Standard Liège 2-1 BVB (UCL Group G Match 2)

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Dortmund slumped to their first defeat in the competition for 22 months as Imoh Ezekiel’s first-minute goal set the tone in the Stade Maurice Dufrasne where Standard Liège outplayed the holders and deservedly won 2-1.

Staff and fans were barely settled into their seats when the hosts took the lead through Ezekiel, applying a simple finish from twelve yards out past Roman Weidenfeller after a long ball forwards caught the Dortmund defence flat footed. That unfortunately became the theme for the night, with Standard putting long balls forward up the flanks, and BVB’s full backs couldn’t cope with the pressure.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Marco Reus peeled away at the far post to head home a Lars Bender cross for his fourth of the season, but that was as good as it got for the visitors. Seven minutes after the break, Yoni Buyens – who had a first-half header chalked-off – slotted home from a short corner routine.

bvb2015_70_matthysWith a disappointing Jovetic withdrawn, and Fischer encouraged to get forward more (which he did, and looked good on the ball), Hervé Matthys (left) was introduced from the bench to anchor in front of the back four, making his professional début.

Dortmund huffed and puffed to get back into it, but misfired across the park, creating just three chances after the break to their eleven before it. In the other Group G match, Valencia hammered Legia Warsaw 5-0 at the Mestalla.

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Welcome to Liege where Standard host Dortmund on matchday two of the Champions League Group Stage. Both sides drew their opening game 1-1 a fortnight ago. We’ve got Paolo Lambert from DeMorgen.be in the studio and he’s going for an away win: “I’m backing Dortmund to triumph tonight. They’ve got some good players and I think they’ll be too strong for Les Rouches.”

Four changes for the holders as they bring in Robert Lewandowski to partner Jovetic upfront. Sven Bender and Neven Subotic are rested for Lars Bender and Felipe Santana, and Viktor Fischer is in for Schürrle on the left.

[00] It’s the visitors who kick-off tonight, with both sides looking to get their first win of the group stage. Valencia host Legia Warsaw of Poland in the other Group G game, with six other ties taking place tonight.

[01] Standard 1-0 Dortmund: What a start! The visitors kick-off, but concede an early throw in the final third. It’s taken quickly and thumped long for Réginal Goreux who cuts inside and squares for Imoh Ezekiel to slot past Weidenfeller after just 48 seconds.

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[02] Well, how do you react to that? Surman out from the bench looking to reassure his players to keep to the game plan.

[03] This might be one hell of a game! Within secodns of each other, Weidenfeller saves from Ezekiel before Jovetic fires inches over the top at the other end.

[03] There’s been goals elsewhere: Barcelona lead Rubin Kazan through Jordi Alba, and Lisbon are ahead at PSG through Carrillo.

[06] Aaron Ramsey has put Arsenal in front at home to Olympiakos.

[08] First bit of attacking fortitude from Dortmund as they break forwards with Praet channeling the play to the right. Beck cuts inside but can’t pick out a teammate with a drilled cross.

[08] Valencia have taken the lead against Legia (Rami) in the other Group G match, while Twente are 1-0 up in Berne.

[12] Lewandowski puts the ball left for Fischer to float a cross back into the box, but it’s hacked away from inside the six-yard box. Dortmund win the first corner.

[12] Praet’s delivery is met by Santana but there’s no power in the header and Moris has an easy save to make. He bowls the ball out and Standard break quickly. They win a corner off Schmelzer, but BVB clear.

[15] Goals update: Mitroglu has equalised for Olympiakos at Arsenal. Barca went two-up through Song, but Eremenko has just pulled one back for Rubin.

[15] Excellent run from Viktor Fischer down Dortmund’s left as he beats his marker and is able to cut inside the box. Moris pushes away his low drive from 15 yards.

[16] Wayne Rooney has put Manchester United in front at home to Shamrock Rovers.

[17] Second corner for Dortmund. Praet clips a ball to Lewandowski who chests it away from him before hitting a dipping volley from 25 yards that Moris has to punch over the top.

