Legia Warsaw beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 to earn Europa League spot

Guilherme scored in the 30th minute, the strike brought the hosts their first victory since a 1-0 triumph over Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

By: AP | Warsaw | Published: December 8, 2016 1:20 pm
Football Soccer - Legia Warszawa v Sporting Portugal - UEFA Champions League group stage Legia Warsaw defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 to clinch third place in Group F. (Source: Reuters)

Legia Warsaw defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 on Wednesday to clinch third place in Group F of the Champions League and secure a spot in the Europa League.

Midfielder Guilherme scored from close range in the 30th minute after a pass by forward Aleksandar Prijovic, The strike brought the hosts their first victory since a 1-0 triumph over Blackburn Rovers in 1995, the last time it played in the competition’s group stage.

Sporting, which arrived with a two-point lead and could have secured third place with a draw, played with 10 men from the 85th minute after midfielder William Carvalho was sent off for a second yellow card.

The Portuguese side hasn’t won an away game in the competition since 2008, losing six of its seven games since then.

Borussia Dortmund, which drew Real Madrid 2-2 in Spain, won the group with 14 points, two more than the defending champions. Legia ended with four points and Sporting three.

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