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Tuesday's football as it happened

Arsenal 1-0 Roma
Atletico Madrid 2-2 FC Porto
Inter Milan 0-0 Man Utd
Lyon 1-1 Barcelona

Coventry 1-0 Blackburn
Fulham 2-1 Swansea


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By Caroline Cheese

2202: The fun never stops. Danny Baker is taking your calls on BBC 5 Live's 606 right this minute. Jonathan Stevenson is in the chair tomorrow for a little bit of Chelsea v Juventus and Real Madrid v Liverpool. Sounds tasty... A million thanks for all your hard work this evening. Do you know, I think it almost did live up to my ludicrously high expectations in the end. I love the Champions League.

2159: Fulham host Manchester United in the quarter-finals after coming from behind to win. Swansea ran out of steam by all accounts in the second half after taking the lead through Jason Scotland. Dorus de Vries kept his side in it with a string of saves before goals from Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora.

2158: FULL-TIME Fulham 2-1 Swansea

2155: "I think the whole of West Oxfordshire heard me at full time... Bring on Hiddink, Bring on Chelsea!"
Richard, Oxford, via text on 81111

2153: Coventry's reward? A tasty little home tie against Guus Hiddink's Chelsea on the weekend of 7/8 March.

2152: Cupset time. Coventry reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1998 thanks to Leon Best's second-half goal.

2151: FULL-TIME Coventry 1-0 Blackburn

2150: With a minute remaining, Chris Samba heads wide for Blackburn when he should have done a whole lot better as they look to force extra time against Championship Coventry.

2146: "Absolutely gutted. We should have put the game to bed in the first half but I don't think we need to worry. OT is a fortress for these games!"
Fraser at San Siro via text on 81111

2144: GOAL Fulham 2-1 Swansea
That's some turnaround. The prolific Bobby Zamora scores his second goal in two games, heading in another Simon Davies cross to put the Premier League side in front with nine minutes to go.

2143: "Great shame we didn't score. Should have done especially given our first half performance. Also had a fair few chances in the second half. Good team display. Berba just lacked in the final third today. Confident we can win at OT."
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2141: GOAL Fulham 1-1 Swansea
Heartbreak for the Swans. With 13 minutes remaining, Clint Dempsey heads in a Simon Davies corner - and it has been coming to be fair.

2139: Cracking game at the San Siro, played at Premier League pace at times. Manchester United will be annoyed they didn't get the goal their superiority - in the first half anyway - deserved. Decent win for Arsenal, but they could have done with another goal. Roma are a different proposition at home and in two weeks' time, Francesco Totti and Mirko Vucinic should be back to full fitness.

2138: FULL-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Roma

2137: FULL-TIME Atletico Madrid 2-2 FC Porto

2136: FULL-TIME Lyon 1-1 Barcelona

2135: FULL-TIME Inter Milan 0-0 Man United

2134: Into stoppage time and Cristiano Ronaldo is caught by Ivan Cordoba to give United a free-kick about 25 yards out, to the left of the goal. Julio Cesar punches Ronaldo's effort away.

2132: As Danny Murphy misses a sitter for Fulham against Swansea, Wayne Rooney goes through on goal at the San Siro but keeper Julio Cesar comes racing out of his area and clears with his foot.

2130: Wayne Rooney and Esteban Cambiasso go for a 50-50 challenge, which the United striker wins. Cambiasso is outraged by it, and the referee decides to give Rooney a yellow card. Wrong decision.

2129: Samir Nasri's shot from 25 yards is deflected behind as Arsenal push for a second.

2128: Five minutes left at the Emirates where Arsenal will surely be disappointed to come away with only a one-goal advantage.

2125: Wayne Rooney replaces Ji-Sung Park with seven minutes remaining.

2124: United living on the very edge. Dejan Stankovic drives in a cross from the right and Zlatan Ibrahimovic can't get his header on target. United scramble the ball behind for a corner, from which Ibrahimovic flicks a header to the far post where the ball comes off Esteban Cambiasso's chest about a yard out and straight to Edwin van der Sar.

2122: Wayne Rooney will be on any minute...

2119: Jose Mourinho makes a double change. Julio Cruz for Sulley Muntari, Mario Balotelli for Adriano.

