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20.50: Richard Tanner’s assesment of the first half in Moscow

Martial’s pace and Lukaku’s power have proved too much for CSKA. Think Jose was playing some mind games when he said this CSKA were the strongest he has faced.

United look home and hosed at the break, although De Gea did make superb saves from Golovin and Chalov at either end of a first half they had dominated.

Lukaku now has 10 goals in his first nine games. Somehow I don’t think Harry Kane, as good as he is, will run away with the Golden Boot this season. 

If Lukaku keeps getting service like this, he will push Kane all the way. Certainly in all competitions, he should be good for 35-40.

20.37: Manchester United go into the break with a three lead in what has been the perfect 45 minutes for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Chelsea have it all to do in the second half while Celtic are also in dreamland in Belgium

Half time scores

Basel 2-0 Benfica

CSKA Moscow 0-3 Manchester United

PSG 2-0 Bayern Munich

Anderlecht 0-1 Celtic

Qarabag 1-2 Roma FULL TIME

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Chelsea

Juventus 0-0 Olympiakos

Sporting Lisbon 0-0 Barcelona

20.30: The half time whistle goes in Madrid with Atletico one up – but it was nearly two as Saul went close to doubling the lead.

Chelsea had dominated much of that and will be frustrated at going in behind. A big 45 minutes ahead.

Everything going to plan in Moscow though as United lead 3-0 with Romelu Lukaku scoring twice and Anthony Martial from the spot.

Looking good for Jose.

20.25: Leigh Griffiths puts Celtic ahead in Belgium and they lead Anderlecht.

Kieran Tierney gets down the left and delivers for the striker to put the Scots one up.

And Chelsea are now behind as Antoine Griezmann puts Atletico ahead from the spot.

Chelsea had started really well in Madrid but find themselves behind after David Luiz conceded a spot kick.

I’m sure a certain Diego will be smiling. Maybe both of them…


Diego Costa is in the stands in Madrid tonight

20.19: Edinson Cavani scores a SCREAMER in Paris as PSG go two up against Bayern Munich.

What a story that is. The money boys coming good against the traditionalists. Will they be a force this year?

It certainly looks that way.

20.12: Romelu Lukaku gets another and makes it 3-0 to Manchester United after just 27 minutes.

CSKA have been miserable at the back and Lukaku had a tap in from inside the six yard box.

Well-taken but easy for the Belgium star.

20.04: Manchester United go two up in Moscow as Anthony Martial converts from the spot.

Mkhitaryan was brought down in the area and the ref pointed to the spot.

United now lead 2-0 and already look on course for tonight.

They battered Basel in their last match and Jose Mourinho moaned about ‘playstation football’ so let’s see what happens here.

Elsewhere Basel have gone 2-0 up againsy Benfica.

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Anthony Martial sticks his penalty into the net to put United two up

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Romelu Lukaku celebrated Manchester United’s first goal

20.00: Henrikh Mkhitaryan nearly makes it two for United but his shot is saved on the goalline.

Great start from United who are looking to put this one to bed early.

While Ashley Young becomes United’s fourth captain this season following Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick. All of those trio are missing tonight.

19.59: Chelsea have started brightly with Eden Hazard combining with Alvaro Morata.

They go lose to opening the scoring there with Hazard hitting the post from just outside the area.

Antonio Conte will like what he sees – but he’ll still jump up and down like a mad man as usual.

19.50: ROMELU LUKAKU fires Manchester United ahead in Moscow just as Neymar puts PSG in front against Bayern Munich.

Fast start. Lukaku towers above the defender at the back post to head in from Anthony Martial’s delivery.

Big impact. Nine goals for United already. Jose Mourinho is delighted.

19.48: Basel grab the first goal of the night as they take the lead against Benfica.

Big goal in United’s group this as Lang fires the Swiss side in front.

19.45: We’re underway across Europe – and Diego Costa has been spotted. We knew it wouldn’t take long.

Roma have already beaten Qarabag tonight but seven games are now underway.

19.40: So what are we hoping for tonight then?

My acca is off and running with Roma beating Qarabag. Let’s see if Chelsea, Juventus and Barcelona can win me some money.

The players are coming out in Madrid. No sign of Diego Costa just yet but I’m sure he’ll be somewhere in that stadium.

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Manchester United are ahead early on in Moscow

19.35: Tony Banks is in Madrid

This felt like the Champions League proper again for Chelsea, after a year out of the action. The real thing.

In Atletico’s spectacular new £210 million stadium, with the sun setting on the Madrid night outside and the atmosphere building inside, the setting was superb.

The task ahead of Chelsea though was formidable, with Atletico never having lost at home to an English side in Uefa competition

19.30: Richard Tanner checks in from Moscow

Mourinho’s made five changes and is lining up with a back three of Lindelof, Smalling and Blind.

He will be hoping he won’t have to change the kit at half-time. United are wearing their third strip – a grey kit. 

And the last time they wore a similar colour, back in 1996, Alex Ferguson blamed it on them being 3-0 down to Southampton at half-time because they couldn’t pick each other out – and ordered a change at the break.

