UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Europa League Round of 16 gets underway on Thursday, with all of the remaining teams in the competition in action.

Among the teams still alive are Maurice Edu's Rangers and Oguchi Onyewu's FC Twente. Rangers opens its tie with PSV Eindhoven on the road, while Twente hosts Zenit-St. Petersburg in their first leg.

Other high-profile matchups in this stage include Bayer Leverkusen-Villarreal and Sporting Braga-Liverpool.

If you will be watching any of Thursday's Europa League matches, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action (TV schedule is after the jump).

THURSDAY'S UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE ON TV

1 p.m. – DirecTV 481 – Bayer Leverkusen vs. Villarreal

1 p.m. – DirecTV 482 – PSV Eindhoven vs. Rangers

1 p.m. – DirecTV 483 – – CSKA Moscow vs. Porto

1 p.m. – GOLTV/DirecTV 484 – Sporting Braga vs. Liverpool

3:05 p.m. – DirecTV 481 – Dynamo Kiev vs. Manchester City

3:05 p.m. – DirecTV 482 – Benfica vs. Paris-St. Germain

3:05 p.m. – DirecTV 483 – FC Twente vs. Zenit-St. Petersburg

3:05 p.m. – GOLTV/DirecTV 484 – Ajax vs. Spartak Moscow

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24 Responses to UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

  1. bottlcaps says:

    DirecTV is showing the “DaMarcus Beasley was here” match on Ch. 483 between Rangers and PSV.

  2. Slyboy says:

    Braga showing Liverpool how to pass

  3. Judging Amy says:

    haha well played. Maurice having a hard time finding the game.

  4. DC Josh says:

    0-0 at the half, not a bad result for Rangers thus far. How are they playing?

  5. Ben says:

    Mo looks pretty uncomfortable in possession, a few too many soft giveaways. He’s playing pretty advanced, as well.

  6. oncebannedtwiceshy says:

    just turned on for the second half but i think mo’s looked good. some nice interceptions. good movement

  7. Judging Amy says:

    Agreed. Rangers is probably protecting this result though.

  8. Ben says:

    I agree, second half he’s been pretty solid.

  9. Ben says:

    Gooch on the bench

  10. Judging Amy says:

    A bit disappointing.

  11. Judging Amy says:

    Yeah he’s been looking better. He’s so excellent at taking the ball away in the middle of the park.

  12. Mike says:

    Vicious elbow….how that isn’t a red I have no idea

  13. Mike says:

    on Carroll in the Liverpool match….didn’t really make that clear

  14. Slyboy says:

    Because the ref was letting elbows fly on both teams, Liverpool landed a few of their own

  15. jonk says:

    Zenit score, but correctly ruled offside.

  16. jonk says:

    Twente score first, on a header from Luuk de Jong

  17. jonk says:

    Twente go up 2-0 in the 56th minute.

  18. Aquaman says:

    Don’t put your gooch on the bench in the middle of winter, it might freeze there.

  19. ronniet says:

    no love for gooch in europa league knockout rounds? disappointing to say the least!

  20. Gacm32 says:

    Wow, the problem with Man City is Mancini. I don’t know why he insists on playing Yaya Toure in an attacking midfield role when he slows down play too much.

  21. jonk says:

    While it’s disappointing he isn’t playing today, he went the full 90 in both games of the previous knockout round against Kazan.

  22. jonk says:

    Twente go up 3-0 on another header from de Jong.

  23. donttreadonme says:

    Worst game by City I have ever seen. Poor touches, and the last 15 min were complete helter skelter. Disappointed I am. Couldn’t finish worth beans. And to think I inaugurated my City jersey today – hah!