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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2007, 21:14 GMT
Champions League as it happened
Group E
Barcelona 2-0 Rangers
Lyon 4-2 VfB Stuttgart
Group F
Manchester United 4-0 Dynamo Kiev
Sporting 2-2 Roma
Group G
Inter Milan 4-2 CSKA Moscow
Fenerbahce 2-0 PSV Eindhoven
Group H
Slavia Prague 0-0 Arsenal
Steaua Bucharest 0-2 Sevilla


By Charlie Henderson

Player of the Day: Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez is your man of the moment with a mark of 8.10. Thierry Henry takes the gong for best player in Barcelona's win over Rangers, despite playing volleyball for the first goal, and at Henry's former club Theo Walcott somehow holds off Manuel Almunia with a mark of 6.57 to 6.52.

As for the marriage of the day, James Perryman said yes. That's official.


Group E: There is daylight in the points column between Barcelona and Rangers and Walter Smith's men are just a point ahead of Lyon. They meet in the final group game at Ibrox. Stuttgart are done for. No points and out of everything. Rangers play them next.

Group F: Manchester United are the only team with a 100% record in the competition and are in the next round. Roma could overhaul them, but will be more concerned by holding off Sporting to go through in second. Dynamo Kiev could still get in the Uefa Cup.

Group G: Inter Milan and Fenerbahce are out in front on nine and eight points respectively. PSV Eindhoven and CSKA Moscow are off the pace with four points and one point respectively. It goes to show you shouldn't have initials before your name. Just ask VfB Stuttgart for confirmation.

Group H: Arsenal secured the draw they needed in Prague to progress to the last 16, but Sevilla are just a point behind them now with a meeting in Andalucia next up on the fixture list. That should decide who goes through as group winners. Slavia Prague look good for the Uefa Cup as Steaua Bucharest look good for nothing.

2157: That's that then. Tim Lovejoy's in the 606 chair tonight on BBC Radio 5 Live so give him a call on 0500 909 693. It's free. You can text on 85058. That's not free. Network rates apply. And you can log on to 606 and get in the mix in any debate that takes your fancy. That is free.

2156: That's all the goals you missed out on then as life went haywire at BBC Towers. Just three - and a whole lot of swearing from assorted people - which took the night's tally to 26, the best return from a night in the group stages this term.

"This online catastrophe reminds me of the chaos that time my gran accidentally cooked her cat. Whoever knew Fluffy could be so tasty?"
ronalville on 606

2155: Rangers went down 2-0 to Barcelona but stay second in Group E, one point ahead of Lyon who saw off Stuttgart in a great game with a late goal from Juninho.

2154: Arsenal maintained their run of not conceding and secured the point at Slavia Prague that means they progress to the knockout stages as well.

2152: Cristiano Ronaldo scored an absolute belter for Manchester United to cap their win over Dynamo Kiev, but of more significance was a goal from Roma's David Pizarro. That levelled things up for the Italians against Sporting and ensured United booked a place in the last 16.

2150: After the computer equivalent of the ebola virus plagues the BBC at just the wrong moment we're back to let you know Arsenal and Manchester United have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Oh, and whilst we're at it with the breaking news, did you hear England won the World Cup in 1966?




"I desperately hope that Manchester United and Arsenal do not get paired together until the final. That would be a stunning finale to an already absolute legendary season."
jpalongo on 606
Steady on old chap. There's still a long way to go yet.

2123: An effort on goal from Rangers. Jean-Claude Darcheville rifles a low free-kick on goal... but it's straight at Victor Valdes. Barcelona have still to concede a goal in the competition. The only other team still with a '0' in the goals against column is Arsenal.

2120: All that running up and down was worth it for Emmanuel Adebayor, as was the trip to Prague. He gets some game time with Nicklas Bendtner going off.

2118: Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia makes another fine stop to deny Zdenek Senkerik, the striker racing on to a ball over the top and attempting to lift the ball over the Spaniard, who stood tall to block the shot.

2117: GOAL Manchester United 3-0 Dynamo Kiev
Wayne Rooney meets Nani's wonderful cross from the right with a cracking finish on the half volley from six yards. That makes it nine goals in nine games for the United number 10.

"Nani looks like he could be the real deal."
The Adventures of Giuseppe Rossi on 606

2116: GOAL Inter Milan 4-2 CSKA Moscow
Comeback of the night and a real contender for goal of the night. Zlatan Ibrahimovic collects the ball in the middle of the park no real danger to CSKA. Think again. A drag back and he's in space before unleashing an arrowing shot into the top corner. Sensational. That will keep them top of the pile in Group G.

