UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

By JOSE M. ROMERO

Zenit St. Petersburg’s 1-0 win over Anderlecht kicked off Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League action, as the Russian club got its first points of the competition.

Anderlecht remains at one point and at the bottom of the Group C standings. The group leader is Malaga of Spain, which faces second-place AC Milan this afternoon with a chance to grab control of the group.

In Group A, first-place Porto hopes to keep Dynamo Kiev at three points, while Paris-Saint Germain is at bottom-dwelling Dinamo Zagreb. The Arsenal-Schalke match is a battle of the top two teams in Group B, and in Group D, Manchester City, with only one point, needs a win at last-place Ajax this evening in Amsterdam.

Real Madrid leads Group D with six points and is in Germany to face second-place Borussia Dortmund.

Here is a rundown of today’s UEFA Champions League action:

2:45pm—Fox Soccer Channel/DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go- Ajax vs. Manchester City

2:45pm—Fox Sports Net/MSG Plus- Arsenal vs. Schalke 04

2:45pm—Fox Deportes/DirecTV/Fox Soccer Plus- Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid

2:45pm—DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go- Dinamo Zagreb vs. Paris-Saint Germain

2:45pm—DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go- Malaga vs. AC Milan

2:45pm—DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go- Montpeller vs. Olimpiacos

2:45pm—DirecTV/FoxSoccer2Go- Porto vs. Dynamo Kiev

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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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21 Responses to UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

  1. ISAF says:

    why oh why didn’t Arsenal buy Dempsey or any number of CL teams like say Schalke or Montpelier or Malaga?

  2. Monty says:

    Jermaine Jones is not starting again. It seems that Stevens prefers to start Neustaber as the defensive midfielder in big games.

  3. Scott says:

    Yellow card for Afellay for diving though it wasn’t really either a dive or foul. Farfan does actually dive a minute later and gets the defender booked.

  4. Francois says:

    Horrible Giveaway by Pepe near the center circle, passes it straight to Dortmund player who prompt looks up and puts Lewandowski through on Casillas, and he finishes it clinically near post. That Lewandowski is a baller, no lie.

  5. Scott says:

    The Mannone-Santos “defensive” duo makes me want to cry. Just brutal.

  6. Liga says:

    Santos is awful.

  7. Scott says:

    Jermaine Jones on at halftime

  8. Liga says:

    Great defending by Jones to run down Gervinho and an absolutely disgusting dive from Gervinho. Just a really pathetic exhibit. Throws himself to the ground on the endline in the box without even being touched. Official makes the right call and gives him a yellow for diving.

    • Scott says:

      That ref has had a really good game today I’ve got to say

      • Liga says:

        Yeah at full speed that was a great decision and he was right near the play even thought it was a full break away. Good fitness for the official for sure.

  9. Liga says:

    Dude. Arsenal’s defense is awful.

    How are both your centerbacks further up the pitch than your fullbacks?

  10. MidWest Ref says:

    Gooch continues to make the bench at Malaga. That is a good thing for the poor guy, right?

  11. Liga says:

    Schalke is just trouncing Arsenal right now. Jermaine Jones has been class since coming on.

  12. Brett says:

    Jones had a nice run and picked out a good pass to Farfan that directly led to the second goal.

  13. johnnycougar says:

    Looks more or less over for City. The only way they can advance is by winning at least twice. They can possibly advance on 7 or 8 points, basically needing Madrid or Dortmund to go postal on everyone else. If they get 3 wins (to go to 10 points) they will advance or crash out on tiebreakers.