Sporting CP beat 10-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Wednesday with two targets from Pedro Goncalves to clinch their spot within the Champions League knockout levels and eradicate the Germans from the competitors.
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Goncalves struck twice within the first half to steer his group to their tenth straight victory in all competitions and 9 factors in Group C, three forward of the Germans with a recreation left and a greater head-to-head, after dropping 1-0 in Dortmund in September.
Sporting made essentially the most of a disastrous Nico Schulz clearance that despatched the ball straight to Goncalves who flicked it previous keeper Gregor Kobel after half an hour.
The midfielder, who additionally scored twice final week of their Portuguese Cup fourth-round win, rifled in from 20 metres 9 minutes later to place Sporting firmly within the driving seat.
Dortmund, nonetheless with out injured striker Erling Haaland, got here out preventing after the break, searching for a aim that may hold their qualifying hopes alive, and had an effort dominated offside however lacked precision of their closing move.
Their hopes of a comeback, nonetheless, have been dashed when Emre Can was despatched off within the seventy fifth for a foul on Pedro Porro.
Sporting earned a penalty 4 minutes later and Porro headed within the rebound after Kobel had saved Goncalves’ spot-kick to disclaim him a hat-trick.
Dortmund, who scored in stoppage-time by way of Donyell Malen, have been left questioning how a marketing campaign that began with two wins might have introduced no factors from the subsequent three matches.
The Germans will go into the Europa League because the third-placed group within the group. Ajax Amsterdam clinched high spot with a 2-1 win over backside facet Besiktas, their fifth victory in 5 matches.