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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 September 2007, 21:06 GMT 22:06 UK
Champions League as it happened
Group A
FC Porto 1-1 Liverpool
Marseille 2-0 Besiktas
Group B
Chelsea 1-1 Rosenborg
Schalke 04 0-1 Valencia
Group C
Olympiacos 1-1 Lazio
Real Madrid 2-1 Werder Bremen
Group D
AC Milan 2-1 Benfica
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Celtic


By Charlie Henderson

Player of the day: A shocking night for the three British clubs and not surprisingly your-top-rated player is from an opposing team. Step forward Porto's Ricardo Quaresma.

Hopefully Arsenal, Manchester United and Rangers will be able to give us something all to cheer. That trio will be in action on Wednesday evening. See you then.


Group A: Early days in the nascent Champions League and Marseille steal an early march with a win over Besiktas. Liverpool host the French side in two weeks.

Group B: Chelsea travel to group leaders Valencia in a fortnight and will need to be a whole lot better in the Mestalla.

Group C: Like the other two groups, one match was drawn which means Real Madrid, winners in the other, nose ahead.

Group D: Two positive results and Benfica's late goal denies champions AC Milan top spot which goes to Celtic's conquerors, Shakhtar.

2140: Have your say on a poor night for the British clubs on BBC Radio Five Live's 606. Ray Stubbs is twiddling the knobs and dials in his studio and will be ready for your calls from a little after 2200 BST. Call him on 0500 909 693 or drop Stubbsy a text on 85058. Alternatively get tapping on 606...

2136: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Rosenborg
Roman Abramovich certainly isn't smiling now and neither is a pitiful crowd of just under 25,000. What will Jose Mourinho ramble on about now? The egg on his face?

"Chelski need a goal poacher." Matt via text on 81111
Yes, yes, yes. Good egg gags throughout.

2135: GOAL Marseille 2-0 Besiktas
Liverpool old boy Djibril Cisse makes the points safe for the French, spinning away from his marker and racing down on goal before a toe-poked finish.

2134: FULL-TIME Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Celtic
But for those three first-half minutes. As it is, like last season Celtic will have to build their challenge on their home form.

"45 years a Bhoy and just about the worst I've ever seen - totally clueless. The jury is still out on Strachan as far as I'm concerned."
abergray on 606

2134: FULL-TIME Porto 1-1 Liverpool
The Reds started with a draw last season and having played out time with 10 men things could have been a lot worse.

"Liverpool have flopped tonight like a bad Mourinho souffle!"
Steven, in Southport, via text on 81111

2134: GOAL AC Milan 2-1 Benfica
A late consolation as substitute Nuno Gomes slides in to convert a Konstantinos Kastouranis cross.

2133: The visiting Rosenborg fans are quite literally dancing in the aisles at Stamford Bridge. Tempting fate?

2132: Two minutes of added time for Liverpool. Four minutes for Chelsea.

2131: Michael Essien lines up a shot from outside the area. Rosenborg keeper Lars Hirschfeld gratefully falls on the ball which was directed straight at him.

2130: Corner for Porto. Poor.

2129: Chelsea are huffing and puffing but cannot blow the Rosenborg defence down.

2128: Out of nothing, a chance for Liverpool. Steven Gerrard bursts forward and looks to play in Dirk Kuyt in space on the right, but that man Ricardo Quaresma has tracked back and toes the ball away from the Dutchman.

2126: Chelsea probe for an opening. A bit of vociferous support wouldn't go amiss for the boys in blue.

"Peter Kenyon - your dreams of Chelsea being a global brand is being badly let down by your home support. I wouldn't think about expanding the Bridge or moving to a bigger ground just yet... let's see you fill the stadium you have first."
Itsyerman on 606

2124: Liverpool bring on Fabio Aurelio for Ryan Babel. That will help the defensive effort.

2122: Celtic have run out of ideas. Focus turns to the English teams and those two draws.

