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Champions League Round-Up: Dortmund Progress, Tottenham In Serious Trouble

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur reacts to a missed chance during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Wembley Stadium on November 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Matchweek four of the Champions League concluded on Wednesday night with one more team progressing to the next stage, while several others were left clinging to Europa League hopes.

To Group E first, where Tottenham’s hopes of progression to the knockout stages took a serious blow with a 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. Kevin Kampl scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half as Spurs suffered their second consecutive defeat at Wembley.

Radamel Falcao of Monaco during the Uefa Champions League match between As Monaco and Cska Moscow at Stade Louis II on November 2, 2016 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Alexandre Dimou/Icon Sport) (Photo by Alexandre Dimou/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

In the other game, Monaco took control of the group with a commanding 3-0 win against CSKA Moscow. Radamel Falcao was the hero as he scored twice, the other goal coming from Valere Germain.

Europa League At Worst: Monaco

In Group F, an empty stadium played host to one of the most dramatic matches of the group stages so far as Legia Warsaw entertained Real Madrid. The visitors were ahead within one minute of kick-off through a fantastic Gareth Bale volley, and when Karim Benzema doubled the lead ten minutes before the second half, it looked like Legia were in for a long evening.

WARSAW, POLAND - NOVEMBER 2: Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Real Madrid and Adam Hlousek (L), Jakub Rzezniczak of Legia compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match between Legia Warszawa and Real Madrid CF at Stadion Wojska Polskiego on November 2, 2016 in Warsaw, (Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid vie Getty Images)

However, Legia had other ideas and pulled a goal back immediately after Benzema’s strike with a wonderful effort from former Norwich midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe. Amazingly, the Polish side were level on the hour mark courtesy of Miroslav Radović, and even more amazingly took the lead with seven minutes remaining through Thibault Moulin.

Real, though, refused to accept their fate and equalised through Mateo Kovacic with five minutes remaining, and even had time for Bale to hit the bar in stoppage time. 3-3 the final score.

(l-r) Bruno Cesar of Sporting Club Portugal, Bryan Ruiz of Sporting Club Portugal, Gonzalo Castro of Borussia Dortmundduring the UEFA Champions League group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Club de Portugal on November 2, 2016 at the Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund, Germany.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

There was far less drama in the other game, as an Adrian Ramos header gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win against Sporting CP to send Thomas Tuchel’s side into the next round.

Qualified For Next Rond: Borussia Dortmund

Europa League At Worst: Real Madrid

Europa League At Best: Legia Warsaw

To Group G, where Leicester City edged further towards qualification with a 0-0 draw against FC Copenhagen. The match was generally short of action, but Claudio Ranieri’s side stay top of the group and are yet to concede a goal.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - NOVEMBER 02: William Kvist of FC Copenhagen and Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City FC compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Copenhagen and Leicester City FC at Telia Parken Stadium on November 2, 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

In a group generally short of goals this week, Porto defeated Club Brugge 1-0 courtesy of a first half strike from in-form striker André Silva to put themselves in control of the second qualification spot.

Europa League At Worst: Leicester, Porto

Europa League At Best: Club Brugge

Finally to Group H, where Juventus missed out on the chance of early qualification as they threw away two points at home to Lyon. Gonzalo Higuaín had the home side in front with a penalty after 13 minutes, only for Corentin Tolisso to level it up with five minutes remaining.

Rachid Ghezzal during Champions League match between Juventus v Olympique Lyonnais, in Turin, on September 14, 2016.

Lyon’s late point also meant that Sevilla were denied an early spot in the knockout phase, but are there in all but name after a 4-0 win at home to Dinamo Zagreb. Goals from Luciano Vietto, Sergio Escudero, Steven N’Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder mean that Sevilla are finally on the verge of relinquishing their Europa League title.

With two matchweeks remaining, the teams already qualified for the next round of the Champions League are: Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Author: The PA Team

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