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Wednesday football as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Jonathan Stevenson


2235: I must bid you adieu, but thanks for your company on what turned out to be a very, very special evening. Bevo's in the chair tomorrow for a trio of cracking-looking Europa League games - as for me, I'm off for a bit, so see you in a month or so. Take it easy.

2233: Apparently, Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has confirmed he will still be in charge of the Eagles for their Championship game against Doncaster at the weekend. Warnock has been heavily linked with the seemingly always vacant QPR job in recent days.

From Tom, Manchester, via text to 81111: "Never a red card for Adebayor. Ref should miss three games. Bellamy should have scored in first half, maybe he should do extra training after all."

From henrywinter on Twitter: "Ancelotti saying Cech is a "calf" problem not knee cruciate, a huge relief for Chelsea."

2226: Haha. Joe, at 2206, you've been rumbled, son. About 26 million people (slight exaggeration, may be nearer 26) have missived in to say there were eight goals in the Villa-Palace tie. In many ways, I feel like I've stitched you right up. Ah well, I'll get over it.

2223: So, here's the FA Cup quarter-final draw:
Chelsea v Stoke City
Fulham v Tottenham
Reading v Aston Villa
Portsmouth v Birmingham City
(Ties to be played on 6/7 March)

2220: Full-time Stoke City 3-1 Manchester City

2218: Referee Steve Bennett should just blow up at Stoke. t's a bit cruel making them play right until the end when the game's all over. Seconds remaining.

2216: Just Stoke v Manchester City to go, then. Not too long left and the visitors need a miracle to get themselves back into this one. 3-1 to the Britannia Stadium club.

2214: Full-time West Brom 2-3 Reading

2213: Into injury time in extra-time at West Brom.

2213: Chance for Manchester City as Roque Santa Cruz is played in by Craig Bellamy, only for the Paraguayan's shot to be saved by Thomas Sorensen. Probably should have done better.

2211: FA Cup latest scores: West Brom 2-3 Reading; Stoke City 3-1 Man City. Is everyone still having fun? More importantly, is there any late drama left in this wonderful evening?

From The Boro mafias prodigal son on 606: "So that's the Middlesbrough tradition over. The last four years, the team that has beaten Boro went on to be losing finalists. Unless there is a City miracle, that will now change."

2206: They're into the second half of extra-time at Stoke, too. But that one's surely over, at the Potters lead 10-man Man City 3-1.

From Joe, via text to 81111: "Seven goals in this Villa Cup tie with Palace. All of them set-pieces."

2203: They are under way in the second half of extra-time at The Hawthorns, with visitors Reading, who have not reached the FA Cup quarter-finals since 1927, leading West Brom 3-2.

From SportsDeskLive on Twitter: "Inter won a knock-out CL match for the first time in four years. The last win was against Villarreal on 29 Mar, 2006."

2159: The Stoke fans are singing "You'll be sacked in the morning" to Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. I wonder if he understands - I mean, football chants are hard to make out at the best of times.

Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho: "I don't think the game was a question of tactics. It was a high-level Champions League game. I said to my players they are not better than us, they are different to us. Chelsea and Inter can both play better. This is the Champions League, it is difficult to fully express yourself because of the pressure."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Stoke goal: The 10 men are caught out by a break - and it could be the end of Roberto Mancini's FA Cup dream. Glenn Whelan raids forward, beats two players and feeds Tuncay inside the area. The Turk has clearly been practising his Ricky Villa impression, brilliantly jinking past two players before slotting into the City net.

2156: GOAL Stoke City 3-1 Manchester City

2153: Full-time Aston Villa 3-1 Crystal Palace

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Stoke goal: If I were to say the words Rory Delap to you now... Yep, the man with rocket fuel in his arms launches the ball into the mixer and as Shay Given fails to collect, Ryan Shawcross (yes, got it right that time) heads into the net.

2152: GOAL Stoke City 2-1 Manchester City

2151: Full-time Tottenham 4-0 Bolton

2151: I wasn't expecting so much to happen just then, were you? Into injury time in the games at Tottenham and Aston Villa.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: Lightning strikes twice again. Matt Lawrence hasn't learned his lesson and he hauls down big John Carew once again inside the Palace area, the giant Norwegian stepping up once more to crash a penalty past Julian Speroni. Game over.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Spurs goal: Roman Pavlyuchenko slots in Tottenham's fourth after being found in space eight yards out by substitute Danny Rose.

2148: GOAL Aston Villa 3-1 Crystal Palace

2147: PENALTY TO ASTON VILLA

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Reading goal: Brilliant turnaround at The Hawthorns as Gylfi Sigurdsson fires in from distance to put the away team ahead in the Midlands.

2146: GOAL Tottenham 4-0 Bolton

2146: GOAL West Brom 2-3 Reading

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard: "Jose Mourinho is obviously very clever in the way he plays it. But we've got an away goal and if we can play like that and put our chances away in London we'll have a chance."

2142: Full-time Stoke City 1-1 Manchester City
In the last attack of the 90 minutes, Stoke lump it into the box only for Ricardo Fuller to swivel and shoot inches wide of the post. Extra-time at the Britannia, too.

2141: Full-time West Brom 2-2 Reading
They are going to extra-time at The Hawthorns.

2140: Great chance for Stoke to win it in added time, Ryan Shawcross finding plenty of space in the box at a corner but heading wide.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: Silly Palace. Matt Lawrence hauls John Carew down needlessly inside the Eagles' area and Norwegian striker Carew picks himself up to smash in the resulting penalty.

2139: GOAL Aston Villa 2-1 Crystal Palace

2139: PENALTY TO ASTON VILLA

Full time
2138: Full-time Inter Milan 2-1 Chelsea
Fabulous game of football in Milan and the Italians have a very slender lead going into the second leg. It's anyone's still, this tie.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Reading goal: FA Cup drama o'clock. Brian Howard shoots home three minutes into injury time and this one looks like going into extra-time.

2136: GOAL West Brom 2-2 Reading

2136: Chelsea corner, but Branislav Ivanovic glances it on and Michael Ballack fires over from an angle on the right.

2135: He's still alive!! Football League Danny: "Full-time in League Two and Chesterfield have won 1-0 at Crewe after Drew Talbot's 27th-minute goal. The Spireites stay fourth, but are just a point behind Bury in third."

2134: Richard Dunne misses a gilt-edged chance for Villa from two yards after great work from Ashley Young. Are we going to extra-time and penalties in the FA Cup?

2133: Heading into the last minute in Milan, where it's Inter 2-1 Chelsea.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Palace goal: Ah, the FA Cup. It's magical, isn't it. Neil Warnock is punching the air as Stephen Warnock clumsily trips Alan Lee inside the Villa box and Darren Ambrose steps up to slot past Brad Guzan.

2131: GOAL Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace

2131: PENALTY TO CRYSTAL PALACE

2129: Palace's best chance of the game - the ball falls to Neil Danns after Villa fail to clear but the Eagles midfielder blasts an effort across the face of goal from a few yards out.

Red card
2129: SENDING OFF (Emmanuel Adebayor, Man City)
The striker's evening is over. He is trying to keep hold of the ball with Ryan Shawcross in close proximity and after he tried to push the defender off, referee Steve Bennett shows him a straight red card. Hmm.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Man City: Brilliant response. Emmanuel Adebayor cushions a Wayne Bridge cross into the path of Craig Bellamy and the tempestuous striker half-volleys sweetly into the Stoke net from 10 yards.

2127: GOAL Stoke City 1-1 Manchester City

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Stoke goal: He's only been on the pitch for five minutes - but has Dave Kitson booked Stoke a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals? He plays a lovely one-two with Tuncay before finishing left-footed past Shay Given.

2126: GOAL Stoke City 1-0 Manchester City

2125: Julain Speroni is called into action at Villa again, tipping Ashley Young's shot around the post.

2122: Chelsea bring Daniel Sturridge on for Salomon Kalou in Milan. At Villa, Gabby Agbonlahor wastes a decent chance, shooting at Julian Speroni.

2121: FA Cup scores on the doors right now: Villa 1-0 Palace; Stoke 0-0 Man City; Tottenham 3-0 Bolton; West Brom 2-1 Reading.

From Gallacticos87 on Twitter: "Pandev cost Inter absolutely nothing in January because CAS terminated his contract with Lazio. Magnificent bargain."

2118: Tottenham's Eidur Gudjohnsen has the ball in his old team's net, but it's disallowed for offside against the Icelander.

