UEFA Champions League live: 2 November

Wednesday 2 November 2011, 18.51CET
UEFA.com's team of correspondents across Europe bring you all reaction from Tuesday's fixtures and the latest news in the run-up to tonight's final matchday four games.
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 18.51CET

UEFA Champions League live: 2 November

UEFA.com's team of correspondents across Europe bring you all reaction from Tuesday's fixtures and the latest news in the run-up to tonight's final matchday four games.

UEFA.com's rolling UEFA Champions League news story brings you reaction from Tuesday's eight fixtures and looks ahead to Wednesday's concluding matchday four ties.

Click on the links at the bottom of this article for reports on last night's games and background on this evening's matches.

All times CET.

Wednesday 18.51, UEFA.com newsdesk
That is it for today, the blog is now closed and will return for matchday five on Monday 21 November. Do not forget to follow tonight's action in the UEFA.com MatchCentre.

Wednesday 17.53, Matthew Spiro in Lyon
The hosts may be missing two of their most dangerous attackers in Lisandro and Michel Bastos, but a fresh wave of optimism has swept over Stade Gerland in the last few days. Back-to-back victories over local rival AS Saint-Étienne – including a Coupe de la Ligue win – has proved the ideal filip for Les Gones following the heavy defeat at Real Madrid CF.

The explosion of joy when Jimmy Briand opened the scoring for ten-man Lyon on Saturday was followed by manic scenes of celebration both on the pitch and in the stands. When Yoann Gourcuff then added a second in added time, it felt as though OL had won a trophy. It was only three points, but the party atmosphere served as further evidence that the feel-good factor is slowly returning to the Rhone Valley.

Wednesday 16.53, Pavel Gognidze in Riga
A win for CSKA Moskva at Trabzonspor this evening will give them an excellent chance of qualification from Group B, but their domestic league hopes have suffered a blow as they battle it out with FC Zenit St Petersburg at the top of the Russian Premier League. Sitting two points behind Zenit, they will be without the suspended Vágner Love for three games. The forward was dismissed against PFC Spartak Nalchik in a match CSKA went on to win 4-0, but he will miss the crucial Moscow derby against FC Lokomotiv Moskva on 6 November.

Wednesday 16.25, Richard Aikman en route to San Siro
Lille might argue that their motivation to qualify is even greater than Inter's as they face an annual struggle to keep hold of their best players. This summer Yohan Cabaye and Gervinho both departed for the Premier League and their current star, Eden Hazard, this week gave his clearest indication of an intention to move abroad to further his career. "I feel ready to make it to the next level at a big club," the 20-year-old told l'Equipe. "I stayed at Lille this year because there were still things I had to work on, things to prove. But now I'm ready."

It could be argued, however, that Hazard's lights have yet to shine in Europe this year. So, in the ultimate shop window – San Siro – it will be intriguing to see whether or not the promising Belgian can rise to the occasion. "The coach said he was worried that I put myself under too much pressure for the European games, but I am working hard to shine in those games that everyone is watching," Hazard recently told Le Journal du Dimanche. Compatriot and former Belgium international Enzo Scifo, meanwhile, believes the opposite to be true: "He is so gifted that sometimes he takes it a bit easy but he has everything it takes to succeed in the Champions League as well." The stage is set.

Wednesday 16.04, Richard Aikman en route to San Siro
Lille will certainly fancy their chances of pulling off a San Siro surprise, not least because they have been here before. Requiring a win to progress to the knockout stage against AC Milan five years ago, Les Dogues triumphed 2-0 thanks to goals by Peter Odemwingie and Kader Keïta. That success took them through to the round of 16 for the very first time alongside the Rossoneri who would go on to win their seventh European club crown.

This may be another side and another time but Inter do not tend to fare well against French sides at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, losing three of their last five fixtures and winning just once. Furthermore, unlike Inter, Lille are going strong in their domestic league where they lie third. Rudi Garcia's side have lost just twice all season and will feel hard done by not to have at least earned a draw from the Nerazzurri's visit on matchday three.

Wednesday 15.37, Graham Hunter en route to El Madrigal
Villarreal full-back Ángel López is on the point of returning from his near nine-month cruciate ligament absence. His reading of the game and pace made him a stand-out performer for the Yellow Submarine. He shared his view of Manchester City with El Periódico, telling the local paper that: "If [David] Silva plays then City play."

