Tuesday football: Champions League and Football League

Manchester United and Manchester City start their Champions League campaigns with big victories while Real Madrid hammer Galatasaray.

17 September 2013 Last updated at 23:06

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As it happened

  1. 2229: 

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty's thoughts from Old Trafford are up on the BBC Sport website, with full details on Manchester City's win at Viktoria Plzen also available for you to have a look at.

    Tomorrow's action includes Chelsea taking on Basel at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal travelling to Marseille's awesome Stade Velodrome. Celtic also dip their toe into the group of death, with AC Milan the first piranha to take a nibble. Barcelona play Ajax in the other game in the group.

    But for now that is it. Thanks for all the texts and tweets. Look forward to seeing you back here soon.

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    Daniel Woodley: Manchester United may have played well tonight but in the Premier League they've looked average so far. Still lots of unanswered questions.

  3. 2219: 

    Yep, according to Uefa Juventus managed 25 attempts on goal, 13 on target, but could only come up with the solitary strike from Fabio Quagliarella.

  4. 2215: 

    Juventus have attracted a bit of backing as the likeliest team outside of Germany and Spain's big guns to end up with their hands on the European Cup. Their 1-1 draw with Copenhagen shouldn't put those people off.

    It sounds like they laid siege to the Danes goal in the second half before having to settle for a 1-1 draw.

  5. 2209: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick tonight in Real Madrid's 6-1 win against Galatasaray has given him sole possession of the number four slot in the hit parade of European Cup all-time top-scorers.

    The well-paid Portuguese is on 53 goals. Ahead of him is Ruud van Nistelrooy (56), Lionel Messi (57) and that salty old scoring dog Raul on 73.

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    Sohaib: Real's stunning display has to be the highlight of tonight's games. Going to Istanbul & scoring SIX. Frightening!


    Des in Chessington via 81111: When Rooney and RVP start playing together Manchester United will be unstoppable. Each trying to prove they're top dog up to today. Now you've both scored boys...let's get down to business shall we?

    Steve in Manchester via 81111: Manchester City fans never get ahead of themselves - history tells us otherwise. Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure are world class. Well done the Blues. Another clean sheet for Pellegrini.

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    MANAGER REACTION- Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City
    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "In the first half we had chances to score, but in the second half we played really well. We played with movement, we were able to create space because with 10 players behind the ball, it's hard to score.

    "We know the Champions League is very difficult and there are no easy games. The players know that and the players will try their best in every match.

    "We don't have a priority. We all know that Manchester City didn't play well in the last Champions League but I think the Premier League is also very important.

    "Winning away in the Champions League is very important. Those three points might be very important in getting to next round."

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    MANAGER REACTION- Manchester United 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen
    David Moyes

    Manchester United manager David Moyes: "It was a good job tonight.

    "I said several months ago Wayne Rooney could join the real greats with his goal scoring. He could have got a hat-trick tonight.

    "He deserved the ovation he got, he was terrific.

    "I know he has been great in training. He is lean and fit, it showed in his performance.

    "Robin van Persie's goal was also great. If we can get those two scoring, they can be formidable for us.

    "The players knew what they had to do, and they went about it well."

  10. 2156: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City

    Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko: "The first half was tricky. We had chances to score then I scored in the second half and after that it was easier for us

    "It's very important to get a run in the team. I think that we have a very good squad with some new players and they've bought a lot of quality. There are a lot of games before the end of the season so a lot of players will get a chance to play."

  11. 2153: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City
    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure: "We had the desire to win the game today. The first half was difficult but the second half was ok. I hope we can see the real City in the Champions League because the last two years were disappointing. I hope that this year is our year and, first of all, our target is to reach the second round."

  12. 2152: 

    Leyton Orient made it seven wins from seven League One matches with a thumping 5-1 victory over winless and basement side Notts County.

    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored five minutes from time to secure struggling Bristol City a 1-1 home draw with Shrewsbury.

    Andy Butler's second-half goal gave Walsall a 1-0 victory at Wolves in the West Midlands derby.

  13. 2152: 

    Blackpool have lost their unbeaten record in the Championship, with Millwall picking up an excellent 3-1 victory despite going behind. Burnley beat Birmingham comfortably 3-0, while a late Lewis McGugan penalty gave Watford a narrow 2-1 victory over Doncaster. Huddersfield, Ipswich and Leicester all won by the same scoreline, as Nottingham Forest came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Middlesbrough.


    Jay in Southend via 81111: Surely David Moyes is better than Sir Alex Ferguson already. 100% record in the Champions League...

    Michael in Cambridge via 81111: If both Manchester clubs play like they did tonight this weekend there's going to be an early Christmas cracker for a lot of supporters.

    Amir in Nottingham via 81111: Plzen had won 10 of their last 11 European games at home. Good result for Manchester City.

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    Michael Dunthorne: Wayne Rooney's post-match interview was so awkward!

  16. 2151: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Manchester United 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen
    Wayne Rooney

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney: "I am very proud to get my 200th Manchester United goal. I am delighted to be back playing.

    "It is a good result, as the first game in the Champions League is so important.

    "I am concentrating on my football, I have got my head down and worked hard. I am delighted with the way I have come back.

    "The fans have been brilliant. It is great the reception I get here.

    "Hopefully I can repay them with those type of performances.

    "It is a big learning curve for the manager. Tonight was all about getting the win.

    "It has gone quickly my time here. I am really pleased to score 200 goals for a club like Manchester United, it is a great honour."

    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Old Trafford

    This was a highly satisfactory first venture into the Champions League group stage for Manchester United manager David Moyes - and the highlight was Wayne Rooney's performance. Pretty much everything he did explained exactly why Moyes and United refused to countenance his sale in the summer.

  18. 2144: 

    Gareth Bale's Real Madrid produced arguably the result of the night - a 6-1 win at Galatasaray in Group B. Within moments of coming on in the second half, Bale delivered a free-kick that eventually fell at the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo who tapped in his side's fourth. Ronaldo went on to score a hat-trick, while Karim Benzema scored twice. Thiago Motta grabbed two goals to help Paris St-Germain to a 4-1 victory at Olympiakos in Group C. Bayern Munich began the defence of their title in style with a 3-0 victory over Group D rivals CSKA Moscow.

  19. 2144: 

    Full steam ahead to Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium. Who wants to pick a winner out of those two?

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    Patrick English: Manchester United doing well against Bayer Leverkusen, but they've got Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad to come - stern tests!

    Lenon Gwaunza: Antonio Valencia proving beyond doubt that the number seven jersey is made up of some heavy material.

