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Holders Real, Leicester into CL last 16; Dortmund in 8-4 goalfest


Published: 23 November 2016 Wednesday, 08:13  AM

Holders Real, Leicester into CL last 16; Dortmund in 8-4 goalfest

Bonn, Nov 22 (deutschenews24.de/dpa) -- Title holders Real Madrid advanced into the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 2-1 win at 10-man Sporting Lisbon Tuesday; with Leichester City also through but Tottenham Hotspur eliminated.

Real host Borussia Dortmund in their final group game for first place in the group, with the earlier qualified Germans storming to a competition-record 8-4 win over Legia Warsaw.

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to get two goals against his former club to reach the 100-European-goals milestone but set up Raphael Varane for the opener. Sporting levelled from Adrien Silva`s penalty although Joao Perreira was earlier sent off but Karim Benzema clinched victory in the 87th.

The surprise Premier League champions Leichester advance as group winners from a 2-1 win over Club Brugge.

Spurs meanwhile crashed 2-1 at Monaco, a result that which sent the French league team and the Germans of Bayer Leverkusen into the last 16.

Juventus also progressed thanks to a 3-1 at Europa League champions Sevilla.

The five teams joined Dortmund, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich; with the remaining six spots still up for grabs.

In Group F, Real went ahead in the 29th, with Varane sliding in to score in the 29th after Ronaldo miscued a shot of Luka Modric`s free-kick.

Sporting had Joao Perreira sent off in the 64th but still managed to level from Silva`s spot kick. However the substitute Benzema then rose to head in Sergio Ramos` cross for Real`s winner.

In Dortmund, Marco Reus got a hat-trick in his first match after a six-month injury lay-off, while Dortmund`s Shinji Kagawa and Legia`s Aleksandar Prijovic also struck twice on a memorable wet night.

It was the first Champions League game with 12 goals and seven strikes in the first half (5-2) were also a first.

"I feel very good and was very happy that I could play. I worked hard for this and was happy with the win and my goals," Reus told Sky TV.

Dortmund top Group F with 13 points from Real who have 11. Legia (one) play Sporting (three) in the other game for a Europa League berth.

Spurs had Son Heung Min miss a huge early chance for the visitors before their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saveda penalty from Radamel Falcao.

Monaco took the lead in the 48th from Djibril Sidibe`s thumping header; and he then fed Lemar Thomas for the second, just five minutes later and less than a minute after Spurs had levelled from Harry Kane`s penalty.

"The second goal took the stuffing out of us. I just don’t think on the day we were good enough," Kane told BT Sport TV.

Monaco clinched first place with 11 points with the victory, ahead of Leverkusen who have seven from a 1-1 at CSKA Moscow, three more than Spurs and superior over the English side in their head-to-head. CSKA have three and could steal a Europa League berth of they win at Tottenham in the last game.

In freezing Moscow, Kevin Volland scored for Leverkusen while CSKA levelled from Bibras Natcho`s penalty.

Leicester did better than Spurs as they are unbeaten atop Group G with 13 points thanks to Shinji Okazaki`s early shot into the roof of the net and penalty from Riyad Mahrez. Jose Izquierdo scored for Brugge in what was the first goal the Foxes let in.

"It is more than we could ever imagine. For Leicester to be newcomers and finish group winners it is an amazing achievement," captain Wes Morgan said.

Porto are second on eight points, only two ahead of Copenhagen after the two sides drew 0-0 in Denmark. Brugge are out with zero points.

Juve clinched their spot with a late comeback victory from Leonardo Bonucci`s 83rd-minute drive and Mario Mandzukic in stoppage time in Seville.

The hosts led early from Nico Parejo but then had Franco Vazquez dismissed in the 36th, with Claudio Marchisio levelling for Juve on the stroke of half-time.

Juve have 11 points while Sevilla are on 10 and face Olympique Lyon (seven) in the last game to determine the other spot from Group G. Lyon won 1-0 at Dinamo Zagreb (zero) from Alexandre Lacazette.

Groups A-D complete the fifth matchday on Wednesday.

 

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