2119: Ryan Giggs cuts in from the left, beating Christian Chivu with a couple of stepovers, but Ivan Cordoba is there with the vital block. Shortly after, Dimitar Berbatov finds the side netting from a tricky angle.

2115: GOAL Coventry 1-0 Blackburn
Leon Best - wearing a plastic mask - has set up the possibility of a double Cupset this evening. His broken cheekbone obviously has not hampered him as he rises to head home from Aron Gunnarsson's cross.

2114: GOAL Atletico Madrid 2-2 Porto
Lisandro Lopez taps in a low cross from the left to level things up at the Vicente Calderon. Porto keeper Helton gets a special hug from his team-mates after his earlier howler. Aaah.

2113: Darren Fletcher slides in late on Sulley Muntari and that's a yellow card for the Manchester United midfielder.

2111: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Swansea
Jason Scotland - who else - has put the Championship side in front, sending their 3,000 fans into raptures. Mark Gower set up the big front man who stabbed past Mark Schwarzer and put the Swans closer to a first FA Cup quarter-final in 45 years.

2110: GOAL Lyon 1-1 Barcelona
Barcelona get the goal their pressure deserves, Rafael Marquez glancing on Xavi's right-wing corner and Thierry Henry stooping at the far post to head in a leveller in his homeland.

2110: Simone Loria fails to deal with a long ball from Arsenal and it falls to Emmanuel Eboue, but he delays too long and fires his shot into the side netting. Carlos Vela is on for Nicklas Bendtner.

2109: Cristiano Ronaldo pulls the ball across the box, Ji-Sung Park and Dimitar Berbatov can't reach it, and Javier Zanetti clears ahead of Ryan Giggs at the far post.

2106: "It's a very open game at the moment. There is a lot of space and a lot of tired legs."
BBC 5 Live's Chris Waddle at the San Siro

2105: Arsenal make their first change as Abou Diaby comes off to be replaced by Alex Song.

2103: "Has the team in red come out in black and blue in the second half? Roles reversed at the San Siro!"
Damien, Leeds, via text on 81111

2101: Maicon earns a yellow for a foul on Michael Carrick, quickly following Christian Chivu into the book.

2101: "0-0 at the Cottage at HT. This one has penalties written all over it."
Zamoraforengland, via text on 81111

2057: Inter Milan have upped the tempo dramatically. Edwin van der Sar clears off the line with his leg - but the referee blows for the foul anyway - and then Zlatan Ibrahimovic is clean through but is flagged offside. Not sure he was. Meanwhile at the Emirates, Roma keeper Doni makes a superb save to deny Abou Diaby from the edge of the box.

2056: Ooooh, Nicklas Bendtner. The Dane scoops over the top from a fantastic position and then has another shooting opportunity - but decides to square instead and Roma scramble it away.

2052: Arsenal defender Kolo Toure seems to have picked up a yellow card for being late onto the pitch for the second half. Another odd booking.

2050: "Penalty," scream the Inter fans, or whatever the Italian equivalent is. It's not though. Adriano throws himself to the ground under Rio Ferdinand's challenge as he tries to connect with a cross from the right. Inter are like a different side at the moment.

2050: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-0 Swansea

2050: Under way in all the Champions League games. Big chance for Inter early on. Adriano's left-footed shot canons into his other foot and goes narrowly wide.

2049: HALF-TIME Coventry 0-0 Blackburn

2047: Bad news for fans of slightly hapless defending, Nelson Rivas will take no further part for Inter Milan. He is replaced by Ivan Cordoba. "That must be an injury," says our 5 Live commentator. "No, I think it's because he's had an absolute nightmare," replies Chris Waddle.

2046: Sir Alex Ferguson says: "You would think there will be a reaction from Inter in the second half but I think if we keep our concentration and keep playing our football we'll be OK."