    Rob Kershaw: Manchester United were a bit nervy tonight, the celebrations were more relief than happiness.

  21. 2141: 

    Two tricky first halves gave way to something a little more leisurely after the interval for the two Manchester sides.

    In the other game in Manchester United's group, Shakhtar Donetsk have overtuned Real Sociedad 2-0 in Spain, while Bayern Munich have handed CSKA Moscow a 3-0 beating in Bavaria in the other game in Manchester City's section.

  22. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City

    Manuel Pellegrini presses the flesh after making a winning start to European life with Manchester City.

  23. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester United 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen

    All done and Glory Glory blares out of the speakers at Old Trafford.


    Max in Manchester via 81111: Manchester United became a boring team to watch under Sir Alex in the last few years. Let's hope David Moyes can get them playing with pace and flair again. Some good signs tonight.

    Mariya in Solihull via 81111: There is nothing Fergie about this team! Team Moyes all the way!

    Toby in Kent via 81111: Manchester City fans are getting a bit ahead of themselves here. They might be 3-0 up but the real test for their side comes when they travel to the Allianz (to play Bayern Munich), then we'll find out how good they are.

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    James Kieran: What the Torres is that???

    Bob Koh: What a game of misses by Manchester United!

    Petersen: David Moyes took off Marouane Fellaini, they concede from a corner.

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    Into injury time in both Manchester and Plzen.

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    Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City

    That's the closest Plzen have come to scoring, a left-wing corner is whipped in and Tomas Horava flicks an effort against the post. Sergio Aguero then goes close up at the other end.

  28. 2132: 
    WHAT A MISS- Manchester United 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen

    Well this really, really is a truly remarkable miss from Robin van Persie. The Dutchman is perfectly positioned - and totally unmarked - at the far post. He only has to propel the ball forward into an empty net. Instead he gets it all wrong and guides it sideways and across the face of goal and wide. Extraordinary.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen

    "David de Gea was nowhere near to that in the air. Is it still a weakness in his game?

    "It is not a worry for Manchester United, as De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, but he should have done better with that."

  30. 2128: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen - Omer Toprak

    David de Gea makes an appalling mess of the corner, flapping and getting nowhere near a fairly regulation corner. Stefan Reinartz nods against the bar and as the ball pinballs about it is Omer Toprak who puts his boot through it to pull one back.

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    Both games look to be petering out...


    Chris in Manchester via 81111: See Wayne, put a shift in and you're our number one!

    Paul via 81111: So Manchester United have gone from having an out-of-his-depth manager to being Champions League contenders in the space of about 15 minutes.

    Dave in Newcastle via 81111: Terrible defending by Leverkusen tonight. Not what you'd expect from a Bundesliga side.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City

    And another change as the clock ticks down, with Alvaro Negredo on for goalscorer Edin Dzeko.

  34. 2125: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester United 4-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Wayne Rooney is being withdrawn for Javier Hernandez and there is a standing ovation from almost all the spectators in the ground. It seems a long time ago that he was running the gauntlet of jeers at Old Trafford.

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    Walid: Marouane Fellaini was the player United were missing with his aggression and aerial threat.

    Rameez Akbar: Keeping Wayne Rooney was David Moyes's best signing of the summer. Absolutely razor sharp in the field.

    David Ljunggren: My goodness, Bayer Leverkusen have been poor defensively. They'll end bottom of this group.


    Chris in Southampton via 81111: Can the super O's get a mention tonight? Another win seemingly in the bag. Seven wins from seven. Long may it continue!

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 4-1 Bayer Leverkusen
    Manchester United boss David Moyes

    "What a great win for David Moyes in his first Champions League game for Manchester United, and ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend."

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    As the clock ticks past 80 minutes, Manchester United and Manchester City are both firmly in control. No late dramas tonight.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City

    Change for Manchester City, as Yaya Toure makes way for Javi Garcia.

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    Kenny Kong: Now THAT is a counter attack, what a move & got the finish it deserved from Antonio Valencia.


    Nick in Birmingham via 81111: I think during the Wayne Rooney transfer saga, a lot of people underestimated how good he still is. Imagine if he was at Chelsea!

    Alexi via 81111: Maybe it's the magic head band that's the reason behind the return to form of Rooney?

    Narek in London via 81111: Ferguson would have played 4-5-1 in this game. United looking amazing under David Moyes!

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 4-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    "That was a Manchester United goal. It was a team breaking with pace and power.

    "There was only four or five touches before it went into the back of the net. Pace, power and movement."

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    Gareth Bale sets up Cristiano Ronaldo's second and Real Madrid's fourth only a few minutes after coming on. The Welshman swings in a free-kick from the right which Ronaldo taps in. Galatasaray 0-4 Real Madrid.

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    GOAL- Manchester United 4-1 Bayer Leverkusen - Antonio Valencia (78 mins)

    That was Manchester United of 2008-09 vintage. A jet-fuelled counter attack that ends with Wayne Rooney's measuring a pass into Antonio Valencia's path and the Ecuadorian meeting it with the laces, sending a shot fizzing straight through Bernd Leno.

  45. 2119: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester United 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Ashley Young has come on to replace Shinji Kagawa for Manchester United, while Bayer Leverkusen manager Sami Kyypia is removing the impressive Sidney Sam to bring on Robbe Kruse. Stefan Keissling has also come off with Eren Derdiyok on.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old TraffordManchester United 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    "Old Trafford rose to Wayne Rooney after he scored his second goal. United never lost faith with him despite his desire to leave the club in the summer - and how they have been rewarded so far this season."


    Bob in Haddenham via 81111: Looks like Manchester City might have a good European side at last.

    Gaz in Manchester via 81111: For all Shinji Kagawa's obvious talent, can anyone tell me what he has actually done in this or any game for Manchester United for all the furore when he doesn't play?

    Josh in Norwich via 81111: Re Tom in the Wirral at 2100 - Fellaini's distribution has been first class. Are you a Liverpool fan by any chance?

  48. 2116: 

    The world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale, makes his Champions League debut for Real Madrid just moments after the La Liga runners-up went 3-0 up against Galatasaray thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's effort from about two yards. There are 25 minutes remaining.

  49. 2116: 

    We are inside the last twenty minutes of both Manchester United and Manchester City's games. Yaya Toure is in steamrollering mood. The City man almost bustles his way through the centre of the Viktoria Plzen defence.

  50. 2116: 

    Leaders Leyton Orient are well on their way to their seventh victory in seven League One matches as they lead bottom side Notts County 3-0 midway through the second half. Kevin Lisbie has scored twice with Dean Cox also on target.

