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UEFA Champions League: Live Open Thread

The Champions League returns today with the first batch of games that will decide who will be advancing to the Quarter-finals. The two games on schedule are Arsenal FC vs AC Milan and Benfica vs Zenit St. Petersburg.

While the first game should merely be a formality, as Milan won the first leg, at San Siro, by the score of 4-0, the winner of the second pair is not yet so clear. Zenit were victorious in Russia, winning the game 3-2, which ensures them a slight advantage as even a draw is enough for them to advance. But Benfica, only need to win by the smallest of margins, unless Zenit score more than 2, then Benfica have score two more then their Russian opponents.

Both games start at the same time, at 20:45 CET.

Lineups after the jump. Enjoy the games.

Game 1:

Arsenal FC (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczęsny; Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen; Alex Song, Tomáš Rosický, Theo Walcott; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Robin van Persie, Gervinho

AC Milan (4-3-3): Christian Abbiati; Ignazio Abate, Philippe Mexès, Thiago Silva, Djamel Mesbah; Mark van Bommel, Antonio Nocerino, Urby Emanuelson; Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Stephan El Shaarawy

Game 2:

Benfica (4-3-3): Artur; Maxi Pereira, Luisão, Jardel, Emerson; Javi García, Axel Witsel, Nicolás Gaitán; Rodrigo, Óscar Cardozo, Bruno César

Zenit St. Petersburg (4-3-3): Vyacheslav Malafeev; Aleksandr Anyukov, Tomáš Hubočan, Nicolas Lombaerts, Domenico Criscito; Igor Denisov, Sergei Semak, Roman Shirokov; Vladimir Bystrov, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Konstantin Zyryanov

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