The soccer news starts in the Champions League, with Ethan Horvath was on the bench for Club Brugge's 2-2 draw at Real Madrid in Group A. Real Madrid needed a comeback, falling behind to Emmanuel Dennis's goals in the 9th and 39th minutes. His opener needed instant replay to overrule an offside call. Sergio Ramos scored for Real Madrid in the 55th minute with Club Brugge's Ruud Vormer seeing red in the 84th. Casemiro headed in Real Madrid's equalizer in the 85th minute.
"The two goals that they scored were a joke, that's all I can say on that," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "What happened in the first-half can happen to you. We know that this is the Champions League, we looked to take the three points from start to finish and that was impossible in the first-half. We won the second-half 2-0 and we end up taking a point."
Whether or not there's such a thing as winning the second-half when the game ends tied, Real Madrid has yet to make much of a statement in Group A. That may not matter for qualifying or what happens in next year's knockout round.
It's also part of the problem with how the Champions League is currently constructed. There's at least the feeling that the big clubs have a safety net since the worst scenarios normally have two of them in the same group. It's not lost on anybody that two teams qualify for the knockout round. Still, it's something when a smaller club from a smaller league has the opportunity for their goalscorer to say things like this.
"Bagging the three points would've been an even better feeling," Dennis said. "Everyone expected Real to brush us off easily, but we came well prepared with full belief in our own qualities. We believed something was in it for us here…. I'm a tad disappointed about that one point."
From the Champions League to the Championship, Tom Eaves headed in an Eric Lichaj cross in the 72nd minute for Hull City's 1-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday. Antonee Robinson's Wigan Athletic shutout Birmingham City 1-0 at home. Anthony Pilkington scored in the 76th minute.
Tim Ream's Fulham won 4-1 at Reading. Tom Cairney put Fulham up in the 13th minute with Reading's John Swift seeing red in the 20th. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored for Fulham in the 26th and 29th minutes with Cairney scoring again in the 67th. Yakou Meite scored Reading's goal in the 89th minute. Matt Miazga was on the bench for Reading. Cameron Carter-Vickers's Stoke City lost 1-0 at home to Huddersfield Town. The goal came in the 82nd minute.
In the EFL Trophy, Luca de la Torre started for Fulham U-21s in their 1-0 loss at MK Dons. The game's only goal came in the 50th minute with de la Torre seeing yellow in the 36th.
Jose Torreswasn't in the squad for Puebla's 1-0 loss at Morelia. Puebla played a man down from first-half stoppage time with a red card to Lucas Cavallini. Morelia scored in the 67th minute.
The Athletic's Matt Pentz profiles USMNT and Houston Dynamo player DaMarcus Beasley. ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports that NYCFC may move playoff games to the city's other Major League Baseball stadium due to scheduling conflicts at Yankee Stadium. Pro Soccer USA's Dan Santaromita with the Chicago Fire already looking at 2020.
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