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UEFA Champions League: Barcelona win it late, Chelsea go down

Celtic had to deal with an absolute heartbreaker as Barcelona found a winner in the 94th minute. Elsewhere, Shakhtar defeated Chelsea, Juventus drew, and Manchester United came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

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Roberto Soldado a hat trick hero for Los Che

Roberto Soldado scored three times on Tuesday, guiding Valencia to victory over BATE Borisov.


Chicharito shines in Manchester United comeback

'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez was the star of the show on Tuesday as Manchester United turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win against Braga.


Vucinic's late goal saves Juventus

Mirko Vucinic saved a point for Juventus with a late goal to keep their slim hopes of getting out of the group alive... barely.


Fraser Forster, Celtic have their hearts broken

Poor Celtic. They did brilliantly to take a lead and hold onto a draw until the 94th minute, when Barcelona scored their patented stoppage time winner.


Late goal saves a point for Galatasaray

Galatasaray and Cluj played out an entertaining 1-1 draw despite torrential rains that turned the pitch in to a swampy mudbath.


Bayern defeat Lille thanks to questionable PK

A Thomas Müller first half penalty was all Bayern needed to defeat Lille 1-0 at the Grand Stade Lille Métropole


Shakhtar overpower, outrun Chelsea in victory

Chelsea didn't have an answer for the athleticism of Shakhtar Donetsk, as the Ukrainian Champions maintained their perfect home record with a victory.


Shakhtar up, but could pay for missed chances

Shakhtar Donetsk lead Chelsea 1-0 at halftime of their Champions League encounter, but it's hard not to wonder if the hosts will regret not scoring more. They were the superior side in the first half and had plenty of chances to score, but were only able to find the net once.

That one goal came in the 3rd minute, via right winger Alex Texeira. Willian indirectly set up the goal with an attempted shot, which was blocked by John Terry. The ball dribbled through the defense to Texeira, unfortunately for Chelsea, and he placed an impressive finish past Petr Cech at the near post.

Besides that goal, which was not Cech's fault in the slightest, the Chelsea keeper was a brick wall. He made fantastic stops on Henrik Mkhitaryan and Olexandr Kucher at the end of the half to preserve a one-goal deficit.

The scoreline isn't the only bad news for Chelsea. Besides going down, they also lost Frank Lampard in the first half. He was forced to come off with an injury in the 18th minute and was replaced by Eden Hazard.


Braga hold shock lead at Old Trafford

Alex Ferguson opted to start Michael Carrick and Alexander Buttner in defense against Sporting Braga in order to rest Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand for the weekend. So far, that decision has not paid off. Manchester United trail Braga 2-1 at halftime, and deservedly so.

Braga attacking midfielder and captain Alan has both goals, and he's the clear man of the match thus far. The first came following a corner kick, off a cross by Hugo Viana. Alan rose up over the top of Carrick to head in the opener, just two minutes into the match. He completed a brace in the 20th minute, finishing off an easy chance after Eder skipped by Carrick and centered.

United hauled one back in the 26th minute, and they were a bit unlucky to not score one more. The goal that counted was scored by 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez, who lost his defender at the back post and finished a Shinji Kagawa cross. He should have had another, also assisted by Kagawa in the 34th minute, but Kagawa was incorrectly flagged for offside.


Barcelona level with Celtic at halftime

Celtic took a shock lead against Barcelona and will be happy to be level at halftime at the Camp Nou, but they nearly made it to the break with a lead. While Celtic looked like they had what it took to hold onto the advantage going into the locker room, a great team goal by the Blaugrana has the score tied 1-1 at halftime.

Alexis Sanchez should have put Barcelona up in the 2nd minute when Andres Iniesta played a perfect ball across for him to finish, but he missed an absolute sitter. Barcelona was made to pay for that 16 minutes later, when Charlie Mulgrew whipped in the free kick that created Celtic's goal. Giorgios Samaras got up to head the free kick and his header took a deflection off Javier Mascherano before going into the net. Unfortunately for Samaras, he picked up an ankle injury later in the half and was substituted off for James Forrest.

