• FT

    Spart Moscow

    2

    Benfica

    1

  • FT

    BATE

    0

    Valencia

    3

  • FT

    Barcelona

    2

    Celtic

    1

  • FT

    FC Nords

    1

    Juventus

    1

  • FT

    Galatasaray

    1

    CFR Cluj

    1

  • FT

    Lille

    0

    Bayern

    1

  • FT

    Man Utd

    3

    Braga

    2

  • FT

    Shakhtar D

    2

    Chelsea

    1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Camp Nou, Spain

Attendance: 75000

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Barcelona

  • Andrés Iniesta 45'
  • Jordi Alba 90' +4'

2 - 1

FT

Celtic

  • Georgios Samaras 18'
  •  

    Ravi Ubha: And on that note, guys, thanks for joining us tonight and come back tomorrow. The big one is undoubtedly Dortmund-Madrid. So long.

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Always a fun time, guys. Back to the grindstone.

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    This was just one bad day...teachnically Chelsea 1st offical defeat of the season...our anger will be taking out on Manu....

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @RealLaneMeyer You're right. Apologies.

  •  

    [Comment from Pop]
    agreed. true winners find a way to WIN! a la barca

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @_DanMason Party time down by the jetty.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @CrzyKwasi Yes. Apologies.

  •  

    [Comment from Femi]
    Imagine if one team sat back and the other attacked...all the time...that would make for pretty boring football.

  •  

    [Comment from rex]
    and the lone celtic goal was Offsides as well

  •  

    [Comment from Femi]
    IMO Celtic deserve nothing, as with Chelsea teams that sit back shouldnt win anything

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 3rd place goes to Europa after the group stage.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    At what stage of the CL do the losers drop to Europa?

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Don't feel bad for Celtic. They're still second in their group.

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    thanks for all the updates!

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Predictions for tomorrow?

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Hope some respect was won tonight for Celtic.

  •  

    [Comment from davidhepworth via Twitter]
    Celtic suffer the kind of fate that puts iron in men's souls.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: And Cluj drew in Istanbul.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Well, Nordsjaelland drew.

  •  

    [Comment from John Henry]
    And everyone that roots for the underdog goes to sleep today disappointed...

  •  

    [Comment from Rugger]
    Cheers for making the afternoon go quicker guys.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Second in the group so far.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike R.]
    Brutal for Celtic. Beyond brutal. But they're still on track to move to the round of 16 and get crushed by Bayern or whatever.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: They're dubbed the Danish Barcelona.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Misleading result in Denmark. Nordsjaelland played well.

  •  

    [Comment from Jose]
    how could juve only draw against a danish side that lost to chelsea by 4!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Gala not yet over.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Man Utd 3-2 Braga.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Barca 2-1 Celtic; Spartak 2-1 Benfica.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: BATE 0-3 Valencia; Lille 0-1 Bayern.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nordsjaelland 1-1 Juve; Shakhtar 2-1 Chelsea.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: What a night. Time for all the scores.

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Feel for Celtic. Was quite a performance.

  •  

    [Comment from ChrisNYC]
    Celtic definitely should hold their heads high. They played remarkably.

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    Juve drawing is a bigger upset than Chelsea losing

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Man United gets its 2nd UCL win after trailing by 2 goals. Other was 3-2 at Juventus in 1999, en route to title.

  •  

    [Comment from Nug]
    How does your heart hurt? You are Barca. You get everything.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Alba is pure class. Easily best left back in the world.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Cheers guys. Cruel game, soccer. James Tyler here tomorrow. @rogbennett, follow me on Twitter

  •  

    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Torres wearing the number 9 is a joke...give it to Oscar.

  •  

    [Comment from GRACE]
    I'm going to lunch this game had me glued to my seat (oh and work of course)

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Forster was a beast! But... Good Job Barca!

  •  

    [Comment from philthy]
    And that is why I love this sport.

  •  

    [Comment from Gayatri]
    My heart hurts I was so worried! Visca Barca! Best buy of this season Alba!

  •  

    [Comment from john]
    A makeshift defense wins it at the death

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: True.

  •  

    [Comment from Seth]
    Ravi, you could argue that Barcelona deserved to be in Munich last May. As Barca fans bitterly know, it's all about the scoreline, not anything else.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: our dream of a Braga v Celtic final looks now dim and distant

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Celtic will be out for revenge in 2 weeks' time.

  •  

    [Comment from Chris H]
    Forster deserved 3 points...

  •  

    [Comment from GRACE]
    Alba earning his spot!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    at least Juve drew.....not chelsea's night

  •  

    [Comment from Justin]
    Barca, king of the heart-stopping games so far this year.

  •  

    [Comment from GRACE]
    Oh God I was having a heart attack, I thought we were going to tie!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Kevin]
    Jordi Alba is one fast dude

  •  

    [Comment from Will]
    Skin of their teeth win by Barca....how will it be in Scotland though?

  •  

    [Comment from Jimmy R]
    Noooo whyyyy????

  •  

    [Comment from burbank]
    A fullback crossing to a fullback

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur]
    I guess the Mayans were wrong after all; they must have been on something.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: They deserved a point.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United look set to qualify but hard not to focus on how fallible United look against quality through the middle.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Cruel, cruel night for Celtic.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Football, you cruel beast.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    22nd straight win for Shakhtar Donetsk; world's longest active win streak by top-flight club (via @InfostradaLive).

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: FT: Barca 2, Celtic 1.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    GOOD JOB ALBA!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    poor celtic

  •  

    [Comment from Lynx]
    Bad defending by Celtic there.

  •  

    [Comment from john]
    Thats what Ty gets for saying we Barca fans need to be Humbled!!!!!1

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Cruelty, thy name is football. Poor Celtic. It's the hope we cannot stand.

  •  

    [Comment from Quarterback Style]
    No! No! NO!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from ChrisNYC]
    This is very hard on Celtic

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Worst day ever, at least Chelsea fell on their face.

  •  

    [Comment from BrandonCOYS]
    feel sorry for Celtic..

  •  

    [Comment from Chris H]
    What a well-played ball across the face of goal from Adriano

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Final whistle goes. No smile from Fergie. But once Braga netted twice United managed to reel them in with composure.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: What a cross by Adriano, Alba charging in and beats Forrest for the tap in.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Cruel, cruel, cruel world.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    YESS!!! FORCA BARCA!

  •  

    [Comment from Chris H]
    JORDI ALBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    NNNOOOooooooooooo

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: THEY'VE WON IT.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: AT THE DEATH!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: BARCA!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: GOAL!!!!!!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Come on Arsenalistas!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: How bout him, Luiz and Coloccini in the back four?

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    I miss Carles Puyol and his flowing mane...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Halfway done injury time.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Carrick steps up and breaks up a Braga attack. Tries to set free RvP who is offside. one minute to go. Braga to dump ball forward...

  •  

    [Comment from NYCToon]
    CELTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Fergie will complain there should be less than 3 minutes added.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    When the keeper has a blinder, even the best can lose.

  •  

    [Comment from LU1G1]
    Chicharito needs more wingers to feed him the ball, like CR7 and Ozil.

  •  

    [Comment from Rodrigo]
    Remember that they lost to Rubin when they won the CL in 2011?

  •  

    [Comment from United]
    Villa needs more playing time. Soon he will be back to that scorching form of 2011 (yes like in the final)

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Ze Luis tries to curl one from the edge of the box. well wide -- marks out of ten for ambition though.

  •  

    [Comment from Sammy J]
    Only 3 minutes? Anti Fergie time?

  •  

    [Comment from Gayatri]
    So close for Villa!

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    humble barca and all their stuck up fans

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 4 minutes of added time.

  •  

    [Comment from Seth]
    VIlla...that was some move.

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    please hold on celtic

  •  

    [Comment from Colby]
    Gary Hooper didn't play enough Fifa, all 1 on 2 defenders should end in goals.

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    If Chelsea gets 2 goals in the next 4 mins i will run around naked!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Villa across the goal and it hits the woodwork. Celtic's night?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: 90 minutes are up. three added minutes of injury time.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: POST!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Not for long. Hooper dithered slightly and the Barca defense caught up with him.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Break!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Alba waltzes in towards Forster near the byline but bodies go flying to deal with the danger.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt T]
    Madrid wants nothing to do with Chicharito. Falcao or Neymar will be the focus

  •  

    [Comment from A]
    The word convincing is not in de gea's vocabulary

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Madrid don't need or want Chicharito.

