Tag Archives: donetsk

Dortmund hoping Champions League history repeats itself

Dortmund hoping history repeats itself as they take on Malaga for place in Champions League semi-finals

By
Darren Witcoop

PUBLISHED:

12:55 GMT, 3 April 2013

|

UPDATED:

13:02 GMT, 3 April 2013

Borussia Dortmund will still remain dark horses to win the Champions League, but the omens might just be in their favour if they can progress beyond Malaga in the quarter-final showdown.

Dortmund have given up the ghost retaining the Bundesliga title with runaway leaders Bayern Munich destined for the trophy.

But in Europe, it is a different matter all together.

Star man: Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski helped knock out Shakhtar Donetsk in the last-16 tie

Star man: Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski helped knock out Shakhtar Donetsk in the last-16 tie

Masked man: Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer will be forced to wear a mask in Malaga

Masked man: Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer will be forced to wear a mask in Malaga

There is little doubt Dortmund, who have already knocked out Manchester City, are an emerging team under highly-rated manager Juergen Klopp.

Now Malaga, another of the season's surprise packages, stand in their way of a semi-final place.

Dortmund's only ever win in Spain came in the same season when they won Europe's biggest club competition in 1997.

A coincidence or destiny Only time will tell.

No panic: Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp and Brazilian defender Felipe Santana are in relaxed mood ahead of the last-four tie

No panic: Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp and Brazilian defender Felipe Santana are in relaxed mood ahead of the last-four tie

But Klopp claims Dortmund's 2-1 bruising win over Stuttgart on the weekend, which took its toll on his players, was ideal preparation for the first-leg challenge that lies ahead.

'We got manhandled', he said.

'At times I was worried about the health of my players.

'But it was a good preparation for the Champions League game in Malaga, because they fly into challenges with just as much intensity.'

Despite their underdog tag, Malaga, the Qatari-backed side who were in Spain's Second Division just five years ago, will not just roll over.

Top job: Manuel Pellegrini has defied the odds to lead Malaga into the quarter-finals

Top job: Manuel Pellegrini has defied the odds to lead Malaga into the quarter-finals

The money might have dried up at this cash-strapped club but they have still punched above their weight this season.

As well as reaching the last eight of the Champions League, they are also in the hunt for a top-four finish in La Liga although UEFA have banned them from playing European football next season due to outstanding debts.

'Nobody gave us a chance at the start and yet the players have responded so well,” said coach Manuel Pellegrini.

'We eliminated Porto and that represented a huge achievement for the side. We don't want our run to end here.'

Prized possession: Isco is wanted by Europe's leading clubs

Prized possession: Isco is wanted by Europe's leading clubs

Dortmund will be favourites to progress but they have been hit with injuries.

Marcel Schmelzer will need a face-mask but is likely to play, despite breaking his nose against Stuttgart.

Jakub Blaszczykowski has travelled but is struggling to overcome a groin injury.

Midfielders Sven Bender and Kevin Grosskreutz (ankle) are doubts and Mats Hummels is certain to miss out.

Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 13 goals in as many games, will lead the line and will be supported by Mario Goetze and Marco Reus.

In contrast, Malaga have few injury worries.

Portuguese winger Eliseu has been ruled out with a knee ligament injury but defender Diego Lugano is likely to return.

Ignacio Camacho and Duda are also back in contention after serving suspensions and star striker Isco will start.

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Borussia Dortmund 2: match report

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Borussia Dortmund 2: Hummels grabs late leveller for Germans

PUBLISHED:

21:38 GMT, 13 February 2013

|

UPDATED:

21:47 GMT, 13 February 2013

Mats Hummels headed home a late equaliser to giver Borussia Dortmund the advantage in their last-16 clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

Douglas Costa looked to have given the home side a narrow lead with a well-taken goal in the second half before Hummels nodded in Marcel Schmelzer's corner.

Shakhtar took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Darijo Srna whipped home a free kick from 25 yards only for Robert Lewandowski to score a crucial away goal 10 minutes later.

More to follow…

Game on: Borussia Dortmund celebrate after Mats Hummel's header earned them a draw in Ukraine

Game on: Borussia Dortmund celebrate after Mats Hummel's header earned them a draw in Ukraine

Match facts

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Rakitskiy, Chygrynskiy, Rat, Fernandinho, Hubschman, Alex Teixeira (Eduardo 83), Mkhitaryan, Taison (Douglas Costa 62),Luiz Adriano.

Subs Not Used: Kanibolotskiy, Stepanenko, Shevchuk, Devic, Ischenko.

Booked: Fernandinho.

Goals: Srna 31,Douglas Costa 68.

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Felipe Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer, Kehl, Bender, Blaszczykowski (Leitner 80), Gotze, Reus (Schieber 90), Lewandowski.

Subs Not Used: Langerak, Subotic, Sahin, Bittencourt, Halstenberg.

Goals: Lewandowski 41, Hummels 87.

Att: 52,000

Ref: Howard Webb (England).

