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Troubled Dortmund get through

BORUSSIA Dortmund, who lie second from bottom of the Bundesliga, eased the pressure on manager Jurgen Klopp by qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 4-1 Group D win over Galatasaray.

Marco Reus set the home side on their way to victory in the 39th minute with Sokratis doubling their lead on 56 minutes. Hakan Balta pulled a goal back for Galatasaray with a header in the 70th minute, but Ciro Immobile added a third in the 75th minute and the Turks' miserable night was completed by a Semih Kaya own goal in the 86th minute.

In Turin, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba both scored in Juventus' 3-2 win over Olympiacos. Pirlo opened the scoring in the 21st minute, but Bolta levelled matters three minutes later. Ndinga then gave Olympiacos the lead on 61 minutes, but an own goal from Roberto set up Pogba for the winner in the 66th minute.

Both the Italian and Greek champions are now three points behind Group A leaders Atletico Madrid, who enjoyed a 2-0 win away to Malmo with goals from Koke and Raul Garcia.

Bayer Leverkusen went four points clear at the top of Group C, courtesy of their 2-1 win away to Zenit St Petersburg. Heung Min Son got both of the Germans' goals, while Rondon reduced the deficit for Zenit in the 89th minute.

In the same group, Benfica claimed a valuable 1-0 win over AS Monaco, thanks to an 82nd minute Talisca goal. The win reduced the points deficit between the two teams to just one point with two games to play.


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