TTSK– (Dortmund 2-0 Newcastle). Champions League group stage second leg. Newcastle, after winning against Arsenal in the Premier League, will travel to Germany as a guest of Dortmund in Group F. The difference in finishing and counter-attacking ability decided this match.
Video Dortmund 2-0 Newcastle
Eddie Howe made 3 changes to the Newcastle squad after the win over Arsenal, Almiron and Gordon were substitutes for Lewis Hall & Joe Willock while Dan Burn was injured and was replaced by Tino Livramento. On Dortmund’s side, Niklas Sule replaced Marius Wolf in defense after the 0-4 loss to Bayern while Felix Nmecha replaced Marco Reus in the midfield and Karim Adeyemi started in the striker line replacing Malen.
Although the performances of the two sides are different, when entering the match, Dortmund is the side that presses the field and appears to be quite smooth in deployment. Goalkeeper Nick Pope had to block two opportunities for the home team from shots from Fullkrug and Adeyemi, but he could do nothing about the goal in the 26th minute: The ball wobbled in the middle but Dortmund still managed to put it in. penalty area thanks to 50/50 efforts to compete for the ball, before Sabitzer crossed for Fullkrug to cushion the ball from close range.
Dortmund still took the initiative after the opening goal and in the 36th minute Sabitzer almost doubled the gap after crossing from the second line, but he shot high into the air after Sule’s pass. It wasn’t until the end of the first half that Newcastle had their first significant chance from a corner. Lascelles headed a pass to Joelinton from Trippier’s corner, but the Brazilian midfielder could not beat goalkeeper Kobel.
At the beginning of the second half, the game became very open as each side had dangerous opportunities. Twice Pope had to block Brandt’s shots, while on the other side of the field Livramento almost stretched for Joelinton to score and the Brazilian midfielder unfortunately missed the post with a header in the 57th minute.
Dortmund from the beginning of the match showed a very good ability to change positions and in the 79th minute they converted into a goal. Fullkrug headed a free kick from Newcastle, Adeyemi flicked the ball long from near the home penalty area and Dortmund immediately counterattacked with 2 people with Livramento alone running back for Newcastle. Brandt had the option to pass to Sabitzer, but he decisively entered the penalty area and shot diagonally to increase the score to 2-0.
That goal ended Newcastle’s hopes, but young Livramento almost had his own goal with a tight angle shot that Kobel pushed over the bar in the 90+1 minute. Winning 2-0, Dortmund temporarily took the top spot in Group F before AC Milan met PSG.
FT: Dortmund 2-0 Newcastle
Goals: Fullkrug 26′, Brandt 79′
Borussia Dortmund: Kobel, Sule, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson, Sabitzer, Ozcan, Brandt, Nmecha, Adeyemi, Fullkrug.
Newcastle United: Pope, Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Hall, Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, Willock, Livramento, Wilson, Joelinton.
Entering this important match, Dortmund and Newcastle have the same 4 points, 2 points behind top team PSG but 2 points ahead of AC Milan. The two clubs experienced contrasting results in the domestic arena before this fierce match. In the Bundesliga, Dortmund lost miserably at home with a score of 0-4 against rival Bayern Munich while Newcastle had a 1-0 victory over Arsenal.
Good form at home was the foundation of Dortmund’s success last season but they have struggled at Signal Iduna Park this term. In contrast, Newcastle are in extremely good spirits after a week that saw them beat Man Utd 3-0 at Old Trafford in the League Cup, before going down narrowly 1-0 in the Premier League to Arsenal in round 11 of the Premier League. English rank so they are confident of winning this match.