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By Jonathan Stevenson

2200: Wrap o'clock. But don't go and watch the news, check out our Partizan Belgrade 1-3 Arsenal and Chelsea 2-0 Marseille match reports, along with an astonishing evening of Championship action. Join Chris Bevan on Wednesday for Tottenham v FC Twente and the mouth-watering prospect of Valencia v Man Utd. Until next time...

2157: All over in the late kick-offs in the Championship, with leaders QPR held at home 0-0 by London rivals Millwall, while Reading earned a late 1-0 win over Ipswich.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti: "It was an important result, it was not an easy game. Marseille played well in the second half. We played very well in the first half and created a lot of chances. Defensively we played good but could have done better in possession. It was a good game."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "When it was 1-1 it was a question of patience, but in the end we got an important win. I see Lukasz Fabianski every day and this is a good encouragement for him, he has a lot of talent. I don't know what will happen against Chelsea, we will see. Cesc Fabregas has a little chance of being fit."

From OptaJoe on Twitter: "Chelsea have lost none of their last 21 Champions League group stage matches at home since defeat to Besiktas in Oct 2003. Fortress."

Champions League Sam: "Well, it looked fairly dull at half-time but there was plenty of late drama in the Champions League. Angel Di Maria's winner in France has given Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid control of Group G after AC Milan could only draw 1-1 with Ajax. In Group E, Bastian Schweinsteiger scored twice as Bayern came from behind to beat Basel 2-1 and Roma beat Cluj by the same scoreline. Shakhtar Donetsk kept pace with Arsenal after a 3-0 victory over Group H whipping boys Braga. And earlier, Spartak Moscow kept up their 100% record in Group F with a 3-0 drubbing of Zilina."

2146: All sorts still happening in the Championship - Watford, who were 3-0 down at one stage at home to Swansea, had a goal disallowed in injury time, so it ends with them losing 3-2. Leeds 4-6 Preston is a final score, and Reading have gone 1-0 up against Ipswich thanks to Simon Church.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere: "We knew it was gonna be a tough test out there but we stuck to it well and deserved the win. We were confident, we came here to get a win and that's what happened. After the penalty we were in control. Our keepers have been under a lot of pressure, but Lukasz did well and made a great save at the end, so fair play to him."

Chelsea captain John Terry: "Fair play to them. We didn't start the brightest in the second half but we stayed solid and kept a clean sheet. They had a lot of possession but we worked hard."

2141: Stat time, courtesy of Infostrada Sports: "Six penalties were awarded in the Champions League matches this evening, the most since a record seven were awarded on September 13, 2000. The only other day with six or more penalties was March 14, 2000 (six)."

From LondonsFinestClub on 606: "Unlucky Marseille, Chelsea hit the post three times in the second half and Sturridge missed an open goal. Even if Marseille had scored a couple, Chelsea could've had six."

2138: It's full-time in all the Champions League matches tonight then, but there are a couple of games still going on in the Football League. What a night.

2136: Full-time Partizan Belgrade 1-3 Arsenal

2134: GOAL Braga 0-3 Shakhtar (Douglas Costa)

2133: Full-time Chelsea 2-0 Marseille

2133: Basel 1-2 Bayern Munich (Schweinsteiger)

2132: From Infostrada Sports: "Partizan Belgrade miss the third penalty awarded in this match. This is the third CL match to have three penalties awarded - the 2001 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Valencia and Real Madrid-Dynamo Kiev in March 2000 were the others."

Football League Macca: "Oh I say. Leeds 4-6 Preston. Iain Hume is the scorer. I don't know what else to say."

Champions League Sam: "So, Real Madrid finally get the breakthrough as Angel Di Maria smashes home with his left foot. There was a suspicion of handball in the build-up though, with the ball appearing to strike the palm of Sergio Ramos. Meanwhile, AC Milan have thrown on Inzaghi and Abate as they go in search of a winner in Amsterdam."

From Andy, Finland, via text: "Martin Sketelenburg just made one of the greatest saves you'll ever see for Ajax. Worth watching a whole highlights show just to see it."

