The fifth round of the group stage of the Champions League will have been rich in lessons this Wednesday evening: Dortmund, in particular, is eliminated from the race for the eighth. Atlético and AC Milan are in danger.
In a group C crushed by Ajax, striker this Wednesday at the beginning of the evening of Besiktas, in Istanbul, for a fifth success in as many continental outings this season, a decisive meeting pitted the Sporting and Dortmund in Lisbon. The locals came out victorious and qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League (3-1). This obviously at the expense of Borussia.
To build this third triumph in a row in the competition, the Lisbonites have simplified their task by striking back-to-back in the first act, by Pedro Goncalves (30e, 39e). Porro added to the bill at the end of the match while the double scorer of the evening missed the opportunity for a hat-trick from the penalty spot (81e). The reduction of the gap signed Malen in added time (90e+3) not changing anything for a Borussia guaranteed to finish third and therefore transferred to the Europa League.
Milan and Atlético condemned to victory
The Europa League, this will potentially be the fate of l’Atlético de Madrid or from l’AC Milan in pool B. Even the outright eviction from the European scene. Despite his short victory in Madrid in fact, on a realization of Messias in the “money time” (0-1, 87e), the Lombard club remains in an unfavorable waiver compared to the Matelassiers (winners 1-2 to go to Italy) and forced to the feat in two weeks against Liverpool.
A success of the Rossoneri against the Reds may not be enough. Indeed the FC Porto, although beaten at Anfield on Wednesday (2-0), keeps his fate in hand and will put everyone in agreement in the event of a favorable outcome at home in front of Atlético. The Colchoneros have no other choice but to win on this final day of the first phase to rally the eighth in turn.