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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Nearly 10 years ago to the day, Liverpool were on the verge of missing out on the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, only for an 86th minute Steven Gerrard blinder to salvage a result.

Heading into Tuesday, Liverpool host FC Basel with the 34-year-old Gerrard still in the starting lineup and needing a victory once more to progress. FC Basel on the other hand are looking to make the knockout rounds after missing out last year by two points. Basel won the first meeting between these two sides, 1-0.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has reached into his deck of cards and has pulled out Mexican national team forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to play up top with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, and Asier Illarramendi has another chance to earn some minutes as Los Blancos look to win their group against Ludogorets.

Arsene Wenger is also giving his Arsenal youngsters a chance, and has given Mathieu Debuchy his first start since undergoing ankle surgery in August.

If you will be watching today’s action, or had a chance to catch today’s early-morning matches, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on the action in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s soccer TV schedule is after the jump):

2:45 p.m. – FOX Sports 1 – Liverpool vs. FC Basel

2:45 p.m. – FOX Sports 2 – Real Madrid vs. Ludogorets

2:45 p.m. – ESPN Deportes/ESPN3 – Juventus vs. Atletico

2:45 p.m. – FOX Sports Regional – Galatasaray vs. Arsenal

2:45 p.m. – ESPN3 – Borussia Dortmund vs. Anderlecht

2:45 p.m. – ESPN3 – AS Monaco vs. FC Zenit

2:45 p.m. – ESPN3 – Olympiacos vs. Malmo FF

Comments

  1. Looks like Kljestan was subbed out in the 69th minute for a 17 year old. Anderlecht pulled out the draw though, impressive. Liverpool are shocking. I’m afraid Rodgers is out.

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    • It’s teed up for him, playing with Arsenal’s young first teamers, against a soft defense. The US Immigration officials should be on the sidelines with a passport with his name on it.

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  2. Sacha just missed a golden chance against Dortmund. Subotic is a shell of what he was before the ACL tear, and the whole team is just off.

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  3. Liverpool are such utter garbage. “Missing Suarez and Sturridge” doesn’t begin to explain the mediocrity of that side, particularly in midfield. What’s really amazing is the only decent player Rodgers has bought — Lallana — isn’t even on the field in a game in which they need goals. Baffling.;

    At least the $20 million farce Joe Allen is getting another run out. Enjoy it while it lasts bud…. when Rodgers gets canned, you’re next out the door.

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  4. Seems to me from thousands of miles away with no insight on practice pitch and locker room dynamics that Wenger is not fully utilizing Podolski. What could be the reason why he doesn’t start more often, whether your opinion is conjecture or based on inside knowledge?

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