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Champions League as it happened


Chelsea 4-0 Bordeaux Match report
Roma 1-2 CFR Cluj-Napoca
Panathinaikos 0-2 Inter Milan
Werder Bremen 0-0 Anorthosis Famagusta
Barcelona 3-1 Sporting
Basle 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
Marseille 1-2 Liverpool Match report
PSV 0-3 Atletico Madrid


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2155: Time to wrap up, then. I'd stay forever if I could, but for now I'll spare myself the indignity of being dragged away from my desk kicking and screaming. Thank you so much for your company, I hope the first night of the Champions League lived up to your expectations. Join Danny Baker on BBC Radio 5 Live for 606 in a couple of minutes. And I'll see you all in a few hours for round two. Bless you.

2151: "Astounding performance by Frank Lampard. With a history of struggling in Europe he redeemed himself tonight."
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2148: Player Rater latest: from Liverpool's victory, there's only one winner. Steven Gerrard, scorer of another sensational goal, is miles clear of everyone else on 8.78. I think that's fair, isn't it? Or is it...
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2146: Latest from Player Rater: Chelsea's goal-crazy midfielder Frank Lampard is bossing proceedings in that match on a sizeable 8.01. Ashley Cole's only got 6.04 though. Get in the mixer...
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2142: The Champions League is most certainly back. Great wins for the English clubs, a thumping victory over a poor team for Chelsea and a really important away win for Liverpool in Marseille. But Cluj. You have to say, it's all about Cluj tonight.

2140: "As a Man Utd fan, I am a bit worried about how good Chelsea are doing and feel they will challenge us for the title to the last game."
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2138: The Champions League games are now all full-times.

2137: GOAL Basle 1-2 Shakhtar
David Abraham gives Basle some hope in Switzerland but it's surely too little, too late.

2135: I won't give you all the full-times in the Champions League, but Cluj of Romania have held out in Italy to beat Roma 2-1. That is an absolutely sensational result.

2135: Full-time Marseille 1-2 Liverpool

2134: Pepe Reina makes another fabulous save, this time with his right foot, after Mamadou Niang had been teed up inside the Liverpool box.

2133: Full-time Chelsea 4-0 Bordeaux

2132: GOAL Chelsea 4-0 Bordeaux
Nicolas Anelka, who has missed a few chances tonight, gets on the mark with a tap-in from close-range after Ulrich Rame had brilliantly tipped Juliano Belletti's 35-yard piledriver on to the crossbar.

2131: Mamadou Niang glances a header wide in Marseille as the hosts continue to try and get back on level terms with Liverpool.

2129: GOAL Panathinaikos 0-2 Inter
Brazilian striker Adriano does the job for Jose Mourinho and the points will be heading back to Milan now.

2129: GOAL Barcelona 3-1 Sporting
Uefa's Player of Euro 2008 Xavi gets off the mark in this season's Champions League and that is game, set and match in Catalonia.

2127: Ricardo Carvalho hits the bar with a header from a Frank Lampard corner. He was left totally unmarked, very shoddy defending from Laurent Blanc's boys. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane comes on for Dirk Kuyt in Marseille.

2126: In case any of you missed it, CFR Cluj-Napoca are beating Roma 2-1 away in their first Champions League game. They have never won before in Europe. It wouldn't just be the performance of the night, it would be one of the Champs Lge performances of all time.

2124: "A thrilling night of Champions League action once again. Performance of the night must go to Atletico. These dark horses will give a few of the so-called big names a scare along the way. Watch out Liverpool when you visit the Vicente Calderon!"
Anon, via text

2122: GOAL Chelsea 3-0 Bordeaux
Easy, easy, easy. Jon Mikel Obi finds Frank Lampard and he plays a cute flick into the path of Florent Malouda, who cracks the ball into the far corner from the left-hand side of the penalty area. That got Big Phil smiling.

2120: It's very, very quiet at Stamford Bridge. Big Phil is waving his arms around a lot, but probably out of boredom more than anything else.

2119: "Wow, Reira hasn't been in it much, but that was the best Liverpool cross in like 10 years!"
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2117: Steve Mandanda pulls off a stunning one-handed save in Marseille to deny Ryan Babel from six yards after good work down the Liverpool left from Albert Riera.

2115: GOAL Barcelona 2-1 Sporting
They never could defend. Portuguese international Antonio Leonel Tonel smashes in a free-kick at the Nou Camp and there are some nervy moments for Pep Guardiola left tonight too.

2115: "These aren't nervy moments for Liverpool. Nobody is better at holding a result than Liverpool."
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Oh, OK.

2112: By the way, the guy who hit the bar for Romanias Cluj is Sixto Peralta, with a thumping header. That's the very same Sixto Raimundo Peralta Salso who played for Ipswich a few years back. In case you wondered.

