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AaB 0-3 Man Utd Match report
Villarreal 1-0 Celtic Match report

Bayern Munich 1-1 Lyon
Fiorentina 0-0 Steaua Bucuresti

Arsenal 4-0 FC Porto Match report
Fenerbahce 0-0 Dynamo Kiev

BATE Borisov 2-2 Juventus
Zenit St Petersburg 1-2 Real Madrid


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By Caroline Cheese

2152: Right then, time to go... but not for long, because we'll go again tomorrow night. Before then, you've got my second favourite Danny at BBC Sport, that's Danny Baker, taking the calls on 5 Live's 606. Lovely.

2146: Where's Danny the Stat when you need him? Lying on a beach, pondering his next drink no doubt. Well, Arsenal striker Robin van Persie looks like your pick of the pops tonight with a whopping 8.42, ahead of Theo Walcott (8.06) and Cesc Fabregas (8.12). Not a single Porto player is 'breaking the six' (probably won't catch on). Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney deserves a mention for his 8.20. Nothing special over at the Villarreal v Celtic game. It could all change though, that's the magic of Player Rater.
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2145: "In the end class showed and Villareal were too strong for Celtic. Well played Villareal, Celtic have a hard path to go now."
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2140: Elsewhere, Juventus battle back from 2-0 down against Belarus's Champions League debutants BATE to snatch a 2-2 draw, while Jurgen Klinnsmann's Bayern Munich have to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Lyon. Fiorentina might have hoped for better than a stalemate at home to Steaua Bucharest.

2136: Easy street for Manchester United as Dimitar Berbatov scores his first two goals for his new club, the other from Wayne Rooney. The bad news is that Paul Scholes could be out for a while with knee ligament damage.

2135: FULL-TIME AaB 0-3 Man Utd

2135: Unlucky Celtic. They are not bottom of Group E but qualification for knock-out stage looks difficult now. Their nightmare run away from home in Europe continues: one point from 16 matches.

2134: FULL-TIME Villarreal 1-0 Celtic

2132: Arsenal could have had double figures, but four will do and that puts them top of Group G I reckon.

2131: FULL-TIME Arsenal 4-0 FC Porto

2129: Very entertaining listening to the commentators trying to say Hulk with a straight face. Anyway, Emmanuel Eboue manages to miss from about two yards after more good work from Bendtner.

2128: Nicklas Bendtner goes on a tricky run, beating at least three before setting up Emmanuel Adebayor - but the Arsenal striker screws his shot wide. Just as well as they're 4-0 up.

2126: "The guys behind me in the pub just got actually angry with Berbatov for not celebrating at all after that goal. They may have a point - why is he still grumpy?!"
Anon via text on 81111

2123: GOAL AaB 0-3 Man Utd
Cristiano Ronaldo's cross comes off a defender but Dimitar Berbatov merely adjusts his feet and launches himself at a sweet volley to wrap things up for United. Still not much of a celebration though.

2121: Celtic's Scott Brown picks up a booking for clattering into Marcos Senna. A little over 10 minutes remaining at the Madrigal.

2115: Celtic so close. Aidan McGeady sets up Scott McDonald brilliantly but the sub's ferociously-struck volley zips just over the bar. Meanwhile, an update on Paul Scholes: he has knee ligament damage.

2113: Scott McDonald replaces Shaun Maloney as Celtic look for an unlikely equaliser at Villarreal.

2113: "Re 2104: Don't make Givanildo Vieira de Souza angry. You won't like him when he's angry."
Luke, Mansfield, via text on 81111

2111: GOAL Arsenal 4-0 Porto
Freddy Guarin hacks down Nicklas Bendtner, giving referee Herbert Fandel one of the easier penalty decisions he'll ever make. Emmanuel Adebayor tucks away the spot-kick.

2110: Penalty to Arsenal.

2107: GOAL Villarreal 1-0 Celtic
Gordon Strachan is irate as the ref awards a free-kick for Paul Hartley's challenge on Joseba Llorente - and it gets worse for the Celtic boss. Spain international and Villarreal skipper Marcos Senna steps up to curl home the free-kick. Huge sigh of relief from the home fans around the Madrigal.

