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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2007, 21:57 GMT
Live - Champions League


Group A
Besiktas 2-1 Marseille
Liverpool 4-1 FC Porto

Group B
Rosenborg 0-4 Chelsea

Valencia 0-0 Schalke 04

Group C
Lazio 1-2 Olympiakos
Werder Bremen 3-2 Real Madrid

Group D
Benfica 1-1 AC Milan
Celtic 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk


Blackburn 0-4 Aston Villa


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By Caroline Cheese

2206: Many thanks for all the fabulous 606 chat and your texts - mainly pointing out that Aston Villa have won three in a row on the road. Everyone got that now?! Why not continue the chat with TV's Tim Lovejoy on Radio 5 Live's 606. He's on 0500 909 693, or 85058 via text. Ta ta.

2200: Now what about BBC Sport's interactive Player Rater? Well Aiden McGeady top-rates for Celtic on a round 7 - which is a bit stingy if you ask me - but the runaway winner is Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on a remarkable 9.09. Fernando Torres runs him close on 8.74 though.

2158: "I want to say thank you to all our fans. They deserve the result today, it was for them."
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez

2154: Chelsea and AC Milan are the only sides to make sure of their places in the knockout stage tonight. Real Madrid are among those clubs who will have to wait for the last round of matches on 11 and 12 December. Group D - featuring Celtic and Milan - will finish on 4 December.

2152: FULL-TIME Backburn 0-4 Aston Villa
Aston Villa notch up their fourth straight win and their third on the road. Blackburn will no doubt be upset by two decisions - Benni McCarthy's offside goal and the sending-off of Ryan Nelson.

2150: "Marseille are a tidy side but if Liverpool go there and don't get the result they need, they'll only have themselves to blame."
BBC 5 analyst Chris Waddle

2147: GOAL Blackburn 0-4 Aston Villa
This is turning into a nightmare for 10-man Blackburn. Gareth Barry sends John Carew on his way and when his shot is parried by Brad Friedel, Marlon Harewood has time to take a touch before tucking away his first league goal for Villa.

2144: "Aidan McGeady - legend."
Zippy, George and Bungle on 606

2142: Well, Celtic's last-gasp winner means all three British clubs win tonight. Liverpool now need to win in Marseille - asssuming Porto win or draw at home to Besiktas. If Porto lose, Liverpool would have the best of a three-way tie for second place. Besiktas could yet win the group with a goal difference of minus eight. Which is quite interesting.

2139: GOAL Blackburn 0-3 Aston Villa
Gabriel Agbonlahor's pull-back eludes everyone and ends up with Ashley Young, who cuts inside and curls his shot past Brad Friedel from 20 yards. Lovely finish.

2138: FULL-TIME Celtic 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
What a finish! Celtic need a draw in Milan in their last game to qualify for the last 16. Milan - Massimo Donati's old club - have already qualified.

2137: GOAL Celtic 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Aiden McGeady does brilliantly to make some space on the right and substitute Massimo Donati's shot takes a slight deflection to beat Andriy Pyatov. Parkhead goes crazy - again.

2134: FULL-TIME Rosenborg 0-4 Chelsea
Chelsea qualify for the last 16 with a thumping away win. Valencia's draw with Schalke means they go out.

2134: FULL-TIME Liverpool 4-1 Porto
A late flurry of goals keeps Liverpool's Champions League hopes alive.

2131: GOAL Besiktas 2-1 Marseille
Deivson Bobo scores to put Besiktas and that makes it very tight in Group A. All four sides are set to head into the last games with a chance of reaching the last 16. Liverpool will need to beat Marseille away to be sure of qualifying.

2129: To the person who texted in to ask if Chelsea boss Avram Grant has cracked a smile yet: I can confirm that his lips did indeed curl upwards... once.

2127: GOAL Liverpool 4-1 Porto
Porto forget to mark Peter Crouch at a corner and are punished when the substitute heads home. The visiting keeper complains that Dirk Kuyt blocked him but his moans fall on deaf ears.

