• FT

    Barcelona

    3

    Spart Moscow

    2

  • FT

    Bayern

    2

    Valencia

    1

  • FT

    Braga

    0

    CFR Cluj

    2

  • FT

    Celtic

    0

    Benfica

    0

  • FT

    Chelsea

    2

    Juventus

    2

  • FT

    Lille

    1

    BATE

    3

  • FT

    Man Utd

    1

    Galatasaray

    0

  • FT

    Shakhtar D

    2

    FC Nords

    0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Stamford Bridge, England

Attendance: 40918

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Chelsea

  • Oscar 31'
  • Oscar 33'

2 - 2

FT

Juventus

  • Arturo Vidal 38'
  • Fabio Quagliarella 80'
  •  

    James Tyler: Cheers, Ravi! Until next time...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Thanks, JT, and thanks, all. Adios.

  •  

    James Tyler: Cheers! Happy Champions League!

  •  

    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    Henrik Mkhitaryan is the star of my team in Football Manager atm. And for some reason I didn't put him in my #ucl fantasy team. Madness.

  •  

    James Tyler: Thanks to all of you for making this the best way to spend a Wednesday afternoon!

  •  

    James Tyler: And find/harass/praise us on Twitter:
    @JamesTylerESPN
    @rogbennett
    @R_Ubha
    @ESPNFC

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yorke: "I'm sure the gaffer won't be too pleased."

  •  

    James Tyler: In the meantime, keep visiting ESPNFC.com for all your footy news.

  •  

    James Tyler: Alright, we must conclude this chat. We'll have live chats this weekend for all the big Prem games. ESPECIALLY Sunday for Arsenal-City and LFC-United. Join us for that. Rog Bennett will be back in the saddle then also.

  •  

    [Comment from Steve]
    Bummer for Gala. Wlecome to Ole' Trafford...where you play 12 vs 13.

  •  

    James Tyler: I'm bringing you off the ledge in the quickest way possible! Straight down :)

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Is that what you call talking me off the ledge??? I want my money back for this chat.

  •  

    James Tyler: No, Ian. Not unless we win it or qualify via the Carling/FA Cup again.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Ravi, I'd bet my chickens on Dinamo!

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    James... talk me off the Liverpool ledge... is there any hope of even getting a Europa League spot this season?...

  •  

    [Comment from Soccer]
    Houston Dynamo will win the Champions league... the CONCACAF champions league !!! :D

  •  

    [Comment from GRACE]
    Juve has a chance

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Surely in jest, Wren. Lost all six games last year and started with a loss yesterday.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Dinamo Zagreb to win the Champions League!

  •  

    James Tyler: Dortmund's in the group of Death. That said, I reckon they advance ahead of City. Just don't think MCFC has the depth in defense.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hummels' pen yesterday was as bad as Nani's.

  •  

    [Comment from Soccer]
    naah... too early for Dortmund !!!

  •  

    James Tyler: I like what I saw out of Juventus, also. I think they'll have a deep run.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    they have to win, redeem themselves for a poor final at home

  •  

    [Comment from Dan W]
    how about Dortmund?

  •  

    James Tyler: Barca? Not making it, especially if Pique is out for any period of time.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    That's what they say about Bayern every year.

  •  

    [Comment from BrandonCOYS]
    I'll say Bayern vs Real.

  •  

    James Tyler: Not that they forgot him, Jamie. Just that they couldn't locate him. He's very much a spectator with this zippy CFC midfield.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Time to get him out of my fantasy team this week?

  •  

    [Comment from Jamie]
    Thoughts on Chelsea seeming to forget about Torres? It's like they don't even notice him.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Great depth at Bayern.

  •  

    [Comment from Walter]
    Bayern has a good shot as well.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Bayern gonna win it this year

  •  

    [Comment from John Henry]
    United and Chelsea both looked poor at home today. It's hard to fault City on the road, but Arsenal, once again, seems to do well in the UCL while tripping up in the domestic league.

  •  

    [Comment from Chris]
    Bayern looks strong. A definite favorite for me

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: That's not a bad shout. The last time they had four points after this many league games they also made the final.

  •  

    James Tyler: No clue, Bryce. I'll say that this is the year Real Madrid makes it to the final.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Now that round 1 is done and dusted, who do you rate to make the final?

  •  

    James Tyler: Shakhtar 2, Nordsjalland 0
    Chelsea 2, Juventus 2
    Lille 1, BATE 3
    Bayern 2, Valencia 1
    Barcelona 3, Spartak 2
    Celtic 0, Benfica 0
    Braga 0, Cluj 2
    Man United 1, Galatasaray 0

  •  

    [Comment from Adam]
    I still don't think United truly understand how to best utilize RVP. Once they figure it out... uh oh.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Sad we didn't see a late Juventus winner.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    FT: Chelsea 2-2 Juventus. The Blues lose a two-goal lead in their first match in defence of their Champions League trophy

  •  

    James Tyler: All eight CL games are FT now.

  •  

    [Comment from lopezerd]
    chelsea vs juventus, excelent game!!

  •  

    James Tyler: Why, Ian... BATE Borisov!

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Most impressive team today?

  •  

    [Comment from Carlo]
    This is why CL is the greatest competition in world football.

  •  

    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    Whew!

  •  

  •  

    [Comment from Justin]
    Ugly for United, but still 3 points.

  •  

    [Comment from Phil]
    Yay Untied!!!

  •  

    [Comment from GRACE]
    De Gea has done it, clean sheet!

  •  

    James Tyler: FULL TIME: SC Braga 0, CFR Cluj 2

  •  

    [Comment from Eric]
    Wait, a visiting side didn't get a call at OT? Shocked!

  •  

    [Comment from d]
    COME ON UTD!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: They'll take the three points and run.

  •  

    James Tyler: Nelson Haedo Valdez scored in the 90th minute, Alex.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: FT: United 1, Gala 0.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    When did Valencia score against Bayern?

  •  

    [Comment from Steve]
    Tell me again, Sir Alex, why we don't need a more physical presence in the center of the park?

  •  

    [Comment from BrandonCOYS]
    good point for Juventus. Chelsea didn't deserve to win at all and I'm glad that the points went where they deserved to go.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: On the balance of play, Gala deserved at least a draw.

  •  

    James Tyler: First week of October, Rex.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: United have 40 seconds now to hang on.

  •  

    [Comment from Rex]
    when is the next champions league match day? next tuesday?

  •  

    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Celtic 0, Benfica 0

  •  

    [Comment from Steve]
    United EXTREMELY lucky to keep the clean sheet here - opposition hits the woodwork twice and has two very strong penalty claims turned down, creating chances throughout.

  •  

    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Barcelona 3, Spartak Moscow 2

  •  

    [Comment from Stefan]
    DEFINITE penalty!

  •  

    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Bayern Munich 2, Valencia 1 -- Adil Rami sent off for a second yellow in the 92nd minute. Silly.

  •  

    [Comment from Justin]
    Evans gets a touch for me, but I can't say either side have been hard done by the ref. Both sides had about 10 penalties turned down and the only given wasn't converted.

  •  

    James Tyler: FULL TIME: LOSC Lille 1, BATE Borisov 3

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: So, calls for a pen from Gala turned down in opening stages then in injury time.

  •  

    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Shakhtar Donetsk 2, Nordsjalland 0

  •  

    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Chelsea 2, Juventus 2. Blues led thanks to Oscar but the Serie A champs simply wouldn't quit.

  •  

    James Tyler: Long cross by Ashley Cole that Buffon picks out of the air. Easy.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Gala probably should have had one...Evans slides in and clearly takes down his man in the box.

  •  

    James Tyler: Agreed!

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Another great night of European soccer

  •  

    James Tyler: Nothing doing at Chelsea.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Oh, goodness, how many possible pens tonight?!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hernandez put through by Nani in the middle but Muslera comes out to cut off the angle and the save is made.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Bayern 2, Valencia 1 -- Nelson Haedo Valdez with a late face-saving goal for the Spaniards.

  •  

    [Comment from Admitted Red]
    Valencia leaves leg behind? But not a "Suarez Yellow"?

  •  

    James Tyler: Lampard tries to play Ivanovic in down the right flank but Chiellini comes out and intercepts magnificently.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Fergie time at Old Trafford, except it goes against the Red Devils. Five minutes added on.

  •  

    James Tyler: Mata's attempted cross from the left is blocked.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Dan, like many of his QPR teammates, he hasn't had a good start to life at Loftus Road.

  •  

    James Tyler: Lampard on the ball, trying to make something happen.

  •  

    [Comment from Dan]
    JT, Ravi, speaking of Park, how has he been doing at QPR? He's gone completely off the radar now that he's at, uh...an underperforming club.

  •  

    James Tyler: THREE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE

  •  

    James Tyler: Entering the final minute of regular time at Stamford Bridge.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Here's the thing: There was definite contact by the defender on Valencia, as he dived in. But what Valencia did was leave his trailing leg behind (as players do nowadays). Maybe the theatrical nature of his fall put off the refs.

  •  

    James Tyler: Luiz gives it away cheaply but pressures Juve into conceding a throw-in.

  •  

    James Tyler: Torres has a shot but it's blocked. Asamoah clears.

  •  

    James Tyler: Mata to hoof it in from 40+ yards out.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Now I think that was a blatant dive from Valencia at first glance.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chelsea free kick wide on the right flank.

  •  

    [Comment from Jerry]
    I think after last season a shot to the woodwork should be called a Liverball

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR JUVENTUS: Vucinic off -- he's been disappointing today -- and Alessandro Matri on.

