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Champions League as it happened

Man Utd 2-2 FC Porto
Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal



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By Caroline Cheese

2208: That's your lot then. A cracking night of Champions League action, featuring two sensational goals at Villarreal and a four-goal thriller at Old Trafford. Can tomorrow's ties top that? We can only hope...

From quiteManners on 606: "Satisfied Gooner. Horrid first half, better in the second. We are slight favourites, our ability to make lives hard for ourselves mean that it'll be a nail biter and we probably will adopt some stupid tactic. We should go through though."
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2200: If you are in need of more football chat, Danny Baker rides to your rescue on his 606 stallion. He's on BBC 5 Live right about now awaiting your calls.

2154: Every time I watch Emmanuel Adebayor's goal, it gets better. A thing of rare beauty from the Togo striker, and a crucial away goal. Rumours emerging that William Gallas has a knee ligament injury.

From ManRooUnited on 606: "Frustrating game to watch, yet entertaining... the defence has completely disappeared at the moment."
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2145: Arsenal will be pretty pleased with a draw at Villarreal, who remain unbeaten at home in the Champions League. Worries over the injuries to William Gallas and Manuel Almunia though.

2144: Still, it's not all bad news for United. Wayne Rooney has made history by becoming the fifth youngest player to score 15 Champions League goals. Well done Wayne!

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "The score was about right. First half they were the better side, second half we improved. Getting a goal late in game, we should be seeing that out so it was a bad goal to give away. It could be fatigue, it's been a hard two days. But it was a lack of concentration."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Manchester United's players troop off with only the cheers of Porto's fans to accompany them in a rapidly-emptying Old Trafford. No late escape for United tonight and they did not deserve one either. Ferguson and his side have managed to navigate their way out of some hazardous situations before, but the mood around Old Trafford and the body language of United's players give away the size of the task facing them in Portugal next week. Could it be that Porto will be United's Champions League nemesis again?"

From anon via text on 81111: "I suspect Fergie may need a new hairdryer soon... that one seems to be losing its force, no?"

From banjophet on 606: "A great performance by Porto and a very bad performance from United. That's it in a nutshell really."
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2136: FULL-TIME Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal

2136: FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-2 Porto

2134: United win a fortunate free-kick for Tomas Costa's challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo but Ryan Giggs fires it over the bar.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Sir Alex Ferguson's face is set in concrete after another fatal defensive switch off by Manchester United. Porto now have two away goals and no-one can say they have not deserved it. Ferguson did not even celebrate Carlos Tevez's late goal. He knew United were lucky to be ahead - and now they do not even have that slender advantage to take to Portugal for the second leg. Dress it up any way you like, United have just not been good enough tonight."

2132: The cameras immediately went to Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira after that goal, no doubt hoping for some Mourinho-style celebrations. Ferreira ran towards the touchline with his arms punching the air - but he resisted a full-on knee-slide.

2130: GOAL Man Utd 2-2 Porto
...or maybe not. Lucho Gonzalez's right-wing cross eludes everyone and comes to substitute Mariano , who has time to get the ball under control before stabbing it past Edwin van der Sar.

2126: GOAL Man Utd 2-1 Porto
Well, well. Wayne Rooney cleverly flicks Gary Neville's throw-in on for substitute Carlos Tevez to fire into the roof of the net. One of their worst performances of the season, and it looks like United will escape with a victory.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Porto are still dangerous on the break and you can sense the anxiety around Old Trafford when they flood forward. United's best hope remains with Rooney but no-one could seriously deny Porto a splendid away draw - complete with crucial goal - if it stays like this. It will take another United late show to enable them to have a lead to take to Portugal, but Porto's fans are already celebrating."

2123: Marcos Senna is wearing magic boots tonight. The Villarreal skipper fires one narrowly over the bar from 35 yards.

2121: Arsenal's third change sees Emmanuel Eboue replace Theo Walcott.

2120: The Porto fans don't like this one little bit. Goalscorer Cristian Rodriguez comes off along with Raul Meireles. Mariano and Tomas Costa on.

2119: Definitely looked like a foul by Carlos Tevez on Hulk a few minutes ago - but could have been outside of the box.

2117: Cristiano Ronaldo steps up to take a free-kick after Bruno Alves' handball but smacks it into the wall, then Wayne Rooney is inches away from heading in a pinpoint cross from the right.

2115: Hulk is not happy. The Porto attacker appears to be felled by Carlos Tevez on the right-hand edge of the box.

From Matt in Rugby via text on 81111: "Re 2056: I tell you what, he's good isn't he?"

2112: Here comes the cavalry at Old Trafford. And Gary Neville. Jonny Evans and Paul Scholes off, Neville and Carlos Tevez on. At El Madrigal, Robert Pires finally comes on to face his old team-mates, Joseba Llorente making way.

2108: GOAL Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal
Sensational. Cesc Fabregas lifts the pass into the box, Emmanuel Adebayor takes it on his chest and acrobatically hooks in an overhead volley.

2106: Emmanuel Adebayor heads a Theo Walcott cross wide for Arsenal. Decent chance. Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has been in regular dialogue with the coaching team and he seems to be struggling with an injury.

From anon via text on 81111: "Can anyone explain why Park is playing? He can't pass, tackle, cross, shoot, dribble, he doesn't have vision, and can't head. All he does is bring effort, which I can do for free."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Plenty of theories about Manchester United's awful display in the first 45 minutes - with many observers commenting on just how leg-weary and lacking in inspiration they look. United have a little more energy about their efforts at the start of the second half, but this still not the side that threatened to sweep all before it just a few short weeks ago. Old Trafford does, however, finally seem to be warming to the occasion now."

2102: Like United, Arsenal are looking better in the second half, with Cesc Fabregas trying to play in Theo Walcott at every opportunity. Nicklas Bendtner looks like he'll be coming on to replace Emmanuel Adebayor shortly.

2100: Ryan Giggs's first contribution is to whip a lovely cross over from the left, which Porto do brilliantly to clear. Seconds later, Wayne Rooney forces Helton into a fingertip save with a fabulous chip before the Porto keeper has to dive full stretch to keep out Nemanja Vidic's header. United building some pressure.

2059: Fergie makes his first change. Ryan Giggs comes on to replace Ji-Sung Park.

Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 Live: "United have been much better in this half. They are a bit more composed and there is more energy from midfield."

2056: Several Villarreal are waving imaginary cards as Cesc Fabregas - already on a yellow - slides in on Joan Capdevila. Play continues but once the ball goes out of play, the ref keeps his card in his pocket, much to the relief of the visiting fans.

From iamwonton on 606: "It's usually at this point I make a disparaging comment about Adebayor (or Bendtner if he's on) that they do something ridiculous and actually score! So, Adebayor looks tired and flat footed..."
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From Mike, London, via text on 81111: "My dad sent this text to me after 20 mins of play: 'Utd better side. Once we settle, I can see us putting another 3 or 4 past them. Last we'll concede.' Worried for the old man's health currently."

2051: Edwin van der Sar punches a through ball very unconvincingly and is lucky Lisandro Lopez doesn't make him pay. Up the other end, Ji-Sung Park's piledriver flies just over.

2050: Hulk tumbles to the ground as he tries to get away from Nemanja Vidic, but that would have been a soft penalty.

2050: John O'Shea has time to measure his cross from the right, but plants it straight onto the head of the Porto defender. Poor.

2048: You'll never guess... The second half at Villarreal is under way as well. Unbelievable coincidence.

2046: The second half at Old Trafford is under way.

2045: "We can score. I'm sure of that," reckons Sir Alex. "We need to have belief in ourselves and have confidence on the ball which I think we started to have at the end of the first half."

2042: Gloom and doom all round from Arsenal and United fans on 606 and on the text. Long way to go...

From Ian, Woodford Green, via text on 81111: "Looking forward to the probable all-Iberian Peninsula semi-final! Porto-Villarreal... mouthwatering!"

