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Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Post update

    joe Hart

    Thumbs up to City for their performance tonight - and thumbs up to this man. Two more English sides move into the next stage of European competition after Manchester City survive a tense night in Rome, with a huge debt of gratitude to Joe Hart.

    And tomorrow there is more continental fun for a pair of Premier League sides. Everton and Tottenham are in Europa League action, safe in the knowledge that they will still be playing in the competition in the New Year.

    City and Hart are glad they're not playing in the Europa League next year. See you tomorrow!

  2. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    When Yaya Toure trudged off the pitch as City tumbled to defeat against CSKA Moscow last month, he would have been forgiven for thinking he would not play in the Champions League again this season.

    But successive wins against Bayern Munich and Roma means Toure will get the opportunity. He returns from his ban for the second leg of City's last-16 tie.

  3. Happy dressing room

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Fernandinho and City staff celebrate

    Man City midfielder Fernandinho tweets: Yeah, we did it...well done guys!!! Congrats to everyone!!! Very happy with my bros @Fernando_Reges and #massimo.

    I'm presuming 'Massimo' is a member of City's backroom staff...

  4. "Thursday night, Europa League"

    Few booby prizes are derided as much as dropping into the Europa League is. Unfortunately, these eight teams have to make do with Thursday night football in the New Year...



    Zenit St Petersburg




    Sporting Lisbon

    Athletic Bilbao

  5. Champions League last-16 draw

    So that means....

    Manchester City could face: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Porto.

    Chelsea could face: Juventus, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen, Paris St-Germain, Shakthar Donetsk.

    Arsenal could face: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Monaco, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Porto.

    The draw takes place on Monday and we will have live coverage on Sportsday. Do. Not. Miss.

  6. Champions League last-16 draw

    Group runners-up



    Bayer Leverkusen


    Manchester City

    Paris St-Germain


    Shakthar Donetsk

  7. Champions League last-16 draw

    Group winners

    Atletico Madrid

    Real Madrid


    Borussia Dortmund

    Bayern Munich




  8. Champions League last-16 draw

    Time to take a deep breath, reflect and spell out what the final group standings mean for Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of Monday's draw.

    The eight group winners are the seeded sides, and will be drawn against the eight runners-up.

    But, remember, teams who played each other in the group stage cannot be drawn together in the last 16. For example, Group E runners-up City can't face Bayern Munich.

    And teams who play in the same country cannot be drawn together either. So Group D runners-up Arsenal could not face Group G winners Chelsea in the next round.

  9. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Henry Winter on City's prospects in the last 16: "When they've got players back and fit, they're going to be quite a threat.

    "There's some fantastic places City could go in that last 16 when you look down the sides who've made it through.

    "Dortmund isn't the most architecturally pleasing place, but what an atmosphere their fans create in that ground."

  10. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Remember Liverpool scraped through that match against Olympiakos ten years ago. I saw signs of Manchester City coming of age tonight.

    "They have come away from home and weathered a storm a little bit, and they were able to grind out a result. It's not necessarily your best football that gets you through in these games."

  11. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Daily Telegraph chief football reporter Henry Winter on Joe Hart's performance: "That's the best performance from an English goalkeeper I've seen here since David Seaman for England in 1997.

    "He was terrific and made saves at key moments in both halves. He'll get praise alongside the likes of Zabaleta and Milner, who was tireless.

    "But, the man who will come out of this the best will be Manuel Pellegrini.

    "I hope he goes off and has a nice bottle of red to celebrate."

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    Sam in Manchester: Superb performance by City. Showed maturity that was lacking under Mancini. Proves we aren't just a one man team, no Kompany, Aguero, Yaya and most of the time no Silva. Hart wearing the armband tonight was sensational. Stunning saves!

  13. Post update

    Barcelona 3-1 Paris St-Germain


    The other big question of the night was...could Paris St-Germain nick a draw at Barcelona and stop the Spanish giants progressing as Group F winners?

    Manchester City were hoping the French champions could, as it would have meant the English champions would not be able to face Barca in the last-16. And for a while it looked as though PSG could pip them.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the away side ahead, before Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez turned the match in Barca's favour.

  14. Chelsea give Sporting the Blues

    Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon


    While City took the long, rocky road to last-16 qualification, there were no such worries for Chelsea.

    The Premier League leaders, and particularly their boss Jose Mourinho, are old hands at this Champions League lark. Their passage through to knockout phase was a more comfortable journey, knowing they had already won Group G before tonight's match against Sporting Lisbon.

    But there was no mercy from Mourinho on his Portuguese compatriots as the Blues won 3-1 to end Sporting's hopes of joining them in the next stage.

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    Tom Castle: City have put in only 120 minutes of good football, but it's proved enough. It appears they've learned how to win in Europe.

    Rosie Parker: Well played City. Pellegrini got it tactically spot on, proved some doubters wrong tonight.

    Mitch Mansfield: A mention for Shakhtar Donetsk - through to knockout stages for 3rd time in 5 years despite extraordinary domestic troubles.

