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Wednesday's football as it happened

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS
Barcelona 5-2 Lyon (agg 6-3)
FC Porto 0-0 Atletico Madrid (agg 2-2)
Man Utd 2-0 Inter Milan (agg 2-0)
Roma 1-0 Arsenal (agg 1-1)
Arsenal win 7-6 on penalties

PREMIER LEAGUE RESULT
Fulham 1-2 Blackburn

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

606: DEBATE

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By Jonathan Stevenson

2252: I don't know about you, but I feel like I've been through an emotional wringer tonight. Hearty congratulations to Arsenal and Manchester United, they both thoroughly deserve their last-eight berths. Tim Lovejoy is on BBC Radio 5 Live on 606 right now, and I'll be back tomorrow for the (perhaps) more sedate offerings of the Uefa Cup. I leave you with this 606 message:

"Barcelona are the only threat left to the English, or more specifically, Lionel Messi. It's Lionel Messi v 'The English'".
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2248: "It was very close, we needed to show nerves and determination. We gave away a goal with nerves, but after the players gave absolutely everything. I must pay tribute to the nerves of my team and for showing their mental strength in the shootout. They are an extremely strong group of players."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

2245: The quarter-finalists (in no particular order) are as follows:
Liverpool
Manchester United
Arsenal
Chelsea
Barcelona
Villarreal
Bayern Munich
FC Porto

2242: I won't say this again (I might): The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League (and the semis, and the quarters and semis of the Uefa Cup) will be made on Friday 20 March, at about 1100 GMT. I'm telling you right here, right now - I'm going to be bringing that draw for you live. Whack it in your diaries, sharpish.

2240: "I'm in the library at the University of Sheffield watching the pens on a tiny television with a group of other students.. When Tonetto missed we all cheered and the whole library turned around! Nearly got thrown out! Up the Gunners!"
Anonymous, via text on 81111

Don't go back to doing your work. You've still got time to smash a couple of beers down you, Anonymous. That's an order.

2237: "Max Tonetto sounds like some sort of new super ice cream."
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2235: Roma's dreams of playing in the Champions League final at their own Stadio Olimpico are now over, and there are no Italian teams left in the competition. Unbelievable.

2234: Max Tonetto blazes his kick way over the bar and that was always how it had to finish, because the two goalkeepers were absolutely hopeless in that shootout! Just to clarify: all four English teams are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

2232: ARSENAL BEAT ROMA 7-6 ON PENALTIES

PENALTY SHOOTOUT
TONETTO MISSES Roma 6-7 Arsenal
DIABY SCORES Roma 6-7 Arsenal
RIISE SCORES Roma 6-6 Arsenal
SAGNA SCORES Roma 5-6 Arsenal
AQUILANI SCORES Roma 5-5 Arsenal
TOURE SCORES Roma 4-5 Arsenal
TOTTI SCORES Roma 4-4 Arsenal
DENLISON SCORES Roma 3-4 Arsenal
MONTELLA SCORES Roma 3-3 Arsenal
NASRI SCORES Roma 2-3 Arsenal
BAPTISTA SCORES Roma 2-2 Arsenal
WALCOTT SCORES Roma 1-2 Arsenal(should save it)
VUCINIC SAVED Roma 1-1 Arsenal(shocking peno)
VAN PERSIE SCORES Roma 1-1 Arsenal
PIZARRO SCORES Roma 1-0 Arsenal
EDUARDO SAVED Roma 0-0 Arsenal (good Doni stop)

2220: It won't be easy for the Arsenal penalty-takers, though. Doni stands at 6ft 5in, and he presents quite an obstacle for the Gunners. Can we have four English teams in the Champions League quarters?

2219: Manuel Almunia is deep in discussion with Robin van Persie, as Arsene Wenger strolls across and puts a hand on the Spaniard's shoulder. Almunia looks like coolness personified - time to make yourself a hero, old son.

2217: "I hope Manuel Almunia had his iPod last night."
MJF, via text on 81111

2215: Roma v Arsenal has gone to penalties

2214: Full-time in extra-time Roma 1-0 Arsenal (agg 1-1)

2214: We're into injury time in extra-time. Roma are bringing on former Fulham loanee Vincenzo Montella for Matteo Brighi. Let's hope for his sake Montella doesn't fluff his penalty.

