The first round of UEFA Champions League group stage play will conclude today as teams in Groups E, F, G and H all open play, and there’s one game that rises above the rest.
Bayern Munich and Manchester City will meet for the fifth time in UCL play since 2011, with the Premier League champions testing their mettle at Allianz Arena this afternoon.
Although Bayern has won the group both recent times the two squads were paired up, fortune might be in City’s favor this time with the Bundesliga champions expected to be without Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thiago Alcantara, Rafinha and Javi Martinez, while Arjen Robben is in doubt.
However, given Bayern’s recent success in Europe, it would be foolhardy to rule them out.
In another highlight of the day, Ajax will host Paris Saint-Germain with both looking for valuable points in a very challenging Group F.
Barcelona, Chelsea and Roma are all in action today as well.
Later on in the day, there’s action going on in the Copa Sudamerica and Mexican Copa MX, with Ronaldinho likely making his debut for Querétaro at home against Tigres.
Down in Brazil, there’s an always-entertaining Brasileiro Série A fixture scheduled between Palmeiras and Flamengo.
Here’s a full schedule of today’s fixtures:
2:45pm — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — AS Roma vs. CSKA Moskow
2:45pm — ESPN Deportes/Fox Sports 1 USA — Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City
2:45pm — Fox Sports GO/Fox Soccer 2Go — Barcelona vs. APOEL
2:45pm — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Ajax vs. Paris Saint-Germain
2:45pm — Fox Sports 2 USA/Fox Soccer 2Go — Chelsea vs. Schalke 04
2:45pm — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Maribor vs. Sporting CP
2:45pm — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Porto vs BATE
2:45pm — ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Athletic Bilbao vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
7pm — ESPN3 — Gardner-Webb vs. Clemson (men’s soccer)
7:55pm — ESPN Deportes — Alebrijes de Oaxaca vs. Lobos BUAP
8pm — Fox Sports 2 USA — Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls
8pm — Univision Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — Bayamón FC vs. América
8:15pm — Fox Sports GO/Fox Deportes — River Plate vs. Godoy Cruz
9pm — GOLTV USA — Palmeiras vs. Flamengo
9:55pm — ESPN Deportes — Chiapas vs. Veracruz
10pm — Univision Deportes — Querétaro vs. Tigres UANL
10pm — Fox Soccer 2Go — Municipal vs. Real España
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