PSG player barred from en­ter­ing UK

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PARIS Saint-Ger­main de­fender Serge Aurier will not be al­lowed into Bri­tain to face Arse­nal in their Cham­pi­ons League clash to­day af­ter Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties re­voked his visa, the French club said.

"Paris Saint-Ger­main is stunned by this

into the last 16, though a draw might also do it de­pend­ing on the other game.

Luis Suarez will be back from sus­pen­sion, which is bad news for a Celtic side who are two points adrift at the bot­tom of the group. The Scot­tish giants warmed up for Barca with a 1-0 win over Kil­marnock which left them 13 points clear in their do­mes­tic league. Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach (GER) v Manch­ester

City (ENG) City’s Yaya Toure-in­spired week­end win at Crys­tal Palace keeps them a point off lead­ers Chelsea in the Premier League. But it is at the back that they have wor­ries, par­tic­u­larly the fit­ness of tal­is­man cen­tre­back Vin­cent Kom­pany, who suf­fered a head in­jury in a col­li­sion with keeper Clau­dio Bravo at Palace. Vic­tory in Ger­many for Pep Guardi­ola’s side will see them into the next round.

The home side look on course for a Europa League slot and need to pull off a sur­prise win if they are to have any hope of mak­ing fur­ther progress in this com­pe­ti­tion. On cur­rent form that looks a tall or­der af­ter suc­ces­sive do­mes­tic losses, to Cologne and Hertha Ber­lin, sent them into the bot­tom six in the Bun­desliga.

Group D Ros­tov (RUS) v Bay­ern Mu­nich (GER) Five-time Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Bay­ern head to in­com­pre­hen­si­ble sit­u­a­tion that at­tacks the very in­tegrity of the Uefa Cham­pi­ons League," the club said yes­ter­day, adding it was be­cause of the Cote d’Ivoire in­ter­na­tional's Septem­ber con­vic­tion for as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer out­side a Paris night­club. — AFP

Rus­sia’s Ros­tov for their Group D clash lick­ing their wounds af­ter be­ing knocked from the top of the Bun­desliga. Their 1-0 de­feat at Dort­mund on Satur­day al­lowed RB Leipzig to fin­ish the week­end top of the Ger­man league table. Bay­ern are al­ready into the last 16 but need a win at Ros­tov to stay in touch with group lead­ers Atletico Madrid, who they host on De­cem­ber 6 for a po­ten­tial top-spot de­cider.

Bay­ern will be with­out in­jured keeper Manuel Neuer, mean­ing Sven Ul­re­ich will deputise. Rock-bot­tom Ros­tov and PSV have a sin­gle point each so are locked in a strug­gle for a Europa League place only. The Rus­sians have a solid home record and held Rubin Kazan to a goal­less draw on Fri­day.

Atletico Madrid (ESP) v PSV Eind­hoven (NED) Atletico might al­ready be through and top of the group, but they are on a poor run in the Span­ish league. Beaten fi­nal­ists in two of the last three edi­tions of the Cham­pi­ons League, the Spa­niards will qual­ify as group win­ners if they win and Bay­ern do worse. Coach Diego Sime­one seems to be los­ing his iron grip a tad and suc­cess built on a rock-solid de­fence ap­pears to be slip­ping.

Phillip Cocu’s PSV will be mas­sive un­der­dogs none­the­less and they only drew 0-0 at lowly Willem II at the week­end in do­mes­tic ac­tion, with their Dutch cham­pi­onship hopes evap­o­rat­ing slowly. — AFP

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