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By Chris Bevan
2234: I'm afraid that's all we've got time for folks. It's been another entertaining evening, especially if you support Chelsea or Blackpool. The Blues get back to winning ways in Copenhagen, while Tottenham fans are probably still wondering quite how they lost at Bloomfield Road. Lyon, meanwhile remain unbeaten against Real Madrid. Join me again on Wednesday for more of the same: Marseille-Man Utd and Inter Milan-Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and Arsenal versus Stoke in the Premier League. Don't miss it. Cheerio.
FULL-TIME Blackpool 3-1 Tottenham Les Roopanarine reports: "Anyone anticipating an open game between two of the division's most enterprising and expansive teams will not have been disappointed. This game had everything - goals, a relentless flurry of goalmouth incident, a succession of last-ditch clearances, and at the end of it all a memorable victory for Ian Holloway's Premier League newcomers over the Champions League big boys."
FULL-TIME Lyon 1-1 Real Madrid David Ornsteinreports: "From villain to hero, Bafetimbi Gomis atones for missing a first-half sitter by burying a late equaliser to dash Real Madrid's hopes of ending their Lyon hoodoo. Karim Benzema thought he had made it a return to remember by scoring within seconds of coming off the bench against his former club - but Gomis ensured it's still all to play for going into the second leg at the Bernabeu on 16 March."
2222: Here's how our reporters saw the night's action...
kippaxthecat on Twitter:
"Re tom24hourmusic. 3 goals = 3 points for Blackpool. It doesn't matter how many the opposition miss!"
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp after seeing his beaten by Blackpool despite creating a host of chances: "I have never seen a team miss so many open goals in my life. We had chances from two, three, four yards out and we just couldn't score or hit defenders on the line. In the second half at 2-0 we had chance after chance after chance. Just one goal would have turned the game upside down, no doubt about it, but we just could not score. We missed about 10 open goals and defended badly."
From Swiss Scouser, via text: "Blackpool play entertaining football. We want to keep them in the Premier League. No-one should begrudge them a bit of luck!"
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway on his side's 3-1 win over Tottenham: "It was one of the best nights I can remember here. Hopefully that will give us a bit of belief, the boys have got great spirit and they deserved to win that after the way we lost to Manchester United after leading 2-0. What do you think we remembered after going 2-0 up tonight!? If you look at it chance by chance they outdid us by a long way but we dug in."
2204: Other things we have learned tonight are: 1) Blackpool can defend after all, albeit with a little bit of luck, and 2) Real Madrid really cannot beat Lyon. They will get another chance at the Bernabeu in a couple of weeks.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"All four Champions League goals tonight were scored by French players. French players have scored 37 goals this CL season, leading all other countries."
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti after his side's 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen at the Parken Stadium in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie: "It was a good result and good performance. The players worked hard and played good football but it is only the first half. In this competition we are focused because we want to do well. Fernando Torres did very well because the key to the game was the work of the strikers."
2158: All in, all, not a bad night's work for Chelsea. Fernando Torres still hasn't got off the mark for the Blues but they have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals after a comfortable win in Copenhagen. On top of that, Spurs are beaten at Bloomfield Road meaning that, although they are still two points above the Blues in fourth place in the Premier League, Carlo Ancelotti's men will go above them if they win their game in hand.
Samsonite2010 on Twitter:
"Spurs have been poor, but still dominated possession and shots on goal. Blackpool have been so lucky, they don't deserve it."
From Jamie B, via text: "A night for Spurs that sums up exactly why they can't push on from finishing fourth last season. Plenty of good strikers but no great ones. Every team above them has a world-class finisher."
2152: FULL-TIME Blackpool 3-1 Tottenham
Tottenham goal: I was just writing how staggering it is that Blackpool had kept a clean sheet when this happened. With seconds to go, Roman Pavluchenko's 25-yard shot takes a huge deflection off Craig Cathcart, loops over the helpless Richard Kingson and into the net. The points are still safe for the Seasiders, though.
