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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 April 2007, 20:51 GMT 21:51 UK
Champions League clockwatch

Chelsea 1-1 Valencia FT

Roma 2-1 Man Utd FT


By Andrew McKenzie

PLAYER RATER: Francesco Totti is the top man at the Stadium Olimpico, with a rating of 7.53. Cristiano Ronaldo's superb second-half display has seen his mark rise to 7.38. Don't agree? Follow the link below to have your say.

PLAYER RATER: David Silva's wonderstrike for Valencia has obviously impressed you. He's leading the way of the players on show at Stamford Bridge with 7.71, while Didier Drogba is the pick of Chelsea's players on 7.21. But it is not too late to register your opinion.

"I always thought this might be a difficult tie for Chelsea and the one that ends their Champions League dream. But I hope not. I wouldn't be surprised if Valencia played like the away side in the second leg."
Five Live summariser Graham Taylor

"My own feeling is Manchester United are favourites for this tie. Alex will be very, very happy. I think Manchester United did very well. The coaches did well and the players responded well to their tactical changes. Whenever they fed Ronaldo he got behind the Roma defence. That away goal is absolutely vital to them."
Five Live summariser Graham Taylor

"It has quietened down thankfully. I'm still worried what will happen when Manchester United's fans are eventually let out. You can bet your life that there will be Roma fans waiting outside. Tonight's violence might not be over."
Five Live commentator Alan Green

"It means you have to either win or get a draw bigger than 2-2. I think Valencia are favourites."
Nick_07 on 606

"Great result for United considering the sending off after 30 minutes. I fully expect United to go through at OT."
ForzaVelez on 606

2135: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Valencia
It's full-time at Stamford Bridge and not a good evening for Chelsea. Valencia will be strong favourites to go through following David Silva's first-half away goal - and what a goal it was. Didier Drogba has thrown the Blues a lifeline but they have a lot of work to do at the Mestalla.

2135: FULL-TIME Roma 2-1 Man Utd
It is all over at the Stadio Olimpico and a creditable result for Manchester United after Paul Scholes' sending off. What a belter of a second leg we have ahead of us at Old Trafford.

2134: We're approaching the end of the three minutes of added time at Stamford Bridge. A bit of late pressure from Chelsea but Valencia are making another sub to waste a bit of time.

"I don't think Roma have done enough tonight. They've missed a great chance to puncture United's Champions League hopes."
BBC Five Live commentator Alan Green

2131: Wayne Rooney picks up the ball deep into his own half and goes on the rampage. Like a runaway train on steroids he holds off a gaggle of defenders as he makes a good 60 yards of ground. Great work by the stand-in skipper.

2129: Gabriel Heinze opens his mouth and Herbert Fandel is taking no nonsense as he dishes out a fourth yellow card of the game.

2128: Less than five minutes to go at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea's chase for a second goal is not being helped by Valencia's ability to keep the ball. Lassana Diarra shows his frustration by clattering into Miguel Angulo and he gets a yellow.

2125: Chelsea are so close to a second goal. Ricardo Carvalho's shot is blocked on the line and Andriy Shevchenko produces a spectacular overhead-kick that is just over the bar.

2123: Another close shave for Manchester United as Roma are finding space galore. Simone Perrotta ghosts in unmarked at the back post but his volley is off target.

2122: It looks set to be a tense final 10 minutes for Chelsea and Manchester United. Roma go close when Francesco Totti drives in a low shot that hits one of his own players in the box and loops over the bar.

"A standing ovation greets Joe Cole's return to action for the first time since November. Chelsea keep knocking on Valencia's door, so can he be the one to unlock it?
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at Stamford Bridge

2119: Ryan Giggs is off with Louis Saha replacing him. Wayne Rooney is surprisingly handed the captain's armband.

PLAYER RATER: Paul Scholes' mark continues to drop, the ginger genius is now on just 3.21. Francesco Totti is top on 7.51, with Cristiano Ronaldo leading United's charge on 7.03. It's still not too late to register you vote though.