2116: Lucio goes down inside the Inter area, but he gets up fairly quickly and should be OK to continue.

2114: Great stuff from Mario Balotelli as he scampers away down the right flank and his pacy pull-back finds Esteban Cambiasso just inside the area on the left, but the Argentine wants a touch before shooting this time and his eventual shot is blocked. It's a brilliant game of football.

From Sam, Bristol, via text to 81111: "Who's betting Bolton break Portsmouth's record for most own goals in a match?"

2112: Darren Ambrose fires one in from 30 yards for Crystal Palace, but Brad Guzan makes a decent save for Aston Villa.

2111: Good options, you'd have to agree. Goran Pandev comes on for Inter Milan, replacing the pretty ineffective Samuel Eto'o.

2109: Golden chance for Chelsea. They attack with pace and from Nicolas Anelka's left-wing cross, Frank Lampard doesn't quite connect properly with his right-foot shot 10 yards out and Julio Cesar makes the save for Inter.

2108: Not much happening at Stoke, to be honest. Ooh, here's something - Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on for Stephen Ireland for the visitors Man City.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Spurs goal: Surely this one's over now? Gareth Bale surges down the Spurs left and fires over a low cross that Andy O'Brien can only haplessly direct into his own net from inside their six-yard box.

2105: GOAL Tottenham 3-0 Bolton

2105: Poor Petr Cech - the big Czech goalkeeper is stretchered off in the San Siro and Portuguese stopper Hilario comes on in his place.

2104: It's kicked off at Spurs and Villa again - and it's kicked off in Milan, too. The Inter players are furious that Chelsea won't put the ball out after Mario Balotelli goes down, but the real problem here is Petr Cech - he's gone down with a knee injury and his evening is over.

2101: Jose Mourinho - you've changed. Striker Mario Balotelli comes on for Inter, replacing midfielder Thiago Motta. Hmm.

2101: Tuncay is coming on for Stoke, while for Spurs Jermain Defoe is replaced at the break by Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Inter goal: That's how to respond to conceding. Jose Mourinho's team sweep up the other end with Wesley Sneijder down the left and after his cross is headed up in the air by Ricardo Carvalho, Esteban Cambiasso does the rest. His first left-foot shot is blocked by Branislav Ivanovic and his second, from 18 yards, is drilled perfectly into the far corner with Petr Cech standing watching. Great hit.

2058: GOAL Inter Milan 2-1 Chelsea

From Defenders_Nightmare on 606: "1-1 Chelsea. What a rubbish goal but great work by Ivanovic. Awful goalkeeping. Chelsea to go on and win like Man U did last week?"

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Chelsea goal: They deserve it, no doubt about it. Branislav Ivanovic goes on a fine run down the Blues right and cuts infield, drifting past a couple of Inter players before teeing up Salomon Kalou to shoot into the bottom corner from 18 yards. It took a slight deflection, but Julio Cesar, who could only help it into the net, should have saved it.

2054: GOAL Inter Milan 1-1 Chelsea

2051: Under way at Stoke 0-0 Man City, too.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
WBA goal: Well that didn't take long, did it? A shot from Robert Koren goes underneath Reading keeper Adam Federici and straight into the net. Baggies delight, but the Royals keeper might think he should have done better.

2050: GOAL West Brom 2-1 Reading

2050: And they've kicked off in the second half of the FA Cup replays at West Brom, too.

2049: Back under way in Milan. It's Inter 1-0 Chelsea, remember.

2047: Half-time Tottenham 2-0 Bolton

2047: Half-time Aston Villa 1-0 Crystal Palace

2045: Neil Warnock appears to mouth a word that may or may not start with the sixth letter of the English language... that 61-year-old face tells the whole sorry story. Palace try to hit back, but Nick Carle's 25-yarder flies a few inches wide.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Villa goal: If anyone ever tells you that lightning never strikes twice, tell them they've clearly never heard of The Great Aston Villa-Crystal Palace Saga 2010, as it's about to become known. Villa win a corner WHEN CLEARLY IT WASN'T A CORNER, AGAIN, and from the resulting set-piece, Gabby Agbonlahor glances in a header. Someone get me a visual on Neil Warnock. Pronto.

2043: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Crystal Palace

From Kev, via text to 81111: "I don't get why everyone seems to think Chelsea are on top. Inter have created the better chances and deserve their lead. Possession and territory don't win matches. Just ask Arsenal fans!"

