Champions League - as it happened

Reaction after Chelsea lose to Basel and Milan knock out Celtic, while Arsenal beat Marseille in the Champions League.

26 November 2013 Last updated at 18:27

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As it happened

  1. 2224: 

    A strange old night. Chelsea through despite a disappointing defeat and performance. Meanwhile Arsenal rack up their fourth win from five groups games in a polished display but still left short of the last 16.

    There will surely be more in the strange case of Juan Mata as well. Last year's Player of the Season nominee has made just eight starts for his club so far this season. The World Cup clock is ticking and the January window is approaching. That adds up to rumours.

    Bye for now.

  2. 2217: 
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    Alex in Cardiff, via text: Frank Lampard simply does not have the legs anymore. Proven for England and whenever teams play with a high intensity against Chelsea (Basel, Everton, West Brom).

    Jo from London, via text: I still cannot understand what is Mata doing on the bench!!?? I would accept it if we were playing like a dream team without him but to leave him out, for the whole 90 minutes, when we are playing like that. Unbelievable!

    Vikram from Aberdeen, via text: For a supposedly "top" team from a supposedly "best" league in the world, it is embarrassing to not register a shot on target against a Swiss side. Doesn't matter how good they are. Whatever your issue is with Mata, sort it out Jose.

  3. 2213: 

    To see a selection of images from tonight's action, including a beauty of Jack Wilshere's first goal tonight, go to BBC Sport Facebook page. Sure beats checking up on what your ex is doing on there.

  4. 2207: 

    The top two, Oxford United and Chesterfield, were held to 0-0 draws against Newport County and Northampton respectively, however, Rochdale and Fleetwood Town failed to capitalise. Nine-man Rochdale were thrashed 4-0 at home to Scunthorpe while Fleetwood were the latest victims of Accrington Stanley's incredible upsurge in form, losing 2-0 on their travels. Southend United's late comeback away at Portsmouth has propelled them upto third spot, ahead of Rochdale and Fleetwood. At the other end of the table, Torquay United remain in the bottom two despite a 1-1 draw with Plymouth while Bury secured a vital win against Hartlepool to put some breathing space between them and the relegation zone.

  5. 2207: 

    Wolves now top the table after they won 2-0 against Tranmere and Leyton Orient were held to a 2-2 draw by Bristol City. Preston's 2-0 victory away at Port Vale has seen them move above Brentford and Peterborough into third place. Brentford overcame Peterborough 3-2 thanks to a late turnaround but have a slightly inferior goal difference to Preston. Rotherham's 3-0 success away at Coventry City has seen them move level on points with sixth-placed Bradford who could only manage a 1-1 draw against bottom side Notts County.

  6. 2207: 

    There was plenty of Football League action tonight as well. Here's a rundown on what went on.

  7. 2205: 

    Former England and Tottenham striker Gary Lineker: Arsenal cruising in a tough group. Strikingly consistent in the Premier League. It's time to take them seriously.

  8. 2204: 

    Basel and Schalke 04 are set for a gripping final Group E meeting, with one knockout stage qualification spot up for grabs. The Swiss side's 1-0 victory against Chelsea saw them move onto eight points, with Schalke's disappointing 0-0 draw with Steaua Bucharest leaving them a point and a place behind.

    Porto must defeat Group G winners Atletico Madrid next up to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages after they could only draw 1-1 with Austria Vienna. Zenit St Petersburg are a point ahead of the Portuguese side in second after they secured the same result in the early match against Atletico.

  9. 2204: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Arsenal 2-0 Marseille
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to ITV: "We were in control and it looked, at times, that we lacked a bit of sharpness to finish the game off but overall we were always in control of the game and the only regret is that we couldn't score more goals. We have 12 points in five games overall, it's a good number of points, and I'm confident we can take another point or three in Naples if we play well."

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    John Southworth: At least Jose admits when Chelsea are playing badly, sadly for Chelsea fans he is saying it a lot recently!

    Femi John Atoyebi: Poor application and appalling attitude are the real reasons for the #CFC loss and not tiredness.

    Daniel Thekston: People can try blame Jose all you want, it's the players fault, no heart or soul, ahem, Ramires, ahem, Ivanovic drop them both.

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    Steve Huish from Surbiton, via text: I can not believe Chelsea fans moaning. Ok it was a bad performance as Jose Mourinho is just saying. However, you just qualified for the last 16 of the competition - would you rather play well but not qualify ?

    Melvin in Lanarkshire, via text: Bizarre. Chelsea through with 9 points. Arsenal on 12 points could still go out.

  12. 2157: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Basel 1-0 Chelsea
    jose Mourinho

    "A bad performance, a deserved defeat. But because of other results, we qualify. That is the only positive thing from this night.

    "I did not like anything from the first minute. We started with a defensive mistake.

    "The team only had a bit of stability and control in the second half. I felt the team was tired, they paid the price of the international break and a crucial match against West Ham.

    "There was no reaction from the players, and wrong decisions. I am not sad with them, as I understand they were not fresh."

  13. 2156: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Basel 1-0 Chelsea
    Petr Cech

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech speaking to Sky: "We are qualified and that is the only positive as we did not play well. If you give your opponent in the Champions League the feeling they can win, they can win.

    "First half we did not play well, and in the second half we improved. The last touch was always missing."

  14. 2154:  
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  15. 2153: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Arsenal 2-0 Marseille

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere speaking to ITV: "It was strange because we didn't start well in the first 10 seconds because we lost the ball, and they had a chance. Playing on the right you can cut in on your left and the first one went in and it was nice. We created a lot of chances tonight… we got in behind them, hopefully on another night we'll put more away but we're happy with a win.

    "At the start of the season I said [I'd like to score] 10 goals. I've never scored four in a season so we'll see. I'm feeling good at the moment."

    On Napoli: "It's a tough game. At home they're a very good team they've got great fans. We're not through yet. We've got to regroup again."


    Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski: Fantastic result, fantastic game! I'm happy for my bro Jack!!!

  17. 2148: 

    As Chelsea join Manchester City in the last 16, what do the other English sides have to do to join them?

    Arsenal will be through as long as they avoid a heavy defeat by Napoli away in their final game, while Manchester United need just a point against Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow to go through with a game to spare.

    Celtic sadly can do nothing to force their way into the top two in their group.

  18. 2144: 

    Simon Church's second-half goal wrapped up a 2-0 victory for Charlton against Doncaster to move his side above their opponents and into 17th place in the table. The defeat will be a bitter pill to swallow for Doncaster who led the fixture 3-1 when it was abandoned earlier on this season.