2151: GOALFLASH Blackpool 3-1 Tottenham (Pavlyuchenko)
2149: Many of the Spurs fans who were at Bloomfield Road have already left to start the long journey down south. They miss a rash tackle by Charlie Adam on Michael Dawson the edge of the Tottenham area after the Scot's control had let him down. Adam is shown a yellow card and he will now miss Blackpool's games against Wolves and Chelsea. No need for that at this stage.
From anon via text: "Spurs fans have come to expect a comeback every time they go a goal or two down but it's not going to plan tonight... "
Football League Macca:
"QPR have left it late but they look like ending Ipswich's fine run as Clint Hill and Heidar Helguson give them a 2-0 lead. Still going on there, as it is at Forest where it 1-1 between them and Preston. Brighton have completed a 4-0 win over Plymouth and Cheltenham rescued a point with a late leveller against Torquay."
2145: Niko Kranjcar has come to Tottenham's rescue a couple of times in recent weeks, with some special strikes too. Not this time, though. He opts to go for goal from the corner of the area, despite having Peter Crouch demanding the ball at the far post.
AdZY16 on Twitter:
"How do you manage to beat AC Milan one week and then get destroyed by Blackpool the next?"
randomgirlfi on Twitter:
"Brett Ormerod finally becomes the first player to score for Blackpool in all 4 divisions. No one deserves it more."
Blackpool goal: I'm not sure what this game is going to throw at us next. Matt Phillips surges forward and gets inside the Spurs box before being hustled off the ball by Benoit Assou-Ekotto... who fails to spot Brett Ormerod following up. Ormerod beats Heurelho Gomes with a precise low shot, for his first Premier League goal for seven years. Surely there is no way back for Spurs now? We are inside the last 10 minutes.
2137: FULL-TIME FC Copenhagen 0-2 Chelsea
2136: GOALFLASH Blackpool 3-0 Tottenham (Ormerod)
2136: Blackpool are defending for their lives now, and have about eight men in their own area to clear when Luka Modric sends over a low cross from the same flank. Tottenham persevere, though, and Jermain Jenas bends in a high cross from the same flank in the direction of Peter Crouch. Craig Cathcart does just enough to put him off.
2135: FULL-TIME Lyon 1-1 Real Madrid
Football League Macca:
"Leeds and Barnsley are having a right old hoot of a game at Elland Road. The Tykes' Kieran Trippier has made it 3-3 now. Swansea are in front at Cov now - they could be moving up to second. Doncaster have made it 1-1 at Norwich in a game they wanted postponed because of a lack of players. In L2's thriller Accrington have gone 3-2 in front against Crewe."
2134: It's all happening at Bloomfield Road, where there is just over 15 minutes to go. Meanwhile, it's all gone very quiet in Copenhagen. The 90 minutes are up, and Chelsea will have to see out three minutes of stoppage time to complete a very successful first leg.
2132: Again, how did Tottenham not score? Jermain Defoe clips Luka Modric clear inside the box and he lifts the ball over Richard Kingson. His shot is bouncing in but Alex Baptiste is back to hoof clear, for the second time tonight. Spurs might have had a penalty there instead, because Kingson caught Modric, but they still trail 2-0. Peter Crouch has just come on to try to change all that.
2130: I am not sure how the Blackpool goal has survived tonight. Aaron Lennon is creating havoc at the moment and his cross is met by Roman Pavlyuchenko's back-post header, only for Richard Kingson to stick out his right hand to parry, brilliantly, then recover the loose ball before Jermain Defoe can slide in to knock it over the line.
Lyon goal: Maybe Real will never beat Lyon after all. A free-kick from the right is headed back across goal by Cris for Bafetimbi Gomis to meet the dropping ball with a first-time shot past Iker Casillas. All-square at Stade Gerland with less than four minutes to go.