  16. Manager reaction

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini on Monday's Champions League last-16 draw: "We will start thinking about the Champions League again in February. Now we think about the Premier League. We are three points behind Chelsea."

    On City's recent form, which has seen them win six straight matches: "Trust has been key. Against Rome in Manchester we played the worst game of the season and we drew. We were sure playing the way we have played in recent weeks we must win."

  17. Manager reaction

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "We recovered our normal performance, playing good pressing and playing well with the ball. We are a solid team, we are recovering the ball in the correct way. I had a lot of trust in what we could do. I said I didn't want to talk about players not in the team. This team deserve a little more credit than the press always give us."

  18. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Joe Hart

    French midfielder Samir Nasri might take most of the plaudits for opening the scoring and generally running the show from that point.

    But one man who deserves equally as much credit is Joe Hart. The England keeper made several important saves - none more than the fingertips he got to push Roma defender Kostas Manolas's header on to the post.

    And that is why City want to make him the world's best-paid goalkeeper...

  19. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Danny Mills

    Former Manchester City defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    "City started a little bit nervously, maybe they were a little scared of the occasion.

    "But they weathered that early storm and once City scored it was all over. Roma never looked like scoring."

  20. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Barcelona and Real Madrid are the teams to avoid in the next round. If they can avoid one of those big teams, City will fancy their chances against most other sides in that half of the draw."

  21. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    For the second successive season, City have reached the knockout phase of the Champions League. But the downside, if there is a downside, is that finishing as runners-up means they will face one of the European big guns in the last 16.

    Barcelona or Real Madrid are the ones to avoid. But Porto or Monaco? I think City would fancy their chances against either of those sides...

  22. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    And here is what Manchester City's win in Rome means for the Group E final standings. Savour this Blues...

    Champions League
  23. Player reaction

    Roma 0-2 Man City


    Manchester City opening goalscorer Samir Nasri on Sky Sports: "I think the performance of the team was amazing. It was important for me to score, after the surgery I took a while to get to my full level, now I am. With Yaya Toure and Kun Aguero missing, It was important to show we were a team and we did it. At 1-0 the save Joe Hart made was amazing."

  24. Player reaction

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Manchester City keeper Joe Hart on Sky Sports: "First of all I've got to say it was a great effort from the fans, Rome is a difficult place to come but Samir made their night for them.

    "People wrote us off without our key players but we're a strong unit, we believed in what we could do.

    "You don't win two Premier League titles in three years easily. We have resolve, character and fantastic players - add that together and you've got a chance."

    Man City keeper Joe Hart
  25. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Manchester City are one of those clubs that never seem to do anything simply - and here is another example.

    Two points from four defeats left them staring another Champions League exit in the face, but successive wins against Bayern Munich and Roma have seen them through. They're a plucky bunch.

  26. Post update

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's not been perfect throughout the group stages but Manchester City put in a perfect away performance tonight. Samir Nasri's goal was a world-class finish and Joe Hart has made two outstanding saves. Pellegrini can be so proud of his team.

    "It's arguably their best performance in Europe. They had to put in a big performance tonight and the big players stood up to be counted."

  27. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    'Blue Moon' continues to echo around Rome's Olympic Stadium. There will be a few sore throats - and sore heads no doubt - among the 1,500 hardy souls who are jubilantly celebrating in the away end.


    Roma 0-2 Man City


  29. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    City confidently knock around the ball. They know they are virtually home and dry.


    Roma 0-2 Man City

    City run down the clock as the match enters stoppage time. Not much more to add I'd suggest...

    Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Another change for City. Opening goalscorer Samir Nasri walks off to a rapturous applause from the travelling fans. The Frenchman is replaced by left-back Aleksander Kolarov.

    City are almost there...

  32. 5 live Football Social

    BBC Radio 5 live

    After the final whistle this evening, it's time for you to have your say on the evening's action in the 5 live Football Social.

    Get involved by calling 0500 909 693, text 85058 or Tweet @bbc5live

    After beating Bayern Munich and Roma, has Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini shown he can cut it in Europe? And after winning tonight without Sergio Aguero, have City shown they are more than a one-man team?

  33. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Plenty of glum expressions on the Roma bench as Pablo Zabaleta races off to the City fans, kissing his badge repeatedly as he celebrates.

  34. Post update

    Roma 0-2 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "This has been a brilliant performance from City. Zabaleta has not had the best of games but a great finish from him. The game is such fine margins. If City don't qualify is Pellegrini's job going to be on the line. Now they are going through."

  35. GOAL

    Roma 0-2 Man City - Pablo Zabaleta

    Goal in Rome - to Manchester City!

    Now Roma need to score three goals in the final three minutes to stop the Premier League champions reaching the last 16.

    Right-back Pablo Zableta pops up in the Roma box to fire in his first Champions League after collecting Samir Nasri's pass.

    Pablo Zabaleta celebrates for Man City
  36. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Goal in Munich - to Bayern. CSKA losing 2-0 means City need to completely capitulate in Rome now...