2040: He's alive!! Football League Danny: "Half-time in League Two, it's Crewe 0-1 Chesterfield thanks to Drew Talbot's 27th-minute goal. Fourth-placed Chesterfield will close the gap on third-placed Bury to one point with a win."

2038: Claude Davis appears to bundle over Gabby Agbonlahor inside the Palace box, but the visitors survive the penalty appeals and still Aston Villa cannot break the deadlock.

2036: Half-time West Brom 1-1 Reading

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Spurs goal: The hosts double their lead as Bolton fail to clear a corner (just like on Sunday at Blackburn, then) and after Sebastien Bassong fires it in from the right-hand side of the area, as Jermain Defoe went in it appears to hit Jussi Jaaskelainen and fly into the Bolton net.

2036: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Bolton

2035: It should be 1-1 at Inter, but it isn't. It's Inter 1-0 Chelsea. Look, mistakes happen. I'm clearly not above making them. I'm only human.

2034: Half-time Stoke City 0-0 Manchester City

From Crumbs on 606: "The referee has had a solid game up until that point. Samuel made no attempt to play the ball and simply hacked down Kalou. Disappointing decision."

Half time
2031: Half-time Inter Milan 1-0 Chelsea
A strange old half, but a cracking one nevertheless. It almost defies belief that Chelsea are behind - save for the goal and a Samuel Eto'o chance, they've been miles on top. I'm still astonished that penalty wasn't given. Reeling, even.

2031: How on earth is that not a penalty? Salomon Kalou races into the Inter box down the right and as he prepares to pull the trigger, Walter Samuel treads all over the back of his legs. It's a 100% penalty, end of. But referee Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez, astonishingly, waves play on.

2029: Wesley Sneijder, who has been in stunning form recently, hits a pointless free-kick from 40 yards way over Petr Cech's crossbar.

2028: Approaching stoppage time in the San Siro. By crikey it's flown by, this one. Still Inter 1-0 Chelsea.

From fballpreviews on Twitter: "John Terry just isn't commanding as usual. Milito turned him too easily for the goal and Eto'o has escaped twice..."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Spurs goal: They've started well and from their first real chance, Tottenham take the lead. Luka Modric slips a pass in for Roman Pavlyuchenko on the edge of the penalty area and he's a bit lucky to get past Zat Knight before rolling a shot into the far corner. For goals per minutes on the pitch, he's doing OK, the Russian.

2023: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Bolton

2023: Maicon goes on one of those rampaging runs of his from right-back, but the Brazilian's touch at the crucial stage is a little heavy and Petr Cech races from his line to gather.

2021: Didier Drogba's rocket-like cross from the Chelsea right finds Salomon Kalou at the far post, but it came to him so quickly that the forward did well to direct his header only a couple of yards high and wide.

2020: Tottenham are dominating possession, but with Bolton defending in numbers they have struggled to find a way through so far. Spurs left-back Gareth Bale has looked promising on the overlap but the most notable attempt so far came against the run of play, when Bolton's Matt Taylor tested Heurelho Gomes at his near post.

2018: What a chance - for Inter. Chelsea fail to completely clear their lines and Wesley Sneijder fires over a low cross from the left that Samuel Eto'o mis-kicks with his left foot from eight yards. John Terry gave him too much space, you'd have to say.

2016: Gabby Agbonlahor has a decent chance at Villa, but after spinning his marker, the striker sees his shot well saved by Julian Speroni from 12 yards.

2015: We've had half an hour in the San Siro, and most of it has been dominated by Chelsea, who somehow find themselves losing 1-0 to Inter Milan. They are all over the Italian team, who cannot string two passes together.

From Gareth, Manchester, via text to 81111: "How is 3-1 a decent result away from home? Inter are more than capable of scoring at the Bridge."

2011: Some of you want to know why Inter Milan's brilliant Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar has two black eyes. Well, he was in a minor car crash on his way to training on Monday morning.

2008: Didier Drogba is in the mood, the striker volleying acrobatically wide from the edge of the box - prompting his former boss Jose Mourinho to go arm-waving crazy on the touchline. Inter are way, way too open. At Villa, John Carew's volley flies straight at Julian Speroni.