2104: Much chuckling at the Emirates as 'Hulk' comes on for Porto. That is actually what is written on the back of his shirt. Real name: Givanildo Vieira de Souza. Fill in your own jokes here.

2101: "Can someone remind Berbatov that he has actually secured his dream move so he is allowed to put in a shift. Oh he's just scored."
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2059: GOAL AaB 0-2 Man Utd
Dimitar Berbatov volleys in his first goal for Manchester United, but the brooding Bulgarian barely celebrates. Thomas Augustinussen set it up for Berbatov. Not sure what the AaB defender was trying to do, but possibly not that.

2057: Manchester United wonderboy Rafael is stretchered off after a tackle from former Wigan man Andreas Johansson. The Brazilian, who has had an excellent European debut, comes back on though.

2054: Theo Walcott volleys wide from six yards - prompting laughter from watching England coach Fabio Capello.

2053: GOAL Bayern Munich 1-1 Lyon
Miroslav Klose provides the cross for an unmarked Ze Roberto to head home.

2052: Guiseppe Rossi fizzes a shot past the post for Villarreal after a slaloming run through midfield.

2048: GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Porto
Shocking defending by Porto, giving the ball away on the right. Robin van Persie picks it on the edge of the box, ghosts past Freddy Guarin, and pokes the ball into the far corner. This is an excellent response from Arsenal after that defeat by Hull.

2046: No hanging about at the, er, Emirates Stadium, they're off!

2045: "I am very impressed with Rafael Da Silva, he's only 18 and has got a pretty impressive shot! Bit unsure if he is on the same wavelength as the other players yet but I'm sure it won't take long to adjust."
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2038: So Arsenal in control against what looks a Porto side who are looking at their 10th defeat in 11 visits to England. Manchester United could have had more against AaB, and yes, I'm looking at you, Dimitar Berbatov. Celtic will be pleased with a stalemate at Villarreal, who lie second in La Liga on goal difference. And I will stop going on about it now, but I am convinced the Emirates Stadium is in Highbury, although I am prepared to accept it might be officially located in Holloway.

2035: HALF-TIME BATE 2-2 Juventus

2034: GOAL BATE 2-2 Juventus
On the stroke of half-time, Vincenzo Iaquinta grabs his second to put Juve back on level terms against the Belarusian champions.

2034: HALF-TIME AaB 0-1 Man Utd

2031: HALF-TIME Villarreal 0-0 Celtic

2029: HALF-TIME Arsenal 2-0 Porto

2024: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Porto
Robin van Persie delivers the corner and Emmanuel Adebayor's header hits the ground and bounces under the bar, the keeper appearing to just give up on it. Gunners in control in Highbury.

2024: "Arsenal have been poor so far, hopefully the goal will relax them."
Russell, London, via text on 81111

2021: Artur Boruc tips over Guiseppe Rossi's fierce shot - and in a double boost for Celtic, the Russian referee points to a goal kick. The former Manchester United striker is apoplectic.

2015: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Porto
Robin van Persie puts Arsenal ahead, sliding in ahead of the Porto defence to convert Emmanuel Adebayor's low cross to the near post.

2015: GOAL BATE 2-1 Juventus
Vincenzo Iaquinta pulls one back for Claudio Ranieri's side just after the half-hour mark, heading in Sebastian Giovinco's pinpoint cross.

2014: GOAL Bayern Munich 0-1 Lyon
That piles the pressure on Bayern boss Jurgen Klinnsmann. His side are languishing in ninth in the Bundesliga and now go behind at home against Lyon, Martin Demichelis with an own goal.

2014: "That corner is surely proof that we can not persist with Toure and Gallas at centre half. There's just no presence in the middle, someone like Laursen to get his head on everything."
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2011: Arsenal are living very dangerously. Gael Clichy and Manuel Almunia are forced into desperate blocks from a Porto corner. The visitors should really be 1-0 up.

