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Follow Sportsmail’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League as Chelsea travel to Dynamo Kiev at the NSK Olympic Stadium in their third group stage game.

The Premier League champions are slightly off the pace heading into the halfway-point of the group phase and trail the Ukrainian side, who are currently top of the group, by one point.

Barcelona are also in action as they travel to BATE, while Arsenal fans will have one eye on events in Zagreb as Dinamo Zagreb take on Olympiacos in a game which could prove crucial to the Gunners’ chances of progressing from the group.

  • James Dutton

    Host commentator

Chelsea stay third in Group G. FC Porto’s 2-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv sees them go two points clear of Dynamo Kiev, with Chelsea a point further behind. Win at Stamford Bridge in a fortnight and Mourinho’s men will leapfrog the Ukrainian side into second place.

Group G after the final whistle tonight

FULL TIME: Fair result you would say here in Kiev. The home side lacked creativity and Chelsea were the stronger side but not consistently so. Hazard and Willian struck the post for Mourinho’s side, but it’s a point gained for the Blues after a solid defensive performance. They remain third in Group G a point behind Dynamo Kiev.

90+1mins: Heading for a draw this, and it probably has been all night in truth. Willian stands over a free kick but it’s easily cleared.

90mins: Willian is eventually on the end of that Chelsea break and he swings his shot just wide of the far post. Two minutes added time.

90mins: As we enter stoppage time, the home side are well on top here. The more likely to score. Chelsea clear another corner though. And Chelsea are countering…

88mins: A deep corner is met by the head of John Terry and cleared. The home side then work a way down the right hand side and Begovic gathers a low cross in front of his goal.

Roma were leading 4-3 against Bayer Leverkusen, but the home side have levelled it up at the Bay Arena. It’s four apiece with less than fives minutes remaining. Having been 2-0 up and 4-2 down, Admir Mehmedi has brought them level again.

Roma’s Miralem Pjanic celebrates after giving Roma a 3-2 lead in Leverkusen

83mins: Denys Garmash replaces Vitaly Buyalsky.

Willian reacts after his free-kick crashes against the Dynamo Kiev bar

Asmir Begovic makes a save against Dynamo Kiev

80mins: Dynamo Kiev looking the stronger as this half wears on, Gonzalez the latest to sting the gloves of Asmir Begovic but once again the effort is straight at the goalkeeper.

77mins: Junior Moraes is coming on for the home side. Thirteen minutes plus added time remaining. Artem Kravets comes off. Still one up top for Rebrov’s men.

75mins: A sign that Moruinho thinks he can win this game? Oscar is primed for action on the touchline. Fabregas makes way.

Willian strikes his free-kick against the underside of the bar early in the second half.

69mins: Dangerous poisition on the left hand side of Chelsea’s area but it’s well cleared. The home side build another attack before Domagoj Vida lashes over from a central position on the edge of the box.

Another brace in Europe tonight, this time it’s Ivan Rakitic as Barcelona go two up at BATE Borisov.

Pete Jenson at the Haradski Stadium:

Barca’s second goal the same recipe as the first. Neymar’s run into space created by a decoy run from Suarez and Rakitic with the finish. The Croatian finishing this time with a dink instead of a blast.

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic celebrates with his team mate Jordi Alba

Ivan Rakitic celebrats with Jordi Alba after scoring Barcelona’s first goal

Gerard Pique and co have gone 2-0 up away to BATE Borisov

62mins: Derlis Gonzalez forces a smart stop from Asmir Begovic at his near post after a lightning counter from the Ukrainian side. He’s then equal to a Gonzalez cross from the resulting corner, tipping it away from goal.

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas, right, controls the ball in front of Dynamo’s Serhiy Sydorchuk

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic goes through on goal in the first-half

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Kiev’s headcoach Serhiy Rebrov watch from the toucline

60mins: All square on the hour mark in Kiev. Both defences are winning this one with neither attack doing enough to force too many goalscoring opportunities, though Chelsea have twice struck the woodwork.

55mins: Chelsea have made the better start to the second half, Cesc Fabregas the latest to go close after driving through midfield but his low effort is too close to the goalkeeper.

Roma have taken the lead at Bayer Leverkusen after going 2-0 down in the first-half. Miralem Pjanic has got the third early in the second half.