2116: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's work is done and he goes off for Darren Fletcher. Looks like Sir Alex would settle for this result. Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge Joe Cole is on for Mikel Jon Obi.

2115: Roberto Ayala again goes in hard on Andriy Shevchenko and earns himself a booking.

2113: Cristiano Ronaldo has stepped up his game in the second half and he skips past a few Italian challenges and stays on his feet to find Wayne Rooney, who in turn picks out Ryan Giggs but he cannot get his cross in.

2112: Now it is the Roma fans who are making themselves heard. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer catches Christian Panucci with a late tackle and earns himself a yellow card.

2109: GOAL Roma 2-1 Man Utd
Mirko Vucinic has made some impact as he puts Roma back in front. Edwin van der Sar does well to block a shot from Mancini but Vucinic reacts brilliantly to volley in the rebound.

2107: Mancini goes down in the area after a challenge from John O'Shea but the referee is not interested once again.

2106: Almost trouble for Manchester United's defence as Mirko Vucinic, who has just replaced Christian Wilhelmsson, has a shot on goal.

2104: The Manchester United fans are letting themselves heard in the Stadio Olimpico and thankfully there appears to be no repeat of the earlier trouble.

2102: Roma 1-1 Man Utd
Hello, what's this? Wayne Rooney scores. For Manchester United in Europe. Sorry, for 10-man Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer swings in a perfect cross from the right and Rooney does the rest, taking a touch before sidefooting into the top corner.

2100: Chelsea are looking for a second and Didier Drogba combines well with Frank Lampard, who fires in a low shot that is wide of the mark. Meanwhile England have just lost Freddie Flintoff.

2057: The latest from the cricket is England are 129-4 after 31 overs, with Kevin Pietersen just losing his wicket.

PLAYER RATER: David Silva's goal has put him way out in front in the Chelsea-Valencia tie - he's way out in front at 8.30. Apart from him, only David Villa has got more than seven, clocking 7.27. John Terry is the highest-ranked Blue with 6.47

Paul Scholes is facing the wrath of the Man Utd fans after his first-half sending off. His mark on Player Rater has plummeted to 3.90, Cristiano Ronaldo is the top man for United with 6.83, but Francesco Totti is leading the way overall with 7.16.

2054 GOAL: Chelsea 1-1 Valencia
Didier Drogba equalises for Chelsea with a good old fashioned hoof forward. Ashley Cole's hopeful punt finds Drogba and he heads over Doni and in. It won't be challenging the goal of the season awards but Chelsea won't care - that's Drogba's 30th of the season.

2053: Manchester United are getting opened up a little bit now and Christian Wilhelmsson arrives late to get on the end of a right-wing cross but he heads wide.

2052: Chances at both ends in Roma with Cristiano Ronaldo missing a great chance to level but then Francesco Totti unleashes a screamer that is just over.

2051: Rodrigo Taddei almost gets a second goal with a low shot but Edwin van der Sar saves well.

"Chelsea have had Joe Cole limbering up in front of their dug-out and he looks like he'll play some part. They definitely could do with some of his invention."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at Stamford Bridge

2048: A good chance inside 40 seconds for Chelsea as Lassana Diarra crosses but Salomon Kalou completely misses the ball.

2047: Thankfully it seems as if things have calmed down at the Stadio Olimpico and we're about to kick off. Things are under way at Stamford Bridge.

"At the time of the sending off there were missiles exchanged between fans and after the Roma goal their fans charged the United section. The police got involved with a baton charge and all hell broke loose. You had seats being thrown at the police. Most of the missiles being thrown are bottles which are being sold inside the ground. The number of riot police has probably tripled. You really don't know what is going to happen next."
A Manchester United fan inside the ground on BBC Five Live

2037: We're seeing pictures of the crowd scenes and it does not make for pleasant television. One fan has blood streaming down his face and is being dragged to his feet by police. The police are wading in with batons.

