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By Jonathan Stevenson
2157: That's just about me David Dunn for tonight, so thanks for your Vincent Kompany and enjoy the rest of your Alan Knight. Join Bevo tomorrow for the first-ever set of Uefa Europa League group stage fixtures. Ciao.
2154: It's full-time in the last match of the night from the Championship and Cardiff have moved up to fourth in the division after winning 1-0 away at struggling Reading.
2151: "More, more," I hear you cry, stat fans. Fine, have some of this: The last time every competing English team won their opening Champions League group stage matches was in the 1998/1999 season, when both Arsenal and Manchester United won their opening matches.
2149: It's stat time, and it's a good one: Once before have Arsenal managed to come back from two goals behind in the Champions League. On 20 September, 2000, the Gunners defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2 having trailed 0-2. They become the first club in the CL to twice come back from a 2-0 deficit.
From G-Man in Cardiff, via text on 81111: "Even as an Arsenal fan I feel sorry for Standard right now because that second goal was ridiculous - offside, a handball AND a possible foul on the keeper. Silly."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Liverpool's game against Debrecen ended in what almost passes for silence at Anfield. Undistinguished, unconvincing but victorious - and
as we said about Chelsea,
that is all that matters in the group stages."
2139: Wrap time: French side Lyon have beaten Italians Fiorentina 1-0, Spaniards Sevilla have seen off new boys Unirea Urziceni 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and Ukraine outfit Dynamo Kiev have beaten Russians Rubin Kazan 3-1.
2136: Full-time Inter Milan 0-0 Barcelona
2136: Full-time Stuttgart 1-1 Rangers
2136: Full-time Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen
2135: Full-time Standard Liege 2-3 Arsenal
2135: Obviously didn't go too well for Fate in Blackpool, below, if he's got home from dinner and is texting me. Anyway, the Olympiakos have beaten AZ Alkmaar 1-0 in the first result of the night.
From Fate, Blackpool, via text on 81111: "Sorry for the delay, Stevo, but I was out at dinner with Lady Luck."
2131: So unlucky for Rangers. Steven Davis finds himself 20 yards from goal and unleashes a cracking low shot which beats Jens Lehmann but comes off the outside of the post.
2129: Of course Danny wasn't talking about Inter-Barca (below) when he mentioned stalemates. "But how can it be stale when it's Inter-Barca?" he asks me. And you know what? I can't disagree with him. Thrill-a-minute no, but absorbing, always.
2128: Short and sweet, that's our Euro Champ Danny: "Kiev win sorted. Oleg Gusev scores with five minutes to go, and they lead Rubin Kazan 3-1."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Very low-key fare at Anfield - but Liverpool might be thankful that Debrecen striker Adamo Coulibaly is not exactly earning the tag of marksman, having wasted a couple of opportunities. It is the sort of night when Liverpool just need to get the three points and get out of Anfield. Cue Coulibaly scoring a spectacular equaliser obviously."
2126: It's comeback o'clock. Arsenal and Dynamo, not to mention Blackpool, have all come from behind to lead. And tell you what - don't rule out a Rangers winner before the night is done.
2125: Euro Champ Danny: "Those goals keep on coming. It's now Dynamo Kiev 2-1 Rubin Kazan, with Junior Gerson Magrao seemingly completing the Kiev turnaround."
2124: Some nervous moments for Liverpool. Debrecen striker Adamo Coulibaly is through on goal but tries to hook in a cross instead of shooting with only Pepe Reina to beat.
2124: Euro Champ Danny: "It's turned into a Euro goal frenzy. There are no more stalemates as Miralem Pjanic makes it Lyon 1-0 Fiorentina. Meanwhile, Vassilis Torosidis scores to make it Olympiakos 1-0 AZ."
Arsenal goal: What a comeback that is. A corner is swung over from the Arsenal left and that man-in-the-news Eduardo is on hand five yards out to knee the ball into the net. I know - why has no-one headed it clear? Rubbish defending, but Arsenal won't care.
2122: GOAL Standard Liege 2-3 Arsenal
2121: Euro Champ Danny: "Reading's poor start to the season shows no signs of ending yet. Chris Burke has scored and it's Reading 0-1 Cardiff. Still more than half an hour to go in that one."