Football League Macca: "Swansea have popped in a third at Watford, Gary Madine has three all to himself as Carlisle now lead 4-0 at Pools, Norwich are 4-2 up against Leicester and the deadlock has been broken in the top-of-the-table clash in L2 as Port Vale are in front against Shrews. Vale could by four points clear tonight. L1 leaders Brighton could be three clear as they have just gone in front against Brentford. Leicester have pulled one back and now trail 4-3 at Norwich. Matt Fryatt got the goal and then got sent off for some handbags afterwards. What more can happen tonight? Nothing, surely."

Someone has won a penalty
Partizan missed pen: Well that would have made the last few moments interesting, but Arsenal survive. Kieran Gibbs concedes a penalty for a clumsy foul inside the Arsenal box, but Cleo's low penalty is brilliantly tipped away by Lukasz Fabianski. Top save.

2126: MISSED PENALTY (Cleo, Partizan)


Arsenal goal: Arsene Wenger is delighted, because that's the points all wrapped up in Eastern Europe. Samir Nasri whips a corner over from their left and Sebastien Squillaci is there to glance a header past Vladimir Stojkovic for his first Gunners goal.

2124: GOAL Partizan Belgrade 1-3 Arsenal (Squillaci)

2122: GOAL Auxerre 0-1 Real Madrid (Di Maria)

2120: Marseille have had no luck tonight whatsoever - another dangerous, low, inswinging free-kick from their right is just begging to be converted, but Gabby Heinze just cannot get a touch and Petr Cech gathers deep inside his six-yard box. The French carry on singing anyway.

2120: GOAL Roma 2-1 Cluj (Rada)

Champions League Sam: "Nets are starting to bulge around Europe now. Roma are 2-0 up against Cluj with goals from Mexes and Borriello, and Shakhtar are beating Braga 2-0, Adriano netting his second goal there. The only game without a goal is Real Madrid against Auxerre, where Gonzalo Higuain has just come within a whisker of giving the Spaniards the lead."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2117: More woodwork agony for Chelsea as Michael Essien finishes off a sweet move involving Ashley Cole on the left only to see his shot from the edge of the box rattle the post. They could do with a third to settle the nerves.

Football League Macca: "They're going to have to check the size of the goals at Elland Road. It's now Leeds 4-5 Preston, with the home side leading 4-1 at one stage. Jon Parkin has a hat-trick for PNE and there's still 25 mins to go. Ipswich are down to 10 men at Reading following two yellows for Luke Hyam, still 0-0 there. Forest have got a leveller at home to Sheff Utd through Paul McKenna. Bournemouth lead 3-0 and Yeovil levelled against Southampton."

2115: GOAL Braga 0-2 Shakhtar (Adriano)

2114: GOAL Roma 2-0 Cluj (Borriello)

Arsenal goal: The Gunners lead, with just under 20 minutes remaining. Tomas Rosicky swings over a cross from the right and after Marouane Chamakh's header is superbly tipped on to the bar by Vladimir Stojkovic, the Moroccan is on hand to nod in the rebound. Unlucky for the keeper.

2113: GOAL Partizan 1-2 Arsenal (Chamakh)

2112: Very rarely am I jealous while covering Champions League football, but if there are any neutrals in the crowd at Elland Road tonight they must be having an absolute ball.

2111: GOAL Roma 1-0 Cluj (Mexes)

Football League Macca: "Leeds 4-4 Preston. It sounds like an even better game than the scoreline suggests. A good minute for south coast rivals Portsmouth and Southampton, who both lead now against Bristol City and Yeovil respectively. Norwich are beating Leicester 3-2 and now it's Peterborough 2-3 Notts Co and Colchester 2-1 Dag & Red."

2109: We're just over halfway through the second half and it's still Chelsea 2-0 Marseille and Partizan 1-1 Arsenal.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2107: My word he can't half hit a football. Alex hits one - and trust me, this stayed hit - from fully 40 yards at Stamford Bridge and with Steve Mandanda sprawling across his line the ball clatters into his left-hand post. That got them off their seats.

