Champions League: Round of 16 (Your running commentary)

Champions League: Round of 16 (Your running commentary)

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Champions League: Round of 16 (Your running commentary)

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The fates of several of Europe’s biggest clubs will be determined on Tuesday as the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona have their Champions League lives at stake.

Today’s Round of 16 clashes offer plenty of intrigue. You have the young Gunners against the aging champions from Milan, you have Man U trying to hold off a confident Lyon, Barcelona trying to shred Celtic with an unstoppable attack and, finally, Sevilla trying to knock off the fiesty Turks.

Here is a breakdown of today’s Champions League Round of 16 matches. Feel free to share your thoughts on the match action below:

ARSENAL at AC MILAN

  • On the Air: ESPN2, 2:30 p.m.
  • First game: Tied 0-0
  • Key points: Robin van Persie is back for Arsenal but Kolo Toure and Tomas Rosicky are out. AC Milan welcomes Alexandre Pato back but Clarence Seedorf’s availability is in question.
  • Outcome: Arsenal received a boost from its comeback tie over the weekend, but winning on the road in Milan is something altogether different. Arsenal did a good job of containing Kaka in the first match but doing so twice will prove to be too tough. AC Milan wins a tough 1-0 decision.

LYON at MANCHESTER UNITED

  • On the Air: ESPN Deportes, 4:30 p.m.
  • First game: Tied 1-1
  • Key points: Lyon captain Cris is back after a lengthy injury rehab and goalkeeper Greg Coupet is ready to play. Man U is mostly healthy, with only Ryan Giggs unlikely to play.
  • Outcome: Lyon boasts several top attacking threats, with Karim Benzema posing a difficult challenge, but the return of Nemanja Vidic should help Man U deal with Benzema while the Red Devils attack goes wild at home. Manchester United rolls to a 2-0 victory.

CELTIC at BARCELONA

  • On the Air: ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com (in Spanish), 2:30 p.m., ESPN Classic, 5pm
  • First game: Barcelona won 3-2
  • Key points: Barcelona enters with all of its weapons, which basically means Celtic is in serious trouble. How much trouble? Well, the Hoops have yet to win a road match in the Champions League.
  • Outcome: Barcelona is coming off a weekend league loss to Atletico Madrid, but playing at home and having beaten Celtic in the first leg is a major advantage that will prove too much for the Scots. Barcelona 3, Celtic 0.

FENERBAHCE at SEVILLA

  • On the Air: ESPN Deportes, 2am (replay)
  • First game: Fenerbahce won 3-2
  • Key points: Roberto Carlos will miss the match after being injured in the first leg. Fenerbahce has yet to win a road game in this year’s Champions League.
  • Outcome: Sevilla’s defense was embarrassed in the first leg but playing at home should help an attack that thrives at the Sanchez Pizchuan. Freddy Kanoute proves too much for the Turks in a 2-1 Sevilla victory that sends the home team through on away goals.

Where will you be watching today’s action? More importantly, how do you see today’s games playing out? Share your thoughts below.

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