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Celtic 0-0 Aalborg
Man Utd 0-0 Villarreal
Lyon 2-2 Fiorentina
Steaua Bucharest 0-1 Bayern Munich
Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Arsenal
Porto 3-1 Fenerbahce
Juventus 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg
Real Madrid 2-0 BATE Borisov


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2155: Tell you what, if you'd told me yesterday morning Wednesday would be the more disappointing of the two Champions League nights, I probably wouldn't have believed you. But you'd have been right. Not a classic tonight, though watch out for Lucho Gonzalez's goal for Porto, apparently it's quite good. You'll be pleased to know Paul Fletcher will be Uefa Cup-ing tomorrow, so join him for some top-class chat. Quite soon, Tim Lovejoy will be taking your calls on BBC Radio 5 Live on 606. I'll see you all soon.

2151: "(See 1920) Stevo what happened? You've cost me dear... but worth it to see United come up short."
Matt in Manchester, via text

Yeah, sorry to anyone who bet on my predictions. But if I've said it once I've said it a million times - I'm utterly, utterly rubbish most of the time. I thank you.

2148: Player Rater: No-one is getting anywhere near breaking the seven (it'll catch on, apparently) from the Celtic side. Georgios Samaras is in front on a pretty low 6.54. If you think they were unlucky and deserve more, the floor's all yours.
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2146: Player Rater: You can't keep that man down. England hero Theo Walcott is smashing everyone else from the Arsenal match with 7.39, probably aided by his last-gasp assist. Think he should have more? Get involved.
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2144: Player Rater: Not great marks for the Man Utd players, as perhaps you would expect. Park is leading the way at present on 7.09, with Carlos Tevez not far behind. Think that's rubbish? Then get voting.
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2142: "United have won every home Champions League match since... drawing 0-0 with Villarreal 13 matches ago. Spooky."
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2140: "Benzema has got 31 goals in his last 52 appearances for Lyon. Thats pretty clinical, Will from Jersey. Good shout Stevo."
Callum, via text

Ah, thanks for the support mate. I'm not used to it.

2139: All of tonight's Champions League games are now over. Sob.

2136: Arsene Wenger leaves the pitch in Kiev furiously remonstrating with one of the Uefa officials. Probably about the penalty they conceded, though who knows?

2136: Full-time Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Arsenal

2135: Full-time Celtic 0-0 Aalborg

2134: GOAL Porto 3-1 Fenerbahce
It's certainly game over now in Portugal, as the quite superbly-named Dorvalino Lino makes it 3-1 against Fenerbahce.

2133: "(See 2128) Clinical young striker Karim Benzema? Did you see him at the Euros!?"
Will from Jersey, via text

Yeah I did, for about five minutes in a rubbish, rubbish team.

2131: GOAL Dynamo Kiev 1-1 Arsenal
Big, big, big. Theo Walcott crosses low and hard from the right and Emmanuel Adebayor makes a total mess of it, but luckily for him William Gallas is standing right behind him and the Frenchman pokes the ball into the net from close range.

2130: One-way traffic at Celtic Park. Substitute Aiden McGeady whips over a brilliant cross from the left but the Aalborg defence somehow get it clear.

2128: GOAL Lyon 2-2 Fiorentina
They've only gone and hauled themselves back from 2-0 down, haven't they? Lyon equalise with five minutes remaining thanks to clinical young striker Karim Benzema.

2126: Cristiano Ronaldo fires over a cross from the right and Jonny Evans stoops at the far post, heading the ball straight against the post.

2126: With seven minutes left in Kiev, Arsenal send on young Mexican striker Carlos Vela for Robin van Persie.

2124: Should have scored. Cristiano Ronaldo heads wide at the back post from eight yards out after a lovely Nani cross from the left. The Portuguese will be unhappy he's missed that. Ryan Giggs comes on for Carlos Tevez.

2123: What a save. Shunsuke Nakamura nails the free-kick from the incident which saw Michael Beauchamp erroneously sent off, but just as it looks to be heading for the top corner, Karim Zaza flings out a hand to tip it over.

2123: "Arsenal look like they've turned up expecting to win and seem to be running out of ideas."
Sarah M from Bolton, via text

Michael Beauchamp is sent off for Aalborg at Celtic Park for a professional foul on Georgios Samaras. But it's a case of mistaken identity as the foul was actually committed by Michael Jakobsen. Is it really that hard to see, between all those officials? Really.

2120: The fans are celebrating at Celtic Park - momentarily. The ball is slotted into the net but it won't count as Shunsuke Nakamura was flagged offside. It's a marginal decision.

2119: Another opportunity for Celtic's Giorgios Samaras, but his tricky skills inside the box only lead him down several blind alleys and his effort is eventually smothered. Fifteen minutes left.

2118: GOAL Juventus 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg
It took a while for the Italians to break the deadlock, but that man Alessandro del Piero has indeed done the business. Only 14 minutes left for the classy Russians to reply.

2116: Carlos Tevez has a shot cleared off the line at Old Trafford after a lovely build-up involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, though Rooney's final pass did push Tevez a little wide. Can Villarreal hang on for a point?

2115: GOAL Lyon 1-2 Fiorentina
The French champions are back in the match thanks to a goal 17 minutes from time from Frederic Piquionne.

2113: Ismael Bangoura, hang your head in shame. The Guinean tries to win a free-kick on the edge of the Arsenal box but it is with the most ridiculous dive you could ever see, and thank goodness he is shown a yellow card. Embarrassing.

2112: Nicklas Bendtner comes on for Arsenal, replacing Alex Song in an attacking move from Arsene Wenger. They really do need a goal here.

2112: A buzz goes around Celtic Park as the home side win a free-kick in a dangerous position. But Shunsuke Nakamura's effort is more or less straight at Karim Zaza. Moments later, Nakamura tries to play in Samaras, but the striker can only put the ball wide as he slides in to try and finish from a tight angle.

2110: Cristiano Ronaldo volleys a shot into the floor and it loops up easily for Diego Lopez to gather the ball comfortably.

2108: "Shocking decision from a shocking referee after a shocking Arsenal performance. Bring on Vela!"
Newell, London, via text

More problems for poor BATE in Madrid as Anri Khagush is shown a second yellow card.

2107: Cristiano Ronaldo comes on for Park at Old Trafford, while Owen Hargreaves is replaced by Anderson.

Ismael Bangoura slots home the resulting penalty after Gunners full-back Bacary Sagna is somewhat harshly adjudged to have brought down Ognjen Vukojevic.


2104: Oh my. Villarreal have only gone and hit the inside of the Manchester United post. Franco flicks the ball through his legs after a cross from the right but United survive.

2102: "(See 2053) Steve Bull was amazing! He has a whole stand named after him, what more criteria do you need?"
Tim, Wolverhampton, via text

2101: GOAL Real Madrid 2-0 BATE
Game over in the Spanish capital, you'd have to say. Ruud van Nistelrooy, that Champions League goalscorer extraordinaire, bags his first of the new campaign.

2058: "If he's fit, get him on. He won't let the game keep on drifting like it is at the moment."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Alan Green on Ronaldo

2057: "This is my first time following online as my flatmate has insisted on watching a documentary on trees. It's almost like being there! Aalborg to win."
Chris in Leeds, via text

Tree-mendous. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo starts warming-up on the touchline to loud cheers from the United faithful.

2053: "Messi is better than Ronaldo, He will prove it this year as well."
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Good use of the cap 'H' in 'He', I like it! Also, for those of you banging on about goals, goals, goals, I take your point. But then there'd have been a time when Steve Bull was the world's best player if that were the only criteria, no?

2051: Lucky break for Arsenal there as Roman Eremanko charges into the box, shifts past Williams Gallas and cracks a shot against the base of the post with Manuel Almunia beaten.

2051: More pressure from Celtic. Shunsuke Nakamura sees a shot bravely charged down from Thomas Enevoldsen, and the same player sends in a corner which causes all manner of trouble in the Aalborg defence.

2049: And they are belatedly back under way at Old Trafford. Cani is taken off for Villarreal at half-time, with Santi Cazorla coming on.

2048: It's kicked off now in Kiev.

2047: We are back under way at Celtic Park.

2047: I wonder how long it will be before the world's second best player Cristiano Ronaldo comes on?

2045: "Never play Fletcher and Hargreaves together. They're not the type of players to penetrate defences. They must always play with one of Carrick, Anderson or Scholes. Preferably Anderson or Scholes."
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2043: My goodness me. Danny the Stat completes his hat-trick: "Some harshness over on our Celtic Player Rater. You think Barry Robson isn't feeling bad enough after his penalty miss? His lowly score of 5.25 can only deepen his misery. Giorgios Samaras leads the way with a 7.50. How many of his colleagues will also "break the seven"? (It'll catch on)."
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2041: It's only Danny the Stat again: "William Gallas is top of a frankly quite impressive bunch of Arsenal Player Rater scores. The skipper has notched 7.38, but to be fair most of his colleagues are not far behind. But their scores are dwarfed by the brilliantly-named Stanislav Bogush's belting 8.75."
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2040: Here's half-time's Danny the Stat: "Park Ji-Sung should have had a penalty in that first half. He didn't get it. But he did notch 6.71 on the Player Rater which is the highest score in his team. Well done him."
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2038: "(See 2027 and 2011) Well in Kabul, Afghanistan, we've got the choice of Man U, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Lyon. Who'd have thought it hey!"
Terry, via text

Haha. You legend.

