The UEFA Champions League continues with the third of six matchdays in the group stage and there are some teams already facing must-wins at the midway point.
Wednesday’s big games will see two giants needing home wins. After two losses to start, FC Barcelona is facing a must-win against Dynamo Kyiv. And Manchester United, which has been heavily criticized for its recent performances, will want to avoid any setbacks at home against group leader Atalanta.
Among Tuesday’s big results, many of the favorites won, but some struggled more than others. PSG had to come from behind to beat RB Leipzig, which is still without a point. It’s also not looking good for AC Milan, which is also stuck on zero points after a third straight loss at Porto. Liverpool came away with a controversial 3-2 win at Atletico Madrid, while Manchester City, Sporting CP, Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan all won big.
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Wednesday’s schedule includes two early kickoffs at 12:45 p.m. ET.
Champions League schedule: Group stage, Matchday 3
Home teams listed first
Tuesday, Oct. 19 (Matchday 3)
Wednesday. Oct. 20 (Matchday 3)
|Group||Matches||Time (ET)||TV channels||Stream|
|Group E||Barcelona vs. Dynamo Kyiv||12:45 p.m.||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group G||RB Salzburg vs. VfL Wolfsburg||12:45 p.m.||Galavision||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group E||Benfica vs. Bayern Munich||3 p.m.||—||Paramount+, PrendeTV|
|Group F||Young Boys vs. Villarreal||3 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group F||Manchester United vs. Atalanta||3 p.m.||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group G||LOSC Lille vs. Sevilla||3 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group H||Chelsea vs. Malmo FF||3 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group H||FC Zenit vs. Juventus||3 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount+|
How to watch the UEFA Champions League
The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League will be carried in the United States by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish) across a number of TV and streaming platforms.
- Dates: 29 matchdays from Sept. 2021-May 2022
- TV Channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select matches only)
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision, TUDNxtra (TUDNxtra available through select cable, satellite & streaming providers)
- Streaming (English): Paramount+
- Streaming (Spanish): fuboTV, PrendeTV, TUDN.tv, TUDN app (authenticated users)
CBS Sports will have live pregame, halftime and postgame studio shows (UEFA Champions League Today) which will air on CBS Sports Network and stream on Paramount+. Also back this year is the RedZone-like whiparound show called “The Golazo Show”, also on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+, with all the goals and best chances from the concurrent matches.
Univision will mirror that coverage with its own pregame show (Fútbol Central) and postgame show (Misión Europa). Its whip-around show is called “Zona Fútbol”.
Most every Champions League match is available to be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial to new subscribers. The streaming platform carries all the Univision family of channels: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision and TUDNxtra.
Univision will stream select matches on its free ad-supported platform PrendeTV available free of charge across mobile and connected TV devices, Amazon Fire TV, Apple (iOS and tvOS), Google (Android phones and TV devices), Roku, and via the web on Prende.tv.
UEFA Champions League 2021-2022: Tournament Format
The 2021-2022 edition of the UEFA Champions League features a familiar format and one massive new twist.
As usual, the tournament starts out with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), and only the top two finishers in each group advance to the Round of 16 that kicks off in February 2022. Two-leg, aggregate-goal knockout rounds are played the rest of the way through to the single game final that will be held on May 28, 2022 in Russia.
- Group Stage: Sept. 14-15, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 7-8
- Round of 16: Feb. 15-16, March 8-9 / Feb. 22-23, March 15-16
- Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13
- Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4
- Final: May 28, 2022 (St. Petersburg, Russia)
No away goals tiebreaker
Here’s that twist: For the first time since 1965, there will be no away goals tiebreaker used in the knockout rounds of UEFA competitions, including the Champions League, after it was abolished in June 2021.
Series that are tied on aggregate goals after the conclusion of the second leg will go straight to extra time and, if necessary, a penalty-kick shootout.
UEFA Champions League clubs by country
|No. of Teams||Country||Qualified Teams|
|5||Spain||Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal|
|4||England||Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea|
|4||Germany||Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg|
|4||Italy||Inter Milan, Atalanta, AC Milan, Juventus|
|3||Portugal||Sporting CP, Porto, Benfica|
|2||France||LOSC Lille, Paris Saint-Germain|
|2||Ukraine||Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk|
|1||Russia||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|1||Switzerland||BSC Young Boys|