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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 February 2008, 21:56 GMT
Champions Lge as it happened

Arsenal 0-0 AC Milan

Celtic 2-3 Barcelona
Fenerbahce 3-2 Sevilla
Lyon 1-1 Man Utd


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By Paul Fletcher

2155: Well, a top night of action, banging school disco tunes from start to finish.

Great Laura's housemate chat as well.

Don't fancy Celtic's chances now, given they have never won away in the Champions League. In the balance for Arsenal and Man Utd.

I heard a rumour that Caroline Cheese might be back off her holiday soon. Just a rumour mind.

2151: "Laura - do you and your mate fancy popping over to Prague?"
PragueImp on 606

My word, they are popular, aren't they!

No big surprise here. United trailing, minutes running out. Up pops Carlos Tevez and hey presto it is 1-1. The top rated player so far? Tevez with 7.69.

It is not often that a player from the foreign team comes out on top - especially when so many Celtic boys put in a decent shift - but Lionel Messi is no ordinary player. The little Argentine is rated as 7.94. Don't agree? Then get involved.

The ball would just not find its way into the back of the net. Cesc Fabregas had several efforts and he is currently the top rated player with 7.73. Still time to change all that (the player rater not the goalless draw).

2143: "A clean-sheet at Old Trafford and we will be through. I just hope we go for a win in the home game. I am never comfortable when Man Utd try to defend a 'lead'."
chris ox on 606

I know what you mean - but is 1-1 away from home a 'lead' these days?

2137: Full-time Fenerbahce 3-2 Sevilla

2136: Full-time Celtic 2-3 Barcelona
Heartbreak Hotel for Celtic, who played a full part in this most exciting of games but ended up losing and now have it all to do in the return leg.

2135: Full-time Arsenal 0-0 AC Milan
A frustrating night for The Gunners, who had more than enough chances to win the game. None more so than a last-gasp header against the crossbar from Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo striker should have scored.

2133: Full-time Lyon 1-1 Man Utd
United look relieved after Tevez scored their late equaliser. What is going on with Tevez's hair?

2133: (See 2115) "We're still close friends, going to the Carling Cup Final together, but I can't score a goal for her. Tragic huh?"

Move on, mate, move on.

2130: Arsenal find themselves in an excellent position but a combination of heavy passing (Eboue) and poor shooting (Bendtner) sees the chance wasted. It has just not been their night.

2108: GOAL Fenerbahce 3-2 Sevilla
Semih Senturk scores with a shot from the right of the area which takes a wicked deflection off a defender to leave the keeper with no chance.

2129: Celtic face a tough task in Camp Nou and no mistake. But it would have been even tougher but for a brilliant point-blank save from Thierry Henry by Artur Boruc. It stays 2-3.

2127: GOAL Lyon 1-1 Man Utd
A cross hits Lyon sub Fred and drops invitingly to Carlos Tevez, who simply cannot - and indeed does not - miss from inside the six-yard box. Drama squared.

Seconds early Ronaldo had been denied by a great save from Coupet.

2124: There just appears to be no way through for Arsenal. Fabregas hits the target from distance but again finds Kalac his equal.

2121: GOAL Celtic 2-3 Barcelona
It has all gone messy, Lionel Messi. A Celtic defender boots the ball clear but it hits one of his team-mates and drops nicely to Messi, who jinks one way before slotting home into the bottom corner.

No dice at all then for Laura's housemate.

2116: Decent(ish) chance for Arsenal. Cesc Fabregas forces a save from Kalac with a long strike.

2115: Ronaldinho off for Barca. Nicklas Bendtner on for Arsenal.

2115: "I know somebody called Laura, ex-girlfriend infact and it's her birthday today - cor i'd give up a ticket to the World Cup Final for her!"

Cor, why don't you give her a ring (telephone ring obviously).

2113: It's not all one-way Barcelona traffic at Parkhead. Substitute Massimo Donati has a decent long-range punt for the home side which Victor Valdes is grateful to smother at the second attempt.

