• FT

    Barcelona

    0

    Benfica

    0

  • FT

    Bayern

    4

    BATE

    1

  • FT

    Braga

    1

    Galatasaray

    2

  • FT

    Celtic

    2

    Spart Moscow

    1

  • FT

    Chelsea

    6

    FC Nords

    1

  • FT

    Lille

    0

    Valencia

    1

  • FT

    Man Utd

    0

    CFR Cluj

    1

  • FT

    Shakhtar D

    0

    Juventus

    1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Stamford Bridge, England

Attendance: 40084

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Chelsea

  • David Luiz 38' PEN
  • Fernando Torres 45' +2'
  • Gary Cahill 51'
  • Fernando Torres 56'
  • Juan Mata 63'
  • Oscar 71'

6 - 1

FT

FC Nordsjaelland

  • Joshua John 46'
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    Ravi Ubha: So long for now.

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    Ravi Ubha: Stay with us this weekend for more wonderful Boot Room banter.

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    Ravi Ubha: Folks, a real pleasure being with you this evening. You all made it great!

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    [Comment from Charles ]
    bet chelsea fans wont be complianing if it was in thier favor

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    and all the chelsea fans complaining... :D

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    [Comment from Mike ]
    Chelsea fans complaining about bad luck, now that's ridiculous. Quit whining!

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    [Comment from Charles ]
    why is it ridiculus... its the norm.. its harder to score away from home

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    [Comment from davittski ]
    Better close the Boot Room soon before Chelsea tears ruin the carpet

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    chelsea fans unhappy with the tiebreakers. shocking.

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    [Comment from The Johnny ]
    Chelsea is the third best team in this group. GET OVER IT!

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak ]
    So now the English pundits will criticize CL's group stage rules? Typical.

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    [Comment from Mat ]
    Head to head away goals ahead of overall GD is kind of ridiculous.

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    [Comment from Alex ]
    I can't believe away goals is affecting the group stages. it is RIDICULOUS!!!

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @PatrickBemis35 No. Shakhtar advances on the head-to-head tiebreaker of away goals.

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    Ravi Ubha: Thanks, h.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ok, for the last time.
    Same points as Shakh, same goal difference head to head vs. Shakh, but MORE AWAY HEAD TO HEAD GOALS.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    England has 2 teams in UCL Rd of 16 for 2nd straight season, after 3+ teams in Rd of 16 in 1st 8 seasons of format.

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    [Comment from Shawn ]
    Ravi, could you explain why Chelsea aren't advancing? I'm still confused.

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    Ravi Ubha: According to British oddsmakers, Barca 5-2 favorite, followed by 9-2 Real Madrid, Bayern Munich third.

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    Ravi Ubha: Thanks, Matt R.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes

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    [Comment from Yogurtu ]
    so according to the head to head rule, shakhtar goes on because it scored more away goals right?

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak ]
    Would be so much fun watching Barca-BvB at some point. Both teams can be so good, they can make me cry at times.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, thanks for fixing.

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    [Comment from davittski ]
    Confused - Shaktar had more away goals in H2H vs Chelsea

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    Ravi Ubha: Santi back.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Arsenal-Malaga would be interesting.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Report just said Messi injury is very minor. Per Catalan reporter...

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    Ravi Ubha: Head to head goal difference.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @MurphInTampa Yeah, that's not correct. Will investigate...

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    [Comment from Confused ]
    why exactly did cheslea not qualify further?

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak ]
    You know, Malaga might end up surprising a few people. They may be slipping in the league, but CL is a different ballgame altogether.

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    [Comment from kydetwsoc ]
    MADE A MEAL OF IT

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    [Comment from Jerry ]
    It was a dive that was called for a penalty.

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    Ravi Ubha: I didn't see the pen. Was it a pen?

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    [Comment from JC ]
    Celtic deserves what? Outplayed by Benfica and 2 legs and Benfica gave it to Barcelona both legs as well.

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    footballers always overreact to injuries. settle down here.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    UCL Round of 16 by country: Spain 4, Germany 3, England/Italy 2, France/Portugal/Scotland/Turkey/Ukraine 1.

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    [Comment from chicagooner ]
    Really, Barca-Arsenal again? I'd like to avoid that as long as possible

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    Ravi Ubha: Dec. 20.

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    [Comment from Jerry ]
    When is the knockout stage draw?

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak ]
    RM-Juve even.

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    [Comment from Christian ]
    twitter saying Radio Catalunya reporting Messi injury not serious

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    [Comment from davittski ]
    Bayern vs Arsenal

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes.

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    [Comment from Bro Bot 2.0 ]
    Is Chelsea in the Europa League?

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    [Comment from Shawn ]
    He still ran after contact and put a shot on goal. He'll be fine.

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    Ravi Ubha: United-Real Madrid! Barca-Arsenal.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @Shinehart Head-to-head is the first tiebreaker, and Shakhtar scored more road goals vs Chelsea.

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    [Comment from Doug ]
    Based on who has advanced, what pairings would you like to see Ravi?

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    [Comment from Bryce ]
    People are talking like Messi starts every single game for Barca. They win all the time when he's rested.

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak ]
    Messi is made of teflon. He'll be playing the weekend game.

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    [Comment from hari ]
    I see one of bayern or Dortmund winning this year !!

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    [Comment from chris ]
    no one knows how barca play without messi until this weekends game...

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    Ravi Ubha: Let's first see the extent of the injury.
    Spain has a winter break, so not as many fixtures upcoming as in, let's say, England. They have a comfy lead in Liga (sorry, am only thinking of Real Madrid).

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    [Comment from Grant ]
    does barca pull the trigger and bring in neymar

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    Ravi Ubha: PSG, Schalke, Malaga, Dortmund, Juve, BM, Barca, Man U (group winners)
    Porto, Arsenal, AC Milan. RM, Shakhtar, Valencia, Celtic, Gala (runners up)

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Chelsea's streak of 9 straight UCL knockout rounds ends. It was tied for the 2nd-longest active streak.

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    [Comment from JamesArsenal ]
    Barca will have issues without him... hes a game changer.... i mean xavi is great but messi is godly

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    [Comment from Brain ]
    Who will score the goals? Alexis? Pedro? Villa? Good luck.