Ángel spent time at RC Celta de Vigo when Silva was there on loan from Valencia. He adds: "The best way to defend against him is to prevent the ball reaching him. If that happens it can mean trouble. He's already the best player in the Premier League, in my opinion. He's got the lot – goals, passes, defensive work; he conducts the tempo of the performance and he never hides if things are tough."

Wednesday 15.27, Andy James en route to Fußball Arena München
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has high praise for this evening's hosts Bayern, claiming "they are the best team in Europe, aside from Barcelona".

Indeed, the Bavarian side are functioning better than ever under popular coach Jupp Heynckes, with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller nominated for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award during the week.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis agreed that "Bayern are a very strong side and we're hardly in the best of form ourselves", but he also promised: "We're going to fight in Munich to the very end."

Wednesday 15.24, Richard Aikman en route to San Siro
In what coach Claudio Ranieri has described as "a delicate period" for Inter, victory tonight for the hosts is by no means a given. To compound problems that were deepened by a home defeat by Juventus on Saturday, their goalscorer in that 2-1 reverse, Maicon, is out injured (thigh), along with fellow full-back Yuto Nagamoto (calf) and Júlio César (thigh), who excelled in the 1-0 triumph against tonight's opponents, Lille, on matchday three.

A further concern is the fitness of playmaker Wesley Sneijder, who faces a late test this evening. Without the Dutchman, who will open up the visitors' defence? This is a question a number of Interisti are asking themselves.

Wednesday 15.20, Graham Hunter en route to El Madrigal
Of all the emerging players at Villarreal, Joselu may be the most interesting. Juan Carlos Garrido sought him out from the youth ranks at RC Recreativo de Huelva and signed the striker in 2006, and the Andalusian has looked sharp.

Last season, like Fofo, he played for Villarreal's third string in Spain's third tier, and the centre-forward has scored eight times in 11 second division games for the B team this time around. He looks sure to start tonight against the powerful Manchester City defence.

Wednesday 14.54, Philip Röber in Munich
Bayern have performed brilliantly on all fronts this season, and it is a measure of their strength that they have mostly done so without arguably their best player, Arjen Robben. The Dutch winger has yet to resolve his pubic bone issue, but his absence has rarely been felt, with Jupp Heynckes' side bossing all opponents regardless.

The question among Bayern fans is who Robben should replace in the first team once he is fit again. Franck Ribéry is not in sparkling form, but the likes of Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Mario Gomez would take some shifting from that team sheet. Heynckes can be glad he does not have to make this difficult choice ahead of tonight's game against Napoli.

Wednesday 14.47, Simon Hart en route to Old Trafford
United have their first home game this evening since shipping six goals against Manchester City on 23 October. The consequence of that was a safety-first approach at Everton where Wayne Rooney played in midfield, yet despite that seismic shock, it should be noted that the English champions have still conceded only one more goal from their first 16 games this term than they did last season – 18 to 17.

Oţelul's record of just one goal from three Group C games to date suggests United will not be facing their sternest defensive test tonight.

Wednesday 14.22, Richard Aikman en route to San Siro
It was only May last year when their side celebrated an unprecedented treble, but the annus mirabilis of 2009/10 must seem like a lifetime ago for most Inter supporters. Since then, they have seen three coaches come and go, and this season the Nerazzurri have got off to their worst start in 28 years.

Even this year's UEFA Champions League campaign got off to an inauspicious beginning with a 1-0 home defeat against Trabzonspor. At least they have gone some way to saving face – and possibly their European quest into the bargain – with successive away victories at CSKA Moskva and tonight's opponents Lille.

Wednesday 14.00, Derek Brookman en route to Amsterdam ArenA
Frank de Boer's Ajax will kick off against Dinamo Zagreb fully expecting to take all three points and strengthen their claim for second spot in Group D behind Real Madrid. It is a realistic ambition; the Dutch champions triumphed 2-0 when the teams met in Croatia on 18 October.

However, the game will be a real test of how the current Ajax squad has learned from last season's UEFA Champions League exit. Defeat at AJ Auxerre - in a match many associated with the Amsterdam club felt they should have won - essentially scuppered their chances of progressing to the knockout stages. De Boer has already said that his players "lack experience in this kind of tournament," and will undoubtedly be hammering into them the need to avoid complacency and unnecessary mistakes.

Wednesday 13.56, Andy James en route to Fuβball Arena München
Alongside their main piece on the eccentricities of Napoli's film-producer president Aurelio De Laurentiis, German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung is unsurprisingly positive about hosts Bayern's chances of victory tonight given their recent record of eight straight wins at the Fußball Arena München.