"Focus turns to the English teams? New Champions League, same old EBC."
Dave, in Edinburgh, via text on 81111
Apologies Dave, but that Celtic game is done and dusted and the decision makes sense with the other games up in the air.

2121: Into the last 10 minutes around the continent.

"Just left pub. Celtic won't score in a month of Sundays. Name's Hamish by the way, I forgot last time."
Hamish, outside Scotland's pub, via text on 81111A month of Sundays? That would be good, apart from the lack of goals.

2120: GOAL Marseille 1-0 Besiktas
A goal in every game thanks to Julien Rodriguez who stabs home from close range. Where are the goals in the games involving British sides though?

2119: GOAL Olympiacos 1-1 Lazio
Another goal in Group C. Zauri scores.

2118: Now it is Salomon Kalou's turn to go close. Andriy Shevchenko races forward and plays in the Ivorian off the outside of his right boot. Kalou steps inside before firing a shot off which shaves the post.

2116: GOAL Real Madrid 2-1 Werder Bremen
Ruud van Nistelrooy restores Real's advantage with a side-footed effort from just inside the area from Raul's incisive pass.

2115: Juliano Belletti hammers a chance for Chelsea wide. And changes for the Blues. Ashley and Joe Cole off. Tal Ben Haim and Shaun Wright-Phillips on. John Terry is thrown forward and heads a Florent Malouda cross just wide.

2114: Rosenborg are not out of it at Chelsea despite spending the majority of the second 45 on the back foot. Yssouf Kone's free-kick curls wide of Petr Cech's goal.

2113: Corner number 13 for Porto. Will it be unlucky for Liverpool? No. Well cleared.

2111: Celtic's best chance as a Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink header slides wide of the Shakhtar goal.

2108: Porto have enjoyed a lot of possession since Jermaine Pennant's dismissal and their overall percentage is up to 55. Seven corners to none as well. Need to do something telling with it though.

2106: GOAL Schalke 04 0-1 Valencia
Just one game remains goalless now as David Villa races on to a long ball and slots from an acute angle. Not a lot of goals around tonight.

2104: Florent Malouda's rifled shot cannons back off the Rosenborg woodwork.

2102: Sami Hyypia volleys clear an effort on goal from Ricardo Quaresma after Pepe Reina goes walkabout as he comes to punch clear a cross. The 10-man Reds are on the ropes.

2101: Gary Caldwell is Celtic's last line of defence and makes a telling block to deny Cristiano Lucarelli as the Italian looks to turn and shoot on the edge of the box.

2059: RED CARD Liverpool
What an idiotic challenge. The ball is running out and in a hopeless attempt to get it Jermaine Pennant takes a lump out of Fucile's calf. A second yellow, an early bath and a glare from Rafael Benitez.

"What a clown! That's been coming for about 12 months. Not the brightest are you Jermaine."
farmorethanyou on 606

2058: GOAL Olympiacos 1-0 Lazio
Luciano Galletti breaks the deadlock in a match being played behind closed doors.

2057: It is all go at Stamford Bridge. Rosenborg break and Juliano Belletti has a swing at the cross into the six-yard box. It could have gone anywhere. It went out for a corner.

2055: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Rosenborg
You didn't really think they weren't going to score did you? Florent Malouda whips a lovely ball into the box and Andriy Shevchenko heads home. Jose Mourinho is fuming on the touchline about something.

2054: An excellent chance for Rosenborg. Yssouf Kone tees up Alexander Tettey on the edge of the box but he hammers his effort over.

2052: Celtic are playing it around nicely, but Shakhtar are easily holding Gordon Strachan's men at bay. Darijo Srna slams a shot into Artur Boruc's side netting.

2051: All Chelsea.

2050: As in the first half, Porto come out the better in the opening stages against Liverpool.

"Roman is looking cosy with his woman. Maybe he's hoping to get "laid" tonight."
Gavin, in Aberdeen, via text on 81111
Yes, very good.

2048: And Chelsea... and a delay over a substitution. Former Liverpool player Bjorn Tore Kvarme is on for Christer Basma who took that double blow before the break.

