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By Caroline Cheese
2159: I'm off. Euro Stevo takes over the show tomorrow. See you soon.
From Colin via text on 81111: "I've watched Wolfsburg all last season and they are quality! Grafite and Dzeko will be amazing this year, and look out for Misimovic!"
Man Utd goalscorer Paul Scholes: "It was nice to score - any away game in the Champions League is difficult especially in Turkey. I don't think this was our best game, but a win is a win."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "As so often, it was job done by Chelsea. A horrible night and a treacherous Stamford Bridge surface, so three points was all that mattered and that makes it a satisfactory night for Carlo Ancelotti - especially without the suspended Didier Drogba. The long road to Madrid started here for Chelsea and they will be delighted with the victory against dangerous opponents."
2149: Roy Keane might be a slightly happier man tonight as his Ipswich side earn their third point of the season - against Nottingham Forest. Nigel Clough's Derby lose 3-2 at home to struggling Barnsley.
2144: West Brom go top of the Championship after coming from behind to beat Doncaster to win 3-1. They're a point ahead of Middlesbrough and Newcastle, who face Blackpool tomorrow. A four-point gap to fourth-placed Preston, who lost 3-1 to Scunthorpe.
2141: Full-time everywhere in the Champions League, and if you're an upset fan, tonight's not your night. However, terrific stuff from Apoel Nicosia, taking a point away from Atletico Madrid on their group stage debut. Fellow new boys Wolfsburg also make their mark immediately with a 3-1 home win against CSKA Moscow. Marseille unlucky not to take a least a point from their game against AC Milan, losing 2-1. And Real Madrid win a chaotic game in Zurich 5-2.
2139: Guti chips the ball over the keeper from 25 yards to make it 5-2 for Real Madrid against Zurich.
Football League Danny: "That's yer high-fliers sorted then. It's West Brom 3-1 Doncaster thanks to Chris Wood, and it's Sheff Wed 1-3 Boro, courtesy of Adam Johnson. West Brom going top."
Euro Stevo: Howler for Johnny Leoni as Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick goes straight through the keeper's pathetic attempted punch and flies into the net to make it FC Zurich 2-4 Real Madrid.
2136: FULL-TIME Besiktas 0-1 Man Utd
2135: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Porto
Fernando slides in wildly on Ashley Cole, and as he gets to his feet he has his hands in the air. He knows what's coming though. A second yellow and he's off.
2134: RED CARD Porto (Fernando)
2132: Couple of minutes left and Michael Owen shoots just wide for Manchester United.
Euro Stevo: "Grafite has well and truly written his name all over those record books by completing a hat-trick on his Champions League debut, only the sixth player to do so. The last one was former Udinese hitman Vincenzo Iaquinta, who has tonight notched for Juve. Grafite's goals mean Wolfsburg lead CSKA 3-1. Meanwhile, Thomas Muller's quickfire double earns Bayern Munich a 3-0 lead over Maccabi Haifa."
2129: Porto striker Falcao throws himself to the ground as the ball comes over, but the referee has spotted his initial push on Ricardo Carvalho.
2126: I hope this isn't a commentator's curse, but I'm saying it anyway: how about Apoel Nicosia holding Atletico Madrid on their group stage debut?
2124: Porto sub Silvestre Verela forces Petr Cech into a decent save with a volley. All the pressure from the visitors. Eight minutes remaining.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Some disappointment for Chelsea fans as Juliano Belletti is the man chosen to replace Salomon Kalou. Joe Cole was the popular choice and he has been warming up very energetically in close proximity to Carlo Ancelotti. Poor Joe - Carlo has not taken a very obvious hint yet."
Euro Stevo: "How on earth are Marseille not winning? They have dominated the entire second half, but now find themselves 2-1 behind against AC Milan after another Clarence Seedorf cross is brilliantly converted by the phenomenal Pippo Inzaghi. Meanwhile in Turin, Jaroslav Plasil gets Laurent Blanc's Bordeaux back on level terms against Juventus to make at 1-1 and in Germany, Alan Dzagoev pulls one back for CSKA, now they only trail Wolfsburg 2-1."
Man Utd goal: Deadlock broken after good work from Nani, teasing the defender before lashing a shot in. Hakan Arikan beats it away, but Paul Scholes is on hand to head in the rebound with 14 minutes remaining. That might quieten the home fans - probably not though.
2119: GOAL Besiktas 0-1 Man Utd
2118: Time for a Chelsea change. Salomon Kalou comes off, Juliano Belletti on.
Football League Danny: "Jonas Olsson scores his and West Brom's second and they lead Doncaster 2-1. Perhaps more importantly they're going top of the Championship as it stands."
2116: To my right, long, lingering shots of the Besiktas fans jumping up and down in unison. They have been immense tonight - despite a rather drab game. To my left, Porto striker Falcao gets some power on his shot but it's too close to Petr Cech. Decent spell for Porto though.
Euro Stevo part II: "Will these diving controversies ever go away? FC Zurich's Alexandre Alphonse goes through against Real Madrid and goes down as Iker Casillas comes out to meet him - but there is minimal contact at the very best. The penalty is given anyway and Xavier Margairaz rifles it into the top corner. Moments later and oh my life we have a game on our hands as Silvan Aegerter glances home a header to make it 3-2 to the visitors. Woeful defending, brilliant entertainment. Hello, new Real Madrid."
Euro Stevo: "It's a cracking atmosphere in Marseille - but the hosts should be playing the last 20 minutes of this one against 10 men after Mathieu Flamini was somehow only booked for a shocking two-footed off-the-ground lunge. In Turin, Vincenzo Iaquinta puts Juventus 1-0 up over Bordeaux, while Daniel Van Buyten hands Bayern Munich the same advantage at Maccabi Haifa."
2108: Wayne Rooney now chucks his boot to the ground as he continues to rage. It's like Ronaldo never left. Meanwhile, referee Tom Henning Ovrebo is back in Champions League action tonight for the first time since last season's stormy semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge. A more sedate affair at the Stadio Olimpico where Juventus and Bordeaux are yet to trouble the scorers.
Football League Danny: "Some conflicting East Midlands fortunes in the past few minutes. Andy Gray has put struggling Barnsley 2-1 up at Derby. Better news for Nottingham Forest, as Rob Earnshaw equalises to make it 1-1 with Ipswich."
2106: Fergie makes a double change - and Wayne Rooney is not happy. The England striker is replaced by Michael Owen, while Dimitar Berbatov comes on for Michael Carrick.
2105: "According to my studies," said Besiktas coach Mustafa Denizli. "Seven or eight points will be enough to take us into the next round." His side are on their way to one of those points at the moment. Very tight game in Istanbul, which is probably just how he planned it.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea in control now and exposing Porto's vulnerability to crosses. Porto keeper Helton has had his moments in the past, but he has pulled off a couple of magnificent saves, none better than from Salomon Kalou's header. Porto struggling to find a way back into this. Hosing down again. Torrentially."
Football League Danny: "Jeremie Aliadiere fires one in and Middlesbrough are now 2-1 up at Sheffield Wednesday and - as it stands - they're going top of the Championship on goal difference."
2100: The home fans are celebrating their second goal at Stamford Bridge... but too soon. Helton produces a fabulous flying save from Salomon Kalou's powerful header. From the corner, Branislav Ivanovic heads over.
2059: Rodrigo Tabata's snapshot from 18 yards saved by Ben Foster after United fail to clear their lines. Not much else going on in Istanbul.
Football League Danny: "Clinton Morrison's smart finish has restored Coventry's lead against Sheffield United. It's now 2-1, scoreline fans. Elsewhere, it's a bit of a horror night for Preston, as Gary Hooper's second of the night makes it Scunthorpe 3-0 Preston."
2056: Ashley Cole chases what looks like a lost cause and just gets his cross in before it goes out of play and Florent Malouda meets it with a header - into the side netting.
Euro Stevo: "On yer bike Milan - the Stade Velodrome goes nuts as former Galactico Gabby Heinze leaps like the proverbial salmon to head home a Marseille free-kick and they are very much back on level terms against the Italian giants, 1-1."
Chelsea goal: Salomon Kalou sets up Nicolas Anelka, whose first effort is well saved by Helton, but the France international is on to the rebound in a flash, dinking it over the defender's challenge and into the roof of the net. Super goal.
2050: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Porto
2047: Fergie has to break into a jog to cross the pitch as the ref waits to get the second half in Istanbul under way... It is now, as is the game at Chelsea.
From rollt01 on 606:
"United need to bring on another striker and play the good old 4-4-2. Berbatov needs to come on. Maybe bring Scholesy off the second half... Come on United!"
