Champions-League evenings are in Dortmund again celebration hours for the team and fans. The Borussia took a half-time against AS Monaco on Wednesday night before playing in the second half and also winning the second Group A game after beating Bruges 1-0. This time, 3: 0 by Jacob Bruun Larsen (51st minute), Paco Alcácer (72nd) and Marco Reus (90th + 2). Two minutes before the Spaniard had shot a penalty. "I'm so happy, that was a great scene," said Larsen. "We have kept patience. We knew it would be a difficult game, "said BVB goalkeeper Roman Bürki on TV channel Sky and acknowledged that on the drive to the stadium the memories came back up to the attack.
With six points, the Westphalia stand after two matchdays as leaders brilliantly there before the next two games against the also twice victorious Spanish top team Atlético Madrid. As clarified and youthful moves at the same time the BVB played out this success against the Monegassen, impressed in this after the break unequal duel.
This Wednesday should not be a shadow game in remembrance of the attack on the Dortmund team bus on 11 April 2017 – a few hours before the Champions League quarter-final home game against AS Monaco. This duel under sad auspices took place a day later and seemed quite surreal to all concerned. BVB lost the away game, and that, too, was perceived as somehow irrelevant. To meet again with colleagues from the Principality Sebastian Kehl, the head of the Dortmund licensing team, the direction before. "We want to accept the encounter as a normal Champions League game and let the matter rest."
Athletic, the prospects for the Borussia this time seemed better from the outset: BVB leads the Bundesliga table after two spectacular victories over the first FC Nuremberg (7: 0) and Bayer Leverkusen (4: 2); The Monegas are looking at the table of Ligue 1 exceptionally from below after only one win in Eighteenth. Nevertheless, coach Lucien Favre reminded his players: "We play against a good team, they are always missing little things." Favre must know it from his only a few months ago as coach of the OGC Nice yes.
He nominated the Spanish striker Alcácer for the first time for the first time, but had to give up the Americans Pulisic at short notice, which has suffered a hamstring in the calf. Jadon Sancho, who is currently only one of the most effective substitutes in the Bundesliga, is currently the best goalkeeper (five times in 124 minutes) in the highest German league, right from the start – just like at the Champions League opening in Bruges, where he did not notice in the 1-0 victory of the black and yellow but not further. The Englishman, one of the best junior players in Europe, had extended his contract with BVB on Tuesday until the summer of 2022.
The next day he showed one or the other trick from his bag of tricks, without much to move in the first half. Both teams neutralized each other in a playful and appealing way, but they shied away from the risk. Twice the BVB was close to the opening goal, as Alcácers worth seeing Schlenzer missed his goal wafer-thin (33) and the former Wolfsburg goalkeeper Benaglio Wolf shot round the post (39.). In the process, the Swiss injured and had to be replaced in the 44th minute against the Croatian World Cup goalkeeper Subasic. On the other hand, Bürki parried a clever shot by Belgian Tielemans famos (20th).
What still silted before the change, was fruitful after the half time. Now the right wingman Sancho played his perfect class as a sensitive Pass supplier so perfect that the second half substitute left wing Bruun Larsen the ball loose to 1: 0 for the Borussia could push into the net – a wonderfully conjured conjured magic goals. The Westphalia had worked patiently and with the self-image of a mature top team on this one moment.
A crucial moment could have come about fifteen minutes later when Glik fouled Borussia captain Reus in the box. Penalties Alcácer hit but instead of the gate only the bar. The new center forward did not want to let long sit on that, so that he was followed 120 seconds later with a hearty shot after Reus' preliminary work, the 2-0 for his team. It was the decision in a game that Dortmund had not only mastered after the break, but had also decorated handsome. Such as Reus' addition to the 3-0 in added time.