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Many of the day's matches are already in the books, but plenty UEFA Europa League action still remains to be played as the group stage continues in the European competition.

Jozy Altidore is once again getting the start for Villarreal in its home match against Club Brugge. The late matches of the day, though, are likely the Manchester City-Juventus and Atletico Madrid-Bayer Leverkusen clashes.

Here's the TV schedule for all the 3 p.m. matches (DirecTV channels listed):

  • Manchester City vs. Juventus, 481
  • Villarreal vs. Club Brugge, 482
  • Sporting Lisbon vs. Levski Sofia, 483
  • PAOK Salonika vs. Dinamo Zagreb, 484
  • FC Sheriff vs. Dynamo Kiev, 485
  • Palermo vs. Lausanne, 486
  • BATE Borisov vs. AZ Alkmaar, 487
  • Rosenborg vs. Aris Salonika, 488
  • Atletico Madrid vs. Bayer Levekusen, GOLTV, 489
  • Lech Poznan vs. SV Salzburg and KAA Gent vs. Lille, not televised

If you will be watching any or all of the remaining UEFA Europa League matches either on TV or via Internet feed, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions or play-by-play in the comments section below. For the results from the earlier matches:

THURSDAY'S UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE RESULTS (home team listed first)

  • CSKA Moscow 3, Sparta Prague 0
  • Hajduk Split 1, Anderlecht 0 (Kljestan on the bench, did not play; Anderlecht fell on a stoppage-time goal)
  • Zenit St. Petersburg 4, AEK Athens 2
  • Odense BK 1, VfB Stuttgart 2
  • Young Boys 2, Getafe 0
  • FC Metalist Kharkiv 0, PSV Eindhoven 2
  • Sampdoria 1, Debrecen 0
  • Borussia Dortmund 0, Sevilla 1
  • Paris St. Germain 2, Karpaty Lviv 0
  • FC Utrecht 0, Liverpool 0
  • Steaua Bucaresti 3, Napoli 3
  • CSKA Sofia 0, FC Porto 1
  • Rapid Vienna 1, Besiktas 2
121 comments
  • Ben

    The point is when you score a goal, you get to take a shot like that. You’ve produced something so you get a little slack.

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  • Ben

    Well, if you watch games to rate announcers, fair enough. If, however, soccer is what concerns you and you are a US fans, perhaps the worry should be about Jozy’s missing belief.

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  • fischy

    That’s how he plays. Minimal output. Occasionally, he actually runs, but it’s almost shocking how little he moves during much of the match.

    I have to say that I’m surprised at the player Jozy is becoming. When he first came on to the scene with the NY, I couldn’t say enough good about him. I haven’t given up all hope, but he’s got to change his game…and, of course, get better at shooting. The teams he plays in Europe are leagues better than Trinidad and Tobago. Goals have to earned.

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  • patrick

    the 25 yard shot jozy took at the end of the game should tell us all we need to know. The dude’s got no ocnfidence right now. He got 2 on 2 with better positioning on the defender, yet he decides to shoot rather than take someone on. He’ll get a goal, and more will follow, but I think the first one is going to be a flukey one or a tap in.

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  • ITVblows

    Jozy held the ball well, made some good passes to his teammates, made some good runs, and beat defenders on the dribble. He suffered from poor crosses and service from his teammates all night, not once did they come close to his head. Villareal as a whole team scuffed a LOT of shots against an inferior team, and yes Jozy scuffed 1 or 2 too, but he was by no means an outlier… the whole team was missing badly and not even getting it on target. Jozy has work to do but he did not play poorly, which if all you listened to was a audio feed from the stupid moronic ITV guys you would think.

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  • fischy

    Jozy is very fast. He even has a decent first step. I’ve seen him push past a few defenders. Te problem is he doesn’t use his speed enough to get open.

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  • Ben

    I watched the game and his finishing was awful. Not the inability to score goals, because keepers do make saves, but he didn’t even make the shots hard to save. And, simply put, he had one he should have scored, without a doubt, right before Rossi did. After that he looked visibly upset and didn’t do much the rest of the game.

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  • ITVblows

    Nothing rest of the game? He took more shots, set up his teammates for a couple shots with nice passes, and he beat defenders on the dribble to set himself up for a shot. I must not have watched the same game as you.

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  • Ben

    A couple of terrible shots and set up Cazorla, which was something, given the not very difficult situation, that any player should have done. His presence was minimal the rest of the game.

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  • Illmatic74

    He is fine where he is. He is getting Europa league action right now he is the only american player who can say that(not counting Rossi and Subotic).

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  • Patrick

    Jozy’s either going to sink, swim or fly out of the water. If you think he’s sinking, I disagree.

    I think he’s treading water quite comfortably.

    Keep working hard Jozy. It’ll come.

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  • footballstar

    To replace who at Everton? Arteta, Fellani? At Villa maybe, but the owner is not looking to spend neither is the midfield looking since they have Downing and Ireland.

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  • footballstar

    I don’t think Ghana or Czech would consider the US a rival. They’ve had US soccer’s number more than once. A rivalry is when the other team considers you competition. Two losses to both and I don’t see why those countries would consider playing the US again since they already won.

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