By FRANCO PANIZO
If you are in the need for some high-quality soccer, Tuesday should provide a quick fix.
UEFA Champions League action resumes with a slate of intriguing match-ups, but none may be bigger than Ajax’s home game vs. Barcelona. Ajax will be desperate for a win in order to fortify their chances of advancing out of Group H, so a fun and open match is likely to take place at Amsterdam ArenA.
Another pair of noteworthy matches are AC Milan’s visit to Celtic in the other Group H game and Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04’s road trip against Steaua Bucuresti. Arsenal-Marseille and Borussia Dortmund-Napoli also figure to be nice midweek treats for soccer lovers everywhere.
If you will be watching today’s games please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action – full schedule after the jump.
12pm- Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Atletico Madrid- Fox Soccer2Go
2:45pm- Steaua Bucuresti vs. Schalke 04- Fox Soccer 2Go
2:45pm- FC Basel vs. Chelsea- Fox Soccer 2Go
2:45pm- Arsenal vs. Olympique Marseille- Fox Soccer 2Go
2:45pm- Borussia Dortmund vs. Napoli- Fox Soccer 2Go
2:45pm- FC Porto vs. Austria Vienna- Fox Soccer 2Go
2:45pm- Celtic vs. AC Milan- Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Soccer 2Go
2:45pm– Ajax vs. Barcelona- Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go/MSG Plus
Anyone see how Jones did for Schalke today? I’m continually perplexed by how much better he plays for them than for the US.
I watched the second half and he looked better then he had recently for Schalke. I’ve also been trying to figure out why its not working on the US.
He doesn’t trust his teammates on USMNT, so he tries to do too much (roam, create, challenge, abuse freedom Jürgen gives him)??
Those are his strengths I’d say Where he struggles is dropping back and picking the ball off the backline and transititioning into an attack. He also isn’t great at keeping the ball and connecting simple passes. He just kind of gets lost when we are on the ball for any period of time. I kind of feel that he is best in the counter attacking style Klinsmann so badly wants to get away from.
Perhaps due to his current situation at the club. Seems, that Schalke won’t longer his contract. In an Interview JJ said, that he is ready to possibly leave the club in next summer.
Ajax gets the job done with 10 men. Sets up a great matchup vs milan in two weeks.
Chelsea just lost to Basel again but are through due to their group being awful
A 17 year old? Jeez.
Chelsea, why do you hate Jermaine Jones?
going to miss the final match day after a 3rd yellow today
Pinto cruffying on the goal line is the play of the game.
I know Ajax is a young team, but these kids are going to hurt someone. You should never even be in a position to heel-kick someone in the face… especially when they’re standing up straight.
Referee extremely lenient to not pull out the red card there.
Should probably not tackle people like that… bad things happen.
Well, the Dortmund-Napoli game is excellent. Napoli playing a very dirty style of soccer (and also diving a lot), Maggio with an elbow to the face of Bender, giving him a bloody nose and a ferocious albiol tackle from behind on Mkhitairian that should have been red but was given only yellow. Dortmund has scored one penalty kick and should have gotten a second penalty whehn Lewi was bumped down in the box a must win for dortmund and if Napoli wins they are through so second half should be wild and I would bet that we see at least one red card.
Yeah, Bender was fantastic. In that incident he got his nose broken, needed 3 more jerseys – so that they’d to fetch 1 more from the shop – and played through until the end of the game.
It was an exciting game with a great team display and a well deserved & much-needed win. MOM Mkhitaryan imo.
I bet they switched Benders at halftime.
Also, this pitch is embarrassing. Everyone and their mother is slipping.
Barcelona appear to be figuring out why they still have to play in this group given where they are in the standings.
Completely disinterested in this game across the board.
Awful announcer in the Barca match. Neymar had a great chance and they didn’t change their tone of opvoice for even a moment. They may as well have been reading the obituaries aloud. Wake up fellas.
Hand ball on Fat Frank. No call. Arm was away from body. Debatable.
Surprisingly boring slate today. None of these march ups gets me too excited.
Well, the Barca game just got interesting, huh?
Yep, Ajax attacking/pressing from get go.
Barcelona don’t look up for this game. It reminds me of Ajax vs Man city. They are letting Ajax play their game.
Just an update to those TV listings above:
Basel-Chelsea is on Fox Sports 1
Arsenal-Marseille is on Fox Sports 2 (what used to be Fuel on most cable providers)
Haha, that Ajax guy should be red carded for even having the gonads to think about claiming he got the ball there.
I mean wow. He was what, 6 to 8 feet from the ball? So ridiculous.
Arsenal just scored 28 seconds in, wow
Nasty bend by Wilshere.
Whenever I watch Hulk, he never Smash.
duh, he has to get angry first. Otherwise he is mild mannered.
You should sneak up behind him and inject some gamma rays up his bum.
I mean could it get bigger? That dude has a huge bum.