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By Tom Rostance
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2212: Well that's about your lot from me this evening. Manchester City may have come a long way in the last 13 years but there is still more work to be done to challenge the very best in Europe, while for Manchester United a point in Benfica while resting most of their first choice XI has to go down as a top result. Log back in tomorrow night when Chris Bevan will be back to guide you through the Europa League action. Goodnight.

2201: Massive result for Turkish side Trabzonspor tonight, winning at 2010 champions Inter Milan. The Turks are only in the cup because Fenerbahce were thrown out.

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Anonymous on text: "Re 2136. You may have gone through a few seasons with Huddersfield, but I take it we are still unbeaten..?"

I'd be lying if I said the Terriers had gone unbeaten, but you're in the Championship with Dale Jennings and Lee Novak ripping it up. Happy with that?

Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler: "One point is a great point for us. We defended very well and looked to hit them on the counter attack. This group is very tough and all four teams can beat each other."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "We lost a stupid ball for the goal and Napoli were very dangerous on the counter attack. We know the Champions League is difficult but we started well and now we must win in Munich in our next game."

Full time
FULL-TIME Man City 1-1 Napoli
Chris Bevan reports from the Etihad Stadium: "Huge learning curve for Man City on their Champions League debut. Roberto Mancini will be happy to take a point after going a goal down but he will know they have some tough tests ahead."

2149: A late goal we missed in the chaos there as Bayern added a second in their win at Villarreal through Marcio Rafinha. The German giants top City's group.

2148: Lots of you texting in about Anthony 'Tony' Coleman, apparently the big man is now living in Australia. Good luck to him.

Sir Alex Ferguson is not happy when asked if Anders Lindegaard has put himself in the frame to start against Chelsea: "David de Gea will play on Sunday. That was the understanding we had before the game. I don't know why you ask these questions. You are just looking for stupid, little things."

GOALFLASH Lille 2 CSKA Moscow 2 (Seydou Doumbia)

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany: "It was more open then we would have liked but it is a good point for us. It was a special occasion and we played against a very good Napoli side."

Full time
FULL-TIME Benfica 1-1 Man Utd
Arindam Rej reports: "Watch out David de Gea, you have serious competition. Anders Lindegaard read the game well and made some important saves. United will accept a point from an unconvincing display."

2136: So a point apiece for both Manchester sides on an interesting night of European football. City will be disappointed not to win at home but it could have been a lot worse against a dangerous counter-attacking side, while United had Anders Lindegaard to thank for a draw in Lisbon.

FULL-TIME Manchester City 1 Napoli 1

FULL-TIME Benfica 1 Manchester United 1

Pedro on text: "Fans of championship manager are probably spending their time now playing football manager. Where Aimar is still very handy. It's all about Mateo Kovacic now though!"

Very much news to me that Pedro. Can he do a job for Huddersfield in 2015/16 season though? I'll do some research

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Sizz from North Shields via text: "Could this possibly be the fewest amount of goals scored in a CL gameweek since it started? Now I've said that I bet they start flying in!"

2131: United hanging on for a point in Portugal, or maybe just counting down for a traditional stoppage-time winner. First Nolito shoots wide from six yards before goalscorer Oscar Cardozo tries a silly effort from halfway.

2129: Vincent Kompany has a nightmare on the touchline as he tries to pass his way out of trouble instead of putting the ball out. "Play percentages" as Alan Hansen would say. Joe Hart helps him out by making the challenge.

GOALFLASH Basle 2 (Alexander Frei Pen) Otelul Galati 1
GOALFLASH: Inter Milan 0 Trabzonspor 1 (Ondrej Celustka)

2125: Pub quiz fans, listen up. That was Man City's first European Cup goal in 43 years since Anthony Coleman scored the opening goal in City's 2-1 defeat at Fenerbahçe in the first round of the 1968/1969 competition. If you know Anthony Coleman, let us know what he's doing now. I reckon he owns a pub in Cheshire...

Twitter
Northern_Goblin on Twitter: "Anders Lindegaard has been nothing short of stunning tonight. Hoping this rivalry of goalkeepers motivates both him and De Gea."

