Champions League & Football League as it happened

Celtic are denied a draw by Barcelona, Man Utd come from behind to beat Braga and Chelsea lose at Shakhtar in the Champions League.

23 October 2012 Last updated at 22:22

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As it happened

  1. 2222: 

    It has been another dramatic night in the Champions League as Manchester United came from behind (again) to win, Chelsea were beaten in Donetsk and Celtic were denied a famous draw right at the very death in Barcelona. It has also been a cracking night in the Football League. You can read all the reports and reaction on this very website. I'll be back tomorrow for more action. I'll see thee.

  2. 2219:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Sport commentator Roddy Forsyth at Nou Camp for 5 live Sport:"Barcelona never gave up, and that is the point. They may be wonderfully skilled but they are also fully of resolution. Nevertheless, Celtic had their chances too. They were pressed back but they did give Barcelona two or three scares in the second half. Celtic will leave here bruised and battered, but not emotionally."


    Owen Houlihan on Twitter: "Love all those moaning that Celtic put 11 men behind the ball against Barca. Er, Chelsea last year anyone?"

    Da General on Twitter: "Celtic should still be proud of what they achieved, keeping Messi off the score sheet...!"

    Saqueeb Rajan on Twitter: "Fergie should start Hernandez ahead of Welbeck at the Bridge. The lad deserves it! What an innings today."

  4. 2213:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "As a midfield player I played at the back occasionally. You have to have a different head on, and you can't take any chances. But European teams do do it often and Michael Carrick has the stature."

  5. 2210: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "They were brave and stuck with what I asked them to do. They defended brilliantly and at times we looked dangerous on the counter-attack. Everybody had written us off but I knew of the quality of the character in the team. I look forward to doing it again in a couple of weeks. Forster was quality - top class. I think he'll go far in the game. We just needed to see it through."


    Arsenal's Johan Djourou tweets: "What a great effort from Celtic tonight. Very unlucky to be the losing team right at the end. Iniesta is pure class!"

  7. 2207: 

    Celtic are second in Group G with four points, five behind leaders Barcelona. The Scottish side are a point above third-place Spartak Moscow and three in front of bottom club Benfica.

  8. 2206: 

    In Group H, Manchester United's 100% win record mean they are top with nine points, five ahead of Cluj. Braga are third with three points while Galatasaray bring up the rear with a solitary point.

  9. 2205: 

    Shakhtar Donetsk now lead Group E with seven points following their 2-1 win over Chelsea. The Blues are second on four points with Juventus third (three points) and FC Nordsjaelland bottom (one point).

  10. 2204: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson on United's two-goal hero Javier Hernandez, who has had limited opportunities up front for his side this season: "He is improving all the time. He trains magnificently and he has great enthusiasm. I must stay he has got me thinking. I have got him, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, and I don't know what to do with them."

  11. 2202: 

    Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster: "It's a gut wrenching. Everybody's devastated. We had to defend on one more cross. We showed great spirit. I probably think we deserved a point from the game."

  12. 2202: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on his side's poor start to the game: "It's been the story of our season at home, starting badly and losing goals. We have had to rescue games and it is the front players doing that. We played some terrific football tonight but it is a concern losing the goals.

    Does he regret resting Rio Ferdinand? "No, we have to look at the big picture - Rio, his age and a big game against Chelsea on Sunday. Then we play Chelsea again in midweek (in the Capital One Cup) and Arsenal again on the Saturday. We have a massive programme and it is important to utilise the squad we have. We have got injuries and putting Michael Carrick back there is not the best but we had to do it."

  13. 2200: 

    Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson: "It's never over until final whistle. You need to concentrate more against these types of players. I did OK - the whole team defended very well. Our manager Neil Lennon is gutted more than anything. We matched them for long periods. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster is up there with England number one Joe Hart."

  14. 2158: 

    One thing that may have gone unnoticed among Manchester United's nerve-jangling comeback win over Braga is that Ryan Giggs added to his already impressive CV by coming on as a substitute to extend his record of having played in all of United's last 18 Champions League campaigns. This is a competition record.


    Mark at Old Trafford on 81111 on text: "Sixth comeback of the season and they're no fun anymore. What I'd give for a solid 1-0."

    Henry on 81111 on text: "Re Brendan Bennett (2135): I'm guessing winning the European Cup may just top an away draw in the group stages..."

    Brent in London on 81111 on text: "It's not cruel, Celtic haven't even had a go. It's been embarrassing. Cruel would be Barca not winning."

  16. 2151: 

    Chelsea defender David Luiz: "It was a difficult game. Shakhtar played well and deserved it. I don't know what happened. The Shakhtar players are intelligent and didn't give us any opportunities. Only in the last 15 minutes did we have good chances.

    "We didn't play well, it is a shock following some good performances in the Champions League. Congratulations to Shaktar. Sometimes you can't play well, tonight was that. Maybe we think now - Chelsea is a big club and we need a win."

  17. 2150: 

    Barcelona have tonight set a new club record of 18 home matches in Europe without defeat. They were last beaten by Rubin Kazan three years ago in October 2009. Barca have also won their 100th Champions League game tonight, from 174 matches. Sorry Celtic.

    Dan Walker, BBC Sport

    "It was a great display from Celtic which almost got a point. Yes it was 804 men behind the ball but that's not the point."

    Robbie Savage, BBC Sport

    "Celtic were fantastic. I feel so sorry for Lenny and company..."

  20. 2148:  
    John Murray, in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "I didn't think David Luiz had his best night this evening, though John Terry was solid. But Chelsea's front line just didn't fire together, whereas Shakhtar's strikers were stunning. They are a really good team to watch and you can see why they are doing so well this season. But Juventus drawing tonight is clearly a little glimmer for Chelsea."

  21. 2148: 

    Infostrada inform us that Manchester United have tonight become the second side in Champions League history to come from 2-0 down twice to win. Arsenal are the other team. They beat Standard Liege 2-3 in September 2009 and Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2 in September 2000.


    Aston Villa keeper Shay Given, who started his career at Celtic, tweets: "That was a kick in the teeth for everyone connected with Celtic - gutted for them all. Fraser Forster was on fire as well. Great saves."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "Man Utd showed great resilience after such a shocking start. Hernandez a big plus tonight."


    Martin McCleary on Twitter: "No! So cruel for Celtic."

