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Randal Kolo Muani (c.) celebrates scoring what turned out to be Eintracht Frankurt's winning goal in Lisbon. - © Getty Images
Randal Kolo Muani (c.) celebrates scoring what turned out to be Eintracht Frankurt's winning goal in Lisbon. - © Getty Images
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Eintracht Frankfurt beat Sporting Lisbon to reach UEFA Champions League Round of 16

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Daichi Kamada and Randal Kolo Muani were on target as competition debutants Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to get the win they needed to reach the UEFA Champions League round of 16 at the expense of Sporting Lisbon.

Sporting 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt 
Goals: 1-0 Gomes 39', 1-1 Kamada (pen.) 62', 1-2 Kolo Muani 72'

Keen to pull off a feat previously achieved by Stuttgart and Kaiserslautern, namely qualifying for the knockout stages on their debut appearance in the Champions League, Eintracht looked to settle quickly into their final Group D game. The tension palpable inside the Estadio Jose Alvalade, first-half chances were at a premium. Kevin Trapp saved from Marcus Edwards early on, while at the other end Paulinho's glancing header towards his own goal called for goalkeeper Antonio Adan to be alert. An evenly balanced opening period was then tipped in Sporting's favour when Manuel Ugarte's cross from the right clipped Djibril Sow and looped down to the feet of Arthur Gomes. The attacker's powerful shot was blocked by Trapp, but it wasn't enough to prevent the ball from bouncing over the line to give the hosts the lead.

With Marseille taking a late lead at the end of the first half of their game against Tottenham Hotspur in the section's other game, the visitors were staring elimination from European competition in the face. A spark was needed, and it arrived when Sebastian Coates, under pressure from Kamada, handled in his own area. Eintracht's Japanese midfielder placed the ball on the spot and calmly slotted in the equaliser. Incredibly, the Eagles soared into the lead just 10 minutes later. Kolo Muani - so often the scourge of Bundesliga defences this season - burst through on the right and lashed in a shot to the delight of the away fans. Spurs' late win in France means Oliver Glasner's UEFA Europa League holders progress as runners-up in the section.

Match stats

  • This is Frankfurt's first-ever appearance in the Champions League.
  • At least three Bundesliga teams will be in the hat for the last-16 draw (Frankfurt, plus Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund).
  • Kamada is currently Eintracht's leading Champions League scorer (three), and second in the club's all-time list for European goals on 14 in 36 games. Only Bernd Hölzenbein has more (24 in 40).
  • Kolo Muani has six goals and eight assists so far this season.
  • The Eagles won the Europa League in 2021/22 without losing.
  • The reverse fixture marked the first competitive meeting between these two sides.

Teams

Sporting: Adan - St. Juste (Cabral 78'), Coates (c), Inacio - Porro, Goncalves, Ugarte (Essugo 63'), Santos (Reis 32') - Edwards (Trincao 63'), Paulinho, Arthur Gomes
Unused subs: Israel, Alexandropoulos, Rochinha, Issahaku, Esgaio, Marsa, Nazinho, Mateus
Out:
Braganca (knee), Morita (calf), Neto (knee)
Coach: Ruben Amorim

Frankfurt: Trapp (c) - Tuta, Jakic (Smolcic 80'), Ndicka - Ebimbe (Knauff 69'), Kamada, Sow, Pellegrini - Lindstrom, Götze (Alidou 90') - Kolo Muani (Borre 80')
Unused subs: Grahl, Ramaj, Onguene, Rode, Alario, Chandler
Out: Buta (knee), Hasebe (knee), Lenz (thigh), Toure (ineligible)
Coach: Oliver Glasner

As it happened!

1 - 2

(1 - 0)

Sporting
FINAL
Frankfurt
Champions League
Matchday 6
Matchday 6 Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon
90'
+ 4

GAME OVER !

Incredible scenes in Lisbon, where Eintracht Frankfurt have produced a come from behind victory to take their place in the Champions League Round of 16!
87'

EAGLES SOARING

Sporting look to have given everything they have. The hosts are out on their feet while Eintracht look comfortable. The visiting fans are in full voice, trying to sing their side over the line.
82'

SPORTING GUNG HO

Sporting are throwing everything forward now, leaving them very exposed to Eintracht counter-attacks.
77'

FRANKFURT LEADERS

As things stand, Eintracht are going through as group winners! How many more twists and turns can we expect before this night is through. Just 13 minutes to play here.
72'

EINTRACHT LEAD

Eintracht are in front! Scenes! Kolo Muani bursts through on the right and powers a finish past Adan to put the Bundesliga side ahead.
63'

Substitution

63'

Substitution

61'

KAMADA FROM THE SPOT

Eintracht are level ! Kamada as cool as you like from the penalty spot sends Adan the wrong way and Eintracht Frankfurt's Champions League Round of 16 hopes are alive again!
61'
Daichi Kamada
60'

PENALTY EINTRACHT !