2105: Chelsea have had a few sloppy moments in possession and they're sitting back at the Bridge. Manager Carlo Ancelotti has seen enough and he brings on Ramires for Gael Kakuta, who has produced a really decent performance for over an hour. But these remain dangerous times for the Blues.

Champions League Sam: "So, Bayern have equalised in Basel, thanks to Bastian Schweinsteiger's penalty, and Luiz Adriano has given Shakhtar the lead against Braga in Arsenal's group. Jose Mourinho has brought on Mesut Ozil for Karim Benzema as Real strive for a breakthrough against Auxerre."

Football League Macca: "Pompey's resurgence has been held up somewhat as Bristol City's Jon Stead levels moments after John Utaka put the hosts ahead. Burnley look home and dry as they lead Hull 4-0 now. Boro are now trailing as Kris Commons puts Derby 2-1 in front and Norwich lead Leicester 2-1. L2 bottom side Hereford have equalised things up against Stevenage and Macclesfield are in front at Crewe."

Someone has won a penalty
Red card
Arsenal missed pen: The Gunners should be ahead, but they're not. Andrey Arshavin plays Marouane Chamakh through and after shrugging off the challenge of Marko Jovanovic, the defender brings Chamakh down. He's sent off, and Arsenal have a penalty which Arshavin fires against the legs of Vladimir Stojkovic, who wheels away in delight after making the save.

2100: GOAL Basel 1-1 Bayern Munich (Schweinsteiger)

2059: MISSED PENALTY (Arshavin, Arsenal)

2059: SENDING OFF (Jovanovic, Partizan)


2058: GOAL Braga 0-1 Shakhtar (Adriano)

From Steve on 606: "Really don't understand what's going on with Arsenal. Song is going up front more and Denilson is dropping back. It should be the other way round, Song is better defensively and Denilson is better offensively."

2054: At Chelsea, Nicolas Anelka sets Gael Kakuta free and he's one-on-one with Gabby Heinze, but the youngster tries a trick instead of running at the defender and Heinze is too shrewd to fall for it.

2052: Marseille have knocked the ball around nicely at times, but you can't see them scoring twice and getting back into it. They have another neat spell of possession, but Chelsea look well organised this evening.

Football League Macca: "Half-time at Loftus Road and Millwall are holding leaders QPR 0-0. It's also 0-0 between Reading and Ipswich and with Cardiff drawing at home to Palace and Watford losing to Swansea it looks like Leeds' night in the Champo so far. Plenty time for change, though."

2049: Early opening for Arsenal in Serbia, but from inside the area at an angle on the right, Tomas Rosicky's low drive is comfortably gathered by Vladimir Stojkovic.

2048: And now at Partizan 1-1 Arsenal.

2046: Back under way at Chelsea 2-0 Marseille.

Champions League Sam: "It's hardly goals galore elsewhere in the Champions League but one or two interesting story-lines are developing. In Group G, Ajax are drawing 1-1 with AC Milan after Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelled out Mounir El Hamdaoui's opener, while Real Madrid haven't been able to make their dominance pay against Auxerre - 0-0 there. It's also goalless between Shakhtar Donetsk and Braga and in the Group E contest between Roma and Cluj in the Italian capital. And it looks like there may be an upset on the cards in Switzerland, where Basel are beating Bayern Munich 1-0. Earlier in Group F, Spartak Moscow made it two wins out of two with a resounding 3-0 victory over Zilina.

From b_dhokia on Twitter: "The ref's killed the Chelsea game."

Football League Macca: "It's half-time at Elland Road and Leeds 4-2 Preston now. It could finish 8-4. Doncaster are on level terms at Cov, as are Derby at home to Boro. Notts Co are now 3-1 in front at Peterborough, Colchester have levelled at home to Daggers, Carlisle lead 3-0 at Hartlepool, Wycombe are threes-up against Barnet and Northampton have just gone in front against Chesterfield. Tranmere have notched on the stroke of half-time at Bristol R."

Partizan Belgrade 1-1 Arsenal
Phil Dawkes' half-time snap-shot:
"Arsenal could have been out of sight, but they have let Partizan back in with a gift of a penalty. The Gunners still look the more capable side going forward, but they must defend better if they are to ensure they do not fall to another away defeat in the Champions League."

