The soccer news starts with another night of the Concacaf Champions League round of 16 first-legs. The New York Red Bulls shutout Atletico Pantoja 2-0 in the Dominican Republic. An own-goal opened the scoring in the 39th minute with Daniel Royer doubling the lead in the 67th. Luis Robles didn't have to make a save to keep the clean sheet. The series concludes on February 27 at Red Bull Arena.
"Experience, it matters in tournaments," Red Bulls coach Chris Armas said. "We've amassed some good experiences along the way in MLS and in Champions League. Things will be decided in our building. We feel good about getting home and kicking off the season, in our building, with something on the line, is special."
Also in the Concacaf Champions League, Alianza drew 0-0 with Monterrey at home. Alianza finished with 2 shots on goal to Monterrey's 0. Santos Laguna beat Marathon 6-2 on the road. Javier Correa scored a first-half hat-trick for Santos with goals in the 19th, 32nd, and 38th minutes.
In the UEFA Champions League, Weston McKennie subbed out in the 78th minute for Schalke's 3-2 home loss to Manchester City. Schalke fell behind in the 18th miute with Nabil Bentaleb equalizing from the penalty spot in the 38th and converting another penalty in the 45th. Manchester City went a man down in the 68th, equalizing in the 85th and scoring a 90th minute winner. They take the lead and the away goal advantage into the deciding leg on March 12.
"We cannot let our heads drop," McKennie said. "We need to look ahead and hopefully secure all three points in Mainz. We can then give everything we have once more in Manchester."
The big news from the Champions League was Juventus losing 2-0 at Atletico Madrid. With Juventus many people's favorite to win the tournament, it's a sizable setback.
"We played a bad second half, making the mistake of going after them,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "We had already risked ourselves on a breakaway and a lost ball, but the fact is that in the second-half we did not have a shot on goal.... "We couldn’t be any worse than in the second-half, so we must have confidence for the return leg. We knew that Atletico makes you play "badly", and to beat them you need to stay on top. Now there is disappointment, but we must believe that we can overturn it."
MLSsoccer's Matthew Doyle on the Red Bulls away win. American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta talks to Matt Miazga about his move from Nantes to Reading. ESPN's Tom Marshall reports that Liga MX would consider a North American league.
The Independent's Jonathan Liew makes a point about Arsenal following their Champions League loss.
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