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    RonnieM83: Remember when people made fun of Utd after their Basel loss. They are clearly no slouches at home. Jose too negative

    Tor Noppharat: Losing without registering a shot. That's way, way too awful....

    Syed Yousef: If Benitez had had still been the manager they would be calling for him to be sacked. Why is Jose any different?

    Graham Downing: On behalf of Chelsea FC, sorry CFC fans for your wasted money we really let you down. We have no clue. Yours, the Chelsea Team

  20. 2143: 

    Borussia Dortmund know they must travel to pointless Marseille in the final round of group games and win after beating Napoli 3-1.

    Jurgen Klopp's side risked being eliminated into the Europa League if they did not see off their Italian opponents and Arsenal beat Marseille, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's chipped finish ensured that eventuality was never likely to happen.

    Gerardo Martino suffered his first defeat as Barcelona head coach as 10-man Ajax held on to win 2-1. The result saw the Catalans fail to secure top spot in Group H, while the Dutch side secured at least a Europa League spot after AC Milan thrashed Celtic.

  21. 2143: 
    CHELSEA THROUGH TO LAST 16- Basel 1-0 Chelsea

    Despite conceding that late goal to Mohamed Salah, Chelsea have sneaked though to the last 16 thanks to Schalke's goalless draw away to Steaua Bucharest in Group E's other game. It's confusing, but that is the headline.

  22. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Basel 1-0 Chelsea
  23. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Celtic 0-3 AC Milan

    Celtic are chasing until the end, but they are out of Europe.

  24. 2135: 
    WHAT A MISS!- Basel 1-0 Chelsea

    Basel break into acres as Chelsea press forward in search of an equaliser, but Sergey Die slashes a volley over as the hosts outnumber Jose Mourinho's side. He had more time than that.

  25. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 2-0 Marseille
  26. 2133: 
    INJURY TIME- Arsenal 2-0 Marseille

    Into injury time around the grounds as Arsenal's Theo Walcott stabs a shot wide after miscontrolling Bacary Sagna's pass at the Emirates.

  27. 2129: 
    GOAL- Basel 1-0 Chelsea - Mohamed Salah (87 mins)

    Chelsea will have to wait at least another week. A long ball from the back picks out Mohamed Salah's run in behind Branislav Ivanovic and this time the Egyptian holds his nerve to lift the ball over Petr Cech and set off an eruption of noise in St Jakob Park.

  28. 2129: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Basel are mounting some late pressure with Serey Die's shot demanding close attention from Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

    Danny Mills at Emirates Stadium, BBC Radio 5 live

    "In the past Arsenal have played tremendously well and not won but in the last four or five games they maybe haven't played as well as they can but still got the result. There is more steel about this Arsenal side than there has been in the last four or five seasons."

  30. 2127:  
    Alasdair Lamont, BBC Sport at Celtic ParkCeltic 0-3 AC Milan

    Classy touch by the Celtic supporters as they roundly applaud the wonderful Kaka as he's substituted with his Milan team cruising. Great to see such a terrific player back to his best.

  31. 2127: 

    If it stays as it is Arsenal will need a point in their final game against Napoli to be sure of making the last 16 of the Champions League.

  32. 2125: 

    Borussia Dortmund have wasted countless chances against Napoli, but substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang calms any nerves as he lifts the ball over Pepe Reina from close-range to put Jurgen Klopp's side 3-1 ahead.

    With Arsenal on course to beat Marseille, anything but a victory for Dortmund against Napoli would have seen last season's beaten finalists drop into the Europa League.

  33. 2124: 
    Celtic 0-3 AC Milan

    Kaka heads off to be replaced by Robinho for AC Milan at Parkhead and the former Manchester City man is almost through on goal immediately before the offside flag pops up to drag him back.

  34. 2123: 

    League leaders Leyton Orient have twice been pegged back by Bristol City. Sam Baldock made it 1-1 before Dean Cox put Orient back into the lead. An own goal from Scott Cuthbert has cancelled out Orient's advantage for a second time. Jack Payne equalised for Peterborough away at Brentford before Britt Assombalonga put them ahead. Quick-fire goals from Danny Kedwell and Donervon Daniels brought Gillingham from behind to lead 2-1 against Stevenage but their opponents responded through Francois Zoko. Jordan Spence has halved MK Dons' deficit against Colchester while Sheffield United's 1-0 lead against Walsall, which was established by Chris Porter on the stroke of half time, has been cancelled out by Craig Westcarr.

  35. 2123: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea almost pick their way through the Basel rearguard, but Ramires cannot sort his feet out quickly enough to play in Fernando Torres. A point would be good enough for the Blues remember.

  36. 2121: 
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    Brett Mills: Speaking as a Chelsea fan there is only one way I can describe this viewing ordeal!

    Billy Sexton: It is possible that a team in Group F of the #UCL could be eliminated having amassed 12 points. Insane!

    Tim Gordon: A team playing in white with 0 shots on target. Now where have we seen this all before I wonder....

  37. 2121: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Marseille

    Florian Thauvin is waging a one-man mission to get Marseille at least a consolation goal. Wojciech Szczesny sprawls to his left to get a palm to his fierce shot. The Pole did well as it came streaking through a thicket of legs.


    Opta Joe - Jack Wilshere's two goal haul this evening is his first career double for Arsenal. Brace.

  39. 2118: 

    Napoli get themselves a lifeline against a previously untroubled Borussia Dortmund as substitute Lorenzo Insigne punishes Sebastian Kehl's poor pass to make the score 2-1.

    The nervous Signal Iduna Park crowd know their side must hold on to defeat their Italian opponents to avoid dropping into the Europa League as Arsenal are cruising against Marseille.

  40. 2118: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 2-0 Marseille

    Florian Thauvin darts in behind the Arsenal defence and is picked out by a fine lofted ball. The youngster's volley is half-blocked by the advancing Wojceich Szczesny and Nacho Monreal is back on the line to finish the job.

    Arsenal react by bringing on Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla in place of Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky.

  41. 2116:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterArsenal 2-0 Marseille

    At last Arsenal have the second goal their superiority deserves. Sadly Marseille do not resemble a team who might give Borussia Dortmund a problem in their final group game.

    Jack Wilshere celebrates
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    Adam from London, via text: Even on a bad day Ozil gets an assist. That is why he is so valuable. And why people should give him more time. He will get better as he adapts.