2212: By the way, Manchester United are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a record 10th time. That draw, once again, will be made on Friday 20th March, at about 1100 GMT.

2210: "Looks like Arsenal should've bought more Germans..."
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2207: Alberto Aquliani plays a lovely pass in for Julio Baptista, but Kolo Toure and William Gallas move across quickly and Toure gets a fine tackle in. Baptista wants a penalty, but 'The Beast' will get no such thing from referee Manuel Mejuto from Spain.

2206: Francesco Totti lets fly with his left foot from 30 yards, but it flies well wide. Seven minutes remaining.

2204: Theo Walcott turns smartly on the right-hand edge of the Roma penalty area and shoots left-footed, but Doni gets down well to save. Remember - if Arsenal score, the Italians must score twice.

2203: True to form, Julio Baptista gives the ball away and is the subject of furious whistles from his home fans, but after Samir Nasri is played into some space down the Arsenal left, he gets his cross all wrong and it sails harmlessly out of play.

2202: "One cynic just mentioned this has been Julio Baptista's best game for Arsenal. He's been dreadful."
BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Darren Fletcher

2201: "Hey Jono, can English clubs play each other in the next round now? Or is that the semi-finals?"
Alan W, Wiltshire, via text on 81111

Oh Alan, it's very much the next stage - remember Arsenal v Liverpool last season? Personally, I think they should be able to meet all the way along, even in the groups stage.

2158: We're into the final 15 minutes of football at the Stadio Olimpico.

2158: "Arsenal look like they are quite capable of counter-attacking Roma, they've got the legs and the pace up front and Roma look like they are flagging a little bit. The crowd are also a little flatter than they were."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Bright

2157: Half-time in extra-time Roma 1-0 Arsenal (agg 1-1)

2155: Theo Walcott plays a lovely one-two with Robin van Persie but the ball just runs away from him as he tries to surge into the Roma box. Moments later, Denilson clips a cross in from the left, but it takes a slight deflection and that puts Van Persie off as he volleys way over the bar.

2153: That result from Craven Cottage lifts Blackburn up to 15th in the Premier League and drops Portsmouth into the relegation zone.

2152: Full-time Fulham 1-2 Blackburn

2151: "I think it's safe to say that this is a game where we've desperately missed Fabregas tonight."
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2150: By the way, the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of both the Champions League and Uefa Cup will be made on Friday 20th March, and I'd expect we'll bring you live coverage from about 1100 GMT.

2148: Roma are having most of the play, with Arsenal looking to catch them on the counter-attack. They've got the players to do that, the Gunners, but can they make it count?

2146: Last year, it was the English clubs versus Barcelona in the Champions League. This year, it appears to be going exactly the same way. The gauntlet has been laid down to the likes of Real Madrid and Inter Milan, and they have spectacularly failed to come up with the goods. Ex-Inter coach Roberto Mancini lost his job because of European failure - how many more attempts will Jose Mourinho be allowed?

2143: GOAL Fulham 1-2 Blackburn
They've only gone and come from behind to lead, the relegation-threatened Rovers. Morten Gamst Pedersen clips a ball into the box and Jason Roberts muscularly holds off Toni Kallio's challenge before rifling a shot past Mark Schwarzer.

2141: Arsenal get their 30 minutes of extra-time under way in Roma. Eduardo has replaced Nicklas Bendtner, by the way.

2141: "Come on Arsenal."
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2138: Full-time FC Porto 0-0 Atletico Madrid (agg 2-2)
FC Porto go through by virtue of our old favourite, the away goals rule.

2137: Full-time Roma 1-0 Arsenal (agg 1-1)
There will be extra-time in the Italian capital. Repeat: There will be extra-time.

2136: Full-time Barcelona 5-2 Lyon (agg 6-3)

2135: GOAL Barcelona 5-2 Lyon (agg 6-3)
Xavi plays another mind-boggling pass through to Seydou Keita at the Camp Nou and he keeps his cool to round the Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris and slot into the net.

2135: A lovely hug from Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese clearly accepting that his team have gone out of the Champions League to a better side over the two legs.

