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Champions League as it happened


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By Chris Bevan

2217: And that, as they say, is that. Thanks for keeping me company on another memorable night in the Champions League, particularly for Tottenham fans. Manchester United also had reason to celebrate, but Rangers face an uphill battle to make the last 16. How will Chelsea and Arsenal fare on Wednesday night? Why don't you join me to find out. See you soon - I'm Bale-ing out.

2212: Before I bid you farewell for the evening, I will give you a quick round-up of the rest of this evening's Champions League action. Lyon's Spurs-style second-half fightback from 4-0 down against Benfica ended in a Spurs-style 4-3 defeat but, elsewhere in Group B, Schalke failed to capitalise after being held by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. In Group D, there was frustration for Barcelona, who failed to get the win they needed against FC Copenhagen to reach the last 16. Still, Barca are in the box-seat, just ahead of the Danish side, because earlier Rubin Kazan and Panathinaikos had battled out a goalless draw.

2207: Whatever you think of Bursaspor (and I think they are pretty poor), you have to give credit to United tonight too. They were too cute, too clever and too darn good for the Turkish champions in front of a very hostile crowd. Check out the Gabriel Obertan goal that rounded off their win tonight if you get a chance too - an absolute corker.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "7 - Paul Scholes misplaced just seven of his 107 passes (excl. crosses) tonight against Bursaspor tonight. Wizard."

From Wazza v3 on 606: "Ok, enough of the Spurs love-in. Can we now talk about the uber-professional perfomance by United in Turkey tonight."

2159: Only one man has had a better time than Gareth Bale tonight... former Spurs winger Rohan Ricketts. Check out Rohan's predictions at 2000 GMT... rumours he ate octopus for his tea tonight are unconfirmed.

2156: He's a nice, polite boy as well? Make that £110m then...

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp after his side's impressive win over Inter Milan: "That was a fantastic night of football. It was an amazing performance from the whole team. What Gareth Bale has done to Maicon in the last two games is just incredible. It's not just about his pace, he can run all day and can cross on the run too, as well as shoot and head the ball. On top of that, you couldn't meet a nicer boy."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "47.5 - 47.5% of Spurs' attacks in their game against Inter Milan tonight came from the left side of the pitch. Taxi."

2150: Another way of looking at Gareth Bale's performance tonight is that he has just added another £10m on to his summer price tag. Left-footed, fast, skilful, intelligent... and Welsh. He must be worth £100m now, surely? (Only joking Spurs fans, there is no reason why he would ever want to leave the Lane)

From JL in Bingley, via text: "Good job Bale doesn't play for Man City. Mancini would have him on the bench."

From Steve in Northolt, via text: "Gareth Bale will be running home after the game cos he doesn't seem to even get tired taking the European Champions' defence to the cleaners!"

2145: It has been a very good night for Manchester United too - their convincing win in Turkey means they only need a point from their trip to Ibrox on 24 November to progress. Rangers will need a rather different result in that game to stay in the hunt because Bursaspor, who are definitely out, look unlikely to cause Valencia many problems in Spain on the same night.

2142: Tottenham fans - if and when your feet regain contact with planet earth tonight, you should check out the standings in Group A. Gareth Bale, sorry I mean Spurs, are top with a superior head-to-head record over Inter Milan. If Harry Redknapp's side beat Werder Bremen in their next match, they are definitely into the last 16.

2140: GOALFLASH Benfica 4-3 Lyon (Dejan Lovren)

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Withdean Stadium: "Comfortable wins for Brighton, Huddersfield, Peterborough and Charlton, while Colchester came from behind to defeat Leyton Orient. The top of the League One table is slowly starting to take shape. No one can deny that Brighton are the men to beat at the moment having won their last four games comfortably, scoring 12 without conceding. But there was another big win for Southampton tonight and they are making a serious move up the table after a slow start to the campaign."

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "Glory, glory Tottenham Hotspur and glory, glory Gareth Bale. We have seen a special performance from a special player here tonight. Spurs were outstanding as a team, but Bale was simply something else against the Champions League holders.

