Borussia Dortmund have started the new Champions League campaign with a 1-2 victory on the field of Besiktas. Meunier provided the assist for the opening goal of a strong Jude Bellingham. The young Briton also provided an assist to Haaland just before half-time, who scored his 21st goal in 17 Champions League games. In stoppage time Montero made it 1-2, but that connecting goal came too late.
At Dortmund, Thomas Meunier was the only Belgian in the starting lineup. Axel Witsel had to settle for a place on the bench, while Thorgan Hazard is still struggling with an ankle injury. On the other side, Michy Batshuayi was in the starting line-up, just like ex-Anderlecht player Fabrice N’Sakala. The defender collapsed on the field three weeks ago, but was found fit to start today.
Assist by Meunier, masterclass by young Bellingham
Beşiktaş started the match fiercely. It claimed the ball and already after five minutes had a great chance at the opening goal. It was our compatriot Michy Batshuayi who made a nice effort from the turn, but goalkeeper Kobel made a good save to prevent an early deficit of the Borussen. Dortmund had a hard time getting into the game, but out of nowhere it was suddenly 0-1. On an assist from Thomas Meunier, Bellingham came diagonally in front of Beşiktaş’s goal. The young Briton didn’t hesitate and shot well across the corner.
It was a frustrating first half for Erling Haaland. He was covered short each time and when he finally managed to escape, he was consistently knocked down by the defense of Beşiktaş. Just before half time, the Norwegian child prodigy struck again. An unleashed Jude Bellingham cleverly dribbled his way to the back line and cleared the ball for Haaland. The striker did not miss and so Dortmund went to rest with a 0-2 lead.
Goal in the lock makes Dortmund tremble for a while
During the break, Axel Witsel came in as a substitute, he replaced Julian Brandt. Witsel had to help control the match. Still, the Belgian couldn’t prevent Batshuayi from rushing towards Kobel a little past the hour, but Batshuayi couldn’t keep his composure and choked on his shot, allowing Kobel to pick up the ball easily. On the other hand, Bellingham and Haaland each had a chance to make it 0-3, but both players’ efforts were cleverly stopped by Beşiktaş goalkeeper Ersin Destanoğlu.
The match seemed to be heading for a 0-2 victory for Dortmund, but that changed in injury time. The fourth official decided to add seven minutes, so Beşiktaş once again gave everything. And that paid off, because defender Montero was able to head the connecting goal against the nets in a duel with Witsel. But that goal came too late. The match ended in 1-2 and so Dortmund with three important points in their pocket went back to Germany.
Moldovans make their debut with victory
Sheriff Tiraspol won his first ever game in the Champions League: it was 2-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk. The goals came from Adama Traore (16.) and Momo Yansane (62.)