Barcelona's equalizer came in the 44th minute on a brilliant team move. Lionel Messi started it with a pass to Iniesta near the top of the box, and he laid off the ball for Xavi before darting into the penalty area. Xavi played a perfect return ball and Iniesta finished from close to level the match.


Javi Martinez in Bayern team against hobbled Lille

Bayern Munich have made one change to the team that they fielded over the weekend, ant it's an expected one. Javi Martinez comes into the side, replacing Luis Gustavo. Martinez did not start Bayern's last Champions League match, a loss against BATE Borisov, and was rested at the weekend for this match. Arjen Robben remains out, while David Alaba is not yet fit enough to win back his starting place.

Lille are dealing with numerous injuries and suspensions, and are without two starting defenders. They're also missing quite a few midfielders, but they've got sufficient depth there to make up for it. Marvin Martin's return from injury also helps.

Lille lineup (4-3-3): Mickael Landreau; Lucas Digne, Dijbril Sidibe, Aurélien Chedjou, Franck Beria; Florent Balmont, Benoit Pedretti, Marvin Martin; Solomon Kalou, Nolan Roux, Tulio de Melo

Bayern Munich lineup (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Holger Badstuber, Dante, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm; Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Franck Ribery, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller; Mario Mandzukic


Manchester United resting stars for the weekend

Manchester United are dealing with injuries galore across the back and have opted to rest Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra for the weekend. That's left them with a bit of a makeshift back line that features Michael Carrick playing as a central defender. In addition to only having one true central defender, the team also has no wingers. This team's eventual formation is anyone's guess. I'm anyone, so I'm going to take a guess.

Braga are missing a number of first choice players, including two defenders, so Alex Ferguson will probably get away with resting who he has.

Manchester United lineup (4-2-2-2): David De Gea; Alexander Buttner, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick, Rafael; Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher; Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa; Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez

Braga lineup (4-2-3-1): Beto; Elderson, Vinicius, Nuno Andre, Leandro Salino; Custodio, Hugo Viana; Ruben Micael, Alan, Ruben Amorim; Eder

Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET, and you can catch the game on FOX Soccer in the U.S. and ITV 1 in the U.K.


Celtic readies for Barca's "angel faced killers"

Celtic manager Neil Lennon had this to say about Barca ahead of today's match.

"Barcelona are killers with the face of angels. They eat you alive if you don't pay attention."

His side will definitely have to pay attention if they hope to get a result in the Camp Nou tonight. Lennon has named nearly the same lineup he used in Celtic's surprise 3-2 away victory against Spartak earlier this month. The only change is Kris Commons being dropped in favor of Joe Ledley in the midfield.

Tito Vilanova's angel faced killers continue to have their defensive lineup dictated by injuries. Javier Mascherano starts again, but for the first time 21-year-old Marc Bartra gets the start next to him at center back. With Mascherano on the back line, Alex Song starts in a defensive midfield role, working behind the usual duo of Xavi and Andres Iniesta. No surprises up front with Pedro, Messi and Alexis starting.

Celtic starting lineup (4-1-4-1): Fraser Forster; Mikael Lustig, Efe Ambrose, Kelvin Wilson, Emilio Izaguirre; Victor Wanyama; Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley, Georgios Samaras; Gary Hooper.

Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3): Victor Valdés; Adriano, Javier Mascherano, Mark Bartra, Jordi Alba; Alex Song, Xavi, Andres Iniesta; Pedro, Lional Messi, Alexis Sanchez.

Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET. You can catch the game on FOX Deportes or your regional Fox Sports Net channel in the U.S. and Sky Sports 2 in the U.K.