2110: Steven Gerrard is taken off and replaced by Yossi Benayoun at the Velodrome in Marseille. Also, Cluj have just hit the Roma crossbar. What a story this is.

2107: Another chance for Marseille as Bakari Kone's lovely backheel sets up a presentable opportunity for Karim Ziani, who lashes over from inside the box. Nervy moments for Liverpool though.

2106: Fernando Torres is replaced in France by new Liverpool signing Albert Riera.

2105: "English game in disarray Stevo? All the players that've scored for the English teams are English!"
Alex, via text

Disarray? Did you see England batter Croatia last week?? The world fears us again...

2104: Vitorino Hilton heads downwards and straight at Pepe Reina at the Velodrome as Marseille press for an equaliser.

2102: GOAL Barcelona 2-0 Sporting
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, who came so close to leaving the Nou Camp in the summer, doubles the Catalan's advantage with a penalty after a handball from Tonel.

2102: Nicolas Anelka slots into the side-netting from a Florent Malouda pass.

2100: Michael Ballack makes his return from injury and he replaces Deco in the Chelsea midfield. Doesn't exactly weaken the team, does it?

2059: "In Barcelona, watching Barca dominate Sporting Lisbon big style, but they've only got a goal to show for it. Henry still has it."
The Scarf, via text

I'm officially enormously jealous.

2056: GOAL PSV 0-3 Atletico
Portly ex-Chelsea schemer Maniche has put PSV to bed in the Netherlands and it is a spanking good return to the Champions League for the Spanish team.

2055: Even steven at Marseille as the French side probe away for an opening and an equaliser. Liverpool will be grateful Steven Gerrard was fit tonight, for sure. Meanwhile, Chelsea are still on top at Stamford Bridge but Bordeaux have improved since the break.

2050: GOAL Roma 1-2 Cluj
Oh my heavens. The 24-year-old Argentine Juan Emanuel Culio has only gone and bagged again in Rome's Olympic Stadium and the Italian giants are now losing to the team from Romania. What a Champions League debut.

2048: "Danny the Stat is on fire tonight Stevo, what's he on?"
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He's on fire, son, that's what he's on.

2047: Massively back under way in the Champions League.

2045: "Not allowed to advertise alcohol in France? Surely that's like not being allowed to advertise chocolate in Switzerland or sausage in Germany?"
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2042: Blimey. Yet more from Danny the Stat: "Some surprisingly low marks on our Player Rater for Chelsea considering they dominated Bordeaux in the first half. Only Frank Lampard has shone with 7.19. But Jon Mikel Obi 4.63? John Terry 5.00? What have you got against people called John (or Jon)?"
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2040: Latest from Danny the Stat on Player Rater: "Steven Gerrard is deservedly leading the way after his sidefoot/shot/curler/rocket. He's got a monstrous nine-bothering score of 8.79, well clear of second's Ryan Babel (7.48). The beauty of those scores? They can all change. Get involved..."
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2036: Now then. For the last time tonight, Liverpool's sponsor has not, repeat not, gone bust. You are quite simply not allowed to advertise alcohol in France. It really is that basic. Thanks for listening.

2033: GOAL Basle 0-2 Shakhtar
Rodrigues Jadson doubles the away team's advantage against Basle. C'mon, that has got to be one of the great names in Champions League history, no?

2031: Half-time Marseille 1-2 Liverpool

2030: Half-time Chelsea 2-0 Bordeaux

2029: Isn't the Champions League just brilliant?

2027: "Stevo, quick update on Forest for you. Started well, but Preston are on top big time now. Sorry to see you're stuck with Champions League football. You Reds."
Ade, via text

What? I thought you might all be interested.

2025: Modeste Mbami is taken off for Marseille, with Mathieu Valbuena coming on.

2023: "I'm watching the Chelsea game and Bordeaux are horrid. I don't think they've even played more than two or three passes in a row. Meanwhile, all Chelsea have to do is hit the ball forward and they're through on goal... too bad Anelka can't finish."
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2021: GOAL PSV 0-2 Atletico
That Argentine genius Sergio Aguero is at it again as the Spanish side double their lead over PSV Eindhoven.

2018: Sitter. Chelsea can get as many as they want tonight, but Frank Lampard drags a shot badly off target from six yards. Very unlike him. Bordeaux are having a shocker.

2016: GOAL Marseille 1-2 Liverpool
Steven Gerrard slots home a penalty - a twice-taken one, after Fernando Torres encroached - to put Liverpool in front after Ryan Babel was fouled in the penalty area by Ronald Zubar.

2015: GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Bordeaux
Joe Cole flicks a header into the French team's net from a Frank Lampard corner. It's that simple, really.

2014: GOAL Panathinaikos 0-1 Inter Milan
Alessandro Mancini, he of the million step-overs, puts Jose Mourinho's team in front in Greece.