2124: Celtic make their third substitution with Chris Killen coming on and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink making way. Celtic really need a winner or they may be left needing to win in Milan to qualify for the knockout stage.

2123: GOAL Liverpool 3-1 Porto
Liverpool win a penalty when Milan Stepanov uses his arm to clear a free-kick and Steven Gerrard sends the keeper the wrong way. Benitez's side are suddenly in control.

2120: I don't get a text for ages and the minute I make a mistake, they come flooding in... Many apologies, Aston Villa fans. This will be their third straight away win.

2118: GOAL Liverpool 2-1 Porto
Harry Kewell plays in Fernando Torres and the Spanish striker accelerates away from the defender before stroking the ball home. Relief all round at Anfield.

2116: GOAL Werder Bremen 3-2 Real Madrid
What a game at the Weserstadion. With nearly 20 minutes remaining, Ruud van Nistelrooy reduces the deficit.

2113: GOAL Rosenborg 0-4 Chelsea
Michael Essien's piledriver is only parried and Joe Cole is on hand to tuck away the rebound. Chelsea in cruise control and well on their way to the last 16.

2112: Peter Crouch comes on for Liverpool, replacing Yossi Benayoun.

2112: GOAL Blackburn 0-2 Aston Villa
Gareth Barry puts away the penalty and Villa are on their way to a third straight away win.

2110: RED CARD Blackburn
Ryan Nelsen pulls Gabriel Agbonlahor's shirt and the striker goes down. Nelsen gets his marching orders and it's a penalty for Villa. Looks like a harsh red card.

2109: Chelsea make their first change as Didier Drogba is replaced by Andriy Shevchenko.

2109: GOAL Besiktas 1-1 Marseille
Taye Taiwo's equaliser for Marseille could spell bad news for Liverpool.

2108: GOAL Lazio 1-2 Olympiakos
Darko Kovacevic puts Olympiakos ahead in Rome.

2106: We've had two confirmed sightings of a boy cheerleader (see 2056 entry) at Carlisle's Brunton Park. Many thanks to Jamie and Tim who texted in.

2105: The cheerleaders are off and the second-half is away at Ewood Park.

2103: GOAL Werder Bremen 3-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid only need a point from this game to make sure of their last 16 place and they don't look like they're going to get it. Aaron Hunt makes it 3-1.

2102: Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez makes his first change, introducing Harry Kewell for Andriy Voronin.

2056: Absolutely tremendous half-time entertainment at Ewood Park. A pair of cheerleaders - one boy, one girl - perform a very, er, boisterous routine for the crowd - who remain brilliantly unmoved. A boy cheerleader... is that a first? Anyone know any more about these characters? Are they regulars at Blackburn?

2055: Liverpool striker Fernando Torres controls Pepe Reina's long kick and cuts in from the left but his precise pass is screwed horribly wide by Yossi Benayoun.

2053: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba plays the ball in for Shaun Wright-Phillips but the winger's shot comes back off the bar and Frank Lampard's follow-up is blocked.

2047: It's half-time at Ewood Park. The Champions League matches are just getting up and running in the second half.

2044: As it stands, Chelsea are through to the last 16, Liverpool will need to win their last game and Celtic will need to win their last game to be sure of qualifying.

2043: Aston Villa go close to a second. John Carew flicks on a long ball for Gabriel Agbonlahor whose first-time shot is well saved by Brad Friedel.

2042: Jose should have concentrated a bit more in science lessons. A donkey? Becoming a horse?

2039: Jesualdo Ferreira may be masterminding Porto's possible passage into the Champions League last 16 but Jose Mourinho doesn't think much of him. Comparing himself to Ferreira, Mourinho said: "One is a coach with a 30-year career, the other with a three-year one. The one with 30 years has never won anything; the one with three years has won a lot. This could be the story of a donkey who worked for 30 years but never became a horse."

2035: The last of the Champions League half-time whistles goes at Parkhead and Celtic are right back in it.

2033: An easier chance for Jiri Jarosik. Aiden McGeady delivers a dangerous cross from the right but the Czech midfielder's diving header goes inches wide.

2030: GOAL Celtic 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Parkhead comes alive as Jiri Jarosik smacks an angled volley past Andriy Pyatov. Celtic keep their hopes alive.

2029: GOAL Blackburn 0-1 Aston Villa
Ashley Young whips in a free-kick from the left, Brad Friedel comes but fails to collect and John Carew heads in.

2026: GOAL Werder Bremen 2-1 Real Madrid
Werder Bremen - currently bottom of Group C - take the lead against leaders Real Madrid as Boubacar Sanogo volleys home from Markus Rosenberg's cross.

2025: GOAL Rosenborg 0-3 Chelsea
Alex's low free-kick from 35 yards goes through a crowd of Rosenborg players, takes a slight deflection and hits the bottom corner. Abdou Traore even tries a bizarre cartwheel to try to block the Brazilian's effort. It's entertaining but useless.

2023: John Kennedy is stretchered off and Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is forced into a second defensive substitution, with Stephen Pressley replacing him. The luck doesn't seem to be with the hosts.

2020: GOAL Lazio 1-1 Olympiakos
Luciano Galletti gets Olympiakos back on level terms with a drive from Ieroklis Stoltidis's cross.

2020: Benni McCarthy has the ball in the net after finishing a flowing Blackburn move - but is flagged offside. Replays show that might be a harsh decision. Lisandro Lopez wastes a glorious chance to put Porto ahead at Anfield.

2019: RED CARD Valencia
David Albelda gets his marching orders for a professional foul against Schalke in a game the Spanish side must win if they are to have any hope of progress to the last 16.

2017: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 FC Porto
Przemyslaw Kazmierczak puts the cross in and Lisandro Lopez outmuscles Alvaro Arbeloa to head home. A goal out of the blue for the visitors but it boosts their hopes of qualification - and damages Liverpool's.

2015: GOAL Lazio 1-0 Olympiacos
From a long ball, Tommaso Rocchi cuts the ball back for Goran Pandev to tap in and as it stands, they will join Real Madrid in the last 16.

2012: GOAL Besiktas 1-0 Marseille
Rodrigo Tello puts the Turkish side ahead in Istanbul.

2009: Aston Villa keeper Scott Carson makes a decent save from a long-distance David Dunn effort. He's made a better start than he did seven days ago then.

2006: GOAL Benfica 1-1 AC Milan
Maxi Pereira gets the Portuguese side back on level terms - but unless Celtic can recover at Parkhead, they're still on their way out.

2005: GOAL Rosenborg 0-2 Chelsea
Shaun Wright-Phillips wins a 50-50 challenge on the right and slips the ball through for Didier Drogba to finish.

2003: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Porto
Steven Gerrard takes the corner from the left and Fernando Torres loses his marker with surprising ease to head home.

2001: GOAL Benfica 0-1 AC Milan
Andrea Pirlo's goal means as it stands AC Milan are going through - and Celtic are going out.

2000: Tonight's Premier League game gets under way as Celtic are forced into a substitution, Massimo Donati replacing Lee Naylor.

1959: GOAL Werder Bremen 1-1 Real Madrid
Normal service is resumed as Robinho gets the Spanish champions back on level terms.

1957: Drogba's goal - which was followed by a rubbish celebration in which he pretended to be cold - means, as it stands, Chelsea are into the last 16.

1955: "Benitez is rather bland but Porto's manager has Quaresma."
Ellis in London via text on 81111 (Is that worse than the joke at 1906?)

1952: GOAL Rosenborg 0-1 Chelsea
And just as I say that... Joe Cole drives through the middle and unleashes a stinging shot which keeper Lars Hirschfeld can only parry into Didier Drogba's path. The striker lashes it on the volley into the top of the net.

1951: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is looking threatening early on, scrambling a shot just wide and the shooting inches off target from 25 yards. He turns creator to set Michael Essien up in front of an open goal, but he shoots wildly off target as Chelsea continue to dominate.

1950: GOAL Werder Bremen 1-0 Real Madrid
That's a bit of a surprise. Markus Rosenberg puts the German side one up against Real - who only need a point to make the last 16.