2134: Full-time Manchester United 2-0 Inter Milan (agg 2-0)

2133: Robin van Persie climbs high at the back post and heads a cross cleverly back across goal, but Kolo Toure nods over from a few yards out.

2131: SENDING OFF Juninho (Lyon)
The Lyon captain gets his marching orders and it's a second yellow card, this one for saying something to a Barca player lying injured on the floor.

2131: "Mourinho isn't a fool, he knows a good player when he sees one. Ibrahimovich is clearly having an off day but what a horrible fixture to have an off day."
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Will he ever have a good one in front of an English audience, though?

2130: "United are in cruise control now and Inter have given up their gallant fight to send the holders out. Sir Alex Ferguson's side remain on course for an historic quintuple, but there is just the feeling they may have got away with it tonight.

"The other side of the coin is that once again they have shown the strength of champions, digging out victory without ever truly hitting their stride. They have not been at their best but the march towards the record books continues."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

2127: GOAL Fulham 1-1 Blackburn
Blackburn have stepped it up recently and they get the goal their play deserves, a header pumped back into the Fulham box flicked across goal by big Christopher Samba and there is El-Hadji Diouf to prod in from close range.

2126: Cristiano Ronaldo hits a corker of a free-kick from 30 yards that forces a flying save from Julio Cesar in the Inter goal. Julio Cesar and Iker Casillas should form some sort of Premier League Anonymous association after this week.

2126: Wayne Rooney is replaced by Park Ji-Sung at Old Trafford.

2125: Arsenal are readying Eduardo. Who writes the Brazilian-born Croatian's scripts, I wonder...

2124: "Do I need to watch Serie A to understand all the hype surrounding Ibrahimovic? I can't understand it, he looks completely average to me, I'd rather have Dirk Kuyt in my team and I'm a Man U fan. Think that shows how low the impression the 'Mercurial Swede' has made to me!"
Dan, stuck at work, via text on 81111

The answer to your question is 'yes', I'm afraid.

2123: What a chance for Karim Benzema, who had scored 12 goals in his 18 Champions League games prior to tonight. He beats a shocking Barca offside trap, but fires over left-footed from 16 yards. Great opportunity to make it a frantic finish.

2121: What a chance for Roma. A low cross comes in from the right and Francesco Totti helps it on, former Gunners loanee Julio Baptista getting his finish all wrong, the ball skewing off his left boot and flying harmlessly away.

2119: Porto are going through as things stand and they continue to batter away at Atletico, this time Lucho Gonzalez's shot forcing a good save from Leo Franco.

2119: "Manchester United's fans feel confident enough to start the celebrations now, but Jose Mourinho still refuses to leave his post on the edge of the technical area. The supreme coach and supreme optimist will still harbour hopes that one goal can make it a nervous finish for Manchester United - I fear there is nothing for him here tonight though."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

2117: This must be torture for a man of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's self-assuredness. He just cannot hit a barn door tonight. First he fails to meet a cross at the back post, letting it hit his body instead of heading it and watching the ball trickle away for a goalkick, before lashing another woeful shot miles high and wide.

2116: Theo Walcott comes on for Arsenal, replacing Emmanuel Eboue in Rome.

2115: Cristian Rodriguez forces a fine reflex save from Leo Franco in the Porto-Atletico game and Franco makes another good save moments later from Raul Meireles.

2112: Wayne Rooney is booked for a foul on Maicon. Edwin van der Sar flaps the free-kick to the edge of the box and Rooney completes the clearance.

2112: Mario Balotelli is taken off and replaced by Luis Figo, while Anderson comes on for Paul Scholes, who gets a well-deserved standing ovation.

2111: "Please Arsenal! Can you just score. Imagine what Platini and Blatter will have to say if all four English clubs went through."
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2109: Inter have lost the plot. This time Adriano lets fly from 40 yards and it is another truly horrible effort. Luis Figo is being readied.

2107: Adriano falls in a packed United penalty area, but referee Wolfgang Stark gives nothing. Moments later, Zlatan Ibrahimovic hammers a rubbish shot over the United bar. Another desperately disappointing evening for fans of the mercurial Swede.

2106: From an Arsenal corner, the ball falls to Abou Diaby and he conjures a yard of space before lashing a left-foot shot a few inches wide of Doni's left-hand post from the edge of the box.

