NYON: Marco Reus inspired Borussia Dortmund to an astonishing 8-4 victory over Legia Warsaw in the Champions League, the highest aggregate in the history of the modern competition.
Fit-again Reus claimed a hat-trick, Shinji Kagawa scored twice and further goals in the Group F tie came from Nuri Sahin, Ousmane Dembele and Felix Passlack.
Aleksandar Prijovic scored twice for the visitors, including the opener before Dortmund hit back with three goals in as many minutes. Michal Kucharczyk and Nemanja Nikolic scored the Poles’ other goals.
The scoreline eclipses Monaco’s 8-3 victory over Deportivo La Coruna in November 2003.
However, Real Madrid’s late 2-1 win over Sporting in Lisbon means Dortmund were denied top spot.
A penalty from Adrien Silva with 10 minutes to spare looked to have rescued a surprise point for the hosts at Estadio Jose Alvalade after Raphael Varane gave Real Madrid the lead in the first half.
But Karim Benzema’s 87th-minute goal means Real are now assured of a last-16 spot and stay two points behind Dortmund ahead of the meeting between the sides at the Bernabeu on December 7.
Leicester marched into the last 16 with a 2-1 victory over Club Brugge but fellow English side Tottenham were eliminated after defeat in Monaco.
Premier League champions Leicester, who have struggled in the defence of their domestic title, have saved their best form for Europe this season and the unbeaten Foxes secured their progression with a fourth win in five Group G matches thanks to goals from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez.
Okazaki fired in a fifth-minute opener on the half-volley before Mahrez netted from the penalty spot after Dion Cools fouled Marc Albrighton at the King Power Stadium.
Despite Jose Izquierdo pulling a second-half goal back for Brugge, Leicester held on for a 2-1 triumph to go through as group winners after Porto drew 0-0 with FC Kobenhavn.
Tottenham’s hopes of joining Leicester in the next round from Group E were ended by a 2-1 loss to Monaco in at Stade Louis II.
Encoouraged by CSKA Moscow’s late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the early game, Spurs could not take advantage as goals from Djibril Sidibe and Thomas Lemar condemned them to a third Group E defeat in five games.
Harry Kane gave Spurs hope, cancelling out Sidibe’s opener from the penalty spot after Hugo Lloris had saved a first-half penalty from Radamel Falcao, but Lemar netted the winner just a minute later.
The loss leaves Spurs three points behind second-placed Leverkusen, who have qualified with a better head-to-head record, and they now need to draw against CSKA Moscow to secure Europa League football.
Leverkusen appeared to be sealing their place in the knockout stages before Spurs kicked off following Kevin Volland’s first-half opener, only for CSKA Moscow to equalise from the penalty spot through Bebras Natcho with 14 minutes remaining.
Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic netted late goals to give Juventus a 3-1 victory over Sevilla in Group H and seal qualification at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Nicolas Pareja volleyed the home side ahead early on but, after Franco Vazquez was sent off, Juventus responded through Claudio Marchisio, Bonucci and Mandzukic.
Sevilla sit three points clear of third-placed Lyon, who won 1-0 away at Dinamo Zagreb thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s 72nd-minute effort.