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Maribor 1-1 Celtic (FT), Standard Liege 0-1 Zenit (FT) - Champions League LIVE!
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21:14 BST

20/08/2014

BIG CHANCE!

Stefan Johansen has already denied his side one goal tonight after heading Virgil van Dijk's goalbound header off the line, and he has now wasted Celtic's best chance of the second half after breaking through the Maribor defence before stumbling. That allowed Jasmin Handanovic to push the ball away from danger. Huge moment in Slovenia.

21:12 BST

20/08/2014

Efe Ambrose is about to make an appearance from the bench following his late arrival in Slovenia. If you missed it earlier, the Nigeria defender thought he was suspended tonight after being sent off against Legia Warsaw, but after that match was deemed void by Uefa, his red card was rescinded.

21:07 BST

20/08/2014

JUST WIDE!

All of a sudden Celtic and Anthony Stokes have come to life, and the striker almost put the Bhoys back in front as he burst through before sliding an effort narrowly wide of the post. Celtic's best moment of the half so far.

21:05 BST

20/08/2014

GOAL! LILLE 0 PORTO 1 (HERRERA)

Joy for the visitors in France as they take the lead and grab a vital away goal. With Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala departed for Manchester City little is expected of the Portuguese outfit in Europe this year, but a victory in this tie would see them take their place among the top seeds for the group stages draw.
 

21:00 BST

20/08/2014

Celtic do seem to have weathered a mini-storm from Maribor, but Anthony Stokes' impact on the game hasn't quite been as high as it was in the opening 45 minutes, and Ronny Deila's side are struggling to keep hold of the ball. Changes may be afoot sooner rather than later.

20:57 BST

20/08/2014

GOAL! AALBORG 1 APOEL 1 (OLIVEIRA)

The Cypriots are back on terms in Denmark. In 2013 they were knocked out of the competition by Real Madrid, so they weren't about to let the lowest-ranked side left in the tournament turn them over without a fight this evening were they?

20:52 BST

20/08/2014

CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

It's Fulham 0-1 Wolves at half-time at Craven Cottage, and the newly-relegated side from West London are in danger of losing their first three league matches of the season. I'd imagine Felix Magath has looked something like this during the first half.
 

20:49 BST

20/08/2014

Maribor have certainly come out for the second half with some purpose, and captain Tavares almost gave the home side the lead with a vicious drive that Craig Gordon was happy to see fly over the bar.

20:46 BST

20/08/2014

KICK-OFF!

We're back underway across Europe as the first legs of the Champions League playoffs head towards a conclusion...

20:45 BST

20/08/2014

The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch in Slovenia. Celtic have had the better of things thus far, but it will count for nothing if they can't force a win here. It would certainly make the second leg next week much easier.

20:41 BST

20/08/2014

Remember, we have a LIVE commentary of the Maribor - Celtic match on the go, so if you're after play-by-play updates, make sure you check it out.

LIVE: Maribor 1-1 Celtic

20:37 BST

20/08/2014

HALF-TIME CATCH-UP

The first halves have been drawn to a close around Europe, so let's catch-up with where we are after 45 minutes of tonight's ties...

Aalborg 1-0 APOEL
Lille 0-0 Porto
Maribor 1-1 Celtic
Slovan Bratislava 0-1 BATE Borisov
Standard Liege 0-1 Zenit

20:34 BST

20/08/2014

HALF-TIME

No stoppage time at the end of the first half in Maribor, and Celtic can be quite satisfied with their opening 45 minutes. They have an away goal, should be ahead and have restricted their hosts to long range efforts since their equaliser. Not the worst showing by any means.

20:32 BST

20/08/2014

GOAL! SLOVAN BRATISLAVA 0 BATE BORISOV 1 (JABLONSKY OG)

The team from Belarus grab a crucial away goal right on the verge of half-time. Not sure the likes of Barcelona or Bayern Munich would be quaking in their boots if they drew either of these sides in the groups stages.

20:27 BST

20/08/2014

RUSTY GORDON

Watching Craig Gordon, it is clear to see that this is just his fourth first-team match since 2011, with the former Sunderland man struggling to hold onto any shot or cross that comes his way. He's certainly a downgrade from the departed Fraser Forster, that's for sure.

20:24 BST

20/08/2014

LATEST

Still no score in the matches at either Lille nor Slovan Bratislava with no side willing to give anything away in these first legs. Tighter than a tight thing around Europe tonight...
 

20:21 BST

20/08/2014

CHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

There is one match in taking place in the Championship this evening as winless Fulham host Wolves at Craven Cottage, and it is the visitors who have taken an early lead through Bakary Sako. Things not getting easier for the under-fire Felix Magath.

20:18 BST

20/08/2014

GET OUT OF THE WAY!

Celtic should be back in the lead after Virgil van Dijk's header beat Jasmin Handanovic and looked set to land in the back of the net. That was until Stefan Johansen got himself in the way on the line and helped keep the home side level. D'oh!

20:15 BST

20/08/2014

They may have conceded their early advantage, but Celtic can be pretty pleased with the way they have gone about trying to win this game. They have obviously realised Maribor can be beaten, and goalkeeper Craig Gordon has only had to make one save since the home side's equaliser.

20:11 BST

20/08/2014

Celtic getting plenty of joy from set-pieces in the opening quarter of the match, and Mikael Lustig is the latest to go close as he heads over the crossbar. Maribor's marking has been poor, and the Bhoys could yet capitalise.