    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "Re 2135: What type of night is it now Brendan?"

    Zach Kingsbury on Twitter: "Oh Celtic, I'm so sorry, I really am.... you were brilliant."

  25. 2141: 

    In Chelsea's group, Nordjaelland's first Champions League goal courtesy of Mikkel Beckmann gets the Danes off the mark and clips Juventus's wings in the process. The Old Lady remain third in the group, a point behind Roberto Di Matteo's side. Manchester United may be pleased to know that it finished 1-1 between Galatasaray and Cluj, despite the Romanian's having 10 men for most of the match. In Group F, Roberto Soldado's hat-trick earned Valencia a 3-0 win over Bate Borisov. And in the same group, Thomas Mueller's penalty for Bayern Munich was enough to beat Lille.

  26. 2139:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "Manchester United showed great resilience after such a shocking start to record a vital in. The performance of Javier Hernandez was the big plus for Sir Alex Ferguson as they move closer to qualification for the knockout stage."

  27. 2138:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Sport commentator Roddy Forsyth at Nou Camp for 5 live Sport:"Celtic's lead is rendered as nothing thanks to that goal. How heartbreaking for Celtic. That was just a wonderful performance by Neil Lennon and his players. Lennon will be so disappointed and his players will be gutted. Oh, how close Celtic came."

  28. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Barcelona 2-1 Celtic
  29. 2138:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Shakhtar deserved the win, though Chelsea gave it a go in the second half, especially late on. But Shakhtar's workrate was excellent and, if they get through to the knockout stages, they could be a real force to be reckoned with."

  30. 2136: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 2-1 Celtic - Jordi Alba (90+3 mins)

    So, so cruel on Celtic. Three minutes into injury time Barcelona break the hearts of Neil Lennon's side and their fans. Adriano's cross from deep swings over the Celtic defence and beats James Forrest to reach Jordi Alba at the back post and he is able to poke the ball in. I repeat: so, so cruel.

  31. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester United 3-2 Braga

    Trevor Stephenson on Twitter: "Forster what a hero. Newcastle see what you could have had if you just stuck with him."

    Cahal Dignan on Twitter: "28% possession, one corner and fewer passes than Xavi and Inestea. Only one stat counts though: one goal each. 'Mon the Hoops..."

    Brendan Bennett on Twitter: "Best night in Celtic's European history? It will be if they hold on for a few more minutes."

  33. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Chelsea
  34. 2134: 

    Three minutes of injury time at Old Trafford. Two minutes of it are already up. It looks like Manchester United have battled their way to another comeback win.

  35. 2133: 

    Ohhh! So close to a winner for Barcelona as David Villa's low drive from the edge of the box strikes the base of the post before diverting away from danger. It is the luck Celtic have earned for a superb defensive display.

  36. 2132: 

    Desperate defending from Celtic as Efe Ambrose dives in to prevent Jordi Alba's cross from the byline reaching a team-mate. The 90 minutes are up at the Nou Camp. Are Celtic about to claim a famous draw?

  37. 2131:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was fantastic by Ivanovic down the right hand side, bombing on then playing a ball in. Chelsea have got a chance now..."

  38. 2129: 
    GOAL- Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Chelsea - Oscar (88 mins)

    Hold on a sec. Maybe they're not heading for defeat. Quick as a flash they grab a goal back as Branislav Ivanovic tears round the back of the home defence down the left before crossing for Oscar to fire into the net. Can they salvage something from this?

  39. 2128: 

    Chelsea look to be heading for defeat in Donetsk. They have a free-kick from distance but David Luiz hammers it straight into the wall.

  40. 2127:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have had plenty of attention but this has been a real "don't forget about me" performance from Javier Hernandez."

  41. 2126: 

    Birmingham have completed a remarkable fightback at Championship rivals Millwall - to the pleasure of under-pressure boss Lee Clark. Marlon King has equalised for the Blues, who trailed 3-0 after just 18 minutes at the New Den. Goal machine Charlie Austin has put Burnley back ahead at Bristol City as he celebrates equalling a long-standing Clarets club record of scoring in eight successive matches. Watford have been pegged back to 1-1 at second-placed Cardiff, seconds after they were reduced to 10 men following Daniel Pudil's dismissal.

  42. 2126: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes at the Nou Camp and Celtic are holding on against Barcelona. It is no surprise to see the away players dropping with cramp. They've run themselves into the ground tonight.

  43. 2124: 

    Robin van Persie is given a chance to put the game beyond Braga as he has a clear sight of goal from an angle on the right but he blazes his shot over the bar.


    Christopher Hall on Twitter: "Tom Cleverley, take a bow son. What a cross! Great header to match. Now, hold on to this for the last 15..."

    Sunny Junejo on Twitter: "Hernandez couldn't have picked a better time to return from mediocrity."

    Tahir Majeed on Twitter: "That's why we say: learn to play the United way."

  45. 2123: 

    David De Gea nearly got his side in a lot of trouble there. His misplaced pass out is cut out by Eder but Braga are unable to capitalise before United's defence rally to spare their keeper's blushes.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "Hernandez again. Been really lively tonight. Whatever flaws United may currently have no-one can ever doubt their character."

  47. 2121: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester United - Ryan Giggs for Javier Hernandez

    No hat-trick for Hernandez but a 130th Champions League appearance for Ryan Giggs.

  48. 2121: 

    Shakhtar come within inches of making it 3-0 against Chelsea as Luiz Adriano's downward header bounces across goal and evades Tomas Hubschman as he tries to poke it in. Almost immediately down the other end, Eden Hazard darts in but is denied by a good save from Andriy Pyatov.

  49. 2119:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ian Dennis, Senior Football Reporter for BBC Radio 5 live, at Old Trafford:"That goal was all down to the cross from Cleverley. It was a beauty from the right-hand side - an arching, curling ball and Hernandez couldn't miss."

  50. 2117: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 3-2 Braga - Javier Hernandez (75 mins)

    Manchester United have turned the game right around. Javier Hernandez hasn't had as many chances as he'd like this season but he has seized this one. Tom Cleverley's cross finds the Mexican striker in space at the back post and he makes no mistake with a powerful header. I'm sure Sir Alex would rather his side don't have to keep coming from behind, but he'll be happy now.

