Borussia Dortmund has practically promoted himself out of the Champions League due to severe dropouts in his wobbly defense. After the 1: 3 (0: 2) at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday evening, the Bundesliga team no longer has a chance of making it into the second round of the premier class. As third in the table, Borussia can at least continue in the Europa League after the winter break. She couldn’t achieve more in the last group game against Besiktas Istanbul on December 7th.
First left-back Nico Schulz made a bad mistake before Pedro Goncalves made it 0-1 (30th minute), then the BVB defense did not look good again when the Portuguese international scored the second goal (39th). Pedro Porro (81st) made the decision after BVB keeper Gregor Kobel parried an unnecessary penalty from Goncalves.
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To make matters worse, Emre Can, who came on for Schulz at halftime, was given a red card for alleged assault (74th). The late goal by Donyell Malen was too little for BVB (90 + 3).
For the first time in four years, BVB failed again in the preliminary round in a group that seemed feasible. And a draw in Lisbon would have been enough to have every chance of advancing. But with hair-raising mistakes on the defensive, BVB fell behind.
The evening went better for RB Leipzig. M.ith a Notelf, the Saxons kept their chance of wintering in the European Cup. The Bundesliga runner-up, supervised by assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer, prevailed 5-0 (4-0) in the Champions League against the completely overwhelmed Belgian champions FC Bruges on Wednesday evening.
With that, the people of Leipzig decided the direct duel for third place in Group A for themselves. If Leipzig and Bruges are tied with four points after the last matchday, RB can continue to play in the Europa League. Christopher Nkunku (12th minute / 90th + 3), Emil Forsberg (17th / foul penalty / 45th + 1) and André Silva (26th) met for RB. (dpa)