UEFA Champions League Playoff Round, Second Legs: Benfica-Twente Tight, Rubin Hope To Overturn Result In Lyon

Anthony Reveillere of Lyon controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Real Madrid and Lyon at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Rubin-Lyon and Benfica-Twente highlight a great set of UEFA Champions League fixtures

And now, the big day. Tuesday's UEFA Champions League action was a little light on both big teams and major drama, but Wednesday's set of fixtures should have a little bit more of both. Arsenal vs. Udinese is the biggest game, and has its own dedicated space here at SB Nation. This is your home for the other four matches, including Rubin Kazan vs. Olympique Lyonnais and Benfica vs. FC Twente.

Rubin take on Lyon at 12 pm ET, while all other games start at 2:45 pm ET. All games can be seen on FoxSoccer.tv or DirecTV Soccer in the USA.

Champions Route

Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) vs. FC Copenhagen (Denmark)

First Leg: 3-1 Plzen

After Plzen scored a remarkable victory on the road in Denmark, it's going to be nearly impossible for Copenhagen to advance to the group stages. It's a disappointing way to go out, especially considering how good they were last season. Copenhagen need to win by three goals or win by two while scoring three or more away goals to advance or force extra time.

SK Sturm Graz (Austria) vs. BATE Borisov (Bulgaria)

First Leg: 1-1

Strum Graz have to be feeling like favorites to advance after getting a 1-1 road draw against group stage veterans BATE last week. Club football in Austria hasn't been particularly impressive in recent years, and the league could seriously do with the coefficient boost that Sturm Graz's participation in the Champions League would provide.

League Route

Rubin Kazan (Russia) vs. Olympique Lyonnais (France)

First Leg: 3-1 Lyon

Bafetimbi Gomis and company did well to come back from a 1-0 deficit to take the series advantage last week in Lyon, but Vladimir Dyadyun's early away goal gives Rubin a fighting chance to get back into the tie. Both teams are almost certainly among the 32 best in Europe at the moment, and it's a bit of a shame that one of them has to go out of the competition. 

Benfica (Portugal) vs. FC Twente (Netherlands)

First Leg: 2-2

Bryan Ruiz's 80th minute goal secured a vital draw last week for Twente, but they're still going to have trouble overturning their home result. A draw gives them a chance, but giving up two away goals to a team like Benfica will likely come back to haunt them. Benfica's record at the Estadio da Luz is excellent, and a win by Twente over such a talented Benfica team would be stunning.

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