  51. 2117: 

    Fraser Forster is having a blinder at the Nou Camp. Jordi Alba lifts the ball into the box for Alexis but his shot is saved by the legs of Forster. Soon after, Lionel Messi has a free header in the box but Forster claws away his goalbound effort.

  52. 2116:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "You just have to admire the way Shakhtar have played this evening. For all Chelsea's good start to the season this has been an excellent home performance and an all-round poor show from the visitors."

  53. 2116: 

    Chance for Eden Hazard in onetsk as he found in the box but his first-time shot from an angle on the right is saved by Andriy Pyatov.

  54. 2114: 

    Big chance for Nani at Old Trafford as Javier Hernandez crosses from left to right where the Portuguese is able to shoot at goal only to be denied by Braga keeper Beto.

  55. 2113: 

    Chelsea may be pushing for a foothold in the game in Donetsk but the home side remain a serious threat. Henrik Mkhitaryan turns and fires at goal only to be denied by a fingertip save from Petr Cech.

  56. 2112:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "The introduction of Nani has given Manchester United more width, pace and added impetus. The action is flowing all one way now - but Braga have already served notice of their threat."

  57. 2112: 

    Fraser Forster has just pulled off a superb save to keep the score 1-1 at the Nou Camp. Pedro's cross is met by Lionel Messi in the six yard box but Forster sticks out an arm to block the Argentine's goalbound effort. Brilliant.


    Joe Robinson on Twitter: "Jonny Evans you beautiful man!"

    Theo Kabala on Twitter: "If you could bottle and sell Man United's never-say-die attitude you would be a very rich man.

    Jonathan Middleton on Twitter: "Does anybody know if Fernando Torres is still registered as a professional footballer? Haven't seen him play for a while..."

  59. 2110: 

    Brighton spurn a golden opportunity to haul themselves back on level terms at Championship leaders Leicester. Ashley Barnes misses a second-half penalty after Will Buckley was fouled. Could a remarkable comeback be on the cards at the New Den? Birmingham were trailing 3-0 against Millwall, but have now reduced the deficit to 3-2 with about half an hour left. Bottom club Peterborough are still beating Huddersfield, though it is now 3-1, while Middlesbrough have edged ahead against a Hull side who have made the short trip up the east coast of Yorkshire.

  60. 2109: 

    All of a sudden things look a lot tighter in Chelsea's group. Mikkel Beckmann's free-kick has given bottom team Nordsjaelland a 1-0 lead over Juventus. In Group F, Valencia have extended their advantage over Bate Borisov with Roberto Soldado again on the scoresheet. The Spanish side are now two goals in front.

  61. 2109: 

    Chelsea are pushing with Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard leading the charge. The latter is hacked down for a dangerous free-kick on the right that leads to a corner. Jon Obi Mikel is given a sight of goal from the delivery but hooks his shot over from 12 yards.

  62. 2106:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ian Dennis, Senior Football Reporter for BBC Radio 5 live, at Old Trafford:"United were two goals down and now they have equalised. It was a scruffy goal and, although Jonny Evans doesn't score many, that is his second of the season."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "2-2. The force is with Man Utd now and Ferguson pumps his fists in relief."

  64. 2104: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 2-2 Braga - Jonny Evans (62 mins)

    The pressure has been building and finally United break the Braga door down. Robin van Persie's corner isn't the best but it finds its way through to Jonny Evans in the box and while his fluffs his first effort he is given a second chance to poke the ball into the net. The comeback is complete. Now can United go and win it? They've got plenty of time.

  65. 2103: 

    Tranmere's ambitions of extending their four-point advantage at the top of League One look to be in trouble. Doncaster striker Billy Paynter nets his third goal in four league games to put the visitors 1-0 ahead at Prenton Park. But, moments later, second-placed Stevenage concede an equaliser against Portsmouth. At the bottom, Bury are now 2-0 ahead in their crucial battle against fellow strugglers Hartlepool.

  66. 2102:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Shakhtar have had 17 attempts at goal and Chelsea a decent eight. That shows how open this game has been."

  67. 2102: 

    Barcelona remain on the front foot but Celtic have shown they are vulnerable on the break. After a home attack breaks down, Efe Ambrose charges forward and at one stage it is two on two, but a tackle from Javier Mascherano halts the move.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "Man Utd now applying pressure deep inside Braga's territory. A sense of momentum building."


    Pistol Pete on Twitter: "Shakhtar = Cat. Chelsea = Pigeons."

    Stu Thompson on Twitter: "Why hasn't Hernandez been played much this season? The guy is a ninja speed demon with super scoring shoes!"

    Jack Lovatt on Twitter: "I wonder how many City fans will name their next child Alan if the United score stays the same..."

  70. 2058: 

    Chelsea look to get back into the game quickly in Donetsk but Ramires' shot from range is saved by Andriy Pyatov.

  71. 2057:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea are in massive trouble now. That is the last thing they wanted, right at the start of the second half. The crowd are rocking. It's really worrying for Chelsea. They were two goals up against Juventus and ended up drawing 2-2. They need to come away to teams like Shakhtar and get results."

  72. 2056: 

    Celtic have a big chance to retake the lead at the Nou Camp but Efe Ambrose puts his header from Charlie Mulgrew's corner wide of goal. That would have re-released the cat among the pigeons.

  73. 2052: 
    GOAL- Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Chelsea - Fernandinho

    Chelsea are in big trouble now. Eden Hazard is robbed of possession in the centre circle by Fernandinho before Luiz Adriano carries the ball forward and lays off to the man who won the ball to lash home across Petr Cech. Superb goal. It puts pay to what had been a fairly bright start to the second half by Chelsea in emphatic fashion.

  74. 2052: 

    Juan Mata may be Chelsea's best chance of getting back into the game in Donetsk but he fails to test home keeper Andriy Pyatov with a shot that rises just over the bar.

  75. 2051: 

    Nani straight into the action for Manchester United with some footwork that earns his side a corner courtesy of a deflection. Jonny Evans rises to meet the corner but is beaten to the ball by Nuno Andre Coelho.

  76. 2049:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea don't really need to go for it straightaway in this second half. They need to be patient, get a feel on the ball, then attack in the latter stages. But a few players need to up their game."


    Opta Joe tweets: "Man Utd have won just one Champions League game that they have been two goals behind in - 3-2 v Juventus in April 1999."

  78. 2047: 

    We are back under way in games across Europe and Britain.

