Legia beat Sporting to earn Europa spot
WARSAW: Legia Warsaw defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 yesterday to clinch third place in Group F of the Champions League and secure a spot in the Europa League.
Midfielder Guilherme scored from close range in the 30th minute after a pass by forward Aleksandar Prijovic, The strike brought the hosts their first victory since a 1-0 triumph over Blackburn Rovers in 1995, the last time it played in the competition’s group stage.
Sporting, which arrived with a twopoint lead and could have secured third place with a draw, played with 10 men from the 85th minute after midfielder William Carvalho was sent off for a second yellow card.
The Portuguese side hasn’t won an away game in the competition since 2008, losing six of its seven games since then. Borussia Dortmund, which drew Real Madrid 2-2 in Spain, won the group with 14 points, two more than the defending champions. Legia ended with four points and Sporting three.