All the stats look good for United. Mourinho has own five and drawn one of his six meetings with CSKA with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

United have never lost in Russia – two wins and four draws – although one of those wins was on penalties against Chelsea in the Champions League final held in Moscow in 2008.

And, thirdly, CSKA have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 29 Champions League, excluding qualifiers. 

But Jose spoke to his pals at Benfica after their 2-1 home defeat to CSKA in the first group game and he reckons Viktor Goncharenko’s side are the best CSKA team he’s faced.

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Felipe Luis is facing his former club tonight

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Jose Mourinho eyes the crowd in Moscow ahead of kick off

19.00: Anderlecht v Celtic in focus

Celtic will look to kick-start their Champions League campaign when they take on Anderlecht on Wednesday night.

Here, we looks at the talking points ahead of the crucial clash at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.


To say the Scottish champions got their Group B campaign off to a poor start would be putting it mildly. The mega-rich French outfit rolled out their £400million strike force of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani at Parkhead two weeks ago as they ran riot during a sensational display of all-out attack.

In truth, though, the Hoops were never likely to challenge a side able to dip into the cash reserves of oil-rich Qatar any time they need a new player and boss Brendan Rodgers will believe his side – buoyed by their latest Old Firm victory over the weekend – will be better matched against the Belgians.


Rodgers has a huge decision on his hand as his side jets out to Brussels. Does he go with in-form frontman Griffiths, fresh from netting against Rangers on Saturday, or hand Dembele a recall.

The French ace is still short on match fitness after his start to the season was disrupted by a hamstring complaint but the 21-year-old proved against the likes of Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach last term that he is a man for the big European occasion.


It is a massive boost for Celtic that they will have Belgian international Boyata back in their ranks when they run out in his home town. The Glasgow giants have had to rely upon midfielder Nir Bitton as a make-shift centre-back for much of the season so far but it is an experiment Rodgers will be keen to avoid repeating given how uncomfortable the Israeli has looked at times.

Boyata returned against Dundee last week and gave a solid display at Ibrox over the weekend as he resumed his partnership with Jozo Simunovic. With that pairing re-united Celtic should be a tougher nut to crack.


The Hoops’ troubles on the road in the Champions League group stages are no secret. Of the 30 games they have played away from Celtic Park in Europe’s most lucrative competition, they have managed just one win – their 2012 victory over Spartak Moscow – and three draws.

Two of those stalemates did come under Rodgers last term as they bounced back from a 7-0 drubbing by Barcelona to claim a point at both City and Mochengladbach. With Celtic and Anderlecht likely to be fighting it out for third place at best, the Northern Irishman could do with his side going one better this time.


The Belgian champions are currently without a manager after sacking former boss Rene Weiler. The Swiss coach claimed the Jupiler Pro League title and also led Anderlecht to the last eight of the Europa League last season, but was axed after seeing his side win just two of their opening seven league games.

Club coaches Nicolas Frutos, David Sesa and Thomas Binggeli have been given the caretaker duties and masterminded Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Waasland-Beveren. But with the head-to-heads with Celtic pivotal to their European ambitions, they cannot afford another slip-up on Wednesday.

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A fan outside the ground ahead of Anderlecht vs Celtic


18.39: Antonio Conte has picked Eden Hazard to start at Atletico Madrid.

Hazard, 26, makes his second start of the season after playing the League Cup.

And Conte has gone with his main man from the off tonight with Pedro a doubt before the game.

David Luiz comes back into the side despite his domestic suspension and plays in last season’s back three.

Tiemoue Bakayoko gets the nod in midfield with Cesc Fabregas pushed further on to support Hazard and Alvaro Morata

Chelsea: Courtois; Apzilicueta, Cahill, Luiz; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Fabregas; Morata

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Tony Banks is in position in Madrid for Chelsea tonight


18.35: Manchester United are without midfield trio Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba.

So Mourinho’s options are limited in the middle and he admits he has a difficult choice.

He said: “We don’t have Fellaini, we don’t have Pogba, we don’t have Carrick. They are all missing for this match.

“So the solutions are not many, but we try not to focus on individual battles or in specific areas on the pitch.

“We try to focus on the globality and we try to have a team with quality, balance, to try and win the match, which is our objective.”

United beat Basel in the first game and will move into pole position with another three points tonight in Moscow.

But they are also without Phil Jones so Victor Lindelof will get another test after his £29m summer move to Old Trafford.

And it looks like United have gone three at the back with Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling and Ashley Young and Daley Blind as wing backs.

Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are in midfield with Romelu Lukaku flanked by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial.

Manchester United team: De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Smalling, Blind, Matic, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Mata, McTominay, Lingard, Rashford

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Jose Mourinho has picked three central defenders and wing backs for tonight’s game

18.25: CSKA Moscow v Manchester United in focus

Manchester United’s second Champions League group match this season is at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

Here we look at some of the key talking points around United’s trip to Russia.