2035: "They've taken the game to Villarreal have Man Utd, they are just missing a bit of quality in the final third. But I cannot believe the Spanish side will play as badly as that in the second half."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Chris Waddle

2032: The half-time whistle blows at Old Trafford.

2032: It's half-time in Glasgow and in Kiev, too.

2031: Robin van Persie lays the ball back to Cesc Fabregas, but the Spanish midfielder does not get hold of his shot properly and Stanislav Bogush saves easily.

2030: "Set up for a Ronaldo winning goal methinks..."
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2029: A good spell of pressure from Celtic, but no end result. And there's a minor panic for the home fans as a break gives Thomas Augustinussen a shooting chance, but his volley is about as off target as it is possible to be in football.

2028: Bacary Sagna tees up Robin van Persie in Kiev, but the Dutch hitman slides his shot into the side-netting.

2027: GOAL Lyon 0-2 Fiorentina
He's on fire tonight - the Champions League just brings the best out in some people, doesn't it? Italy striker Alberto Gilardino bags his second of the evening and are we on for a little bit of a shock in the Stade Gerland?

2027: "(See 2011) I'm in Italy and can also only get Lyon vs Fiorentina. The Italian comentators are talking incessantly. I think they have problems with their mother-in-laws."
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2025: Dear oh dear oh dear. Park skips past Joan Capdevila in the Villarreal box and is quite clearly brought down. The referee, a Mr Wolfgang Stark from Germany, refuses to give a penalty and will not be receiving a Christmas card from Sir Alex.

2024: "United are traditionally slow starters, but I can't help but wonder if Queiroz's absence is the major cause of our poor performance this term. Though today is looking promising."
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2022: As for Arsenal, it appears as though defences are very much on top in Ukraine. Will they live to regret that missed chance from Emmanuel Adebayor?

2021: Nani sends over a lovely, floated cross from the left that somehow manages to evade everyone in the box. Man Utd are firmly on top of this one.

2019: Celtic are so close to making up for the penalty miss with an immediate goal. It's chaos in the Aalborg box and Giorgios Samaras is the first man to make meaningful contact with the bouncing ball - but he cannot keep his shot down.

2017: GOAL Porto 2-1 Fenerbahce
Back in that one, big style. La Liga's top scorer from last season Daniel Guiza gets on the scoresheet and Fenerbahce are back in business.

Barry Robson's frankly rubbish effort smashes against the legs of Karim Zaza and Aalborg are still level. The spot-kick was given for a foul on Shaun Maloney by Steve Olfers.


2015: Robert Pires shoots from a ridiculous angle at Old Trafford and Edwin van der Sar deals with it very comfortably.

2012: Mikhail Sivakov nearly, nearly gets BATE back on level terms at the Bernabeu with a scorching 30-yard drive that has Iker Casillas scrambling across his line. It sails just wide in the end.

2011: "I am in Congo. Can only have Lyon vs Fiorentina... having to listen to French commentary. The commentator said 'ooh la la!!' seven times when Fio scored!"
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2009: Park is teed up by Darren Fletcher, but his shot is deflected wide for a corner off Villarreal's Edmilson.

2008: "Gilardino scoring for Fiorentina? Typical. Three years at Milan and he couldn't strike a match. Now he is banging in the goals."
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2007: The Danes have made a decent enough start in Glasgow. Some good possession leads to another free-kick just outside the area, although Kasper Risgard's effort is some way over the bar.

2006: "Celtic need to be careful here, Aalborg are no mugs."
Kate, via text

2005: Emmanuel Adebayor has a great chance for Arsenal after Dynamo Kiev give the ball away cheaply, but the Togo striker can only curl wide from 15 yards.

2004: Good chance for Aalborg. Stephen McManus is caught out by a piercing through ball and Jeppe Curth prods the ball just wide of the goal.

2004: Dynamo Kiev have come a little more into the game now in Ukraine and it's become a fairly even contest. No major scares yet for the Gunners, though.

2003: It's been a pretty even start at Celtic Park, Shunsuke Nakamura has smashed one over for Celtic, while Aalborg's Michael Jakobsen has hit a curling free-kick wide of Artur Boruc's goal.

2002: Did I miss anything?