Football League Macca:
"It's Leeds's turn to poke their noses in front at Elland Road as Max Gradel puts 3-2 ahead against Barnsley. Paul Konchesky has got Forest back to 1-1 as Preston's resistance finally resisted. Reading now 2-1 ahead against Millwall and Bristol C are doing likewise at Watford. Pompey lead 1-0 against Palace, as do Hull at Derby. It remains goalless at QPR-Ipswich and Cov-Swansea. Lower down, Daggers have pegged back Huddersfield and Wycombe have a fourth against Burton."
2125: GOALFLASH FC Lyon 1-1 Real Madrid (Gomis)
2125: Just 10 minutes left now and credit to Copenhagen, they have not given up. Martin Vingaard tees up Claudemir, who shoots straight at Petr Cech.
2122: More pressure by Spurs. Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko both fire inviting balls across the face of the Blackpool goal. Jermaine Jenas cannot quite turn in the first, and there is no-one on hand to meet the second.
2119: As Spurs raise the tempo at Bloomfield Road, Roman Pavlyuchenko really should have pulled one back for Harry Redknapp's side. Instead, the Russian's tame header from the edge of the six-yard box, set up by Aaron Lennon's excellent cross, was comfortably saved by keeper Richard Kingson.
2118: ... and, no sooner than Drogba runs on, Fernando Torres has another chance. He is first to the ball in a crowded area and his shot beats Johan Wiland, but it is going wide and Pierre Bengtsson hacks clear anyway.
2117: No hat-trick for Nicolas Anelka tonight. Here comes Didier Drogba...
2116: A fair few Tottenham fans seem to think DJ Campbell was offside when he scored Blackpool's second goal. The TV replay I saw didn't really clear it up. A fair few less Tottenham fans reckon Jermain Defoe's chip was over the line when Craig Cathcart headed clear. No chance of that, sorry.
2115: With 20 minutes to go, Chelsea still lead 2-0 and look comfortable, while the Danes are getting more and more frustrated. Zdenek Pospech fells Fernando Torres and gets a yellow card that means he will miss the second leg. Frank Lampard, wastefully, fires the resulting free-kick wide.
2110: A big shout (by the home fans) for a Copenhagen penalty when Jesper Gronkjaer goes down inside the box. Branislav Ivanovic was nearest him but any contact was minimal. Gronkjaer was offside anyway.
Real Madrid goal: Could the Lyon jinx be about to end? Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo link up well before releasing Karim Benzema, who had come off the bench to replace the ineffective Emmanuel Adebayor seconds earlier. The former Lyon striker still has work to do but runs across goal before beating Hugo Lloris with a low shot.
2107: GOALFLASH FC Lyon 0-1 Real Madrid (Benzema)
2105: I don't think Steven Pienaar is wearing his shooting boots tonight. He meets Aaron Lennon's cross on the edge of the six-yard box but skews his effort wide under pressure from Neil Eardley. Spurs cannot afford to waste many more chances like that.
2104: Back under way at Bloomfield Road. Spurs have made a change, with Jermaine Jenas on for Wilson Palacios
2103: They've already got two away goals to take back to Stamford Bridge - all Chelsea fans want now is a first Fernando Torres goal... and he is getting closer. The Spaniard cuts inside two Copenhagen defenders inside the box but his low shot is kept out by Johan Wiland, diving to his right. Half-an-hour left for Torres to find the net.
ZiggyStardust77 on Twitter:
"Blackpool aren't good value for their lead! second goal was offside, Cathcart handled in the box plus two cleared off the line!"
Football League Macca:
"Cardiff have a bit of breathing space as they go 2-0 up at home to Leicester. Aaron Ramsey got the goal. Barnsley are not going away just yet, Matthew Hill the scorer as they start the second half much like the first - 2-2 now away to Leeds, who have now had Bradley Johnson sent off. Game on. Not a great week for Plymouth and they fans, they trail 3-0 at Brighton. Not great times for Micky Adams either as his Sheff Utd side go from 2-0 up to 3-2 now at Scunny, who will go above the Blades with a win."
