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Champions League wrap: Madrid squander big lead; BVB advance

Sporting Clube de Portugal v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League

LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 18: Julian Weigl (1-L) and Pierre Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scores a goal against SC Sporting during the UEFA Champions League match between SC Sporting and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 18, 2016 in Lisbon, Lisboa. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

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A day after four sides booked their places in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League round of 16, another of Europe’s elites joined them.

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Legia Warsaw 3-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid were 1-0 up after 57 seconds, courtesy of the fastest Champions League goal in club history, a seeing-eye screamer off the left foot of Gareth Bale (below video), and 2-0 up after 35 minutes, thanks to Karim Benzema. Then, it all came undone, as Legia Warsaw scored three straight to go 3-2 up after 83 minutes. Los Blancos’ deficit was short-lived, though, as Mateo Kovacic grabbed an equalizer just two minutes later to rescue a point and inch Zinedine Zidane’s side that much closer to securing passage into the knockout rounds.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Sporting CP

Christian Pulisic started, played 90 minutes, began the brilliant move for the game’s only goal, and smashed the crossbar with a shot of his own in the other Group F fixture on Wednesday. The blossoming U.S. national team star logged his fourth 90-minute shift in five games for Dortmund (all competitions). Adrian Ramos scored the goal after just 12 minues, moments after Pulisic made a perfectly timed run in behind the Sporting defense before setting off a sequence of quick passing in and around the penalty area, which culminated in the Colombian’s third goal of the season. The victory sends Dortmund top of Group F on 10 points, and clinches their place in the round of 16.

Elsewhere in Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen — FULL RECAP
Copenhagen 0-0 Leicester City — FULL RECAP
Juventus 1-1 Lyon
Monaco 3-0 CSKA Moscow
Sevilla 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Porto 1-0 Brugge

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