2122: Adam Johnson came on for City just after the goal and has an instant impact. First he wriggles in to the area and finds Edin Dzeko, the striker should lay the ball back to David Silva but instead turns and fires wide. Johnson then comes onto his left foot and thumps a shot at Morgan De Sanctis. Meanwhile in Portugal the dangerous Nicolas Gaitan has seen another shot well saved by Anders Lindegaard, who is having something of a stormer.

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Etihad Stadium: Panic over, at a relieved and now very noisy Etihad Stadium. City fans were beginning to think it was going to be one of those nights. Now they are roaring their side on for the winner. They'd better be careful though…

GOALFLASH: Lille 2 CSKA Moscow 1 (Seydou Doumbia)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2117: No need to mope about Aguero hitting the crosbar as City level moments later. Kolarov lines up a free-kick 25 yards from goal and sends a perfect shot over the wall and into the top corner. Just a perfect hit from teh left-back, who broke his nose in the first half apparently. Roberto Mancini doesn't allow him too much time to enjoy the moment as he replaces him instantly with Gael Clichy.

GOALFLASH MANCHESTER CITY 1 NAPOLI 1 (Aleksandar Kolarov)

Someone has struck the woodwork
2115: Woodwork AGAIN for Manchester City. Simple move, Samir Nasri clips in a lovely low cross and Sergio Aguero guides it onto the face of the crossbar. Fine effort.

2113: How will City react to that then? Surely Tevez must come on, though you feel Nigel de Jong has been missed in the engine room tonight. He would have stopped that one getting through. Changes for United though as Nani comes on for Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez is on for Darren Fletcher.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2111: Goal for Napoli, and it's been coming. Another lightning breakaway leaves City reeling. City lose the ball in midfield and Christian Maggio sprints up the pitch before feeding a perfect through ball for Cavani to calmly thread the shot between Joe Hart's legs. Classy goal.

GOALFLASH MANCHESTER CITY 0 NAPOLI 1 (Edinson Cavani)

2108: Let-offs for both Manchester clubs in the space of a few seconds. First Pablo Zabaleta makes a flying block to deny Marek Hamsik at the Etihad, and then Anders Lindegaard produces a strong save to keep out Nolito's drive. In answer to my own question, both sides would be very happy with a point at the moment.

2107: Brilliant from the robotic Ryan Giggs again. A mazy dribble through two challenges and he looks set to notch another classic, but Benfica keeper Artur makes a smart save with his feet. Still no sign of Dimitar Berbatov warming up.

Arindam Rej reports: Man United are keeping possession more efficiently so far in the second half and pain-in-the-neck Aimar has been quietened down. Park is starting to give Maxi Pereira problems and the visitors are looking more likely to unlock Benfica than they were during their disappointing first-half effort.

2102: Is it time for Carlos Tevez here? City struggling to find top gear with David Silva quiet for the last 15 minutes or so.

GOALFLASH: Basle 1 Otelul Galati 1 (Marius Pena)

GOALFLASH: Lille 2 (Benoit Pedretti) CSKA Moscow 0

2059: Danger for United. Pablo Aimar - who fans of Championship Manager will recall was just brilliant circa 1998 - makes a smart run through the middle and drills a shot narrowly wide.

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Etihad Stadium: "If Man City fans thought this second half was just about their side breaking down a resilient Napoli side, they were wrong. The Italians are defending well but are also intelligent coming forward and, but for Vincent Kompany's superb block from that Marek Hamsik volley, they would now be protecting a lead too. This game is still in the balance."

GOALFLASH: Dinamo Zagreb 0 Real Madrid 1 (Angel Di Maria)

2055: Oh Joleon Lescott, hang your head in shame. Free header from six yards out and the former Everton man blazes over. "At this level, you have to take chances like that" muses Ray Wilkins. He's not wrong. Better from City though. United meanwhile are on the back foot.

2052: Vincent Kompany - Captain to the rescue. Marvellous piece of defending from the Belgian keeps City on level terms. Marek Hamsik cushions a lovely volley under Joe Hart and is about to celebrate until Kompany somehow hooks it clear. Right out of the top drawer.

2050: Bright start from both Premier League sides. Gareth Barry comes close to turning in a volley at the near post while Antonio Valencia shoots across goal for United.

2049: What would Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex make of a point apiece from these fixtures then? United look to have their hardest test of the group stage tonight while City have to go to Bayern Munich and Villarreal yet. You would feel they could do with all three points here.