  37. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Frustration all over the place for Roma. Ex-City right-back Maicon needlessly concedes a foul as he tussles with Stevan Jovetic deep in the Roma half. That'll do the visitors nicely...

  38. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    The energy has been sapped out of the Stadio Olimpico by Samir Nasri's goal. City anthem 'Blue Moon' is ringing around the ground...

  39. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    City boss Manuel Pellegrini, dare I say it, looks a little flustered as he frantically gestures to someone on the touchline. Even the coolest of customers are being affected by the tension...

  40. TEN TO GO

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    More discontent from the home stands as Roma needlessly give away possession in the City half, and then concede a free-kick close the halfway line.

    City edging closer to their second straight appearance in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ten minutes to go in Rome. And 10 minutes to go in Munich, where a CSKA Moscow goal would change nothing.


    Roma 0-1 Man City

    City striker Edin Dzeko has put in a decent shift on his first start for over a month. The Bosnian claps the travelling supporters before having his weary legs replaced by the fresh Stevan Jovetic.

  42. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Groans from the demanding Roma fans as Pablo Zabaleta - for once tonight - nips in ahead of his Roma opponent to win back possession. Those moans will be music to City's collective ears.

    Man City defender Pablo Zabaleta
  43. Around the grounds

    Champions League latest

    Barcelona and Paris St-Germain are of course battling it out for top spot in that group, with the Catalan club leading 2-1 to nick it.

    Meanwhile, Ajax are now 3-0 ahead against Apoel in Group F's other match in Amsterdam thanks to a second goal from Schone and their third of the night from Davy Klassen.

    Mikel San Jose has given Athletic Bilbao a flying start to the second half of their Group H match against BATE Borisov.

    It won't have any bearing on qualification from that group though with Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk already through.

    Shakhtar themselves are a goal ahead at Porto through Taras Stepanenko.

    In Chelsea's group, Schalke have taken the lead against Maribor courtesy of Max Meyer, a scoreline which would see them qualify as runners-up as things stand.

  44. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was almost Gordon Banks like from Joe Hart to touch Manolas's header onto the post. How he has saved that I don't know. The pressure is building."

  45. FINAL 15

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Nervy times there for City, but they manage to regroup quickly after that double scare.

    The English team are well in command remember - Roma must score twice in the next 15 minutes (and added time) to go through. City's last-16 spot to lose.

  46. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    And then City defender Martin Demichelis comes to his team's rescue by blocking a shot on his own goal-line.

    Joe Hart, for the first time tonight, went walkabout as he failed to deal with a low cross. But can thank his Argentine colleague for stopping Roma substitute Mattia Destro making an instant impact.

    City rocking.


    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Roma hit the post! Kostas Manolas heads goalwards but Joe Hart makes an outstanding save at full stretch to push the effort on to the post and away to safety. Phew.


    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Not a dream night for the Champions League's oldest goalscorer - although Francesco Totti has enjoyed plenty of those over the years. He trots off in place of Italy forward Mattia Destro.

    Roma captain Francesco Totti is substituted
  49. SUBSTITUTIONS - Silva on for City

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    And that is Adem Ljajic's last contribution as the Roma midfielder is replaced by Juan Manuel Iturbe, a tricky Argentine winger who the Serie A side splashed big cash on last summer.

    Equally importantly for City fans is a change of their own seconds later. A huge cheer from the away fans greets the return of David Silva who has missed eight matches with a knee problem. He replaces Spanish compatriot Jesus Navas.

  50. Football Social

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The phone lines are open for the 5 live Football Social, which follows this match.

    Manchester City fans, give your reaction to tonight's crucial match on 0500 909 693 text on 05058 or @bbc5live.

  51. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Another Roma chance, another let-off for City. Adem Ljajic twists and turns past Pablo Zabaleta, but fires wildly over the City woodwork.

  52. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Think Roma are done and dusted? Think again. Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan gives City a reminder that this tie is far from over, blasting a 25-yard drive which stings the palms of away keeper Joe Hart.

  53. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Wasiyullah Budye: That's a stunning strike by Samir Nasri. Top goal!

    Nathan Bowman: What a strike from Nasri! The Champions League never disappoints!

  54. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "They can afford to let Roma build the pressure now. City have been a threat on the break all game though and it has been a brilliant performance from Nasri."

    You can listen to live commentary of Manchester City's match at Roma on BBC Radio 5 live here or by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  55. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    City's travelling band of fans po-go, and Poznan, in delight as the delighted City players celebrate in front of them.

    They know that Roma must score twice now to stand any chance of qualifying. And that should leave a few gaps at the back for the visitors to exploit.

  56. Post update

    Roma 0-1 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a goal. Brilliant from Samir Nasri. James Milner freed up the space with his movement and what a strike. The sheer power beat the goalkeeper."

  57. GOAL

    Roma 0-1 Man City - Samir Nasri

    Wow! Samir Nasri thumps City ahead with a thunderbolt of a shot from 25 yards, which pounds the left-hand post and then bulges the Roma net.

    City lead 1-0. Bayern lead 1-0 against CSKA Moscow. And that means City will join the German champions in the last 16 - as things stand.

