Thursday, March 15, 2012
March 15/16: What to watch, where to go THURSDAY, MARCH 15
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
Manchester United (England) at Athletic Bilbao (Spain)
GolTV, 11 a.m. United had Champions League aspirations when the season began, but that didn't work out so well, and now the Red Devils are on the verge of elimination in Europe's No. 2 club competition, after a 3-2 home loss in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.
Also Manchester City (England) at Sporting Clube (Portugal), GolTV, 1 p.m.
Olimpia (Paraguay) at Flamengo (Brazil)
Fox Deportes, 6 p.m. The top two teams after two games tangle in a tight Group 2 of South America's club championship.
Also Santos (Brazil) at Juan Aurich (Peru), Fox Deportes, 3:30 p.m.
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) at Pumas UNAM (Mexico)
Galavision, 7 p.m. Lester Blanco scored twice as the Salvadorans stunned the Mexico City giant in a quarterfinal first leg last week in Metapan. Second-leg success will be much more difficult.
FRIDAY, MARCH 16
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Fox Deportes, 7 a.m. The final eight -- Cypriots APOEL, Spain's Barcelona and Real Madrid, Italy's AC Milan, England's Chelsea, France's Olympique Marseille, Germany's Bayern Munich and Portugal's Benfica -- are placed into a bracket during festivities in Nyon, Switzerland. The aim is May 19 in Munich.
UEFA Europa League
Atletico Madrid (Spain) at Besiktas (Turkey), GolTV, 5 p.m.
MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Morelia at Estudiantes Tecos
Galavision, 7 p.m.
The Monarcas were slapped down by Monterrey in their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, but they're even on points with first-place Santos Laguna in the Clausura.
VfB Stuttgart at 1899 Hoffenheim, ESPN Deportes, 12:25 p.m.