"United fans appeared to charge the police and the police went in. It got pretty vicious. We're about 80 yards away but it seems to have quietened down now. We've just heard a loud crash and there is smoke over there. It is very, very nasty inside this ground now. I don't know if the Roma fans started this but they are happy now as it is between the police and the United fans."
BBC Five Live commentator Alan Green

2032: It is also half-time at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are trailing to a wonder goal from David Silva. Not a good night for our lads so far, for so many reasons.

2031: The half-time whistle has gone at the Stadio Olimpico with United 1-0 down. Even more worryingly there appears to be major trouble in the stands with police having to intervene. It seems objects were thrown from the United section and the police have gone in to sort it out.

2028: Roma 1-0 Man Utd
United go behind through a Rodrigo Taddei shot that deflects off Wes Brown and beats Edwin van der Sar. Van der Sar had tipped a shot around the post from Taddei but Roma took a quick corner and Mancini picked out the Brazilian-born winger.

2026: Simone Perrotta goes down dramatically in the United box but referee Herbert Fandel is not falling for that one and he hands the Italian a yellow card for diving. He'll miss out at Old Trafford as well.

2024: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an attempt at goal but it takes a couple of deflections off Roma defenders and they clear.

2021: Manchester United have gone to a 4-3-2 formation and both Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo are doing plenty of work around their own area. It doesn't look as if we'll be seeing much of United as an attacking threat for the next 50-odd minutes.

Disaster for Manchester United as Paul Scholes gets a second yellow card for a second silly challenge. Francesco Totti skipped past him and he just stuck out a leg to trip him up. As if United didn't have their hands full already.

2016: Didier Drogba attempts to get Chelsea back into it with a 30-yard free-kick but it is too close to Santiago Canizares. Stamford Bridge is just stunned by Silva's strike.

2014 GOAL: Chelsea 0-1 Valencia
Chelsea go behind to an absolute stunner from David Silva. He picked the ball up on the left and ran at goal before unleashing a left-foot shot from a crazy angle that arrowed past Petr Cech and into the far corner.

2013: A chance for Manchester United to test Roma's backline with a free-kick on the right but Ryan Giggs' centre is headed over.

2011: Paul Scholes goes through the back of Christian Wilhelmsson and gets a deserved yellow card, which means he will miss the second leg. Silly Scholesy. He's some player, but as my gran would have said - he can't tackle for toffee.

"Jose is stood on the touchline with his hand up like a pupil in class. The Chelsea boss was trying to get Kalou's attention - and he's switched him from the right flank to the left."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at Stamford Bridge

2007: Valencia have another effort on goal from Asier del Horno, but Petr Cech gets his big body across his goal to collect from the former Chelsea defender's volley.

2006: A chance for Valencia when Joaquin tries a shot and David Silva, who was onside, is close to applying the finishing touch.

2005: Wayne Rooney shows great strength to battle his way to a throughball but after taking a touch Doni comes out quickly to snuff out the danger.

2004: Back with the beautiful game and both games have settled down after busy starts. United will be happy with the game still goalless after 20 minutes.

2001: If you're interested in the cricket score but don't want to take your eyes off the Champions League action I'll try and keep you in touch. After a rocky start Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen are ticking along nicely at 72-2 after 16 overs.

1959: Roma get another free-kick in a dangerous position and Francesco Totti finds a gap in the United wall but Edwin van de Sar is able to collect low down.

1957: First signs of the Ronaldo and Rooney show. Cristiano dances down the right and picks out his team-mate but Wayne's effort on goal is closed down by Cristian Chivu.

1956: Valencia have a chance of their own through star striker David Villa. A good build-up finds Villa in space but he aims to thrash at the shot and it is well wide.

1954: Chelsea hit the woodwork through a good turn and shot from Salomon Kalou. The chance came after a good run from Andriy Shevchenko, who got absolutely clobbered in the area by Roberto Ayala.

1953: The first spell of possession for Manchester United but it ends in a throughball that would have been too long for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1999 never mind 2007.

