll take it...a goal's a goal. Time for more goals."

    Tom Joy on Twitter: "Fed up with seeing people moan about the United selection and formation - what right does any human have to doubt Fergie?"

    Nick Searing on Twitter: "If I didn't know better, I'd say Van Persie is carrying this United team!"

  90. 2019: 

    In the other match in Chelsea's group, Alex Teixeira opens the scoring for Shakhtar Donetsk at Juventus only for the hosts to hit straight back through Leonardo Bonucci.

    There is an interesting development in Manchester United's group as Braga, unbeaten in six matches on their travels, go ahead at Galatasaray through Ruben Micael.

    And do we have a Group F shock on our hands in Belarus? Aleksandr Pavlov slots home to put BATE Borisov in front against four-time champions Bayern Munich.

  91. 2018: 
    GOAL- FC NORDSJAELLAND 0-1 CHELSEA - Juan Mata (33 mins)

    Apologies to fans of FC Nordsjaelland because my last entry was the kiss of death for them. Enoch Adu is caught in possession by Fernando Torres, who feeds Frank Lampard. With the Danes' defence nowhere, Lampard in turn slides the ball across the area for Juan Mata to coolly slot home and put Chelsea ahead.

  92. 2017: 

    FC Nordsjaelland made a decidedly nervous start against Chelsea but they have settled down now and are coming into things more and more in Copenhagen. The Danes are not creating much but, at the moment, neither are the Blues. Still 0-0 with half-an-hour gone.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was a very good ball in from Wayne Rooney, but it's definitely not a clean header, and the defending could have been better. But United have got themselves back into it."

  94. 2013: 
    GOAL- CFR CLUJ 1-1 MAN UTD - Robin van Persie (29 mins)

    Cluj had defended well... until this happened. They give away a needless free-kick on the left and, when Wayne Rooney flights it into the area, Robin van Persie is all alone to meet it. The ball comes off his shoulder rather than his head but the Dutch striker won't care because it loops over Mario Felgueiras and under the bar. United are level.


    Nathan Wood on Twitter: "Evra is really starting to show a rapid decline in his performances... Time to move on maybe?"

    Tom Wallin on Twitter: "Evra is so so poor and off the pace this season. Shouldn't be anywhere near the side."

    Prashant Shah on Twitter: "The diamond formation just doesn't work in modern football. Football is about fluidity and 4-3-3 now, à la Barca."

  96. 2013: 

    Cluj's approach of letting United advance to the edge of their area seems foolish to me but it is working at the moment - they are keeping Sir Alex Ferguson's men at arm's length as they look to protect their 1-0 lead. I'm going to keep saying United need to watch the Romanians on the break too, because they definitely do.

  97. 2010: 

    Peterborough lost their first seven games of the Championship season but won at Hull on Saturday and are now 2-0 up at Barnsley. George Boyd opened the scoring in the second minute before Tyrone Barnett scored a second a few minutes later. Elsewhere, Blackpool are 1-0 up at Hull with Matt Phillips scoring from Isaiah Osbourne's cutback.

    In League One, leaders Tranmere, who have picked up 21 points from 27 so far this season are losing 1-0 at Scunthorpe with Karl Hawley firing home from close range on 15 minutes.

  98. 2009: 
    SUBSTITUTION- CFR Cluj's Luis Alberto for Modou Sougou

    Patrice Evra won't be sorry to see the back of Modou Sougou, who has limped off with a hamstring injury - he also got a little kick in the head by Evra too. Luis Alberto is on for Cluj.

  99. 2007: 

    Those early Chelsea chances have dried up a bit of late but Fernando Torres has just forced a smart block by Jesper Hansen after running on to a poor back header by FC Nordsjaelland defender Ivan Runje.

  100. 2006: 

    Again, United come down the middle and, again, they go pretty close. Tom Cleverley plays in Robin van Persie who turns to fizz a first-time shot a couple of inches wide.


    Karl Adams on Twitter: "This United team wouldn't have necessarily beaten Spurs. Cluj already exploited extra space out wide and they don't have Bale."

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "This diamond formation isn't working. Fed up of Fergie's team selections. No width in the team whatsoever."

    Charles Kasote Jr on Twitter: "Ferdinand past it. Evra forgotten it. Evans never had it. Rafael doesn't know what it is. Pathetic."

  102. 2004: 

    Anderson's turn to have a pop for United, but his placed effort - from a similar range to Wayne Rooney's - flies just wide. United's formation might be attacking but they are lacking their usual width in attack at the moment - there is not much coming from them down either flank.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I hate to say it, but Manchester United defensively looked really, really poor. Sougou showed Evra a clean pair of heels there. It was too easy. It happened on Saturday as well. As a full-back, if your opponent is going to beat you for pace, you have to check them. Give a foul away on the touchline, it's not an issue. Once they are past you, then you are in trouble. But when the ball comes into the box, United have got to be tighter than they were on Kapetanos."

  104. 2002: 

    Not much of a response from United yet... until Wayne Rooney picks up the ball. He is playing behind the front two tonight and fires in a bouncing shot from the edge of the area that is pushed away by a diving Mario Felgueiras. Cluj still lead 1-0.


    From Jake Cutler, via text on 81111: "Would have started Kagawa over Cleverley. Kagawa more accomplished and a better asset to the side."

  106. 2001: 

    Chelsea's turn to make a mistake at the back, allowing FC Nordsjaelland have their first shot on goal. Ashley Cole gives the ball away and Joshua John lets fly from about 30 yards out instead of running into the area. It was a long way high and wide and goes down as a bit of a waste.

  107. 2000: 

    Barcelona have won their last six Champions League group phase matches - a record for them at this stage - and the Spaniards are already on course to make it seven in Lisbon.

    They have taken an early lead against Benfica through Alexis Sanchez's close-range finish from a low left-wing cross by Lionel Messi.

    The goal is good news for Celtic, who won at Spartak Moscow earlier this evening to move top of Group G. Bearing in mind that Barca are favourites to win the group, Neil Lennon's men would welcome a defeat for Benfica.

  108. 1958: 
    GOAL- CFR CLUJ 1-0 MAN UTD - Pantelis Kapetanos (14 mins)

    Uh-oh. Cluj's first attack ends in a goal as United's defence are opened up at the first attempt. A peach of a crossfield pass releases Modou Sougou down the right and his pull-back is swept home by Pantelis Kapetanos, who had found an awful lot of space in the box.


    Adam Palmer on Twitter: "Looks like United are playing a 4-4-2 diamond. Never been a fan of that formation."

    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Good to see Rooney playing in what I believe is his most influential position. He's one of the best number 10s in the world."

    Paul Valente on Twitter: "Misfiring Chelsea? Is Mick Gaskin for real?"

  110. 1955: 

    Chelsea go close again and we have seen this finish a few times before. Juan Mata feeds Frank Lampard on the edge of the area and his shot is only just off target. Still 0-0 in Denmark at the moment, though.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It looks as if Cluj have realised that they can try to hit United on the break. Player for player they don't have United's quality, but they know they are vulnerable. United are so narrow at the moment. It's almost playing into Cluj's hands."

  112. 1954: 

    United are still seeing more of the ball, and in the opposition half too, but they have not really opened Cluj up yet. Sir Alex Ferguson's men are showing plenty of patience against a side which are defending deep and in numbers, but remember the Romanians love a quick counter-attack.

  113. 1948: 

    Another Chelsea chance, and they should really be ahead. Oscar's cleverly chipped cross finds Victor Moses running in at the back post to meet it at point-blank range but Jores Okore somehow gets back and does just enough to put Moses off... he nods against the woodwork when a goal looked a certainty. The pair clashed heads as well, but they are both fine to continue. How long can FC Nordsjaelland hold out?


