Borussia Dortmund: The eleven of the second half

Borussia Dortmund: The eleven of the second half


By Ulrich Hartmann, Dortmund

Fatalistic fans, who were already worried that Borussia Dortmund might never win a Champions League home game again since a madman hit the team bus with shrapnel on April 11, 2017, were redeemed on Wednesday night. Four home games in a row, the Dortmund had not won in the European premier class since that tragedy a year and a half ago, and now came specifically the Monaco Monaco back to Dortmund, so that BVB could defeat this curse.

The 3-0 (0-0) by goals from Jacob Bruun Larsen, Paco Alcácer and Marco Reus was the first home win in the Champions League since a 4-0 win over Benfica on 8 March 2017. Dortmund under new coach Lucien Favre is currently not only leaders of the Bundesliga, but with two victories in the first two Champions League games on a good path to the longed for last sixteen.

540 days was the bomb attack on Wednesday. At that time, the match against the Monegasque had been postponed to the next day after the incident, which upset Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel so much that he then sought the public confrontation with the club bosses and was therefore dismissed at the end of the season. BVB were eliminated by Monaco in the quarter-finals, Kylian Mbappé, who plays under Tuchel at Paris St. Germain, scored three of their six goals in the 2: 3 and 1: 3. On Monaco substitute bench at that time sat in the first leg of the young defender Abdou Diallo, who now succeeded as BVB defender and defended against Monaco as before against Leverkusen left.

For the first time ever, Favre's confidence in the attack from Real Madrid's striker Paco Alcácer has been on the offensive. In the midst of the winged tongs of Marius Wolf and Jadon Sancho and in front of Marco Reus should Alcacer whirl around. Expectations were high in the face of the previous seven goals against Dortmund and four against Leverkusen, but when it was zero zero at break, no one was surprised, because the Dortmund against Nuremberg yes five goals and against Leverkusen even all four only in the second Halftime had shot.

Again, Jadon Sancho prepares an important goal

This time the fans had to content themselves before the break with two dangerous Dortmund goal shots: The first of Alcácer (33) narrowly missed. The second of Wolf direct Monaco goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, the former Wolfsburg, while well-versed at the gate, but pulled himself in the bone and left the playing field limping two minutes before the break. He made room for the Croatian Danijel Subasic, who had played in the final of the World Cup a few weeks ago.

The young Dane Bruun Larsen replaced Wolf on the left wing in the second half to more effectively escort the ball into the penalty area. But when Dortmund in the 51st minute 1-0 went into the lead, things went differently: Since the right wing Sancho conjured through the defensive wall through a pass into the box and met there the Champions League debutants Bruun Larsen, who in the right The moment had passed and goalkeeper Subasic overcame. Coach Favre has a thing for switching goal scorers. And Sancho, the 18-year-old Englishman, with whom BVB just extended until 2022, has already prepared another important goal. In the Bundesliga he is the best preparer with five assists.

After Reus had been laid in the penalty area by the Pole Kamil Glik in the 68th minute, Alcácer was allowed an undisrupted shot from eleven meters, but chased the penalty under the crossbar, from where the ball touched down before the goal line. However, the Spaniard did not want to let this disgrace sit on him and pushed himself hard for the 2: 0 (72) by. The final point put in injury time Marco Reus with the 3: 0. Again the Dortmund had won the game in the second half – a signal of patience and perseverance, the Favre only too happy from this ninth competitive match without any defeat took.

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