UEFA Champions League: Running Commentary

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The Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League is set to kick off and we are about to be treated to some of the best match-ups in recent memory.

The schedule of matches reads like a who's-who of top European clubs, making today a dream day for soccer fans. Here is the list of today's games and TV listings:

  • Manchester United at Inter Milan (2:30pm, ESPN2)

  • Barcelona at Lyon (2:30pm, ESPN Deportes, 5pm, ESPN Classic)

  • AS Roma at Arsenal (2pm, Setanta USA)

  • FC Porto at Atletico Madrid (11pm, Setanta USA)

I will be providing a running commentary throughout the afternoon, with the main focus being on Manchester United-Inter. The computer will be fixed onto Barcelona-Lyon while Roma-Arsenal will be a click away on Setanta, so I will be commenting on multiple matches (In other words, if you don't want to know the score of certain matches you might want to stay away.)

As always, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on today's matches in the comments section below (I will be doing a running commentary so no need for one in the comments section).

Enjoy the action.

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FINAL- That's all for now. Thanks for following along and please feel free to share your thoughts on any of today's Champions League matches in the comments section below.

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FINAL- Manchester United 0, Inter Milan 0. This one will be decided at Old Trafford in the return leg.

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93rd minute- Save Cesar. Ronaldo hit it hard, but right at Cesar, who didn't know much about it when it hit him in the chest. Game over.

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92nd minute- Dangerous free kick for Manchester United and this might be the best of the bunch they've gotten today. 25 yards out, above the left side.

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90th minute- First of three minutes of stoppage time down.

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90th minute- A miscommunication in the back nearly leads to a United goal, but Julio Cesar cleans it up.

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88th minute- Rooney gets a yellow for what was a pretty clean challenge. Not sure that was deserved.

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85th minute- Inter with a dangerous free kick from straight ahead, 35 yards out.

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83rd minute- Rooney in for Park. Let's see what 'The Boy' can do in seven minutes.

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82nd minute- WOW, Inter comes oh so close on a corner but can't get it into the net.

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81st minute- Rooney will be coming in soon.

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77th minute- Balotelli and Cruz in for Muntari and Adriano.

Berbatov hits the side netting with a shot.

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75th minute- Still scoreless and it's time for United to make a sub, Where are Rooney and Tevez?

Julio Cruz will be coming in for Inter.

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73rd minute- Berbatov looks a bit flat. I could see him coming out for Rooney.

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72nd minute- Fletcher with a yellow for a foul on Muntari.

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71st minute- Manchester United is starting to wake up again.

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69th minute- Thierry Henry just equalized for Barcelona. Header as he creeped into the back-post. 1-1 in Lyon.

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68th minute- Action is picking up. Ronaldo gets stopped by Santon and the crowd cheers.

Does anybody else see Cambiasso and think he reminds them of a young Locke from Lost?

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67th minute- WOW, United so close. Ronaldo laid off a ball to the front of goal but nobody can tap it home.

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64th minute- Manchester United looks a bit flat this half, must have used up all the chances in the first half.

Who will find the goal? Will we see "The Boy"?

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59th minute- Maicon carded for a late challenge on Carrick.

Where is Ronaldo? And where is Wayne Rooney?

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58th minute- Chivu gets a yellow for a foul on Berbatov. I was beginning to wonder if the ref was going to give any cards in the run of play.

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56th minute- Corner leads to nothing.

Ibrahimovic is ruled offside on what would have been a dangerous chance.

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55th minute- Inter with a corner.

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54th minute- Someone might want to tell Cristiano Ronaldo that the second half started.

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51st minute- Stankovic sends a long-range bomb wide.

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51st minute- Evra takes some cleats to the groin. Never a good thing.

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48th minute- Inter has come out flying.

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47th minute- Hey, it's Esteban Cambiasso. When did he get here?

Nice ball in by Cambiasso but Adriano hits it off his own ankle. What a miss.

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46th minute- Second half is under way.