Full time
2136: FULL-TIME Valencia 3-0 Rangers

2135: FULL-TIME Bursaspor 0-3 Man Utd

2134: FULL-TIME Tottenham 3-1 Inter Milan

2134: Into injury time at White Hart Lane. Not much of it left either.

Valencia goal: No way back for Rangers now. Tino Costa slides in to meet a cross from the right and Rangers, who have hit the woodwork twice, are well beaten.

2132: GOALFLASH Valencia 3-0 Rangers (Tino Costa)

Tottenham goal: Gareth Bale has not got on the scoresheet tonight, so far, but he is having another night to remember. With Inter pushing forward, he skips past Lucio and sprints down the left before delivering the ball on a plate for substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko to slot home. Simply stunning from the Welshman.

2130: GOALFLASH Tottenham 3-1 Inter Milan (Pavlyuchenko)

From Rich in Stafford, via text: "Re 2000. A good display tonight so far from Rohan 'The Psychic Octopus' Ricketts. I wonder if he's squids in? Apologies."

2128: GOALFLASH Werder Bremen 0-2 FC Twente (Luuk de Jong)

2127: GOALFLASH Benfica 4-2 Lyon (Bafetimbi Gomis)

Someone has struck the woodwork
2125: Rangers haven't given up either. Madjid Bougherra crosses from the right and Steven Naismith, in acres of space, plants his header against the post.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "From celebrations to anxiety. Inter Milan's goal, scored by Samuel Eto'o, has created a sudden air of tension around White Hart Lane. Cool heads required in these last nine minutes."

2124: GOALFLASH Werder Bremen 0-1 FC Twente (Nacer Chadli)

Inter goal: Samuel Eto'o picks the ball up on the left-hand side of the area, makes space for a shot and lashes the ball into the opposite corner. Clinical... and Inter are right back in this one with 10 minutes to go. How are your nerves, Spurs fans?

2121: GOALFLASH Tottenham 2-1 Inter Milan (Eto'o)

2120: Another match bites the dust, this time Cheltenham versus Southend in League Two. The home side were winning 1-0 but there has been a floodlight failure at Whaddon Road.

Man Utd goal: Paul Scholes is the creator this time, turning to play in Bebe, whose shot takes a big deflection from Ali Tandogan as he slides in to attempt to block. Bursaspor, without a point or a goal in Group C, are having a night to forget.

2118: GOALFLASH Bursaspor 0-3 Man Utd (Bebe)

2117: GOALFLASH Benfica 4-1 Lyon (Yoann Gourcuff)

Man Utd goal: "United surely wrap up this match, and near-certain progress to the last 16, as Gabriel Obertan cuts inside Ali Tandogan to lash the ball high past Dimitar Ivankov. Game over?"

Valencia goal: Big trouble for Rangers now as Roberto Soldado runs clear and exchanges passes with the influential Juan Mata before firing past Allan McGregor. The Rangers keeper has had a great night but he probably should have done better there.

2114: GOALFLASH Bursaspor 0-2 Man Utd (Obertan)

2114: GOALFLASH Valencia 2-0 Rangers (Soldado)

2113: Still 20 minutes left at White Hart Lane, and let's not write off the European champions just yet. Diego Milito, fresh from the bench, has just had a sniff after linking up with Samuel Eto'o, but his angled shot rolled wide.

r0nneh on Twitter: "Quite possibly the biggest night in Tottenham history, amazing stuff. Gareth Bale is truly fantastic."

2110: GOALFLASH Benfica 4-0 Lyon (Alexandre Fabio Coentrao)

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "One man's name rings around White Hart Lane on what is turning into a very special night - and that man is Gareth Bale. He has been world-class and has given Inter Milan nightmares, as proved as he set up Peter Crouch for Spurs' second. He will rightly take the plaudits, but Spurs have been outstanding so far."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "5 - For only the second time in their CL history, Inter Milan have conceded five successive goals without scoring themselves. Blast."

2108: Manchester United goalscorer Darren Fletcher is off, and replaced by Bebe. United, who will be three points clear at the top of Group C if they win and Valencia beat Rangers, are looking very comfortable at the moment in Turkey.

