UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Two of the world’s soccer heavyweights collide today in the Allianz Arena, as Bayern Munich play host to FC Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Barcelona will be led by Lionel Messi, who has recovered from his hamstring injury and will start today. Messi will be called up on to try and help Barca enjoy better first-leg success than in the previous two rounds of the knockout stages.  The Spanish club has fallen, 2-0, to AC Milan and tied Paris Saint-Germain, 2-2, in their first-leg matches.

Bayern won’t be nervous though, having won 11 of their last 13 Champions League matches at home, and having lost at home just once this season in the Bundesliga. With a fully fit squad, there are more than enough options for manager Jupp Heynckes to choose from.

If you will be watching today’s match (and let’s face it, most of you will) please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (You can see a closer look at today’s match-up after the jump):

BAYERN MUNICH vs. BARCELONA

2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel

Players to Watch: BAYERN MUNICH – Franck Ribery, Thomas Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben; BARCELONA – Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, David Villa.

Quick Kicks: Bayern Munich have a nearly full roster, and even so, will have a good selection headache to deal with for Tuesday’s match. Mario Mandzukic is suspended, so the starting forward will either be Claudio Pizarro or Mario Gomez. Toni Kroos is still injured with a torn muscle in his hip. Barcelona will be without Javier Mascherano and Carles Pujol, but were boosted by Eric Abidal’s first start since his liver transplant last Saturday.

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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72 Responses to UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

  1. ChiTown says:

    Just need a goal. Messi can get a goal.

  2. Eric says:

    Liver transplant last Saturday… Lol

  3. 46 says:

    I’d love to see Bradley move to La Liga in a year or 2 or stay and become a ROMA legend

  4. 46 says:

    Barcelona :D they won the competition in 09 and 2011. Bayern reached the final in 2010 and 2012, so next year they will reach the final only to lose to PSG,

  5. Scott says:

    The team that usually eliminates my team versus the team that did this year. Hmmmm. Go Bayern!

  6. Luetchy says:

    Abidal is not starting…

    Valdez, Alves, Bartra, Pique, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Alexis

    Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba, Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Gomez

  7. Francois says:

    2 handballs from Pique..no calls. Typical.

  8. Scott says:

    Bayern’s height come in handy, 1-0. Muller

  9. ed - houston says:

    Bayer is getting the benefit of doubt by the Refs too.

    • RB says:

      I must have missed the PK on Pique’s handball in the box.

      Oh, but that wouldn’t hand been favorable to Bayern, just correct.

  10. Scott says:

    THAT is a handball. Didn’t think the other one was. Sanchez got lucky.

  11. Francois says:

    Busquets is easily one of the players I dislike the most. He tries act like a hard man, plays dirty, then flops after he commits a foul. What a *itch

  12. JeffP says:

    Bayern looking very, very good.

  13. sly says:

    Ribery putting on a close control clinic. Twice he was sorrounded and found away out. Beautiful touch always.

  14. 46 says:

    suprised to see Gomez starting

  15. beachbum says:

    Messi not one burst yet, perhaps better on the bench this week? he’ll probably do something amazing now

    but not before Gomez scores 2-0 Bayern, again the aerial game. was he offsides?

  16. Scott says:

    2-0! Again Bayern’s height comes into play. Gomez was maybe offside.

  17. RK says:

    Sky is saying offsides…on a corner?

  18. PD says:

    Don’t recall seeing Barca this flat footed to this extent. Bayern taking it to ‘em…

  19. YO says:

    Love it!

  20. sly says:

    Is it just me or is Robben’s work rate insane this game. I always knew him to be selfish and an okay defender. He’s all over this pitch. Wow. He must really not want to lose the starting spot again.

    • sly says:

      Ribery needs a goal now just to make this perfect. Robben deserved that goal all over the pitch.

  21. RK says:

    Nice pick…ref missed that one. 3-0.

  22. Monty says:

    Muller does everything for the team. Even set a pick.

  23. Matt says:

    wow pick and roll.. wait can you do that… should have been a foul on Bayern, but regardless, they are taking to to Barcelona.

  24. MemRook says:

    What a beautiful pick!

  25. RK says:

    Unbelievable. 4.

  26. MemRook says:

    Dayyyyyyum. Barca getting a beat down. Gotta invest in some quality D in the off season.

  27. beachbum says:

    Villa instead of Messi today is hindsight I know but…….

    this game could see more goals

  28. bryan says:

    good for bayern

  29. Victor Aguilar says:

    I know Barca is good, but can even they be able to pull something off at the nou camp??

    • beachbum says:

      they need a goal before the end today imo

    • sly says:

      They can do it or it can’t be done. Personally I’d play 7 defenders 2 attacking midd in cam nou.

      But Bayern have the talent to get 2 there.

  30. beachbum says:

    look at that! Robben pressures Pique and he bungles it out of bounds. wow

  31. markwriter says:

    One of the knocks on Messi has been that he couldn’t function outside the Barcelona system, that the system made him better. I think his injury has given evidence for the opposite, that he makes everyone around him better by simply being an exemplar on how to play at the highest level ever. He’s an exemplar when fully healthy, and Barcelona is not the same team when he is not fully healthy.

    ex·em·plar
    /igˈzemplər/
    Noun
    A person or thing serving as a typical example or excellent model.

  32. SteveE says:

    Game over

  33. RB says:

    Jordi Alba seems to be a bigger and bigger idiot every time I see him play…

  34. RK says:

    Really stupid yellow by Alba, and now he can’t play in the next.

    Is it his fault the Bayern player couldn’t catch?

  35. Alex G says:

    Believable, I kept saying this, Barce is done, thank God for this day, everything is great today, HALA MADRID

  36. ed - houston says:

    It’s safe to say Bayern are the favorites to go all the way in the UCL.

  37. RB says:

    Now 4… That may be enough.

  38. 46 says:

    if Barca can come back from this to reach the final and certaintly possible that they can, they truly are 1 of the best teams of all time

  39. Pep G says:

    Didn’t see that one coming. WOW

  40. Brian says:

    Trying to decide which was better….the lashing that Bayern gave Barca or the lashing that Herc just gave Don Garber on Twitter.

  41. chris says:

    Hahaha we’re you at chitown? Bayern just ripped barca a new one. Can’t wait to watch Dortmund do the same to Madrid. Like I said Bundesliga > La liga

  42. Keeping_The_Brek_Shea_Faith says:

    I’ll say this….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!
    Did that crow taste good, followed by some humble pie Barca?!?!?!?!

  43. bkupp says:

    No doubt, Bayern ruled the match, but first 3 goals should have all been disallowed. Too bad timid refereeing ruined a potentially great series.