Chelsea goal: All this talk of Fernando Torres and Fernando Torres, and it is Nicolas Anelka who is getting all the glory. Chelsea have not created much in this second half, but they have breathing space now. Frank Lampard slips Anelka clear and, from the edge of the box, he beats Johan Wiland with a low diagonal shot into the bottom corner. Lethal stuff.
2057: GOALFLASH FC Copenhagen 0-2 Chelsea (Anelka)
2056: Copenhagen have been looking very lively since the restart. They had a shout for a penalty turned down when Dame N'Doye went down very cheaply (again) in the box under Branislav Ivanovic's challenge. Then the ball breaks for Martin Vingaard to try and bend a first-time shot past Petr Cech from the edge of the area, but he curls it straight at the Chelsea keeper.
2053: Action, and lots of it, in Lyon. Real Madrid twice go within an inch of breaking the deadlock at Stade Gerland. Cristiano Ronaldo whips in one of those trademark dipping free-kicks from a tight angle and it cannons back off the post. Moments later, Sergio Ramos, who almost got his head on that thunderous Ronaldo effort, meets a corner with a glancing header that comes back off the bar. So close, but no cigar.
HALF-TIME Blackpool 2-0 Tottenham Les Roopanarine's HT snapshot: "They've ridden their luck at times but, after an absorbing 45 minutes at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool are thoroughly good value for their 2-0 lead against Tottenham, having worked like Trojans to protect the early advantage gained courtesy of Charlie Adam's penalty and then stretched their lead with a thrillingly incisive counter-attack."
2049: And the second half has started in Copenhagen too. Martin Vingaard is on for the home side, replacing Cesar Santin, and he immediately has a shot from 25 yards out... forcing Petr Cech into a scrambling low save.
2047: We are back under way in Lyon, just as an entertaining first half ends at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool had just been on another break forward too, following more pressure by Spurs.
Blackpool goal: Amazing scenes at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool are getting battered but they have just scored a glorious second goal. A swift break sees DJ Campbell bring the ball forward before the impressive Sergei Kornilenko frees James Beattie inside the box with a delightful backheel. Beattie's whipped cross finds Campbell running in to slot home at the far post, and he makes no mistake. A superb counter-attacking goal.
2045: GOALFLASH Blackpool 2-0 Tottenham (Campbell)
2043: Blackpool survive by the skin of their teeth, again. Richard Kingson cannot deal with a cross to his back post and the ball is cut back to Jermain Defoe, whose shot beats the keeper but is cleared off the line by Alex Baptiste.
Football League Macca:
"Things aren't getting any easier for Sheff Utd boss Micky Adams. His side, without a win in his first 10 games, have been pegged back to 2-2 by Scunny. Brighton are two up against Plymouth now, Wycombe have a third against Burton and Stevenage a second at promo hopefuls Port Vale."
From anon via text: "If Copenhagen back off anymore they'll be in the crowd! Will Torres and Anelka get the space to link up as well in the Prem???"
2041: Meant to tell you that, around the same time Blackpool were scoring against Spurs, Fernando Torres was getting booked for Chelsea. He had up-ended Cristian Bolanos. Who fancies Torres to get a goal in the second-half to go with his yellow card?
OptaJoe on Twitter:
"20 - Tottenham have recouped 20 points from losing positions this season, more than any other team in the Premier League. Trailing."
HALF-TIME Lyon 0-0 Real Madrid David Ornstein's
HT snapshot: "As cagey halves of football go, this one was right up there. Lyon got off to a bright start but failed to make their superiority count. Real eventually settled but lacked any cutting edge in the final third. Safety first from both sides so far."
HALF-TIME FC Copenhagen 0-1 Chelsea Mandeep Sanghera's
HT snapshot: "The only problem with Chelsea is that they haven't taken the chances to build on their 1-0 lead as they dominate a lacklustre Copenhagen side."
