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UEFA Champions League: Matchday Six (Your Running Commentary)

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The final berths in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 will be decided today and Wednesday as Europe's best look to move a step closer to a shot at the Champions League title.

Today's schedule of matches features several do-or-die encounters, including Juventus-Bayern Munich and Marseille-Real Madrid, two match-ups that will send one team into the knockout round and the other to the Europa League.

Here is today's schedule of Champions League matches:

2:15pm- Setanta USA- Juventus vs. Bayern Munich

2:45pm- FSC- Wolfsburg vs. Manchester United

2:45pm- FSE- Marseille vs. Real Madrid

2:45pm- Fox West- FC Zurich vs. AC Milan

2:45pm- DirecTV- Maccabi Haifa vs. Bordeaux

2:45pm- DirecTV- Chelsea vs. APOEL Nicosia

2:45pm- DirecTV- Atletico Madrid vs. FC Porto

2:45pm- DirecTV- Besiktas vs. CSKA Moscow

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.

Enjoy the action.

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  • Isaac

    GOAL! MANCHESTER UNITED! JUST as Wolfsberg find an excellent chance on the other side that Riether’s foot misses, Owen finishes on a breakaway chance.

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  • Einar

    and now has a hat trick but this is an unimpressive hat trick. nothing like the owen of old really.

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  • Aaron in StL

    Yea, there are a bunch of undersized guys that came through SLU that have bounced around MLS and down to USL now…maybe this will be their landing spot.

    Any mentions of sponsorships? Any additional help from A-B/InBev would be huge. Don’t like the color scheme either..should have gone with red/white or blue/white

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  • Isaac

    Well the only thing that might just steal Michael Owens thunder is the fact that two CSKA players have just been found positive for dope testing, and could leave their team’s participation in this tournament in question, meaning that Wolfsberg could make it through by default. WOW. Crazy events here on matchday 6.

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  • Jacopo Belbo

    is there really any such thing as an ‘unimpressive’ hat trick? really? come on, the guy is 30 and was FREE!!! i will take a hat trick from a freebie any day.

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  • Isaac

    He’s done exactly what a target striker is supposed to do: take the chances, easy or difficult, that come to him. He’s done so very well, especially his third goal. He knew what the goalkeeper would do before he did it. THAT is goalscoring prowess.

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  • K Bone

    I know, all that guy is good for is scoring goals when you need them. Why does he even play? He should have been benched…

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  • EDB

    Well Juventus laid quite an egg at home, wonder if this could cost fierra his job. Also out of the first 8 booked into the knock out rounds there are 7 leagues represented.. very nice!

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  • Isaac

    True. A midseason choke by Chelsea may be the only thing that gets Manchester United a title this season though. Don’t underestimate the Cypriat team.

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  • Jacopo Belbo

    they are from freakin CYPRUS!! cyprus dude, there is no spinning that …. C-Y-P-U-S! that is just pathetic … it would have been pathetic if they had rolled out the kiddies and not beaten Apoel Nicosia but this is just downright absurd. meanwhile in Germany United fields 7 midfielders and half B teamers and beats Wolfsburg in a bowl of mud. Football is a weird game.

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  • Andy in Atlanta

    Eddie Johnson scores agian for the Fulham reserves against Arsenal on a penalty. (though it was a very weak and young Arsenal side since most of the reserves are off to play in the Champions League tomorrow)… If you are counting that is 5 goals for the reserves in 5 matches (he missed two matches while with the 1st team)…

    I guess he is doing everything he can…really seems to need a move to a Championship side where he can play some…Reading seem to be struggling to score goals…

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  • grubbsbl

    Eddie Johnson has the problem that currently Fulham’s first choice strikers are scoring. All he can do is buy his time, play well in training and the reserves and take his chance when it comes.

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  • Aaron in StL

    Probably just for the field. Thanks for the updates, local news is pretty slow to report any developments.

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  • Jacopo Belbo

    well leeds could apparently use Eddie Johnson. they have outshot kettering 40 – 6 and have only managed to take the game to extra time 1 – 1?!?!

    maybe a loan move for eddie in Jan?

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  • Isaac

    As a fan of the U.S. National Team, you should be used to upsets of bigger teams. Chelsea choked, yes, but it won’t mean much.

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  • Jacopo Belbo

    MIKE GRELLA SCORES!!! The American’s strike from inside the box puts Leeds in the lead 2 – 1 in the 108th minute of extra time in their FA Cup replay versus Kettering Town.

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  • Jacopo Belbo

    MIKE GRELLA SCORES AGAIN!!!!! Grella tucks a beauty in the upper left corner from the far right corner of the box to put Leeds up 4 – 1 in extra time versus Kettering. After managing only 1 goal on 40+ shots in the first 105 minutes Leeds explodes for 3 goals in the second period of extra time. Two goals in 15 minutes by the American Mike Grella … is Bob watching?

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  • jonk

    If Leeds hold on and get promoted and Grella continues to get minutes and play well in the Championship…well then he’ll be in the running for 2014. But no way he or any other American in League One is going to South Africa.

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  • andrew in tampa

    Mike Grella scores a second goal. a beauty from the right side. Grella for US MNT- Cap him!

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  • Jacopo Belbo

    i know. but it is pretty exciting to see his entrance into the game pretty much turn around a moribund Leeds side. he had a hand in 3 of the 4 goals in 15 minutes. that is pretty good in my book, even if it is versus Kettering. Good to see we might have some good youngsters scattered about tho.

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  • Jacopo Belbo

    why not. leeds is surely better than any MLS team so I don’t see the “he’s only in League One” argument holding a lot of water … either way good to see he made such a huge impact on the game … he created that Beckford goal too.

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  • Eric

    Grella is RAMPANT!, 2 goals and almost 2 assists in 15 minutes of a game that was deadlocked for 115 minutes.

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  • Aaron in StL

    Forget it! Make Grella this year’s Honda Player of the Year, and retroactively apply the title to him as well for the past 5 years!!

    League one is not better than MLS.

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  • Isaac

    Certainly it’s excellent to see Grella progressing for Leeds, but I think it’s a bit much to be recommending him to even a January camp. It’s best to simply let him develop in England as we did with Charlie Davies and give him caps here and there until he’s ready for a serious first team look, and then map out a plan for his national team career from there.

    There are also too many other players that deserve a look before Grella. Findley, Cunningham, and Cooper are all players that Bradley, and many others, will probably consider ahead of Mike.

    Exciting prospect though, somebody definitely ought to put up some video of those goals as soon as humanly possible.

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  • Isaac

    The best part about this little tear he’s gone on is that it will most likely lead to a whole lot of time for our little Italian American.

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  • RM07

    Juventus looked awful, they need some new players in the transfer window………Landon Donovan anyone?

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  • Einar

    they could of gotten a younger forward who is as good as owen right now. the average premier league player can score the goals he made today. Unimpressive hat trick there is such a thing just not in the eyes of the team and coach becuz all they want is the W.

    (SBI-They could have gotten a younger forward as good as Owen for free? Doubt it.)

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  • BCC

    Having actually watched a game in Cyprus, in person, I can attest that it is solid, entertaining football.

    I know it’s hard for some people to believe, but there are actually some good players and leagues outside of the big three leagues.

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  • BCC

    That second goal was pure drive and instinct.

    Ronaldo makes Madrid an incredibly good team. Without him, well, they can lose to Alcorcon.

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  • Jacopo Belbo

    yes. France. Russia. Netherlands. Greece. Face it. Cyprus is probably a nice place to vacation. And I am sure its league isn’t as bad as the Uzbekistan first division. But it is still freaking Cyprus. Which puts it somewhere outside the top 20 leagues in Europe.

    As a matter of fact it ranks 34th in total player value per transfermrkt.co.uk

    and for a more direct comparison:

    Total Player Value:
    Chelsea – 382M Pounds (16M AVERAGE!!!)
    Apoel Nicosia – 12.5M Pounds

    Uh. So the average player at Chelski is has a higher valuation then the entire Apoel squad.

    Puh-thet-ICK!

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  • Northzax

    With all due respect, Ronaldo would make my pub league team pretty darn good. Messi deserved the ballon d’or this year, but in a global draft, CR is my top pick…

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  • Northzax

    Yea. Very exciting. Now let’s remember that this game was against Kettering Town, a fourth division side, just promoted from the fifth division. If we’re seriously looking at guys who’s claim to fame is a brace, however impressive, against Kettering, we’re screwed….

    (SBI-The calls for a national team look are a tad premature, but the fact remains he entered a tied cup match in overtime and delivered the goods. That’s a great development for a young American prospect. and will hopefully lead to more time and more opportunities.)

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