    Down in the Conference Premier, leaders Cambridge have just equalised at fellow high-flyers Alfreton through Ryan Donaldson's deflected free-kick.

    But, if results stay the same, Nuneaton will go top. They lead Hereford by two goals to one.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    "Wayne Rooney gave the goalkeeper the eyes, and bent it into the near post. It was poor defending from Bayer Leverkusen to let him in.

    "Rooney anticipated the mistake well."

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    Robert P. Boyce: This is David Moyes' Manchester United, route one at its best!

  53. 2110: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen - Wayne Rooney (70 mins)
    Wayne Rooney

    Manchester United got lucky just moments before when Lars Bender shot straight at David de Gea, but the game looks safe now.

    Omer Toprak and Emir Spahic get in each other's way under a towering goal-kick from de Gea and neither gets a touch. In a flash, Wayne Rooney is onto the loose ball and strokes the ball in at the near post as Bernd Leno goes to ground too early.

  54. 2109: 

    Real Madrid are 2-0 up against Galatasaray thanks to Karim Benzema, who kept his composure to slot in after being put through. Juventus have hit back at Copenhagen in the other Group B game. Fabio Quagliarella, linked with a move to West Ham and Norwich in the summer, has made it 1-1.

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    Sir_Loin: It makes a change to see Manchester City actually winning a game in the Champions League!

    Tom Heywood: Marouane Fellini will take a lot of pressure off Manchester United this season by winning headers in the middle.

    Brian Erber: Not usually much talk about him, but Yaya Toure is a WORLD CLASS player.

  56. 2109: 

    In the Championship, despite half an hour remaining, it looks to be game over at Turf Moor with Burnley leading 3-0 against Birmingham. Aaron Cresswell has put Ipswich 2-1 ahead against Yeovil and Middlesbrough lead 2-0 at Nottingham Forest - Kei Kamara bagging for Tony Mowbray's men.

  57. 2109: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City
    Manchester City celebrate scoring

    Viktoria Plzen are still working hard but Manchester City are content to sit deep and soak up whatever pressure they can bring to bear. Yaya Toure curls a free-kick over the top as City put together a rare attack. James Milner has come on for Jesus Navas.


    Dexter in London via 81111: If this performance was under Sir Alex we'd all credit this as a vintage display of a highly experienced European team. Give David Moyes a chance people.

    Lucy in London via 81111: The rain's back, European football's back, Rooney and RVP scoring again. It's all back to normal and it's going to be a great season. Welcome to the Champions Leagues David Moyes.

    Manchester United 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Statisticians Opta: 13 - Robin van Persie has bagged 13 goals in his last 13 games in all competitions for Manchester United. Prime.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Manchester United 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    Bayer Leverkusen are making a change as they head off in pursuit of the game. Off comes Son Heung-Min and on comes Lars Bender.


    Tom in Manchester via 81111: What a strike by Yaya! Goal of the season so far. Unbelievable!

    Paul in Chorley via 81111: Can't help but think Wayne Rooney's ego in trying to be the main man ahead of Robin Van Persie contributed to his poor decision making for his missed chance. Just square it!!

    Tom in The Wirral via 81111: Marouane Fellaini is defensively sound but his distribution looks awful when he's playing alongside Michael Carrick.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    That is appalling goalkeeping there for Bayer Leverkusen, he could have caught that with ease."

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    Matt Graham: Great finish from Robin van Persie. Not sure what the goalkeeper was doing.

  64. 2100: 
    GOAL- Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City - Sergio Aguero (58 mins)

    Manchester City have given themselves some serious breathing room now and Sergio Aguero has added another fine goal. The Argentine receives the ball from Samir Nasri with his back to goal, turns right and slams a left-footed shot in from 18 yards.

  65. 2059: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen - Robin van Persie (59 mins)

    A Robin van Persie special. The Dutchman's elastic limbs may have saved Manchester United again as he flings a leg skywards to volley in from Antonio Valencia's cross. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno should have done better, but his flap at the ball may have been because he was so surprised that van Persie got anything on the ball at all.

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    Tony Lea Stewart: Welcome to the Champions League, David Moyes.

  67. 2058: 
    Manchester United 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    They should have been 2-0 up, but now Manchester United find themselves with some serious work to do. A trip to Donetsk and then back-to-back games against Real Sociedad follow this match. They could really do with three points.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

    "This is a huge 35 minutes for the early stages of David Moyes's career as Manchester United manager. Do you push for the win and risk defeat?"

  69. 2056: 
    GOAL- Viktoria Plzen 0-2 Manchester City - Yaya Toure (53 mins)

    Yaya Toure has scored some lovely goals already this season and here's another one. The Ivorian is allowed to bear down on goal and with time to shoot he unleashes a wonderful curler into the top corner from 25 yards. World class.

  70. 2055: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen - Simon Rolfes (54 mins)

    An incredible finish by Simon Rolfes. Son Heung-min creates space by dancing on the edge of the box. He finds his captain whose curler ripples the top corner via a deflection off Michael Carrick. What must Wayne Rooney be thinking now after that earlier miss?

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    "Wayne Rooney should have slipped Robin van Persie in. It was an open goal, what a shocking miss.

    "His headband must have come over his eyes!"

  72. 2055: 
    CLOSE!- Manchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    What a miss. Groans all around Old Trafford as Wayne Rooney pounces on an undercooked backpass from Omar Toprak, rounds the goalkeeper but inexplicably rolls the ball across the face rather than into the net.

  73. 2050: 
    GOAL- Viktoria Plzen 0-1 Manchester City - Edin Dzeko (48 mins)

    There is a lot of muscle in Sergio Aguero's little frame. The Argentine leaves Lukas Hejda in a heap as the pair tussle for the ball and accelerates away before squaring for Edin Dzeko, who has all the time in the world to trap the ball and sidefoot past goalkeeper Matus Kozacik from 18 yards.

  74. 2050: 
    Manchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Antonio Valencia skips past his man out on the left, but opts to rifle in a shot-cum-cross rather than try and pick out either Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie. The ball rebounds behind for a goal-kick off van Persie's backside.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    "I think Manchester United are finding it so hard to break Bayer Leverkusen down, as every time their centre-backs get the ball they keep it between themselves, allowing Bayer to get 10 men behind the ball.

    "They need to get it forward quicker."

  76. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Manchester City follow suit out in Plzen.

  77. 2046: 
    KICK-OFF- Manchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Manchester United get us back up and running at Old Trafford.

