Dort­mund ad­vance, Auba sus­pended

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BORUS­SIA DORT­MUND booked their place in the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League with a 1-0 win over Sport­ing Lis­bon yes­ter­day de­spite sus­pend­ing striker Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang.

With two games still to play, Dort­mund are guar­an­teed at least a top-two place in Group F.

They now lead the group, two points ahead of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Real Madrid, who drew 3-3 at War­saw Le­gia yes­ter­day.

But de­spite the home win, coach Thomas Tuchel was far from pleased.

“We had no self-con­fi­dence in any phase of our game,” he fumed. “De­fen­sively we made a lot of mis­takes, but we’re through after four matches.”

Tuchel de­liv­ered a shock be­fore kick­off at Dort­mund’s Sig­nal Iduna Park.

Star striker Aubameyang was sus­pended “for in­ter­nal rea­sons” and his re­place­ment Adrian Ramos hit the first-half win­ner.

“The coach has taken the de­ci­sion and it is ab­so­lutely cor­rect,” Dort­mund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky.

The 27-year-old Aubameyang, who has scored 10 goals al­ready this sea­son, was sus­pended un­til yes­ter­day and was cut from the match day squad.

“We com­pletely ac­cept there will be spec­u­la­tion, but in­ter­nal means in­ter­nal,” added Tuchel.

Ramos took Aubameyang’s place in a 4-1-4-1 for­ma­tion.

The Colom­bia striker needed just 12 min­utes to give Dort­mund the lead with a loop­ing header in his side’s first real at­tack.

Ger­many in­ter­na­tion­als Ju­lian Weigl and Mario Goetze com­bined in the box, then Matthias Gin­ter put in a cross from the right flank.

Ramos placed a pin­point header past Sport­ing’s goal­keeper Rui Pa­tri­cio into the top right cor­ner.

Sport­ing re­main with­out a win in Ger­many after one draw and now 12 de­feats.

Dort­mund main­tain their 100% home record against Por­tuguese sides in Europe with five wins from five. – AFP

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