    Mark Weatherby on Twitter: "United's line up against Cluj would have easily beaten Spurs."

    Tom Warwick on Twitter: "Have a feeling that Oscar will shine again for Chelsea tonight. Lets hope the rest of the team doesn't let him down again like against Juve."

    Mick Gaskin on Twitter: "Misfiring Chelsea really needs the new guys to step up tonight. A win is a must."

  115. 1948: 

    A first scare for that 'dodgy' United defence, after a mistake by Rio Ferdinand. Cluj force a corner which skids off the head of Darren Fletcher and flies narrowly wide.

  116. 1948: 

    United have enjoyed most of the possession at the Dr Constantin Radulescu Stadium so far, as have Chelsea at the the Parken Stadium. The Blues have just had their first effort on goal of the night too, after the Danes gave the ball away, but Oscar dragged his shot wide from just inside the box.

  117. 1945: 

    We are under way in Copenhagen, and in Cluj too.

  118. 1945: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson speaking before kick-off in Romania: "Cluj are a very good side. Their record here is very impressive - they have beaten Roma, Basel and drew 0-0 at Chelsea.

    "They will counterattack, that is their strongest point. We need to start well, a bad one would be a disaster. But hopefully we can take ourselves forward from Saturday. The second half performance was our best of the season but we need to build on that.

    "It is a big night for Darren Fletcher but as he showed last Wednesday he is ready for it. I didn't use him on Saturday simply because of tonight - he is going to be a big player for us."

  119. 1944: 

    The Cluj fans have unveiled a huge flag reading 'Transylvania - this is where we live, this is where we belong'. Not quite 'Welcome to the Hell' in terms of intimidation but still an impressive sight.

  120. 1943: 

    It's anthem time in Copenhagen and Cluj, which means kick-off is only moments away.

  121. 1943: 

    An enormous amount of precipitation has fallen on the nation today so I am not surprised that two games have fallen foul of the weather. Bury's League Two clash against Carlisle has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Gigg Lane, while just in the last few minutes the call was made to call off Accrington's home game with Rotherham following a late pitch inspection. My sympathies to all travelling fans affected in both those fixtures.


    From Yusuf in Leicester, via text on 81111: "I know the focus of the night is on the Champions League games tonight but gotta cheer my home town on. C'mon Leicester City!"

  123. 1936: 

    Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has been speaking about his team selection ahead of kick-off in Copenhagen, and he also stresses the need to avoid any complacency in what, on paper at least, appears a huge mis-match.

    "Victor Moses gives us something different with width, Frank Lampard adds lots of experience and Gary Cahill plays well whenever he is in the side," Di Matteo said. "We have to be focused and try to win this game."

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "In terms of United's attacking players tonight, I would put Javier Hernandez through the middle and have Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie slightly wider backing him up, with Tom Cleverley behind them, almost like a diamond."


    Mark in Essex, via text on 81111: "United cannot play with wingers if RVP and Rooney are up top. Rooney needs to come wide if they do."


    Tommy Thomson on Twitter: "I wish the lad well, but Fletcher never was, and never will be the answer to United's midfield problems."

    Animesh Kishore on Twitter: "Re: Sean Wilson - For the record, United did deal with Bayern and Barca on the way to lifting the cup in 1999."

    Jamie Maxwell on Twitter: "He's Greek, he's green, looks like the guy from Queen, Samaras, Samaras!"

  127. 1933: 

    To continue the 'giants versus minnows' theme that makes tonight feel a little bit like the third round of the FA Cup, CFR Cluj just sound happy to be playing Manchester United. The Romanian side's manager told BBC Sport's Shamoon Hafez: "It is an honour to play against a team like United.

    "It is not about the fact that we were excited about this fixture or not, it's all about the fact that we are going to play against a great team, maybe the biggest team which exists."