Roma’s Daniele De Rossi celebrates with Miralem Pjanic after levelling the tie in Germany

Pete Jenson at the Haradski Stadium:

Rakitic breaks the deadlock smashing in a Neymar pass from the D. 

50mins: A point is a good result for Chelsea here, with Dynamo Kiev a point ahead of them in Group G. Avoiding defeat is integral, but a win looks like it could be on the cards here tonight.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard looks frustrated in Kiev

Eden Hazard vies for the ball with Aleksandar Dragovic

Ramires of Chelsea is challenged by Vitaliy Buyalskiy

Gary Cahill looks on as Asmir Begovic catches the loose ball in the Chelsea penalty area

47mins: Willian really has become a free-kick specialist. His whipped right foot shot pings off the underside of the bar with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot. So unlucky the Brazilian as it bounces to safety.

46mins: Chelsea get us back underway and within 20 seconds they have won a free-kick 20 yards from goal in a central position.

Pete Jenson at the Haradski Stadium:

Ten first half chances for Barcelona but BATE are still level here. Opta say Barça haven’t failed to score before the break in the Champions League since April 2014.

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez smiles as BATE’s goalkeeper Sergei Chernik clutches the ball

BATE Borisov’s Montenegran midfielder Nemanja Nikolic vies for the ball with Barcelona’s Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic

45mins: A fair summation of the half, this. They’ve had the better opportunities and hit the post, Chelsea. Nil-nil as the two teams exit the field at half time.

45mins: A fair summation of the half, this. They’ve had the better opportunities and hit the post, Chelsea. Nil-nil as the two teams exit the field at half time.

It’s 2-2 in Leverkusen, Daniele De Rossi has struck a brace for Roma and they’re back level in Germany.

Daniele De Rossi of AS Roma shoots past goalkeeper Bernd Leno

40mins: Five minutes of the first-half left to play and it’s petering out a little, both sides solid in defensive but not enough creativity or guile on show from either side tonight. Nil-nil scoreline is a fair reflection of the game. so far.

35mins: Gary Cahill forces a save with a header from a corner kick but there’s precious little goalmouth action at the moment.

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas speaks to referee Damir Skomina

Nemanja Matic pokes his effort wide of the post after a marauding run through the heart of Dynamo Kiev’s midfield

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard hits the post in the first-half in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium

31mins: Past the half-hour mark and Chelsea are looking comfortable enough but Dynamo Kiev keeping the ball better at the moment and have worked a few good opportunities in the last few minutes. It’s slow and patient buildup from the home side.

26mins: Dynamo Kiev build play down the left-hand side and they work a good opportunity on the edge of Chelsea’s penalty area and Vitali Buyalsky’s strike flies wide of the near post, taking a deflection on its way.

Leverkusen have doubled their advantage over Roma and it’s that man Chicharito with the goal. Bad start for the Serie A side.

Javier Hernandez gives Bayer Leverkusen the lead

Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring the opening goal

Javier Hernandez of Bayer Leverkusen celebrates with his teamate Donati

Pete Jenson at the Haradski Stadium:

Sergi Roberto with problems and Barça forced to make an early change with Ivan Rakitic coming on. Luis Enrique’s bad luck with injuries continues. All Barça at the moment but BATE holding out.

BATE Borisov’s Maksim Volodko fights for the ball with Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto

21mins: Nemanja Matic almost scores a wonder goal! He runs through the Dyanmo Kiev defence who let him slalom through, but the Serbian pokes an effort wide with the goal seemingly at his mercy on the edge of the box. A side to the midfielder’s game we’re not used to seeing there, great dribbling!

19mins: Another set piece special from Willian who swings a free kick into the penalty area with his right boot from the left hand side, but it evades absolutely everyone and swings out for a goal kick. Diego Costa very close to getting a boot on the ball.

17mins: Big shout for a penalty from Chelsea. Cesc Fabregas goes down under a challegnge inside the box from Sergei Rybalka, but the referee is having none of it. Replays hint he may have got some of the ball but the Spaniard is visibly annoyed with the decision.

Supporters of Dynamo Kiev hold flags and scarves during the game with Chelsea

16mins: There’s a real expectancy and buzz about the ground whenever the home side’s key man Yarmolenko gets on the ball. If they area to create anything you feel tonight, then it will be through the Ukraine star.