2006: Diego Milito is booked for taking a tumble inside the Chelsea box and let's be honest, it's a shocking dive. At Stoke, Craig Bellamy is clean through but Thomas Sorensen smothers his shot. All Man City so far.

From jealousmonk on 606: "Chelsea just need a couple of away goals. Doesn't really matter how many Inter score (unless it's a ridiculous number obviously). Losing 2-1, 3-2 or even 4-2 or 3-1 are decent results."

2003: Chelsea, like Manchester United last week, are getting themselves on top now. Michael Ballack slams a 25-yarder in and after it takes a slight deflection, Julio Cesar has to be alert to push it away.

2001: We're under way in the FA Cup in the Aston Villa v Crystal Palace and Tottenham v Bolton matches.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1959: Tell you what - that stayed hit. Didier Drogba canes a 30-yard free-kick with all his Ivorian might against the Inter crossbar with Julio Cesar struggling to get anywhere near it. Would have been a screamer.

From acmilandrew on Twitter: "Inter Milan have not lost a game in which Milito has scored."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Reading goal: Jimmy Kebe levels less than three minutes after West Brom's opener, following up after Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot was saved by Scott Carson.

1955: GOAL West Brom 1-1 Reading

1954: Javier Zanetti is a danger from anywhere on the pitch and, playing at left-back tonight, the Inter captain tries to play a one-two with fellow Argentine Diego Milito, but the ball just runs on ahead of him.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
WBA goal: First blood to the Baggies, who have been on top from the start. Luke Moore's shot is cleared off the line by a Reading defender, but Robert Koren follows up to net from close-range.

1951: GOAL West Brom 1-0 Reading

1950: What a start that is. Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live wonders if Inter have scored too early. Remember Milan last week?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Inter goal: Astonishing start. The hosts get the ball down for the first time and three passes strung together is enough to break the deadlock. Samuel Eto'o's pass is intended for Wesley Sneijder, but the Dutchman dummies it and it suddenly falls for Diego Milito inside the box on the left. He's one-on-one with John Terry and brilliantly shifts the ball inside the former England captain before drilling into the near corner past Petr Cech. Clinical.

1948: GOAL Inter Milan 1-0 Chelsea

1946: They're under way at West Brom as they take on Reading and at Stoke, who face Manchester City, both in FA Cup fifth round replays.

1946: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp names Roman Pavlyuchenko, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Sebastien Bassong and Luka Modric in his starting line-up as he looks to guide Spurs past Bolton and into the FA Cup quarter-finals at the second time of asking. Prioritising league commitments, Owen Coyle makes five changes to the Bolton side beaten at Ewood Park on Sunday, including a club debut for US international Stuart Holden. The sides drew 1-1 at the Reebok Stadium last time round.

1945: Close-up number one of Jose Mourinho, followed by close-up number one of Carlo Ancelotti on the former AC Milan coach's return to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. We're under way.

1943: To a cauldron of noise inside the intimidating San Siro stadium, the Inter Milan and Chelsea team emerge. We're moments from getting under way in Italy.

1942: Tottenham v Bolton line-ups:
Tottenham:
Gomes, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Bassong, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe.
Subs: Alnwick, Gudjohnsen, Kranjcar, Rose, Dervite, Kane, M'Poku.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel, Holden, Cohen, Muamba, Gardner, Taylor, Klasnic.
Subs: Al Habsi, Robinson, Elmander, Riga, Kevin Davies, Shittu, Lee.
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

1940: Tottenham v Bolton: The year doesn't end in a '1', but with Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal out, Spurs will fancy their chances of winning the FA Cup, though the winners will face a hugely tricky trip to Fulham in the quarter-finals. I wonder... 12 years on from making his debut in English football for Bolton, could Spurs forward Eidur Gudjohnsen help knock his former club out of the Cup?

1938: Stoke City, who face Man City for the third time in 12 days, pick Salif Diao and Liam Lawrence in place of Andy Wilkinson and Tuncay. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini includes Craig Bellamy in his starting line-up for the first time since reports of a training-ground 'disagreement'. Micah Richards and Nedum Onuoha are also included, as Vincent Kompany moves into midfield and Nigel de Jong drops to the bench.

From wolfinnotts on 606: "Re 1920: Well they aren't called Internazionale for nothing."