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    [Comment from Jared ]
    Barca will still be great but a CL title will be very difficult

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    Ravi Ubha: He tried to round the Benfica keeper, his left leg hyper-extended as he made contact with the keeper...taken off on cart.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    They know what they are. Europa League contenders. They know what they are. #CFC #sloopjohnb

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    how did Messi get hurt? Strong tackle?

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    [Comment from GP ]
    Barcelona is much more than Messi & 11 drones like some folks seem to believe. I don't think they will have any problems without him in the lineup.

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    [Comment from SpursFTW ]
    Great day to be tottenham fan.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    FULL-TIME: Celtic, Galatasaray and Juventus take the final places in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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    Ravi Ubha: That early?
    Has the coach already spoken?

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    [Comment from JamesArsenal ]
    From reports it looks like messi may be done for months

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    [Comment from TonyGlavin ]
    I Just Can't Get Enough!

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    [Comment from Charles ]
    well we finally have definite proof that messi is human on the pitch. hope the injury is not too serious

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Def a knee injury for Messi, I just hope it's not major ligament damage or it could be a long year for him and Barca

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea 6-1 Nords, Shakhtar 0-1 Juve
    Barca 0-0 Benfica, Celtic 2-1 Spartak
    Braga 1-2 Gala
    United 0-1 Cluj
    Bayern 4-1 Bate
    Lille 0-1 Valencia (Bayern win group)

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    [Comment from Who Am I? ]
    Chelsea FC #Thursday Night Football....Let's go win the Europa League!! Worthless Shakhtar...

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    [Comment from martin ]
    Celtic deserve it. the way they took the game to Barca over two legs was heroic. Well played Bhoys!

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    [Comment from The Stig ]
    Hail, Hail, the Celts are here!

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    Ravi Ubha: So Juve, Celtic and Gala nab the final three spots...

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    Ravi Ubha: And what a real sickener for Cluj. They win at Old Trafford but Gala rally for 2-1 win at Braga to nab second.

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    [Comment from Christian ]
    CELTIC!

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    [Comment from Guillo ]
    Over at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea out.

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    [Comment from davittski ]
    CELTIC!

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    Ravi Ubha: Barca 0-0 Benfica, full time.

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    Ravi Ubha: Cardozo first looked to be in all alone but dithered, his chance went. But then Pereira from seven yards, ball laid back to him and he skies it over!

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    Ravi Ubha: What a miss by Pereira!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 30 seconds remaining.

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    Ravi Ubha: Tame shot from distance straight to Pinto.

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    Ravi Ubha: Long throw coming up.

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    Ravi Ubha: Bad corner, cleared by first man.

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    [Comment from Chinmay ]
    Barca wtihout Messi for a long term? How bad would it be ..

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    Ravi Ubha: Benfica corner.

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    [Comment from Doug ]
    Vilanova is gonna get KILLED for playing Messi if it's a long term injury.

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    [Comment from Wren ]
    Five minutes of stoppage time in Glasgow.

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    [Comment from Brain ]
    I think Messi can pretty much do whatever he wants...

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    Ravi Ubha: Didn't look good. Was his knee.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Hope its not serious...Ravi what you think judging off Messi's reactions? Didn't see it

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    Ravi Ubha: Benfica players look dead on their feet. Not much movement or urgency.

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    [Comment from Bluess ]
    If Messi had told me that he wanted to play and beat the record, I would honor his choice

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    Ravi Ubha: Can they create one chance?

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    Ravi Ubha: 5 added minutes at the Camp Nou.

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    Ravi Ubha: Kallstrom red card for Spartak.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, but sometimes the coach has to supersede the player.

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    [Comment from d ]
    But we all know Messi loves to play every game...

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    [Comment from martin ]
    breaking a record means a whole new round of merchandise which means $.

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    [Comment from Random ]
    Poor management by Vilanova. How can u start your B team and still manage to get your star player injured?

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    Ravi Ubha: And other first teamers weren't in the squad...

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    [Comment from Mike R ]
    Losing Messi doesn't just hurt Barca, it hurts the entire game. There was zero reason for him to even be on the active squad for this one, let alone to put him in.

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    [Comment from Mou ]
    Best time for an injury. Lots of points ahead in La Liga and no UCL games til next year.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great run by Deulofeu, another Masia product, but his shot goes wide.

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    [Comment from Rama ]
    That is shame if it keeps him out for the year now

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    [Comment from Chinmay ]
    That's interesting..lets see how barca plays now without him

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    Ravi Ubha: Hand on his head as he leaves.

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    Ravi Ubha: Messi being stretchered (carted) off.
    Let the question start to be asked: Why play him in a meaningless game?

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    Ravi Ubha: Dec. 20.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    When is draw for next round?

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    Ravi Ubha: Barca have already made 3 subs, so would have to play the remainder with 10 men.

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    Ravi Ubha: It's his left leg, as he tries to round the keeper, he hyperextends his left leg.

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    Ravi Ubha: Not a good sign.

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    Ravi Ubha: And still down...

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    Ravi Ubha: Messi down, meanwhile, at the Camp Nou.

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    Ravi Ubha: As of now, Juve, Cluj and Celtic in.

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    [Comment from Stern ]
    What teams are actually on the line of advancing/ exiting tonight?

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    [Comment from martin ]
    HOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    [Comment from brian ]
    ohhhh ya beauty!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: Barcelona doing all the pressing at the Camp Nou. Now Benfica must attack!

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    [Comment from The Johnny ]
    CELTIC PEN!

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    [Comment from Will ]
    CELTIC!!!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: 2-1 up!

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    Ravi Ubha: GOAL for Celtic, penalty!

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    [Comment from barry g ]
    Bayern look like a team on a mission . They know they gave it away last year .

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    [Comment from Matt R ]
    This would be one of the only times ive ever cheered for Barca

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    Ravi Ubha: GD head to head.

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    [Comment from PA-S ]
    so if head to head is even then it goes to gd?

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    [Comment from TD ]
    Clearly, Rafa is trying to get his goals for bonus before he is sacked.

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    Ravi Ubha: Head to head.