  79. 2046: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester United - Nani for Shinji Kagawa
  80. 2046: 

    Half-time whistles have been blown across the Championship. Frontrunners Leicester scored through Andy King after an early onslaught against Brighton and still hold their 1-0 advantage. Crystal Palace, in their first match without Dougie Freedman, are doing their best to forget about his departure as they lead at Barnsley. Derby have equalised at win-starved Ipswich, while Watford, Leeds, Millwall, Peterborough and Wolves enjoy advantages at the interval.

  81. 2045: 

    I think it is fair to say we're going to see some attacking action in the Champions League games featuring British sides after the break. Barcelona don't do anything else, Manchester United will be pressing for the points thus making themselves susceptible to the break at Old Trafford, while Shakhtar Donetsk have the bit between their teeth against Chelsea.

  82. 2041: 

    Valencia have taken a 1-0 lead over Group F leaders Bate Borisov on the stroke of half-time with Roberto Soldado converting a penalty after being felled by Marko Simic. In the same group, Bayern Munich are still 1-0 up against Lille. In Manchester United's group 10-man Cluj are a goal ahead of Galatasaray, which means they will join Sir Alex Ferguson's team on six points if the score remains the same. While in Chelsea's group it is goalless between Nordsjaelland and Juventus.

  83. 2039:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Sport commentator Roddy Forsyth at Nou Camp for 5 live Sport:"The start of the game was what you'd expect, Barca taking Celtic by the scruff of the neck and shaking around. But Celtic did get established and then scored their goal.

    "But where it went wrong for Celtic was when Samaras had to leave the field because of injury, and immediately Celtic looked more muted. And it was a wonderful combination by Barcelona's players for their equaliser.

    "Celtic certainly good value for the draw, but Barcelona will be buoyed by that goal just before half-time."

  84. 2038:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ian Dennis, Senior Football Reporter for BBC Radio 5 live, at Old Trafford: "United have not played well at all, not retaining any possession, particularly in the first 20 minutes. Braga look confident and because they have the lead they can continue to play their brand of counter-attacking football.

    "We have seen occasions, though, when the Rooney and Van Persie partnership has continued to blossom.

    "Michael Carrick could not be faulted for the first goal but he was certainly at fault for the second. If someone like Rio Ferdinand had been in that position he couldn't have allowed that cutback to happen."

  85. 2036:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Chelsea really need to change things at half-time. Maybe they need to add an extra man in midfield and leave Torres up front, just to make things more solid. If they concede another goal they will really be up against it. You have to say Shakhtar have been good value for their lead."

  86. 2034: 

    Preston's Nicky Wroe will be taking home the match ball after bagging a hat-trick inside 36 minutes at League One opponents Scunthorpe. Bury have drawn first blood in the big bottom-of-the-table clash against Hartlepool, while unbeaten Sheffield United lead Walsall. Wimbledon hold a commanding 3-0 lead against fellow League Two bottom-six side Bristol Rovers. Surprisingly, striker Byron Harrison, who has scored in each of his last four games, is yet to find the target.

  87. 2034:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "Javier Hernandez's goal has put Manchester United on an even keel after those two early goals from Alan - but that sloppy defending has left them playing catch-up here at Old Trafford."

  88. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Barcelona 1-1 Celtic
  89. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Manchester United 1-2 Braga
  90. 2033: 
    HALF-TIME- Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Chelsea

    Gregg Coull on Twitter: "Fergie needs to sort these slow starts to matches, going to seriously harm us throughout the season."

    Ayodeji Adeyemi on Twitter: "Carrick looks like a fish out of water in this centre-back role. Fergie must be punishing him for a training ground offence!"

    Loghun Kumaran on Twitter: "When's the last time United dominated a European game? We're starting to resemble England in Europe - simply not good enough."

  92. 2029: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 1-1 Celtic - Andres Iniesta (45 mins)

    That is a shame for Celtic but you have to applaud the Barcelona brilliance. They pick Celtic's stubborn defence apart with a superb move that sees Lionel Messi move the ball to Andres Iniesta, he play a one-two with Xavi before finishing low into the corner of the net. The timing of the goal is significant as well. Celtic have a second-half siege coming.

  93. 2029: 

    Celtic are putting in a shift and a half at the Nou Camp to keep Barcelona at bay. Play is pretty much exclusively in the Celtic half but the home side cannot find a way through. Neil Lennon has been forced into a change because of an injury to Giorgos Samaras, who is replaced by James Forrest.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "Never understood the assumption that Carrick will eventually make a fine central defender. Never seen a thing to suggest that might be true."

  95. 2026:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was a big save by Cech. It was the right height for him to push over the bar. Chelsea need to get their breath back, now they are back with some possession. This game is too open for the Blues at the moment. If it wasn't for Cech they would be three goals down. The likes on Mata and Hazard need to do more work defensively."


    BBC Scotland sport reporter Alasdair Lamont at Nou Camp: "Whatever the final outcome, this has been outstanding so far from Celtic."

  97. 2026: 

    Petr Cech is Chelsea's key player at the moment. He is keeping his side in the game in Donetsk. A corner causes chaos in the Chelsea box before Yaroslav Rakitskiy has a chance to swing a boot at the ball from just five yards out. Cech does superbly to instinctively claw the ball away.


    Sam on 81111 on text: "These frequent injuries could be the start of the end for Lampard..."

    Max from Reigate on 81111 on text: "Nigel, don't flatter Chelsea (1957). Donetsk won the Uefa Cup in 2009 and got to play Barcelona in last year's Champions League quarters. And you think this is their biggest game ever?"

    Danny in Glasgow on 81111 on text: "Any chance of giving it a rest with the 'Oh my God Celtic have scored' stuff? Celtic have a decent record against Barcelona including beating them at home and drawing in Nou Camp."

  99. 2024: 

    Chelsea coming under pressure again in Donetsk. Henrik Mkhitaryan holds the ball up in the box before slamming a shot on target that Petr Cech has to tip over.

  100. 2023: 

    Manchester United are a bit unlucky. Wayne Rooney slips a pass in for Shinji Kagawa, who then squares the ball for Javier Hernandez to tap into an open net. The flag is up for offside against Kagawa, though, but replays suggest he wasn't.

  101. 2020: 

    Since the Celtic goal, Barcelona have only had a couple of opportunities, the best being an Adriano shot that Fraser Forster held with ease. The ball is not sticking up front for the Scottish side, though, so they are under increasing pressure. It is going to have to be one hell of a rearguard action from Neil Lennon's side.

  102. 2018: 

    It is similarly entertaining at Old Trafford where Manchester United are pushing for an equaliser. Robin van Persie's cross from the left just narrowly evades the outstretched boot of Javier Hernandez in the box.

  103. 2017: 

    End to end stuff at the Donbass Arena. Fernando Torres was put through by a delightful pass by Ramires only for Pyatov to snuff out the danger. At the other end Willian is running the show for Shakhtar, twice going close with shots of his own before picking out Darijo Srna with another laser-guided pass, only for the Croatian full back to see his piercing shot blocked by John Terry. Cracking game this.

  104. 2016: 

    In Manchester United's group, Cluj have taken a 1-0 lead against Galatasaray thanks to a Dany Nounkeu own goal but minutes later they are down to 10 men after Matias Aguirregaray receives a second yellow card. Meanwhile in Group F, Thomas Mueller's penalty puts Bayern Munich 1-0 up against Lille after Philipp Lahm was brought down by Lucas Digne.


    Peter Cumming on Twitter: "Hernadez! The comeback has started..."

    Nitin Aggarwal on Twitter: "If Celtic take this scoreline to half time I believe they deserve at least half the points."

    Jake Lehrle-Fry on Twitter: "Why keep Rio on the bench if you don't have two centre-backs on the pitch? Seems like Sir Alex's European cockiness is back."

  106. 2016:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "The first 25 minutes have confirmed what plenty have suspected from watching Manchester United this season - plenty of goals at both ends. Javier Hernandez has woken United up but Braga were barely able to believe how easy it was to pierce this reshuffled defence."

  107. 2015: 

    Braga aren't being shy at Old Trafford. They pour forward again and the home side are slow to react as Alan lines up a shot from the edge of the box. Fortunately, for Manchester United he hammers it wide.

  108. 2014: 

    Plenty of Championship goals are already flying in. Millwall are leading the way as they race into an early 3-0 advantage against shell-shocked Birmingham through ex-Blue Chris Wood's brace and Chris Taylor. Managerless Crystal Palace are shrugging off Dougie Freedman's departure by gaining an early advantage at Barnsley, while Bolton, the club he is expected to take over, are winning at Wolves. And Charlie Austin continues his hot streak with a remarkable 12th goal in his last seven games as Burnley are level 1-1 at Bristol City.


    Opta Joe tweets: "Manchester United have now conceded at least two goals in five of their last seven home games in European competition."

  110. 2010: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 1-2 Braga - Javier Hernandez (25 mins)

    Manchester United are back in business. Javier Hernandez is well-placed in the box to give his side a lifeline by diving to head home Shinji Kagawa's cross. Fair play to the referee as well. He could have blown for a foul on Robin van Persie on the edge of the box but allowed play to carry on and United took full advantage.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "And that is 2-0 to Braga. Alan again. Shocking marking and in at De Gea's near post. Man Utd shoddy and looking complacent. Not any more."


    Paul Williams on Twitter: "I'm the twitter equivalent of speechless!"

    Grant Heath on Twitter: "So happy for Celtic, doing Scotland proud!"

    Ryan Clarke on Twitter: "Well this is just ridiculous... No-one would have expected these scorelines 20 minutes ago."

  113. 2009: 

    So, to recap... Manchester United losing 2-0 at home to Braga. Chelsea losing 1-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk. Celtic winning. At Barcelona!

  114. 2008:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'm enjoying the movement from Shakhtar's midfield players. I am very impressed with the way they are holding the ball, and they are looking to exploit any gaps that emerge between Luiz and Terry. Chelsea really do have a game on their hands here, and they could do with being a little more positive."

  115. 2007: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea - Eden Hazard for Frank Lampard

    A substitution to catch up on after both those goals. Lampard was replaced by Hazard.

  116. 2007:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Losing Frank Lampard is a big loss for Chelsea. They needed the experienced player tonight, and don't forget Frank missed the England internationals as well."

  117. 2005: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 0-2 Braga - Alan (20 mins)

    Well, well, well, Manchester United are in big trouble now. Apparently, the way Braga play with just Eder up front should suit Michael Carrick according to Sir Alex Ferguson. Well, Carrick has just been skinned down the left byline by Eder, who picks out Alan for a superb finish into the bottom corner. United have a mountain to climb.

  118. 2002: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 0-1 Celtic - Giorgos Samaras

    Would you believe it?! Celtic lead! Charlie Mulgrew's free-kick from the right is swung into the corridor of uncertainty and headed into the net by Giorgos Samaras via the back of Javier Mascherano. Barca boss Tito Vilanova said he was worried about the Scottish side's aerial threat. That's why. The shock is on.

  119. 2002: 

    Willian is building a fair reputation for himself at Shakhtar and you can see why. The midfielder nips inside before blazing a shot just over the bar. More bad news for Chelsea. Frank Lampard hits the turf with nobody near him and he is going to have to go off.

  120. 1959: 

    Manchester United dominating possession at Old Trafford but Braga continue to frustrate them. Robin van Persie crosses from the right into the box for Shinji Kagawa but the Japanese player cannot get enough control on his header, which drifts behind.

  121. 1958:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ian Dennis, Senior Football Reporter for BBC Radio 5 live, at Old Trafford: "Braga still have the lead and have just flashed another shot wide. United are yet to test the visitor's goalkeeper."

  122. 1957:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "I watched the teams warming up before kick-off and Shakhtar really had the bit between their teeth. This is probably the biggest game in their history tonight, hosting the Champions League champions."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "Technological meltdown the instant Alan scored for Braga. Not that much of a shock the way Man Utd have been defending this season."

  124. 1957: 

    No real sign of a Chelsea response yet in Donetsk. Oscar has a shot from range but it is easily gathered by Andriy Pyatov.


    Tom Castle on Twitter: "Wow, who would have wagered that it would Celtic as the only one still holding the clean sheet after three minutes?"

    Tim Leverett on Twitter: "Well that's the usual 1-0 down for United. Now we can start playing..."

    Michael Kerr on Twitter: "Braga are hoofing the ball clear already!"