    Cat. Among. Pigeons.

    Samir Nasri celebrates for Man City
  58. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Excellent goalkeeping. So many times you see goalkeepers parry the ball back into the danger area. Great hands from Joe Hart pushing it away from danger."

  59. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    City boss Manuel Pellegrini gasps with relief on the touchline. As do 1,500 City fans in the Stadio Olimpico. Miralem Pjanic pounces on a loose ball and fancies a dig from distance. The Bosnian does exactly that, forcing Joe Hart into a splendid save low down to his right.

  60. GOAL

    Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon - John Mikel Obi

    He doesn't get that many goals but John Mikel Obi has now got his fifth for Chelsea. This one a cheeky finish from a yard out. Game over at the Bridge, you feel.

    John Mikel Obi pokes in for Chelsea
  61. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Pjanic is having little effect on the game for Roma, neither is Totti. "

    Second half commentary from the Stadio Olimpico is on 5 live Sport with John Murray and Kevin Kilbane. Alistair Bruce-Ball will also have regular updates from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea lead Sporting Lisbon 2-1.

  62. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    More territorial advantage for the visitors. The Premier League champions win a deep free-kick in Roma's half, which is lofted up towards the six-yard box. Edin Dzeko leaps up with a pair of Giallorossi shirts, but they win the battle and the attack breaks down.

  63. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Excellent game for the neutral is this. You can't take your eyes off it for a minute. Which makes it difficult for me to type.

    City probe again, looking for opening down the left. James Milner swings in a tempting cross, but Roma left-back Jose Holebas backheels a clearance. Untidy but effective.

  64. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Don't get too cocky though City. Roma haven't lost at home in Serie A this season for nothing. More quick-thinking is needed from away keeper Joe Hart, who beats out Francesco Totti's shot.

  65. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Another City chance as they fly out of the traps. Brazilian midfielder Fernando pounces on a loose ball to lob into the path of James Milner, who does not have the technique to blast in a first time volley. Maybe he should watch Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey for a few tips...

  66. GOAL

    Chelsea 2-1 Sporting Lisbon - Jonathan Silva

    Lifeline for Sporting, if they can claw back another and get a draw, they'll go through with Chelsea.

  67. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Woodley: City will score here if they keep up this intensity. They would be winning this already if Toure and Aguero were available

    Jamie Downes: Let's be honest, Jesus Navas is basically the Spanish Theo Walcott. Offers little apart from pace and questionable facial hair

  68. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    An early sign of encouragement for City. Edin Dzeko peels off to the left channel of the Roma box, only to see his shot from a narrow angle blocked by a Roma defender.

  69. KICK-OFF

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    City's turn to kick off the game - and that's exactly what they do. No sign of David Silva yet though. No changes for either side at the break.

  70. Elsewhere tonight

    Away from the likes of Chelsea and City, Zlatan, Messi, Bayern and CSKA - there aren't many more goals to report in the evening's other four Champions League matches.

    Maribor fans banner

    There has however been some impressive crowd choreography from the Maribor fans before kick off in their match against Schalke in Group G.

    Schalke need a win as scores stand in that group if they are to progress to the last 16.

    Just before the break Ajax have taken a 1-0 lead at home to Apoel courtesy of a penalty from Lasse Schone.


    Roma 0-0 Man City


    Roma have shaded the first half. And if you don't believe me then here are the statistics to prove it...


    Roma 0-0 Man City

    City have not had much luck with injuries heading into this Champions League tie - but here is a sight that will make Blues fans smile.

    David Silva is out on the Stadio Olimpico pitch, going through a series of warm-ups after his six-week lay-off with a knee injury. Are we about to see some Silva service?


    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Man City
  74. Possible permutations

    City v roma

    City know they will reach the Champions League last 16 if their result is better than CSKA Moscow's result at Bayern Munich. Apart for one exception.

    So a City win, coupled with a CSKA draw, would see City go through.

    A City draw, coupled with a CSKA defeat, would see City go through.

    But here's the twist. If CKSA lose and City draw 0-0, then Roma would progress.

  75. As things stands in Group E

    Roma 0-0 Manchester City

    Bayern Munich 1-0 CSKA Moscow

    If these scores stay the same then ROMA will join Bayern Munich in the last 16.

  76. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Roma have caused a lot of problems but in turn City have got behind their defence, but haven't tested the goalkeeper. Decent first half, he has contained Roma and Pellegrini will be quite happy."


    Bayern Munich 1-0 CSKA Moscow

    And excellent news from Munich for Manchester City fans. Bayern are still doing the business against CSKA Moscow through Thomas Muller's penalty. Now City just need to do their own dirty work and nick a goal in Rome.

    Bayern Munich celebrate

    Chelsea 2-0 Sporting Lisbon

    Easy street for Chelsea, who are already assured of their place in the last 16 draw as Group G winners. Goals from Cesc Fabregas and Andre Schurrle mean they are cruising against Sporting Lisbon, whose fate is still in the balance.