Chelsea 2-0 Marseille
Mark Ashenden's half-time snap-shot:
"So the difference between the Londoners and their French visitors are John Terry's toes and a dodgy penalty. Florent Malouda has been simply immense and has covered every blade of lush Stamford Bridge grass three times over. Brilliant."

2032: Half-time Partizan Belgrade 1-1 Arsenal

2031: Half-time Chelsea 2-0 Marseille

From Gangsta Agger on 606: "Marseille should bring on Dede Ayew. That boy is going to be quite something."

2028: Arsenal still look like they are on top in Belgrade, though they don't quite look as confident as they did when they led 1-0. Partizan are feeding off scraps, but you never know what's around the corner.

Champions League Sam: "So, Milan are level thanks to a well-taken equaliser from Zlatan Ibrahimovic against his former club. The Swedish striker is just onside as he collects a pass from Clarence Seedorf on his chest and smashes the bouncing ball into the net. Still 0-0 in three of tonight's games."

2025: Here's more from Infostrada Sports, merchants of doom: "Arsenal have failed to win three of their last four Champions League away matches in which they opened the scoring. Also, Arsenal have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 Champions League away matches - the most ever by an English club."

Football League Macca: "Sounds like Preston must have made Leeds angry. The Yorkshiremen have turned around their game and lead 3-1 now through Davide Somma. Swansea also have a two-goal lead at Watford. Burnley are 2-0 in front against Hull and Norwich have a leveller at home to Leicester. In L1 Carlisle are winning 2-0 at Hartlepool, Notts County are beating high-flyers Peterborough 2-0 and Bournemouth have a second at home to Exeter."

2022: GOAL Ajax 1-1 AC Milan (Ibrahimovic)

From Dale, Derbyshire, via text: "My cat's called Cleo, it makes me giggle whenever you type my cat's namesake... and also makes my cat wonder what the hell I'm on about when I read out the text commentary!"

Partizan goal: Well that puts the cat back amongst the pigeons in Belgrade. Radosav Petrovic's cross from the left hits the arm of Denilson and a penalty is given, which Cleo steps up to nonchalantly roll past Lukasz Fabianski.

2017: GOAL Partizan Belgrade 1-1 Arsenal (Cleo)


Champions League Sam: "We've also got our eyes on the so-called Group of Death tonight, featuring three teams with 20 Euoropean Cup wins between them. Ajax are leading AC Milan, thanks to Mounir El Hamdaoui but it really should be 1-1. Robinho was the guilty party, screwing horribly wide after being played through on goal by a delightful pass from Clarence Seedorf. Meanwhile, nine-time winners Real Madrid are making all the running against Auxerre in France. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lassana Diarra both went close with long-range strikes before Gonzalo Higuain had a shot cleared off the line."

2015: Florent Malouda surges down the Chelsea left again and after getting into the Marseille box he goes down under a strong challenge - but there's no way Frank de Bleeckere is giving another penalty.

2014: Arsenal well on top now in Belgrade. Andrey Arshavin again finds himself through on goal but his superb chip over the keeper is cleared off the line acrobatically by the back-tracking Marko Jovanovic.

Blues goal: That's harsh, really harsh. Not sure the French side deserve to be 2-0 down, but hey ho. Chelsea are awarded a penalty when Michael Essien's cross from the right hits the arm of Stephane Mbia inside the box, and Nicolas Anelka steps up cool as you like to slot past Steve Mandanda. Mbia and Gabriel Heinze are both booked.

2012: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Marseille (Anelka)


2011: Best chance of the half for Marseille at Chelsea, but Benoit Cheyrou blazes just over from the edge of the Blues box.

2011: GOAL Ajax 1-0 AC Milan (El Hamdaoui)

Football League Macca: "Watford have been red-hot recently but so has Swansea's Scott Sinclair and he's grabbed his eighth of the season to give the Swans the lead. Forest are trailing at home courtesy of Sheff Utd's Richard Cresswell, Leeds have levelled and now taken a 2-1 lead against Preston and Middlesbrough, who massively need a win, are ahead at Derby, who have just missed a penalty. In L1, Bournemouth are beating Exeter and Colchester are trailing at home to bottom club Daggers. In League Two, Stevenage, Bury and Wycombe are all ahead but it remains 0-0 between the top two of Brighton and Shrewsbury."