"Don't do it James Perryman. I've seen anonymous flirt with others on this site."
Shane in Belfast, via text on 81111
Bad news Shane, about 20 people claiming to be James have given a wedding the big thumbs up after that text proposal. Then again a good dozen have said no, including James who doesn't fancy marrying a "big psycho".

2114: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has got himself a blanket to keep warm now. Unlike his players it's not red. He's opted for a shade of brown.

2111: GOAL Sporting 2-1 Roma
And Sporting have come from behind as well with a second from Liedson. That means Manchester United are not mathematically assured of going through tonight... although it would have to be the mother and father of cock-ups over the coming month to deny Sir Alex Ferguson and his squad a place in the next stage.

2110: GOAL Inter Milan 3-2 CSKA Moscow
Inter came from behind in Moscow and have done it again with a second of the night from Esteban Cambiasso who hooks the ball in right-footed from close-range following a corner.

2110: GOAL Steaua Bucharest 0-2 Sevilla
That wraps that up for Sevilla and means Steaua are left to play for a place in the Uefa Cup. Brazilian midfielder Renato gets his second of the night.

2109: A second change for Rangers. If Luis Aragones is at the Nou Camp it was worth the visit as Nacho Novo has come on for DaMarcus Beasley.

2108: The crowd in Prague are jumping up and down to keep warm and Emmanuel Adebayor is warming up with a trot on the sidelines. Arsenal might need him. Slavia are on top.

2106: That should be three for Barcelona, but Lionel Messi doesn't get enough on a squared reverse pass from Thierry Henry and his side-footed effort dribbles well wide. The Argentine looks disgusted.

2105: Two wonderful saves from Dynamo Kiev's Olexandr Shovkovskiy. Patrice Evra works wonders to start a move which ends with Carlos Tevez from a central position and a low follow-up drive from Danny Simpson is smothered at the post.

"James Perryman. Will you marry me?"
Anonymous via text on 81111
Let us know how it goes.

2102: Jean-Claude Darcheville comes on for Charlie Adam as Rangers look for a way back into their game in Barcelona.

2100: Justice for Lyon after the worst penalty decision ever. Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez stubbed his toe after an air shot outside the area and Russian ref Your Baskakov points to the spot. Disbelief at the decision and the save. Remy Vercoutre has not exactly covered himself in glory but goes the right way to deny Thomas Hitzlsperger and then covers his Lyon team-mates in kisses.

2058: "Messy" says the commentator. The pictures say anything but as Lionel Messi twists in the box and gets a shot away. Allan McGregor saves.

2056: GOAL Lyon 3-2 VfB Stuttgart
Stuttgart will have no chance of making the knockout stages if they lose, but they're not out of it yet. Andreas Beck breaks clear down the right and Mario Gomez is in the right place at the right time in the box to convert his cross.

2053: Capped Slavia coach Karel Jarolim is jumping up and down in the rain thinking his side have got a penalty. They haven't. Zdenek Senkerik dived and almost splashed with Lassan Diarra nearby.

2051: Xavi meets a low cross from man of the first 45 Carles Puyol and places a shot just wide. It took a slight deflection. Rangers clear the corner.

2050: Blimey. A flood of goals in the first half and now a flurry of texts. Who's the odd one out who hasn't got involved?

"Rangers can't even get to play 'anti-football' at the Nou Camp!"
Sean, in Derry, via text on 81111

2048: Second half here we go. Just the 17 goals so far. The best return from a midweek match day so far has been 24. That is there for the taking.

2047: Hopefully Arsenal's subs packed an umbrella as well as those duvets and bobble hats. It is absolutely sheeting it down in Prague. Not great for the fans. It's an open stadium. Maybe if they had 496m to spend they could have got a roof!

2046: Chelsea suffered a goalkeeping injury yesterday and today Manchester United do. Edwin van der Sar has a recurrence of that foot injury and Tomasz Kuszczak. Nemaja Vidic takes the captain's armband.

"Edwin van der Sar has a recurrence of Tomasz Kuszczak? That injury sounds nasty."
Josh, via text on 81111
Ahem. That need a "comes on".

Player rater: Goals galore and slick attacking from Manchester United and Barcelona. So who do you think your player of the first 45 is? That's right, Barca captain and defender Carles Puyol.

