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Copenhagen 0-0 Leicester: Foxes inch closer to KO rounds

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Leicester missed its chance to secure an early place in the last 16 of the Champions League after being held to a 0-0 draw by FC Copenhagen on Wednesday.

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While a win would have put the Premier League champions and Group G leaders through to the knockout stages, the next opportunity will come in its home game on Nov. 22 against Brugge, which lost 1-0 to Porto.

Leicester stayed top of the group with 10 points, followed by Porto with seven, Copenhagen on five and Brugge with zero after four straight defeats.

Claudio Ranieri‘s side nearly returned home empty-handed as the best chance of the game fell to the home team in injury time, when Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had to dive to his right to claw away a downward header from Andreas Cornelius.

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Copenhagen had the majority of possession early on with goalscoring attempts from William Kvist, Federico Santander and Cornelius.

Both sides had chances in a fast-pace second period. Goalkeeper Robin Olsen denied Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez and Copenhagen’s Peter Ankersen saw his shot blocked minutes later.

Report: USMNT’s Kitchen could be in Denmark or Germany within weeks

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Steven Goff has been all over the Perry Kitchen saga at DC United, and the Washington Post reporter spilled some more beans on Tuesday.

Kitchen, 23, has been unable to agree to a big-money contract with DC despite being offered a hefty raise and is being ticketed for a move to Europe.

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And now Goff is reporting that it’s a two-team race between a Danish power and a league that houses several USMNT hopefuls.

Kitchen would theoretically be behind Danish vice captain William Kvist at Copenhagen, and joining a 2.Bundesliga side with promotion hopes could be a quick route to the top-tier. Kvist, oddly enough, was rumored for Philadelphia last season.

Also in Germany’s second flight? Terrence Boyd is at RB Leipzig, Bobby Wood is at Union Berlin, Andrew Wooten is at Sandhausen, and ex-U.S. U-20 man Caleb Stanko is at Freiburg.

It’s fairly clear that Kitchen wants to ply his trade overseas, and we’d like to see more established players stick their feet in the water if it means a clear upgrade in competition level with legit hopes for playing time.

Nordic derby highlights Euro qualifying playoff draw

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The draw for the playoff round of Euro 2016 qualification took place this morning, with four matchups in mid-November set to fill the last four slots for the finals in France.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden will take on Christian Eriksen and Denmark in a derby of Nordic countries that have played 104 times in the past.

Denmark has gotten the better of that matchup in recent history, winning the last meeting, a friendly that finished 1-0 last year. The two sides also found themselves in the same 2010 World Cup qualification group, with Denmark winning both meetings 1-0.

Norway, a third Nordic nation, was drawn to face Hungary. The Norwegians have not lost across their last 10 matches against Hungary dating back to 1983, with the most recent meeting a 2-0 friendly win in 2012. The last win for Hungary came in 1981 during European World Cup qualifying.

Republic of Ireland gets Bosnia & Herzegovina, who have faced off just once in history, back in 2012 when Shane Long scored to give the Irish a 1-0 friendly win. Ireland finished their qualification round with five wins to just two losses, but were unfortunate to end up in a group with heavyweights Germany and Poland.

Finally, Ukraine gets Slovenia. The Ukranians will be heavy favorites in that match, as Slovenia finished with 16 points despite their cupcake group that saw England go perfect through qualification. However, Ukranian manager Olexandr Zavarov has already spoken about not underestimating the Slovenains, which happened in 2000 when these two teams faced off in the playoff round and saw Ukraine squander a 2-1 first leg advantage to lose 3-2 on aggregate.

The first legs will be played between November 12-14, while the return legs will take place November 15-17. The teams who have clinched spots along with host France are: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Wales.