Sporting have made it into the round of Last 16 of the UEFA Champions League after defeating ten-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at the Alvalade.

The Lions cruised into half-time with a two-goal lead, courtesy of a Pedro Gonçalves double before a straight red card from Emre Can set the hosts on their way through for the first time in 13 years, defeating the Germans 3-1 in Lisbon.

FC Porto will have to wait to find out their fate, however, as a 2-0 defeat left the Dragons stuck on five points in second place, with an AC Milan win against Atlético Madrid leaving qualification from Group B on a knife edge for the three sides trailing first-placed Liverpool.

Sporting 3-1 Dortmund

On the night Dortmund were unable to count on Erling Haaland and Raphaël Guerreiro, among others, Sporting had their eye on a historic night at the Alvalade in their quest for victory and potential qualification.

Rúben Amorim’s men found themselves well-placed to make it out of the group after a Pedro Gonçalves brace supplied Sporting with a 2-0 lead going into half-time, despite the Bundesliga side’s best efforts to dominate possession. 

Dortmund responded with changes at the interval, but the shake-up backfired after the man tasked with plugging the gaps in the back-line, Emre Can, found himself in the referee’s bad books with a straight red card midway through the second period.

A foul on Paulinho from Axel Zagadou gave Sporting’s Pedro Gonçalves the chance to grab a hat-trick from the spot, prior to Gregor Kobel’s stop, but the Swiss wasn’t prepared for Pedro Porro’s follow-up to make it 3-0.

Donyell Malen’s consolation goal completed the score at 3-1, making way for the celebrations in the Portuguese capital as Sporting followed Ajax into the next round.

Rúben Amorim, Sporting coach:

“The team has grown. Today we played against a great team, who pushed us back, and who actually played better than in Germany, but we were also much better. It’s a small step forward for the idea we have for the club. We’re in the last 16, it’s not usual for Sporting, but it has to become common. For us to be “regular customers” here, there is still a long way to go.”

Sebastián Coates, Sporting captain:

“I’m proud to be captain of this team, which gives everything on the pitch. Sometimes things go well, sometimes they go badly, but the goal of this team is always to give it our all.”

Liverpool 2-0 FC Porto 

Running in tandem was Porto’s fixture away to the might of Liverpool, at Anfield, with the visitors going a goal down in the second half to a stunning Thiago Alcântara opener on the volley in the second period.

The class of Mohamed Salah in the 70th minute was telling as he increased the Reds’ lead to 2-0, but a goal in the other game of the group for Milan, against Atlético, sees Porto hold onto their one-point advantage in second place ahead of their match-up against the Colchoneros.

Sérgio Conceição, FC Porto coach:

“I leave here with a feeling of frustration. In the first half we created three or four clear goal-scoring chances, but we didn’t score. At this level you pay a big price for those misses. Today we played a good game but were not clinical. In attacking terms we were not at all effective.

“In the three away games, in Madrid, Milan and here, we always created clear opportunities, a handful of chances, which we should have taken advantage of. We want, again this year, to get into the last 16 and we’ll work hard to do so, but when the time comes. Now it’s time to think about the game against Vitória de Guimarães.”

By Patrick Ribeiro

 

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Palhinha, Porro, Feddal, and Nunes are sitting on two yellows. If you're Amorim, do you play them for the win against Ajax or sit them in preparation for the knockout rounds?

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Congrats to Sporting on a brilliant game and performance.

Good to see them gain momentum at the right time. Would love to see them avenge the Ajax loss now.

My Porto was better than Liverpool in the 1st half and failed to capitalize. You...

Congrats to Sporting on a brilliant game and performance.

Good to see them gain momentum at the right time. Would love to see them avenge the Ajax loss now.

My Porto was better than Liverpool in the 1st half and failed to capitalize. You cannot do that. We have some great prospects but these guys need to step up. Evanilson needs to become a better finisher. Taremi needs to take his chances.

We were robbed by corrupt officials in the 1st Atleti game and should have beat AC Milan in the 2nd game. We still have our fate in our hands, but we need to come out and beat Atletico decisively in 2 weeks.

