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Dortmund hold on to claim Sporting scalp

Published: Tuesday 18 October 2016, 22.30CET
Borussia Dortmund won 2-1 at Sporting CP in Group F although the hosts made them suffer once they cut the lead given to BVB by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Weigl.
by Paul Bryan & Steffen Potter

Match statistics

Sporting CPDortmund

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)42
 
58
Total attempts10
 
10
on target5
 
3
off target5
 
5
blocked0
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners2
 
4
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
12
Fouls suffered11
 
10
Passes396
 
537
completed310
 
451

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 19/06/2017 18:52 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 18 October 2016, 22.30CET

Dortmund hold on to claim Sporting scalp

Borussia Dortmund won 2-1 at Sporting CP in Group F although the hosts made them suffer once they cut the lead given to BVB by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Weigl.

Borussia Dortmund made it seven Group F points from nine with a 2-1 victory in Lisbon which seriously dented Sporting CP's hopes of an extended UEFA Champions League campaign. 

Thomas Tuchel's men spoiled Sporting's nine-match winning home run as the Lisbon club, eliminated from Europe by Bundesliga clubs in the last two seasons, suffered more German misery. First-half goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Weigl clinched things, though substitute Bruno César's indirect free-kick inside the box sparked a fightback in which Gelson Martins was centimetres away from equalising.

Aubameyang delight at Dortmund win

If the result belied Sporting's bright start, Dortmund's initial hesitancy betrayed the visitors' inexperience – average age 23 and featuring teenagers Ousmane Dembélé, Christian Pulišić and Felix Passlack.

Then, however, Aubameyang outran and outstrengthed Ruben Semedo before dinking over Rui Patrício. Midfielder Weigl, with his first Dortmund goal, doubled the advantage, beating two men before rifling home.

Roman Bürki's fingertips saved BVB when Elías broke free and, later, with Bas Dost poised to pounce. The referee's whistle also ruled out Sebastián Coates's strike. Dost's free header, at 1-2, was another one that got agonisingly away.

Key man: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund)
Along with his superb off-the-ball movement, Aubameyang showcased his strength, speed and a subtle finish when powering away for the opener. The 27-year-old might have added to his seven goals in 20 UEFA Champions League matches on several occasions thereafter, twisting and turning Sporting's defenders at will.

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Sporting were much improved after the break

Sporting's missing link
Sporting concerns were raised when midfielder Adrien Silva recently underwent knee surgery, sidelining the skipper for this double-header with Dortmund. The worry was that the Leões talisman would leave too big a gap at the heart of Jorge Jesus's team – a fear largely realised during an opening period in which Elías and Lazar Marković struggled to stem the Black and Yellow tide. However, a much improved second-half showing offers encouragement ahead of matchday four.

BVB's strength-in-depth
"I am confident in the team I will send out," said Tuchel in response to the injury crisis his side are enduring. The coach – shorn of seven senior players in the Portuguese capital – proved his faith was well-founded as Die Schwarzgelben made light of those absences for large parts against Sporting. What's more, with attacking talent such as Aubameyang, Pulišić, Dembélé and Mario Götze on dazzling display, BVB also reiterated their tournament ambitions here, despite tiring after the restart.

Reporters' views

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Dortmund celebrate at full time

Paul Bryan, Sporting (@UEFAcomPaulB)
Seemingly out of sight at half-time when leading through Aubameyang and Weigl's first senior goal, Dortmund were given an almighty scare once César smashed home midway through the second 45, a strike that set up an enthralling finish. Weary perhaps after their impressive first-half exploits, BVB somehow kept Sporting at bay but will know they will have their work cut out come the rematch on 2 November.

Steffen Potter, Dortmund (@UEFAcomSteffenP)
What a game! Dortmund appeared in control for long spells, with elegant 21-year-old Weigl bossing central midfield and their quick attackers always a danger. But then Sporting got one back to herald a frantic finale. However, with everyone expecting Real Madrid to progress from this section, this victory has been a massive step forward for Borussia – provided they can avoid a reverse when Sporting visit Germany next month.

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Last updated: 31/10/16 13.07CET

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Lineups

sporting cp

Sporting CP

dortmund

Dortmund

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
38
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
Yellow Card88
2
SchelottoEzequiel Schelotto
Yellow Card68
5
BartraMarc Bartra
Substitution68
3
MarkovićLazar Marković
Substitution65
7
DembéléOusmane Dembélé
10
RuizBryan Ruiz
Substitution79
10
GötzeMario Götze
13
CoatesSebastián Coates
17
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Goal9
14
William CarvalhoWilliam Carvalho (C)
22
PulišićChristian Pulišić
22
ElíasElías
Yellow Card54
Substitution60
23
KagawaShinji Kagawa
28
DostBas Dost
25
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos (C)
31
ZeegelaarMarvin Zeegelaar
28
GinterMatthias Ginter
Substitution71
35
Ruben SemedoRuben Semedo
30
PasslackFelix Passlack
Yellow Card49
Substitution90+2
77
Gelson MartinsGelson Martins
33
WeiglJulian Weigl
Goal43

Substitutes

34
BetoBeto (GK)
1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK)
7
CampbellJoel Campbell
Substitution65
Yellow Card76
39
BonmannHendrik Bonmann (GK)
11
Bruno CésarBruno César
Substitution60
Goal67
Yellow Card86
8
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
15
Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira
9
Emre MorEmre Mor
16
AndréAndré
Substitution79
18
RodeSebastian Rode
Substitution71
Yellow Card76
47
Ricardo EsgaioRicardo Esgaio
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Substitution68
73
Matheus PereiraMatheus Pereira
32
BurnicDzenis Burnic
Substitution90+2

Coach

José Raul (POR) Thomas Tuchel (GER)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Jure Praprotnik (SVN), Robert Vukan (SVN)

Fourth official

Bojan Ul (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution