Michael Regan

UEFA Champions League: Manchester City's exit made official

While Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG and AC Milan booked tickets for the Champions League knockout stage, Manchester City were eliminated from the competition.

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Lavezzi brace sees PSG through against Kiev

Goals on either side of halftime from Ezequiel Lavezzi gave Paris Saint-Germain a 2-0 win in the Olympic Kiev Stadium, ensuring they'll qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League.


Wilshere scores as Arsenal go through

Jack Wilshere scored for the first time in two years as Arsenal clinched a place in the knockout round of the Champions League.


Manchester City crash out early once again

Manchester City were disappointing as they crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages for a second season running as they drew against Real Madrid.


Milan advance on second half goals

AC Milan were terrible in the first half but dominated the second half as they secured their place in the next round of the Champions League


Die Borussen hammer Ajax

Dortmund punched their ticket to the Champions League Round of 16 with a resounding victory over Ajax in Amsterdam


It's all about Zlatan of course

Kiev's Nico Kranjcar, who has started several games, was doubtful before the match and didn't make the starting lineup. Despite his absence, it's a familiar group that starts for Kiev with Ideye Brown leading the attack. Maksym Koval is back in goal again, after having been replaced by Oleksandr Shovkovskiy for a couple earlier group stage matches.

PSG makes a couple injury induced changes with Ezequiel Lavezzi getting the start in place of the injured Jeremy Menez, while Christophe Jallet is replaced at left back by Gregory van der Wiel. Meanwhile the man we all came to see, Zlatan Ibrahimović, starts up top and let us hope he does something awesome...because we're selfish and love ZLATAN.

Dynamo Kiev starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Maksym Koval; Danilo Silva, Betão, Yevhen Khacheridi, Taye Taiwo; Denys Harmash, Miguel Veloso; Oleh Husyev, Lukman Haruna, Dudu; Ideye Brown.

Paris Saint-Germain starting lineup (4-3-1-2): Salvatore Sirigu, Gregory van der Wiel, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Mohamed Sissoko, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti; Nenê; Ezequiel Lavezzi, Zlatan Ibrahimović.


FC Porto vs. Dinamo Zagreb: Lineups

Porto have not risked their recovering players but name an otherwise strong side despite having already qualified to take on Dinamo Zagreb at the Estadio do Dragao.

Jackson Martinez and James Rodriguez both start for the hosts, along with Joao Moutinho and Steven Defour in midfield. All are key players for the Portuguese club and it is a surprise that they've been risked in such an unimportant (and likely easy) game. Abdoulaye Ba makes a rare start, along with Eliaquim Mangala.

Meanwhile for Dinamo Zagreb, key player and top scorer Sammir returns to the side, while youngster Mateo Kovacic also makes a start in midfield for the visitors.

FC Porto (4-3-3): Helton; Danilo, Eliaquim Mangala, Abdoulaye Ba, Nicolas Otamendi; Lucho Gonzalez, Joao Moutinho, Steven Defour; Jackson Martinez, James Rodriguez, Silvestre Varela.

Dinamo Zagreb (4-3-3): Ivan Kelava; Sime Vrsaljko, Domagoj Vida, Josip Simunic, Josip Pivaric; Mateo Kovacic, Arijan Ademi, Marcelo Brozovic; Fatos Beqiraj, Duje Cop, Sammir.


Olympiakos looking defensive against Schalke

With a chance to wrap up qualification for the next round of the UEFA Champions League, Schalke are likely to come out guns blazing at home against Olympiakos. Without some key players, the Greek side is playing with a slightly defensive-minded midfield, and they might end up playing more of a 4-1-4-1 than a 4-3-3 during this match. Lewis Holtby, who has had a great season so far, is going to see a lot of defensive anchor man Dimitris Siovas.

Schalke starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Lars Unnerstall; Christian Fuchs, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Joel Matip, Benedikt Howedes; Roman Neustadter, Jermaine Jones; Julian Draxler, Lewis Holtby, Jefferson Farfan; Klass-Jan Huntelaar

Olympiakos starting lineup (4-3-3): Roy Carroll; Jose Holebas, Francis Modesto, Kostas Manolas, Vasilis Torosidis; Dimitris Siovas, Paulo Machado, Giannis Maniatis; Leandro Greco, Kostas Mitroglou, Djamel Abdoun

Schalke sit two points ahead of Olympiakos. A draw would give Olympiakos control of their own destiny on the final day, so don't be stunned if they pack 10 behind the ball for the entire match.


Anderlecht and Milan will try not to bore us

With Zenit's defeat against Malaga earlier today, things are wide open for Milan and Anderlecht. A win by either side would put them in the driver's seat to advance going in to the final day of group stage play.

Milan have shifted to an apparent a 4-3-3 formation, with Bojan Krkic heading up the attack supported by Kevin-Prince Boateng and Stephan El Shaarawy. I guess (hope really) this means they will be attacking this game, but we'll have to see.

Anderlect's lineup is nearly the same as their last outing in the Champions League against Malaga. The only change is at left back where Olivier Deschacht replaces Behrang Safari. American midfielder Sacha Kljestan gets the start in the midfield.

Anderlecht starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Silvio Proto; Guillaume Gillet, Bram Nuytinck, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Olivier Deschacht; Lucas Biglia, Sacha Kljestan; Massimo Bruno, Dennis Praet, Milan Jovanović; Dieumerci Mbokani.

