Champions League: Coates double steers Sporting to 4-1 win at Besiktas

Sebastian Coates scores two goals as Sporting CP beats Besiktas 4-1 in the UEFA Champions League.

Sebastian Coates celebrates with his team-mates after scoring Sporting's second goal. - REUTERS

Sporting rekindled its hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage as a double by Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates helped secure a 4-1 victory at Besiktas in Group C on Tuesday.

MATCH CENTRE

The result left Sporting third on three points from as many games while Besiktas remained bottom with none. Ajax Amsterdam was at home to Borussia Dortmund in the late fixture with both teams on a maximum six points from two matches.

Coates headed the visiting team into a 15th-minute lead and, after Canadian Cyle Larin equalised in the 24th, the former Liverpool defender restored Sporting's advantage with another superb header three minutes later.

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Pablo Sarabia scored Sporting's third with a 44th-minute penalty, netting his first goal for the Portuguese champion since last month's loan move from Paris St Germain.

Besiktas was undone twice in quick succession by VAR checks, showing Domagoj Vida handled a Coates header for the penalty and then scrapping a spectacular Alex Texeira effort for fractional offside on the stroke of halftime.

Sporting continued to dominate after the breakthrough swift counter-attacking as its striker Paulinho twice hit the woodwork before he curled home a delightful shot from 20 metres in the 89th minute to put the icing on the cake.

ALL RESULTS

1. Besiktas 1-4 Sporting CP

2. Club Brugge 1-5 Manchester City

3. Inter Milan 3-1 Sheriff Tiraspol

4. FC Porto 1-0 AC Milan

5. Ajax 4-0 Borussia Dortmund

6. Shakhtar Donetsk 0-5 Real Madrid

7. Atletico Madrid 2-3 Liverpool

8. Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 RB Leipzig

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