2105: He's at it again you know. Gareth Bale turns Maicon inside out as he gets down the by-line and it takes an eagle-eyed extra official to spot that the ball went a foot out of play before he crossed for Peter Crouch to bundle home from close range. It was the right decision as well.

Tottenham goal: Just one word to describe Gareth Bale at the moment: Sensational. Yet again, he tears down the left, leaving Inter defenders trailing in his wake before sending over a perfect cross for Peter Crouch to turn in at the far post. Amazing stuff, and Spurs have breathing space.

2101: GOALFLASH Tottenham 2-0 Inter Milan (Crouch)

2100: Rangers need an equaliser in Spain but they are on the back foot again early in the second half and it is Juan Mata pulling the strings for Valencia. The mercurial midfielder finds Aritz Aduriz who brings a full-stretch save with a header from Allan McGregor.

2057: By the way, Tottenham are top of Group A as things stand because of their superior (on away goals) record over Inter. More importantly, they would be four points clear of FC Twente and Werder Bremen, and qualification for the last 16 would be very much in their own hands.

2056: Spurs don't know how to sit back, do they? Inter keeper Luca Castellazzi tips over a looping Peter Crouch header as the home side come forward again. There have been 26 goals in Tottenham's first five-and-a-half Champions League games... I've got a feeling there might be more to come.

2054: Another decent chance for Tottenham. Inter keeper Luca Castellazzi is in no-mans land after failing to collect a ball hoisted into the box and Gareth Bale, thinking quickly, is unlucky to see his shot drop a fraction wide after improvising with a lob with his back to goal.

Man Utd goal: Michael Carrick has his critics among the United fans, but he has just played a big part in helping his side take the lead in Turkey. Carrick's precise pass finds Darren Fletcher in space on the right of the area, and the Scot takes a touch before rifling home a fierce low shot into the opposite corner of the net. He marks his 50th Champions League appearance with his second goal in the competition - and it was a quality finish.

2050: Rangers and Valencia are back under way too. Work to do for Walter Smith's side in Spain.

2049: GOALFLASH Bursaspor 0-1 Man Utd (Fletcher)

2047: And we have restarted in Turkey too. Apparently the reason Nani came off earlier was a groin injury - he is a doubt for Man Utd's game against Wolves on Saturday.

2046: As feared, Rafael van der Vaart's night is over. Jermaine Jenas is on instead and the second half has just started.

2044: Ah. I'm hearing that Rafael van der Vaart is struggling with a hamstring injury and might not be able to continue for Tottenham. I suppose we will find out soon enough, when the teams emerge for the second half.

will7201 on Twitter: "Berba on his own ain't working. It's time for the little pea!"

2041: None of the three teams that can clinch their place in the last 16 of the Champions League tonight have had much luck in the first 45 minutes. Inter Milan and Lyon are both losing, and Barcelona are being held in Copenhagen. You wouldn't call this group stage predictable, would you? Well, I wouldn't anyway.

2038: Here's a bit more info on what is happening in Leagues One and Two: Peterborough and Huddersfield, Brighton's two closest rivals are doing their best to keep pace with the League One leaders. Both the Posh and the Terriers lead 2-0 against Walsall and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively, but will still be some way behind the Seagulls at the end of play. In League Two, table-toppers Chesterfield are cruising against Accrington, 3-1 the Spireites lead. Not so rosy for bottom side Barnet, though, they trail 2-0 at home to Stevenage.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Withdean Stadium: "The games at Rochdale and Hartlepool might have been abandoned but the outlook is most definitely sunny on the Sussex coast as Brighton lead 2-0 against Exeter. The Seagulls fans are singing about winning the league. Perhaps getting a touch ahead of themselves, although they sure do look the business and are set to stay at least eight points clear at the top of League One."

Chris Whyatt's half-time snapshot: "Manchester United are a bit 'Kevin the Teenager' so far: sullen and out-of-sorts. But Bursaspor lack the craft to instigate a full-blown tantrum."

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty's half-time snapshot: "Wonderful flowing, fast-paced first half with Spurs deservedly in front. Harry Redknapp's side have match Champions League holders Inter Milan and more besides. White Hart Lane loving this."