2001: GOAL Steaua Bucharest 0-1 Bayern Munich
One-time Manchester City defender Daniel Van Buyten puts the German giants in front in Romania as they celebrate being back in the Champions League.

2000: GOAL Porto 2-0 Fenerbahce
Bad to worse for Luis Aragones and his new charges, who have make a shaky start to their league campaign, too. Lucho Gonzalez gets on the scoresheet for Porto and it's a long way back for the Turks now.

1958: GOAL Lyon 0-1 Fiorentina
Alberto Gilardino gives the Italians a surprise lead in France.

1957: GOAL Porto 1-0 Fenerbahce
Bad start for Euro 2008-winning coach Luis Aragones, now in charge of the Turkish side, as they concede an early goal in Portugal to Lisandro Lopez.

1956: GOAL Real Madrid 1-0 BATE
A corner is played to Guti on the edge of the box and he drills a cross to the right-hand side of the six-yard box, where Sergio Ramos is on hand to slot home. It was coming, in fairness.

1954: "He looks very, very sharp tonight, Nani. He looks in better shape than last season, maybe he could be a really important player for them this season."
BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Chris Waddle

1952: Park, who let's face it is a brilliant Champions League footballer, plays a lovely pass through to Wayne Rooney but it is just too strong and the ball runs ahead of the England striker.

1950: Early chance for Arsenal in Ukraine as man-of-the-moment Theo Walcott plays in Robin van Persie, but the Dutchman's shot is saved by Stanislav Bogush.

1949: "I am in the Dinamo end wearing a Dinamo shirt, not many Gunners here but the atmosphere is electric."
Will, London, via text

1948: "This strikes me as something of an arrogant selection from Sir Alex Ferguson."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Alan Green

1947: With a minute on the clock, Ruud van Nistelrooy has the ball in the BATE net, but it's ruled out for offside. Watch this space.

1946: Under way at Old Trafford, Celtic Park and the Valeri Lobanovskiy stadium, as well as probably the other five games. Cue drama...

1941: "Major wager on Higuain of Real Madrid to score anytime, but can't find out if he's playing. Help!"
Anon, via text

He's on the bench pal. Just got Robben, Raul and Van Nistelrooy up front tonight. Against BATE. Crikey.

1939: Just a quick one - if you want to listen to Manchester United taking on Villarreal, you can - as long as you do it using an old-fashioned radio with BBC Radio Five Live. You won't be able to listen to it online because of a rights issue. Sorry if this inconveniences you.

1936: "Bate Borisov - isn't that just the greatest name in world football?"
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Yes, yes it is. Rodrigues Jadson should play for them, really.

1933: "Great to have Park back, he was so unlucky not to be in the squad in Moscow. Not a bad bench, that."
Tom, Notts, via text

1929: "Oh boy... looks like Fergie just doesn't care anymore. What is with that line-up? Somebody let him know that this is not the fourth round of the League Cup."
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1926: Back to the football and the burning question is, can Man Utd retain the Champions League? It's quite a difficult thing to do, as my colleague Nabil Hassan discovered while writing a feature. If you can, give it a read. Go on...
Man Utd aim to make Euro history

1923: OK, I understand where you lot defending Sir Alex are coming from. But John Terry was sent off for "serious foul play". According to Fifa, that is using "excessive force or brutality against an opponent". Show me the excessive force or brutality in his tug back of Jo. It wasn't a red, it was a yellow. Surely it's better he gets away with it completely than has to serve a totally unwarranted three-match ban?

1920: "(See 1900) Got a fiver on your predictions for Arsenal, Celtic and United as a treble Stevo, which will be paying for dinner out with the missus as per your earlier suggestion (see 1903) in return for the missus agreeing to let me watch a match. So no pressure mate."
Matt in Manchester, via text

Man Utd:
Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Hargreaves, Fletcher, Park, Rooney, Tevez. Subs: Foster, Brown, Ronaldo, Anderson, Giggs, Vidic, O'Shea.
Villarreal: Diego Lopez, Angel, Rodriguez, Godin, Capdevila, Cani, Eguren, Edmilson, Pires, Fernandez, Franco. Subs: Viera, Santi Cazorla, Ibagaza, Llorente, Javi Venta, Senna, Fuentes.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany).

Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Nakamura, Scott Brown, Robson, Maloney, McDonald, Samaras. Subs: Mark Brown, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Hartley, Wilson, Crosas, Loovens, McGeady.
Aalborg: Zaza, Beauchamp, Olfers, Jakobsen, Pedersen, Augustinussen, Curth, Johansson, Risgaard, Enevoldsen, Saganowski. Subs: Stenild, Due, Caca, Braemer, Kristensen, Lasse Nielsen, Ronnie Schwartz Nielsen.
Referee: Matteo Trefoloni (Italy).

