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Juventus and Bayern put European future on the line
by Paul Kennedy, December 8th, 2009 6:45AM

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[GAME OF THE WEEK] Resurgent Bayern needs to win at Juventus on Tuesday or it will be eliminated from the UEFA Champions League (TV: Setanta Sports USA, 2:30 pm; Fox Soccer Channel, delay, 5 pm ET; Fox Soccer en Espanol, 7:30 pm ET).

"The Juventus game is incredibly important," Bayern coach Louis Van Gaal said. "It's a final. But I think we're in increasingly good shape."

Bayern has won its last three games, climbing to fourth place in the Bundesliga just four points off the lead, and could injured Dutchman Arjen Robben back from injury. Van Gaal will be without the injured Franck Ribery, however.

An early elimination from the Champions League would put more pressure on van Gaal, who could last a shorter time on the job than Juergen Klinsmann did last season.

Juve is coming off a big Serie A win over leader Inter Milan but is hurting. Defender Giorgio Chiellini is out with a calf injury, and fellow Italy national team player Gianluigi Buffon is doubtful in goal with a knee injury.

Nicola Legrottaglie will play alongside Fabio Cannavaro in the middle of the Juve defense.

"It's an authentic final," Juve coach Ciro Ferrara said. "A draw is enough for us but a big team must never think like that and I want to play to win."

Juve or Bayern will secure second place in Group A behind French champion Bordeaux.

One berth is up for grabs in Group B, where CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg are tied for second place with seven points. The top two spots remain undecided in Group C, though Real Madrid and AC Milan go into action Tuesday with the edge on Marseille.

Other berths are

PROBABLE LINEUPS:
Juventus: 1-Gianluigi Buffon or 13-Alexander Manninger; 2-Martin Caceres, 5-Fabio Cannavaro, 3-Giorgio Chiellini, 6-Fabio Grosso; 4-Felipe Melo, 22-Mohamed Sissoko, 8-Claudio Marchisio, 28-Diego; 10-Alessandro Del Piero, 11-Amauri.
Bayern Munich: 22-Hans-Joerg Butt; 28-Holger Badstuber, 5-Daniel van Buyten, 6-Martin Demichelis, 21-Philipp Lahm; 31-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 17-Mark van Bommel, 23-Danijel Pranjic, 10-Arjen Robben, 11-Ivica Olic, 33-Mario Gomez.
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

TUESDAY TELEVISION:
FOX SOCCER CHANNEL
WOLFSBURG-MAN. UNITED (live) 2:30 pm.
JUVENTUS-BAYERN MUNICH (delay) 5 pm.
MARSEILLE-REAL MADRID (delay) 7 pm.
FC ZURICH-AC MILAN (delay) 9 pm.

FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL
MARSEILLE-REAL MADRID (live) 2:30 pm.
FC ZURICH-AC MILAN (delay) 5 pm.
JUVENTUS-BAYERN MUNICH (delay) 7 pm.
WOLFSBURG-MANCHESTER UNITED (live) 9 pm.

FSN
MARSEILLE-REAL MADRID (live) 2:30 pm.

DIRECTV
FC ZURICH-AC MILAN (live) 2:30 pm.
CHELSEA-APOEL (live) 2:30 pm.

SETANTA SPORTS
JUVENTUS-BAYERN MUNICH (live) 2:30 pm.

 



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