UEFA Champions League 2012/13: first day is complete

Wednesday, September 19 2012 @ 07:24 am UTC

Today will close the 1st date of the group stage with some extraordinary games. Chelsea-Juventus, B. Munich-Valencia and Barcelona-Spartak among others. After the expected start the day yesterday, the start date of the group stage of the Champions League will be completed today with the first meetings of groups E, F, G and H. The event will feature some duels captive, including presentations of the last two finalists of the competition.

All the matches will start from 20:45 local time, 15:45 in Argentina (for the full schedule click here ).

Chelsea and Bayern have hard debuts
The group E will start with the debut of Chelsea, the reigning Champions League. The first meeting of the team led by Roberto Di Matteo will not be easy, because the opponent will be the Juventus team returns to competition after two painful years of absence.

Both teams started well in their domestic leagues (both Italian and English are at the top of the standings) and promise an exciting duel at Stamford Bridge .

For obvious reasons, the other group generates much less expectation. Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine to receive Danish football champion, the Nordsjślland, one of the three teams are making their first appearance in the Champions League.

The other big match of the day will be the protagonists of the group F Bayern Munich and Valencia. The Allianz Arena, the scene of the conquest of Chelsea, will be the stage at which the two teams that played the end of 2001 (Bayern won on penalties) will be measured as in the preview seems a great match.

While Bayern won their first three games of the Bundesliga and has mastered the positions, Valencia did not start in the best way the league , but comes from defeating Celtic 2-1. The other match of the group will be between BATE Borisov and Lille in France. Both teams seem doomed to fight for third place and the passage to the Europa League.

Premiering Barcelona in Group G
One of the top contenders for the title, Tito Vilanova, Barcelona, ​​makes his presentation getting to Spartak Moscow in the Camp Nou. The Russians come from the playoffs and will try to give an oiled rival opposition that comes from winning their first four games in the league and again looms as one of the favorites to stay with Orejona . The defeat in the Super Cup against Real Madrid and fell far short and Barca rival again that seems invincible. Already without Guardiola but Vilanova, the Blaugrana will look for a win against Spartak at the start of the long road to the title.

For the same group, a history of the competition but that has long left behind his best times, Celtic, Benfica receive. The Scots arrive from the play-offs and seeking access to at least the second round, while the Portuguese attempt to repeat the excellent performance last year (fell in the quarter-final against Chelsea).

The Manchester begins the path to redemption
He's not used the Manchester United of the failures, and last year's group stage elimination at the hands of Basel and the subsequent loss of the Premier League in the last game were hard shots to Alex Ferguson's team.

With this background, the United want revenge and the first step is to Galatasaray, a rival that seems several notches below the English. The Red Devils come from thrashing Wigan 4-0, while leading the league Glatasaray Turkey.

The other Group H will be between two teams that joined the group stage play-offs beating: Sporting Braga and Cluj in Romania and strikes in Portugal.

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