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    [Comment from luis ]
    if is not goal difference then what is it that decides who moves on?

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    Ravi Ubha: Well it was on target, but rather tame, no fumble from keeper.

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    Ravi Ubha: Messi standing over the ball, a FK, 25 yards.

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    [Comment from luis ]
    I will cry if Celtic don't move on to to last 16

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    It's a shame that GD isn't the deciding factor here. It'd be interesting to see Chelsea push for 9 goals

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    [Comment from Arthur ]
    What happened to Lille? Oh wait, no Hazard.

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    Ravi Ubha: Benfica content to hold on for a draw, hoping Celtic don't win.

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    Ravi Ubha: All looks very tepid at the moment at the Camp Nou.

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    Ravi Ubha: A reminder folks, for those asking, not goal difference when teams are head to head. It's goal difference first.

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    [Comment from Chris ]
    I love Shahktar, wonderful team to watch

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    Ravi Ubha: 6-1.

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    [Comment from Bluess ]
    Oscar goal

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    Ravi Ubha: YES.

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    [Comment from Alex Song ]
    This Arsenal have missed me this year?

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    Ravi Ubha: thanks, Bryce, but unless Shakhtar scores, the drama is lacking.

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    [Comment from Bryce ]
    Ravi, I highly recommend Juventus - Shakhtar. Both teams attacking.

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    [Comment from Vic ]
    thank you. The Messi thing is the only interesting thing happening today.

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    Ravi Ubha: 74 minutes done, 0-0.

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    Ravi Ubha: Time for a bit of Barca-Benfica.

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    Ravi Ubha: OK, time to switch me thinks.

  •  

    [Comment from PA-S ]
    no RvP = no man u success

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    [Comment from Jason ]
    Nobody is going to complain about Chelsea not advancing in the CL.

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    Ravi Ubha: In history, no.

  •  

    [Comment from martin ]
    am I correct in saying no Scottish team has made it out of the group stages?

  •  

    [Comment from Roman ]
    I guess selling your soul only works for one year...

  •  

    [Comment from man u fan ]
    United have disappointed me today.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Come on Shakthar you can do it

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    [Comment from martin ]
    come on Hoops!!!!!

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    [Comment from Czuch Norris ]
    Maybe Rafa thinks the UCL format has changed since he last coached.

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    [Comment from Sanchini ]
    my money is on United drawing a 2nd place Real Madrid on the 20th

  •  

    [Comment from The Johnny ]
    BRACE YOURSELVES: tomorrow an avalanche of english commentators complaining about tie breaker rules

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Sometimes you really have to lock down those 4 goal leads.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ramires is a starter every game...so give him a breather with a busy time coming up (WCC, Christmas)

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    Why bring Oscar on at this point? Does Rafa think GD matters?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: This should be a boost: Rafa gets his first win, Chelsea scores goals, and the team collectively scores.

  •  

    [Comment from JeremyW (LFC) ]
    Ravi, how do you see this performance affecting CFC's play in the league?

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    Ravi Ubha: And so many others...

  •  

    [Comment from JamesArsenal ]
    Oh Mata a player Wenger could of gotten .....

  •  

    [Comment from Matty ]
    Chelsea should save some goals for the EPL

  •  

    [Comment from Will ]
    That last goal for Bayern was by Shaqiri off a header. Yeah, he's 5'7".

  •  

    [Comment from Jerry ]
    MIGHTY EPL both their "champions" dont even advance! HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA

  •  

    [Comment from Travis ]
    Never been so unhappy to see my boys in Blue score 5

  •  

    [Comment from Guillo ]
    A pity that goal difference is not the deciding factor for group stage tiebreakers.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Picks up his own rebound after a good leg save from Hansen and pokes it home from a yard.

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    Ravi Ubha: 5-1, Mata.

  •  

    [Comment from Brain ]
    Hey, that's not the real Mancini...City was spelled with two "y"s.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yeah. For them, not as much to lose since they were in already prior to this evening.

  •  

    [Comment from Xavier ]
    Do you think Shaktar tries to get the draw/win so they finish 1st in group?

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    [Comment from Hyuga ]
    Torres would have missed the target if he was 4 yards out instead of 2

  •  

    [Comment from Raul ]
    Torres has a knack for scoring meaningless goals

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nah, he was always looking to put it into the roof :)

  •  

    [Comment from mp33 ]
    so he almost missed it, is what you are saying

  •  

    [Comment from Mancini ]
    Can't wait for Sunday 8am!!!! COME ON CITYY

  •  

    [Comment from Wren ]
    3-0 to Bayern over BATE now.

  •  

    [Comment from Jay ]
    McGeady on for Spartak against his boyhood team in Glasgow

  •  

    [Comment from Ray ]
    United just hitting long balls now. Looks like they are fine with running in 1st gear

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hazard breaks in on the left, beating his man, near the byline, cuts it back, Torres into the roof of the net from two yards.

  •  

    [Comment from Working ]
    please give a play by play on Torres goal

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: At this stage, Juventus, Cluj (which leads United 1-0) and Benfica going through.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Benfica.

  •  

    [Comment from martin ]
    same question: as it stands, who advances, Celtic or Benfica?

  •  

    [Comment from Sanchini ]
    this is the point where everybody, except PELE, starts cheering for messi

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Giovinco got the goal for Juve.

  •  

    [Comment from kydetwsoc ]
    is this the point where celtic start cheering for messi

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Very subdued and quiet at the Bridge. They know it's pretty much over now.

  •  

    [Comment from Andy ]
    What's the atmosphere in London?

  •  

    [Comment from Wren ]
    Tell Torres to score against real competition.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Good work by Hazard, who crosses in to Torres for his second.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Well, they probably wont' advance, but at least, maybe, Torres will have revived. A second goal for Torres, 4-1.

  •  

    [Comment from Vince ]
    Juve 1-0!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Sam ]
    Messi coming on!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: JUVE GOAL.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Great take down by Mata in the box and he attempts to curl a shot into the corner. Wide.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Still sticking with City.

  •  

    [Comment from T ]
    Ravi, based on form right now who do you see as the favorite for the CL?

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Shakhtar-Juve has really opened up now. End to end stuff.

