What a win! Today’s match against Sevilla FC had it all, from beautiful curling efforts to late game drama. Edin Terzic’s side were in desperate need of a rebound after two games without a win, and they got their victory in the Champions League. A much changed Borussia Dortmund side fielded a 4-3-3, with Dahoud and Bellingham playing in a midfield three with Emre Can, who returned to his preferred area of the field. Despite some tepid defending throughout the game, Die Schwarzgelben managed to hold on for a 3-2 win after Luuk De Jong provided a late scare from a free kick to bring the game within one. Here are our shouts for man of the match.
In his long awaited return to the starting 11, Mahmoud Dahoud left his mark, for CERTAIN. At 1-0 down, Dortmund were in need of some inspiration to ensure they did not fall into the rut that has characterized their last few games, and Dahoud delivered. In the 19th minute he created the space he needed to unleash a stunning curler into the far right corner, leaving the Sevilla keeper flailing. It was a much needed goal for the German international, who has found game time exceptionally hard to come by. Dahoud was defensively outstanding throughout the remainder of the game, and moved the ball up the field well in an attempt to help Dortmund pad their lead.
Another Champions League game, another set of goals. Haaland delivered in his favorite competition to further his astounding goal-scoring exploits, beating Bono on two occasions with exceptionally well taken efforts. Despite second half tactical changes from Los Rojiblancos to stem his productivity, Haaland continued to work hard for his team and was only denied his hattrick by some lackluster service later in the game.
Sancho had the flicks and tricks out in Sevilla, linking up with Guerreiro to create a nightmarish defensive scenario for Sevilla. He was explosive on the ball and was rewarded with an assist after an inch-perfect lob to set up Haaland’s first on the night. Another encouraging display from the Englishman.
Like his compatriot, Bellingham also worked hard for the full 90 minutes. Though he did not have a goal or an assist to show for his efforts, he linked up tremendously with Dahoud and Can in the midfield to stymie Sevilla’s forward progression and move the ball fluidly from back to front. He also fired off an excellent effort towards the end of the game that deserved to find the bottom corner. Unfortunately, he was denied by Bono, and Reus could not manage to direct his follow-up volley to finish off the chance.
Let us know who you thought was best tonight, and tell us in the comments how excited you were to see Dahoud finally nail one from range!
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