Dynamo Kiev’s Antunes (R) fights for the ball with Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma

Chelsea’s Diego Costa in action with Dynamo Kiev’s Yevhen Khacheridi

12mins: Vitali Buyalsky has a shot easily saved by Asmir Begovic from 20 yards out. Chelsea looking comfortable at present.

The two managers in the dugout before the start of the game

9mins: Eden Hazard has bent a lovely strike goalbound from an acute angle inside the penalty area on the left hand side and it’s come off the base of the post. Replays show Shovkovskiy got a glove to it.

Early goal for Bayer Leverkusen, they’ve taken the lead against Roma at the Bay Arena and it’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez who’s got it.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Mexican forward Javier Hernandez

5 mins: It’s tactical solidarity that Jose Mourinho’s been asking for and he’s getting it in spades so far tonight. Disciplined and well drilled, Chelsea set up for a typical European away performance.

Fabregas has a shot from 25 yards but it’s well saved by the 40-year-old Shovkovskiy.

2mins: Jeers are meeting every touch of the away side tonight. Cesar Azpilicueta already making his presence felt against the main man Yarmolenko.

1 min: The home side get us underway.

A hostile and febrile atmosphere as the two teams enter the pitch. Ukraine and England’s champions go head-to-head in the Olympic Stadium on a freezing night in eastern Europe with the local time nearing 9.45pm

Ukrainian goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy saves a penalty in the 2006 World Cup

A familiar look to Chelsea’s shape tonight, the tried and trusted 4-2-3-1 and a return to the Fabregas-Matic axis that has come unstuck at times this season. Confirmation, too, that Kurt Zouma is being deployed in an unfamiliar right-back role. One to keep an eye out for…

It’s Willian, of course!

Quarter-of-an-hour to go until kick-off at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, atmosphere is building nicely at the home of the Ukrainian champions.

Eden Hazard runs onto to the pitch ahead of the warm-up

Sergei Rebrov assesses the scene ahead of a crucial Champions League night

Jose Mourinho looking pensive ahead of the game

‘We need tactical balance. Zouma is at right-back, Azpilicueta at left-back. Their best player is their right winger (Yarmolenko), he is very tall, left footed and so always going to the defender’s wrong side. Azpilicueta did a great job on Yarmolenko for national team recently.’

‘We need that stability to get the result. Set pieces an important part of the game and they are very tall and aggressive so we have to be strong on our defensive side.’

Jose Mourinho has been speaking on BT Sport Europe…

What are you looking for from Eden Hazard?

‘If possible to win the match for us, he did it so many times last season. He is a phenomenal player, we want him back to where he was.’

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard after missing a penalty against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The Blues sit third in Group G at the moment after their 2-1 defeat to FC Porto last time out. A 4-0 thrashing of Maccabi Tel Aviv represents their only Champions League win of the season, and a positive result tonight is vital in terms of building both their domestic and European form.

The Ukrainian side sit top of the group, level with Porto. Should Chelsea lose tonight they could be in some serious bother as we reach the half-way stage of the group phase.

State of play in Group G

Jose Mourinho spoke before the game tonight about building Chelsea’s back up after a disappointing start to the season…

’We just want to win the next match. We don’t think about where we are in relation to the top of the Premier League table, or how many points to the top of our Champions League group.

‘It is important to improve results and at the same time we do that, we improve our game and our confidence. We know how football is.’

Asmir Begovic in practice ahead of the crucial Champions League clash

Sergei Rebrov walks on the Olympic Stadium pitch prior to kick-off

Jose Mourinho on the bench ahead of the game on Tuesday night

Shovkovskiy, Danilo Silva, Dragovic, Vida, Khacheridi, Sydorchuk, Rybalka, González, Buyalskiy, Yarmolenko

 

Not many recognisable names there – though I’m sure we all know the name of their coach, Sergei Rebrov will be familiar to many Tottenham and West Ham fans out there. Andriy Yarmolenko is the star man for the Ukrainian champions.

Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa

 

Eden Hazard is back in the starting line up tonight, Nemanja Matic and Cesar Azpilicueta too. Baba Rahman, Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all make way.

The Champions League is back! Thank goodness for that. After the international break we really are back into the swing of things now, and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea face a testing trip to Ukraine tonight where they face Dynamo Kiev. Teams to follow shortly…

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