Liverpool crash out; Real Madrid break Spanish record - five key talking points

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Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League last night following a 1-1 draw with FC Basle in the Champions League.

The Reds are one of the high-profile group stage casualties, with Steven Gerrard’s late equaliser not enough at Anfield after winger Lazar Markovic was sent off after his half-time introduction.

Juventus made it through to the last 16 with a draw against Atletico Madrid, knocking Olympiakos out, whilst Borussia Dortmund secured top spot in Group D with a draw against Anderlecht. Arsenal came second, whilst AS Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen were the two teams to progress in Group C.

Real Madrid magic

In the same group as Liverpool and Basle, one team stood head and shoulders above the rest - Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side set a new Spanish record on Tuesday night when they beat Ludogorets 4-0. The win was their 19th straight in all competitions, and it’s the second time they’ve made a perfect start in the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were both on the scoresheet for the holders, who haven’t lost a game at home in the competition since April 2011. That’s 20 games without defeat. Unsurprisingly, Los Blancos sit top of La Liga as well.

Wednesday night permutations

Most eyes will be on Rome on Wednesday night, with Manchester City visiting the Eternal City needing a score draw or victory to make it to the knockout stage - presuming Bayern Munich don’t slip up against CSKA Moscow. Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure are out, making for an intriguing contest between the two.

In Group F, Paris Saint-Germanin know a draw in Barcelona will see them finish top of the table ahead of the Spanish giants, whilst Schalke will be hoping Chelsea’s young guns can get a result against Sporting Lisbon to open the door for their progression.

FC porto and Shakhtar Donetsk have already qualified in first and second from Group H.

Oscar Pistorius appeal

The Oscar Pistorius trial could see an appeal after judge Thokozile Masipa said prosecutors could appeal against the acquittal.

Pistorius' lawyers had opposed the appeal request, although the five-year sentence given for culpable homicide can not be appealed against.

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal will here the case, which could eventually lead to a longer sentence for the Paralympic sprinter.

Hundred for Hughes

Michael Clarke returned from injury to reach a century in his first match since the death of close friend Phillip Hughes.

The Australia captain left the field injured on 60 on Tuesday, but came back to reach 128 on day two as the hosts ended the day on 517-7 against India.

In a Test match delayed following Hughes’ untimely death, three players have now scored hundreds with Clarke, Steve Smith and David Warner building a huge advantage in Adelaide.

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