2034: Fantastic defending by Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart. Spurs break forward and Jermain Defoe runs into the box before clipping the ball over Richard Kingson. The ball is set to drop under the bar but Cathcart somehow gets back and, on his own line, heads clear. The Seasiders still lead 1-0.
2032: And the half-time whistle goes at Parken Stadium too. On BBC Radio 5 live, former England boss Graham Taylor is impressed with Carlo Ancelotti's side: "Chelsea have simplified their tactics and are keeping the ball moving nicely. Over two legs, I cannot see anything other than a Chelsea win.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Charlie Adam has now played a part in 6 of Blackpool's last 9 PL goals, scoring 4 of them and providing an assist on another 2."
2031: It's half-time in Lyon. Just one minute of added time to be played in Copenhagen.
2030: A chance for Tottenham, and almost a bizarre equaliser. Steven Pienaar has not been shy to have a pop so far tonight, with very little success in terms of finding the target, but he almost scores without shooting here. Charlie Adam blasts the ball against him as he tries to clear his lines inside the box, and the ball ricochets an inch or two over the Blackpool bar.
Football League Macca:
"Things not looking so hot for the South Yorkshire strugglers now as Leeds go 2-1 in front against Barnsley and Scunny pull one back against Sheff Utd. The Blades are still ahead 2-1, but a long way to go yet."
2026: It's breathless stuff at Parken Stadium. Chelsea and Copenhagen are attacking at every opportunity and don't seem to mind leaving big gaps at the back. Only some poor passing in the final third has stopped us from seeing more chances.
2024: At last, Real Madrid have upped the tempo, but Lyon are now playing on the counter-attack - and they have squandered a glorious chance to take the lead. Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas comes out to gather a Michel Bastos cross from the left but manages to spill it at the feet of Bafetimbi Gomis, but the Lyon striker fires over the bar when he really should have scored. A big waste, that.
Football League Macca:
"Preston are winning at Forest. I repeat, Preston are winning at Forest. Barry Nicholson the scorer in what would be a coupon-buster if ever there was one. More predictably, Norwich are beating Doncaster, L1 front-runners Brighton are in front against Plymouth, Huddersfield are 1-0 up at Daggers and Wycombe have a second against Burton."
2022: The chances keep coming for Chelsea, but only one goal for Carlo Ancelotti's men so far. Nicolas Anelka is through on goal but fails to connect with an angled shot which Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland gratefully gathers.
Blackpool goal: No doubt about the penalty, awarded after Sebastien Bassong clumsily barges DJ Campbell over in the box. No doubt about the penalty either, Charlie Adam - who almost joined Spurs in January - steps up and clinically despatches it past Heurelho Gomes with that trusty left foot of his.
2019: GOALFLASH Blackpool 1-0 Tottenham (Adam pen)
2018: PENALTY to Blackpool
2017: We know Cristiano Ronaldo can take a free-kick don't we. He lets fly from about 30 yards and the ball is fizzing goalwards until Hugo Lloris gets across to it.
2015: It looks like Fernando Torres is going to get plenty of chances to break his Chelsea duck tonight. A neat build-up ends with the ball being slipped through, but he cannot quite get the ball out of his feet and Zanka is across to cover.
2014: Cesar Delgado wants a penalty for Lyon after he tangles with Sergio Ramos at the end of mazy run. The crowd do too - they are going crazy. Referee Wolfgang Stark says no.
Football League Macca:
"Cardiff have broken the deadlock in their near-the-top-of-the-table clash with rejuvenated Leicester, Michael Chopra the scorer. Reading have an early lead against Millwall, Watford are ahead against lowly Bristol City and Leeds have levelled against Barnsley through Luciano Becchio. L2 leaders Chesterfield are in front at Bradford."
