UCL: Leicester, Juve Through, Dortmund Romp

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Leicester City’s remarkable debut Champions League campaign continued as they reached the knockout stages with one game to spare by beating Club Brugge.

The Foxes needed a point to move into the last 16, yet secured three to ensure they will finish top of Group G.

A smart finish into the top corner by Shinji Okazaki, after a fine cross by Christian Fuchs, set Claudio Ranieri’s side on their way.

Riyad Mahrez doubled the lead from the penalty spot – his fourth goal in five Champions League games – after Marc Albrighton was fouled by Dion Cools, before Jose Izquierdo hit a wonderful consolation after a 40-yard run.

Leicester were unrecognisable from the side who have struggled in the Premier League this season.

They are the second English team, after Arsenal, to secure a place in the draw for the knockout stages on 12 December. Porto and Copenhagen drew 0-0 with to keep the race for second spot open with the Portuguese side sitting second on 8 points, two behind the Danish champions.

History rewritten

Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw made Champions League history on Tuesday – with the 12 goals they shared the highest in a single match.

Thomas Tuchel’s side beat their Polish opponents 8-4 on a truly memorable evening in Germany with Marco Reus netting a hat-trick while there were braces for Shinji Kagawa and Legia’s Aleksandar Prijovic who got the game’s opener inside 10 minutes. Ousmane Dembele, Nuri Sahin and Felix Passlack also scored for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

It surpassed the 11 scored when Monaco beat Deportivo La Coruna 8-3 in 2003.

There were seven goals in 22 first-half minutes – and Legia ended up as the first side to score four goals in a Champions League match and still lose.

Champions League holders Real Madrid booked their place in the last 16 by beating Portuguese side Sporting 2-1 thanks to a late goal.

France defender Raphael Varane put them ahead, but Adrien Silva’s 81st-minute penalty appeared to be enough to earn a draw for the home side.

Substitute Karim Benzema nodded in centre-back Sergio Ramos’s cross as Madrid extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 30 games.

Zidane’s team will finish top of Group F if they win their final match against current leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Brilliant late strikes from Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic secured injury-hit Juventus‘ passage to the Champions League knockout phase with a dramatic 3-1 win at 10-man Sevilla

Sevilla, who took the lead through Nico Pareja’s coolly taken early opener, could have secured top spot in Group H for themselves with three points, but their indiscipline counted against them as the persistent Italians clinched the win in the final 10 minutes thanks to Bonucci and Mandzukic.

Creator-in-chief Franco Vazquez picked up two needless yellow cards to earn his dismissal nine minutes before the break and then Claudio Marchisio struck from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time – the first time Sevilla had conceded in this season’s competition.

Sevilla are now contesting for second spot with Lyon who had Alexandre Lacazette to thank as his second-half goal gave the French a glimmer of hope of Champions League progress as they beat Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 at Stadion Maksimir.

Lacazette’s goal proved enough to give Lyon the win, and the news of Juventus’ 3-1 win over Sevilla set up a tense tie against the Spaniards at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.


In: Arsenal, Paris St-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid. Leicester City, Juventus
Out: Ludogorets, Basel, PSV Eindhoven, FC Rostov, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, Legia Warsaw, Tottenham, CSKA Moscow, Sporting Lisbon

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