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April 17/18: What to watch/go

TUESDAY, APRIL 17

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Real Madrid (Spain) at Bayern Munich (Germany)

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

A must-see matchup of global giants begins Europe's semifinals, with Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo gets most of the attention, but how about that Mesut Özil?) favored in the series but not the opener. Bayern has superior talent, too (the likes of Mario Gomez and Franck Ribery, to name two). Replays: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.; FSC, 5 and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Guadalajara (Mexico) at Deportivo Quito (Ecuador)

Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Chivas is the only last-place team that still has a shot to make the 16-team final bracket in South America's club championship, but they'll need nearly a miracle to get there. For starters, a victory by four or more goals in Quito is a must. And they need Velez Sarsfield, which is already through, not to lose to Defensor Sporting, which could advance with a win.

Also

Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) at Velez Sarsfield (Argentina), Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.

Universidad Catolica (Chile) at Bolivar (Bolivia), Fox Deportes, midnight

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Barcelona at Chelsea

FX and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Is anyone not anticipating a Barca-Real Madrid meeting in the May 19 title game in Munich? Besides fans of Chelsea and Bayern? Lionel Messi has been unstoppable for the Catalans, scoring 14 goals in this competition. Replays: Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES

Nacional (Paraguay) at Cruz Azul (Mexico)

Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

Mexico City's Cementeros have already booked passage to the knockout stage of South America's club championship, and Nacional is finished. So this Group 6 finale is merely a tune-up, although victory -- and an upset of first-place Brazil's Corinthians in the other game -- would give Cruz Azul the group title.

Also

Union Española (Chile) at Junior (Colombia), Fox Deportes, 4 a.m.

Zamora (Venezuela) at Boca Juniors (Argentina), Fox Deportes, 10 p.m.

Fluminense (Brazil) at Arsenal de Sarandi (Argentina), Fox Deportes, midnight

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Sporting Kansas City at Vancouver Whitecaps

MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.

Sporting is only the third team in MLS history to start 6-0-0, and it has conceded only one goal in doing so. Vancouver is coming off a bye week after giving up three goals in eight minutes following a 427-minute shutout streak to begin the season.

Also

Montreal Impact at D.C. United, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Santos Laguna (Mexico) at Monterrey (Mexico)

Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 7 p.m.

As much as fans around these parts would have loved to see the Galaxy in the regional club title series, this is the matchup we expected and perhaps hoped for. The defending champs are home in the first leg against the club that led the Mexican League until Saturday's loss to America.