Dortmund (AP) - The German national keeper Marc-André ter Stegen has brought Borussia Dortmund for a coup against the star team of FC Barcelona.
To start in the premier class, the Bundesliga second on Tuesday had to settle for the substitute Lionel Messi against the Spanish champions despite strong performance with a 0-0. Before 69,099 spectators in the sold-out signal Iduna Park BVB captain Marco Reus gave the biggest chance of winning the match, when he failed with a penalty kick on ter Stegen (57th minute).
Ter Stegen brought the in the second half furiously playing BVB with numerous strong parades for the reward for a courageous performance. The 27-year-old keeper saved again and again against strong Borussia, who deserved to win. With a success on 2 October at Slavia Prague, BVB could now significantly improve its starting position in the heavy Group F. The Czech champions won 1-1 at Inter Milan.
The Borussia, which changed with Thorgan Hazard for Julian Brandt in only one position, started courageously. The Westphalians attacked the opponent early and gained respect with a quick combination game. Barça, however, could not bring the dreaded passing game without Messi, who initially sat on the bench after his injury.
After ten minutes, the Catalans were a bit stronger, also favored by fast ball losses of BVB. The strong Mats Hummels rescued Antoine Griezmann (12) in his first Champions League match for Borussia after 1644 days and clarified ahead of Luis Suárez (17th).
An offensive spectacle did not experience the audience at first. Both teams avoided the risk out of respect for each other. Borussia had the best chance of the match midway through the first half. After Hazard's pass Reus appeared at the Stegen but failed.
The chance was obviously a source of encouragement for the hosts. In the game forward the ball was running fluent in the black and yellow, the BVB developed in this phase more Torgefahr than the Spanish champions. In addition, the BVB defensive to Hummels was as safe as in the 4-0 in the league against Leverkusen and was very disciplined.
After the ball was conquered by Reus, Jadon Sancho from promising position missed the next good chance (40.). Paco Alcácer failed against his ex-club with a free kick on the wall (51). BVB then pushed for the lead, Hummels headed after a free-kick by Raphael Guerreiro past the goal (54.). The giant chance then forgave Reus. National keeper ter Stegen held his penalty kick after Nelson Semedo kicked Sancho in the penalty area (57 ').
Barça coach Ernesto Valverde brought after an hour Messi for the now pale 16 -year-old Ansu Fati, who was the youngest Barça professional to make his Champions League debut. But also against Messi played in the high-class second half, especially the BVB. A shot from Reus was deflected off (64.), Alcácer did not bring the ball a few minutes later from close range on the goal.
The Revierclub was now completely superior and would have earned the lead long ago. Substitute Brandt put a brilliant shot only to the crossbar (77th), the towering ter Stegen saved a minute later twice against Reus. And BVB's final offensive also failed thanks to ter Stegen.
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