Sporting Lisbon Beat 10-Man Dortmund, Clinch Last-16 Spot

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(Last Updated On: 2021-11-25)

 

Sporting Lisbon beat 10-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Wednesday with two goals from Pedro Goncalves to clinch their spot in the Champions League knockout stages and eliminate the Germans from the competition.

Goncalves struck twice in the first half to lead his team to their 10th straight victory in all competitions and nine points in Group C, three ahead of the Germans with a game left and a better head-to-head, after losing 1-0 in Dortmund in September.

Dortmund, without injured striker Erling Haaland, desperately tried to fight back in the second half but had Emre Can sent off in the 74th minute before conceding a third goal from Pedro Porro seven minutes later.

Dortmund, who scored in stoppage-time through Donyell Malen, will go into the Europa League as the third-placed team in the group.

Ajax Amsterdam clinched top spot with a 2-1 win over bottom side Besiktas, their fifth victory in five matches.

Sporting got the two-goal winning margin they needed to reach the last 16 for the first time since the 2008-2009 season behind Group C winners Ajax.

The away defeat means third-placed Dortmund are heading to the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

“They were more consistent and uncompromising in the decisive situations,” said Dortmund coach Marco Rose.

“We conceded goals too easily and made too many mistakes.”

The Germans were weakened by the continued absence through injury of prolific forward Erling Braut Haaland.

Sporting winger Goncalves, who also scored twice in the 4-0 thrashing of Besiktas, could have finished with a hat-trick but his late penalty was saved only for Pedro Porro to head in the rebound.

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Porro had the last laugh having been kicked by Dortmund’s second-half replacement Emre Can, who was sent off for the foul with 16 minutes left after tempers flared.

Dortmund’s Dutch striker Donyell Malen gave the visitors brief hope with a consolation goal in stoppage time.

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It was a bitter night for the Germans, who have lost three consecutive Champions League games for the first time.

“We are out, that’s the bitter truth,” moaned Dortmund captain Marco Reus.

Source news18.com

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