2105: Wayne Rooney's 30-yard swerver causes Julio Cesar some problems and the Brazilian pats it away to safety.

2105: "Inter will leave Old Trafford with a plane full of regrets after all the opportunities wasted here - although it was a fine effort by substitute Adriano that struck a post. United have not been impressive but they look certain to progress.

"Old Trafford is breathing a little easier now, but Sir Alex Ferguson will know this has not been United at their vintage best."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

2104: We're back under way in the Premier League at Craven Cottage.

2103: By the way, fans of Serbian football, Dejan Stankovic tonight became the most capped Serb in Champions League history, his 63rd appearance taking him past Predrag Djordjevic.

2102: Dimitar Berbatov has a golden chance to wrap it up at Old Trafford, but his effort is well saved by Julio Cesar.

2101: Esteban Cambiasso crosses from the Inter right and Adriano latches on to it brilliantly with a left-foot volley from eight yards, but it hits the inside of the post and rebounds to safety.

2101: Dejan Stankovic is taken off and Adriano comes on for Inter.

2100: Nicklas Bendtner charges down a pass and Emmanuel Eboue crosses from the right, but his centre just evades the Dane and Roma survive. Arsenal have been a little under the cosh and are still struggling for rhythm.

2059: "Wenger needs to bring on our match-winners... Walcott and Eduardo for us to get out of this one!"
Trev the nervous Gooner, via text on 81111

2057: "Inter have been a million miles better than Real Madrid, but still not good enough. Well done so far, United. Brilliant second goal, Giggs and Rooney were fantastic."
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2055: "An Old Trafford eruption as Cristiano Ronaldo rises to head United's second. It is tough not to feel a measure of sympathy for Mourinho's Inter after they contested the first half splendidly, but when you miss chances with the profligacy they did, you run the grave risk of being punished by United's world-class strike force.

"It will take some turnaround for Mourinho to be sprinting around Old Trafford now."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

2053: Esteban Cambiasso lashes in a left-foot shot that Edwin van der Sar gets enough of his body behind to block. Inter need a goal quickly or they are finished.

2052:Numbers Ian has displaced Danny the Stat as our Player Rater guru for the evening: "At Fulham, Clint Dempsey leads the way with a huge 9.38 while Mark Schwarzer also breaks the eight with 8.50. For Rovers Keith Andrews tops the charts with 7.40."
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2050: GOAL Manchester United 2-0 Inter Milan (agg 2-0)
Can't defend can they, these Italians? Wayne Rooney teases Maicon down the United left and clips over a cross that Cristiano Ronaldo meets with a header that beats the advancing Julio Cesar. Dimitar Berbatov was offside, but Ronaldo wasn't - and that's his first goal in the competition since a carbon-copy header in last season's final.

2048: GOAL Barcelona 4-2 Lyon (agg 5-3)
Cesar Delgado finds some space down the right and crosses, Karim Benzema brilliant steps over the ball and Juninho rolls it past Victor Valdes. Maybe this one isn't over just yet...

2048: Half-time Fulham 1-0 Blackburn

2047: Sulley Muntari comes on for Patrick Vieira and we're under way in the Champions League again.

2046: "We've got to spread the play quicker, because when we did that they were all over the place. We've got to go for a second goal."
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

2045: Fulham v Blackburn is not very good, in all fairness. The keepers are launching the ball forward and usually it ends up with their opposite number. The beautiful game it ain't.

2043: "Porto v Atletico Madrid: has there ever been a less interesting game in the last 16 of the Champions League?"
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Ali, I'm declaring you an 'enemy of football' for that ludicrous statement.

2040: "Half-time and both teams have looked like they could in trouble. Roma seem to be showing Arsenal that they will not be easily beaten and Inter are showing in glimpses why they could easily score a goal at any moment in the match. It's difficult to decide who will win."
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2036: "This will be a very long night for Manchester United, with supporters ankle deep in chewed fingernails if Inter are allowed this much possession - they will not continue to miss chances in the fashion they have done so far.