  •  

    [Comment from Roman A ]
    Cahill and Luiz to lead the line!

  •  

    [Comment from luis ]
    Cahill has more goals than Rooney!!

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC) ]
    POST! Pirlo pings a 20 yard blast off his left foot off the right post.

  •  

    [Comment from cfcdon ]
    Ravi, Cahill as striker? I think?

  •  

    [Comment from M ]
    I think Chelsea needs to put Cahill out at striker esp in CL games.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 6

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie ]
    How many goals does Cahill have this season?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 3-1.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren ]
    Ravi, don't count your chickens before they've hatched! Part of the beauty of this game is that anything can happen!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Great header. He had to place it perfectly because he couldn't put much pace on it.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: OK, this game is now really over. Cahill with a looping header from a free kick.

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle ]
    He can't fire himself after his first draw, though

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: You, run there, I give you $5 million. You, block that shot, $2 million...

  •  

    [Comment from Penelope Cruz ]
    Roman should coach Chelsea.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Shakhtar should have scored. Free kick straight at Buffon, but he punches it straight out to another Shakhtar player. On the volley, it goes inches wide.

  •  

    [Comment from man u fan ]
    Messi scores 2 goals when he's subbed in. Book it!

  •  

    [Comment from cfcdon ]
    Is this WHU in the making?

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    no way chelsea can adv.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Needs one goal to tie Mueller's calendar year record.

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie ]
    Messi warming up for Barca

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No, head to head is what would matter.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian ]
    Can Chelsea still go through to the next stage based off of goal differential?

  •  

    [Comment from Mike ]
    It wouldnt be a Chelsea UCL game without a little intrigue!

  •  

    [Comment from Matt ]
    If it goes to 2-2, Benitez will be immediately fired mid-game. True or false?

  •  

    [Comment from trevgunner ]
    I can imagine Benitez working in a Siberian mine soon..........

  •  

    [Comment from Uhhhh ]
    What the hell? I was playing the hair game and now its 2-1 30 seconds later? What the heck?

  •  

    [Comment from man u fan ]
    Where is 1980 Al Michaels when you need him?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Great ball over the top, Cech out to make himself big, but a calm finish from the man on loan from FC Twente.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Joshua John.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 2-1.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Well, well, I may eat my words.
    Nords have scored!

  •  

    [Comment from Baker ]
    The hair game was more fun than the football.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Second half under way at the Bridge.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: OK, guys and gals, thanks! Great stuff.
    Let's get back to the football.

  •  

    [Comment from QPR ]
    Djibril Cisse

  •  

    [Comment from Mackie ]
    Pinto

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Me like.

  •  

    [Comment from egk ]
    coentrao's blondeness

  •  

    [Comment from The Stig ]
    Scott Sinclair

  •  

    [Comment from jnu ]
    Gotta have rooney with the plugs!

  •  

    [Comment from Wes ]
    Skrtel, Reina

  •  

    [Comment from Izzie ]
    Brad Friedel

  •  

    [Comment from Wren ]
    Tim Howard!

  •  

    [Comment from cfcdon ]
    Song

  •  

    [Comment from Alex M ]
    Welbeck when he has his fade-top thing

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Interesting.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    Zlatan!?

  •  

    [Comment from BilboBaggins ]
    Messi before the haircut, think 05-06

  •  

    [Comment from united ]
    Berbatov and Torres's long hair form

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    [Comment from Czuch Norris ]
    Pirlo has a great mane along with his beard, Ravi

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    [Comment from Matt R ]
    beckerman

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    Ravi Ubha: Samaras?

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    [Comment from Aleksei ]
    The greek Jesus

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    [Comment from LFCFan ]
    facial hair, com'on ravi

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    [Comment from Matt ]
    Ronaldinho

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    [Comment from Ed ]
    KaKa has some serious volume

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    [Comment from DMoney ]
    Mexes

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    [Comment from Adam ]
    Marcelo

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    [Comment from Kalzz ]
    balotelli

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    [Comment from Eli ]
    Jonjo Shelvey

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno ]
    Gigi Buffon.

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    [Comment from RR United ]
    El Shaarwawy....Vidal....Witsel

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    [Comment from Jason ]
    Assou-Ekotto

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    Ravi Ubha: I gotcha.

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    [Comment from Kyle ]
    *Vagner Love? IDK if i spelled it right

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    [Comment from Lance ]
    ronaldo

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    [Comment from Jeffrey ]
    Stephen El Shaarawy

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    Ravi Ubha: Pirlo?

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Welbeck, Pirlo, Puyol

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    Ravi Ubha: Strange.

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    [Comment from Julio ]
    Raul Meireles

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    Ravi Ubha: Expensive.

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    [Comment from John ]
    ROONEY

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    [Comment from Dustin ]
    Gervinho

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    [Comment from John ]
    Puyol

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    Ravi Ubha: Would love to have his hair!

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    [Comment from Andy ]
    Mikel Arteta. That hair is fabulous!

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    As it stands at half-time the final three Champions League knockout places will go to Benfica, Cluj and Juventus.

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    Ravi Ubha: No

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    [Comment from Xavier ]
    Can Chelsea go past Juve if they beat them in goal difference?

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    [Comment from Tanto ]
    Mario Gomez, naturally

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    [Comment from LFCFan ]
    Arsenal's Sagna

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    [Comment from brian ]
    chamakh

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    [Comment from Cechs Helmet ]
    Neymar

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    [Comment from Cechs Helmet ]
    Current players only

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    Ravi Ubha: Ok, fire away:
    I'll throw out a few: Fellaini, Coloccini, Luiz, Hamsik...let's go!

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    [Comment from chicagooner ]
    Wait what about the half-time All-Hair team?

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    Ravi Ubha: Hmm...I think we can complain. Replays show Cahill out of the box, and third one was ridiculous.

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    [Comment from C.J. ]
    Can we give some props to the Chelsea-Nors ref? He's been in the spotlight because of the PKs, but all were correct calls. Potential for controversy, but neither team can complain.