2041: "Is it me, or is Eboue having a really good game?"
Paul, a surprised and impressed Arsenal fan, via text on 81111

2040: Right on cue, here's Danny the Stat... "The home team just can't get Inter it at the San Siro - and that's reflected in the Player Rater scores. Four and fives all round with the honourable exception of goalkeeper Julio Cesar who stands proud with 7.26. At the Emirates, it's largely the same story. Arsenal players are bossing it with Samir Nasri currently the man of the night with 8.00. Have these scores left you speechless - speechless - with rage? No fear, you don't have to speak, just press some buttons, get involved and change things..."
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2038: "If United don't reach next round they only have themselves to blame. The tie should be over. This is typical Mourinho though. As long as United don't get an away goal or two, Milan are very much in the tie."
Anon via text on 81111

2036: "Inter are appalling. Wouldn't want to be in the dressing room with the special one. On the other hand seeing Nelson Rivas playing has given every Sunday league player hopes of playing for Inter. He doesn't even know which side to mark."
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2034: Manchester United had 12 shots to Inter's five, four corners to none, 54% of the possession - and yet their game is the only one still scoreless. Strange times.

2032: HALF-TIME Atletico Madrid 2-1 FC Porto

2032: HALF-TIME Arsenal 1-0 Roma

2031: GOAL Atletico Madrid 2-1 Porto
A shocker of momentous proportions for Porto keeper Helton, who is right behind Diego Forlan's shot, gets both hands on it, but sees it squirm out of his grasp and over the line. Helton John would have done better with that.

2031: HALF-TIME Inter Milan 0-0 Man Utd

2031: HALF-TIME Lyon 1-0 Barcelona

2028: You don't see that often... Inter substitute keeper Francesco Toldo rants and raves at the referee as a decision goes against his team, and picks up a yellow card. Jose Mourinho does his best to charm his way out of it, but Luis Medina Cantalejo is having none of that.

2027: Daniele de Rossi picks up a yellow card which means he will be suspended for Roma's home leg against Arsenal.

2023: Rare attack from Inter. Zlatan Ibrahimovic crosses from the left and Adriano is not far away from connecting, but it's just too close to Edwin van der Sar.

2021: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Roma
Philippe Mexes trips Robin van Persie from behind for a fairly clear penalty and the Dutchman slots home the spot-kick to give Arsenal a deserved lead at the Emirates.


2020: "Other teams watching this must be petrified. I don't think Manchester United played as well as this last season in the Champions League. It is so impressive. Fergie has got it absolutely spot on."
BBC 5 Live's Alan Green

2019: "Re 2010: Nelson Rivas is Serie A's answer to Titus Bramble."
Anon via text on 81111

2019: Davide Santon gets the biggest cheer of the night at the San Siro as he robs Dimitar Berbatov with an excellent challenge by the touchline. That's about as good as it has got for Inter so far.

2016: Maicon takes out Dimitar Berbatov with a cynical challenge. Another chance for Cristiano Ronaldo to have a go, this time from the left. Hits the wall.

2016: The Champions League = Cosmopolitan. The match between Inter and Manchester United has players representing 18 different nationalities in the starting line-ups. Only the 2004 match between Celtic and Shakhtar Donetsk can match that.

2014: "Just one team has turned up so far."
BBC 5 Live's Chris Waddle at the San Siro

2012: Rocket of a free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo, a dipping, curling, bending effort which Julio Cesar does brilliantly to palm away from by the post. The Inter keeper then has to scramble away a Ronaldo header. United are all over Inter.

2010: Nelson Rivas commits himself far too early, allowing Ryan Giggs to run through on goal. The angle is tight and Dimitar Berbatov is waiting in the middle for the tap-in but the skipper goes for the ambitious shot and sees it saved. Karim Benzema hits the post from 25 yards as Lyon go close to a second against Barcelona.

2010: "Manchester United have had so much of the ball. Only Berbatov has been a disappointment so far."
Chris Waddle on BBC 5 Live

2007: GOAL Atletico Madrid 1-1 Porto
Atletico's defence can't deal with a long ball and Lisandro is left one on one with Leo Franco and his shot goes under the body of the keeper. Justice is done really after Lisandro had a goal very harshly ruled out for offside moments ago.

2005: Both the FA Cup replays are now up and running.

2003: Dimitar Berbatov is put through on the right by Ryan Giggs but with Ji-Sung Park waiting at the back post, he can only find an Inter defender with his cross. Not been a great start by Berbatov.