  •  

    [Comment from Boone]
    Oscar coming up big late, Ivanovic continues to prove he can play in the attacking half

  •  

    [Comment from Seth]
    Oscar scores for Chelsea.

  •  

    [Comment from Gullee]
    There's no room for him at Madrid either.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian]
    Hernandez over Benzema/Higuain? Hardly...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Wouldn't it be something if Chelsea pull one out of the hat.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Final Braga change. Micael off. Ze Luis on...

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    GOAL CHELSEA! GLIMMER OF HOPE!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Shakhtar 2-1 Chelsea.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Braga trying to penetrate. United two banks of four trying to hold them at arms length but the Portuguese swing in a ball that De Gea grasps gratefully if not convincingly.

  •  

    [Comment from lu!g!]
    Chicharito, to Madrid, to score more goals and more playing time.

  •  

    [Comment from James Enfield]
    Show the spirit of '67, Celtic! Let's shock the world!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Approaching stoppage time.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Celtic lets pull out a miracle here

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Why would Chelsea care about what happens in Europe this year? They have their moment of glory; they're going to be more concerned with England than Europe.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    Come on Juve get another!

  •  

    [Comment from Chris H]
    Now is usually about the time that Messi pulls a goal out of a hat...

  •  

    [Comment from slim]
    Several nice cameos for Lady Physio in Donetsk

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Coming back from injury.

  •  

    [Comment from T]
    Whatever happened to Marko Marin at Chelsea?

  •  

    [Comment from LondonBlue]
    Won't make any excuses, we were simply outclassed today. Hopefully we can recover and keep up our domestic form

  •  

    Roger Bennett: 86 minutes gone. Alan off. Mossoro on.

  •  

    [Comment from United fan in Texas]
    I'm so glad we took our Hernandez and subbed in Father Time.

  •  

    [Comment from burbank]
    Parkhurst for soccer ambassador

  •  

    [Comment from Dez]
    C'mon JUVE, REPRESENT SERIE A, we need some pride back

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Clint Dempsey for President Ryan

  •  

    [Comment from Seth]
    Iniesta is so underrated. Silky smooth player, never seen anything like him. Not a Messi or a Ronaldo, but he's definitely top 4.

  •  

    [Comment from Ryan M]
    Ian Darke for President. Am I right?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Braga starting to get bodies forward. They like the first ten minutes and the last ten minutes of games. United now playing on the counter.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt K]
    Ronaldo, Messi, and Falcao are from another planet, to take the words out of Mou's mouth. No one else is close.

  •  

    [Comment from Gayatri]
    Not gonna lie, my blood pressure is starting to rise, I don't like this draw!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Wanyama down with what looks like a cramp...

  •  

    [Comment from A]
    Commentator just compared Hernandez to Ronaldo and Messi, not really sure about that one

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Eight minutes remaining.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @stevenwyeth: @JohnBrewinESPN There's a midfield player I once saw; Sits just in front of his team's back four; Cus-Custodio" superb.

  •  

    [Comment from MatthewStanger via Twitter]
    @JamesDallESPN I think it's called 'a David Marshall' after Celtic's 0-0 draw at Camp Nou in 2004.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Poor, poor corner from Messi. Doesn't clear the first man.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Clash of heads between Wanyama and Song.

  •  

    [Comment from adriano]
    FORZA JUVE

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Song's header blocked, goes out for a corner.

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Gustavo on, Kroos off

  •  

    Roger Bennett: RvP rifles over from inside the box, after great work from Nani

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Bayern are survivors. They find a way to progress.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    Ravi...exactly? Is the Bundesliga that weak this year?

  •  

    [Comment from United fan in Texas]
    How do you say in Spanish, "Here's your ticket back to Spain De Gea"?

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    NNNNNOOOOOOO!!!! juve why!!

  •  

    [Comment from sjf]
    ugh - Vucinic levels for Juve.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Countering their league form.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    With all of the excitement in Portugal, it's almost forgotten Bayern turning in another poor performace in UCL, though they still have a result.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Braga come alive... force a corner. De Gea's pulse quickens

  •  

    [Comment from Gayatri]
    Come on VILLA!!!! Make it happen for us!

  •  

    [Comment from Seth]
    Am I the only person that thinks VIlla > Sanchez? Assuming Villa is back to full fitness.

  •  

    [Comment from sjf]
    10-man Cluj concede. 1-1

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Again. explaining why United need to fall behind before finding their rhythm is one for sporting psychologists to explain. Chicharito departs in the 79th minute to well earned applaus.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    VILLA!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Rob]
    Why does every keeper in the world have to have one of "those games" against us?

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    If Gary Hooper scores to win it I will eat my shorts

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    5-3 still not out of the question... :)

  •  

    [Comment from S]
    Nicklas Bendtner about to become Juve hero!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Adriano booked for Barca.
    Alexis off, Villa on.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Giggs on to run the legs off them....

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Mascherano on the ball...but nothing comes of it for the opposition. Surprise.

  •  

    [Comment from Spencer]
    Braga confidence has to be shot after that.

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    man u come from behind just make it interesting

  •  

    [Comment from Scott]
    A Hooper goal on the counter??? One's allowed to dream, no?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Forster is having 'one of those games' against Barcelona.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I am.

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    I'm not sure Braga is done just yet.

  •  

    [Comment from Que]
    could be a solid number 2 to hart maybe??

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    Sadly it's 3-2 to manu

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    If United had kept their Chinese starlet, then they could have had a strike force of Cheech and Dong.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: You lost me there...

  •  

    [Comment from Ryan M]
    If Clint Dempsey had any decency he would've not gone to Spurs. I hate Tottenham. Even Jurgen Klinsmann needs to bench him for being so crazy.

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    It was a bit tame, Rog

  •  

    [Comment from Misty]
    Chelsea's defense is absolutely porous today. Good on Shaktar for the intense pressure.

  •  

    [Comment from shikhar]
    The comeback kings do it again...Go United !!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: English.

  •  

    [Comment from Que]
    Foster english or a Scot?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Was that enough of a fuss about the goal?

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    This is Chicharito's Day!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Cantona]
    Celverley, ace cross.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: United, 2-2.

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    who just scored?

  •  

    [Comment from TV]
    Valencia 3-0

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United turn it around. an air of vindication for Chicharito. COME ON CELTIC

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hart's still better.

  •  

    [Comment from Colby]
    Hart's performance of a lifetime against Dortmund was the best ever in a 1-1 draw, didn't last long on top. Holy Crap Forster.

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    Braga now the ones that are afraid, expect the bus to be parked.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: what a ball in from Cleverley. Chicharito unmarked at the far post.

  •  

    [Comment from Ace]
    Fantastic! Go United!

  •  

    [Comment from Que]
    no...Being Clint Dempesy

  •  

    [Comment from depressed red]
    saying LFC did something "genius" while looking at our depth of strikers...ugh.

  •  

    [Comment from Misty]
    @Liverpool. Agreed. No player is worth 50 million. Ridiculous overinflation.

  •  

    [Comment from Tony]
    Torres went downhill, the same way that Owen and Mcmanaman took.!!!

  •  

    [Comment from John]
    Instead of Being Liverpool, we need Being Torres

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Hernandez with the header again. United turn it around

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Messi free header, flying header going to the corner but not yet!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Again the Celtic keeper!

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    Come on Nords!! Score a second!!

  •  

    [Comment from Liverpool]
    Let's just all agree. Selling him for 50 million now looks genius.

  •  

    [Comment from T]
    So many Torres haters. I'd take Torres at Utd for Nani

  •  

    [Comment from nathan]
    sturridge is worth 20 apparently so there is that

  •  

    Roger Bennett: beto back up now. boos ring around Old Trafford. He will not be the last Braga player to be resurrected by the medical staff tonight. 73 minutes gone.

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    I still can't believe Celtic still level

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Forster makes another fine save. Alexis thinks he's toe poked the ball past Forster but no says the Celtic keeper after a fine ball over the top in the box.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @DJTrevorNelson: I need a drink” you've not lost it, Trevor.

  •  

    [Comment from Alan]
    Torres seems fit for MLS.

  •  

    [Comment from hiractionary]
    Still £20M I reckon.

  •  

    [Comment from slim]
    Shaktar's Brazilians are looking fantastic.

  •  

    [Comment from Czuch Norris]
    Torres, based on current market, 10M. He's not scoring, but I think the right manager might get him back on track.

  •  

    [Comment from John]
    Torres is worth an Andy Carroll

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    $20 total and he has to pay for his own flights to games.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Braga goalie hurt in a scramble. well enough to kick ball out to touch, now slumped to turf in agony...