  126. 1955: 

    Celtic are doing OK at the Nou Camp. Barcelona are making most of the running, though, as you'd expect. A ball from Jordi Alba from the left is aimed towards Pedro in the box but he just fails to get a touch from four yards out.

  127. 1953:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was from Shakhtar's first attack. Chelsea didn't defend that throw-in well and it was an easy finish past Petr Cech. John Terry couldn't do much about that but the defending in front of him, from David Luiz, wasn't the best.

    "That is a shame, because Chelsea had started very well. Now Chelsea have fallen behind they need to remain calm and patient. There is a long, long way left in this game and in this competition."

  128. 1953: 

    It couldn't have started much worse for England in Europe tonight but there is a long way to go. As you'd expect, Manchester United are responding to Braga's early goal by going on the attack. Their final delivery is repeatedly poor, though.

  129. 1948: 
    GOAL- Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Chelsea - Alex Teixeira (3 mins)

    Shakhtar complete a horror minute for English sides in Europe. A shot from range is blocked by John Terry to appeals of handball, but the home side do not dwell and Alex Teixeira takes a touch before finishing low past Petr Cech. Who would have thought Celtic would be the only British not behind in the Champions League at this stage of the night?

  130. 1947: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 0-1 Braga - Alan (2 mins)

    90 seconds in and Manchester United are behind. How many times have United fallen behind this season? I'll tell you. It is eight times in 12 games. The home side never fully cleared from the early corner and Hugo Viana's cross is headed into the bottom corner by Alan.

  131. 1947: 

    Braga force an early corner as Eder nips in ahead of Michael Carrick before deflecting the ball off the makeshift centre-back. Fortunately for the home side Alan's corner is dire and cleared at the near post by Robin van Persie.

  132. 1945: 

    Manchester United v Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea, Barcelona v Celtic and a whole load of Football League fixtures are under way. Games on.

  133. 1944: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, speaking before kick-off at Old Trafford: "I think Braga are better away from home. Some of their away form when they got to the Europa League final in 2011 was good, and of course they went to Turkey and beat Galatasaray, which is never an easy thing. We have to be aware of them on the counter-attack, because they have some very good players in their team.

    On using Michael Carrick at centre-back in the absence of the rested Rio Ferdinand: "Michael has played there a few times, and this is a different game - it's not an English-type game. The way Braga play, with Eder on his own up front, should suit Michael down to the ground."

  134. 1942:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Henrik Larsson, who served both Celtic and Barcelona with such distinction, on 5 live Sport: "I'm not surprised by how well Celtic have done so far. I think they have done an excellent job. Neil Lennon has worked well with limited resources.

    "They had a fantastic result away from home in their last Champions League game and it will be interesting to see how they get on tonight. But Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world, but of course in football anything is possible. Celtic have to believe in that when they get out there."

  135. 1942: 

    You'll be pleased to know that players are taking to pitches across Britain and Europe. We'll have some actual football for you in just a moment.

  136. 1941: 

    And how about this? Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is worried his makeshift defence will struggle against Celtic's pace and aerial power at the Nou Camp. "All Champions League games are complicated," said Vilanova. "And I am worried because Celtic are very fast up front and they proved it against Spartak Moscow." Maybe. Just maybe...

  137. 1940: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "We've got good legs in the team. That's important because they move the ball very quickly. Georgios [Samaras] is the outball for us - he can stretch them and hold the ball. People have tried to stop Lionel Messi in the last seven or eight years and they've come unstuck. We've tried to concentrate on what we're going to do."

  138. 1939: 

    Roberto Di Matteo in the tunnel at Donbass Arena ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea: "John Terry has shown many times before that he can fully focus on playing a game. Every game is difficult to select the right team and today I've made a couple of tactical changes to try and win this fixture."

  139. 1939: 

    However, striker Miku insists Celtic can beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp Asked whether Celtic could upset the odds, on-loan Getafe striker Miku said: "Absolutely. They have injuries that might give us a chance. The game will be seen around the world, so that's maximum motivation."


    Opta Joe tweets: "There has been a goal scored inside the first 15 minutes in each of the last five Champions League games involving Man Utd."

  141. 1937: 

    Just a few reasons why Celtic might be a bit worried in the Nou Camp tonight:

    Barcelona have won 99 games in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, and scored 346 goals.

    Barca have completed 1,400 of their 1,627 passes; both competition highs. Xavi Hernández has completed 236 of his 266 passes so far, both the highest in the competition. Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano are second and third respectively.

    Lionel Messi scored his 21st hat-trick for the club on Saturday as Barcelona, who had Mascherano sent off on 49 minutes, won 5-4 at RC Deportivo La Coruna.

  142. 1936:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Sport commentator Roddy Forsyth at Nou Camp for 5 live Sport: "Scott Brown, who would have been a huge loss for Celtic had he not been available, passed a fitness test this morning. Neil Lennon text me to say he is fine."

  143. 1935: 

    Tranmere are aiming to extend their four-point lead at the top of League One as they host seventh-placed Doncaster. And there is a huge match at the other end where rock-bottom Bury meet fellow strugglers Hartlepool in a win-at-all-costs encounter at Gigg Lane. Sheffield United are the only unbeaten side in the Football League and could climb into second spot by preserving that record against visitors Walsall.

    Meanwhile, League Two's bottom club Barnet will be looking to former Netherlands star Edgar Davids for further inspiration when they visit fourth-bottom Wycombe.

  144. 1935: 

    Championship high-flyers Crystal Palace begin life without Dougie Freedman at Barnsley tonight, after the south London club announced earlier that the Scot has decided to become Bolton's new manager. Eyes will also be on Molineux to see if Freedman, whose appointment has not yet been confirmed by Bolton, will be sat in the stands as Wanderers face fifth-placed Wolves. Elsewhere, leaders Leicester welcome Brighton to the King Power Stadium, while under-pressure boss Paul Jewell is hoping Ipswich can clinch their first win in 10 matches when they entertain his former club Derby.

  145. 1934: 
    BBC Scotland's Colin Moffat reports:

    "Celtic can take heart from the fact the hosts are missing their entire first-choice back four but Barcelona are certainly not lacking in attacking options, with a stellar cast backing up Lionel Messi, who was described as 'extra-terrestrial' by team-mate Cesc Fabregas at the weekend. Manager Neil Lennon says he has "not budgeted for anything" out of this game but Celtic have a decent recent record at the Nou Camp, with two draws and a 1-0 defeat since 2004."