2110: Wayne Rooney has the ball in the net but he is clearly offside when Carlos Tevez directs the ball towards him after a cross from the right.

2109: Juninho is extremely close to extending Lyon's lead with a 35-yard free-kick that bounces a few yards in front of Van der Sar and kicks narrowly wide of the United keeper's goal.

2108: GOAL Fenerbahce 2-2 Sevilla
The Spanish side are deservedly back on terms from a corner - Christian Poulsen heads it on and Julien Escude slots home from a yard. And collides with Roberto Carlos in the process. The Brazilian has to leave the field with blood seeping from his shin.

2107: Double change for Man Utd - Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are replaced by Nani and Carlos Tevez. More pace to trouble that apparently suspect Lyon backline as Sir Alex Ferguson strives for a crucial away goal.

2106: Barcelona on top at Parkhead. Ronaldinho backheels to Eric Abidal who fires in a low cross which Thierry Henry prods inches wide.

2101: Remarkable response to Chris C's comparison of Paolo Maldini with David Bardsley (see 2048). As well as Chris C being soundly derided, people have also chipped in with the following suggestions for the "English Paolo": Kenny Sansom, Stuart Pearce, Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Paul Parker and, er, Grimsby's John McDermott.

2100: (See 2001) "Laura's housemate should consider trading her boyfriend in for one who thinks she's more important that a football match!"
Pocket 'y' Nerd on 606

Not great banter really.

2059: GOAL Fenerbahce 2-1 Sevilla
It's been all Sevilla since half-time but Diego Lugano gives the home team the lead back with a powerful header from 12 yards following a corner kick. Again, questionable marking by the Spaniards.

2058: Arsenal are on top and Fabregas tries to weave a ball through to Hleb, who is quickly closed own. The ball squirms to Adebayor and he slots in but is offside.

Fabregas then almost plays through Adebayor only for Kalac to gather at his feet. Eduardo then shoots over as Arsenal up the pressure.

2055: GOAL Lyon 1-0 Man Utd
Karim Benzema shows why he is coveted by Europe's elite. Man Utd make a bright start but almost out of nothing the France striker turns quite magnificently on the edge of the area after a pass from Jeremy Toulalan and fires a blistering shot into the right corner.

2054: GOAL Celtic 2-2 Barcelona
Thierry Henry at his very, very best. Ronaldinho picks up a loose ball and feeds the former Arsenal man down the left hand side. He advances and curls an absolute peach inside the post. Artur Boruc had no chance. That was pure class.

2053: Arsenal on top - and really should score. Alexander Hleb cuts in from the right and passes to Emmanuel Eboue, who fails to hit the target from 16 yards.

2051: A corner strikes AC Milan's Kakha Kaladze and fortunately for the defender narrowly misses his team's goal.

Alessandro Nesta was off the pitch injured at the time - and has now been replaced by Marek Jankulovski.

2048: "I've been racking my brains to think of British full-backs who can rival Maldini in terms of longevity. I've come up with David Bardsley. Any thoughts?"
Chris C, South Shields, via text on 81111

Maldini and Bardsley. Together again.

2047: The second-half is under way in all of the games.

2046: "I overheard someone say 'I'm missing my anniversary for THIS!'"
BBC Sport's Ian Hughes at the Emirates Stadium

2042: "FC Koeln (see 2021) says he is a German in Australia who is watching the football today and wonders why...maybe because it really is a beautiful game. I am a Merseysider in Toronto watching Arsenal play on the Italian sports network."
dodiesmith on 606

This is getting so cosmopolitan it's starting to hurt.

You can't keep Cristiano Ronaldo down right now. He's scoring goals for fun, he's hot favourite for footballer of the year - and now he's leading the BBC Man Utd Player Rater voting at half-time in their match against Lyon. Is there no accolade beyond him? Anyway, he's on 7.84, with Wayne Rooney on 7.55. Juninho's your top Lyon man with 7.32. But that's not set in stone...

