Dortmund finishes top of Group D despite 1-1 draw with Anderlecht
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund won Group D of the Champions League despite conceding a late goal to settle for a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht on Tuesday.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the 84th minute to secure the draw for Anderlecht, which could do no better than to finish third and move into the Europa League Round of 32 when that competition resumes next year.
Ciro Immobile scored for Dortmund in the 58th. Immobile is getting little playing time in the Bundesliga but he already has four goals in the Champions League.
"He is a fighter and he scores his goals," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.
Dortmund and Arsenal both finished on 13 points, but Dortmund won the group because of a better goal difference. Arsenal won 4-1 at Galatasaray as both teams advanced to the knockout round.
Anderlecht finished with six points, and will join the Europa League, while Galatasaray was eliminated with one.
Dortmund went ahead after Immobile collected a pass from Nuri Sahin, shook off a defender and clotted inside the post from inside the penalty box.
Mitrovic headed in the equalizer off a cross from Anthony Vanden Borre, after beating Kevin Grosskreutz to the ball.
Anderlecht clinched a point despite having only two shots on target, compared with nine for Dortmund.
Klopp again used goalkeeper Mitch Langerak and left veteran Roman Weidenfeller on the bench. Langerak made an outstanding save when he came off the line to deny Mitrovic early in the game.
"We played a very good game and dominated over long stretches, but did not use our chances," Klopp said. "We got tired at the end."