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HALFTIME- Veteran defender Ivan Cordoba is going to be coming in for Rivas. Had to happen.

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HALFTIME- What changes might we see at halftime? Mourinho might want to consider benching Nelson Rivas. Ferguson will need to bring in Rooney at some point.

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HALFTIME- Man of the match so far is Julio Cesar, who has shown why some (including myself) consider him one of the top 10 goalkeepers in the world.

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HALFTIME- Manchester United 0, Inter Milan 0. United has dominated play, but has no goals to show for it. Inter was flat most of the first half, but showed some life in the final 10 minutes.

Lyon leads Barcelona, 1-0, at halftime.

Arsenal leads Roma, 1-0, at halftime.

Atletico Madrid leads Porto, 2-1, at halftime.

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45th minute- Inter with a free kick from 25 to 30 yards out on the right side.

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44th minute- Inter back-up goalkeeper Francesco Toldo was issued a yellow card on the bench, apparently for criticizing the referee. And hey, it's a Figo citing.

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42nd minute- Actually, this match has probably had more action than some expected, though Man United's inability to finish has made it a tough match to watch at times.

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41st minute- So it's kind of early for a drinking game, but I would advocate drinking some coffee. This match is making me sleepy.

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40th minute- Ibrahimovic shows off some nice moves and Inter finally shows a pulse. And just like that, another United corner kick.

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38th minute- Ronaldo wastes a great counter by United but he hits a cross from too sharp an angle and Cesar collects it.

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36th minute- Here is a question: What is the over/under on future MLS players in this United/Inter match? I say 2.5.

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35th minute- Lyon is really pressing Barcelona in their match. So much for a Barcelona cakewalk.

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32nd minute- Ronaldo's kick hits the wall. Another wasted chance for United.

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31st minute- ANOTHER Man United free kick. 25 yards, left corner of area.

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30th minute- Karim Benzema just hit the post for Lyon, which still leads Barcelona 1-0 in their match in France.

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29th minute- SAVE CESAR!! Wow. he dives at full stretch to save a Ronaldo free kick.

Ronaldo barely misses on a header just 30 seconds later.

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28th minute- Another Man U free kick coming.

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26th minute- SAVE CESAR!!! Giggs with a beautiful turn to break behind the Inter defense, he's wide open against Cesar, but Giggs shot is saved. Giggs torched Rivas.

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24th minute- Arsenal and Roma are still scoreless.

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23rd minute- United corner goes begging, but Manchester United comes right back and Berbatov pushes a header wide. Ferguson's boys are dominating, but still have no goals.

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21st minute- Scary to see how much United is in control of this match with Rooney and Tevez on the bench. Inter just doesn't look sharp today.

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20th minute- United knocks on the door but can't put one on net. Here comes Inter with their first threat, but nothing comes of it.

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18th minute- Inter has yet to do much this game, be it create any chances or even put together any good sequences.

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16th minute- For those unaware, Barcelona is trailing Lyon, 1-0.

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14th minute- Giggs' attempt hits the wall.

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13th minute- Carrick draws a free kick from about 25 yards out after a foul by Zanetti. 25 yards out right of the arc.

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11th minute- Ronaldo is getting a lot of the ball, and keeps trying to beat Santon, but the kid is doing a good job so far. Future star here for Inter.

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9th minute- Sully Muntari looks pretty shaky early on, not having a good start to this match.

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8th minute- Ronaldo misses wide right by inches from 35 yards out on the free kick.

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8th minute- United with another good free kick after Muntari fouls Park.

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6th minute- Ronaldo is racing down the right flank and will be looking to test 18-year-old Davide Santon all night. Yes, that's right, Inter's left back is 18.

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5th minute- SAVE CESAR!! Wow, just stopped a Ronaldo header from point-blank range. What a save.

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3rd minute- Ronaldo hits it right at Julio Cesar.

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2nd minute- We are underway and Manchester United already has a dangerous free kick.