  •  

    [Comment from Boone]
    15 seems way too high to me

  •  

    [Comment from Chas]
    I'd take Torres back to Anfield for 15mil

  •  

    [Comment from TV]
    10-15

  •  

    [Comment from Money$]
    5 million euro. he is absolue garbage

  •  

    [Comment from Scott]
    Torres is worth $7.50 and a washing machine

  •  

    [Comment from Tony]
    £15,000,000

  •  

    [Comment from Gaucho]
    22 mil

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    WHAT A Save from the braga keeper!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: very good question...what do y'all think in today's market? 15 million pounds? that too low?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: NANI -- after great work from Hernandez on the left, Nani is in acres of space. Stinging drive well saved... Old Trafford buzzing

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    how much do you think torres is worth now

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Own goal and now a yellow for Mascherano when he makes no attempt to play the ball.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Not saying it was a dive. Contact, but no pen.

  •  

    [Comment from John Henry]
    A Messi dive? Impossible.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    Sturridge on for Torres. Thank the heavens

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Torres is missing the connection of Steven Gerrard. Those two could have been great together.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    I would be hugely disappointed if there was not a Braga terrace song that regaled Custodio to the tune of Phil Collins' Sussudio.

  •  

    [Comment from Ryan M]
    There is no Curse at Liverpool. Cause We Never Walk Alone.

  •  

    [Comment from Boone]
    Keller, I want to score goals too, but nobody's paying me a ton of money not to

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Messi goes down in the box and the fans want a pen. None give, and rightfully so.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Rooney playing a series of Hollywood balls over the top of Braga's backline to limited effect. The Portuguese gritting it out now. Ambition is decreasing. Hustle and time-killing "injuries" their new modus

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    No LFC curse, just a curse for leaving LFC...never should have left...

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    I'm pretty sure everyone is rooting for FC Nordsjælland to hold their lead right now.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    How much longer can Celtic hold on for??

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Torres seems to be over-thinking everything. When he misses too much, he slows down and never gets the shot off. I feel for the man, because he wants to do well, he wants to score goals.

  •  

    [Comment from Tony]
    Torres has the liverpool curse :)

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Foiled Messi from close range, made himself big. And he's big!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Fine save Forster!

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    @Arthur, I say slight edge to United because they don't have Torres on their side.

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    If Chelsea cant win and Juve loses...i'll be happy

  •  

    [Comment from Jarrod]
    Torres never looked good in blue!

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle]
    Torres syndrome is a serious condition

  •  

    [Comment from Gullee]
    Torres of old is retired. This is his twin brother.

  •  

    [Comment from depressed red]
    LFC will take him (torres) back

  •  

    [Comment from Matt]
    Torres played his best years at LFC and will never be the same

  •  

    [Comment from Jake]
    Yo Chelsea fans relax. To day is one day and the whole point of the group stage is to advance and Chelsea will advance then lets see how the team is playing after Transfer window

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    The Torres of old is never coming back.

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur]
    Chelsea v United this weekend should be a cracker...I say Chelsea to edge it due to a better defense.

  •  

    [Comment from YanksAreComing]
    Lusitania : Should have SOLD Nani in transfer window. Bad move by SAF not to.

  •  

    [Comment from GOP John]
    ask the manchester clubs how hard it is to focus on CL and EPL

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    Ravi Ubha: 25 mins left for Celtic to hold on.

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    Ravi Ubha: Messi finds a bit of space (well, again) but his left footer lacks pace and falls safely into the hands of Forster.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: He had that chance against Spurs on Saturday but dithered...took too long and the chance went.

  •  

    [Comment from steve]
    is it just me or does Torres almost refuse to shoot anymore?

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Should have started Nani against a Portuguese team. Bad move by SAF not to.

  •  

    [Comment from Chris]
    CFC = Champions of Europe.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Chelsea fan here, we are not in a crisis but anyone expecting a repeat of last years CL victory is kidding themselves. We are still rebuilding.

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    Roger Bennett: you have been reading Piers Morgan's Twitter feed a little too much Phil

  •  

    [Comment from Phil]
    You need to announce goals more forcefully - I nearly missed that

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Remember Chelsea are on the road and this game is sandwiched between Tottenham and ManU league matches too

  •  

    [Comment from KDG4CFC]
    I think there is a CFC Bias, I have posted 100's of comments but they never get published.

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur]
    How I hate working right now, United in the latter stages of games can be so much fun to watch and I'm missing it.

  •  

    [Comment from Ace]
    Need Welbeck for Hernandez. Want a third now.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Chance missed by Celtic. Commons' cross doesn't have enough pace on it and it's cleared in front of the keeper with Forrest waiting to pounce.

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    Roger Bennett: Relief at Old Trafford. Now to win this. Braga barely able to work the ball out of their own half right now. WIth Nani's width, United are stretching the game. This will not end in a tie

  •  

    [Comment from Chris]
    Need some Chelsea fans' comments here, instead of all the haters. They're having a rough go today, but Shakhtar have looked quality.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Meanwhile, Brown off, Commons on for Celtic.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Tomorrow. Nick Hornby guests

  •  

    [Comment from Chris H]
    Hey Rog, when is the new pod going to be out?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nothing much happening for Barca. A lot of huffing and puffing, but no end product yet.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: There it is. Jonny Evans scrambles home from a corner. United back on terms

  •  

    [Comment from TV]
    definitely more than 2-0 shakhtar

  •  

    [Comment from Eric]
    Torres has yet to receive the ball and get rid of it without ending up on the ground. Embarrassing display.

  •  

    [Comment from steve]
    one chelsea bad game, sky is falling

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    United need to score, and soon.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I honestly haven't seen a wink of Chelsea tonight, but from the sounds of it, it should be more than 2-0 for Shakhtar?

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Chelsea getting out played on every turn. Defense looks like school yard kick-about. Midfield cant hold the ball and all our impact players (hazard, mata, etc.) are invisible. Champions of Europe? I think not.

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    Ravi Ubha: They were both horrible.

  •  

    [Comment from Lynx]
    Ramseys was worse, i think

  •  

    [Comment from Chris]
    Time for Roman to buy Falcao

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    If you're not in one of the big three or four Euro leagues, your team gets mocked.

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Every time I see Eduardo's name I can only see that awful leg break the poor guy suffered at Arsenal...

  •  

    [Comment from Gaucho]
    Mayans were wrong, Serie A is on the decline

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    Ravi Ubha: Celtic temporarily look threatening on the counter but Wanyama plays a poor ball and the chance goes.

  •  

    [Comment from trevgunner]
    bring back drogba.....clap clap.....clap clap clap

  •  

    [Comment from trevgunner]
    What if you were from Norsjaelland and had to write out your address on everything. That would take forever,

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    Ravi Ubha: Alba forces a corner, goes off Forrest.

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    Roger Bennett: Could very well do. solid. not spectacular. but versatile.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Rog, do you think he is going to continue to get more consideration for the national team?

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur]
    Perfect time for Shakhtar to unleash Eduardo so he can let out some old Arsenal anger against his old rivals.

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    So many disappointed BATE fans in the Boot Room at the moment..

  •  

    [Comment from nathan]
    Sturridge needs to be subbed on

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    Roger Bennett: BTW Michael Parkhurst playing for the Nordsjaelland side that lead Juventus... USA! USA! USA!

  •  

    [Comment from maverick]
    How long is their unbeaten streak?

  •  

    [Comment from Scott]
    Soldado again for Valencia. 2-0

  •  

    [Comment from Johnny]
    People are crazy mocking on Shakhtar. They are a quality side especially at home.

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    Ravi Ubha: Adriano shot from distance straight to Forster.

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    Roger Bennett: Rooney inswinger to near post Nani makes contact but well wide

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    Ravi Ubha: Any team unbeaten for as long as they've been are no slouches.

  •  

    [Comment from maverick]
    Shaktar went to Turin and totally outplayed Juve btw, they are no slouches

  •  

    [Comment from Dane]
    Day of upsets in the making apparently...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: None taken, T, that's why we chat.

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Madness all over Europe!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Travis: Reporting credentials nothing to do with it. A statement was made, an incorrect one. Countered it.

  •  

    [Comment from Ronnie]
    What's up with Juve?

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur]
    Now Juventus trail, what is going on?!? Were the Mayans right about 2012?

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    No way Chelsea defend their title. If you can't do it against Shakhtar....