2002: Marco Motta, filling in at right-back for Roma today, is allowed to gallop forward and unleash a ferocious drive which Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia manages to tip past the post.

1959: Manchester United win a promising free-kick about 30 yards out. Cristiano Ronaldo lets Ryan Giggs have a go, but the skipper only finds the wall. Meanwhile, Samuel Eto'o hits the post for Barcelona after a Cris mistake.

1957: Juninho has scored 97 goals for Lyon, 43 of which have been direct free-kicks. The French side are threatening a second goal at the Stade de Gerland.

1954: And now Samir Nasri heads wastefully wide from a glorious Gael Clichy cross. All Arsenal at the Emirates.

1951: Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner wastes a glorious chance. The Dane is found 12 yards out from goal by a Samir Nasri ball from the right, but a poor first touch allows Roma's defenders to clear.

1951: GOAL Lyon 1-0 Barcelona
I'm liking this Champions League night already. Lyon have a free-kick wide on the left. Surely Juninho won't go for goal... he will you know... he spots Victor Valdes out of position and lofts an absolutely beauty of a right-footer over his head and into the far corner.

1951: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Swansea
Fulham rest Danny Murphy and Andrew Johnson for their FA Cup replay, so Aaron Hughes is named captain and Erik Nevland starts up front. Swansea's Garry Monk is not deemed fit enough to play, so Albert Serran is at the heart of their defence.

1950: Inter keeper Julio Cesar dives to his left to palm away Cristiano Ronaldo's firm header from Ryan Giggs' corner. Fabulous save. No sign of caginess at the San Siro...

1949: The kick-off at Coventry has been delayed by 15 minutes because of traffic problems.

1948: GOAL Atletico Madrid 1-0 Porto
Diego Forlan can't collect Sergio Aguero's pass but Maxi Rodriguez is at the far post to slot in past Helton.

1946: Cristiano Ronaldo goes hurtling down the right and is sent flying by Christian Chivu. The home fans make a terrific noise in an effort to put the Portuguese winger off as he prepares the free-kick - and he puts it straight at the keeper.

1945: We're off. In the words of Cristiano Ronaldo: "It's time to kill or be killed."

1943: QI funnyman and Jonathan Creek actor Alan Davies has been spotted dashing to the Emirates. I don't imagine he's a natural runner. Still, he'll need to get a move on: the teams are already out...

1942: Ryan Giggs and Javier Zanetti lead out the two teams at the San Siro. They both played the last time these two teams met in 1999.

1939: TEAMS Fulham v Swansea
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Dacourt, Etuhu, Dempsey, Nevland, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Gera, Murphy, Kamara, Milsom, Kallio, Baird.
Swansea: De Vries, Rangel, Williams, Serran, Tate, Gower, Britton, Gomez, Dyer, Scotland, Bauza. Subs: Cornell, O'Leary, Orlandi, Tudur-Jones, Bessone, Collins, Butler.

1938: Guess we'll soon see about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who Jose Mourinho reckons is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. The Swedish striker has scored 46 goals in 77 league games for Inter, and six in 20 in the Champions League - but never in the knockout stage.

1936: "Ibrahimovic is not a big game player! He has done nothing in the world cup, not made a big impact in the champions league, he is nowhere near one of the best strikers in the world."
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1933: "Here's hoping there will be some Cupsets on this here pancake day."
Neil (eating pancakes hoping for cupsets) via text on 81111

1931: There's Wayne Rooney warming up with his team-mates. He doesn't look too upset about being left out tonight, larking about in goal with a big smile on his face.

1927: TEAM NEWS Blackburn v Coventry
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce fields a completely changed line-up from the one that lost to Manchester United on Saturday. Coventry manager Chris Coleman makes three changes. David Bell (Cup-tied), skipper Scott Dann (suspended) and Leon McKenzie (Achilles injury) were replaced by Elliott Ward, Freddy Eastwood and Jordan Henderson respectively.

1924: TEAMS Coventry v Blackburn
Coventry: Westwood, Wright, Ward, Turner, Fox, Henderson, Gunnarsson, Doyle, Eastwood, Best, Morrison. Subs: Marshall, Hall, Beuzelin, Osbourne, Simpson, Thornton, Cain.
Blackburn: Brown, Simpson, Samba, Khizanishvili, Olsson, Villanueva, Mokoena, Kerimoglu, Treacy, McCarthy, Roberts. Subs: Robinson, Warnock, Nelsen, Roque Santa Cruz, Pedersen, Givet, Doran.

