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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2007, 20:37 GMT 21:37 UK
Champions League as it happened
Group A
Besiktas 0-1 FC Porto
Liverpool 0-1 Marseille
Group B
Rosenborg 0-2 Schalke 04
Valencia 1-2 Chelsea
Group C
Lazio 2-2 Real Madrid
Werder Bremen 1-3 Olympiacos
Group D
Benfica 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Celtic 2-1 AC Milan

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

By Charlie Henderson

Player of the Day:
Gregg from Wales earlier suggested John Terry looked like some sort of Catman in his mask (although not the Greenock legend). But never mind what he looked like, he is your star performer for throwing himself into the fray after injury, just holding off rivals with a score of 7.56. Honourable mention for another defender in Stephen McManus, but dishonourable mentions go to Dida, Mohamed Sissoko and Sebastian Leto, who are all hovering around a mark of four.


AS THE GROUPS STAND

Group A: That late Porto goal is not good news for Liverpool who are now third, five points behind Marseille and three adrift of the Portuguese. The Reds face bottom side Besiktas next.

Group B: Chelsea take over top spot - and Joe Cole is claiming the first goal which we initially put down as an own goal. Avram Grant's team are a point in front of Schalke 04 who they play in three weeks at Stamford Bridge.

Group C: That late goal was enough to send Olympiacos top on goal difference from Real Madrid. They go head-to-head in the Spanish capital in the next round of matches.

Group D: Celtic's first win of the campaign puts them third behind AC Milan on goal difference. Shakhtar Donestsk boast a 100% record, with no goals conceded, and are in pole position. The Bhoys go to Benfica in three weeks.


2140: Give your view on the Celtic incident, lacklustre Liverpool or resurgent Chelsea on BBC Radio Five Live's 606 with Tim Lovejoy. Call him on 0500 909 693 or drop the team a text on 85058. Alternatively get tapping on 606...

"Congrats to Celtic and Chelsea on their 2-1 wins. Let's hope Dida gets booked for his theatrics and that Uefa won't get sucked into it and penalise Celtic. Reminds me of Inter's 3-0 punishment in 2005 CL."
neova2 on 606

2138: FULL-TIME Celtic 2-1 AC Milan
The only home win of the night and absolutely wonderful... but will that fan's late actions come back to haunt Celtic? Denmark lost points in Euro qualifying for something similar and Dida was at the heart of that firecracker incident against Inter Milan a few years back when Uefa threw the book at Inter.

"Celtic fans can only hope that the keeper's obviously theatrical collapse will be noticed when the incident is looked at by the authorities... but I doubt it."
GlasgowGooner on 606

2137: Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is doing his nut on the touchline as the match goes into a fifth minute of added time.

2136: GOAL Besiktas 0-1 Porto
Late drama in Turkey, and it's not happy news for the home fans as Ricardo Quaresma scores what must be a match-winner for the visitors. That game is the other one in Liverpool's group.

2136: FULL-TIME Valencia 1-2 Chelsea
Jose who?

2136: FULL-TIME Liverpool 0-1 Marseille
"What are you at Benitez? Mascherano, Kuyt, Babel and Riise on bench and playing like that. Stop the tinkering."
Kirk, from Belfast, via text on 81111

2135: Dida has made a right meal of that tap from a pretty soft looking Glaswegian. He's being stretchered off! No fan should come on a pitch, but no professional footballer should feign injury like that.

2134: Valencia are piling the pressure on Chelsea.

2133: A fan comes on the pitch at Celtic Park and gives Dida a little tap as he runs through the AC Milan box. The Brazilian keeper starts to chase him before falling to ground in dramatic fashion.

2134: Yossi Benayoun misses a sitter with a header and the Fernando Torres hits the Marseille woodwork for Liverpool.

2132: GOAL Werder Bremen 1-3 Olympiacos Darko Kovacevic scores and that could be enough to put the Greeks top of Group C.

2131: GOAL Celtic 2-1 AC Milan AC Milan make a right mess of defending a Celtic corner and Scott McDonald taps in after Dida can't hold Gary Caldwell's low shot.

2130: GOAL Rosenborg 0-2 Schalke 04
Kevin Kuranyi wraps up the points for Schalke 04.

2128: Good firm Celtic defending holds an ambitious AC Milan outfit at bay.

