The soccer news starts with strong performances for USMNT players in the Champions League group stage. Christian Pulisic scored the game’s only goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 win at Club Brugge in Group A. Pulisic’s goal came in the 85th minute, deflecting the ball off of his shin and over goalkeeper Karlo Letica. Ethan Horvath was on the bench for Club Brugge.
”It’s really good that we won,” Dortmund’s Lucien Favre said. “But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We have a lot of young players and a lot of new players in midfield. It takes time to find the right system.”
Weston McKennie assisted on Breel Embolo’s goal in Schalke’s 1-1 home draw with Porto on Group D. Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Farhmann deflected a penalty in the 13th minute. Embolo scored Schalke’s goal in the 64th minute with Porto equalizing from the penalty spot in the 75th.
For the first penalty call, I didn’t think my hand was that far away from my body, so it wasn’t a penalty in my opinion,” Schalke’s Naldo said. “As for the second penalty incident, I didn’t even touch the opposition, so the referee shouldn’t have pointed to the spot. Nevertheless, I apologise to my team for giving away the two penalties. Our performance today was more like last season; we showed morale and fought hard against a tough opposition. The whole team contributed defensively.”
Timothy Weah wasn’t in the squad for PSG’s 3-2 loss at Liverpool. Trailing by two goals from the 36th minute, Thomas Meunier scored for PSG in the 40th. Kylian Mbappe equalized for PSG in the 83rd with Liverpool scoring their winner a minute into stoppage time.
The Guardian’s Jonathan Wilson explains PSG’s forwards problem. The Independent’s Simon Hughes on what Jurgen Klopp is getting right with Liverpool. The National’s Andy Mitten has PSV moving on from a loss at Barcelona. BBC Sport with contrary reports from Italy on the status of Serie B after a court suspended the second-tier league over the number of clubs.
ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle previews tonight’s Campeones Cup between Toronto and Tigres. MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle’s look at the situations for Toronto and Tigres. Soccer America’s Paul Kennedy questions the scheduling of the game. The Toronto Sun’s Ryan Wolstat has Toronto coach Greg Vanney considering his roster options.
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