Arsenal goal: Despite all their possession, it's hard to say it's been coming but Arsenal are level - and they owe a level of debt to the linesman. Cesc Fabregas swings over a free-kick from deep, the ball ricochets off Alex Song in an offside possession and Thomas Vermaelen is on hand to poke home from a yard.
2119: GOAL Standard Liege 2-2 Arsenal
Rangers goal: They've got what they deserved, the Scottish champions. Madjid Bougherra plays a one-two with an unsuspecting Jerome Rothen and takes the ball into the box, lashing it past Jens Lehmann at the near post.
2117: GOAL Stuttgart 1-1 Rangers
2117: Euro Champ Danny: "Dirnei Renato appears to have sealed a Sevilla win. His goal means the Spanish side lead Anirea Urziceni 2-0. And it's all square in Ukraine, where Ayiila Yussuf has made it Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Rubin Kazan."
2115: Thierry Henry's scuffed shot from the Barca left falls perfectly for Lionel Messi, but he and Xavi get in each other's way and the chance goes begging. Barca have had a remarkable 63% possession tonight in Inter's back yard.
2113: Aaron Ramsey has just come on for Arsenal and he spanks in a low shot from 25 yards that at least forces Standard keeper Sinan Bolat to make a low save. He'll probably get hauled off for that. The Gunners trail 2-1.
2112: He hadn't gone to sleep, it's just that nothing had happened. But it has now, so here's Euro Champ Danny: "Crikey. Here's a big goal in the Championship. Jason Euell has fired Blackpool into a 65th-minute lead and Ian Holloway's men are on course to inflict the first defeat of the season on Newcastle."
2110: It's all Arsenal in Belgium, but - as Kieran, below, said - they continue to look for that perfect pass, that perfect goal, instead of just firing in shots from anywhere. Frustrating times for fans of the Gunners.
2108: Lucas heads wide from a Liverpool corner from the right, while in Italy Dejan Stankovic hammers a right-foot shot just over the Barca bar with almost his first touch.
2107: Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun goes on a mazy run at the Debrecen defence and has a cross-shot towards the near post beaten away by Vukasin Poleksic.
2106: More hope for Rangers as Jerome Rothen's cross from the right swerves, dips and bounces awkwardly in front of Jens Lehmann, who has to palm it away from danger.
From Kieran, Lincoln, via text on 81111: "Does anyone in the Arsenal team ever cross? Ever? Or do they just run into trouble in search of that 'perfect goal'?"
2102: Well that didn't work, damn it. Rangers are playing a bit better in Germany in the second half, though their first-half display was abject, in fairness. Defences still on top in the San Siro in what was supposed to be the game of the day.
2059: Not many goals around, are there, fate...?
From LEGIN99M on 606:
"Alberto Aquilani cannot get fit fast enough for Liverpool. Lucas is absolutely the worst player I have seen in a red shirt since Mark Walters."
2056: Kenny Miller goes on a run into the Stuttgart area and goes to ground inside the box, but no penalty is given. At Anfield, Steven Gerrard exhibits his perfect technique once more with a quite magnificent volley that screams a couple of inches past the angle of post and bar from 20 yards. It was Zinedine Zidane-esque.
2053: Liverpool think they should have a penalty as Steven Gerrard bursts into the box and goes down with Norbert Meszaros appearing to pull his shirt, but nothing given. Would have been harsh, perhaps.
2051: At Inter, Barca's Xavi plays a cracking ball over the top for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but instead of throwing himself at it he tries an audacious flick over Julio Cesar with the outside of his right foot and it lands on top of the net. Still 0-0.
2048: Tomas Rosicky plays a stunning pass into the path of Nicklas Bendtner but as he is set to pull the trigger, Eliaquim Mangala gets in a superb last-ditch challenge. Lively start in Belgium.
2047: Arsenal's Alex Song gifts possession away right at the start of the second half and the ball is played in for Dieudonne Mbokani, but he cannot untangle his feet in time and Gael Clichy gets across to make a vital block.
2047: The games are pretty much getting back under way. As you were.
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Anfield was slumbering until Liverpool created that late flurry of opportunities - and Dirk Kuyt's goal capped a spell of sustained pressure. You have to feel it will be plain sailing now that the first difficult hurdle has been cleared. Not impressive from Liverpool but persistence paid off for Kuyt."
From CP from Alness, via text on 81111: "Is Sid Vicious available on a free? Cos our Johnny Rothen is rotten!"
