After a short period of urgency from Sporting at the beginning, BVB quickly got the game under control. With high ball security and successful counter-pressing, black and yellow dominated the Portuguese champions without creating any clear chances. Pedro Gonçalves’ 1-0 (30th) turned the game upside down, which made Sporting bolder and the 2-0 – again by Gonçalves – followed (39th). Immediately afterwards, Donyell Malen missed Dortmund’s only big chance in the first round.
After the break, Sporting got off to a better start, Pablo Sarabia missed the great opportunity to make a preliminary decision (48th). Dortmund took a high risk early on, but allowed dangerous counterattacks again and again. Their own big chances remained in short supply, instead Emre Can weakened his team with a red card for assault. The national player was annoyed by a kick from Pedro Porro (73rd). No less disastrous was the penalty for Sporting, which made it 3-0 with a margin from Porro (80th). Malen’s goal in stoppage time came too late.
The bottom line is that it was an evening when BVB lacked luck, a cool head and, in particular, punch. Components that were already noticed during the defeat against Ajax Amsterdam and mean that Dortmund will only play in the Europa League in the new year. Sporting, on the other hand, is in the second round of the premier class.
1:0 Gonçalves (30.): Out of nowhere the lead for Sporting: Schulz miscalculates a long ball and puts it clumsily into the barrel of Gonçalves, who cannot be asked twice and overcomes Kobel from close range.
2:0 Gonçalves (39.): Sporting combines in the penalty area. Akanji intervenes with a tackle, but spits the ball in front of Gonçalves’ feet, who does not torch from around 20 meters and welds the leather into the mesh.
3:0 Forward (80.) Zagadou knocked Paulinho off his feet in the penalty area. Kobel saves the penalty against Gonçalves, but Porro is on the spot and heads for the decision.
3:1 Grind (90.+3): Brandt prevails on the left and finds Reus’ head on a cross. The captain extends to the long post where Malen is spot-on and moves the play equipment over the goal line.
46 ‘Can (4,5) for Schulz 66’ Dahoud for Witsel 66 ‘Zagadou for Pongracic 66’ Tigges for Reinier
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