2046: Man City coach David Platt says: "We need to be aware of Napoli on the break." You're not wrong David, the Italians looked very tasty going forward. I'll stick my neck out and say that this will not end goalless. City have too much firepower in reserve as both matches are back underway.

2040: When Ryan Giggs does retire, he's going to have his own annexe in the national football museum. Some more records gone tonight as Giggs becomes the oldest Champions League goalscorer at the age of 37 years and 289 days and also overtakes Raul as the player to have scored in the most Champions League seasons. That's 16 seasons in all.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Craig Burley's half-time verdict: "Man United were completely outplayed for a lot of that game. Great goal by Cardozo but it was also a great goal by Ryan Giggs. United are back in the game but the support and passing to Wayne Rooney has to be better."

2036: Calling all Bolton fans, a quick one for you during half-time. Benfica have Rodrigo on the bench tonight. He had a loan spell at the Reebok last season, but could he exact some revenge for United's 5-0 win there on Saturday by coming on and finding a winner?

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Tom from Redditch on text: "Was just trying to construct a witty comment about Giggs looking off the pace a bit. Composing a comment about how he would probably make me eat my words and he goes and does that before I can ever get it in. Consider me put in my place."

Half time
Benfica 1-1 Man Utd
Arindam Rej's HT snapshot: "Benfica's attackers, inspired by the classy Nicolas Gaitan, are linking up impressively - but Pablo Aimar's being as dirty as ever. It's been disjointed football from United. Good job they've got Giggs."

Half time
Man City 0-0 Napoli
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan HT snapshot at the Etihad Stadium:
"Plenty of chances, but no goals yet for Manchester City to mark their Champions League debut. Napoli, who have had only one opening of note, will be hoping it stays that way."

2032: Half-time whistle goes in both games with both Manchester sides on level terms.

GOALFLASH: Lille 1 (Moussa Sow) CSKA Moscow 0

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2027: Ryan Giggs, when will you stop? Another season, another pearler from the Welsh winger. He cuts across the face of the area, gets the ball on his left foot and just smashes it into the top corner. Undeserved? Maybe. Unstoppable? Absolutely.

GOALFLASH BENFICA 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 (Ryan Giggs)

2025: Close again for City who are ending the half on top. Aleksander Kolarov whips in a free-kick aiming for the far post and Morgan De Sanctis does well to claw it away at the last moment.

GOALFLASH: Basle 1 (Fabian Frei) Otelul Galati 0

Infostrada on Twitter: "Benfica have now joined FC Porto as Portuguese sides with most Champions League goals scored against Man United (Five goals each)."

2022: United hanging on in Lisbon. First Ryan Giggs gives the ball away cheaply in midfield and needs Antonio Valencia to make a last-ditch interception before Luisao had a shot blocked from close range. Ferguson will be glad to get his side in for the break here.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2019: Ooooh! City inches from an opener. Yaya Toure shows the pace of an athlete to burst 60 yards up the pitch from a Napoli corner, and almost shows the touch of a striker as he swaps passes with Sergio Aguero and thumps a shot against the crossbar. That was almost one for the end of season DVD.

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Dan in Mansfield via text: "Can't help but feel that Ferguson's team selection has taken away all that has been so impressive about Utd this season. No Nani or Young. I understand the need to reinforce away from home but Rooney can't do it all himself everytime."

2016: Decent chance for Wayne Rooney but he can only head over the top as back in Manchester Paolo Cannavaro - brother of Italy's World Cup winner Fabio - is booked for a clumsy lunge on Sergio Aguero.

Yellow card
2013: Wayne Rooney does get involved, seeing yellow for a late challenge on Benfica goalkeeper Artur. Not a lot in that for me. Sir Alex Ferguson will not be happy with this so far.

BBC Radio 5 live
Craig Burley on BBC Radio 5 live at the Stadium of Light: "That goal has been coming. United haven't got going. They've been scrappy in possession and that's been against the grain for what they've been doing this season."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2010: A striker has come to the party in Portugal, but it's not Wayne Rooney as Benfica go ahead. And it's a great goal. The impressive Nicolas Gaitan lofts a delightful pass forward to Cardozo who controls on his chest then strikes into the far corner from the edge of the 18-yard box.

