Courtesy of the elite content team at uefa.com, here are some permutations for this evening:
Qualified teams that may be confirmed as group winners tonight: Bayern, Club Brugge, Manchester City, Napoli, Real Madrid
Teams with a chance of qualifying tonight: Benfica, Chelsea, Dortmund, Inter, Leipzig, Liverpool, Marseille, Paris, Porto, Salzburg, Sporting CP, Tottenham
Kai Havertz has just made it 2-1 to “Chelsh” in Salzburg with a stunning curling finish from the edge of the penalty area.
Here is how Group G looks before City’s match in Dortmund:
The Champions League match between Benfica and Juventus will be played without goal-line technology due to works at the Portuguese club’s stadium, Uefa has said.
Benfica commissioned works at the Estádio da Luz “without the knowledge of Uefa and Uefa’s goal-line technology supplier”, European football’s governing body said in a statement, which made the goal-line technology system dysfunctional. The works included replacement of the giant screens, installation of LED lighting and a new sound system, Benfica said on their website.
“Unfortunately it will not be possible to replace and install a new system in time for the match and therefore the match will go ahead without the use of goal-line technology as per the Uefa Champions League regulations,” Uefa said.
Juventus, who are third in Group H on three points, must beat Benfica to have any hope of reaching the knockout stages. A win for the Portuguese, second on eight points with leaders Paris St Germain, would guarantee a last-16 spot. (Reuters)
Salzburg are level with Chelsea at 1-1. Luka Sucic with the equaliser.
Meanwhile, here’s Sid Lowe on Unai Emery’s mission at Aston Villa:
I’m keeping a beady eye on the wires for team news. That’ll be coming up before too long.
Here’s Jonathan Liew on Erling Haaland. Will the novelty wear off?
Scott Murray is live-blogging Red Bull Salzburg v Chelsea here. Chelsea are a goal up. Click here to find out more:
Is there hope for humanity? If Erling Haaland is any measure, the answer is probably yes. Simply consider his superiority as a player compared to his dad, Alf-Inge Haaland, a hard-running but limited central midfielder. That is what you call progress.
Anyway, before we get too existential, there is football on tonight. Manchester City are off to Dortmund, to see if they can back up the 2-1 win at the Etihad last month. Haaland junior scored the winner then, as if you needed reminding, and the chances of his former club keeping him out tonight are surely close to zero.
Celtic are already eliminated but will be playing for a pride-boosting victory – and the chance of a place in the Europa League – against Shakhtar Donetsk in Glasgow, on top of which there is Paris Saint-Germain v Maccabi Haifa, Dinamo Zagreb v Milan, Benfica v Juventus and RB Leipzig v Real Madrid. Let’s get it on!