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Real Madrid can move a big step closer to the Spanish Premier League title today with a win against Levante in one of the day's most anticipated matches.

Barcelona's shocking loss to Levante on Saturday means Real Madrid could extend their lead atop the La Liga standings to a huge ten points.

Manchester City will look to re-take first place in the English Premier League with a win against Robbie Keane and Aston Villa.

In Mexico, Club Tijuana takes on Cruz Azul in one of the better match-ups in the Mexican League as Edgar Castillo and Joey Corona look to knock off the Mexico City side.

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): 

TODAY´S SOCCER ON TV

8:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Wolverhampton vs. West Brom

8:30 a.m. - ESPN3.com - PSV Eindhoven vs. De Graafschap

9 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Inter Milan vs. Novara

9 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Parma vs. Fiorentina

9 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Lille vs. Bordeaux

9 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Catania vs. Genoa

10 a.m. - DirecTV - Malaga vs. Mallorca

10 a.m. - DirecTV - Rayo Vallecano vs. Getafe

11 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Aston Villa vs. Manchester City

11 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Nice vs. Paris-St. Germain

12 p.m. - GOLTV - Valencia vs. Sporting Gijon

1 p.m. - Univision - Pumas UNAM vs. Puebla

1:45 p.m. - DirecTV - Villarreal vs. Granada

2 p.m. - GOLTV - Corinthians vs. Sao Paulo

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Bologna vs. Juventus

3 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Toulouse vs. St. Etienne

3 p.m. - Azteca America - Tijuana vs. Cruz Azul

3:30 p.m. - ESPN3.com - Real Madrid vs. Levante

88 comments
  • MemRook

    Oh yeah, my bad. Then I take back everything I said. Oh wait, no. All my previous points still stand, even if he’s Scottish.

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  • MemRook

    Which by the way explains even more his attributes I described. All the mentality of the SPL, none of it’s thuggery and lack of skill.

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  • AK

    One of the reasons that Barcelona is dropping matches is because Pep is extremely dedicated to building new players. Yesterday’s match saw Cesc, Xavi and Iniesta benched for some Barca B players.

    Add that to fatigue, injuries, teams gunning for you and a lack of chemistry and you get upsets.

    By the way, it was Osasuna.

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  • beachbum

    unjustly sent off? he earned it by being the spoiled little player he was back then, firing from absurd distance and then saying he didn’t hear the whistle? then why not attack the goal instead of blasting petulently?

    the difference in his season this year is his maturity, which I would argue was progressed tremendously by having to face his gaffe in that game…which I give him credit for doing

    of ocurse you’ll disagree…all good🙂

    cheers

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  • Mhat

    Damn, Cote d’Ivoire has such a loaded line-up, don’t see how they lose this. Drogba, Kalou, Tiote, Gervinho, Toure Bros?!

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  • Michael Stypulkoski

    Again away goals beat me to the punch, but yes, they most certainly could have won. They would have gone through if the score remained the same when RVP was sent off. Style points don’t matter. And for all their possession, Barca was having a hell of a time finding the back of the net. Cool story, indeed.

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  • Michael Stypulkoski

    You don’t seem to like Arsenal/RVP, so I won’t argue about him being spoiled (I’m neutral on Arsenal and Barca). But even if he had heard the whistle, I don’t think van Persie could have stopped himself from striking the ball. To give a player a second yellow in the second half of the second leg of a Champions League game is absolutely absurd and unjust. But we can agree to disagree.🙂

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  • GW

    You could argue that this latest Barca run began with Spain’s 2008 Euro Championship win. Four years is a very long run.

    Since then the Spain/Barca core has been basically unbeatable but every great eventually ends. Little things that used to go for you go against you and all those narrow wins become narrow ties or losses.

    At that level football is just too competitive.

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  • Northzax

    It’s tough to be champions, and the anointed ones. In a single match, or a home and home, I’ll take Barca against anyone. But over a long season, it’s tough to be Barca every day. For everyone else, it’s the game of the year, for you it’s a Saturday against Osasuna. And in a game where ten seconds over 90 minutes can make the difference…

    Barca has nothing to prove, they’ve done it all. Real is hungry and wants the title more. It’s that simple.

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  • Tom

    I just find it sad for Americans to buy into the losing side sour grapes of EPL teams over the years as concerns Barcelona.

    This is an all-time team that at its best literally makes the best teams on the planet look like complete crap. It’s won everything there is to win, including the World Cup while its players were moonlighting.

    We need to distance ourselves from dysfunctional English attitudes that haven’t served them well.

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  • Colin

    really back and forth so far, but that was the best chance.

    get the feeling zambia is going to sneak one in

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  • Brent McD

    Gervinho drawing a penalty — well deserved.
    And Drogba misses! Horribly taken!

    Go Zambia you can do it!!

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  • Jamie Z.

    Penalty to Ivory Coast! Skied over by Drogba, who sheepishly gestures to the spot afterwards, like there was a divot there or something that prevented him from putting it on net. Row Z.

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  • away goals

    Barca were certainly the best team on the planet. But they’re still obligated to, you know, play the matches out.

    For all we know, barca would have won that series without rvp being sent off. It’s probable even.

    Its the way their victory unfolded that left me bitter. My sour grapes have nothing to do with the epl. They have everything to do with feeling cheated out of what would have been an incredible half hour of desperate, elimination football.

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  • Mhat

    Hat trick for CR7 after being down 1-0 early to Levante. Real Madrid seem to be cementing that top spot in La Liga.

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  • Mhat

    Meanwhile, 119th minute, African Cup of Nations final it still remains 0-0. Looks like it is headed to a shootout.

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  • Brent McD

    Zambia save. But the GK was off the line, so a re-take. Harsh, I think.

    BTW, I see a move for Mayuka from Switzerland in the near future. Excellent young player.

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  • Brent McD

    love it when the keeper takes a penalty. that was awesome. cool as a cucumber for the Zambian keeper

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