  78. 2046: 

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Huddersfield v Charlton: "It took 45 minutes for either side to register a shot on target but, fortunately for Huddersfield, their first resulted in a goal, James Vaughan heading in his seventh league goal of the season just before the break. After a half of little action, floods of fans had disappeared into the concourses to beat the queues for a half-time pie. A few bemused faces emerging into the stands right now."


    Phil in Preston via 81111: When is David Moyes going to stop trying to turn Manchester United into Everton? Moyes is a good manager but has to start thinking the United way!!!!

    Chris via 81111: I don't know WHAT game some of you are watching, but pretty much the whole Manchester United team had a good first half. Not a great one, but a good one, particularly Rooney, Fellaini and Valencia.

  80. 2045: 

    In the Tuesday's other key matches, holders Bayern Munich hold a 2-0 advantage over CSKA Moscow, with goals from David Alaba and Mario Mandzukic. Bayern have had 68% of possession and 10 shots on goal. In the other Group B match, Italian champions Juventus remain 1-0 behind at Copenhagen, while Paris St-Germain are 1-1 at Olympiakos. Edinson Cavani with the goal for PSG.

  81. 2043: 

    It has not been easy going for either of the English teams so far tonight in the Champions League.

    Both Bayer Leverkusen and Viktoria Plzen have held their own and while Manchester City might be unlucky not to be ahead, Manchester United got the benefit of two borderline decisions in the build-up to Wayne Rooney's opener.

    Goalkeeper Bernd Leno was rabbiting away to the assistant referee in the wake of the goal about Antonio Valencia's presence directly in front of him, while Patrice Evra, who provided the cross, was bang in line with the last defender. At best.

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    Sam Neal: Wayne Rooney will no doubt get his 200th goal for Manchester United in this game, with the way he is playing.

    Dan Atherton: £30m for Fernandinho? Terrible, terrible deal for Manchester City.

    Sophie Gayter: Anyone want to take bets on when Rooney will be kissing the badge pretending all is forgotten? I'm going with mid-October.

    Galatasaray 0-1 Real Madrid

    Statisticians Opta: 7 - Isco has scored four goals and delivered three assists in nine Champions League starts. Disco.


    Half-time in the Championship. Top side Blackpool are being held 1-1 at bottom-placed Millwall after Liam Trotter bagged a penalty for the home side on the stroke of half time. Burnley, Huddersfield, Yeovil and Middlesbrough are all 1-0 up with Leicester 2-0 ahead against Blackburn.

    Isco celebrates scoring for Real Madrid

    Real Madrid are 1-0 ahead at Group B rivals Galatasaray thanks to Isco's strike, but there has been plenty of incident in the first half. Real keeper Iker Casillas had to be replaced with what looked like a rib injury after team-mate Sergio Ramos accidentally collided into him. And in stoppage time, former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba walked off holding his shoulder. There have been plenty of chances, with Galatasaray's Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo going close on three occasions.


    Jason (a United fan) in Colchester via 81111: Firstly Wayne Rooney has to be one of the best long passers in the game. Different class. Secondly we are still crying out for at least one winger in my opinion.

    Adam in Kidderminster via 81111: re: 2006 As a United fan my problem with Marouane Fellaini wasn't that he's not good enough, it's that we waited for his clause to expire then paid more for him.

    Lancey (an Arsenal fan) via 81111: Still feels weird and painful seeing Robin Van Persie in a Manchester United shirt!

    Former Manchester United captain Gary NevilleManchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    "While not spectacular this is a really good European team performance from Manchester United! Tough to play against and some good play!"

  88. 2033: 
    Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan: "Manchester City should have been ahead on more than one occasion with Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko wasting two close-range headers but boss Manuel Pellegrini won't be too concerned as his side's influence on the game grows. They will need to be mindful of conceding too many free-kicks, though, Plzen's captain Pavel Horvath has a wand of a left foot and he has caused plenty of concern already."

  89. 2033:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old TraffordManchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    "Bayer Leverkusen have shown some signs of life after Wayne Rooney's goal but Manchester United controlling the possession and tempo.

    "Marouane Fellaini continues to enjoy his full United debut - and has rarely had to break out into anything more than a brisk trot. United have not had too many opportunities to use the giant Belgian's aerial strength at set-pieces."

  90. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    And the players head down the tunnel out in the Czech Republic with the scoreline still blank.

  91. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Manchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    The half-time whistle blows at Old Trafford.

  92. 2031: 
    Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Another opportunity for Manchester City after more precise approach work but Sergio Aguero's strike from 20 yards is comfortably saved.

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    Chris Rod: Cannot believe this but RvP and Shinji Kagawa have been the poorest so far. Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling have been superb.

    Femi Ogunbodede: Whoever swayed Manchester City to pay £30m for Fernandinho must be laughing his head off. Not worth more than £7m.

    Howard Pothecary: Robin van Persie should have been sent off. There is absolutely no place for players going face to face with a referee.

  94. 2031: 
    Manchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Shinji Kagawa's brightest moment so far for Manchester United as he takes a deep cross from Antonio Valencia and sweeps a shot goalwards in the same movement. It goes narrowly wide via a deflection off a covering defender though.

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    Gavin Davis: Robin van Persie doing his bit for the Respect campaign!

    Jordan Grooby: Not rating Marouane Fellaini so far, but Wayne Rooney has been playing brilliantly since coming back!

    Alisa Lightfoot: Came on to praise Fellaini but looks like plenty beat me to it! He's playing like he's been in the side for years.

  96. 2029: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Manchester City string together another slick series of passes but Aleksandar Kolorov's cross is turned onto the post by Sergio Aguero. He could have done better but it would not have mattered anyway as the offside flag pops up on the far side.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    "That was a foul on Robin van Persie, it was very harsh on him to get the free-kick against him. He was entitled to argue that, for me."

    YELLOW CARD- Manchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Manchester United's Robin van Persie has his name taken by the referee after complaining a little too forcefully after getting the rough end of a decision following a tangle with Giulo Donati.

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    Wayne Rooney

    Peter Sims: Wayne Rooney always seams to have a cracking season just before a major champs... Wonder if it will continue to the World Cup?!

    LudaChris: Cant believe people still write Manchester United off. Tough opening fixtures, seven points, two goals conceded and off the mark in Champions League.

    Anas Rahman: Bayer Leverkusen are very direct with their passes. Always trying to play it to their forwards. Manchester United need to watch out.

  100. 2025: 
    Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Manchester City carve open the Viktoria Plzen defence as Samir Nasri plays in a lovely cushioned ball behind the hosts' rearguard for Sergio Aguero. The ball breaks to Jesus Navas as a defender comes in, but he cannot apply a finishing touch. As the ball loops back towards Aguero, the Argentine follows his old father-in-law's lead and attempts to punch the ball into the empty net. He was lucky not to get a yellow there.

