The soccer news starts with Ethan Horvath on the bench for Club Brugge's 1-1 draw at Galatasaray in Champions League Group A. The point keeps Club Brugge in 3rd-place, a point ahead of Galatasaray with one game remaining. Club Brugge can finish no higher, with 3rd-place moving to the Europa League. They finish the Group A schedule at home to Real Madrid on December 11.
Falling behind in the 11th minute, Club Brugge's Krepin Diatta equalized two minutes into stoppage time. The celebration cost Club Brugge with Diatta and Clinto Mata both shown red cards.
"We should be realistic in what we expect," Club Brugge coach Philippe Clement said. "Galatasaray lost 0-1 to both PSG and Real, and those games featured players worth 200 million who also missed chances. What I remember is that we scored a fabulous goal. We work hard to improve our efficiency, but you can't expect us to score from every chance we get. That doesn't happen at PSG, it doesn't happen at Real Madrid, and it doesn't happen at Club Brugge."
In the Championship, Antonee Robinson scored in Wigan Athletic's 2-2 draw at Millwall. Anthony Pilkington put Wigan up in the 3rd minute with Millwall equalizing in the 24th. Robinson scored in the 56th with Millwall getting its second equalizer in the 60th minute.
"I got a little bit of luck with it," Robinson said. "I saw a couple of defenders getting across to my side of the goal, so I tried to fire it in low and hard into a good area. It's gone in under the keeper, so I'm delighted to finally get a goal. Garns created the space for me and it's something we work on, the forward sucking the defenders further in field allows us as wing backs to get into wide spaces. It's a testament to how we can link up in those positions."
Tim Ream's Fulham shutut Duane Holmes's Derby County 3-0 at Craven Cottage. Bobby Reid put Fulham up in the 7th minute with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring in the 40th. Tom Cairney finished off the goals in the 89th minute. Holmes subbed out in the 77th. Luca De La Torre wasn't in the squad for Fulham. Matt Miazga's Reading lost 1-0 at home to Leeds. The game's only goal came in the 87th minute. Cameron Carter-Vickers's Stoke City lost 1-0 at Cardiff City to an 11th minute goal.
Moving to League One,, Lynden Gooch wasn't in the squad for Sunderland's 2-1 home loss to Burton Albion. Aiden McGeady put Sunderland up from the penalty spot in the 19th minute. Burton equalized a minute later and scored in the 68th. Matthew Olosunde subbed out at halftime in Rotherham United's 3-2 loss at Portsmouth. Rotherham fell behind in the 1st minute with Freddie Ladapo equalizing in the 15th. Portsmouth scored in the 37th with Ladapo converting a penalty in the 62nd. A 66th minute goal put Portsmouth ahead for good.
Also in the soccer news, Jurgen Klinsmann will coach Hertha BSC for the rest of the season. It's Klinsmann's first coaching job since his firing as USMNT coach in 2016. Klinsmann replaces Ante Covic who left by mutual consent with the club in 15th-place in the Bundesliga table.
The way we’ve been playing recently and the results have led to this decision," Conte said. Since Hertha BSC is not just an employer to me, such a decision hurts, of course. But I have always said that this club is more important than individuals. I love not only this profession, but I love this club with all my heart."
FourFourTwo's Michael Yokhin explains Napoli's erosion of form since the start of the season. Sky Sports' Nick Wright profiles Spurs assistant coach Joao Sacramento. Football 365's Ian Watson looks at what gets Premier League managers fired during the season. Reuters' Simon Evans on new investment in Manchester City and with it a record valuation of the club. BBC Sport on Zlatan Ibrahimovic buying half of AEG Sweden that is a minority owner of Hammarby.
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