Coates jumps with Kamada and the Sporting defender has an arm out. The ball bounces off the Uruguayan's hand and the visitors have a spot kick!
54'

SET PIECE WASTED

Pellegrini whips in a corner from the right but it goes over everybody and zips wide of the far post. Disappointing.
51'

GLASNER CONCERN

Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner is hunkered down watching this game with a worried look. Sporting are looking menacing when they push forward here. Eintracht haven't created an awful lot in terms of big chances in this game. The visitors need a spark from somewhere.
46'

GAME BACK ON

We're back underway in Lisbon. Marseille taking a late lead at the end of the first half in the group's other game against Tottenham Hotspur has significantly raised the urgency for Eintracht here. The Eagles are currently bottom of Group D as things stand.
45'
+ 1

HALF TIME

Eintracht go into the break a goal down. As things stand, the visitors are sitting third in the section with Sporting leading Group D.
43'

TUTA HEADER

Eintracht corner and Tuta suddenly has a free header. He arcs his body and nods straight into the arms of Adan. That was a big chance for the Eagles.
39'

SPORTING LEAD

The hosts hit the front. A cross from the right takes a deflection off Sow, sending the ball looping to the feet of Arthur Gomes, whose low shot has the sting taken out of it by Trapp, but not enough to prevent the ball rolling over the line.
39'

Gomes

GOAL!

1:0
34'

SPORTING BOOKING

He's only been on the pitch a matter of minutes but Reis is already on a yellow after chopping down Ebimbe.
31'

REIS ENTERS THE FRAY

After receiving plenty of treatment, Nuno Santos is placed on a stretcher and exits the game. Reis is on.
31'

Substitution

28'

NUNO SANTOS INUJRED

Nuno Santos is down in agony having attempted to block Kamada's cross. The Sporting man's foot twisted pretty badly there. Little chance of him continuing here.
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NO BREAKTHROUGH

Pretty even game so far as we await that one big opportunity. It's tense inside the stadium.
21'

PAULINHO OFF TARGET

Paulinho should probably score from Arthur's superb centre from the right but the forward's header bounces wide of the far post. Paulinho was inches offside in any case.
17'

KOLO MUANI ON THE HUNT

Pellegrini feeds Kolo Muani and the France forward is suddenly in. A flag goes up right before the Eintracht No. 9's shot is blocked and Sporting have a let off.
12'

EINTRACHT CHANCE

Götze's corner from the left is met with a glancing Paullinho header towards his own goal. Adan makes a crucial stop and after the ball bounces dangerously around the area, Sporting hoof clear.
9'

TRAPP SAVE

Sporting are taking an attacking grip on proceedings here. Edwards hits a shot on the half volley into the ground and Trapp makes a block at his near post.
7'

JAKIC BOOKING

Jakic clatters into Gomes out on the wing and the Sporting player goes flying. The referee runs over with a yellow card in hand.
4'

CALM START

Uneventful opening to this one as both teams cautiously pass it around looking to settle into their respective shapes.
1'

AWAY WE GO !

Game on in Lisbon! Eintracht are kitted out all in red as they go in search of a place in the Round of 16.
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THE FINE DETAILS

Eintracht's shot-stopper Kevin Trapp has also been having his say on the Group D encounter at the Estadio Jose Alvalade: "We need to stay focused for the full 90 minutes, defend as a team and bring our own strengths into play. That’s the only way to win a game at this level, where it always comes down to the little details.”

"LIKE A FINAL"

Here's what Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner had to say about this massive Champions League decider in Lisbon: "It’s like a final and we’re looking forward to it. I have huge respect for Sporting, I really like the way they play. It’s a game that could go either way, as has been the case for every match in this group. We’re hoping that we end up being the ones who get the rub of the green.”
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EINTRACHT TEAM NEWS

The visitors make just one change to the side that started last weekend's home defeat against Borussia Dortmund with Djibril Sow in for Sebastian Rode.

SPORTING TEAM NEWS

St. Juste comes back into a three-man defence for the hosts, who will also have Paulinho in attack again. Matheus Reis and Trincão are only on the bench, however, while Hidemasa Morita misses out completely.

EINTRACHT SUBS

Grahl, Ramaj, Onguene, Smolcic, Alidou, Rode, Borre, Alario, Chandler, Knauff

EINTRACHT STARTING XI

Trapp (c) - Tuta, Jakic, Ndicka - Ebimbe, Kamada, Sow, Pellegrini - Lindstrom, Götze - Kolo Muani

SPORTING SUBS

Israel, Reis, Alexandropoulos, Rochinha, Trincai, Issahaku, Esgaio, Marsa, Nazinho, Cabral, Mateus, Essugo

SPORTING STARTING XI

Adan - St. Juste, Coates (c), Inacio - Porro, Goncalves, Ugarte, Santos - Edwards, Paulinho, Arthur Gomes

GROUP INS AND OUTS

Currently third in Group D, trailing leaders Tottenham Hotspur by a single point and behind Sporting on goal difference, Eintracht can advance to the Round of 16 with a win here and the Eagles could even top the section should they win and Spurs do not. If both matches in the group are drawn, Oliver Glasner's men will bag third place and a place in the Europa League play-offs.

WELCOME ALONG !

Hello, hello and consider yourselves very welcome to this evening's coverage of what is a huge Champions League encounter for the Bundesliga's own, Eintracht Frankfurt at Sporting Clube de Portugal.