1934: West Brom bring in Luke Moore, Abdoulaye Meite and Simon Cox for Jonas Olsson, Chris Brunt and the Cup-tied Frank Nouble. For Reading, Zurab Khizanishvili, Brynjar Gunnarsson and Jem Karacan make way for Jay Tabb, skipper Ivar Ingimarrson and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

1932: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill, with one eye on the Carling Cup final on Sunday, makes four changes to the side that thrashed Burnley at the weekend. Brad Friedel, James Collins and Emile Heskey are rested, while Stiliyan Petrov is out with a virus. Brad Guzan, Luke Young, Fabian Delph and John Carew are back in. Crystal Palace welcome back midfielder Neil Danns, while Danny Butterfield is also passed fit to start as Clint Hill and Sean Scannell drop to the bench.

1927: West Brom v Reading line-ups:
West Brom:
Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite, Tamas, Mattock, Koren, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Cox, Bednar, Moore.
Subs: Kiely, Olsson, Cech, Brunt, Wood, Morrison, Slory.
Reading: Federici, Griffin, Ingimarsson, Mills, Bertrand, McAnuff, Tabb, Sigurdsson, Kebe, Howard, Church.
Subs: Hamer, Gunnarsson, Matejovsky, Henry, Robson-Kanu, Rasiak, Pearce.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

1925: Aston Villa v Crystal Palace:
Aston Villa:
Guzan, Luke Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Ashley Young, Milner, Delph, Downing, Carew, Agbonlahor.
Subs: Friedel, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Davies, Heskey, Beye, Collins.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Clyne, Davis, Lawrence, Butterfield, Carle, Derry, Ertl, Danns, Lee, Ambrose.
Subs: Manns, Hill, Scannell, Andrew, Djilali, Comley, N'Diaye.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

1921: Full-time CSKA Moscow 1-1 Sevilla

1920: Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us that only twice before in Champions League history has there been a fixture with fewer players from the nationalities of the two clubs involved. Only John Terry and Frank Lampard are domestic as Italian-less Inter take on Chelsea.

From JamesHorncastle on Twitter: "Discounting stoppages, Inter have played 180 minutes in numerical inferiority this season - two entire games."

1916: West Brom v Reading: Reading have not reached the FA Cup quarters for 83 years, but they haven't won at The Hawthorns since October 1995 when they triumphed 4-2 in a League Cup contest. Albion's priority is promotion from the Championship, but a last-eight tie against Aston Villa or Crystal Palace awaits the winners.

1913: It's still 1-1 in Moscow, with CSKA and Sevilla all-square at the Luzhniki Stadium. The Spanish team's keeper Andres Palop has just made a very, very smart save to deny Tomas Necid.

1912: Stoke v Man City line-ups:
Stoke:
Sorensen, Whitehead, Shawcross, Huth, Collins, Lawrence, Whelan, Diao, Delap, Sidibe, Fuller.
Subs: Simonsen, Beattie, Kitson, Pugh, Amdy Faye, Sanli, Davies.
Man City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Lescott, Bridge, Zabaleta, Ireland, Kompany, Barry, Bellamy, Adebayor.
Subs: Taylor, Wright-Phillips, Santa Cruz, Garrido, Sylvinho, De Jong, Boyata.
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

1910: Stoke v Man City: The Potters have never won the FA Cup - and if they are going to create history in 2010, they'll have to do it the hard way as the winners of this tie are due to play holders Chelsea in the quarter-finals on 7 March. Stoke are unbeaten this calendar year, while Man City have drawn their last three - including two 1-1 draws with Stoke. Penalties, anyone?

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Lawrenson: "I think Carlo Ancelotti feels that Joe Cole is still not up to speed, to be honest. He's hit a bit of a wall after coming back from injury and not quite recovered yet."

From fourfootedchallenge on 606: "I don't miss Jose... but then I'm a United fan, and we haven't half profited from him leaving."

From Sam, Sheffield, via text to 81111: "Anelka, Drogba, AND Kalou start? Is Ancelotti compensating for our lack of left-backs by aiming to outscore Inter at home...?"

