Goncalves fires Sporting into last 16, Dortmund bow out

Pedro Goncalves netted twice as Sporting Lisbon beat ten-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Wednesday to achieve the Champions League’s last 16 and end the Germans’ hopes of advancing to the knock-out ranges.

Sporting purchased the two-goal profitable margin they wished to achieve the last 16 for the first time given that 2008-2009 season behind Group C winners Ajax.

The away defeat means the proper third-placed Dortmund can now hope for is the knock-out ranges of the Europa League.

The Germans have been weakened by the persevering with absence of forward Erling Braut Haaland.

Sporting winger Goncalves, who moreover scored twice inside the 4-0 thrashing of Besiktas, could have accomplished with a hat-trick nevertheless his late penalty was saved only for Pedro Porro to maneuver inside the rebound.

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

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

It was a bitter night for the Germans, who’ve misplaced three consecutive Champions League video video games for the first time.

Already missing Haaland, sidelined by a long-term hip harm, Dortmund have been moreover with out key defender Mats Hummels, suspended after being despatched off inside the 3-1 home defeat to Ajax.

Dortmund misplaced Raphael Guerreiro to wreck inside the warm-up and his place at left-back was stuffed by Nico Schulz, who carried out an unfortunate half inside the opening goal.

With half an hour gone, Schulz absolutely misjudged a long-ball which bounced into the path of Goncalves, who drilled his shot earlier Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel to fireplace Sporting ahead.

The hosts doubled their lead six minutes from the break when Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji cleared the ball solely as far as Goncalves who hit the once more of the net from the sting of the realm.

Dortmund could have gone into the break diploma, in its place of 2-0 down as Malen hit the submit, then had a shot cleared off the street.

Can modified the hapless Schulz at half-time.

Pressure by the visitors led to Sporting defender Feddal poking the ball into his private goal, only for Dortmund defender Thomas Meunier to be flagged for offside.

Dortmund’s hopes gentle after Can was confirmed a straight purple for fouling Porro, whereas centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou was moreover booked for his half inside the ensuing pushing and shoving.

Zagadou then gave away a penalty when the VAR observed he had kicked Sporting striker Paulinho.

Although Kobel denied Goncalves a hat-trick by saving the preliminary spot-kick, Porro was available to maneuver the blocked shot into the net to make it 3-0 with 9 minutes left.

Malen’s consolation obtained right here after Dortmund captain Marco Reus beat the defence, nevertheless it was too late.


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