Just like at Arsenal, a Brazilian superstar on the away side has wowed voters on the Player Rater. This time, it's Ronaldinho who is top of the pile with a cool 8.11. But whither goalscoring hero Barry Robson? Languishing on 6.57, that's whither. Surely that's going to change...?

No goals at the Emirates, but still some pretty high scores over on our Player Rater. Kaka leads the way with 8.23, while - excitingly - Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor are Arsenal's joint-top scorers with 7.63 apiece. Who will triumph? You decide.

2032: Half-time
In the four Champions League games across Europe.

2031: Aiden McGeady fires a decent effort just over from 20 yards. Celtic have their tails up and no mistake.

2029: A curling free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo is punched clear by Gregory Coupet. Ronaldo heads wide from the subsequent corner. Fairly even in Lyon.

2024: GOAL Celtic 2-1 Barcelona
It is back on for Laura's housemate (See 2001).

Unbelievable. Just when it seemed that Celtic would be happy to see out the rest of the half, Barry Robson pops up to meet an Aiden McGeady cross and send a perfectly-placed looping header over Victor Valdes and into the net. To say Parkhead goes wild would be a small understatement.

2024: No shortage of endeavour from Celtic, but Barcelona look very dangerous on the break. Thierry Henry produces a trademark turn of pace to find some space in the box, but cannot control his volley from Eric Abidal's cross and the ball flies over.

2022: Best chance of the game so far at the Emirates. A top run by Emmanuel Eboue down the right culminates with a pull-back to Mathieu Flamini, whose shot is saved by Zeljko Kalac.

2021: "It's 7:16 in Sydney, Australia, where I as a German got up at 6:30 to watch an English and an Italian team play. Can someone tell me what's wrong with me?"
FC Koeln on 606

(Acceptable) Answers on an electronic 606 postcard please.

2016: "Andrea Pirlo and Carlo Ancelotti wave their arms at each other. After much shrugging from Pirlo, his manager stomps out of the technical area."
BBC Sport's Ian Hughes at the Emirates Stadium

It is cagey at the moment.

2014: Another delightful pass from Ryan Giggs plays Paul Scholes into the left of the area but the midfielder's goal-bound shot is brilliantly blocked by Jean-Alain Boumsong, which will surprise some Newcastle fans. Things have perked up considerably at Stade Gerland.

2011: Another scare for Man Utd as Francois Clerc squares the ball to Karim Benzema on the edge of the box and his side-footed shot whistles just over the bar.

2010: GOAL Fenerbahce 1-1 Sevilla
Daniel Alves crosses from the right and Fenerbahce's Edu sticks out a leg and diverts the ball into his own net from five yards.

2009: Wayne Rooney collects Ryan Giggs's through ball and a superb touch sees him through on goal. Gregory Coupet saves with his legs.

2007: A moment for Rio Ferdinand to forget. He slices an attempted clearance following a hopeful punt forward not too far wide of Edwin van der Sar's goal.

2004: GOAL Celtic 1-1 Barcelona
Laura's housemate might not be seeing her boyfriend. Lionel Messi equalises for Barcelona. It's a lovely one-two, Messi exchanges passes with Ronaldinho before lifting the ball over Artur Boruc and high into the net. Celtic's lead lasted for all of two minutes, 20 seconds.

2003: GOAL Fenerbahce 1-0 Sevilla
Ugur Boral crosses from the left and an unmarked Mateja Kezman heads home from six yards.

2002: GOAL Celtic 1-0 Barcelona
The snappily titled Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink puts Celtic ahead with a superb diving header from Lee Naylor's cross. Laura's housemate might get to see her boyfriend after all.

2001: "My housemate's boyfriend (a Celtic fan) will only see her tonight if they beat Barca...what are her chances?" Laura, York, via text on 81111

2000: The first decent opening at Celtic. The ball breaks to Andres Iniesta, whose shot from 19 yards is saved. Seconds later Paul Caddis heads clear from Thierry Henry.

