Manchester United and Chelsea are on the road today in a pair of UEFA Champions League group stage matches they will be looking to win to secure their places as group favorites.
Manchester United will look to shake off their weekend loss to Tottenham by beating Romanian side CFR Cluj, while Chelsea are in Denmark to take on Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland. The Blues will be looking for their first group win after drawing Juventus at Stamford Bridge in the group opener.
The most entertaining match of the day may take place in Italy, where Juventus takes on high-flying Shakhtar Donetsk side that will over the Italian champions a stiff test. The battle in midfield between the likes of Willian and Andrea Pirlo will make it a fun match-up to watch for casual fans who haven't decided which match to watch today.
Earlier today, Scottish champions Celtic earned a valuable 3-2 road victory against Spartak Moscow in Group G action. The win gives Celtic four points from their first two matches.
Here is a rundown of today's remaining Champions League matches:
2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel– CFR Cluj vs. Manchester United
2:45pm- Fox Soccer Plus– Nordsjaelland vs. Chelsea
2:45pm- MSG Plus/Fox Sports Net/Fox Deportes– Benfica vs. FC Barcelona
2:45pm- DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go– BATE Borisov vs. Bayern Munich- DirecTV
2:45pm- DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go– Galatasaray vs. Sporting Braga
2:45pm- DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go– Juventus vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
2:45pm- DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go– Valencia vs. Lille
If you will be watching today's Champions League action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action.
If there was ever a game to use as a basis for hitting a club with a fine for failing to control their players it would be this game and benfica. The last quarter of this game has been utterly ridiculous from benfica. I refuse to believe an entire team just throws up it’s hands and decides there are no rules.
Benfica should be absolutely embarrassed by this last 20 minutes. 4 yellow cards, 12 fouls, should have been given 2 or 3 red cards at this point.
Matic just dead sprints from 20 yards and puts the point of his elbow through the side of Alves’ head. Martin’s comes sliding through the side of Iniesta’s ankles after he’s beaten. Messi kicked off the ball.
This is just complete thuggery.
Lionel Messi giving Matic a talking to for just some ridiculous cheap shots immediately after coming on.
It’s so funny seeing little Messi wag his finger at someone a foot taller.
definitely not. I’m not even squeamish generally, but this made me want to vomit.
And to Puyol of all people. I really feel for him – what a great player/career.
No no no! Not puyol!
Don’t watch that replay if youre squeamish.
I just tuned in – it looked HORRIBLE. His elbow was bent entirely backwards.
Oh man that injury looks bad. Prayers for Puyol. He’s going to be out for good while.
Omg omg omg
That’s awful. Poor guy. Carles Puyol appears to have snapped his arm in half, it’s flopping around. Just awful.
Haha, Lionel Messi outheads the two Benfica CBs. He’s so tiny!
Wow hugely dirty play.
Maxi Perreira intentionally throws an elbow into Alexis’ Sanchez throat as Sanchez makes a run by him… referee watches and only gives him a talking to. Will be shocked if that doesn’t end up in a ban for CL play.
And as I type that, Lionel Messi dribbles through at least 4 defenders in a 50 yard run and puts Fabregas in for number 2.
Starting expect it now, but the strategy of neutralizing Messi by ripping his shirt or breaking his ankle at every touch is infuriating.
This guy’s too good so just hurt him every time he touches the ball and maybe he’ll stop. It’s bush league play.
will either Roma or Spurs be in the CL next year? what about AZ Alkmaar?
we will–next year!
Go Waxtap Wonders!
It should be Dempsey that we see playing in the CL
I think the more likely punctuation, “Parkhurst with the hat, trick” (said in East Oakland slang voice)
Parkhurst with the hat-trick