2042: Hope the Stamford Bridge drainage system is in good order tonight. Rain still sheeting down. I'm gonna row home later.
From Matt in Oxford via text on 81111: "Why is Rooney up front on his own? It never works which is why we pay 30 million pounds for another striker."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Reduced lighting in some areas of Stamford Bridge apparently - water in the electrics? - and Chelsea's play in need of greater illumination also. Some bright moments interrupted by too many moments of sloppy passing on a surface made treacherous by this downpour. Carlo Ancelotti's body language is screaming for more width and imagination. Joe Cole anyone?"
Euro Stevo: "If you thought FC Zurich could hang on until half-time against Real Madrid at 2-0, sort themselves out and have a go after the break, forget it. Gonzalo Higuain made it 3-0 just before the break thanks to some more woeful defending and there could be a bucketload for the men in dark green tonight. Elsewhere, Wolfsburg lead CSKA 2-0, Milan are 1-0 up in Marseille and it's goalless at Atletico, Juventus and Maccabi Haifa."
2032: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 Porto
2030: HALF-TIME Besiktas 0-0 Man Utd
2030: Fucile produces a beautifully-timed tackle on Salomon Kalou as the Chelsea forward is about to pull the trigger. Vital intervention. Fucile started his career at Liverpool I'm told... That's Liverpool Montevideo in Uruguay.
From Rafael & Fabio on 606:
"It's all a bit slow and predictable from us. Seems like a cautious away performance. We really need to be a bit braver and actually produce a goal threat soon. We don't look dangerous enough for me."
2027: Reports from Istanbul that someone in the crowd is shining a green laser pen at the United players. Fergie's side struggling to break down their Turkish opponents as we approach half-time.
2026: Grafite scribbles... see what he's done there? Blimey, and the Brazilian has just scored another to put Wolfsburg 2-0 up at home to Juande Ramos's CSKA Moscow.
Euro Stevo: "Could be game over already in Zurich as Raul doubles Real Madrid's lead with a typical tap-in from two yards, the Spaniards reaping rewards for a first-half of domination. In Germany, Champions League debutants Wolfsburg notch their first goal in this competition as Grafite scribbles his name into the record books. They lead CSKA Moscow 1-0."
2023: Porto's Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin does well to beat John Terry to a header, but with Petr Cech rooted to the spot, it just misses the target.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Carlo Ancelotti is out in his technical area now and the message to Chelsea's players is clear - he wants width from his side as they get bogged down taking the more central route. Porto have looked vulnerable to crosses and this is the area where Chelsea can get results tonight."
Football League Danny: "Sheffield United's Jamie Ward continues the improving trend for teams in the upper half of the Champo. He's hit an equaliser and it's Coventry 1-1 Blades."
2019: Michael Ballack falls under the challenge from Alvaro Pereira as he looks to get on the end of the pass. No free-kick, says the ref - to Ballack's disgust.
2016: Frank Lampard is inches away from putting Chelsea in front but he cannot quite make contact with Michael Ballack's inviting cross.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea just starting to exert their authority now after early promise from Porto. Frank Lampard, predictably, is prominent and Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira is prowling his technical area showing concern. Cheap bookings for both Michael Essien and Florent Malouda - and the prospect of more to come as rain continues to pour on a slick Stamford Bridge surface."
Euro Stevo: "Like London buses Cristiano Ronaldo, moments after spanking one set-piece miles high and wide, gets it right second time around as he smashes in a 25-yarder - albeit with some iffy keeping - for his first Champions League goal in a Real Madrid shirt. They lead FC Zurich 1-0."
2013: Goal drought broken at last. Here's Euro Stevo: "So you think it's raining in west London, do you? Well obviously it is, but it's absolutely smashing it down in Marseille - it's a small miracle they are even playing against AC Milan. Good news for the visitors, though, as Pippo Inzaghi stays onside for just long enough to convert Clarence Seedorf's left-wing cross. Marseille 0-1 AC Milan."
Football League Danny: "Things improving for the Championship big guns. A Darren Purse own goal makes it Sheff Wed 1-1 Boro. And Jonas Olsson's levelled for West Brom, who are all square at 1-1 with Doncaster."
2011: Besiktas go close. Serdar Ozkan's strike comes off Jonny Evans and flies just over the bar.
2009: If you're starting to forget what Champions League goals are like, I recommend a look back at
21 October 2008.
36 of them. I'd pay money for just one.