The Celtic keeper is 28 today. Nice one.

1957: No real chances as yet between Celtic and Barca. A cracking atmosphere.

1957: "Ha ha, oh my God, the French and striking. Made me chuckle, I remember when a class in my school went on an exchange trip to France. Apparently, one of the days over there, the French teachers had a strike and locked themselves in the school in protest."
mitesh81 on 606

Touch. All down to the French offy then, where booze is readily available to teenagers of most ages, if I remember correctly.

1952: Lyon have a decent half chance. Karim Benzema has time at the far post but his weak shot is too close to Edwin van der Sar, who makes a comfortable save.

1951: Arsenal's Kolo Toure blocks a volley from Milan's Pato and picks up an injury. He is subbed and Philippe Senderos replaces him.

1950: "I'm working till 8.30pm and then have to go round my girlfriend's house, who has her mother staying. Is there no justice in the world?"
ForestEgg on 606

Simple. Don't go. Visit the pub instead.

1947: "Arsenal announced their line-up with Denilson in the starting line-up AND on the bench. Milan fans in good voice."
BBC Sport's Ian Hughes at the Emirates Stadium

1946: All four games are under way.

1945: LINE-UPS: And for you Euro experts...
Fenerbahce: Demirel, Gonul, Edu Dracena, Lugano, Roberto Carlos, Sahin, Boral, Aurelio, Deivid, Alex, Kezman. Subs: Kulbilge, Wederson, Turaci, Cakmak, Maldonado, Kazim-Richards, Senturk.

Sevilla: Palop, Daniel Alves, Escude, Dragutinovic, Adriano Correia, Jesus Navas, Keita, Poulsen, Duda, Luis Fabiano, Kanoute. Subs: De Sanctis, Fazio, Mosquera, Renato, Maresca, Diego Capel, Kone.

Referee: Florian Meyer (Germany)

1941: Out they all come. Frenchmen jumping up and down in the stands at Lyon - and they're not even discussing going out on strike.

1936: "I played alongside Karim (Mr Benzema)at 'Bron Terraillon' - youth club. We played in strike together for a year - 1995-96. I then moved to England in November 1996."
kasia_smith on 606

That young man is very highly rated, by himself as well as countless others. How good was he back in the day - and what happened to your own glorious career?

1934: "My hunch was right except Fletcher isn't playing, he is on the bench. I don't mind Tevez not playing as Anderson has retained his place and he was absolutely AWESOME against Arsenal (as he was against L'pool! He must be up for the big occasions). Scholes and Hargreaves are built for the Champion's League."
Mustardo on 606

Well done against New Zealand. Very clean hitting.

1931: (See 1845) "I remember my school disco as well Fletch. You may know it. It was pips disco at applejax in Chorley. I still go to applejax's now as well. Ahhh the memories."
MrGamble on 606

Love to be able to say I knew it but my parents would not let me anywhere near Chorley. Too strict by half.

1927: LINE-UPS:
Lyon: Coupet, Reveillere, Squillaci, Boumsong, Grosso, Clerc, Juninho, Toulalan, Kallstrom, Govou, Benzema. Subs: Vercoutre, Cris, Bodmer, Fred, Ben Arfa, Delgado, Keita.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Scholes, Hargreaves, Anderson, Giggs, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Saha, Carrick, Nani, O'Shea, Fletcher, Tevez.
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain)

1925: Come on Arsenal. Capture the spirit of '05! Oh, I mean '06. Enough already.

1921: "Do you think Uefa will delay the kick-off of tonight's games until I get back from parents evening? I wouldn't mind but they are not even my kids."
Graeme, Bristol, via text on 81111

Don't think they will Graeme. I just hope there is a good reason why you are hanging around at school.

1917: (See 1910) OK, OK. 2006 and not 2005. (It originally said 2005 at the bottom, but I subsequently changed it to 2006). Look, can we get back to school discos.

