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UEFA Champions League: Matchday Three


The UEFA Champions League is back in full swing today, with 16 teams taking the field across Europe in the third round of goup matches.

The spotlight will be in Italy, where Real Madrid will take on Juventus in what should be an intense match. Former Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro will make his first appearance in Turin since leaving Juve for Real Madrid following Juventus’ relegation for match fixing.

That isn’t the only reunion today. Luca Toni will face his former club, Fiorentina, as Bayern Munich looks to take control of Group F.

Here is a rundown of today’s Champions League matches on TV:

  • 12:15pm– Setanta USA- BATE Borisov at Zenit St. Petersburg (LIVE)
  • 2:30pm– ESPN2- Celtic at Manchester United (LIVE)
  • 2:30pm– ESPN Deportes- Real Madrid at Juventus (LIVE)
  • 2:30pm– Arsenal at Fenerbahce (LIVE)
  • 2:30pm– Setanta USA- Arsenal at Fenerbahce (LIVE)
  • 4:30pm– ESPN Deportes- Arsenal at Fenerbahce
  • 5pm– ESPN Classic- Real Madrid at Juventus
  • 6pm– Setanta USA- Dynamo Kiev at FC Porto
  • 7:30pm– ESPN Deportes- Celtic at Manchester United
  • 9:30pm– ESPN Deportes- Real Madrid at Juventus

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (A breakdown of all of today’s matches is after the jump):


  • BATE Borisov at Zenit St. Petersburg
  • Real Madrid at Juventus

Outlook– Real Madrid can put a stranglehold on the group with a road win at Juve while Zenit badly needs a win to give itself hope of advancing out of the group.


  • AaB at Villarreal
  • Celtic at Manchester United

Outlook– The group leaders are at home and should have little trouble knocking off the underdogs. Man Utd is on fire and should put on a show against a short-handed Celtic.


  • Fiorentina at Bayern Munich
  • Steaua Bucharest at Lyon

Outlook– Bayern has a chance to take control of the group with a home win, but Fiorentina is starting to play better. Lyon needs all three points to push past either one or both Bayern and Fiorentina.


  • Arsenal at Fenerbahce
  • Dynamo Kiev at FC Porto

Outlook– Arsenal can bury Fenerbahce at the bottom of the group while also moving closer to qualification with a win in Turkey, but visiting teams generally don’t do well at Fenerbahce. Dynamo has posted a pair of draws, but will face a stiff test traveling to Portugal to take on a Porto team that has the weapons to cruise.


  1. 51st- Berbatov strikes again. Celtic now have Everest to climb. Tommy Smith raises the offsides question… I’m not sure yet. Either way, the task is the same.

  2. I agree Scott. Looking on our bench, I can’t find anyone who’s going to threaten the backline. I think a goal is going to have to come via Nakamura’s signature free kicks. McGeady could nick one, too, with a nice move.

    But Celtic still has to be concerned about giving up a goal. At least today we’re going to go out in the second half hungry for a goal, but I wouldn’t be so sure that one’s coming…

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  4. 45th- Man U pour on the pressure, but Celtic doesn’t bend. Going into halftime, Strachan will have to get someone on the field with some height, or someone who can open the game up with some possession.

  5. 42nd- rodriguez, cutting back inside from the right wing, misses wide left with a shot just outside the box.

    43rd-rodriguez misses wide left again this time from the left side of the box.

  6. Wow on the Villarreal game!

    Madrid has 60% of possession, but Del Piero is winning the battle of aging forwards. Meanwhile, Ranieri scratches his head and throws up his hands.

  7. 40th- Cracker by Rooney saved by Boruc. Celtic can’t hold the ball and carry it forward. This game’s not pretty at the moment.

  8. Thanks for the Kyiv update, moose.

    Berbatov was offsides on his goal – free Carlos Tevez!

    Juv have to make an injury change, Marchisio is down and it looks bad, some of the Madrid plays look distressed. Salihamidžić comes on.

  9. ok ill stick with updates for villarreal-aalborg and porto-kyiv.

    porto putting pressure on kyiv.

    aalborg ties villarreal, 2-2

  10. 35th- The game’s settled considerably after the goal. Celtic’s trying to hold on till the half by the looks of it. United’s not pressing the issue, either.

  11. After a replay, it wasn’t Rooney offsides like I thought, it was Berbatov, and he certainly was offside, and he certainly touched it… Disaster of a goal to concede for Celtic.

  12. Berbatov gets a cheap flick goal off a botched clearance of a corner- lousy Celtic defending but he was clearly offside

  13. 30th- Disaster… Berbatov will get it. Not a nice goal. Rooney was offsides, but I guess it was passive… Flag was up for me, but what do I know. Celtic really have a mountain to climb now.

  14. villarreal just tied it up with aalborg. porto almost scored on a counter attack. berbatov poached a goal. bayern up 2-0 against fiorentina.

  15. It’s great to see Ranieri in charge of an important team. He always looks like he just won a raffle whenever something good happens to his team. Few managers have ever appeared more in over their heads than his final days at Chelsea.

    22nd – van der Vaart with a nice turn, but puts it just wide. Nedved is looking rough too, none of his attacks down the flank have ended well.

  16. 18th- Rooney with a monsterous bicycle, but it’s blocked. Caldwell gets on the end of a cross and blasts it, forcing Van Der Sar to tip over. Celtic looking more positive here in the last few.

  17. 15th- Celtic have a string of possession broken by a stray Naka pass, and Rooney and United march down and get a decent chance. The corner is for naught.

  18. 13th- Aidan McGeady forces Van Der Sar into a save as the away fans sing “You’ll never walk alone.” Resulting corner finds the side netting from Naka. Poor.

  19. 10th- Celtic has it’s first few forays into the united end, nothing major. They don’t look well composed on the ball, Celtic that is.

  20. 7th- Neville passes up a shot, feeds Ronaldo who skies it. More Gaelic football fun from the commentator. Man U looks well put together. Celtic have yet to threaten.

  21. Man U starting both Nani and Anderson. See, when you give your bright young players playing time, you can play them in big games. Whoops! Not a USMNT thread.

    Whoa – Del Piero unleashes a 6th minute screamer to put Juv up early. Madrid haven’t gotten anything together in the early going.

  22. Mike’s running commentary on ManU- Celtic-

    1st minute- Kickoff. Man U doesn’t rest Ronaldo or Rooney. The fangs are certainly there for United. The same can’t be said for Celtic, out in a 4-5-1

  23. By the way, Celtic – Man U, Arsenal – Fenerbahce, and Juventus – Real Madrid are all available on, for those of you who are stuck in work, or like me, in the library trying to multitask.

  24. Why bother listing Reading vs. Doncaster, Beckster? Reading’s at home, so Doyler will be good for at least two.

    Yeah, Celtic’s a bit short, but so is Man U. Evra is out, and I’m hearing C. Ronaldo might get a rest from multiple sites. Who knows, I suppose.

    Cmon bhoys!

  25. Come on, Zenit, pull it together and leave Juv behind. Lots of underperforming teams on tap, unfortunately…

    Does anyone know how Dynamo Kiev is doing? Soccernet doesn’t even track the Ukrainian league.

    Thanks Ives for the (live) additions

  26. Gee Ives…no mention of DC United and their “Champions League” match or Reading vs Doncaster?

    Kind of selective aren’t we? :>)

    All in good fun.


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