KENYA BROWN - Thursday, November 3, 2016
Christian Pulisic started as Borussia Dortmund guaranteed passage to the Champions League knockout stage, while Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach shared the points with Celtic.
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Sporting Lisbon
Adrian Ramos' goal was all Borussia Dortmund needed to secure passage to the next stage of the Champions League with their win at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Pulisic was in the starting lineup for BVB and played the entire game.
The host started the game without their star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Ramos' goal proved enough to get them the win.
The Colombian international's goal came in the 12th minute. Matthias Ginter's cross from the right went into the area and Ramos would rise above his marker to head his shot past Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patrício.
The visitors picked up their game after going down a goal and had an excellent opportunity to score the equalizer in the 26th minute when Gelson Martins was put through into the area with the ball. However, Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki was able to stop that chance.
Pulisic nearly had his name put on the score sheet five minutes later as he and Mario Götze had an excellent one-two pass play going in the area, but the young American's shot hit the cross bar.
Entering the second half, Dortmund were allowing Sporting to pressure their goal. The visitors came close to scoring again in the 76th minute when Bryan Ruiz entered the area to get his head on to a pass from Ezequiel Schelotto, but the effort went over the cross bar.
Despite the single goal, BVB were able to hold on and now can look forward to the next stage of the Champions League with two group games to spare.
The team sit atop of Group F with 10 points.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Celtic
Moussa Dembélé's penalty in the second half ensured the Foals would take all three points at Celtic Park as both teams kept their hopes alive to qualify from Group C.
The host opened the scoring in the 32nd minute through Lars Stindl. After passing the ball around it ended up with Thorgan Hazard, whose cross allowed the midfielder to volley it home.
The Foals came close to doubling their lead in the second half when André Hahn's hit the woodwork, but they came into trouble in the 76th minute when Julian Korb was sent off from bringing down Dembélé in the area. The Frenchman would step up and put away the penalty to level the score.
The tie keep Mönchengladbach in third place with four points. The team still has a chance to qualify from the group, but they will have to get positive results against Barcelona and Manchester City in their last two games.
Cameron Carter-Vickers watched from the benched as Tottenham's 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen put them into a hole to qualify from Group E.
Julian Green did not dress as Bayern Munich beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 to remain in second place in Group D with nine points.