UEFA Champions League: Match Day Two (Your Running Commentary)

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The action in the UEFA Champions League Group of Death, Group D, swings back into full gear later today and all four teams will be eager to pick up points so as to not fall behind in the race for the top two spots.

Manchester City are in dire need of grabbing three points after failing to put away Real Madrid in the group opener, but they will have to knock off reigning German Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in order to do so. City will have an edge as they are playing at home, but the pressure for them to win will build with every minute considering Dortmund already has three points after beat Ajax in the first round.

Ajax will also be looking to pick up a win today, as they host Real Madrid in a match that should be wide open from the start. The Dutch club was shutout in their group-opening loss to Borussia Dortmund, so finding the back of the net will be vital for them to gain some confidence against one of the most expensive teams in the world.

Here is a rundown of today's Champions League matches:

2:45pm- DirecTV/ Fox Soccer Channel/FoxSoccer2Go- Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund

2:45pm- DirecTV/Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer Plus- Ajax vs. Real Madrid

2:45pm- MSG Plus/Fox Sports Net/FoxSoccer2Go- Arsenal vs. Olimpiakos

2:45pm- DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go- Dynamo Kiev vs. Dinamo Zagreb

2:45pm- DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go- FC Porto vs. PSG

2:45pm- DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go- Schalke 04 vs. Montpellier

2:45pm- DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go- RSC Anderlecht vs. Malaga

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If you will be watching today's Champions League action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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24 Responses to UEFA Champions League: Match Day Two (Your Running Commentary)

  1. Darwin says:

    Thank goodness. I had to get out of that Davies thread.

  2. Jeb says:

    did gooch not make the bench or is he out of european play because of sporting lisbon?

  3. bryan says:

    Gooch and Jones aren’t even dressed (but we knew Gooch wouldn’t). Kljestan on the bench. lame.

  4. Tim M. says:

    And no americans are playing anywhere in Europe this evening, folks.

  5. Illmatic74 says:

    Sorry to be that guy but, Subotic is starting for Dortmund.

  6. MidWest Ref says:

    Wormer – dead; Niedermyer – dead; Illmatic74 as “that guy” – dead

  7. Illmatic74 says:

    Great end to end action in the first half of City/Dortmund. Either team could pull this one out.

  8. MidWest Ref says:

    time for an outrageous opinion:

    Jones can’t even get on the bench for his team. he shouldn’t be playing for the USMNT

  9. Illmatic74 says:

    I am not the biggest fan of Jones but he is usually a starter for Schalke. Today is a rare occurrence.

  10. Matt says:

    well Sacha just got in to be the sole American so far in the Champions league

  11. beachbum says:

    what a miss from Lewandowski…who played him in? beautiful ball thru and he should have done better. City lucky still just 0-1 76th minute

  12. Steven says:

    Is Jones on a red card suspension or yellow card accumulation or something? Usually he is playing. I like him because he is not afraid to be mean to the other team but I also dislike him sometimes too. I would rather Williams starts for the national team.

  13. MidWest Ref says:

    My comment about Jones was a pure attempt to be hunorous- as was my response to you below about Subotic.

    Jones is a part of our USMNT set up and should be for the foreseeable future. I thought I would try to set off the panickers.

  14. MidWest Ref says:

    And he just gave away a penalty in extra time to allow Man City to tie the game – that is a bit of American soccer luck whether he plays for the USMNT or not.

  15. beachbum says:

    PK equalizer late for City. Tough one for Dortmund to accept I’m sure that handball but I’ve seen it called like that plenty…and not called too.

    fun second half to watch with no horse in the game

  16. Joe B NYC says:

    Ajax played valiantly in the first half. They’re need a strong central midfielder that doesn’t give up the ball so easily. They need to find a couple of Davids or Seedorfs… The scoreline contradicts the fact the goalkeeper Vermeer kept them in the game. Sana disappointed in this game. Oh well, 4 more games to go. Back to the drawing board.

  17. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Cazorla > Fabergas

    Discuss

  18. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I’ll go first. He strikes me as more lively, more committed, less selfish and his short range passing is eye popping. So I second my own proposition.

  19. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Meant to post that here:

    I’ll go first. He strikes me as more lively, more committed, less selfish and his short range passing is eye popping. So I second my own proposition.

  20. Liga says:

    He’s supposed to be Xavi’s replacement next to Iniesta.

  21. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Unclear pronoun reference. Which “he”?

  22. Liga says:

    Santi!

    He’s probably the quickest passer in the world behind Xavi and Iniesta. Ninja feet.

  23. Tony in Quakeland says:

    That’s what I assumed you meant – wanted to make sure. I tell you, if Giourd had his scoring touch, he’d be leading the league in goals. Carzola keeps dropping incredible balls for him…

  24. Liga says:

    I feel the same way watching Freddy Adu play. Carzola has been the best AM in the EPL for real. His passing on the edge of the 18 is just nasty.