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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Christmas is still a month a way, but it will feel like Christmas to soccer fans today as they get treated to a loaded schedule of top matches, including the highly-anticipated Barcelona-Real Madrid showdown.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka will will take part in their first editions of 'El Clasico', as will Barcelona's Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It remains unclear whether Ronaldo and Barca star Lionel Messi will start due to slight injuries, but both are expected to play some role in this La Liga battle.

Barca-Real is just one of several marquee match-ups, including the Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool, and today's other featured match, between London powers Chelsea and Arsenal.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's TV schedule is after the jump):


8:30am– Setanta USA- Everton vs. Liverpool

9am– FSC- Inter Milan vs. Fiorentina

9am– ESPN360.com- Cagliari vs. Juventus

11am– FSC/FSE- Arsenal vs. Chelsea

11:15am– Setanta USA- Kettering vs. Leeds United

1pm– GolTV/ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.com- Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

1pm– Telemuno- Toluca vs. San Luis

2:45pm– FSC/FSE/RAI- Catania vs. AC Milan

3pm– ESPN2/ESPN360.com- Atletico Madrid vs. Espanyol

3pm– Setanta USA- Olympique Lyon vs. Stade Rennes

4pm– GolTV- Corinthians vs. Flamengo (Delayed)

5pm– Azteca America- Morelia vs. Santos Laguna

6pm– Setanta USA- Everton vs. Liverpool (Delayed)

7pm– FSC- Wolves vs. Birmingham City


  • Pete

    Anovato, did you complain this much in the semi-final of the champions league final against chelsea, when chelsea were denied about 5 penalty claims.


  • OJ

    great cross by dani alves and great left-footed volley from close range from Ibra”cadabra”hemovic.


  • MemRook

    I love world class players and goals. That finish ain’t easy, no way. Zlatan timed that strike perfectly. Now c’mon Real and make this a game!


  • anovato

    despite his form, CR7 was all of madrid’s attacking presence

    even though he isn’t in the best form, he was the attack


  • Ives Galarcep

    FINAL- Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 0. Not a bunch of goals, but a great match. Back and fourth, Madrid played the better first half, but Barcelona had the better of the second half despite playing a man down for 27 minutes. The rematch in Madrid should be great.


  • anovato

    i would say that this game solidifies messi as the best player in the world, by a decent margin

    he showed magic today


  • pete

    Did not live up to my expectations, but the build up was to blame, i guess. Taking off ronaldo killed madrid’s attacking purpose.


  • Texar

    man, I wish I had the personal skills that the barcelona players have. It’s amazing how they can control the ball. The first touch is just amazing.


  • Jose S.

    Belenenses blew a 2-0 lead with a man advantage to draw 2-2

    Freddy Adu came in for the last ten minutes didn’t get many touches but played a perfect through ball in stoppage time that the striker missed wide by inches to win the game.


  • anovato

    barcelona’s possession is outstanding, the individual skill of their players is something you rarely ever see


  • Bob Bradley

    Adu did all the hard work for his Belenenses player with the setup – and the teammate sliced it wide.


  • vivalosburros

    I am not sure you can say that on a day where for all he did he did not create a chance. Ronaldo did a lot today after being out, and I am not really sure that you can say Messi outplayed Ronaldo.


  • madmax

    If you didn’t see the red card, you would never know from play that Barcelona was down a man for twenty or more minutes.


  • OmarVizquel

    Bob, I’ve always wondered: what do you do between international weeks? Besides reading SBI, that is…


  • CrispyST3

    Messi did outplay Ronaldo, Attackin and in Defense….he frustrated the Madridistas, but only cuz he outplayed him today doesnt mean that he’s that much better, Messi and Roanaldo are two great players, u can compare and contrast but its too hard


  • CrispyST3

    Yes, really, i had to go outside to get sumthin from the car, and came back, 10 mins later, i found out Busquets got a Red, and i was like



  • Ives Galarcep

    So here’s a question for SBI readers. Who came away looking more impressive today, Chelsea with its 3-0 win vs. Arsenal, or Barcelona beating Real Madrid 1-0 despite playing a man down for 27 minutes?


  • Texar

    I’ll say it’s very close but Barcelona is slightly better. Then again, I have a soft spot for this Barcelona team. They play beautiful and I love to watch them play.


  • japan

    Chelsea. Arsenal never had a chance to win that game. Barca game on the other hand would have been a lot different had Ronaldo scored in the first half. Still very impressive keeping the ball like that with a man down.


  • Mig22

    I’m wholly biased as a Chelsea fan but going to Emirates, winning 3-0, and never once looking threatened is more impressive than Barca winning 1-0 at home over Madrid.

    It was a good game for Barca but Madrid had the better of the game in the first 1/2, could have scored, and then the game could have different.

    Both good wins though.


  • jig

    ehhh, i dunno. I think you need to take into account the fact that arsenal were missing their best attacker as well as their first and second choice left backs.

    That was a full strength madrid side, Barca were forced to play a man down for a half hour, and never looked worse for wear.


  • Mig22

    Well, I think a side that has a better midfield, as does Barca, will not suffer as much when playing a man down. They can control possession and since they were a goal up, could kill the game with that possession. The situation favored them. I do see your point though that they did it with flair.

    As to Arsenal missing Van Persie, they have been repeatedly touted as the best attacking team in the EPL, and Van Persie is just one player. 3-0 at the Emirates takes the cake for me. Again, though…I’m biased.



  • fischy

    Ridiculous comment. You think Chelsea would still be this good if Drogba got hurt? They’d be a tough team to play still, but they’d be struggling to find goal just like Arsenal, even with Anelka still there. YOu can’t replace someone with van Persie’s finishing ability.

    Cheers to you, too.


  • Isaac

    Chelsea. Never seemed to panic and were content with simple deep defensive positions. 3-0, away from home, and a hold on the match? Wins my vote.


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