Football: Champions' league spotlight

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Barcelona v Manchester Utd

United travel to the Nou Camp far better placed in Group D than they feared they might be when they allowed two points to slip from their grasp on day one. Since turning a 2-0 cruise into a 3-3 white-knuckle ride that night, and dropping two more points in Munich two weeks later, Alex Ferguson's team have risen to the top of the table on the back of 11 goals against Brondby. Barcelona in the Nou Camp, though, will be a different proposition, especially with memories of the 4-0 nightmare of 1994 still in Mancunian minds.

Arsenal v Lens

Arsenal's late lapse in Lens has been brought into sharp focus since the opening night of their Group E campaign. Tony Vairelles' injury-time equaliser has assumed significance for the champions, who are bottom of the table with just one win from their four matches. Having being hit by another stoppage-time equaliser, against Kiev at Wembley, and subsequently beaten 3-1 in Ukraine, Arsenal have no margin for error. As Arsene Wenger puts it: "We can still qualify, but we have to win our last two games now."

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