  •  

    James Tyler: Trenchant observation. Since taking him off, Juve's owned the midfield.

  •  

    [Comment from Abdalle]
    Chelsea miss ramirez

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Sam, how do you know that?

  •  

    James Tyler: Quagliarella spins and shoots inside the box, pings it off the top of the bar! Terry didn't close him down quickly enough.

  •  

    James Tyler: Juventus hits the bar!

  •  

    James Tyler: Influence has waned as the game's gone on, Patrick.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yes.

  •  

    [Comment from Patrick]
    How has Torres been today?

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    Hernandez, as in, Chicharito? There are a ton of games on right now haha

  •  

    James Tyler: Juventus holding the ball nicely in midfield, trying to draw Chelsea out of position. David Luiz does well to intercept a pass intended for Vucinic, yet he then gives it away cheaply.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: A Barca fightback, for one!

  •  

    [Comment from Skyler]
    WHAT HAVE I MISSED?! I have been gone since 2:30, I had to work.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: When Park first came to United, yes.

  •  

    [Comment from huh?]
    except that they're nothing alike in style

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hernandez hits the side netting.

  •  

    James Tyler: Lille 1, BATE Borisov 3 still.

  •  

    James Tyler: Shakhtar up 2-0 vs. Nordsjalland.

  •  

    James Tyler: Cluj holding its 2-0 lead at Braga.

  •  

    James Tyler: Bayern still up 2-0 vs. Valencia.

  •  

    James Tyler: Still Celtic 0, Benfica 0.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: That should be 2, not 'to.'

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: How? He's just comparing to similar midfielders in terms of style.

  •  

    [Comment from C.J.]
    KevNJ, you're absolutely wrong. He defends well when we're not playing an ill-suited high line, and even chips in with a couple goals.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Unai Emery must be so crushed right now. A Camp Nou win looks unlikely now.

  •  

    James Tyler: Vucinic's long-range shot ends up in the stands, and the striker is now down with a bit of cramp.

  •  

    [Comment from Sam]
    Jose is a racist.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    I'd say a banner day for Eastern European leagues...BATE, Cluj, Spartak, and Shakhtar all with excellent performances

  •  

    James Tyler: Cech does well to prevent a right-flank Isla cross from reaching Quagliarella. Still Juve pours forward.

  •  

    James Tyler: Think it was Ashley Cole who played Quagliarella on, KevNJ. Hard to tell.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I felt bad for Park at United.
    Don't forget, at PSV he was a box to box midfielder with a lot of offensive skill. At United he was turned into more of a defensive midfielder.

  •  

    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Terry has been a liability for AT LEAST 2 seasons

  •  

    James Tyler: Blues look rattled. 8 minutes to go and Juve gifted an equalizer. Credit to the Serie A side for sticking with it.

  •  

    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    Adam Clayton scores for Huddersfield. Mission Impossible for Wednesday now.

  •  

    [Comment from Jose]
    Kagawa has covered 10km tonight, another Park in the making but with more skills and creativity.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Mikel to blame, but Terry more so. Thought his offside trap was straighter than it was.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 82nd minute at Old Trafford. Looks like United will do just enough to hang on.

  •  

    [Comment from C.J.]
    Horrible defensive error. Wow.

  •  

    [Comment from Ethan]
    Someone said jokingly that Messi would score a hat trick...close to it now.

  •  

    James Tyler: Fabio Quagliarella's first-ever CL game. Been on the field for five minutes. Wow.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: In a Champions League final?

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    GOAL FOR JUVE! Quagliarella levels for Juventus at Chelsea with ten minutes remaining after a Mikel error

  •  

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Messi scores with his head -- when does that ever happen?

  •  

    James Tyler: What a simple, unexpected goal. Mikel gives it away cheaply deep in Chelsea territory, Terry tries to play the offside trap on Marchisio's through-ball but Quagliarella's timing is perfect. He slides it under Cech for a simple finish.

  •  

    [Comment from FPG]
    Hope Fletcher gets a goal here!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: RVP off, Hernandez on.

  •  

    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    It was only a matter of time before Mikel's shocking passing cost Chelsea.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    GOAL FOR JUVE! Marchisio levels for Juventus at Chelsea with ten minutes remaining after a Mikel error

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Great work, Rob (Chicago)!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: They're flying in...

  •  

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL FOR JUVENTUS!

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Barcelona 3, Spartak Moscow 2 -- Messi

  •  

    [Comment from Rob (Chicago)]
    God, I'm trying to mentally will an equalizer for Juventus...I think I'm on the way to a nosebleed...

  •  

    [Comment from John Henry]
    Very emotional round of applause at Old Trafford as Fletcher jogs onto the pitch!

  •  

    [Comment from yank]
    fletcher! wow. good for united and scotland

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Melo off, Aydin Yilmaz on.

  •  

    James Tyler: Vucinic again gives the ball away, only Mata's long ball in search of Torres is well-defended.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: First one now. Fletcher on for Scholes.

  •  

    James Tyler: Superb play by Mata, Hazard down the left side, scything Juve apart. Mata shoots into the side netting. Half the stadium thought it was in.

  •  

    [Comment from I have a stupid name]
    still no hernandez? has there even been any subs for united?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Shakhtar Donetsk up 2-0 on Nordsjalland now. Juventus hosts the Ukrainians in two weeks' time. Battle for second place?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Mkhitaryan has been outstanding for Shakhtar this season.

  •  

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Henrik Mkhitaryan scores again for Shakhtar Donetsk. 2-0 over Nordsjalland.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I think he's about to come, ending a 10-month wait.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew]
    Think we will see Fletcher tonight?

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    CHANCE FOR BARCA! Villla had an open goal, but cleared off the line. Er, just in front of the line!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Shakhtar 2-0.

  •  

    James Tyler: Mikel with a rare sprint upfield, though his square pass for Torres doesn't get there. 13 mins left at the Bridge.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR JUVENTUS: Lichtsteiner off, Mauricio Isla on.

  •  

  •  

    James Tyler: Was just about to type that!

  •  

    [Comment from Brooks]
    Toni Kroos with a beauty. 2-0 for Bayern

  •  

    James Tyler: Total football, Rahul!

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    At the moment, Barcelona have only 1 actual defender on the pitch - the rest are midfielders trying to defend.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: The only thing Gala haven't done tonight is score.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nani away on the left, but then his pass to van Persie lacks a bit of weight. Once van Persie has it, he loses possession and gets on top of a defender to give away a free kick.

  •  

    James Tyler: Pirlo with a glorious spin move to shed his marker. Floats a long pass crossfield to Asamoah, but Asamoah's cross is cleared.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR JUVENTUS: Giovinco off, Fabio Quagliarella on.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: As, in, Mark Messier?

  •  

    [Comment from Chuck Norris]
    @Ravi, no, they'd be Messier

  •  

    James Tyler: Huge applause for the young Brazilian tonight. Two wonderful goals. Yet struggled to exert influence for much of the game.

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    You should be sorry, Ravi.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Looking at the replay of the penalty incident, probably was a pen.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR CHELSEA: Juan Mata on, Oscar off.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Sorry.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: They wouldn't be as messy.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    What would Barca do without Messi?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Not really. His shot stopping ability hasn't been questioned. It's crosses and other high balls into the box.

  •  

    [Comment from John Henry]
    De Gea just proved himself to the doubters.

  •  

    James Tyler: Indeed. Tello superb in the build-up, surprising really as most felt his inclusion in the starting XI was a surprise.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Great work from Tello, cuts it back to Messi.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: United looking for another pen but not given! Then Gala go up the other end and de Gea stops Yilmaz, but then makes a better save to stop the sub, Colak.

  •  

    James Tyler: He's also injured/not match-fit.

  •  

    [Comment from JWK]
    sturridge should get more playtime. he is much more dynamic, mobile, and dominant that torres

  •  

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Barca 2, Spartak Moscow 2 -- Messi (who else?) has equalized for the Blaugrana

  •  

    James Tyler: BRANDON: Celtic bossing possession but 0 shots on target.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Inches wide from Evra!
    Trademark run from the left back and he's sent in by Nani. Evra's low shot is saved by Muslera and goes out for a corner.

  •  

    [Comment from BrandonCOYS]
    How have Celtic looked today?

  •  

    James Tyler: 20 mins left at Stamford Bridge.

  •  

    James Tyler: No new goals to report.... Oscar's jogging gingerly back into the action.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: In the 70th minute at Old Trafford.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    What a curious game for Oscar. Two sublime goals, precious little else and now a possible injury.

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Real and Barca can't both be doing well at the same time.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Oscar is limping off for Chelsea

  •  

    James Tyler: Oscar's hobbling. Was trodden on by Bonucci a moment ago.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR CHELSEA: Ramires off, Ryan Bertrand on. Natural left-sided player. Started as an LB but playing plenty of LM under Di Matteo.

  •  

    James Tyler: Still Spartak 2, Barca 1, JoeCole.

  •  

    [Comment from JoeCole]
    JT what is happening in Camp Nou

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Guess what? Eboue is back on the pitch.

  •  

    James Tyler: Finally, the Blues have the ball back. Torres thinks he's fouled on the edge of the Juve box but again the ref says no.

  •  

    James Tyler: Vidal and Marchisio looking for a way through the Blues' rearguard.

  •  

    James Tyler: Subs readying for Chelsea...

  •  

    James Tyler: Was just going to make that comparison, Lusitania. He's tired. Long summer with the Euros.

  •  

    [Comment from Shrey]
    Looking at the Nani penalty.. There was a defender trying to signal to the keeper the direction of the kick.. Thankfully the keeper ignored him!

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Has Mata played as well this year as he did last year? Or is he going down the same path as Silva for City?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Eboue on the ground, getting treatment from ...Muslera, before the actual trainer comes out. He was pointing to his right knee. How long before he's back on the pitch?

  •  

    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, JUVE: Arturo Vidal hauls down Oscar, who's been quiet again since his pair of stunning goals in the first half.

  •  

    James Tyler: Vucinic holds up play and spins off his man, plays a neat pass through to Marchisio. Superb tackle by David Luiz to deny the Juve midfielder a clean shot on goal.

  •  

    James Tyler: As I type that, chance for Juve!

  •  

    James Tyler: Think Juve should consider a sub for Vucinic, mind you. He hasn't got it done.

  •  

    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Remember Bilbao vs United? That was wild.

  •  

    James Tyler: Juventus getting more possession in the Chelsea half. Game's really nicely balanced.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Seeing Nani fail at things makes me irrationally happy. RT @ballsdotie: GIF: Nani's awful penalty bit.ly/PUdZDG

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yes.

  •  

    James Tyler: Can Chelsea really afford to lose Ramires' work on defense? Neither Mata nor Moses can do the same job. Oriol Romeu might be a better fit, Alex. Given the circumtances...

  •  

    [Comment from javier]
    manchester und is home right?

  •  

    [Comment from FPG]
    United can't afford to sit back and settle for the draw. That was their undoing last year in the UCL!

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Mata or Moses should come on for Ramires. Chelsea can't risk going a man down.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Cross from van Persie and Nani was there, but there wasn't much pace on the cross and so Nani's header was tame and straight to Muslera.

  •  

    James Tyler: Juve with a corner that's barely cleared. Bonucci gets a head on it but demands another corner. Not given.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Defeat for Juventus makes game #2 vs. Shakhtar that much spicier, especially if the Ukrainians hang on for a win today.

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Messi will score a hat trick before the day is done.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Sun, Colak, a winger, on for Amrabat.

  •  

    James Tyler: Seriously, my apologies for the Chelsea PK remark. I honestly thought it had been awarded. Hazard was looking for the contact from Barzagli and actually got it. That said, ref had a clear view from behind the entire time and was unimpressed. Onward we go...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: What a farce...a little clip and Eboue goes down as if he got a boot where the sun don't shine.

  •  

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Everyone is flopping now.
    Well, it's Eboue, who's used to doing such things.

  •  

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yellow to Vidic, leads with his left arm, but Yilmaz made a meal of it.

  •  

    James Tyler: Giovinco thumps the set piece well over the crossbar.

  •  

    James Tyler: Sadly, T, it's been the dullest game so far.

  •  

    [Comment from T]
    Any love for Celtic today JT?

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL -- Lille 1, BATE Borisov 3 -- Aurelien Chedjou has pulled one back for the Ligue 1 lads.

  •  

    James Tyler: Free kick, Juve, near the edge of the Chelsea box.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, CHELSEA: Ramires in the book for a Ramires-esque tackle.

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    James Tyler: Spartak's goal coming off a sublime counterattack, too. Lovely.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Barcelona, the latest team in "CRISIS."

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    Ravi Ubha: Vidic, almost! Corner, free header, keeper does just enough to make the save.

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    James Tyler: GOAL (and it's a shocker) -- Barcelona 1, Spartak Moscow 2 -- Romulo for the Russians

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    James Tyler: Sorry, Stefan. Thought it would be awarded. Ref was having none of it.

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    [Comment from Stefan]
    Oh James you can't do that to me

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    James Tyler: Good play by Hazard to get behind Barzagli and goal-side, but his tumble goes unrewarded. Clumsy defending.

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    Ravi Ubha: Second yellow of the game. Goes to Melo for taking down his countryman, Rafael.

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    James Tyler: PENALTY FOR CHELSEA! Just kidding. Ref didn't call it.

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    Ravi Ubha: No.
    But I suspect we might see him.

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    [Comment from javier]
    is hernandez playing?

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    [Comment from Alex M]
    Carrick should be taking United penalties. He is confident and hits them hard.

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    Ravi Ubha: Cross comes in, and the looping header across goal from Inan goes off the post. Second time off the woodwork.

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    Ravi Ubha: Almost for Gala!

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    James Tyler: Ramires is back on his feet. Chelsea attack is snuffed out by Lichtsteiner down the right side.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Dani LOLves. RT @ballsdotie: GIF: Dani Alves' terrible OG for Barca. bit.ly/PUcd5z

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    [Comment from Inar]
    Got to get back to work, hopefully I'll return to better news from United!

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    Ravi Ubha: My bad: Hernandez missed vs. Wigan. So RVP, JH and Nani.

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    [Comment from yank]
    wait rvp has missed two?

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    James Tyler: Good play by Torres in the left corner. He manages to get a cross in but Buffon comes out to collect, clattering Ramires in the process. Ramires is down.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Just when we said Nani was playing well...

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    [Comment from Drew]
    There's the Nani we know...

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    Ravi Ubha: And we're looking for a ball...

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    [Comment from chicagooner]
    Yank - remember RVP's last penalty? Thats why he didn't take

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    [Comment from john]
    This has been a year of AWFUL penalty tries

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    James Tyler: Vucinic tries and fails to beat the Chelsea offside trap. He's had a quietly poor game thus far.

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    [Comment from Manchester is Red]
    Why did nani take the pk? WHY?

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    [Comment from Inar]
    You give the ball to Van Persie or Carrick or Valencia. Nani isn't a top 8 kicker in the lineup!

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    Ravi Ubha: At least three. RVP 2, and now Nani.

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    James Tyler: CFC keeping the pressure on but then Ivanovic fouls Asamoah. Pressure off.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    United has missed thier last 3 PKs?

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    [Comment from maverick]
    NANI, GOOD GOSH

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    Ravi Ubha: Bad pen.

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    James Tyler: Indeed but he had little time to react, Alex.

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    Ravi Ubha: A stuttering step up by Nani, no pace, Muslera guesses right (to his right) and palms it away.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Straight at Buffon.

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    [Comment from yank]
    WHY DID VAN PERSIE NOT TAKE???

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    James Tyler: Wow.

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    James Tyler: Buffon saves Lampard's low free-kick!

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    Ravi Ubha: SAVED!

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    James Tyler: Three Blues hovering over the free kick.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nani to take it.

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    Ravi Ubha: But not as blatant as the other...

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Penalty United... at home... shocking.

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    Ravi Ubha: Rafael breaks into the box, Yilmaz makes a clumsy challenge, got none of the ball.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Really good position for Chelsea. Lampard or whoever takes it should score from this.

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    James Tyler: Lampard earns a free-kick on the edge of the Juve box as he's tripped by Bonucci.

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    Ravi Ubha: PENALTY UNITED!

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    James Tyler: Pique injured, nice goal by Cristian Tello, hilarious OG by Dani Alves to even the score.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Just joining the action today. What's the story on Barca v. Spartak?

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    Ravi Ubha: He was as positive as ever yesterday in the pre-match presser, saying he'll wait for his chance when it comes. No fuss.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Good period of possession for the Blues, ball's worked from left to right by Hazard to Ivanovic. The right-back shoots from 25 yards and forces a strong diving parry by Buffon. Good effort.

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    [Comment from Inar]
    Bringing on Chicharito for RvP at minute 60 would be a good idea if the score stays the same.

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    Ravi Ubha: That was funny: Nani picks up the ball before the whistle blows...and I mean by a few seconds, and he gets away with it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Actually, he hasn't been bad at all. Created a good chance, and showed good persistence to cause havoc in the box.

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    James Tyler: Vidal fouls Ashley Cole on the left flank.

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    [Comment from FPG]
    Nani been as frustrating as usual, Ravi?

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    Ravi Ubha: ChrS!

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    [Comment from Alex M]
    Yes Ravi, but you can never have too much creativity in the United midfield... they sure need it tonight.

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    James Tyler: Done!

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    Ravi Ubha: JT, can you delete that comment from Fergie's gob? I keep forgetting I cant edit. Tmx

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Ramires with an open header inside the box but can't direct it on target.

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    James Tyler: Juventus starts the second half brightly. Giovinco to Marchisio on the edge of the Chelsea box but a soft shot is easily stopped by Cech.

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    James Tyler: Not an injury as far as anyone can tell. Tactical.

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    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Why is Ribery being taken off?

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    [Comment from Fergies Gob]
    MU second half prediction: Scholes severs Altintop's foot with a kick, and the ref temporarily forgets he's not allowed to give free kicks against MU in their own half. This leads to the equalizer, which causes Fergie's head to explode, killing the ref. Howard Webb is brought on to replace, and finally blows the whistle early Thursday morning when Ole Gunnar Solksjaer comes out of retirement to score the winner.

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    Ravi Ubha: And the linesman got involved...

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    And Everton should've finished two or three other chances earlier

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    Ravi Ubha: Scholesy is playing.

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    James Tyler: Ribery off for Bayern Replaced by Thomas Mueller.

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    [Comment from Alex M]
    BRING ON CLEVERLEY PLEASE SAF. Seriously he's a creative force when scholes is not there.

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    [Comment from javier]
    come one barcelona

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Tim Howard's late game breakaway block made up for his gaffe. He played a solid game.

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    [Comment from RCTID]
    Well, the refs gave it away first

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    James Tyler: We're off again at Stamford Bridge!

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    Ravi Ubha: Second half about to begin.

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    Ravi Ubha: Fergie: "The concentration and passing has to be better. We allowed them back into the game by giving the ball away."

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    James Tyler: Thanks, Guest. Fast fingers sometimes betray me.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Comment From Dan W is Lille getting manhandled or is Borisov getting a bit lucky? 3:39 James Tyler: Slack defending coupled with a wonderful counterattack by the Romanians. BATE are from Belerus

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    Ravi Ubha: But what a great finish on the second goal by Ba.

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    [Comment from Tim Howard Fan]
    Ravi, agreed on your keeper comment, except that Tim Howard gave it away on Monday.

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    [Comment from john]
    American GK are good distributors of the ball too...QUARTERBACK STYLE

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    Ravi Ubha: LOL.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Why are all American keepers bald or balding?

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    Ravi Ubha: Interesting point.
    I'd love staggered starts for the quarterfinals, so we can watch all four games.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Why do all the champion league games start at the same time? Why not have some during the day, I need something other than doing actual work to get me thru the day

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Friedel has 300+ consecutive starts, he is definitely a great keeper.

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    Ravi Ubha: And now behind an American at Villa.

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    [Comment from Alex M]
    Shay Given was an amazing keeper during his time at Newcastle. Probably one of the best around in the PL since Schmeichel at United.

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    [Comment from Drew]
    James - so true! Us 'Mericans can produce keepers!

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    Ravi Ubha: I find that the US keepers are exceptionally good at stopping shots with their legs. They don't go down as quick, which I think is a positive mostly.

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    [Comment from Sam]
    Not true, James. It's cause youth sports in America emphasize athleticism and hand skills. Basketball, football, etc.

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    [Comment from Rob]
    Lille!!!! they might as welll just give up on the competition now...

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    [Comment from Nate]
    De Gea was solid for Atletico Madrid. He was the only reason they won Europa League in 2009, back 4 were rubbish. SAF knows quality.

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    [Comment from James]
    I have always thought Friedel was one of the top GK's in England. 'Merica knows how to produce GK's because our midfields and defenses are always garbage so our keepers get so many shot blocking repetitions haha

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    James Tyler: Another 10 mins or so.

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    [Comment from GRACE]
    How much time until games start ? I am trying to time my lunch with 2nd half

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    [Comment from Phil]
    Rob (Chicago) - We thought we'd get all Manchester Europa League final last year, and look how that turned out :)

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    James Tyler: Shakhar is indeed leading 1-0.

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    [Comment from d]
    I'm still not convinced that Carrick can play well with anyone besides Scholes...

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    [Comment from Josh]
    James---It says Nordsjaelland and Shakthar are tied 0-0. Is Shakthar up right now?

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Van der Sar is an EPL legend

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    [Comment from Alex M]
    Friedel kept Blackburn in the Premier League for many years.

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    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Great reputation does not equal legendary.

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    Ravi Ubha: A couple of exquisite Scholes like passes, but not the defense splitting pass for a goal or a killer shot from distance.

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    Doesn't sound like Scholes has done much so far.

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    [Comment from Rob]
    Friedel is an EPL legend

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    Ravi Ubha: Win.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Celtic needs to draw or win tonight to have any shot at advancing, right?

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    [Comment from Rob (Chicago)]
    I'm with Heart, an all-Manchester Europa League final!

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    Ravi Ubha: He has a great reputation in England, and rightfully so.

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    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Fridel is only legendary in America...

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    James Tyler: Shakhtar with 44% of the ball and 5 shots to 1. Simple goal by Mkhitaryan to give them the lead.

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    Ravi Ubha: Dwight Yorke says "100 percent" it was a Gala penalty. "United got away with it."

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    [Comment from Josh]
    What's going on in Nordsjaelland v. Shakthar?

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    [Comment from aamir]
    let's not discount fergie's hairdryer though, hopefully that should settle them in the second half

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    [Comment from Heart]
    United is going to win Europa League!

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    Ravi Ubha: Gary Neville is a great pundit, imo.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Juve comes back to win 3-2, and Chelsea crashes out of the group stage

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    [Comment from pete]
    Biggest joy from tonight has been Gary Neville accurately predicting 2 seconds into the future.

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    James Tyler: Slack defending coupled with a wonderful counterattack by the Romanians.

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    [Comment from Dan W]
    is Lille getting manhandled or is Borisov getting a bit lucky?

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    [Comment from d]
    2-1 United...nervy ending

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    [Comment from Brain]
    United would not escape the Group of Death.

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    Ravi Ubha: There may be a bit of nerves after what happened last season in the CL, but you would have thought that getting that early goal would settle the team. Not so.
    And van Persie not getting much service. He's been invisible. Valencia's crossing poor.

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    James Tyler: GUEST: Chelsea will win this one. More goals in it though. I reckon United ends in a draw, Barca goes on to win handily, and the other results more or less hold as is.

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    [Comment from NERevsinDC]
    Has there been any signs of last season in United 's performance thusfar?

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    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Benfica - Celtic shaping up to be snooze fest of the night.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Ravi or James, can we get some predictions on how these matches will finish?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    BATE Borisov's 3-0 lead at Lille should make the next episode of "Being: Lille" interesting.

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    Ravi Ubha: Would be nice. Great to see him back in the lineup.

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    James Tyler: Not great, Reed. Bayern with 2-3rds of the ball and yet to get a shot on goal.

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    Might we see a Fletcher appearance late in the game to settle the midfield?

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    [Comment from Reed]
    How's Valencia faring?

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    [Comment from Gooner]
    Ok now i can get 15 minutes of work done.

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    James Tyler: Pirlo is dashing to the extreme.

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    Ravi Ubha: Lloris won't like being on the bench for too long.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    JT did you just reveal your mancrush on Pirlo? @James Tyler: Nah, looks like graffiti on the statue of David. Unnecessary. ........statue of David eh

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    [Comment from NERevsinDC]
    Friedel is a legend, Lloris is young, AVB will give him time when it is due.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Could Liverpool beat ANY of these teams?... sigh.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    United begging for some stability. What do you guys think the 2nd-half plan should be?

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    James Tyler: Braga 0, CFR Cluj 2
    Manchester United 1, Galatasaray 0

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    James Tyler: Barcelona 1, Spartak Moscow 1
    Celtic 0, Benfica 0

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    James Tyler: Lille 0, BATE Borisov 3
    Bayern 1, Valencia 0

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    James Tyler: Scores:
    Shakhtar 1, Nordsjalland 0 -- impressive CAM Henrik Mkhitaryan scores right on the halftime interval
    Chelsea 2, Juve 1

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    [Comment from Terry]
    Stuck in my office

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    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Friedel is good, Lloris is better, AVB is a fool.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    HT: Chelsea 2-1 Juventus. Oscar's double has put the Blues in charge but Vidal's goal gives the visitors hope of a comeback

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    [Comment from Gervinho]
    United getting all of the calls today...

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    Ravi Ubha: Early, valid Gala penalty shout turned down, then some sloppy defending led to United's opener. Since missing a chance for a second - Valencia cross cleared - Gala have been the better side.

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME ACROSS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    HT: Chelsea 2-1 Juventus. Oscar's double has put the Blues in charge but Vidal's goal give the visitors hope of a comeback

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    James Tyler: Nah, looks like graffiti on the statue of David. Unnecessary.

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    [Comment from pirlo]
    my beard is a piece of art

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    James Tyler: Yet Juve didn't wilt in the face of such pressure, scoring via Vidal. Second half is wonderfully poised.

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    James Tyler: Two goals from Oscar, absolutely sublime ones at that.

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    Ravi Ubha: HT: United 1, Gala 0.

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Chelsea 2, Juventus 1.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, but a keeper. A bit different.
    Agreed, though, he's had a wonderful career.

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    James Tyler: ... and he curls it off-target.

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    [Comment from yank]
    brad friedel? legend.

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    James Tyler: He's ready to shoot. I don't like his bearded look but there you go.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Is everyone forgetting The Flying Dutchman?!?!

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    [Comment from John Henry]
    My mistake, Manchester United had the most clean sheets in the EPL last year, but De Gea only accounted for 13 of the 20.

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    James Tyler: One minute of stoppage time at Stamford Bridge. Marchisio's fouled deep in CFC territory. Pirlo steps over the ball...

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    Ravi Ubha: You lost me when you mentioned Kalou...

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Kalou, Payet, Martin, and more. Lille should be doing MUCH better.

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    [Comment from Inar]
    Teddy Sheringham fought Father Time for almost a decade.

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    Ravi Ubha: No, none.

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    [Comment from Wonderboy]
    Ravi, he did get some ball

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    [Comment from Chris (CLE)]
    shakhtar 1 - FCN 0

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Lille 0, BATE Borisov 3 -- Edgar Olekhnovich adding misery to the Ligue 1 battlers.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hey, you've had a couple: Scholes and Giggs.

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    I would love to see someone fight Father Time. That would be awesome!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Who'd have thought Arturo Vidal would be Juve's most menacing man around the penalty area?

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    [Comment from d]
    Agreed Ravi, De Gea will come good, but he needs to get control of his center backs

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    James Tyler: Vidal's shot well blocked by Ashley Cole.

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    Ravi Ubha: Altintop breaks into the box, but before then, Carrick takes him down without getting any of the ball. No foul called.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @afootballreport: A GIF of that unbelievable strike from Oscar? Here you are: images.4chan.org/sp/src/1348082…

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Good work by Torres to hold up possession inside the Juventus penalty area. He finds Oscar, who shoots right at Buffon. Juve clears.

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    Ravi Ubha: Bit harsh, no, for all the great years he's put in for United? Can't combat father time...

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    James Tyler: More Chelsea pressure but Lampard's crossfield pass is cleared.

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    [Comment from Inar]
    True and United's defending isn't the greatest of late. When Rio is the only defender on your bench, you're in trouble.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Really would be nice for United to be a man up right now....

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    [Comment from Sam]
    That's a good euphemism for a shaky goalie.. "not the clean sheet kind of goalie"

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    "not the clean sheet kind of goalie" is code for "not good"

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    James Tyler: Three minutes to halftime at Stamford Bridge.

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    [Comment from Drew]
    Teams always seem to get MORE confident as the game goes on at OT...United really needs to get better at killing games off instead of sitting on their stupid early 1-goal leads.

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    Ravi Ubha: But let's point out that it's not all about the keeper when it comes to clean sheets. Much more about overall defending.

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    [Comment from Inar]
    De Gea is going to to concede today, he's not the clean sheet kind of goalie.

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    James Tyler: Chelsea and Juve trading plenty of punches in midfield. Vidal tries to play Giovinco in behind the defense but overhits his pass. Cech springs off his line to smother.

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    [Comment from d]
    Happy that Buttner got a goal / assist, but can he defend?

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    Ravi Ubha: That was a bit of relief for United, since Gala are looking increasingly confident.

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    James Tyler: The goals arrive with the timing and consistency of subway trains.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good persistence by Nani, on the left of the box. But United eventually get the ball to Scholes. Inside the box, his flicked pass is cleared.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Braga 0, CFR Cluj 2 -- Rafael Bastos with his second of the game.

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    James Tyler: What Chris H said.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Bayern Munich 1, Valencia 0 -- Schweinsteiger

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    James Tyler: Lampard and Torres combine in Juve's half. But Ramires can't reach Lampard's pass wide right.

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    Schweinsteiger does what he does best, makes a marauding run into the box and finishes to the far side netting

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    [Comment from Cantona]
    That was a carbon copy of the Fulham goal, United lucky to get away.

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    [Comment from Alex M]
    I know it was only Wigan, but let Buttner loose and make Evra fight for hsi place...

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    [Comment from yank]
    WOW altintop HAMMERED that shot

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    James Tyler: Makes it that much more enjoyable, Alex. Oh yes.

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    Ravi Ubha: Off the free kick, it's cut back to Altintop at the edge of the box, and his low shot to the near post skims the post.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Through Terry's legs.

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    James Tyler: Might hold off on answering your question, Bryce!

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    James Tyler: Pirlo drops deep to the left side to find the ball, finds Vidal at the top of the box, he jukes Lampard and shoots low with his left foot across goal... Cech can't reach it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Oh, dear, what a chance!

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    Goal for Bayern

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    James Tyler: He's limping harder than he was 5 mins ago. But what play by Juventus.

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    Ravi Ubha: Give away by Evra, and he's skinned on the right by Amrabat. Earns a yellow for leaving an imprint on Amrabat.

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    James Tyler: GOAL!!! Vidal gets one, finally!

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    What do Juventus need to do to turn this around? Clearly Plan A won't be enough.

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    James Tyler: SCORE UPDATES:
    Shakhtar 0, Nordsjalland 0
    Chelsea 2, Juventus 0
    Lille 0, BATE Borisov 2
    Bayern 0, Valencia 0
    Barcelona 1, Spartak 1
    Celtic 0, Benfica 0
    Braga 0, Cluj 2
    Man United 1, Galatasaray 0

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    [Comment from Alex M]
    JT people are staring at me at work for the laugh that I just let out loud.

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    Ravi Ubha: The Gala fans making tons of noise...

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    James Tyler: Lovely run down the left flank by Hazard on the break but he loses control of it inside the box.

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    Ravi Ubha: Free kick from about 40 yards away. Altintop hits low, easily cleared. But Elmander's left-footed cross goes off Vidic for a corner.

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    James Tyler: And that's how jokes work.

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    [Comment from QB Style]
    I thought the point of Ray Hudson was that he's the opposite of speechless.

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    James Tyler: Vidal works his way to the edge of the box but his shot is over the bar. And now Arturo is limping.

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    James Tyler: Juventus has a corner but it's comfortably cleared. The men from Turin are reeling.

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    James Tyler: That was stupidly wonderful. Spin, turn, the right-foot shot. Majestic. The kind of shot that would have Ray Hudson speechless.

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    Ravi Ubha: United need a second.

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    Ravi Ubha: United certainly with the better of the play in the first half, but by no means is Gala parking the bus.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Buy all the midfielders!!!! - Roman Abramavich

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Me, to myself: Huh, Oscar's been quiet. (Oscar scores twice in three minutes).

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    James Tyler: An absolutely ungodly shot. Gets it from Ashley Cole, spins past Pirlo and shoots on the turn. A curling effort into the top corner. Buffon with absolutely no chance at all.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Play like that and Mata won't see another minute.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    CHELSEA 2-0 JUVENTUS: Oscar has scored twice in quick succession - the second a stunner - to put the Blues in charge

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    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Kagawa is disgraceful...that's what you'd all call Ronaldo had it been him!

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    [Comment from Alex]
    OSCAR!!!!! AMAZING TURN!!!

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    [Comment from Guest]
    OSSSSSSCCCCCCCCCCCCAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRR

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Oscar is drinking all the milkshakes. #OutdatedReference

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    James Tyler: GOAL!!!! OSCAR AGAIN!!!!

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    James Tyler: The Stamford Bridge crowd dumps its prawn sandwiches and erupts into song.

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    Ravi Ubha: But no, this time for United.
    Replay: Good call, as the defender got the ball and Kagawa went down a little theatrically.

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    James Tyler: But what a first thing. Woof.

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    James Tyler: Really the first thing Oscar's done all game.

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    James Tyler: Oscar with the goal! A rasping shot from 25 yards is really the first thing he's done. Good vision by Hazard to find him in the Juve defensive third. He uncorks one and it takes a deflection off Bonucci and beats Buffon!

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    Ravi Ubha: Must be a penalty...

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    Ravi Ubha: Half-chance for Eboue on the right. He does well by breaking into the box, then earning a corner. Actually, fortunate to get the corner as his shot to the near post was probably going wide (and three teammates in the box were wondering why he didn't pass).

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR CHELSEA!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Mirko Vucinic emitting a very "Alexander Kerzhakov at Euro 2012" vibe for Juve. Not good.

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    James Tyler: Celtic 0, Benfica 0. The Scottish side with 58% of the ball. Just one shot apiece.

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    Ravi Ubha: No.
    A good cross from Valencia, which led to the van Persie corner, almost got the second.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Can anyone following the Celtic-Benfica match send a quick update?

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    Class finish there by Alves, beat the keeper near post like a champ

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    James Tyler: Chance for Juve! Quick counter-attack via Giovinco and Vidal, he finds Vucinic unmarked on the right side of the box with Ashley Cole out of position but his shot is wide of Cech's near post. Had to do better there. At least get it on target. As it turns out, he slashes the shot into the stands.

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    [Comment from Tyler]
    Is Man Utd sitting on their lead like they usually do?

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    Ravi Ubha: All three.
    Striker definite.

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    [Comment from Rob (Chicago)]
    Also I don't think everyone and their grandmother felt that Arsenal needed a striker...a RB or DM is more like it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Another corner for United, and van Persie to take.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Barcelona 1, Spartak Moscow 1 -- Dani Alves OG for the Russians

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    James Tyler: Ramires dances down the right flank and cuts infield sharply but his shot is blazed over the bar.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Being an Arsenal definitely clouds my judgement sometimes :(

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    Ravi Ubha: Altintop lining up for a shot from outside the box but he's closed down and United block. A real coup for Gala to land Altintop, the home star.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Juve! Good quick break down the right, cut back ball from the touchline finds Vucinic but his shot is blocked. Corner, Juve.

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    James Tyler: Not brilliant. Has not done much as yet. But it's still early. Lampard and Hazard much more influential in midfield.

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    [Comment from Chris]
    How's Oscar looking?

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    Ravi Ubha: Indeed, but that doesn't cloud my judgement.

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    James Tyler: Lampard's delivery is deep but cleared.

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    James Tyler: Another Chelsea corner as Torres and Ashley Cole combine down the left, forcing Lichtsteiner to knock it out.

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    [Comment from NY GOONER]
    Ravi, I thought you were an Arsenal supporter???

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    Ravi Ubha: Handball on Eboue, by the way, on the cross, but a case of ball to hand rather than hand ball.

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    James Tyler: Vidal with another professional foul inside the Chelsea half.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @tomwfootball: Lille 2-0 down at home to BATE Borisov (second goal offside). Easiest game in group. Bayern Munich and Valencia ahead.

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    Ravi Ubha: The truth hurts, eh?
    Everyone and their grandmother felt Arsenal needed another striker.

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    James Tyler: Good play by Hazard on the left. He finds Ramires near the penalty spot but the midfielder hesitates on shooting and gives Juve a chance to regroup.

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    [Comment from Rob (Chicago)]
    Oof, I almost forgot about that Arsenal transfer article Ravi wrote...brutal stuff.

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    Ravi Ubha: Cross from Valencia causes panic in the box. Eboue again looking lost, the ball hits him and almost goes in.
    Another cross from Valencia is errant. Strange.

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    James Tyler: More attacks for Chelsea. Ivanovic hoists a deep cross into the box but Torres can't reach it.

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    [Comment from JoeCole]
    This Lille is behaving like me. Lots of talk but not show up when it mattered.

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    James Tyler: Whistles all around Stamford Bridge as Torres is "fouled" yet the ref disagreed. Looked like a bit of dive.

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    James Tyler: I fancy Cluj over BATE given the rest of their respective groups...

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    BATE and Cluj leading? Who's going to be this year's APOEL?

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    Ravi Ubha: Not far off :)

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    James Tyler: Chance for Juventus! Marchisio beats the offside trap and is clean through on goal but his first touch was poor and Cech saves brilliantly.

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    [Comment from trevgunner]
    Just curious, how do you guys watch all these games at once? You have like a football cave at ESPN with flat screens and hot waitresses?

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    Ravi Ubha: Not exactly a free header, but the marking could have been tighter from Carrick. Melo's header goes over.

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    James Tyler: UPSET ALERT...

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Lille 0, BATE 2 -- Vitali Rodionov

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    Ravi Ubha: Meanwhile, Gala has a corner when the cross goes off Jonny Evans.

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    James Tyler: BRYCE: Yes/No. Strong team, composed midfield. All three CBs with plenty of Italian NT experience. All thrived at Euros.

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    Ravi Ubha: I agree, Skyler.
    I like the fact that Hart came off and was fuming, a real competitor who wants to win. None of this 'we're happy to make it close' crap.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Do you think Juventus are nervous? It's the first time in 3 years playing in Champions League, and how many of their players have experience besides Pirlo?

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    [Comment from d]
    Ravi: How is United's midfield looking tonight?

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Braga 0, CFR Cluj 1 -- Rafael Bastos

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    What are your thoughts on the Joe Hart/Mancini deal? To be honest, I liked Joe Hart's heart, that tone of acceptance [of his fault], and general urge/want to win. I thought Mancini offered nothing in his rebuttal other than condescending tones towards Hart.

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    James Tyler: Torres also looks "up for it."

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    James Tyler: Able to get upfield down both flanks and plenty of good crosses.

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    James Tyler: Panic in the Juve box as a left-flank cross reaches him at the back post. He can't put any power into his header but it pings off a defender for another Blues corner. Cross doesn't clear the first man. All Chelsea at the moment.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Ravi is just Anti-Arsenal gang. His transfer article on them was one of the worst biased articles I have ever read. It literally read like it was from a Spurs fan. Just ignore anything he thinks about them.

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    Ravi Ubha: An unusually bad cross from Valencia on the right, but Eboue (no surprise there) conveniently lets the ball hit him and it goes out for a corner. It leads to some panic in the box, and there's another corner.

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    [Comment from SoCal]
    Pog!!! How's the baby??

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    James Tyler: Pique appears to have injured his foot, for those asking. No further information yet.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Fears about Chelsea's midfield as yet unfounded. Blues far more confident/comfortable on the ball in the first 15 mins.

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    James Tyler: Taken short and worked across midfield. Vidal's cross is cleared as far as Asamoah but Torres does brilliantly to dispossess him.

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    [Comment from Tim]
    I'm at work and my DVR is broken. Keep the updates coming

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    [Comment from Pog]
    The games are online, you just have to pay rather a lot for them.

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    Ravi Ubha: One shot from him thus far, and on target.

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Juve as Vidal shoots from the edge of the box. First Juve corner coming up...

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    James or Ravi -- how long will it take for Nani to put the ball into row Z?

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    Ravi Ubha: The man involved in the penalty incident is off injured. Bulut off for a man who knows English football well: Johan Elmander.

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    James Tyler: Vidal is crunched inside the center circle. Free kick, Juve.

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    James Tyler: James: Chelsea more than holding its own thus far. Fears of its midfield as yet unfounded.

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    [Comment from James]
    I wish I could watch these games online... :(

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    [Comment from James]
    Finally logged in from work, how's the Chelsea v. Juve game looking so far? Seems like Chelsea has enjoyed a little more possession in Juve's half?

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    James Tyler: Juventus with a decent spell in the Chelsea half but Asamoah's 1-2 pass is well intercepted.

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    [Comment from AdamF]
    Well done Tello

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    James Tyler: It would appear so, FlaGooner.

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    [Comment from FlaGooner]
    Wait...Tello did something right?

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    Ravi Ubha: Wonderful ball, from who else. Paul Scholes. Outside of the boot to Valencia on the right but his cross is cleared.

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    James Tyler: Chelsea corner is partially cleared. Follow-up cross from the right ends up in Buffon's gloves.

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    James Tyler: GOAL -- Cristian Tello has put Barca up 1-0 vs. Spartak Moscow.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    Okay, home from school. Hopefully I didn't miss much.

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    [Comment from d]
    Malaga could be a dark horse...

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    James Tyler: Now, Ramires gets wide right on the overlap. Decent cross intended for Torres but Barzagli flicks it out for a corner. Can never be too careful.

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    Ravi Ubha: Funny, I just saw Gervinho about an hour ago at the store I was shopping at...

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    James Tyler: Thanks for the kind words, Skyler!

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, Skyler. Not sure if I used the word, 'crisis.' Let's not jump on the bandwagon just yet.
    The defense won't be so stingy all season, Diaby isn't a consistent performer (Arsenal fans will know that), and I'm not convinced the goals will keep coming.

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    James Tyler: Song to slot in at CB for Barca. Fragile defense...?

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    James Tyler: Good defending by Ivanovic to nod a crossfield pass back to Cech.

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    [Comment from Wonderboy]
    I actually think Malaga will win the group. AC milan looked weak last night, and Anderlecht is just not good enough

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    James Tyler: Yup, he's off. ALEX SONG, master of the subs' bench, replaces GERARD PIQUE.

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    James Tyler: Hearing that Pique is hurt for Barca vs. Spartak... will keep you posted there.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Ravi remember when you wrote an article about Arsenal being in crisis after two games? Remember? JT you are cool though

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    [Comment from FlaGooner]
    Pen+Player Off....11 on 10 at home for 80 minutes? Fugettaboutit

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    [Comment from yank]
    have to take the goal. you can always miss a penalty...

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    [Comment from zach from 804]
    Latter option...United up a man at home is nearly impossible for the opposition

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    James Tyler: Giovinco and Vucinic combine in the Chelsea half but pressure from David Luiz forces an off-target pass.

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    Ravi Ubha: A little warning sign for United.

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    Ravi Ubha: Amrabat on the left, cuts inside, just outside the box and his curled effort goes off the bar.

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    James Tyler: Extremely impressed, Guest. Malaga's been through the wringer this summer, selling Cazorla, etc. That said, Zenit spent a lot of money on everything but its defense.

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    Ravi Ubha: Off the post, Gala!

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    [Comment from Guest]
    James, what did you think off the 3-0 Malaga win over Much improved Zenit?

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    James Tyler: Juve's turn to settle on the ball for a moment.

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    [Comment from yank]
    never! you take the goal.

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    James Tyler: Good defending by Asamoah on the left flank to stop Ramires from marauding forward.

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    Ravi Ubha: The Gala back four being run ragged.

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    Ravi Ubha: Interesting one that.
    What would you rather have, a goal, or a player off and a pen? For me I'd take the latter option all day.

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    James Tyler: I'd wager that Bendtner is in Turin watching the game. Presumably wearing a turtleneck.

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    James Tyler: Not even in the matchday squad, Roshan.

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    [Comment from Roshan]
    did bendter start for Juve?

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Galatasaray dodged a bullet there. Carrick was tripped by the keeper, which would've been a penalty AND red card...

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    James Tyler: Meanwhile t Stamford Bridge, Pirlo's hobbling a touch.

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    [Comment from OT]
    Carrickkkk!!!

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    James can make it rain goals!!!! I witnessed it yesterday!!!!

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Jerry. I have the power to bring goals.

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    Ravi Ubha: My word, where was the holding mid or right back? Carrick is allowed to waltz into the box, Muslera clips Carrick but the ref plays the advantage and Carrick is quickly back on his feet to put the ball into an empty net.

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    [Comment from Jerry]
    That didn't take long after on off hand comment about the lack of scoring. I see your Malaga and raise you a United.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR BATE BORISOV! Alexander Volodko with an absolute howitzer from distance. Lille 0, BATE 1.

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    Ravi Ubha: Michael Carrick.

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    James Tyler: Fine, fine. Have it your way mw

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    Ravi Ubha: 1-0 United!

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    [Comment from mw]
    don't think half chances deserve an exclamation point...just my 2 cents

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    James Tyler: Bonucci clattered by Torres in the center circle. Juve takes the free-kick quickly but nothing comes of it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good chance for United. Nani sneaks in on the left, but Muslera is out quick to make himself big and blocks.

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    James Tyler: No goals yet across Europe. Get it together, lads. Malaga was 1-0 up already by the 6th minute.

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    James Tyler: David Luiz is receiving treatment but back on the field.

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    James Tyler: Vucinic offside on the lofted pass down the left side.

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    [Comment from yank]
    eboue to throw some strong tackles in on van persie?? no love lost there

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    James Tyler: Not so far, James! Juve struggling to keep hold of the ball.

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    Ravi Ubha: A Turkish side has won before at Old Trafford, Besiktas, 1-0, in 2009.

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    [Comment from James]
    Marchisio and Vidal to outrun and tire Chelsea's midfield...

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    James Tyler: Offside flag against the Blues.

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    Ravi Ubha: Apologies. It was Bulut, not Yilmaz.
    Fergie likes Bulut's name...

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    James Tyler: Half-chance! Luiz meets Lampard's corner but can't get enough on it. Falls gently to Buffon.

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    James Tyler: Another corner for Chelsea via Bonucci.

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    James Tyler: Handling the post-game reaction today, Chris. Look for his glistening prose after the final whistle.

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    Where is @rogbennett?

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    James Tyler: Torres almost gets on the end of it. Buffon imperious and in control.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @JamesHorncastle: Last call for my piece on the Emperor, Fatih Terim ahead of #Galatasaray - #MUFC blogs.thescore.com/footyblog/2012…

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    James Tyler: Early corner for Chelsea with its first real attack.

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    [Comment from josh]
    bad call

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    James Tyler: Yes, mark. He's a permanent sub, it seems. Does get a fair bit of minutes off the bench.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    prediction: chelsea 1-2 juventus

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    Ravi Ubha: Vidic on Yilmaz, Vidic dived in with a boot but looked like he got none of the ball.

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    [Comment from Mark]
    Has Alex Song gotten a minute of play for Barca yet? Arsenal clearly made a great move selling him

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    Ravi Ubha: Bad, bad call, I think. Should have been a pen.

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    James Tyler: Chelsea just settling on the ball. Terry and Lampard with a couple of passes.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Its United....of course no penalty...

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    [Comment from Rodrigo]
    Of course not! We can't have a penalty against United!

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    Ravi Ubha: No replay yet.

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    [Comment from OT]
    Come On UNITEDDD!!!

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Bayern will will kill Valencia 5-0:)

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    Ravi Ubha: Gala player goes down in the box but no call. Will wait for a replay.

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    Ravi Ubha: Wow, no penalty?

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    James Tyler: We're off at Stamford Bridge, too...!

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    Ravi Ubha: Kickoff at OT...

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    James Tyler: Real shame that Nicklas "Pink Boots" Bendtner isn't yet in the Juve matchday squad.

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    Ravi Ubha: Grace, it'd have to be Chelsea-Juventus.

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    James Tyler: We'll also keep you abreast of the other six games in CL play today: Shakhtar Donetsk v. FC Nordsjalland, Lille v. BATE, Bayern v. Valencia, Barcelona v. Spartak Moscow, Celtic v. Benfica and Braga vs. Cluj.

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    [Comment from GRACE]
    So many games... I do not know which one watch. What do you think will be the best game? I am down to 4 games on my list.

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    James Tyler: Lineups for United-Galatasaray, the game Ravi will be providing updates on:
    MUFC (4-4-2): 1-De Gea; 2-Rafael, 15-Vidic, 6-Evans, 3-Evra; 7-Valencia, 16-Carrick, 22-Scholes, 17-Nani; 26-Kagawa; 20-Van Persie.
    Subs: 5-Ferdinand, 24-Fletcher, 13-Lindegaard (GK), 8-Anderson, 19-Welbeck, 14-Hernandez, 23-Cleverley

    GALA (4-4-2): 25-Muslera; 27-Eboue, 13-Nounkeu, 26-Kaya, 22-Balta; 4-H. Altintop, 10-Felipe Melo, 8-Inan, 53-Amrabat; 17-Burak Yilmaz, 19-Bulut.
    Subs: 11-Riera, 3-Cris, 9-Elmander, 7-Aydin Yilmaz, 50-Baytar, 86-Ceylan, 52-Colak

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    James Tyler: CHELSEA (4-3-3): 1-Cech, 2-Ivanovic, 4-David Luiz, 26-Terry, 3-A. Cole; 7-Ramires, 12-Mikel, 8-Lampard; 17-Hazard, 9-Torres, 11-Oscar.
    Subs: 22-Turnbull (GK), 24-Cahill, 34-Bertrand, 28-Azpilicueta, 10-Juan Mata, 13-Moses, 6-Oriol Romeu

    JUVENTUS (3-5-2): 1-Buffon; 15-Barzagli, 19-Bonucci, 3-Chiellini; 26-Lichtsteiner, 23-Vidal, 21-Pirlo, 8-Marchisio, 22-Asamoah; 9-Vucinic, 12-Giovinco.
    Subs: 2-Lucio, 30-Storari, 27-Quagliarella, 32-Matri, 33-Isla, 24-Giaccherini, 39-Marrone.

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    James Tyler: Teams are out at Stamford Bridge... lineups again:

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    James Tyler: Ahh, love this song. THE CHAAAAMPIIIIOOONS.

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    James Tyler: 33% of votes picking Chelsea to win by a goal....

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    Ravi-That is true, though I would like to see him get an extended run with a settled defense. Would give a better picture of where he is. Agree with Drew, the combination would be a very good.

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    James Tyler: ^ This.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Just ask United

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    James Tyler: Especially given that it's game one of six. Teams still settling into the domestic seasons, etc. Not always easy to keep focused.

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    James Tyler: It's just you. Nothing is a given in the CL.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Is it me or will Barcelona and Bayern Munich's matches be over after the first half

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    James Tyler: Sturridge isn't match-fit. Oscar signals a renewed focus on attack, and it should keep Juventus' wing-backs honest on defense. If the likes of Lichtsteiner and Asamoah push too far upfield, look for Oscar and Hazard to exploit the space behind them.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    It is clear that RDM feels Chelsea needed an attacking infusion after the draw with QPR. With Oscar lacking defensive quality would they not be better simply adding sturridge on the wing?

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    James Tyler: I'll say 2-1 Chelsea, in spite of everything I'm saying, Alejandro. Started the Prem season well, playing at home etc

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    [Comment from Drew]
    Ryan - I like the idea of combining them into a super keeper.

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    [Comment from Samuel]
    I cant wait to see what Oscar will do in his Champions League debut

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    [Comment from Alejandro]
    What do you guys see as the most probable result for chelsea vs juve?

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    Ravi Ubha: Ryan, I agree there, totally.
    He does have potential, but if you play at United, you can't afford to have 'potential.' You have to be the real deal. Unlike Arsenal, then.

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    Ravi-I would agree at present, but I think De Gea has the potential to be that in the future. Lindegaard not so much. Thoughts?

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    James Tyler: Yes, Jeremy. Could be. And having David Luiz alongside has produced plenty of comedy over the last year or so.

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    Ravi Ubha: Steve, are you serious? He's had a very shaky start to this season.

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Will JT's pace be called out today?

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Ravi: extremely harsh; De Gea's been very good on balance over the past three months of PL play.

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    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    @tomEurosport Classic.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    Too bad United can't combine De Gea and Lidegaard to get one complete keeper.

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    James Tyler: He'll have to do it off the bench, Samuel...

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    Ravi Ubha: He was great for Basel last season.

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    James Tyler: THAT SAID, it's at Stamford Bridge. Huge caveat.

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    [Comment from Samuel]
    In the Bayern Munich game i see Xherdan Shaquiri tearing up the Valencia defense

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    James Tyler: Juventus for me, Roberto. Much more balance. We've yet to see Oscar much with this CFC team so I'm siding with the defending Serie A champs.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ryan, neither are worthy of being United's No. 1, in my opinion.

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    [Comment from Roberto]
    Who has a stronger center midfield...Juve with Pirlo Vidal and Marchiso or the likes of Ocsar Lampard and Hazard for chelsea?

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    De Gea should be first choice. Will grow with experience and distribution is miles better than Lindegaard

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    [Comment from nordy]
    starting de gea isn't bad - first match of group play, so by no means does this decide anything, and the game is at Old Trafford. if Fergie wants to get him some PT, seems like an ideal to do it

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    Ravi Ubha: Manchester United has never lost to Gala in the CL, going 1-0-3. But, that doesn't tell the entire story. Gala ousted United on away goals in 1993 in the second round. 'Welcome to Hell...'

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    James Tyler: Pirlo has the protection of Marchisio and Vidal, which should enable him to work his magic. Italy used that three-man central midfield to great effect at Euro 2012.

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    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    RT @Keithy_76: @dalejohnsonESPN he's just trying to give a relevant point of reference for football fans. By using american football. Li ...

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    James Tyler: Juve is running its 3-5-2 with Asamoah and Lichtsteiner as wing-backs.

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    James Tyler: JEREMY: Biggest concern for me is how Lampard, Hazard and Oscar will fare against a balanced Juve team.

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    [Comment from Drew]
    Nani to completely botch up every cross he attempts today.

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    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    I'm watching the build up to Chelsea v Juventus but cannot work out who won the Champions League last season. Hmm.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Bayern is absurdly deep at every position this year. They took their losses in the CL and Bundesliga last season personally

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    Ravi Ubha: Nani retains his spot, while Fergie makes six changes from Saturday's game vs. Wigan. In come the likes of RVP, Shinji Kagawa... and David de Gea. Good choice, de Gea?

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Could be wrong but the name of the site is instant analysis: Chelsea v Juve. Can we get some more insight on tactics for todays match? How the formations stack up against each other for instance?

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    James Tyler: Amazing predictions. Don't see that happening.

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    [Comment from sean]
    nani to score 2 for united

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    James Tyler: Christian: I think it's quite balanced, if anything. The Martinez-Schweinsteiger combo winning possession, Kroos-Ribery-Robben to nudge it upfield.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    nani to score 2 for united

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Another UCL day...another day with JT...no complaints.

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    Ravi Ubha: That always had the look of an Arsenal-Schalke 1-2. I think those two will indeed go through.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Seems like a defensive oriented side for Bayern today, with Javi Martinez and Schweini starting, and Mandzukic getting a rest

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    [Comment from FlaGooner]
    Is Group B over after 1 matchday? Montpellier could beat Schalke, but I doubt it.

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    [Comment from stephen]
    chelsea-juventus has draw written all over it. Wouldn't be shocked if it was 0-0

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    Ravi Ubha: Roberto, no, not at all.
    Even a loss wouldn't be catastrophic. The group isn't as difficult as some others.

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    [Comment from Roberto]
    If Juve wants to make a far run in the CL, do they need a convincing victory today against the returning champs?

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    James Tyler: Bayern-Valencia.

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    Ravi Ubha: Maybe a dive from Welbeck off the bench. Sorry, couldn't resist.
    For the record, I don't think he dived Saturday. A bit of contact.
    He dived blatantly against Ukraine.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    If you had to choose between Fernando Torres leading your line, or Luis Suarez, who'd you go with?

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    [Comment from nordy]
    any chance one of these matches today can replicate the awesomeness that was the second half of the city-real match from yesterday?

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    [Comment from yawa]
    galatasaray will be in the game up until the very end. Then United will get a cheap penalty like they always do

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    James Tyler: BAYERN: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber; Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Kroos, Ribery; Pizarro.

    VALENCIA: Alves; J. Pereira, Costa, Rami, Cissokho; Feghouli, Parejo, Costa, Guardado; Jonas, Soldado.

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    munich valencia lineups please?

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    James Tyler: Absolutely, Daniel. Depends on how well the Turkish side can handle RvP.

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    Ravi Ubha: YNWA, hey, it's not overly crazy. Celtic can beat almost anyone at home. But if I had to pick, I'd say third or fourth.

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    [Comment from Daniel]
    Any chance of Galatasaray stealing a point today?

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    [Comment from YNWA]
    Am I crazy for thinking Celtic can come out of Group G with Barca?

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    James Tyler: David Villa on the bench, Tello getting the nod over Alexis. Rest is fairly standard.

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    James Tyler: BARCA (4-3-3): 1-Valdes; 2-Dani Alves, 3-Pique, 14-Mascherano, 21-Adriano; 6-Xavi, 16-Sergio Busquets, 4-Fabregas; 17-Pedro, 10-Messi, 37-Tello.
    Subs: 12-Pinto (GK), 7-David Villa, 25-Song, 9-Alexis Sanchez, 11-Thiago, 19-Montoya, 15-Bartra

    SPARTAK (4-2-3-1): 31-Dykan; 7-Kombarov, 2-Insaurralde, 17-Suchy, 23-Kombarov; 21-Kallstrom, 6-Rafael Carioca; 8-McGeady, 37-Romulo, 9-Ari; 29-Emenike
    Subs: 25-Bilyadetinov, 19-Jurado, 10-Dzyuba, 30-Pesyakov, 34-Makeev, 14-Yakovlev, 3-Bryzaglov.

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    [Comment from Diamond]
    Give me my barca news!

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    James Tyler: They can't afford to NOT start him given his cost. Torres is a traditional striker who relies on good service... hence why Chelsea spent a fortune stocking that midfield with talent.

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    [Comment from CFC headshaker]
    I'm sorry but why is Torres starting in favour of Sturridge or Moses?

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    James Tyler: No clue. Guessing RDM doesn't fancy his lower workrate tracking back when the Blues are without the ball.

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    [Comment from Thomas]
    Where is Sturridge???

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    James Tyler: Think he's still getting accustomed to RDM's tactics, etc. He'll be a regular starter in due course.

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    [Comment from dalejohnsonESPN via Twitter]
    John Terry on Chelsea winning the Champions League: "Everybody writ us off."

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Why no Azpi still??

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Jump on in! RT @ESPNFC: And we are LIVE w/ Chelsea v. Juve, @JamesTylerESPN in the U.S. tinyurl.com/9dpwgdp

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    James Tyler: If anyone's sneaking, it'll be the Ukrainians, though I don't see an upset here.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    You think Shakhtar or even Nordsjaelland can sneak into the knockout stage?

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, Ross,
    No, he's not being phased out. He's had an extraordinarily long year. He's played in all but one of Chelsea's games so far this season.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    And for live minute-by-minute commentary of Chelsea's game against Juventus, join @JamesDallESPN - espnfc.com/uk/en/gamecast…

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    [Comment from Ross]
    Has mata been starting in the league for chelsea? It seems like he is being phased out.

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    James Tyler: Think Pirlo's got every chance to conduct Juventus to victory tonight, Italia. Depends on what Di Matteo has in store, tactically. Will he man mark? Will he rely on Torres and Hazard to track back and help cut out his time on the ball?

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    [Comment from italia131415]
    james do you think pirlo will pick apart chelsea's slow defense today or will chelsea's counter attacking with hazard and friends win out?

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    For live chat, goals and updates of this evening's Champions League action, join @atchrismurphy - soccernet.espn.go.com/live/_/id/1164…

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    Ravi Ubha: JT, I will be rooting for ....

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    James Tyler: To anyone watching the other matches, send in your observations.

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    James Tyler: As do I, Ravi. As do I. To clear this up a bit, Ravi's focusing on United-Galatasaray while I provide the action from Stamford Bridge. We'll keep our eyes on the other six games as well.

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    Ravi Ubha: Let's hope we get as much fun as yesterday -- and for that matter, Monday, when Everton took on Newcastle. A great week so far, and there's the Europa League tomorrow! Then Sat and Sun.
    I love these weeks!

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    James Tyler: You absolutely may:
    MUFC (4-4-2): 1-De Gea; 2-Rafael, 15-Vidic, 6-Evans, 3-Evra; 7-Valencia, 16-Carrick, 22-Scholes, 17-Nani; 26-Kagawa; 20-Van Persie.
    Subs: 5-Ferdinand, 24-Fletcher, 13-Lindegaard (GK), 8-Anderson, 19-Welbeck, 14-Hernandez, 23-Cleverley

    GALA (4-4-2): 25-Muslera; 27-Eboue, 13-Nounkeu, 26-Kaya, 22-Balta; 4-H. Altintop, 10-Felipe Melo, 8-Inan, 53-Amrabat; 17-Burak Yilmaz, 19-Bulut.
    Subs: 11-Riera, 3-Cris, 9-Elmander, 7-Aydin Yilmaz, 50-Baytar, 86-Ceylan, 52-Colak

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    May I get the lineup for United???

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    James Tyler: Also, no room yet for Azpilicueta, Chelsea's new right back of the future.

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    James Tyler: Big move to bench Mata in favor of Oscar.

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, Ravi!

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    James Tyler: CHELSEA (4-3-3): 1-Cech, 2-Ivanovic, 4-David Luiz, 26-Terry, 3-A. Cole; 7-Ramires, 12-Mikel, 8-Lampard; 17-Hazard, 9-Torres, 11-Oscar.
    Subs: 22-Turnbull (GK), 24-Cahill, 34-Bertrand, 28-Azpilicueta, 10-Juan Mata, 13-Moses, 6-Oriol Romeu

    JUVENTUS (3-5-2): 1-Buffon; 15-Barzagli, 19-Bonucci, 3-Chiellini; 26-Lichtsteiner, 23-Vidal, 21-Pirlo, 8-Marchisio, 22-Asamoah; 9-Vucinic, 12-Giovinco.
    Subs: 2-Lucio, 30-Storari, 27-Quagliarella, 32-Matri, 33-Isla, 24-Giaccherini, 39-Marrone.

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    James Tyler: Let's print 'em:

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, James, and hi, everyone.
    Are we ready for some football?!

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    And we are LIVE w/ Chelsea v. Juve, @JamesTylerESPN in the U.S. tinyurl.com/9dpwgdp

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    [Comment from GFOP Eric]
    Thoughts on the Chelsea-Juventus Lineups?

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    [Comment from United fan from Texas]
    LET'S GET IT ON!!!!!!

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    James Tyler: Yes! And the Great Danes! They're in Ukraine to face Shakhtar.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Forza Nordsjaelland!!!

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    James Tyler: And much more including Barca hosting Spartak Moscow.

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    James Tyler: The continuation of Matchday One is full of tasty treats: Chelsea v. Juventus (our feature game), Lille v. BATE Borisov, Bayern v. Valencia, United v. Galatasaray.

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    James Tyler: Happy Champions League!

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, all!

 
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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Chelsea

  • 11(7)

  • 18

  • 12

  • 54%

    46%

  • Juventus

  • 17(3)

  • 28

  • 13

Chelsea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Petr Cech

D

2 Branislav Ivanovic

D

3 Ashley Cole

D

4 David Luiz

D

26 John Terry

M

7 Ramires
D
34 Ryan Bertrand

M

8 Frank Lampard

M

11 Oscar
M
10 Juan Mata

M

12 John Mikel Obi

M

17 Eden Hazard

F

9 Fernando Torres
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Ross Turnbull
D 24 Gary Cahill
D 28 César Azpilicueta
D 34 Ryan Bertrand
M 6 Oriol Romeu
M 10 Juan Mata
M 13 Victor Moses

Match Stats

  • Chelsea
  • Juventus
11(7) Shots (on goal) 17(3)
12 Fouls 13
5 Corner kicks 5
2 Offsides 1
54% Time of Possession 46%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 5