Bayern Munich v PSG, Celtic v Anderlecht: Champions League – as it happened

Bayern beat PSG but couldn’t claim top spot in their group, while a limp Celtic were beaten by Anderlecht yet just hold onto their Europa League place

And that should be that. Thanks for reading. We leave you with today’s nudity news...

And here are the final tables from Groups A-D

Champions League Groups A-D tables
Champions League Groups A-D tables Photograph: Guardian

Full-time scores

  • Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow
  • Benfica 0-2 Basel
  • Bayern 3-1 PSG
  • Celtic 0-1 Anderlecht
  • Chelsea 1-1 Atletico
  • Roma 1-0 Karabakh
  • Olympiakos 0-2 Juventus
  • Barcelona 2-0 Sporting

Final whistles going - all the full-time scores, along with what it all means for the group, to come shortly.

GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Sporting (Mathieu og 90)

Oh, Jeremy Mathieu. Denis Suarez makes his way down the left side of the box and puts a low cross in, Mathieu slides in to try and stop the cross reaching Alcacer but only succeeds in diverting the ball into his own net, against his former club. In fairness Alcacer would’ve had a tap-in if Mathieu hadn’t intervened, but that will be of small comfort, one assumes.

Sporting’s Jeremy Mathieu diverts the ball into his own net.
Sporting’s Jeremy Mathieu diverts the ball into his own net. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters


GOAL! Olympiacos 0-2 Juventus (Bernarderschi 90)

Oh, you could put that finish on a cracker and eat it all day. Bernarderschi lollipops his way into the area from the right, cuts onto his left foot and absolutely buries it into the far corner. Well done young man, well done indeed.


Leo Messi has come off the bench and been given 20 minutes to pump up his goal-scoring stats, and he goes close with a shot from just outside the area which is well-saved by Rui Patricio.

Aleksandr Kolarov continues to demonstrate that he can kick a football really, really hard by sending a free-kick from way out just wide of the post.

GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid (Savic og 77)

And that’s probably that for Atletico’s hopes. Simon Burnton will tell you all about that one. As things stand Roma are still going through in first place, but another Chelsea goal will change that...

More possible problems for PSG: Thiago Silva has limped off, with the highly-rated youngster Presnel Kimpembe taking his place. Meanwhile, Tolisso goes past keeper Areola in the area, goes down with little penalty is given but it isn’t deemed a dive either - which is a good job, considering he’s already been booked.

GOAL! Bayern 3-1 PSG (Tolisso 70)

More fine work by Coman sets up a third for Bayern, as he utterly rinses Dani Alves on the left, he zoots into the area and lays a neat pass back to Tolisso who rams the ball home.

Corentin Tolisso scores the third for Bayern.
Corentin Tolisso scores the third for Bayern. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images


In case you were interested in the cat issue, a good few people have emailed with advice but not many have been sensible. I’m very disappointed in you all.

This, from Jared, is the best so far: “My best advice is to ask the neighbours what food he/she’s eating there and get the same yourself. Also, how’s he getting in? Through their cat door. If it’s really problematic I think there are cat doors linked to a cat’s magnetic collar so only the right cat can get in. Kind of an expensive solution so I’d go for the first one.”

Marcus Rashford celebrates after putting United ahead.
Marcus Rashford celebrates after putting United ahead. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images


GOAL! Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow (Rashford 66)

Two in two minutes! See if Paul Doyle is managing to keep up, here.

GOAL! Benfica 0-2 Basel (Oberlin 65)

The Swiss roll on, and it looks like into the next phase, as a Dimitri Oberlin header into the corner all-but wraps things up in Lisbon.

GOAL! Manchester United 1-1 CSKA Moscow (Lukaku 65)

All level at Old Trafford, your details are here.

GOAL! Celtic 0-1 Anderlecht (Simunovic 62)

Well that had been coming. A cross comes in from the right and Gerkens gets a glancing header to it, but Simunovic diverts it into his own net. Celtic are still heading into the Europa League, but two more Anderlecht goals - not out of the question at all given the balance of play - will send them out of Europe altogether.


GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Sporting (Alcacer 59)

Not much riding on this one, but Barca are ahead: Denis Suarez pings an inswinging corner to the near stick, and Paco Alcacer is there to flick a quite excellent header into the far corner.