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    [Comment from AgentsAgent ]
    2-0 is one of the most dangerous leads...often teams comeback for the point or even win it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea 2-0 Nords; Shak 0-0 Juve; BM 1-0 Bate; Lille 0-1 Valencia; Barca 0-0 Benfica; Celtic 1-1 Spartak; Braga 1-0 Gala; United 0-0 Cluj.

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    [Comment from Mr.Conspiracy ]
    Something tells me Shakhtar will not break Juve

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    Ravi Ubha: Shak-Juve or Celtic-Benfica.

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    [Comment from John ]
    Which game should I watch the second half of?

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    Ravi Ubha: Someone asked earlier about Valencia and Bayern.
    If they're tied on points, Bayern wins the group on better head to head.

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    Ravi Ubha: United know how to balance Europe and domestic, but I can see no way how this hurts City.

  •  

    [Comment from GoonerNYC ]
    Does Man City have an advantage in the league now that they have only that and the FA Cup to focus on?

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    [Comment from Merih ]
    I have a feeling Shaktar and Juve will be a very boring game in second half

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    Ravi Ubha: Moses with the through ball to Torres, who races for the ball on the right, gets behind the defender. Hansen is out of his goal early, and stops the initial shot. But the ball hits Torres, Hansen is out of position and he shoots into an open net.

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    [Comment from cfcdon ]
    Ravi, can we in the office see torres goal, please

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    Ravi Ubha: Ha!

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    [Comment from man u fan ]
    No! Switch to United-Cluj

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    Ravi Ubha: Totally unimportant game for Barca.

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    [Comment from Grace ]
    Why is Messi not playing?

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    [Comment from Jeremy ]
    Shaktar had 0 shots in 40 minutes.....

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    [Comment from Jody ]
    Juve ends the half with 7 shots (1 on target) vs Shaks 0 shots on target - could be another Juve vs Nords game for them..

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    [Comment from Dan ]
    Over/Under on Shots on Goal for Shakhtar= 1

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    [Comment from Other Paul ]
    no, ravi - even chelsea can't blow this one... (knocks on wood)

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    Ravi Ubha: I'll shift to Shakh-Juve towards the end of this one....

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    No, but Ravi think Juve lose? I know that's not the point though haha

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    [Comment from James ]
    It's possible but so is Wenger spending money

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    [Comment from James ]
    Hansen is doing hell of a job. He's going to have a long night, though.

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    [Comment from Arthur ]
    NO!!!!!!!!!!! - that's a resounding no.

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    [Comment from C.J. ]
    I think they CAN, but I highly highly doubt they WILL.

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    [Comment from YVK ]
    Unless they get more handballs

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    [Comment from Sam ]
    RKSmithy, I will eat Ravi's hat if Nords get back into it.

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    [Comment from Jason ]
    Maybe Torres will get his confidence back after that one...oh wait...

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    Ravi Ubha: Anyone else think Nords can get a point here ?

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    [Comment from RKSmithy ]
    Really? I guess no one has EVER come back from being 2 goals down.....very insightful.

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    Ravi Ubha: Halftime in Donetsk: 0-0.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes.

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    [Comment from C.J. ]
    He's deserved it, with the way he's played today.

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    $50 million goal right there

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    Classic Torres goal!

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    [Comment from Noel ]
    Handball by Torres. Chelsea lucky again!

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    [Comment from JTs Left Foot ]
    give Moses credit for a great ball too

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    Ravi Ubha: Moses with the through ball, Torres gets behind the defender, Hansen makes the first save, but Torres into an empty net on the rebound. 2-0, game over.

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    Ravi Ubha: You could kind of see it coming?

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    Ravi Ubha: Finally a goal for Torres!

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    Ravi Ubha: Three minutes of injury time.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes.

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    [Comment from CaptainandTenile ]
    Does Chelsea need Juventus too lose?

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    [Comment from Mike ]
    Maybe Torres and Luiz can swap positions

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, I'd say so. They've been the better team. But then, you'd expect that, playing at home versus a team from Denmark.

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak ]
    PK's aside, has Chelsea's general play been worthy of a goal?

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    Ravi Ubha: And don't forget about his scoring in training...

  •  

    [Comment from Josh A ]
    Wow, Benitez was right about Torres' defending. Did you see him clear that cross out of the six yard box?

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    [Comment from united ]
    How many penalties do Chelsea have to be awarded before Torres steps forward?

  •  

    [Comment from RR United ]
    Another snooze fest for United...what happened to their goal prowess/killer instinct...

  •  

    [Comment from woody ]
    Come on Shakhtar! Steal another unsporting goal!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: 42 minutes done.

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    [Comment from Jody ]
    Shaktar looking feeble at the moment - Juve look like scoring any time soon. Funny how you have to hope that Shak do well and win, even though I loathe them after that Adriano goal

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    Ravi Ubha: GD not factoring in in two-team tie. Will be head to head.

  •  

    [Comment from ray ]
    whats the goal difference now for Group E ravi?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: And how much does that say?

  •  

    [Comment from JTs Right Foot ]
    Mikel has been one of our best performers this season.

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    [Comment from C. Greed ]
    gotta love refs that think they are bigger than the game

  •  

    [Comment from Troy ]
    let's go shakhtar

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    [Comment from Josh A ]
    First time I've ever agreed with Neville.

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    Ravi Ubha: Why not just leave Mikel out :)

  •  

    [Comment from RR United ]
    Why not play Mikel at the back and Luiz in CDM?? Could add some flair...

  •  

    [Comment from Sam R. ]
    Nothing beats Palermo's 3 PK misses in 1 game though!

  •  

    [Comment from Noel ]
    that was some luck on chelsea's side cos it wasn't a pen to me

  •  

    [Comment from Andy ]
    Spartak scores, 1-1. Celtic back to hoping that Barca wins.

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    [Comment from Jake ]
    This is ridiculous three penalties in 10 minutes

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    Ravi Ubha: The referee seems to "have lost control of his mind a little bit," Gary Neville says.

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    I love how he takes his penalty. He either puts a hole in the net or will knock it out of the stadium

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    [Comment from Wren ]
    Nords will probably get another penalty for handball before too long....

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    Ravi Ubha: The take of a confident man.

