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UEFA Champions League: Chelsea bow out

Juventus pulled out a win in Donetsk, sending Chelsea crashing out of the Champions League. In Scotland, Celtic won to advance, while Lionel Messi went down injured in Catalonia.

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Old Lady through in first

Juventus defeated Shakhtar Donetsk to go through as the top team in Group E. By virtue of their tiebreaker over Chelsea, Shakhtar still qualify for the knockout round.

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Benfica drop to the Europa League

Despite a multitude of chances to get a goal, Benfica simply couldn't find the back of the net and finished third in Group G

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Celtic advance on a controversial penalty

Celtic will play in the Round of 16 after defeating Spartak Moscow thanks to a controversial second half penalty.

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Chelsea impressive, but out

The Blues have been bounced out of the Champions League, despite a great performance on Wednesday.

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Cluj grab famous win at United, crash out anyway

Cluj pulled off a remarkable victory at Old Trafford, but it wasn't enough for them to progress.

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Galatasaray hit back to progress against Braga

Galatasaray came from behind to win against Braga and secure their qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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Messi suffers knee injury

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has gone down with a knee injury late in their Champions League match against Benfica, no report yet on the extent of the injury.

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Who's winning, losing and advancing, LIVE!

The final day of the UEFA Champions League group stage is upon us and that means there are round of 16 place to sort out. Unlike yesterday's dour slate, today offers intriguing matches that will have us scoreboard watching all day as we try to sort out who is through, who isn't, who wins each group and even who is getting a Europa League place instead of the embarrassing last place finish.

All day long we will update this page with the scores of the matches as well as who stands where in the race for a knockout stage spot. These are live updates taking into account the current scores of matches so stay here and get the refresh button ready.

Update: All of the matches have gone final. These are the final scores and group standings.

Group E

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-1 Juventus

Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland

Group winners: Juventus, 12 points.

Second place: Shakhtar Donetsk, 10 points.

Europa League: Chelsea, 10 points.

Cellar dweller: Nordsjaelland, 1 point.

Group F

Lille 0-1 Valencia

Bayern Munich 4-1 BATE Borisov

Group winners: Bayern Munich, 13 points.

Second place: Valencia, 12 points.

Europa League: BATE Borisov, 6 points.

Cellar dwellers: Lille, 3 points.

Group G

Barcelona 0-0 Benfica

Celtic 2-1 Spartak Moscow

Group winners: Barcelona, 13 points.

Second place: Celtic, 10 points.

Europa League: Benfica, 8 points.

Cellar dwellers: Spartak Moscow, 4 points.

Group H

Manchester United 0-1 CFR Cluj

Braga 1-2 Galatasaray

Group winners: Manchester United, 12 points.

Second place: Galatasaray, 10 points.

Europa League: CFR Cluj, 10 points.

Cellar dwellers: Braga, 2 points.

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Bayern Munich vs. BATE Borisov: Lineups

Here are the lineups for Bayern Munich vs. BATE Borisov, a game Bayern need to win in order to be confident of topping Group F. It does not appear that Jupp Heynckes is particularly worried -- his lineup is backed full of fringe players, and it's hard to blame him for treating the Belarusians as little more than an inconvenient speedbump despite Bayern's loss in the reverse fixture.

BATE, on the other hand, really need to settle on a standardised spelling of Alexander.

Bayern Munich starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Diego Contento, Daniel van Buyten, Jerome Boateng, Rafinha; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Anatoliy Tymoschuk; Xherdran Shaqiri, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller; Mario Gomez.

Substitutes from: Tom Starke, Dante, Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez, David Alaba, Mario Mandzukic.

BATE Borisov starting lineup (4-3-2-1): Andrey Gorbunov; Maksim Bordachev, Yegor Filipenko, Artyom Radkov, Denis Polyakov; Aliaksandr Volodko, Dzmitry Baha, Edgar Olekhnovich; Alexsandr Hleb, Artem Kontsevoy; Vitali Rodionov.

Substitutes from: Aleksandr Gutor, Aleksandr Yurevich, Marko Simic, Dzmitry Likhtarovich, Renan Bressan, Mikhail Sivakov, Roman Vasilyuk.

