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UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2, Wednesday: Open Thread

uefa champions league UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2, Wednesday: Open Thread

The challenge with UEFA Champions League matches, particularly today, is that there are so many great matches being played simultaneously that it’s impossible to watch each match attentively. But as they say on the Internet, that’s a first world problem.

In team news, Wayne Rooney is ill tonight so he’s not in the Manchester United squad to face Shakhtar Donetsk.

For viewers in the United States, here are the TV and Internet times for today’s matches (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, October 2:

CKSA Moscow vs Plzen, Noon, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Leverkusen vs Real Sociedad, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Juventus vs Galatasaray, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Real Madrid vs Copenhagen, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
PSG vs Benfica, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Anderlecht vs Olympiakos, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany (C), Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Nasri, Aguero, Dzek

Bayern Munich: Neuer – Dante, Ribéry, Robben, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm, Müller, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Kroos


Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitsky, Shevchuk; Hubschmann, Fernando, Taison, Teixeira, Douglas; Adriano

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Cleverley, Welbeck; van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Jones, Giggs, Nani, Young, Kagawa, Hernandez.


Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah, Tevez, Vucinic

Galatasaray: Muslera, Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Semih, Eboue, Melo, Selçuk, Sneijder, Bruma, Riera, Drogba


Real Madrid: Casillas, Varane, Pepe, Khedira, Ronaldo, Benzema, Marcelo Carvajal, Modric, Di Maria and Illarra

Copenhagen: Wiland, Jacobsen, Mellberg, Sigurdsson, Bengtsson, Gislason, Delaney, Claudemir Toutouh; Braaten, Jorgensen


Paris Saint-Germain: Sirugu, Van der Wiel, Marquinhos, Alex, Maxwell, Yerratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Cavani, Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic

Benfica: Artur; Almeida, Luisão, Garay, Siqueira; Fejsa, Matić; Pérez, Djuričić, Gaitán; Cardozo


Anderlecht: Proto, N’Sakala, Suárez, Praet, Nuytinck, Kouyaté, Bruno, Kljestan, Gillet, Tielemans, Mitrović

Olympiakos: Roberto, Maniatis, N’Dinga, Saviola, Mitroglou, Samaris, Siovas, Manolas, Weiss, Bong, Olaitan


Leverkusen: Leno, Hilbert, Wollsheid, Toprak, Boenisch, Reinartz, Bender, Rolfes, Sam, Kiessling and Son

Real Sociedad: Bravo, C.Martinez, Mikel (c), Iñigo, De la Bella, M.Bergara, Elustondo, Zurutuza, Charles V., and Griezmann Seferovic


Before, during or after today’s UEFA Champions League matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with football supporters from around the globe. Also, if you’re watching a game in particular that’s a must-see, let us know in the comments section so we can tune to it. With so many games happening at once, it’s easy to miss a classic!

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