In the midst of a financial and sports crisis and with a temporary coach, Borussia Dortmund gave a great test of life this Wednesday and triumphed in Andalusia 2-3 against Sevilla in the first leg of the first round of the league champions to an important advantage for the second game on March 9th win.
It was a turning point triumph when young striker Erling Haaland undid a Sevillian defense that was expected to be impregnable. The Norwegian scored two goals from Borussia and has scored 18 goals for the Champions League in just two seasons.
If Dortmund was not expected to have such vitality in Ramón Sanchéz Pizjuán, Seville was not to be expected to be so weak. Julen Lopetegui’s team have gained a reputation for defensive skills in this game without conceding a goal in their last seven games. And the first few minutes even seemed to confirm this narrative when Sevilla took a 7 ‘lead in a good single game from Suso and finished with a shot that deflected into Hummels’ leg and hit Hitz’s goal.
It was the best possible start for the Andalusians, who were convinced of their lazy football style, their ball possession and their support, but attacked the German goal without great speed. It’s a dangerous way to face a team that, despite the crisis they’re going through (recently announced big losses and sixth in the Bundesliga), still has firepower on their attack to make someone jealous.
The reaction from Dortmund, which had the Portuguese international Raphael Guerreiro as a starter, did not last long. At 7 p.m. Mahmoud Dahoud had the time and space to maneuver at the entrance to the Seville area and gave Bono a mighty and unjustifiable kick.
The turnaround came shortly afterwards, on the 27th, in a nice combination between Jadon Sancho and Haaland that ended the first goal of the game for the Norwegian.
Before the break, there was another loss of the ball from Seville midfield and another counterattack by the German team, which scored a goal. This time it was Marco Réus who led the move, leaving it to Haaland, who had no trouble making it 3-1 to 43 ‘.
Lopetegui appeared in the pictures with his head bowed and it was clear why: Sevilla couldn’t have an answer to Dortmund’s brilliant and accurate attacks, no matter how much possession he had.
The former FC Porto coach changed a lot in the second half, beating a dead Rakitic for ex-Sporting Gudelj, but Sevilla didn’t threaten the German side’s defense. It wasn’t until 84 ‘, almost out of nowhere, that the home team managed to minimize the damage. Free kick from the right side of the attack and straight into the German area where Luuk de Jong moved to be alone and make 2-3. The Sevillians have tried even more in the past few minutes, holding their breath, for a possible penalty that the VAR did not confirm, but nothing has changed.