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Real Madrid draw with Legia Warsaw, Borussia Dortmund advance

By AP - Nov 03,2016 - Last updated at Nov 03,2016

Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (middle) and Warsaw’s Michal Kopczynski and Adam Hlousek in action during their Champions League match in Warsaw on Wednesday (Reuters photo by Kacper Pempel)

One more team booked a ticket in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday and it was not the star-studded defending champion, Real Madrid.

Needing a win at Legia Warsaw to advance, Madrid squandered a 2-0 lead and allowed the Polish side to earn their first point of the campaign in what became a highly embarrassing 3-3 draw for the Spanish powerhouse.

But while Zinedine Zidane’s team struggled, Borussia Dortmund had no such trouble and advanced to the knockout stages with two games to spare after a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon. They join Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and five-time winner Bayern Munich, that all qualified on Tuesday.

Zidane said he was not surprised by a result that saw his team slip to second place in Group F, two points behind Dortmund.

“It was a strange match, it didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” the Madrid manager said. “We lacked a bit of everything. Above all, when you score two goals we dropped our intensity, and when you do that they can score. Now we are going to forget this game.”

Polish supporters did not have a chance to celebrate at Wojska Polskiego Stadium, as the doors had been closed to the public by UEFA as a penalty for fans’ racist behaviour and the fireworks thrown during a previous loss to Dortmund.

Coming off a hat trick in the Spanish league, Cristiano Ronaldo finished empty-handed and remains two goals short of scoring his 100th goal in European competition.

Leicester dropped the first points in their first foray into the Champions League and need to wait for another round of matches to seal a place in the last 16.

Here’s a look at what happened in the Champions League on Wednesday in detail:


Group E


In a tightly contested group, Monaco took a big step towards qualifying with a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen claimed their first victory of the campaign at the expense of Tottenham.

Monaco are now top of the group with eight points, two more than Leverkusen. Tottenham is another two points behind.

Valere Germain took advantage of some hapless goalkeeping from Igor Akinfeev to open the scoring in the 13th minute. Radamel Falcao added Monaco’s second from Benjamin Mendy’s cross in the 29th and then used some neat footwork to make it 3-0 in the 41st.

A record Tottenham attendance of 85,512 at its temporary Wembley Stadium home saw Kevin Kampl score in the 65th minute with a deflected shot for a 1-0 win which lifted Leverkusen into second place.


Group F


Madrid looked set to romp to another big win after Gareth Bale netted an amazing opener from distance in the first minute before then setting up Benzema to make it 2-0.

But Madrid’s slack defence — and overconfidence — let Legia rally in stunning fashion to take the lead. Vadis Odjidja and Miroslav Radovic struck from long range before Thibault Moulin also scored from outside the area in the 83rd.

Madrid was facing a humiliating defeat until Mateo Kovacic fired in from near the edge of the box to at least rescue a point.

Dortmund left their top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang watching from the stands as his backup, Adrian Ramos, scored the only goal in the 12th minute of a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said Gabon striker Aubameyang was left out for “internal reasons”.

The German side is atop the standings on 10 points, with Madrid trailing by two points and Sporting five further back.


Group G


Following three straight wins, Leicester were held to a scoreless draw at FC Copenhagen and must now wait for a home game against a Brugge side that lost 1-0 at FC Porto for another chance to advance.

Leicester dominate the group with 10 points, followed by Porto with seven, while Copenhagen is in third spot with five points.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel dived to his right to claw away a downward header from Andreas Cornelius in injury time to earn the draw.

Andre Silva headed home for Porto in the 37th minute at the Estadio do Dragao to end a winless drought at home in European competitions. The ball deflected off the shoulder of Brugge midfielder Tomas Pina before going into the top corner by the far post. It was Silva’s fourth goal in his last four matches with Porto.

The result eliminated Brugge, which are yet to win a point after four matches.


Group H


Sevilla moved closer to the knockout stages after easing to a 4-0 win over a Dinamo Zagreb side that played the entire second half with 10 men. Dinamo defender Petar Stojanovic received a red card just before the break with the score at 1-0.

Sevilla dominated throughout the match at its Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with goals from Luciano Vietto, Sergio Escudero, Steven N’Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the result beyond doubt.

Sevilla, which had won the Europa League for the previous three seasons, lead Group H with 10 points. Dinamo were left with zero points.

Juventus have eight points after drawing 1-1 with Lyon, which have four.

The Italian host missed the chance to ensure qualification with a victory.


Gonzalo Higuain netted a penalty in the 13th minute but missed an open goal shortly before half-time. Juventus looked on course for the win but Corentin Tolisso levelled six minutes from time.

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