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Niclas Füllkrug fires Dortmund to 1-0 win over PSG in Champions League semifinal first leg


Niclas Füllkrug scored, and Borussia Dortmund earned a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain within the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.

Dortmund defender Nico Schlotterbeck despatched an extended cross excessive for Füllkrug to regulate brilliantly together with his first contact earlier than firing it previous PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma together with his subsequent within the thirty sixth minute.

“It isn’t the primary time that I’ve tried to stay the ball in on the close to put up this season. This time it labored out, and I am even happier that it is in such an vital sport,” Füllkrug mentioned.

The win offers Dortmund a slim benefit earlier than the groups play once more within the second leg in Paris subsequent Tuesday, when the French champion might want to overturn the outcome if it may seize Europe’s greatest prize earlier than Kylian Mbappé leaves the membership.

PSG is beneath strain to lastly win to the Champions League to justify greater than a decade of big funding from its Qatari homeowners.

Dortmund’s win ensured it certified for the event subsequent season and it offers the Bundesliga 5 groups within the expanded event. Dortmund is assured of ending no less than fifth.

Roared on by a lot of the 81,365 followers current, together with the famed “yellow wall” behind one of many objectives, Dortmund made the busier begin and maintained its depth for the entire sport. The house workforce ran 119.7 kilometers — virtually 10 greater than the guests.

Defender Lucas Hernández went off injured after making an attempt to cease Füllkrug from scoring. It regarded like Hernández suffered a left leg damage.

PSG pushed hardest early within the second half, when Mbappé hit the best put up earlier than Achraf Hakimi struck the left put up.

Gregor Kobel saved Mbappé’s subsequent effort and Dortmund survived the strain.

Füllkrug went on to overlook additional good possibilities for the German workforce, whereas Marquinhos made a vital block to disclaim Julian Brandt late on.

“It will have been good if we might have made our counterattacks depend to get a second purpose on the finish,” Dortmund veteran Mats Hummels mentioned. “However now we’ve got to come back by in Paris.”

The guests missed possibilities, too.

Ousmane Dembelé ought to have scored on his return to Dortmund when he blazed a shot over late, then Vitinha flashed a shot vast of the left put up.

“We tried to maintain the ball from them however it’s so troublesome as a result of they’ve a number of high quality,” PSG coach Luis Enrique mentioned. “They’re an awesome workforce on the ball and off the ball. As we speak, in that atmosphere, they had been nice in each elements of the sport. I believe we had possibly an absence of depth within the first half, however within the second half we created clear, clear possibilities. However we could not rating.”

Dortmund coach Edin Terzić solely made his first substitution within the 83rd, when he despatched on veteran Marco Reus for the exhausted Karim Adeyemi.

The winner of the two-leg tie will play both Actual Madrid or Bayern Munich within the last in London on June 1. The previous rivals drew 2-2 of their semifinal first leg in Munich on Tuesday.

Reporting by The Related Press.

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