AC Milan starting lineup (4-3-3): Christian Abbiati; Mattia De Sciglio, Philippe Mexès, Mario Yepes, Kévin Constant; Riccardo Montolivo, Nigel de Jong, Antonio Nocerino; Kevin-Prince Boateng, Bojan Krkic, Stephan El Shaarawy.


Arsenal vs. Montpellier: Lineups

Arsenal have opted for Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain up front as they attempt to progress in the Champions League by defeating Montpellier at the Emirates.

Wojciech Szczesny continues in goal, while the rest of Arsenal's lineup is as expected, with Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla comprising the Gunners' midfield. Arsene Wenger has clearly set his sights on qualification, and has not rested any first-teamers ahead of his weekend clash against Aston Villa.

Montpellier line up largely as expected, with rumoured Arsenal target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa captaining their team at the heart of defence. Gaetan Charbonnier starts up front alone.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Bacary Sagna; Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla; Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Montpellier: Geoffrey Jourdren, Henri Bedimo, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Abdel El Kaoutari, Daniel Congré, Marco Estrada, Remy Cabella, Younes Belhanda, Anthony Mounier, Mathieu Deplagne, Gaetan Charbonnier.


Ajax go slightly conservative against Dortmund

Ajax's slim chances of getting out of the UEFA Champions League's 'group of death' won't necessarily die with a draw or loss on Wednesday, but they probably need to beat Borussia Dortmund to feel like they have a legitimate shot at going through. They're playing a more conservative midfield than usual, but their attack is still very potent. Borussia Dortmund haven't been terrific going forward without Jakub Blasczykowski, but they still have a very strong and balanced side.

Ajax starting lineup (4-3-3): Kenneth Vermeer; Daley Blind, Toby Alderwiereld, Niklas Moisander, Ricardo van Rhijn; Christian Poulsen, Enoch Enoh, Christian Eriksen; Siem de John, Dirk Boerrigter, Jody Lukoki

Borussia Dortmund starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Roman Weidenfeller; Marcel Schmelzer, Neven Subotic, Mats Hummels, Lucasz Piszczek; Sven Bender, Iklay Gundogan; Kevin Grosskreutz, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze; Robert Lewandowski

Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET from Amsterdam, and you can catch the game on FOX Soccer 2 Go in the United States.


Manchester City vs. Real Madrid: Lineups

Manchester City have gone for a back five once again as they bid to get out of trouble in Europe.

With the English champions facing the exit, they have to win tonight to have any realistic chance of escaping from the group, and Mancini has gone for a controversial formation to get the job done, with Maicon and Aleksandr Kolarov starting as wing-backs. Sergio Aguero starts up front, partnered by Edin Dzeko, who makes a rare start.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have gone for an expected 4-2-3-1, with Karim Benzema leading the line and Luka Modric preferred in the hole. Coentrao is chosen at left-back.

Manchester City (5-3-2): Joe Hart; Maicon, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (C), Matija Nastasic, Aleksandr Kolarov; Yaya Toure, David Silva, Samir Nasri; Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero.

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Iker Casillas; Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao; Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Luka Modric, Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo; Karim Benzema.


Zenit disappoint, but fight for draw

Early mistakes made Zenit's job tough, but they fought back to keep themselves just barely alive in the UEFA Champions League.


Danny returns for Zenit as Malaga sits starters

It's a good thing for Zenit St. Petersburg that Malaga has already qualified for the knockout stages of Champions League, because the Spanish side is resting half of their first choice team. While their lineup isn't exactly a joke, it's far from their best, and Luciano Spalletti will expect his team to come away with a victory at home. Nicolas Lombaerts and Hulk return to the Zenit lineup after recovering from injuries, while Viktor Fayzulin misses out on the starting XI. Danny has finally returned from nearly an entire year off.

Zenit St. Petersburg starting lineup (4-3-3): Vyacheslav Malafeev; Tomas Hubocan, Nicolas Lombaerts, Bruno Alves, Aleksandr Anyukov; Igor Denisov, Roman Shirokov, Axel Witsel; Danny, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Hulk

Malaga starting lineup (4-4-2): Willy; Eliseu, Oguchi Onyewu, Martin Demichelis, Jesus Gamez; Diego Buonanotte, Jeremy Toulalan, Ignacio Camacho, Duda; Sebastian Fernandez, Roque Santa Cruz

Without Nacho Monreal available, Malaga are sticking with winger Eliseu at left back, which should simultaneously make them dangerous and vulnerable down that flank. Look for Hulk to get a lot of the ball. Kickoff is at 9 p.m. local, 12 p.m. ET and can be seen on FOX Soccer.


Porto already through, but face Dinamo at home

Porto are heavy favourites to overpower Dinamo Zagreb in a game that means little to either side.


Dynamo Kiev vs. Paris Saint-Germain: Preview

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Zlatan Ibrahimovic! Zlatan. Ibrahimovic.


Milan and Anderlecht, hopefully not boring anymore

The first Champions League match between Anderlecht and Milan was the worst thing. Let's hope they don't do it again.


Arsenal vs. Montpellier: Preview

The Gunners won't see Montpellier as much more than a speedbump ahead of their critical clash with Olympiacos on matchday six.


Zenit expects win

So far, Zenit St. Petersburg have underperformed in the Champions League. At home, with Malaga already qualified for the next round, they'll expect a win.


City not out yet? You're saying there's a chance?!

The task ahead is simple enough for Manchester City. Only a win over Real Madrid will do if they want to keep their Champions League dreams alive.


Dortmund look to advance with win or draw at Ajax

Dortmund can book their place in the next round, Ajax still have a chance to stay in the fight. Things are set-up nicely for a fun evening at the Amsterdam ArenA.

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