2013: GOAL Roma 1-1 Cluj
Unbelievable. Juan Emanuel Culio has only gone and got the little Romanian side back on level terms in the Italian capital, hasn't he? You could barely make it up.

2012: GOAL Basle 0-1 Shakhtar
Goal for the Ukraines in Switzerland, thanks to the Brazilian Luis Fernandinho.

2011: GOAL Marseille 1-1 Liverpool
Goodness me it's all going off isn't it? Fernando Torres wins possession and feeds Dirk Kuyt, who sends the ball to the edge of the box where the majestic Steven Gerrard curls the ball in ridiculous fashion into the top right-hand corner of Steve Mandanda's net. That is a quite brilliant finish.

2008: GOAL Marseille 1-0 Liverpool
Did I say Liverpool were getting closer? Benoit Cheyrou plays a gorgeous pass over the top that splits the Liverpool defence and Lorik Cana runs through and slots past a stranded Pepe Reina.

2007: "So much for the impartiality of the BBC! Come on the French sides!"
Liam, Leeds, via text

British Broadcasting Corporation?

2006: GOAL Barcelona 1-0 Sporting
Bit of a breather for Barca coach Pep Guardiola after a shocking start to their league campaign and Rafael Marquez heads in a left-wing corner. Terrible, terrible defending from the Portuguese side.

2006: Chelsea are dominating now and captain John Terry heads wide from a Frank Lampard free-kick on the right.

2005: "Trust me that Sergio Aguero will become the world's best striker and that was a great goal by Chelsea, very good move."
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2002: GOAL Roma 1-0 Cluj
Early heartbreak for the minnows as ex-Chelsea defender Christian Panucci puts the Italians in front in the Olympic Stadium.

2001: Liverpool are closing in here. Steven Gerrard drills one towards the bottom corner from 20 yards and Steve Mandanda does exceptionally well to get down and turn it away.

2000: Ryan Babel takes a stunning touch to spin his marker in the Marseille box, but his 200mph finish sails over the bar from 10 yards. Should have placed it, probably. Unbelievable touch, though.

1959: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Bordeaux
He's on fire, isn't he? That man Frank Lampard sneaks into the box and is in the perfect position eight yards out to nod Jose Bosingwa's delicious right-wing cross into the net. Lovely stuff.

1959: "(See 1941) Houllier Than Thou - don't worry about the timing of any more babies as this is Liverpool's last year in the Champions League. You can have six more without worry, Aston Villa will be taking their place from next year onwards."
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1954: GOAL PSV 0-1 Atletico
The Spanish side celebrate being back in the Champions League with the first goal of the group stage, the brilliant young Argentine Sergio 'Kun' Aguero getting them in front in the Netherlands.

1954: Chelsea have had plenty of possession at home against Bordeaux, as you would expect, but they are yet to fashion a clear-cut chance.

1952: Steve Mandanda (what a name) tips over a far-post header from Fernando Torres, but it's a fairly even start at the Velodrome in Marseille.

1952: "This had better be a good start to the ultimate football competition... I haven't washed for three days."
Hami in Guildford, via text

1950: Hatem Ben Arfa goes in with a knee-high challenge on Ryan Babel and is lucky to escape without a caution in Marseille.

1948: "Stevo, please try and forestall the inevitable questions of why Liverpool don't have their sponsor's name on their jerseys. Something about France and alcohol advertising. Take it from there mate!"
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That's about the size of it, yeah.

1945: The Champions League is back. The games at Chelsea and Marseille are under way. Live it, love it.

1941: "I have to go take my wife to hospital soon to be induced. I'm probably not going to know the results of this game until after the baby is born. Liverpool need to learn not to schedule games when I'm having children."
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Thanks for letting us know first mate, now get yourself off to the hospital and make sure your mobile is working. Good luck.

1938: "He's playing Kuyt on the wing again. Rafa needs to sort it out."
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Don't even get me started on Kuyt playing on the wing. Woeful, woeful, woeful. Tries hard, though.

1934: "There's something all too familiar about Chelsea's group - ah yes, it's easier than everyone else's. Again."
Dan, via text

Cech, Bosingwa, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Obi, Joe Cole, Deco, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka.
Subs: Hilario, Di Santo, Ballack, Ferreira, Kalou, Alex, Belletti.
Bordeaux: Rame, Jurietti, Diawara, Planus, Placente, Diarra, Menegazzo, Gouffran, Gourcuff, Wendell, Chamakh.
Subs: Valverde, Henrique, Cavenaghi, Bellion, Ducasse, Traore, Obertan.
Referee: Pieter Vink (Holland).

