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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's do or die for Chelsea and Barcelona today, and in many ways it's the same for Aston Villa and Bolton, albeit under completely different circumstances.

The two UEFA Champions League semifinalists battle for a place in the Munich final at Camp Nou, with Barcelona looking to rebound from last week's 1-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and the 2-1 home loss over the weekend to rival Real Madrid in league play. 

As for Bolton, the Premier League club that employs Americans Tim Ream and Stuart Holden is in a fight for its top-flight life and desperately needs points to climb out of the drop zone with the season winding down. Bolton take on Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan's Aston Villa, another club threatened by relegation but one a few points clear of the bottom three. The level of urgency and desperation for both teams should make for one tense atmosphere at Villa Park.

Here is the viewing schedule for the day's matches:

2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Barcelona vs. Chelsea

2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go – Aston Villa vs. Bolton

If you will be watching either of Tuesday's matches, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action.

Comments

  1. Wow!!!! So the sneaky, diving cheats didn’t get their way this year. Despite the refs doing their best to help them. Bad year for Fabregas, he dumped Arsenal to win trophies and hasnt won a major one this year(I don’t count Copa Del Rey as major).

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  2. Let’s see… Drogab loses the ball and then goes down on his own behind the play. Ball isn’t played out until Chelsea clears it. Drogba looks over to see that it isn’t being played out and he gets up. Referee comes over and gives him a talking to for doing it.

    What happened is exactly what I said.

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  3. There are so many people in the box, of both teams, that it seems mathematically improbable that a shot on goal could actually reach the goal.

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  4. Cesc out for Keita. Can Barca stop using Fabregas as a forward?

    Time for Messi to step up, he hasn’t shown much since missing the penalty.

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  5. Haha you’re so biased, it’s funny to read your comments and see the difference between what you say and what is actually happening.

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  6. bbc radio have the opinion that there wasn’t really much in the terry red card but he’s an idiot for even doing it. Terry was quoted as saying he’s never been carded this season in UCL and he was raising his knee to stop sanchez from running into him. I haven’t seen the replay so I don’t even know if that makes sense…

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  7. And there is a Yellow Card to Messi! After losing the ball he cynically hacks the man down before a break can happen.

    And then Lampard with a Yellow for taking down Cesc. It’s well past chippy.

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  8. Messi is playing from very, very deep again, like in leg 1 and against Real. And I don’t think it’s worked in any of them. He’s also kind of losing his cool, he gave Lampard a good shove earlier.

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  9. I’m with Polo, please explain to us how that wasn’t a straight red. I look forward to hearing whatever crap you manage to shovel.

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  10. Think it was more a collection of time wasting on goal kicks thing. He certainly didn’t waste as much time on that one as he had on previous ones.

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  11. Here is a legitimate horrible call. Cech gets a yellow for time wasting when he wasn’t, how fast did they expect him to go?

    Cech with a big save on Cuenta!

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  12. Kalou on for Juan Mata. He’s never really been in this semi. Even more improbable for Chelsea to be 30 mins from advancing.

    Also, I can’t BELIEVE people are talking about the Red Card still. Red Card all day, every day.

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  13. Holy cow, Drogba has a pop on the run from midfield, and Valdez has to make a diving save! How insane would that have been. This match is unforgettable!

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