Curler: Darijo Srna whips a free kick over the wall and into the net to give Shakthar the lead

Curler: Darijo Srna whips a free kick over the wall and into the net to give Shakthar the lead

Curler: Darijo Srna whips a free kick over the wall and into the net to give Shakthar the lead

In front: Shakhtar celebrate after taking the lead against Borussia Dortmund in Ukraine

In front: Shakhtar celebrate after taking the lead against Borussia Dortmund in Ukraine

Equaliser: Robert Lewandowski pulls the trigger to level the score for Dortmund in Ukraine

Equaliser: Robert Lewandowski pulls the trigger to level the score for Dortmund in Ukraine

Equaliser: Robert Lewandowski pulls the trigger to level the score for Dortmund in Ukraine

Crucial: Dortmund celebrate after grabbing a vital away goal against Shakhtar in the first leg

Crucial: Dortmund celebrate after grabbing a vital away goal against Shakhtar in the first leg

Cracker: Douglas Costa looked to have won the first leg for Shakhtar when he scored in the second half

Cracker: Douglas Costa looked to have won the first leg for Shakhtar when he scored in the second half

Advantage Shakhtar: Douglas Costa celebrates after giving his side the lead against Dortmund

Advantage Shakhtar: Douglas Costa celebrates after giving his side the lead against Dortmund

Willian dreams of move to Chelsea

Chelsea target Willian says he dreams of leaving Shakhtar and moving to Stamford Bridge

|

UPDATED:

07:26 GMT, 21 December 2012

Chelsea target Willian says he hopes to complete his dream move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Shakhtar Donetsk forward had hoped to move to Chelsea in the summer but a move never materialised.

Chelsea were not the only English club to show interest in the Brazilian, but they led the chase.

Looking to move: Willian says he would love to play in England

Looking to move: Willian says he would love to play in England

Willian was disappointed to see Shakhtar block a deal, but understands why there were so keen to keep him and believes he will grace one of Europe’s top divisions at some stage in the near future.

He told ESPN.com.br: 'My goal is to play for a bigger club in a high level league.'

On Chelsea, he said: 'If I tell you that I was happy, I would be lying. My desire was there, with a 20.3million offer from a big club like Chelsea. I wanted to pack my things and go, but I can’t do that as I am under contract.

'It shows how much Shakhtar like me and shows that I am doing a good job, which is why they wanted me to stay.

'I have tried to convince them many times to let me go. I know that Juventus and Chelsea have made offers to buy me and that motivates me a lot.

'The club know that I want to leave, everyone knows that. The president has told me that he’ll let me go for 24.4m and my intention is to sign for a big club.'

Champions League draw: Manchester United v Real Madrid, Arsenal v Bayern Munich, Celtic v Juventus

Ronaldo v Rooney & Fergie v Mourinho as Man United face Real Madrid in Champions League (plus Arsenal v Bayern Munich and Celtic v Juventus!)

Real Madrid to visit Old Trafford for the since time since 2003

Arsenal to play last season's runners up, Bayern Munich

After beating Barca, Celtic must get the better of Italian champions Juventus

Hot favourites Barcelona will play AC Milan, as they did four times last year

|

UPDATED:

17:09 GMT, 20 December 2012

Full last 16 draw… and when they play

Galatasaray v Schalke
(February 20 and March 12)

CELTIC v Juventus
(February 12 and March 6)

ARSENAL v Bayern Munich
(February 19 and March 13)

Shakhter Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund
(February 13 and March 5)

AC Milan v Barcelona
(February 20 and March 12)

Real Madrid v MANCHESTER UNITED
(February 13, March 5)

Valencia v Paris St Germain
(February 12 and March 6)

Porto v Malaga
(February 19 and March 13)

*First team at home first

Sir Alex Ferguson will face Jose Mourinho in the Champions League last 16 after Manchester United were drawn against Real Madrid.

The game will also pitch Cristiano Ronaldo against his former club for the first time since he left in a world record 80million deal in 2009.

Arsenal dodged Barcelona but have been handed a tough draw against last season's runners up Bayern Munich.

And Scottish champions Celtic, who beat Barca earlier the competition, were drawn against Italian side Juventus, who topped Chelsea's group.

Barcelona's match-up with AC Milan is the pick of the rest of the ties, which will kick off in February.

Turkish side Galatasaray
were drawn against Arsenal's group winners, Schalke, while German
champions Borussia Dortmund, who topped Manchester City's group, will face Shakhtar.

Porto, who won the Champions League
under Mourinho in 2004, will play Malaga, while Carlo Ancelotti's Paris
St Germain take on Valencia.

Scroll down for video

Up for the cup: Sir Alex Ferguson is up against his old friend Jose Mourinho in the Champions League

Up for the cup: Sir Alex Ferguson is up against his old friend Jose Mourinho in the Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo

The two Ronnies: Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford for the first time since his move to Real Madrid

CURRENT ODDS TO WIN

Barcelona 9/4
Real Madrid 5/1
Bayern Munich 7/1
Borussia Dortmund 8/1
Juventus 11/1
Manchester United 14/1
Paris St Germain 20/1
Shakhtar Donetsk 33/1
Arsenal 40/1
Porto 50/1
Malaga 50/1
Schalke 66/1
Valencia 66/1
AC Milan 100/1
Celtic 150/1
Galatasaray 250/1

Odds provided by Oddschecker.com

The draw comes just a day after Ferguson heaped praise on his old friend Mourinho.

