UEFA Champions League Group F Review
Bourssia Dortmund remain atop Group F after a goal filled matchday five. The German club were involved in a historic match, while Real Madrid needed another late goal to defeat Sporting. Here’s a recap of the action from Tuesday.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Legia Warsaw
Goals, goals and more goals was the theme of this match. In total, 12 goals were scored, as a new record was set for most goals scored in a single UEFA Champions League match. Seven of the 12 came in the first half of play as Dortmund led 5-2 at halftime.
Legia Warsaw were the first to find the back of the net, as Aleksander Prijovic opened his account with goal in the tenth minute. Less than ten minutes later the home side would find themselves in the lead, Shinji Kagawa netted two goals in two minutes to put Dortmund up 2-1.
Nuri Sahin made it 3-0 in the 20th minute when the goalkeepers clearance attempt deflected off the midfielder and found its way into the back of the net. However, the celebration would be short lived as Prijovic would score his second goal of the match to bring Legia Warsaw back within one.
Despite the efforts of the Polish side, Dortmund would score three unanswered goals to effectively put the match out of reach. Ousmane Dembele and Marco Reus would both score before halftime, and Reus would complete the brace in the 52nd minute.
Both sides would exchange goals throughout the remainder of the second half, as it finished 8-4. With tonight’s result, Dortmund go into the final matchday with a two point advantage over Real Madrid.
Sporting CP vs. Real Madrid
A goal from Karim Benzema in the 87th minute proved to be the difference in this match, as Real Madrid advance to the Round of 16 for the 20th consecutive season.
The defending champions grabbed the lead in the 29th minute when Raphael Varane finished from close range. Sporting would be dealt a blow in their comeback efforts in the 64th minute, as Joao Pereira was sent off. However, the home side would equalize in the 80th minute after a handball was called on Fabio Coentrao. Adrien Silva dispatched the ensuing penalty past Keylor Navas to level the score.
With only a few minutes remaining, Real Madrid would press on in search of the winner. The moment came when Sergio Ramos served in a pinpoint cross to Benezma who put it past Rui Patricio. As a result, Real Madrid will look to the final matchday to determine where they will end up in the Round of 16.
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