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Schalke’s Todesco hanging by a thread after loss to Werder

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BERLIN (AP) Werder Bremen came from behind to beat Schalke 4-2 on Friday and leave coach Domenico Tedesco’s job on the line after his side’s third consecutive Bundesliga defeat.

Milot Rashica scored twice as Bremen climbed up to eighth place and left Schalke in danger of dropping closer to the relegation zone. Stuttgart could cut the gap to one point with a win at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Breel Embolo scored both Schalke goals but it likely won’t be enough to save Tedesco after seven league games without a win.

Schalke’s new sporting director Jochen Schneider increased the pressure on Tedesco on Tuesday, and the coach responded with four changes to the side that was humiliated at home 4-0 by Fortuna Duesseldorf last weekend.

Defender Salif Sane, who’d previously played every minute in the league, was dropped, while Hamza Mendyl, Mark Uth and Amine Harit were left out of the squad altogether.

Weston McKennie returned from injury and was joined in the starting lineup by Bastian Oczipka, Steven Skrzybski and Embolo.

The changes had the desired effect as the visitors started with promise with Jiri Pavlenka producing a brilliant save to deny Guido Burgstaller early on.

Embolo then scored with a fine finish in the 26th minute after McKennie headed the ball into his path.

But Rashica equalized against the run of play five minutes later, and Max Kruse made it 2-1 from the penalty spot early in the second half after referee Martin Petersen consulted video replays of an apparent shove by Daniel Caligiuri, who protested vehemently as Tedesco shook his head on the bench.

The visitors could have no complaints about Rashica’s second goal, however, in the 73rd after he pulled inside to evade the goalkeeper and a defender before blasting in.

Embolo set up an exciting finale when he scored in the 85th, but Martin Harnik killed the game with Bremen’s fourth in injury time.

UEFA Champions League Weds. preview: Spurs need W

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Tottenham Hotspur’s UEFA Champions League dreams aren’t quite hanging by a thread, but anything less than six points from their next two matches will leave them all but dead.

Spurs and PSV Eindhoven begin a home-and-away run in Group B on Tuesday, with both sides 0-2 from matches against Barcelona and Inter Milan.

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The Premier League side showed better than its Eredivisie hosts, but that matters little as both sides hope for a double while Barca and Inter square off in Spain and Italy over the next fortnight.

Eric Dier is hopeful that Spurs’ away form can carry over to the Netherlands:

“We’ve done well away from home so far this season. We’ve had some tough away games. Last weekend at West Ham was another and we managed to get another win. We feel very good at the moment. We have to try to continue that feeling tomorrow.”

Liverpool, meanwhile, has to get off the UCL mat following a stunning late loss in Napoli. The Reds are hopeful that a pair of matches against the weakest side in the group, Red Star Belgrade, does the trick.

At Anfield for the first match, Liverpool will be atop the group if it manages a win while PSG wins or draws Napoli in France.

American winger Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund open their pair of matches with Atletico Madrid as well, and the opener comes at the Westfalenstadion. The other group match sees Thierry Henry’s AS Monaco away to Club Brugge and hoping for a an almost necessary three points.

Finally, there’s the chaotic Group D, with Porto and Schalke opening Wednesday atop the group. USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie and Schalke are at Galatasaray, while Porto visits desperate Lokomotiv Moscow.

Schalke boss Domenico Tedesco has prepared his men as best he can for Turkey:

“During the training session we had soundbites from Galatasaray’s last home game playing through the Veltins Arena’s sound system, in order to give the players a taste of what to expect,” Tedesco said.

PSV Eindhoven vs. Tottenham Hotspur — 12:55 p.m. ET
Club Brugge vs. AS Monaco — 12:55 p.m. ET
Barcelona vs. Inter Milan — 3 p.m. ET
Liverpool vs. Red Star Belgrade — 3 p.m. ET
Borussia Dortmund vs. Atletico Madrid — 3 p.m. ET
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Napoli — 3 p.m. ET
Galatasaray vs. Schalke — 3 p.m. ET
Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Porto — 3 p.m. ET