Summary

  • Reus hat-trick on return from injury.
  • Seven goals in first half.
  • 12 goals sets new Champions League record for a match total.

Marco Reus scored a hat-trick on his first appearance of the season following groin and heel injuries as Borussia Dortmund beat Legia Warszawa on an astonishing night at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.

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Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warszawa

Goals: 0-1 Prijovic (10'), 1-1 Kagawa (17'), 2-1 Kagawa (18'), 3-1 Sahin (20'), 3-2 Prijovic (24'), 4-2 Dembele (29'), 5-2 Reus (32'), 6-2 Reus (52'), 6-3 Kucharczyk (57'), 7-3 Passlack (81'), 7-4 Nikolic (83'), 8-4 Reus (90+2')

The visitors got the goal glut under way early on with Aleksandar Prijovic’s sublime finish with the outside of his boot, but the Black-and-Yellows were soon romping clear. Ousmane Dembele set up Shinji Kagawa twice in quick succession to turn the game around, before Nuri Sahin bundled the ball in after Legia keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak’s punched clearance hit the Dortmund midfielder. Prijovic struck again with a low finish, but missed the chance to equalise when he hit the bar from point-blank range. Within seconds, Dembele extended the lead with a neat turn and shot, and Reus then grabbed the seventh goal of a remarkable half with a simple tap in.

Reus had his second early in the second period, running on to Dembele’s cross to convert from close range but Michal Kucharczyk reduced the arrears before the hour was up with a clever finish past Roman Weidenfeller. Following a brief lull in the goals there was a final flurry in the closing stages as Felix Passlack headed home a rebound from a Cierznak save. However, lax defending from Dortmund allowed Legia in again when Nemanja Nikolic raced in to drive the ball in off the post. BVB could have added another after brilliant skill and a shot on the turn from Christian Pulisic, but Cierzniak’s fine save denied the USMNT starlet. Reus had the final say, though, completing his hat-trick with a deflected shot that grazed through the keeper’s legs in stoppage time, sealing a win that keeps Dortmund top of Group E going into their final fixture against Real Madrid CF.

Reus had not played in a competitive match since the 2016 DFB Cup final in May, but showed no sign of rustiness in a rampant BVB side.

Man of the match

Reus must have been frustrated to have been ruled out of Der Klassiker with a heel problem after his lengthy lay-off with a groin injury, but he took it out on Legia in fine style. Back to full fitness and in the goals, he gives Thomas Tuchel a nice selection issue to deal with going into Bundesliga Matchday 12.

Talking point

This was another demonstration of the embarrassment of riches Dortmund have going forward, and will have surely given Eintracht Frankfurt plenty of food for thought ahead of Sunday's meeting.

Match stats

  • Dortmund scored five goals in 16 minutes, a Champions League record.
  • At 18 years, 177 days, Passlack replaced Lars Ricken as Dortmund's youngest scorer in the Champions League.
  • The 12 goals were the most in a Champions League game, bettering the 8-3 between Monaco and Deportivo La Coruna in 2003.

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Line-ups

Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Rode, Ginter, Bartra (Durm 62'), Passlack - Sahin (Aubameyang 70') - Pulisic, Kagawa, Castro, Dembele (Schurrle 72') - Reus (c)

Coach: Thomas Tuchel

Legia: Cierzniak - Bereszynski, Czerwinski, Pazdan, Rzezniczak - Guilherme (Jodlowiec 53'), Kopczynski - Kucharczyk , Radovic - Odjidja-Ofoe (Nikolic 75') - Prijovic (Wieteska 69')

Coach: Jacek Magiera