Teamwork makes the dream work

Participant scores as Jadon Sancho sings in semi-final first leg win


Borussia Dortmund are midway to their first Champions League last since 2013 after securing a slim 1-0 win within the first leg of their final 4 encounter with Paris Saint-Germain.

Niclas Fullkrug scored the one objective of the sport with a scientific first half end, whereas Jadon Sancho was again to one thing like his greatest as his mortgage from Manchester United nears its finish.

There may have been much more targets at both finish, with each groups creating loads of probabilities, significantly as the sport wore on. However it’s Dortmund who lead the tie and PSG who’ve work to do.

How the sport unfolded

With Dortmund’s well-known Yellow Wall in high quality voice, neither aspect was ready to offer an inch because the tie bought underway. For all of the attacking expertise unfold all through each groups, it was defence that was king within the early phases as potential assaults at every finish have been snuffed out at will.

As issues began to loosen up, Gianluigi Donnarumma made a very good save from Marcel Sabitzer’s tight-angled shot after being performed in by Sancho, whereas Ousmane Dembele fired simply large from the sting of the field in opposition to his former membership after reducing in from the fitting.

Dortmund threatened on the half hour mark when Julian Brandt was discovered by Sancho, with the next drive from 20 yards blocked bravely by Marquinhos.

However the thirty sixth minute opener quickly after virtually got here out of nowhere, the results of a pinpoint lengthy ball from again to entrance from Nico Schlotterbeck. Fullkrug timed his run completely to beat the offside lure and the objective was finally made by an unworldly first contact that took the ball out of the sky and into his stride, earlier than unleashing a robust low end previous Donnarumma on the close to put up.

PSG, having misplaced Lucas Hernandez to harm, then had Donnarumma to thank for conserving the deficit at one objective earlier than half-time, parrying Sabitzer’s low volley away within the centre of the objective as Dortmund completed the opening 45 minutes within the lead and on prime.

The guests couldn’t consider they didn’t draw degree, not as soon as however twice, 5 minutes after the restart. Kylian Mbappe did effectively to create space for a shot on the left-hand aspect of the field, stroking the ball in the direction of the far nook and watching it agonisingly come again off the within of the put up. He stored it alive as Achraf Hakimi had an try seconds later that struck the within of the opposite put up. There was shortly one other let off when Fabian Ruiz bought free and headed a close-range probability large.

In a bid to cease PSG’s momentum, Dortmund tried to hit again and Brandt in all probability ought to have accomplished higher with an inviting volley from the sting of the field that he pulled large. Fullkrug then ballooned a much better probability over the bar after Sancho had embarrassed Nuno Mendes on the fitting. And English referee Anthony Taylor was unmoved when Dortmund appealed furiously for a penalty as Mendes put his palms at the back of a leaping Fullkrug, knocking the striker off steadiness. The Germany worldwide was all-action, quickly directing a spectacular diving header over the bar.

PSG stirred as soon as once more when Mbappe dinked a ball via to substitute Randal Kolo Muani, whose shot into the bottom was parried by Gregor Kobel. Ian Maatsen then did exceptionally effectively to leap highest and head clear beneath stress earlier than the guests to snap up the rebound.

When Dortmund momentarily switched off, Hakimi flew ahead and pulled again to an unmarked Demebele entrance and centre, solely to smash the ball excessive. Brandt then squandered an opportunity on the different finish when an additional contact after Sancho’s intelligent via ball gave Marquinhos simply sufficient time to return flying again and block the shot.

There was nonetheless time for Ruiz to overlook one other superb headed probability for PSG, however Dortmund held onto their result in take to Paris for the second leg subsequent week.

Niclas Fullkrug

Niclas Fullkrug bought the one objective / Soccrates Photos/GettyImages

GK: Gregor Kobel – 6/10 – His objective lived a charmed life for a number of seconds early within the second half when the ball hit each posts. However wasn’t as busy as you would possibly count on.

RB: Julian Ryerson – 7/10 – Made a vital clearance within the six-yard field in first half stoppage time when PSG gamers have been queuing as much as knock the ball in.

