Dortmund – Borussia Dortmund recorded their first win of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League season as they comfortably beat Olympique de Marseille 3-0 at Signal Iduna Park.

Robert Lewandowski netted from close range after a lightning counter-attack, before Marco Reus’ speculative free-kick and a Lewandowski penalty completed the scoring. The hosts didn’t quite hit the heights of certain home games in last season’s competition, but they will be delighted for a welcome three points before heading to Group F leaders Arsenal FC on Matchday 3.

Quick start

Having been beaten twice by Marseille in the group stages of the competition two seasons ago, Dortmund had something of a point to prove, and they began the game determinedly, with Reus firing a half-volley over the bar inside the second minute. He then drew the first save of the evening from away keeper Steve Mandanda with a curling strike from twenty yards.

Marseille seemed to find their rhythm in the game temporarily, with French international Mathieu Valbuena finding plenty of space and drawing a clumsy foul from Nuri Sahin, but BVB soon had the lead after a stunning breakaway. From a Marseille corner, die Schwarzgelben broke at speed with six men forward, allowing Lewandowski to tap in Erik Durm’s cross.

Reus’ reward

Marseille’s defence looked to have reorganised itself and with Valbuena spreading passes from left to right, they came back into the game. Lone striker Saber Khalifa had only scraps to feed from, however, and it was Dortmund that came closest to adding to the score, but Lewandowski's close-range strike was ruled out for offside.

With half time approaching BVB's rhythm appeared to slow down, but they emerged re-energised after the restart and another quick strike put them two goals in front. This time they were rather gifted the goal, as the bounce on Reus’ looping free-kick deceived Mandanda, who could only fumble the ball over the line.

Lewandowski spot on

The home side were going through the motions as the game entered its final stages, but the introduction of Jakub Blaszczykowski gave them an extra spring in their step and it was through him that a third goal arrived.

The Polish international stole in behind to feed Reus in the box, who was then brought down, with Lewandowski sinking the resulting penalty to give Dortmund a comfortable victory.


Dortmund: Langerak - Großkreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Durm - Bender, Sahin – Reus (Hofmann, 81‘), Mkhitaryan (Sokratis, 88‘), Aubameyang (Blaszczykowski, 71‘) - Lewandowski

Marseille: Mandanda - Fanni, Nkoulou, Lucas Mendes, Mendy - Romao, Imbula – Payet (Lemina, 73‘), Valbuena (J. Ayew, 82’), A. Ayew – Khalifa (Thauvin, 82‘)

Goals: 1-0 Lewandowski (19‘), 2-0 Reus (52‘), 3-0 Lewandowski pen (80‘)

Bernie Reeves