Champions League LIVE – Lyon vs Man City, Roma vs Real Madrid, Bayern vs Benfica

Champions League, LIVE scores– Latest updates from Lyon 0-0 Manchester City, Roma 0-0 Real Madrid, Bayern Munich 3-1 Benfica and the rest

  • Manchester City can seal qualification for the last 16 with a point at Lyon
  • Real Madrid will win Group G with three points away in Rome 
  • Arjen Robben brace and Robert Lewandowski header put Bayern Munich ahead 
  • Lyon XI: Lopes, Rafael, Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal, Mendy, Ndombele, Aouar, Fekir, Depay, Cornet
  • Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Silva, Mahrez, Sane, Sterling, Aguero
  • Roma XI: Olsen, Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Nzonzi, Cristante, Cengiz, Zaniolo, El Shaarawy, Schick 
  • Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Kroos, Benzema, Modric, Bale, Marcelo, Lucas Vazquez, M Llorente
  • Bayern Munich XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Rafinha, Sule, Goretzka, Muller, Ribery, Robben, Lewandowski
  • LIVE: Follow all the action from Manchester United vs Young Boys here 

Tuesday promises to be a busy night across Europe as the Champions League group stage reaches its penultimate game week.

Manchester City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich can all seal early progress to the last 16 stage, with their games kicking off at 20.00.

After losing at home to Lyon in September, Pep Guardiola’s side have turned their fortunes around and need just a point in France to qualify.

Real Madrid will win Group G with victory away in Rome, while Bayern Munich need just a point at home to Benfica to seal their progress.

Ajax are away at AEK Athens and CSKA Moscow host Viktoria Plzen in the two early kick-offs. 

Follow all the action LIVE with Sportsmail’s JAMES DUTTON from 17.55 GMT…

  • James Dutton

    Host commentator

An absolute gift for Gareth Bale, Fazio with an awful header back to the goalkeeper, gives it straight to the Welshman, who was right in his sight line… Bale makes no mistake.

Roma should’ve been ahead at half time and now they are behind straight after.

GAME ON…?! Gedson Fernandes, a half-time substitute for the visitors, has scored with quite possibly his first touch.

Second half underway in Lyon and elsewhere.

PETE JENSON: One of the worst misses of the Champions League so far this season from Roma’s Under. Open goal and he blazes over. Both teams poor – 0-0 at half time. 

Cengiz Under has put it OVER the bar from about three yards out! What a miss! My word.

44 mins: Lovely ball from Memphis Depay picks out Cornet at the back post and his acrobatic volley hits the floor and bounces up into the bar! Ederson was beaten. And Laporte is smooth as you like in clearing just off the line.

Lyon have had the better of the chances tonight.

It’s 2-2! Hoffenheim were two down but now they’re level before half time. And it’s Zuber with the equaliser with a header.

Lewandowski heads home a third for Bayern from a corner kick. Benfica all at sea.

PETE JENSON: Antonio Conte is in the crowd at the Stadio Olimpico, both Madrid and Roma playing like they could do with his services at the moment. 0-0 with both sides knowing they are through. 

34 mins: Obstruction from Raheem Sterling and he’s been handed a yellow card here. A little harsh, perhaps?

He just keeps going! Robben sent racing through and you know what happens next. He cuts onto his left, and this time finds the opposite top corner to the first goal.

30 mins: Brillian recovery from Aymeric Laporte.

Mendy’s pace down the left is too much for Walker, the cross finds Cornet in loads of space with just Ederson to beat. His first touch is heavy, he then stumbles and his left foot shot is brilliantly blocked by Laporte. Lyon really should be ahead.

Nearly a second for Bayern but it’s a superb save from Benfica goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos who denies Robert Lewandowski with a finger-tip save.

24 mins: Memphis Depay lets fly from about 35 yards, excellent technique but the ball curls wide of the top corner.

19 mins: Mendy with a vital last ditch block after David Silva had exchanged a one-two and been played through by Sergio Aguero.

The current scoreline in Germany is enough to send City through, by the way.

Andrej Kramaric has halved the deficit. Three goals in no time at all in Hoffenheim.

17 mins: Lyon remain on top against Manchester City but Pep Guardiola’s side are coming back into things.

Incredible! Taison is sent through on goal and finishes with aplomb. Hoffenheim have it all to do.

Ismaily puts the visitors ahead in Germany.

Arjen Robben doing… Arjen Robben things. Cuts in on his left foot and… scores, obviously.

6 mins: Encouraging start by Lyon and Nabil Fekir is taken out by a combination of Laporte and Fernandinho. City yet to get going. Promising position from the set piece for the French international. Finds the bottom of the one-man wall…

JACK GAUGHAN: Raheem Sterling playing in midfield. Phil Foden on the bench. Simply cannot get on board with that I’m afraid.

3 mins: Three at the back for Manchester City. Zinchenko not starting the game as a conventional left back. City in their bizarre purple and orange change kit. Fantastic atmosphere at the stadium in Loyn.

Teams are out across the grounds in our four games. And they are underway in Lyon.


Bayern Munich v Benfica


Lyon v Manchester City

Hoffenheim v Shakhtar Donetsk


Roma v Real Madrid

Ajax win and all eyes now on Bayern Munich v Benfica, which will dictate the Dutch side’s European fate this evening.

