Good evening, welcome to this crucial Champions League round of 16, second leg tie at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. Borussia Dortmund lead 3-2 thanks to a double from Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho to secure the first leg victory.
Dortmund come into this game after winning four out their last five in all competitions, with the loss coming up against their German rivals Bayern Munich. Their main men, Sancho and Haaland have been in electrifying form of late. However, with Sancho out of this game, they will be relying on Haaland and veteran Marco Reus to deliver.
Sevilla, who return to Germany after lifting the Europa league there last summer, will be looking to overcome the one goal deficit to progress into the quarter finals. Ross Bray reports.
1′ – Kick off – Sevilla get us underway.
3′ – A sloppy start by Dortmund as Emre Can gives it straight to Lucas Ocampos at the edge of the box but his right footed attempt is punched away by Marwin Hitz.
6′ – Sevilla contolling the ball early on, looking to get in behind the Dortmund back four. Ocampos and Marcos Acuna have looked lively down the left.
10′ – A succession of corners for Sevilla reinforces their dominance in these early stages. Dortmund defended well but Sevilla keep coming back at them with waves of attacks.
13′ – Dortmund’s first flurry forward is a diagonal ball towards Thorgan Hazard which causes Diego Carlos to slip, but Hazard tries to hook the ball towards Reus. It was hard for him to control, but perhaps someone should have told Hazard he has more space than he realized.Embed from Getty Images
18′ – Chance – Ocampos slots it through the legs of the Dortmund player and lays it off for Suso whose strike is just wide.
21′ – Yellow Card – Mateu Moray gets a yellow for a poor challenge on Oscar after a mistake.
28′ – Carlos goes down in need of treatment, but fortunately looks like he can continue.
30′ – No doubt that Sevilla have been the better team so far, looking the more likely to open the scoring in this game. Dortmund, however, look like they are happy for this game to remain 0-0 for the rest of the game. This will see them through though, but seems risky business especially seeing that Sevilla look up for this.
35′ – GOAL – Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Sevilla (Erling Haaland) (4-2)
I eat my own words as Dortmund take the lead, and it’s completely against the run of play! It’s poor defending by Sevilla as Mahmoud Dahoud finds space to slide Reus through down the left hand side of the box. He calmly squares it to Haaland who is in the right place to tap it in, as you’d expect.
A real uphill battle for Sevilla now.
40′ – Yellow card – Acuna is booked for an altercation with Jude Bellingham.
43′ – Sevilla trying to get back into this, but Fernando fires way over is not the way to do so.
47′ – Sevilla free kick swung into the box but is cleared straight to Ocampos. His strike does appear to hit Dahoud on the elbow but no way a penalty. The referee waves the Sevilla appeals away.
Half time – Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Sevilla. (4-2 on aggregate)
Dortmund in pole position to go through now, with the two goal cushion and the away goals from the first leg. It would require a disastrous collapse if Sevilla do manage to go through.
Sevilla, though, will be disappointed as they were by far the better team in that first half. They dominated possession and clever movement fashioned a couple of opportunities, but their final ball has let them down.
Haaland, on the other hand, was his efficient self with a goal from his only opportunity. This came from a Dortmund press that we rarely saw in the first half as they picked the ball off of Jules Kounde. Edin Terzic will be wanting a bit more from his players, regardless of the score, as they won’t want Sevilla to get any route back into the tie.Embed from Getty Images
45′ – Second half – Dortmund get us underway.
47′ – Early opportunities for Dortmund as Haaland gets in behind and squares it to Hazard who smashes it wide. The Sevilla defence almost stopped as they though Haaland was offside but he wasn’t.
50′ – VAR review – stunning scenes here as Haaland scores a brilliant goal for Dortmund, however, the referee has reviewed the footage to give a penalty that happened 30 seconds prior to the goal. Haaland gets an opportunity to get his goal back…
Kounde is also booked for pulling on Haaland’s shirt which conceded the penalty.
Bono saves the spot-kick… and the rebound from Haaland.