"Dejan Stankovic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both should have levelled. Nerves are already getting frayed here as United look uncharacteristically rocky at the back. Inter deserve to be on terms and it will not be long before they are unless Sir Alex Ferguson's side move up a gear."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

2034: Well I don't know about you, but it feels like this evening of Champions League football is shaping up nicely. Unless you're a Lyon fan, of course.

2032: Half-time Roma 1-0 Arsenal (agg 1-1)

2032: Half-time Man Utd 1-0 Inter Milan (agg 1-0)

2032: Half-time FC Porto 0-0 Atletico Madrid (agg 2-2)

2032: Half-time Barcelona 4-1 Lyon (agg 5-2)

2031: Marco Motta goes down heavily under a challenge from Gael Clichy. Referee waves away the penalty appeals - and it looks like it was just about the right decision. Arsenal living very dangerously though.

2030: Maicon has a shot saved by Edwin van der Sar, before moments later Wayne Rooney fires a touch wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.

2029: GOAL Barcelona 4-1 Lyon (agg 5-2)
I'm not sure it changes much, but Jean Makoun rises unmarked to powerfully head home Juninho's corner from the right as the French side get on the scoresheet.

2027: GOAL Barcelona 4-0 Lyon (agg 5-1)
The holy trinity of Barca strikers have all scored this half, remarkable scenes at the Camp Nou. Thierry Henry's pass from the left is instantly controlled by Samuel Eto'o , who turned 28 yesterday, and he rifles the ball into the top corner from 15 yards.

2026: Another chance for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but only a half one, after a brilliant pass from Mario Balotelli, but the Swede's shot flies just wide of United's right-hand post.

2025: Zlatan Ibrahimovic curls a ball to the far post where Dejan Stankovic's sidefooted half-volley goes high.

2024: GOAL Barcelona 3-0 Lyon (agg 4-1)
That's why he's the best footballer in the world today. Lionel Messi scores a goal no-one else could, chesting the ball down on the right touchline, skipping past three Lyon defenders, playing a one-two with Samuel Eto'o and slotting into the far corner. Genius.

2023: John O'Shea finds himself clear on goal 10 yards out after a brilliant pass from Wayne Rooney, but Julio Cesar races from his line to make a potentially critical save for the Nerazzuri.

2022: Dejan Stankovic hits a screaming half-volley from fully 35 yards after a brilliant Zlatan Ibrahimovic flick and for all the money in the world it looks like it's going in, but Edwin van der Sar gets the end of his fingertips on to it and it misses the top corner by inches. Sensational stuff.

2022: "Completed my coursework, became an uncle and Fulham are winning. THE perfect day!?"
James, in Bath, via text on 81111

2020: Good break from Arsenal, Gael Clichy sends over a fine cross from the left and Abou Diaby heads straight at Doni.

2019: Stephen Warnock hits the post for Blackburn with a lovely left-foot curling effort at Craven Cottage. But it's mostly been all Fulham so far.

2018: "Manchester United still hold the upper hand, but one or two signs that Inter might be recovering their composure after the early setback - and a serious scare there when the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed against the bar. He should have scored and Old Trafford's relieved reaction reflects that.

"Jose watch - he is standing statue still on he touchline and ignoring impolite pleas from Old Trafford to return to his seat."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

2016: Those two goals from Thierry Henry take him to 50 goals in the Champions League - and they make him the fourth-highest scorer in the competition's history, behind Andriy Shevchenko (56), Ruud van Nistelrooy (60) and Raul (64).

2015: He's not come to the party there, has he? Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets on the end of a free-kick from the Inter right from Maicon and it's a free header like Vidic's, only the Swede nods into the ground and it clips the bar and goes over from six yards. Gilt-edged.

2014: "Man Utd vs Inter is a repeat of the first leg. Carrick and Scholes have about five seconds on the ball before someone begins to close them down. You really would expect more fight from Inter Milan."
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2012: GOAL Barcelona 2-0 Lyon (agg 3-1)
Thierry Henry likes the Champions League, doesn't he? He just - just - stays onside from a smart Xavi pass and fires past Hugo Lloris with his left foot. Just need a header now and that's the perfect hat-trick.

2009: GOAL Barcelona 1-0 Lyon (agg 2-1)
Thierry Henry latches on to a pass from Rafael Marquez, a defence-splitting one, and the great Frenchman keeps his cool to slot past Hugo Lloris to give the Catalans a deserved lead on the night and on aggregate.

