Borussia Dortmund were left frustrated after missing crucial chances and ultimately leaving with only one point from a tightly-fought match against APOEL Nicosia.

APOEL 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Goals: 1-0 Pote (62'), 1-1 Sokratis (67')

After a first half to forget for both sides, in which no clear-cut chances were created by either team leaving Peter Bosz and his Dortmund troops frustrated at the break, the second half in Nicosia kicked into life just after the hour mark. The home side took a shock lead through Mikael Pote, after mistakes in the Dortmund defence. Roman Bürki misplaced pass fell to Ebecilio, whose shot was spilt by the Swiss keeper, and then scored by Pote.

It took only five minutes for Dortmund to respond with their first major chance of the match. A delightful chip into the six-yard box by Mario Götze was headed home by Sokratis, and a minute later the game could have been turned around had it not been for the fingertips of APOEL’s substitute goalkeeper Raul Gudino, who came on in the first half. Dortmund had an incredible chance to win the game at the death after Christian Pulisic had run the full length of the pitch before crossing to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But his header was cleared off the line, before Marc Bartra hit the rebound over the bar.

It was hard work throughout for Christian Pulisic and his Dortmund teammates.
It was hard work throughout for Christian Pulisic and his Dortmund teammates.

Line-ups

APOEL: Waterman (Gudino 45') - Vouros, Merkis, Rueda, Roberto Lago - Morais (c), Vinicius, Ebecilio (Sallai 72') - Zahid, Aloneftis - De Camargo (Pote 30')
Absentees: Efrem (knock)
Coach: Giorgos Donis

Borussia Dortmund: Bürki - Bartra, Toprak (Toljanv59'), Sokratis, Schmelzer (c) (Philipp 73') - Kagawa, Weigl, Götze - Yarmolenko (Isak 82'), Aubameyang, Pulisic​
Absentees: Piszczek (knee), Schmelzer (match fitness), Durm (hip), Reus (knee ligaments), Rode (pelvis)
Coach: Peter Bosz

Match stats

  • This was Dortmund's first-ever game against Cypriot opposition.
  • BVB midfielder Nuri Sahin was in the Real Madrid side that knocked APOEL out in the last eight in 2012.
  • Stuttgart forward Anastasios Donis is the son of APOEL coach Giorgos Donis, who was born in Frankfurt.
  • Both APOEL and Dortmund have now lost twice and drawn once so far, and by the same scoreline: the Cypriots lost 3-0 to Real Madrid and Tottenham; Dortmund lost 3-1 to the same opponents.
  • The Cypriot side have not won in the Champions League since March 2012, a 1-0 round-of-16, second-leg win against Lyon.
  • APOEL striker Igor De Camargo turned out for Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

As it happened

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