    Katie from London, via text: Hate how fickle football fans can be - beautiful assist from Ozil for the goal.

    Isak from London, via text: Tuned in for second half. Must have missed something because Ozil has been amazing.

  43. 2114: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Marseille

    Florian Thauvin cannot quite get over the top of a header as the ball is stood up at the far post by Jeremy Morel. Marseille do not look like they are about to get back into this one though. They have been flimsy tonight. Twenty minutes remain for them to find something in the locker.

  44. 2112: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho has adjusted the alchemy of this Chelsea side. The Blues have been livelier since Eden Hazard's arrival in place of Oscar. They have not particularly threatened the Basel goal but they don't look like losing either.


    Optajoe: 10 - Arsenal have scored in each of their last 10 Champions League games. Regularity.

  46. 2110: 

    On-loan striker Daniel Nardiello has put Bury ahead against Hartlepool, however, it's a very quiet night on the goal front in England's fourth division.

  47. 2110: 

    Dale Stephens' wonder strike for Charlton in the first half still separates them and Doncaster.

  48. 2109: 

    The Signal Iduna Park erupts as Jakub Blaszczykowski finishes off a trademark lightning-fast counter-attack by slotting under Pepe Reina to put Borussia Dortmund 2-0 up against an underwhelming Napoli.

    Jurgen Klopp's side came into this match knowing that they would be resigned to a Europa League spot if they failed to beat the Italians and Arsenal defeated Marseille.

  49. 2109:  
    Danny Mills at Emirates Stadium, BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 2-0 Marseille

    "That was a great team goal by Arsenal finished off by Jack Wilshere. Ramsey with a great ball through and it was put on a plate for Wilshere by Ozil, although Ramsey missed a similar chance in the first half. They can breathe easier now."

  50. 2109:  
    Alasdair Lamont, BBC Sport at Celtic ParkCeltic 0-3 AC Milan

    Neil Lennon did warn Milan could be a wounded animal here tonight, having come under heavy criticism over their recent poor run of results. They've certainly been much more impressive than they were in the corresponding fixture in the San Siro. But Celtic have contributed massively to their own downfall - profligate in front of goal and slack at the back.

    Neil Lennon
  51. 2107: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-0 Marseille - Jack Wilshere

    As slick as the Exxon Valdez. Aaron Ramsey slides Mesut Ozil in down the side and the German strokes the ball into the middle with the outside of his boot for Jack Wilshere to steer home. Goals aside, WIlshere has been the most impressive of that midfield trio this evening.

  52. 2107: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    Another promising attack flounders for Arsenal as Olivier Giroud slips as he attempts to gather Jack Wilshere's cute pass on the edge of the Marseille box. Might this be the moment to throw Theo Walcott into the mix, or will Arsene Wenger attempt to cling to the one-goal lead?

  53. 2105: 

    Barcelona are gifted a way back into the game against Ajax at the start of the second half as Neymar is fouled inside the penalty box after latching onto an awful pass. Joel Veltman is dismissed and Xavi steps up to reduce the deficit to 2-1 - a draw for Barcelona will guarantee them top spot in Group H.

    Porto striker Jackson Martinez shows the predatory instincts that have piqued Chelsea's interest as he taps in on the line to level things up with Austria Vienna. The Portuguese side must defeat the Austrian also-rans to increase their chances of overhauling Zenit St Petersburg into second place in Group G in the final round of games.

  54. 2103: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-3 AC Milan - Mario Balotelli (59 mins)

    A quality striker's goal from Mario Balotelli, who gets the wrong side of Virgil van Dijk, holds off the covering challenge of Efe Ambrose and sorts his feet in time to poke past Fraser Forster. That puts the game to bed and Celtic are left wondering about what-might-have-beens again.

  55. 2102:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterArsenal 1-0 Marseille

    Arsenal are so clearly superior to Marseille that it will be a matter of great frustration for manager Arsene Wenger that they have not yet shown the ruthlessness to extend this narrow lead.


    Opta Joe: 0 - Chelsea failed to register a single attempt on goal in the first half v Basel. Blunted.

  57. 2101: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have had a bigger share of possession since the break and look like they might have decided to try to strangle the life out of the game with a big dollop of keep-ball. Eden Hazard has come on for Oscar to help the cause.

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    Adam Smith: I have a feeling Marseille will get a point, that will seriously hurt Arsenal's confidence considering they haven't played well.

    Steven Marshall: You know Arsenal have been doing well recently when they get slated for being 1-0 up in the UCL.

    Gwalch Mon: I think we all know by know that Arsenal wasn't Ozil's preferred destination, but surely he could at least pretend to interested.

  59. 2059: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    Arsenal have started the second half looking like they want to find the jugular and end this one quickly. Steve Mandanda gets down sharply to save from Mesut Ozil's outside-of-the-foot effort after a dinked pass from the impressive Jack Wilshere.

  60. 2056: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Celtic 0-2 AC Milan

    It is all going off at Parkhead. Celtic think they have dragged a goal back but the linesman's flag is up to deny Virgil van Dijk after a superb header finds the far corner.

  61. 2053: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-2 AC Milan - Cristian Zapata

    Celtic immediately pay for their wastefulness. They fail to clear a corner and Cristian Zapata pops up at the far post to stab home the afters.

  62. 2052: 
    WHAT A MISS!- Celtic 0-1 AC Milan

    Immediate pressure from Celtic as a mazy run from Mikael Lustig is brought to a juddering halt by Urby Emanuelson. Charlie Mulgrew's free-kick from 25 yards out thuds into the wall, but he lifts the rebound back into the box where Virgil van Dijk, completely unmarked, volleys straight at Christian Abbiati. Glorious chance for the hosts.

  63. 2049: 
    KICK-OFF- Celtic 0-1 AC Milan

    Celtic do the honours at Parkhead to restart the action.

  64. 2048: 
    KICK-OFF- Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea kick us off in Basel. No changes.

  65. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    Back under way at Emirates Stadium. Very prompt.

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    Lifa: Jose is slowly turning Chelsea into one of the most boring teams to watch, it's so painful with Mata sitting on the bench.

    Femi Longe: Until Mourinho gets his team personnel right, Chelsea won't go beyond the Q/Finals. Play him or trade him!

    Fahad Khan: Worst Chelsea 1st half performance of the season !! What is Willian doing ? Where is Schurrle ? Why isn't Mata playing ?

