Wednesday Champions League Open Thread

Ronaldo! Bale! EBOUE! - Burak Kara

You've got the day before Thanksgiving off work, you say? You plan to stay ass-to-couch and watch soccer until battling hordes at the store for Green Bean Casserole fixins? Well, come hang out on the Internets with us!

Yesterday's 2-0 Arsenal win over Marseille, combined with Dortmund's 3-1 dismantling of Napoli, set off the possibility of a three-way tie atop Group F and all sorts of horrible tiebreaking math. Today's matches will make the Round of 16 a little clearer, and will likely confirm what we're all figuring out -- winning the group gives Arsenal a considerably easier road through the Round of 16, but if we do reach the Final 8, it's pretty much a Real/Barca/Bayern OMG three-headed hydra. Feel free to speculate with us. Here's your match info:

Noon ET: Bayern Munich vs. CSKA Moscow, Fox Sports 2 (Unless something weird happens, Bayern and Man City will advance out of Group D.)

Noon ET: Olympiakos vs. PSG (Both in position to advance right now -- PSG's on 10 points, Olympiakos is on 7, and Benfica sits in third on 4 points.)

2:45 pm ET: Benfica vs. Anderlecht (Both are likely doomed.)

2:45 pm ET: Copenhagen vs. Juventus, Various Fox Regional Networks (The Danish team's on 4 points, the Old Lady's on 3, and yet both are in position to finish second in the group.)

2:45 pm ET: Galatasaray vs. Real Madrid, Fox Sports 2 (Galatasaray's second in the group right now, but everyone's miles behind Real.)

2:45 pm ET: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Man United, Fox Sports 1 (Your Group A leaders at the moment, but a Shaktar win today coupled with a tie in this match throws the group into question.)

2:45 pm ET: Real Sociedad vs. Shaktar Donetsk (Remember those two weeks this summer where we went nuts for Bernard and called him Nard Dog, only to see him disappear to the Ukraine? Remember Carlos Vela? El Tri fans are trying to forget him, amirite?)

2:45 pm ET: Viktoria Plzen vs. Manchester City (It might be Joe Hart between the sticks today, instead of Costel Lemon-Pants, as the Sky Blues prepare to thrash their Czech opponents.)

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