Dynamo Kiev:
Bogush, Betao, Diakhate, Mykhalyk, Nesmachniy, Vukojevic, Yussuf, Yeremenko, Aliev, Ninkovic, Bangoura. Subs: Shovkovskiy, Ghioane, Morozyuk, Shatskikh, Kravets, Olexander Romanchuk, Asatiani.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas, Song Billong, Denilson, Van Persie, Adebayor. Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Wilshere, Djourou, Bendtner, Eboue.
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain).

1911: TEAM NEWS Dinamo Kiev v Arsenal
make one change from the team that beat blackburn as Alexander Song replaces Emmanuel Eboue, while Theo Walcott again starts. Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie spearhead the Gunners' attack.

1910: "Stevenson: there's nothing wrong with Ferguson's comments, stop playing to the crowd. I thought Terry's cheating was worthy of a ban but we've been cheated out of that justice by a petty suit with a grudge."
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Never let it be said I don't air both sides of the argument. Not tonight, anyway.

1908: "Here here Stevo, absolutely spot on. Fergie is a disgrace and a massive hypocrite, it's about time the FA shut him up for his blatant disrespect."
Stew from K Lynn, via text

1904: Tell you what, I won't be using that source again. Van der Sar is in the United goal and Cristiano Ronaldo is in fact on the bench, though Gary Neville, Jonny Evans and Nani start.

1903: "I have lost the will to live! My girlfriend has taken over the TV and I want to watch my beloved Gunners."
Musa, via text

You boys and your girls, eh? Look, there's no use moaning to me, I can't get Arsenal on your telly. Just tell your missus you'll take her out for a cracking meal on Friday, as long as you can watch Arsenal tonight. All done.

1900: Stevo's Champions League Predos
Celtic 2-0 Aalborg
Man Utd 2-2 Villarreal
Lyon 2-1 Fiorentina
Steaua Bucharest 1-2 Bayern Munich
Dinamo Kiev 0-2 Arsenal
Porto 2-1 Fenerbahce
Juventus 2-2 Zenit St Petersburg
Real Madrid 4-2 BATE Borisov

1858: "Kiev's just like Zagreb to Walcott, time for another amazing performance from TW14."
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1855: Perhaps predictably, I'm going to have a pop at Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson now. For what he said about Keith Hackett and the rescinding of John Terry's red card, the FA should throw the book at him. Give him a 10-match touchline ban and he might stop thinking he's allowed to say what he likes when he likes about whoever he likes.
FA to look into Ferguson remarks

1851: TEAM NEWS Celtic v Aalborg
make two changes from the team that beat Motherwell 4-2, with Andreas Hinkel in for Mark Wilson and Shunsuke Nakamura replacing Marc Crosas in midfield. Georgios Samaras keeps his place up front.

1849: "See 1836: Agreed Van der Sar had a shocker against Liverpool, but surely putting Cristiano in goal is a bit extreme?!"
Tim, London, via text

Ooh you can be a picky lot sometimes, can't you? Just 11 minutes and counting until Stevo's Predos, now...

1847: "Stevo, could you keep us posted on Real Madrid v BATE Borisov? Just like you said, this competition is beautiful - anything can happen, just like Roma v Cluj yesterday..."
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1844: A year ago to this day, the 'Special One' Jose Mourinho presided over Chelsea's disappointing 1-1 draw in the Champions League at home against Rosenborg. It proved to be the final straw and Mourinho was soon on his way out of Stamford Bridge. Any coaches under pressure tonight, do we think?
Chelsea 1-1 Rosenborg

1841: As always, my night and these updates depend on you. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, let the Champions League in all its glory into your life. Whether you're at Celtic Park, Old Trafford or in the pub, get those texts in on 81111, or join the debate on 606. I'm here all night (until 2200 BST).
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1836: Getting a whisper of some big team news afoot at Old Trafford - rumour has it that Manchester United have dropped goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and Cristiano Ronaldo will start against Villarreal. Blimey.

1834: Sorry, but I had to share that with you. It was just so brilliantly Brazilian, so sizzlingly Samba. Is it wrong of me to expect more of the same tonight? Have you seen the eight fixtures? It's like watching football in heaven. Or something like that.

1830: Everything we love about the Champions League, encapsulated in one beautiful, glorious moment. As soon as the ball left the right foot of Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder 'Sir Les' Fernandinho from 40 yards out in Basel last night, there was only going to be one outcome. As the ball rocketed towards goal it seemed to pick up pace, eventually searing into the corner of the net. That, my friends, is why this competition is like no other.

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