Paco Alcacer heads in the opening goal.
Paco Alcacer heads in the opening goal. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP


GOAL! Chelsea 0-1 Atletico (Saul 56)

And second spot now looks very likely for Chelsea. A corner comes over from the right, Fernando Torres flicks on at the near-post and Saul Niguez is left in an absurd amount of space to head into the net. Of course, this might not be much good for them as they’re still going out unless Roma relinquish their lead in the other game.

Saul Niguez celebrates scoring with Jose Gimenez.
Saul Niguez celebrates scoring with Jose Gimenez. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters


GOAL! Roma 1-0 Karabakh (Perotti 54)

Big goal in Rome. Dzeko finds himself through on goal, his shot is half-saved, loops high in the air and Diego Perotti is first to it and heads into the empty net. As things stand, Roma are not only through but through as group winners, above Chelsea.

GOAL! Bayern 2-1 PSG (Mbappe 51)

And that’s probably top spot boxed off for PSG. A great ball from Marco Verratti picks out Edinson Cavani in the box, who flicks a delicate one just over the first defender and Mbappe does well to get some power on the header. As if to emphasise that they want the win in this one, PSG’s players grab the ball from the net and sprint back to the centre circle like they’re 3-0 down in the final.

Kylian Mbappe powers in a header.
Kylian Mbappe powers in a header. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images


Two pieces of cat advice have come in so far, and they both involve getting rid of the cat, one with more gusto than the other. Not exactly what I was after there, people...

Chelsea have gone close with a couple of headers against Atletico Madrid: Simon Burnton has the deets.

Weirdly, Unai Emery appeared to emerge from the Allianz Arena dressing room two minutes into the second-half.

Couple of changes for Celtic in the second-half: Olivier Ntcham and Tom Rogic are both on as Brendan Rodgers looks to bring them back into the game. Or just...into the game.

And we’re back underway. Cat advice still welcome.

While we’re waiting for the second-half, I wonder if you could offer some advice: does anybody have any guidance on how to stop a cat skulking into a neighbour’s house and eating their food? Ours is developing a bit of a habit for it, and the only thing I can think of is to just keep the poor little sod inside, which we obviously don’t want to do.

Half-time scores

  • Manchester United 0-1 CSKA Moscow
  • Benfica 0-1 Basel
  • Bayern 2-0 PSG
  • Celtic 0-0 Anderlecht
  • Chelsea 0-0 Atletico
  • Roma 0-0 Karabakh
  • Olympiakos 0-1 Juventus
  • Barcelona 0-0 Sporting

Half-time whistles going across the continent now, at Old Trafford, Parkhead and others.

GOAL! Manchester United 0-1 CSKA Moscow (Dzagoev 45)

Well then! Details of the goal brought to you by Paul Doyle, here.

To Athens, where Wojciech Szczesny has just made a superb save with his feet to keep out a header from Uros Djurdjevic.

And now we have a scrap in Munich! A stramash in the PSG goalmouth has resulted in Dani Alves rolling around on the floor clutching his stomach, so either he’s been whacked or a bit of ropey chicken has taken hold. Tolisso and Marquinhos go into the book, but it could have been any of quite a few players to get a yellow in that one.

GOAL! Bayern 2-0 PSG (Tolisso 38)

Hello! It’s on! PSG completely outclassed Bayern in the previous game in this group, which turned out to be Carlo Ancelotti’s last in charge, but the Bavarians are well on their way to outstripping them here. James Rodriguez booms a brilliant cross over from the left, and Tolisso does well to control his header into the back of the net. Remember: Bayern need to win by four goals to take top spot in the group.

Corentin Tolisso celebrates after scoring the second for Bayern.
Corentin Tolisso celebrates after scoring the second for Bayern. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images


Oh Neymar! The gazillion Euro man plays a delicious one-two with Kylian Mbappe, opens up his body and tries to Henry a finish into the far corner, but keeper Sven Uelrich must have got the faintest fingernail on it, and the ball creeps past the post.

Sounds like the home crowd are getting a bit twitchy about Anderlecht’s dominance of Celtic. From the looks of things Brendan’s boys are having issues getting out of their own half.

