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UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba renew their long-standing rivalry when Real Madrid takes on Galatasaray (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel) on Wednesday  in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

The two have previously faced off in the English Premier League with Manchester United and Chelsea as well as Portugal vs. Ivory Coast in the 2010 World Cup. Luka Modric, Kaka, and Angel Di Maria will be looking to build off Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Manchester United in the last round to move on, but Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz may have something different to say, having scored 27 goals this season in all competitions.

Málaga kept their Cinderella run in the Champions League alive with a 2-0 win last match-day over Porto, and on Wednesday they’ll welcome German giants Borussia Dortmund (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Plus/MSG+) to La Rosaleda. The Spanish club have struggled in the league this season, currently sitting in 5th place, but their European form has been superb.

Robert Lewandowski has scored six goals in his last five matches for club and country, but Dortmund will still be without Mats Hummels in central defense. Mario Götze and Marco Reus will have to be careful on the wings, with their opposite numbers Joaquin and Isco constantly making forward runs.

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.

    • G. Bean

      Why is it difficult to like CR?
      To me, he always seemed like a hardworking player who really wants to give the best he can every game. He is a competitor, always.


      • Nate Dollars

        you say that like, if you’re a hardworking, competitive player, than naturally, you’ll also be likable. i think it’s the opposite, more often than not.

        if he wasn’t such an egregious diver (much worse in his EPL days, i know) and kept his mouth shut, than i think a lot less people would dislike him.

        not that it matters. as mig implied, cristiano gets paid because he’s an incredible player, not because he’s a likeable guy.


      • G. Bean

        It was just a question because I was curious why a player at his level would not be liked. No malicious intent.


      • malkin

        He’s certainly not known for his humility either. I think that turns a lot of people off.


      • Mig

        Well, a) he WAS as Nate mentioned, a horrible diver. and not just a guy who embellished contact like Drogba or Van Persie but a serious, faking it kind of diver. He is not as bad as he used to be and even fights through tackles more now. But history is tough to avoid.
        b) he played for ManUtd. That’s enough to dislike almost anyone. c) he is insufferably pleased with himself. I like arrogance but he goes rather far.


  • ChiTown

    Uh yeah that’s a pretty clear handball against Madrid. The first I can see not being called, but come on with that second one.

    Madrid are good enough, no need to miss calls like that right in front of the 5th official.


  • ChiTown

    Galatasary denied a clear penalty as Ramos stomps on attacker’s foot. Referee then wrongly cards Galatasary player for diving.


    • Dinho

      Totally agree that was a penalty. And, giving Yilmaz a yellow for the “dive” added insult to injury.


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