The Scot said: ‘He is very intelligent, he has
charisma, his players play for him, and he is a good looking guy. I
think I have most of those things, too, apart from his good looks.

'He’s
got a confidence about himself, saying “We’ll win this”, and “I’m the
Special One”. I could never come out and say we’re going to win this
game. It’s maybe a wee bit of my Scottishness’

Rio Ferdinand was first to react to the draw on Twitter, writing: 'Oh yes, Madrid!! What a great couple a games that'll be!! @Cristiano see u soon bro!!'

That was followed by Ruud van Nistelrooy, who played for both.

He wrote: 'United or Madrid.. Who do I
want to win Played my heart out for them both. Proud to have played
for both. #impossible #MayTheBestTeamWin.'

VIDEO Reactions to the draw

Play Video

Loading video…

DM.has('rcpv32932','BC',
'renderConfig' :

'css' : “videoplayer-large”,
'autoplay' : false,
'muted' : false,
'adUrl' : “http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/adssz=8×8&iu=%2F7023%2Fdm.video%2Fdm_video_sport&ciu_szs=&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&correlator=[timestamp]”,
'playerId' : “1989148206001”,
'playerKey' : “AQ~~,AAAAAFSL1bg~,CmS1EFtcMWELN_eSE9A7gpcGWF5XAVmI”,
'objId' : “rcpv32932”,
'videoPlayer' : “2047986049001”,
'width' : 636,
'height' : 358,
'linkBaseURL' : “http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2251022/Champions-League-draw-Manchester-United-v-Real-Madrid-Arsenal-v-Bayern-Munich-Celtic-v-Juventus.html”

});

Tuning in: Celtic boss Neil Lennon and his team watch the draw at their training ground

Tuning in: Celtic boss Neil Lennon and his team watch the draw at their training ground

Big names: Steve McManaman helped pull the teams out at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon

Big names: Steve McManaman helped pull the teams out at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon

Names up in lights: The big screen shows the completed last 16 draw

Names up in lights: The big screen shows the completed last 16 draw

And United's club secretary John Alexander hoped there was a lucky omen in the draw.

He told Sky Sports News: 'Out of several standout ties, I think this is the one. It's the tie that everyone wanted to see – but that nobody wanted to see, they wanted to save it for later in the competition.

'When you think about the traditions of these two clubs they have both been incredibly successful, but of course the past is history.

'One thing going in our favour is that our one victory over Real Madrid in this competition was in the year we won the final at Wembley [in 1968] so let's hope that is a lucky omen.'

THE LAST TIME REAL MADRID CAME TO OLD TRAFFORD

WHEN JOSE MOURINHO FIRST APPEARED ON SIR ALEX FERGUSON'S RADAR

SEEN IT SOMEWHERE BEFORE

In what is claimed to be odds of 5,000/1, the results of Thursday's Champions League draw were exactly the same as the rehearsal on Wednesday. just look at the screengrab from Sky Sports News the day before the draw.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is optimistic his side can see off Arsenal.

He
told Uefa.com: 'I think we enter this match as the slight favourites,
but we can be making the mistake of underestimating them.

Rehearsal: These were the fixtures that came out during the practice draw earlier this morning

'Arsenal
have struggled at times in the league over the last few months, which a
look upon the standings in the Premier League will tell you. But by no
means will this be an easy game for us. I look forward to our game in
London and back home in Munich.

'We want to set the foundations with a good performance in London, that would make things easier for us in our home game.

'I
wouldn't call this a lucky draw, but one that we can overcome. I look
forward to seeing my old friend Arsene Wenger and I hope that we can
reach the next round.'

Indifferent: Arsenal will have sharp focus on the Champions League,with domestic form unconvincing

Indifferent: Arsenal will have sharp focus on the Champions League,with domestic form unconvincing

Better luck this year: Bayern Munich are out to go one step further than they managed last season

Better luck this year: Bayern Munich are out to go one step further than they managed last season

Celtic boss Neil Lennon, on Twitter on Thursday morning, had asked Santa to be nice to Celtic.

And afterwards, he said: ‘In terms of
glamour it’s great, in terms of qualification it will be very tough.
But every team would be tough.

‘We’ll look forward to it. We want to go as far as we can and it’s another huge game for us to enjoy.’

Lennon’s side beat Barcelona and
Spartak Moscow in Glasgow after drawing with Benfica as they progressed
from Group G behind the Catalans.

‘The home game is pivotal. We’ll have
to take some sort of advantage to Turin. Celtic Park is a very special
arena and I’m sure the fans will raise the roof again.’

Scot a problem: Having beaten by Barcelona, Celtic have now been drawn against Juventus

Scot a problem: Having beaten by Barcelona, Celtic have now been drawn against Juventus

Scot a problem: Having beaten by Barcelona, Celtic have now been drawn against Juventus

United will play the first leg at the
Bernabeu on February 13 with the return at Old Trafford on March 5,
just three days after the Spanish champions are due to play rivals
Barcelona.