1951: Back home and Chelsea have made a more encouraging start. They are enjoying a decent slice of the possession without really troubling Santiago Canizares in the Valencia goal. A Salomon Kalou cross that was too high for Didier Drogba is the closest they have come so far.

1949: Nervous times for Manchester United as Cristian Chivu curls a free-kick just past Edwin van der Sar's left upright. The keeper doesn't even move. Roma are looking very dangerous.

1947: Manchester United 's players are being booed with every touch. It seems to be getting to their defenders who are doing their best PSV impression. Some dithering from Wes Brown and John O'Shea almost puts Edwin van der Sar in trouble but he is out quickly to clear.

1946: These Romans don't hang about do they? Panic in the Manchester United box from a Francesco Totti corner but United escape.

1945: And we're off at Stamford Bridge and the Stadio Olimpico.

1943: PLAYER RATER Don't forget to register your player ratings for both games using the links below:

1942: The players are out at both games and they are going through the friendly handshakes before they attempt to kick lumps out of each other. Only kidding, this is the beautiful game at its best of course.

"A singer is blaring out Blue is the colour and the fans are waving their flags - it finishes to a huge cheer before the boos greet the announcement of the Valencia team."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at Stamford Bridge

1937: Over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea look like they are going for goals as well with John Obi Mikel preferred to the experience of Claude Makelele in midfield.

1934: So who has been getting the goals in Europe for Sir Alex Ferguson's men this season. Well Louis Saha leads the way with four goals, but he is on the bench. In the build-up to the game Ferguson has been saying his side need goals, so he'll be banking on the two Rs to do the business.

1932: That's a better record than Cristiano Ronaldo though, who has yet to score a Champions League goal, despite banging them in for fun in the Premiership this season.

1929: As Mr Taylor points out, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo have hardly set European alight. Rooney has not scored a goal in the Champions League since getting a hat-trick against Fenerbache on his debut in September 2004. So it's not just for England that the big man struggles.

"In Rooney and Ronaldo Manchester United have two players who can win games but they haven't really functioned in European games and that has to be a problem. From a personal point of view I'm interested in seeing Francesco Totti play. He will wander and Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand will find they don't have anyone to mark and English centre-halves don't always like that."
BBC Five Live summariser Graham Taylor

1926: It's unlikely to be as easy though, with Manchester United facing a tough trip to the Stadio Olimpico to play Roma and Chelsea at home to Valencia.

1923: Welcome to another midweek feast of football Champions League-style. After Liverpool's fantastic result last night we'll be looking for Chelsea and Manchester United to do the Brits proud.


Chelsea pick youngster Mikel Jon Obi ahead of veteran Claude Makelele for the crucial midfield holding role against Valencia at Stamford Bridge.

England midfielder Joe Cole is on the bench after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a fractured foot, while Salomon Kalou replaces the injured Arjen Robben on the left flank.

Valencia striker David Villa, a former transfer target for the Blues, leads the attack for the Spaniards.

Chelsea: Cech; Diarra, Carvalho, Terry, Cole; Obi Mikel, Ballack, Lampard, Kalou; Drogba, Shevchenko.
Valencia: Canizares; Miguel, Ayala, Moretti, Del Horno; Joaquin, Albelda, Albiol, Vicente; Silva, Villa.

Man Utd hand a surprise start to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is preferred ahead of Alan Smith and the barely-fit Louis Saha to fill the vacancy created by Park Ji-sung's knee injury.

John O'Shea slots in at right-back to allow Wes Brown to partner Rio Ferdinand in central defence.

Roma's side includes three Italian World Cup winners, including Manchester-born midfielder Simone Perrotta.

Roma: Doni; Cassetti, Mexes, Chivu, Panucci; De Rossi; Wilhelmsson, Taddei, Perrotta, Mancini; Totti.
Man Utd: Van der Sar; Brown, Ferdinand, O'Shea, Heinze; Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs; Rooney, Solskjaer.

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