2009: GOAL BATE 2-0 Juventus
The provider turns goalscorer - and what a result this would be. Igor Stasevich scores the second for the Belarussian side. Former Gunners keeper Alex Manninger in goal for the Italian giants by the way.

2008: GOAL AaB 0-1 Man Utd
Substitute Ryan Giggs provides a stunning pass through for Wayne Rooney to slot in the first goal in Group E. Deserved goal for United, who have dominated so far.

2005: GOAL BATE 1-0 Juventus
Igor Stasevich sets up Sergei Kryvets for the Belarusian side's first goal in the Champions League - against mighty Juventus!

2001: Bad news for United fans. Paul Scholes is stretchered off holding his knee after a clumsy tackle from Thomas Augustinussen. Ryan Giggs is on.

1959: To everyone texting in about the comment at 1945 BST. The Emirates Stadium is in Highbury. No?

1958: Shaun Maloney wins a free-kick for Celtic in a promising position but Shunsuke Nakamura decides to go for goal - too ambitious. Meanwhile, Arsenal are hit on the break from a corner and they are lucky to see Christian Rodriguez head into the turf and onto the bar.

1955: Rio Ferdinand's stinging volley from Nemanja Vidic's header is beaten away by Karim Zaza as United threaten again.

1954: "Celtic look promising here, look confident. Better than me, nervous as hell. Mon the Hoops!!"
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1953: Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. Cristiano Ronaldo charges down the AaB keeper's kick and the ball spins to Dimitar Berbatov - who volleys wide with the goal gaping. An absolute sitter.

1950: Arsenal give the ball away in their own half twice in quick succession, but Porto can't take advantage.

1948: "I can't wait to see how De Silva does at right back. The boy is supposed to be something special. I'm just gutted I'm at work and can't watch it!"
Pete via text on 81111

1947: Robin van Persie has the first shot and he hammers it straight into Fernando's unmentionables. Eyes watering.

1945: They're up and away at the Emirates Stadium - which is only two-thirds full. People very slow to get to their seats in Highbury.

1938: The AaB fans hold up a banner saying "Welcome to Hell". They're laughing as they do so. Brilliant.

1933: "'Alborg is nice place..' I am quoting my brother-in-law.. He was working there in 2003 and always had good experience with people in Alborg... But today MANU need to win... Come on Ronnie we need to win this."
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1927: "Re 1902: I'm not sure Giorgios Samaras has ever managed to cause havoc anywhere has he? Apart from maybe with the Man City accountants."
Dan the Norwich fan via text on 81111

1922: I have no idea how that game finished with only three goals. Zenit deserved at least a draw but paid for poor finishing, and that's two games, two defeats for Dick Advocaat's men. Maybe they can concentrate on defending their Uefa Cup title?

1921: FULL-TIME Zenit St Petersburg 1-2 Real Madrid

1918: Fabulous move from Zenit. Andrei Arshavin beats Ruud van Nistelrooy and Gabriel Heinze with one delicious piece of skill and cuts it back for Danny, whose shot takes a deflection off Pepe - who knew nothing about it - and goes over. Agony for the hosts.

1916: Javier Saviola comes on for Real Madrid - and immediately has a shot, which whistles wide of the post. Only a couple of minutes left now - and probably not a lot of injury time if the first half is anything to go by.

1911: "C'mon Zenit, will be gutted if they lose this, Real are having a nightmare in defence! Zenit are outplaying them by far! Casillas is unreal!"
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1908: Zenit want a penalty after Pepe appears to palm a cross out of play. They have to settle for a corner. The hosts have 10 minutes to salvage a draw - which is the least they deserve here.

1906: It's just not going to happen is it? Zenit cause yet more havoc down the left and the ball comes to Andrei Arshavin who hammers his shot against the foot of the post. Real Madrid living so, so dangerously.

1903: Iker Casillas to the rescue again for Madrid as substitute Dominguez cuts the ball back for Andrei Arshavin - but his effort is blocked by the Madrid keeper. Frustration for Zenit, who have had so many chances this half.

