Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona competed for security in their Champions League clash, today. Their previous battle in Dortmund ended scoreless, but today’s contest featured no shortage of goals.
The hosts struck first late in the first half when Leo Messi assisted Luis Suarez to open the scoring. Just a few minutes later, Messi added a goal of his own to double the advantage. Dortmund looked disorganized and disengaged down 2-0 at the break.
The second half started much like the first half ended, and Dortmund were fortunate to survive the opening minutes without conceding. However, Barcelona capitalized on a vulnerable Dortmund defense, extending their lead to 3 when Messi assisted Antoine Griezmann in the 67th minute.
Jadon Sancho provided a glimmer of hope by cutting the deficit back down to 2 in the 77th minute. Sancho’s impact was purely aesthetic as the hosts held on to win 3-1.
Dortmund have struggled to find their rhythm lately, and today felt no different. Sancho’s goal provided the only positive moment of the day for the Black and Yellow. Much like Lucien Favre’s decision to start Nico Schulz in place of Sancho, today’s result leaves many unanswered questions for the club’s supporters.
A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ryan is an aspiring sports writer with a profound passion for the Black and Yellow. On match day, Ryan can likely be seen draped in Dortmund’s colors, perennially pacing the living room of his Ann Arbor apartment. He dreams of one day watching a match from world football’s largest and most impressive standing terrace, The Yellow Wall.