Borussia Dortmund beat Sporting 1-0 on Wednesday to advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League despite leaving top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the team.
Wearing a stylish coat and a fedora hat, Aubameyang watched from the stands and saw his backup, Adrian Ramos, score the only goal in the 12th minute.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said Gabon striker Aubameyang was left out for “internal reasons,” adding that “internal is internal,” refusing to give details. Club chief Hans-Joachim Watzke also declined to give details but said Aubameyang would be back in action at the weekend.
The header from Ramos was enough to put Dortmund through to the round of 16. Dortmund now has 10 points from four matches in Group F and leads Real Madrid, which drew 3-3 at Legia Warsaw and has eight points. Sporting has three and Legia one.
Sporting remained winless in Germany, with 12 losses in 13 matches.
Ramos scored from the first chance of the match, rising over Paulo Oliveira to connect with a cross from Matthias Ginter and send a looping header into the upper right corner.
Christian Pulisic hit the crossbar for Dortmund in the first half and both teams had more chances to score.