2032: HALF-TIME Valencia 1-0 Rangers

Half time
2031: HALF-TIME Bursaspor 0-0 Man Utd

2031: HALF-TIME Tottenham 1-0 Inter Milan

2030: GOALFLASH Benfica 3-0 Lyon (Francisco Javi Garcia)

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "How expensive will that awful miss by Peter Crouch prove? Gareth Bale could not have made the finish any easier as the Wales star takes Maicon to the cleaners down the left flank. Spurs good value for their lead but there remains a hint of menace about Rafael Benitez's Inter Milan that Crouch should have reduced."

2028: ....and very nearly an equaliser for the Italian side. Wesley Sneijder bends the ball over the Spurs wall and it is heading for the top corner until Carlo Cudicini gets across to tip it over. A great effort, and a super save.

2027: Less than five minutes to go until half-time at White Hart Lane, and Inter have a free-kick right on the edge of the area after Samuel Eto'o is brought down. This is a shooting chance...

2023: Man Utd have the ball in the net in Turkey, but it is rightly disallowed. After a neat passing move, Paul Scholes bursts into the area to slot home... but he handled as he controlled the ball. Where is Mark Clattenburg when you need him?

Valencia goal: It had been coming. Rangers, who had witheld a lot of pressure, fail to deal with a corner and the ball drops to Roberto Soldado, who squeezes his shot past a defender at the near post. By the way, if you want more info on this game, my colleague Stevie Miller is writing a text commentary devoted entirely to it, right here.

2021: GOALFLASH Benfica 2-0 Lyon (Alexandre Fabio Coentrao)

2020: GOALFLASH FC Copenhagen 1-1 Barcelona (Domingues Claudemir)

2019: GOALFLASH Valencia 1-0 Rangers (Soldado)

2018: Valencia are upping the ante now at the Mestalla. Can Rangers hold out?

2017: GOALFLASH FC Copenhagen 0-1 Barcelona (Lionel Messi)

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Since joining Spurs, Van der Vaart has scored at least once in every match at White Hart Lane in all competitions (6 goals in 5 matches)."

From Sam, via text: "Inter may attack better under Benitez, but they definitely don't defend as well as under Mourinho."

2015: Ah, as soon as I wrote that, Park Ji-Sung came on to replace Nani, who seems to have picked up a knee injury. Over at White Hart Lane, Inter are coming forward in waves and Lucio has just had a low shot deflected wide.

2013: Nani is off the pitch getting treatment, so Man Utd are down to 10 men at the moment. I'll let you know when he comes back on (if he comes back on).

2012: Spurs should really be 2-0 up. Gareth Bale waltzes past Maicon yet again and finds an unmarked Peter Crouch at the back post with a whipped cross... but he goes for power rather than precision and his first-time shot flies wide. A bit of a waste. Well, a lot of a waste to be honest.

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane: "The start Spurs craved - and a goal stunning in its creation from Luka Modric's set-up to Rafael van der Vaart's driven finish. Inter have made their contribution to a game that is being played at a lightning tempo. Spurs have again shown they are a potent attacking force in the Champions League - but can they keep Inter out for 90 minutes?"

2008: Edwin van der Sar comes to Manchester United's rescue in Turkey. His defence are caught napping as Bursaspor break forward, with Turgay Bahadir running through. He is one-on-one with the 40-year-old but cannot beat him - the ball hits his shoulder and flies over.

2006: GOALFLASH Benfica 1-0 Lyon (Alan Kardec)

Tottenham goal: Rafael van der Vaart scored it, but Luka Modric definitely made it... skipping past one defender before slipping the Dutchman free with a pass that split Javier Zanetti and Lucio. Van der Vaart, who was just onside, supplied a cool finish, rifling the ball past Luca Castellazzi.

2002: GOALFLASH Tottenham 1-0 Inter Milan (Van der Vaart)

Former Tottenham winger Rohan Ricketts with his predictions on Twitter: "I am going to head home and see if it's on this dusty Moldovan TV... Spurs will win and Man Utd will win - with an Obertan goal - but I'm sorry to say that Rangers will be leaving with zero points!"

