• FT

    Zenit

    2

    Milan

    3

  • FT

    Ajax

    1

    Real Madrid

    4

  • FT

    Anderlecht

    0

    Malaga

    3

  • FT

    Arsenal

    3

    Olympiakos

    1

  • FT

    Dynamo Kiev

    2

    D Zagreb

    0

  • FT

    FC Porto

    1

    PSG

    0

  • FT

    Man City

    1

    Dortmund

    1

  • FT

    Schalke 04

    2

    Montpellier

    2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Etihad Stadium

Attendance: 43607

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Manchester City

  • Mario Balotelli 90' PEN

1 - 1

FT

Borussia Dortmund

  • Marco Reus 61'
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    James Tyler: Night, all. Viva los Boot Room!

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    [Comment from ESPNPressPass via Twitter]
    #poll Do you think that was a penalty for Man City? twtpoll.com/yx67nj

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    GO TRANMERE!

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    Roger Bennett: Rock on America.

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    James Tyler: Or if you don't. All emotions welcome.

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    James Tyler: Follow us on Twitter if you like us:
    @JamesTylerESPN
    @rogbennett
    @ESPNFC

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    Roger Bennett: My Athlete's foot is killing me JT

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    James Tyler: Yes, time to shut the Boot Room for now. We have a Subbuteo game to attend to.

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    James Tyler: Well, beyond racking up air miles.

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    [Comment from Saenek]
    Mancini can't do squat in Europe.

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    Roger Bennett: Thanks for joining our inferior chat room.

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    [Comment from john]
    Dortmund look a real contender to be in Wembley in May

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    [Comment from Jon]
    City's chances to go through shrunk considerably today (sadly). You've got to win your home fixtures and hope for a draw or two away. Still a chance, but not looking good.

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    James Tyler: Sarcasm!

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Man City just haven't spent enough money on their squad. And it shows.

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    James Tyler: I honestly enjoy the human element, Morty. I enjoy that part greatly. Ref calls something, I begrudgingly agree.

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    [Comment from Balotelli]
    Time for replacement refs.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: We relish the pain. Injustice lasts longer than glory

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    James Tyler: Um, we are all sadists? Suckers for punishment?

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    Can someone explain why football fans are so tolerant of poor officiting and willing to let them determine the outcome of most matches?

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    James Tyler: Might be one tomorrow for the Europa League but checking ESPNFC.com will give you the answers.

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    [Comment from john]
    Being: out of the boot room during Europa

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    James Tyler: Sunday AFTERNOON: El Clasico. Brilliant.

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    James Tyler: Saturday, EARLY: Man City v. Sunderland. Tweet your questions using #FCbootroom for the chance to hear your Twitter handle said aloud by Sir Ian Darke during the ESPN2 live broadcast. He and Macca will also answer them.

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    [Comment from Michael]
    No Boot Room for Europa League? Don't act like this isn't fun

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    James Tyler: FUTURE BOOT ROOMS:

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog is right. Twitter is good. Join us if you'd like.

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    Roger Bennett: Follow us on Twitter. It helps us survive the misery that is The Boot Room:

    @rogbennett

    @jamestylerespn

    rock on

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    That final leaves a bad taste in my mouth. City stole a point.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @James_Dart: Love Balotelli's penalty tonight (via @SpheraChannel) dai.ly/VhQyHo

  •  

    [Comment from Avery]
    If De Gae was keeper, that'd be at least 3-1 Dortmund

  •  

    [Comment from MrTuktoyaktuk]
    You'll not find one City fan happy with that, except for Hart's extraordinary saves.

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    [Comment from Darryl]
    Man of the match: ball-to-hand penalty

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    James Tyler: Yet Dortmund should feel aggrieved that it didn't kill City off 30 minutes ago.

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    Roger Bennett: Let that late goal not detract from Dortmund's performance tonight. They were the more positive, creative, menacing team... going to be interested to see if they use the injustice as motivation to press on. They can hurt teams if they reach the elimination round.

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    James Tyler: Defense bailed out many a time by Joe Hart.

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    James Tyler: I felt City was abysmal for long stretches. Toure and Silva struggling.

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    James Tyler: Final thoughts, one and all?

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    James Tyler: Week of October 23, Daniel. We'll have Boot Rooms again once more.

  •  

    [Comment from Daniel]
    When is the next round of games?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Ocean's Fourteen. Aguero contrives a penalty with help from Matt Damon and a nachos-eating Brad Pitt.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Conspiracy theorists start up "Uefa favor big club" bias stories...

  •  

    [Comment from Unbiased Fan]
    I am not pleased

  •  

    [Comment from A]
    Frenetic end and as a neutral like the result so there is still plenty of drama left in who advances!

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    James Tyler: Weidenfeller was great too. And Gundogan. But Joe Hart the clear MVP today.

  •  

    [Comment from dl]
    Hart. Man of Match? No other City players impresssed.

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    James Tyler: FT: Porto 1, PSG 0. Huge result. Hats off to the Portuguese.

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    Roger Bennett: Whatever is going on behind the scenes at City will continue. This performance will only add to the question marks hanging over them. They got a result tonight. But will draw little confidence from it...

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    James Tyler: FT: Arsenal 3, Olympiacos 1

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    James Tyler: A robbery worthy of Ocean's Fourteen.

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Man City 1, Borussia Dortmund 1.

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    James Tyler: Piszczek knocked it down nicely for Lewandowski but he's shielded from reaching it by Nastasic.

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    James Tyler: Now, BVB on the counter...

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    James Tyler: Kolarov smacks the set piece into the wall. Aguero crosses the rebound but Dortmund clears. Just.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL - Arsenal 3, Olympiacos 1 - Ramsey seals it in injury time

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Rambo goal was excellent. Arsenal always had something in hand.

  •  

    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, DORTMUND: Reus booked for handball wide left. Kolarov has a free-kick chance, wide on the right side. 30 meters from goal.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal injury shocker.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Coquelin just tore something in his right calf....

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Great game ruined by a terrible call. Awful.

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    Roger Bennett: No composure. No ideas. very, very lucky. They will get a result. But not one they can draw confidence from

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    James Tyler: FT: Ajax 1, Real Madrid 4

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    James Tyler: FT: Anderlecht 0, Malaga 3

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    James Tyler: FT: Schalke 2, Montpellier 2

  •  

    Roger Bennett: That pass from Yaya sums up City's night...

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    James Tyler: Yes. There is such a thing as Ball-to-Hand aka ball is hit at an arm that couldn't possibly be moved out of the way. I'd argue that's what the City PK was.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    I still don't understand the handball rule. Is intent necessary?

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Lewandowski catches Nastasic napping, cracks one from 20 yards but Hart is equal to it! Corner for BVB.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Absolute nonsense penalty.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Schalke 2, Montpellier 2 - Camara equalizes for ten-man Montpellier...

  •  

    [Comment from Adrian]
    No idea how a referee has the audacity to change the result of the game that way by a 50/50 penalty..

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Clearly, defenders should be able to detach their arms from the shoulder joint to avoid the ignominy.

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    Roger Bennett: Saving it for the winner JT

  •  

    James Tyler: Yet no t-shirt celebration...

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    James Tyler: Balotelli casually, cheekily stutters and slots it the other way from Weidenfeller's despairing dive.

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    Roger Bennett: that was a fabulous penalty under pressure

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR MAN CITY

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    James Tyler: Really looked like ball to hand. Not sure what Subotic was supposed to do there.

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Of course it Balotelli...

  •  

    [Comment from Sanchini]
    WHAT A TERRIBLE CALL!

  •  

    [Comment from AR]
    PENALTY. OH MY GOD.

  •  

    James Tyler: Aguero tries to volley the loose ball on goal from a narrow angle and smacks it into Subotic's elbow. Ref calls it a handball.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: half a foot away. Love tyler's comment "Seen Them Not Given."

  •  

    James Tyler: #Scenes

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    James Tyler: PENALTY TO MAN CITY

  •  

    James Tyler: Outswinging corner is nodded back towards goal but Weidenfeller punches it clear...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Wow

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR DORTMUND: Gotze off, Sebastian Kehl on. Defensive midfielder time...

  •  

    James Tyler: Corner, City.

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for City! Right flank cross is nodded powerfully on target by Aguero but Roman Weidenfeller springs to his right and keeps it out. Superb save.

  •  

    James Tyler: Cluj would trouble City. Just not putting the pieces together.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Brendan bloody Fraser

  •  

    [Comment from United Fan from Texas]
    Will Ajax give City much of a challenge?