  128. 1931: 

    It's safe to say that Chelsea are expected to continue their defence of their European title with a straightforward win in Copenhagen tonight, especially seeing as their opponents are also on unfamiliar territory away from their home stadium. Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech is not taking anything for granted, though: "We know that it's not going to be easy, but we have come for have three points."


    Peter Hutton on Twitter: "Very good United team tonight, including the bench. Best team sheet for a while."

    James Ash on Twitter: "Interesting tactics from Man Utd tonight... No wingers!! Why risk playing outside the lines?"

    Jonathan Pitt on Twitter: "I reckon that BATE Borisov will beat Bayern Munich and CFR Cluj v Man Utd will be a 2-2 draw. York City will win 2-0."

    CFR CLUJ v MAN UTD (19:45 BST)

    You already know that Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez all start for Manchester United against Romanian champions Cluj. Elsewhere, David de Gea is recalled in goal, while Anderson, Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley will play in central midfield.

    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Anderson and Darren Fletcher will play as holding midfielders for Manchester United tonight. That's the key for them tonight. If they can stop Cluj runing into that area, and force them out wide, they won't have as many problems.

    "United were so open at the weekend. Anderson is a strong determined player. Fletcher's not 100 per cent fit, but he's a strong determined player too."


    From Sean Wilson, via text on 81111: "Fantastic result for Celtic! Do Man Utd ever get a hard group?"


    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "Deserved start for Moses. First goalscorer I reckon!"

    Jack Finnamore on Twitter: "Very attacking team for Chelsea tonight. Might concede a goal but should score plenty."

    Robert McConnell on Twitter: "Bit nervous about tonight's game, hope we can outscore the opposition! #MUFC


    CFR Cluj-Napoca: Mario Felgueiras, Sepsi, Cadu, Rada, Ivo Pinto, Sougou, Aguirregaray, Muresan, Camora, Bastos, Kapetanos. Subs: Stancioiu, Diogo Valente, Nicoara, Maftei, Piccolo, Bjelanovic, Luis Alberto.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Cleverley, Anderson, Fletcher, Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Nani, Welbeck, Powell, Kagawa, Buttner, Wootton.

    Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)


    FC Nordsjaelland: Hansen, Parkhurst, Okore, Runje, Mtiliga, Adu, Stokholm, Lorentzen, Nordstrand, John, Beckmann. Subs: Villadsen, Christiansen, Christensen, Gundelach, Laudrup, Ticinovic, Petry Andersen.

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Oscar, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Mikel, Hazard, Terry, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.

    Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Croatia)


    Michael Jamieson, an Olympic 200m breaststroke silver medallist at London 2012, has taken to Twitter to express his delight at Celtic's win: "CCCCEEELLLLTTIIC!! :) playing some great football! Congrats to the Bhoys."

  137. 1915: 

    You can hear more from Ian Dennis if you tune into 5 live now. He will be providing live commentary of Manchester United's trip to CFR Cluj with Mark Pougatch, with former England defender Danny Mills the match summariser.

    David Oates is in Denmark to bring you updates on Chelsea's visit to Nordsjaelland and there are also 5 live reporters at the Championship matches between Bolton-Leeds, Cardiff-Birmingham, Wolves-Crystal Palace and Brighton-Ipswich. The latter is available as a live commentary on 5 live sports extra from 19:30 BST."

    Ian Dennis at the Dr Constantin Radulescu Stadium, BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "It's an interesting team selection from Sir Alex Ferguson, who last night raised concerns about his defence, because the back four has been retained. I am sure that the defence will benefit from the continuity. There's no natural width in that 11. But it's the first time Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie start together."


    Chelsea make three changes from the win at Arsenal on Saturday. Captain John Terry is back from a two-game ban after his sending off against Barcelona last season but he is a substitute as he is replaced by centre-back Gary Cahill. Winger Victor Moses and midfielder Frank Lampard also start as Eden Hazard and John Mikel Obi drop to the bench.

    FC Nordsjaelland recall fit-again forward Mikkel Beckmann. Andreas Laudrup - the son of Swansea manager Michael Laudrup - is on the bench.

