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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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In addition to the number of Americans that are in action on Wednesday, Barcelona and Real Madrid both have Copa del Rey semifinal first-leg matches, which should make for a rather exciting day of mid-week soccer.

Real Madrid must travel to Sevilla for its match (2 p.m., ESPN3.com/ESPNDeportes), while Barcelona will host Almeria (4 p.m., GOLTV). If both favorites can take care of business, they'll be one step closer to setting up a dream Clasico final.

Aside from the Copa del Rey, Jonathan Spector and West Ham will look to advance to the Carling Cup final by holding off Birmingham (2:45 p.m. Fox Soccer.tv/Fox Soccer Plus), and Clint Dempsey and Fulham aim to climb the Premier League table with a match at Liverpool (3 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

As for key matches featuring Americans not being televised in the United States, Maurice Edu and Rangers face Hibernian (2:45) and Oguchi Onyewu and FC Twente take on Eredivisie leader PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Cup quarterfinals (2:45).

If you will be watching any of Wednesday's matches either on television or via Internet feed, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action!

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  1. not much of a defense.. and Green shoulda done better on that one. Anyways, Hammers just need ONE at this point and we can celebrate the away goals win!!

    (but it’s not looking good at the moment…)

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  2. fulham flushed that game all on their own, they really should have won.

    on the other hand, as a Gunner, cant wait to crush birmingham at wembley!

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  3. Oh my god just cut Dembele.

    I don’t even like Fulham but I am extremely upset with this guy. He has now missed two sitters from within 8 and 5 yards.

    Johnson and Dempsey have just handed this man the match on a golden platter and he just threw the food all over the floor.

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  4. Specs has quite an engine in him, jeez.

    If this goes into PKs, I might have a heart attack. Wouldn’t surprised if this game (and the fans) got a bit ugly.

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  5. Man, Fulham needs to practice clearing. One clearance into their own goal, and another cleared from the 18 and it manages to go out for a corner kick.

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  6. I’m confused. The official has completely turned against Fulham. Some of these calls make absolutely no sense, and are often the opposite of what they should be.

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  7. Stevie G should have been sent off…was nothing more than trying to kick Paintsil as hard as he could with no attempt at the ball already into touch…

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  8. Those were some really nasty tackles from Gerrard. How does he escape without even a foul?

    Gerrard needs to see a card for kicking out at Pantsil.

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  9. There was so much tension, and it got worse when Sevilla had a possible goal taken away when they thought the ball crossed the goal line.

    From that point on, the Sevilla squad and fans were going nuts. 4 of 5 yellows in the first few minutes of the second half. Finally, a fan pegged Casillas with something and the riots broke out. Players started fighting all over.

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  10. Not the best past from Dempsey, but there were 3 different occasions that Fulham’s defense screwed up.

    1. Hangeland backed off Torres at the 18 and allowed him to shoot.

    2. Hangeland then didn’t clear.

    3. Pantstil slices the ball into this own net.

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  11. dempsey gives the ball away, ball takes deflection and Pantsil with an Own Goal….. the crowd begins singing “fields of anfield road”…. doesnt look good for Fulham

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  12. It happened! Riot!

    Fan took out Casillas with something and the riots are starting. Fighting all over the pitch, riot police everywhere.

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  13. Damn, Casillas just went down at the end of the match. Looks like he got hit with something from the crowd. Both sides are skirmishing with each other and they have riot police all over the pitch.

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