From red_tumbler on 606: "Porto played a hell of a half and all they got to show for it is an away goal. I am expecting a turnaround in the second half. I don't remember so many bad passes in one half by United ever... well, not since 2003-2004 season."
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BBC 5 Live's Conor McNamara at El Madrigal: "Arsenal are finding this very tough going indeed. A lot of pretty passing in midfield, they just haven't threatened in the danger area. Emmanuel Adebayor hasn't had a shot."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Signs of improvement from Manchester United as the interval approached. In truth they could hardly have deteriorated any further and perhaps the prospect of facing Sir Alex at half-time concentrated a few minds. Porto's fans are pleased with their side's progress, but United are fortunate to be on terms after such a dismal display. The applause at half-time is luke-warm at best, and that probably qualifies as a wild over-statement."

2033: HALF-TIME Villarreal 1-0 Arsenal

2032: Hairdryer time at Old Trafford. Even over their shaky recent period, Manchester United cannot have played that badly. Porto will be disappointed they haven't scored three or four.

2031: HALF-TIME Man Utd 1-1 Porto

2031: And now Cesc Fabregas is in the book. The skipper is punished for a taking a free-kick without permission.

2029: Wayne Rooney gets an enormous cheer at Old Trafford as he chases back with Hulk. He concedes a free-kick though. At El Madrigal, Emmnuel Adebayor is booked for a stray arm.

2027: Angel Lopez pulls the ball back for Cani, who blazes over rather wastefully for Villarreal. And now Arsenal lose William Gallas. The defender follow Manuel Almunia into the treatment room and Johan Djourou comes on.

2024: Bit better from United now. Patrice Evra finally gets a decent cross in from the left but Paul Scholes can't control the header. William Gallas is back on the pitch for Arsenal after a spell of treatment.

2022: Arsenal midfielder Alex Song is booked for stopping Giuseppe Rossi's slaloming run just outside the box, Rossi's momentum takes him into Gunners defender William Gallas, who needs treatment on his ankle.

2019: Darren Fletcher looks desperately at the referee after going over in the box, but it's not a penalty. Porto go up the other end and Cristian Rodriguez tries a similar trick but he doesn't get anywhere either.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Sir Alex Ferguson will be preparing for the full-on hairdryer treatment to aim at his players if this continues. Shabby at the back, careless in possession and strictly second best to a very lively Porto. John O'Shea felt the full blast of Old Trafford's wrath after more sloppy defending presented Hulk with a chance. Carlos Tevez, in contrast, gets a huge ovation as he goes for a gentle jog down the touchline. Strange atmosphere - stranger performance."

2014: Lukasz Fabianski is straight into the action with a fabulous double save, getting down well to his right to push away another Marcos Senna effort from outside the box and getting up brilliantly to block Joan Capdevila's follow-up effort at the near post.

2014: And now John O'Shea gives the ball away. What on earth is up with the defending champions? The ball comes out to Hulk on the right of the box but his shot skims just wide.

2012: Raul Meireles is the latest to have a go at Old Trafford, Edwin van der Sar helping his fierce shot over the bar.

2011: Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia will not be able to continue after that earlier clash with Giuseppe Rossi. Lukasz Fabianski comes on for only his second Champions League appearance.

2010: Frustration at Old Trafford as first Cristiano Ronaldo, then Paul Scholes, then Patrice Evra give the ball away. Worrying times for the United faithful.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan had just come to the technical area to bark out what would surely have been some fairly urgent - and possibly unprintable - orders from Sir Alex Ferguson to his sleep-walking players. And along came Bruno Alves to help them out by gifting Wayne Rooney an equaliser. United still look desperate at the back, despite drawing level, and there is real agitation inside the Theatre of Dreams."

2003: Porto's three-man attack is causing United all kinds of bother. Cristian Rodriguez heads too close to Edwin van der Sar, before Lisandro Lopez also goes close. Meanwhile in Spain, Villarreal keeper Diego Lopez saves low at his near post from Samir Nasri after a typically slick Arsenal move.

