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DORT­MUND vs LIS­BON BORUS­SIA DORT­MUND have started strongly in Group F and will se­cure their place in the last 16 with a win at home to Sport­ing Lis­bon at the Sig­nal Iduna Park.

Thomas Tuchel’s men were 2-1 win­ners when the teams met in Por­tu­gal re­cently and have lost just one of their last 11 matches. How­ever, they were held to a goal­less draw by Schalke in the Ruhr derby at the week­end and sit only sixth in the Bun­desliga.

In ad­di­tion, they have a long in­jury list with Mar­cel Sch­melzer, Sven Ben­der, Marco Reus, Neven Subotic and Erik Durm all on the side­lines.

Sport­ing need a pos­i­tive re­sult to keep alive their chances of reach­ing the knock­out phase for the first time since 2008/09 but they have had one draw and suf­fered 11 de­feats on their 12 pre­vi­ous vis­its to Ger­many.

LE­GIA WAR­SAW vs REAL MADRID IN­CI­DENTS at Le­gia’s last home game, a 6-0 de­feat to Borus­sia Dort­mund, means this meet­ing with the reign­ing cham­pi­ons will be played be­hind closed doors in the Pol­ish cap­i­tal.

Le­gia lost 5-1 in Madrid last time out and are yet to reg­is­ter a point in the group – an­other de­feat here will elim­i­nate them, while even a draw may not put off the in- evitable.

Madrid, mean­while, will be through with a win, pro­vided Borus­sia Dort­mund also win.

They are top of La Liga, un­beaten in 15 games this sea­son and have scored 24 times in their last five matches. Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, mean­while, is just two goals away from reach­ing a cen­tury in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion.

SEVILLA vs DI­NAMO ZA­GREB SE­RIAL Europa League win­ners Sevilla are level top of Group H along­side Ju­ven­tus and tackle point­less Croa­t­ians Di­namo Za­greb, who lost 3-0 and 4-0 to Lyon and Ju­ven­tus re­spec­tively be­fore go­ing down 1-0 at home to Sevilla two weeks ago.

Fourth in the Span­ish league, Sevilla have scored just two goals to get their seven points in Europe with a goal­less draw at Ju­ven­tus and a 1-0 win over Lyon com­ing be­fore French­man Samir Nasri gave them the points in Za­greb.

Nasri will miss this match and for­mer Chile coach Jorge Sam­paoli will hope his team can safely ne­go­ti­ate the en­counter with a home clash with Barcelona to fol­low at the week­end.

Di­namo have never gone beyond the group stage in the Cham­pi­ons League and will be elim­i­nated if they lose. – AFP

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