Borussia Dortmund’s 8-4 win over Legia Warsaw was a fun game, wasn’t it? The Black and Yellows were already qualified for the round if 16 going into the game and it showed on the field as the defensive mindset went right out of the window. There were so many endearing stories coming out of the match, so here is a summary.
— SHINJI KAGAWA / 香川真司 (@S_Kagawa0317) November 22, 2016
Before the match, Shinji promised to give his best. After the Ruhr side went down 0-1 to a goal of Aleksandar Prijović in the 10th minute, they bounced back literally within minutes (17′, 18′) by a Kagawa brace.
The Japanese was the quickest to react to Ousmane Dembélé’s chip across the box and headed the ball in at the near post. One minute later he received the ball once again from the French international, danced around another defender and smashed the ball past Radosław Cierzniak for his second brace of the season – the first one came against Eintracht Trier in the first round of the DFB Pokal (cynics might argue an opponent of similar quality to Legia). He picked up a sweet assist in the 32nd minute for Marco Reus, too.
Playing on the no. 10 position, looked like the player that inspired the #FreeShinji campaign. It may have come against harshly inferior opposition, but nevertheless, this match will at least serve as much needed confidence boost.
There wasn’t really much Nuri Sahin could have done about his goal. Cierzniak punched the ball right against his chest from close distance in a sad attempt to clear a Marco Reus free kick. But Sahin won’t care that it wasn’t a 33-yard screamer. Just look at his celebration! This goal meant the world to ‘Nuricorn’ – yes, that nickname is still valid.
The 28-year-old told his team-mates at halftime how happy he was to score his first Champions League career goal. He could also tell them about a fairly good performance after 90 minutes. His pre-assist to find Kagawa ahead of Reus’ first goal was quite amazing, too! Enjoy this rare moment!
.@nurisahin vs Legia:
— BVBstatistics (@BVBstat) November 22, 2016
A disgruntled 36-year-old was not amused after the match. He had to pick the ball out of his own net four times against a team that should have been dealt with a bit more seriousness at the back – or not, because it gave us this HILARIOUS moment, which probably would have been worrying in every other game (gulp).
— Sam (@samgrinow) November 22, 2016
The 19-year-old didn’t play against Bayern Munich, so his return to the starting XI was to be expected. It also was to be expected that he would completely annihilate pitiful Legia Warsaw defenders in this match.
His three assists and a goal – courtesy by Cierzniak – were a lot of fun to watch. Flat crosses between the opponent’s backline and the goalie seem to be his thing and they have worked like a charm in several games this season.
History was written in this match in many ways. One way was Felix Passlack heading home after the Legia keeper couldn’t properly clear missile released by André Schürrle. With 18 years and 177 days, Passlack became the youngest goalscorer of BVB, replacing the legendary Lars Ricken. His celebration with Christian Pulisic was just so cute!
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years days until Marco Reus made his long-awaited comeback. And what a return it was. Screw UEFA and their bean counting (UEFA counted Reus’ last goal as an own goal, as the ball took a slight deflection on Jakub Rzeźniczak’s stud)! It was a hat trick! Three goals and two assists (yes, we might count it in a biased way) are amazing for a player that just came back after such a long break. It doesn’t even matter whether the opponent defended atrociously, coughing up these kind of numbers still need some serious skills.
Thomas Tuchel said after the match how this performance underlined how much quality Dortmund missed in the midfielder’s absence and he couldn’t have been more right. It only creates an appetite for more and hopefully there is more to come, although one shouldn’t expect Reus to have a big impact in the Bundesliga just now. It seems Dembele and Reus get along well on the field, as both set up a goal for each other. The 27-year-old took the match ball home and let it sign by his team-mates. It meant a lot.
It was the highest scoring Champions League match in history. The 55,094 visitors became witnesses of a spectacle – brought to you by two hilariously shambolic defences. It all started with Tuchel trying to make a late swap in central defence, probably anticipating the atrocity that was to come with the Matthias Ginter – Marc Bartra partnership. Though Dortmund’s notice to start Sokratis Papastathopoulos instead of Bartra came too late and so the Greek remained on the bench for the match – in hindsight probably not a bad thing.
Passlack didn’t exactly cover himself in glory as left-back, neither did Sebastian Rode as right wing-back nor later on as centre-back. The defensive formations shown against Legia are hopefully a part of history as well.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 22, 2016
Let’s just play it cool like Tuchel and say that there wasn’t a rational analysis for the match… though it might have had to do with a lack of pressure, as this match felt like a dead-rubber match. Not to mention the lack of automatism in that backline.
But there were a couple of more landmarks that Dortmund achieved on Tuesday night:
- Never before did a team score 19 goals in five group stage matches. Bayern Munich scored 17 in 2015/16.
- Dortmund scored 8 goals in a European match since the 8:0 thrashing of La Valetta in 1965.
- It was the first time 7 goals were scored since 2003’s match between AS Monaco 8-3 (5-2) Deportivo La Coruna.
- Dortmund boast 14 different goal-scorers this Champions League season – more than any other UCL side.