Sporting wins big from BVB, pushes Germans to Europa League and goes with Ajax

The cards in Ajax‘s Champions League poule are shaken after five rounds of play. Sporting Portugal goes to the knockout phase with Ajax: the reigning national champion of Portugal conducts Borussia Dortmund to the Europa League, after an eclatant 3-1 victory over BVB, whose honor was saved by Donyell Malen.
Dortmund had won Sporting 1-0 at the end of September and both teams were tied in points at the start. If it were not 1-0 for the home team or tie, the competition would therefore already be decided on a mutual result. Both teams kept up for half an hour, but then Sporting handed out two sleeve strokes in a row. Pedro Gonçalves taped into 1-0 after a slipper by Nico Schulz and also took care of the 2-0 with a stripe of distance.

Sporting ahead! 😮 The Portuguese come up against the ratio against Dortmund, but jump over the Borussen in the pool 🆙 #ZiggoSport #UCL #SCPBVB
— Ziggo Sports Football (@ZS_Voetbal) November 24, 2021

Dortmund could still afford a 2-1 defeat, but in the second half it went from bad to worse for the Germans. Emre Can got red in the final phase after a bump, a little later the ball went on the spot after a violation by Dan-Axel Zagadou. Doeman Gregor Kobel prevented Gonçalves from the dot to perfect his hat trick, but Pedro Porro struck in the rebound: 3-0. The 3-1 van Malen in the extra time gave Dortmund extra hope, but the hit of the Orange international came too late.

Boom! 💥 Sporting at 2-0 and again it’s Gonçalves hitting 🔥 With this stand, Sporting after Ajax continues in Poule C and Dortmund goes to the Europa League 😨 #ZiggoSport #UCL #SCPBVB
— Ziggo Sports Football (@ZS_Voetbal) November 24, 2021

With one more round ahead, it is already clear how the spots will be divided from one to four in Champions League group C: Dortmund can at most still match in points with number two Sporting. The Ajax-Sporting and Borussia Dortmund-Besiktas matches of 7 December are only about prestige, competition premiums and coefficients.

Stunt in the making! 😱 Sporting comes with a man more on a 3-0 lead against Dortmund and it seems decidedly 👀 The Portuguese will continue in the Champions League and condemn the Germans to the Europa League 😳 #ZiggoSport #UCL #SCPBVB
— Ziggo Sports Football (@ZS_Voetbal) November 24, 2021