Anderlecht’s Henry Onyekuru heads towards goal.
Anderlecht’s Henry Onyekuru heads towards goal. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images


A familiar sight this season: Luis Suarez has a clear run at goal for Barcelona against Sporting, but his effort is straight at the keeper who saves with his legs.

Neymar tries to slither his way through the Bayern defence, but isn’t quite slippery enough and is crowded out. PSG have picked a strong team but they haven’t found a way through yet.

Kingsley Coman smoothly glides down the right, and tries to whip a cross into the middle but it deflects off Thiago Silva and loops into the keeper’s arms. Barcelona go close against Sporting, as the much-maligned Andre Gomes drives towards goal and shoots, but it skips just wide of the post.

No real surprises so far. Anderlecht look like they’re on top against Celtic, and they very nearly get a sensational goal as Obradovic flicks up with his heel and Trebal hits a scissor kick towards goal, but straight at Craig Gordon.

GOAL! Olympiacos 0-1 Juventus (Cuadrado 16)

That had been coming. Cuadrado provides the finishing touch, but he was set up by a long pass down the left by Blaise Matuidi which set Alex Sandro free. He hammered a cross into the middle, and Cuadrado showed some neat feet to turn it home inside the six-yard box.

Juventus go close in Athens, as they work a nice move down the right, Dybala collects it inside the area and jabs a shot towards goal while slightly off balance, but it goes wide.

Quick reminder that Bayern need to win by four goals in order to overhaul PSG at the top of the group.

GOAL! Bayern 1-0 PSG (Lewandowski 9)

Revenge is in the air for Bayern, and there’s a strong whiff of offside as Lewandowski collects the ball on the edge of the six-yard box, swivels and sticks it home. But, replays suggest it was a fine decision by the lino.

Robert Lewandowski scores from close range.
Robert Lewandowski scores from close range. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images


GOAL! Benfica 0-1 Basel (Alyounoussi 6)

And the first goal of the evening goes in, as Lang pings an absolute Beckham of a cross into the middle where Elyounoussi thunks home the header. That strengthens their position in second place of Group A, meaning they will go through with United.

Basel’s Mohamed Elyounoussi heads in from Lang’s cross.
Basel’s Mohamed Elyounoussi heads in from Lang’s cross. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP


PSG v Bayern seems to have kicked off a full minute later than the other games. Will that be a crucial factor in how tonight pans out?

No. Obviously not.

Teams are out, anthems are played, and football is indeed underway.

“Real Madrid crisis” reminds me of the expression “New York minute,” quips Peter Oh. Indeed so.

It’s been posted on these pages before, but I’m aware that there will be some people who have never seen probably the greatest clip that exists on YouTube. Here’s Aphex Twin at ATP, mixing the Grandstand theme into his otherwise punishing set. You are welcome.

Just throwing forwards to tomorrow, this is either admirable honesty or the first line of a resignation letter...

Team news

Benfica v Basel

Svilar, Douglas, Lopez, Jardel, Eliseu, Carvalho, Samaris, Pizzi, Zivkovic, Seferovic, Gonclaves. Subs: Luisao, Jimenez, Jonas, Gabriel Almeida, Silva, Varela, Andre Almeida

Vaclik, Akanji, Suchy, Balanta, Lang, Taulant Xhaka, Zuffi, Petretta, Steffen, Oberlin, Elyounoussi. Subs: Salvi, Fransson, Ajeti, Riveros, Manzambi, Itten, Bua.

Bayern v PSG

Ulreich, Kimmich, Hummels, Sule, Alaba, Tolisso, Rudy, Coman, James, Ribery, Lewandowski Subs: Starke, Boateng, Friedl, Muller, Martinez, Rafinha, Vidal

Areola, Alves, Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa, Verratti, Rabiot, Draxler, Mbappe, Neymar, Cavani. Subs: Trapp, Meunier, Kimpembe, Berchiche, Di Maria, Lo Celso, Pastore

Celtic v Anderlecht

Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Simunovic, Tierney, Brown, McGregor, Forrest, Armstrong, Sinclair, Dembele. Subs: De Vries, Bitton, Griffiths, Rogic, Ntcham, Edouard, Ajer.