1901: Inter Milan v Chelsea line-ups and subs:
Inter Milan:
Julio Cesar, Maicon, Samuel, Lucio, Zanetti, Stankovic, Cambiasso, Motta, Sneijder, Eto'o, Milito.
Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Quaresma, Muntari, Mariga, Pandev, Balotelli.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Malouda, Ballack, Mikel, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba, Kalou.
Subs: Hilario, Joe Cole, Sturridge, Alex, Belletti, Bruma, Borini.
Referee: Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain)

1900: Stevo's Predos:
Inter Milan 1-1 Chelsea
Aston Villa 3-1 Crystal Palace
Stoke 1-2 Man City
Tottenham 2-0 Bolton
West Brom 2-0 Reading

From Chris1018 on Twitter: "I'm not going to lie, when Jose left I cried. I'm not even a Chelsea fan, but Jose transcended all borders. God bless Jose!"

From NukeSpoon on Twitter: "I like you. I also like Mourinho. But you are making me want to gouge out my eyes. Please make it stop :("

1855: Goalflash: CSKA Moscow 1-1 Sevilla. The hosts are back on level terms in the Russian capital, with former Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez rifling a stunning 25-yard left-foot piledriver into the top corner of Andres Palop's net.

1854: Inter Milan make two changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Sampdoria. Lucio takes place of Ivan Cordoba in defence and Thiago Motta replaces Sulley Muntari in midfield. The most significant team news for Chelsea is indeed Florent Malouda switching to left-back in place of the injured Yuri Zhirkov. They make two changes from the side that won at Wolves with Ricardo Carvalho coming into the defence in the place of Paulo Ferreira, while Joe Cole is dropped to allow Salomon Kalou to start in a three-man attack.

1853: Jose Mourinho, however, is a man once more under pressure, with Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti every bit as desperate as his Chelsea counterpart to succeed in club football's biggest competition. Domestic success is almost a given, but Inter want this trophy too. They haven't won it since 1965, you know.

1851: But back to Jose. It is 891 days since Mourinho's last involvement with Chelsea as a 1-1 group stage Champions League draw with Rosenborg proved the final straw as he parted company with the Blues two days later. Today, the master manager wants to deprive Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich of the one thing he prizes above all others: the Champions League trophy.

From Moobabe on 606: "At least if Malouda is at left-back he'll have minimal effect on us going forward. Both he and Ballack have cruised through this season so far offering very little."

From Fernando Del Rio, via text to +44 7786200666: "I am skipping classes to watch this special night. Priorities demanded it. Actually, it is a Champions League afternoon here in Mexico City. Cheers."

1844: Inter team: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Zanetti, Samuel, Lucio, Cambiasso, Stankovic, Motta, Sneijder, Eto'o, Milito.

1843: Chelsea team: Cech, Ivanovic, Malouda, Terry, Carvalho, Mikel, Ballack, Lampard, Kalou, Anelka, Drogba.

1842: Rumours have abounded all day that Chelsea are going to play Florent Malouda at left-back tonight. With the marauding Maicon expected to start at right-back for Inter, that could be a major gamble from Carlo Ancelotti. Teams on the way.

1840: Brilliant Champions League footy aside, there are four FA Cup fifth round replays tonight as eight clubs go in search of a quarter-final berth. Here's what's what and when:
1945 GMT: Stoke v Man City
1945 GMT: West Brom v Reading
2000 GMT: Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
2000 GMT: Tottenham v Bolton

1837: But on this 'special' night (I'm allowed one, surely?), I'd love to hear from you. Here's how: if you're UK-based, hit me on 81111, but anywhere else in the world and the number becomes +44 7786200666; you can join in the fun on 606; and as always, missive me directly @Stevo_football on Twitter too.

1833: Anyway, more of the sextuple-named Portuguese all in good time. I wouldn't be doing my job (stop it) if I didn't tell you we are already under way this evening, with CSKA Moscow v Sevilla kicking off their Champions League last 16 first leg tie at 1730 GMT. Right now it's CSKA 0-1 Sevilla - and I'll very much keep you posted.

1830: Go on, admit it. You've missed him, haven't you? You've missed his charm, his Iberian good looks, his absolute belief in himself and his team. But most of all, you've missed his voracious appetite to say quite the most astonishing things.* This evening, English football says ciao once again to one of its greatest characters in recent times - Jose Mario dos Santos Felix Mourinho.

The many faces of Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho

* I meant I missed him. Was it obvious?



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24 Feb 2010 23:59 UK


see also
Wednesday's football photos
24 Feb 10 |  Football
FA Cup commentaries
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