GOALFLASH: BENFICA 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 0 (Oscar Cardozo)

2008: Slow start to the night across the continent with Bayern still the only team to notch. Time to get Wayne Rooney into the game perhaps.

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Etihad Stadium: "It's been a lively start to Champions League football for Manchester City, who have already fashioned some decent openings against a Napoli side who are defending deep and in numbers. The Italians do look dangerous on the break, though, and seeing Ezequiel Lavezzi's shot hit the bar is a reminder that City's opponents, who finished third in Serie A last season, are no pushovers."

2005: Lavezzi over the top again as that front three combine to good effect. In Portugal, Anders Lindegaard has his first save to make as he gathers in Oscar Cardozo's long-range strike. Benfica turning it up a notch.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2002: Almost a beauty at the Etihad. Ezequiel Lavezzi wrongfoots Vincent Kompany far too easily 25 yards from goal and - with the minimum of backlift - curls a fine strike past Joe Hart and against the angle of post and crossbar. Terribly unlucky for the Argentinian.

2001: United having a decent amount of the ball as Nicolas Gaitan fires over Benfica's first chance from 25 yards.

Yellow card
2000: Silky feet from David Silva and it's too much for Napoli defender Christian Maggio who dives in and earns the first booking of the game. City well on top here.

1958: Fabulous effort from Edin Dzeko. First he muscles the ball off a defender and swaps passes with Sergio Aguero before thrashing a shot across the goal from wide on the right. A foot wide from the opener.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand makes an unsurprising prediction on Twitter: "I'm going for 0-1 to Man Utd, Fletcher with the goal!!"

1955: David Silva hits the wall though and the ball spins away for a corner. Dzeko wins the header from the dead-ball and Aguero almost nips in at the far post. Good spell of pressure for the home side.

1954: Antonio Valencia has started well for United and fires over the top from a tight angle. Free-kick in a dangerous position for Manchester City meanwhile...

GOALFLASH: Villarreal 0 Bayern Munich 1 (Toni Kroos 7)

1952: Napoli show their pace on the break with a rapid move down the pitch but last season's top scorer Edinson Cavani fires well over the top from 25 yards. In Lisbon, Chris Smalling clears well as Cardozo threatens to move in on goal.

1949: United have a sniff of goal in Portugal as Antonio Valencia beats two men down the right and fires in a cross which is well claimed by keeper Artur.

1948: First sight of goal for Manchester City. Samir Nasri is quick onto a touch from Edin Dzeko and flashes a shot wide from the edge of the area. Close.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara at the Stadium of Light on the great Manchester striker debate: "Sergio Aguero has the potential to be as good as Wayne Rooney, but he's not there yet."

Whistle
1945: We're off and running in both games.

1944: With the likes of Darren Fletcher and Antonio Valencia finally making a start this season, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "They all need games. We've got Chelsea on Sunday. It's a big game. This is a big opportunity for them."

1942: Looking ahead to tomorrow quickly before we kick-off, and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will field an inexperienced side in the Europa League group stage match against PAOK Salonika in Greece. Kyle Walker is the only player who started against Wolves to make the trip. Rednapp has included young goalkeeper Jordan Archer and Jesse Waller-Lassen to the squad plus young strikers Harry Kane and Cameron Lancaster.

1940: 'Hey Jude' booming out at the Etihad as the players are in the tunnel ready for the off. While in Lisbon, United hit the pitch in blue and black stripes.

BBC Radio 5 live
1938: A quick manual refresh now and you can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's coverage of Benfica v Manchester United via the link on the right.

Arindam Rej reports: Sir Alex Ferguson is clearly feeling confident, considering how inexperienced - at this level - his goalkeeper and back four are. Phil Jones being left on the bench shows how highly the United staff rate him, reducing the defender's game time ahead of the Chelsea match. Ashley Young, meanwhile, isn't even in the squad. Benfica could fancy playing Oscar Cardozo up front on his own and match the visitors' lone, advanced striker system. United's road to redemption, after last year's final, starts here

BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage on Twitter: "Fancy a Manchester double tonight !! City 2-0, utd 2-0!!"

1930: It may be City's debut in this competition but there's plenty of European experience in that line-up. David Silva, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and the front two of Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero have all been here and done it before.