  140. 1907: 

    Kasper Hjulmand, FC Nordsjaelland's 40-year-old manager, has not exactly been talking his team's chances up, saying "We are massive underdogs.

    "It is against the defending champions, they are number one in the Premier League and extremely good and hard to score agains. They are one of the best teams in the world and it's a huge test for us."

    But you get the feeling they are going to give it a real go against the Blues, despite having to play the tie at the the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen because their own ground in Farum (capacity 10,100) is too small. "We believe in ourselves and the things we do," Hjulmand added. "We look forward to the game and we are going after it all."

    Mandeep Sanghera reports:FC NORDSJAELLAND v CHELSEA (19:45 BST)

    "Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo talked about the "fantastic story" of FC Nordsjaelland's achievements but he will not want his Champions League holders to slip up in Copenhagen tonight and create a new chapter for them under the heading of 'giantkilling'.

    Nordsjaelland are in their first season in the Champions League and playing on home soil for the first time in the competition. It's not their usual Farum Park ground though as their games in the Champions League have been switched to Denmark's national stadium in Copenhagen."

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith:CFR CLUJ v MAN UTD (19:45 BST)

    "Sir Alex Ferguson has talked about having "plenty of concerns" before this game and he wasn't just referring to the absence of Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes. The 3-2 defeat Spurs on Saturday was the third time in eight matches this season that Manchester United have conceded at least twice.

    "Cluj, like Tottenham, are a team who like to attack on the break and although their captain Cadu, says his team only a "10 per cent" chance of winning, they will sense an opportunity. Going back to the start of last season, Unitedy have won 12, drawn five and lost eight of 25 matches in Europe. Cluj remain outsiders, however. In their last Champions League match against Braga, they allowed their Portuguese opponents 35 shots but somehow managed to keep a clean sheet, while scoring twice from four shots on target. A similar smash and grab raid may be required tonight."

  143. 1903: 

    Things are not quite so open in League One, with unbeaten Tranmere capable of going six points clear at the top, if they win at an improving Scunthorpe and results elsewhere go in their favour.

    Gillingham could do likewise in League Two but will first need to overcome a Northampton side that has yet to taste defeat at home this season.

  144. 1903: 

    There is pretty much a full programme of Football League matches tonight and in the Championship any one of six teams could feasibly go top of the standings.

    Brighton are the team in first place at the moment and they will look to get back to winning ways when they host struggling Ipswich. Following five successive wins, the Seagulls suffered a surprise home defeat to Birmingham at the weekend and they will see tonight's game as the perfect chance to bounce straight back.

    Ipswich are struggling and have managed just one win all season. Another defeat will undoubtedly put further pressure on manager Paul Jewell.

    Second-place Cardiff will look to maintain their 100% home record when they host Lee Clark's Birmingham, while fifth place Leicester travel to Championship newcomers Huddersfield, who are one place and one point below them.


    From Jason in Portsmouth, via text on 81111: "Very attacking line-up United have gone with. Let's hope the defence holds strong."


    Barry Pakenham on Twitter: "Re: Scholes' replacement, Sir Alex Ferguson's had someone lined up for years - Wayne Rooney. More than good enough to drop back to midfield."

    Aman Sheth on Twitter: "So United are playing without a single winger. Weird."

    Brendan Bennett on Twitter: "I don't know why, but as a United fan, I am quite nervous about tonight's game."

  147. 1902: 

    While busy concentrating on their own games tonight, Manchester United and Chelsea might also have half an eye on the other fixture in their respective groups.

    United edged past Galatasaray in the opening round of matches but the Turkish champions will expect to register their first Group H points when they host SC Braga.

    Having claimed a deserved draw at Chelsea two weeks ago, Juventus could replace Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of Group E if they can beat the Ukrainian side in Turin.

    Elsewhere, a win for Bayern Munich at BATE Borisov will take them to the Group F summit and fellow four-time champions Barcelona, top of Group G, travel to Benfica.