1915: TEAM NEWS:
Celtic defender Paul Caddis starts only his third game of the season. Andreas Hinkel is ineligible, while Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has not scored in his last 15 European games.

Barcelona start with Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho.

1912: TEAM NEWS:
Ryan Giggs makes his 100th Champions League appearance for Manchester United, while winger Cristiano Ronaldo is back in the starting line-up after shaking off a virus.

Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves, who like Giggs and Ronaldo, missed the FA Cup win over Arsenal, also return.

1910: Hey, a massive pat on the back for you lot. I see that you spotted my, ahem, deliberate mistake in suggesting Arsenal reached the Champions League final in 2006. It was, of course, 2005.

1908: (See 1855) "The other top seven appearances (from most to least) Raul (115) Roberto Carlos (113) Maldini (106) Beckham (103) Oliver Kahn (103) Figo (100) and Seedorf (100). Oh and United to Win 3-1!"
jonathanosim on 606

Hmmm. That will be the end of that then. Well done.

1907: LINE-UPS:
Arsenal: Lehmann, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue, Flamini, Fabregas, Hleb, Adebayor, Eduardo. Subs: Fabianski, Senderos, Denilson, Silva, Bendtner, Justin Hoyte, Walcott.

AC Milan: Kalac, Oddo, Nesta, Maldini, Kaladze, Pirlo, Gattuso, Kaka, Seedorf, Ambrosini, Alexandre Pato. Subs: Fiori, Emerson, Inzaghi, Gilardino, Jankulovski, Bonera, Brocchi.

Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)

Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann again starts with Manuel Almunia still sidelined with a thumb injury. Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Mathieu Flamini and Emmanuel Adebayor return to the starting line-up after the 4-0 defeat in the FA Cup at Manchester United.

AC Milan keeper Zeljko Kalac is passed fit after being a doubt with a dislocated finger, while promising striker Alexandre Pato is back after an ankle injury to make his first start in the Champions League.

1900: (See 1845) "As 9.00pm approached at the school disco, the last dance beckoned with girls going around asking for a partner whilst all of the boys ran for the sanctuary of the toilets!"
nck1000 on 606

Wow. Where did you go to school. Wasn't like that at mine. Toilets - not a place of sanctuary either.

RedandBlack -in goal for Milan tonight is Zeljko Kalac.

1856: LINE-UPS
Celtic: Boruc, Caddis, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Nakamura, Robson, Hartley, McGeady, Vennegoor of Hesselink, McDonald

Barcelona: Valdes, Puyol, Marquez, Milito, Abidal, Deco, Toure, Iniesta, Messi, Ronaldinho, Henry

Referee: Peter Frojdfeldt (Sweden).

1855: It is a big night for Ryan Giggs tonight as he makes his 100th appearance in the Champions League.

Good looking lad Ryan, prompting Sir Alex Ferguson to say of the Welsh winger: "He has been an absolute model in his time with us."

Thing is, Giggs becomes the eighth player to reach the magical three figures.

Who are the other seven?

By the way, Gary Neville is on 98 and Paul Scholes 97, so this question might be asked again in forthcoming weeks.

1845 GMT: Should be a cracking night, with Amy Winehouse performing live and Take That up for four awards.

Hold on a minute, I mean it should be another cracking night of Europe football.

I say another but perhaps I'm over-stepping the mark a touch because I felt that last night was slightly disappointing.

Promised much, delivered little, reminiscent of many a teenage disco. Though the night was obviously enlivened by a couple of late goals from Liverpool, which never happened at St Anthony's Under-16s church disco.

Anyhow, Arsenal, Man Utd and Celtic all in action.

Celtic are always capable at home - could it be another famous night at Parkhead?

Arsenal and Man Utd are also in action - and of course met in the FA Cup on Saturday.

I'll be interested to see how both teams respond following United's 4-0 victory at Old Trafford on Saturday.

United have had plenty of near misses over the years while Arsenal reached the final in 2006. Could one of them go all the way this year? Something that would provide another stark contrast from the teenage disco days.

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