  146. 1933: 

    The star of Chelsea's show on Saturday was Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who will again be looking to pull the strings in midfield tonight. This week he came out in full praise for the work of manager Roberto Di Matteo. "I think for us, he's the perfect manager," Spain midfielder Mata said. "Robbie knows the team very well, Robbie knows the club very well as well. He is a legend here. "And now, as a manager, he connects very well with the team, in every meeting, in every speech, he goes deep inside every one of us, talking about every game." Robbie eh. I suppose when you're as good as Mata you're allowed to be informal with the boss.


    Zubair Siddique on Twitter: "Can't wait to see Buttner rip up the left hand side of the pitch. RVP, Rooney, Kagawa and Chicarito are going to have fun tonight."

    Jonathan Brook on Twitter: "This United line-up may prove to be crisp packet like as it was in the Champions League against Galatasaray - shiny packaging and minimum content."

    Scott Dunlop on Twitter: "Barca to get an early goal, pick off Celtic and demolish them. I fancy 5-0 at least."

  148. 1930: 

    Chelsea should have plenty of confidence themselves, though. They are enjoying their best start to a league campaign since 2005/06, when they won the title. On Saturday they came from 2-1 down to win 4-2 at Tottenham to leave them firmly top of the Premier League.

  149. 1929: 

    Not only are Shakhtar in form, they are also motivated by the chance to face the European champions according to their coach Mircea Lucescu. "For the first time since I came to Shakhtar, we are playing against the European champions," he said. "This obviously provides a perfect motivation for the players, as it's a big honour for our city and our club. I hope that our team will show tactical nous and an ability to adapt to Chelsea's game."

  150. 1926: 

    On paper at least, Chelsea face the tougher task of the two English sides in the Champions League tonight. No trip to Ukraine is easy but Shakhtar are bang in form. Mircea Lucescu side beat FC Illychivets Mariupil 2-1 on Friday, which was their 21st successive top-flight victory - a Ukrainian Premier League record. They are the first team to win the first 12 games of a Ukrainian top-flight season and their current run of scoring in each of their last 31 league matches is also a national record.

  151. 1924: 

    It certainly won't come as a huge surprise to Ferguson if Braga do cause his side some problems as he admitted this week that the Portuguese side are better away from home, as shown by their win at Galatasary in matchday two.

    In addition, Braga coach Jose Peseiro has recognised that Ferguson does not underestimate his side. "We've got good players and a good team too, so we're going to be trying to win," said Peseiro.

  152. 1921: 

    The stats suggest that Braga are hardly shot-shy. Whether many of those hit the target is another matter. They lost 2-0 to CFR 1907 Cluj on matchday one despite having 35 shots, 23 on target. If David De Gea has that much action to deal with I'm sure Sir Alex will have the hairdryer set to frazzle.

  153. 1918: 

    Ferguson's side will start as clear favourites tonight. They have never lost at home to Portuguese opponents. However, they can't afford to be complacent. Stoke gave them a scare at the weekend and José Peseiro's Braga are on a seven-match unbeaten sequence on their travels in Europe.


    Narek in London on 81111 on text: "It's a great opportunity for United's players to come up with a great performance and announce they're one of the contenders."

    Stuart from Atherstone on 81111 on text: "I fancy Braga to pinch a point at Old Trafford tonight. They're unbeaten in their last seven European away games and this 'work in progress' United side is still far from convincing in Europe."

    John on 81111 on text: "Stuck on a train from Edinburgh to Manchester for the next three hours so can't watch Celtic run riot in the Camp Nou! C'mon you boys in green, do us proud!"

  155. 1917: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson suggested this week that Manchester United may well abandon wingers in favour of a diamond midfield. By the looks of it, they are giving that a go tonight with Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa on the sides of the diamond with Darren Fletcher at the bottom and Wayne Rooney at the attacking tip.

  156. 1915:  
    Nigel Spackman, former Chelsea midfielder in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "Di Matteo might have thought his first team are playing so well, and their next game is not until Sunday, that he may as well go all-out. I think they will counter-attack but we mustn't forget Shakhtar are a very good football team.

    "With Juan Mata it's not just his finishing and passing but his workrate as well. And I think he's enjoying playing alongside Hazard, Oscar and Torres. Tonight has the potential to be a cracking game."

  157. 1914: 

    Chelsea make two changes to the side that beat Tottenham on Saturday, with John Terry back to the lead side despite his four-match FA ban and Frank Lampard also recalled with Chelsea opting for a slightly more watchful approach in Donetsk. Terry replaces Gary Cahill alongside David Luiz, while Eden Hazard makes away for Lampard. Shakhtar, who have not lost home or away for 11 months, are unchanged from the side which drew 1-1 in Juventus a fortnight ago.

  158. 1912:  
    John Murray, in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "It seems like five minutes since were were here for the Euro 2012 semi-final between Spain and Portugal. But it's a daunting task for Chelsea tonight. We won't see their free-flowing front four tonight, with only three of them picked and Hazard left out.

    "Just a line on Shakhtar - they make five changes from Friday, when they won their latest league game. They have won all 12 of their games in the league this season."

  159. 1910: 

    If Celtic's trip to Barcelona is top of your Champions League following agenda tonight you will probably want to head on over to the separate live text commentary courtesy of colleagues in Scotland. Colin Moffat is on hand to guide you through the action from the Nou Camp.

  160. 1908: 
    LINE-UPS- Barcelona v Celtic

    Barcelona: Valdes, Adriano, Bartra, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Song, Iniesta, Sanchez, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Fabregas, Villa, Jonathan, Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Tello.

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Samaras, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Mulgrew, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Miku, Commons, Rogne, Kayal, Forrest.

    Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

  161. 1908:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford:

    "Manchester United seek a third successive Champions League group win against Braga that manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes will put them on the brink or qualification for the knockout phase.

    "He writes in his programme notes: 'A win would take us to nine points, just one point from my target of 10 with three games left, so right now we are well on course to qualify.'"