  67. 2046: 
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    David Cassels an Arsenal fan in Horsham, via text: I hate to say it, but it's moments like that penalty miss when I wish we had Lampard. His penalty against West Ham was struck with such ferocity - like a bullet compared to Ozil's waft.

    Paul, via text: That penalty has summed up Ozil's last few weeks. Poor.

    Considering how fevered his welcome from Arsenal fans was, I imagine the Ozil backlash could be very messy if it gathers pace.

  68. 2045: 

    They may have already qualified for the next stage, but all the big names are still in that Barcelona side being put to the sword by Ajax. Cesc Fabregas, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique all started for the Catalans.

  69. 2044: 

    Following that tweet from Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (see 2031) about a bumpy landing for the team's plane in Germany, the Daily Mirror is reporting the following on its website:

    "A plane on the tarmac at Cologne airport forced the pilot to abort landing just 400 metres above the runway and land at the second attempt. One member of the United camp on the plane told the paper: 'It was quite frightening. We were coming into land when we had to pull up suddenly.'"

  70. 2041: 

    The Amsterdam Arena is rocking as a rousing first-half display from Ajax ends with Danny Hoesen firing in on the rebound to put them 2-0 up against all-conquering Barcelona. As the Group H scores stand, the Dutch side are heading for at least a Europa League spot while Celtic are guaranteed to finish bottom unless they can rebound from Kaka's goal for AC Milan.

  71. 2039: 

    Scunthorpe have taken the lead away at Rochdale. Niall Canavan has grabbed the goal as they look to move within two points of their opponents at the top end of the table. In a mid-table clash, AFC Wimbledon hold a 1-0 advantage over Dagenham & Redbridge with Michael Smith heading home in the 28th minute.

  72. 2039: 

    An own goal from Gabriel Zakuani has put Peterborough behind against fellow promotion chasers Brentford. David Mooney has scored his 14th goal of the season to give league leaders Leyton Orient the advantage away at Bristol City. Dave Edwards has doubled Wolves' advantage against Tranmere as they look to keep the pressure on Orient. Elsewhere, 10-man Preston find themselves in front away at Port Vale courtesy of a stunning strike from Joe Garner.

  73. 2038: 

    An incredible strike from Dale Stephens has put Charlton ahead against Doncaster at The Valley. The visitors will not be happy if they lose this one having seen this fixture abandoned earlier on this season when they led 3-1 at half-time.

  74. 2037: 

    It is all getting rather tetchy between Borussia Dortmund and Napoli in Group F. There is a melee in the middle of the pitch after visiting centre-back Raul Albiol swipes through the back of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, before Blerim Dzemaili then goes down flamboyantly under the lightest of challenges from Sebastian Kehl to raise the temperature further.

    Napoli must get an equaliser to knock Dortmund out of the Champions League, but Rafa Benitez's side's gamesmanship seems to be distracting them from getting back into the match. 1-0 to the Germans.

  75. 2036:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterArsenal 1-0 Marseille

    "What a terrible penalty that was for a player of Ozil's quality. Fiddling about in the run-up and got the result it deserved."

  76. 2036:  
    Danny Mills at Emirates Stadium, BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 1-0 Marseille

    "It was a magnificent start by Arsenal, they have had a lot of success down the right and Theo Walcott must be chomping at the bit to come on but they have not taken their chances,. They have got to press home this advantage because if they drop the tempo it will be hard to step it back up. Arsene Wenger will be telling them to get that second goal and they can play their possession football."

  77. 2034: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have been hanging on for most of the half and Jose Mourinho strode down the touchline towards the changing rooms before the half ended, no doubt with plenty to say to his team when he meets them deep in the bowels of St Jakob Park.

  78. 2033:  
    Alasdair Lamont, BBC Sport at Celtic ParkHALF-TIME- Celtic 0-1 AC Milan

    The as-it-stands Group H table doesn't make pretty reading for Celtic fans right now. With their team trailing and Ajax 2-0 up at home to Barcelona, Celtic are looking at a European exit altogether tonight. There have certainly been signs that Neil Lennon's side can get back into this match, but Milan have been dangerous too and are good value for their lead.

  79. 2032: 
    Celtic 0-1 AC Milan

    A late chance for Celtic to throw the ball into the box from a set-piece, but Kris Commons' free-kick floats far too long for Giorgios Samaras at the far post. That is the last kick of the first half.

  80. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Basel 0-0 Chelsea
  81. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 1-0 Marseille
  82. 2031: 

    Manchester United have just arrived in Germany ahead of Wednesday's game against Bayer Leverkusen, but it sounds like their journey wasn't quite as straightforward as they might have liked:

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: Landed in Germany....just....I've only just recovered after that choppy landing!

    Danny Mills at Emirates Stadium, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Arsenal have got to be careful that they don't get frustrated. They can keep possession all night long but if they don't get that second goal then it will get nervous. They have had so many chances you just wonder are they going to be left to rue that?"

  84. 2031: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    It is a little further out than the patch of pitch from where he scored the opener, and this time when Jack Wilshere cuts inside onto his left foot his effort fails to get the required curl. Arsenal are still well on top. They may have wanted more of an advantage on the scoreboard for their superiority on the pitch though.

  85. 2028: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Samuel Eto'o crumples to the deck. The Cameroon international has tweaked his groin and has to be taken to the sidelines on a stretcher to be replaced by Fernando Torres. That looks like it could be a fair few weeks out for the Chelsea striker.

    Samuel Eto'o is taken off on a stretcher
  86. 2026: 

    We are heading into the final five minutes of the first halves around the grounds.

  87. 2025: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Basel would be ahead if Mohamed Salah had worked out that it is almost always better to leave the shooting to one of his team-mates. The Egypt international dribbles another effort wide with Marco Streller among those howling for him to square it to them.

    Danny Mills at Emirates Stadium, BBC Radio 5 live

    "That is justice done, it was a poor decision because the foul was outside the area but it was a soft penalty."

  89. 2024: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    Mesut Ozil gives it the old two-step run-up but he could have done with a little more of an approach. His shot is tentative and Steve Mandanda plunges left to push it away. A rotten penalty.

  90. 2022: 
    PENALTY TO ARSENAL- Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    Aaron Ramsey goes over the leg of Nicolas N'Koulou to earn the Gunners a spot-kick....

  91. 2021: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have managed to steady the ship and buy themselves a little time to clear their head. They have been rocking in the first half-hour though. Basel have had eight shots on goal, with the Blues yet to register one. Jose does not look happy.