Jose Mourinho believes this is the toughest CSKA Moscow outfit he has faced as a manager, including the side he overcame in the Champions League quarter-finals when leading Inter Milan to the title seven years ago.

CSKA have not won their previous two meetings with United on home soil, with the Red Devils’ overall record at Russian clubs being one win and four draws. Better still, United have fond memories having won the Champions League against Chelsea at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in 2008.


Unless Mourinho runs with the three-man backline deployed in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid, United will try just their third different centre-back pairing of the season. Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have been the United manager’s preference in the early weeks of the season, with Chris Smalling lining up alongside Victor Lindelof against Burton and Basel.

The fact Jones has not travelled to Moscow means a switch at the back is on the cards – and a chance for somebody to stake their claim.


“We will have team with quality, with balance,” Mourinho told the pre-match press conference in Moscow, having confirmed Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick having stayed at home with the injured Paul Pogba.

CSKA Moscow boss Viktor Goncharenko is expecting Ander Herrera to come into partner Nemanja Matic, who was seen hobbling onto the team bus at Southampton on Saturday, although the lack of options only highlights how foolhardy Andreas Pereira may have been to up sticks to join Valencia on loan. Daley Blind and Lindelof could offer alternative midfield options.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan took a while to make an impact at United after last summer’s move from Borussia Dortmund, but the Armenian still found time to make a record-breaking impact in the Europa League.

The 28-year-old’s goal in the final against Ajax made him the only United player ever to score in five different European games on the road in a single campaign. Among those goals was his effort in March’s trip to Russia against Rostov, with Mkhitaryan potentially playing an important role in the country again on Wednesday – even if Mourinho was keen to point out his place at the pre-match press conference was down to his ability to speak Russian rather than a starting role.


Few would question the suggestion that David De Gea is among the best goalkeepers in the world, nor would many argue that there are many better back-up goalkeepers than Sergio Romero.

The Argentina number one was selected for May’s Europa League final against Ajax having been chosen between the sticks for most of United’s games en route to the final, but his Spanish counterpart got the nod for the Group A opener against Basel.

Mourinho has pledged to go match-by-match in the Champions League as he does not like the “clear separation of you play this competition, I play this competition”. Romero has only started one match this season, though, so perhaps Mourinho will be tempted to change things in Russia.

18.05: Chelsea v Atletico Madrid in focus

Chelsea play at Atletico Madrid in Champions League Group C on Wednesday night.

Here we look at some of the talking points ahead of the clash.

Costa love-in

Diego Costa last week was granted his wish to re-join Atletico Madrid after three years, two Premier League titles and 59 goals in 120 Chelsea appearances. If Costa were to be presented ahead of the match he would surely receive a rousing ovation from both sets of supporters.

Even Antonio Conte, the Chelsea head coach, has said the summer stand off is in “the past” and he would shake Costa’s hand. It may be Costa will be content to watch the game from the stands.

Continental challenge

Chelsea were last season absent from the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2003-04 and out of Europe altogether for the first time in 20 years. The Blues negotiated their return to Europe with a comfortable 6-0 win over Azerbaijan’s Qarabag, either side of a win at Leicester and goalless draw with Arsenal.

But this week will be Chelsea’s first true test of their return to Europe’s elite. Atletico have European pedigree and this is arguably the trickiest fixture of the group stage for the Blues, who face high-flying Manchester City on Saturday.

Conte’s future

The subject of Conte’s future was raised again when he told Italian radio of his wish to return to Italy one day. Chelsea insist that does not mean Conte will be cutting short his stay and he has two years remaining on his contract.

However, he did not extend the length of his deal when his contract was renegotiated in the summer, merely improve his own terms. The question of his commitment may never be answered satisfactorily for all, but he is showing on the touchline and with results what his immediate priority is – success for the team on the pitch.

Atletico’s armoury

Even without Costa, who cannot play for Atletico until January due to their transfer embargo, Atletico have an impressive array of attacking talent. France striker Antoine Griezmann is much admired. Fernando Torres has pedigree, despite a relatively disappointing spell at Chelsea.

And Argentinian Angel Correa has three goals in six LaLiga games this season. Boss Diego Simeone has never lost as a coach to English opposition, with three wins in five games. Leicester were the latest dispatched last season as Atletico extended their unbeaten home record against English clubs to 11 games, with six of those wins.

Chelsea will hope to end the run at the Estadio Metropolitano.

Morata magic

Alvaro Morata did not score against Atletico for Real Madrid, where he was a more peripheral figure than he is now at Chelsea. He has made a fine start to his Chelsea career, scoring his first hat-trick at Stoke last Saturday in the first game since Costa’s move was announced.

Spain striker Morata has eight goals in his last six games for club and country and will be eager to extend the streak in Madrid.

18.00: Good evening and welcome to Express Sport’s Champions League live blog.

We have a full night of action ahead with Chelsea, Manchester United and Celtic all in action as well as Barcelona and PSG v Bayern Munich.

We will be on hand to guide you through the action with score updates, analysis and reaction.