Spot­light on Ron­aldo for Euro­pean home­com­ing

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AFP Sports looks ahead to to­mor­row morn­ing’s se­lected Cham­pi­ons League ac­tion as Cris­tiano Ron­aldo goes back to first club Sport­ing Lis­bon: CSKA Moscow v Lev­erkusen Morale is on the floor in Moscow with CSKA bot­tom of Group E be­fore Lev­erkusen’s visit. The de­fend­ing Rus­sian cham­pi­ons this week saw their mid­fielder Ro­man Ere­menko hit with a two-year ban for co­caine use af­ter a pos­i­tive test fol­low­ing the re­verse fix­ture be­tween the teams in Septem­ber.

Lev­erkusen can progress by avoid­ing de­feat, pro­vided Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur lose away to Monaco. The Ger­mans are un­beaten in the sec­tion, fol­low­ing up three draws by beat­ing Tot­ten­ham at Wem­b­ley last time out. How­ever, they are strug­gling in mid-ta­ble in the Bun­desliga hav­ing lost at home to RB Leipzig at the week­end. Dort­mund v Le­gia Warsaw Dort­mund, the 1997 win­ners and 2013 run­ners-up, are al­ready cer­tain to progress to the last 16 hav­ing amassed 10 points from their first four matches.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are now look­ing to se­cure top spot and a win at home to al­readye­lim­i­nated Le­gia will guar­an­tee them first place, as long as Real Madrid drop points at Sport­ing Lis­bon.

At the very least, a win will en­sure the Bun­desliga club go to Madrid next month in a posi- tion to clinch the group.

Dort­mund are fresh from beat­ing Bay­ern Mu­nich 1-0 in “Der Klas­siker” at the week­end thanks to Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang’s 12th Bun­desliga goal of the sea­son. Sport­ing Lis­bon v Real Madrid Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (car­i­ca­ture) takes on his first pro­fes­sional club Sport­ing as a cham­pion of Europe with Real and Por­tu­gal and is widely ex­pected to pick up his fourth Bal­lon d’Or.

He will doubt­less re­ceive a hero’s wel­come on his re­turn to the Es­ta­dio Jose Al­valade.

Cham­pi­ons League hold­ers Real won the re­verse fix­ture 2-1 and are un­beaten in 29 games in all com­pe­ti­tions. All Zine­dine Zi­dane’s men need here is a point to se­cure pas­sage to the next round, but with Dort­mund top of the group by two points Real will want to hunt them down as a point of pride – and to earn an eas­ier draw in the next round. Sport­ing are on an up­turn and scor­ing reg­u­larly and are still in with a chance of the Europa League. Copen­hagen v Porto Copen­hagen bagged a 1-1 draw away to sec­ond-placed Porto in Septem­ber and are fight­ing for Cham­pi­ons League sur­vival in this game, in which a win for the Por­tuguese would see them qual­ify.

Porto go into the clash with the de­press­ing ef­fect of hav­ing lost a penalty shoot-out to Chaves in the Por­tuguese Cup at the week­end, while the hosts pow­ered to yet an­other win in the league. A win for the Danes would see them leap-frog their op­po­nents in the group. Has the mak­ings of a clas­sic. Di­namo Za­greb v Lyon Di­namo can­not qual­ify for the next round af­ter a mis­er­able Cham- pi­ons League cam­paign that has seen them fail to earn a point or even score a goal in four matches. They still have the con­so­la­tion of the Europa League just about alive, but must win this game for starters.

Lyon, with four points from four games, are only slightly bet­ter off and need a vic­tory in Za­greb and for Ju­ven­tus to fail to win to live an­other day. Bafe­timbi Gomis – now at ri­vals Mar­seille – scored four, in­clud­ing an e ight­minute hat­trick, when Lyon won 7-1 in Za­greb in the 2011/12 group stage. – AFP

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