Champions League: Ter Stegen wins in a duel with Reus and prevents BVB opening victory
Strong Dortmund were close to a victory against FC Barcelona. The best BVB chance missed Marco Reus, who failed by penalties Barça goalkeeper.
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Borussia Dortmund started with a draw in the new Champions League season. Against FC Barcelona, the team played by coach Lucien Favre before home crowd 0: 0. The best opportunity of the match was played by Marco Reus, who missed Barcelona keeper Mar-André ter Stegen in the 57th minute. To more than a batten hit by Julian Brandt was enough in an offensive BVB closing phase defies good opportunities. Inter Milan's 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague earlier in the evening puts all four teams in the same group.
In the first half, the hosts were more dangerous from the game. Through successful one-on-one situations on the wings BVB managed several times in the attack third, there to bring the offensive forces by quick pass combinations in promising final situations.
But in the final Dortmund was too unfocused: In the 25th minute Reus failed to pass through the top by Thorgan Hazard to Barcelona goalkeeper ter Stegen. In the 39th minute Paco Alcácer played the ball back to the edge of the box to the unguarded Jadon Sancho, who scored the ball over the goal.
Barcelona initially relied more on ball control, carried the balls to the BVB penalty area and came there mainly by standard situations to scoring opportunities. That the Spaniards did not meet, owed the Borussia especially Mats Hummels, who presented himself in excellent form. The best chance of scoring the guests from the game by Antoine Griezmann blocked the new old Dortmund defensive boss strong (12).
Final phase belongs to BVB
Directly after the restart Barça bet on the BVB tactics, bringing Luis Suárez by a strong pass combination in a direct duel in the penalty area, which the striker decided for himself and scored from close range. But Dortmund keeper Roman Bürki responded quickly and defended the ball (48.). The BVB tried it now on the other side with a standard, but Alcácer scored centrally from a good 20 meters only in the wall (51).
Another direct duel led to the best BVB chance after the break: Semedo caught Sancho in a duel on foot, but Reus failed again on ter Stegen (57) - this time by penalty. Dortmund's offensive star made an effort to make amends, but it was not enough to score. In the 77th minute, he forgave once more from close range, because ter Stegen parried action quickly. Substitute Brandt had only hit the crossbar one minute earlier.
Barcelona substitute superstar Lionel Messi was still a big opportunity before the final whistle, but the Argentinian missed the late winner (90 '+ 4').
Borussia Dortmund - FC Barcelona 0: 0
Dortmund: Bürki - Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro - Witsel, Delaney, Sancho, Reus, T. Hazard (73rd Brandt) - Alcácer (87th Bruun Larsen)
Barcelona: ter Stegen - Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba (40th Sergi Roberto) - Busquets (60th Rakitic), de Jong, Arthur, Ansu Fati (59th Messi), Griezmann - Suárez
Referee: Hategan (Romania)
Yellow Cards: Delaney, Hazard / Pique, Semedo
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