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Spurs draw in Barcelona, advance in Champions League

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Lucas Moura‘s late goal off the bench gave Tottenham Hotspur a 1-1 away draw at Barcelona in UEFA Champions League play on Tuesday at the Camp Nou.

The draw, coupled with Inter Milan drawing PSV Eindhoven, is enough to send Spurs into the knockout rounds.

Ousmane Dembele scored for Barcelona, who had already won the group.

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Dembele cooked Kyle Walker-Peters and then waited out a sliding challenge of Harry Winks before slotting past Hugo Lloris for a cool opener.

Spurs’ fight back was lively with a pair of attempts each for Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane that were thwarted by goalkeeper Jesper Cillessen or shot-blocking defenders.

Kane made a fine run past Clement Llenglet but hit his shot well over the bar as Tottenham’s second half began with chances.

Walker-Peters made a fine sliding block on Philippe Coutinho in the 55th minute, and Barcelona would sub Lionel Messi into the game a few minutes later.

Lucas Moura entered the game for Spurs, and forced a save out of Cillessen before missing wide from an odd angle.

Coutinho hit the post again, a minute before Spurs got their huge equalizer. Lamela slipped Kane into the left side of the box, and Moura popped Kane’s square cross past Cillessen.

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LIVE, Champions League: Liverpool v. Napoli; Barcelona v. Spurs

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It is a huge day for both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League.

Their spots in the last 16 of the competition depend on winning their final group game, and in Liverpool’s case even that might not be enough. Tension filled encounters at Anfield and the Nou Camp await the two Premier League clubs.

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For Tottenham and Liverpool, wins against Barcelona and Napoli respectively will seal their qualification in the last 16.

However, that is easier said than done. Spurs travel to Barca knowing they have to better Inter Milan’s result against already-eliminated PSV in Group B to make it through, and with Luis Suarez out and Lionel Messi potentially rested due to Barcelona already winning the group, Harry Kane and Co. could do this.

As for Liverpool, they simply must beat Napoli 1-0 or by a two-goal margin at Anfield to go through. Jurgen Klopp‘s side will be out of the UCL with anything other than a win.

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Elsewhere Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid will want to win to secure top spot in Group A.

Click on the link above to follow the action live, while below is the look at the full schedule with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.


Tuesday’s UCL schedule

Group A
AS Monaco v. Borussia Dortmund
Club Brugge v. Atletico Madrid

Group B
Barcelona v. Tottenham Hotspur
Inter Milan vs. PSV Eindhoven

Group C
Liverpool v. Napoli
Red Star Belgrade v. Paris Saint-Germain

Son, Dele send Spurs past Leicester with ease

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  • Son (45’+1) curls a beauty for 1-0
  • Alli (58′) scores his 50th for Spurs
  • THFC return to 3rd; LCFC remain 9th

Tottenham Hotspur continue to play some of the most functional, if unattractive, soccer available in the Premier League — out of necessity — and Mauricio Pochettino‘s side continues to find ways to win ugly and keep pace in the top-four race.

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On Saturday, they managed to grind out a straightforward 2-0 victory away to Leicester City with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the bench for 72 and 66 of 90 minutes, respectively.

Son Heung-min and Dele Alli did all the damage and bagged a goal apiece in an otherwise uneventful affair at the King Power Stadium.

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For 40 minutes, the two teams combined to register just two shots — not shots on target, but shots. Then came an offensive explosion from Tottenham — two shots in the final six minutes before halftime.

From the second of those came the game’s opening goal during stoppage time. Son cut inside from the right wing, flashed across the top of the Foxes’ box and uncorked a left-footed curler that left Kasper Schmeichel without a prayer.

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The second half began as brightly and fervently for Spurs, who enjoyed plenty of possession — just as they had in the first half — and began to squeeze the life out of game.

Alli made it 2-0 just before the hour mark, as he found himself unmarked at the back post and headed home Son’s floated cross to reach the 50-goal mark (all competitions) in a Spurs shirt.

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The result sees Spurs (36 points) reclaim third place after briefly dropping to fifth following victories by Chelsea and Arsenal (both on 34) earlier on Saturday, while Leicester (22) remain ninth in the PL table.

Watch Live: Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur looks to go back in front of rivals Arsenal when it visits Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)

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There is neither Harry Kane nor Jamie Vardy in the respective Starting XI, though Kane is on the bench for Spurs.

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Leicester City: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Iborra, Maddison, Gray, Iheanacho. Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Maguire, Choudhury, Albrighton, Ghezzal, Okazi.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Winks, Dele, Son, Lucas. Subs: Gazzaniga, Rose, Walker-Peters, Skipp, Eriksen, Nkoudou, Kane.

Matchweek 16 Premier League odds: Man City favored at Chelsea

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The form points to Manchester City in a matchup against a rival it has shut out thrice in succession.

Manchester City is the -105 away favorite on this week’s Premier League odds with Chelsea coming back at +300, while the draw is +270 on the three-way moneyline and there is a 3.0-goals total for Saturday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Something will have to give; Chelsea is undefeated in its last 11 home matches in the league, but Manchester City has won 11 of its last 13 away matches and has kept a clean sheet against Chelsea in their last three matchups in all competitions.

The hectic pre-Christmas schedule will make for some heavily rotated starting elevens, with Chelsea not expected to have Ross Barkley (ankle) while Manchester City could be minus stalwarts Kevin De Bruyne (knee) and Vincent Kompany (fatigue). That could lead to an even contest with offense at each end, and Man City win/yes (+200) offers good value in the both-teams-to-score props.

Gabriel Jesus (+400 first scorer, +125 anytime) might feature at forward for Manchester City.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth (+450) has defeated Liverpool (-165, draw +355) only once in 13 tries and while there is a 3.0-goals total, the host Cherries have had their last six matches go OVER 2.5 goals. Liverpool should be on the attack as it strives to stay in contact with first-place Manchester City, and this could be an excellent chance to take Mo Salah (+350 first scorer, -110 anytime), although Roberto Firmino (+550, +170) offers a better payout and has a stronger recent history against Bournemouth.

Manchester United (-280) has not lost at home against Fulham (+850, draw +425) since 2003, but anything seems possible for the Jose Mourinho-led Reds. Eight of Manchester United’s last nine league games have been OVER 2.5 goals and Fulham has lost its last six away games, so there is betting value in a straight both-teams-to-score prop (-125) and Manchester United Win/Yes (+175).

Leicester City (+290) and Tottenham Hotspur (even, draw +255) have gone OVER 2.5 goals in their last three matchups (all competitions), and the visiting Spurs with James Maddison (+800 first scorer, +250 anytime) emerging as a complement to Harry Kane (+280, -120 respectively) are one of the most potent offensive teams in the league. Both-teams-to-score bettors should give some thought to “yes” options that are tied to a Spurs win.

Newcastle (+195) hosts Wolverhampton (+165, draw +210) in a Sunday matchup, with the Wolves having had an eight-day break to prepare. Newcastle has lost six of its home games in the league and Wolverhampton has scored in five of seven away games. The Yes/Over 2.5 (+175) prop might be the best percentage play in a match between inconsistent sides.

And Everton (-130) takes on Watford (+400, draw +285) in a Monday matchup, with Everton manager Marco Silva game-planning for a team that he helmed not so long ago. The Toffees have gone UNDER 2.5 goals in their last four matchups, but an extra prep day might lead to slightly more offensive fireworks.

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