Borussia Dortmund got off to an ideal start into the Champions League season! BVB won 2-1 (2-0) on matchday 1 of the group stage at Besiktas in Istanbul. Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland scored the goals for the Westphalia.
Dortmund, who played again with the midfield diamond and a partly very broadly positioned painting in the storm, initially had to struggle with the enormously intense and loud atmosphere. BVB made a few inaccuracies in passing and switching play at the beginning, and three of the four defensive players – including Hummels, who was debut in the starting eleven – made a mistake after long balls from Pjanic. The ex-Dortmund Batshuayi had the lead on the foot, but Kobel kept his shot outstanding (6th).
Besiktas slacked off after the good start and repeatedly revealed large gaps in the defensive network. Borussia quickly got rid of their initial nervousness, became more confident defensively as in the vertical game and advanced well on counterattacks. The lead by Bellingham was not in sight, but then BVB had control of the game and should have made it 2-0 earlier through Haaland (27th) and Reus (28th).
By taking in Witsel, BVB switched to a 4-2-3-1 after the break. The Turks stayed with their 4-5-1 against the ball. In the attack, Pjanic initiated almost all attacks from a very low position and mostly looked for Batshuayi, who was very active and always dangerous.
Besiktas worked with great morale on the subsequent goal and tried numerous crosses into the penalty area, but the BVB defense, which had previously been often criticized, withstood the pressure, threw itself into the duels with a lot of energy and cleared several times in the last second – also in the person of the strong one Kobel. In Dortmund’s quite a few switching situations, the final consequence was missing in the end, not only the dominant Bellingham left it 3-0 (67th). Istanbul’s deserved 1: 2 came too late in the end.
Besiktas versus BVB: The lineups
Dortmund: Kobel – Meunier, Akanji, Hummels (69th Pongracic), Guerreiro – Dahoud, Bellingham (69th Wolf), Reus, Brandt (46th Witsel) – Malen (70th Moukoko), Haaland (86th Knauff).
Gates: 0: 1 Bellingham (20th), 0: 2 Haaland (45th + 3), 1: 2 Montero (90th + 4)
Initially not very present, but increased quickly. Strong run and finish before his 1-0. After that, especially in counter-pressing, good and with a lot of preparatory work to make it 2-0.
Slept with Guerreiro’s throw-in, which led to Dortmund 2-0 and was already part of the chain of errors that led to Haaland’s big chance (27th). In addition, weak in a duel and not powerful enough forward.
Led the fair game confidently. Mercy prevailed when Batshuayi kicked the ball away in frustration after his foul on Akanji (23). But it was right across the board when it came to personal punishments.