Ciro Immobile opened the scoring for the hosts just before the hour-mark, but Aleksandar Mitrovic took advantage of some wasteful Dortmund finishing to earn the Belgian champions a share of the spoils with nine minutes remaining.
Langerak between the sticks
Jürgen Klopp’s charges had already secured their place in the knockout stage of Europe’s premier club competition on Matchday 4, but die Schwarz-Gelben flew out of the traps at the Signal Iduna Park, determined to finish as Group D winners ahead of Arsenal FC. A fine run from Henrikh Mkhitaryan almost set up Immobile for the game’s opening goal after just three minutes, but Anderlecht keeper Silvio Proto was out quickly to deny the Italian.
Proto’s opposite number Mitchell Langerak was once again named in the Dortmund starting eleven against the Belgians, having replaced Germany international Roman Weidenfeller for BVB’s 1-0 victory over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Friday. The Australia international came to the hosts’ rescue on 10 minutes with a fine save from Mitrovic, but Proto remained the busier of the two keepers, saving well from Immobile and Mkhitaryan before the interval.
Mitrovic denies BVB
That pattern of play continued after the restart as Shinji Kagawa sliced a left-footed effort wide of the target, before Mkhitaryan fired straight at Proto from inside the penalty area. With the hour-mark approaching, Dortmund finally made their dominance count as Immobile latched on to a clever ball from Nuri Sahin, kept his composure and curled the ball into the far corner to the relief of the majority of fans packed inside the arena.
Kagawa perhaps should have made it 2-0 from an almost identical position moments later, but the Japan international blazed over the bar. Mkhitaryan followed suit soon after, before the Armenian was once again denied by Proto from point-blank range. Dortmund then paid the price for their profligacy with nine minutes remaining, as Mitrovic headed home Anthony Vanden Borre’s cross, but a draw was enough for BVB to finish top of the group on goal difference ahead of the Gunners.
Dortmund: Langerak - Durm, Subotic, Ginter, Schmelzer (Aubameyang 75') - Sahin, Gündogan (Kirch 66') - Großkreutz, Kagawa (Blaszczykowski 87'), Mkhitaryan - Immobile
Anderlecht: Proto - Vanden Borre, Mbemba, Deschacht, Sakala - Dendoncker, Kljestan (Tielemans 70') - Conte (Cyriac 79'), Praet, Acheampong - Mitrovic
Goals: 1-0 Immobile 58', 1-1 Mitrovic 81'