2000: Bad news for people who ventured out to the Lancashire derby between Rochdale and Oldham. It has been abandoned after 10 minutes because of adverse weather conditions... meaning rain, I think... unless it is raining frogs or something?

1957: Ah, here's a familar scene... Gareth Bale dances past Maicon down the left. Normally that ends with a goal, but not this time. The Welshman's cross is too near stand-in Inter keeper Luca Castellazzi.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1956: And here come Rangers! Steven Naismith smashes the post with a 25-yard drive after cutting in from the left flank. Walter Smith's side are inches from going in front in Valencia, and this is a positive start for the visitors.

1954: More chances to tell you about. Luka Modric has a pop for Spurs after making space in the area with a neat step-over. And, in Turkey, Dimitar Berbatov meets Patrice Evra's cross but can not get enough power behind his header to beat Bursaspor keeper Dimitar Ivankov.

1953: Inter are first to threaten, with a sizzling shot by Samuel Eto'o from the edge of the area that flies a whisker wide. I don't think Carlo Cudicini would have got to that if it had been on target. It wasn't though, obviously.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "8 - Valencia have won eight and lost none of their nine matches at home against Scottish opposition. Daunting."

1950: Things have been lively enough in north London without a clear cut chance at either end. It is a lot cagier in Turkey but, in Spain, Juan Mata has just had a left-foot volley saved by Rangers keeper Allan McGregor.

1947: Good news for Spurs: it's still 0-0 after two minutes. They were already a goal down at this stage at the San Siro.

1946: And in Valencia and at Bursaspor's Bursa Ataturk Stadium too.

1945: Right then. We are under way at White Hart Lane...

Tottenham v Inter Milan team news
BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty reports: "Spurs have received a huge lift with Rafael van der Vaart recovering from the hamstring injury he sustained at Manchester United, but the other central figure in that 2-0 defeat, keeper Heurelho Gomes, is suspended after being sent off in the first meeting between the sides in Italy. Harry Redknapp hopes the width of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon will trouble the Champions League holders. Inter? Look no further than Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto'o for danger."

1942: The players are emerging from the tunnel at White Hart Lane, where it is almost anthem-time... in fact, it has just started.

Claspie on Twitter: "I have to say I'm happy Obertan is getting a start for Man Utd. Hope Bebe gets a run-out."

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale on the prospect of the opposition doubling up to try to keep him quiet, as Javier Zanetti and Maicon may try to do for Inter tonight: "Teams are trying to stop me and I've got to think of other ways to get past them. I'm going to have to keep learning in training and in games and try things, and hopefully improve as a player."

1934: If my words are not enough for you this evening then I have a solution (if you are in the UK). Give this page a manual refresh and Midweek Final Score will appear before your eyes, as if by magic, along with BBC Radio 5 live commentary from White Hart Lane. You lucky, lucky people.

Rangers boss Walter Smith on his side's crunch game with Valencia, who lie a point behind them after three games in Group C: "There is no doubt there is pressure on us to get a result. It's not just Valencia who want to do well in this tournament. We have started well and we welcome the extra pressure on us."

From lagooner on 606: "Re. Fergie's comments at 1903. So that would mean the last good one was 1986. Remind me who happened to be involved as temporary manager of Scotland? Strange that, eh?"

1927: I've got some good news for Tottenham fans already, and the game hasn't even started at White Hart Lane yet. Yes, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has escaped FA punishment for describing Nani's (somewhat controversial) goal against his side on Saturday as a farce. Harry had threatened to stop doing post-match interviews if he faced any sanctions and, seeing as he regularly comes out with gems like "my missus could have scored that one" (when Darren Bent missed a glorious chance in January 2009), it is probably good news for us all - not to mention common sense of course.

Valencia v Rangers team news
Rangers are boosted by the news that midfielder Maurice Edu has been passed fit and is able to start the match, though fellow injury doubt Vladimir Weiss failed to make the squad. Edu's inclusion allows Smith to name the same starting XI who earned a point against Manchester United at Old Trafford in their Group C opener.