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Lille vs. Valencia: Lineups

Lille would like to add some dignity to their Champions League campaign while simultaneously frustrating Valencia, who need to better Bayern Munich's result in order to go through as Group F winners. Which is probably not going to happen, since Bayern are playing BATE Borisov at home.

Anyway, here are the lineups for a game that is highly unlikely to matter. Ah, the joy of Group Stage Match Day Six.

Lille starting lineup (4-3-3): Steeve Elana; Lucas Digne, Aurelien Chedjou, Marko Basa, Franck Beria; Florent Balmont, Rio Mavuba, Idrissa Gueye; Gianni Bruno, Ronny, Salomon Kalou.

Substitutes from: Mickael Landreau, Mathieu Debuchy, David Rozehnal, Laurent Bonnart, Marvin Martin, Dimitri Payet, Nolan Roux.

Valencia starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Vicente Guaita; Aly Cissokho, Victor Ruiz, Adil Rami, Ricardo Costa; David Albelda, Tino Costa; Andres Guardado, Jonas, Sofiane Feghouli; Nelson Valdez.

Substitutes from: Diego Alves, Fernando Gago, Ever Banega, Jonathan Viera, Daniel Parejo, Juan Bernat, Pablo Piatti

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Celtic could finish second today

Celtic are in the dreaded situation of needing to better another club's result if they want to continue on in the Champions League. Benfica hold the tiebreaker over Neil Lennon's side so to advance, they'll need to do better than the Portgueuese side. Lennon has put out a first choice lineup and you know the fans at Celtic Park will be rare form. Worst case, a Europa League spot is guaranteed.

Spartak has put out a strong lineup as well despite the fact their European adventure is over no matter what happens today. Apparently they don't feel like making Celtic's task any easier today.

Celtic starting lineup (4-4-2): Fraser Forster; Emilio Izaguirre, Efe Ambrose, Kelvin Wilson, Charlie Mulgrew; Mikael Lustig, Scott Brown, Kris Commons, Beram Kayal; Georgios Samaras, Gary Hooper.

Spartak Moscow starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Sergei Pesyakov; Juan Insaurralde, Kirill Kombarov, Marek Suchý, Dmitri Kombarov; Rafael Carioca, Kim Kallstrom; Artem Dzyuba, José Manuel Jurado, Ari; Emmanuael Emenike.

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Gala attacks while Braga picks a strong side

Even though they have nothing to play for, Braga have decided to field a strong team against Galatasaray. There is one ambiguous part of their lineup, down the left side. Ismaily and Elderson are both left backs and haven't played much in midfield. Presumably, one will play left wing, though it's not obvious which one. Hugo Viana is the only big star missing for the hosts.

Galatasaray, who are battling Cluj for a spot in the knockout round, are strong down the flanks and have picked an aggressive team. Attacking fullbacks Albert Riera and Emmanuel Eboue will probably do a lot of overlapping with their teammates on the wings and trying to find their two strikers with crosses.

Braga lineup (4-2-3-1): Quim; Ismaily, Nuno Coelho, Paulo Viniscius, Leandro Salino; Custodio, Mossoro; Elderson, Ruben Amorim, Alan; Eder

Galatasaray lineup (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Alberto Riera, Semih Kaya, Dany Nounkeu, Emmanuel Eboue; Emre Colak, Slcuk Inan, Felipe Melo, Hamit Altintop; Burak Yilmaz, Johan Elmander

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Benfica faces Barca B-ish

With the group won and all their loose ends tied up, Barcelona have rolled out a lineup full of talented reserves that will presumably fill the world with fear at the ridiculous talent this team has in the developmental pipes. Or not, who knows, but there's no question this is not your typical Barca side, though there are some familiar faces. Carles Puyol, Adriano, Alex Song and David Villa all start, along with regular subs Cristian Tello and Thiago Alcântara. After that, it's the kids!

Benfica meanwhile need a result to secure second place with Celtic right on their tails, though Benfica does hold the tiebreaker. With that in mind, Jorge Jesus has put out a full strength squad as the Eagles look to advance to the next round.

Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3): José Manuel Pinto; Martín Montoya, Carles Puyol, Carles Planas, Adriano; Sergi Roberto, Alex Song, Rafinha; Cristian Tello, David Villa, Thiago Alcântara.