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PRE-GAME- Here is Manchester United's lineup:

—————-Berbatov———————-

————————–Ronaldo————-

Park—–Giggs———-Carrick—–Fletcher

Evra——-Ferdinand—Evans——-O'Shea

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PRE-GAME- The San Siro is rocking tonight.

Here is INter's lineup

——–Adriano—-Ibrahimovic————-

————–Stankovic——————–

—Muntari—————-Zanetti———

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Santon—Chivu—Rivas Lopez—Maicon

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PRE-GAME- Some great match-ups to watch today, but the two I'm looking forward to the most are Zlatan Ibrahimovic-Rio Ferdinand and Maicon-Cristiano Ronaldo. Four of the best players in the world right there.

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PRE-GAME- The match is fast approaching and we're treated to some vintage video of Man Utd-Porto highlights from Mourinho's Porto days. And yes, we catch a few glimpses of Tim Howard during his Manchester United days.

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59 Responses to UEFA Champions League: Running Commentary

  1. rg says:

    Any tech savvy folks have a link to the ManU v Inter match that is not Justin Tv?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. EDB says:

    I need a way to watch Roma v Arsenal.. i dont get espn360

  3. RK says:

    Porto has the Hulk playing for them. How can they lose?

  4. ManicMessiah says:

    Does Ronaldo wear those lime green boots often?

  5. ManicMessiah says:

    early free kick for Ronaldo, didn’t hit the wall but pretty much straight at the keeper. He hit a good one against Blackburn on the weekend.

  6. ManicMessiah says:

    Ronaldo is into this game early.

  7. ManicMessiah says:

    Ronaldo’s going to get another good free kick, a little long, but a stupid foul against Park.

  8. RK says:

    Two early goals…

  9. ManicMessiah says:

    Ronaldo’s due to hit the wall with this free kick.

  10. ManicMessiah says:

    Geez, Inter is shanking every cross and shot they it.

  11. mattC says:

    IN the match of the day, two minutes in FFC 0, Swansea 0.

  12. Oranje15 says:

    Not much patience by Inter while on the attack. Both sides are showing some poor play though.

  13. ManicMessiah says:

    That was a nice flick by Park if it touched him.

  14. RK says:

    Lisandro makes it 1-1 Porto. Hulk smash!

  15. Ryan says:

    Does anyone have a non-Justin TV stream?

  16. ManicMessiah says:

    Cesar did well to save that, but Giggs did not approach that 1 v 1 right.

  17. Oranje15 says:

    Giggs with a great chance. Crappy angle, but a chance nonetheless! Come on Giggsy!

  18. Isaac says:

    Did The commentator just call Adriano fat?

  19. ManicMessiah says:

    Hey, Inter were attacking for a moment.

  20. Oranje15 says:

    Is Adriano going to score with his arm/hand again today? And CR7 is due for a goal tonight. So, so close many times.

  21. Carl says:

    Arsenal scores on PK

  22. Krista says:

    i really dont like van pressie.

  23. northzax says:

    by the way, anyone want to learn the difference between Italian player development and US player development? look at Davide Santon. the kid’s 18 and starting in the San Siro against Cristiano Ronaldo, and this isn’t the biggest match he’s player (since he also started in the Derby the other week)

  24. THE Nick says:

    Santon is the next Maldini. Future best defender in the world.

  25. RK says:

    Forlan makes it 2-1 AM

  26. Krista says:

    ha. watching on espn360 and it just now changed to english.

    what are y’alls predictions for tomorrow UCL?

  27. northzax says:

    by the way, how much fun is it to watch the Italians complain about diving?

  28. usa says:

    carrick showing why hes the most underrated player in the world, 2nd best holding midfielder on earth in my humble opinion

  29. SteveT says:

    Northzax, Jozy Altidore started in and scored in New York’s playoff series against D.C. United at 16. So what’s your point?

    Okay, I’m joking, but don’t act like young guys like Santon play in games like this all the time. It’s pretty rare actually.

  30. Isaac says:

    Haha…Tommy called Jose the Special One….

