It all starts so well; Liverpool and Arsenal qualify to join Chelsea, Manchester United and Celtic in the group stage, though Hearts fall by the wayside.
JAPAN'S RISING SON
An exquisite free-kick by Shunsuke Nakamura (right) followed by Artur Boruc's penalty save from Louis Saha shortly afterwards propel Celtic into the last 16 of the Champions' League for the first time as they beat United 1-0 and all five British clubs march into the last 16.
LIVERPOOL SWING ALONG
And then there were three; Arsenal succumb tamely to PSV, and Celtic bow out bravely to Milan after a solitary Kaka goal over two legs. Result of the first knockout round is Liverpool's 2-1 defeat of Barcelona at the Nou Camp with goals from John Arne Riise and Craig Bellamy, last seen wading into each other with golf clubs, which is enough to put out the holders. United ease past Lille 2-0 on aggregate and Chelsea hold firm against Jose Mourinho's former European champions Porto.
In the quarter-finals United are …