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    Ravi Ubha: Long run up, unlike Hazard and Stokholm. It goes into the top corner, Hansen went the other way.

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    Ravi Ubha: And he scores!

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    Ravi Ubha: Luiz.

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    Ravi Ubha: Shot rifled and it hits the Nords man.

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    Ravi Ubha: That one was harsh.

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    Ravi Ubha: Remarkable! Another Chelsea pen for a handball.

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    [Comment from Jody ]
    Juve getting much more possession now and a few more shots on goal - very defensive by Shak

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    Ravi Ubha: I'll take your word for it.

  •  

    [Comment from Eric ]
    Spain-Paraguay in the World Cup had a situation like this. Just minutes apart, if I remember correctly.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt ]
    Hazard started so brightly this year...why the fade?

  •  

    [Comment from Jon ]
    Maybe should have let Torres taken as a confidence builder

  •  

    [Comment from JTs Right Foot ]
    When was the last time we had any luck?

  •  

    [Comment from Pat ]
    Torres would have scored it

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur ]
    Let alone 2 saved in 5 minutes! Wow, today must be destined to be low scoring.

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    [Comment from united ]
    Today is definitely not the luckiest day for Chelsea!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: It was Hazard who took it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Wait, didn't I say that already?

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    Ravi Ubha: Bad pen. Like Stokholm's. To Hansen's left, not into the corner, good height.

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    Ravi Ubha: Can you believe this? When is the last time we've seen two pens saved in normal time by different keepers?

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    Ravi Ubha: SAVED!!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: Beckmann...he can have no complaints either.

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    Ravi Ubha: Penalty!

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    Ravi Ubha: And they get it!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Now Chelsea want a hand ball!

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    Ravi Ubha: Some nifty footwork by Torres, then a shot, wins Chelsea a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Suddenly Stamford Bridge has awaken.

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    [Comment from KC ]
    Might be chelsea's lucky day...all they need to add to the luck is a Torres goal

  •  

    [Comment from Jason ]
    Awful PK vs Amazing Cech is always a good thing in my opinion!

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    [Comment from mark ]
    I could of taken a better one and I'm a defender

  •  

    [Comment from Wren ]
    Any time you save a penalty, it's a good save.

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    [Comment from man u fan ]
    Stokholm is a disgrace to all of Denmark with that miss

  •  

    [Comment from C. Greed ]
    I bet Cech's back hurts... he has been carrying this team for nearly two months.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Will look for a replay to confirm...

  •  

    [Comment from JTs Left Foot ]
    Didn't Cahill look like he was outside the box?

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    [Comment from C.J. ]
    Cech saves us again. Wow.

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    [Comment from Jerry ]
    AWFUL PK

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    [Comment from d ]
    Cech bailed em out again

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    Ravi Ubha: Cech dives to his right, at a good height for him, nowhere near enough in the corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Poor penalty.

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    Ravi Ubha: SAVED.

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    Ravi Ubha: Stokholm to take.

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    Ravi Ubha: Handball given against Gary Cahill. Can be no qualms about the call. Arm was out stretched towards the ball.

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    Ravi Ubha: to NORDS!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: PENALTY

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    Ravi Ubha: Saved for the bench...that just doesn't sound right!

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    [Comment from RKSmithy ]
    But they could be saved for City this Sunday on the bench.

  •  

    [Comment from Jody ]
    Shak no shots on goal and Juve 2 shots none on target - about even posession

  •  

    [Comment from RR United ]
    Wonder if Shakhtar and Juve had a "gentlemans bet" to keep CFC OUT of the UCL? Hmmm

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    Barca doesn't need to score goals to win

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    Ravi Ubha: Hernandez and Welbeck aren't first teamers.

  •  

    [Comment from RKSmithy ]
    I do....Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck....you don't?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Aleksei, honestly, not watching.
    Anyone? Can we help Aleksei?

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    [Comment from Aleksei ]
    Ravi, Shakhtar and Juve look to be playing it relatively safe?

  •  

    [Comment from Stefan ]
    Barca doesn't have a shot on goal yet...

  •  

    [Comment from Mike ]
    How is Dortmund overrated? Back to back German champs and just won the toughest UCL group!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: You think they put up a strong side?

  •  

    [Comment from RKSmithy ]
    Ravi.....why would United put up such a strong side when they don't really need the win??

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Neither. A very good team.

  •  

    [Comment from Alien ]
    Dortmund overrated or just lucky?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Meanwhile Lorentzen tries his luck from distance and it has Cech scrambling. But no touch, it's wide, and a GK.

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    Ravi Ubha: Moses waltzes in on the right towards goal and sends the ball in front of goal. Stokholm onto his own bar.

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    Ravi Ubha: Almost an own goal!

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    Ravi Ubha: Well, that was poor from Torres. A delayed dive after initially doing some good work on the right.

  •  

    [Comment from Ray ]
    It is sad to admit but I think Giggs needs to hang up the boots. He is just not looking good this year.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Such a good point.
    He was Chelsea's savior up front on so many occasions.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren ]
    Where's Drogba when you need him?

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    [Comment from Salisbury City FC ]
    Torres' problem was never effort.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Torres tries an overhead kick from a wonderful ball ...blocked.

  •  

    [Comment from Xavier ]
    Come on CELTIC

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Torres is looking lively, it has to be said.
    Well, he was offside...but work with me.
    Mata's free kick from the right, about 45 yards away, is swirved into the box, Torres rises, but his header is over the bar.

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur ]
    Bayern chime in too! And the flood gates open

  •  

    [Comment from man u fan ]
    Sound the bagpipes! All of Scotland, to your feet!

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur ]
    Nick Powell: Based on today's game, he is pretty good at hitting defenders with his shots.

  •  

    [Comment from Andy ]
    Howler from the Spartak defender, Gary Hooper rifles a shot from just outside the box. Crowd goes nuts.

  •  

    [Comment from Stefan ]
    Celtic goal!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: We get soooooooo many young prospects who never pan out, right? Let's see how many more appearances he gets this season before making a judgement...

  •  

    [Comment from Himanshu ]
    How good is Nick Powell Ravi?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Torres and Mata exchange passes and Torres almost clear through...

