Borussia Dortmund have confirmed their spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League today after drawing 1-1 with Lazio in a cagey affair. A Rapha Guerreiro goal near the end of the first half was cancelled out by a Ciro Immobile equalizer from the penalty spot in the second half. But BVB only needed a point to qualify for the next stage of the tournament, meaning they did just enough today.
The game started on a sour note, with the announcement just before kickoff that Erling Haaland is out with a hamstring injury, which meant that Reus led the line for BVB. There wasn’t a whole lot to get excited about, but Rapha Guerreiro continued his great run of form and popped up with the opening goal just before halftime. Lazio leveled on the 67th minute after Guerreiro’s replacement, Nico Schulz, conceded a penalty, and Ciro Immobile made the most of the opportunity.
Perhaps the most notable moment of the game was when Mats Hummels came off late having been accidentally stamped on by Immobile. He looked in quite a lot of pain, so there is some reason to be concerned, but we don’t yet know whether the injury was serious. Hopefully he is fine, because losing Haaland AND Hummels would be bad news!
It wasn’t the most entertaining 90 minutes you’ll see this season, but Dortmund did enough to qualify for the knockout stages, even if they haven’t guaranteed their spot at the top of the group just yet. So there are positives to take away from today’s game. There were also several positive performances, even if the team performance wasn’t much to write home about. Who gets your vote for BVB’s man of the match?
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