  92. 2019: 

    Gerardo Martino has yet to be beaten in 20 games as Barcelona head coach, but Thulani Serero's sidefooted-finish puts Ajax deservedly into the lead at the Amsterdam Arena.

    Barcelona are already through to the knockout stages but need a draw to finish as Group H winners. If Ajax hold on and Celtic lose to Milan, the Dutch side will be guaranteed at least a Europa League spot.

    Elsewhere, yet more poor defending from Porto has seen Roman Kienast latch onto a sloppy pass and blast in Austria Vienna's first goal in Group G. A home defeat for the Portuguese club will severely hamper their hopes of overtaking Zenit St Petersburg to claim second place behind Atletico Madrid.

  93. 2019: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    It looks like Lucas Mendes wants to start the full-time shirt-swapping a little early. The Marseille centre-back hauls Olivier Giroud over in the box as the pair contest a free-kick, but escapes punishment. Fortunate for the visitors.

  94. 2017:  
    Alasdair Lamont, BBC Sport at Celtic ParkCeltic 0-1 AC Milan

    It's a fascinating match, with both sides very committed to attacking. Celtic look a little vulnerable to the counter-attack right now as they press for an equaliser. Kaka also looks like the player who left Milan for Real Madrid.

  95. 2016: 
    Celtic 0-1 AC Milan

    Kaka is floating dangerously for AC Milan, wrapping his foot around a decent effort from 25 yards. Fraser Forster, at full stretch, could only wave it on its way, but was relieved to see it thud into the advertising hoardings.

  96. 2014: 
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    Andy in Manchester, via text: I just hope someone picks Mata up in January. What an utter waste of a glorious talent.

    Carl in Reading, via text: Why does Jose insist on playing Willian over Mata? I just don't see anything to get excited about.

    George from Durham, via text: People thinking Chelsea have an easy ride tonight should remember that Basel beat them in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.

  97. 2014: 
    Celtic 0-1 AC Milan

    Celtic's Kris Commons slashes a shot well over the top from distance as Celtic attempt to find a way back into the game. AC Milan have held them at arm's length's so far.


    Infostrada Sports: Wilshere's goal after 27 seconds is the fastest by an Englishman in #UCL. Previous record 1:05 by #Rooney at Bayern Munich in March 2010. It is Arsenal 's 2nd fastest #UCL goal. The record is 20 seconds by Giberto Silva vs PSV on 25 Sep 2002.

  99. 2011: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    No chance of Petr Cech getting cold on a chilly night in Switzerland. The Chelsea goalkeeper does well to get a hand up to Mohammad Salah's shot as it rears up off the turf and threatens to loop over him from 10 yards. The home crowd are bouncing, possibly to keep warm as much as support their team.

  100. 2011: 

    The kick off in the game involving Portsmouth and Southend was delayed until 2000 GMT due to a road accident but that did not affect Andy Barcham, who has fired Pompey into the lead. Elliot Benyon briefly put struggling Torquay ahead against Plymouth but Reuben Reid brought the visitors level from the penalty spot. Meanwhile, Steven Craig has given Wycombe the lead against Exeter as they look to bounce back from Saturday's defeat against Chesterfield.

  101. 2009: 

    Preston are down to 10 men at Port Vale after Neil Kilkenny was dismissed for violent conduct. The game between league leaders Leyton Orient and Bristol City remains goalless while second-placed Wolves are 1-0 up against Tranmere at Molineux thanks to Leigh Griffiths's strike. Elsewhere, Shrewsbury are in front against Oldham through Gozie Ugwu.

  102. 2009: 

    Charlton and Doncaster have failed to muster up a goal between them thus far in the Championship's only fixture this evening.

  103. 2008:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterArsenal 1-0 Marseille

    All the early indications have been that this will ultimately be a comfortable night for Arsenal - but Borussia Dortmund's goal against Napoli was not what they would have wanted to hear. This is such a tight group and has always had the look of one that might go to the final minute of the final game.

  104. 2008: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is off his line smartly to spread himself at Andre-Pierre Gignac's feet and snuff out a half-chance for the Marseille striker.


    Former Arsenal and Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba: The confidence that is running through the Arsenal squad right now is great. They can beat any team with this confidence.

  106. 2006: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Basel striker Marco Streller is getting to grips with John Terry, getting stuck into the aerial challenges. Chelsea, like lots of previous English visitors, look shaken by Basel's energy.

  107. 2003: 

    It had been a tentative start from Borussia Dortmund in their must-win Group F game against Napoli, but they go 1-0 ahead after Marco Reus converts expertly into the bottom right corner from the penalty spot.

    The goal came from Dortmund's first corner of the match, as Napoli's Argentina defender Federico Fernandez tried to swap shirts with Robert Lewandowski 80 minutes too early. The home fans' nerves would have been calmed even more if the Poland striker had not then missed an absolute sitter when played clean through on goal soon after.

    Remember, an Arsenal win and anything but victory from Dortmund would see last season's finalists dumped into the Europa League with one game still to play.

  108. 2003: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Basel still with the whip-hand in Switzerland with Chelsea's Petr Cech called into action to tip away Fabian Frei and Jon Mikel Obi clearing off the line from Ivan Ivanov's toe-poke from the resulting corner.

    Fabian Frei goes close for Basel
  109. 2001:  
    Alasdair Lamont, BBC Sport at Celtic ParkCeltic 0-1 AC Milan

    Virgil van Dijk has been outstanding for Celtic this season, but he's culpable for that goal - drifting off Kaka to leave him with an easy header and Celtic with plenty to do if their Champions League campaign is to be stretched beyond next month.

  110. 1958: 
    GOAL- Celtic 0-1 AC Milan - Kaka (12 mins)

    The Celtic defence develop a huge blind spot right on the six-yard box at an AC Milan corner and Kaka duly strolls in to fill it and nod in unchallenged. The Brazilian's header beat Beram Kayal who was stationed on the post by Fraser Forster.

    Kaka scores for Milan
    Danny Mills at Emirates Stadium, BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was another fantastic move, Ramsey can't believe he's not scored there, all he had to do was put it either side but the keeper has somehow made the save. It's important now that Arsenal go and kill the game off. They are on top and they have to make that count."

  112. 1956: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have been penned back for a fair bit in the first ten minutes with Petr Cech fielding plenty of crosses from the right where Mohamed Salah has looked lively.

  113. 1954: 
    Celtic 0-0 AC Milan

    Decent start from Celtic, who force an early corner and have a sight of goal through Derk Boerrigter, but his volley flies way off target. They will be pleased with this start.

