Istanbul - Borussia Dortmund put their domestic troubles behind them as they maintained their unblemished record in the UEFA Champions League courtesy of a convincing 4-0 win against Galatasaray AS on Wednesday night.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a brace inside the opening 18 minutes with two close-range strikes before Marco Reus added a spectacular third on the cusp of half-time. Adrian Ramos capped up a captivating performance with a fourth late on as Jürgen Klopp’s men maintained their three-point lead at the top of Group D.

Pierre the poacher


Dortmund wasted little time in putting themselves on the front foot and lifted a weight off their shoulders with just six minutes on the clock. Henrikh Mkhitaryan released Reus, who carved out a cross in between Fernando Muslera and his backline, allowing Aubameyang to side foot into an empty net without breaking stride. Though BVB’s backline looked far from settled, Galatasaray rarely threatened in the final third, but for a few half-hearted and unsuccessful penalty claims.

Instead Dortmund rode a wave of pressure whilst carving the hosts apart out wide and duly extended their lead when Lukasz Piszczek snuck in behind to pick out Aubameyang six yards out with a pin-point delivery. Only the post prevented the Gabonese striker netting a first-half hat-trick and, though Shinji Kagawa was denied by Muslera, the Uruguayan keeper was beaten all ends up by Reus’ dipping drive from 25 yards out, which sent Dortmund in at the break with an imperious three-goal lead.

Ramos rounds out scoring


While Galatasaray had demonstrated few of the qualities needed to produce a three-goal comeback before half-time, BVB opted to prioritise keeping a clean sheet at the expense of their enterprising attacking football after the restart. Losing Sven Bender to a suspected elbow injury in the 55th minute threatened to unsettle Dortmund, but while Reus and Kagawa both failed to find the target with half chances either side of the hour mark, Cesare Prandelli’s charges still had no answer to the questions being asked of them.

Dutifully, Dortmund added a fourth with time winding down as two second-half substitutes combined to great effect. Ilkay Gündogan’s silky turn was only bettered by the through ball he threaded into the path of Ramos, who made no mistake with a powerful near-post drive. Still yet to conceded at Europe’s top table this term, Klopp’s men saw out the closing stages with aplomb to make it three wins from three in Group D, picking up a much-needed morale boost in the process.

Galatasaray: Muslera - Alex Telles (Öztekin 62’), Chedjou, Semih, Tarik - Felipe Melo - Selcuk Inan, Altintop (Dzemali 61’) - Sneijder - Burak, Pandev (Colak 78’)

Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels (Gündogan 69’), Sokratis - S. Bender (Ginter 55’), Kehl - Mkhitaryan, Kagawa (Ramos 82’), Reus - Aubameyang

Goals: 0-1 Aubameyang 6’, 0-2 Aubameyang 18’, 3-0 Reus 41’, 4-0 Ramos 83’