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UEFA: Sporting down Schalke to keep their hopes alive


Schalke 04’s Benedikt Hoewedes is hit by the ball in their UEFA Champions League Group G match against Sporting in Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday.

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Sporting beat Schalke 04 4-2 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday to keep alive the Portuguese side’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round.

Sporting’s first win of the tournament lifted them to four points in Group G, with German side Schalke on five. With two games to play, Chelsea lead the group with eight points and NK Maribor have three.

Islam Slimani’s 17th-minute own-goal from a deflection handed Schalke the lead, but Sporting equalized within 10 minutes through Naby Sarr’s glancing header.

Jefferson put Sporting in front with a low drive into the far corner in the 52nd minute and Nani made it 3-1 when he connected with Andre Carrilho’s cross in the 72nd.

Dennis Aogo pulled one back two minutes from the end, before Slimani sealed it on the break in stoppage-time as Schalke pushed forward.

Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio saved at the feet of substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng in the 66th minute as Roberto di Matteo’s team fought back, but Sporting, in the Champions League for the first time in five years, kept their composure.

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