    Roma 0-0 Man City

    No messing about from referee Milorad Mazic - he toots his half-time whistle without playing a single second of added time.

  80. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Great run again from Gervinho. Zabaleta with a weak challenge. No penalty though, he has gone down very easily. He could have been booked for that."

    You can listen to live commentary of Manchester City's match at Roma on BBC Radio 5 live here or by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.


    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Penalty for Roma?! No.

    Gervinho slaloms through the Manchester City defence with the pace and precision of a Winter Olympic skiier, but goes down under a faint challenge from Pablo Zabaleta. Think he lost his footing rather than being fouled.

  82. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Gervinho has had a wonderful 38 minutes, causing so many problems for Manchester City."

    Roma's Gervinho controls the ball
  83. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Then, almost in a blink of an eye, it is Roma keeper Morgan De Sanctis's turn to get some muck on his gloves.

    James Milner breaks down the right channel of the home penalty box, but can't beat De Sanctis from a tight angle. The chances are arriving quicker than trains on the Jubilee line....

  84. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City stopper Joe Hart has been the busiest of the two keepers - and comes to the rescue on two more occasions.

    First Hart blocks former team-mate Maicon's shot before Radjo Nainggolan sets up Gervinho, who can't beat the England keeper with a low shot. Both pretty routine saves to be fair.

  85. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    And here's another sign. City defensive midfielder Fernando sticks in a foot to expertly break up a Roma attack as the visitors spring forward.

    The Blues have numbers forward, only for the move to break down when Pablo Zabaleta is penalised for a foul on on-loan Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Manuel Pellegrini laughs at that decision - but I don't think he finds it funny.

  86. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Italy coach Antonio Conte, easily recognisable with his fine head of transplanted hair, watches on from the Stadio Olimpico stands. He will be happy with what he has seen so far, presuming he is wanting a home win of course.

    But City have shown a few signs that they can nick the win they need.

  87. Get involved

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Michael Smyth: Dzeko is a terrible finisher the amount of chances he gets he should be scoring 30 a season. City need a new striker.

    Dennis Waithera: I struggle to remember the last time Jesus Navas was such an influential in a game And still he is picked ahead of Milner.

    Andy Guest: Jesus Navas. Discuss. Promises much. Delivers little.

  88. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "City have weathered the early storm. Roma caused problems down the right but it has settled down and City are causing problems of their own now."

  89. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Roma jab forward on the offensive again, probing City's defence with a swinging corner from the left. But City keeper Joe Hart rises above plenty of bodies in his six-yard box to punch clear the danger.

    Stand-in skipper Hart has been excellent so far, leading from the front. Or back. You know what I mean.

    Man City keeper Joe Hart
  90. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    City are starting to show more attacking intent now - and they have to. A goalless draw suits Roma remember because that scoreline, coupled with a CSKA Moscow defeat at Bayern Munich, would send them through at City's expense.

    Another dangerous cross from Jesus Navas skims the head of Edin Dzeko and flies out for a goal-kick.

  91. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nasri has started brilliantly for City. He is the one causing the problems for Roma."

    You can listen to live commentary of Manchester City's match at Roma on BBC Radio 5 live here or by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.


    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Edin Dzeko showed his rustiness there after having barely played in the past month or so. And he shows his keenness to make up for lost time a few seconds later when he leads with his arm to concede a free-kick in the Roma box. Which is a shame because Jesus Navas fired in the loose ball after the whistle had gone.

  93. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    City settle into their stride - and could be 1-0 to the good. Slick build-up from the away side between Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri ends in the Frenchman picking out Edin Dzeko with a low cross from the right byeline. But Dzeko cannot keep his header down.

  94. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Remi Akinyombo: It's great to see Gervinho playing well, but he's making one of the best right backs on the EPL look less than average!

    Matthew Penistone: Gervinho looks tidy. I think he would look good in the Prem. Maybe at a side like Arsenal. Come on Wenger snap him up!

  95. GOAL

    Chelsea 2-0 Sporting Lisbon - Andre Schurrle

    Is this game over for Sporting Lisbon already? Nemanja Matic plays the ball across to World Cup winner Andre Schurrle, who strokes the ball into the corner of the net past the reach of Rui Patricio from 18 yards. Expert finish.

    You can follow coverage of that match here.

    Andre Schurrle celebrates for Chelsea
  96. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a save. Joe Hart, absolutely outstanding save from Gervinho's shot. He was going towards his near post, has had to check to go the other side. I can't tell you how good a save that was."

  97. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    A decent chance at either end - and a decent save at either end. First James Milner's low shot is blocked by Roma keeper Morgan De Sanctis, before the home side break quickly again.

    Luckily Joe Hart is alert to drop down low to his right and push out Gervinho's angled drive.

  98. GOAL

    Bayern Munich 1-0 CSKA Moscow - Thomas Muller

    Great news for City fans. Germany attacker Thomas Muller puts already-qualified Bayern ahead against CSKA Moscow, whose result City must better to qualify for the last 16.

    Unless this game stays 0-0. So as things stand Roma would go through with Bayern.