Arsenal
will play a week later with the first leg at the Emirates Stadium on
February 19 and the second at the Allianz Arena in Munich on March 13.

Celtic will take on Juventus at Celtic Park on February 12, with the return leg in Turin on March 6.

The draw contained nine former champions of Europe, including United and Celtic, though not last year's winners Chelsea.

Proceedings began with a tribute to Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who is
having an emergency operation today after suffering a relapse of a cancerous tumour in his salivary gland.

Glory, glory: Sir Alex Ferguson is gunning for his third European Cup triumph

Glory, glory: Sir Alex Ferguson is gunning for his third European Cup triumph

Missing out: Arsenal reached the final in 2006 but were beaten by Barcelona

Missing out: Arsenal reached the final in 2006 but were beaten by Barcelona

Champions League draw: Is Real v Man Utd the biggest match in club football? And will it be a British wipeout?

Champions League draw reaction: Is Real v Man Utd the biggest match in club football And will it be a British wipeout

PUBLISHED:

12:29 GMT, 20 December 2012

|

UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 20 December 2012

Today's Champions League draw was one of the most exciting in recent memory, pitting Sir Alex Ferguson against Jose Mourinho and handing Cristiano Ronaldo his first return to Old Trafford since his world record transfer to Spain. Celtic have a glamour tie against Italian kings Juventus, while Arsenal face German behemoths Bayern. All classic ties, but is Real v United the biggest club match in the world And will any of the British teams survive We asked our experts…

THE BIG QUESTIONS

1. Is Real v Man Utd the biggest match in club football

2. Will any British side survive

THE DRAW

Galatasaray v Schalke

Celtic v Juventus

Arsenal v Bayern Munich

Shakhter Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund

AC Milan v Barcelona

Real Madrid v Manchester United

Valencia v PSG

Porto v Malaga

**First leg ties played on February 12/13 or 20/21, second legs on March 5/6 or 12/13.

For full details on all the teams in the draw, click here

IAN LADYMAN

1. It’s not the biggest but then what is It’s too hard to
define. It’s certainly one of the biggest in European competition, though. Both
teams are hugely popular and successful commercially while they both have a
strong history in this competition.

2. Common sense says that all three British teams will go out
but I have a feeling that one of them will sneak through and I think it will be
United, courtesy of playing at home second. Celtic will make a decent fist of
their tie with Juventus while Arsenal will lose to Bayern home and away simply
because they aren’t very good.

SAM CUNNINGHAM

1. Yes – in the past five years both clubs have sold an average of 1.4 million replica shirts globally each. More than any other club, even Barcelona, who although are a better side do not have the same global reach. More eyes around the world will be on that game than any other fixture that could have been drawn from the hat or anywhere on the planet.

2. United will win. They are flying this campaign while Real's season is falling apart already. I think Celtic have a chance… The way Kris Common's late penalty crashed off the crossbar and in to send Celtic through suggests fate is on their side. But Bayern will beat Arsenal: The German club are top of the Bundesliga and historically do well in the competition. Arsenal couldn't even beat Bradford last week.

LEE CLAYTON

1. If I could have one ticket to any game, it would probably be Barcelona versus Real Madrid, so that must make it the biggest club game. But if there's a spare for Manchester United vs Real Madrid, I could try and get a night off. It's a magical game and the tie electrifies the Champions League which was in danger of going a bit stale. And Jose vs Fergie on the touchline could be like the Rumble of the Jungle revisisted. Come on Fergie, show him you are still the old master…

Big cup, big clash: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and Real manager Jose Mourinho pose with the Champions League trophy

Big cup, big clash: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and Real manager Jose Mourinho pose with the Champions League trophy

2. Rooney vs Ronaldo… Wayne, time to stop
living on 'promise' and 'potential'. This is your World Cup Final. If
Rooney fires and if Nemanja Vidic is fit and defending for his life,
United can edge it. He will need to be at his very best. One goal in it.

I fear United could the last survivors of the British clubs. I can't see Arsenal beating German powerhouses Bayern with their limited firepower post-RVP and we saw how skilled Juve are against Chelsea. But then Celtic beat Barcelona with willpower and luck.

MATT BARLOW

1. Perhaps it is from an unashamedly English perspective. These are two of the world's wealthiest and most decorated clubs with genuine global reach. They are both rich with tradition, boast a vibrant fanbase, carry corporate clout and an air of football royalty. Yet, if its purely down to medals then the likes of AC Milan, Bayern and Liverpool might point to United's European Cup haul. Whilst the rise of Barcelona in the last decade married with that club's heritage suggests they should feature somewhere in the equation.

2. Oh dear. I fear Manchester United, the best of the Brits, will become victims of Mourinho's relentless obsession to bring this trophy to the Bernabeu. That Celtic cannot match the power of Juventus over two legs and that Arsenal, a team unable to beat Bradford this month, will struggle against Bayern.