Real Madrid and Roma are both through as Viktoria Plzen win away at CSKA Moscow.

The comeback is complete in Moscow! Lukas Hejda has put the visitors ahead!

Dusan Tadic doubles Ajax’s lead! Athens have fallen apart.

Brilliant break. Neres sent clear, checks back to find Huntelaar, who instead of shooting lays it on a plate for Tadic who slots home. A first knockout appearance in 13 years is on the cards.

Dusan Tadic takes it on and sends the goalkeeper the wrong way to put Ajax ahead and on the verge, surely, of the Champions League last 16.

And to pour salt onto the wounds of the hosts it’s a second yellow card for Livaja and he is heading for an early bath.

Michael Oliver points to the spot after a hand ball by Marco Livaja in the area. Big chance for Ajax here.

Niko Kovac is said to be one game from the sack after Bayern Munich were held at home by Dusseldorf at the weekend. It’s left them nine points off the pace in the Bundesliga, but they remain in charge of their Champions League destiny ahead of hosting Benfica.

Redemption for Roman Prochazka who makes amends for his missed penalty in the first half by firing past Igor Akinfeev in the second.

In both Athens and Moscow… with a series of fire-crackers greeting the start of the second half between AEK Athens and Ajax.

Phil Foden on the bench in Lyon…

CSKA’s lead remains intact, Champions League veteran Igor Akinfeev has kept out Roman Prochazka’s penalty.

Ajax’s Champions League trip to AEK Athens has descended into chaos after a petrol bomb exploded inside the stadium and visiting fans were embroiled in bloody clashes with police.

The two sides meet in a Group E match in Greece on Tuesday night – but the build up to the game was marred by violence in the stands.

Riot police were deployed to deal with the trouble as a fire raged inside Greece’s Olympic stadium following a shocking explosion ahead of the early kick-off. 

Still goalless in Athens but Ajax are well on top against AEK. They’ve come close to scoring a few times but yet to break the deadlock. Looks only a matter of time with the hosts retreating further and further inside their own half.

With no Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne or Bernardo Silva, it may now be time for 18-year-old Phil Foden to be thrown into the deep end by Pep Guardiola.

Here’s what the Manchester City boss had to say:

‘Phil’s definitely ready. He played 20 minutes in the last game (at West Ham) and was so aggressive with the ball and intense without it.

‘When Phil appeared in the last pre-season game I was incredibly impressed and I think he’s stronger and more conscious that he’s able to play with us,’ Guardiola said. ‘In pre-season or during the season, a few minutes or 90 minutes, he always plays good.’

‘We are facing a team who are superior to us on paper but as you saw in the first game we were able to win and we hope to do the same thing tomorrow. I will be telling my team they all need to be at 150 per cent.

‘We need all our players 100 per cent fit. Nabil Fekir is our captain, one of our most important players. He is indispensable to the team. We will see how he is feeling after training.’

JOE BERNSTEIN: Once tipped to be Philippe Coutinho’s successor at Liverpool, French World Cup winner Nabil Fekir could still end up in the Premier League filling the sizable boots of Eden Hazard at Chelsea.

Of all the players in Europe, nobody resembles Hazard on the run more than Fekir, albeit the Lyon player is primarily left-footed while strong with his right.

He is of a similar height and build to the Chelsea man. He can also dribble past defenders with bursts of acceleration, and is extremely good in getting his shots away from the edge of the penalty area.

An early goal in Russia! CSKA lead through a Nikola Vlasic penalty, and that will keep their hopes of qualification for the last 16 alive.

So how are the Champions League groups looking? You could do worse then checking out our summary in the link above. Both Manchester clubs can seal their progress tonight, and there’s action to follow tomorrow night too.

Greek riot police clashing with Ajax fans in the stadium before kick-off. Not a pretty sight in Greece. More when we get it.

And they are underway in Greece and Russia.

Ajax need to equal Benfica’s result at Bayern Munich against AEK Athens this evening, so how well do you know the new look giants of Dutch football?

LAURIE WHITWELL: Just over a week after Holland reclaimed a place at football’s top table with a thrilling comeback in Germany, the nation’s iconic team has an opportunity to take a similarly landmark step.

Ajax are on the verge of reaching the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in 13 years and two exciting protagonists of the Oranje resurgence are pivotal again.

At 21 and 19 respectively, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have burst into prominence for club and country. They have already handsomely supplemented Holland’s succession to the last four of the Nations League and their abilities are breathing life into Ajax’s hopes of progressing further through Europe’s elite competition than at any point previous this millennium.

Where it really is snowing! Kick-off there, and in Greece where Ajax (more on them later) can seal their place in the last 16. Big night for the historic giants of Dutch football.


AEK Athens v Ajax (17.55)

Bayern Munich v Benfica


Lyon v Manchester City

Hoffenheim v Shakhtar Donetsk


CSKA Moscow v Viktoria Plzen (17.55)

Roma v Real Madrid


Juventus v Valencia

Manchester United v Young Boys

All kick-offs 20.00 unless stated

Hello and welcome to Champions League Gameweek 5. We have plenty to come across Europe tonight, starting with the early games in just 10 minutes. Stay tuned.




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