    Thomas Muller celebrates
  99. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    End-to-end stuff now. Jesus Navas fizzes in a low cross across the face of the Roma goal that is begging for a City touch. But one doesn't arrive and Roma break quickly. Miralem Pjanic leads the charge, goes all alone and whacks a rising shot well over Joe Hart's goal.

  100. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Finally City see sight of the Roma goal - but it is a squint from distance rather than a close-up look. Gael Clichy's shot from the left finds the head of Edin Dzeko, who can't direct a difficult chance at the target.

  101. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is Gervinho again exploiting Zabaleta. He is giving him a bit of a roasting. Worrying signs down City's right hand side."

  102. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Gervinho wriggles clear down the left flank, in behind Pablo Zabaleta who is struggling to cope with the Ivorian at the moment.

    The Roma forward picks out Francesco Totti, but the ball breaks loose and allows City's backtracking defence to boot clear.

  103. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    City have survived after that early threat, but are still not keeping hold of the ball as much as Manuel Pellegrini would like.

    Roma attack again - and again Gervinho is the focal point. He has Pablo Zabaleta on toast again, dragging the Argentine full-back inside, showing him a clean pair of heels, but then firing over from distance.

  104. GOAL

    Chelsea 1-0 Sporting Lisbon - Cesc Fabregas

    No pressure on Group G winners Chelsea - and it shows. Left-back Filipe Luis is upended in the Sporting box and Cesc Fabregas steps up to bang in the spot-kick.

    Follow the match here.

  105. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Zabaleta has to see the run, he has run from 30 yards. He didn't do that. City look so uncomfortable defensively and Roma have got in behind Zabaleta twice now."

    You can listen to live commentary of Manchester City's match at Roma on BBC Radio 5 live here or by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  106. CLOSE!

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    This could be a long night for the City defence - they are all over the place. Luckily Joe Hart comes to the rescue.

    Roma twice find space down the left flank, Jose Holebas looking certain to score from close range until Hart spreads himself Schmeichelesque to block. Then, they scramble clear another Roma attack seconds later.

  107. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    And the City side...

    Man City
  108. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    A quick reminder of the Roma team...

  109. Get involved


    John Guy: Aguero will be big miss for Man City. He offers bigger threats than others strikers in City squad. Roma to win 2-0 tonight.

    Jerry Elumeze: Like Liverpool last night I can't see how City will progress tonight without Aguero, Toure and Kompany

  110. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Early warning for City. Gervinho plays a neat one-two with Miralem Pjanic but his cross from the left is cleared by an away head.

    Gervinho looks like a different man to the one who frustrated Arsenal fans. Although he still has that haircut which frustrated football fans across the country.

  111. Post update

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Stoppage within the opening 60 seconds as Joe Hart picks up an object which is lobbed in his direction. Told it was a lively atmosphere....

  112. KICK-OFF

    Roma 0-0 Man City

    Under way in the Eternal City. City supporters have eternal hope - is tonight going to be another night they are rewarded?

  113. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    "Come on!" is the rallying cry from Joe Hart as the England goalkeeper leads City out of the tunnel.

    And that's probably the last time many of the City players will hear their skipper. The noise is deafening inside the Stadio Olimpico.

    The Champions League anthem booms out of the PA system. A few fireworks blast into the chilly Rome night. Almost show-time. Ready?

    Roma fans
  114. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You relish these sort of atmospheres. This is what you want to be playing in. It is a huge occasion. We know both sides have a lot of quality in their sides."

    You can listen to live commentary of Manchester City's match at Roma on BBC Radio 5 live here or by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  115. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Roma skipper Francesco Totti is a picture of calm in the Stadio Olimpico tunnel. As does City's captain-for-the-night Joe Hart, who chomps hard on his chewing gum.

    About 1,500 City fans have made the trip to the Italian capital - and they are creating a real racket.

  116. Possible permutations

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    City v roma

    City know they will reach the Champions League last 16 if their result is better than CSKA Moscow's result at Bayern Munich. Apart for one exception.

    So a City win, coupled with a CSKA draw, would see City go through.

    A City draw, coupled with a CSKA defeat, would see City go through.

    But here's the twist. If CKSA lose and City draw 0-0, then Roma would progress.

  117. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Over the next couple of hours we will be, unashamedly, constantly chirping up with the Group E permutations. So here's your final pre-match reminder of what can happen tonight...

  118. Full team news

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is not involved for Roma but Francesco Totti does return after missing the weekend win over Sassuolo. There are five changes from that side with former Arsenal striker Gervinho one of their key players brought back in.

    Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is not in the squad after failing a late fitness test on a hamstring injury. Midfielder David Silva makes the substitutes bench, having been out since 29 October with a knee injury, while Edin Dzeko starts in attack in place of the injured Sergio Aguero.

    Roma: De Sanctis, Yanga-Mbiwa, Maicon, Holebas, Manolas, Nainggolan, Pjanic, Keita, Ljajic, Totti, Gervinho. Subs: Curci, Strootman, Iturbe, De Rossi, Destro, Astori, Florenzi.

