Thanks to a strong first half, Borussia Dortmund has created a very good starting position for the quarter-finals of the Champions League! In the first leg at Sevilla FC, BVB won 3-2 (3-1), Erling Haaland became the match winner.
The last little inspired BVB surprised in the first round with a concentrated, compact and aggressive performance against the ball as well as heavily played switching actions – and only got 35 percent possession. Dortmund showed a good reaction after the too passively defended by Sancho but still unfortunate 0: 1, did a lot of leg work and closed the most important pass paths with the trio Bellingham-Can-Dahoud in order to take Seville’s game depth and breadth.
The wide-ranging game of the home side was intensely attacked by Borussia, especially on the wings, which usually prevented game shifts and flanks. After conquering the ball, Dortmund quickly played vertically and managed to bridge the pressing lines of the then unsorted and overall erratic Spaniards – especially BVB hits two and three fell in this way.
After the break, Sevilla pushed the full-backs higher and acted in a kind of 3-4-3. This meant that Borussia was pushed deeper and deeper into their own half and defended with many men around the penalty area, but too passive for a long time. Sevilla opened up more spaces with a quick passing game and came to crosses more often, but top-class scoring chances did not jump out – until the post free kick by substitute Rodriguez (72nd).
BVB’s relief attacks are no longer as precise as in half time one. The Westphalia finally gave Seville the goal shortly before the end after an inattention by Can – as so often the goal was conceded after a set piece. That made the game even more emotional, but Dortmund defended the deserved victory passionately over time.
Sevilla FC – BVB: The line-ups
Dortmund: Hitz – Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro (76th Passlack) – Bellingham, Can, Dahoud (89th Meunier) – Sancho, Haaland, Reus (80th Brandt).
Gates: 1: 0 Suso (7th), 1: 1 Dahoud (19th), 1: 2 Haaland (27th), 1: 3 Haaland (43rd), 2: 3 de Jong (84th)
The Norwegian and the Champions League – that is and remains a dream combination: two goals, one assist. Seville never got Haaland’s force under control. His greed and body language are exemplary and qualities that the Dortmund team often miss.
In the center of the storm he was completely in the air and only had a mere twelve ball actions, three of which he lost the ball. Was without a goal closure and had to go down after an hour.