2006: Eight games. Twenty minutes gone. No goals. Crazy talk.
2005: Frank Lampard provides a clever pass for Nicolas Anelka, who takes the shot in his stride but it's straight at the keeper.
2002: A strike from Nicola Anelka is flying towards goal when it strikes Rolando, who has just lost his balance and is on the ground. Seconds later Florent Malouda is booked for a late tackle. Bound to happen on such a greasy surface.
Football League Danny: "Not going well for the Championship high-flyers so far. West Brom - who go top with a win - are 1-0 down at home against Doncaster. Billy Sharp with the goal. And Preston are also behind, as Grant McCann puts Scunthorpe 1-0 up. And what's this? A similar story for Sheffield United, who trail 1-0 at Coventry to Leon Best's goal."
1959: Michael Essien goes to ground in a bid to win the ball from Hulk in the centre circle, but he's a touch too late and gets a yellow. John Terry is back on his feet and seems to avoided serious injury after that earlier clash.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Lively start and Porto look in no mood to stand back and admire Chelsea. John Terry appears to have recovered from a nasty elbow from Bruno Alves that left him requiring lengthy treatment. Rain lashing down at the Bridge and both sides creating chances already."
1956: Twelve minutes gone and no Champions League goals? This cannot continue... Well, it might, but I doubt it.
Football League Danny: "Early goal fest in the Championship. Extraordinary start for Roy Keane's Ipswich - they're 1-0 up against Nottingham Forest after 48 seconds thanks to Grant Leadbitter. And high-flying Sheffield Wednesday are also 1-0 against high-flying Middlesbrough after Luke Varney's goal."
1953: More from the Bridge where Bruno Alves catches John Terry with a sharp elbow to the face as they challenge for a long throw in the area. I don't think it was deliberate.
1950: All action at the Bridge. Hulk catches a strike beautifully but it's straight at Petr Cech, who sort of scoops it away, while at the other end Porto's offside trap is an absolute disaster and from Branislav Ivanovic's cross, Frank Lampard has a free header but Helton makes the save, low to his left.
1948: STOP PRESS. Paul Scholes has just gone in for a tackle and won the ball... Wayne Rooney picks up the pieces and shoots just wide. At a sodden Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard sensibly shoots from distance, Porto keeper Helton doing well to push a low, skimming shot around the post.
1947: If you want to watch 5 live's Final Score, you'll need to manually refresh this page - and be living in the UK.
1945: Away we go... Bedlam in Istanbul, absolute bedlam.
Football League Danny: "Speaking of Europe, it's quite simply a huge night in the continent's fourth-biggest division, the Championship. West Brom will go back to the top if they beat Doncaster at home, while it's the match I've already dubbed 'The Roy Keane Derby' at Portman Road where the Irishman will hope his struggling Tractor Boys find a first win of the season against the club where he sprang to fame as a top-class midfielder. High-fliers Boro, Preston and Sheffield United are also all in action tonight."
1942: A new development for this season's Champions League: the walk-on music is some sort of techno horror. No change to the anthem though, tradition fans.
1940: Oh, don't worry. There'll be Championship updates. Don't you worry about that. The teams are emerging. The mascots at Besiktas's Inonu Stadium appear to be dressed as bats.
From From messiisgod on 606:
"I'm pleased that Bayern signed Ivica Olic, following in Luca Toni's grand tradition of a centre forward who only requires 74 chances per goal."
From gruffter on Twitter:
"Hello from the Liberty Stadium! Our European opposition tonight: Bristol City. plus a debut for Cedric Van der Gun. Exciting!"
From hameau02 on 606:
"Ah, the drama of Champions League Tuesday. Who can possibly predict what will happen? Apart from everybody. Because the Champions League is the single most overhyped entity in existence and doesn't get good until the QFs. Dull, dull, dull early doors. Rather be watching the early rounds of the Carling Cup."
Euro Stevo: "There's an early blow for Juventus' hopes as multi-million pound playmaking Brazilian Diego is forced to miss out on their home game against Bordeaux through injury, meaning Sebastian Giovinco gets a rare start. In Tel Aviv, Bayern Munich's wing wizards Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben start together - good news for lone frontman Ivica Olic, perhaps not so for opponents Maccabi Haifa."