2013: Real Madrid were one of the most impressive teams in the group stage - emerging with an unrivalled 16 points - but they've shown precious little of that form so far at Stade Gerland. Dominating both possession and territory, Lyon look far more likely to open the scoring as their opponents struggle to keep hold of the ball. The hosts are doubling up on both Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil and it's working. Jose Mourinho's side need to settle, and quickly.
2012: News from Bloomfield Road. Ian Evatt has headed wide for Blackpool from a free-kick, while Tottenham have not managed much of note at the other end. In fact, when Luka Modric tried a clever backheel in the Seasiders area, Charlie Adam collected it and skipped forward, beating three players... but could not quite find DJ Campbell with his attempted through-ball.
2009: This game is wide open now, and Chelsea are looking to exploit it. Some fancy footwork by Fernando Torres sees him bamboozle Janka but he cannot get the better of Johan Wiland, who again was off his line.
2006: A big call for referee Bjorn Kuipers, and I think he gets it right. Copenhagen immediately go on the attack and Dame N'Doye puts the ball past John Terry before going to ground as he looks to run round him. At first glance, Terry looks in trouble but replays show N'Doye was looking for the foul, big-time. Naughty, but he didn't get away with it.
Chelsea goal: Jesper Gronkjaer's first assist for Chelsea since 2004. A misplaced pass sees the FC Copenhagen winger gives the ball to Nicolas Anelka on the right and Anelka makes straight for goal before burying an unstoppable low shot past Johan Wiland. Has Chelsea's luck finally turned?
2003: GOALFLASH FC Copenhagen 0-1 Chelsea (Anelka)
Football League Macca:
"It's been a good start for a couple of South Yorkshire strugglers: Barnsley took the lead after 93 seconds away to Leeds, while Sheff Utd have gone one better and grabbed two in the opening minutes. In L1, Georgie Boyd has put Peterboro ahead at home to Colchester."
2001: Tonight's sole Premier League game, between Blackpool and Spurs, has just started.
2000: Ha, as soon as I write that, Copenhagen mount a lightening raid down the right wing that ends with Zdenek Pospech having a snap-shot blocked by John Terry. Chelsea were opened up a bit there, just for a minute.
1959: This is a promising start for Chelsea, who are seeing plenty of the ball and are having a few sniffs of goal too. This time, Nicolas Anelka latches on to a Fernando Torres pass but his shot from a tightish angle is deflected wide.
1957: Another dangerous attack by Lyon. Yoann Gourcuff's free-kick is cleared but Cesar Delgado quickly pumps the ball back into the box and Cris is just off target with an overhead kick. I think Iker Casillas had it covered anyway.
1955: Copenhagen's first effort on goal... but it isn't a good one. Cesar Santin, one of several Brazilians in the Danish side's line-up, has a go from distance but the ball bounces harmlessly wide.
1952: Zanka blocks off Fernando Torres as he attempts to chase a ball over the top. That's a booking, and a free-kick. It is hoisted into the box and only half-cleared before falling for Torres in space to the right of goal. It's a real shooting chance but his first touch is too heavy and Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland is quickly off his line to block.
1951: Lyon have started strongly against Real Madrid, who have not managed an attack of note yet and have had quite a bit of defending to do. Jose Mourinho is making lots of notes on the touchline.
1950: Chelsea counter-attack quickly when Nicolas Anelka finds Ramires and, although the move breaks down, the ball still breaks for Frank Lampard to have a pop with a volley of his own, from 30 yards out. He gets his head over it this time, but skews it off target.
1948: Fernando Torres picks up the ball and embarks on a run that takes him crossfield and into the right-hand corner of the pitch. He sends over a decent looping cross at the end of it, but Florent Malouda skies his volley hopelessly over the bar.
1946: And in Copenhagen too.
