Football: Champions League Tuesday Preview

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by Andy Blair, Chief Sports Correspondent

The second leg games in the first knock out stage of the Champions League begin tonight.  Rafa Benetez welcomes the club where he spent most of his career when Real Madrid take on Liverpool at Anfeild.  They will be hoping to overturn a one goal disadvantage from their previous game at the Bernabeu where a late Yossi Benayoun header gave them the advantage.

Chelsea who take on Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino will be hoping that their one goal advantage will help see them through to the next round.  Michael Essian my be given his first start since September when he picked up an injury while on international duty and has only had a one substitute appearance, in the FA cup, for the first team.

Other Tuesday ties:

Bayern (5) v Sporting (0) Panathinaikos (1) v Villarreal (1)

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