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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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24 Responses to UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2, Wednesday: Open Thread

  1. Tony says:

    Also on other Fox Channels live at the moment in the United States:

    Juventus vs Galatasaray on Fox Sports Net (aka your local Fox Sports channel like Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Midwest, etc.)

    Real Madrid vs FC Copenhagen on Fox Deportes

  2. Peter Quinn says:

    I apologize in advance if my question was answered in an earlier thread, but has Fox put Gus on hold until in college football duties are over? Or can we expect him to pop up soon?

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Someone said he’s covering traditional American sports until the spring, so he’s going to be far, far away from soccer thankfully.

    • Ramon says:

      I don’t get it. How does FOX expect Gus Johnson to improve if he never practices? It’s just an idiotic practice to have good commentators 99% of the time, and then throw in Gus for the final of the biggest tournaments.

  3. Christopher Harris says:

    Martin Tyler and Gary Neville commentating the Manchester City vs Bayern Munich game!

  4. Christopher Harris says:

    Joe Hart strikes again with a goal that he should have saved. Still, it was a wonderful shot by Franck Ribery with a slight deflection.

  5. Christopher Harris says:

    Unfortunate touch by Shakhtar, which went directly into the path of Danny Welbeck to make it 1-0 to United.

  6. Ramon says:

    Why isn’t the Bayern/City game on FS1?

    I’m not sure I will ever understand FOX’s decision making.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Ratings. They think that Manchester United will generate higher TV ratings than City vs Bayern.

      • Ramon says:

        That’s what I figured, but I actually think they are dead wrong in that prediction.

        City and Bayern aren’t exactly no name teams. I would think more neutrals would tune into this match.

    • Peter Quinn says:

      I mentioned that to the Gaffer earlier. I feel the same way.

      As a United fan, I’m happy I get to watch them in HD. But I would’ve thought City-Munchen was the better match. Lots of City and Munchen fans in the US.

      I guess Fox thinks United has more fans in the US than those two teams combined?

      All I know, if City-Munchen was on FS1, I’d have been tuning over to watch it. The picture for my FS2 is really blurry.

  7. Bayern4everrr says:

    Great night for football.

    Bayern 3 Abu Dhabi City 1

  8. dust says:

    Pellegrini made the same selection and tactical moves that a bottle Pellegrino. 4 in midfield lol

    the frustrating thing is, City have the players to take it to Bayern, turns out the manager, the alleged “Mad Professor, football genius” doesn’t know.

    Very poor, very poor from the “Genius”

    Fernandinho was found out, Navas must break out in hives if asked to defend, Nasri is Nasri, Dzeco was terrible, Clichey & Richards were poor too.

    5 in midfield would, have given city a chance, 5 in midfield with a better overall selection, like including, Silva, Negrado and Zabeleta.

    A shame City gave up after the second goal. I wanted them to smash Bayern

    • Flyvanescence says:

      As a City fan i am getting so sick of this 4-4-2 that is OBVIOUSLY not working. If ur gonna play Navas its gotta b 4-3-3 with Nasri on the left and Aguero or Dzeko (only when hes on form) in the middle. NOT BOTH.

      If Navas doesnt start go 4-2-3-1 with Jovetic behind any of the 3 strikers.

      Knew we’d get thrashed as soon as i saw the lineup.

    • Bayern4everrr says:

      Just admit that it was men vs boys and that despite outspending every other team in Europe with your petrodollars this summer it wasn’t enough to stop you from being totally outclassed by a Superior team.

      • Flyvanescence says:

        Did u see how poorly we spent it and what key members of the squad were let go?

        A 4-2-3-1 which included Barry and Tevez would have made the game much more competitive.

  9. Flyvanescence says:

    Hate to beat a dead horse, but Bayern ran roughshod in midfield.

    (Cough) Gareth Barry (cough) Carlos Tevez (cough)

  10. Guy says:

    Nice set-up by Vidic!

  11. Scrumper says:

    Noticed Fox suddenly copying NBC by switching to the dying minutes of the Juventus game (which actually looked pretty good). Delighted to hear Chris Kamara from the commentary booth for a few minutes. It’s like listening to a mate next to you at the game.

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