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The final four spots in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be decided today as some of Europe's best do battle in second-leg Round of 16 match-ups.

Manchester United plays host to Inter today in a crucial showdown at Old Trafford. The sides tied, 0-0 at the San Siro, meaning today's winner will advance. Barcelona will look to avoid the upset against a strong Lyon side that played a very good first-leg to go into the return meeting tied, 1-1. Arsenal and Roma clash in another EPL-Serie A battle.

Here is today's TV schedule for the Round of 16:

3:30pm– ESPN2/ESPN360- Inter Milan at Manchester United (first leg finished tied, 0-0)

3:30pm– ESPN Deportes/ESPN360- Lyon at Barcelona (first leg finished tied, 1-1)

3:45pm– Setanta USA/ESPN360- Arsenal at AS Roma (Arsenal won first leg, 1-0)

3:45pm– ESPN360- Atletico Madrid at FC Porto (first leg finished tied, 2-2)

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.

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  1. More from the Eurosport commentary: “If Fulham had a top-class striker they’d be in the top six…”

    They keep praising Dempsey. Maybe Roy will play him up top a little more?

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  2. ohhhh adriano ohhhhh, that would have made it interesting…whats up with fat brazillian strikers!? Berbatov!!! ohhh how the hell do you not score there!?

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  3. good point northzax, but didnt you say they are trying to avoid defensive minded football and counterattacking? obviously the away team will always play with a defensive mindset so thats much better than ditching the away goal rule? agree to disagree i guess

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  4. riggity: that was me. the World Cup and the Champions League are completely different setups. Away goals only apply in home-home elimination ties, the World Cup is either group play (at a neutral site) or single elimination (also at a neutral site) there are no home games, so there is no need for away goals.

    tell me, you are the manager of a club. you have the home tie second. what’s your incentive to play attacking football in the first leg? you know your chances of scoring are not good, based on history. so why not play for the nil-nil draw and go home to score? you play the odds, right? even if you go to extra time at home, you have the advantage. why play aggressively and risk giving up goals on the road?

    of course, then you come home and the other team is trying to do the exact same thing you did to them. that’s certainly some exciting football.

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  5. and i swear last week i woke up at like 4 in the morning and saw that glowing “Sony Bravia” football in the corner of my room

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  6. well, i don’t really have a favorite team other than the USMNT, I watch Euro football because it’s entertaining, I get the idea of playing the second leg at home, (like playing defense first in college football) I still think they should play both legs, just drop the away goal

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  7. I mean, what are you proposing to change? Eliminating one leg and only playing one game?

    What I was saying is that there is already a “home-field” advantage mechanism in place that is awarded to Group Winners. That’s why the 2nd leg is at Old Trafford. The idea is that its better to play the away leg first, so you know exactly what you need when you return home (and ideally secure an away goal).

    Personally, I like the away goals rule. The people that seem to hate it are those that have had their team screwed by it.

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  8. Here’s the quote from eurosport’s live coverage of the Fulham game: “He’s an odd one Dempsey, not quite a striker, not quite a midfielder but pretty good at both.”

    Doesn’t that sum up the MNT’s historical issue up top in a nutshell?

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  9. irene- he also did well in the eredivisie lol, I know it doesn’t compare but I still cringe when i think of his goal with ajax

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  10. im talking about homefield advantage in regards to killing the damn away goal rule…but I feel its proabably like getting the National League a designated hitter…not gonna happen

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  11. Henry was only decent last year? While being frequently injured he still was the leading goal scorer for Barca if I’m remembering correctly.

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  12. justin- i guess whoever is ranked higher in the FIFA rankings in the past? I just heard that Liverpool is the highest ranked team the last 5 yrs or so in European football tho so I’m not sure how that works. (obviously based on performance…i guess)

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  13. What do you mean home field advantage? Group winners already are “awarded” the advantage of playing the away leg first and the home leg second.

    Julio Cesar comes up big there.

    Oh wow, Ibra with a very close miss, seemed to shoot before he needed to.

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  14. What’s the general consensus on Henry? Last season he was injured but pretty much decent. This season he’s on fire but still underrated due to Eto’o and Messi. And reports that he is leaving Barcelona this summer. Is it true? I know he’s heading to MLS in 2010 or 2011. But what’s going on? He’s still 1 of the top10 strikers in the world.

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  15. holy snikies john o’shea…you have to do better than that, for your club, but most importantly for IRELAND ugh…actually most importantly for your club lol

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  16. Goo Deuce. If only he could bring his top A form and killer kicks that he gives for Fulham. I can see them finishing 8th this season. With a stellar backline and some consistent goals, it’s bound to happen.

    I love how he’s carving out a little legend at Fulham for himself. And glad he finally shaved. Looked too emo for a while.

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  17. ok i dont remember who said it, but they said without away goals these matches would be “borrow as all get up, all defense and counter attacking”, is that kind of like the world cup? cuz thats not boring, why dont they give the homefield advantage to the champions of the leagues? Doesn’t FIFA rank all of the leagues? so teams that both finish 2nd in their league would have the homefield decided by the FIFA league rankings.

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