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Fernando Torres, Grafite and Jovetic on display
by Paul Kennedy, September 29th, 2009 7AM
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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] The 2009-10 UEFA Champions League moves into Day 2 of the group stage on Tuesday. Clashes between the top teams from England, Germany and Italy highlight Day 2.

THREE GAMES TO WATCH:
Fiorentina-Liverpool (Tuesday). Liverpool and Fiorentina have been studies in contrast in league play. The Reds have been winning with offense -- an EPL-high 22 goals in seven games -- while the Violets' defense has carried them -- only four goals allowed in six matches.

The star for Liverpool has been Spaniard Fernando Torres, whose hat trick against Hull City on Saturday gave him eight goals in seven EPL games. Fiorentina will be without suspended center forward Alberto Gilardino, but 19-year-old Montenegrin Stevan Jovetic has been outstanding so far with three Serie A goals and a goal in Champions League qualifying.

Manchester United-Wolfsburg (Wednesday). Both teams opened with wins in Group B. Grafite had a hat trick against Wolfsburg, but it was not good enough for Brazil national team coach Dunga. The burly striker did not earn a call-up for Brazil's last two World Cup qualifiers.

United has not lost at Old Trafford in the Champions League in more than four years, but Grafite is optimistic about the German champions' chances of getting a result. "This is a team that has grown together, has had difficulties together but is going through a marvelous period together," he said. "There is a brotherhood together on the field and in the locker room."

Bayern Munich-Juventus (Wednesday). Both teams are coming off bad results over the weekend. Bayern lost at Hamburg, 1-0, and dropped into seventh place in the Bundesliga. Juventus had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Bologna, giving up the tying goal in stoppage time and falling into second place in Serie A behind surprise Sampdoria.

Question marks surround key summer signings on both teams. Mario Gomez was benched for the Hamburg game after complaining about being substituted in Bayern's previous game. Diego missed Juve's opening Champions League game, a 1-1 tie with Bordeaux, with an injury and was below form against Bologna, his first game back.

DAY 1 RESULTS

Key: FSC=Fox Sports Channel; FSE=Fox Sports en Espanol; FSN = Fox Sports Net; SSU=Setanta Sports USA.

DAY 2 SCHEDULE
Tuesday
Group E
(2:45 pm ET) Fiorentina vs. Liverpool, SSU, live, 2:40 pm ET; FSC, delay, 5 pm ET; FSE, delay, 7 pm ET.
(2:45 pm ET) Debrecen vs. Lyon
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Group F

(12:30 pm ET) Rubin Kazan vs. Inter Milan; FSE, delay, Wednesday, 12:30 am ET; FSC, delay, Wednesday, 11 am ET
(2:45 pm ET) Barcelona vs. Dynamo Kiev, FSE, live, 2:30 pm ET; SSU, delay, 4:45 pm ET; FSC, delay, Wednesday, 2 am ET
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Group G
(2:45 pm ET) Rangers vs. Sevilla, FSC, live, 2:30 pm ET; SSU, delay, 6:30 pm ET; FSE, delay, Wednesday, 12:30 pm ET
(2:45 pm ET) Unirea Urziceni vs. VfB Stuttgart
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Group H
(2:45 pm ET) Arsenal vs. Olympiakos, FSN, live, 2:30 pm ET; FSC, delay, 10 pm ET; FSE, delay, 5 pm ET.
(2:45 pm ET) AZ vs. Standard Liege

Wednesday
Group A
(2:45 pm ET) Bayern Munich vs. Juventus, FSE, delay, Thursday, 12:30 am ET; FSC, delay, Thursday, 11 am ET.
(2:45 pm ET) Bordeaux vs. Maccabi Haifa
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Group B
(12:30 pm ET) CSKA Moscow vs. Besiktas
(2:45 pm ET) Man. United vs. Wolfsburg, FSC, live, 2:30 pm ET; FSE, delay, 5 pm ET; SSU, delay, 5 pm ET
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Group C
(2:45 pm ET) Real Madrid vs. Marseille, FSE, live, 2:30 pm ET; FSC, delay, 5 pm ET; SSU, delay, 6:45 pm ET
(2:45 pm ET) AC Milan vs. FC Zurich
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Group D
(2:45 pm ET) APOEL vs. Chelsea, SSU, live, 2:30 pm ET; FSE, delay, Thursday, 11 am ET; FSC, delay, Thursday, 5 pm ET.
(2:45 pm ET) Porto vs. Atletico Madrid, FSC, delay, Thursday, 2 am ET; , FSE, delay, Thursday, 1 pm ET.

 



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