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Not making up teams, honest - Estoril Praia do exist. The Portuguese hipster faves finished fourth in the Primeira Liga last season and boast national legend Pauleta among their former players. Speaking of former players, ex-PSV striker and football icon Ronaldo turns 38 today - he won this competition with Inter in 1998. Happy birthday, legend!
Panathinaikos v Dinamo Moscow | PSV v Estoril Praia (both 18:00)
Tottenham are two-time winners of this competition, or variations of it, and face a tough task in front of what’s expected to be a capacity crowd of over 30,000 Partizan fans. That number is sometimes expanded to 40,000 for rock concerts, with AC/DC and Metallica playing at the Partizan Stadium in recent years. Question is... are Spurs on the Highway to Hell this evening? *HIDES*
Besiktas v Asteras Tripolis | Partizan v Tottenham (both 18:00)
Another day, another manager gone. Today sees Fulham FINALLY relieve Felix Magath of his duties after picking up a measly one point from seven Championship fixtures. This is the same Fulham that reached the final of the 2010 Europa League and came close to forcing Atletico Madrid to penalties. Downfall.
Torino are back in the big(ish) time for the first time in 12 seasons. The Italian club finished seventh in Serie A last season and will hope to summon the spirit of 1992 upon their return. They reached the final of the competition that year, losing out over two legs to an Ajax team featuring Frank de Boer and managed by Louis van Gaal. Whatever happened to those guys?
Club Brugge v Torino | Copenhagen v Helskinki (both 18:00)
The big team news from Austria sees Celtic manager Ronny Deila hand a debut to Mubarak Wakaso. The Ghanaian winger was part of his country’s World Cup squad and has been given a chance to impress this evening after joining on loan from Rubin Kazan. Anthony Stokes only makes the bench.
Salzburg: Gulasci, Schwegler, Ramalho, Hinteregger, Ulmer, Kampl, Leitgeb, Ilsanker, Sabitzer, Soriano, Alan. Subs: Walke, Schmitz, P. Ankersen, Keita, Lazaro, Bruno, Quadchner.
Celtic: Gordon; Ambrose, Denayer, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Johansen; McGregor, Commons, Wakaso; Scepovic. Subs: Zaluska, Kayal, O’Connell, Bitton, Tonev, Berget, Stokes.
Yikes. If Michel Vorm can’t start this game, when will he? Mauricio Pochettino hands a debut to Federico Fazio in defence and Benjamin Stambouli starts for the first time. There’s no Danny Rose for Spurs but Pochettino insists his omission is nothing to do with the racist abuse he suffered the last time he played in the stadium with England Under-21s.
Partizan: Lukac, Volkov, Vulicevic, Stankovic, Cirkovic, B.Ilic, Grbic, Drincic, S.Ilic, Pantic, Lazovic. Subs: Kljajic, Petrovic, Ninkovic, A. Zivkovic, Markovic, Luka, Fofana.
Tottenham: Lloris; Naughton, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Bentaleb, Stambouli; Lennon, Paulinho, Townsend; Kane. Subs: Vorm, Chiriches, Dier, Capoue, Eriksen, Lamela, Soldado.
To attempt to make things at least a little bit interesting for those who don’t care for massive fixture lists, these previews will be full of crazy trivia that I bet you won’t find anywhere else on the net in a place that’s not called Wikipedia.
For instance, did you know Apollon Limassol played host to a number of Under-16 European Championship matches back in 1992? Nope, me neither. Future stars such as Francesco Totti and Clarence Seedorf featured. Triviatastic.
Apollon Limassol v FC Zurich | B. Monchengladbach v Villarreal (both 18:00)
We’ll run through all the fixtures taking place this evening shortly, but our main focus will be on the games involving the two UK clubs and the one UK-but-maybe-not-for-much-longer club. Political banter! You love it really. It’s Partizan v Tottenham and Salzburg v Celtic at 18:00 BST before Everton host Wolfsburg at 20:00 BST.
Partizan v Tottenham | Salzburg v Celtic | Everton v Wolfsburg
Okay, so the Europa League may not have the glitz and glamour of the Champions League but it sure does have its fair share of excitement. TWELVE groups, FORTY-EIGHT teams, TWENTY-FOUR matches and ONE very busy live text commentator. Here we go...
The waiting is over and the Europa League group stage is back!
And that's that for matchday one of the Champions League. Just one of the four Premier League clubs involved tasted victory this week and even that was only thanks to a last-minute penalty. We'll be back right here from 17:00 BST on Thursday to bring you updates from the first batch of Europa League fixtures, including Partizan Belgrade v Tottenham and Everton v Wolfsburg. See you then!
Before we head off, you can check out reports and ratings from all eight of tonight's fixtures right here...
Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester City
Roma 5-1 CSKA Moscow
Ajax 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Barcelona 1-0 APOEL
Chelsea 1-1 Schalke
Maribor 1-1 Sporting
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Porto 6-0 BATE Borisov
...but killer instinct still lacking. That's the assessment of Goal's Wayne Veysey, at Stamford Bridge to witness the 1-1 draw this evening, and you can check out a detailed look at how the Belgian got on below.
Hazard still lacking killer instinct
Just as Roma looked on course for the result of the night, Porto ran riot against BATE Borisov as summer signing Yacine Brahimi struck a hat-trick in a 6-0 thumping. In the group's other game, it was a bore draw between Athletic Bilbao and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk | Porto 6-0 BATE Borisov
A frustrating night for Laurent Blanc and Paris Saint-Germain. The Ligue 1 club desperately want to succeed in the Champions League but had to settle for a draw against Ajax despite taking the lead through Edinson Cavani. As for Barcelona, just the one goal - a Gerard Pique header - was enough to see off APOEL.
Ajax 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain | Barcelona 1-0 APOEL
A late goal from Jerome Boateng, which took a deflection off Mario Gotze, sealed the win in the end for Bayern Munich against Manchester City. Elsewhere, crowd violence marred an impressive 5-1 win for Roma against CSKA Moscow. Two CSKA fans were stabbed outside the ground before the game but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester City | Roma 5-1 CSKA Moscow