The soccer news starts with USMNT players in the Champions League. Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund drew 0-0 with Ethan Horvath's Club Brugge in Group A. Horvath needed two saves to keep the clean sheet with Club Brugge putting none of their 5 shots on goal. Dortmund had 74% of the possession. The result advances Borussia Dortmund to the knockout round. With one game remaining in the group, Club Brugge will finish in 3rd-place and move to the Europa League.
"Our objective was, and continues to be, to win the group," Dortmund's Marco Reus said. "We don't have the upper hand any more and must hope that Brugge plays a similar game against Atletico. But nevertheless, we're onto the next round which counts for something! However, we are not happy with our performance. It was an expectedly difficult game. We didn't predict that Brugge would sit so deep and do nothing to change the game.
Weston McKennie is injured, missing Schalke's 3-1 loss at Porto in Group D. With Porto up by two goals from the 55th minute, Schalke's Nabil Bentaleb converted an 89th minute penalty. Porto scored their third goal four minutes into stoppage time. Regardless of what happens on the final matchday on December 11, Schalke will finish in 2nd-place.
“We have still achieved our goal of reaching the last 16, something which is very important for Schalke 04," coach Christan Heidel said. "We haven’t just qualified because Galatasaray lost in Moscow; we’ve qualified because we’ve already picked up eight points ourselves. Reaching the last 16 isn’t something decided by one game, we’ve achieved this after several good performances.”
Tim Weah wasn't in the squad for PSG's 2-1 home win over Liverpool. Juan Bernat put PSG up in the 13th with Neymar doubling the lead in the 37th. Liverpool pulled a goal back from the penalty spot a minute into first-half stoppage time. Group C is still up for grabs on December 11. Napoli leads with 9 points followed by PSG with 8, Liverpool at 6, and Red Star on 4. PSG is on the road at Red Star while Liverpool hosts Napoli.
In the Championship, Cameron Carter-Vickers's Swansea City lost 2-1 at home to West Brom. Oliver McBurnie scored for Swansea in the 10th minute. West Brom equalized in the 13th and went ahead for good in the 44th.
MLSsoccer's Dylan Butler previews tonight's Eastern Conference final second-leg (7:30pm ET - FS1) with the focus on home field advantage for the Red Bulls. The St Louis Post-Dispatch's David Hunn reports on the stadium plan for an MLS expansion team.
Writing for British GQ, Andy Mitten takes a look at Real Madrid's issues this season. The Guardian's Sid Lowe with no problems for Barcelona. AP's Tales Azzoni with the latest on La Liga's attempt to play a game that counts in Miami. FourFourTwo's Alex Hess asks if we're seeing a change in what works for elite coaches in Europe.
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