2008: Marseille want a penalty, there's pinball and mayhem inside the Chelsea box as Brandao goes down, but referee Frank de Bleeckere of Belgium gives the home team a free-kick.

2006: That beautifully crafted goal hasn't half settled Arsenal down, you know. They are dominating the game in Belgrade now and look a different team to the early stages.

From AndySzpuk on Twitter: "What's the betting we get a power cut now...?"

2003: GOAL Basel 1-0 Bayern Munich (Frei)

2002: Chelsea are bossing it now against Marseille after their tricky start. Their all-French forward line are starting to cause the French champions major problems.

Arsenal goal: It's relief for Arsene Wenger and the perfect start for his team - and it's a goal that will do nothing to stop the burgeoning reputation of Jack Wilshere. Andrey Arshavin collects a pass just inside the Partizan half and races forward, playing a pass into the area for Wilshere - it looks like the ball is stuck under his feet, but the teenager brilliantly drags it back and then flicks it behind into Arshavin's path for the Russian to slam home an opener.

1959: GOAL Partizan Belgrade 0-1 Arsenal (Arshavin)

1958: Florent Malouda is brilliant, isn't he? He somehow tricks his way past two Marseille defenders after being trapped against the left touchline, eventually slapping a right-foot shot a few yards over from just inside the French team's box. He's started this game in terrific fashion once again.

1955: Partizan have upped the ante in Belgrade. Firstly, Cleo's good run ends with Denilson's last-ditch challenge stopping Nemanja Tomic from shooting, before a mix-up at the back gives Cleo a sniff before the Gunners clear. Nervy times.

Football League Macca: "Just the 36 Football League games tonight, divided equally between the three divisions. I'll try to give them my undivided attention. The first 34 ties are off and running and in the Championship Coventry are already ahead at home to Doncaster, Leicester lead at Norwich and Preston surprisingly doing likewise at Leeds. Runaway Championship leaders QPR kick off against London neighbours Millwall at 2000 BST, while Ipswich are at Reading."

Blues goal: Having been second best for most of the early stages, Chelsea go in front. Florent Malouda forces Steve Mandanda to tip a left-foot shot away and from the corner, John Terry nips in at the near post to flick into the net from a tight angle.

1952: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Marseille (Terry)

1951: First bit of work for Lukasz Fabianski, the keeper making a routine save from Cleo's scuffed shot.

1949: Slow start at Partizan, no attempts on goal for either side and the ball hasn't gone much further than the middle of the pitch so far.

1948: Better start from Marseille at Chelsea, sweeping the ball from flank to flank with effortless ease. One ball into the box is half-cleared by John Terry into the path of Lucho Gonzalez, but he fires wide via the leg of his team-mate Loic Remy.

From el chelsea fuerte on 606: "I have a funny feeling about the Marseille match..."

1945: And they've kicked off in Partizan-Arsenal as well now.

1945: Nicolas Anelka is getting booed by the Marseille fans and we're under way at Stamford Bridge.

1943: It's clearly not the same as the national anthems during a World Cup, but the Champions League music gets me going every time. We're on the brink of getting under way in the seven games around Europe this evening.

1941: Now then, we haven't even started yet tonight and it is quite literally all going off. In Belgrade, one of the Partizan floodlights has cut out for the fourth time in the last hour or so. But as it stands, the game will go ahead anyway. At Chelsea, there is fighting in the stands, though the police say they have things under control. The teams are out, almost incidentally.

1939: When asked about whether he was demanding a win following defeats by Newcastle and Manchester City, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti said: "Yes, I am wanting a good result and wanting to maintain top spot in the group."

From OptaJoe on Twitter: "After failing to win in 22 Champions League games in a row, Spartak Moscow have won their last three in the competition. Revival."

From Dave, Cardiff, via text: "To Luke from London. Not only did Khalid Askri substitute himself, he retired as a result of that blunder!"