2046: We're back in the mix at Shakhtar and Porto.

Player rater: Not a great first half for British teams. Liverpool scorer Dirk Kuyt is the leading light among some very shadowy marks.

"Liverpool are giving up the ball far too cheaply. Babel looks like a boy against men, and even Gerrard doesn't look as engaged as he should. We need to take it to Porto, and soon."
Im_partial on 606

"Perhaps Chelski can scramble a draw."
Bri, via text on 81111
Very good. Keep them coming.

"Same old Celtic, something like one point in 45 in their Champions League away matches... though don't quote me on that!"
Marchitect_in_Paris on 606

Porto and Liverpool are the first to turn for the tunnel and the other matches aren't far behind. Error-strewn at the Dragao, boos at Stamford Bridge and regrets for Celtic having been caught cold in those opening minutes.

2027: Slapstick at Stamford Bridge. Christer Basma is on the deck in the Rosenborg box after being clattered by his own keeper and as Andriy Shevchenko back pedals into position he is up-ended by the prone Norwegian. Whoopsy-daisies.

2024: Porto's Ricardo Quaresma is giving Jermaine Pennant the runaround and the Liverpool man gets a booking for his troubles.

2022: Andriy Shevchenko spins on the edge of the Rosenborg box and fires a low effort narrowly wide. Roman Abramovich is still giggling like a sixth former on a date.

"Is it too late for a Cech must have egg on his face comment?"
Steve via text on 81111
Probably, but what the heck.

2019: Joe Cole plays in Salomon Kalou on the Chelsea right but his snapshot rolls wide of the far post.

2017: Are Chelsea slowly cranking things up? Florent Malouda has an effort blocked and Alex heads back across the target narrowly wide.

2015: Porto are still posing a host of questions for Liverpool, particularly down the flanks. Is Rafa Benitez wishing summer target Ricardo Quaresma was on his side instead? Are you?

2014: Better from Celtic. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink rises to meet Shunsuke Nakamura's left-footed free-kick from the right but the big Dutchman heads over.

2012: A rare foray forward from Celtic. They earn a corner but Shunsuke Nakamura's delivery is cleared at the near post. The Bhoys have to make things like that count.

2010: No massive Chelsea response.

2008: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Rosenborg
Amazing. Mikka Koppinen flicks an inswinging Marek Sapara free-kick from the left beyond Petr Cech. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is laughing with a lady friend. Jose Mourinho isn't. He has Steve Clarke next to him and the pair look in a right old mood.

"Oh yes, looks like the eggs have cracked!"
Stevewesier on 606

2007: GOAL AC Milan 2-0 Benfica
Filippo Inzaghi doubles AC Milan's lead. That one's over isn't it?

2006: Chelsea's Florent Malouda has an effort cleared off the line.

2004: Shakhtar have the ball in the net again, but they get a let off thanks to the linesman. The Celtic defence is sliced open, three orange and black shirts in behind and Fernandinho plays in Brandao but the flag is up. Think Chelsea against Blackburn at the weekend.

2002: GOAL Real Madrid 1-1 Werder Bremen
And the visitors equalise in the Spanish capital as well. Boubacar Sanogo is the man to get his name on the scoresheet after prodding home Dusko Tosic's cross from the left.

2001: GOAL Porto 1-1 Liverpool
All square for Liverpool. Dirk Kuyt climbs well to nod in Steve Finnan's free-kick from close range.

1959: GOAL Real Madrid 1-0 Werder Bremen
Ruud van Nistelrooy is free on the left and dinks a cross into the box which Raul stoops to nod in at the near post.

1957: Michael Essien has a fine chance from the angle, but the Chelsea striker blazes the effort wide.

1955: GOAL AC Milan 1-0 Benfica
Goals in both games in Group D now. Andrea Pirlo gives the champions the edge with a trademark free-kick following a foul on Marek Jankulovski.

