European Soccer

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary


You can call the second day of UEFA Champions League Round of 16 action the day of reunions.

In one corner of Europe you have Claudio Ranieri leading his Juventus side against his former club, Chelsea. In another corner you have Liverpool manager and Madrid native Rafa Benitez returning to his hometown to face the club he once worked for as a reserve team coach, Real Madrid.

Even the Panathanaikos-Villarreal match-up today offers a reunion, with former Arsenal standouts Robert Pires (Villarreal) and Gilberto Silva (Panathanaikos) potentially doing battle.

Here is today's schedule of Champions League matches:

  • Juventus at Chelsea (2:30pm, ESPN2)

  • Liverpool at Real Madrid (2:30pm, Setanta USA and ESPN Deportes, 5pm, ESPN Classic)

  • Bayern Munich at Sporting Lisbon (9pm, ESPN Deportes, 11pm, Setanta USA)

  • Panathinaikos at Villarreal (5:45pm, Setanta USA)

If you will be watching today's matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. I will be watching the action, and posting some observations in the comments section so keep an eye out for those.

Enjoy the action.

  • Oranje15

    Poor communication by Juve. They just can’t get anything going. Put on the Real-Liverpool match ESPN2!


  • northzax

    bad news for the Yellow Submarine giving up the away goal. not much of an effort from Sporting, either.


  • Mike

    Like Liverpool/Real Madrid was destined to be anything other than a 0-0 draw. Liverpool’s specialty.


  • Jacob A.

    Heinze pulls down someone for no apparent reason with the ball in the air, it results in a free kick, which results in a Benayoun goal.

    1-0 in the 82nd


  • silverrey

    Stade d’Olympique is expecting over 50,000 for the CCL game tonight. Should be a crazy atmosphere!!


  • Jacob A.

    Hard to say Liverpool was the better team, but they get the 1-0 away win, Madrid with a lot of work to do.


  • Michael

    great result for panathinaikos. 1-1 away is HUGE. i trust them in Athens for the second leg. Panathinaikos 2-1 prediction!!!


  • Ryan G

    ESPN2 needs to stop airing Chelsea games. They are boring as hell. That match put me to sleep.


  • jai

    Let me start by admitting I’m no fan of english football. That said, what a disappointing performance by Madrid. Benitez definitely had their number – a crowded defence that snuffed out any attempt by Real. They really did not get a sniff of goal.

    Btw, what’s up with Juande sitting out Schneider, Huntelaar and Van der vaart. Guti for Mercelo was an awful sub. Ramos had such a poor game.

    I need a beer!


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