Would be brilliant to see all 3 Portuguese teams in the knockouts. I hope we can do it.

Cheers.

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Well done Sporting. Champions of Portugal should always look to be on the front foot at home. Porto and Benfica as well on principle.

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Great showing by Sporting. Really convincing win. Tactically they were superb, they defended extremely well (I thought Inacio was fantastic, left Reiner and Malen very little room to operate), and looked threatening every time they went on the...

Great showing by Sporting. Really convincing win. Tactically they were superb, they defended extremely well (I thought Inacio was fantastic, left Reiner and Malen very little room to operate), and looked threatening every time they went on the break. What a strike from Pedro on the 2nd and his anticipation in waiting for the ball to drop from that error in the 1st, was intelligent. I hope he stays in Lisbon until the end of the season, there’s no reason he should not be in the starting XI for Portugal, why wait until he moves to the PL/LaLiga? This man has already proved his worth! We need goals and we know where to find them.

I have a question: Is anyone here a fan of Paulinho? Enlighten me. I am yet to be impressed since his move to Sporting, his holdup play is ok, but he’s slow, and is pretty wasteful with his chances. Nice job on winning the penalty, but I was annoyed at how often and easily he went to the ground. Perhaps he works with the Sporting system because he’s flanked by two technically gifted, talented wingers, but still unsure, so a big, slow, poaching striker may make sense. His poaching hasn’t been great though. Tomas is still a young player, but is much more dynamic and robust on the ball, not to mention his press and work rate which I’ve been a fan of. Soaking pressure and playing on the break with him, Pedro, and Sarabia could be neat. Just a thought.

Unlucky for Porto, especially in regards to those wasted chances in the 1st half. They never look the same without Pepe, parallels with the Seleçao. I think that a win against Atletico is in the cards, and next match day at the Dragao will be a good one.

Solid chance for all 3 Portuguese teams to get through. What a great thing this would be for our country. Força!

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Very convincing last three games from Sporting. Their performance has improved a lot since September and I was very proud last night watching them outplaying Dortmund.

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Sporting needs to sign Pedro Porro now. They have the obligation to buy him for only €8.5 million. This guy has been outstanding from the first moment they loaned him. He is already a Spanish international. His price tag is steadily rising.

So,...

Sporting needs to sign Pedro Porro now. They have the obligation to buy him for only €8.5 million. This guy has been outstanding from the first moment they loaned him. He is already a Spanish international. His price tag is steadily rising.

So, the idea is pay the €8.5 million, play him for another season and then sell him to Spanish giants for €45 million. Easy money.

PSG will most probably sign Nuno Mendes sooner or later, so there is another €40 million waiting in the bank. There is no words to describe the impact of Pedro Gonçalves right now. His price tag is already hovering around €75 million. This guy is gold.

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@dhazer it’s not the players. They have a coach who makes the players play to levels they didn’t know were capable. That’s the difference. When they lost nuno mendes and Mario people said the same you are saying now about pote and Porto yet he...

@dhazer it’s not the players. They have a coach who makes the players play to levels they didn’t know were capable. That’s the difference. When they lost nuno mendes and Mario people said the same you are saying now about pote and Porto yet he played nunes who actually was third string last year and barely played and now Reis for them two and they haven’t missed a beat. When you have a special coach/ leader who inspires players that is more important then any single player and also the rarest commodity in any sport. These players will do anything for Amorim right now. They run and run and run and never give up despite being underdogs now for the better part of 2 years in every competition they have played including in Portugal. Where were any of these guys before Amorim? Wolves thought pote was useless. Coates was a huge bust for years and the list goes on. Great leader makes the players around them better and that’s what sporting is fortunate to have. If Amorim left today and they kept there team they would not be the same.

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There is no better Portuguese forward atm than Pote and yet no callup. He scores regularly in the league, cup matches and champions league. What is the problem?

That second goal was WOW! Congrats to Sporting for playing such a brilliant brand of...

There is no better Portuguese forward atm than Pote and yet no callup. He scores regularly in the league, cup matches and champions league. What is the problem?

That second goal was WOW! Congrats to Sporting for playing such a brilliant brand of football.

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