Benfica starting lineup (4-1-3-2): Artur Moraes; Maxi Pereira, Luisão, Ezequiel Garay, Melgarejo; Nemanja Matić; Nolito, André Gomes, Ola John; Rodrigo, Lima.

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Juventus: Lineups

Juventus and Shakhtar have both named strong squads as they face each other in Group E in the Champions League.

Shakhtar are already through, but start with Eduardo ahead of their attacking midfield trio of Alex Teixeira, Willian, and Henrik Mkhitaryan. Taras Stepanenko and Fernandinho start in midfield.

Juventus, meanwhile, have gone for a 3-5-2 and a full-strength side in order to get the point they will need to guarantee their progression at Chelsea's expense, with Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic starting together up front. Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba start in a strong midfield, with Kwadwo Asamoah and Stephan Lichtsteiner as wing-backs.

Shakhtar Donetsk (4-2-3-1): Andriy Pyatov, Razvan Raţ, Olexandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Darijo Srna; Taras Stepanenko, Fernandinho; Willian, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Alex Teixeira, Eduardo.

Juventus (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Kwadwo Asamoah; Sebastian Giovinco, Mirko Vucinic.

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Manchester United needs no defensive midfielders

Manchester United is sticking with the narrow, no-winger setup they've been using in the league to get all of their forwards into the same team, but they're doing it with slightly different personnel than usual. While Wayne Rooney is making an appearance for the Red Devils, Robin van Persie and all midfielders with some defensive qualities are sitting down. Alex Ferguson has selected a hilarious group of three attacking midfielders in his central group.

Cluj, who need to finish on more points than Galatasaray to get out of the group, start a very conventional team with no serious surprises.

Manchester United lineup (4-3-1-2): David De Gea; Alexander Buttner, Scott Wootton, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones; Ryan Giggs, Tom Cleverley, Nick Powell; Wayne Rooney; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez

CFR Cluj lineup (4-2-3-1): Mario Felgueiras; Ionut Rada, Cadu, Felice Piccolo, Ivo Pinto; Luis Alberto, Gabriel Muresan; Camora, Rui Pedro, Modou Sougou; Rafael Bastos

Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. from Old Trafford.

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Chelsea vs. Nordsjaelland: Lineups

Chelsea have named Gary Cahill and David Luiz as their starting centre-backs as they take on Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues need a win and Juventus to lose to Shakhtar in order to progress, and the lineup is largely as expected, although Oriol Romeu starts ahead of John Obi Mikel, who was today awarded a new 5-year contract. It is Rafael Benitez's first European game in charge of Chelsea, and he will be hoping to use the opportunity to gain his first victory as their manager.

Victor Moses also starts with Eden Hazard and Juan Mata behind Fernando Torres up front. Branislav Ivanovic is preferred to Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Čech, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanović; Oriol Romeu, Ramires; Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Juan Mata; Fernando Torres.

Nordsjaelland: Jesper Hansen; Patrick Mtiliga, Ivan Runje, Michael Parkhurst, Mario Tičinovic, Enoch Adu, Soren Christiansen, Mark Gundelach, Kasper Lorentzen, Joshua John, Nicolai Stokholm.

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Champions League: Advancement scenarios

Stuck with all the potential permutations of tonight's football? Here's what's up for grabs and what the teams will have to do to get it.

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Celtic expect win, progression

The Bhoys should win, and should progress if they pull it off.

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Blaugrana playing some B-teamers

The Blaugrana will play a number of B-team members. Guess who?

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Valencia have a shot at winning Group F

Valencia's new manager will be in the building, but not on the touchline, as Los Che try and win Group F

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Chelsea's hopes are hanging by a thread

Chelsea need a victory over Nordsjaelland and a Shakhtar defeat of Juventus if they want to avoid crashing out of the Champions League

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Who's ready for a dull, scoreless draw?

Shakhtar is through to the next round, Juventus just need a point to secure their spot. A bland, scoreless draw seems in the cards, but you never know.

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Cluj seeking a Manchester miracle

Cluj can qualify for the knockout stages, but will need a miraculous victory at Old Trafford in order to achieve it.

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Galatasaray aim to qualify against Braga

Galatasaray can secure qualification for the first time in a decade with a good result away at Braga.

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