  31. Oranje15 says:

    Adriano missed a golden chance. Now Inter look like they are a new team. I am worried for my boys in Red.

  32. usa says:

    adriano flops…im surprised his earlier muff didnt shoot off his arm and in

  33. Oranje15 says:

    Nice dive by CR. Doesn’t he know that the Oscars were Sunday?

  34. RK says:

    Aguero out? Why?

  35. The Special One says:

    ugh Park is such garbage, if he had anticipated that Ronaldo’s run that would have been a easy tap in

  36. Oranje15 says:

    SAF needs to make changes…NOW!

  37. Isaac says:

    I’ve never seen Ryan Giggs do a stepover.

  38. RK says:

    Lisandro’s brace ties it at 2.

  39. SugarFreeRedBull says:

    Good match so far. Chances on both sides but the defense seems to be holding on both sides. Who will crack under pressure?

  40. ManicMessiah says:

    Too late for Rooney to have an impact on the match.

  41. Oranje15 says:

    If we all got a dollar for everytime Berbatov put his arms in the air in disgust tonight, we’d be freaking rich!

    What a chump Dimitar is… Tevez actually plays the whole time he is in.

  42. SugarFreeRedBull says:

    Intentional handball by Man U. Ref didn’t see it.

  43. Oranje15 says:

    Weak yellow for Rooney. At least he made an actual effort to get to the ball. That much can’t be said for some others in the match.

  44. Curt says:

    Dempsey scores vs. Swansea City in FA cup.

  45. Aaron says:

    Header by dempsey to the bottom right corner of a S. Davies cross. game tied at 1

  46. Turtle says:

    Deuce scored for Fulham today in the FA cup…

  47. northzax says:

    Ceasar was a freaking god tonight, Inter have him alone to thank for not going to Old Trafford down an insurmountable amount. that’s some fine keeping.

  48. Alex says:

    I like Inter and watch them every weekend but I am noticing more and more that the serie a is sooo slow!!! they just stand on the ball and nobody makes a run its like they have no idea where to go with the ball. ridiculous there is no reason to play balls to zlatan on the wing completley away from the goal and then nobody goes and fills his space, just garbage. I’m watching the setanta crew and even they think serie a is just not physical and is way to slow.

  49. Carl says:

    I cant find a link to see a highlight of Demp’s goal….

  50. ThaDeuce says:

    ditto carl: Anyone have a link to highlights for Dempsey’s goal for Fulham versus Swansea???
    Congrats to Demps and Fulham for the victory. Now they will play Man U?
    I checked us soccer global blog and am about to check fulhamfc website.

  51. ThaDeuce says:

    At least Zamora has broken free of his curse. 2 goals in two games after a full first half of the season practically goalless

  52. ThaDeuce says:

    Demps had a diving header off a corner. no video yet
    link to fulhamfc.com

  53. ThaDeuce says:

    sounds like Dempsey had about 5-6 AMAZING shots on goal or off the woodwork. He is really playing well. I hope more start hitting the net for him.

  54. Brett says:

    Dempsey seems to be really confident on the left side of attack with Fulham and he really has been working on his left foot.

    I was surprised to see him take a free kick. I don’t imagine Danny Murphy will allow that very much.

    Hopefully he isn’t afraid to force switches during the game when he plays for USA because you know Bradley won’t put him there.

  55. Travis in Miami says:

    Brett – didn’t you notice Deuce and Beas were switching sides quite a bit during the Mexico game? It was great to see.

  56. mcjonesssss says:

    Anyone have a link to the Fulham highlights?

  57. ThaDeuce says:

    I saw that too. This is awesome.

  58. ThaDeuce says:

    I’m looking. By the way, Bobby Jindal reminds me of Kenneth the page from 30 rock.

  59. ThaDeuce says:

    can’t find any, but i can find some info
    link to soccernet.espn.go.com
    and roy’s words:
    link to fulhamfc.com
    IF ANYONE FINDS DEMPSEY’S SCORE ONLINE, PLEASE POST LINK ASAP