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We want to come back from Saturday with a strong performance. We have to combine motivation and authority. We have to use all our experience and technique. They have a big physical team with powerful players so I believe they will try to make it physical, drop deep with two banks of four and catch us on the break."

1934: Partizan-Arsenal will kick off as normal, so can everyone just calm down? Hey, refresh your page and you will see the magical Midweek Final Score appear at the top of your page. In other news, Football League Macca is poring over our lower league line-ups as we speak, ready to hit you with chat as soon as the goals start flying in.

From Steve on 606: "I've seen teams deliberately leave the grass long to try and stop Arsenal playing their football but this is going to the next level - let's make them play in the dark with a dodgy keeper."

1927: Here's an early stat to get stuck into thanks to Infostrada Sports: "Arsenal line-up with two English players in their starting XI. The Gunners have lost their last three Champions League matches in which they started with more than one player from England."

Partizan Belgrade v Arsenal team news:
Phil Dawkes reports:
"An injury to Mamuel Almunia gives Lukasz Fabianski a chance to stake a claim to be Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper. The Gunners also make two changes in midfield with Denilson and Jack Wilshere replacing Abou Diaby and Samir Nasri. The recalled Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou will need to be on their toes to counter the threat of Partizan Belgrade's Brazilian dangerman Cleo."

Chelsea v Marseille team news:
Mark Ashenden reports:
"Chelsea's 19-year-old striker Gael Kakuta wins the battle for a starting spot against Marseille to make his European debut and will support Nicolas Anelka up front with Florent Malouda. Left-back Ashley Cole returns after a rest, while fit-again Marseille defender Souleymane Diawara starts at Stamford Bridge."

From Restlesshair on Twitter: "Szczesny should be starting tonight. Too many times has Fabianski let us down, the younger Pole was brilliant at Brentford."

1919: Full-time Spartak Moscow 3-0 MSK Zilina

1917: Extraordinarily, we are hearing rumours - sketchy at the moment - that there might be a power failure in Belgrade which is threatening to delay the start of Partizan-Arsenal. Will obviously keep you abreast of the very latest from Serbia.

1915: GOAL Spartak Moscow 3-0 MSK Zilina (Ibson)

From tomotrebski on Twitter: "Great noise from the Marseille fans at Stamford Bridge! Sometimes foreign supporters put us to shame..."

Chelsea v Marseille:
Mark Ashenden reports:
"No Frank Lampard, no Didier Drogba, so will Chelsea still have enough for the visit by Marseille? Two successive defeats by Newcastle and Manchester City should provide the inspiration for Carlo Ancelotti's boys but they're facing a French outfit still smarting after losing at home to Spartak Moscow in their opening Champions League clash. Chelsea hunting a second win on their Euro campaign this season. Game on."

Partizan Belgrade v Arsenal:
Phil Dawkes reports:
"Arsenal were in imperious form for their opening Champions League fixture, which saw them beat Braga 6-0. However, their momentum has been halted somewhat by Saturday's surprise 3-2 home league loss to West Brom. Keeper Manuel Almunia had a torrid time against the Baggies, but injury takes him out of the firing line and shifts the focus to understudy Lukasz Fabianski. He is likely to be put to the test by a Partizan Belgrade side who currently top the Serbian top-flight."

From Luke, London, via text: "Almunia may be poor, but spare a thought for the Moroccan side FAR Rabat, who's goalkeeper Khalid Ashkri (he of penalty-save-that-bounces-into-net-fame) made another blunder this week and substituted himself."