BLACKPOOL v TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS Les Roopanarine reports: "Belarus international Sergey Kornilenko makes his Blackpool debut tonight, slotting into a three-man attack which also includes James Beattie. In two further changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Aston Villa last time out, midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre comes in for the injured Elliot Grandin and Neal Eardley returns in defence. Tottenham welcome back Luka Modric from injury, and the Croatia international will be joined in midfield by Wilson Palacios and Aaron Lennon. In the only other change to the side that won 2-1 at Sunderland, Sebastien Bassong slots into defence, where injury problems mean William Gallas will feature at right-back."
1945: We are under way at Stade Gerland in Lyon.
1944: Time for our favourite anthem...
1943: The Parken Stadium is a sold-out sea of blue and white, and the home sides have unfolded some huge flags showing mugshots of their players. Looks a cracking atmosphere too, if a little bit chilly.
1942: The players are in the tunnel at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, where the roof is open. Give this page a manual refresh and (if you are in the UK), you can watch Midweek Final Score.
From Paddy via text: "Re 1917. It was a classic! If I remember rightly Vialli scored off his backside! I'd take a similar debut goal for Torres tonight!"
wilftex on Twitter:
"Forget Chelsea and Real Madrid! Leicester attempting to continue their great run against Cardiff is the biggest game tonight!"
FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken on his side's long lay-off from competitive action: "Since 10 January, we have been preparing for this game and this game only. Maybe we haven't had the opposition we've needed to be at our best level but the players are in good shape and confident. Some of my players are so daft that they think they're a better side than Chelsea. Maybe I should be talking them down a bit. Some have only lost one or two games playing in this side, so they think it's easy. Confidence is very high in the team."
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti on his decision to leave Didier Drogba on the bench tonight: "Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres are fresh and that is the reason I want to start with Didier on the bench. It is an important competition for us and we have a lot of motivation to do well as we are not doing well in the league and have been knocked out of the FA Cup."
Football League Macca:
"Quick update - Brentford v Tranmere has been delayed by 15 minutes because of an accident near the ground. The game will now kick-off at 2000 GMT."
1931: I've only been to Copenhagen once, this time last year for a
spot of cycling.
Lovely place - expensive beer but efficient trains. I didn't get much time to do any sightseeing, not that I could have seen its number one tourist attraction anyway - the statue of The Little Mermaid was
flown to China the day I arrived.
I didn't even get to see the rock she usually sits on, either. Just my luck, that. I'm going to Paris in a couple of months, so I'm expecting something similar to happen there...
LYON v REAL MADRID TEAM NEWS David Ornstein reports:
"Hosts Lyon make one change from Friday's 4-0 victory over Nancy as first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris returns in place of Remi Vercoutre. The loss of star striker Lisandro Lopez to a hamstring injury in training last Thursday means Bafetimbi Gomis starts up front on his own, with Michel Bastos, Cesar Delgado and Yoann Gourcuff in support. Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho makes six changes following Saturday's 2-0 win against Levante - Iker Casillas, Pepe, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, Mesut Ozil and Emmanuel Adebayor all start as Kaka and former Lyon striker Karim Benzema drop to the bench. Cristiano Ronaldo and Ozil will support Adebayor in attack."
antoevil on Twitter:
"Same old script (in Lyon) - even the Special One is no match for the jinx that haunts Real Madrid."
Football League Macca:
"In League One we have a top v bottom clash between Brighton and Plymouth, who were handed a 10-point penalty this week. The play-off picture is looking tighter than tight, so the battle between promotion hopefuls MK Dons and Oldham looks like being one to watch. In L2, Chesterfield could take advantage of Shrewsbury and Rotherham having the night off by opening up an 11-point lead."
1923: One thing Chelsea have been surprisingly short of recently is goals. In the three games since Fernando Torres became eligible to play for Chelsea, he and his new team-mates have failed to score in normal time. They do not start together tonight, but will Torres and Didier Drogba ever work as a strike partnership?
Ex-Blues winger Pat Nevin thinks not:
"They both want to play on the opposition backline and they both can't do that because they would kill each other's space."
