UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Galatasaray hope to erase a three-goal deficit when they welcome Real Madrid (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Channel) to Turk Telecom Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday night.

The Turkish side will be without their leading Champions League scorer, Burak Yilmaz, but with Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba on the pitch, anything is possible. Jose Mourinho meanwhile will look to qualify for the semifinals for the third straight season with Real Madrid.

Málaga travel to north Germany with heavy hearts, as manager Manuel Pellegrini’s father passed away on Saturday. Starting defender Martin Demichelis said that the whole team is united behind Pellegrini and will do everything they can to pull out a victory against Borussia Dortmund (2:45pm, Fox Soccer Plus/MSG+).

Borussia manager Jurgen Klopp finally welcomes back Mats Hummels from an ankle injury, and Jakub Błaszczykowski is now fit as well for the German side. Last years Bundesliga champions are undefeated this season at home in Champions League matches, and with the scoreless draw in the first leg in southern Spain, the hosts will have a lot of confidence that they can reach the next round.

If you will be watching today’s 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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58 Responses to UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

  1. malkin says:

    Stu Holden not dressed for Sheffield Wednesday today.

    • AC says:

      I noticed that. Hopefully not a step back.

    • ChiTown says:

      Resting him.

      His fitness cannot be very good at this point.

      • malkin says:

        Indeed. Similar to last week where he played over the weekend and sat mid-week. Nice for Sheffield to have several pairs of fresh legs down the relegation-battle stretch.

  2. bryan says:

    Madrid already up 1-0!

  3. ChiTown says:

    Well, that’s the end of this match. Dortmund Malaga here we come.

  4. Tim M. says:

    Gooch make the bench for malaga? This la liga vet is starting in place of wellington it would quite the insult to not even have him on the bech considering he helped them through the group stages

  5. ChiTown says:

    Goal Malaga!

    Dortmund now need at least 2 goals to advance.

  6. ChiTown says:

    Spain reloads with players like Isco.

    Starting in Champions League quarterfinals at age 20. Top 5 young AM in the world.

  7. Mig says:

    The Dortmund coach is pretty funny. Dude might want to back off on the caffeine and red meat.

  8. ChiTown says:

    That was utterly bizarre.

    Schmelzer was booked for a wild tackle. He then went into another wild tackle a minute later and punched a Malaga player… and the Malaga player was carded.

    Referee botched that pretty badly. Dortmund should be a man down.

    • chris says:

      Punch? Hahahaha no. Dive? Yes.

      Did you see the malaga player kick reus in the stomach? He could have ruptured his spleen or if he timed it right he coukd have stopped his heart using dim mak. That’s crimminal!!!!!!

  9. g? says:

    ARGH!! I knew this would happen.. Dortmund dominant, but didn’t score in Malaga. If they lose on away goals… ARGH!

  10. ChiTown says:

    Wesley Sneijder missing sitters that his team desperately needs. Where have I seen that before?

  11. ChiTown says:

    Just so we’re all clear about this…

    Dortmund’s starting CB — Neven Subotic — should be a US National Team player except a coach publicly slandered him to the point that he switched nationalities.

    Just wanted to rehash this.

    • ChiTown says:

      Oh, and Rongen can burn in hell for what he did to the program.

      • Mig says:

        You’re sugar-coating again ChiTown. You need to speak out more.

        • ChiTown says:

          Bitter.

          He cost us a player that as his career unfolds here would have been the best defender in USMNT history.

          • Mig says:

            Oh I agree with you on all counts. He shouldn’t be allowed to coach U-10s in suburban Sheboygan. I just thought the burn-in-hell might be a tad over the top. ;)

  12. ChiTown says:

    That was the best chance Reus is getting. 8 yards out… you have to score there.

  13. bryan says:

    wtf is going on madrid…get it together…

  14. Mig says:

    Malaga’s outfield players owe their keeper some better play…and maybe a nice car…if they get out of this tie and advance.

  15. Brian S. says:

    Malaga to semis!!!

  16. ChiTown says:

    That’ll do it.

    Malaga to the semifinals. Can we get 3 Spanish teams in the semis?

  17. Travis says:

    Ugh this is going to be an unbearable couple of weeks from La Liga lovers. Also clearly offside on the goal for what its worth

  18. Mig says:

    Well, you don’t see that every day.

  19. Brian S. says:

    What?!?!?

  20. Dinho says:

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW

  21. Tim M. says:

    Malaga is definitely playing like the more experienced team today though

    • kelso says:

      FAIL

      • Tim M. says:

        their time management defensive organization and and decision making from their veteran players have all been great. Dont u should u be prepping for ur SATS kid?

        • kelso says:

          Haha, sorry… no offense intended. At work so i’ve just seen the highlights as FS net posted them. The timing was just hilarious.

  22. kelso says:

    HAHAHAHA they deserve that win for the tifo alone.

  23. Tim M. says:

    Fu*king wow

  24. g? says:

    Victory for good and righteousness!

    • Tim M. says:

      Wouldnt exactly put it that way, but based on talent alone the right team won

      • g? says:

        I have a soft spot for fan-owned teams, especially against Qatari emirs. And teams with such awesome young players, that are so fun to watch.
        (in other words, my teams always lose…)

        • biff says:

          Agree with that. Love to watch them also. this season have become a big fan of Dortmund, a team with a payroll less than half of Real Madrid that develops young players plus a coach that puts the highly overrated Jose Mourinho to shame. Plus they play fair, among the lowest yellow and red cards in the Bundesliga. Amazing that Dortmund today had their worst game of the Champions League with bad passes and general sluggishness and a leaky, wobbly defense. But, wow, they played with heart until the bitter end. Would love to see them go against Real Madrid again with refs who do not have an agenda.

          • Mig says:

            Biff, I know you’re a German League fan and that you have strong opinions. But to say Mourinho is ‘highly overrated’ and that any coach ‘puts [him] to shame’ borders on the crazy. It’s okay to say that Klopp is an exciting new, talented coach but there is no reason to make these sweeping remarks.

  25. GS says:

    Gs 3 RM 2