Borussia Dortmund's surprise 1-1 draw at Group H minnows APOEL Nicosia means Spurs and Real are six points clear of the Germans and within touching distance of sealing their place in the last 16. That marks a huge contrast for Pochettino's side from their early exit from the competition last season. Last year was very sad as we couldn't continue in a competition that really excited us but we've made a huge step forward.
The lacklustre game sparked into life just after the hour mark when Apoel took the lead through substitute Mickael Pote following a goalkeeping error. A strike from Sokratis Papastathopoulos allowed Dortmund to draw level five minutes later but they were unable to score again. Dortmund drew level when Mario Gotze's floated cross to the back post was headed in by Papastathopoulos after the Greek defender stayed up following a corner.
Spartak Moscow stunned Sevilla by scoring four second-half goals to secure an emphatic 5-1 win in their Champions League Group E match on Tuesday. Spartak's win was their first of this Champions League campaign and they are now level on five points with Liverpool at the top of the group. Sevilla had fallen behind in the 18th minute when Promes headed the ball over visiting goalkeeper Sergio Rico, but defender Simon Kjaer levelled minutes later with another header.
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri says he believes that Manchester City are now at the same level as Barcelona and Real Madrid and can go on to win the Champions League this season. They have tremendous physical, technical and tactical qualities and if they can maintain their physical shape they could go all the way, he added. City top Group F with the maximum nine points from three games and are also top of the Premier League with seven wins from eight.
Juergen Klopp's Liverpool have been breathtaking and infuriating in equal measure this season, but it all came together on Tuesday as they displayed their devastating attacking prowess in a 7-0 victory against Maribor. As has been the case too often this season, Liverpool's opening two Champions League draws against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow were characterised by both defensive fragility and attacking frustration. By the time Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai blew the final whistle, Firmino, substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defender Trent Alexander-Arnold had scored second-half goals.
The reach of Bollywood has not bypassed Ghanaian shores, but in the West African nation, it is the Indian TV soap opera Kumkum Bhagya that reigns supreme. What has truly kept them hooked is the incessant plot twists that have long been associated with Indian soap operas. Kumkum Bhagya has been aired for so long because people invested in creating sets, wrote scripts, made the plots. Now the U-17 footballers, who play Niger for a quarterfinal spot on Wednesday, are hoping for a meeting themselves.
Monaco slumped to a 2-1 home Champions League defeat against Besiktas on Tuesday that left last year's semi-finalists bottom of Group G and facing a battle to reach the knockout rounds. The result put Turkish side Besiktas on a perfect nine points from three games and left Monaco propping up the table with a solitary point. Besiktas, however, reacted swiftly and levelled four minutes later when Tosun headed home from Ricardo Quaresma's cross.
Brazilian Bernard bagged a double as 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to defeat Feyenoord in their Champions League Group F clash at De Kuip on Tuesday. The victory moves Shakhtar up to second in the group with six points from three matches, three behind leaders Manchester City. Bernard equalised midway through the first half after Feyenoord hesitated in defence and Fred slipped a superb pass through for his fellow Brazilian to easily beat Brad Jones.
Liverpool produced a superb attacking display to ignite their stuttering Champions League campaign with a blistering 7-0 Group E victory at Maribor on Tuesday. Having drawn their opening two games, Liverpool made a dream start when Mohamed Salah burst into the box before squaring for Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino to stroke home in the fourth minute. Halftime did little to halt their momentum and Firmino added a well-deserved second finishing from Coutinho's fierce cross with a deft header in the 54th minute.
Manchester City stayed top of Champions League Group F after beating Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday but Pep Guardiola's side almost paid the price for their sloppiness after having gone 2-0 up inside 13 minutes. Raheem Sterling put City ahead in the ninth minute, finishing with his left foot after Kyle Walker's attempt to convert a David Silva pull-back was blocked.
They remain tied for the group lead with seven points and the same number of goals scored and conceded. In the other Group H match, APOEL held Borussia Dortmund to a 1-1 draw at home, leaving both teams with one point each. Tottenham arrived looking for a good performance to show it can compete against the best in Europe. The Portugal forward sent a firm shot into the corner as Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris went the other way.
Down in the south of Ghana is a town just 1000 km sq large called Berekum that houses football clubs of the same name. None of the Ghana players competing at the U17 World Cup in India come from a club named after a European outfit. Ghana, who play against Niger on Wednesday in Navi Mumbai, is featuring in the U-17 World Cup for the first time since 2007.
Colombo, October 17 Sri Lanka's cricket board today halved a six-match ban imposed on all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka for misconduct, amid speculation that several players may drop out of an upcoming T20 match in Pakistan. The board's decision clears Gunathilaka to play in the three-match series starting on October 26 in the United Arab Emirates. The third match will be played on October 29 in Lahore, where the Sri Lankan team bus came under attack from militants in 2009.
The Germans struck through Arp, Yan Bisseck (39th) and John Yeboah (49th) to romp home with a comfortable victory margin. Germany's victory puts them on course for a dream quarterfinal clash against three-time champions Brazil in Kolkata on October 22. The Germans, however, were not deterred and kept unleashing counterattacks. The Germans, however, didn't have to wait for too long to extend their lead as Bisseck headed home an accurate corner from Sahverdi Cetin just five minutes later.
Sweden defender Victor Lindelof returns to his former club following his close-season move to United, while Andre Almeida is serving a two-match ban for Benfica. CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev hasn't kept a clean sheet in the Champions League proper since 2006 - an astonishing run of 45 games. Celtic recorded a first group stage win away from home in 17 attempts with an impressive 3-0 victory at Anderlecht last month.
Dharamsala, October 17 Himachal Pradesh tried hard for an outright win but Goa fought valiantly to escape with a draw on the final day of their Ranji Trophy encounter here today. The visitors were in deep trouble after Himachal piled up a massive 625/7 in reply to their below-par 255 in the first innings. It wasn't going to be easy to survive the last day with the hosts so far ahead in the game.
I know I'm not 22 anymore, but I don't have a date, Federer said. Today I think when I take enough rest, feel hungry and have the fire, I can play my best, Federer said. For me, the family is my priority and then the rest, he added. Although trailing in their head-to-head record, Federer has defeated Nadal five times in a row. I feel I'm connecting better on the backhand and I'm serving good, Federer said.
The 14-time Major champion hasn't played since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic. He has played three times in two years thanks to a series of injuries and had a fourth back surgery in April. At the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, Woods acknowledged that he didn't know if he would ever return to competitive golf.
Mumbai, October 17 Seventeen-year-old Prithvi Shaw gave glimpses of his immense talent as Board President's XI beat New Zealand by 30 runs in their opening warm-up game here today. Facing a senior international side for the first time, local boy Shaw scored 66 off 80 balls with nine boundaries and a six. Shaw also shared a 147-run opening stand with KL Rahul, who contributed 68 off 75 balls.
Kochi, October 17 Having won all their three group matches with ease, South American giants Brazil will start clear favourites when they take on Honduras in a pre-quarterfinal match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here tomorrow. Their strike duo of Lincoln and Paulinho has been deadly up front, ensuring that Brazil did not feel the absence of Vinicius Junior.