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn ]
    Woah now, we got us a comedian here.

  •  

    [Comment from united ]
    Torres: I don't always score a goal, but when I do, I ensure I'm offside!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Kaboom!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ramires attempts a through ball for Moses on the right but Moses is fractionally offside.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt K ]
    turns off the xbox...

  •  

    [Comment from Matt K ]
    What does Torres do when he scores a goal?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 0-0.

  •  

    [Comment from Ed ]
    Update on Juve-Shakhtar?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: The 17th minute has passed and so has the 'there's only one di Matteo...'

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Moses down in the corner, wanted a foul ...and should have gotten one. Linesman was yards away and misses the hack.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Another corner.
    No problem with those thus far, but haven't been productive.

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    Ravi Ubha: At halftime we'll pick our all-hair team!

  •  

    [Comment from Dan W ]
    Imagine if Luiz was a CM and then Chelsea got Fellaini. That would be the greatest head of hair on a midfield pairing ever.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ivanovic dispossessed and Nords can counter. John with a low cross but it's behind his teammate and goes out for a goal kick.

  •  

    [Comment from DT ]
    Come on, please somebody...anybody...>SCORE !!! for God's sake

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn ]
    Barcelona looking like a 2nd team out there so far.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Luiz on the ball...which is always fun.
    Yes, he can't defend, but he's very skilled.
    He should turn into a central midfielder...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hazard, who has looked off color in recent games, muscles his way down the left and his cross is deflected for a corner.

  •  

    [Comment from Mark ]
    dzeko to arsenal

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Big, but not massive.
    Yes it would dissuade some who want to play in the CL, but at the same time, Roman can pay big bucks, this is the Prem, and Chelsea is a big club.

  •  

    [Comment from Faheem W ]
    Ravi, lets assume Chelsea go out and are not able to qualify for CL next season, how will this impact their team of big star names?

  •  

    [Comment from cfcdon ]
    I just Love Chelsea !!! Don't care what happens Win , Lose or Tie...Chelsea till I Die!!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: LOL.
    On this display, yes!

  •  

    [Comment from man u fan ]
    Hansen to United?

  •  

    [Comment from Rex ]
    Rodrigo HUGE MISS for benfica.. one on one with pinto

  •  

    [Comment from Ray ]
    I am not liking Rooney wide left. Seems to be taken out of the game

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nords a little disjointed after the injury to Runje. But they counter and work a corner.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: But this time he's not, after a Nords error, and he rifles a shot to the near post again. Hansen had to be sharp. Off the corner, Hansen stops Luiz's left footer across goal.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: But he's offside.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Torres finds the back of the net with a chip!

  •  

    [Comment from RR United ]
    Does Yaya count as box to box. He seems to be lumbering these days up and down. He's nice on the ball, but does little else in terms of "defending, tracking back" these days.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Now?
    Barca. Real, Bayern, PSG.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D. ]
    Ravi, how would you rank these four teams: Real Madrid, Barca, Bayern, PSG?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hansen has to be sharp to keep out Moses' volley to the near post.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Good save by the keeper!

  •  

    [Comment from BilboBaggins ]
    Parker coming back could see that happen exactly, Paul

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Not quite a box to box like Yaya.

  •  

    [Comment from RR United ]
    Think Dembele can be like Yaya for Spurs? He's real nice.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Haven't seen him yet.

  •  

    [Comment from cfcdon ]
    Ravi, is Roman in attendance?

  •  

    [Comment from man u fan ]
    I'd be so happy if United got RDM after SAF retires

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Good news for Chelsea fans though. Shakhtar has started significantly better than Juve.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No coming back for Runje.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Stretcher out for the Croatian defender. Their other starting center back didn't even make the squad, and American Michael Parkhurst, as Sky points out, is playing in the center, not full back.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I'm a huge fan of Dembele. Classy player.

  •  

    [Comment from Paul ]
    Dempsey is coming alive a bit the last few matches after a tough start. I'm still not convinced that we wouldn't be better served with Dembele in a more advanced role, and keep Clint to spell for Bale or Lennon out wide.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Injury problem for Nords. Defender Ivan Runje is on the ground, looks like he's done his thigh in.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: And the chants have now started: "There's only one Di Matteo ...."

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I'd call it subdued.
    The fans know what happens tonight isn't in their own hands.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew ]
    Ravi- What is the mood like at Stamford Bridge best you can tell (the Boot Room is all I have)?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: He's been amazing this season, hasn't he, Sam.
    I think Hart has the No. 1 locked down solid so far, but hey, all it takes is a blunder or two for that to change.

  •  

    [Comment from Sam ]
    Hey Ravi, any chance that Fraser Forster can put pressure on Joe Hart for England's #1?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Pep - to somewhere in England!

  •  

    [Comment from Frank loves lamps ]
    Ravi, whats the biggest coaching change you see happening this summer?

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno ]
    Barcelona doing their tiki-taki... in their own half.

  •  

    [Comment from awali ]
    chelsea will lose

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Paul, what's your take on Dempsey at Spurs so far? He seems to have fit in well.

  •  

    [Comment from Paul ]
    As a Spurs fan, I hate to see Chelsea eliminated so easily. I have no problems with them bumping Spurs from the CL by virtue of their win last year, but I'd at least like to see them do SOMETHING with the opportunity. I'm not saying Spurs would have done all that great, but it cost us players (Modric) and $$ by not getting in.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Again, to the near post, cleared.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Mata takes, goes to the near post, temporarily cleared. But another corner.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Corner for Chelsea.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Under way.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Good point/question. I still fancy Barca to win, which would mean Celtic would only need a draw to advance.

  •  

    [Comment from vince ]
    does benfica really stand a chance even with barca 2 team?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Spain doing what's never been done before -- the treble.

  •  

    [Comment from cfcdon ]
    Ravi, what will go down as your football biggest story of 2012? Mine's RVP to MANU.

  •  

    [Comment from Aron ]
    Chelsea need a miracle to get through to the knockout stages!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: He's on the bench.

  •  

    [Comment from Himanshu ]
    Will Messi break the record today?