Boeckx, Appiah, Spajic, Kara, Obradovic, Dendoncker, Kums, Trebel, Gerkens, Hanni, Onyekuru. Subs: Sels, Sa, Deschacht, Bruno, Beric, Teodorczyk, Harbaoui.Chelsea v Atletico

Roma v Karabakh

Alisson, Florezni, Fazio, Manolas, Kolarov, Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman, El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Perotti. Subs: Juan Jesus, Pellegrini, Schick, Moreno, Gonalons, Skorupski, Gerson.

Sehic, Medvedev, Rzezniczak, Yunuszade, Aveska, Garayev, Ismayilov, Michel, Richard, Madatov, Ndlovu. Subs: Kanibolitsky, Amirquliyev, Huseynov, Ramazanov, Sheydaev, Diniyev, Dani Quintana.

Barcelona v Sporting

Cillessen, Semedo, Pique, Vermaelen, Digne, Rakitic, Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, Vidal, Luis Suarez, Alcacer. Subs: Ter Stegen, Busquets, Messi, Paulinho, Deulofeu, Alba, Roberto

Patricio, Coates, Fernandes, Acuna, Ruiz, Cesar, Ristovski, Carvalho, Battaglia, Mathieu, Piccini. Subs: Salin, Coentrao, Pinto, Podence, Dost, Palhinha, Martins

Olympiacos v Juventus

Proto, Nikolaou, Elabdellaoui, Engels, Kourtis, Tachtsidis, Pardo, Odjidja-Ofoe, Romao, Seba, Djurdjevic. Subs: Choutesiotis, Botia, Fortounis, Marin, Gillet, Nabouhane, Androutsos.

Szczesny; De Sciglio, Barzagli, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Matuidi; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Pinsoglio, Rugani, Asamoah, Pjanic, Marchisio, Bernardeschi, Mandzukic

Ivan Rakitic, Paco Alcacer and Luis Suarez warm up for a weakened Barcelona side.
Ivan Rakitic, Paco Alcacer and Luis Suarez warm up for a weakened Barcelona side. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images


Quick note: this blog is a general round-up thing and won’t really be concentrating on the English teams. If you want them more specifically, then:


And so, here we are. The end of the Champions League group stage. Or at least half of the Champions League group stage. Eight games tonight, and quite literally anything could happen, within the realistic parameters of football matches. So by ‘anything’ we mean some slightly unlikely eliminations or progressions.

At this stage it’s probably worth bringing up and clarifying everyone’s cool guy party topics: permutations. So, for the games going on tonight, here they are:

Group A

Champions League Group A table
Champions League Group A table Photograph: Guardian

Manchester United are basically through, unless CSKA Moscow give them a highly unlikely shoeing. A point will confirm not just their progression but top spot, while it will basically need the Russians to run in 5+ goals at Old Trafford to knock them out, and even then they could still be OK. Basel need to better CSKA’s result, which they might as they’re playing Johnny No Points Benfica, who are of course out and unable to reach the Europa League.

Group B

Champions League Group B table
Champions League Group B table Photograph: Guardian

Basically this is done. Bayern and PSG are both through, and the only way the Germans can oust Neymar and the lads from top spot is if they beat them by four goals tonight. Celtic and Anderlecht face off in the Europa League playoff in Glasgow, but the Belgians will either have to win 3-0 or by four goals to qualify for UEFA’s consolation prize competition.

Group C

Champions League Group C table
Champions League Group C table Photograph: Guardian

A smidge of interest here. Chelsea are through, and will finish top should they beat Atletico at Stamford Bridge, or if Roma don’t beat Karabakh. The other qualification spot is up for grabs, but if Roma do somehow slip up then Atleti need a win - should the two finish level on points, the Spaniards will go through as their head-to-head record is better.

Group D

Champions League Group D table
Champions League Group D table Photograph: Guardian

Barcelona could sit on the pitch during their game against Sporting and drink spritzers all night and they’ll still finish top of the group. If that does happen then the Portuguese side could qualify, but only if Juventus do something unlikely such as not beating Olympiacos. If Juve and Sporting finish level, the Italians’ head-to-head advantage will see them through. Olympiacos will be bottom whatever happens.