By DAN KARELL
A busy cup week continues on Wednesday with a number of competitions across Europe taking place.
The day begins with the fifth-place match in the Club World Cup as CONCACAF champion Monterrey faces African side Al-Ahly, followed by second semifinal match with Raja Casablanca, who upset Monterrey in the quarterfinals, facing South American champions Atletico Mineiro. Both clubs are looking to progress to the final against Bayern Munich.
In the afternoon, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid play the second leg of their Copa Del Rey round of 16 matches, while Tottenham hosts West Ham United and Stoke City host Manchester United in the English League Cup quarterfinals. Real Madrid, who played third-division side Xativa to a scoreless draw in the first leg, will be without stars Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo due to injury and suspension, respectively.
Man United have rebounded from two-straight home defeats with victories against Shakhtar Donetsk and Aston Villa, but a defeat in the League Cup would only hurt manager David Moyes’ case that he is the right man for the job to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Enjoy the action. (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):
11:30am – Al Ahly vs. Monterrey – Fox Sports 2/Fox Deportes
1:30pm – Atletico Madrid vs. Sant Andreu – beIN Sport en Español
1:30pm – Real Sociedad vs. Algeciras – beIN Sport Play
2:30pm – Raja Casablanca vs. Atletico Mineiro – Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes
2:45pm – Stoke City vs. Manchester United – beIN Sport USA
2:45pm – Tottenham vs. West Ham United – beIN Sport Play
2:45pm – Crawley Town vs. Bristol Rovers – Fox Soccer Plus
3:00pm – Juventus vs. Avellino – beIN Sport Play
3:30pm – Real Madrid vs. Xativa – beIN Sport en Español
3:30pm – Sevilla vs. Racing Santander – beIN Sport Play