Jarisleif on Twitter: "Re 1912. Benitez is simply saying Hodgson can't tell black from white. A priest on a mountain of sugar should stand out a mile."

starfightpilot on Twitter: "Re 1912. Hodgson thinks his excellent players (the sugar) have come out of nowhere, but has actually been delivered by priest Benitez."

Bursapor v Man Utd team news
Chris Whyatt reports: "Bit of a surprise in that there's no start for man-of-the-moment Javier Hernandez; the in-form Manchester United striker is left on the bench. Equally, Gabriel Obertan makes only his second start of the season. Along with Nani, he will provide some width in a five-man midfield supporting lone forward Dimitar Berbatov. Paul Scholes returns in the middle of the park after his substitute appearance in the 2-0 win over Spurs on Saturday. Volkan Sen, the man Sir Alex Ferguson sees as the main attacking threat, starts for Bursaspor as does key midfielder Gustav Svensson."

1919: There was talk of a possible delay to kick-off at White Hart Lane because of the tube strike that has just started in London, but I'm told the game will start at 1945 GMT as planned.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Withdean Stadium: "Brighton go into their League One fixture against Exeter this evening eight points clear at the top of League One. It is the last league fixture of manager Gus Poyet's first year in charge and the Seagulls are flying high. With a new stadium at Falmer ready for the start of next season these are surely great times to be a Brighton fan."

Valencia v Rangers line-ups
Valencia: Cesar, Miguel, Navarro, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu, Joaquin, Albelda, Banega, Mata, Soldado, Aduriz. Subs: Moya, Bruno, Topal, Fernandes, Pablo, Costa, Jordi Alba.
Rangers: McGregor, Broadfoot, Weir, Bougherra, Papac, McCulloch, Whittaker, Davis, Edu, Naismith, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Fleck, Lafferty, Foster, Little, Wylde, Hutton.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

strictlyMUFC on Twitter: "Um, hang on, there's bottles of milk, a mountain of sugar... just waiting for a mention of teabags. Are you having a tea party?"

Bursaspor v Man Utd line-ups
Bursaspor: Ivankov, Tandogan, Erdogan, Ibrahim Ozturk, Wederson, Bahadir, Svensson, Ergic, Sen, Insua, Yildirim. Subs: Ozkan, Has, Ipek, Keceli, Nunez, Odabasi, Stepanov.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Scholes, Carrick, Nani, Fletcher, Obertan, Berbatov. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Park, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva, O'Shea, Bebe.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

1912: Er, any idea what Inter boss Rafael Benitez is on about when he talks about "seeing a priest on a mountain of sugar"? No, me neither. He lost me with that thing about the milk too. Now, you lot are welcome to be just as cryptic but I'd much rather that you keep things simple when you get in touch. How? Tweet me at chrisbevan_bbc on Twitter, join the chat on 606 or text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

1907: There is also a full programme in Leagues One and Two tonight, and you can bet your bottom dollar there will be some thrills and spills in those games. BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher is at the Withdean tonight for Brighton v Exeter, and I will try to keep you across what is going on elsewhere. Oh, and before I forget, if you have any questions on Football League matters then you can always send them in the direction of Steve Claridge, who will do his best to answer them in his weekly blog, otherwise known as 'Claridge Kicks Off.'

1903: What else is happening? Well, things are a little bit more clear cut in Group B, where a win for Lyon over Benfica will ensure they progress. A draw would be good enough for the French side if Schalke beat Hapoel in the other game. Over in Group D, Barcelona are through if they overcome FC Copenhagen in Denmark. That might sound easy, but they had to work hard to beat Stale Solbakken's side at Camp Nou. Rubin Kazan and Panathinaikos kickled off at 1730 GMT - no goals in that one yet.

Tottenham v Inter Milan line-ups
Tottenham: Cudicini, Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Pletikosa, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Bassong, O'Hara.
Inter Milan: Castellazzi, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Muntari, Zanetti, Biabiany, Sneijder, Pandev, Eto'o. Subs: Orlandoni, Cordoba, Milito, Materazzi, Coutinho, Santon, Nwankwo.
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson responding to suggestions that the group stage of the Champions League is a tad dull because Uefa have encouraged a wider spread of teams from smaller nations: "To my mind it's the best competition in the world now, it's better than the World Cup. Have you seen the last six World Cups? You're better off going to the dentists."