In response to suggestions that the Bavarians' imperious form could lead to complacency, captain Philipp Lahm insisted his team knows "they need to focus and apply pressure immediately".

Visiting goalkeeper Morgan de Sanctis, who saved a Mario Gomez penalty in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago to ensure his side held out for a point, also emphasised the importance of concentrating from the off: "We know that FC Bayern always begin strongly. We can't afford to make any early errors."

Wednesday 13.45, Paul Bryan in Madrid
Ahead of tonight's game in France, AS sizes up the challenge facing Group D leaders Real Madrid who meet "stubborn" opponents Olympique Lyonnais. "The Liga leaders tonight once again take to the Stade de Gerland, one of the few places they have yet to win," the sports daily explains. "Until now, the team from the Spanish capital have played there four times in the Champions League with a distressing balance of three defeats and one draw, conceding seven goals and scoring just one." However, with the memories of a 4-0 win over their French opponents at the Santiago Bernabéu still fresh in their minds, Madrid - according to AS - will be "psychologically better off in terms of future challenges to come should they win this evening."

Wednesday 13.30, Simon Hart en route to Old Trafford
The focus of today's newspaper previews of Manchester United's meeting with Oţelul is Rio Ferdinand. In the wake of United's 6-1 defeat against Manchester City, he was dropped for last weekend's 1-0 win at Everton FC but will return this evening because of Nemanja Vidić's suspension.

'Ferguson warns Ferdinand he must adapt or lose his place,' is the headline in the Daily Telegraph after Sir Alex Ferguson, while assuring the player of his future at Old Trafford, said yesterday that he was no longer an automatic choice and had to adjust his approach because of a loss of pace. "All that has changed is that he has lost that electric yard he had a few years ago," said the Scot. "But he will change and adapt, and he will still play a big part. No question about that."

Wednesday 13.13, Graham Hunter en route to El Madrigal
Juan Carlos Garrido earned his reputation as coach and director of the Villarreal youth academy (cantera in Spanish), and that experience in motivating young players could come in useful against Manchester City, with the Yellow Submarine without regular starters Cani, Giuseppe Rossi, Javier Camuñas, Marco Ruben, Marcos Senna, Nilmar and Cristian Zapata.

Last season Garrido gave 12 debuts to youth team players; this season he has added another three with Adolfo Enríquez García, known as Fofo, waiting to put his name to that growing list tonight. In total, 11 of Villarreal's 18 listed players for the Manchester City match are youth team products.

Wednesday 12.49, Vassiliki Papantonopoulou in Athens
Greece's major sports papers, Exedra Sports and Fos ton Spor, both ran with the same headline in the wake of Olympiacos's 1-0 loss at Dortmund, declaring the result a "cheap defeat" as the side now sit bottom of Group F.

The paper may have taken a negative tone when it came to the Greek champions, but in contrast, all of the major media outlets have gone out of their way to praise the impressive APOEL. "Pride of the big island" ran GoalNews while Sport Day declared the Porto victory as a "new miracle."

Wednesday 12.03, Nick Aitken in Manchester
Manchester United may have suffered in their last fixture at Old Trafford, the 6-1 defeat to derby rivals City, but Oţelul coach Dorinel Munteanu admits that story will not be the same this evening, and that taking a share of the spoils would be a momentous result for his side as they target third place in Group C.

"A draw here would be a dream," said the former Romania international. "I think the 6-1 defeat was a one-off result. I am not paying much heed to it at all. United are a much better side than they showed in that game and I will show them every respect. Basel are our biggest rivals [for the UEFA Europa League spot] so our next game in Bucharest against them will be vital."

Wednesday 12.00, Paolo Menicucci in Milan
Gazzetta dello Sport
's report on Milan's 1-1 draw at BATE includes a picture of Kevin-Prince Boateng wearing Antonio Cassano's shirt under his own. Today, doctors are expected to clarify what has happened to the forward, who was taken ill on Saturday and remains in hospital, amid fears that he has suffered a stroke.

As for the match, the pink newspaper's headline is 'Milan pari e fatta' (Milan draw and finish the job) explaining that the Rossoneri booked their place in the round of 16 after an "unfortunate draw in Minsk".

Corriere dello Sport has published an open letter to Cassano from Diego Maradona: "Your strong character and the love of the people around you will help you get through this difficult period. I want to see you soon on the pitch, happily chasing after a ball. I want it for the good of football, because there are never enough players with your creativity."

