Strikes from Niclas Füllkrug and Julian Brant secured all three points for Borussia Dortmund as they defeated Newcastle 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League at Signal Iduna Park.
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Newcastle
Goals: 1-0 Füllkrug 26' (assist: Sabitzer), 2-0 Brandt 79' (assist: Adeyemi)
Saturday's 4-0 Klassiker defeat was a rather terrible day at the office for Dortmund, but they had the chance to provide an immediate response with the visit of the Toon to the Ruhr. And, prior to the interval, they didn't appear to be dwelling on that aforementioned loss as they took the game to their English Premier League opponents. Brandt fired an early warning shot over the bar before Füllkrug and Karim Adeyemi stung Nick Pope's palms with fierce drives in the opening 20 minutes. Die Schwarzgelben eventually bagged the goal their play deserved shortly after the midway point of the first half, when Füllkrug tapped Marcel Sabitzer's pass into the roof of the net after BVB had won a series of 50-50 duels. Defensively, Edin Terzić's side were also solid, with former Hoffenheim man Joelinton's relatively tame header, which was easily held by Gregor Kobel, the vistors' only real effort before the break.
At the start of the second period, Eddie Howe introduced Anthony Gordon and Miguel Almirón from the bench, which initially gave Newcastle extra impetus. The away team's best chance fell to Joelinton, who headed wide from close range when he really should have found the target. While Dortmund's supremacy was no longer as clear, Pope still needed to be alert to twice thwart Brandt, and the home team looked threatening on the counter-attack. Just as it seemed a nervy final 10 minutes awaited Terzić and Co., Brandt finally got himself on the scoresheet, running onto a searching Adeyemi pass before keeping his composure to slot into the bottom corner. Newcastle had no response, meaning Dortmund made it back-to-back European triumphs. They now sit second in Group F, with this victory significantly boosting their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
- Füllkrug's strike was his first of his career in the Champions League.
- Dortmund have now kept four consecutive home clean sheets in Europe's premier club competition for the first time in their history.
- BVB are also unbeaten in their previous seven Champions League home games thanks to this result.
- Dortmund last claimed home and away wins against an English side in a Champions League campaign against Manchester United in 1996/97 (two 1-0 victories in the semi-finals as they went on to lift the trophy).
- This was Borussia’s 150th Champions League match (W69, D31, L49), following Bayern (285) as the only German club to reach that milestone.
- The last English manager to win a Champions League away game in Germany remains Bobby Robson in 2003, when Newcastle beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1.
Dortmund: Kobel (c) - Süle, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson - Sabitzer, Özcan - Adeyemi (Reus 81'), Nmecha, Brandt - Füllkrug (Moukoko 87')
Unused subs: Meyer, Lotka, Bensebaini, Reyna, Malen, Wolf, Haller, Bynoe-Gittens, Blank
Out: Can (thigh), Duranville (thigh), Morey (knee)
Coach: Edin Terzić
Newcastle: Pope - Trippier, Lascelles (c), Schär, Hall (Almirón 46') - Longstaff, Guimarães, Willock (Miley 81') - Livramento, Wilson (Gordon 46'), Joelinton
Unused subs: Dúbravka, Karius, Dummett, De Bolle, Parkinson
Out: Anderson (back), Barnes (foot), Botman (knee), Burn (back), Isak (groin), Manquillo (groin), Murphy (shoulder), Targett (thigh), Tonali (suspended)
Coach: Eddie Howe
As it happened!
Full-time: Dortmund 2-0 Newcastle
A strong display from Dortmund secures all three points as they triumph 2-0! Niclas Füllkrug's first-ever goal in the Champions League set BVB on their way, and Brandt ended any worries of a nervy final 10 minutes by netting following a swift counter-attack. Die Schwarzgelben are now second in Group F, and are in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages.
Kobel stays alert
Livramento cheekily tries to lob Dortmund's custodian, but he is aware of the danger as he tips the ball over the bar.
Füllkrug makes way
The centre-forward's night come to an end, and he can be happy with his crucial contribution.
Dortmund's number 19 has had numerous opportunities to get on the scoresheet tonight, and he now has the goal his performance deserves, keeping his composure on the break to slot into the bottom corner!
15 minutes remaining
A quarter of an hour left for Dortmund to navigate.
Hard-fought encounterDortmund are in a battle here, but they are holding their own so far.
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Willock effort held
The midfielder's daisy-cutter was never really going to trouble Kobel.