Returning hero: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski will return to Bayern where he had an unhappy and unsuccessful spell

Returning hero: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski will return to Bayern where he had an unhappy and unsuccessful spell

ALEX KAY

1. No, Real Madrid v Barcelona is. Playing United is not that big a deal for Real, even though Mr Mourinho might have other ideas. I was in Africa recently and every kid has Real or Barca shirts. They are the two big guns these days, even if we don’t like to believe it in our Premier League dominated world.

2. Bayern will demolish Arsenal – they are pure class. Celtic are not better than Chelsea and Juventus eased past the Londoners. So expect more of the same there. I can’t call Real v United. I have a hunch United could do it though.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United is congratulated by team mate Wayne Rooney

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates his goal against Porto with team mate Wayne Rooney

Friends ru-United: Former team-mates at Old Trafford Cristian Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney will face each other

CHRIS WHEELER

1. If there’s a bigger, more glamorous game out there, I’d like to see it. The history and tradition of the two clubs and their commitment to playing attacking football means this one should have everything. Entertainment and extravagance are in their DNA. United and Real didn’t disappoint in 2000 and 2003. Why should 2013 be any different

2. United to find a way past Real, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho – but only just. Difficult to see the Celtic fairytale going any further, especially with the second leg in Turin. Chelsea somehow beat Bayern in last season’s final but I can’t see Arsenal doing it over two games.

NEIL MOXLEY

1. Is it Real Madrid v Manchester United, or Manchester United v Barcelona Or even Barcelona v Real Madrid – given the social backdrop to 'El Classico.' You could argue a case for Celtic v Rangers, on that basis too. Obviously, it's up there. For me, it signifies Jose Mourinho v Sir Alex Ferguson – the pre-match verbals will be interesting, that's for sure.

2. You can get short odds from the bookmakers on all three British teams going out. Which sums up – sadly – what I think may happen.

Cock-a-Hoops: Celtic's Kris Commons celebrates his winning goal over Spartak Moscow with Charlie Mulgrew earlier this month

Cock-a-Hoops: Celtic's Kris Commons celebrates his winning goal over Spartak Moscow with Charlie Mulgrew earlier this month

LAURIE WHITWELL

1. It is certainly the most romantic. The first winners of the
European Cup versus the club who have such an indelible narrative with the
competition. United almost denied Real their second title in 1957 at the last
four stage and but for Munich the 1958 final would have been between the two.
That Sir Matt Busby recovered to mastermind victory over Madrid in the
semi-finals 10 years later and lead United to a maiden title is one of sport's
great stories. I have been fortunate to attend each of Real's last two visits
to Old Trafford and witnessed 12 goals. This tie should prove equally stylish
and is another reason it is mouth-watering. The modern day global fame of each
team must also make this the biggest match in the world.

2. United to squeak past Real on away goals, Celtic to fall to a last-minute
Juve goal and Bayern to out-class Arsenal.

COLIN YOUNG

1. With their histories and financial pulling power, there can’t be many bigger. But it’s the return of Fergie v Jose which will be the most fascinating part of the build-up and the games.

2. I can’t see Manchester United and Arsenal beating Real Madrid and Bayern Munich over two legs, yet I can see Celtic progressing over two legs against Juventus. With the first leg in Glasgow, if Neil Lennon’s side can get a victory to take to Turin, they just might do it to be the only British team left in the last eight, which would be some achievement.

LIV LEE

1. All the key factors are coming together to make Real v United the biggest club game in football this year. Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford to face his former team-mates (and fans), while Alex Ferguson will be pitted against Jose Mourinho. With nine years having passed since the teams last faced each other in this competition, and more than 30 having passed since United last beat them in the European Cup, the tension is likely to reach momentous heights in the run-up to this dream tie.

2. Momentum after the Barca win might give Celtic a boost to overcome Juventus in the first tie, but I predict a Juventus win over two. Unless something changes dramatically in the Arsenal camp over Christmas, it looks like two consecutive victories for Bayern Munich. The second leg home advantage may just see United take the win on aggregate over Real.

VIDEO Reaction from the draw…

Play Video

Loading video…

DM.has('rcpv32945','BC',
'renderConfig' :

'css' : “videoplayer-large”,
'autoplay' : false,
'muted' : false,
'adUrl' : “http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/adssz=8×8&iu=%2F7023%2Fdm.video%2Fdm_video_homehp&ciu_szs=&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&correlator=[timestamp]”,
'playerId' : “1989148206001”,
'playerKey' : “AQ~~,AAAAAFSL1bg~,CmS1EFtcMWELN_eSE9A7gpcGWF5XAVmI”,
'objId' : “rcpv32945”,
'videoPlayer' : “2047986049001”,
'width' : 636,
'height' : 358,
'linkBaseURL' : “http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2251040/Champions-League-draw-Is-Real-v-Man-Utd-biggest-match-club-football-And-British-wipeout.html”

});

Spurs set to miss out on Fernandinho as Brazilian eyes Manchester move

Spurs set to miss out on Fernandinho as Brazilian eyes Manchester move

|

UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 6 December 2012

Tottenham target Fernandinho has claimed he is ready to move to Manchester next month.

