UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: MIXED FORTUNES AS AUBAMEYANG IS OUSTED

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hopes of playing in the Last 16 round of this season’s UEFA Champions League were dashed after his side, Borussia Dortmund was defeated 2-1 by the English side Tottenham Hotspur in their Group H encounter at the Signal Iduna Park in Germany on Tuesday night.

The Gabonese striker, who returned to the starting lineup after missing the game against Stuttgart over the weekend as a result of the suspension that was handed down put Dortmund ahead in the 31st minute but goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min in the second half ended their campaign in the tournament. Ivorien defender Serge Aurier saw out the entire game for the visitors as the win put Spurs in the next round and confirmed them winners in the group.

In the other group game, Achraf Hakimi’s Real Madrid sealed second spot as the Spanish giants went all out and took apart their host APOEL Nicosia by mauling those 6 goals to 0 in Cyprus. The 19 year old Moroccan defender however watched from the stands as goals from Luka Modric, Nacho and a brace each from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the defending champions’ qualification to the next round for the 21st time in row.

Sadio Mane’s Liverpool will have to wait till the last round of matches to confirm their Round of 16 place after they were held to a three all draw by Sevilla away at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Spain. The Senagalese forward got the second and his first goal in the Champions League for his side; who went into the break 3-0 up but bottled their lead after a brace from Wissam Ben Yedder and Guido Pizarro ensured Sevilla rescued a point from the jaws of defeat.

Mali’s Naby Keita also recorded his first goal in the competition as he sealed RB Leipzig’s rout of AS Monaco who were thrashed 4-1 in front of their home fans in their Group G encounter. Earlier, FC Porto were denied a win as they played out a one all draw against Turkish side Besiktas in the same group with Cameroonian Striker, Vincent Aboubakar in action from start to finish for the Portuguese side who were champions in 2004.

Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire was on the pitch for 75 minutes as his team, Manchester City was reliant on Raheem Sterling to get a solitary goal against Feyenoord two minutes from fulltime to maintain their unbeaten run so far in Europe under former Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola.

Chinedu Victor.

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