"Arsenal are v poor. They couldn't score glass with this performance."
nigusa on 606

"A typical display from a complete team, Man Utd all over."

"Rangers are chasing shadows and are being taught a lesson in movement by Barca."
Steve, via text on 81111

"Anti-football is dead. Long live total football!"
redandblackT on 606
"Anti-football? Messi didn't and you dont know what your talking about. Besides Barcelona adopted the same tactics after their first goal that Rangers did a fortnight ago. They sat back, let Rangers play and played on the break. No difference at all."
donkamero on 606

Zdenek Senkerik heads over minutes before the break. He is flagged offisde, but wasn't. Not the best from the Gunners, but then again they only need a point to go through. Manchester United are also good for the knockout stages as things stand.

2029: Arsenal may have gone over the baggage allowance on the flight to Prague. Their substitutes packed a duvet each to keep them warm on the sidelines along with the gloves and bobble hats. Looks a bit parky.

2027: GOAL Barcelona 2-0 Rangers
Exceptional. It's like watching football in fast forward as Barca work the ball in tight space on the edge of the box. Thierry Henry to Ronaldinho, a one-two with Lionel Messi and while the Brazilian's shot is parried the Argentine easily slots.

"OK, that Barcelona goal was actually a goal, unlike that joke of a handball for the first."
donkamero on 606

2025: An uncharacteristically lame effort on goal from Thierry Henry. Lionel Messi slips a pass to the Frenchman who shoots straight at Allan McGregor.

2022: GOAL Manchester United 2-0 Dynamo Kiev
Carlos Tevez breaks from inside his own half on the left, powers forward and after exchanging a one-two with Wayne Rooney on the edge of the box drills a right foot finish high past the keeper, who should have done better. Now back to that first United goal.

2021: GOAL Lyon 3-1 Stuttgart
Hatem Ben Arfa with his second of the evening, picks up a pass from Sidney Govou, dazzles Ludovic Magnin with some fancy footwork and produces a lovely finish into the top corner from a tight angle.

2021: Arsenal are under the cosh in Prague and they are saved from going behind by a brilliant tip over from Manuel Almunia, denying the impressive Zdenek Senkerik.

2019: GOAL Inter Milan 2-2 CSKA Moscow
And more. Inter are on terms with a goal from Esteban Cambiasso. Three goals in three minutes. Time to get back to some more description about that Manchester United goal.

2018: GOAL Inter Milan 1-2 CSKA Moscow
Goal crazy in Group G! Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets in on the act.

2017: GOAL Fenerbahce 2-0 PSV Eindhoven
And Fenerbahce double their advantage as well. Semih Senturk gets his name on the scoresheet.

2017: GOAL Inter Milan 0-2 CSKA Moscow
Vagner Love makes it two for CSKA Moscow.

"I'd love to see Jo and Vagner in the Premer League. They're both prolific strikers."mdfactor on 606

2016: GOAL Fenerbahce 1-0 PSV Eindhoven
A goal for former Brighton legend and Sheffield United substitute Colin Kazim-Richards.

"Colin Kazim-Richards a Brighton legend? You are making things up. Peter Ward, Bobby Zamora, Gary Hart, now they are Brighton legends."
Pete via text on 81111
724 results for a "Kazim-Richards Brighton legend" search. 97,600 for Ward, 6,340 for Zamora and 86,100 for Hart. Point taken, although there was a tongue in a cheek somewhere there.

2015: GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Dynamo Kiev
Pinball in the Dynamo box and Gerard Pique nods in. Michael Carrick meets Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick with a goalbound header which loops off the crown of Carlos Tevez to defender Pique, who picks his spot.

2014: There was some debate earlier on 606 about which game to watch. Well Lyon against Stuttgart is a cracker which is "raining shots" according to sources. "It should be 4-4". It's not. It's still 2-1 Lyon.

2012: A snappy turn and shot from Ronaldinho on the edge of the box and Allan McGregor leaps well to tip over.

2011: GOAL Steaua Bucharest 0-1 Sevilla
Steaua boss Marius Lacatus came into the game talking up his team's chances of qualifying, proclaiming they still had "a chance". Maybe it's time to revise that. Renato puts Sevilla in front.

2010: GOAL Sporting 1-1 Roma
Sporting have had more of the ball and now they are on terms with a goal from Liedson.

2008: GOAL Inter Milan 0-1 CSKA Moscow
CSKA took the lead when these two met a fortnight ago before losing. What will happen this time? They've got that goal with Jo on target.

