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UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2, Tuesday: Open Thread

champions league logo 600x337 UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2, Tuesday: Open Thread

Gameweek 2 of the UEFA Champions League returns today as clubs look to build on the results from the first gameweek.

The schedule for today’s games is:

Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Napoli, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
Porto vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Ajax vs Milan, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net and FOX Soccer 2Go
Celtic vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Basel vs Schalke, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Borussia Dortmund vs Marseille, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go

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Starting line-ups:

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

Barcelona: Valdés, Alves, Bartra, Piqué, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Cesc and Pedro

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Steaua Bucharest: Tatarusanu, Szukala, Gardos, Filip, Tanase, Latovlevici, Georgievski, Stanciu, Piovaccari, Bourceanu, Popa

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Schurrle; Torres

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Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky, Ozil, Giroud

Napoli: Reina; Mesto, Albiol, Britos, Zuniga; Inler, Behrami; Callejón, Hamsik, Distinguished; Pandev

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Porto: Helton, Danilo, Otamendi, Mangala, Alex Sandro, Fernando, Defour, Lucho (c); Varela, Josué, Jackson Martínez

Atletico Madrid: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Tiago, Gabi; Arda, R. García, Baptistao, Villa

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Ajax: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Moisander, Denswil, Blind, De Jong, Poulsen, Duarte, De Sa, Sigthórsson, Fischer

Milan: Abbiati, Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant, Montolivo, N. de Jong, Muntari, Birsa, Balotelli, Robinho

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Basel: Sommer; Voser, Schär, Ivanov, Safari; Frei; Salah, Diaz, Xhaka, Stocker; Streller.

Schalke: Hildebrand, Uchida, Höwedes, Santana, Aogo, Hoger, Neustadter, Farfan, Meyer, Draxler, Boateng

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Dortmund: Langerak – Großkreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Durm – Sahin, Bender – Aubameyang, Mhkitaryan, Reus – Lewandowski

Marseille: Mandanda – Fanni Mendes Nkoulou Mendy – Romao Imbula – Payet Valbuena A.Ayew – Khalifa

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

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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26 Responses to UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2, Tuesday: Open Thread

  1. San Fransiscan says:

    Did I mention that I hate Fox?

  2. Christopher Harris says:

    Awesome atmosphere at Celtic Park!

    I should add that if anyone is watching a game that’s incredible and worth tuning into, let us know in the comments section. With 7 games happening all at once, it’s easy to miss a brilliant game.

  3. Peter Quinn says:

    I like how the Fox presenters are describing the atmosphere in Celtic Park instead of just shutting up and letting the viewing audience hear it all for themselves.

  4. Velija says:

    So Fox got rid of the ticker during the Ultimate Fighter but still have it for the Champions League

  5. Peter Quinn says:

    Arsenal leading in Naples.

    Ozil.

  6. Peter Quinn says:

    Arsenal carving Napoli up. 70% possession 15 mins in.

    Giroud scores, 2-0.

  7. Christopher Harris says:

    Torres had to be taken off at the 10 minute mark. Hopefully it’s not a hamstring injury. Eto’o came on instead.

  8. dust says:

    You may escape the lame FA Torres, but Karma caught up on you.
    now you’re injured and out for 4 games anyway….

    Zero Sympathy

  9. dust says:

    7 mins into half time and they just started highlights…lol

  10. dust says:

    The Pizza Hut logo has had more time on the screen than the highlight…LOL fox sucks so bad

  11. Huw Roma says:

    Why does Eric Wynalda exist?

  12. dust says:

    Celtic fans sing YNWA far better than LFC lol, they actually sing the verse and chorus.

    LFC awkwardly mumble until YNWA line

  13. Peter Quinn says:

    AJAX LEAD!!!!….header in the 88th minute!

  14. Peter Quinn says:

    Milan almost level it seconds later…cleared off the line by Ajax….4 minutes added time….1-0 Ajax

  15. Peter Quinn says:

    Penalty awarded….ref got it wrong!….Milan to shoot a penalty!

    • Peter Quinn says:

      I have to see it again, but it really seemed the ref got the call wrong.

      • Christopher Harris says:

        Absolutely. It shouldn’t have been a penalty. Both the defender and Balotelli made contact, but it shouldn’t have been a foul. Ajax were robbed.

        • Peter Quinn says:

          Holy cow! I just rewound it. So not a penalty. Balotelli actually wraps his hands around the defender and just falls. The defender never fouled him.

          So right, Gaffer. They were robbed. No idea what the ref saw.

  16. Peter Quinn says:

    Balotelli scores!…. 1-1.

  17. dust says:

    That decision by the ref was shocking, no way was that a penalty.

    Ajax got screwed…that ref needs to do is badges all over again.

    what a joke

  18. Joel says:

    Bring back Fox Soccer Channel. I watched arsenal Napoli on fox sports 1, and intended to watch Celtic and Barcelona next on same channel but they gave the score of that game during the Arsenal game on the screen. I decided to watch the Steau and Chelsea game instead but 10 minutes into that game they gave the score on the board along the bottom! So I only watched one game. Tomorrow I am cancelling my cable extra package saving $25 a month, and will watch on line. Bring back FSC, all is forgiven.

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