2127: Valencia push for an equaliser, but David Villa has a swinger on the edge of the area before Joaquin fires wide. Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho is sporting an absolutely massive bruise on his forehead that has come up like a red egg.

2126: GOAL Werder Bremen 1-2 Olympiacos
Christos Patsatzoglou puts the Greeks in front.

2125: Chelsea's Michael Essien goes off with a hamstring problem to be replaced by Steve Sidwell.

2124: Liverpool seem happy to bide their time and are playing the ball around at the back when they need to get it forward. Confidence or will they be masters of their own undoing?

2122: Closing in on the final 10 minutes all around Europe.

2119: GOAL Lazio 2-2 Real Madrid
Goran Pandev scores his second equaliser of the night with a low shot into the corner of the Real goal.

2118: GOAL Liverpool 0-1 Marseille
Mohamed Sissoko loses the ball in midfield and Marseille pounce. The Reds defence stands off Mathieu Valbuena who crafts a beautiful finish into the top corner from outside the box.

2116: GOAL Werder Bremen 1-1 Olympiacos
It is all square in Germany as Ieroklis Stoltidis finds the back of the net.

2112: GOAL Valencia 1-2 Chelsea
Outstanding goal. A gorgeous pass from Joe Cole off the outside of his right foot splits the home defence and frees Didier Drogba for a thumping left-footed finish.

2110: Djibril Cisse comes on for Marseille and he hasn't lost that eye for an outrageous hairdo. Shaved lightning strikes and a peroxide braid.

2109: GOAL Celtic 1-1 AC Milan
Kaka keeps his cool to slot from the spot for Milan after Lee Naylor tangled with Massimo Ambrosini in the box.

2106: GOAL Lazio 1-2 Real Madrid
Ruud van Nistelrooy has scored the same number of goals as Britain's teams tonight.

2105: GOAL Celtic 1-0 AC Milan
Scotland is the success story of world football. There's no stopping the fairytale and Stephen McManus bundles a deep, flighted corner in at the back post against the European champions.

2104: GOAL Rosenborg 0-1 Schalke 04
A goal. Happy days. Jermaine Jones scores for Schalke in the other game in Chelsea's group.

2103: Perhaps Avram Grant's not all that different from Jose Mourinho. He has got on the wrong side of the fourth official and receives a real dressing down. Textbook Mourinho, although would the jobsworth have been that confrontational with the 'Special One'?

2102: An hour of the evening's "entertainment" gone and just six goals. We must be well on for a record for the least goals on a Champions League group night. And you can say you were there... kind of.

2100: Which game's more boring - the one at Liverpool or the one at Celtic? A spark of life from Kaka north of the border, but he can't tee up Filippo Inzaghi.

2057: Valencia's David Villa slams the ball beyond Petr Cech but was offside from a Fernando Morientes pass on the edge of the area.

2054: 'Aligate' still rumbles on. Manchester City, Leeds, Rochdale, Leeds, Wimbledon, Leeds, Rochdale and Leeds all get mentions. But enough of that. Let's get back to the football.

"I wish u never mentioned that catman video. I just watched it and it's going to give me nightmares! Liverpool's performance will as well if it keeps up like this."
Ben, in Devon, via text on 81111

2052: Liverpool haven't come out with much more threat, so time to introduce John Arne Riise for the ineffective Sebastian Leto.

2047: Celtic and AC Milan and Valencia and Chelsea are doing the do as well now.

2046: Liverpool and Marseille are back up and running... hopefully a bit better and faster than they were in the first 45.

Player rater: No startling scores out there today. Joe Cole and Fernando Torres are in the mix for the player of the day award. Agree or disagree? Get clicking.

2037: Ali, here comes the response...
"Try being a Brighton fan for the last 15 years!" Laura
"Try supporting Bristol City for more than 30 years. I saw them promoted to the old Division 1 and, at one point, briefly reach the dizzy heights of 6th. After 3 seasons of struggle they finished bottom and went down: successively from Division 1, 2 and 3 before reaching, in just 3 seasons the re-election zone of Division 4 and being 5 minutes from being wound-up." Cricketing_stargazer
"What's your idea of down? I'm a Fulham fan. I'm only 21 and had the pleasure of seeing us get relegated from Div 2 to Div 3." Jack
"I watched Wolves go from 1st to 4th divisions, nearly go bankrupt, then came Bully, and the story goes on. I would love ups and downs like Chelsea." Geezercroman
"I laughed out loud when I read that. Try being a Southampton fan mate. Brilliant 2-1 away win at Sheff United on the Saturday. Dire 5-1 loss four days later at near bottom Preston NE. U want up's and down's? An anonymous rant
... and that's just a sample.

