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UEFA Champions League, Wednesday Matchday 6: Open Thread

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Pictured above, on a cold and cloudy day, is the Emirates Stadium that is literally lighting up the north London sky. The Arsenal grounds crew had the heating lights switched on to make sure the pitch received as much artificial sunlight as possible so the pitch can look in pristine condition while the team is away in Italy to play today’s important match against Napoli.

All Arsenal needs today is a draw or a win to clinch top spot in their UEFA Champions League group. At the same time, Napoli needs a win to clinch advancement to the next round. A draw could be good enough for Napoli if Dortmund lose. Obviously, Napoli will be firing on all cylinders, so Arsenal should expect a difficult game against the Serie A side.

Chelsea have qualified, but need a win against Steaua to guarantee top spot. Barcelona needs a minimum of a draw to win its group. Milan need a draw to qualify for the next round, and to hold Ajax off from reaching the knockout stage.

Here’s TV and Internet schedule for viewers in the United States:

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

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

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10 Responses to UEFA Champions League, Wednesday Matchday 6: Open Thread

  1. M Owen says:

    finally Fox sports 1 is showing a game that is worth watching…the feckers have been pushing all the exciting games to FS2 and Fox Soccer2 go.

  2. Borussia DortMan says:

    Big day for Dortmund. I got Arsenal-Napoli on the FOX Sports app and the Dortmund game on Directv channel!

  3. Borussia DortMan says:

    Lewa puts Dortmund one up 4 minutes in!

  4. Ivan says:

    Just switched to the Schalke/Basel game. Second goal for zie Germans scored when 4 Schalke players were in clear offside after a freekick. Eveyrone stopped playing for a couple of seconds. Why do incompetent refs keep influencing important games in such a blatant way?

    In other news, can Messi-less Barca put 10 past Celtic?

  5. Christopher Harris says:

    Oof! Napoli just scored against Arsenal. Let’s see if the Gunners can pull one back.

  6. Borussia DortMan says:

    Moments after Dortmund were robbed of a PK, Grosskreutz puts them ahead! Sorry Napoli!

  7. San Fransiscan says:

    Wait, Fox are showing the round of 16 draw delayed?

    Fox is showing it on Monday at 3:00 pm ET on Fox Sports 1, where it is scheduled to be 6:00 am ET on Monday.

  8. Mufc77 says:

    Oh dear its not looking good for Arsenal in the next round of the champions league.

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