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Nelson Mail - 2021-11-26

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Sporting advance to last 16

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The parade of European powers advancing to the Champions League knockout stage yesterday was disrupted by Sporting Lisbon completing a stunning turnaround to join them. Manchester City and Real Madrid are back in the round of 16 after beating teams they lost to in September. Paris SaintGermain also go through despite their 2-1 loss at City. Madrid’s 3-0 win at Sheriff – avenging a 2-1 home defeat to the champion of Moldova two months ago – ensured Inter Milan also advanced from Group D by beating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0. Three-time European champions Inter return to the round of 16 after a 10-year absence, though Sporting ended a 13-year wait by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1. Sporting seemed overmatched in September when routed at home by Ajax then beaten in Dortmund, but three straight wins have proved enough for the surprise Portuguese title-winners to advance with a game to spare. Ajax and Liverpool extended their dominating group-stage campaigns with fifth straight wins. Ajax’s won 2-1 at Besiktas and Liverpool cruised to a 2-0 win over Porto

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