  162. 1907: 
    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports:

    "The focus has been on one man in the build-up to Chelsea's Champions League tie in Donetsk. At 1940 BST John Terry will lead the European champions into the Donbass Arena wearing a captain's armband embroidered with the slogan 'Unite Against Racism' a year to the day since that now infamous clash with Anton Ferdinand. You couldn't make it up. But while Terry has taken much of the attention in the build-up, the task facing Chelsea should not be underestimated. Shakhtar are unbeaten in 11 months and have won a Ukrainian record 21 consecutive league matches - English teams have failed, in four attempts, to win in Donetsk. Promises to be a tough night for Chelsea and their captain."


    Sahil Oberoi on Twitter: "Fergie going all out against Braga at home? Just shows how scarred he must be from last year's campaign."

    Dan Wilkinson on Twitter: "Kagawa to shine for United tonight! 3-1 to the Reds."

    Benjamin Savjani on Twitter: "Lionel Messi v Gary Hooper, the two greatest strikers in the world battling it out tonight..."

  164. 1905:  
    John Murray, in Ukraine for BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is Football Against Racism in Europe week, so John Terry will wear a Unite Against Racism captain's armband to lead Chelsea out this evening. And today it's exactly one year since the whole issue blew up at Chelsea when John Terry and Anton Ferdinand exchanged those words.

    "For Shakhtar Donetsk matches, in this fabulous stadium, the atmosphere can be really quite special."

  165. 1903: 
    LINE-UPS- Man Utd v Braga

    Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Carrick, Evans, Buttner, Kagawa, Fletcher, Cleverley, Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie. Subs: Johnstone, Ferdinand, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, Young, Welbeck.

    Braga: Beto, Leandro Salino, Nuno Andre, Paulo Vinicius, Elderson, Custodio, Hugo Viana, Ruben Amorim, Alan, Ruben Micael, Eder. Subs: Quim, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa, da Solva, Baiano, Ze Luis, Anibal.

    Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia)

  166. 1901: 
    LINE-UPS- Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea

    Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat, Hubschman, Fernandinho, Alex Teixeira, Mkhitaryan, Willian, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Stepanenko, Eduardo, Gai, Douglas Costa, Kryvtsov, Ilsinho.

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

    Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

  167. 1900: 

    Spartak Moscow get their Champions League up and running by beating Benfica 2-1 for their first points in Group G. The game was won via an own goal by Benfica's Jardel after his team-mate Lima had cancelled out Rafael Carioca's early opener for Spartak. A few skirmishes at the end of the game but the Russians are now a point behind Celtic ahead of their game at the Nou Camp.

  168. 1859: 

    Celtic make four changes from the weekend win at St Mirren, with Scott Brown, Emilio Izaguirre, Mikael Lustig and Georgios Samaras returning to the starting XI.

  169. 1856: 

    Just so you're fully aware of the racism-related situation with regard to this week's Champions League fixtures, here is the lowdown from Uefa's official site: "Matchday three of the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League will contribute to the fight against all forms of discrimination in football stadiums as Uefa gives its full support to Europe's biggest anti-discrimination campaign - the FARE Action Week. Forty matches across the competitions on 23, 24 and 25 October will restate Uefa's commitment to ensuring that European football is free of racism, intolerance and xenophobia.

    "A 30-second Respect TV spot will be played on the stadiums' giant screens, and special announcements will be made on the grounds' loudspeakers, encouraging fans to join UEFA in its call to unite against racism. Every team will also be accompanied onto the pitch by children wearing Unite Against Racism T-shirts, and captains will be asked to wear a Unite Against Racism branded armband."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Sir Alex Ferguson in optimistic mood in his programme notes for the Braga game: 'We are in a stronger position in Europe than I might have expected'.

    "Ferguson using the emergence of BATE Borisov and their beating of Bayern to illustrate the strength of the Champions League.

    "Ferguson writes in the programme: 'Now be honest, how many of you know where Borisov is, let alone how much about the Belarusian champions?'"

  171. 1854: 

    John Terry starts as captain for Chelsea. Frank Lampard starts in midfield but there is no place for Eden Hazard or Gary Cahill, who both drop to the bench.

  172. 1854: 

    There may be no Rio Ferdinand or Patrice Evra for Manchester United but Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa all start. Michael Carrick plays at centre-back. I think it's fair to say Sir Alex is planning an all-out assault.

  173. 1852: 

    So whatever your angle, I want to hear from you. Are you backing Manchester United to smash Braga? Will Chelsea overcome a tricky obstacle in Donetsk? And can Celtic achieve the seemingly impossible by bagging some points at Barca? You can tweet or text us on any of these games as well as the matches up and down the country in the Football League. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text in on 81111 (UK). Stick your name on your text or I will nay be able to use them. Cheers.

  174. 1850: 

    The evening's action is already under way of course. In Celtic's group, Spartak Moscow are hanging onto a 2-1 lead against Benfica with less than five minutes left.

  175. 1850: 

    We're going to have to accept that we won't entirely be able to escape matters relating to the aforementioned racism issues tonight. However, I'm thinking we should focus mainly on the football, because tonight promises much.

    Not only are Manchester United and Chelsea in Champions League action - against Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively - but Celtic head into the lion's den that is the Nou Camp to face the mighty Barcelona. As if that wasn't enough, there's a feast of action from the Football League. Lovely stuff.

  176. 1847: 

    Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand was one of a number of players who refused to wear a T-shirt promoting the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign before the game against Stoke on Saturday, prompting what appeared to be a row with his manager Sir Alex Ferguson over the matter. They have since resolved the issue seemingly with minimum fuss (despite what large swathes of the media would have you believe). Ferdinand is not playing tonight, but because he is being rested and not for any other reason.

    Manchester United are also playing a game of football against Braga.

  177. 1844: 

    Chelsea captain Terry is currently suspended for four domestic games after being found guilty of racial abuse but will be recalled by the Blues tonight and is likely to wear an armband bearing the slogan 'Unite Against Racism' as part of a Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare) campaign, taking place this week. Manager Roberto Di Matteo claimed this week that "with good performances and good behaviour in the future he should still be looked upon as the leader for our club."

    Chelsea are also playing in a game of football against Shakhtar Donetsk.

  178. 1840: 

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

    Again this week, the issue of racism sits atop the football news agenda as the boycotting of a T-shirt campaign once more shines a light on recent unsavoury high-profile incidents while also kicking off a whole new chain of events (some unwanted, some necessary).

    In keeping with that, tonight is partly (and unfortunately) a tale of two centre-backs. Chelsea's John Terry, who is playing, and Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, who is not.

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