Champions League, 1st matchday: Paris St. Germain vs. Borussia Dortmund

As of: September 19, 2023 11:25 p.m

Borussia Dortmund started the new Champions League season with a failure. BVB suffered a defeat at Paris St. Germain.

The worst is averted, but a deserved bankruptcy is in the cards. Borussia Dortmund’s start to the Champions League season Paris St Germain went to shit. Coach Edin Terzic’s team lost 0-2 (0-0) to coach Luis Enrique’s team. Kylian Mbappé (49th) and Achraf Hakimi (58th) scored for the French.

BVB started the game wide awake and presented themselves at eye level. The Parisians tried to take control of the game. But the Terzic team knew how to defend itself for a long time. The players always managed to free themselves from the pressure that the hosts tried to create.

“We ran after the ball a lot today. We defended well in the first half, but lost the ball too quickly.”said BVB captain Emre Can.

Malen fails because of the goalkeeper

After 13 minutes, Dortmund had their best chance to date, but Donyell Malen’s shot across half the field was missed by PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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oThis opportunity for the guests, however, acted as a wake-up call for the French. They suddenly increased the pace and from now on constantly whirled around the BVB penalty area. However, the chances to score initially remained rare.

Vitinha had PSG’s best chance of the first half. The Portuguese took advantage of a gap in the defense, his long-range shot landed on the post of the Dortmund goal (18th) and bounced past friend and foe back into the field.

PSG presents playful possibilities

As a result, BVB had great difficulty freeing themselves from the hold. And Dortmund let the occasional counterattack opportunities go to waste.

The French showed their above-average playing potential, BVB held up against it with good defensive organization and great effort and were able to escape into the break without conceding a goal.

More worthy of discussion Penalty

Dortmund suffered a severe setback immediately after the restart. After a shot on goal by Kylian Mbappé, BVB defender Niklas Süle received the ball on his arm from very close range in his own penalty area. Referee Jesús Gil Manzano immediately awarded a penalty.

This decision is likely to be a topic of conversation. Mbappé scored from the penalty spot to make it 1-0 for Paris. “He falls on his hand and he has to support himself. I told the referee several times to look at it. Unfortunately he didn’t do that.”said Can.

Terzic also had no understanding of the whistle. “It’s no use. We’ve discussed it over the last few years, we’ll discuss it in the next few years. As long as there’s no clear line, there’s little we can do about it“, said the BVB coach, who also admitted that BVB did not play courageously enough. “We gave the ball away far too quickly.”

After that, the hosts couldn’t be deterred from winning. Ex-Dortmunder Hakimi made it 2-0 after combining with team-mate Vitinha with a remarkable one-two through a defensive line that was overwhelmed at that moment.

Bynoe-Gittens hits the post

BVB tried to release energy again and score a goal. And Dortmund were able to create a real moment of shock for the Parisians. Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, who had recently been substituted, shot the ball from 16 meters against the post of the PSG goal (79th).

Dortmund didn’t give up, Paris looked increasingly tired and weak. In the end, BVB had to admit defeat goalless.