  •  

    James Tyler: Three minutes to go at the Etihad.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Spot on. Nulled him by making him defend. RT @jamesappell: Toure's worst game in a City shirt, and it's a credit to Dortmund

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    Roger Bennett: What a performance from Dortmund though. Fearless. Came with a gameplan and stuck to it.

  •  

    James Tyler: Getting chippy now as Man City is fouling out of frustration. Kolarov crunches Gotze in the right corner.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD: Yaya Toure for arguing with the referee. First notable thing he's done all night.

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    James Tyler: Always a chance with four games left to play, especially as Dortmund and Real Madrid must still play twice.

  •  

    [Comment from Anthony]
    James, If city doesn't at least draw, do you think they have a chance to go through?

  •  

    James Tyler: Like Rick Ross.

  •  

    [Comment from Tony Danza]
    Bossed it as in "Who's the Boss" or Bruce Spingsteen?

  •  

    James Tyler: No, Rob. You're not. Alan Shearer might disagree.

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    The answer, Rog, is of course Silva's lack of form. The man is burnt out.

  •  

    [Comment from Rob]
    Am I crazy to think Dortmund has a better squad than City?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Balo: Score? Sent off? Both?

  •  

    James Tyler: Dortmund's high defensive line gives plenty of room for Aguero, etc to attack.

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    Roger Bennett: Hard to understand City. I really feel we only know part of the story of what is going on there behind the scenes. Defending Premier League Champions. A squad made of gold. But playing as if still bedding in -- a bunch of spare parts, devoid of inspiration, ideas, and collectivity

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    [Comment from KJF]
    Why so many long balls for Man City?

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Porto 1, PSG 0 - Jay Rodriguez, 83"

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    [Comment from Jarrod]
    Great head of hair for a character actor in a mid-budget movie

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    James Tyler: Heading for zero points from two games...

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    James Tyler: Seven minutes left for City to salvage its dismal CL campaign thus far.

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    James Tyler: Great game for Gundogan, all told. Really classy midfielder. Bossed it.

  •  

    [Comment from AR]
    ...a throwback to Cuban vaudeville performer wigs. Seriously.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR DORTMUND: Gundogan off, Kevin Grosskreutz on.

  •  

    [Comment from JB]
    The Anti-Rapinoe

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    [Comment from Dan W]
    not the kind of hair a human should have

  •  

    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassages]
    Gundogan sounds like the name of a villain in a poorly dubbed anime series.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Not the kind of hair a Frenchman should have.

  •  

    [Comment from Jon]
    The Javi Garcia injury was tough for multiple reasons. Meant Rodwell came on in place of him and it also limited Mancini's ability to have him replace an attacking mid to free up Yaya's defensive requirements.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Mancini opting for the "kitchen sink" formation.

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    Roger Bennett: Clichy's hair is... (complete that sentence)

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR MAN CITY: Gael Clichy off, Balotelli on.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Ajax 1, Real Madrid 4 - Cristiano Ronaldo completes a typically insouciant hat trick, chipping the keeper.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Goal heroes for Arsenal depart the scene to hardly uproarious applause The crowd is 60,000 or so, we are told.

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    James Tyler: It's not even that, Shawn. Just that he's being forced to do a lot of work in defense. Dortmund aren't the kind of team to let him romp free. They're keeping him busy.

  •  

    [Comment from Shawn]
    Dear Citeh, Give. Ya. Ya. The. Ball. In. The. Final. Third.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Brendan Fraser having a solid game in goal for Dortmund

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    Roger Bennett: BALO

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    Roger Bennett: Ref's two tone jerseys are the cutting edge of officialdom fashion. I want one. Would do the gardening in that beauty.

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    James Tyler: GOAL: Ajax 1, Real Madrid 3 - Cristiano Ronaldo 79"

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    James Tyler: Injured Dortmunder but City plays on. Crowd full of boos for the fallen Borussia man. Now Zabaleta is defending himself to Gotze and Santana.

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    Roger Bennett: Here is the story of the game. Yaya leads all players with 108 touches. Zero in the final third.

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    James Tyler: Foolish me.

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    James Tyler: I missed a Dortmund sub. Hummels off, Felipe Santana on.

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    James Tyler: Was a superb cross from Gundogan to tee up Lewandowski. Think the kind of crosses Gareth Bale made for Spurs to undress Inter Milan.

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    Roger Bennett: Are there any CIty fans in this chat room? Or are you all meteorologists?

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    James Tyler: Arguably would have been better served using his left foot to hit it. As such, went with his right and planted it wide.

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    James Tyler: Superb move down the right, Lewandowski meets a sublime cross in full stride with only Hart to beat and he shanks it wide from 12 yards.

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    James Tyler: Miss of the day by Dortmund!

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    Roger Bennett: City's imagination going no further than dumping ball forward towards Dzeko. Rattled here. Could have been 2-0 there...

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    James Tyler: Re: City. There's clearly some schizophrenia in their Prem efforts as compared to the Champions League. Is it mindset or lack of effort? Or is it just bad luck?

  •  

    [Comment from David Moyes]
    I see them finishing third in the group, but fielding a weakened team in Europe that will crash out in similar circumstances as last year.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    CHANCE FOR ARSENAL! Walcott crosses for Vermalean, but keeper cuts it out. Vermalean leading the Champions League in number of slides into the net...

  •  

    James Tyler: Balotelli is warming up. Menacingly, I might add. Staring down Mats Hummels.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Lewandowski with space inside the box but he curls it well over the bar.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Ok serious question. What are Man City's chances at winning the Europa league this season?

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    James Tyler: It has? I guess no-one told Andre Villas-Boas.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Mancini is -- slightly hyperbolic this next statement, but only slightly -- fighting for his job here

  •  

    [Comment from Gabi L.]
    Haha James...if only L'Pool wasn't in major self implosion mode. Sorry but talk of ManU's demise has been overly exaggerated.

  •  

    James Tyler: They don't need to be, do they? I can still laugh.

  •  

    [Comment from reason]
    yea, James. because liverpool is doing so much better than either of the manchester clubs

  •  

    James Tyler: Aguero and Piszczek tussle down the left flank. Aguero demands a free kick. Ref gives nothing.

  •  

    James Tyler: Sorry. I also grabbed cookies and a trash can for our road trip to Vegas. And aluminum.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Come on JT. You're in America now. It's called gasoline.

  •  

    [Comment from Doug GFOP]
    Carlos Tevez needs to get on the pitch.

  •  

    James Tyler: Gravity. Law of averages. Bad karma. Whatever it is, I love it.

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    What on earth has happened to the Manchester clubs?!?!?!

  •  

    James Tyler: Chance for City! Offside trap breached once more by Aguero, Weidenfeller comes out and is rendered irrelevant by Aguero's square ball for Dzeko only Hummels intercepts and thumps clear.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Aguero furious at Dzeko's movement there

  •  

    James Tyler: Surprisingly good, Corey. He's made fools of us.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Watching Jack Rodwell play while trying not to cry is like seeing baby seals culled. Truly heartbreaking

  •  

    [Comment from Corey]
    Thoughts on Jenkinson's performances this season?

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    How badly are City missing Javi Garcia right now. No way he makes that Rodwell pass.

  •  

    James Tyler: (puts petrol in the convertible)

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    [Comment from Keller]
    I called Reus to the be the difference maker. We should go to Vegas, JT.

  •  

    James Tyler: City corner is stoutly cleared.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Theo Walcoot going to come one for Arsenal. The Ox has been average, at best, tonight

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Discipline problems surely?

  •  

    James Tyler: Because his name is SVEN BENDER.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Skyler. He's filled the midfield void quite wonderfully. I also am fond of Sven Bender.

  •  

    [Comment from Polident]
    Vincent Kompany and the two Gallagher brothers would work fine for a Man City backline.

  •  

    [Comment from Skyler]
    Gundogan is freaking awesome, wonder how long Dortmund can keep him

  •  

    James Tyler: Mancini's tactics-based gang sign symbols sure to be a runaway hit among the youth of tomorrow.

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    Roger Bennett: 6 saves for Joey Hart

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    James Tyler: Mancini "flashes the four." As in "lads, I need a flat back four again. You're dreadful at the 3-5-2."

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    James Tyler: I seem to recall picking City as the team to die in this Group of Death during our Matchday 1 chat. I'm doubling down on that.

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    James Tyler: Dortmund corner is taken short. Gotze finds Schmelzer in the box but Kompany clears.

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    Roger Bennett: City need to go to two at the back quickly. This 3 experiment is just not working

  •  

    James Tyler: Mancini's scarf can, and will, be used as a garrotte on Jurgen Klopp if needed.

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    James Tyler: Gundogan forces a sharp diving save from Joe Hart! Another Dortmund chance! Das Relentlessness!

  •  

    [Comment from Avery]
    Joe Hart is a magical flying unicorn.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: quite good the city goalie, right?

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    James Tyler: Juventus, too. Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini. Formidable. Oh, and Buffon behind them.

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    James Tyler: Not sure if that's true, Ola. But I do know it's a formation you don't try lightly. I like Napoli's variation on it. Quite a few Serie A teams have figured it out. Mancini wants to do it desperately but doesn't have the players with the required discipline.

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    Roger Bennett: How bad are City playing? They are somehow making me feel sorry for them

  •  

    [Comment from ola]
    Is inter the best team playing 3 at back currently JT?

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    Roger Bennett: Joe Hart playing like a bloke who knows he is under scrutiny in The Boot Room...

  •  

    James Tyler: City's 3-5-2 is hilarious.

  •  

    James Tyler: Reus gets in behind the back line again but Hart turns the low shot away. Easy run/pass to set Reus free.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Bob. you just know I am going to post that kind of comment every time

  •  

    [Comment from Bob]
    EVERTON WILL WIN NEXT YERS CHAMPUNS LEGUE

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  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    News of Dortmund's lead reaches the Emirates. Some smirking too.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL - Anderlecht 0, Malaga 3 - Eliseu's second of the game

  •  

    James Tyler: I trust you on that, Bryce. As it turns out, Dortmund didn't need the flank. Just a gift-wrapped daisy-cutting pass from Jack Rodwell.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    You missed my comment earlier: if City go to 3 in the back, Dortmund will score with strength from the flanks.

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    James Tyler: Well, it shows that Dortmund is better than Jack Rodwell. But we knew that already.

  •  

    [Comment from Mr. Trololo]
    And that shows that the Bundesliga is much better than the Premier League

  •  

    Roger Bennett: A goal to make even David Moyes smile

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    James Tyler: Not every club is set up/designed with a good academy in mind. Some clubs invest heavily in youth talent and building it up, others simply purchase. Requires a massive scouting network, tons of resources, lots of time, money and patience.

  •  

    [Comment from Rodney]
    Everton's best piece of business...ever

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Manicini's stomach churns... cannot lose this game. Cannot. Who can he trust to turn this game around?

  •  

    [Comment from travis]
    JT how is it that some clubs can always produce great youngsters and others can't?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Jack Rodwell. Value for funny.

  •  

    James Tyler: Rodwell with a simply brainless no-look pass. Reus clinical in seeing the opportunity and seizing it.

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    Roger Bennett: That Rodwell pass can only be described as "very Joleon Lescott-esque"

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    James Tyler: His gaffe in possession allows Marco Reus to surge through on goal, and though Hart gets a glove to it, it spins over him and nestles in the far corner.

  •  

    James Tyler: Shame, Jack Rodwell.

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    Roger Bennett: Rodwell. Rodwelll. Rodwell.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR DORTMUND!

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    James Tyler: Aguero thinks he's through on goal to scamper onto the forward flick but he's offside. Just.

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    James Tyler: An hour gone at the Etihad and Roger's busy reading When Saturday Comes in the corner of the Boot Room. He gets so despondent when games stay scoreless. Can't say I blame him. Were it not for Joe Hart's goalie clinic, it'd be a different story.

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    James Tyler: Ajax develops great players, mind.

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    James Tyler: Sold van der Wiel to PSG this summer, surely Eriksen will depart soon enough.

  •  

    James Tyler: They're decent. But not in the same class as Real. Wonderful club running on a meager budget these days.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Are Ajax any good? Be honest.

  •  

    [Comment from Mark]
    Come on Dortmund! Come on FFP!!

  •  

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    James Tyler: Kolarov's first action is to slide in to Blaszczykowski. The Dortmund man gets a booking.

  •  

    James Tyler: GOAL - Ajax 1, Real Madrid 2 - Nicklas Moisander pulls one back.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: People mock GErvinho (ie Me) but he has scored one and made one tonight.

  •  

    James Tyler: They were. Yet the scraps that Santi Cazorla left behind have gelled in both Champs League and La Liga.

  •  

    [Comment from Marc]
    I thought Malaga was supposed to be terrible this year.

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    I'm SO confused by Gervinho's touch these past 2 games. Are we sure that's him? Are we sure of anything???

  •  

    James Tyler: Corner causes commotion. Reus hoofs downfield.

  •  

    James Tyler: SUB FOR MAN CITY: Nasri off, Kolarov on. Might see a return of Mancini's lovely 3-man defense.

  •  

    James Tyler: Weidenfeller flaps at a Zabaleta corner, forcing a defensive header by Bender to concede a corner.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: First real chaos in the Dortmund box there. City finally finding width.

  •  

    James Tyler: Nervy stuff for Dortmund!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Great run from Zabaleta. I love how he crops up where you least expect him.

  •  

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Arsenal 2, Montpellier 1 - Podolski

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Herr Podolski has not touched the ball. Good direct finish. Keeper Megyeri could really have done better than that.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Anderlecht 0, Malaga 2 - Joaquin PK

  •  

    James Tyler: Unless that was an Oriundi joke, in which case well done.

  •  

    James Tyler: Because he's Argentine.

  •  

    [Comment from Mr. Trololo]
    Why doesn't Zabaleta play with the Italian national team?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @PhilSchoen JEALOUS. @whatahowler

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    James Tyler: Corner for Dortmund is cleared.

  •  

    James Tyler: Another lovely save by Hart! Great Dortmund move down the right, Piszczek slots it infield for Gotze unmarked inside the box and Hart casually palms Gotze's shot round the post.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Who would you bring on. Balo or Tevez?

  •  

    James Tyler: Right, then. 54th minute at the Etihad and both sides eager to cancel out the excitement elsewhere in the Champs League tonight.

  •  

    James Tyler: Least compelling documentary since "Paint Drying: The Definitive Story."

  •  

    [Comment from Rob]
    Being: JT and Rog coming Spring 2013

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @James_Dart: Awesome, awesome goal RT @LlourinhoTumblr: Vídeo: Golazo de Benzema vs Ajax (0-2)[@rrmisas] tmblr.co/ZmO3twUaCaat

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    Roger Bennett: A Sheikh.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Speaking of Liverpool. Who do you think they could bring in to solve their problems?

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    Roger Bennett: Jack are you at the Dept of Immigration and Naturalization?

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Rog. Their web site alone gives me panic attacks.

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    [Comment from Jack]
    James, Roger, personal question: what are your Social Security numbers?

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    Roger Bennett: An awful school I would like to purchase just so i can shut it down.

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    James Tyler: RED CARD FOR MONTPELLIER. Bocaly off, and Huntelaar scores the PK. 2-1 Schalke.

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    James Tyler: Liverpool. And Liverpool. We even went to the same school, though this was discussed at painstaking length during Euro 2012. We shall not revisit. Saving it for the behind the scenes documentary.

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    Roger Bennett: Detroit for JT. I am from Buenos Aries.

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    Roger Bennett: That kind of gag gets me all the time, Pep.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    James, Roger, personal question: what are your hometowns?

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    James Tyler: Dzeko stabs one in the direction of goal, easy save for Weidenfeller. Hart scoffs at how simple the save was.

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    [Comment from Pep]
    He threatened to kill me.

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    Roger Bennett: Also. He is not a Hobbit.

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    James Tyler: Ibra is not a part of anything. Everything, however, is a part of him.

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    [Comment from MW]
    they told him he had to pass

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    Roger Bennett: Chemistry in locker room. And on the field. As a plan B he was not reliable. he needs a team to be built around him. Not being a part.

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    James Tyler: Square peg in round hole. Didn't fit the unselfish pass-and-move style. Too much of an ego. Had problems with Pep Guardiola.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Cazorla with a dreadful miss. He did something similar, though not quite as bad, against Chelsea on Saturday.

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    [Comment from Keller]
    Why didn't Ibra work at Barca?

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    James Tyler: Plenty of singing at the Etihad. Neither Joe Hart nor Roman Weidenfeller has been pressed into heroism yet since the interval.

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    [Comment from Michael]
    Unfortunate for Ajax. Was hoping to see them make the knockout stages until I saw their group

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    James Tyler: I sense Milan-PSG tension. Work it out, lads.

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    [Comment from andrew]
    Morty: hahahahahahahahahahaha, with Pazzini leading the line?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @LaLigaLoca: Benzema scores with a wonderful bicycle kick! Mon Dieu! Paris Match! Jacques Cousteau!

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Ajax 0, Real Madrid 2 - Benzema with a ROCKET.

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    James Tyler: I might be inclined to agree, but the purchase of Ibra and Thiago Silva is hard to ignore. PSG actually has a good defender now.

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    [Comment from Morty]
    Milan will go further than PSG.

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    James Tyler: We're off again in drizzly Manchester.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    RT @stevenwyeth: @JohnBrewinESPN The Ox is old news now. Raheem Sterling is the new Prince of the hype block

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    Roger Bennett: We are always in the boot room. JT and I type away all week. You just only choose to join us during big games. We are here 24/7. leaving only for sandwiches, beers, and Tinactin.

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    [Comment from andrew]
    No Milan Derby Bootroom??? C,mon I thought this was Football

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    [Comment from The Smart American]
    Dortmund is an industrial city of about 600,000 in northwestern Germany. It was rebuilt after WW2 because the US fought a long hard battle where much of the original city was destroyed. It has long traditions of music and theater. Also about 70% German population. It is known for some medium sized IT companies, and . It has historically been one of the significant cities on the Rhine.

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    James Tyler: Love them all. Sterling especially. Barca will be after him, just you watch.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    JT, what are your thoughts on Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andrew Wisdom?

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    James Tyler: We can't Boot Room everything. But we'll be watching. And we'll have coverage. Promise.

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    [Comment from Interisti]
    Wh are you guys so baised towards Serie A. No boot room for the derby?

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    Roger Bennett: Mike. We did not mean to mock your brother. he is just not too good at football.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Anderlecht 0, Malaga 1 - Eliseu 46"

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Henderson isnt a flop. Why to people keep labeling him as one?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @benshave: Eliseu's goal for Málaga, via @davidjaca: dailymotion.com/video/xu2ame_m… As @acjimbo might say, he's absolutely thraked it.

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    James Tyler: Seriously, I'm waiting to buy my Newcastle Jets shirt. They sold out of the first Heskey printing. Will be a great collector's item.

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    [Comment from Mr. Trololo]
    Are you looking forward to seeing Heskey's debut with the Newcastle Jets?

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    James Tyler: No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

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    [Comment from Dave]
    And I am sure you sound like Nickleback

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    James Tyler: ALSO, a Clasico boot room on Sunday afternoon. Get. In.

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    James Tyler: To whet the whistle: we'll have another Boot Room bright and early on Saturday for Man City v. Sunderland. You can send in your questions via chat or on Twitter -- tagged #FCbootroom -- and Sir Ian Darke (amen) and Macca will answer the pick of the crop during half-time.

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    James Tyler: So many choices. Let's get Robbie Keane back for another farewell tour.

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    Roger Bennett: Final score predictions please. 2-1 City. 87th minute goal kneed in by Nasri

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    [Comment from FSG]
    Whats the next great flop (Cole, Henderson, Carroll, Acquilani) we should buy? (as a club)

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    James Tyler: Yes "axe" as in "guitar." I look like Slash and strum like I'm in Coldplay. Not really.

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. a good one. and this one.

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    [Comment from Rodrigo]
    You guys were mentioning another chat earlier. Does ESPN really have two chats simultaneously covering the Champions League?

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    Roger Bennett: Quick plug. follow us on Twitter

    me: @rogbennett (Foo Fighters)

    him: @jamestylerespn (axe murderer)

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    [Comment from Pog]
    If Jan is right, that makes Dortmund sort of like the German version of Sheffield.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    RT @101greatgoals: GIF: Gervinho's terrific low drive v Olympiakos 101greatgoals.com/gallery/gimage…

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    Roger Bennett: I love Rob Stone

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    Roger Bennett: Only chance of getting on the field is as a mascot

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    James Tyler: No.

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    [Comment from iHARTthequeen]
    Will Joe Cole ever come good for Liverpool?

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Rog - ex-industrial Center - crappy local Beer - absolutley nuts for soccer

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    James Tyler: One more Dortmund tip, Rog:

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    Roger Bennett: Eli... ok. back to that one. I think he is an elite player. But he is lost in the Liverpool set up. Being made to create and finish. Like a Quarterback asked to catch his own passes.

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    [Comment from bs]
    Can Deep Freeze Cold Spray be sent to the "Crap Part of SoHo"? The logistics alone are a nightmare...

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Not a City fan, but surely they must be disappointed. Dortmund had the better chances and Hart is doing well to keep them in it.

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    [Comment from Kevin McCarthy]
    One of Dortmund's "Sister Cities" (or twin cities) is Buffalo, NY. Another is Leeds. That might give you an indication of what Dortmund is like.

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    [Comment from Eli]
    I do want to hear where you think Suarez sits in terms of EPL strikers

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    Roger Bennett: Which city has better music? Cluj or Bate?

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    Roger Bennett: City fans... how are you feeling about the first 45? buoyant? grateful to post?

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    James Tyler: Nice callback to yesterday's Boot Room.

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    [Comment from Marc]
    It's a mix between West Virginia and Westeros.

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    James Tyler: My fingers ache from keyboard-bashing. Could use aerosol intervention.

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Rog: It's not in America, so why bother

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    James Tyler: Send me a case, Jan!

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Just saw a commercial for the Magic Spray here in Europe. Apparently it's called Deep Freeze Cold Spray.

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    Roger Bennett: Paradise.

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    [Comment from bs]
    Dortmund is the Cluj of Germany...

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    Roger Bennett: Better

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Rog: It's on the Rhine.

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    Roger Bennett: Americans know everything. I love this country

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Rog: It's in Germany.

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    James Tyler: Neven.

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    [Comment from Mr. Trololo]
    John Cena vs Subotic, who do you think will win JT?

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    James Tyler: Not really. I just rate Joe Hart. Is that an awful offense?

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    [Comment from maverick]
    I'm detecting some serious Man City bias in this chat from JT, I am not here for that

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    Roger Bennett: Does anyone in this chat know anything about Dortmund? The city. Not the team. Please enlighten us. Educate us.

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    [Comment from Jack]
    Mancini needs to sign Rene Higuita in the next five minutes, and put him on. It's the only way.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Well, Hart is an elite shot-stopper - no one would argue that - but for a top keeper he gives up TONS of dangerous rebounds.

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    James Tyler: Love it. I actually want the drunk messages, so please, Paddy. Speed dial.

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    [Comment from Paddy Kenny]
    I'm going to leave drunk messages on your phone if you don't talk about me as a top-10 keeper in the world at least once

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    Roger Bennett: JT -- City will feel they have to win this game. Dortmund do not.

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    James Tyler: Kompany and Hart dependable. Silva looking more menacing and Dortmund willing to give plenty of room behind their offside trap for Aguero and Dzeko to try and exploit.

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    Roger Bennett: Liverpool. every time. have you heard Flock of Seagulls Doug? they invented Rock and Roll.

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    James Tyler: Compelling half-time question. But to go back to the game for a minute, I'd say Mancini is happy with things so far if he had to be honest.

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    [Comment from Doug GFOP]
    Better city for music Manchester or Liverpool?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @eaamalyon Aye, there. That's what I meant. He was loaned to 'Boro, wasn't he?

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    James Tyler: I'm mulling someone other than Dzeko. Don't think this game fits his skill set. Aguero needs someone as pacey and cheeky as he is.

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    Roger Bennett: Big surprise of the first half? Subotic look like an axe murderer to you JT? He seems a bit more like the Foo Fighters biggest fan. USMNT fans. We dont need him. Bocanegra will last until 2022. And that Cameron. Not too shabby...

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    Roger Bennett: Loss of Garcia really hurts City. Yaya anchored to the middle third, unable to go forward, which has meant their possession lacks penetration. If you were Mancini, what changes would you be mulling to open up Dortmund who have appeared relatively comfortable?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Why pay 300m for strikers when you can depend on a 1m goalkeeper from Peterborough? #MCFC

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Arsenal 1, Olympiacos 1 - Mitroglou on the verge of half time

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Well, well. Mitroglou headed that like Alan Smith himself. Greek journalists in the press box making a hell of racket. How unprofessional.

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Man City 0, Borussia Dortmund 0. Anything one goalie can do, the other can do better.

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    James Tyler: A brilliant parry by the world's most overrated shot-stopper!

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    James Tyler: Superb save by Joe "Not a top 3 keeper" Hart! Robs Lewandowski from close range!

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    [Comment from Manuel Neuer]
    How in the world is Joe Hart better than me?

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    Roger Bennett: Great question. Who would you rather have on your team. Suarez or Torres?

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    [Comment from HopeSolo]
    Where does Suarez rank in the EPL strikers?

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    [Comment from Arjun]
    Cech is second best goalie after St. Iker

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    James Tyler: Chance for City! Good move from left to right, Zabaleta's cross falls tastily for David Silva on the edge of the six yard box but shanks it over the bar. May have taken a deflection on its way to Silva and put him off. Alas. Still 0-0.

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    Roger Bennett: A bit too Alvin Ailey that, even for David Silva

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    James Tyler: Nailed it, Andy. Hart failed to save a penalty once so he's rubbish.

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    [Comment from Andy]
    Pirlo and his Paneka say hi to Joe Hart and England. 1966'

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    [Comment from Jay (Wash DC)]
    Gervinho looked completely lost for most of the first half...then does that. Frustrating for a fan, but I guess we'll take it?

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    James Tyler: 7th all-time. Way ahead of Brad Friedel but far behind Robert Green.

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    Roger Bennett: Where does Marcus Hahnemann rate in the bet goalkeeper in the world debate JT?

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    James Tyler: He's the Edin Dzeko of the Emirates Stadium, Brian.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Goal for Arsenal. For a "maligned striker" Gervinho has a lot of goals this season

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Time to let Balotelli loose like Godzilla on Hummels and Subotic.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Arsenal 1, Olympiacos 0 - Gervinho continues to befuddle the pundits with goals.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Andy. Biased for having an opinion, because ranking football players is the most objective pastime around.

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    [Comment from Andy]
    You're having a laugh JT, so bias

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Ajax 0, Real Madrid 1 - Cristiano Ronaldo, 42"

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Gervinho was no-one's idea of a prolific finisher but that's two great goals in two games.

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    James Tyler: Three minutes to half time at the Etihad.

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    Roger Bennett: Like Police Academy movies.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    I swear, the second and fifth group games are ALWAYS boring.

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    James Tyler: It is slowly gaining momentum. Both keepers superlative thus far but Hart with more work to do, arguably.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    How likely is "Das Romp" looking at the moment

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    James Tyler: For all of City's big business moves, the best signing they've made in years? Joe Hart. 1m pounds from Peterborough.

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    [Comment from Mr. Trololo]
    BALO TIME

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    Roger Bennett: Dzeko and Aguero yet to complete a pass. Tevez time?

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    James Tyler: Top 3. Casillas and Buffon. And Hart.

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    [Comment from Michael]
    Where does Joe Hart rank as far as top keepers in the world?

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    James Tyler: Must be leftover Jabulanis, S04th.

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    [Comment from S04th]
    One popped in the Shalke game too. Rubbish ball design?

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    [Comment from Drew]
    The young french midfielder Coquelin looks out of his depth...,and the greek champions are not that deep!

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    James Tyler: Dortmund getting livelier by the second.

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    Roger Bennett: Like Mel Gibson and Danny Glover but more unhinged.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Gotze unmarked in the box, Hart denies him! Moments later, Lukasz Piszczek has his shot palmed onto the bar!

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    Roger Bennett: Joe Hart. Post. Best Buddy Movie.

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    Roger Bennett: Dortmund. Joe Hart. Post.

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    James Tyler: Steve Bruce-Gary Pallister.

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    [Comment from Matt-Phila]
    Best CB Buddy Cop movie? I like Subotic-Hummels, but Agger-Skrtel not too far behind...

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    James Tyler: Still 0-0. Just a yellow card so far to report.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Any news on the Aderlecht game?

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    [Comment from Sanchini]
    2nd popped ball of the game* Sabotage!

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    Olympiacos with 4 shots, two on target, Arsenal with only one of each.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Lovely passing move along the fringe of the City box ends with Lewandowski dummying to give Schmelzer an open shot. Fine defending by Zabaleta to block his shot.

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    Roger Bennett: nicely worked by Dortmund. Could not find the finish. German Arsenal starting to make sense...

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    James Tyler: GOAL: Dynamo Kiev 2, Dinamo Zagreb 0 - Josip Pivaric 33" OG

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    James Tyler: Lucky Arsenal...

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    CHANCE FOR OLYMPIAKOS! Over the bar from five yards out!!

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Half clearance by David Silva lands for Neven "Axe Murderer" Subotic and being a center back, he wellies his half-volley wide of the mark.

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    James Tyler: A popped ball. That still happens.

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    Roger Bennett: Bit of a plodding first half. The poor man's Capital One Cup

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Machado - gottae score, gottae score. Terrible defending etc....

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    James Tyler: Most exciting thing thus far this afternoon?

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    [Comment from Polident]
    John Brewin's twitter pic looks like he was an extra in the Hangover.

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    [Comment from GRACE]
    Ball popped in Ajax Madrid game.

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    James Tyler: Nasri gives the corner to BVB and sparks their counterattack up the other end. Schmelzer wins a corner off Gael Clichy.

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    James Tyler: Chance for City! Aguero has a rifling effort from 35 yards and it's superbly palmed over the top by Weidenfeller. Corner for City. Great vision by Silva to find Aguero with room in the middle.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Oxlade-Chamberlain's ball to Jenkinson was poor. The hype machine may be on his side at the moment but Walcott could still be better option.

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    Roger Bennett: Kun Aguero. What a magic gent. movement. imagination and menace.

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    James Tyler: That's not good, Grace. Still 0-0 at Amsterdam Arena.

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    [Comment from GRACE]
    Ajax player missed right in front of net, mistake by Casillas as ball went through his hands.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Javi Garcia has sustained an injury, so Man City bring on Jack Rodwell in his place.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR MAN CITY: Javi Garcia off, Jack Rodwell on. Well, then. This should enliven BVB's attacking spirit.

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    James Tyler: BVB for life, I suppose.

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    James Tyler: Shinji Kagawa's in the stands to watch this one.

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    James Tyler: Javi Garcia has a muscle knack. He's down and waiting for a sub.

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    Roger Bennett: Yaya leads City with 48 touches though none in the final third in the field.

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    James Tyler: He's one of the better DEFENSIVE RBs.

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    [Comment from Dago]
    is it out of line to think Zabaleta is one of the best RB in the Prem?

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    James Tyler: Superb tackle by Vinny Kompany to deny a stampeding Kuba Blaszczykowski run after a good BVB break down the right flank.

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    James Tyler: Another slick break for City down the right, cued once more by a long ball. Zabaleta nods the high pass down for Silva, gets the return ball yet his cross is cleared.

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    James Tyler: NO. Really not. City testing BVB's lazy offside trap/high backline to mild effect, but nothing momentous yet.

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    [Comment from Jomentum]
    I'm late to the party. Good game thus far?

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Koscielny with the type of tackle that Steve Williams and Peter Storey would have been proud of. Nowadays, that's a yellow card.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Brain. He was onside but linesman robbed him. Something for Mancini to get emo about.

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    [Comment from Brain]
    Dzeko was very much onsides. It wasn't even that close.

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    James Tyler: Real Madrid: Shading possession, four shots on goal, no goals.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Sir Alex is either overwhelmed by Man City's hospitality or worn out by the club scene in Cluj pic.twitter.com/Zz3CCAWY (via @GMD0012)

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Dortmund: another cross finds Lewandowski but he can't guide his header on target. Good defending to keep him off-balance and prevent any power in the effort.

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    James Tyler: Be nice to Gary. Was an absolute hellion of a player, one that made everyone loathe him. Yet he's quite astute on the ol' tactical observations.

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    [Comment from Matt-Phila]
    You know the game sucks if Gary Neville's commentary is the most entertaining part...

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    [Comment from Drew]
    He's not on the pitch, but Micah Richards could be a linebacker.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Schalke 1 (Draxler, 26"), Montpellier 1

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    James Tyler: Chance for City! Weidenfeller stonewalls Aguero's far break. Superb pass by David Silva to set him free behind Mats Hummels.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Could have. Didn't, Tarik. See also: Giuseppe Rossi, Brede Hangeland.

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    Roger Bennett: pic.twitter.com/HfuM08g9

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    [Comment from Tarik]
    Subotic could have played for USMNT ?

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    James Tyler: Two BVB center backs lazily allowed the Bosnian to sneak in between.

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    James Tyler: Dzeko has a break on goal but he's offside. Relax, folks.

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    James Tyler: This game dangerously close to rivaling Stoke City v. Hull City, 1965.

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    Roger Bennett: Yaya. Next.

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    [Comment from Matt W]
    Which athlete on the pitch today would be the best American Footballer?

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    Roger Bennett: I just noticed the font on the back of Dortmund's jerseys. Not sure how to describe it. Gets marks for effort.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Bring back APOEL!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    The rain at the Etihad is doing wonders for various hairstyles. #Subotic #Schmelztastic

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    [Comment from Keller]
    Actually Boston has more days of rain per year than Seattle does, so a better comparison would be to Boston.

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    James Tyler: At present, I'd suggest CFR Cluj could ruffle either side's feathers.

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    James Tyler: Aguero does well to retain the ball under pressure from three Dortmund defenders. He passes back to Javi Garcia on the halfway line, and the ex-Benfica man promptly thumps a long pass out for a Dortmund throw-in. Magic stuff.

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    Roger Bennett: City have no width at all. Like United last night. Dortmund are playing it down the flanks to little effect.

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    James Tyler: Two titanic attacking forces, two defending league champions, two rather languid rhythms on the field.

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    James Tyler: Inar: would you believe me if I told you it's been a rather dull game so far?

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    [Comment from Inar]
    I assume the pitch is seeing no action as the weather has taken over chat.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    That can't be right. Manchester has to be over 1000.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassages]
    no way he plucks - that's all waxing

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    James Tyler: Neither side able to really implement much so far. 22 minutes of sedate passing with the occasional errant shot. Hart and Weidenfeller with one good save a piece: Hart to deny Gotze's 20-yard cracker and Weidenfeller's sharp block after Aguero beat the offside trap.

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Seattle averages 952 mm of rain per year. Manchester 806mm.

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    Roger Bennett: What do people feel about Mancini's eyebrows. does he overpluck?

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    No doubting it, Cazorla is genuine quality. Saw Nasri do something similar at his Arsenal peak to that slalom run. Cheeky bid from City?

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    [Comment from burlsss]
    arsenal with 79% possession. hopefully some end product soon...

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    [Comment from Jim]
    Both Manchester are big, rainy cities on the northwest side a a large continent. Both are also crap places. One has a good football club. The other has Man City.

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    James Tyler: First BVB attack in a while but a crossfield pass intended for LB Schmelzer on the flank skids out for a throw-in.

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    Roger Bennett: Great question. If any meteorologists are tuned in, please enlighten us. I would bet yes.

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    [Comment from Kevin]
    is manchester rainier than seattle?

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    James Tyler: Dortmund quite content to let City hog possession.

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    James Tyler: 20 minutes in and the game is as gentle as the shower currently sprinkling the 22 players.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Rainier city: Manchester or Seattle?

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    I don't think Herr Podolski has touched the ball yet.

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    Roger Bennett: This is like watching something out of Deuteronomy

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    James Tyler: Reminds me of Dennis Farina's lamentations about England in the movie "Snatch": Bad food, worse weather, miserable country. He's wrong of course.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Klopp should consider contact lenses...

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    [Comment from Manchester Tourism Board]
    Visit Manchester: Rainiest city in a rainy country.

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    Roger Bennett: We are actually playing in it. JT is Dzeko. I am Jurgen Klopp.

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    [Comment from Ethan]
    Just out of curiosity, are you at the game or just watching on TV?

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    Roger Bennett: Manchester. Rainiest city in England. Fact.

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    James Tyler: City with 62% of the ball so far. Well done.

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    James Tyler: Hart springs off his line to scoop the ball off Lewandowski's feet. Gael Clichy needs to be sharper with that offside trap.

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    James Tyler: Little to report. Just 4 shots on goal. Quiet.

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    Roger Bennett: It is Columbus Crew-esque

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    [Comment from Chris (CLE)]
    how's the other group A match between porto and psg coming along?

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    James Tyler: It's a wonderful stadium, Pete. One of my faves to visit.

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    [Comment from Pete]
    I know y'all aren't watching, but atmosphere at Ajax is amazing.

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    James Tyler: Park Chu-Young.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Worse Gunner signing: Giroud or Chamakh?

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    Roger Bennett: Which hype. About Karim Ait Fana? Yes. Real player.

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    James Tyler: City pressure in the Dortmund box as BVB takes an eternity to clear the ball from Silva's clever through-ball for Zabaleta. Silva then fouls Schmelzer to ease the pressure.

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    [Comment from Chris H]
    Have you embraced the hype then Rog?

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    James Tyler: Could be an upset in the making there...

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Schalke 0, Montpellier 1 - Karim Ait Fana 13"

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Cazorla is the new wizard of the Emirates. A latterday Vladimir Petrovic.

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    James Tyler: Hummels is superb... UNLESS your name is Mario Balotelli. The German had a nightmare in the Euro 2012 semi-final.

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    Roger Bennett: Dortmund feisty. Playing with belief here. Going to be interesting to see if they can sustain this work rate.

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    [Comment from Carrolls TopKnot]
    How good is Hummels? Kompany/Pique/Vidic good?

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    James Tyler: Set piece amounts to nothing. Gotze may have considered passing for Blaszczykowski on the overlap but took the shot himself.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Dortmund! Off the post! Quick break up the middle be Lewandowski, he finds Gotze wide right and the young tyro shoots low across Hart. Goalie does well to tip it off the post and out for a corner.

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. I spend a lot of time worrying about how the travel to the World Club Cup would suit them when they win the Champions League. But yes.

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    [Comment from d]
    Rog - can Everton handle playing in Europe if their form holds this season?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    #MCFC finding early luck with Route 1, of all things.

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    Roger Bennett: Hummels did well there. Dortmund have leaked goals recently. Impressive against the bulky Dzeko.

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    James Tyler: Calm defending by Mats Hummels to shrug off Edin Dzeko and stop the Bosnian from getting to another long ball.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Nate. Blame the bean-counters.

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    Roger Bennett: A new contract will do that for a player.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    I think Silva may be finally finding his lost form. He was excellent last Saturday.

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    [Comment from Nate]
    As a valencia fan I still get angry at the thought of what could have been if David Silva, David Villa, and Jordi Alba hadn't been sold the last couple years.

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    Arsenal showing some "good tenacity down the flanks," against Olympiacos.

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    James Tyler: And then Zabaleta. Ouch. Unmarked inside the box, played in nicely but hammers it, Gerrard-style, into Row ZZ.

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    James Tyler: Chance for City! Ball over the top finds Aguero but Weidenfeller comes off his line sharply to block it.

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    Roger Bennett: That was like David Silva of old. Or of last season any way. Great movement in crevices of space to craft that chance...

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    James Tyler: Two good headers but still finding his range.

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    [Comment from Raghav]
    The polish striker is so wasteful

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    James Tyler: Yaya Toure lazily gives it away to Dortmund but the visitors can't do anything with it.

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    At this rate, Kiev will win 30-0. OptaMath.

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    James Tyler: They are early on. Plenty of movement from Gotze. Both full-backs eager to get upfield, too.

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    [Comment from Keller]
    Dortmund need to get Reus and Gotze heavily involved if they want to pull off an upset, I think.

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    James Tyler: Dortmund targeting the right flank. Another header for Lewandowski, getting above Zabaleta but puts it over the bar.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Best thing about English winters? Roberto Mancini's scarf collection. Man wears 'em like mood rings. Today's: sassy.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Not quite a sell-out at the Emirates. Wallets probably groaning after that £63 minimum game with Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: GOAL - Dynamo Kiev 1, Dinamo Zagreb 0 - Oleh Gusev, 3"

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    Roger Bennett: Crucial for City they move Yaya into the final third... without him forward, they have created little this season

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    [Comment from Guest]
    "rain starting to fall over North London" huh.... never heard that one before

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    James Tyler: Some gentle early sparring from both sides. Neither quite willing to reveal themselves yet.

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    James Tyler: Very slow tempo at present. Gotze tries a bit of speed but his cross is blocked. Piszczek's follow-up cross sails into the stands.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Deluge at the Emirates

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    Roger Bennett: "Like bumblebees"

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    James Tyler: No goals in the seven games thus far.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Olympiakos fans booing a session of Arsenal keep-ball.

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    James Tyler: Seattle Sounders.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Since you're based in the USA, who wins the AL West?

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    James Tyler: Early chance for Dortmund! Schmelzer gets down the left and crosses for Lewandowski, but his header is well wide.

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    James Tyler: City in full attacking brio. Aguero nudged down in the Dortmund box but ref's uninterested.

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    Roger Bennett: Klopp. Full on Bond Baddie back in the Roger Moore days. By the way. I love it when the guys in LA have to commentate. True pros.

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    James Tyler: Already, Weidenfeller forced to make a save!

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    James Tyler: We're off!

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    James Tyler: I'll say 2-2.

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    James Tyler: Though there's something satisfying about yelling "Reus!"

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    Roger Bennett: prediction? 2-1 City.

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    James Tyler: Sven Bender. Best name in this game? I think so.

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    James Tyler: Teams again for City v. Dortmund:
    MAN CITY (4-3-3): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; David Silva, Javi Garcia, Yaya Toure, Nasri; Dzeko, Aguero.

    DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Sven Bender; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus; Lewandowski.

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    Roger Bennett: Bobby McFerrin i think

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    [Comment from Walrus]
    Who wrote that song? Such wonderful lyrics.

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    Roger Bennett: Religiously. Big Barbara Hershey fan.

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    [Comment from United Fan from Texas]
    Roger -- Did you just admit to watching Beaches????

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    [Comment from Cafu]
    Imagine your daughter brings home Subotic one day?

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    Roger Bennett: It is always playing faintly in my mind. even during REM sleep.

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    [Comment from black_bile]
    Are you singing the theme right now, Rog?

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    James Tyler: Don't be silly, Sir Alex. If I could publish all the comments praising Dzeko, I would. As such, it'd ruin the chat. It's something called an opinion, and we all have them.

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    [Comment from SAF]
    Anything that you don't agree with is unfair to you JT. Prime example of commentator bias.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    THE CHAMP-YONNNNSSSSSS

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    Roger Bennett: The moment you have all been waiting for... more emotional than Beaches.

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    James Tyler: SCHALKE (4-3-1-2): 36-Unnerstall; 22-Uchida, 15-Papadopoulos, 4-Howedes, 23-Fuchs; 12-Hoger, 33-Neustadter, 31-Draxler; 10-Holtby; 20-Pukki, 25-Huntelaar.
    Subs: 27-Barnetta, 17-Farfan, 11-Afellay, 1-Fahrmann, 32-Matip, 28-Moritz, 35-Kolasinac.

    MONTPELLIER (4-3-3): 16-Jourdren; 2-Bocaly, 3-Yanga-Mbiwa, 4-Hilton, 22-Stambouli; 10-Belhanda, 23-Saihi, 13-Estrada; 20-Cabella, 19-Camara, 18-Ait Fana.
    Subs: 27-Jeunechamp, 12-Congre, 9-Charbonnier, 1-Pionnier, 6-Marveaux, 15-Tinhan, 11-Herrera.

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    James Tyler: There it is, last one.

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    [Comment from Raghav]
    Schalke Montpellier lineup please

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    35-24, Roger. Wait.... I think I'm getting my EA Sports games mixed up...

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    City 1-2 Dortmund on simulation for me.

  •  

    James Tyler: Yes, Matt. Kovacic is starting on left side of midfield in Zagreb's 4-2-3-1.

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    [Comment from Woody]
    10-0 dortmund

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Dinamo Zagreb lineup? Does it feature Kovacic?

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    Roger Bennett: Has anyone played this game already on FIFA 13? What was the score?

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    James Tyler: SAF: Did you miss last season entirely? And Dzeko's super sub appearance in the title-deciding game? And his late winner vs. Fulham last weekend? He's City's version of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, except he is capable of playing 90 minutes.

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    [Comment from SAF]
    Dzeko? Plenty of goals? JT - Are you for real?!?!

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    [Comment from Mark]
    Rog, are you glad Arteta is getting a run in the UCL or is he dead to you now?

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    James Tyler: Unfair. I think many will disagree with you. Including me.

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    [Comment from WiganFan]
    Dzeko = terrible player with great moments.

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    James Tyler: Ha! Too true, Rog.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. I've barely enough room in here to simulate a booking motion to a referee.

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    Roger Bennett: James. You are like a bar mitzvah DJ

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    James Tyler: Taking one more lineup request before we get tucked into the Man City game.

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    Roger Bennett: Tight fit in the Boot Room. The English guys dare not enter for fear of Athletes Foot.

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    James Tyler: PORTO v. PSG
    PORTO (4-1-4-1): 1-Helton, 2-Danilo, 4-Maicon, 30-Otamendi, 26-Alex Sandro; 25-Fernando; 17-Varela, 3-Lucho Gonzalez, 8-Joao Moutinho, 10-Rodriguez; 9-Martinez.
    Subs: 35-Defour, 24-Freitas, 13-Lopes, 6-Andre Castro, 22-Mangala, 11-Kleber, 27-Atsu.

    PSG (4-3-1-2): 30-Sirigu; 23-van der Wiel, 2-Thiago Silva, 3-Sakho, 17-Maxwell; 20-Chantome, 24-Verratti, 14-Matuidi; 10-Nene; 7-Menez, 18-Ibrahimovic.
    Subs: 22-Armand, 19-Gameiro, 1-Douchez, 26-Jallet, 11-Lavezzi, 13-Alex, 27-Pastore.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Give us Porto v PSG. I heard Pastore won't start.

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    James Tyler: We're on different sides of the ocean. We're rebellious. We have boots in our room.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Why don't you all just make one chat together? I'd rather have all the commentators at once.

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    James Tyler: Yes; you read correctly. Kaka is getting some minutes. Now, perhaps that's because of El Clasico on Sunday, or maybe Jose is being rather gentle against Ajax. Could be a bit of both.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Only one change for Arsenal from the weekend, but it spells that Oxlade-Chamberlain is ahead of Walcott in the pecking order. #afc

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    James Tyler: REAL MADRID: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Alonso, Essien, KAKA!!!!!; Callejon, Benzema, Ronaldo.

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    [Comment from greg]
    wats real madrids lineup??

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    James Tyler: I love Dzeko, Rog. He's the Bosnian Darren Bent: maligned for no reason. Scores plenty of goals.

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    James Tyler: No Diaby; he's out at least three weeks. Coquelin expected to carry the load in midfield and protect Mikel Arteta to playmake.

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    Roger Bennett: Dzeko quite the flavor of the month. I love Jonathan Wilson's quote on him -- he cant tell whether Dzeko is a great player with terrible moments, or a terrible player with great moments.

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    James Tyler: ARSENAL (4-3-3): 24-Mannone, 25-Jenkinson, 6-Koscielny, 5-Vermaelen, 28-Gibbs; 8-Arteta, 19-Cazorla, 22-Coquelin; 15-Oxlade-Chamberlain, 27-Gervinho, 9-Podolski.
    Subs: 20-Djourou, 14-Walcott, 23-Arshavin, 16-Ramsey, 12-Giroud, 11-Andre Santos, 60-Shea.

    OLYMPIAKOS (4-2-3-1): 42-Megyeri, 26-Diakite, 24-Manolas, 15-Contreras, 20-Holebas; 23-Slovas, 2-Maniatis; 27-Greco, 19-Fuster, 5-Machado; 11-Mitroglou.
    Subs: 1-Carroll, 93-Abdoun, 7-Ibagaza, 3-Modesto, 9-Pantelic, 87-Diogo, 25-Lykogiannis.

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    [Comment from RunOfTheDill]
    arsenal.

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    James Tyler: Rog, but does that include a teenaged Serbian defender? Maybe.

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    Roger Bennett: Lescott is guaranteed to switch off twice every five games. unforced errors. always has... tonight Mancini needs players he can trust...

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    [Comment from Arjan]
    what is it about lescott that Mancini doesnt rate

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    James Tyler: Other lineups you lot fancy before we hunker down for Man City vs. Dortmund?

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    James Tyler: Stick with City-BVB. With one eye on Real Madrid at Ajax.

  •  

    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    I can only watch 1 match.. which should it be?

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    James Tyler: Excellent. Chat fight!

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    FYI, Chris has been taking comments in the other chat about whose chat room is better. I voted yours.

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    Roger Bennett: Going to be interesting to see how City set up today and how deep Yaya Toure plays. Mancini has called this a must win. City have leaked 16 goals in their last 8 games. Dortmund are loaded with attacking talent. What will Mancini commit to the attacking third?

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    James Tyler: He'll be out a minimum of eight weeks.

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    [Comment from GRACE]
    Any updates on Puyol's injury yesterday?

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    James Tyler: To move back before we move forward: low cross was intended for Pazzini at near post but Hubocan shinned it into his own net under pressure.

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    [Comment from mack ry]
    what happened on the Zenit own goal the matchcast made it seem like he shot it from inside AC's box into his own net?

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    James Tyler: DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Sven Bender; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus; Lewandowski.

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    Roger Bennett: Nastasic preffered over Lescott again.

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    James Tyler: MAN CITY (4-3-3): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; David Silva, Javi Garcia, Yaya Toure, Nasri; Dzeko, Aguero.

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    James Tyler: Right then. LINEUP TIME.

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    James Tyler: Excellent point.

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    [Comment from Bogey]
    @JT regarding Giroud: He looks just as lost without Montpellier as they do without him.

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    James Tyler: It's tasty for Madridistas, Shawn.

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    Roger Bennett: I weep everytime i hear the full version of this CL anthem. I also cried during The Blindside

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    [Comment from Shawn]
    The last stat I saw was that Real have won their last four meetings with Ajax by a combined 12-0. Not so tasty, that stat.

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    James Tyler: We'll get to Arsenal in a minute. But the midfield of Cazorla, Coquelin and Arteta is lacking Diaby's bit. Coquelin's still a bit raw.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    THESE ARE THE CHAMPIONSSSSSSS. THE CHAMPIONSSSSSSSS.

  •  

    [Comment from Roshan(AFC)]
    James, how much of Diaby will be missed tonight? what are other options with arsenal?

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Our reliably mediocre @Grantland33 podcast craps out another lukewarm episode es.pn/Vvt7ZO

  •  

    James Tyler: Agree. He's been better so far this year.

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    [Comment from Andy]
    Reus will be >>>>> Kagawa just you watch

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    James Tyler: Maybe, but Ajax has lost plenty of stars in recent seasons. They're arguably not even the best team in the Eredivisie at present. (That would be PSV.)

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    The Ajax vs Madrid game is just as tasty, no? I mean Ajax have all the abilities to beat Madrid.

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    James Tyler: No, Carroll. But he rivals Tony Pulis for sideline sartorialism. Tracksuits and baseball caps.

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    [Comment from Carrolls TopKnot]
    Is Jurgen Klopp a chronic nose-picker like Jogi Low?

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    Roger Bennett: For EPL fans who are not so familiar with Dortmund. Think Kagawa. Think Sahin of Liverpool. Both sharpened their skills in the garish yellow.

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    James Tyler: Every fan of every club wishes that, EG.

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    [Comment from Every Gunner]
    I wish Wenger would sign Mario Götze

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    James Tyler: No. Schalke. Huntelaar is a beast and Montpellier looks lost without Giroud.

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    [Comment from Zach]
    Monpellier v Schalke tossup or not? please explain

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Stephen. THANK YOU.

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    Roger Bennett: Thanks Chris/Stephen

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    Chris Murphy and Matchday Live are significantly better than your CONSTANT CAPS LOCK FRENZY, James Tyler.

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    James Tyler: I think the Arsenal comparison is because they have relied a lot on youth players over the years. Gotze was homegrown for the most part, and that is a major point of pride in a footballing country that now raises its own stars instead of simply buying them. Well, except for Bayern.

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    Roger Bennett: Big boost for City? Maicon is injured.

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    Roger Bennett: D. Only by Premier League-centric fans. Dortmund have won the Bundesliga twice on the run. But like all of Mancini's teams to date, they have been naive in Europe. Big test for both teams... Dortmund crudely compared as the Arsenal of Germany -- whatever that means...

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    James Tyler: Porto. Did you see PSG's bank balance? Rivals the GDP of Burundi.

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    [Comment from RunOfTheDill]
    whose the upsetter? Porto or PSG? PSG is like Man City under Hughes, pretty, but still not there yet.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Arsenal, Man City, Real Madrid and PSG all play in the UCL tonight and you can follow all the action in MatchDay LIVE es.pn/Wks2mY

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    James Tyler: ALSO: Prem fans currently in love with Shinji Kagawa? He was Dortmund's driving force last season.

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    James Tyler: Rog, who's your player to watch today? The X-Factor? Gotze?

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    James Tyler: I think so. But it's marginal. Think they're the underdog by virtue of being the away team.

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    [Comment from d]
    can it really be considered an upset if Dortmund win?

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    James Tyler: We'll be focusing on City v. Dortmund primarily. But we will have an eye, ear and half a keyboard trained on the other six games. If you're watching Arsenal, for example, we'll almost certainly publish your comments of pain and frustration.

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    James Tyler: Follow both and then realize you want to stick with us after 10 minutes. Or not.

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    Roger Bennett: I expect to be typo ridden unless Joe Hart sees a lot of the ball...

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    How is this chat different than the Matchday Live chat? Which should I follow? Or follow both?

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    James Tyler: Must remember: SZ before CZ

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    Roger Bennett: Going to be interesting watching Mario Götze use this as a platform to impress Arsene Wenger, and ultimately Manchester City…

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    James Tyler: Rog, I must admit I'm looking forward to testing my keyboard fingers on speedily typing those names. I fared well during the Euros but am clearly out of touch.

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    James Tyler: The kit battle is a key one. Dortmund's highlighter yellow-and-black against City's bland but proud sky-ish blue.

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    Roger Bennett: Yes JT. City will face the best Poland can throw at them. Striker Robert Lewandowski scored 22 goals in 34 Bundesliga matches last year. He is the attacking focal point. Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek will work the right flank. Marco Reus will gallop down the left.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Pulling for Dortmund today. Love seeing the rich clubs lose, and they have nice kits.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    I'd love to see Dortmund advance at the expense of City. They play some brilliant football, and I'd love to see them do it against the big clubs (read: not City).

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    I'm rooting for City. Because I bet on them. Otherwise I would have no reason to ever root for them.

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    James Tyler: And, Rog, assembled on a comparatively shoestring budget to City's bloated squad.

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    Roger Bennett: I think we are in for a fascinating game in which both teams push each other physically and psychologically. Mancini was not kidding about Dortmund when he said ""In my opinion they are one of the best teams in Europe."

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    James Tyler: BVB: Mercurial coach in Jurgen Klopp. Several German NT stars like Hummels, Gotze, Reus. A man in Lewandowski to tap home the goals. Sublime team on the counter-attack, yet last season's iron-clad defense has been anything but in 2012-13.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Is there a capsule summary of Dortmund for bums like me who don't really know much about the Bundesliga?

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    James Tyler: Jurgen Klopp was on the war path last week given shipping three goals to newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt, a team they used to squash under their boots.

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    James Tyler: Honestly, I think they'll snatch even more. But Borussia Dortmund has been equally vulnerable so far this season. Weird how both City and BVB won their titles and have looked massively hungover so far this term.

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    [Comment from Brian Lara]
    do u think dortmund will snatch a point today?

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    [Comment from Huey]
    I'm pulling for Dortmund. Nothing I like to see more than an angry Mancini.

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    James Tyler: Oh, Rog. I'm ready. Been playing it on repeat since yesterday. Eyes welded open a la Clockwork Orange.

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    Roger Bennett: Good afternoon JT: Are you ready for an afternoon of the Champions League Theme Song?

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    James Tyler: I think most people will be rooting for.... Dortmund today? Read some English media saying that City was the team to cheer for, though that makes not a lick of sense. We love seeing the rich clubs fail, after all. Hope for the common man and all that.

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    James Tyler: Present star, Landon. I always buy him in FIFA 12 (and now, FIFA 13). Magic player.

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    [Comment from Landon]
    Is El Shaarawy a future star?

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    James Tyler: Will it be today? No time like the present.

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    James Tyler: My issue with Man City is this: when will they put together a coherent, back to front 90 minute performance?

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    James Tyler: Brain = LIVING THE DREAM.

  •  

    [Comment from Brain]
    I love having a job that allows me to simultaneously engage in the chat, watch the match, and TCB all at the same time.

  •  

    James Tyler: It was absurd, Ronnie. Brilliant even. Was oddly happy to see Pazzini influence the game-winning own goal. But man, did Hulk impress. Milan frightened of tackling him.

  •  

    [Comment from Ronnie]
    How about that Zenit Milan game??

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    [Comment from MrTuktoyaktuk]
    It will be happy for me if Edin Dzeko scores 3 goals (but I'll take any amount).

  •  

    James Tyler: Note to readers: we do not condone the sentiments of TwistyMaze LittlePassages. However, if it works for you, enjoy!

  •  

    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassages]
    Days like this are why I quit my job last Spring!!! The joys of being unemployed for ECL days!!

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Join @JamesTylerESPN and @rogbennett LIVE in the Boot Room for City/Dortmund and other #UCL matches, updates now. j.mp/PQ3PBt

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Peter. INDEED.

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    [Comment from Peter]
    booo work, yay boot room!!

  •  

    [Comment from Ian Mizel]
    Go City! Big Day! Love from New York!

  •  

    James Tyler: It's a Champions League Boot Room. Good golly. Been so long since the last time. So long.

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    James Tyler: THE CHAAAAAMPIIIOOOONS

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    James Tyler: Happy Boot Room!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Manchester City

  • 12(7)

  • 23

  • 11

  • 64%

    36%

  • Borussia Dortmund

  • 22(10)

  • 23

  • 12

Match Stats

  • Manchester City
  • Borussia Dortmund
12(7) Shots (on goal) 22(10)
11 Fouls 12
5 Corner kicks 6
6 Offsides 0
64% Time of Possession 36%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
9 Saves 6