A Brandt shot looks to be heading towards the bottom corner before Newcastle's goalkeeper tips it wide.
The Paraguay international's attempt is always rising.
Joelinton really should score as a cross from Livramento finds him in the box, but he heads wide from close range. A let-off for Dortmund!
Dortmund go straight up the other end and, although his poor control initially appears to have stopped him from getting a shot off, he recovers to call Pope into action. The goalkeepers does well to keep the shot out, though.
Livramento hammers a cross towards the back post where Joelinton is waiting, but Kobel gets a knee in the way, preventing an almost certain goal in the process.
Newcastle get us up and running again!
Half-time: Dortmund 1-0 Newcastle
Edin Terzić will be delighted with that display during the opening 45 minutes! His team took the game to their opponents and scored the goal their play deserved through Niclas Füllkrug, who tapped home Marcel Sabitzer's pass on the turn. Dortmund are now in a great position to make one of the top-two spots in Group F their own.
Kobel denies Joelinton!
The shot-stopper dives to his right to hold the Brazilian's header shortly before the half-time whistle.
Füllkrug delightThat was the 30-year-old's third goal of the campaign in all competitions.
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A quick break from Dortmund finds the Austrian, but he can't keep his shot down as it flies over the crossbar.
The former Hoffenheim man's header towards goal is easily gathered by Kobel.
Dortmund in top spot
That strikes means Dortmund are now top of Group F as it stands, although Paris Saint-Germain don't play Milan until later this evening.
The Germany international opens his Champions League account to give his side the lead! Dortmund appear to have wasted the chance to create an opening until Sabitzer turns a pass into the six-yard box, where Füllkrug is waiting to fire into the roof of the net. Lift-off!
Adeyemi shot saved
Another opportunity for Dortmund, as their young German winger forces Pope into save low to his right. A very promising start from BVB here.
A first shot on target for Die Schwarzgelben as Füllkrug's fierce effort from just outside the area is parried away by Pope.
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Left-back Hall, in for the injured Burn, picks up a yellow card early on after pulling down Füllkrug. Something for Dortmund to potentially exploit with plenty of time left.
Dortmund seeing plenty of the ball
The hosts have had the lion's share of possession so far, and now have their first half-chance as Brandt fires an effort well over the bar from an angle.
Dortmund get us up and running!
30 minutes to go until kick off!
Not long to go now!
Dortmund team newsEdin Terzić also brings in three fresh faces as his side looks to bounce back from the 4-0 Klassiker loss to Bayern. Marius Wolf makes way for Niklas Süle, while Donyell Malen and Marco Reus are replaced by Karim Adeyemi and Felix Nmecha.
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Newcastle team newsEddie Howe makes three changes to the side that beat Arsenal 1-0 at the weekend. Dan Burn suffered an injury and is therefore replaced by teenager Lewis Hall, while Joe Willock and Tino Livramento come in for Miguel Almirón and Anthony Gordon respectively. Former Hoffenheim duo Fabian Schär and Joelinton both start.
Dortmund starting XI
Kobel (c) - Süle, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson - Sabitzer, Özcan - Adeyemi, Nmecha, Brandt - Füllkrug
Meyer, Lotka, Bensebaini, Reyna, Reus, Malen, Wolf, Moukoko, Haller, Bynoe-Gittens, Blank
Newcastle starting XI
Pope - Trippier, Lascelles (c), Schär, Hall - Longstaff, Guimarães, Willock - Livramento, Wilson, Joelinton
Dúbravka, Karius, Dummett, Gordon, Almirón, De Bolle, Parkinson, Miley
Can could returnDortmund were without their experienced captain Emre Can (pictured) in the 0-4 defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday, but he is described as being touch and go for the visit of Newcastle following a dead leg. Ramy Bensebaini is more likely to feature at left-back after recovering from a thigh injury.
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Edin Terzić on Newcastle
The Dortmund coach is taking nothing for granted despite his side's win in the first meeting, saying: "We don't need a warning about Newcastle. We know how good they are. They have recently beaten Man Utd and Arsenal. They weren't happy with their performance in the first leg. It will be an open and intense game."
What a night! Felix Nmecha's goal - and a series of Gregor Kobel saves - gave Dortmund a famous win in England a fortnight ago. The victory moves Dortmund up to second in Group F on four points, level with Newcastle, in what remains a close and fascinating quartet.
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