From plasticoutcome on 606:
"The floodgates will open now. Debrecen were never going to keep Liverpool out because, well, they're awful. Complete capitulation by the hour mark is my prediction."
2036: This, ladies and gentlemen, is what's called a half-time wrap, brought to you by Euro Champ Danny: "Goalless between Olympiakos and AZ, and between Lyon and Fiorentina. But bad news for the Italians - Alberto Gilardino has been sent off for violent conduct and they'll be playing the second half with 10 men."
2034: Drama. Euro Champ Danny: "Pre-half-time goal fans must be salivating at this. Now Sevilla have got in on the act with Luis Fabiano putting them 1-0 up against Unirea Urziceni. Meanwhile, I guess I jinxed Newcastle fans back at 2027 BST. Brett Ormerod has made it Blackpool 1-1 Newcastle."
Liverpool goal: The pressure has been building and Debrecen eventually buckle. Fernando Torres turns and unleashes a shot which Debrecen keeper Vukasin Poleksic can only parry and Dirk Kuyt pounces first to stab the loose ball home.
2031: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen
Arsenal goal: Exactly what the doctor ordered for the Gunners as Abou Diaby slots Nicklas Bendtner into the box down the right and the Dane fires it between the legs of Liege keeper Sinan Bolat.
2030: GOAL Standard Liege 2-1 Arsenal
2029: Emiliano Insua and Albert Riera combine beautifully down Liverpool's left and the Spaniard's cross to the edge of the box is side-footed first time by Steven Gerrard, who sees his shot whistle a fraction wide with the keeper beaten.
2027: Euro Champ Danny: "Newcastle fans - this Championship lark is a bit easy, no? Andy Carroll has put the Magpies 1-0 up at Blackpool and as it stands, they're going back to the top of the table."
Worried Rangers fan, via text on 81111: "Do third-placed teams go into the Uefa Europa League? That might be the best Rangers can hope for!" Yes, yes they do. Ah, that early season optimism...
2024: Rangers are struggling to make an impression in Germany and Stuttgart find a way through their defence once again, but Cacau's ambitious attempt to deceive Allan McGregor in the Rangers goal at the near post is misjudged and the ball goes harmlessly into the side netting. At Anfield, Steven Gerrard heads a corner over.
2023: Jamie Carragher sends Albert Riera through at Anfield and this time his shot hits the target, Vukasin Poleksic getting down well to his left to make the save and Dirk Kuyt's mis-hit follow-up cleared off the line. Moments later, and Riera is foiled again by the keeper.
2022: Diego Milito is giving Carles Puyol a torrid time in the San Siro and he does him on the outside down the Inter left, but Barca keeper Victor Valdes comes to the rescue.
2019: Steven Gerrard feeds Albert Riera down Liverpool's inside left channel and the Spaniard takes his shot early, rifling it past the far post from the edge of the box.
From Murtini on 606:
"Debrecen could win this, seriously. They are growing in confidence after every passing minute."
2015: Debrecen attack down their left and the ball is half-cleared to the edge of the box, where Peter Czvitkovics hits a screamer that Pepe Reina has to tip over his crossbar. Now that would be a surprise...
2014: Diego Milito forces Victor Valdes to make a save to his left and Inter are coming back into the game in the San Siro as Barcelona have a spell of uncharacteristically conceding possession.
2013: Euro Champ Danny has a goal to speak of: "Here's an eyebrow-raiser for you, Europe fans. Alejandro Dominguez has scored Rubin Kazan's first Champions League goal and they lead 1-0 at Dynamo Kiev."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield: "Debrecen's supporters are making plenty of noise - and not just in the visiting supporters' section at Anfield. One enthusiast in the directors' box was cheering wildly when Debrecen won a corner - before producing a camera to take a few souvenir photographs. Big night for the Hungarians obviously."
2009: Arsenal are controlling possession in Belgium, but they look toothless in attack as Standard Liege sit back in defence and allow the Gunners to play without hurting them.
2008: Laszlo Bodnar screws a shot wide for Debrecen after a corner fell for him just outside the Liverpool area. First real effort from the Hungarians.
From Mohammed from north London, an Arsenal fan who switched his telly off after five minutes, via text on 81111: "Please Jonathan, PLEASE tell me I'm dreaming." I can't. I mean I'd like to Mohammed, I just can't.
