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Real Madrid takes on Sheriff Tiraspol in a 2021 Champions League rematch from the start of group play. Sheriff shook up Group D play with its 2-1 win over Madrid back in September. However, the Spanish League powerhouse has bounced back, moving up to first place in the group a chance to advance to the group stage on the line. Madrid remains a force to be reckoned with out of La Liga, sitting atop the league with a record of 9-3-1. The club will be looking to add on to that success with a push in Champioms League play as well. Sheriff, meanwhile, is still in the mix with six points, trailing Inter Milan by a point in the standings. Fans looking for the English broadcast of the match may run into trouble in the U.S., as that broadcast will be exclusive to Paramount+
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How to watch Real Madrid vs. Sheriff Tiraspol (Champions League soccer 2021)
What time does the match start? Where can I watch it on TV? - Wednesday’s match will start off at 3 p.m. EST, and will not air on conventional TV channels in the U.S. The English broadcast will not be available via normal TV channels in the U.S. Instead, the English broadcast will be broadcast exclusively through Paramount+, which is available via smart TVs and streaming apps.
Live steam options: Paramount+ | Sling | fuboTV - If you don’t have cable, you can watch the match in both English via Paramount+ and Spanish via Sling and fuboTV. If you’re looking to watch for free, Paramount+ and fuboTV come with free trials.
What is Paramount+? - Paramount+ has taken place of CBS All-Access as the exclusive streaming platform for content from CBS, Viacom and Paramount. Subscribers get access to shows from CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon and more -- as well as access to streaming-exclusive content. Champions League matches are among the programming only available on the platform.
How much does it cost? - Paramount+ has two versions: the basic tier with commercials and the premium tier without commercials. The basic tier costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year. The premium tier costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
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A look at what’s happening in the Champions League on Wednesday:
In a heavyweight tussle worthy of a final, Manchester City hosts Paris Saint-Germain with both teams potentially in line to seal their progress to the last 16 with a game to spare. City leads by one point from PSG, which is four ahead of Club Brugge. If Leipzig beats Brugge away in the other game, City and PSG advance whatever the result in their game at Etihad Stadium. City would guarantee topping the group with a victory and will be looking to make a statement after losing in Paris in the return fixture, which marked Lionel Messi’s first goal for PSG. Kevin De Bruyne is missing for City after contracting the coronavirus. It’s a return to England for PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino, who reached the 2019 Champions League final with Tottenham. Now the Argentine is in Manchester while being touted as a contender for the managerial vacancy created at Manchester United by the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Liverpool and Porto meet at Anfield in a match that really has any significance only for the Portuguese team. Liverpool is already guaranteed to finish in first place in the group after winning its opening four games. It is now all about which team finishes second and Porto occupies that spot, a point ahead of Atletico Madrid and four ahead of AC Milan. Atlético hosts Milan, which must win to stay in contention to either advance or finish third to drop into the Europa League. Atlético coach Diego Simeone will be able to count on Antoine Griezmann after UEFA reduced the player’s suspension from two matches to one following a red card against Liverpool. Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has regained his form from injury, and scored twice in Serie A at the weekend.
Borussia Dortmund and Sporting meet with the teams tied on six points vying for second place. Sporting is enjoying a nine-game winning streak in all competitions, last losing at the start of the Champions League against Dortmund. Ajax visits already eliminated Besiktas with a six-point lead at the top.
Real Madrid again will rely on the attacking duo of Karim Benzema and Vinícius Júnior when it visits Sheriff with a chance to clinch a spot in the knockout round. The options in attack for coach Carlo Ancelotti have been reduced after Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard were ruled out because of health issues. Madrid leads the group by two points from Inter Milan, which hosts last-placed Shakhtar Donetsk. Sheriff is a point further adrift. Madrid can advance with a victory, and it will secure first place if it wins and Inter doesn’t defeat Shakhtar. But 13-time European champion Madrid was stunned in the home match against Sheriff, losing in September. Inter hosts Shakhtar full of confidence after beating Serie A leader Napoli