he Champions League group stage concludes tonight, with the final four places in the knockout phase to be decided.
Tuesday night’s action was overshadowed as PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir players walked off the Parc des Princes pitch following allegations that a fourth official used a racial slur against an assistant coach. Uefa later confirmed that the match will restart at 5:55pm on Wednesday with new match officials.
Manchester City and Liverpool are both in action, against Marseille and Midtjylland, respectively, having already booked their places in the last-32 as group winners. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are on the verge of an early exit as Zinedine Zidane’s men must get a result against Gladbach tonight.
Champions League fixtures and results (KO GMT)
5:55pm | PSG vs Basaksehir, Ajax vs Atalanta, Midtjylland vs Liverpool
8:00pm | Bayern vs Lokomotiv Moscow, Salzburg vs Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan vs Shakhtar, Real Madrid vs Borussia Monchengladbach, Olympiacos vs FC Porto, Man City vs Marseille
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PSG vs Basaksehir team news
With PSG and Basaksehir set to restart their postponed game at 5:55pm, here is how the teams line up…
PSG: Navas, Florenzi, Marquinhos, Danilo Pereira, Kimpembe, Bakker, Paredes, Rafinha, Verratti, Neymar, Mbappe
Subs: Kehrer, Di Maria, Sergio Rico, Kean, Kurzawa, Ander Herrera, Diallo, Gueye, Letellier, Dagba, Pembele, Fadiga
Istanbul Basaksehir: Gunok, Da Silva, Ponck, Topal, Kaldirim, Ozcan, Tekdemir, Kahveci, Gulbrandsen, Crivelli, Turuc
Subs: Babacan, Chadli, Kivanc, Ba, Giuliano, Bolingoli Mbombo, Kaplan, Karakus
Ajax vs Atalanta team news
Ajax: Onana, Mazraoui, Schuurs, Martinez, Tagliafico, Klaassen, Labyad, Gravenberch, Antony, Brobbey, Tadic
Subs: Stekelenburg, Timber, Alvarez, Klaiber, Huntelaar, Promes, Rensch, Ekkelenkamp, Kotarski
Atalanta: Gollini, Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti, Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Gosens, Pessina, Gomez, Zapata
Subs: Palomino, Lammers, Muriel, Malinovsky, Piccini, Mojica, Depaoli, Rossi, Ruggeri, Panada, Sportiello, Ilicic
Midtjylland vs Liverpool team news
FC Midtjylland: Hansen, Cools, Sviatchenko, Scholz, Paulinho, Cajuste, Onyeka, Dreyer, Evander, Mabil, Kaba
Subs: Hoegh, Andersson, Sisto, Thorsen, Vibe, Ottesen, Pfeiffer, Anderson, Madsen, Dyhr, Isaksen, Sery
Liverpool: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Rhys Williams, Fabinho, Tsimikas, Minamino, Clarkson, Keita, Salah, Origi, Jota
Subs: Wijnaldum, Firmino, Mane, Adrian, Henderson, Jones, Robertson, Matip, Jaros, Cain, Neco Williams, Koumetio
Guardiola: Focus not on derby yet
Pep Guardiola says Man City are completely focused on tonight’s game against Marseille, despite the dead rubber coming just days before a Manchester derby.
Manager Guardiola has indicated he will make wholesale changes for the game but he insists this has nothing to do with Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford in the Premier League.
To Guardiola, squad rotation is more about ensuring all members of the squad get minutes to retain sharpness than resting players.
“I don’t rest players,” the former Barcelona boss said. “Our team who are going to play (on Wednesday) can play against United and then the guys who don’t play (on Wednesday) maybe they’ll play again or not. I don’t know.
“There is not one team for one competition and one for another one. It is important the last few days that, except for one or two players, everybody was involved. Everybody has to be ready.”
Kick It Out calls for training revamp
UEFA have been urged to look at the training and education they provide match officials in the wake of Tuesday night’s alleged race storm during Paris Saint-Germain’s match with Istanbul Basaksehir.
Kick It Out’s chair Sanjay Bhandari said: “I’m very disappointed and deeply concerned that what we are discussing today is the behaviour of a match official.
“When players face racial or other abuse their obligation isn’t to just be silent, stay there and entertain. Players can use their power to walk off the pitch.
“I think UEFA will need to reflect on this and look at the training and education they provide for match officials, so we don’t see this happen again.
“We have to keep taking a stand against racial and all other forms of discrimination. There’s no place for it and we must continue to drive change and challenge behaviours.”
Official could face ten match ban
The fourth official at the centre of the alleged race storm during the Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir match last night is facing the prospect of a minimum 10-game ban from UEFA.
Romanian official Sebastian Coltescu is reported to have used the words “ala negru” — which in English translates to “the black guy” — when being asked by referee Ovidiu Hategan who he should send off after an incident on the touchline 14 minutes into the match at the Parc des Princes.
UEFA said in a statement that “a thorough investigation will be opened immediately” and Coltescu faces the prospect of a minimum 10-game ban if found guilty of using racist language.
Match officials, along with players, are named in Article 3 of UEFA’s disciplinary rules — which means they can be punished by the governing body.
Any guilty party will be punished using Article 14, which states: “Any person under the scope of Article 3 who insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons on whatever grounds, including skin colour, race, religion, ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation, incurs a suspension lasting at least 10 matches or a specified period of time, or any other appropriate sanction.”
Tonight’s fixtures (8pm K.O. unless stated)
- Midtjylland vs Liverpool (5:55pm)
- Ajax vs Atalanta (5:55pm)
- PSG vs Atalanta (5:55pm*)
- Bayern Munich vs Lokomotiv Moscow
- Real Madrid vs Borussia Monchengladbach
- RB Salzburg vs Atletico Madrid
- Man City vs Marseille
- Inter Milan vs Shakhtar Donetsk
- Olympiacos vs Porto
Nagelsmann: United win shows last year no fluke
RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann says last night’s victory over Manchester United shows his side are no one-hit wonders.
The German outfit were one of last season’s surprise packages as they reached the semi-finals of the tournament.
“The win is very important for the boys so that they realise that we were not a one-hit wonder last year (season), that we advanced again to the knockout stage,” Nagelsmann said.
“It is also important to keep players at the club and to find new players.”
PSG to restart tonight
It was a remarkable night in Paris as players from both PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir walked off the pitch after an allegation of racist abuse agains the fourth official.
The match is set to restart from the 14th minute tonight at 5:55pm with a different set of officials, with PSG needing a win to top the group after Leipzig beat Manchester United yesterday.
Highlights: Ronaldo wins battle of GOATs
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi went head-to-head last night for the first time since the former left Real Madrid to join Juventus.
Barcelona were in pole position to top the group, three points clear of the Old Lady having won the reverse fixture 2-0.
However, Juve put in a terrific performance to win 3-0 last night, with Ronaldo scoring twice from the penalty spot.
If you don’t mind a few VAR checks, this was a properly entertaining affair…