Dort­mund hang on to win thriller

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

FIRST-HALF goals by Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang and Ju­lian Weigl set Borussia Dort­mund up for a 2-1 win at Sport­ing yes­ter­day although they had to sur­vive a sec­ond-half rally in Cham­pi­ons League Group F. Bruno Ce­sar pulled the Por­tuguese league run­ners-up back into the game when he scored from an in­di­rect free kick mid­way through the sec­ond half but Borussia held on, leav­ing them on seven points and Sport­ing with three. The hosts, with­out coach Jorge Je­sus who was sus­pended, made a bright start but the Bun­desliga side struck the first blow. Aubameyang out­mus­cled Ruben Semedo as the two chased the ball, left the de­fender on the ground and dinked the ball over Rui Pa­tri­cio with his left foot in the ninth minute. Sport­ing thought they had lev­elled in the 39th minute when Se­bas­tian Coates turned the ball in at the far post from a cor­ner but it was con­tro­ver­sially dis­al­lowed for a push on goal­keeper Ro­man Buerki. Dort­mund went fur­ther ahead two min­utes be­fore half­time as Weigl won a loose ball, evaded a tackle and side-footed a shot into the far cor­ner from the edge of the area, the 21-year-old’s first goal for the club since he joined them one year ago. It was harsh on Sport­ing and the Lions hauled them­selves back into the game af­ter Buerki was forced to pick up a poor back pass from Marc Bar­tra. Wil­liam Car­valho touched the ball to sub­sti­tute Ce­sar who blasted it through the wall of Dort­mund play­ers on the goal line in the 67th minute. “To­day a young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced team played with such self-con­fi­dence dur­ing the first half,” said Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel. “Sport­ing took big risks af­ter our goals.... af­ter scor­ing to make it 2-1 their fans got louder.” – Reuters

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Legia War­saw 1 GROUP G Le­ices­ter City (ENG) 1 gen (DEN) 0, Club Brugge (BEL) 1 Porto (POR) 2 GROUP H Dinamo Zagreb ( CRO) 0 Sevilla (ESP) 1

Lyon (FRA) 0 Ju­ven­tus (ITA) 1 Copenha- A Pts Dort­mund’s Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing dur­ing against Sport­ing CP at the Jose Al­valade sta­dium yes­ter­day. –

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