2007: United are dominating Inter, and when the visitors get the ball they are giving it away so easily. Meanwhile at Roma, Manuel Almunia makes two fine saves, the second one from Rodrigo Taddei, low to his right.

2006: William Gallas loops a header into the arms of Doni in Rome. Arsenal are still trying to get forward, but Roma are bossing it.

2005: "That's why I wanted Djourou to start instead of Toure. Kolo and Gallas just don't work well together, they're too similar."
A worried Rob, via text on 81111

2003: GOAL Fulham 1-0 Blackburn
Poor defending from Blackburn, a soft goal to concede. Danny Murphy heads a bouncing ball forward and Clint Dempsey gets there first, shrugging off Ryan Nelsen and forcing the ball past Paul Robinson.

2002: Cristiano Ronaldo attempts a left-foot shot of the most alarming difficulty, and proceeds to spank it miles over.

2001: We are under way at Craven Cottage now in the Premier League.

1958: Arsenal look rattled. Denilson has played every minute of their Champions League campaign so far this season, but he is giving the ball away too frequently. Oh for a Cesc Fabregas on the park.

1957: That was a shocking goal for Arsenal to concede. The ball went straight between Kolo Toure and William Gallas - one of them should have got rid of it.

1956: "Jose's back on that touchline again - but this time not in celebration and accompanied by less than complimentary words from Manchester United's fans. That was a routine set-piece goal that will sicken the great defensive organiser to his core. Nemanja Vidic's header was criminally simple from Inter's viewpoint. Perfect start for United - but Inter still only need that one goal."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

1954: GOAL Roma 1-0 Arsenal (agg 1-1)
Francesco Totti crosses from the left, all along the floor, the ball goes through the legs of Rodrigo Taddei and falls at the far post for Juan to steer it past Manuel Almunia. Big problems for Arsenal.

1953: There is a tangle between Robin van Persie and Francesco Totti in Rome and the Italian appears to have a good kick at the Dutchman as they tried to untangle their legs.

1951: I cannot believe for one second that Jose Mourinho will be anything other than livid about that defending. Unmarked, with no man on the post - Vidic will never score an easier header. Inter's job just got twice as difficult. Not sure they're up to it.

1949: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Inter Milan (agg 1-0)
Goals get no more simple. Michael Carrick swings over a corner from the right and Nemanja Vidic loses the rubbish attempt at marking from Patrick Vieira and heads into the net. That was just too easy.

1948: All eyes on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and his first touch is a shocker, gifting possession straight back to Man United. Meanwhile in Rome, John Arne Riise's shot is blocked by the Arsenal defence. The Gunners are the subject of intense whistling when they are on the ball.

1946: I thought they were all supposed to be synchronised? Anyway, United start, about a minute later than everyone else.

1945: We. Are. Under. Way. In all the Champions League games (except Man United).

1943: The teams are out across Europe. The atmosphere at Old Trafford sounds electric. It just does not get any bigger than this.

1942: "I can't say how disappointed I have been with the big continental teams so far this tournament. Despite traditionally supporting English teams, regardless of personal dislike, I really want to see La Liga and Serie A get their act together."
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1939: Carlos Tevez is still in his tracksuit, so Dimitar Berbatov will be fit to start for Manchester United this evening.

1938: Manchester United will be wearing a very special shirt tonight: it's the shirt that marks them out as the best team on earth. They have a badge on their top that says 'world champions', after they won the Fifa Club World Cup in December. However, the Premier League have ruled they will not be allowed to wear it in league games. Silly, aren't they?

1935:Fulham make one change to the side that lost 4-0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup with Bobby Zamora making way for Zoltan Gera. Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce makes three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Everton. Roque Santa Cruz is ruled out with a knee injury and is replaced by Morten Gamst Pedersen, while Vince Grella makes way for Kerimoglu Tugay. Allardyce is boosted by Paul Robinson's return from a shoulder injury and Robinson replaces Jason Brown in goal.