  148. 1901: 

    So one win for a British side already tonight, but will we be celebrating two more by the end of the evening?

    With his riches up front and problems in defence you can hardly blame Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson for thinking that attack is the best form of defence against CFR Cluj, but has he got it right in Romania?

    Andreas Laudrup, the only Nordsjaelland player I namechecked, is only on the bench for the Danes tonight but are Chelsea on course for a cruise in Copenhagen?

    Questions, questions, questions. Tweet the commentary with your answers using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text me on 81111. Make sure you PUT YOUR NAMES on those texts, though, because otherwise I can't use 'em.

  149. 1857: 

    Celtic's away record in the Champions League before tonight? One draw in 20 games. It's now one win, one draw and 19 defeats. Next up? a trip to the Nou Camp... easy.

  150. 1855: 

    I was so excited I got the score wrong before. But Celtic have done it, the final whistle goes in Moscow, and the Hoops' Champions League away-day hoodoo is over.

  151. 1852: 
    GOAL- SPARTAK MOSCOW 2-3 CELTIC - Georgios Samaras (90 mins)

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man. That uncut diamond Georgios Samaras has finally come good, popping up to steer home a precise header in Moscow, and put Celtic ahead in the last minute. The Greek striker would be an unlikely hero but the Scottish side might just have pinched their first away win in the Champions League for about 100 years (it was actually in the European Cup in 1986 against Shamrock Rovers)... only seconds to go.

  152. 1847: 
    CFR CLUJ v MAN UTD (19:45 BST)

    BREAKING: Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie start a game together for the first time in an attacking United line-up that also contains Javier Hernandez. Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans are in central defence.

  153. 1846: 

    BREAKING: Chelsea skipper John Terry is on the bench as he returns following his two-game European ban. Gary Cahill and David Luiz are at the heart of the Blues defence. Victor Moses starts, with Eden Hazard on the bench.

  154. 1845: 

    And what of FC Nordsjaelland, AKA the Wild Tigers? The best-known surname in their ranks belongs to Andreas Laudrup, son of Swansea boss and all-round footballing legend Michael. The Danes are looking for their first Champions League point in their history but then this is only their second game in the competition, and they looked quite a handy passing side in their defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk.

  155. 1843: 

    CFR Cluj are actually top of Group H, above United on goal difference, after beating Braga in their opening game. Their domestic form has been patchy but then Sir Alex Ferguson's men have hardly been in convincing form of late either, especially at the back.

    The Railwaymen's manager Ioan Andone spoke to BBC Sport this week about his side's prospects, and the bad news for Rio Ferdinand is that his pace (or lack of it) might be under scrutiny again at the Dr Constantin Radulescu Stadium. "A big skill of ours is the counter-attack play, because we have players with quick speed and quality on the wings," said Andone.

  156. 1841: 

    One of today's Champions League game is already under way (well, almost finished in fact), and it has been a real topsy-turvy affair between Spartak Moscow and Celtic. The Super Hoops led through a goal from Super Gary Hooper before the Russian side hit back to lead 2-1... but Dmitri Kombarov has just put through his own net to draw the Scots level. About 10 minutes left in Moscow.

  157. 1838: 

    Yep, Danish champions FC Nordsjaelland's first ever home group game in their debut season in the Champions League sees them host Chelsea tonight. Manchester United, meanwhile, are in deepest darkest Transylvania to take on Romania's finest, CFR Cluj.

    Unknown and unheralded is how you would sum up that pair (Nordjaelland and Cluj, not Chelsea and United) and, yes, a couple of away wins are what most people are expecting, but don't you go thinking this is going to be easy...

  158. 1835: 

    Evening all. The Champions League is all about glitz and glamour, right? Wrong. Europe's elite club competition has a far more earthier feel tonight, for the ties involving English sides anyway. We will get the same anthem before the games, but the opposition is a lot less familiar.

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