  •  

    [Comment from BilboBaggins ]
    No, Falcao coming in January could be the end to Torres though

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: The two other key things to be decided:
    Who gets second between Gala and Cluj and who gets second between Celtic and Benfica. No head to heads there tonight.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Wootton, Smalling, Buttner, Powell, Cleverley, Giggs, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Young, Scholes, Fletcher, Macheda, Vermijl.

  •  

    [Comment from maverick ]
    United lineup please

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Not from Cech!

  •  

    [Comment from Wren ]
    Will we see any Higuita-like Scorpion Kicks today?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I'm an Arsenal fan.

  •  

    [Comment from Jace ]
    Ravi, if you dont mind me asking, who is your favorite team?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea 2-0.

  •  

    [Comment from DW ]
    Predictions??

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: We'll find out.
    Might be another 60 minute substitution by Rafa.

  •  

    [Comment from Himanshu ]
    Is leaving Oscar out a smart move?. I think he's great in Champions league.

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    Ravi Ubha: That was silly, too.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno ]
    Don't forget, 4th place finish is a trophy.

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    Ravi Ubha: No...

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    [Comment from cogu ]
    If Torres does not score today, will that be the end of Torres in Chelsea colors?

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    [Comment from C. Greed ]
    Marouane Chamakh started the game... enough said.

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    Ravi Ubha: We're talking about resting players ... in early December (even with the busy Christmas programme upcoming)? Wenger has been saying his players are tired for a few weeks. Ridiculous.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC) ]
    Ravi - Maybe it has something to do with sitting 10th in the Prem table and resting his boys?

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    Ravi Ubha: We could talk all night about Arsenal...

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    Ravi Ubha: I would disagree, Jan. Stats from recent years tell us finishing first overwhelmingly leads to more chances of reaching the QF. I'm puzzled as to why Wenger played a second-string side last night -- when he said a few weeks ago he'd go for the win.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    As an Arsenal fan, I will actually say that I'm glad we lost in Athens. No need to try to finish first in the group since a lot of good teams are finishing second in their groups this year, i.e. Real Madrid.

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    Ravi Ubha: Unlikely.
    But as for this season, should we be surprised that Chelsea is struggling? Remember, it was fifth in the league last season.

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    [Comment from DT ]
    How nice it would be if both Chelsea and City doesnt qualify for CL next year !!!.

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    Ravi Ubha: I suspect that would be jumping the gun, but if he does lose, he'll have less time to right the ship.

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    [Comment from Wren ]
    If Chelsea lose today, will that be the end of Rafa Benitez?

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    [Comment from Crap part of Pittsburgh ]
    Barca wants no part of Celtic in the knockout stages.

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    Ravi Ubha: They've been a bit unlucky so far.
    They played well against Chelsea at home -- were the better team for a while; also led Shakhtar before the crazy Adriano goal and held Juventus.

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    [Comment from Salisbury City FC ]
    FC Nord will rise up.

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    Ravi Ubha: Lineups:

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Romeu, Ramires,Hazard, Mata, Moses, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Oscar, Mikel, Ferreira, Marin, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.

    FC Nordsjaelland: Hansen, Ticinovic, Parkhurst, Runje, Mtiliga, Gundelach, Stokholm, Adu, Christiansen, John, Lorentzen. Subs: Jensen, Kildentoft, Beckmann, Laudrup, Issah, Lindberg, Maxso.

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    Ravi Ubha: It hasn't been a good week for English teams in the Champions League. City eliminated and Arsenal lose in Athens.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    To tune out this awful #UCL pregame I turn to Rancid in this hour of need But Tim Armstrong, cut the beard pic.twitter.com/2Uxs2ZFy

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @ChrisThomasFC back in Jan for prelim WC2014 meetings. Will ping!

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    Ravi Ubha: Here's what needs to happen for Chelsea to advance: The Blues need to win AND Shakhtar must beat Juve. Given the Italians don't lose a lot of games, it doesn't look good.

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    [Comment from C. Greed ]
    Barca's 2nd team is better than most 1st teams in Europe

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    [Comment from Steve ]
    Barca sabotaging Celtic! (Just kidding)

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    [Comment from Sameer ]
    Will Shakhtar do us a favor tonight?

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    [Comment from Arthur ]
    BOOT ROOM: Killing workplace productivity since its inception.

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    Ravi Ubha: You won't like Barca's team sheet...Messi on the bench and it's a second-string squad.

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    [Comment from orionparker]
    Hello Ravi! I'm looking forward to seeing Celtic progressing...hopefully.

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    [Comment from Marc in WV]
    GREETINGS, RAVI!

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    Ravi Ubha: Hmm...I suspect we'll see some hop on. Or maybe not.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    You flying solo today or will we have the Tyler/Bennett Liverpool combo?

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    [Comment from davittski]
    The CHAMPPPIIOOOONS

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, Jan.
    You good tonight?

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Greetings Ravi!

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    Ravi Ubha: The pressure is on Rafa, and he needs any kind of win.

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    Ravi Ubha: We could have history made tonight. We probably will.
    If Chelsea doesn't advance to the knockout stage, the Blues will be the first defending champion not to do so.

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    Ravi Ubha: Greeting, everyone, and welcome to the final Match Day of the UCL group stage!

 
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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Chelsea

  • 32(18)

  • 16

  • 7

  • 59%

    41%

  • FC Nordsjaelland

  • 8(5)

  • 23

  • 15

Chelsea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Petr Cech

D

2 Branislav Ivanovic

D

3 Ashley Cole
D
34 Ryan Bertrand

D

4 David Luiz

D

24 Gary Cahill

M

6 Oriol Romeu

M

7 Ramires
M
11 Oscar

M

13 Victor Moses

M

17 Eden Hazard

F

9 Fernando Torres

F

10 Juan Mata
D
19 Paulo Ferreira
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Ross Turnbull
D 19 Paulo Ferreira
D 28 César Azpilicueta
D 34 Ryan Bertrand
M 11 Oscar
M 12 John Mikel Obi
M 21 Marko Marin

Match Stats

  • Chelsea
  • FC Nordsjaelland
32(18) Shots (on goal) 8(5)
7 Fouls 15
13 Corner kicks 1
4 Offsides 3
59% Time of Possession 41%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 12