This Tuesday, September 28, a new week of UEFA Champions League and Europa League with the participation of some Colombian players. Between Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the second date in the group stage will be played in both championships and 15 ‘coffee growers’ could have action with their respective teams.
Among the most outstanding duels of the week are Milan – Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint Germain – Manchester City. However, there are striking duels that will possibly have a Colombian presence: Real Madrid against the surprising Sheriff, the surprise club from Moldova that beat Shakhtar with Danilo Arboleda and Frank Castañeda on court; Porto with Matheus Uribe and Luis Diaz will host Liverpool; and Luis Fernando Muriel could return to the convocation of the Atalanta who will face the Young Boys.
Likewise, another of the duels that will attract the attention of several fans will be that of the Juventus, that will surely have Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, which will face the current champion, Chelsea; Witches, with Éder Álvarez Balanta will visit RB Leipzig Chelsea; and Zenit de San Petersburgo, with Wilmar Barrios in the middle, face Malmö.
It is important to note that Sheriff Tiraspol It will play the most important match in its 24-year history since its inception this Tuesday. The team belonging to the Moldovan League will face Real Madrid, as a visitor, at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
In the yellow team will be present the Colombians Arboleda and Castañeda, who traveled with the team and have many options to be initialists against the meringues. Both players are coming off their debut debut with a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
In the Moldavian League they have also stood out where each one has played six games out of eleven that leads the championship. The Wasps are in the third box of the standings with 19 points, but they have three games to play.
It will be the first time that Sheriff faces one of the biggest clubs in the world. In previous editions and fighting in previous phases of the Champions League, it was measured against well-known European teams but that are not so important in continental competitions.
Porto It will be another of the teams that will have a rather difficult commitment, as it will play one of the most important matches of the second half of the year. With Luis Díaz and Matheus Uribe, he will host Liverpool for the second round of Group B of the UEFA Champions League.
The Portuguese team, champion of the tournament twice (1986/1987, 2003/2004), reached this commitment motivated by the good results of the last matches. For the League it comes from getting a 2-1 away win against Gil Vicente and a 5-0 win against Moreirense.
He is second in the championship with 17 points and undefeated behind leader Benfica. He comes from getting a valuable point against Atlético in Madrid for his debut in the continental tournament.
The Colombians are summoned and are outlined in the headline. Both have had the best start to the season and that is why they have not missed any of the League and Champions matches.
The Antioquia midfielder has played eight games, seven of them as a starter and has scored a goal. For his part, the Guajiro striker has also been present in eight games, in all of them as a first baseman and has converted five annotations.
It will be his first meeting against Liverpool and his third against an English club. They faced Manchester City in the group stage of the 2020/21 edition with a 1-3 defeat in the first leg played at the Etihad Stadium and drew 0-0 in the second leg played in the city of Porto. Then they were present in the semifinals against Chelsea, a key that culminated in a victory for each team.
In the confrontations against the English clubs, the great goal that Luis Díaz scored against Guardiola’s team as a visitor is still remembered.
Days and times of the Colombian matches in the Champions League:
2:00 pm Real Madrid vs Sheriff (Danilo Arboleda and Frank Castañeda)
2:00 pm Porto vs Liverpool (Matheus Uribe and Luis Díaz)
2:00 pm Leipzig vs Brujas (Éder Álvarez Balanta)
11:45 am Atalanta vs Young Boys (Luis Muriel and Duván Zapata)
11:45 am Zenit vs Malmö (Wilmar Barrios)
2:00 pm Juventus vs Chelsea (Juan Guillermo Cuadrado)
In the second most important tournament in Europe at club level, six Colombians are expected to perform. Initially, the title of David Ospina with Napoli is almost certain, since his outstanding performances have him with the least undefeated fence in Serie A.
For their part, Carlos Cuesta, John Lucumí and Daniel Muñoz could be part of Genk from Belgium, a club that ranks third in the local league standings. Similarly, Alfredo Morelos with Rangers from Scotland and Rafael Santos Borré with Eintracht Frankfurt, could be first basemen in their respective games.
All matches will be played on Thursday
11:45 am Antwerp vs Eintracht Frankfurt (Rafael Santos Borré)
11:45 am Sparta Praga vs Rangers (Alfredo Morelos)
11:45 am Napoli vs Spartak Moscú (David Ospina)
2:00 pm Genk vs Dinamo Zagreb (Carlos Cuesta, John Lucumí and Daniel Muñoz)