1933: "Much as it's nice to see English teams progress, I can't help but feel that such domination is starting to turn the Champions League into a glorified FA Cup."
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1930: FULHAM v BLACKBURN LINE-UPS
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Gera, Dempsey, Johnson.
Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Kamara, Dacourt, Gray, Stoor, Kallio.
Blackburn: Robinson, Ooijer, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Andrews, Kerimoglu, Warnock, Diouf, Roberts, Pedersen.
Subs: Bunn, Dunn, McCarthy, Khizanishvili, Mokoena, Villanueva, Simpson.
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)

1928: One man who is under real pressure to come to the party tonight is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The brooding, talented Swedish striker has oft been criticised for 'going missing' in the really big games - your World Cups, your Euros, your Champions Leagues.

Yet in Italy, he is seen as Serie A's standout footballer, a player of extraordinary ability and goalscoring prowess. I met Zlatan last month in Milan, and can tell you he is every bit as charming as he is skilful. To find out more, read my colleague Aimee Lewis's piece on Inter's not-so-secret weapon...
Jury out on enigmatic Ibrahimovic

1925: Dimitar Berbatov appears to have picked up an injury in the warm-up for Manchester United. Not sure whether's he's definitely out, but will let you know asap.

1925: "You never know how the game's going to go. We know Man United want to start well from the beginning, so we need to be compact and close them down and keep the ball, so we can have a go at them. We must be well-organised, and the introduction of Patrick Vieira is important from that point of view."
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho

1922: "They have a physical team and will try to stop us from playing, so it's up to us to get forward and play our own game. It's good to have Eduardo and Theo Walcott on the bench because they can play for half an hour or 45 minutes if needed."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

1920: ROMA v ARSENAL LINE-UPS
Roma: Doni, Motta, Diamoutene, Juan, Riise, Brighi, Pizarro, Tonetto, Taddei, Vucinic, Totti.
Subs: Artur, Loria, Aquilani, Ribeiro, Julio Baptista, Montella, Menez.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Diaby, Denilson, Eboue, Nasri, Bendtner, Van Persie.
Subs: Fabianski, Djourou, Gibbs, Vela, Walcott, Song Billong, Eduardo.
Referee: Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain)

1918: FC PORTO v ATLETICO MADRID LINE-UPS
FC Porto: Helton, Sapunaru, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Cissokho, Lucho Gonzalez, Fernando, Raul Meireles, Lopez, Hulk, Rodriguez.
Subs: Nuno, Stepanov, Mariano Gonzalez, Costa, Madrid, Sektioui, Farias.
Atletico Madrid: Franco, Perea, Pablo, Ujfalusi, Antonio Lopez, Maxi, Paulo Assuncao, Raul Garcia, Simao, Sinama Pongolle, Aguero.
Subs: Coupet, Pernia, Heitinga, Maniche, Miguel, Camacho, Forlan.
Referee: Pieter Vink (Holland)

1916: "I watched Mario Balotelli play against Roma in a 3-3 draw last week and he singlehandedly got Inter a point with two goals and an assist, if I remember rightly. Very quick feet."
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1914: "Jose Mourinho has strolled almost unnoticed by the Old Trafford crowd to the halfway line to watch his Inter Milan players warm up. Dressed in his trademark dark garb, it is a safe bet he does not escape the attentions of more than 70,000 Manchester United supporters when he makes his way to the technical area just before kick-off."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

1911: BARCELONA v LYON LINE-UPS
Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Marquez, Pique, Sylvinho, Xavi, Toure Yaya, Iniesta, Messi, Eto'o, Henry.
Subs: Pinto, Caceres, Keita, Hleb, Busquets, Victor Sanchez, Bojan.
Lyon: Lloris, Clerc, Cris, Boumsong, Grosso, Delgado, Juninho, Toulalan, Makoun, Ederson, Benzema.
Subs: Vercoutre, Bodmer, Kallstrom, Pjanic, Keita, Mounier, Tafer.
Referee: Tom Ovrebo (Norway)

1909: Not everyone shares Gooders' view (below) on the success of English clubs in Europe. Barcelona's outspoken Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o had this to say: "I'm tired of English teams dominating the latter stages and I'd like all the sides from Spain, including Madrid, to get to the last four... so long as it's us who lift that cup with the big ears." Clearly he was talking before Liverpool spanked Real last night.