The 27-year-old Brazil international, who has impressed during Shakhtar Donetsk's Champions League campaign, said: 'I am closing a deal with an English club. I will play in Manchester in January.'

Shakhtar Donetsk's Fernandinho, left,

England bound Shakhtar Donetsk's Fernandinho, left,

However, City are unlikely to recruit in January while United are weighing up other targets.

Chelsea and Fernando Torres have turned corner – Rafa Benitez

Chelsea AND Torres have turned corner, insists Benitez despite holders crashing out

|

UPDATED:

09:29 GMT, 6 December 2012

Rafa Benitez hopes Fernando Torres and Chelsea have turned the corner after Wednesday night's impressive Champions League performance against Nordsjaelland.

The Blues collected their first win since Benitez's appointment in style, with Torres netting twice in a comprehensive 6-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Despite the impressive display, the result proved futile as Juventus' win at Shakhtar Donetsk saw Chelsea become the first Champions League holders to exit at the group stage.

At the double: Torres scored a brace in Chelsea's Champions League win

At the double: Torres scored a brace in Chelsea's Champions League win

At the double: Torres scored a brace in Chelsea's Champions League win

As well as the overall team performance, which included goals from David Luiz – who opened the scoring from the spot – Gary Cahill, Juan Mata and Oscar, Benitez was buoyed by Torres' showing.

The 50million striker has failed to capture the form that propelled him to fame since arriving at Stamford Bridge, but there were glimpses of the past yesterday.

Centre of attention: Benitez believes Chelsea can use last night's win as a springboard

Centre of attention: Benitez believes Chelsea can use last night's win as a springboard

Previous winners of Champions League

1993 Marseille
Banned after match-fixing scandal

1994 AC Milan
Defeated finalists

1995 Ajax
Defeated finalists

1996 Juventus
Defeated finalists

1997 Borussia Dortmund
Defeated semi-finalists

1998 Real Madrid
Defeated quarter-finalists

1999 Man United
Defeated quarter-finalists

2000 Real Madrid
Defeated semi-finalists

2001 Bayern Munich
Defeated quarter-finalists

2002 Real Madrid
Defeated semi-finalists

2003 AC Milan
Defeated quarter-finalists

2004 Porto
Defeated in round of 16

2005 Liverpool
Defeated in round of 16

2006 Barcelona
Defeated in round of 16

2007 AC Milan
Defeated in round of 16

2008 Man United
Defeated finalists

2009 Barcelona
Defeated semi-finalists

2010 Inter Milan
Defeated quarter-finalists

2011 Barcelona
Defeated semi-finalists

2012 Chelsea
Knocked out in group stage

'I hope [it is a springboard for him],' Benitez said. 'He's shown his desire and quality at the same time.

'If we can play at this level, then I think he can score more goals.'

Chelsea's embarrassing display overall in
Europe compounds the poor domestic form that has seen them go seven
league games without a win, although Benitez believes last night's win
can kick-start their campaign.

'I'm sure that, playing at this level, we
can do whatever we want, but we have to start that in the next game,'
he said, looking ahead to the trip to Sunderland.

'My idea is one game
at a time, but if you remember the four games we've already played there
was only 45 minutes we did not play at the right level. “Manchester
City was a difficult game but we performed more or less against one of,
if not the, best teams in the Premier League.

'Against Fulham we could
have won and had a lot of chances, too. The first half against West Ham
was good so everything I am seeing from the players is good, is
positive.

'They are progressing, they are improving and they are
adjusting to my ideas – the little things we are trying to change – so I
think I have to be pleased.'

Champions League – your guide to the knockout stages

Sportsmail's complete guide to the 16 teams through to the Champions League knockout stages

|

UPDATED:

10:07 GMT, 6 December 2012

Chelsea became the first holders to fail to make the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

But 16 teams did make it through to the next round, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic.

Eight of the 16 teams in the draw – those that won their group – are seeded, with the eight runners-up unseeded.

The runners-up are drawn first and play the first-leg matches at home.

They cannot be paired with either the winners from their section or clubs from the same county.

The draw will take place on December 20 at 10.30am in Nyon. The two leg ties in the last 16 will take place between February 12 and March 13.

Group winners: Robin van Persie and Manchester United could face Celtic

Group winners: Robin van Persie and Manchester United could face Celtic

GROUP WINNERS

Paris St Germain
Schalke
Malaga
Borussia Dortmund
Juventus
Bayern Munich
Barcelona
Manchester United

GROUP RUNNERS-UP

Porto
Arsenal
AC Milan
Real Madrid
Valencia
Shakhtar Donetsk
Galatasaray
Celtic

Manchester United could face a battle of Britain tie with Scottish champions Celtic or one of five other sides:

PORTO

Coach: Vitor Pereira.
Star man: Jackson Martinez.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winner 1987, 2004.
Chances: Have shown they can go all the way before, but it seems unlikely they will trouble the major sides this time.
Did you know Pereira was previously assistant boss at Porto under Andre Villas-Boas, who led the team to a treble of the Portuguese league and cup and Europa League in 2011.