53′ – Penalty retake – As Sevilla break after the penalty save the referee, Cuneyt Cakir, has ordered a retake as Bono jumped off his line which has been penalised – I can barely keep up!
54′ – GOAL – Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Sevilla (Erling Haaland) (P) (5-2)
Haaland does get his goal, eventually. He goes the same way, as does Bono, but couldn’t get his hand to it. Haaland giving words to Bono as he celebrates, to the anger of the Sevilla players.
55′ – Yellow cards – Haaland and Joan Jordan are booked as a result of the altercations during the celebrations.
60′ – Double substitution – Sevilla make two changes as Ocampos and Jordan are off for Luuk de Jong and Alejandro Gomez.
65′ – Dortmund on the break with Haaland down the left as he whips a delicious ball which only needed someone to make a gambling run, but is cleared for a corner by Acuna.
The corner is cleared easily.
67′ – Substitution – Dortmund make their first change as Hazard is off for Felix Passlack.
67′ – Free kick for Sevilla taken by Oscar prompts Hitz to make the save.
68′ – Penalty – A stupid push by Can on de Jong concedes a penalty, giving Sevilla slight hope…
68′ – Yellow Card – Can is booked for the push.
68′ – GOAL – Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Sevilla (Youssef En-Nesyri) (5-3)
It’s an emphatic penalty by En-Nesyri. Two goalkeepers wouldn’t have saved that!
71′ – Yellow Card – Oscar is booked for kicking the ball away, the frustration getting the better of the Sevilla players now.
75′ – As the game calms down after a frantic second half, Dortmund will be looking to see the game through now with the two goal cushion.
Sevilla need two late goals to send the tie to extra time, can they do the impossible?Embed from Getty Images
76′ – Yellow Card – the seventh yellow card this evening goes to Fernando, after a tough challenge on Bellingham.
77′ – Yellow card – And another – goes to Carlos after clashing into Haaland.
79′ – Substitution – Julen Lopetegui makes another change to try and get back into this, as Oliver Torres is on for Oscar.
82′ – A flurry of crosses in by Sevilla sees resolute defending by the Dortmund players, putting their bodies on the line to not allow Sevilla any hope of a late comeback.
84′ – Dortmund break in numbers as Reus feeds in Dahoud who tries to almost walk it into the net but his low shot is saved well by Bono.
I tell you what, from a neutral point of view this game has been great entertainment. Both teams have been at eachother from the first minute, with each side having their moments in the match. The ruthlessness from Haaland has been the real difference, despite the confusion, got his two goals in the end.
86′ – Double substitution – Fernando and Suso are off for Sevilla for Munir and Ivan Rakitic.
89′ – Substitution – Dortmund make a change too as Nico Schulz is off for Dan Zagadou.
90′ – Rakitic swings in a corner as SIX minutes of injury time is allocated. A glimmer of hope for Sevilla here…Embed from Getty Images
92′ – A high boot by Munir catches Mats Hummels as Dortmund are looking more and more comfortable.
95′ – Substitution – Dortmund closing the game out as Thomas Meunier is on for Morey.
96′ – GOAL – Borussia Dortmund 2-2 (Youssef En-Nesyri) (5-4)
A glimmer of hope here, as a towering header from En-Nesyri makes it only one goal needed! They sprint back to the halfway line to get the game going again.
What a finish to this game.
97′ – So close – What an ending to this game. Sevilla scurry forward, putting desperate crosses in to try and find an opening, but Dortmund resolutely hold out, with a penalty shout waved away too.
And we relax.
Full Time – Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Sevilla (Dortmund go through 5-4 on aggregate.)
An exhilarating game of football which sees Dortmund go through to the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Erling Haaland reinforced his elite status is the football world with two goals to see them through, not without controversy though. Haaland scored at the start of the second half but the referee reviewed the footage and gave a penalty from a foul on Haaland by Kounde shortly before. Bono saved the original penalty but was judged to be off his line, meaning Haaland was allowed a retake, which his slotted home.
Sevilla will be disappointed that they have fallen short, but the effort they showed was admirable and fought all the way until the final whistle which has given us great entertainment at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
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