  114. 1954: 
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    Craig in London, via text: "I have been putting a cheeky (and admittedly highly optimistic) fiver on Arsenal to win the CL for years. This year I didn't do it but I'd gladly take the loss for European glory! Think we can do it with this team too.

  115. 1954: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    Arsenal almost have a second and Aaron Ramsey cannot believe he has failed to beat Steve Mandanda. The Welshman looked odds on to tuck in from Jack Wilshere's square ball across the face of goal but found the goalkeepers chest instead.

  116. 1952: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Marseille

    Arsenal are purring on the back of Jack Wilshere's opening goal. The Gunners are knocking the ball about confidently and Marseille are chasing shadows. Aaron Ramsey pings wide from 30 yards in the latest pop at goal from the home side.

  117. 1950: 
    Basel 0-0 Chelsea

    Basel threaten first in Switzerland. Taulant Xhaka's free-kick evades everyone, and Petr Cech, pinned to the goalline as he awaits a touch, had to be alert to punch clear.

    Danny Mills at Emirates Stadium, BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a start, Ramsey has the ball robbed off him at one end and then Wilshere takes it down the other end. I thought the chance had gone but cool as you like he cut back inside and hit a gorgeous little shot."

  119. 1946: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Marseille - Jack Wilshere (1 min)

    Asmir Begovic, Jesus Navas and now Jack Wilshere. It has been all about the lightning strikes in the past couple of weeks. Wilshere bursts down the right, cuts in off the flank and befuddles Lucas Mendes with a stepover before curling a fine finish into the far corner. That one weighs in at 30 seconds.

    Jack Wilshere
  120. 1946: 

    We are up and running in London, Basel and Glasgow..

  121. 1945: 
    Celtic v AC Milan ( 1945 GMT)

    The hosts emerge from their huddle and we are ready for the off.

  122. 1945: 
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    Paul in Newcastle, via text: Arsenal will definitely win tonight. Also think Celtic will get a result. Chelsea's game is harder than some seem to think.

    Paul Schillaci, via text: Really looking forward to the Chelsea game but need to finish this electrical engineering assignment which is due in tomorrow.

  123. 1944: 
    Basel v Chelsea (1945 GMT)

    John Terry leads a Chelsea side decked out in their mostly-white change strip down the Basel ranks for the pre-match hand slaps.

  124. 1942: 

    I asked which Premier League team you think will go furthest in the Champions League. Keep your views coming

    Daniel Nyirenda Waku-Katoto: Arsenal all the way to the final. We've got a more spirited team now, a team with purpose and hunger for success. With limited spending we've been there for 16 consecutive seasons. That shows you that if we only could strengthen a little bit then it would be ours. Spenders like City never impress that much and we'll prove that class can outplay cash.

  125. 1942:  
    Danny Mills at the Emirates Stadium, BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal v Marseille (1945 GMT)

    On which English team if any could go all the way in the competition: "Possibly Chelsea, they have strength in depth and their attacking midfield is very good. Possibly if Arsenal make it through the group and the first knockout stage they are a team who on their day can beat anyone. They need to keep everyone fit and add a top-class striker who is not cup tied and then who knows, but they have to get through the group first."

  126. 1941: 
    Celtic v AC Milan ( 1945 GMT)

    There is a crackling atmosphere at Parkhead. Scarves aloft and vocal cords twanging as the two teams gather in the bowels of the stadium and prepare to emerge into the maelstrom.

  127. 1940: 
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    Jdesatge: Banking on an Arsenal win tonight, they've just got too much in their locker for Marseille. Meanwhile, Basel to cause an upset.

    Anthony Reyre: Despite being a Spurs fan I can't help being interested and impressed with Arsenal's performance! Hope they do well tonight.

    Krishnan: If Mata can't find a way into the XI even vs Basel when qualification is almost certain, then he is better off leaving Chelsea.

  128. 1940:  
    Danny Mills at Emirates Stadium, BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal v Marseille (1945 GMT)

    "You have to be a bit wary but I think Arsenal will command the game, they will dominate possession. Arsenal need to start well because if you give Marseille a chance with their new players they will have a go but if Arsenal can dominate from the beginning they will give their opponents no chance."

  129. 1939:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterArsenal v Marseille (1945 GMT)

    If Arsenal make their way out of Group F, Arsene Wenger's side will deserve great credit. It was widely accepted to be the toughest Champions League section with Borussia Dortmund and Rafael Benitez's Napoli - but so far so good and they are favourites to secure another three points against a Marseille side who are not even on the board in the group.

  130. 1935: 
    Basel v Chelsea (1945 GMT)

    Absolute brass monkeys at Basel. Jose Mourinho will regret leaving his locks back in a Cobham changing room. The hosts are two points clear at the top of the Swiss Super League.

  131. 1932: 
    Basel v Chelsea (1945 GMT)

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: "Basel can still qualify and we still need a point to qualify and if we don't do that today we have to wait until last match day to sign the last 16 list. So they are dangerous and they play well. They have a style which is not easy to play against and our good thing is we reacted well to the previous defeat and we won the next three games. At Stamford Bridge they gave us a very difficult match and for sure in front of their own fans it will be even more difficult.

    "Fernando Torres is fine, he is training with the group for the last two days, he feels ready. If the team needs [I will use him], if not I protect him a little bit more."

  132. 1932: 

    Mayled from Barry, via text: I'm getting sick and tired of Mourinho leaving Mata out of the team for no apparent reason!

  133. 1931: 
    Basel v Chelsea (1945 GMT)

    Talking of which, in the Basel line-up tonight is Fabian Schar. The 21-year-old defender is one of the few who might have been better paid if he had stuck with a career outside football.

    He was an intern at a local bank just 18 months ago. Now, Arsenal and Inter Milan are the ones who reportedly want to hand him a big cheque.

  134. 1928: 
    Basel v Chelsea (1945 GMT)
    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho unveiled a new close crop at his press conference ahead of tonight's game. The Chelsea manager said that he borrowed Fernando Torres's clippers and mowed his own thatch at the club's training ground at Cobham. "Nice" and "cheap" were the adjectives he used to describe it.

    You wouldn't think of the Chelsea training ground as the place to pick up money-saving tips.

  135. 1924:  
    Alasdair Lamont, BBC Sport at Celtic ParkCeltic v AC Milan ( 1945 GMT)

    It's an enthralling prospect here tonight, as Neil Lennon's Celtic know they have to win to retain realistic hopes of qualifying for the last 16 for a second successive season. The visiting AC Milan side are on a dreadful run of results, but Lennon warned yesterday of a "wounded animal" and highlighted the quality of the squad the Italians still possess. Nonetheless, Celtic's European record at home is outstanding and this could be another special night at Celtic Park.