Wednesday 11.54, Klaus Klump in Munich
Basel will be without Marco Streller as they visit Benfica, with the striker having gone down with a bout of gastroenteritis, and there are question marks over Alexander Frei – who would usually be the Swiss side's lone presence up front in such fixtures.

Victory would propel Basel into the qualifying places, with local tabloid Blick asking its readers: "Can Basel work a miracle in Lisbon?"

Almost as exciting as the match is Granit Xhaka's hair. The 19-year-old dyed his hair Billy Idol-blond for his last league game, but it will be dark again for the Benfica match. "I like to have a new haircut before every match," the trendsetter tells Blick.

Wednesday 11.52 Berend Scholten in Amsterdam
Defender Luis Ibáñez confirmed that GNK Dinamo Zagreb are in a good spirits going into their match with Ajax, following their 2-0 domestic victory against NK Istra on Saturday. The Argentinian is hoping the momentum gathered, coupled with the inspiration of playing in the Amsterdam ArenA, might just help Zagreb take revenge for the 2-0 home loss to the Dutch side a fortnight ago.

"Before travelling here we played a good match against Istra and now the atmosphere in the team is excellent," said the 23-year-old. "We are here in a beautiful stadium and we are confident of playing a good match. It is a big honour and an inspiration for us to play in stadium such as this, against big teams such as Ajax and in such a prestigious competition. This is a more beautiful experience than the average match in the Croatian competition."

Wednesday 11.48, Klaus Klump in Munich
Around 8,000 German-based Italians are said to have bought tickets to watch Napoli play at Bayern tonight; a 'marea azzurra' (blue sea) is what Naples-based Il Mattino is expecting, and the crowds that greeted Napoli at the airport led some local media outlets to comment that the traditionally passionate tifosi may drown out the more reserved home fans.

Münchner Merkur worries that "a home defeat could see Bayern's fortunes change abruptly, provided Manchester City win against Villarreal" and adds: "Losing top spot in the group and ending up level on points with the third-ranked side would not suit Bayern."

Abendzeitung, however, has a more positive spin. "A bella partita (good game) against Napoli and the group stage is done," it says.

Wednesday 11.37, Berend Scholten in Amsterdam
Het Laatste Nieuws is pleased with Genk's 1-1 draw against Chelsea. "[Midfielder] Kevin De Bruyne called the hard-fought point 'historic'; you can say that again," it writes. "The Limburg side saved the fireworks for the second half. Once more Jelle Vossen showed himself to be the gun for hire. It was lovely to see how beautiful one-touch football from De Bruyne and Camus was rewarded with the equaliser.

"Respect also for Mario Been's risky substitutions: with Kennedy Nwanganga, Anthony Limbombe and Elyaniv Barda, the Dutchman brought only attacking trumps on to the pitch. That decision almost proved fatal when Florent Malouda lifted the ball over László Köteles in the goal, but Anele Ngongca was able to knock it away – against Nadson - just before it crossed the line. The stadium emitted a sigh of relief that a comedy-capers style own goal was avoided."

Wednesday 11.30, Emir Tonguç from Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium
Trabzonspor will hope to welcome back star-striker Burak Yılmaz from suspension, but the 26-year-old is struggling for fitness after missing his side's last league match due to illness. The forward has scored 11 of his club's 14 goals in the Turkish Super League and is keen to make his UEFA Champions League group stage bow. "I have been suspended and have had to support my team from the sidelines which has been tough, but this time I can do my best on the pitch," he told the press conference. "I put in a lot of work to bring my team to this point so I deserve play in the Champions League."

Burak's coach, Şenol Güneş, believes his side can reverse the 3-0 loss they suffered in Moscow a fortnight ago thanks to the return of a number of players, and that a win will give them a good chance of progressing to the knockout stage. The 59-year-old said: "If we win I believe we have a 60% chance of progressing to the next round. It will be a historical night for Trabzonspor. We want to send CSKA home with no points. Having everyone available is a definite advantage; it gives us a good chance to make tactical changes during the match. In the last match we had difficulties in attack because we were missing some players."

Wednesday 11.17, Graham Hunter en route to El Madrigal
El País is one of Spain's quality national daily papers, reliable and sober. Rather than doom and gloom there is a gentle hint of pride about their headline as they look ahead to Villarreal's meeting with Manchester City: 'The youth team against the English league leaders.'