Les Roopanarine reports: "Two points above the Premier League relegation zone, six games without victory, and only four points banked from the last 27 - it all adds up to a year to forget for Blackpool so far. Could that change tonight? With six of the Seasiders' next nine league games at Bloomfield Road, where they have struggled to win, manager Ian Holloway will certainly hope so. But a Tottenham side eyeing a fourth consecutive victory - not to mention a place in the last eight of the Champions League - promises to pose a substantial hurdle."
Football League Macca:
"Just to round off your Tuesday evening enjoyment, we have 27 midweek Football League games. Goals and drama are 110% guaranteed. The top seven are all in action in the Championship, including Cardiff (4th) hosting Leicester (7th). Just three points separate the Foxes and Forest in second place. Forest host lowly Preston, leaders QPR face in-form Ipswich and Norwich play a Doncaster side who are struggling to field a fit XI."
1917: It's a bit nippy in Copenhagen tonight, to say the very least. Temperatures have been sub-zero all day and it was snowing earlier. The run of luck he is on, all Carlo Ancelotti needs now is a blizzard. Does anyone else remember Chelsea
playing in a snowstorm against Tromso of Norway
on their way to winning the (now defunct) European Cup Winners Cup in 1998? I was watching on TV well, trying to. You couldn't see an awful lot.
FC COPENHAGEN v CHELSEA TEAM NEWS Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"Chelsea strikers Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka return to the starting line-up as Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti makes four changes from the side which were knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton last Saturday. Right-back Jose Bosingwa and midfielder Michael Essien also start with Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Paulo Ferreira and John Mikel Obi dropping to the bench. FC Copenhagen's side includes former Chelsea winger Jesper Gronkjaer."
From anonymous FC Copenhagen fan via text: "I'm a lone Dane stuck at work in London following on the BBC, with my entire office against me! Come FC Copenhagen! Danish Destroyers!"
LYON v REAL MADRID (1945 GMT) David Ornstein reports:
"They may be the
world's richest club
and lay claim to more European Cups than anyone else, but Real Madrid have yet to conquer Lyon. The Spanish giants are without a victory in six previous meetings and were beaten on their three visits to Stade Gerland. They've also lost at this stage in each of the last six seasons and were
eliminated by Claude Puel's men in 2010.
No wonder Real coach Jose Mourinho says "history doesn't count for anything in this kind of match"."
1903: There's a chance they might be rusty but we won't be writing Stale Solbakken's boys off just yet, will we? They are 19 points clear at the top of the Superliga and have never lost at home in the Champions League. They've been up against some decent sides too,
beating Manchester United 1-0 in November 2006
and deservedly drawing with Barcelona in the group stages this season.
FC COPENHAGEN v CHELSEA (1945 GMT) Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has warned against writing his faltering side off this season and Blues skipper John Terry says the club's players are behind their under pressure manager. So can Chelsea match their words with actions against an FC Copenhagen outfit in the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time. The Danish champions have not played a competitive fixture since 7 December because of their league's winter break but they are unbeaten in five home games, winning four, in European competition."
1858: Plenty to talk about then, so what are you waiting for? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
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1855: That's not all we have got in store for us this evening, though. Far from it. Our other Champions League tie sees Jose Mourinho try to end the strange hold Lyon have over Real Madrid, who have never beaten the French side in six meetings and were eliminated by them last season. There's also one Premier League game between Blackpool and Tottenham, and a whole host of action in the Football League too.
1853: BREAKING CHELSEA TEAM NEWS: Fernando Torres starts up front for Chelsea, Didier Drogba is on the bench.
1851: Yep, Chelsea are in Copenhagen tonight for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash with the Danish Superliga champions, where they will be trying to keep their European dream alive, at least.
1847: First he did the double, now he's in big trouble Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea are out of the FA Cup and outsiders in the Premier League title race. Their season is turning into a horror story, so where better to try to turn things round than a city
where fairytales are written...
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