  101. 2020: 
    Manchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Bayer Leverkusen have responded well to going behind. Emre Can in particular has looked lively.

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    Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini

    Rick Nash: Marouane Fellaini's ambitions of being the new Roy Keane may not be unfounded. Adds a calming sense of control we've been lacking too long.

    Chris Palmer: Bayern Munich's David Alaba is fast becoming the world's best left-back.

    iAMchasekross86: Have to say, Chris Smalling really impressing at right-back for Manchester United!

  103. 2018: 
    Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City
    Manchester City's Samir Nasri (left) and Viktoria Plzen's Frantisek Rajtoral

    Samir Nasri goes on a darting little run for Manchester City that takes him past three defenders, but not the fourth and final Viktoria Plzen man. Nice quick feet from the Frenchman.

  104. 2017: 

    Kevin Lisbie's seventh goal of the season has put League One leaders Leyton Orient a goal ahead against basement side Notts County.

    Bristol City, who haven't won in 15 league games, are 1-0 down at home to Shrewsbury who scored through Jon Taylor.

    Meanwhile, Conference Premier leaders Cambridge have conceded their first goal in over 10 hours of football and are 1-0 down at Alfreton Town.

    Nuneaton, who would go top if results stay the same, lead Hereford 1-0 thanks to a goal by Wesley York.

  105. 2017: 
    Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Joe Hart has dealt well with a couple of testing situations in the Manchester City goal, rushing from goal to clear up an undercooked backpass from a harried Vincent Kompany in the latest.


    Mike in Sheffield via 81111: Keeping Wayne Rooney at Manchester United could end up being the signing of the summer. World class when in form and he is looking on fire at the minute.

    Waq via 81111: What is the point of the 5th officials on the line? They never make any calls, how Valencia wasn't given offside questions the need of them.

    Jim in Glasgow via 81111: Yet again at Old Trafford another blatant offside decision goes the way of Manchester United, shocking!

    Manchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Statisticians Opta: 199 - Wayne Rooney is now just one goal away from hitting the 200 mark for Man Utd in all competitions. Devil.

  108. 2015: 
    YELLOW CARD- Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Fernandinho is left lagging by a burst from Milan Petrzela in the centre circle. The Brazilian brings his man down with an untidy challenge and has his name taken by referee Paolo Tagliavento.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    "I think Marouane Fellaini is playing exceptionally well on his Champions League debut for Manchester United. He is guarding Michael Carrick well, and is also being very clever with the ball, keeping it moving."

  110. 2012: 

    European champions Bayern Munich scored the first goal of this year's group stages with David Alaba's stunning free-kick. They are 1-0 up against Group D rivals CSKA Moscow. Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani gave Paris St-Germain the lead but Olympiakos have hit back - it's 1-1. Benfica are 1-0 against Anderlecht in the other Group C match. Italian champions Juventus are a goal behind against Group B opponents FC Copenhagen.

  111. 2012: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    City's Sergio Aguero goes on a trademark bustling run before drilling a low shot against the post from 20 yards. Manchester City are starting to warm into this game after a slow start.

  112. 2011: 

    Plenty of goals flying in in the Championship. Alex Baptiste has given Bolton the lead against Derby, while Danny Ings has put Burnley ahead against Birmingham. Doncaster's Chris Brown cancelled out Lewis McGugan's opener for Watford at Vicarage Road, while top-side Blackpool, Leicester and Middlesbrough all lead. No goals in the three League One games yet.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    "Bayer Leverkusen think that Robin van Persie was offside as he let Patrice Evra past him to cross. It is very, very tight.

    "The goal should then be disallowed as Antonio Valencia backs right into the goalkeeper. What are the assistant referees doing behind the goal-line?"

  114. 2010: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Manchester City should be in front but Edin Dzeko's header from Aleksandar Kolarov's left-wing cross is brilliantly saved by Matus Kozacik. Great save, but the header was from just five yards and the keeper should not have had the chance to keep it out.

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    Andrew Priestley: Total scuff from Wayne Rooney, but he'll take it! First goal from open-play at Old Trafford this season! About time!

  116. 2007: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen - Wayne Rooney (22 mins)

    Manchester United have breakthrough that they may not entirely deserve. Wayne Rooney gets on the end of Patrice Evra's searching cross and although his volley from eight yards bounces into the turf on its way, it has enough pace to beat goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Antonio Valencia was getting in the way as well just to complicate the matter.

  117. 2007: 
    Manchester United 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Michael Carrick is caught by Stefan Reinartz's stray foot and the Bayer Leverkusen anchorman is shown a yellow card for the challenge. Robin Van Persie's free-kick is flicked over the top by Chris Smalling from the resulting set-piece.

  118. 2006:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

    "Manchester United's midfield has a fresh look about it after the inclusion of Marouane Fellaini and Shinji Kagawa.

    "Fellaini has so far contented himself with a deeper role and very few forays forward. Fellaini has always regarded the holding midfield role as his best while Manchester United manager David Moyes employed him further forward behind the striker at Everton with great success - fulfilling the role left vacant by Tim Cahill.

    "Interesting tactical conundrum for player and manager, more specifically manager, to solve."

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    Michael: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale can intimidate any club, that's how Real Madrid will win it this year.

    Ryan Oldham: People keep forgetting that this Manchester United side walked the Premier League last season. New manager maybe, but don't write them off just yet.

    Alex Riddle: Manchester United fans suddenly realising Marouane Fellaini wasn't such a bad signing after all...

  120. 2004: 
    Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Viktoria Plzen are keeping Manchester City honest out in the Czech Republic with captain Pavel Horvath controlling the tempo in midfield. Aleksandar Kolorov has gone into the book for the visitors.


    Andy in Manchester via 81111: I'm not sure why there was all this 'not a United player' nonsense about Marouane Fellaini. He has it all and is by far the best option they have in midfield.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    "Manchester United cannot keep the ball, that is making the crowd flat. There are no willing runners for them, and they are being caught on Bayer Leverkusen's right-hand side whenever Shinji Kagawa cuts inside."

    Listen to commentary of Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen on BBC Radio 5 live now (not available online).

  123. 2000: 
    Manchester United 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    Bayer Leverkusen apply their first bit of pressure as Stefan Reinartz gets away a snap-shot on the edge of the area which thuds behind for a corner off Nemanja Vidic. Reinartz makes a half-hearted appeal for a penalty, but that was chest not arm.


