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UEFA Champions League: Bayern upset, other favorites victorious

BATE Borisov pulled off a stellar upset of Bayern Munich on Tuesday. In other action, all of Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona won while Juventus drew Shakhtar.

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BATE stun Bayern in 3-1 victory

BATE Borisov earned a spectacular 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich, shutting down the visitors for most of the game.


Braga recover with impressive road win

Goals from Ruben Micael and Alan helped Braga secure three key away points over Galatasaray.


Blues put away Nordsjaelland with late goal flurry

A late flurry of goals allowed Chelsea to pull away for a 4-0 victory over a valiant FC Nordsjaelland side


United hold on for win against Cluj

Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and David de Gea were impeccable as Manchester United barely fought off an impressive and feisty Cluj side.


Injury, red card put damper on Barca victory

Barcelona won the match but have probably lost captain Carles Puyol again for an extended period after the defender appeared to suffer a serious arm injury.


Carles Puyol suffers a horrific arm injury

Barcelona's captain Carles Puyol, just back from a knee injury, appears to have suffered a dislocated shoulder or broken arm in the second half of his team's Champions League match against Benfica.


Barca lead Benfica thanks to Alexis

Barcelona leads 1-0 at halftime in Portgual thanks to a excellent play from Lionel Messi that setup Alexis Sánchez for an easy tap-in.

Barcelona did what the always do at the start of a match, control the ball. For six minutes they passed it around and yet Benfica had the best chance after a rare giveaway allowed the Portuguese side to break and force a somewhat lucky save from Victor Valdés. Then Barca scored...of course.

After some clever passing, Lionel Messi made a break right on the right edge of the box and sent a low cross that Alexis Sánchez redirected in to the goal from about 2 yards out. It was classic Barcelona, quick passing that picked apart the Benfica defense ending with a through ball to Messi who makes a great play. Making the incredibly difficult look so easy, such genius.

When Benfica was able to get forward, they looked dangerous forcing a couple great saves from Valdés. Of course the problem was, they couldn't get enough of the ball.

It could have been worse for the home side if not for goalkeeper Artur who made a fantastic fingertip save on a shot from Messi, forcing the ball just wide of the post. Alexis also had a great chance minutes later, but sent his shot high over the crossbar.

Fun halftime trivia for you, Alexis' goal was the first one ever scored by a Barcelona palyer at Benfica's Estadio da Luz.


Juventus, Shakhtar level at halftime

Champions League football is back in Turin, although the tenants of Juventus Stadium have yet to really hit top form. The Serie A title holders have been matched throughout the first half, which finished 1-1, by Shakhtar Donetsk, who are playing some brilliant football and could easily be winning. Indeed, Juve should probably be down to ten men.

Juventus had been having trouble with Willian all evening, and Stephan Lichtsteiner decided to take matters into his own hands by hauling the Brazilian down in the six-yard box as he tried to get on the end of a cross. It was a blatant penalty and a clear red card, but nothing was given, much to the horror of Shakhtar's dismayed players.

Fortunately for Shakhtar, they got the lead they deserved thanks to Willian, who wandered straight through the Juve defence and then for Alex Teixeira after getting a shot blocked. The midfielder did his job superbly, blasting straight past Gianluigi Buffon to make it 1-0.

But then Juventus came storming back. A blocked Alessandro Matri shot led to a corner, and it was one straight from the training ground. Leonardo Bonucci pulled back, was fed with a simple pass, and his shot nearly decapitated Razvan Rat on the line. 'A headless rat' is probably a good way of describing Shakhtar's defence on that one.

That was all the scoring in the first half, but there was more fun to be had. It's been a thoroughly entertaining clash of styles, with considered, studious work from Juventus contrasting thoroughly with the buzzing orange shirts of their guests. Shakhtar are unlucky to be level here, so we'll see what happens in the second half.


Galatasaray vs. Braga: Lineups

Braga have made two changes from the team that lost to Cluj on the first matchday, leaving Nuno Andre and Marcio Mossoro out of their team. Galatasaray are dealing with some injury and illness issues, but left winger Albert Riera has surprisingly gotten fit enough to start the match. Gala's fitness issues hardly affect them at striker, where they still have Burak Yilmaz and Umut Bulut able to go up top.