They place weight upon the declaration from coach Juan Carlos Garrido that whichever XI he chooses, given Villarreal's debilitating injury crisis (seven major players), they will represent the Yellow Submarine with equal pride and determination. For the record, El Pais speculates that the Villarreal starting lineup will be: López; Mario, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Català; Marchena, Bruno; Pérez, De Guzmán, Valero; Joselu.

Wednesday 11.11, Pedro Gonçalves in Lisbon
Running with a picture of a disappointed Hulk sporting his new bleach-blond hairstyle, A Bola writes of an "off-colour" Porto following the champions' 2-1 defeat at APOEL; the first time a Portuguese side – club or national – has ever lost to Cypriot opponents. "They had more possession, more corners, more shots, more everything, except the thing that was most important," it notes.

Record talks of a "humiliation in Cyprus" as it ponders the permutations which would see the Dragons reach the round of 16, and concludes: "One thing is for sure: Vítor Pereira's team have to win the two remaining matches [against Shakhtar and Zenit]."

O Jogo is similarly bewildered. "What team is this?" it asks. "For the moment, Vítor Pereira's team are still breathing but clearly with the help of a ventilator."

Wednesday 11.03, Alessandro Massimo in Milan
Lille playmaker Eden Hazard is determined to step-up his own game as his side hope to record a first win in Group B at leaders Inter, but knows his team will need to be at their best to get anything from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The 20-year-old Belgian said: "I am not disappointed about my performances in Europe so far, but I am sure I can do better. The most important thing for me is to play a great game against Inter. We will go into the game with the same concentration as the other matches but the pressure will be higher. I am ready. I will play as usual and try to help my team, but it does not matter if I am crucial if the team performs."

Wednesday 10.54, Christian Châtelet in Paris
According to French newspaper La Provence, Marseille took "a very good point" at Arsenal yesterday. "It will make Olympiacos's visit in three week time decisive," it writes. "A win combined with defeat for Dortmund against Arsenal would put the Olympians through. "

Meanwhile, Yoann Gourcuff is the man of the moment as Lyon host Real Madrid; with Lisandro and Michel Bastos sidelined, the attacking midfielder returned from injury to score in the weekend's 2-1 derby win at AS Saint-Etienne and Le Progrès goes as far as to compare him to one of his former Milan team-mates. "Like Kaká, Yoann Gourcuff has been a shadow of his former self for two years, but with a couple of performances he has sent out a signal suggesting a longed for return to form, if not a resurrection."

La Voix du Nord, meanwhile, has a warning for Lille as they travel to Inter tonight. "The Champions League is a journey that could end early, if the Northerners fail to bring back something from Milan," it notes.

Wednesday 10.48, UEFA.com newsdesk
The Guardian believes Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Genk in Belgium is an overspill from their current faltering domestic form, which has seen them lose their last two Premier League games: "Chelsea's recent stutter has spread over into Europe. André Villas-Boas was always likely to contest that a draw secured away from home in this competition should ever constitute the extension of a blip, but his side suffered the same lapses of concentration and outbreaks of sloppiness in Belgium that have afflicted them domestically. After what the manager had described as 'a disastrous week', there was to be no real respite in Genk."

The Gunners, meanwhile, were praised for their defensive fortitude by the Daily Mail despite missing out on the chance to take three points which would have booked them a place in the round of 16. "[There was] no win to secure a place for Arsenal in the knockout stage of the Champions League with two group games to spare," it notes. "Instead, there were gritty defensive efforts to savour and a point to nudge the Gunners a little closer to qualification from Group F. Manager Arsène Wenger, however, was able extract a little more enjoyment from the goalless draw, especially following criticism levelled at Arsenal's defensive frailties."

Wednesday 10.42, Paul Bryan in Madrid
Spanish daily El País salutes Barcelona's 4-0 win at Plzeň and their qualification for the round of 16 with a barrage of statistics. "Víctor Valdés beat Miguel Reina's [club record of 824] minutes without conceding a goal; Lionel Messi's hat-trick saw him reach 202 goals for the Blaugrana while Pep Guardiola celebrated his 200th game in charge with another victory," it writes. "Barça next travel to AC Milan in a game that will be crucial to deciding who will win the group, the outcome of which looks to favour the Liga side after the Italians' draw against BATE in Minsk."