1929: I wouldn't want you to think I'm ignoring those of you telling me that this is in fact the fifth time Chelsea have met Porto in the Champions League (see 1907). I'm counting a two-legged tie as one meeting - because there's only one result. Is that so wrong?
1925: You, like the vowel-hating strcprstskrzkrk (see below), can get involved tonight. Text 81111, brave
It's really up to you.
From strcprstskrzkrk on 606:
"OK, so can't see anything other than Chelsea and Man Utd winning tonight. Unless the rain stops play in London."
1920: TEAM NEWS Besiktas v Man Utd Manchester United make five changes from the side which beat Tottenham on Saturday. Centre-back Rio Ferdinand is believed to have picked up a minor groin strain and is replaced by Johnny Evans. Right-back Gary Neville comes in for John O'Shea, while Michael Carrick, Nani and Antonio Valencia come in for Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and Dimitar Berbatov. Besiktas striker Nihat Kahveci is only fit enough for a place on the bench along with keeper Rustu Recber.
1918: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Porto Chelsea are without suspended duo Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba, while Deco and Paulo Ferreira are out injured. Nicolas Anelka starts up front, with Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda supporting from deep, while Joe Cole, who has not played since 14 January, is on the bench. Porto's in-form striker Radamel Falcao Garcia starts from the bench - but the Portuguese side do have the Hulk in their team.
1916: TEAMS Besiktas v Man Utd Besiktas: Arikan, Kas, Sivok, Ferrari, Uzulmez, Dag, Ernst, Holosko, Rodrigo Tabata, Ozkan, Nobre. Subs: Recber, Koybasi, Fink, Nihat, Tello, Inceman, Yusuf Simsek. Man Utd: Foster, Neville, Jonathan Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Anderson, Nani, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Owen, Berbatov, Park, Fabio Da Silva, Gibson.
1914: Special message for Boyce the Hoop who just texted in (on 81111, if you've forgotten). The QPR game is off! A waterlogged pitch at Loftus Road means their Championship encounter with Crystal Palace is postponed.
1913: TEAMS Chelsea v Porto Chelsea: Cech, Ashley Cole, Terry, Carvalho, Ivanovic, Malouda, Lampard, Essien, Ballack, Kalou, Anelka. Subs: Turnbull, Joe Cole, Sturridge, Belletti, Hutchinson, Bruma, Borini. FC Porto: Helton, Pereira, Bruno Alves, Rolando, Fucile, Raul Meireles, Fernando, Guarin, Rodriguez, Hulk, Gonzalez. Subs: Nuno, Belluschi, Falcao, Maicon, Varela, Costa, Sapunaru.
Euro Stevo: "Big news from the Stade Velodrome in France where on-the-wane Brazilian Ronaldinho is left out of the side by countryman Leonardo for AC Milan's trip to Marseille. The former genius is joined on the bench by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rino Gattuso. Meanwhile in Zurich, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo make their Champions League debuts for Real Madrid, but Karim Benzema must settle for being a substitute."
1909: Now then, some of you may be familiar with a fella called Jonathan Stevenson, a regular of these pages. You'll be delighted to know he's our special guest tonight, as we try to fit both our enormous egos in the same room. From here on, you shall know him as Euro Stevo - and his first contribution is coming up.
1907: Chelsea face Porto for what seems like the umpteenth time in recent memory. In reality, it's the fourth (2006/7 last 16 and 2004/5 group stage). The Portuguese side have never won a match in England in 12 attempts.
1904: Last year's beaten finalists Manchester United are in Istanbul to meet Besiktas, who suffered the biggest ever Champions League defeat in their last encounter with an English team - 8-0 against Liverpool in 2007.
1901: So the draw for the Champions League group stage was largely met with a great, big yawn - in England anyway. Easy picking for the Prem teams, you have to think. Indeed, in the last four seasons, the top eight seeds have progressed to the last 16 on every occasion - except one, when United crashed out in 2006. But all that won't matter a jot to our group stage debutants tonight: Wolfsburg and Apoel Nicosia.
From fritzybaby1 on 606:
"There doesn't seem to be the same buzz around the football tonight. I don't feel very Champions Leaguey. Erm anyone else feel this way or do I just have some sort of football flu?"
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Good news for Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti and his England counterpart Fabio Capello as Joe Cole returns on the bench for the Champions League meeting with Porto. Still plenty of time for this gifted and popular player to stake his claim for a place in England's World Cup squad. Filthy night at Stamford Bridge."
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