2000: GOAL Man Utd 1-1 Porto
A calamitous back-pass from Bruno Alves gifts United the equaliser. Wayne Rooney latches onto it, waits for Helton to commit himself and passes the ball into the net. Shocker from Porto.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "Old Trafford's atmosphere was strangely subdued even before kick-off - and Manchester United picked up on the mood with a slapdash start summed up by that goal. Sloppy from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jonny Evans and a clinical finish from Cristian Rodriguez. Porto's fans are elated in a small corner of the ground. They have happy memories of Old Trafford and if United continue as they have started they might have more before the night is out."

1958: Porto keeper Helton pushes Cristiano Ronaldo's header behind for a corner, but United can create nothing from it.

1958: That Senna shot must be moving at about 100mph. Fabulous hit. It's Premier League 0, Rest of the World 2 at the moment.

1954: GOAL Villarreal 1-0 Arsenal
Crackerjack. From 30 yards out, Spain's Euro 2008 hero Marcos Senna hammers a sensational right-footed shot into the top corner. No stopping those.

1952: Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia is struggling with his right ankle but he manages to stop the ball on the goalline after Gonzalo Rodriguez tries to force the ball home from close-range from a Villarreal corner.

1950: Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar has to make a smart save at his near post from Lisandro Lopez. Fabulous start from the visitors. United rocking.

1948: GOAL Man Utd 0-1 Porto
Disaster for United. Jonny Evans' attempted clearance from Lucho Gonzalez's right-wing cross goes straight to Cristian Rodrigues , who directs a low shot into the far corner. Cristiano Ronaldo gave the ball away in midfield initially.

1947: Crikey, he's hit that one. Porto striker Lisandro Lopez thumps a shot right-footed from the edge of the box but it's straight at Edwin van der Sar.

1946: Early threat from Villarreal. Arsenal defender William Gallas has to be across very quickly to smother the shot from Joseba Llorente.

1945: And we're off.

1941: At the exact same moment, the teams make their way out at Old Trafford and El Madrigal. Time for a bit of that Champions League anthem I reckon...

From Some Raving Idiot on 606: "Helton's concentration seemed to pass him like a candle in the wind against Atletico (I am really really sorry)."
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1932: They're playing Coldplay's Viva la Vida at El Madrigal. Yellow surely would have been appropriate for the Submarinos Amarillos...

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "The biggest cheer of the night when Manchester United's team is read out at Old Trafford? The returning Wayne Rooney? Cristiano Ronaldo? No - substitute Federico Macheda. Instant fame."

1928: If Nick Maxwell's greatest hits hadn't done so, I definitely would have mentioned Helton. The Porto keeper gifted Atletico a goal in the previous round when a Diego Forlan shot went straight through him. Very dodgy.

From Nick Maxwell's greatest hits on 606 : "No one is mentioning just how awful Helton is in goal for Porto, he makes Gomes look like a rock. Also, you can't wear track pants and expect to be taken seriously."
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From Eagleeeee on 606 : "Arsenal's team tonight has a similar look to the one that went all the way to the final. Fabregas and two other midfielders who are happy to sit back. Two wing players to support the pacy lone front man. They're even super-outsiders, just like last time!"
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1919: TEAM NEWS Villarreal v Arsenal
Villarreal boss Manuel Pellegrini leaves former Gunner Robert Pires on the bench. Key midfielder Santi Cazorla is out for the season after breaking his leg but Marcos Senna returns after injury. Arsenal make one change, with Samir Nasri shaking off a virus to replace the ineligible Andrey Arshavin in midfield.

BBC 5 Live's Conor McNamara at El Madrigal: "Villarreal boss Manuel Pellegrini has a knack of rejuvenating players. He's done it with Juan Roman Riquelme and Diego Forlan and he seems to be working his magic with Giuseppe Rossi. It's a big game for the ex-Man United striker."

1915: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reckons his side are not just outsiders but "super outsiders" for the Champions League title. I don't know, maybe he means they're really excellent outsiders?

Jimmy Armfield on BBC 5 Live: "Man United always look like they'll score even when they've shown frailties at the back. More than anything though, it just seems like the luck is running with United."

