UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

FC Barcelona kicks off proceedings today in UEFA Champions League action as the fifth-round of group stage matches draws us closer to identifying the 16 teams that will head to the knockout round.

The big game of the day features Juventus taking on Chelsea in a key battle to determine which two teams advance from a difficult group that also includes Shakhtar Donetsk, which takes on Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland today.

Celtic will look to build on their stunning victory against Barcelona in the last match day by taking a point or three from their visit to Portugal to take on Benfica. In Turkey, Manchester United will look to stay unbeaten in group play when they take on Galatasaray.

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 Champions League schedule is after the jump):


Noon- Fox Soccer Channel- Spartak Moscow vs. FC Barcelona

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Juventus vs. Chelsea

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Galatasaray vs. Manchester United

2:45pm- MSG Plus/Fox Sports Net- Benfica vs. Celtic

2:45pm- DirecTV/Fox Soccer2Go- Valencia vs. Bayern Munich

2:45pm- DirecTV/Fox Soccer2Go- Nordsjaelland vs. Shaktahr Donetsk

2:45pm- DirecTV/Fox Soccer2Go- BATE Borisov vs. Lille

2:45pm- DirecTV/Fox Soccer2Go- CFR Cluj vs. Sporting Braga


  • A

    Messi is really, really good at soccer.

    That’s either 80 or 81 calendar year goals. He’s going to break Muller’s record–you can feel it.


  • Nato

    Why isnt Dempsey playing CL this season? Porto, Valencia, Lille, Montpelier, Schalke. Teams that cod have gone for him


    • fortunate only

      I’m not sure about the french clubs but Valencia doesn’t really need Dempsey and wouldn’t have spent the money Spurs did on him.

      Porto buy young and cheap and sell for profit. They just bought Jackson Martinez from Jaguares in Mexico and are ready to scoop up Joao Rojas, young Ecuadorian midfielder from Morelia in Mexico. Besides, I’m not sure Clint would’ve moved to Portugal, seems like a step down IMO.


    • away goals

      Probably too much was made of dempsey’s champions league comments. Maybe should have been interpreted as a desire to play for a team with champions league ambitions.


  • A

    80 is the total as of halftime. Messi is 5 goals from tying Gerd’s record and 6 from having the greatest season in the history of… sports?

    I can’t even think of another sport’s record that’s even comparable? Gretzky’s 92 goal season in 81-82? Wilt’s season of 50 ppg? I mean Wilt was playing against grossly inferior competition.


    • byrdman

      Tiger Slam! Thoroughly dominated Golf for a year. Even if you only count the 3 Majors in one eason. Messi’s season is almost as good or equal.


  • A

    I would be furious too if I was Benfica. The Celtic player basically runs a pick on the Keeper. How that was allowed is beyond me.


  • Matt

    I wish there were highlights available of more plays than just the scoring shots. MLS does a good job to post 8-10 minute videos of the game – much better than a minute and a half of one goal replayed from different angles.


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