1905: "Last night was fabulous for the neutral English footy fan and tonight we have arguably our two best footballing teams playing huge matches. COME ON ENGLAND!"
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1902:Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the side after being rested for the FA Cup win over Fulham. He's back along with midfielders Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs and striker Dimitar Berbatov as Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Ji-Sung Park and Carlos Tevez make way. Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho brings in former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira for Sulley Muntari. Centre-back Walter Samuel was thought to be injured but starts in central defence along with Ivan Cordoba. Striker Adriano is on the bench, with Mario Balotelli replacing him.

1900: Stevo's Predos:
Barcelona 2-0 Lyon
FC Porto 1-2 Atletico Madrid
Man Utd 2-0 Inter Milan
Roma 1-1 Arsenal
Fulham 1-1 Blackburn

1858: MANCHESTER UNITED v INTER MILAN LINE-UPS
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov.
Subs: Foster, Anderson, Park, Evans, Fletcher, Gibson, Tevez.
Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Cordoba, Samuel, Santon, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Vieira, Stankovic, Ibrahimovic, Balotelli.
Subs: Toldo, Maxwell, Figo, Cruz, Adriano, Muntari, Rivas.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

1857: "Bendtner ahead of Eduardo... sort your head out Wenger."
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1855: "Lets wipe the smirk off Jose's beautiful face. Come on United!"
Ben, Manchester, via text on 81111

1854: "Inter Milan's noisy army of supporters are already in place and making their presence felt. There is a real sense of anticipation that we could be in for a special night here at Old Trafford.

"Jose Mourinho's hallowed stretch of touchline - where he made himself and his black overcoat famous after Costinha's last-minute equaliser for Porto sent Manchester United out of the Champions League in March 2004 - is currently lit by a bank of arclights being used by Europe's television stations.

"Will The Special One get the chance to repeat his dash? Manchester United will be hoping he stays rooted to his seat all night."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

1852: Arsenal team to play Roma: Almunia, Sagna, Clichy, Toure, Gallas, Nasri, Denilson, Eboue, Diaby, Bendtner, Van Persie.

1851: Yes, that's right, fans of two different competitions on one updates page - we've got a Premier League game as well today. Blackburn, a point away from safety, travel to mid-table Fulham at Craven Cottage. That starts a littler later than the Champo League at 2000 GMT, but stay here for regular updates anyhoo.

1847: Look, I can't force you to get involved. But if I know you, and I think I do, I'm pretty sure you'll be fairly keen to get stuck in. Texts go to 81111 , but if you'd prefer to surf a wave of Champions League (and Premier League) euphoria, the debate on 606 might be more your thing. Either way, do get in touch.
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1844: It's a pretty big deal for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, too. A long time out of the title race, ravaged by injuries to influential players all season long, but still in the mixer for two cups. AS Roma stand in their way of a Champions League quarter-final berth. Rumour has it, Theo Walcott might be starting at the Stadio Olimpico tonight.

1842: Man Utd team to play Inter: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Ronaldo, Rooney, Berbatov.

1839: It is, of course, a monumental night in Manchester United's and Sir Alex Ferguson's pursuit of a quite unprecedented quintuple. Here's how it's shaping up:

Club World Cup: Tick.
Carling Cup: Tick.
Premier League: Seven points clear with a game in hand.
FA Cup: Into semi-finals.
Champions League: Facing critical last 16 second leg v Inter Milan.

1835: "Follow that," roared Liverpool and Chelsea on Tuesday, as the clubs effectively second in the Premier League swept aside their Spanish and Italian equivalents. And following them into the quarter-finals is exactly what Manchester United and Arsenal will attempt to do tonight, as England aims to continue to dominate Europe in a fashion not seen since the 1970s.

1830: What price a crazy Portuguese man haring down the Old Trafford touchline come 2135 GMT tonight celebrating another stunning Champions League success? 2004 it is not, but Jose Mourinho it most certainly is...



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see also
Roma 1-0 Arsenal (agg 1-1)
11 Mar 09 |  Europe
Barcelona 5-2 Lyon (agg 6-3)
11 Mar 09 |  Europe
FC Porto 0-0 A Madrid (agg 2-2)
11 Mar 09 |  Europe
Fulham 1-2 Blackburn
11 Mar 09 |  Premier League


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