2035: Cheers for the info on the bloke in Greenock who eats rats and was mentioned earlier in the evening. He's called Catman, he could be from Liverpool and is up, close and personal with a rat on something called YouTube.

"I haven't seen Liverpool this bad since Souness was in charge!"
nigusa on 606

"Come on the Blues. I'm only 15 but since I've been a proper Chelsea fan we've been through a lot of ups and downs. The next couple of months are crucial for whether our next move is up or down."
Ali, in Radley, via text on 81111
Who wants to go first and tell Ali about football's ups and downs?

2031: HALF-TIME A very dull game at Anfield is the first to go in for a segment of orange or three. Didier Drogba probably won't need any medical assistance at the break. He's just been haring around like a loon.

2028: Uh oh! Problems for Chelsea... maybe. It's always hard to tell with Didier Drogba but he pulls up and grimaces before holding his bum/hamstring area. He'll last until the break which will be the time for a diagnosis.

2026: GOAL Benfica 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
A goal in Celtic's group and it goes to group leaders Shakhtar, who did for the Bhoys a fortnight ago. Rodrigues Jadson breaks he deadlock in Portugal.

2024: Didier Drogba almost steals in off the back of the last Valencia defender but can't latch on to the throughball.

2022: Someone's put the plug back in at the BBC and everything with the world is alright after all. Cheers for the messages on 606 and via text on 81111 in the meantime, including the predictable moan or two.

2019: Let off for Liverpool as Marseille have the ball in the net. Mamadou Niang forces a good save from Pepe Reina but Karim Ziani is on hand to put the rebound in. Only problem for Marseille is that the linesman's flag is up against Niang for offside. A harsh call.

2018: GOAL Werder Bremen 1-0 Olympiacos
And another. Hugo Almeida slots for the Germans.

2017: GOAL Lazio 1-1 Real Madrid
That did the trick. Goran Pandev swoops for his first Champions League goal and the Stadio Olimpico is in pandemonium.

2016: Goals are drying up as well. Three, just three! With shooting like that we haven't got much chance of hitting the vague heights of 22 that we reached 24 hours ago have we.

2013: BBC HQ seems to be in some sort of internet black hole and all forms of communication and technology are slowly drying up here. Fingers crossed it's not affecting this or you, but if it is hang in there. People are on the case.

2008: Not much to report from Celtic and Liverpool - damp squibs if you will at the moment. But Valencia and Chelsea, well that's another matter. Confusion in defence for the Blues, but they have bodies back to snuff out the danger from white-shirted raiders.

2007: Wonderful control and shot on the turn from Didier Drogba. The Ivorian spins and spears an effort narrowly over from outside the box.

2005: GOAL Valencia 1-1 Chelsea
For all of those predicting Chelsea to fold, think again. Neat play on the left between Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda and when the latter puts in a low cross it is turned in for an own goal by Emiliano Moretti, with Joe Cole in close attendance.

2002: These Italian's don't like it up 'em. Filippo Inzaghi is holding his shoulder after clashing with the sturdy Jean-Joel Doumbe. Kaka's low shot is well saved by Artur Boruc.

2000: AC Milan's Andrea Pirlo takes a nasty knock. No quarter asked or given from Celtic.

1958: Chelsea haven't mustered much of a response to that setback at the Mestalla. They look out of sorts and lacking in confidence.

"Chelsea losing within 10 minutes and lots of defensive mix-ups. A sign of things to come this season?"
Dan N, from Nottingham, via text on 81111

1956: A mistake from Fabio Aurelio but Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina smothers a low shot from Mamadou Niang that skims over the fresh surface. There was a new world record for skimming stones set this week. Something like 57. Crackers.

1954: GOAL Lazio 0-1 Real Madrid
Good going for Spanish teams so far. Ruud van Nistelrooy gets in on the act for Real in the Italian capital, although the goal was made in Holland as the striker turned in Wesley Sneijder's free-kick.

