It was an interesting night for Real Madrid in the Champions League. Spurs beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 meant the London team wins the group. Real Madrid's 6-0 over APOEL means 2nd-place with a game remaining. Given Real Madrid's issues with their offense weren't an issue for the fifth game in Group H, but what that means for their superstars is still an open question. Goal.com's Sacha Pisani . . .
Spurs beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday. The result means Spurs wins Group H and Dortmund can finish no higher than 3rd-place. Hanging onto 3rd-place and the Europa League qualifying spot was made a bit easier by APOEL losing 6-0 at home to Real Madrid. Group H concludes on December 6 with Real Madrid hosting Borussia Dortmund and Spurs home to APOEL. Borussia Dortmund . . .
The Champions League returns later today with six points left up for grabs in the groups. Only in Group B have both teams already advanced to the knockout round. That's PSG with the best record of any team at 12 points and a +17 goal difference and Bayern Munich three points back. The Europa League spot is still in question with Celtic three points ahead of Anderlecht. With only one USMNT player . . .
It's easy enough to pile on when a super club isn't winning. Real Madrid was in obvious trouble prior to losing 3-1 to Spurs in the Champions League. Their tough trip to Wembley only compounds the issues that have them struggling domestically. "There are times in the season when you score goals from very few chances, and others when you struggle to do that," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane . . .
We start with Columbus taking advantage of a red card in their 4-1 win over NYCFC in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ola Kamara put the Crew up in the 6th minute in front of 14,416 fans at MAPFRE Stadium. NYCFC's Alexander Callens saw red for violent conduct in the 52nd minute. Columbus took full advantage with Artur scoring in the 58th and Justin Meram adding a goal in the 69th. David Villa . . .
The Champions League coverage continues with Spurs playing Real Madrid on FS1 and Napoli hosting Manchester City on FS2. The MLS playoffs are on ESPN with Columbus hosting NYCFC in the first-leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Spurs vs Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage at 3:45pm ET on FS1. Spurs and Real Madrid are tied at the top of the Group H table on seven points . . .
The 2017-18 Champions League group stage continues on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Manchester United hosts Benfica and Chelsea is at Roma. Another reminder that Europe ended daylight savings time over the weekend, so the Champions League games start an hour later. The Eastern Conference semifinal first-leg is on ESPN with Columbus hosting NYCFC. Manchester United vs Benfica at 3:45pm on FS1 in . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with an old point in the modern era of club soccer. Some trophies count more than others. This is a common sense response to having to play in multiple competitions. Even the big clubs with big squads need to prioritize, and they're going to do it exactly like you'd expect. That's why it's hard to feign surprise at Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino saying pretty . . .
Thursday's soccer news has the increasingly unavoidable conclusion that PSG is onto something. Buy one of the world's best players from one of the world's best clubs, spend on complimentary talent, and show the world you're serious. It's a louder version of the same model that has the Premier League clubs in contention in the Champions League. PSG shutout Anderlecht 4-0 away on Wednesday with . . .
Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 at APOEL in the Champions League. APOEL scored in the 62nd minute with Sokratis equalizing for Dortmund in the 67th. In the other Group H game, Real Madrid and Spurs drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu. Those two are tied at the top of the group with seven points, with Spurs ahead on a tiebreaker. Dortmund is six points behind in 3rd-place, tied with APOEL on . . .