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Ramos sees off Sporting to take Dortmund through

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2016, 22.54CET
Adrián Ramos scored the only goal early on as Borussia Dortmund edged out Sporting Clube be Portugal to confirm a top-two finish in Group F with two games to spare.
by Steffen Potter from BVB Stadion Dortmund
Ramos sees off Sporting to take Dortmund through
Adrián Ramos after putting Dortmund in front ©Getty Images

Match statistics

DortmundSporting CP

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts10
 
10
on target5
 
2
off target5
 
6
blocked0
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners3
 
2
Offsides4
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed6
 
18
Fouls suffered17
 
6
Passes603
 
518
completed519
 
444

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 2 November 2016, 22.54CET

Ramos sees off Sporting to take Dortmund through

Adrián Ramos scored the only goal early on as Borussia Dortmund edged out Sporting Clube be Portugal to confirm a top-two finish in Group F with two games to spare.

Borussia Dortmund reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as Adrián Ramos' early goal secured three points at home to Sporting and a top-two finish in Group F.

With just 12 minutes played Ramos, a surprise inclusion instead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, provided the only goal of the night, heading in Matthias Ginter's fine right-wing cross following some nice work by Christian Pulišić.

Before the break, Sporting twice came close to an equaliser thanks to the lively Gelson Martins, who was first denied by Roman Bürki and then Marc Barta.

Dortmund had chances to make it two, not least when Pulišić hit the bar before the interval and Schürrle sent a dipping free-kick just too high after the break. They might have been pegged back by a Bryan Ruiz header late on, but prevailed without displaying the flair of previous months.

Key player: Adrián Ramos (Dortmund)
There is no way of knowing when Ramos had learned that he would be starting, but it cannot have been more than a couple of hours before kick-off. Being the understudy to Aubameyang is not easy, but the Colombian striker was there when it mattered in his first ever UEFA Champions League start to score his fourth competition goal in his seventh match – after a total of just 109 minutes in the competition.

Aubameyang's surprise exclusion
A couple of hours before kick-off, when photos were taken inside Dortmund's dressing room, Aubameyang's shirt was still on display. When the line-ups were published, his name was not there, not even on the bench. Coach Tuchel confirmed on German TV that he was left out "for internal reasons"; it will be interesting to see how the story develops.

Pulišić's growing standing
The American has just turned 18 but his role at Dortmund is increasing all the time. With Gonzalo Castro and Raphaël Guerreiro returning from the sidelines, there were speculations he would make way tonight. Not only did he start, but Tuchel preferred to keep Pulišić on the pitch while substituting World Cup winner Mario Götze for Sebastian Rode later on, after the 18-year old had put in a strong performance on the right wing before.

Reporter's view

Steffen Potter (@UEFAcomSteffenP)
While I expected a Dortmund win or at least a draw, I didn't foresee them providing as many openings for Sporting. While the frailties at the back and the Aubameyang situation may provide enough talking points for the next couple of weeks, this Dortmund side have still managed to go through with only four games played and have even overtaken Real Madrid to go top of the section.

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Last updated: 21/11/16 12.23CET

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Lineups

dortmund

Dortmund

sporting cp

Sporting CP

38
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
5
BartraMarc Bartra
2
SchelottoEzequiel Schelotto
7
DembéléOusmane Dembélé
Substitution46
10
RuizBryan Ruiz
Substitution78
10
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution69
11
Bruno CésarBruno César
Substitution58
13
Raphaël GuerreiroRaphaël Guerreiro
Yellow Card65
13
CoatesSebastián Coates
20
RamosAdrián Ramos
Goal12
14
William CarvalhoWilliam Carvalho (C)
22
PulišićChristian Pulišić
15
Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira
25
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos (C)
20
CastaignosLuc Castaignos
Yellow Card21
Substitution46
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution69
31
ZeegelaarMarvin Zeegelaar
Yellow Card75
28
GinterMatthias Ginter
35
Ruben SemedoRuben Semedo
Yellow Card11
33
WeiglJulian Weigl
77
Gelson MartinsGelson Martins

Substitutes

1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK)
34
BetoBeto (GK)
8
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
3
MarkovićLazar Marković
Substitution78
9
Emre MorEmre Mor
7
CampbellJoel Campbell
18
RodeSebastian Rode
Substitution69
21
João PereiraJoão Pereira
21
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution46
22
ElíasElías
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Substitution69
23
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
Substitution58
30
PasslackFelix Passlack
28
DostBas Dost
Substitution46

Coach

Thomas Tuchel (GER) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Assistant referees

Mario Diks (NED), Hessel Steegstra (NED)

Fourth official

Jan Vries (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Kevin Blom (NED), Kamphuis Jochem (NED)

Legend:

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