  136. 1923: 
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcfootball

    Earlier I asked which of the English teams will get furthest in the Champions League. Your responses are still coming in...

    Chris Briggs: Arsenal lucky in our CL group? The same group called the Group of Death! Our team as good as any and will challenge all the way.

    Paul Moore: Man City will get the furthest, in fact we will win it! We look awesome at times and have the world's best strike force.

  137. 1921:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's faith in Aaron Ramsey has been rewarded spectacularly this season - especially when he scored the winner away to Borussia Dortmund in their last Champions League game that put the Gunners in charge of the group. They simply need to take care of their side of the bargain against Marseille and await news from Germany on Dortmund's meeting with Napoli. If Arsenal win and Dortmund do not, Arsenal qualify.

    Jose Mourinho needed to turn Chelsea around in the Champions League after an opening defeat by Basel. He has done so with such success that they are now within a point of reaching the knockout phase.

    But Chelsea beware - Manchester United were knocked out at the group stage in 2011 after defeat in Basel and Spurs went out on penalties there in the last eight of the Europa League last season.

  138. 1918:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC COVERAGE

    There is none of that old wireless white noise on the shiny BBC Sport app.

    In fact, you can seamlessly stream Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra while you catch up with the day's news on your mobile device. I make that the perfect time to mention that there will be live coverage of Arsenal v Marseille on BBC Radio 5 live and Charlton v Doncaster on 5 live sports extra.

    Take the unsubtle hint and plug yourself in. You'll love it.

  139. 1916: 

    Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has re-deployed Lars Bender, usually a central midfielder, in the heart of his defence in the absence of Mats Hummel and Neven Subotic. Last year's runners-up are in a tight spot, but Napoli do not travel well. That could be the Germans' salvation.

  140. 1911: 

    A repeat of last season's run to the Champions League final seems a long way away for Borussia Dortmund. If Jurgen Klopp's much-heralded side fail to beat Napoli and Arsenal defeat Marseille, they will have to settle for a Europa League spot even though there is one Group F game still to go.

    The injury-enforced absence of first-choice centre-backs Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic has contributed to a run of three consecutive defeats in all competitions for Dortmund. But opponents Napoli have won none of their last nine trips to Germany and have lost their last two Serie A games.

    All to play for then at Signal Iduna Park.

  141. 1911: 

    I asked which Premier League team you think will go furthest in the Champions League. Keep your views coming

    Patrick Katongole Nkutsi Katso: Arsenal - they are riding high on confidence and there is more improvement to come with wide players returning in the squad and providing more dynamism.

    Sam Howell: Arsenal should win the Champions League in the next few years with their new team. But this year, I personally think Bayern Munich again or Real Madrid.

    Alexander Graham: City aren't good enough away from home to win over two legs against the very best (by that I mean Barca, Bayern, Milan, the rest). Chelsea and Arsenal most likely. Not going to be biased and pick Arsenal.

    Alasdair Lamont, BBC Sport at Celtic ParkCeltic v AC Milan ( 1945 GMT)

    Looking at the Milan team, it's utterly astounding they find themselves in 13th place in Serie A and without a win in seven games. Ignazio Abate, Riccardo Montolivo, Kaka and Mario Balotelli would grace most teams in Europe, but for some reason things aren't going well for them right now and this is a wonderful chance for Celtic to claim another famous scalp.

  143. 1908: 
    Celtic v AC Milan ( 1945 GMT)

    AC Milan's front line consists of former Manchester City controversy magnet Mario Balotelli ahead of Orlando City target Kaka and Solvenian international Valter Birsa.

    If you fancy it, you can follow a bespoke live text commentary of this match from our colleagues in Scotland.

  144. 1905: 
    Arsenal v Marseille (1945 GMT)

    Marseille have left Mathieu Valbuena on the bench which will rob them of some guile. Andre-Pierre Gignac starts up front. The former Toulouse man has brought a lot of industry but not much inspiration whenever I have seen him.

  145. 1901: 
    BREAKING ARSENAL TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Marseille (1945 GMT)

    Mathieu Flamini returns from suspension to take his place in the Arsenal midfield with Santi Cazorla dropping to the bench. Nacho Monreal comes in for Kieran Gibbs, with Tomas Rosicky replacing Mikel Arteta from the team that beat Southampton.

    Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky, Ozil, Giroud

  146. 1856:  
    Alasdair Lamont, BBC Sport at Celtic ParkBREAKING CELTIC TEAM NEWS- Celtic v AC Milan ( 1945 GMT)

    Interesting line-up for Celtic, with James Forrest picked to start the game against Milan despite his arrest over alleged offences of public indecency and sexual assault. He seemed in a relaxed frame of mind as he arrived at Celtic Park this evening and his manager Neil Lennon clearly feels off-field events won't impact upon his on-field performance. Giorgios Samaras playing as the main striker is a change from the norm as well. Perhaps Lennon believes his presence and pace can trouble the Milan central defenders. Derk Boerrigter gets a rare start and Beram Kayal is favoured over Joe Ledley in central midfield.

    Celtic starting XI: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Izaguirre, Forrest, Kayal, Mulgrew, Boerrigter, Commons, Samaras.

  147. 1855: 
    Jurgen Klopp

    Chelsea are odds-on favourites to win Group E. The Blues need just a draw against Basel to advance to the knockout stages and a win would seal top spot. Should they beat Basel and Schalke overcome Steaua Bucharest the Germans will follow into the last 16 in their slipstream.

    Arsenal could also secure qualification, though they will have half an eye on events in Italy, where a Napoli win against Borussia Dortmund and a Gunners victory would put the English side through. If that scenario happens, last season's finalists Dortmund will be consigned to the Europa League.

    Atletico Madrid have already won Group G but both Zenit St Petersburg and Porto could still qualify.

    Celtic know anything less than a win over AC Milan will end their campaign, but if they win and already-qualified Barcelona beat Ajax, then they would be second in Group H and in a strong position going into the final matchday.

    All clear?

  148. 1853: 

    So what are the Champions League permutations to keep in mind as the goals fly in and the groups are shaken up like a snowglobe?

    I thought you might ask. Here is a handy guide to the whats and wherefores...

  149. 1853: 
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    I asked which Premier League team would go furthest in the Champions League this year...