Real threat: Ronaldo is Real Madrid's talisman

Real threat: Ronaldo is Real Madrid's talisman

AC MILAN

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.
Star man: Stephan El Shaarawy.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007.
Chances: Struggling this term domestically and in Europe, they are not the force of old – although their pedigree in this competition means they should not be entirely written off.
Did you know The club was founded as a football and cricket outfit by English expatriates in 1899.

REAL MADRID

Coach: Jose Mourinho.
Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002.
Chances: Over a decade on from Real's last Champions League triumph, it would appear boss Mourinho is determined to clinch the crown for the club this season and they are widely regarded as joint favourites alongside Barcelona.
Did you know Real appeared in eight of the first 11 European Cup finals.

Milan's main man: Stephan El Shaarawy poses a threat for the Italians

Milan's main man: Stephan El Shaarawy poses a threat for the Italians

SHAKHTAR DONETSK

Coach: Mircea Lucescu.
Star man: Luiz Adriano.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Quarter-final 2011.
Chances: Another side to have really grabbed people's attention in the group stage, and one few teams will want to face in the knockout rounds.
Did you know Lucescu guided Shakhtar to the UEFA Cup title in 2009 – the final year before the tournament was rebranded as the Europa League.

VALENCIA

Coach: Ernesto Valverde.
Star man: Roberto Soldado.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Runner-up 2000, 2001.
Chances: Do not appear equipped for a really extended run in the competition this season.
Did you know Valencia recorded their biggest Champions League win last season by beating Genk 7-0.

CELTIC

Coach: Neil Lennon.
Star man: Victor Wanyama.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1967.
Chances: Given little hope after being grouped with Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow but reached knockout stage for first time since 2007/08 season. Anything else would be a bonus for the Scottish champions.
Did you know The club was founded in 1887 with the stated purpose of alleviating poverty in Glasgow's East End parishes.

Arsenal finished as runners-up in their group to Schalke 04, so will face one of these group winners:

PARIS ST GERMAIN

Coach: Carlo Ancelotti.
Star man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Semi-final 1995.
Chances: Mega-rich PSG have ambitions to win the Champions League this term and if striker Ibrahimovic can continue his superb form, it might just happen.
Did you know Paris St Germain were only formed in 1970, as a merger between Paris FC and Stade St Germain.

I am Zlatan: Ibrahimovic made a big money move to PSG in the summer

I am Zlatan: Ibrahimovic made a big money move to PSG in the summer

MALAGA

Coach: Manuel Pellegrini.
Star man: Javier Saviola.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: First time in competition.
Chances: Impressive so far in their debut Champions League season, although inexperience may count against them in the knockout rounds.
Did you know Pellegrini took Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2006, but during his brief period as boss at Real Madrid, could only get Los Blancos to the last 16.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Coach: Jurgen Klopp.
Star man: Robert Lewandowski.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1997.
Chances: Have very much caught the eye in the group stage and are being tipped as dark horses for the title.
Did you know Dortmund, under Klopp, have won the Bundesliga for the past two seasons, securing a domestic double in 2011-12 by adding the DFB-Pokal.

Poles apart: Robert Lewandowski Dortmund's prolific striker

Poles apart: Robert Lewandowski Dortmund's prolific striker

BAYERN MUNICH

Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Star man: Franck Ribery.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001.
Chances: Last season's beaten finalists are looking to make amends and have been effective so far.
Did you know Bayern lost the 2011-12 Champions League final despite it being played at their home ground, being defeated on penalties by Chelsea at the Allianz Arena following a 1-1 draw.

BARCELONA

Coach: Tito Vilanova.
Star man: Lionel Messi.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011.
Chances: There has been little so far to suggest that Vilanova, appointed as Barca boss over the summer, cannot emulate his predecessor Pep Guardiola this term by winning the competition.
Did you know Prior to their 2006 Champions League triumph, Barcelona had not featured in a European Cup final since 1994.

JUVENTUS

Coach: Antonio Conte.
Star man: Arturo Vidal.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1985, 1996.
Chances: Serie A champions snuck into last 16 by winning final group game and will be expected to step it up when European competition resumes in February.
Did you know Juve's original strip was pink, back in 1897. They adopted their new colours six years later when Turin-based Englishman John Savage acquired a set of black and white vertical striped shirts from a Notts County-supporting friend.

Petr Cech and Gary Cahill rue Shakhtar v Juventus result

Cech and Cahill rue Shakhtar defeat as European champions crash out at first hurdle

|

UPDATED:

00:58 GMT, 6 December 2012

Chelsea duo Petr Cech and Gary Cahill were left to blame results against Juventus as the reason for the Blues becoming the first defending Champions League winners to fall at the group stage tonight.

Chelsea thrashed FC Nordsjaelland 6-1 to grab a first win of Rafael Benitez's reign, but it was not enough as Juve claimed a 1-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk.

'We knew that it could happen,' Cech told Sky Sports 2. 'We knew that if Donetsk didn't win then we would be out. Unfortunately that is the reality.

Out: Chelsea bowed out of the Champions League

Out: Chelsea bowed out of the Champions League

'We did what we could. We had a good performance and scored six goals.'