Galatasaray starting lineup (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Dany Nounkeu, Semin Kaya, Selcuk Inan, Emmanuel Eboue; Albert Riera, Felipe Melo, Emre Colak, Nordin Amrabat; Burak Yilmaz, Umut Bulut

Sporting Braga starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Beto; Ismaily, Paulo Vinicius, Douglao, Leandro Salino; Hugo Viana, Custodio; Ruben Micael, Ruben Amorim, Alan, Eder

Kickoff is at 8:45 p.m. local time, 2:45 p.m. ET from Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul. You can catch the game on DirecTV Soccer in the U.S., Sky Sports red button in the U.K., and Sportsnet World Plus in Canada.


BATE vs. Bayern: Lineups

BATE have one small surprise in their lineup, as they've left Renan Bressan out. He's been one of their stars during their recent rise to prominence, but he also sat out their 3-1 win against Lille. He's replaced by Aleksandr Hleb, who was rested over the weekend. Bayern Munich's lineup features one minor surprise as well, with Javi Martinez coming into the team for Bastian Schweinsteiger.

BATE Borisov starting lineup (4-3-2-1): Andrey Gorbunov; Maksim Bordachyov, Egor Filipenko, Marko Simić, Denis Polyakov; Aleksandr Volodko, Dmitri Likhtarovich, Edgar Olekhnovich; Aleksandr Hleb, Aleksandr Pavlov; Vitali Rodionov

Bayern Munich starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Holger Badstuber, Dante, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm; Javi Martínez, Luiz Gustavo; Franck Ribéry, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller; Mario Mandžukić

Kickoff is at 8:45 p.m. local time, 2:45 p.m. ET from Dynama Stadium. You can catch the game on DirecTV Soccer in the U.S., Sky Sports red button in the U.K. and Sportsnet World in Canada.


Benfica vs. Barcelona: Lineups

Barcelona will be looking to take control of their group with a win over Benfica. The Portuguese side drew on the first match day and will need to utilize home field advantage if they want to upset the Catalan giants.

Barcelona welcomes back Carles Puyol after their captain missed that past month with a knee injury. Jordi Alba remains at the left back spot despite Adriano being available. The familiar attacking trio of Pedro, Messi and Alexis will lead the way for the Blaugrana, with Fabregas and Xavi in support.

No surprises up front for Benfica as Lima gets the start with Óscar Cardozo out with an injury. The rest of the starters are normal first choice selections for Jorge Jesus.

Benfica (4-5-1): Artur Moreas; Maxi Pereira, Jardel, Ezequiel Garay, Lorenzo Melgarejo; Nemanja Matić, Enzo Pérez, Bruno César, Nicolás Gaitán, Eduardo Salvio; Lima.

Barcelona (4-3-3): Victor Valdés; Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano, Carles Puyol, Jordi Alba; Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregàs; Pedro, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez.


Valencia vs. Lille: Lineups

So, the big question is whether or not an Eden Hazard-less Lille OSC can do anything against Valencia at the Mestalla. Considering how dangerous Valencia are at home, I think I'm going to go with 'no' especially as Lille are missing a handful of good attacking players. About all that they can hope for is a scoreless draw, but with Roberto Soldado on the other side... yeah, that might not be too pretty.

Still, you'd have to think they can do better than their opening performance in this year's edition of the UEFA Champions League, where they were hammered at home by BATE Borisov.

Valencia starting lineup (4-4-1-1): Vicente Guaita; Aly Cissokho, Victor Ruiz, Carlos Delgado, Antonio Barragan; Andrés Guardado, Tino Costa, Fernando Gago, Sofiane Reghouli; Jonas; Roberto Soldado.

Lille starting lineup (4-3-3): Mickael Landreau; Franck Beria, Aurelien Chedjou, Marko Basa, Mathieu Debuchy; Benoit Pedretti, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Florent Balmont; Nolan Roux, Ryan Mendes, Dmitri Payet.


Cluj vs. Manchester United: Lineups

Manchester United are going with three forwards, while Cluj's lineup isn't completely obvious. All of Javier Hernández, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney start for the Red Devils. Their lineup should look like a 4-3-3, but don't be surprised if they look a bit narrow and Rooney ends up playing behind the other two. Cluj have replaced Luis Alberto with Matías Aguirregaray, who is usually a right wing back, but he could get pushed into the center for this match.

