Borussia Dortmund win Group D; Olympiakos to Europa League

BY foxsports • December 9, 2014

Borussia Dortmund won Group D of the Champions League despite conceding a late goal Tuesday to settle for a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the 84th minute to secure the draw for Anderlecht, which could do no better than to finish third and move into the Europa League Round of 32 when that competition resumes next year.

Ciro Immobile scored for Dortmund in the 58th. Immobile is getting little playing time in the Bundesliga but he already has four goals in the Champions League.

Dortmund and Arsenal both finished on 13 points, but Dortmund won the group because of a better goal difference. Arsenal won 4-1 at Galatasaray as both teams advanced to the knockout round.

Anderlecht finished with six points and Galatasaray was eliminated with one.

Olympiakos 4 - Malmo 2

Kostas Mitroglou and Ibrahim Afellay scored late goals to grab a 4-2 win for Olympiakos over Malmo in the Champions League Tuesday.

The Greeks finished third in Group A for a place in the Europa League, after struggling to break down the hard-working Swedes, who finished last in the group.

Malmo started the match with an attacking mindset at Karaiskaki Stadium but fell behind in the 22nd minute when Pajtim Kasami headed the ball to David Fuster who also headed the ball to score.

Substitute Simon Kroon leveled on a counterattack in the 59th but the Greeks were back in the lead four minutes later courtesy of Chori Dominguez.

Markus Rosenbeg made it 2-2 with another counterattack in the 81st, before Mitrogou and Afellay struck in the final three minutes.

Bayer Leverkusen 0 - Benfica 0

Bayer Leverkusen drew 0-0 at Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday, advancing in the competition but surrendering top spot in Group C to Monaco which beat Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0.

The German club was already guaranteed a place in the knockout round by the final group game but needed a win in Lisbon to secure the senior berth which could grant it a more modest opponent in the knockout round.

Benfica, already out of European competition, left out six of its regular team. But the home side had the best chances, with Brazilian striker Lima shooting against the crossbar in the 10th minute.

Leverkusen was clumsy in midfield and attack, with only occasional forays by Josip Drmic and Karim Bellarabi to show for its efforts.


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