2007: They may be a goal down but Rangers are beginning to get more of a foothold in the game against Barcelona.

"Rumour has it that Luis Aragones is in the stands at the Camp Nou to watch Nacho Novo with the possibility of a call up."
Mark Severin, in Glasgow, via text on 81111
Could be a wasted trip then.

2002: Classic Wayne Rooney booking. He chases back to retrive the ball and hacks at Artem Milevskiy.

2001: GOAL Lyon 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
Comedy keeping from Remy Vercoutre and just 30 seconds after going two up, Lyon are one up. He can't hold Thomas Hitzlsperger's long-range drive and Mario Gomez pops up to nudge in the rebound.

2000: GOAL Lyon 2-0 VfB Stuttgart
Kim Kallstrom makes it two for Lyon.

1959: A golden chance for Slavia Prague to exact some sort of revenge on Arsenal but Mickael Tavares heads wide.

1958: Thierry Henry's time in England comes in useful as he barks some expletives at Charlie Adam. The Rangers man catches Henry on the ankle and the Frenchman sure knows about it.

"Three seasons ago a plucky young Charlie Adam was playing in the Scottish First Division. Now he is playing in the Camp Nou. I fancy the wee man to do the business tonight with a trademark free-kick."
Robert McInroy, in Glasgow, via text on 81111

"That 'trademark free-kick' won't cancel out an Henry hat-trick though."
John, in Glasgow, via text on 81111

1955: Carlos Tevez whips a cross through the Dynamo area from the right but nobody is there to make any connection with it.

1954: The best thing in a dull game in Prague is the cap the Slavia coach Karel Jarolim is wearing. Black and of the baseball variety. In fact, that's not all that either.

1952: GOAL Lyon 1-0 VfB Stuttgart
Both teams are desperate for the points and Lyon make the better start with Hatem Ben Arfa on target.

1951: GOAL Sporting 0-1 Roma
Marco Cassetti slots and that's good news for Manchester United who need to better Sporting's result tonight to qualify.

1950: GOAL Barcelona 1-0 Rangers
Lionel Messi nods Ronaldinho's cross into the box and Thierry Henry slides in to bundle the ball over the line. More than a hint of handball as Messi's header bounced back off the post before Henry swept it in.

1949: Rangers could be in for a long night. Barcelona have hit their straps early, pinging the ball about with panache.

1947: A good early showing from United on the park, but not their fans in the stands where there are plenty of empty red seats. Cristiano Ronaldo is off target with a volley.

1946: Things get going in the Czech capital. Arsenal have a good record there having beaten Sparta three times in recent seasons, including in the qualifying campaign for this term's group stages.

1945: Sharp, punctual starts in Manchester and Barcelona. All a bit more relaxed in Prague.

"I got a wee feeling Rangers may sneak a win tonight. Hope they do."
KrisBairn06... on 606

1940: Players in the tunnel and Rangers are in their change strip of white. Arsenal in red and blue hoops. Edwin van der Sar is the Manchester United skipper tonight.

"I'm surprised Smith hasn't started Novo tonight. He'll have a point to prove and will be even more determined than usual in front of his friends and family! Rangers to win 1-0. Cuellar to score. Easy."
Sean, from Glasgow, via text on 81111

1937: You can follow all the action from the Nou Camp with your ears by tuning into BBC Radio 5 Live. Simon Brotherton, Ian Brown and Pat Nevin are there. An estimated 20,000 Rangers fans are in the city, but how many have got into the ground. Have you?

1935: Frank Rijkaard gave Lionel Messi a verbal slapping for describing Rangers as playing "anti-football" at Ibrox last time out. Whatever you want to call it Walter Smith has pinpointed his priority as denying Xavi and Andres Iniesta "easy possession to supply the goalscorers".

1932: That's the only time Rangers have won on a trip to Spain. Eight games, six defeats and two draws. The majority verdict from you on 606 and via text on 81111 is that it will be seven defeats come tonight's conclusion.

"I'd love to see the Gers win... but let's be honest, there is more chance of England qualifying for Euro 2008."
haribo_nc on 606

1929: And Rangers have happy memories of the Nou Camp having won the Cup Winners' Cup there in 1972. Some members of that team flew out with the current squad.

1928: But then again Barcelona have never beaten Scottish opponents at home. Celtic have drawn there twice and Dundee United won their 2-1 in 1987 in the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup. Not so impressive.