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Streaker from Belfast on text: "Not liking this United team. Looks like it'll be missing the creativity it so obviously was without last season again. Missing all that youthfull speed and creativity that have made us so exciting so far this season."

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Etihad Stadium: "A definite Argentine flavour to tonight's game at the Etihad, with a combined total of eight players from that country in both squads. Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, nicknamed 'El Pocho' is among them. He used to be known as 'the new Maradona' (as many doubtless are) but actually plays more like Carlos Tevez. The real Maradona is not with us this evening, however. Diego hoped to see his son-in-law Sergio Aguero take on the side he famously led to two Serie A titles but is in Dubai because of coaching commitments with Al-Wasl."

1922: Benfica will be looking for striker Oscar Cardozo to fire them to an unlikely win. The other end of the pitch is likely to be their main area of concern though - can they stop this rampant United side from scoring?

1918: Napoli scored 59 goals in Serie A last season, with the attacking trio of Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi bagging 43 of them. Keeping them quiet should keep Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany very busy indeed this evening.

1916: So what do we know about Napoli and Benfica then? A few parallels between City and Napoli, who found themselves in the third division of Italian football seven years ago but have bounced back after some sound investment.

Man City v Napoli line-ups:

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Johnson, Savic, Clichy, Toure, Tevez.
Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani. Subs: Rosati, Fideleff, Dossena, Santana, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Pandev.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

Benfica v Man Utd line-ups:

Benfica: Artur Moraes, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Emerson, Amorim, Javi Garcia, Witsel, Aimar, Cardozo, Gaitan. Subs: Eduardo, Bruno Cesar, Nolito, Machado, Matic, Saviola, Jardel.
Man Utd: Lindegaard, Fabio Da Silva, Evans, Smalling, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Rooney, Park. Subs: De Gea, Jones, Owen, Anderson, Berbatov, Hernandez, Nani.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

MAN CITY v NAPOLI TEAM NEWS
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Etihad Stadium:
"Carlos Tevez has to be content with a place on the bench as Manchester City begin life as a Champions League club. Roberto Mancini makes five changes to the side that beat Wigan on Saturday, with Edin Dzeko recalled to join hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero up front. Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri and Gareth Barry, who has recovered from an ankle injury, are the other players to come in. Napoli make three changes from the side that beat Cesena in their opening Serie A game of the season at the weekend, with playmaker Marek Hamsik restored to their starting line-up. Former Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena is among their substitutes."

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: It's just the five changes for City against Napoli as Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero start up front.

BENFICA v MAN UTD TEAM NEWS
Arindam Rej reports: "Eight changes to United's side but the white Pele Wayne Rooney starts. Experienced heads Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick are back in midfield, while Anders Lindegaard gets his chance in goal. With Rio Ferdinand rested and Nemanja Vidic injured, young defenders Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are given another chance to show they can handle big games at the heart of defence."

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Manchester United make eight changes from the side which thumped Bolton 5-0 at the weekend. Anders Lindegaard is in goal with Wayne Rooney up front on his own.

1904: Champions League Groups A, B, C and D get underway tonight. Four-time European Cup winners Bayern Munich, whose Allianz Arena will host this season's final, play Spanish side Villarreal while Joe Cole's new side Lille take on Russian side CSKA Moscow. Inter take on Trabzonspor but new summer signing Diego Forlan is ineligible to play in the group stage. Finally, Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid take on Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

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Alan on text via 81111: "I would kill to see an Aguero, Dzeko, Goater partnership!!!!"

MAN CITY v NAPOLI (GROUP A, 1945 BST)
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Etihad Stadium:
"It has been 43 years since Manchester City last took on the elite of European football but, on their Champions League debut, their expensively-assembled squad will be expected - and expecting - to show they belong among the best teams on the continent. That mission starts tonight against Napoli, themselves a resurgent force after a few years in the doldrums. How far can City go? Tonight might give us some indication, but Bayern Munich and Villarreal must also be negotiated before they can start thinking about the knockout stages."

TwinCitzTurvey on Twitter: "40 + years a supporter and we've finally arrived - a top club in European football. C'mon City."

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Paul from Macclesfield on text: "I was at the Moss Rose that afternoon. City fans were everywhere some had even climbed pylons to see the match - congratulations to them and I hope all those 4500 fans and the pylon fans are at the game tonight"

1849: In the other game in Group C, Swiss champions Basel and Romanian newcomers Otelul Galati meet at St Jakob-Park in Switzerland.