1953: GOAL Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Celtic
Oh dear. Italian striker Cristiano Lucarelli heads in Razvan Rat's cross to double Celtic's troubles.

"I think the man in Scotland's only pub is probably in the right place!"
Steve via text on 81111

1952: GOAL Porto 1-0 Liverpool
And things aren't great for Liverpool. Lucho Gonzalez steps up to convert from the spot after Pepe Reina brings down Tarik Sektioui in the box following some laboured defensive play from Sami Hyypia.

1951: GOAL Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Celtic
The worst possible start for Celtic. Evaeyerson Brandao slots from the edge of the area after being played in by Fernandinho.

1949: All quite tame at Stamford Bridge. There's a fair atmosphere despite the empty seats and Rosenborg are having their share of possession... so far.

1948: Celtic are being made to work hard by Shakhtar.

1946: Porto start the better against Liverpool and the visitors look a little frisky at the back. Lisandro Lopez gets a loose ball in space in the box but Reds keeper Pepe Reina blocks the effort.

1945: The action begins around the grounds.

1943: Chelsea, obviously, and Liverpool are also in their usual kits.

1942: Two hours ahead in the Ukraine. Celtic are in their traditional green and white hoops.

1941: Here are the players and here's the music.

1940: What's that at the back? Can't wait to get going? Let's go then. The players are in the tunnels across the continent and that music is just around the corner.

1938: Talking strikers, Chelsea's Didier Drogba hobbles down the touchline at Stamford Bridge. Despite having his headphones on he still manages a conversation with a steward.

1936: Rather like some anthropologist identifying the missing link, Fernando Torres has been hailed as the man who can make everything rosy for the Reds of Liverpool. But it's worth tuning into the fact that this is his Champions League debut. Time will tell if he can cut it at this grade but Rafa Benitez reveals in a pre-match flash interview that he wants the Spaniard to score tonight. Hardly a ground-breaking exclusive that.

"Surely Crouch will move on in January. I'm sure he joined Liverpool to play in games like this and he finds himself on the bench again."
Pistol Pete from Crewe

1933: Hang on. Porto also boast a very good home record against English clubs and are unbeaten against them in nine matches. Mmmmm, tough one to call.

1931: There's hope for Liverpool in that Porto are notoriously slow Champions League starters and have failed to win their opening game in the competition in each of the last five seasons.

1928: Porto are riding high in the Portuguese SuperLiga with a 100% record after four games. They have shared the goals around with five different players scoring their seven efforts and have conceded just one.

1925: Like Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto are also top of their domestic league so Liverpool, Britain's third representatives tonight, face a tricky away trip.

1923: Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu, who reckons Celtic counterpart Gordon Strachan is the Scottish Nobby Stiles, is a hard bloke to read. One day he waxes lyrical about the Bhoys: "They are more physical, organised and disciplined, play from the first moment to the last and are better than us in defence so it will be difficult for us to score." Compare that to: "I'm sure they are a stronger team but we are a new team since then also, and we are much stronger."

1920: And Shakhtar are good at home at the Olimpiyskyi Stadium, winning five of their nine group matches, including a 3-0 victory over Celtic in October 2004.

"In pub in Scotland about to watch Celtic. I feel that they will lose again though."
Another punter hiding behind anonymity on 606
Always thought there was more than the one pub in Scotland

1917: That one blip was an away defeat to Salzburg in Champions League qualifying and there in lies the knub of the problem. They are rubbish away from home in Europe which makes this home match vital.

1916: Shakhtar, who go by the nickname 'The Miners', have hit a rich seam of form winning 13 of their last 14 games and are top of their domestic league, nine games in.

"It's 2.15am here and I am still awake. Why? Simply because the Champions League is back!"
Zizouthe best on 606
But where's here? Singapore?

1913: Shakhtar Donetsk are the Ukrainian Chelsea, throwing cash around with gay abandon. Sugar daddy Rinat Akhmetov has shelled out in the region of 40m on new players and, like Roman Abramovich, he will want to see a return.

