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November 29, 2018 
Quote of the day – "There's a lot of competition for [Pulisic] on the wings. We have a lot of great wingers. It was tough today because Brugge played in a very compact 4-4-2 system -- it's never easy to find a gap." - Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre on Christian Pulisic's starting spot
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Champions League: Liverpool in trouble while Spurs hold onto hope

PSG 2-1 Liverpool
The verve of Liverpool’s wins on the road last season — at Manchester City and Porto in the knockout rounds — has been badly missing with three straight losses in this group. PSG’s 40-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had a relatively easy evening at Parc des Princes, while at the other end Liverpool’s Alisson had to make saves to keep the scoreline close. The runaway French league leader unsettled Liverpool’s defense from the start. The hosts took a two-goal lead through left-back Juan Bernat’s shot in the 13th and Neymar finishing off a rapid attack fueled by Kylian Mbappe in the 37th. An expected late surge by Liverpool never came, and Klopp’s side must now earn a third straight win at Anfield on Dec. 11 to advance.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Inter Milan
On a tricky night for English clubs, Tottenham was heading out until Denmark playmaker Eriksen’s goal earned a reprieve. Inter is perhaps still favored to finish runner-up behind Barcelona and end a seven-year absence from the Champions League knockout round. The Italians finish their program at home to PSV, which has won all 13 games in the Dutch Eredivisie this season but failed to win in five Champions League games. Tottenham next goes to Barcelona, which secured top spot in the group Wednesday with goals from Messi and Gerard Pique midway through the second half in Eindhoven. PSV got one back through Luuk de Jong.

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Monaco
An early kick off in Madrid saw Atletico take a second-minute lead over hapless Monaco, for whom Radamel Falcao missed a penalty. Koke’s goal was added to by Antoine Griezmann in the 24th, leaving Monaco and coach Thierry Henry adrift with just one point in Group A. Atletico — whose Metropolitano Stadium hosts the final — is two points clear of Borussia Dortmund, which drew 0-0 with Club Brugge. It was a second straight clean sheet in the Champions League for the Belgian side’s American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath. Brugge will finish third in the group and transfer to the Europa league Round of 32 in February. (AP)
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Champions League: Messi breaks most CL goals for single club record

PSV 1-2 Barcelona
Lionel Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona won at PSV Eindhoven to secure the top spot in Group B with one match left to play. Barcelona was already qualified for the next round before kicking off at PSV Stadium and was uncharacteristically scrappy at times until Messi finally gave his team the lead in the 61st minute. Messi scored his 106th Champions League goal after a trademark dribbling move took him past a group of PSV defenders and gave him time to unleash a powerful shot past Jeroen Zoet. In the group’s other match, substitute Christian Eriksen scored as Tottenham beat Inter Milan 1-0 at Wembley. Those teams will fight for second place in the last round: Tottenham faces Barcelona in its last group match while Inter hosts PSV. Messi has now scored 10 goals in five Champions League matches against Dutch opponents, including his hat trick against PSV in their Group B opener this season. He also turned supplier for Barcelona’s second, taking a free kick that Gerard Pique deflected past Zoet. (NYTimes)

Porto 3-1 Schalke 04
With another dominant performance, Porto extended its winning streak by defeating Schalke 3-1 on Wednesday to guarantee first place in Group D of the Champions League. The Portuguese champions picked up their ninth straight win with goals by Eder Militao and Jesus Corona three minutes apart early in the second half at Estadio do Dragao. Moussa Marega finished off the victory in stoppage time, shortly after Schalke pulled a goal back with a penalty converted by Nabil Bentaleb. Both teams had already advanced to the knockout stage, but first place was still up for grabs. The victory kept Porto unbeaten and gave the team a five-point gap to Schalke ahead of the final round of matches in December. (TSN)

MLS: David Villa leaves NYCFC

David Villa, one of the biggest stars in Major League Soccer, is leaving New York City FC. The Spanish star and World Cup winner spent four seasons with the club as its first captain. He plans to continue playing, but has not said where. Villa departs after scoring 80 goals in 124 MLS appearances for NYCFC. He paid tribute to virtually everyone associated with the franchise, as well as to the team's fans in a video on YouTube. "I can only say thank you, thank you to everybody," Villa said on Wednesday. "First, to City Football Group that gave me the opportunity to come here. To NYCFC and MLS for accepting me. To everybody at the club who helped me day by day." (ESPNFC)

Thursday morning transfer talk

Source: ESPNFC
  • Manchester United have made Jan Oblak and Jordan Pickford their top two candidates to replace David De Gea, who is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Alexis Sanchez's relationship with Manchester United manager Mourinho is "at breaking point" after the Chilean was dropped for Tuesday night's Champions League victory over Young Boys and the striker is said to be keen on a move away.
  • Everton boss Marco Silva is ready to raid his former club Watford once again, this time for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.
  • Bayern Munich are the front-runners to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
  • Cesc Fabregas is set to join AC Milan from Chelsea in a £10m deal in January.

Today's top matches (All times EST)

  • Europa League: Vorskla vs Arsenal 1pm on Galavision
  • Europa League: Milan vs F91 Dudelange 1pm on Univision Deportes
  • Europa League: Rangers vs Villarreal 3pm on Galavision
  • Europa League: Chelsea vs PAOK 3pm on Univision Deportes
  • Europa League: Standard Liège vs Sevilla 3pm on Unimas
  • MLS Playoff: NY Red Bulls vs Atlanta United 7pm on FS1
  • MLS Playoff: Sporting KC vs Portland Timbers 9:30pm on ESPN

DSD Power Couple of the Day

Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro and wife Lina Gameiro

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