    Tom in Worcester via 81111: As a Manchester City fan I think Jesus Navas is such a exciting prospect, he has fitted perfectly into the team already and looks better every game.

    George in Oxford via 81111: Napoli to win the Champions League, some great signings and a good manager.

    Serpico in North London via 81111: Am I the only one who thinks Viktoria Plzen sounds like an Eastern European super model?

  125. 1957: 
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    Sam Swartz: If Manchester United struggle to score with this attacking line-up, I foresee a long season for manager David Moyes.

    Conor McMeekin: Can see Manchester United getting hammered in the Premier League and the Champions League this year, team's nowhere near as good as the other contenders!

  126. 1957: 
    Manchester United 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    A nice bit of Low Countries link-up as Belgian Marouane Fellaini arrows a pass into the feet of Dutchman Robin van Persie, who swivels neatly before sending a scruffy shot wide for Manchester United. Promising.

  127. 1955: 
    Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Manchester City are getting closer. Jesus Navas's shot from a tight angle is tipped over the top before Yaya Toure just fails to get a downward nod at the far post from the resulting corner. The ball skids upwards and off target via the Ivorian's forehead from Edin Dzeko's flick-on.

  128. 1953: 

    Bayern Munich have already scored against CSKA Moscow with a David Alaba free-kick finding the net. Elsewhere Filip Djuricic has put Benfica ahead against Anderlecht.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    "Manchester United are going to have to play between the lines, Antonio Valencia will have to beat men like he has not done for a long time and Shinji Kagawa will need to support the strikers.

    "Bayer Leverkusen will be very difficult opponents."

    Listen to commentary of Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen on BBC Radio 5 live now (not available online).

  130. 1950: 
    Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Manchester City

    Still all quiet on the Eastern front. Manchester City and Viktoria Plzen are still feeling each other out. The hosts are knocking it about crisply and do not look over-awed by their Premier League visitors.

  131. 1949: 
    Manchester United 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

    There are a fair few empty seats at Old Trafford. Marouane Fellaini has been getting plenty of the ball in the early stages, patrolling the centre circle like he has been there for years.


    David Abel: Hopefully Dortmund, they are playing some great football at the moment

    Ayoub: Man Utd I think all English teams will qualify for the knockout stages with at least one club reaching the semi-finals.But I have a gut feeling that Real Madrid will win it this year because they signed Bale who will play a major part in winning it.

    Sam Coleman: All people predicting Arsenal to win the Champions League can dream on!

    You can also have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Mr D: Oh, how I've missed the Champions League anthem.

  134. 1946: 

    We are up and running in Manchester and Plzen.

  135. 1945: 
    Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City (1945 BST)

    Manchester City are exchanging high-fives with their Viktoria Plzen counterparts. It is a tidy little venue, the Struncovy Sady Stadium. Vincent Kompany towers over his opposing skipper Pavel Horvath.

  136. 1944: 
    Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    Manchester United manager David Moyes: "It was always going to be a special night to manage Manchester United in the Champions League, as well as that it's part of my job and you have to take the next game as it comes along. How do you get experience? You've got to learn it somewhere and you've got to try it. This is a great place to try it. Hopefully the players will be the ones who help me along.

    "Leverkusen have got a system which could, at times, cause you problems. They have two very advanced full backs at times but, at the same time, we want to cause them problems."


    Tom via 81111: Nottingham Forest to keep up their 100% home record tonight v Middlesbrough!

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    Paul Moore: I genuinely think that Manchester City will win the Champions League this season. I can just see it! Focus off the league!

    Alex Browning: I think it's fair to say the pressure is on Manchester City to get a result tonight. Plzen are by far the simplest task in this group.

    Mike Spence: Potentially a couple of bore draws tonight. Two nervous managers, wanting/needing not to lose.

  139. 1943: 
    Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City (1945 BST)

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini on whether Vincent Kompany is fit enough to play the full 90 minutes: "Absolutely."

  140. 1943: 
    Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City (1945 BST)

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini: "It's very important [to do well in the Champions League], the league is also important but Manchester City had a good performance in the Premier League, so in the last two years of the Champions League it was not the right stage that this club needs. [We will play] the same as in the Premier League, we need to a have a team with a winning mentality, ambitious and with personality and play the way we know how to. I hope we can build a team that can play the same as the big teams."

  141. 1943: 
    Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    The teams are in the tunnel at Old Trafford. Even at the back of the queue, Marouane Fellaini's afro looms over the rest of the his team-mates. Wayne Rooney is still sporting that protective headband over his gashed forehead.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    "I think it is a fantastic time to play Manchester United. They have looked slow thus far this season, playing without any real tempo."

    Listen to build-up to the night's Champions League games on BBC Radio 5 live now (not available online).

  143. 1940: 

    There's three games in League One with Leyton Orient - the only team in the top five divisions with a 100% winning start - up against Notts County, who are without a league win this season.

    Early-season strugglers Bristol City, relegated from the Championship last season, host Shrewsbury while another of last season's relegated sides Wolves face Walsall in a West Midlands local derby.

    Meanwhile, there's a full programme in the Conference Premier with the highlight being leaders Cambridge at fifth-placed Alfreton.

    If Cambridge slip up, second-placed Nuneaton, who host Hereford, could overtake them.

  144. 1939: 
    Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    Summer signing Marouane Fellaini is given his first start for Manchester United, while manager David Moyes also selects midfielder Shinji Kagawa and defender Chris Smalling for the first time as he makes three changes to the team which started in Saturday's victory over Crystal Palace.

    Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling, last season's top scorer in the Bundesliga and rumoured to be on Moyes's radar, starts for the Germans.


    Ewan in Buntingford via 81111: Can see Stefan Kiessling giving Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand a hard time, top player.

    Raj via 81111: Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick in centre midfield for Manchester United. And they say we have a midfield crisis? Carrick can deliver, Fellaini brings the muscle. Bring it on!

    Will Rider in Tunbridge Wells via 81111: It's time for the Premier League to reassert its dominance as the best league in Europe and that starts tonight. Whether you support the two Manchester clubs or not, we should back them for the sake of English football.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old TraffordManchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    The news of Shinji Kagawa's return was particularly well received by Manchester United's fans when his name was read out at Old Trafford. As when any Bundesliga side travels in the Champions League, there is a boisterous and noisy support. Bayer Leverkusen well backed tonight.

  147. 1938: 

    It's a classic European night at Old Trafford. An inky black sky pierced by the floodlights and the red seats are rapidly being filled by fans. Shinji Kagawa, who has appeared for a grand total of six minutes under David Moyes, has been going through an extensive warm-up.

    He reportedly had a little moan about his lack of club action while on international duty with Japan last week.

