The soccer news starts with the final week of the Champions League group stage. We already know half of the teams that will advance to the knockout round. Filling out the rest of the bracket and who takes four of the eight group winner spots is still in play. That's good news for UEFA, with the Champions League regularly facing criticism for too many group stage games counting for too little. The foregone conclusion groups like PSG and Bayern in Group B haven't played out as regularly in 2017-18.
Manchester United is Group A's likely winner, three points ahead and with enough of a goal difference lead over Basel and CSKA Moscow. The story is what happened to Benfica, risking losing all of their Champions League group stage games if they can't come up with something against Basel on Tuesday.
Group C is still open, with Chelsea two points ahead of Roma and Atletico two points behind the Serie A club. Unfortunately for Atletico, they're away to Chelsea while Roma plays Qarabag at home.
In Group D, the super club story hasn't held. For all of Benfica's problems, fellow Primeira Liga club Sporting enters the final matchday in 3rd-place a point behind 2nd-place Juventus. It hasn't been the season most expected from Juve in Italy or in the Champions League. The upside for Juventus is the final day schedule. They've got already eliminated Olympiacos away with Atletico at Barcelona.
Group E is wide open with Liverpool top a point ahead of Sevilla. Spartak Moscow could still advance, two points behind Sevilla. They'd need a result at Liverpool with Sevilla at already eliminated Maribor.
Group F has Napoli still in position to potentially make up the three point difference between them and 2nd-place Shakhtar Donetsk. Helping that is Napolit visiting already eliminated Feyenoord on Wednesday while Shakhtar Donetsk hosts group winners Manchester City.
Another potential Primeira Liga success story might play out in Group G. Besiktas has already won the group with Porto and RB Leipzig entering the final games tied on seven points. Once again, the schedule doesn't give us the head-to-head with Leipzig hosting Besiktas and Porto at home to the already eliminated Monaco.
MLSsoccer.com's Ari Liljenwall has Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer not interested in a media back-and-forth in the runup to Saturday's MLS Cup. The Toronto Sun's Kurtis Larson talks to Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley. Tifo's James Montague interviews Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
The Independent's Jonathan Wilson explains how Manchester United took advantage against Arsenal. Crystal Palace announces a redevelopment of Selhurst Park. Goal.com's Jow Wright on what Bayern Munich has to play for against PSG in the Champions League. The Guardian's Sid Lowe highlights Getafe's improvement in La Liga. Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw reports that Brussels might not be hosting games in Euro 2020 due to stadium construction delays.
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