Stuttgart goal: Acres of space down the right for the Germans and Cacau takes advantage, racing into the box and pulling the ball back for Russian striker Pavel Pogrenbnyak to slot home from 10 yards. It had been coming.
2003: GOAL Stuttgart 1-0 Rangers
2002: Rangers fail to deal with a Stuttgart corner and Cacau sees his shot at the near post saved by the right boot of Gers keeper Allan McGregor.
2000: Blimey, it's not often you hear of a club appointing a new manager while they've got a Champions League game going on. But Greeks Olympiakos have announced Brazilian legend-cum-wanderer Zico will take over from Temuri Ketsbaia, who parted company yesterday. They are currently playing AZ Alkmaar.
1958: Decent move for Arsenal leads to a half-chance for Eduardo and his shot is blocked. Meanwhile, Dirk Kuyt skims a shot wide from 22 yards and in Germany, Rangers are on the back foot against Stuttgart.
1957: Very little happening at Anfield right now, with Debrecen happy to soak up Liverpool's pressure and let them shoot from distance.
From majella77 on 606:
"Wake up Wenger! Your defence is atrocious. You cannot score enough goals to make up for the holes in the back line."
1952: There was no Ibracadabra magic there, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was handed a golden chance to score for Barca at old club Inter, only to slice horribly wide on the volley. He's being jeered by the home fans, incidentally.
Standard goal: Only seconds from the restart, Milan Jovanovic drives at the Arsenal defence, goes down in the box under William Gallas's clumsy swipe, and Liege have a penalty to make it 2-0. The striker - top scorer in Belgium this season - picks himself up and slams home. Incredible scenes at the Maurice Dufrasne Stadium.
1949: PENALTY TO STANDARD LIEGE
Standard goal: Well that wasn't in the script, was it? Eduardo's crazy back-heel on the edge of his own box falls for Eliaquim Mangala and he smashes the ball with his left-foot from 20 yards, inside Vito Mannone's near post. Do they wish the Croatian still had been suspended?
1947: GOAL Standard Liege 1-0 Arsenal
1946: Inter give Lionel Messi way too much space inside the first minute and the Argentine dribbles past one challenge before seeing his low 20-yard drive saved by Julio Cesar.
1942: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is all hugs and smiles with his former Inter team-mates down in the bowels of the San Siro - it's like he never left the club, touching scenes. We're not far off getting under way across Europe, to be fair.
1940: He's mixing and matching tonight, which is why he will be called Euro Champ Danny for tonight and tonight only: "Big nights for the Champions League debutants across Europe - and a big night in the Championship as well. A win (or a hugely high-scoring draw) at Blackpool will take Newcastle back to the summit. And Cardiff will move fourth with a win over Reading, who will be keen to lay down a marker after a faltering start to their campaign."
1937: At Anfield, it's very much a David v Goliath situation.
Liverpool, five-time winners of Europe's big-eared trophy, take on Debrecen,
the Hungarian champions who play in a 10,200-capacity stadium - that's less than Oxford United, of the Blue Square Premier. However they do have someone called MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi in their squad, though tragically, he isn't involved tonight. They do have Attila Katona on the bench, however.
From Dan, walking the dog through the (non-)rolling hills of Essex, via text on 81111: "Having seen the tackle by Axel Witsel on youtube I can't believe he is allowed to play football of any kind and that the ban is not considerably longer. One of the worst I have ever seen and people should take a look... providing they have a strong stomach or are not eating dinner."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield: "The start of every Champions League campaign is always accompanied by great hope at Anfield - and tonight is no different. Rafael Benitez accepts the Premier League is the priority for Liverpool's but there is a special connection between this club and this tournament. And what a great chance for Debrecen to show what Hungary has to offer as the country's first representatives in the Champions League group stages for 14 years."
1928: Standard Liege v Arsenal line-ups: Standard Liege: Bolat, Camozzato, Sarr, Mangala, Rocha, Witsel, De Camargo, Gonzalez, Dalmat, Mbokani, Jovanovic. Subs: Van Hout, Goreux, Felipe, Dufer, Mulemo, Traore, Nicaise. Arsenal: Mannone, Eboue, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Diaby, Fabregas, Song Billong, Rosicky, Eduardo, Bendtner. Subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere, Gibbs, Watt. Referee: Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez (Spain)
From Jinadine on 606:
"The first round of games and we have the champions of Italy against the champions of Spain - fantastic. Personally, I'm hoping for a Real v Barca final. Imagine that, the biggest El Clasico EVER!"