1911: Rest easy, Chelsea may have the three points in the bag before the break, but the other two games involving British clubs are far harder to call.

1909: TEAM NEWS Shakhtar Donetsk v Celtic
Just the one change for Celtic who bring in Paul Hartley for Aiden McGeady.

1907: TEAM NEWS Porto v Liverpool
So, more on those half dozen Liverpool changes. Sami Hyypia, Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano, Dirk Kuyt, Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel come in. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Peter Crouch, Andriy Voronin, Mohamed Sissoko and Yossi Benayoun. Alonso aggravated an ankle injury on Monday night.

1906: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Rosenborg
While Roman Abramovich has been bleating about "style", boss Jose Mourinho has gone loopy for eggs. The team he has hatched features two changes, Claude Makelele and Florent Malouda into the midfield for Shaun Wright-Phillips and Steve Sidwell. French for English.

1904: What's that at the back? A bit of moaning about a massive mis-match. No arguments there, but is that the whole reason why there won't be a sell out at Stamford Bridge tonight or is that more to do with a short-sighted pricing policy?

"Stamford Bridge is looking more like the Riverside tonight!"
Anonymous via text on 81111
Anyone else with twitchy thumbs out and about feel free to give us your name.

"I'd choose feeding my family, clothing my family, paying the mortgage, keeping fuel in the vehicles etc way before going to a midweek Chelsea game for 36."
cpeskett on 606

1901: Rosenborg came through two rounds of qualifying with ease, but have not won either of their last two league games, have a pretty shoddy away record this term and are rank outsiders with the bookies at 500/1 to win the whole shebang. Looks like three points for Chelsea then, who have opened with a victory in each of their last five Champions League campaigns.

1859: Rosenborg have been thumped on their last two visits to England in this tournament, losing 4-1 to Blackburn and 5-1 to Arsenal. Easy for Chelsea then, especially with the Norwegians fifth in the Tippeligaen and well off the pace after 20 games of their season.

1857: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been spouting off about winning this competition and playing with "style" again through club mouth-piece/chief executive Peter Kenyon and the good news for the Russian is that there should be goals in this - the majority for the hosts.

1855: Of that quintet we make no apology for focusing on Rosenborg as the Norwegian outfit are playing British opposition in the form of Chelsea.

1854: Of those 11 relatively new boys, five are in action tonight - Besiktas, Lazio, Marseille, Rosenborg and Schalke.

"The Champions League? Trading standards should investigate because its false representation... Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon etc, none of them are the champions of their country so they shouldnt be allowed entry."

1852: There's some early team news coming in for the British clubs. Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is back on the rotating rotator making six changes. Celtic draft in Paul Hartley as there only change and Chelsea make two tweaks with French duo Florent Malouda and Claude Makelele starting. More details as and when.

1850: But otherwise stick with us on the BBC Sport website and get yourself involved on 606. If you're nowhere near a computer feel free to text us on 81111. Humour and good spelling rewarded with publication.

1849: BBC Radio Five Live will be covering Liverpool's match at Porto, with Alan Green and John Murray providing the commentary from Portugal from 1945 BST - which is when all eight games start. Tune in on 693 & 909 MW if that's your bag.

1848: There are 11 teams involved in the group stages who weren't here last year so a big hello, wilkommen, bonjour, hola, buongiorno and all of that to them.

1847: It is 101 days since AC Milan lifted the European Cup with a win over Liverpool and both sides are back in action tonight. What's that at the back? A bit of moaning about the same old teams in the same old tournament. Oh behave.

1846: That's right, after 16 weeks of having to put up with shoddy midweek soaps and surfing the net looking for something, anything, to while away the hours it is Champions League time.

1845: It's back!

Chelsea 1-1 Rosenborg
18 Sep 07 |  Europe
Porto 1-1 Liverpool
18 Sep 07 |  Europe
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Celtic
18 Sep 07 |  Europe
Champions League photos
18 Sep 07 |  Europe


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