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    Roger Bennett: RvP goes for goal from an acute angle. Scrapped away. United driving Braga back to edge of own box, where, i assume much of this half will be played

  •  

    [Comment from Doug]
    And Juventus are down in Denmark!

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    Ravi Ubha: 1-0 Nords.

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    Ravi Ubha: Fernandinho, 2-0 Shakhtar.

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    Ravi Ubha: Mulgrew corner in, and Barcelona survive when a free header goes wide.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    Holy crap, Chelsea are playing terribly

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Rafael dumped on edge of box. Freekick United who are starting to threaten down the flanks

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Different sport. Different dynamic. I've dealt with Roddick a lot, a sincere guy.

  •  

    [Comment from T]
    Have you ever seen Donovan berate a ref like Roddick did with the umpires?

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    Ravi Ubha: Poor, poor dive from Forrest, IMO. Went down too easily (outside box).

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Kagawa is class. He'll come good if United use him well.

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    [Comment from TV]
    terrible celtic fk

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: T, why?

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    Ravi Ubha: How disappointing was that? Into the wall.

  •  

    [Comment from T]
    Please never compare Andy Roddick to Landon Donovan again

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Celtic FK.

  •  

    [Comment from Mark]
    Rog that was a great piece on Donovan, well done.

  •  

    [Comment from nathan]
    Chelsea actually playing tougher defense now.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Actually, Kuyt, Onyewu and Friedel were pretty candid, too, when I chatted with them this month.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Roddick was always candid; perhaps TOO candid.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Suspended.

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    Like i said....Kagawa was bought to sell shirts.....

  •  

    [Comment from Gayatri]
    I'm a little late to the chat, so I dunno if this has been answered already, but why is Busquets not playing? Seems like with all the defense problems they would want him out on the pitch?

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    Roger Bennett: So strong out of the gates, but Rooney's repositioning is going to limit his playing time for sure

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Kagawa seems to be a lost piece now with Rooney dropping behind the strikers.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: You should cover tennis, Rog. It happens quite often.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Nani on for Kagawa. United search for width as well as goals

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    I got $50, Rog

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    Roger Bennett: Last plug for my Landon Donovan interview
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/espnfcunited/id/1276?cc=5901
    you rarely will encounter a pro-athlete talking so candidly. brave gent.

  •  

    [Comment from Matt K]
    I'm excited for Madrid vs Dortmund tomorrow. Madrid Barca is el classico, this should be called el medico cause of all of the injuries on both teams

  •  

    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    Thank you, Arsenal surely need more motivation!

  •  

    [Comment from S04th]
    Arsenal will be lucky to win group. Schalke are well hard in Europe.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Arsenal do well against anyone not named Barcelona.

  •  

    [Comment from Lusitania]
    Braga have replaced Sporting in Portugal's tres grandes (big three).

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Just 11 touches in first half though got himself on scoresheet

  •  

    [Comment from Cory]
    Has Chicharito played well?

  •  

    [Comment from S04th]
    I hope Arsenal keeps up this English trend tomorrow.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Second half at the Camp Nou underway.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Sure.

  •  

    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    Wow Ravi, put your money where your mouth is...if Arsenal make it to SF you wear an Henry Jersey for every Boot Room chat?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: who would bet on score being leveled within next ten minutes?

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Arsenal, like usual, have been given a cake walk of a group but won't get very far afterwards.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Johnny, Braga are a good side. On the up.

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    Ravi Ubha: Win the group, will get knocked out in either R16 or QF, depends on the draw.

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    hey ravi what are arsenal's chances of taking their group? european champs?

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    Messi will score a treble before the day is done.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Darren Fletcher leads United in touches and passes... but Rooney has most touches, 19, in the attacking 3rd.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Sir Alex looks angry during his half-time interview.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nothing yet.

  •  

    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    any word on the Lampard injury?

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    not good enough to...1-1 vs celtic won't be making any statements

  •  

    [Comment from columbus]
    barcelona will score 4(four)

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Mediocre. Nothing special. Not fully in sync yet. But some of that is down to Celtic. Alexis should have put Barca up within two minutes.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: 74-26 possession for Barca. Celtic reported to have said "No one has scored a goal like that against us since we played Hamilton Academicals in 1927"

  •  

    [Comment from Jason]
    How good has Barca playing?

  •  

    [Comment from jobe]
    Anyone going to recognize that Izaguirre is performing admirably on the left for Celtic? Or is everyone too enamored with Baca to recognize the Hoops are playing very disciplined and smart football?

  •  

    [Comment from Plus Eight Barca]
    British sides are painful to watch! #ANTI-FOOTBALL

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    Puyol, Pique come back soon!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    United will be lucky to make it to the quarterfinals. No way they get further.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No chickens today, Wren.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @oliverirish @JamesDallESPN he also looks like a wizard, or indeed a member of Hawkwind.

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Hey Ravi, are you going to bet your chickens on United coming back to win?

  •  

    [Comment from d]
    Typical United - not able to cope with dynamic midfields in Europe

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Major story lines: Braga lead United 2-1 at Old Trafford; Shakhtar leading Chelsea 1-0 at home; Barca score late to go in 1-1 vs. Celtic.

  •  

    [Comment from Sam R.]
    Just joining in. Can I please can an update? Thanks in advance!

  •  

    [Comment from Cantona]
    Desperately need Vidic back, won't get anywhere in the knockout stage with such a porous defence

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yes, agree there.

  •  

    [Comment from rex]
    looking at the replay of the celtic goal.. it looks like samaras was offsides

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United fans... how are you feeling right now? Quality to win this, but wondering how far you are going to get in Champions League with this kind of imbalanced display?

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Thanks, Rog. I like to keep things classy.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Keller. You are a sophisticate. Now back to Hooters with you

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Churches and museums, just like the rest of Europe. But in Portuguese.

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Strikers dont solve everything for CFC

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Hoss. I'll take it.

  •  

    [Comment from hoss]
    Braga is in Portugal

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  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Cluj have that lead but are a man down.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Readers... can any intrepid travelers tell us what Braga has to offer? Educate us, America...

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    Juve need to score goals to advance from this group.

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    The way the day is going, I'm surprised Juve aren't 2-0 *down* at HT.

  •  

    [Comment from Harry]
    Any CFC fans still think Falcao wouldn't be >>>>>>>>>>> Torres, be real here

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    United has their own horrible D to fear. Just dreadful.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nordsjaelland looked very good for most of the game against Chelsea at home. They were sucker punched.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: I dont think so Shannon. United this season will score by the dozen but will leave themselves vulnerable. Look at Kightly's goal this weekend...

  •  

    [Comment from Shannon]
    Case of ManU and Chelsea looking ahead to this weekend's game?

  •  

    [Comment from Will]
    How about Nordsjaelland and Juventus being scoreless at Halftime....surprised that Juventus aren't up 2-0...but nothing seems to surprise me today

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: H:
    Gala 0-1 Cluj
    United 1-2 Braga

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @oliverirish @JohnBrewinESPN As soon as Samaras did that rotatey hand motion which signifies injury, you knew it was curtains for Celtic.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: G:
    Spartak 2-1 Benfica
    Barca 1-1 Celtic

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: F:
    BATE 0-1 Valencia
    Lille 0-1 Bayern

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Hawkwind used on an advert? I might actually buy that car. I am the Master Of The Universe...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: HT Scores:
    Group E:
    Nordsjaelland 0-0 Juventus
    Shakhtar 1-0 Chelsea

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    @Mike R: no, that's Brendan Rodgers' costume.

  •  

    [Comment from LOL Golden Gen]
    Celtic are all but done.

  •  

    [Comment from Travis]
    Chelsea turly do not look like Champions out there.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Soldado scored the penalty. Valencia 1-0 up at HT.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: And there is the halftime whistle. 1-1.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @JohnBrewinESPN European football expert.

  •  

    [Comment from S04th]
    Man U has to fear Sir Alex heaving a toaster at them.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Messi drags his shot wide...Celtic need to reach halftime at 1-1.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike R.]
    OOH. AVB could wear a large, ornate picture frame and go as his own self-portrait.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @JamesDallESPN you stuck your neck out there, James.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    sumptuous

  •  

    [Comment from guest]
    do all the people saying 'told you' that Barca would score realize that isn't an impresive prediction.

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    United may have less to fear, but they're still losing.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Half time... United 2-1 down. But you have to feel they have the experience to do what they need to and reverse the score.

  •  

    [Comment from rex]
    WHAT a goal

  •  

    [Comment from Jose]
    Can't stand Barcelona

  •  

    [Comment from Darin]
    That...is football...sublime.

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    as tommy smyth would say "MAGIC"

  •  

    [Comment from Bryan]
    Wow that was pretty

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Messi to Iniesta to Xavi to Iniesta inside the box and he slots it to the near post.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Last ten minutes, Braga have snatched a little at opportunities going forward. Not working the ball with confidence when breaking. United appear to have less and less to fear

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Celtic were 25-1 to win and over 10-1 to draw.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    What a move

  •  

    [Comment from Saenek]
    Iniesta!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Iniesta.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Told you. 1-1.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Tiki-taka stuff!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 1-1!

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @IanEdwards46 yes, Carrick looked like Paul Lake at his best.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Separated at birth: AVB and Vertonghen.

  •  

    [Comment from Carl Jackson]
    i think celtic gonna win

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Cech is always Chelsa's saviour.... It sure as heck ain't JT

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Good test for Tito playing against a parked bus. Let's see if he can break it down.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Samaras off injured. The dream is over.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Samaras off, James Forrest on.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Great question. What should AVB wear for Halloween. Fake beard and he could go as A. Lalas?

  •  

    [Comment from Mike R.]
    What does AVB go as for Halloween? Flasher would be easy. Just the trenchcoat and glazed expression.

  •  

    [Comment from Who Am I?]
    My God Cech is our saviour....

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    Does AVB just move his Spanish side buckle to the other side for Halloween?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: RvP find Rooney this time with a sumptuous reverse ball. Rafael is set free to win a corner. Braga starting to hold on

  •  

    [Comment from United]
    NOT SAMARAS

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @dalejohnsonESPN @tomkingham @RichArrowsmith You've risen to a Kingham jibe. I was, if anything, praising of your punnage in my tweet to RA.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    Lille have decided to stop playing football and started Muay Thai fighting.

  •  

    [Comment from Patsy]
    Barca will win

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Samaras about to come off with an ankle injury.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ooh, Celtic looking for hand ball after Mulgrew's free kick and a flicked header caused panic.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: AVB in Halloween garb

  •  

    [Comment from Boone]
    Hey Rog, I know you loved my L.L. Oris submission, what should I 'shop next?

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    How on earth are Chelsea only 1 down? Cech with 4 saves in about 5 minutes.

  •  

    [Comment from United]
    is Messi finally going to miss a game for Barca?

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @IanEdwards46 @philmcnulty played like Beckenbauer against Wigan, featuring the legendary Connor Sammon.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Too much Man U complaining to the ref. It's exhausting.

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    in class in PA school....keep the updates coming!

  •  

    [Comment from mela]
    Chelsea is barely keeping them out.

  •  

    [Comment from Ryan]
    Messi needs to take over

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Free kick for Celtic, and look what happened on the first one.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: He's due to be a dad this weekend.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United starting to drive Braga back. Rooney propelling the action from central midfield.

  •  

    [Comment from Dez]
    Wasn't Messi do to be a father last week?\

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Messi's tweaking his sight. Seems only a matter of time now...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No.

  •  

    [Comment from Andy Pandy]
    Jelavic. Does he still count as a newbie?

  •  

    [Comment from Will]
    It isn't going to be 3 -1 Barcelone...it'll be 3-1 Messi

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @stevenwyeth you don't expect him to go against his ill-informed initial gut reaction, do you?

  •  

    [Comment from Arthur]
    United v Braga is a thriller.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    Great save by Cech after some wonderful passing by Shakhtar

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: This time Messi tries for the opposite corner, but not there yet.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Messi just over...he's getting closer.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Naismith? Mirallas has impressed more...

  •  

    [Comment from Andy Pandy]
    The name deceives me, but, that new boy at Everton whom they signed from Rangers has adapted quite well as well it seems.

  •  

    [Comment from S04th]
    And buttner gets a 9.8 from the Russian judge!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Barca free kick 25 yards out, again in the center.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @oliverirish Sometimes literally. LOL!

  •  

    [Comment from United]
    C'mon guys we all know Giroud is the best EPL newbie...

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Cameras cut to Sir Alex who looks like he wants to cull baby seals.

  •  

    [Comment from ArsenalFan]
    Stop Joe... stop

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Buttner slips on edge of area. Ref turns down what would have been a very "Old Trafford" kind of penalty

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Going forward. He's a liability defensively. He cost Spurs the tying goal Saturday.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @RichArrowsmith Nah. Johnson would've been quickest, but he's on holiday. Lomas did it earlier, then Josh.

  •  

    [Comment from Rob]
    Vertonghen has adapted quite well, I do believe!

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    Podolski?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: The entire Norwich team was.

  •  

    [Comment from AndrewG]
    Hoolahan was better than Cazorla at the weekend.

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Difficult one, says Andy Townsend. Incorrect one, says camera shot.

  •  

    [Comment from Joe]
    I don't think thats fair to Kagawa; Chelsea have a stronger team probably.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Oscar

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Xavi wide again.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United work the ball through Braga's back four but the offside flag saves the Portuguese...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Cazorla, Hazard, Mirallas, Michu.

  •  

    [Comment from mannyt]
    So is Santi Cazrola the best EPL newbie to adapt ?

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @RichArrowsmith It's been voiced in the office. Twice.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Scott Brown has been entrusted with the task of shackling Messi but he gives away another free kick. No card, though. Maybe he'll be shown one for persistent fouling if it continues.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    False 9, Georgios Samaras.

  •  

    [Comment from Nick]
    It'll be great when Van Persie finally shows his feathers back up on Twitter so the Twitterverse can tell him how "sublime" he's been with Rooney.

  •  

    [Comment from Christian]
    Kagawa seems to have adapted as poorly to EPL/UCL as much as Hazard has successfully adapted

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    Karma will get you RvP!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Adriano's shot to the near post is smothered by Forster.

  •  

    [Comment from Where is Drogba now?]
    It's painful to be at work right now but The Boot Room helps!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Xavi shot deflected for a corner. Celtic doing a Chelsea and throwing everyone in front of shots.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Kagawa's touch betraying him so far, but RvP has been sublime with that 1-2 w/ Rooney.

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    [Comment from Ty]
    magical messi = hat trick today

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    Roger Bennett: Hi Bil

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    [Comment from BIL]
    EVERTON TO WIN 2013 UCL@@@

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    [Comment from Alex]
    I told you all 5-3 United.

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    [Comment from Sanchini]
    James Martin sick of the UCL anthem?..... that's just blasphemous

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    Ravi Ubha: Maybe this is the season for Celtic on the road in the Champions League? It won in qualifying, beat Sparta ... and now leads at the Camp Nou.

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    Roger Bennett: ball skittle around united area...clears to Alan who volleys dramatically wide from distance... looked like Alvin Ailey whilst doing so...

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Rooney clearing the lines. He best be careful or Fergie will stick him at CB at the weekend.

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    RT @tparf: @JamesDallESPN Up there with: "If anything, he's hit that too well."

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    [Comment from atchrismurphy via Twitter]
    @JamesDallESPN I've always imagined it means scoring before kick off....

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    Ravi Ubha: 30 minutes done and Celtic hanging on to this 1-0 lead.

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    Roger Bennett: Braga corner....

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    Roger Bennett: RvP next to threaten. Rooney floats a ball forward. Great touch by RvP to create space, swivel and shoot just wide. United playing like an ABA basketballl team. This one will be a shoot out...

  •  

    [Comment from Ty]
    braga will give the game to united now, their confidence is crushed

  •  

    [Comment from Anthony]
    Just score 3 or 4 then you'll feel okay

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    2-0 is the hardest lead to protect. FACT.

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    Ravi Ubha: Iniesta fizzes a ball into the box from the left, free header for Bartra, flicked wide.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    I feel like it's always too early when you score against United

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: A promising Barcelona attack fizzles when Pedro's first touch is heavy.

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    [Comment from john]
    Hernandez scores, keeps starting 11 from being summarily executed by Ferguson at halftime

  •  

    [Comment from Will]
    Braga will be this year's FC Basel. Will knock out Manchester United.

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Maybe Braga scored TOO early. I've always loved that argument.

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    Itll be 3-2 United by the half

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    [Comment from AndrewG]
    Is Alan's first name Shearer?

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    Roger Bennett: RvP flattened. Kagawa reacts well. floats ball across the Hernandez. United back in... Hernandez it should be noted, did not celebrate. Simply grabbed ball and ran back to the center spot. United want to level this badly

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    Ravi Ubha: Hernandez gets one back for United. 1-2.

  •  

    [Comment from Crazy day]
    Good thing I got my bet in for a Braga win today!!

  •  

    [Comment from depressed red]
    has a hairdryer ever been used at 30 min into a game?

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Braga's Alan was formerly a member of Afrika Bambataa's Soulsonic Force.

  •  

    [Comment from Anthony]
    That's right y'all. i walked over to old Trafford and Sir Alex is putting me in!!

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    Roger Bennett: More like it... Hernandez with a flying header... 2-1

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Watching Barca. Their attacks look like mice trying to dart through a maze. Scott Brown's steely, surgical presence a Nou Camp nuisance.

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    [Comment from Sanchini]
    same old story for united... no scholes, no football

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    Roger Bennett: United unable to retain the ball in midfield. Braga pushing forward with menace at every opportunity. Their movement down the flanks is impressive and United will need to find a Plan B to counter this. A Sir Alex substitution may not be out of the question here

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    This is madness.

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    Ravi Ubha: Lampard injured. Went down with no one around him, so I've read...

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Hazard on for Lampard.... tactical?

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    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    I'm off to buy a lottery ticket. Today seems like the day for long odds.

  •  

    [Comment from United]
    ferdinand must be laughing his butt off

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    Ravi Ubha: Cluj 1-0 up on Gala.

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    [Comment from Anthony]
    I think I might be able to walk over to Old Trafford and play defense for this team...

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Truth is stranger than fiction. United down by 2 and Celtic up 1 on Barca.

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    [Comment from The Glazers]
    We do not really care...

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    That Jack Butland is not a very good defender for Manchester United.

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    Ravi Ubha: Messi's curled effort intended for the top corner to Forster's right goes over.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    I wonder if some of these teams heard you Ravi. Celtic & Braga have a point to prove.

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    [Comment from Crazy guy]
    Did I see that United are down 2-0???

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    Ravi Ubha: 2-0 Braga!!

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    Ravi Ubha: Messi wants a free kick and gets one after Brown blocks him off. 25 yards away, middle.

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    [Comment from Andrew D.]
    1-0 Bayern. Muller converts a Lahm penalty. Verrrrrry soft.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    There goes Celtics 1 goal I predicted. Come on Barca time to score 4

  •  

    [Comment from double d]
    Muller converts, Bayern 1-0

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    Ravi Ubha: Not with Levein in charge :)

  •  

    Roger Bennett: against Braga Chico?

  •  

    [Comment from Chico]
    Roger, how many games have United won this season after going behind?

  •  

    [Comment from Rahul Oak]
    Scotland are suddenly favorites for 2014.

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    Roger Bennett: 2-0 down. Alan does it again.

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    [Comment from Alan USA]
    There was a time when Macherano's move to centerback looked a brilliant one.

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    Ravi Ubha: As in, that trend will not last!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Uh...yes.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    SPL > EPL.

  •  

    [Comment from Kiko]
    and Scottish football is inferior to the English???

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie]
    Celtic - new best team in the world!

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    Roger Bennett: Samaras. a hero at Celtic, but when he played at Manchester City they called him "The Greek Tragedy."

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    [Comment from Czuch Norris]
    Dia del Upseto. Barca, United, Chelsea.

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    Ravi Ubha: Wow. Barca, Chelsea and United all behind.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryan]
    What the heck is going on today??? Is this a dream?

  •  

    [Comment from NYCToon]
    Samaras is a Greek God

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    Mascherano--looks like a caveman, plays like a caveman.

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    [Comment from Will]
    CELLLLLLLLLLTIICCCCCCCCCC!!!!!

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Shock lead for the Hoops!

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    [Comment from wilshire]
    First Notre Dame, now Celtic, Go IRISH! (and Scots)

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    [Comment from InfostradaLive via Twitter]
    The last time United conceded a CL goal at Old Trafford before 1:28 was in Oct 1997 v Juventus when Del Piero scored after 20 seconds. #MUFC

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    [Comment from Harry]
    What a surprise Mascherano makes another mistake

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    Ravi Ubha: Fabulous free kick from Mulgrew; Samaras header off Mascherano. His misery continues.

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    Roger Bennett: Curious part of a team's psychology -- like USA under Bob Bradley -- that they keep leaking early goals. United do not seem to light the touchpaper until they have gone 1-0 down this season.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Celtic doing a Faroe Islands. Love it.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    CELTICCCCCCC

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    [Comment from john]
    WTF -- Celtic?

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    CELTIC!!!!

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    [Comment from john]
    GOAL GOAL GOAL celtic

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    Ravi Ubha: 1-0 Hoops!

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    Ravi Ubha: OMG CELTIC GOAL!

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    Ravi Ubha: Free kick to Celtic.

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    [Comment from Chris]
    Wide open game in Donetsk. Chelsea certainly in this.

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    Ravi Ubha: Foster denied Bartra, not Messi.

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    Ravi Ubha: First save from Forster. Too easy for Barca to break in on the left and the cross finds Messi. His header is comfortably stopped by Fraser.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    RT @shibani_mufc: @JohnBrewinESPN yup and that's why Alex ferguson got knighted and has been United's manager for 25 years. And you're w ...

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    Roger Bennett: West Ham fans. Yes that is your old Hugo Viana looking like a world class ball player

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    [Comment from Gervinhos Forehead]
    Celtic...the new Chelsea

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    Ravi Xavi Xabi Ravi. So confusing.

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    Ravi Ubha: Not sure what I mean anymore!

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    Ravi do you mean ravi?

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    Ravi Ubha: Slow build up from Barca; Celtic with eight men behind the ball.

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    Ravi Ubha: Well, I can tell you that both Chelsea and United are losing...

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    [Comment from zaphod]
    just got home after work, prediction time: which game will be most fun to watch??

  •  

    [Comment from United fan in Texas]
    I just voted! Where's my sticker?

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes of course. Getting my Xabi and Xavis all confused.

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    [Comment from Stephen]
    Ravi, do you mean Xavi?

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  •  

    Roger Bennett: United have been so sloppy early on in games that the shock of them conceding early has receded almost entirely Going to be interesting watching Kagawa and Chicharito in particular as they scurry to right the ship.

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    [Comment from Harry]
    Xavi* Ravi

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    [Comment from Gervinhos Forehead]
    i'm not a fan of Ukraine

  •  

    [Comment from Um, Christian?]
    Metaphysical angst is what makes soccer fans who they are. Why so amazed?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Xabi tries to release Pedro who was in acres of space but too much weight on the pass. Yes, too much weight from Xabi.

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    Roger Bennett: Shakhtar's goal. A delight for Ukrainian soccer fans or John Terry haters:
    http://www.101greatgoals.com/gvideos/alex-teixeira-shakhtar-donetsk-v-chelsea/

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Just logged on to that chat, and am amazed at the metaphysical angst expressed by the commentary already

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Chels

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    On a scale from 1 to Chelsea how are Celtic doing so far?

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    chelsea should be more worried as they are facing a more difficult opponent

  •  

    Roger Bennett: That was not too sloppy... Michel cutting in from the right, firing wide. Not the best decision, but Braga show first sign that they will not sit back...

  •  

    [Comment from Keller]
    Gotta play 90 minutes, guys.

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    [Comment from Mike R.]
    Might see some of those ultra-dangerous two goal leads coming...

  •  

    [Comment from Gervinhos Forehead]
    United with De Gea in the goal... 2 is coming

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Jordi Alba flies into the box, great cross, cleared.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @Kristian_Walsh Excellent.

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    Ravi Ubha: Me thinks Chelsea Rog.

  •  

    [Comment from Kristian_Walsh via Twitter]
    Nearly there, Celtic.

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    Ravi Ubha: He hasn't had to make a save yet.
    That will soon change.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Who should be more worried? United or Chelsea?

  •  

    [Comment from NYCToon]
    How is Frasier Forster doing in goal for Celtic?

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Defense wins championships. Chelsea of all teams should know that.

  •  

    [Comment from Dan]
    Um.. I'm no Chelsea fan.. but they're the holders of the Champiosn League.

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    [Comment from United]
    What happened to the team that went like 15 games without conceding?

  •  

    [Comment from MUfan]
    Foolish Braga! They just fell for a classic blunder!

  •  

    [Comment from DavidWalshST via Twitter]
    Miguel Indurain's public expression of belief in Armstrong tells us more about the Spaniard than the American. Read his words and despair.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hey it's still early. Remember, there's such a thing as scoring too early.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Remind me again why Chelsea are one of the top 4 teams?

  •  

    [Comment from UtdFan]
    We've got Braga right where we want them.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Love sarcasm.

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    [Comment from john]
    So solid start for the English clubs

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    Roger Bennett: Premier League. World's Greatest

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    Ravi Ubha: Alex Teixeira for Shakhtar.

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    [Comment from Jamie]
    My my how Brazilian of him...

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    What about that Shakhtar goal? Chelsea's defending was comical.

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    Ravi Ubha: Barca corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Like Madonna, one word.

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    Ravi Ubha: Alan got the goal for Braga.

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    @MirrorFootball Tres good.

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    [Comment from john]
    Oh great, Braga can try to park the bus early now.

  •  

    [Comment from john]
    DeGea is the Jay Cutler of International Soccer, great pouty face.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    Rio must be laughing

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    underdogs always start fast now let's see if it holds up.

  •  

    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    8th time in last 12 games United have gone behind. All going to plan then

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Don't play a proper centre-back, concede a goal to a crossed ball. Football is a simple game. #mufc

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    What happened to United !!!

  •  

    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Ah yes...the Boot Room...good to be back boys

  •  

    [Comment from mela]
    Wow. That's a brutal start for ManU

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Celtic opened up like a tin of sardines. Alexis the cat unable to feast, sadly.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: 1-0 Braga. Exactly where United like to be...

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    There's that marvelous back line in action.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: There it is...

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    Ravi Ubha: Should have done better.

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    Ravi Ubha: Alexis the beneficiary of a great through ball from who else, Messi. Diagonal run, his right-footed shot wide.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: De Gea in full Stray Cat Strut mode tonight. Is there a greater quiff in footbal?

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    Ravi Ubha: Almost 1-0...

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    Ravi Ubha: Mascherano picking up where he left off from Saturday: Bad giveaway in the center of the pitch. Nothing comes of it.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Counter Counter Counter

  •  

    [Comment from Pral]
    Any prediction on how Bartra will perform?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: United have leaked the first goal in 7 of last 11 games... beware the Braga counter attack?

  •  

    [Comment from double d]
    in case you didn't know, the announcers are keen to remind you that Lille got rid of Ribery when he was 16.

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    Ravi Ubha: We're off!

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    @melissah528 I say CUT IT. Try something new. Better. Heartless!

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Oscar (of Chelsea) is the singer behind the anthem. Fact

  •  

    [Comment from RandomRandom]
    #UCL Anthem, I am , bring in something like the euro 2008 theme

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    No James!!! The anthem is Awesome!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    No offering of sacrifice from Celtic to give to Xavi?

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    Roger Bennett: Brilliant

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    I thought it was a Heineken jingle?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I presume you mean Sturridge. His stock has fallen big time...

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @MattSavage7 would do the job.

  •  

    [Comment from Mike]
    What does Studge have to do to get some minutes?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I love it. So intimate (Braga's stadium, not the anthem)

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Is anyone else sick of this #UCL anthem?

  •  

    [Comment from Steve]
    the stadium at Braga is truly incredible. It's just so unique

  •  

    [Comment from Chris]
    Over-Under 3 / the amount of times messi tell pedro to stop shooting

  •  

    [Comment from MikeC]
    Valdes is thee most overrated goalkeeper in the world in my opinion. Regularly lets in questionable goals, you can't put your trust in him as a keeper in my opinion.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: It never hurts to dream ... to an extent!

  •  

    [Comment from christian ramirez]
    i want to play for barca after Concordia...can I?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Has anyone been to Braga? help us paint the scene...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Anthem just done.

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Samaras = Celtic's very own Geico caveman.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: John. Interesting point. Others would see it as Glass half empty or half empty.

  •  

    [Comment from john]
    I'd rather be the Arsenal of Portugal than the Blackburn of Greece (come to think of it Greece is currently the Blackburn of Greece)

  •  

    [Comment from Harrison]
    Good matches tomorrow too... Real v. Borussia Dortmund might leave everyone in that group in the dust...

  •  

    [Comment from Jamie]
    *insert random footy comment*

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Thank Pog. All credit to Landon. Unflinching in his honesty

  •  

    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Question: if you are on the bench do you take caffeine tablets? Or just swig glucose-based drinks?

  •  

    [Comment from Pog]
    Rog, totally OT, but really nice piece on Donovan. Unusual to see that kind of honesty from an athlete.

  •  

    [Comment from ManU fan in Texas]
    How long until De Gea goes to Barca and replaces Valdes?

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    Juve will go top based on GD

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ramires, Mikel, Lampard.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Going to be interesting watching De Gea this evening... reports of homesickness may be exaggerated but still unsettling for a player who is yet to grow to full confidence.

  •  

    [Comment from Anand]
    Surprising to find Hazard on the bench and both ramires and Lampard playing.Who will be the central MF.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    well someone has to win the SPL and it can't be Gers.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: After his 2 and 1 Saturday, you'd like his chances.

  •  

    [Comment from Mhat]
    Odds on Mata getting a goal or assist today?

  •  

    [Comment from DaGreenMonstah]
    Come on Celtic!!!

  •  

    [Comment from MA]
    barca needs a new goal keeper

  •  

    [Comment from Stephen]
    So Braga are always knocking at the door to success, but never come in?!

  •  

    [Comment from Will]
    'Mon the Hoops!!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: We'll find out, won't we?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Thanks Femi. I have been know to watch the occasional game of football you know...

  •  

    [Comment from Femi]
    Being known as the Arsenal of Portugal is not necessarily a good thing Roger

  •  

    [Comment from Brian Lara]
    How do you think Marc Bartra will do today?

  •  

    [Comment from Aditya]
    Messi will score a hat trick

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: There are much better keepers. Not sure if there are much bigger clubs.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    @Ravi: Keepers always get more criticism than other positions. Valdes is still a top keeper, and there's a reason Barca didn't move for another one.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest]
    valdes sucks

  •  

    [Comment from VoraM]
    A Chelsea tie could put that group in a three way tie...what are the chances?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Zagreb is by far the worst team.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ooh that's a bit harsh.

  •  

    [Comment from Steve]
    Barca might actually put 8 past Celtic. Probably the worst team in this competition.

  •  

    [Comment from Will]
    Celtic 2 Barca 2

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: After the last Match Day, who knows? If they can beat Bayern, what isn't possible?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: You know this is the official home of BATE worship dont you Justin.

  •  

    [Comment from Justin]
    Can BATE pull off the trifecta and be the unlikely team on 9 points after today?

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Not sure what bearing this has on the game, but Braga fans are known as "Arsenalistas" as their team are known as the Arsenal of Portugal...

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: You Da Man!

  •  

    [Comment from RvP]
    Hey, Ravi. I'm the reason for our insanely good record after giving up the first goal. I did the same thing last year at Arsenal. So, where is the love? Can a Dutchman get a little credit?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Maybe it's me, but I always feel he's got a mistake in him.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Valdes looked shaky on at least two goals on Saturday and yet people continue (note, continue) to defend him.

  •  

    [Comment from Aditya]
    how many goals will the Barca defense and Valdes in particular let in today?

  •  

    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Fraser Forster has to be the silliest, tongue-tying-est name in football.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty]
    Forza Juve!

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Chelsea fans need to calm down. They drew the only good team they've played, and at home.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yes, I think you're reading too much into it. United visits Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Fergie downplayed the issue - not doing the opposite - saying essentially it was a misunderstanding.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew C]
    Ravi, what do you and Rog make of the Ferdinand v. Fergie situation? I can't help but notice he's a sub today, but am I just reading too much into it?

  •  

    [Comment from Alex]
    5-3 to United in a repeat of the Stoke game but with more scoring!!

  •  

    [Comment from double d]
    3-1 Bayern

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Right now, yes. But will they be in four months?

  •  

    [Comment from lando4city]
    Ravi, no team has won two straight CL's. Granting it's very early, wouldn't you agree that Chelsea is one of the four best teams in the CL right now?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: New manager, new thoughts.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Have not seen enough of him. One swallow does not make a summer. One great goal does not impress Sir Alex... he seems cover at best right now.

  •  

    [Comment from DocHoliday]
    Di Matteo doesnt believe in Romeu huh? guess that was an all AVB thing...?

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle]
    What is your take on Buttner?

  •  

    [Comment from Mark]
    He might just break that record in the first half . It's Celtic.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    Messi can score 5

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Harrison, I got 1-1.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: That Champions League Hymn gets your blood pumping. If it does not... please see your doctor.

  •  

    [Comment from Harrison]
    Predictions on the Shaktar-Chlesea match?

  •  

    [Comment from Ko]
    Celtic will win this time...

  •  

    [Comment from Bryce]
    Celtic have a better chance of winning Europa league than beating Barca.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Yes, especially with Benfica slumping. No matter if Celtic loses, Celtic will be second in the group.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Hernandez going to be the man to watch. Sophomore slump after that nasty concussion then dropped behind Danny W in the line-up. Much to prove today. Going to be interesting to see if he can get himself on the end of some of RvP and Rooney's passing today...

  •  

    [Comment from Rugger]
    Any chance for Celtic to progress out of the group?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Grace, he needs four goals. So maybe not tonight.

  •  

    [Comment from Grace]
    Pele's scoring record for a year in jeopardy today???

  •  

    [Comment from Harrison]
    2-1 Barca

  •  

    [Comment from kicktothehead]
    Hi everyone. LOOOOOVE Champions League matchdays!!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Myrtle Beach Bawdeep CSC]
    Cmon the Hoops!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: That late goal was huge and could be the difference in qualification. Of course you guys can compete, and don't worry, you'll do the double over Ajax. Dortmund lost a big game over the weekend, to Schalke, in a massive derby game.

  •  

    Roger Bennett: Rav. Donetsk will always have a special place in my heart. I still have athletes foot from there.

  •  

    [Comment from sb]
    Okay, serious second question--I'm a City fan. Is Borussia really that much better than us (because they looked it) or can we compete in this group? To say I'm concerned would be an understatement! :)

  •  

    Roger Bennett: JT is painting the Boot Room this afternoon. Busy Lad

  •  

    [Comment from Dennis]
    Rog, Tell that slacker JT to work harder and not take so much vacation.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: You have fond memories of Donetsk, Rog?

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    Roger Bennett: Interesting test for Chelsea. A return to our EURO 2012 stomping ground of Donetsk. United game will be class. Who cares about defense? Sir Alex's line-up is all Treble and no Bass... either going to be 7-0 United or 1-0 Braga...

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    Ravi Ubha: 2-1; 3-0; 2-0. Rog?

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    [Comment from YanksAreComing]
    Predictions for Man Utd-Braga? Bayern-Lille? and Juve-Nords?

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    Ravi Ubha: Great -- then you can help me track all the scores! For entertainment, never look past Messi.

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    [Comment from travis]
    hey ravi due to the awesome power of the internet i can watch any and every game which will be the most entertaining?

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    Ravi Ubha: Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat, Hubschman, Fernandinho, Alex Teixeira, Mkhitaryan, Willian, Luiz Adriano. Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Stepanenko, Eduardo, Gai, Douglas Costa, Kryvtsov, Ilsinho.

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Hazard, Sturridge, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.

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    Roger Bennett: Jon Carter is doing the good one. This one will be sub-optimal

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    Ravi Ubha: Enjoy us both.

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    [Comment from Michael GFOP]
    Why are you and Jon Carter both doing live chats?

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    Ravi Ubha: Hey, Rog. How goes it?
    At least he's no Pascal Cygan.

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    Ravi Ubha: Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Carrick, Evans, Buttner, Kagawa, Fletcher, Cleverley, Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie. Subs: Johnstone, Ferdinand, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, Young, Welbeck.

    Braga: Beto, Leandro Salino, Nuno Andre, Paulo Vinicius, Elderson, Custodio, Hugo Viana, Ruben Amorim, Alan, Ruben Micael, Eder. Subs: Quim, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa, da Solva, Baiano, Ze Luis, Anibal.

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    Roger Bennett: Hey Rav... Carrick in the back? What could possibly go wrong now?

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    Ravi Ubha: He needs four to tie Pele.

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    [Comment from Grace]
    Will Messi break Pele's single year record of goals today?

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    Ravi Ubha: jobe, no chance, none at all.

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    [Comment from jobe]
    Ravi, ravi, Barca's back line is a mess and Lennon has this team hitting their stride. dont rule out a draw

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    [Comment from ChrisNYC]
    Celtic will fight hard tonight but fall short 4-2

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    [Comment from CityFan]
    5-2 so you're not far off.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    4-1 Barca.

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    [Comment from Grace]
    5-1 BARCA

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    [Comment from CityFan]
    Can we trade places with Zenit? Or with... anyone? God, I hate our group.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, it will be more balanced. But watching Barca is never boring.

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    [Comment from Harrison]
    Am I the only person who thinks Shaktar Donetsk v. Chelsea is more interesting?

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Which game should the neutral watch? Barca v Celtic sounds one-sided and boring.

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    [Comment from ChrisNYC]
    Simply put...can Celtic pull a Rubin Kazan tonight?

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    Ravi Ubha: Good question. No Pique and Puyol again, and no Alves, either. But how much will Celtic get the ball? I suspect Mascherano will have an easier time today than on Saturday in the 5-4 win over Depor.

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    [Comment from Grace]
    How do you think Barcelona's D will fare today?

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    Ravi Ubha: Other big games tonight, of which we'll keep an eye: Shakhtar, undefeated in more than 30 games, vs. Chelsea; and United facing Braga. John Terry starting and of course is the captain.

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    Ravi Ubha: That question made my head explode!

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    [Comment from sb]
    Hey, Ravi! Two questions--if the UEFA national anthem is played going into commerical and coming out of commercial, isn't there some kind of medical danger there? Like our collective heads exploding from hearing the same refrain over and over? Serious question.

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    Ravi Ubha: Not always. Russian teams habitually play home games earlier than the usual -- due to time zone.

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    [Comment from Daniel]
    Out of curiosity, why is there always the single early game?

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    Ravi Ubha: Teams:
    Barcelona: Valdes, Adriano, Bartra, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Song, Iniesta, Sanchez, Messi, Pedro. Subs: Pinto, Fabregas, Villa, Jonathan, Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Tello.

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Samaras, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Mulgrew, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Miku, Commons, Rogne, Kayal, Forrest.

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    Ravi Ubha: Celtic has won 1 in 6 against Barca but did knock out Barca in the UEFA Cup in 2004.

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    Ravi Ubha: No, you're right on time.

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    [Comment from Ko]
    Am I too early?

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    [Comment from Grace]
    Can't wait for La Champions!!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: You guys?

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    Ravi Ubha: Hmmm, none at all.
    I'm going 6-2 Barca.

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    [Comment from Spencer]
    Any chance for Celtic tonight?

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    [Comment from Guest]
    What are Celtic's chances today to come away with a win or draw?

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    Ravi Ubha: No, sorry...:) But you must be looking forward to the derby this weekend.

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    [Comment from depressed red]
    since jt isn't here, will you be able to soothe my LFC concerns?

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    Ravi Ubha: One game is already done: Spartak held on to beat Benfica 2-1 in Moscow. Spartak spent the final 20 minutes in their own half.

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    Ravi Ubha: Seven games this afternoon, and the one we're focusing on is Barcelona-Celtic.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hello, everyone, and welcome to Match Day 3 in the Champions League. We're sure to have some fun tonight!

 
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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Barcelona

  • 28(10)

  • 24

  • 10

  • 82%

    18%

  • Celtic

  • 6(1)

  • 21

  • 11

Barcelona

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Victor Valdés

D

14 Javier Mascherano

D

15 Marc Bartra

D

18 Jordi Alba

D

21 Adriano

M

6 Xavi

M

8 Andrés Iniesta

M

25 Alex Song

F

9 Alexis Sánchez
F
7 David Villa

F

10 Lionel Messi

F

17 Pedro
F
37 Cristian Tello
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 13 José Manuel Pinto
D 19 Martin Montoya
M 4 Cesc Fábregas
M 12 Jonathan Dos santos
M 28 Sergi Roberto
F 7 David Villa
F 37 Cristian Tello

Celtic

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Fraser Forster

D

3 Emilio Izaguirre

D

4 Efe Ambrose

D

6 Kelvin Wilson

D

23 Mikael Lustig

M

8 Scott Brown
M
15 Kris Commons

M

16 Joe Ledley

M

21 Charlie Mulgrew
M
33 Baram Kayal

M

67 Victor Wanyama

F

9 Georgios Samaras
M
49 James Forrest

F

88 Gary Hooper
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 24 Lukasz Zaluska
D 2 Adam Matthews
D 25 Thomas Rogne
M 15 Kris Commons
M 33 Baram Kayal
M 49 James Forrest
F 7 Miku

Match Stats

  • Barcelona
  • Celtic
28(10) Shots (on goal) 6(1)
10 Fouls 11
15 Corner kicks 1
1 Offsides 1
82% Time of Possession 18%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 8