Borussia DortmundÂ were the only club to qualify on Wednesday for the Champions League knockout stage and they did so without their 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 as his replacement Adrian Ramos headed in againstÂ Sporting Lisbon.
â€œIt was extremely difficult for us and at no time did we feel confident with our game,â€ Thomas Tuchel, the Dortmund coach, said. â€œDefensively we struggled and in attack we made too many mistakes.
â€œSporting were more courageous than us. We will frame this result and take away just the positives. No need to talk more about tactics,â€ Tuchel said.
The Sporting coach, Jorge Jesus, said: â€œWe did everything well except score goals. Gelson Martins had a few chances to score in the first half and if you donâ€™t take your chances you lose.â€
Real MadridÂ could not join Dortmund as they were held to a 3-3 draw againstÂ Legia Warsaw, who became the first Polish team to claim a point off the 11-times European Cup champions. The game was played behind closed doors after crowd trouble marred theirÂ Champions LeagueÂ game against Borussia Dortmund in September.
Real had gone 2-0 up through Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema but Legia fought back with goals from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Miroslav Radovic and Thibault Moulin. The Croatia international Mateo Kovacic rescued a point for Real, but they face qualifying in second place after Dortmund moved two points clear in Group F.
ZinÃ©dine Zidane, the Real manager, said: â€œWe lacked a bit of everything. Above all, when you score two goals we dropped our intensity and when you do that they can score. Now we are going to forget this game.â€
Bale said: â€œIt was strange playing without spectators, but itâ€™s no excuse. We are not happy with the result.â€
SevillaÂ look set to join them in the knockout stages having thrashed 10-manÂ Dinamo ZagrebÂ 4-0, whileÂ JuventusÂ andÂ LyonÂ drew 1-1 in the other Group F match after Gonzalo HiguaÃnâ€™s opener from the spot was cancelled out by Corentin Tolisso.
Juve have a four-point advantage over Lyon, who are six behind Sevilla, the leaders, with two games remaining.
The Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, was angry with his team for trying to grab a late winner instead of settling for the draw. â€œWe ran too many risks towards the end and we could have undermined our whole campaign in the Champions League,â€ he said. â€œYou go to war when thereâ€™s a chance of winning; you donâ€™t go to war when thereâ€™s a chance of losing.â€
Leicester Cityâ€™s winning run in the Champions League came to an end while Tottenham Hotspur endured another defeat at Wembley to hamper their hopes of qualification. Leicester would have reached the last 16 with a fourth successive victory in the competition,Â but a 0-0 draw inÂ CopenhagenÂ means they have a five-point advantage over the third-placed Danes with two games remaining.
Tottenhamâ€™s chances of claiming a top-two berth in Group E were dented by anotherÂ defeat in their adopted Champions League home of Wembley. Kevin Kamplâ€™s second-half goal earnedÂ Bayer LeverkusenÂ a 1-0 win.
The defeat ensured Spurs slipped to third in the group, two points behind Leverkusen and four behindÂ Monaco, who ran out 3-0 winners againstÂ CSKA Moscow, with the former Manchester United and Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao scoring twice.
A TomÃ¡s Pina own goal gaveÂ PortoÂ a 1-0 win overÂ Club BruggeÂ to leave the Belgian club still pointless in Leicesterâ€™s group.