Meanwhile, Las Provincias summed up the feeling in Valencia after the home side's 3-1 victory against Leverkusen. "The UEFA Champions League is a magical competition and one that is more like an opera transported into the world of football," it explains. "From the moment the atmosphere was set by the famous music that is accompanied by that giant football waving in the centre circle, every emotion was endured. Last night the Mestalla vibrated, screamed, suffered, whistled, celebrated, embraced and saw it's fans leaving with the feeling that their team was more alive than ever in the competition."

Wednesday 10:38, John Leonidou in Nicosia
All the island's media outlets have been showering APOEL with praise this morning following last night's dramatic win over Porto. Sport Day has run a huge headline reading 'My God, what a team!' and writes: "APOEL forced Porto to leave the GSP with their heads bowed after defeating them 2-1 to take yet another massive step towards the last 16."

Goal is no less excited, quoting coach Ivan Jovanovič as saying "my players outdid themselves" while midfielder Constantinos Charalambides declares: "All of Europe is talking about us."

Also eye-catching was the sports section of Politis newspaper which ran a giant picture of the APOEL players celebrating across its centre-spread under the banner "APOEL, Legend, qualification!" It adds: "We thank you; don't wake us from this dream!"

Wednesday 10.33, Klaus Klump in Munich
Dortmund's 1-0 win against Olympiacos has given the German champions a chance of surviving the group stage and Der Westen writes: "BVB have started their UEFA Champions League bail-out and are still in the race for the knockout rounds. The chances are small, but the club are now looking forward to two do-or-die games."

Leverkusen's position is better – they are second in Group E – but they lost 3-1 in an incident-packed game at Valencia. "What a Champions League extravaganza," writes Der Express. "After the first big shock – a Valencia goal inside 11 seconds – Leverkusen showed courage to come back, but the bad luck returned in the second period and two mistakes were punished by Roberto Soldado and Adil Rami. Now their place in the round of 16 is in danger."

Wednesday 10.00, Evgeni Polyakov in Riga
Zenit's Aleksandr Kerzhakov was excited after his side's 1-0 win against Shakhtar, even though the forward was only watching from the sidelines as he recovers from an ankle injury. He told Sport-Express: "I enjoyed the first half a lot. We were better than Shakhtar in every respect. Later on we let the initiative go but we hung on to the result. We were very solid at the back and in the middle. We won all the balls these areas and this was the formula behind our success."

Russia's Sports Daily compared Shakhtar with the FC Spartak Moskva sides of the late 1990s. "The Ukrainian champions' style worked against them this time," it writes. "It was like Spartak under Oleg Romantsev when controlling the ball seemed like the main and only goal. The visitors were slow and failed to surprise Zenit, so it only took one goal to get the victory."

Wednesday 09.53, Vladimir Bogachov in Minsk
Belarus greeted BATE's 1-1 Group H draw against Milan with rapturous celebrations, but local sports daily Pressball has been quick to come back to its senses, looking ahead to the matchday five meeting with Plzeň, which will most likely decide which of the two sides earns a UEFA Europa League round of 32 place.

"A 1-1 comeback draw against such seasoned campaigners is an encouraging sign," it writes. "The Rossoneri are already through while we can be satisfied with BATE's first goal against them. Belarus's champions were always unlikely to qualify from a section containing Barcelona and Milan, but if they can avoid getting carried away with themselves, the Borisov outfit can look for more points in their third-place decider at home against Plzeň."

Wednesday 09.30, UEFA.com newsdesk
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For more from yesterday's press conferences, check out Tuesday's UEFA Champions League live story, while UEFA.com also spoke to CSKA's Berezutski brothers and Lyon's Bafétimbi Gomis ahead of their upcoming games.

Tuesday's results
Group E

Valencia CF 3-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
KRC Genk 1-1 Chelsea

Group F
Arsenal FC 0-0 Olympique de Marseille
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Olympiacos FC

Group G
FC Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
APOEL FC 2-1 FC Porto

Group H
FC BATE Borisov 1-1 AC Milan
FC Viktoria Plzeň 0-4 FC Barcelona

Today's fixtures
Group A
FC Bayern München v SSC Napoli
Villarreal CF v Manchester City FC

Group B
Trabzonspor AŞ v PFC CSKA Moskva
FC Internazionale Milano v LOSC Lille Métropole

Group C
Manchester United FC v FC Oţelul Galaţi
SL Benfica v FC Basel 1893

Group D
Olympique Lyonnais v Real Madrid CF
AFC Ajax v GNK Dinamo Zagreb


Last updated: 03/11/11 17.11CET