    City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Nasri, Milner, Dzeko. Subs: Cabellero, Sagna, Kolarov, Boyata, Lampard, Silva, Jovetic.

  119. Can Dzeko turn on the style?

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Sergio Aguero

    Edin Dzeko always strikes me as a confident chap. Not least because I saw him wearing an awful pair of tinted aviator sunglasses in Manchester last year (when it wasn't even sunny) and he clearly thought his style was comparable to James Dean. It wasn't.

    Anyway...despite his recent injury troubles, the Bosnian is backing himself to fire City into the last 16 tonight.

    Dzeko has proved to be the man for the big occasion in the past, not least by scoring the equalising goal in the dramatic comeback win against QPR which handed the 2011-12 Premier League title to the Blues.

    "I'm there when the team needs me and I'm happy to be back," says the 28-year-old, who has played just 27 minutes in the last month because of a calf injury.

    "It was a bit hard for me but now I'm back and I'll do my best to try and score the goals and bring something good to the team."

  120. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    John Dykes: With a busy, Agueroless Christmas period looming, tonight is truly the night for Dzeko to shine. We know he can, but will he?

  121. Messi v Ibrahimovic

    Barcelona v Paris St-Germain (19:45 GMT)

    Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Tonight, there's also a huge Champions League showdown in Barcelona, where the hosts are in danger of entering next Monday's draw unseeded unless they defeat Paris St-Germain at the Nou Camp. Both teams have qualified from Group F but French champions PSG are in the driving seat, one point clear at the top of the table.

    Should Barcelona fail to win then they run the risk of facing Bayern Munich and their old boss Pep Guardiola in the last-16. No wonder Luis Enrique has wheeled out his big guns. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all start. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in PSG's line-up. It's the battle of the big shots.

    Follow all the action here with my colleague Neil Johnston.

  122. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Woodley: No excuses for Manchester City. The reason they've spent billions of pounds, and have a large squad, is to deal with injuries

    Paul Moore: City's bench looks pretty good. Better than the starting line up! Lampard and Jovetic should be playing.

    Mark Clarke: No Aguero, No Toure, No Kompany and lacking in British Bulldogs to pull them through. Roma to win by 2 or 3

    Michael Moore: Forget Champions League it's Bristol City v Coventry City tonight in jpt.

  123. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)


    Of course, it was the evergreen Francesco Totti who damaged City's hopes of reaching the last 16 - for only the second time in four years remember - with the winner in the reverse fixture at the Etihad.

    Most 38-year-old blokes think their physical peak is behind them. This guy is still tearing up defences.

  124. Top Totti

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Manchester City centre-back pair Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala are deep in conversation as the away players go through their paces on the Olympic Stadium.

    I'd imagine the name Francesco Totti has been mentioned quite a few times...

  125. Text us on 81111

    Mark in Lancashire: Dzeko is a liability but Milner, Fernandinho and Nasri will make the difference tonight! C'mon City!

  126. A message to you, from Rudi

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Rudi Garcia

    Roma coach Rudi Garcia admits City pose a difficult threat to his team, but the Frenchman is "quietly confident" that they will reach the last 16.

    "In normal circumstances, we would be out with five points from five games. But we are here to get a historic result," he says.

    "When the draw put us in the most difficult group, few people would have imagined we would be here with something to play for.

    "We have to use our heads, not just our hearts. I think it will be a tactical game."

  127. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Italian football has been lacking seriously. It has struggled in the big competitions. We were used to the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus dominating European football and we are looking for a reincarnation."

  128. One night in Rome

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Manchester City know they have a tough task in the Italian capital this evening. That's because Roma are unbeaten at home in Serie A this season.

    The Giallorossi are second in the Italian top flight, just three points behind reigning champions Juventus and six points ahead of third-placed Genoa.

    Roma won their first five league matches this campaign and have only lost four times in all competitions.

  129. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)


    The atmosphere is bubbling up nicely outside the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Woolly hats and scarves are out in force as these young Roma fans illustrate. But at least they don't have the dreaded 'weather bomb' to worry about....

  130. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Opposition fans - are you, like Steve who has texted in below, backing City tonight? If not, then you should be - that's the view of The Daily Telegraph's Mark Ogden.

    "For one night only, City should be the country's team because losing two Premier League clubs from the Champions League in the space of 24 hours would suit nobody connected to English football," he writes.

    Do you agree with Mark? Let us know in the usual ways - tweet #bbcfootball, text 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

  131. Text us on 81111

    Joel in Skipton: Tonight presents a huge opportunity for Man City's squad to prove their strength, depth and price tag!

    Steve Huish in Surbiton: City will show true grit tonight and win 1-0. Emlyn Hughes style. Come on City the nation salutes you.

  132. Can City cope without Aguero?

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Jose Pozo
  133. Can City cope without Aguero?

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Stevan Jovetic
  134. Can City cope without Aguero?