1846: We are hearing that Sir Alex Ferguson has made a change in goal tonight, with David de Gea replaced by Anders Lindegaard. Full team news will be right here as soon as we have it.

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Macc Lad on text via 81111: "Calling them dark days is a great disservice to the mighty Macc Town."

Twitter
ConorMcNamaraIE on Twitter: "The guy on the tannoy at #Benfica v #MUFC is playing The Pixies. Impressive stuff."

BENFICA v MAN UTD (GROUP C, 1945 BST)
Arindam Rej reports: "Man United face a team led by Jesus - Benfica boss Jorge Jesus, that is. Benfica is always a special game for United, conjuring up memories of the 1968 European Cup final. The modern Benfica, Portuguese runners-up, have won all four of their home games this season with an attack-minded side. Our old friends from Argentina, Pablo Aimar and Javier Saviola, are in the home team's ranks. United must be careful with their team selection as Chelsea await on Sunday."

1842: United fans, I've not forgotten you're playing either. Get in touch with your predictions for tonight and this season. Another final appearance? How will the new young signings fare against the continent's best?

1840: So, the question is, were you at Macclesfield that afternoon? Are you going to the game tonight? Would you still rather see Shaun Goater in action than Edin Dzeko? Let me know. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @tjrostance or text in via 81111 (UK).

1837: I'm fairly sure that even the most optimistic City fan on the away terracing that afternoon would struggle to comprehend the turnaround in the club's fortunes since. Maine Road is no more, the Goat may have eventually been put out to pasture, but you will just have to make do with Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero up front against Napoli at the Etihad Stadium tonight for the first game in the European Cup since 1968.

1835: City fans, allow me if you will to take you back to the dark days of September 1998. For 13 years ago this very week, Manchester City dug out a 1-0 win at Macclesfield - in a league fixture no less. The scorer was - of course - Shaun Goater and City were starting their climb out of the third tier in front of just over 6,000 fans at Moss Rose.

1832: Yes, the city's two sides have started the season in quite frankly ridiculous form but now they take on the best of Europe. For United - who travel to Benfica - it's the start of a familiar routine on the road to the final in Munich next May. For City of course, who host Napoli, this is all very new...

1830: Good evening one and all, it's Champions League time and I make no bones about the fact that tonight, it's all about Manchester.



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Champions League results

14 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

  • Ajax0-0Lyon
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  • Basle2-1SC Otelul Galati
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  • Benfica1-1Man UtdFT
  • Dinamo Zagreb0-1Real Madrid
    FT
  • Inter Milan0-1Trabzonspor
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  • Lille2-2CSKA Moscow
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  • Man City1-1NapoliFT
  • Villarreal0-2Bayern Munich
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Champ Lge Group A table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 1 2 3
2 Napoli 1 0 1
3 Man City 1 0 1
4 Villarreal 1 -2 0

Champ Lge Group B table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Trabzonspor 1 1 3
2 CSKA Moscow 1 0 1
3 Lille 1 0 1
4 Inter Milan 1 -1 0

Champ Lge Group C table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Basle 1 1 3
2 Man Utd 1 0 1
3 Benfica 1 0 1
4 SC Otelul Galati 1 -1 0

Champ Lge Group D table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 1 1 3
2 Ajax 1 0 1
3 Lyon 1 0 1
4 Dinamo Zagreb 1 -1 0

Champ Lge Group E table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Genk 1 0 1
3 Valencia 1 0 1
4 Bayer Leverkusen 1 -2 0

Champ Lge Group F table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Marseille 1 1 3
2 Arsenal 1 0 1
3 Borussia Dortmund 1 0 1
4 Olympiakos 1 -1 0

Champ Lge Group G table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Apoel Nicosia 1 1 3
2 FC Porto 1 1 3
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 1 -1 0
4 Zenit St P'sbg 1 -1 0

Champ Lge Group H table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Sep 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 AC Milan 1 0 1
2 BATE Borisov 1 0 1
3 Barcelona 1 0 1
4 Plzen 1 0 1

see also
Champions League photos
14 Sep 11 |  Football
Benfica 1-1 Man Utd
14 Sep 11 |  Europe
Man City 1-1 Napoli
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