CB: Mats Hummels – 8/10 – So calm and composed, displaying all his years of expertise. Might want to verify his pockets within the morning for Mbappe.

CB: Nico Schlotterbeck – 8/10 – It was an unimaginable lengthy go excessive that helped put Dortmund forward. All the time in management defensively too.

LB: Ian Maatsen – 8/10 – Flew ahead to good impact, which in flip served to additionally largely pin Hakimi again and restrict his attacking affect.

CM: Marcel Sabitzer – 7/10 – Did a very good job of getting ahead to assist assaults, significantly within the first half. May have been lots stronger within the sort out.

CM: Emre Can – 7/10 – Largely tasked with patrolling in midfield and shielding the again 4.

RM: Jadon Sancho – 9/10 – Performed with the form of confidence and a swagger that Manchester United followers have by no means actually seen. Created so many probabilities with seemingly easy high quality.

AM: Julian Brandt – 7/10 – Ending was disappointing however loads concerned.

LM: Karim Adeyemi – 7/10 – His tempo was clearly a fear for the PSG defenders. Grew drained.

ST: Niclas Fullkrug – 9/10 – Took his first half objective exceptionally effectively, however will wish to overlook a nasty miss an hour in. Total, an enormous thorn in PSG’s aspect all evening.


SUB: Marco Reus (83′ for Adeyemi) – 6/10

SUB: Felix Nmecha (87′ for Brandt) – N/A

SUB: Marius Wolf (87′ for Ryerson) – N/A

SUB: Youssoufa Moukoko (90+1′ for Fullkrug) – N/A

Subs not used: Alexander Meyer (GK), Marcel Lotka (GK), Niklas Sule, Salih Ozcan, Kjell Watjen, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Marco Reus, Donyell Malen, Sebastien Haller.


Edin Terzic – 9/10 – Set his workforce up effectively and had the attention to make a modifications when any weaknesses have been threatened to be uncovered.

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe could not consider he did not rating / Alex Grimm/GettyImages

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – 6/10 – Fullkrug’s winner beat him on the close to put up because it appeared like he was anticipating the striker to shoot throughout the objective as a substitute. Made a number of different saves.

RB: Achraf Hakimi – 6/10 – Hit the put up however was much more restricted than followers are used to. When he did get ahead in a single key second within the second half, the prospect was missed by Dembele.

CB: Marquinhos (c) – 7/10 – The score-line may have been extra in Dortmund’s favour with out him.

CB: Lucas Hernandez – 5/10 – His final motion was failing to get again at Fullkrug as Dortmund went forward and seemed to be transferring badly instantly afterwards. Did not make it to half-time.

LB: Nuno Mendes – 4/10 – Did not look comfy in opposition to Sancho in any respect and was arguably lucky to not concede a penalty for a push on Fullkrug.

CM: Warren Zaire-Emery – 7/10 – Hardly misplaced a go all evening and did loads of defensive work.

CM: Vitinha – 6/10 – Noticed loads of the ball with out attaining an ideal cope with it.

CM: Fabian Ruiz – 5/10 – Responsible of two poor finishes along with his head.

RW: Ousmane Dembele – 5/10 – Did not persistently get on the ball to actually check Dortmund and he missed the goal with an excellent alternative when his second got here.

ST: Kylian Mbappe – 6/10 – May have scored when he agonisingly hit the put up and created a very good probability for Kolo Muani. However too quiet on the entire.

LW: Bradley Barcola – 6/10 – Confirmed flashes of high quality however an excessive amount of on the fringes of the sport.


SUB: Lucas Beraldo (42′ for Hernandez) – 6/10

SUB: Randal Kolo Muani (65′ for Barcola) – 5/10

Subs not used: Keylor Navas (GK), Arnau Tenas (GK), Milan Skriniar, Nordi Mukiele, Danilo Pereira, Carlos Soler, Manuel Ugarte, Marco Asensio, Lee Kang-in, Goncalo Ramos.


Luis Enrique – 7/10 – In the end, the gamers on the pitch missed too many probabilities.

Participant of the match – Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)