1953: GOAL Valencia 1-0 Chelsea
Never mind whether it's early or late, Chelsea didn't want that. David Villa looks to bulldoze his way through the middle, he's pretty much lost the ball before it takes a wicked ricochet off Michael Essien and the striker is through on goal for a crisp finish.

1950: All going to plan for Celtic. Gordon Strachan said it was imperative not to concede an early goal and they haven't. When does an early goal revert to being just a normal goal?

1947: Lively from Liverpool, but a heavy touch from Fernando Torres on the edge of the box and a chance is gone. Maybe the Spaniard was surprised by the stepover from Peter Crouch.

1946: A good start from Valencia, but David Silva shoots wide when a placed pass into the danger area was the better bet.

1945: Up and running, although Celtic are in a huddle awaiting their opening whistle.

"Celtic Park is bouncing and ready for another great European night. C'mon the Hoops."
Caseyghirl via text on 81111

1944: Only one of Marseille's former Liverpool players is out in the middle to savour that famous Anfield experience on European nights. While Bolo Zenden starts, Djibril Cisse is on the bench. It's sheeting it down on Merseyside as well. An anonymous texter suggests that there's a third Red in the OM ranks, but there ain't. Benoit Cheyrou and Bruno Cheyrou are not one and the same, although they are brothers.

1943: Celtic and AC Milan emerge in persistent Glasgow drizzle. Visiting midfielder Gennaro Gattuso is sure to get a nice reception being a former Ger.

1942: Pat Nevin gave us his view on John Terry's return from injury. "I've had that injury and I thought I was the bravest man on the planet to come back after three weeks!," said the Scot. "He's coming back after about three days. Mine was obviously much worse! I couldn't wear a mask because it was too big a fracture - but it's still a huge risk for Terry to take."

1941: The players are out and what with John Terry's face mask and Petr Cech's headguard, the Chelsea team resemble rejects from a 'Phantom of the Opera' audition. Roman Abramovich isn't sitting with the travelling support today. Back in the VIP seats and he's sporting a broad smile. Must have been good pre-match tapas on offer.

1940: Now it's the Scottish version of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at Celtic. Apparently Greenock has the largest Celtic Supporters Club outside Glasgow. And apparently there's a bloke in Greenock who eats rats. Is that true?

1939: Hopefully Kazim's cleared his throat and is giving it full throttle for 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Most of Anfield seems to be.

"I'm at Anfield. Great atmosphere. Torres to score, I can sense it. We all can."
Kazim, via text on 81111
Can we?

"It's a mistake not starting Shevchenko. I'm probably the only one left who thinks this, but the guy seriously gets zero decent service with Chelsea and they are still playing Jose's rigid system. Class needs a bit of patience sometimes."
JesseJamesTopGunner on 606

1934: John Terry has been going at his headers on full tilt in the warm-up and boss Avram Grant is delighted to have the skipper involved - although you wouldn't guess it looking at his demeanour in a pre-match interview.

"Chelsea will lose tonight, Liverpool will win, Celtic will win too! Sheva should retire and take up shinty."
metalredgaz on 606

"Liverpool win, Celtic and Chelsea to get beaten. I'm nearly always right."
Born_Again on 606

1929: The Champions League has been a release for Marseille so far this season. In Europe they have won one from one. Back home in France they have won one in nine in Le Championnat and are currently 16th in the table.

1926: Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is not putting too much on Marseille's poor domestic form, especially as they have not played for 10 days and have a new manager at the helm in Eric Gerets. He predicts Gerets will have his team "well organised" and ready to play on the counter.

"Celtic won't want their local rivals Rangers to hog the limelight with their result yesterday. Celtic are on a good run and they should get at least a point."
Anonymous via text on 81111
Don't forget to give us your names, and if you're at a match get involved via your mobile.

1923: The Scottish league leaders can also get the inside track from midfielder Massimo Donati who joined in the summer after never really getting a look in at the San Siro. "Milan may not be doing so well in Serie A but they seem to enjoy the Champions League where there is more space and Kaka, Clarence Seedorf and Andrea Pirlo can really hurt teams," he has said.