1922: Sir Alex Ferguson says he had to "lean towards the height they have from set pieces" with his team selection hence why he is taking a calculated risk by playing Jonny Evans.

1918: TEAM NEWS Arsenal v Roma
Arsenal bring back Abou Diaby into midfield while Alex Song is dropped to the bench. Emmanuel Eboue comes in for Andrey Arshavin, who is ineligible to play. Roma forward Francesco Totti has overcome a groin problem and starts for the Serie A side - but Mirko Vucinic, who has been suffering from a knee injury, is only on the bench. Former Gunner Julio Baptista and former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise are also named in the starting XI.

1914: TEAMS Arsenal v Roma
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue, Denilson, Diaby, Nasri, Van Persie, Bendtner. Subs: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Song Billong, Djourou, Gibbs, Merida.
Roma: Doni, Motta, Mexes, Loria, Riise, Perrotta, De Rossi, Brighi, Taddei, Julio Baptista, Totti. Subs: Artur, Pizarro, Vucinic, Ribeiro, Diamoutene, Tonetto, Montella.

1910: Mmmmmm... pancakes... Back to the build-up: Jose Mourinho has famously suffered just one defeat against Manchester United in 12 games. What does Fergie think about that? Not much... "I don't like to think about one victory in 12. If the others were all defeats I would worry."

1907: Tonight's Arsenal team: Almunia, Sagna, Clichy, Toure, Gallas, Nasri, Denilson, Eboue, Diaby, Bendtner, Van Persie.

1906: In tonight's other Champions League tie, Atletico Madrid are up against Porto. While Porto won the trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2004, Atletico have never gone beyond this stage. Atletico striker Sergio Aguero is back in the starting side for the first time since his son, Benjamin Aguero Maradona, was born last week, while Giorgios Seitaridis and Maxi Rodriguez are also recalled. Uruguayan defender Jorge Fucile is fit to start for Porto, who have Lisandro Lopez and Hulk leading their line.

1903: TEAMS Lyon v Barcelona
Lyon: Lloris, Mensah, Cris, Boumsong, Grosso, Keita, Makoun, Toulalan, Juninho, Ederson, Benzema. Subs: Vercoutre, Gassama, Kallstrom, Pjanic, Delgado, Mounier, Piquionne.
Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Marquez, Puyol, Xavi, Toure, Busquets, Messi, Eto'o, Henry. Subs: Pinto, Caceres, Sylvinho, Keita, Hleb, Bojan, Gudjohnsen.

1900:Chris Waddle has just been speaking to BBC Radio 2 from the San Siro. Like most of us, he's intrigued by Manchester United's line-up. He expects both teams to try to contain and hit the opposition on the break. He also reckons Jose Mourinho won't mind a 0-0 tonight... Well, he might not mind...

1856: TEAMS Atletico Madrid v Porto
Atletico Madrid: Franco, Seitaridis, Pablo, Ujfalusi, Antonio Lopez, Maxi, Paulo Assuncao, Raul Garcia, Simao, Forlan, Aguero. Subs: Coupet, Pernia, Heitinga, Sinama Pongolle, Maniche, Miguel, Camacho.
FC Porto: Helton, Fucile, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Cissokho, Lucho Gonzalez, Fernando, Raul Meireles, Lopez, Hulk, Rodriguez. Subs: Nuno, Pedro Emanuel, Mariano Gonzalez, Sektioui, Farias, Costa, Sapunaru.

1854: How 'bout some stats then. Roma have lost their last five games on English soil all in the last four seasons. They did manage to beat Chelsea to first in the group stage this year though. Arsenal are unbeaten in 22 home matches in the Champions League.

1850: "Stop the panic United fans. Ronaldo is being given the free role that made him so effective last year. He will roam all around the pitch so Inter players won't be able to pick him up. Also we have two deadly weapons to throw on in Tevez and Rooney."
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1848: Barcelona, on the back of a draw and a defeat (to bottom club Espanyol) in La Liga, are at Lyon tonight. Pep Guardiola not surprisingly picks his holy trinity of Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o and Thierry Henry, while captain Carles Puyol reverts to left-back. Lyon have midfielder Juninho and striker Karim Benzema back in the side after they were rested at the weekend, while John Mensah starts at right-back.

1846: Is that a 4-5-1 from Sir Alex Ferguson? Is he being a touch cautious, as Mourinho predicted? Or will Cristiano Ronaldo play up front with Dimitar Berbatov? We shall see...

1844: "I'm flabbergasted at that team. Yet, In Fergie We Trust."
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1843: "I hate to put a dampener on things... But does anyone else see the Arsenal and Man U games ending in 0-0 draws?"
Ben, via text on 81111

1840: TEAMS Inter Milan v Man Utd
Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Rivas, Chivu, Santon, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Muntari, Stankovic, Ibrahimovic, Adriano. Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Maxwell, Figo, Cruz, Burdisso, Balotelli.
Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Giggs, Park, Berbatov, Ronaldo. Subs: Foster, Rooney, Nani, Scholes, Fabio Da Silva, Gibson, Tevez.

1837: Breaking team news... John O'Shea and Jonny Evans start, Wayne Rooney is on the bench for Manchester United.

1836: "I did nothing productive at work today apart from discuss the footie! 2-1 United! Good times!"
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1834: "We understand John O'Shea will be OK and will play alongside Rio Ferdinand in central defence so that means Darren Fletcher could be at right-back."
BBC 5 Live's Mike Ingham at the San Siro

1831: "Biggest night for Coventry in a long time, and with Coleman getting some pride and passion back in the squad, it could be the night for a cupset. Play up Sky Blues!"
Richard, Oxford, via text on 81111

1828: Arsene Wenger has been doing his best to get the attention back on his team with these words ahead of Arsenal's home tie against Roma: "I believe this team is as good as anything in England. Manchester United had a golden generation with Giggs, Scholes, Beckham, the Nevilles and Butt. They won together because they stayed together. This team can have a similar success, I believe. If you can beat Manchester United at 20 and 21, why can you not beat them at 23 and 24?"

'The Special One' in his own words

1824: I promise I'm not just saying this because I am a female, but it is brilliant to see Jose Mourinho back on our screens. The man might as well just change his name to charisma.

1822: "Cheese, I'm giddy with anticipation. Or it could be Lemsip. Definitely one of the two."
JC in Fulham, via text on 81111

1821: "Holy moses, I'm excited and I don't even support any of the teams involved! This is why I love football, and why every club dreams of being in the top four."
Graham, Essex, via text on 81111

1819: We've had some great examples in the last few days of what are commonly referred to as mind games but are really just idle banter, in particular from Mourinho and Sir Alex. "United will not play like they do in the Premiership," says Jose. "They will go more defensive. I don't think they are coming here to play eye to eye, to try to win the game here." Fergie's response: "I'm trying to think how Inter Milan could possibly change. I don't think they can. They are what they are. We won't be changing much ourselves. We will play our normal way. We hope we can express ourselves."

1816: Still no news on whether Jonny Evans and John O'Shea are fit to start for Manchester United. I wouldn't mind betting at least one of them makes it. If not, we could see Darren Fletcher or Fabio at right-back. In other injury news, Roma's talisman Francesco Totti is a doubt to start at the Emirates Stadium.

1813: "Forget about United's defence, it's a big night for the strikers! Strikers win matches by taking their chances - Man Utd's will hopefully be on top form."
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1809: I should say right now that there is absolutely no way on earth that this evening's Champions League action is ever going to live up to my expectations. It couldn't possibly. I haven't been this excited since... well, since it snowed the other week actually. So not that long ago as it turns out.

1804: As well as Inter Milan v Man United, we'll take in Arsenal v Roma as well as two other Champions League last 16 first leg ties. AND TWO FA CUP FIFTH ROUND REPLAYS!

1800: It's back... After 77 long and painful days, the Champions League returns with a blockbuster: Inter Milan v Manchester United, Jose Mourinho v Sir Alex Ferguson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic v Cristiano Ronaldo.

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