1949: GOAL Celtic 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
What is about Celtic against Shakhtar? They make another disastrous start as they did in Ukraine. John Kennedy fails to clear a long ball and Brandao beats Artur Boruc.

1947: "If Liverpool and Marseille both lose (see 1939) then Besiktas will qualify if they win their last game even if Liverpool win against Marseille."
Link via text on 81111

1945: And we're under way in the Champions League.

1943: The Liverpool fans are continuing with their show of support for Benitez inside Anfield. One banner reads: "Rick Parry - a wolf in sheep's clothing".

1941: "Aiden McGeady will be the difference-maker for Celtic tonight."
Pete in Troon via text on 81111 (A difference-maker. Is this the birth of a new football cliche?)

1939: I think I've sorted out what Liverpool need to do. They must match or improve on Marseille's result then beat the French in their last Group A game.

1934: Thousands of Liverpool fans have marched from the Sandon pub to Anfield in a mass show of support for Rafa the gaffer ahead of tonight's game. That might make Gillett and Hicks think twice.

1931: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Aston Villa
Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy is fit to play despite limping out of Sunday's draw at Fulham with a gashed leg, while Roque Santa Cruz (rested) and David Dunn (suspension) return to the starting XI. Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill names the same side that beat Middlesbrough on Saturday.

1929: "Who cares why Rafa does what he does (see 1857)? He is already a legend and in Rafa we trust! Razor boys take note! Come on u Reds!"
Jim in Ash Vale via text on 81111

1922: Celtic boss Gordon Strachan was asked what he thought about the Shakhtar coach's view that Celtic were lucky when they beat Milan and Benfica at home. Strachan replied: "He must be confusing me with somebody that is bothered."

1916: It's complicated for Celtic, but it's relatively clear for Liverpool. If they lose and Marseille avoid defeat against Besiktas, the Reds go out. If they draw and Marseille don't win, their hopes stay alive. Actually, it's not that clear at all.

1911: Chelsea will qualify for the last 16 tonight if they defeat Rosenborg - who lie second in Group B. Manager Avram Grant calls on Claude Makelele, Michael Essien, Joe Cole, Alex and Didier Drogba, in place of Mikel John Obi, Steve Sidwell, Salomon Kalou, Andriy Shevchenko and Tal Ben-Haim.

1906: Last night, there was a mouse on the pitch at Old Trafford. Well, tonight there's a rat loose at Parkhead. Yes, it's Shakhtar defender Razvan Rat. Sorry...

1901: TEAM NEWS Celtic v Shakhtar Donetsk
Celtic line-up: Boruc, Caldwell, Kennedy, McManus, Naylor, McGeady, Hartley, Brown, Jarosik; Vennegoor of Hesselink, McDonald. Subs: Mark Brown, Zurawski, Sno, Pressley, Donati, Killen, Caddis.

1857: "Why does Benitez consistently drop Crouch for Voronin? (sigh)"
Hugepants on 606

1853: Lots of complicated permutations tonight - especially where Celtic are concerned. If they win by three goals and Milan don't lose in Lisbon, Gordon Strachan's side will reach the last 16. But if they lose to Shakhtar Donetsk and Milan avoid defeat, they will go out. And there are all sorts of other possibilities in between, although with Celtic's last match in Milan, this looks like a must-win game. What do you reckon?

1852: TEAM NEWS Rosenborg v Chelsea
Chelsea line-up: Cudicini, Belletti, Terry, Alex, A Cole, Makelele, Wright-Phillips, Essien, Lampard, J Cole, Drogba. Subs: Hilario, Shevchenko, Obi, Pizarro, Bridge, Kalou, Ben-Haim.

1848: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v FC Porto
Liverpool line-up: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Arbeloa, Gerrard, Benayoun, Mascherano, Babel, Torres, Voronin. Subs: Itandje, Riise, Kewell, Crouch, Kuyt, Lucas, Sissoko.

1844: "These are the very best teams, They are all the very best teams, The main event..." So says the lyrics of the Champions League anthem, and who are we to argue?


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