Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

Bradley (Reuters Pictures)

Michael Bradley and Lionel Messi take center stage on Tuesday.

Fresh off his first Serie A goal, Bradley and his Chievo Verona teammates will try to play spoiler for AC Milan, as the Rossoneri have fallen a point behind unbeaten Juventus and need a win to avoid risking an even steeper climb in the race for the Scudetto. Bradley's first season in Italy has been a rousing success, and he could add another chapter to that with a standout showing against the traditional powerhouse.

Messi and Barcelona, meanwhile, will aim to creep within a point of Real Madrid atop the table in La Liga, and they can do so with a home victory over Getafe. A win would put the pressure on Real Madrid to match the three points tomorrow in their battle against Atletico Madrid. Tuesday provides Messi a chance to build on his historic season even more, after he crossed the 60-goal mark over the weekend.

Here is the viewing schedule for Tuesday's matches:

2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go/ESPN3.com – Chievo vs. AC Milan

3 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Blackburn vs. Liverpool

3 p.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes – Barcelona vs. Getafe

If you will be watching any of Tuesday's games, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action.

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35 Responses to Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

  1. EvertonBrian says:

    Goal = 2 / Assist = 1

    Premier League

    RVP – 61
    Rooney- 48
    Aguero – 39
    Dempsey – 37
    Adebayor – 37
    Ba – 34
    Mata – 33

  2. marco says:

    Great strike by Muntari for Milan. Chievo never regained their defensive shape after Bradley took a corner from the left, and Milan countered. Bradley RM got stuck on the left after the corner, and the Chievo mid never shifted over to cover.

  3. predicto says:

    Chievo doing well against Milan even at 0-1 down. Muntari’s goal was on a counter against the run of play. MB doing well so far – winning everything he’s touching so far. But his corners and free kick have been less than stellar so far.

  4. predicto says:

    Fun open game – Chievo really taking it to milan. MB is pressing forward all the time. At this rate, Chievo should score soon.

  5. Polo says:

    Messi just notched his 24th assist. And Xavi has a goal taken away by a goal line clearance, but replay shows it was over the line.

  6. Tom says:

    on an angled through pass with his chest.

  7. Polo says:

    It was a heck of a pass.

  8. NE Matt says:

    Subtract PK’s out of those statistics and I’d be interested to see where Dempsey ranks. I’d go as far to say that he’d be #2 on the list

  9. Alex says:

    Anyone else think the Burger King logo splashed across Getafe’s kit is just astonishingly ugly? I mean, other teams are more subtle with their kit sponsor… This is just bad.

  10. Tom says:

    They used to have the Burger King himself upside down on the inside of their shirt, so they could pull it up over their head for celebrations.

  11. away goals says:

    Liverpool not popular with bolton supporters right now.

    Everton fans probably loving it though.

  12. Polo says:

    Getafe is TRIPLE man-marking Messi. Insane.

  13. Polo says:

    LIONEL FREAKING MESSI!!!!

    THAT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!

  14. Jort says:

    OMG NO WAY!

    Messi just scored one of the most magical goals I’ve ever seen.

  15. Alex says:

    I remember that. I don’t catch much Getafe so it always just shocks me when I see how bad it is.

  16. Polo says:

    There is nothing Getafa could have done short of breaking Messi’s leg that would have stopped that goal. Perfect.

  17. Polo says:

    That’s awesome for Deuce.

    And for relevant good measure… Messi is 148.

  18. Alex says:

    Bradley with some good moves down the left following a short corner, followed by a sharp ball into the box, wasted by a teammate.

  19. Johnny says:

    How has Chievo not scored yet?

  20. away goals says:

    I think messi would only be at 78. Dempsey et al are being scored with league stats only.

    Still obscene production. Ronaldo checks in with a mere 64.

  21. malkin says:

    Let’s hope they can hold on

  22. Polo says:

    Getafe player just kicks Iniesta intentionally, in the box, as he’s running past him and nothing given.

  23. Polo says:

    Tommy Smyth is ranting about people giving him the business on Twitter. This is more entertaining than the actual match haha

  24. malkin says:

    well shlt. let’s hope they can hold on to the tie.

  25. away goals says:

    At least they’re playing so poorly that dempsey will cross liverpool off his potential destinations list.

  26. predicto says:

    Yeah – cheivo is taking it to milan, but seems they just are not goal scorers. But Bradley is really attacking, and especially dangerous when he follows up the strikers into the box looking for rebounds of pass-backs. Looking more like his dutch days.

  27. Dillon says:

    Watching Barca is more like watching a ballet than a sporting event and I mean this in a bad way.

  28. away goals says:

    Messi only added 4 pts to his total today (so far). He’s probably battling an illness.

  29. Polo says:

    61 goals, 39 in the league, 25 assists… in 30 league games plus domestic and euro games.

    Greatest statistical season in the history of football?

  30. Jort says:

    How can you not love their precision and agility?

  31. CA says:

    Barcelona with 10 La Masia products on the field now.

  32. Polo says:

    Haha, how far he’s come that we consider 1 goal, 2 assist matches to be run of the mill production.

  33. DJ777 says:

    Blackburn ties the game up and is playing 11 on 10. takes the foot of the gas, lets liverpool control some of the possession and ends up losing the match in the last moments. They played for the tie instead of going for the win. BRUTAL

  34. uksubs says:

    87 for messi.

    84 for CR7

    league stats only.

  35. nic d "the TEXAS 2 stepper" says:

    They got what they deserved. They EARNED the L!