KENYA BROWN - Thursday, October 20, 2016
Christian Pulisic was the only American to see action as Borussia Dortmund snatched three points on the road at Sporting Lisbon to remain atop of their group.
Sporting Lisbon 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Two first half goals were all Borussia Dortmund needed to earn the win at Estadio Jose Alvalade on Tuesday to push them closer to advancing to the next stage of the Champions League.
Pulisic was in the starting lineup for Dortmund and played the entire game
After a rough few games, the Gelsenkirchen-based team earned their first win in nearly a month.
BVB opened the scoring in the ninth minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Mario Gotze would pass the ball on to the Gabon international who powered his way past his marker an lofted his shot past Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
The visitors had a good opportunity to double their lead in the 22nd minute, but Pulisic's effort sailed over the bar.
Aubameyang had a chance to add to his tally 11 minutes later, but his header whizzed past the post.
After a few more missed chances, Dortmund finally scored their second goal in the 43rd minute. Julian Weigl's curled shot from outside the area beat Patrico.
Sporting found a life line in the 67th minute when Bruno Cesar blasted in his free-kick from inside the area.
Pulisic had another opportunity to get on the score sheet in the 77th minute, but his shot from outside the area crashed against the bar.
The win keeps Dortmund atop the standings in Group F with seven points, just ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.
The two teams will meet once again on November 3 at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Fabian Johnson sat out due to illness, but Borussia Mönchengladbach sealed a 2-0 win over Glasgow Celtic. The Foals are in third place in Group C.
Gedion Zelalem did not dress as Arsenal annihilated Ludogorets Razgrad 6-0 to keep them atop of Group A.
Julian Green did not dress in Bayern Munich's 4-1 win over PSV Eindhoven. The Bavarians sit in second place in Group D with six points.
Cameron Carter-Vickers dressed but did not play in the Tottenham's 0-0 tie with Bayer Leverkusen.