    I think he later claimed to have been misquoted but it seems to have done the trick.


    Hugh at Old Trafford via 81111: The ground is buzzing! People have been itching for Shinji Kagawa, the fact it is with Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie is making everyone here very excited!

    Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    Statisticians Opta: 18 - Manchester United are playing in the Champions League for the 18th consecutive season, the longest current run of any side. Stalwarts.

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    ShaMraiz: David Moyes has done the first thing right to put out a strong, attacking line up. Hope he gets the result, will boost him.

    Hamzah Younus: If we don't win convincingly tonight, then David Moyes has got me well and truly worried.

    Michael Nwankwor: It feels so weird to watch Manchester United on a European night without Sir Alex. Good luck to David Moyes.

  151. 1931: 
    Oliver Neuville

    The last time Bayer Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia was at Old Trafford was as part of Liverpool's stunning 4-1 win in the Premier League in March 2009.

    The last time that Bayer Leverkusen themselves were in town was when they took a 2-2 draw in April 2002. That proved enough to send them through to a Champions League final with Real Madrid at United's expense.

    With the current Bayer side picking up four wins in their first five league games there is plenty of danger for Manchester United to negotiate this time around.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordViktoria Plzen v Manchester City (1945 BST)

    "I think Manchester City have been woeful this season after the Newcastle game. Manuel Pellegrini's team selection in the goalless draw at Stoke proves the Champions League is his main priority."

    Listen to build-up to the night's Champions League games on BBC Radio 5 live now (not available online).


    Tom in Manchester via 81111: One cannot express the sheer joy at seeing Javi Garcia's name not in the Manchester City starting XI but the mighty Vincent Kompany!

  154. 1920: 
    Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City (1945 BST)

    Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is back in the side after being injured against Newcastle in his side's opening Premier League game on 19 August. There are four other changes to the side that drew with Stoke on Saturday. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko start up front in place of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. Summer signings Jesus Navas and Fernadinho also start. Viktoria Plzen are without injured centre-back Marian Cisovsky, who has been their top scorer in three qualifying ties, and they will be led by Slovakian striker Marek Bakos.

  155. 1920: 
    LINE-UPS- Viktoria Plzen v Man City

    Viktoria Plzen: Kozacik, Rajtoral, Hejda, Prochazka, Limbersky, Horava, Horvath, Petrzela, Kolar, Kovarik, Bakos. Subs: Bolek, Hubnik, Tecl, Duris, Wagner, Pospisil, Koukal.

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Negredo, Javi Garcia, Rodwell, Jovetic.

    Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

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    Hammam Ayoub: Manchester United will have a good Champions League season but I think Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City will reach the semi-finals as he has experience.

    Will Davies: I can see David Moyes feeling the pressure if he doesn't get a win tonight.

    Danny Holliday: David Moyes' European ambitions have to start somewhere... Let's all give him and Manchester United a chance before writing us off.

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    Matt Hardy: Let's not forget the Championship leaders are in action tonight! Come on the Pool!


    Danny in Bolton via 81111: Bet Bolton manager Dougie Freedman's feeling a bit of pressure tonight. Would like nothing more than for him to turn it around, and bring back fortress Reebok!

    Ed via 81111: Forget Champions League, the mighty Walsall take on Wolves at Molineux tonight.


    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Huddersfield v Charlton: "Huddersfield fans have certainly been entertained this season with the Terriers having scored eight goals in their last three homes games. Three of those goals came against Charlton in the Capital One Cup first round three weeks ago - a game the Terriers won 3-2. Fans of both sides will be hoping for similar entertainment tonight to light up an otherwise gloomy and cold evening in West Yorkshire, where autumn has certainly arrived."

  160. 1914: 

    Other highlights on the opening night of Champions League group action include reigning champions Bayern Munich at home to CSKA Moscow. Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has named a strong line-up, with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mario Mandzukic starting. French champions Paris St-Germain are away to Greek side Olympiakos with £55m-man Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front for PSG. And over in Turkey, Group B rivals Galatasaray and Real Madrid meet, with the world's most expensive player Gareth Bale, starting on the bench for Los Blancos.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old TraffordManchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    "Japanese journalists conducting press box inquests into why Manchester United manager David Moyes has been ignoring Shinji Kagawa just had to change tack when teamsheets arrived."

  162. 1912: 
    Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    Tonight may give Manchester United David Moyes a chance to do a little under-the-radar scouting. German daily Bild reckons that Moyes has a "longstanding interest" in Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling. He has scored four goals in five games this season after netting 25 in 34 appearances last season.

    He is cracking on at 29 years old though.

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage at Old TraffordManchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    "Bayer Leverkusen are a big, strong physical side. It will be a tough test for Manchester United, as Sidney Sam and Stefan Kiessling are excellent players.

    "I do not think Manchester United's midfield is strong enough to win the Champions League. They are all fantastic players, but nobody can beat people one-on-one."

    Listen to build-up to the night's Champions League games on BBC Radio 5 live now (not available online).

    LINE-UPS- Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Kagawa, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Anderson, Hernandez, Young, Fabio Da Silva, Cleverley.

    Bayer Leverkusen: Leno, Donati, Spahic, Toprak, Boenisch, Can, Reinartz, Rolfes, Sam, Kiessling, Son. Subs: Palop, Wollscheid, Bender, Derdiyok, Hilbert, Oztunali, Kruse.

    Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

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    Russell Reynolds: Great looking line up for Manchester United. Glad to see Shinji Kagawa play, interested to see how he and Marouane Fellaini combine in the middle.

    Victor Chatfield: Wow, this is the strongest United team (Rafael aside). Well done David Moyes! Now hopefully we'll see that in the performance...

    Ben Johnson: Same old, same old for Manchester City. Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko, Jesus Navas. Can't see us playing amazingly. 1-0 will do though.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old TraffordManchester United v Bayer Leverkusen (1945 BST)

    "Manchester United manager David Moyes has his first experience of the Champions League group phase against Bayer Leverkusen tonight and is well aware of what is needed from his side in Europe this season.

    "He writes in his programme notes: 'I was at Wembley to watch the Champions League Final between Bayen Munich and Borussia Dortmund. I came away having seen the level of performance and standards required of Manchester United if we are to play in finals in the future. It is a challenge we are very much looking forward to.'"

  167. 1903: 

    Plzen is more famous as the birthplace of Pilsener lager than for Viktoria's exploits, but the city's football team are no slouches.

    They handed a Napoli, Edinson Cavani et al, a 5-0 aggregate whupping in the Europa League last season and also beat Atletico Madrid, before going out to Fenerbahce.

