- Dortmund thrash Legia 6-0.
- 3-0 up after 17 minutes.
- Pulisic stars and grabs assist.
Borussia Dortmund seized the early initiative in UEFA Champions League Group F with a crushing 6-0 victory away to Legia Warszawa.
Returning to the Champions League following a one-year absence, Dortmund did not disappoint. An early goal from Mario Götze set Tuchel's dominant troupe on their way, the former FC Bayern München midfielder bravely heading Ousmane Dembele's superbly weighted cross into the bottom corner after seven minutes. Sokratis Papastathopoulos added a second in not too dissimilar fashion as Legia went to sleep defending a Raphael Guerreiro free-kick, before Marc Bartra tapped in a third following a scramble in the Legia box.
Brilliantly unforgiving, Dortmund needed just six second-half minutes to extend their lead. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led a blistering attack and after Dembele saw his goal-bound strike charged down, Guerreiro nonchalantly swept home the loose ball to bring up his first goal in a BVB shirt. Dortmund were not done yet, however, with substitute Gonzalo Castro netting with his first touch, before turning provider for Aubameyang to complete the scoring and punctuate a dominant showing four minutes from time.
Man of the match
Not an easy decision to make, but Pulisic just about shades it ahead of Guerreiro. The 17-year-old USMNT international ran the lines brilliantly, played with his head up throughout and did not look in the slightest bit overawed by the occasion on his Champions League debut.
Thomas Tuchel's decision to ring the changes following the 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig paid dividends in Warsaw and bodes very well indeed for Dortmund’s prospects of mounting a serious challenge on all three fronts in 2016/17.
- Dortmund handed Champions League debuts to Pulisic, Guerreiro, Dembele and Mor.
- The game was also Tuchel's first outing in the Champions League.
- BVB's last win in the competition game against Galatasary SK in December 2014.
Legia: Malarz (c) - Bereszynski - Czerwinski, Dabrowski, Guilherme - Odjidja-Ofoe, Jodlowiec, Moulin (Radovic 76') - Kazaishvili (Aleksandrov 66'), Langil - Prijovic (Nikolic 63')
Coach: Besnik Hasi
Gladbach: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra, Schmelzer (c) - Weigl (Ginter 79') - Pulisic, Götze (Castro 75'), Guerreiro, Dembele (Mor 75') - Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel