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Wednesday Champions League Open Thread

Arsenal's visit to Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona v. Milan highlight the Wednesday slate of Champions League action.

Lars Baron

One of the day's matches is already in the books, as a goal from Hulk against his former team canceled out a first-half Lucho strike to leave the points shared in St. Petersburg. That leaves the two sides separated by a point still, with Zenit four points off leaders Atletico--who face Austria Wien at home today--and Porto five back in Group G. Chelsea and Schalke's clash at Stamford Bridge is the main even in Group E; the sides are level on points and two clear of Basel, who host Steaua Bucuresti in the group's other match.

The evening's marquee matchups take place in Group F and Group H, with Arsenal's visit to Dortmund in the former and Barcelona hosting second-place Milan in the latter. Dortmund have to be favorites despite Arsenal's excellent form, and a win for either side would see them go top, likely along with a Napoli side that host winless Marseille. And for all their troubles in Serie A, Milan have a chance to keep hold on the second spot--or go top--with a result in Barcelona. Celtic face Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena in Group H's other match, and depending on the result and the Camp Nou they could finish the day in second.

Selected viewing options:

Barcelona v. AC Milan: Fox Sports 1 (US), ITV (UK)
Borussia Dortmund v. Arsenal: Fox Sports 2 (US), Sky Sports 1 (UK)
Chelsea v. Schalke: Sky Sports 2 (UK)

All matches start at the customary 7:45 GMT/2:45 EST kickoff, so check your local listings for other ways to watch and please feel free to share any legal viewing options that you should come across. Links to illegal streams will be removed and be accompanied by a warning, and repeat offenders will be banned and forced to communicate in text-speak only.


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