    Ben Llywelyn Hughes Arsenal - due to the Dortmund win and the league challenge and I think they are only two or three players away from being Champions League winners

    Letuka Jam-Masta Qabalatsane I think Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal will reach the quarter finals, then because of their squad depth Chelsea and Man City can make the semi finals but I don't see any English team making the final. Man Utd are completely out of the picture!

    Anthony Murray: Chelsea. United have no experience in Champions League under Moyes. Arsenal will be knocked out, they were lucky in their group and City got a lesson on how to play football by Bayer.

  150. 1852: 

    You are welcome to stick your oar in on the good ship live text tonight. Predictions, reactions and general observations are welcome, but as a side order why not pick out which of the four Premier League sides will get furthest in this year's Champions League?

    Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all have managers with plenty of Champions League nous, Manchester United have one who has yet to taste the competition proper. Will that make a difference? Or is it all about sniffing out some crafty January signings who are still eligible for a continental campaign?

    Hit me on #bbcfootball, text on 81111 from UK mobile or have your say on our Facebook page. Stick your name on those texts though.

  151. 1852: 

    Only goal difference separates Oxford, Chesterfield and Rochdale at the top of League Two and all three are at home tonight, to Newport, Northampton and Scunthorpe respectively.

    The Cobblers are bottom of the table having suffered 12 defeats in all competitions so far this season but they are still just two points from safety, so could move out of the bottom two if they beat the Spireites.

    A win could also see Torquay out of the bottom two - they host rivals Plymouth.

  152. 1851: 
    Basel v Chelsea (1945 GMT)

    Basel make three changes to the starting line-up that beat FC Thun 4-1 last time out with Mohamed Salah, who scored in the 2-1 win over the Blues at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture, in for Giovanni Sio.

  153. 1847: 
    BREAKING CHELSEA TEAM NEWS- Basel v Chelsea (1945 GMT)

    Chelsea start with Oscar behind Samuel Eto'o in attack. Juan Mata and Fernando Torres are on the bench. Willian comes in for Eden Hazard in the only change from the team that beat West Ham.

    Chelsea starting XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Oscar, Willian; Eto'o

  154. 1844: 

    The battle at the top of League One is a close one with Leyton Orient leading Wolves by just one point. Orient are away at struggling Bristol City, while Wolves host Tranmere, who were shock 5-1 winners at Coventry at the weekend.

    Just a point also separates the third and fourth-placed teams, Brentford and Peterborough, who meet at Griffin Park, with the Posh looking to end a run of four straight league defeats.

    At the bottom Notts County's new boss Shaun Derry is still looking for his first win and they travel to Bradford having lost their last five in all competitions.

  155. 1843: 

    Is it raining in London? Let's hope not...

    There's only one game in the Championship this evening - Doncaster's second trip to Charlton in the league this season. The first was controversially abandoned at half-time because of rain when Rovers were leading 3-1.

    Neither side has been in great form of late. Two wins from 11 games have seen Charlton slip to just one place and three points above the bottom three, while Doncaster did win their last match but lost three of the previous four.

    Fingers crossed for slightly better conditions this time around.

    Groundsmen rake water off the pitch at The Valley
  156. 1838: 

    This is where the British sides in Champions League action are pitching up this evening:

    Basel v Chelsea (1945 GMT)

    Arsenal v Marseille (1945 GMT)

    Celtic v Milan (1945 GMT)

    There are a couple of other ties that catch the eye as well, with Borussia Dortmund v Napoli and Ajax v Barcelona looking particularly tasty.

    It is not all European razzle-dazzle tonight though. Charlton and Doncaster meet at the dicey end of the Championship while it a full programme of League One and League Two action.

    All of them are 1945 GMT kick-offs as well.

    It is going to be busier and buzzier than Harry Redknapp's mobile on deadline day.

  157. 1833: 

    Celtic are flying the flag for the Scottish Premier League in Group H tonight as they welcome AC Milan to Parkhead.

    That won't be the only flag they are flying either.

    The Bhoys hardcore will be able to dust off this tremendous bit of banner work.

    While Mario Balotelli and Frank de Boer cower before the green-and-white Grim Reaper, Lionel Messi looks like he fancies his chances of dropping a shoulder and nut-megging Death himself.

    Celtic fans before kick-off against Barcelona
  158. 1830: 
    Tottenham Joe Jordan and AC Milan Gennaro Gattuso

    AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso grabbing the much older, much taller, much harder Joe Jordan by the throat. Robin van Persie, then of Arsenal, being sent off against Barcelona for not having the hearing of a bat. And Manchester United's Anderson actually looking like a £20m-plus goal-scoring midfielder.

    These are the sort of thrills and spills that you get when the Premier League launches a four-pronged attack on the knockout stages of the Champions League.

    It hasn't happened since 2010-11. But with Manchester City already there, Manchester United on the brink and Arsenal and Chelsea training their sights on the last 16 tonight, it could be time to mock up some modern-day Dad's Army opening credits.

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Last updated 26 Nov 2013 UK

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 Man Utd 4 3 8
No movement 2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4 3 7
No movement 3 Shakhtar Donetsk 4 -2 5
No movement 4 Real Sociedad 4 -4 1
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 4 10 10
No movement 2 Galatasaray 4 -4 4
No movement 3 FC Copenhagen 4 -5 4
No movement 4 Juventus 4 -1 3
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 Paris St-Germain 4 11 10
No movement 2 Olympiakos 4 1 7
No movement 3 Benfica 4 -2 4
No movement 4 RSC Anderlecht 4 -10 1
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 Bayern Munich 4 11 12
No movement 2 Man City 4 5 9
No movement 3 CSKA Moscow 4 -6 3
No movement 4 Viktoria Plzen 4 -10 0
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 Chelsea 5 8 9
No movement 2 Basel 5 1 8
No movement 3 FC Schalke 04 5 -2 7
No movement 4 Steaua Bucharest 5 -7 3
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 Arsenal 5 5 12
No movement 2 Borussia Dortmund 5 4 9
No movement 3 Napoli 5 -1 9
No movement 4 Marseille 5 -8 0
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 Atlético Madrid 5 10 13
No movement 2 Zenit St Petersburg 5 -1 6
No movement 3 FC Porto 5 -1 5
No movement 4 FK Austria Vienna 5 -8 2
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 Barcelona 5 6 10
No movement 2 Milan 5 3 8
No movement 3 Ajax 5 -3 7
No movement 4 Celtic 5 -6 3

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