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Edin Dzeko
  135. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Edin Dzeko is a very clever footballer. When I have seen Roma's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa play for Newcastle, he was susceptible to balls played over his shoulder. If they can hit Dzeko with diagonal balls I think City will get a lot of joy."

    You can listen to the build-up followed by live commentary of Manchester City's match at Roma on BBC Radio 5 live here or by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  136. City gotta roll with it

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Manuel Pellegrini, in typically stoic fashion, followed up the Sergio Aguero bombshell with a positive. "Our team doesn't depend on one player," said the City boss.

    I'm sure he believes it. But most onlookers would not agree.

    At times, Aguero has produced better one-man shows than Michael McIntyre. But City fans aren't laughing. The Argentina forward has scored 19 goals in 21 games for City this season, including almost half of their 32 Premier League strikes.

    Time for Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Spanish teenager Jose Angel Pozo - who was not even born when mop-topped City fans Oasis released 'Morning Glory' - to roll with it.

  137. Get involved


    Mike MacKenzie: No chance for Man City without Aguero & Toure ... unless De Sanctis plays like he did against Sassoulo and a couple other games!

    Roma keeper De Sanctis had a bit of 'mare by all accounts...

  138. Post update

    Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City are leaning on Bayern Munich for a favour tonight - but the German champions are looking after themselves.

    Bad news for City as Bayern boss Pep Guardiola makes five changes for their home match against CSKA Moscow.

    Robert Lewandowski, Xabi Alonso and Arjen Robben are all left on the substitutes' bench for Munich, who are already through as group winners.

    Remember City need to better CSKA's result tonight to progress...

  139. Text us on 81111

    Sam in Manchester: City clearly have to do it the hard way today! No Yaya, no Aguero, no Kompany and Silva only fit enough to be on the bench.

  140. City without Aguero

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Sergio Aguero
  141. No, no. No, no, no, no. No Yaya Toure.

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Yaya Toure

    Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany are not the only high-profile absentees for Manchester City tonight. The Blues are also without the powerhouse presence of Yaya Toure. Gulp.

    The Ivorian is still suspended after being shown a red card for lashing out at CSKA Moscow's Roman Eremenko last month.

  142. 5 live Sport kicks off

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mark Pougatch is about to get proceedings under way from Rome on 5 live Sport.

    He'll be joined by commentator John Murray with former Republic of Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane summarising from the Olympic Stadium.

    Alistair Bruce-Ball will also be live at Stamford Bridge with regular updates from Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon.

  143. Get involved

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    How are you feeling City fans? Nervous? Excited? Optimistic? A mixture of all three? Don't bottle those feelings up. Share them with us.

    Tell us your pre-match thoughts, particularly how you think the Blues will fare without Sergio Aguero? Who are you pinning your match-winning hopes on instead?

    For those who are not of a City persuasion, don't feel left out. We want to know your memories of past occasions when a team has sealed the result that they needed without their best player(s).

    For example, Manchester United winning the 1999 Champions League final without Roy Keane and Paul Scholes (sorry City fans). Tweet using #bbcfootball, text 81111 or post on our Facebook page. Go, go, go!

  144. Chelsea ring changes

    Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon (19:45 GMT)

    Sporting Lisbon need a draw to guarantee the runners-up spot ahead of Schalke - managed by the man who guided Chelsea to Champions League glory - Roberto Di Matteo.

    Jose Mourinho has made six changes to the side which lost 2-1 against Newcastle on Saturday and has rested the likes of Willian, John Terry and Eden Hazard.

    Among the substitutes is 18-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    Chelsea XI: Cech (c), Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Matic, Schurrle, Fabregas, Salah, Diego Costa.

    Sporting Lisbon XI: Patrício, Maurício, Oliveira, Silva, Esgaio, Carvalho, Mário, Silva, Slimani, Capel, Carrillo.

  145. Post update

    Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon (19:45 GMT)

    While our focus will be firmly on the shenanigans in Rome, Premier League leaders Chelsea are also in action. The Blues are already safely through into the last 16 and are guaranteed to finish as Group G winners, no matter what happens against Sporting Lisbon tonight.

    We will have a dedicated live text commentary on the Stamford Bridge clash starting at 19:30 BST.

  146. Roma team news - No Cole

    Roma v Man City (19:45)

    Former England left-back Ashley Cole is missing from the Roma squad, who are captained by veteran forward Francesco Totti.

    Roma starting XI: De Sanctis, Yanga-Mbiwa, Nainggolan, Ljajic, Totti, Maicon, Pjanic, Keita, Holebas, Gervinho, Manolas.

  147. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45)


    Of course, Vincent Kompany is not the only big name missing from that City team-sheet. Manuel Pellegrini was not able to scribble down 'S.Aguero' either.

    And Sergio Aguero probably wasn't the only one in tears when he limped off at the weekend.

    Thousands of City supporters, and even Pellegrini, could be forgiven for going all misty-eyed as their Argentine talisman disconsolately trudged off the Etihad pitch against Everton.

    First was the realisation they would be without their star player in Rome. Then, came the confirmation.

    "He will be out for four to six weeks," said a grimacing Pellegrini.