1905: TEAM NEWS Man Utd v Porto
Manchester United make four changes from the team that beat Aston Villa in dramatic fashion on Sunday. Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney after missing that game through suspension, while Ji-Sung Park returns to the left of midfield. Porto go with a three-man attack of Christian Rodriguez, Hulk and Lisandro Lopez, who has scored six goals in eight Champions League games.

From Who's that in... on 606: "The 'formidable Hulk' is yet to score in eight Champions League games. Angry by name, tame by nature."
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1857: "The squad we have is one of the best, not only in Spain, but in the whole of Europe." The words of Villarreal midfielder Robert Pires, who has now discovered the down side of playing for one of the best sides in Europe is that there is a high chance you'll be left on the bench for one of the biggest games of the season.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Old Trafford: "My Portuguese is not the best, but two words are clearly on the lips of every Porto camp follower in the visiting media at Old Trafford tonight - Federico Macheda. The 17-year-old's stunning winner for Manchester United against Aston Villa on Sunday has captured the imagination of European football as well as the Premier League. They will have to content themselves with viewing him from the bench, initially at least. United will have to overcome one formidable barrier in the shape of Porto's number 12 Hulk - let's hope they don't make him angry."

1852: They gave him the big build-up, and poor old Bobby Pires gets left on the bench. Life is cruel.

1851: TEAMS Villarreal v Arsenal
Villarreal: Diego Lopez, Angel, Godin, Rodriguez, Capdevila, Cani, Senna, Eguren, Ibagaza, Rossi, Llorente. Subs: Viera, Pires, Franco, Fernandez, Nihat, Javi Venta, Fuentes.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Denilson, Song Billong, Walcott, Fabregas, Nasri, Adebayor. Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Silvestre, Djourou, Bendtner, Eboue, Gibbs.

1845: TEAMS Man Utd v Porto
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Ronaldo, Rooney, Park. Subs: Foster, Neville, Eckersley, Giggs, Nani, Tevez, Macheda.
FC Porto: Helton, Sapunaru, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Cissokho, Lucho Gonzalez, Fernando, Raul Meireles, Lopez, Hulk, Rodriguez. Subs: Nuno, Stepanov, Mariano Gonzalez, Costa, Madrid, Farias, Sektioui.

1843: As expected, no Rio Ferdinand for Manchester United. Carlos Tevez, Ryan Giggs and Federico Macheda are on the bench. More to follow.

1839: While everyone else seems to be writing them off, Porto boss Jesualdo Ferreira has done a decent job of talking up his side. "The team has the same will as it did in 2004. Just as was the case that year, we're not only in the Champions League knock-out stage, we're also top of the Portuguese league and in the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup."

BBC 5 Live's Simon Brotherton: "Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney will play tonight, but I don't expect Rio Ferdinand to, so Jonny Evans will partner Vidic. Ji-Sung Park is expected to play on the left."

From lolthebraps on 606: "I hope Sir Alex has got another 17-year-old hidden up his sleeve for us tonight!"
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From anon via text on 81111: "Nightmare. My wife has booked me in to fly in a wind tunnel tonight :) All I want to do is watch Arsenal storm on through Europe."

1829: The head-to-head record might suggest Ferguson has no reason to fear Porto, but the Portuguese leaders are in decent form. They finished ahead of Arsenal in their group, beat Atletico Madrid in the first knock-out round and have a handy four-point lead in the Portuguese league.

1825: If you missed it, Rafa Benitez told his pre-match press briefing that Fergie is "scared" of Liverpool. "It's not mind games," he insisted. Yeah right.
Benitez reignites Ferguson rift

From I want to kiss Federico on 606: "I have been waiting for tonight for so very long. It's finally here! Let the fireworks begin."
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1815: Lock the doors, switch off the phone, drop everything... for heaven's sake, stop the entire world from spinning on its axis: it's Champions League quarter-final time.

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Man Utd 2-2 FC Porto
07 Apr 09 |  Europe
Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal
07 Apr 09 |  Europe

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