1906: Chelsea v Marseille line-ups:
Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov, Kakuta, Anelka, Malouda.
Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Sturridge, Van Aanholt, Bruma, McEachran.
Marseille: Mandanda, Kabore, Diawara, M'bia Etoundi, Heinze, Gonzalez, Cisse, Cheyrou, Remy, Gignac, Brandao.
Subs: Andrade, Azpilicueta, Taiwo, Hilton, Abriel, Andre Ayew, Valbuena.
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

1905: Partizan Belgrade v Arsenal line-ups:
Partizan Belgrade:
Stojkovic, Stevanovic, Marko Jovanovic, Krstajic, Lazevski, Tomic, Medo, Petrovic, Sasa Ilic, Boya, Cleo.
Subs: Zivkovic, Stankovic, Savic, Bogunovic, Kizito, Iliev, Smiljanic.
Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Djourou, Squillaci, Gibbs, Rosicky, Denilson, Song, Arshavin, Wilshere, Chamakh.
Subs: Szczesny, Koscielny, Nasri, Vela, Clichy, Eboue, Lansbury.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

1903: So, now the juices are flowing, all that leaves you to do is get in touch. It's easy when you know how: by tweeting me @Stevo_football; by texting to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and by dropping a missive on to the 606 page set up for that very reason.

1900: Stevo's predos:
Ajax 1-1 AC Milan
Auxerre 2-2 Real Madrid
Basle 0-2 Bayern Munich
Braga 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Chelsea 2-2 Marseille
Partizan Belgrade 1-2 Arsenal
Roma 2-1 Cluj

Arsenal team to face Partizan: Fabianski, Sagna, Djourou, Squillaci, Gibbs, Rosicky, Denilson, Song, Arshavin, Wilshere, Chamakh.

1855: One of those exceptions is in the Champions League, with Russian outfit Spartak Moscow taking on Slovakians MSK Zilina at the magnificent Luzhniki Stadium. I can tell you this: with about 20 minutes to go, it's Spartak 2-0 Zilina. The superbly named Ferreira Ari has bagged both goals.

1853: Plenty to chew over on another night of top-class football in what is turning into a genuinely fascinating season. In the Champions League we've got Partizan Belgrade v Arsenal and Chelsea v Marseille, not to mention six other intriguing ties, including Ajax v AC Milan. Oh, and there's also a full Football League programme too. 1945 BST is our stock kick-off time, barring the odd exception.

Chelsea team to face Marseille: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov, Kakuta, Anelka, Malouda.

1849: The great Brian Clough, there, on signing England goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton in 1977, with Nottingham Forest going on to win the League Championship and the European Cup twice with Shilton in goal. Question: Is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a world-class stopper away from turning the Gunners into a genuine trophy-winning force once more? Or do Arsenal's problems run deeper? A hot topic if ever there was one.

1845: "It was like buying a painting, like a Constable or a Turner. You know in a year or two's time it's going to be worth twice what it cost you. Peter Shilton was the deciding factor. I'd have paid almost any price. A team with an OK goalkeeper is always looking over its shoulder. At the back of its mind, it's thinking 'it doesn't matter what we do - the fella between the posts might make a mistake'. With Shilton in goal, it gave everyone else more confidence. It spread throughout the side. We were full of ourselves."

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Champions League results

28 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Champ Lge Group A table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Inter Milan 1 0 1
2 Tottenham 1 0 1
3 FC Twente 1 0 1
4 Werder Bremen 1 0 1

Champ Lge Group B table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Benfica 1 2 3
2 Lyon 1 1 3
3 Schalke 04 1 -1 0
4 Hapoel Tel-Aviv 1 -2 0

Champ Lge Group C table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Valencia 1 4 3
2 Man Utd 1 0 1
3 Rangers 1 0 1
4 Bursaspor 1 -4 0

Champ Lge Group D table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Barcelona 1 4 3
2 FC Copenhagen 1 1 3
3 Rubin Kazan 1 -1 0
4 Panathinaikos 1 -4 0

Champ Lge Group E table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 2 3 6
2 Roma 2 -1 3
3 CFR Cluj-Napoca 2 0 3
4 Basle 2 -2 0

Champ Lge Group F table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 2 5 6
2 Spartak Moscow 2 4 6
3 Marseille 2 -3 0
4 MSK Zilina 2 -6 0

Champ Lge Group G table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 2 3 6
2 AC Milan 2 2 4
3 Ajax 2 -2 1
4 Auxerre 2 -3 0

Champ Lge Group H table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 2 8 6
2 S. Donetsk 2 4 6
3 Partizan Belgrade 2 -3 0
4 Braga 2 -9 0

see also
Tuesday's football photos
28 Sep 10 |  Football

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