Bursasspor v Man Utd
Chris Whyatt reports: "Wily Euro-voyagers United take a dauntingly impressive Champions League record to the mountains of north-west Turkey: just one defeat in their last 18 away games. The 'world giants', as Bursaspor coach Ertugrul Saglam describes them, are missing some top names but Sir Alex Ferguson would still wager that Paul Scholes and co have enough wit to wangle a win against the point-less and goal-less Turkish champions. If he's right, the three points will virtually guarantee entry into the last 16 knockout."

Tottenham v Inter Milan
BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty reports: "Great anticipation in the streets around White Hart Lane as Spurs prepare for the game that was ringed on every calendar once the Champions League draw was made - the visit of holders Inter Milan. Rafael Benitez's side showed their quality ripping Spurs apart in the first-half in the San Siro a couple of weeks ago, but Gareth Bale's second half hat-trick in their 4-3 defeat will give Harry Redknapp hope that they can trouble Inter on their own territory."

1856: A bit of breaking team news for you from the Bursa Ataturk Stadium. Javier Hernandez is on the bench for United, and Dimitar Berbatov will be their lone frontman. Full details to follow.

1853: Even if you're not a Spurs fan, there is plenty else going on tonight, though. Let's start in Group C, where Manchester United can all but secure their progress to the knockout stages with a win in Turkey over Bursaspor, while Rangers will look to give their bid to join them a boost as they travel to Spain to take on Valencia.

1850: Enough about Gareth Bale, for now at least. Let's get back to reality: An Inter win will book their place in the last 16, and leave Spurs fans looking nervously at the outcome of FC Twente v Werder Bremen to try to work out what result will help them secure second spot in Group A (I think it's probably a draw).

1848: Yep, poor old Maicon - named as the best right-back in the Champions League last season - was made to look a little bit silly by Gareth Bale as Spurs launched an ultimately futile fight-back in what was a pretty remarkable Group A meeting on 20 October. To be honest, he didn't get an easy time of it the last time he came to White Hart Lane either. In September 2006, I watched him play in an international friendly against Wales, when he had Bale AND Ryan Giggs to contend with down the left. Not a bad combination, that one.

1845 GMT: Evening all. Something tells me you're looking forward to tonight's Champions League clash between Tottenham and reigning European champions Inter Milan? Me too... but I do know one man who definitely isn't. If you need any clues, he's Brazilian and he's been having recurring nightmares about being given the chasing of his life by a young Welsh wing wizard at the San Siro a fortnight ago.

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Champions League results

2 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Champ Lge Group A table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Tottenham 4 4 7
2 Inter Milan 4 3 7
3 FC Twente 4 -1 5
4 Werder Bremen 4 -6 2

Champ Lge Group B table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Lyon 4 4 9
2 Schalke 04 4 3 7
3 Benfica 4 -1 6
4 Hapoel Tel-Aviv 4 -6 1

Champ Lge Group C table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 4 5 10
2 Valencia 4 6 7
3 Rangers 4 -2 5
4 Bursaspor 4 -9 0

Champ Lge Group D table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Barcelona 4 6 8
2 FC Copenhagen 4 1 7
3 Rubin Kazan 4 -1 3
4 Panathinaikos 4 -6 2

Champ Lge Group E table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 3 4 9
2 Basle 3 0 3
3 CFR Cluj-Napoca 3 -1 3
4 Roma 3 -3 3

Champ Lge Group F table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 3 7 9
2 Spartak Moscow 3 2 6
3 Marseille 3 -2 3
4 MSK Zilina 3 -7 0

Champ Lge Group G table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 3 5 9
2 AC Milan 3 0 4
3 Ajax 3 -1 4
4 Auxerre 3 -4 0

Champ Lge Group H table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 3 12 9
2 S. Donetsk 3 0 6
3 Braga 3 -7 3
4 Partizan Belgrade 3 -5 0

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Champions League photos
02 Nov 10 |  Football

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