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UEFA Champions League Gameweek 1, Wednesday: Open Thread

uefa champions league UEFA Champions League Gameweek 1, Wednesday: Open Thread

It’s going to be almost impossible for today’s UEFA Champions League matches to conjure up some of the incredible goals we witnessed yesterday during the Champions League matches, but I’m sure the 16 teams participating today will give it a shot.

For viewers in the United States, here’s today’s TV and Internet schedule of all of the live games (all times Eastern):

Schalke vs Steaua Bucharest, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
AC Milan vs Celtic, 2:45pm, FSN and FOX Soccer 2Go
Barcelona vs Ajax, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Atletico Madrid vs Zenit St Petersburg, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Austria Vienna vs Porto, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Chelsea vs FC Basel, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Marseille vs Arsenal, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
Napoli vs Borussia Dortmund, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go

In team news, here are the starting lineups for many of the teams playing today:

Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Großkreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – Bender, Sahin – Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus – Lewandowski

Arsenal: Szczęsny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere; Walcott, Özil, Ramsey; Giroud.

Celtic: Forster; Lustig, Van Dijk, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Matthews, Brown, Mulgrew, Samaras; Commons, Stokes

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Cahill; Van Ginkel, Lampard, Oscar; Hazard, Eto’o, Willian

FC Basel: Sommer; Voser, Schär, Ivanov, Safari; Frei, Salah, Diaz, Stocker, Sio, Streller

Ajax: Vermeer; Van Rhijn, Moisander, Poulsen, Duarte, Sigthorsson, De Jong, Bojan, Boilesen, Blind and Denswil

Barcelona: Valdés, Dani Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Sergio, Fàbregas, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi and Neymar

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation with other soccer fans from around the globe in the comments section below.

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32 Responses to UEFA Champions League Gameweek 1, Wednesday: Open Thread

  1. Pete Q says:

    I’m ready.

    Fox pregame show muted. Sky Sports flowing on the laptop.

  2. Pete Q says:

    Carragher, Ballack, and Redknapp in the Sky studio.

    I would say the quality of analysis is tipped in Sky’s favor compared to Fox’s Barton, Wynalda, McBride combo.

    • Galan says:

      I’d like to know who disliked this comment? Does someone actually think the Fox Sports in studio analysis is anything above amateurish? Lol. What a joke.

  3. Pete Q says:

    For those getting Fox Sports 2 (I don’t), looks like you’re getting Neville for color commentary during the match. If Fox is taking the Sky feed like they did yesterday.

  4. Christopher Harris says:

    Nice flub by FOX Sports 1 where they showed Eric Wynalda joking with Rob Stone and saying to Warren Barton, “We just live here.”

  5. Christopher Harris says:

    Just like yesterday, if anyone is watching a game that you’d recommend the rest of us watching, post it in the comments section below.

    With 8 matches to choose from, there’s a lot of good football to choose from!

    • Pete Q says:

      So many good matches today too: Marseille-Arsenal, Barca-Ajax, AC Milan-Celtic, Napoli-Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea-Basel….wow!

  6. Pete Q says:

    Why does Scott Brown of Celtic look like he was just released from prison?

  7. Pete Q says:

    San Siro is roaring.

  8. BD says:

    DROIT AU BUT! DROIT AU BUT! Let’s knock those Gooners out! ALLEZ O’M!

  9. David G says:

    best match of the day not on TV.

  10. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Stare Velodrome, a proper football ground. You wouldn’t give it the big un in Marseille though!

  11. Pete Q says:

    Celtic wish some serious possession in Milan’s half for the first 20 mins +

  12. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Stade Velodrome, a proper football ground. You wouldn’t give it the big un in Marseille though!

  13. Pete Q says:

    Muntari just missed a wide open header.

    Still 0-0 in Milan.

  14. Huw Roma says:

    What’s with the delay in the Barcelona-Ajax game? The commentators are a second ahead of the action and it’s bloody annoying.

  15. Pete Q says:

    Zapata scored off a wicked deflection from a Celtic defender.

    1-0 Milan….82 min.

  16. Pete Q says:

    2-0 Milan. Muntari.

    Off a Balotelli free kick that forced the keeper to make a spectacular save. Milan players followed the save and Muntari knocked it home.

  17. dust says:

    LOL at CFC…The special one huh?

    up 1-0 at home and loose 2-1

    that Willian looks sharp…oh wait…LOL…thank goodness we didn’t get him…dodged that bullet!

  18. Pete Q says:

    Arsenal have been consistently conceding penalties.

  19. M Owen says:

    flipping heck!!! chelsea go down to basel at home. I guess its not Jose’s fault even now.

    come on Roman put in a $100mil bid for Suarez.

  20. Frank says:

    So will Chelsea fans be shouting “Bring Back Rafa”? LOL. Rafa’s Napoli beat Dortmund while Jose’s Chelsea lost to Basel.

    Good win for Arsenal as they are in the toughest group and need every point they can get. It’s the group of all quality teams. Will go down to the last day to determine who goes through.

  21. Carol says:

    It’s still early but it seems the Special One is not having it easy second time around.

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