Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of enjoying a deep run in the UEFA Champions League for a third consecutive year were put to bed following a 3-0 defeat on home soil in their Round of 16 second leg against Juventus FC.

Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata were once again the goalscorers with the latter bagging a brace either side of his Spanish counterpart putting the game beyond BVB’s reach twenty minutes from time, as the Italians coasted to a 5-1 aggregate win against a frustrated Dortmund side.

BVB labour against deep-lying visitors


In hope of inspiring their side to the heights witnessed in recent European campaigns, the hosts’ pre-match fan choreography centred around the heroes from Dortmund’s triumph over Juventus in the 1997 Champions League final. However, needing to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit, BVB made a nightmare start to the must-win encounter when Tevez was afforded time and space to pick out the top left-hand corner with a rasping 25-yard effort with just 136 seconds played.

The early goal played straight into the visitors’ hands, allowing them to drop deep and absorb pressure, a tactic that was only aided by the introduction of defensive specialist Andrea Barzagli for the injured Paul Pogba shortly before the half-hour mark. With room to manouevre in the final third limited and precision lacking in their passes, Dortmund struggled to break down Juventus’ impregnable backline, as their only effort of note before the break saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s tame shot trickle harmlessly past the post.

Deadly duo strike to down Dortmund


With the onus on Borussia to effect proceedings, the hosts’ desire to create all the early pressure after the restart initially left them exposed at the back as Roman Weidenfeller twice produced a top class save to prevent Morata extending the visitors' lead. A rare sight of goal at the other end allowed Kevin Kampl to draw a routine save out of Gianluigi Buffon before Jürgen Klopp opted to throw Jakub Blaszczykowski and Adrian Ramos into the mix in a bid to rescue a positive result.

However, six minutes after the duo’s introduction, Blaszczykowski got caught out of position at the back, playing Tevez onside as the Argentinian powered into the box before squaring for Morata to tap home into an empty net. Sokratis and Ramos both went close to pulling a goal back with headed efforts, but when Tevez again found a pocket of space inbetween the Dortmund centre-backs to beat Weidenfeller at his near post in the 80th minute, it wrapped up a comprehensive victory for the Old Lady.

Line-ups:

Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Sokratis, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer (Kirch 46’) - S. Bender (Blaszczykowski 64’), Gündogan - Kampl, Mkhitaryan (Ramos 64’), Reus - Aubameyang

Juventus: Buffon - Lichtsteiner, Chiellini, Bonucci, Evra - Marchisio - Vidal, Pogba (Barzagli 27’) - Pereyra - Morata (Matri 78’), Tevez (Pepe 81’)

Goals: 0-1 Tevez (3’), 0-2 Morata (70’), 0-3 Tevez (80’)