1923: Maybe this lot should just get a room. This is Barca coach Pep Guardiola, who let's not forget won an unprecedented treble in his first season as a manager, on his occasionally outspoken Inter counterpart: "Personally, it's an honour for me to face a coach as great as Jose Mourinho." I'm sure the feeling's entirely mutual.
1920: It's love-in o'clock this week, isn't it Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel? "It's a big challenge for me to outwit an old tactical fox like Walter Smith," said the former Liverpool defender
prior to their meeting with Rangers.
"What he has achieved so far makes him a role model for me." Awww.
1917: Right then, let's get on with it. Here's a load of old Baloni: "Arsene Wenger is not only a great man in sporting terms but also a great person." So says Standard coach Laszlo Baloni,
ahead of their meeting with the Gunners.
I think we can all see what I did there.
From Stevo in Glasgow, via text on 81111: "Hleb is a major threat to Rangers tonight, think Walter will have his team defend all night. Why is Iniesta on the bench??" He's not quite 100% fit, been injured since CL final pretty much
1913: Arsenal start with Eduardo up front after the Croatian had his two-match ban overturned, while midfielder Tomas Rosicky makes his first start of the season and keeper Vito Mannone is handed his Champions League bow. Robin van Persie, Andrei Arshavin, Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri are among those missing from the Gunners line-up. Hosts Standard Liege are without captain Steven Defour (broken foot), but there is a recall for Axel Witsel - who is serving an eight-match domestic ban for a tackle which left Anderlecht's Marcin Wasilewski with a double leg fracture.
1909: Inter Milan v Barcelona line-ups: Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Muntari, Motta, Zanetti, Sneijder, Eto'o, Milito. Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Stankovic, Vieira, Cambiasso, Santon, Balotelli. Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Toure Yaya, Xavi, Keita, Messi, Ibrahimovic, Henry. Subs: Pinto, Marquez, Iniesta, Busquets, Pedrito, Maxwell, Jeffren. Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
From Torresque on 606:
"What odds on Eto'o and Ibra being peripheral figures, hardly getting a touch of the ball and getting subbed early in the second half?
1903: Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez sticks with a winning side as he fields the same starting XI that beat Burnley 4-0 last Saturday. Midfielder Javier Mascherano does return to the squad but is on the bench so Steven Gerrard is in a deeper midfield role partnering Lucas Leiva, while Dirk Kuyt and Fernando Torres spearhead the attack. Debrecen's midfield pair Jozsef Varga and Tibor Dombi are suspended, while striker Gergely Rudolf misses out because of a knee injury.
1902: David Weir fails a late fitness test on an ankle injury and will be replaced in the Rangers team by Lee McCulloch in central defence. Kenny Miler will play the lone striker, with Kris Boyd dropping to the bench. Kevin Thomson takes over McCulloch's weekend holding role and Steven Naismith comes in to bolster a five-man midfield. Former Arsenal man Alexander Hleb is playing for Stuttgart despite the Germans insisting he was unlikely to be fit.
1900: Stevo's Champions League Predos: Liverpool 3-1 Debrecen Lyon 2-2 Fiorentina Inter Milan 1-1 Barcelona Dinamo Kiev 2-1 Rubin Kazan Stuttgart 2-1 Rangers Sevilla 2-0 Unirea Urziceni Olympiakos 1-1 AZ Alkmaar Standard Liege 1-2 Arsenal
1856: Predos and team news are all coming right up, so don't go anywhere will you? There are another five debutants this evening, as Debrecen (Hungary), Rubin Kazan (Russia), Unirea Urziceni (Romania), AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) and Standard Liege (Belgium) make their group stage bows. What Michel Platini wants, Michel Platini gets... let's hope the new boys are all up to it.
1849: Welcome to the second half of Matchday One as they call it at Uefa, as the other 16 teams involved in club football's grandest competition get their campaigns under way. Arsenal, Liverpool and Rangers are all in action, and there's a little beauty to salivate over in Italy, too...
1845: Hi. I'll be honest with you - I'm torn between wanting the Champions League group stage to throw up some surprises and hoping to see all the biggest clubs contest the knockout stages. Can somebody help me?
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