Chelsea's fate had rested in the hands of Shakhtar after a stuttering campaign that saw the Blues lose at Juventus as well in Ukraine.

Cech, however, believes the opening day 2-2 home draw with the Italian champions was the most damaging result, when his side squandered a 2-0 lead.

'You have results where we lost away to Donetsk and Juventus but I think the main difference was the draw against Juve at home,” said Cech, who saved a penalty tonight when the game was still goalless.

'We were 2-0 up and then ended 2-2. If you drop too many points in the group then you can't go through.'

Cahill echoed the thoughts of his goalkeeper, saying: 'The two results against Juve were damaging for us.

'I've just said that with 10 points sometimes you through but that was not to be in our group. We had to do more than that.'

Benitez admitted there was a hollow feeling in the Chelsea dressing-room afterwards but was determined to focus on the positives of his first win in charge.

Under-fire striker Fernando Torres scored twice in the rout with David Luiz, Juan Mata, Cahill and Oscar also getting on the scoresheet.

'I think always when you win it is a positive. When it is at home it is even better,' he said.

'The way we won, we had 32 attempts and 18 on target, is really good.

'When you win you have to be happy but at same time we are disappointed as we didn't progress.'

Dependent: Fernando Torres scored two goals, but results elsewhere ensure they finished third in the group

Dependent: Fernando Torres scored two goals, but results elsewhere ensure they finished third in the group

Another one: Torres, who has struggled for goals, put in his second for the night

Another one: Torres, who has struggled for goals, put in his second for the night

Benitez will now attempt to pick up the pieces of their failed Champions League defence with Chelsea dropping into the Europa League.

The Spaniard will also need to arrest a slump in league form that has seen them drop 10 points behind leaders Manchester United, starting with an away trip to Sunderland on Saturday.

'We have to play another competition but at least we showed the level and quality we asked for,' he said.

'We now have to think about Sunderland and the Europa League.

Misery: Juventus secured a win in Ukraine to ensure they finished top of the group

Misery: Juventus secured a win in Ukraine to ensure they finished top of the group

'But the game was so good today and we can see a lot of positives for the future. We pressed well, we created chances and scored a lot of goals.

'If you ask ask about Fernando also he scored goals.'

Asked about Torres' contribution tonight, Benitez added: 'He has to score. He was playing well and the team was helping him.

'If we create chances he will score goals.'

Champions League round-up: Juventus and Bayern Munich

Juventus and Bayern win final games to ensure top spot ahead of knockout stages

|

UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 5 December 2012

An own goal saw Juventus go through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group E winners as they edged out Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

Olexander Kucher inadvertently turned Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross into his own net in the 56th minute, seeing Juve leapfrog Shakhtar at the top and rendering Chelsea's 6-1 thrashing of FC Nordsjaelland meaningless.

Both teams struck the post but Juventus could just about claim to be worthy winners as they had the better of the chances and ensured most of the game was played in Shakhtar territory.

Top of the group: Juventus celebrate their win over Shakhtar

Top of the group: Juventus celebrate their win over Shakhtar

News of the result killed any party at Stamford Bridge, where Rafael Benitez claimed his first win in charge of Chelsea and Fernando Torres scored twice.

Kris Commons' dramatic late penalty gave Celtic a 2-1 victory over Spartak Moscow at Parkhead and secured the Hoops a place in the last 16.

There was then a nervous wait at the finish as Celtic, who needed to better Benfica's result to progress from Group G, listened for news from the Portuguese side's goalless draw at Barcelona.

With no goals, the major incident at the Nou Camp was an injury to Lionel Messi, who was taken off on a cart after appearing as a second-half substitute, leaving Barca to finish with 10 men.

Bayern Munich sealed top spot in Group F as they coasted to a 4-1 victory over BATE Borisov at the Allianz Arena.

Easy does it: Thomas Mueller helped ensure Bayern Munich topped their group

Easy does it: Thomas Mueller helped ensure Bayern Munich topped their group

BATE never threatened a repeat of their 3-1 upset earlier in the competition as a much-changed Bayern side did more than enough to ensure they will avoid the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United in the next round.

Mario Gomez, one of seven changes, opened the scoring on 21 minutes before Thomas Muller and Xherdan Shaqiri netted shortly after half-time to ensure a nerveless second period.

Substitute David Alaba completed the rout with seven minutes remaining before Egor Filipenko grabbed a BATE consolation.

/12/05/article-0-165E5550000005DC-24_634x419.jpg” width=”634″ height=”419″ alt=”Through: Galatasaray finished behind Manchester United to reach the last 16″ class=”blkBorder” />

Through: Galatasaray finished behind Manchester United to reach the last 16

The win saw Bayern pip Valencia to top spot, despite the Spaniards winning 1-0 in Lille thanks to a 37th-minute penalty from Oliveira Jonas after Marko Basa had impeded him.

In Group G, CFR Cluj took a 1-0 win over Manchester United courtesy of Luis Alberto's wonder goal, but were denied second place as Galatasaray came back to beat Braga 2-1.

Marcio Mossoro's curling shot gave Braga a first-half lead, but Burak Yilmaz and namesake Aydin struck in the second half to turn it around.