Own goal gives Spartak the win over Benfica

Benfica defender Jardel's own goal right before halftime proved the difference as Spartak Moscow climbed back in to the fight to qualify out of Group G


Terry, Ramires in for Chelsea against Shakhtar

Chelsea have opted for more speed and defensive ability in their midfield for their Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk, handing a start to Ramires on the wing. Whether he's being rested or left out for tactical reasons, Eden Hazard has been kept out of Chelsea's team. The only other move of note is in the back, where John Terry comes in for Gary Cahill.

There are no surprises in Shakhtar's team. They rested Fernandinho at the weekend in anticipation of this match and he comes in for Taras Stepanenko.

Chelsea lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Ashley Cole, John Terry, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic; Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel; Juan Mata, Oscar, Ramires; Fernando Torres

Shakhtar Donetsk lineup (4-2-3-1): Andriy Pyatov; Ravzan Rat, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Oleksandr Kucher, Darijo Srna; Tomas Hübschman, Fernandinho; Willian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Texeira; Luiz Adriano

Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET. You can catch the game on FOX Soccer Plus in the U.S. and Sky Sports 4 in the U.K.


Benfica and Spartak adjust lineups due to injuries

Spartak Moscow and Benfica are quickly falling behind Barcelona and Celtic at the top of Group G, so a win is a must for both teams if they hope to have a shot at advancing out of the group stages.

Spartak are again without starting goalkeeper Andriy Dykan due to a shoulder injury. They've lost three straight matches without him, so Arten Rebrov will again step in and try to keep Benfica off the scoreboard. Emmanuel Emenike is also out injured and Aiden McGeady has been dropped to the bench. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov gets a start in McGeady's place.

Nicolas Gaitan was unable to start for Benfica, so Enzo Perez takes his place on the right side. That's the only change from the lineup used in their 2-0 loss to Barcelona at the beginning of the month.

Spartak Moscow stating lineup (4-5-1): Artem Rebrov; Dmitri Kombarov, Nicolás Pareja, Marek Suchý, Evgeni Makeev; Rafael Carioca, José Manuel Jurado, Kim Källström, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Jano Ananidze; Ari

Benfica starting lineup (4-1-3-2): Artur Moraes; Maxi Pereira, Ezequiel Garay, Jardel, Lorenzo Melgarejo; Nemanja Matić; Eduardo Salvio, Bruno César, Enzo Pérez; Lima, Rodrigo.


BATE Borisov: Both lucky and good

It's taken a lot of luck for BATE Borisov to get to a point where they're in control of a Champions League group, but they've also played well enough to prove that they belong on this stage.


BATE Borisov vs. Valencia: Match Preview

Surprise group leaders BATE take on Valencia in Minsk as they attempt to keep their momentum going in the Champions League.


Galatasaray vs. CFR Cluj: Match Preview

Galatasaray and Cluj face each other in the first of two crucial matches in what is becoming a highly unpredictable group.


FC Nordsjælland vs. Juventus: Match preview

Italian champions Juventus travel to Copenhagen to take on FC Nordsjælland in their Group E clash.


Celtic just looking to limit damage against Barca

Celtic probably can't get a result at Camp Nou, but if they can avoid a beating at the hands of Barcelona, they might end up second in their group halfway through the group stage.


Bavarians need redemption in France

Following their loss in Belarus, Bayern Munich face a difficult road test in Lille. Anything less than three points could put them in a hole if their aim is to win the group.


Man United expect win over Braga

Manchester United have struggled more than their fans would have liked in their first two matches, but have won both. Expect something similar when they take on Sporting Braga.


Shakhtar hoping to knock off the Champions

Shakhtar and Chelsea both have the chance to take control of Group E with a win on Tuesday. A draw will likely cause three teams to end up tied at the top of the group.


Hobbled Benfica travel to Moscow

Both Spartak and Benfica are dealing with some injury trouble. Benfica's best midfield players are injured, while Spartak has had no luck with their goalkeepers.

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