NYON: European champions Real Madrid have yet to secure the certainty of a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Madrid risk finishing second behind Borussia Dortmund in Group F after being held to a thrilling 3-3 draw against Legia Warsaw, who became the first Polish team to claim a point off the 11-times European champions.
Real had gone 2-0 up through a brilliant Gareth Bale half-volley and Karim Benzema’s finish but Legia, hosting the game behind closed doors following a UEFA stadium ban, fought back with goals from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Miroslav Radovic and Thibault Moulin and were leading with seven minutes to go.
Croatia international Mateo Kovacic spared Real further embarrassment with an equaliser which earned them a point, but they face qualifying in second place now after Dortmund moved two points clear in Group F.
Dortmund were the only club to qualify on Wednesday night, and they did so without star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international was omitted from the squad hours before kick-off, with Dortmund citing “internal reasons” for his suspension, though his team-mates went on and claimed a 1-0 victory anyway as his replacement Adrian Ramos headed in against Sporting Lisbon.
In Group E Leicester’s winning run in the Champions League came to an end while Tottenhamsuffered another defeat at Wembley to hamper their hopes of qualification.
The Premier League title holders would have reached the last 16 with a fourth successive victory in the competition, but a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen means Claudio Ranieri’s side have a five-point advantage over the third-placed Danes with two games remaining.
A point was only confirmed by Kasper Schmeichel’s last-minute save from Andreas Cornelius and the Foxes are still yet to concede a goal since arriving at Europe’s top table.
In the group’s other game, a Tomas Pina own goal earned Porto a 1-0 win over Club Brugge to leave the Belgians still pointless.
In Group E Tottenham’s chances of claiming a top-two berth were dented by another loss in their adopted Champions League home of Wembley.
Kevin Kampl’s second-half winner earned Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 success and left Spurs with just one win from seven games at the national stadium, and two defeats there in this year’s competition.
The loss ensured Tottenham slipped to third in the group, two points behind Leverkusen and four behind Monaco, who ran out 3-0 winners over CSKA Moscow, with ex-Manchester United and Chelsea forward Falcao scoring twice.
In Group F Sevilla look set to progress to the knockout stages having thrashed 10-man Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 while Juventus and Lyon drew 1-1 after Gonzalo Higuain’s opener from the penalty spot was cancelled out by Corentin Tolisso.
Juve have a four-point advantage over Lyon, who are six behind leaders Sevilla with only two games remaining.