CFR Cluj starting lineup (4-4-1-1): Mário Felgueiras; László Sepsi, Ionuț Rada, Cadú, Ivo Pinto; Camora, Gabriel Mureșan, Matías Aguirregaray, Modou Sougou; Rafael Bastos; Pantelis Kapetanos

Manchester United starting lineup (4-3-3): David de Gea; Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Rafael; Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher; Robin van Persie, Javier Hernández, Wayne Rooney

Kickoff is at 7:45 p.m. local time, 2:45 p.m. ET from Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Stadium. You can catch the game on ITV1 in the U.K., FOX Soccer in the U.S. and Sportsnet World in Canada.


FC Nordsjaelland vs. Chelsea: Lineups

Chelsea will be looking to rebound from their disappointing 2-2 draw against Juventus two weeks ago. Unless they want to put themselves in a deep hole as they attempt to defend their UCL title, three points is a must for the Blues.

Roberto di Matteo has put out a mostly first choice lineup in this key match for his side. John Terry and Eden Hazard will start on the bench, with Victor Moses getting his second ever start for Chelsea and his first in the Champions League. Aside from that, there are no real surprises in the lineup and should be more than enough, at least on paper, to get the full three points.

Nordsjaelland's lack of offensive oomph was obvious in their opening round loss to Shakhtar Donetsk and unfortunately for the Danish side, things don't get any easier against the Blues. USMNT defender Michael Parkhurst starts for the Wild Tigers, giving American fans a rooting interest, unless they're already Chelsea fans.

FC Nordsjaelland (4-4-2): Jesper Hansen; Jores Okore, Patrick Mtiliga, Michael Parkhurst, Ivan Runje; Enoch Adu, Nicolai Stokholm, Joshua John, Kasper Lorentzen; Mikkel Beckmann, Morten Nordstrand.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Peter Cech; Branislav Ivanović, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard; Oscar, Juan Mata, Victor Moses; Fernando Torres.


Celtic stun Spartak at Luzhniki

Celtic grabbed a stunning result at the Luzhniki on Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over Spartak Moscow.


Juventus vs. Shakhtar Donetsk: Lineups

Turin hasn't seen Champions League football in far too long, but now Juventus Stadium welcomes back Europe's premier competition. Having managed to snatch an away draw at the home of the defending champions, Juve are on a high, but to maintain that they'll need to beat Group E leaders Shakhtar Donetsk. With the dangerous Henrikh Mkhitaryan pulling the strings in midfield, Juve are going to have to be at their best to earn all three points here.

Fortunately for the Serie A leaders (and Scudetto holders), they've been at their best quite a lot recently, manager or no. Unless something major happens, they should be fine.

Juventus starting lineup (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Georgio Chielleni; Kwadwo Asamoah, Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Mirko Vucunic, Alessandro Matri.

Shakhtar Donetsk starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Andriy Pyatov; Razvan Rat, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Olexandr Kucher, Darijo Srna; Fernandinho, Tomás Hubschman; Alex Teixeira, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian; Luiz Adriano.


Spartak Moscow vs. Celtic: Lineups

Spartak has been forced to make several major lineup changes due to injury


Can Juventus lead Italy's European Renaissance?

Juventus could be in a position to lead a new era of Italian competitiveness in Europe, but they will need more than a good squad to do it.


Braga need result in Istanbul

Is it sexy? No. Is it important? Yes. Braga and Galatasaray are fighting for a place in the knockout stages.


BATE look to prove knockout stage contender status

If BATE Borisov can hold their own against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, they'll establish themselves as a legitimate contender for a knockout stage place.


Chelsea need 3 points at Nordsjaelland

Chelsea was stunned in a 2-2 draw with Juventus, but they should have no problem getting all three points against Nordsjaelland.


McGeady leads injury-ravaged Spartak vs. Celtic

Aidan McGeady faces his old club Tuesday, and his new club will need him. Spartak Moscow have been ravaged by injuries ahead of their match against Celtic.


Juventus hope to retain Group E advantage

Juventus have the edge in Group E thanks to their come from behind draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. In order to keep it they'll have to deal with Shakhtar Donetsk in Turin, a much more difficult task than it appears.


Valencia look to kill off Lille

Lille need points at the Mestella. Lille lost (badly) at home to BATE Borisov. Who sees this one going well?


United all but in if they defeat Cluj

United can put one foot in the knockout stage with an away win against Cluj


Barcelona fighting off Benfica upset bid

Barcelona will look to take a firm grip on Group G with a win over Benfica


Henrikh Mkhitaryan is about to become a star

Tuesday marks a massive step up in competition for Shakhtar Donetsk and Henrik Mkhitaryan. Expect them to be ready, and expect Mkhitaryan to perform.

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