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Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona: Marco Reus fails to give German side lead in Champions League group

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona: Marco Reus has penalty SAVED by Marc-Andre ter Stegen as Dortmund’s captain spurns opportunity for win with Lionel Messi struggling on return from injury

  • Jadon Sancho was presented with a good opportunity from just outside the box in the first half but struck over
  • Yet Sancho won a penalty early in the second half as Nelson Semedo clipped the England forward in the box 
  • Captain Marco Reus stepped up to take the it but fellow German Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved brilliantly 
  • Reus had another superb chance from close range with 15 minutes to go but scooped the ball into the stands 
  • Julian Brandt rattled the crossbar soon afterwards as Dortmund did everything but score in the second half   
  • Lionel Messi came on for 16-year-old Ansu Fati with 30 minutes to go and missed a chance with last kick 

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Ansu Fati broke the record and Lionel Messi finally came back from injury, but Jadon Sancho outshone both of them as Borussia Dormund came within a missed penalty kick of beating Barcelona.

Marc Andre ter Stegen saved Marco Reus’ spot-kick. He was out to prove he should be Germany’s number one and was Barcelona’s best player on the night.

Sancho took that honour for the home side and he won the second half spot kick only to see Ter Stegen save Reus’ kick to ensure the game finished 0-0.

Marco Reus stepped up to take the penalty for Borussia Dortmund but his right-footed effort was saved by ter-Stegen 

Jadon Sancho won the second-half penalty as he was clipped on the right boot by Barca defender Nelson Semedo

Jadon Sancho won the second-half penalty as he was clipped on the right boot by Barca defender Nelson Semedo 

Sancho wasted a good opportunity in the first half as his effort from the edge-of-the-box was skied well over the bar

Sancho wasted a good opportunity in the first half as his effort from the edge-of-the-box was skied well over the bar

Reus and Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel challenges for the ball in the air with Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique

Reus and Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel challenges for the ball in the air with Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique

Lionel Messi started as a substitute for Barca as he continues his recovery from injury but did come on with 30 minutes left

Lionel Messi started as a substitute for Barca as he continues his recovery from injury but did come on with 30 minutes left

Barcelona's Semedo - who gave away the penalty - battles for the ball with Dortmund's Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi

Barcelona’s Semedo – who gave away the penalty – battles for the ball with Dortmund’s Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi

BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0-0 BARCELONA  

Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Bürki, Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro, Witsel, Delaney, T Hazard (Brandt 73′), Reus, Sancho, Alcácer (Larsenat 87′)

Substitutes not used: Zagadou, Dahoud, Götze, Hupe, Weigl

Booked: Delaney, T Hazard 

Barcelona (4-3-3): ter Stegen, Nélson Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba (Roberto 40), Arthur, Busquets (Rakitic 60′), de Jong, Fati, (Messi 59′), Suárez, Griezmann

Substitutes not used: Todibo, Murara Neto, Vidal

Booked: Nelson Semedo, Pique, Rakitic 

Referee: Ovidiu Hategan

Fati started the game becoming the youngest to debut in the Champions League aged 16 years and 318 days. He soon combined with Luis Suarez who set up Antoine Griezmann whose effort was forced wide for a corner.

Achraf Hakimi, on loan from Real Madrid, was getting forward down the Dortmund right and Sancho was beginning to torment Nelson Semedo down the left. The Barcelona right back was spoken to for chopping him down on 25 minutes.

Ter Stegen had to save smartly with his legs from Reus after he took a pass from Thorgan Hazard and Max Hummels then headed Reus’ free-kick over as Dortmund pressed in the first half.

Barcelona forced another chance before the break when Fati shot over after Roman Burki had charged out to punch clear and flattened Alcacer in the process.

It was then Sancho’s turn to go close, or not so close. Clement Lenglet was robbed by Reus and when the ball ran to Alcacer he played it back to Sancho who blazed high and wide.

With five minutes left of the first half, Barcelona left back Jordi Alba goes down with an injury to his hamstring

With five minutes left of the first half, Barcelona left back Jordi Alba goes down with an injury to his hamstring 

Alba is forced to come off, and as he trundles down the tunnel, Sergi Roberto comes on to replace the Spainard

Alba is forced to come off, and as he trundles down the tunnel, Sergi Roberto comes on to replace the Spainard

Barcelona lost Jordi Alba to injury and when Sergio Roberto came on it meant Semedo had to switch flanks freeing him temporarily from Sancho duties.

Barcelona almost took the lead at the start of the second half but Burki saved Suarez’ shot at his near post. But Dortmund immediately took the initiative again and Gerard Pique was booked for a foul on the edge of his area.

Alcacer’s free-kick came to nothing but with Sancho having swapped wings to get another run at Semedo Dortmund still held the upper hand and on 56 minutes Sancho gave them the perfect opportunity to take the lead.

He tricked his way past Semedo who tripped him in the area. Ter Stegen dived to his left to save Reus’ spot-kick and Barcelona were off the hook. The keeper had both feet off the line when he made the save but there was no order to retake the kick.

The scare was the cue for a change. Messi was supposed to come on at the hour mark but on 58 minutes he replaced Fati. The Sancho show continued unabated however and he showed Griezmann’s his heels running clear only to fail to squeeze his pass through too small a gap in Barcelona’s retreating defence.

Dortmund's Swiss coach Lucien Favre reacts from the sidelines with Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde in the background

Dortmund’s Swiss coach Lucien Favre reacts from the sidelines with Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde in the background

Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong, who signed from last year's semi-finalists Ajax in the summer, on the ball in the first period

Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, who signed from last year’s semi-finalists Ajax in the summer, on the ball in the first period 

Sancho then tried to flick the ball past substitute Ivan Rakitic and the midfielder handled to join Pique in the book. Pique then escaped a second yellow when he handled in the centre of the pitch and was only punished with a free-kick.

There was still time for more wastefulness from Reus and more impressive keeping from Ter Stegen.

Sancho sent Achraf down the right and when he pulled the ball back it sat up nicely for Reus. But he missed his second chance of the night skying the effort.

Julian Brandt came a lot closer on 75 minutes when he smashed the crossbar from outside the area.

Barcelona had not improved with Messi’s introduction and they needed Ter Stegen to save them again when once more Reus had the chance to score but again the Barcelona keeper saved at close range.

Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer strikes a free-kick into the Barcelona wall from a good position in the second half

Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer strikes a free-kick into the Barcelona wall from a good position in the second half 

 



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