1902: "Good Celtic team, McGeady will destroy them on the break and Maloney and Samaras will cause havoc, this is when we finally do something away from home."
Damien via text on 81111

1859: A defence-minded Gordon Strachan starts with Georgios Samaras as a lone striker. Aiden McGeady is back in the Celtic starting line-up but Barry Robson is on the bench.

1856: "Am I the only person who thinks Tevez is United's best striker? I'm getting seriously worried that he will want to move on if he starts many more games on the bench."
Anon via text on 81111
Aah, don't worry, you're not alone. Few people texting in on the same subject.

1854: Arsene Wenger's 'sweeping changes' involve replacing Emmanuel Eboue with Samir Nasri. Meanwhile, Zenit are piling the pressure on in search of an equaliser against Real Madrid. Iker Casillas saves well from Radek Sirl.

Boruc, Naylor, McManus, G Caldwell, S Brown, Samaras, Hartley, Wilson, Maloney, Nakamura, McGeady.

1848: So Brazilian right-back Rafael, 18, makes his first European start for Manchester United just a week after making his senior debut. Wes Brown is left on the bench, Gary Neville didn't travel. John O'Shea and Paul Scholes start in the centre of midfield flanked by Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo, while Dimitar Berbatov partners Wayne Rooney up front.

1846: "Re 1839: O'Shea... over Anderson or Park (or even Fletcher!)?!?! Are you kidding me?! My face lit up when I saw Rafael's name, and then turned negative when I saw O'Shea's name. I thought Fergie wasn't taking risks? O'Shea is not a midfielder, he is a defender. If you insist on playing him in midfield you need a midfielder who is willing to support the attack, and unfortunately Scholes doesn't have the legs to do that anymore. Strange, strange decision. Hopefuly I will be proved wrong."
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Almunia, Sagna, Fabregas, Toure, Nasri, Gallas, Van Persie, Walcott, Denilson, Clichy, Adebayor.

Van der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand, Ronaldo, Berbatov, Rooney, Vidic, Nani, Scholes, Rafael, O'Shea.

1838: Some shock news from Denmark with the news that Brazilian youngster Rafael starts for Manchester United. More to follow.

1834: Zenit are the first to attack and - surprise, surprise - it's almost a goal. Tomas Hubocan goes for the header and there are shouts for handball from the Zenit players, but it's Hubocan who is booked. I'm not going to pretend I understand why. Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy quickly follows him into the book for a foul on Andrei Arshavin.

1833: They're under way again at the Petrovsky Stadium.

1832: "Re 1824: The two English clubs are facing two of the most friendly set of fans in football. I remember a few years back when United played Porto in Portugal, where the Porto fans were meeting and greeting the United fans and wishing us luck."
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1826: "Hope Arsenal start with Carlos Vela tonight. The lad has an eye for goal which is just what we need. Hope we can bounce back from our blip against Hull."
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1824: Apparently, Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo ended Manchester United's training session yesterday with a game of keepy-uppy for the cameras - in which they only touched the ball with their chests and backs. Meanwhile, AaB are apparently so excited about their visitors, they have put up signs around the town saying: "Man U are more than welcome here." Lovely.

1818: Swiss referee Massimo Busacca makes a few enemies among the Zenit contingent by blowing the whistle for half-time before the Russians can take a corner. If this game is a taste of things to come today, I am very, very pleased.

1817: HALF-TIME Zenit St Petersburg 1-2 Real Madrid

1813: Real Madrid fall asleep at the back as Andrei Arshavin receives a short corner and crosses for Tomas Hubocan whose header canons off a defender and eventually into the arms of Iker Casillas. Madrid go straight up the other end and Arjen Robben - now playing on the right - slides the ball across for Gonzalo Higuain but it's just too far ahead.