1920: Like Chelsea and Valencia, Celtic and AC Milan also met in last season's competition. Bhoys boss Gordon Strachan wants his side to do "a wee bit more" than then. "They know the qualities Milan have, but they know they have the qualities to deal with them," he has just said in a snap interview.

1919: Celtic are without a win in their last four Champions League games, but they are on the brink of a tournament record of seven games without conceding a goal at home. Tonight is game number seven.

1917: Hang on! Is this the same AC Milan that are mired in mid-table in Serie A? Sure is. The Rossoneri have scored in every game and have only lost one, but they have only won one as well.

1915: Celtic also face a big test tonight at home to European champions AC Milan.

1912: BBC Radio 5live are at the Mestalla with Simon Brotherton and Ian Brown providing commentary and Graham Taylor the snippets of genius from the summariser's seat. The former England manager is worried about John Terry playing. "Going back many, many years I had Paul Gascoigne playing in a mask when he had his cheekbone broken. He was a midfielder, but in John's case as a centre-half he has to come forward and head the ball, he's got to go over the top of people, there'll be elbows about and personally I'd be a little concerned."

"Valencia and Chelsea match to end in a draw cos I really can't see them losing at the Mestalla again to Chelsea. Even with JM it would have ended a draw."
abatlarge on 606

1910: It is not all doom and gloom for Chelsea fans... and Avram Grant. Valencia have kept just two clean sheets this season, so Didier Drogba could have a sniff, and there's always the memory of their quarter-final win at the Mestalla last season to fall back on.

1908: Former Chelsea favourite Pat Nevin isn't too sure of Chelsea either: "For the first time in a long time I would suggest Chelsea are underdogs for this game. It will be interesting to see what difference that makes."

1906: An inside line from a Chelsea fan living in Valencia. Spend enough time trawling 606 and you can actually catch a gem of information sometimes so over to you toomuchtimeonhands: "I can't see Chelsea getting a win. Valencia will score goals. True, Valencia are not the team they were five years ago and the manager is not very popular here even though he is winning. They are very good at getting the 1-0 results and I suspect that will be the case tonight."

1902: Chelsea will need all the help they can get so it's good the skipper is there to set an example. They have won just one of their last six games, but Valencia away is a slightly different proposition from Hull away. The Spaniards have won their last seven on the spin and are third in La Liga.

1859: "If there's one player on this earth who can face this kind of situation it is John Terry." So said Valencia's striker David Villa on the Chelsea skipper. That 135,000 weekly pay cheque probably helps ease the burden of donning a mask of weirdness, but hats off to him for coming back to help the cause just 72 hours after an operation on his cheekbone.

1856: There's the team news, but what chance have they got? Get in the mix on 606 to help the evening go with a swing with your verdict on the action and any associated banter. Alternatively text us on 81111.

1853: TEAM NEWS Valencia v Chelsea
John Terry will wear his weird mask and Michael Essien also comes in. Andriy Shevchenko is on the bench. Mmmmm, new man Avram Grant going against Roman Abramovich's will already is he?

1851: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Marseille
The Reds start with Peter Crouch in attack with Fernando Torres. There is also a place for Leto in midfield alongside Mohamed Sissoko.

"Why Leto ahead of Babel or Riise? From what I've seen of him he's lumbering and little else. Prove me wrong Rafa.
Adam, in the Wirral, via text on 81111

1850: TEAM NEWS Celtic v AC Milan
Bhoys midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura has not recovered from a knee injury so Jiri Jarosik comes in.

1849: As well as Chelsea's trip to Valencia and Liverpool hosting Marseille, the third of the British triumvirate in an action tonight are Celtic, who entertain AC Milan. All three are looking for their first wins in the competition.

1847: The other trend is definitely good news for us. More and more goals are going in. On the opening Tuesday there were 17 strikes, 19 the next evening and then 22 last night.

1846: A couple of trends appeared in yesterday's games and moving on out does not mean moving on up - whatever M People might say. Dynamo Kiev and Steaua Bucharest both binned bosses after the first round of games and lost last night. That does not bode well for Chelsea, as they continue to struggle with life after Jose Mourinho. And Liverpool's opponents Marseille also have a new man at the helm, which should guarantee at least one British win.

1845: All aboard the Champions League pantechnicon for another night chasing goals with Europe's footballing movers and shakers.



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