Borussia Dortmund have been eradicated on the group stage of the Champions League for the primary time since 2017.
BVB had been crushed 3-1 away at Sporting CP on Wednesday evening. A primary half brace from Pedro Goncalves and a late third from Pedro Porro despatched the hosts into an unassailable lead, with Donyell Malen replying with a comfort in stoppage time.
Marco Rose’s facet are actually three factors behind the Portuguese champions with only one group recreation remaining. As a result of an inferior head-to-head document, Dortmund can not leapfrog Sporting and can head into the Europa League post-Christmas.
Star striker Erling Haaland has missed current weeks with a hip drawback, with father Alf-Inge revealing that he is probably not match once more till the beginning of 2022.
Dortmund have flattered to deceive in his absence, with summer season signing Malen solely just lately coming into kind, and that was not sufficient to avoid wasting their Champions League goals.
Because of the restructuring of European membership tournaments, Dortmund will drop into the brand new knockout playoff spherical alongside the Europa League group runners-up in addition to the seven different sides to drop down from the Champions League.
The winners will advance to the Europa League final 16.
After rising to energy once more beneath Jurgen Klopp within the early 2010s, Dortmund have been a constant determine within the knockout phases of the Champions League within the final decade – they’ve failed to seem within the final 16 solely three different instances within the final ten years.
Dortmund completed backside of a bunch containing Arsenal, Marseille and Olympiacos within the 2011/12 season, earlier than ending third behind Tottenham and Actual Madrid within the 2017/18 marketing campaign. They did not qualify for the 2015/16 Champions League.