1925: Barcelona are second in La Liga and beat Real Betis 3-0 at the weekend to stretch their winning run at the Nou Camp to seven. They last conceded a goal at home 351 minutes ago. That's almost six hours. Impressive.

1923: We have yet to have a week in the Champions League where all six British representatives have avoided defeat and Rangers could be the stumbling block in achieving that tonight with a daunting trip to Barcelona.

"Arsenal 2-0 win; Man U 3 -1 win; Barca 3-1 win."
Dontbelievethepapers... on 606

1919: But Slavia coach Karel Jarolim has remained upbeat about his team's chances... kind of. While saying their will be no repeat of that tame surrender with a rallying cry of "the result will be different", he added: "Any points for us would be great." Maybe the result will be the same after all.

1917: Slavia Prague are flying high in the Gambrinus Liga, but we all know it's a different matter in Europe after that 7-0 thumping at the Emirates, a performance Arsene Wenger described as "complete".

1914: Arsenal are the other team in the tournament boasting a 100% record to date and they are marking a milestone as well this week. This is Arsene Wenger's 100th match as a manager in the Champions League. He is second in the all-time list to Sir Alex Ferguson who has 130 and counting to his name.

1912: In stark contrast Manchester United are one of only two teams in the competition still boasting a 100% record and have won their last seven at home in Europe.

1911: The Ukrainians are off the pace domestically and in Europe. If they don't take anything from this game they will be all but out of the Champions League. Bad news all round for them. They haven't won any of their last 10 matches in the competition.

1909: On top of that Dynamo Kiev have never won in England in seven attempts.

1907: While Sir Alex Ferguson has just rung up 21 years, his rival in the opposing dug out is taking charge of a team for the first time tonight. Dynamo Kiev boss Oleg Luzhny won on his debut as a player in England for Arsenal against Manchester United in the Community Shield. But he never won at Old Trafford, losing 6-1 and 2-0.

1904: There were even reports the Manchester United kit man had a pop at a Manchester Evening News reporter for that paper's supposed Manchester City bias. Hopefully the team are as rumbustious out on the pitch tonight.

1903: Sir Alex Ferguson has celebrated his 21st anniversary at Old Trafford with liberal broadsides at pretty much anyone this week, including a cracker at sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe who criticised Manchester United for putting up prices. The Scot was further infuriated when he found out the MP supported United: "He will not be coming back again. He can go and watch that mob FC United."

1859: TEAM NEWS Manchester United v Dynamo Kiev
United have rung the changes and Rio Ferdinand has been given a breather on his 29th birthday. Gerard Pique takes his place, Danny Simpson comes in for Wes Brown, Michael Carrick replaces Owen Hargreaves, Nani gets the nod in place of Ryan Giggs and Anderson makes way for Darren Fletcher.

"Slightly surprised with the inclusion of Fletch, Simpson and Pique. Fergie usually waits until we have mathematically qualified before ringing the changes."
jervisd on 606

1857: While we wait for Sir Alex Ferguson's minnion to hand in the team sheet time to flag up 606 and the text service on 81111. It's there for you to voice your thoughts on the action anytime during the evening. Early shouts are for three British wins.

1855: TEAM NEWS Slavia Prague v Arsenal
Is this the Champions League or the Carling Cup? In come Lassana Diarra, Alex Song, Gilberto Silva, Denilson, Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Eduardo and Nicklas Bendtner. Just the eight changes then from the team that drew with Manchester United. Manuel Almunia, Gael Clichy and William Gallas keep their places.

1853: TEAM NEWS Barcelona v Rangers
Walter Smith told his squad the team this afternoon, and here it is for you. He favours a 4-1-4-1 formation in Europe and that's not going to be changing tonight. Daniel Cousin leads the line, Brahim Hemdani comes in for the suspended Kevin Thomson and Charlie Adam replaces Nacho Novo.

1851: Make that today for some parts of the world as the sun sweeps up across Asia as we speak. Liverpool did their bit for record breakers yesterday with that 8-0 drubbing of Besiktas, but will it be a goner by full-time tonight... or should that be a Gooner?

1850: Did you know it's international World Record Day tomorrow?

Man Utd 4-0 Dynamo Kiev
07 Nov 07 |  Europe
Slavia Prague 0-0 Arsenal
07 Nov 07 |  Europe
Barcelona 2-0 Rangers
07 Nov 07 |  Europe
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07 Nov 07 |  Europe
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