1812: "Noooo! I'd just put the dinner on thinking that the footie would be on in 45 mins and completely forgot that I'm in France and an hour ahead! Damn the continent!"
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1810: "This game is end to end, it's like an NBA game, both teams playing some great football. Van der Vaart looks awsome!"
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1802: GOAL Zenit St Petersburg 1-2 Real Madrid
Rafael van der Vaart's shot from the edge of the box takes a massive deflection off the Zenit defender and falls to Ruud van Nistelrooy, who guides it into the far corner. If the defending so far is anything to go by, there are almost certainly more goals in this match.

1756: GOAL Zenit St Petersburg 1-1 Real Madrid
That had been coming. Radek Sirl provides the cross from the left and Danny stabs in his second goal for his new club. The £24m striker gets ahead of marker Gabriel Heinze, who rather foolishly attempts to clear with a diving header.

1755: "Celtic to shock the world and win away from home tonight 2-0. Beer has activated the optimistic part of my brain."
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1751: Zenit starting to threaten now. Radek Sirl sends over a brilliant cross from the left - but Pavel Pogrebnyak manages to trip team-mate Andrei Arshavin as they go for the same ball. Moments later, some terrible Madrid defending lets the hosts in but Iker Casillas bravely dives on the ball ahead of Pogrebnyak, the keeper taking a kick in the chest for his troubles.

1747: "I'm not sure if there's much you can do about this, but apparently the driver is 'fixing a problem' with my train home, and I'd love to get back for the football... Failing that, a comfortable win for United will do."
Seb, Ipswich, via text on 81111
More chance with the latter I reckon. Also, I'd be worried if your driver's having to fix the train as well as drive it.

1744: Every time Madrid come forward, you worry for Zenit. Arjen Robben takes advantage of the defender's slip to get to the byeline but his cross is stabbed behind for a corner. Still, that goal hasn't quietened the home fans one bit. They're making an almighty noise.

1740: "Re 17.22: C section. Much quicker. On another note, which hospital is it which forms a queue for those presently giving birth? Very British. And proper."
James from Oxford, via text on 81111

1739: "That was a bit quick. I thought Zenit were meant to be good."
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They might be good in attack, but their defence looks very shaky indeed

1735: GOAL Zenit St Peterburg 0-1 Real Madrid
Moments after Vyacheslav Malafeyev pulls off a magnificent stop to deny Gonzalo Higuain, Real Madrid take the lead anyway. Rafael van der Vaart slides the ball across from the right and Tomas Hubocan provides a very tidy finish for an own goal.

1733: Cracking atmosphere at the Petrovsky Stadium as the players line up for the all-important Champions League anthem. It's a chilly 7C in St Petersburg as the game kicks off...

1725: Madrid coach Bernd Schuster springs a small surprise by leaving club legend Raul on the bench. Zenit line up as expected, with Andrei Arshavin returning to the line-up after missing their last game through suspension.
Zenit St Petersburg: Malafeev, Puygrenier, Aniukov, Hubocan, Sirl, Zyryanov, Danny, Denisov, Tymoschuk, Pogrebniak, Arshavin.
Subs: Contofalsky, Kim, Dominguez, Tekke, Shirokov, Faitzulin, Ricksen.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Cannavaro, Heinze, Van der Vaart, Diarra, Robben, De la Red, Higuain, van Nistelrooy. Subs: Dudek, Raul, Saviola, Marcelo, Drenthe, Miguel Torres, Javi Garcia.

1722: Always one of the highlights of my day, looking at the weird and wacky texts in our inbox. My favourite today: "in a que to hospital. my wife is in labour. help." Yikes, what should I do? Answers - plus football-related banter if you must - via text on 81111. Alternatively, join the merry men and women of 606. They're very nice once you get to know them.
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1715: Poor old Arsene Wenger. Saturday's stunning defeat by West Brom, er Hull, er whoever... left the Arsenal boss feeling "physically sick", but I know something that'll make him feel better: matchday two of the Champions League! Fresh from a Wenger-style carpeting, his boys are up against Porto at the Emirates tonight. More of that later… but first it's Real Madrid at Zenit St Petersburg. Mmmm, tasty.

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