    They also took a point from AC Milan in the Champions League group stages in 2011.

    "Manchester City is one of the top clubs in the world and we are aware that we will not go into the match as favourites," manager Pavel Vrba told BBC Sport.

    "I am quite sure they won't be scared of us, but we are determined to fight for every inch of ground."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mark Pougatch presents from Old Trafford at 1900 BST as BBC Radio 5 live previews the evening's Champions League action.

    From 1945 BST, Mike Ingham and former Wales international Robbie Savage will bring live commentary as Manchester United begin their Group A campaign against Bayer Leverkusen - but please note this match is not available online.

    You can hear updates from the other matches, with Manchester City travelling to the Czech Republic to face Viktoria Plzen and Gareth Bale's Real Madrid playing Galatasaray.

  169. 1900: 
    Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City (1945 BST)

    Alistair Magowan reports: "Can Manuel Pellegrini find the magic ingredients to ensure Manchester City qualify for the group stage for the first time? The City boss reached the semis whilst in charge of Villarreal seven years ago and was a minute away from making the last four with Malaga last season. City face Bayern Munich in their next game so playing a Viktoria Plzen team that has played three play-off ties to get here offers a decent chance to get points on the board."

  170. 1858: 

    While Manchester United opted for a man without any significant European experience for their managerial vacancy in the summer, Manchester City went for the gristled grey matter of Manuel Pellegrini to replace Roberto Mancini.

    The Chilean may have got off to a slightly underwhelming start with in the Premier League, with seven points harvested from the first four games, but he punches above his weight in the European schoolyard.

    A trip to Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzen is his first Champions League test as City boss.

    Manuel Pellegrini
  171. 1857: 

    We'd like your thoughts on whether David Moyes can continue a proud European history at Manchester United and whether Manuel Pellegrini can create one at Manchester City are welcome on #bbcfootball on Twitter and 81111 on UK texts.

    Get punching on those keys.

  172. 1855: 

    We'd love to hear what you think about this season's Champions League - and you can do just that at the BBC Facebook page.

    Specifically - who do you think will end the campaign as champions?


    It's top against bottom as leaders Blackpool will be looking to maintain their unbeaten run, facing Millwall who have not won so far this season. Third-placed Nottingham Forest host Middlesbrough, while fellow promotion chasers Leicester entertain Blackburn and Gianfranco Zola's Watford play Doncaster. Ipswich face Yeovil, Bournemouth are at home to Barnsley and Derby travel to troubled Bolton.


    Group A:

    Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen

    Real Sociedad v Shakhtar Donetsk

    Group B:

    FC Copenhagen v Juventus

    Galatasaray v Real Madrid

    Group C:

    Benfica v Anderlecht

    Olympiakos v Paris St-Germain

    Group D:

    Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow

    Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City

  175. 1851: 

    The long and the short of it is that tonight's fixture list is long rather than short.

    Let's have a look at how the Champions League elite roll out.

  176. 1851: 

    Gareth Bale is named on the bench by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti despite scoring on his debut against Villarreal at the weekend. Angel di Maria, Luka Modric and Isco will play behind the twin threats of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

  177. 1848: 

    It was less than six years ago that Bolton were basking in the bright lights of European action, snatching a 2-2 draw away to a Bayern Munich side that featured Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.

    Tonight they face Derby, having taken two points from their opening six Championship games in their worst start to a League campaign for 50 years.

    That is one of nine matches in the Championship tonight.

    Kevin Davies
  178. 1847: 

    Marouane Fellaini and Shinji Kagawa both make their first starts of the season for Manchester United with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie also named in an attacking XI.

  179. 1846: 

    Captain Vincent Kompany returns to Manchester City's starting line-up after recovering from a groin strain sustained in the 4-0 win over Newcastle in their Premier League opener in August.

    Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko start up front with Alvaro Negredo on the bench.

  180. 1843: 
    David Moyes

    So far the highlights of David Moyes' European managerial experience are limited to an appearance in the last 16 of the Uefa Cup and an unfortunate defeat in a Champions League qualifying play-off. Both came when he was in charge at Everton.

    It is a lot less than the know-how predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson collected in winning two European Cups, two Cup Winners' Cups and two European Super Cups

    But it is more than former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia's who will be in Bayer Leverkusen dug-out at Old Trafford tonight.

    Their meeting is one of eight Champions League group openers being played tonight with defending champions Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Manchester City also in action.

  181. 1840: 

    There are a lot of things to get your head around on a night out in fancy continental company.

    The introductory cheek kissing, the wine-tasting protocol, the animals parts that might turn up on your plate.

    All have plenty of scope to get messy if you don't know what you are doing.

    Manchester United boss David Moyes will hope his big debut in the Champions League proper goes off without some similar faux-pas.

    Like losing at home to a side managed by a Liverpool legend.

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As It Stands Table

Group A

UEFA Champions League - Group A summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Atl Madrid 6 11 13
No movement 2 Juventus 6 3 10
No movement 3 Olympiakos 6 -3 9
No movement 4 Malmö FF 6 -11 3

Group B

UEFA Champions League - Group B summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Real Madrid 6 14 18
No movement 2 FC Basel 6 -1 7
No movement 3 Liverpool 6 -4 5
No movement 4 Ludo Razgd 6 -9 4

Group C

UEFA Champions League - Group C summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Monaco 6 3 11
No movement 2 Bayer Levkn 6 3 10
No movement 3 Zenit St P 6 -2 7
No movement 4 Benfica 6 -4 5

Group D

UEFA Champions League - Group D summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Bor Dortmd 6 10 13
No movement 2 Arsenal 6 7 13
No movement 3 Anderlecht 6 -2 6
No movement 4 Galatasaray 6 -15 1

Group E

UEFA Champions League - Group E summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Bayern Mun 6 12 15
No movement 2 Man City 6 1 8
No movement 3 Roma 6 -6 5
No movement 4 CSKA 6 -7 5

Group F

UEFA Champions League - Group F summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Barcelona 6 10 15
No movement 2 Paris St G 6 3 13
No movement 3 Ajax 6 -2 5
No movement 4 Apoel Nic 6 -11 1

Group G

UEFA Champions League - Group G summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 6 14 14
No movement 2 Schalke 6 -5 8
No movement 3 Sporting 6 0 7
No movement 4 NK Maribor 6 -9 3

Group H

UEFA Champions League - Group H summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 FC Porto 6 12 14
No movement 2 Shakt Donsk 6 11 9
No movement 3 Ath Bilbao 6 -1 7
No movement 4 BATE Bor 6 -22 3

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