Mandanda, Bonnart, Zubar, Hilton, Taiwo, Cana, Cheyrou, Kone, M'Bami, Ben Arfa, Niang.
Subs: Riou, Ziani, Zenden, Kabore, Samassa, Erbate, Valbuena.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Dossena, Gerrard, Mascherano, Leiva Lucas, Kuyt, Torres, Babel.
Subs: Cavalieri, Agger, Keane, Riera, Alonso, Benayoun, Degen.
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria).

1925: "Stevo, I'm still at work because of the insane stock market crash! We have a large screen tv... but no aerial connection! Damn those Lehman Bros..."
Gregor, not happy, Edinburgh, via text
Global market turmoil continues

are unchanged from the side that won at Man City, but Michael Ballack is back on the bench after missing two games with a foot injury. Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has ex-Liverpool midfielder Alou Diarra in his team as well as Souleymane Diawara, who was relegated with Charlton earlier in his career.

1920: "I made a bet with a well known betting company and if all the results you predicted happen, I could win £500 - or more likely lose a pound."
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1916: "I've just asked the bus driver on the way to Stamford Bridge to turn around. Malouda is playing! I'd rather watch the ink on my ticket dry."
Anon, via text

1915: Stevo's Champions League Predos
Chelsea 3-1 Bordeaux
Roma 2-0 CFR Cluj-Napoca
Panathinaikos 1-1 Inter Milan
Werder Bremen 2-0 Anorthosis Famagusta
Barcelona 2-1 Sporting
Basle 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Marseille 1-2 Liverpool
PSV 0-2 Atletico Madrid

1911: I've been caned by some of my colleagues for the whole Stevo Predo thingy (see 1902). But I know you lot like them, so I'm going to stick with it. Everyone else can just pipe down.

1909: "Personally, I see all the English clubs starting slow and coming good towards the latter stages. A draw in Marseille would be a perfectly respectable result for Liverpool."
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1905: "Robbie Keane came to Liverpool for the Champions League - he's not going to be happy being on the bench tonight. Rafa has 'rotated' out a lot of the players from the Man U game, but Dirk Kuyt keeps his place."
Adam, Wirral, via text

1902: Coming soon... Stevo's Champions League Predos. I say coming soon, because they're not just thrown together, you know? In other news, I see John Terry's been let off his red card. I'm happy with that decision, you'll be eager to discover. Cynical yes, poorly-judged yes, naughty yes, but straight red card? Not in a million, billion years. No way.

1859: Let's not forget that Anorthosis Famagusta are also away for their first shot at Champions League points, taking on crack German side Werder Bremen. The first Cypriot team ever to play in the CL, brilliantly, they are managed by Temuri Ketsbaia, the former Newcastle midfielder who went beserk and smashed in an advertising hoarding after scoring against Bolton a few years back. Remember? Course you do.

1855: A very warm welcome I'm sure from Europe's elite to a couple of Champions League virgins tonight. First up we've got CFR Cluj-Napoca making their bow, away at Italian giants Roma. Cluj won their first Romanian title last year, the first to be won by a team from outside Bucharest for 17 years. So what price a shock tonight? Well, guess how many European games they've won? Do you need a Cluj?

1851: "Hey Stevo can you keep us updated on Barca? My mate bet me a fiver that they wouldn't make it through the group. I reckon they'll be fine... Cheers."
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Oh, you'll be kept updated on Barca. There's absolutely no doubt about that mate.

Liverpool's dynamic duo Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres - who replaces Robbie Keane - return to the starting line-up. Andrea Dossena starts in place of the injured Fabio Aurelio at left-back, while Ryan Babel and Lucas Leiva come in for Yossi Benayoun and Xabi Alonso - a total of five changes from the win over Manchester United.

1845: Rumours abound that Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres will both start for Liverpool against Marseille in France tonight. I mean, they don't need them, do they? Not if they can beat Man Utd without either playing the full game.

1842: "Team news for Chelsea: all unchanged."
From Nick G, via text

Well, I won't argue with that. Thanks Nick (if you're right).

1839: "Zenit shone last season but the Champions League is a big leap up from the diddy cup. Their first test against Juve will be very interesting. Forget about Arshavin, the new name in your head after this game might be a kid called Giovinco. He's a bit like the new Roberto Baggio, without the pony tail."
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1835: That wasn't too over the top, was it? Oh good. Because I really need you guys on side tonight. It's just such an appetising evening of football, it'd be a shame to ruin it. That's why your legendary texts on 81111 are so vital to proceedings and why you really should get involved on 606. It's the Champions League. The Champions League. (Breathe, Stevo).
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1830: I'm so excited I am liable to weep at any time. Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me an extraordinary amount of pleasure to introduce you to our coverage of the 2008-09 Champions League. It's a bit like Euro Two Thousand And Great, only with Brazilians and Argentines in it as well. Oh, how I've missed it.

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