[17] Andreas Beck heads wide from the corner.

[18] Dortmund have got to watch out for this long-ball from the hosts. Ezekiel is in again, forced slightly wide by Hummels but he still gets a shot away that Weidenfeller has to push behind. Corner.

[20] Barca are 3-1 up with a David Villa penalty, while Prib has been sent off for Monaco who are holding Juventus to a 0-0 draw.

[23] Imoh Ezekiel is penalised for a challenge on Roman Weidenfeller as the Dortmund ‘keeper doesn’t look convincing coming to collect a high ball into the box.

[26] Manchester United have scored twice in three minutes to go 3-0 up at home to Shamrock. Rodrigo doubled the lead before Rooney added his second of the night.

[29] Gershon heads away from the far post as Praet drills a free-kick into the box when Schmelzer is fouled.

[30] Yellow card for Felipe Santana as he holds back Daniel Opare. From the restart, Goreux pumps the ball into the box where Opare meets it with a diving header, Weidenfeller gets a hand behind it and Santana hacks the loose ball clear, but the flag’s up.

[31] Standard fire another warning shot across the Dortmund bows as the home side think they’ve doubled the lead. Hummels concedes a foul on the right. Goreux hits a deep ball into the box where it’s met by the head of Yoni Buyens who nods it past Weidenfeller, but the flag is up. Massive let off for the holders, who look so vulnerable to the high ball into the box.

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[35] Phil Jones has made it 4-0 to United, while Thiago has been sent-off for PSG who trail at home to Sporting.

[36] Juventus have scored twice against ten-man Monaco. Bonucci and Asamoah with the goals, and Messi has scored for Barca 4-1 Rubin.

[38] Meanwhile here in Belgium, Viktor Fischer has twice cut inside and blasted a shot towards goal in the past ninety seconds or so. Both blocked before the reached the target but BVB are pressing down this left flank.

[41] Ezekiel looks strong on the ball as he holds it up before squaring for Seijas who opts to take an extra touch which lets Schmelzer come across and clear. Andriy Yarmolenko has made it five-nil to Man United.

[43] Helenius has put Twente 2-0 up at Young Boys.

[45] We’ll have two additional minutes.

[45+1] Standard 1-1 Dortmund: Right on the stroke of the forty-five, the visitors draw level through Marco Reus. Schmelzer’s run wins a throw-in which he takes quickly, finding Lars bender who clips it to the far post for Reus to head home from ten yards out.

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[45+2] There were glances at the linesman as Reus wheeled away in celebration, but he timed his run [perfectly. Pocognoli didn’t react at all and it’s cost them the lead at the interval.

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HALF-TIME: Standard Liege 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (UCL Group G)

[HT] Scores from Groups E-H: Arsenal 1-1 Olympiakos, Barcelona 4-1 Rubin Kazan, Juventus 3-0 Monaco, Man United 6-0 Shamrock, PSG 0-1 Sporting Clube, Valencia 1-0 Legia, Young Boys 0-2 Twente.

[46] No changes for either side, and we’re back under way!

[50] Monaco have a goal back in Turin through Ocampos, while PSG have equalised against Lisbon through Pastore, and Bacary Sagna has put Arsenal back in front at home to Olympiakos.

[52] Long ball over the top find Pcogonoli who rifles a shot towards goal, with Weidenfeller pushing it behind.

[52] Standard 2-1 Dortmund: From the corner, the home side go back in front and this time Yoni Buyens can celebrate. The corner goes short into Pocogonoli who drills it into the six-yard box where Buyens turns and crashes it home.

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[54] Activity on the Dortmund bench, as they make the first change. Jovetic (5.9) is replaced by Hervé Matthys.

[57] Soldado has made it Valencia 2-0 Legia.

[57] Andreas Beck is left for dead by Seijas who finds Ezekiel in the middle. He takes it on the half-volley, beating Weidenfeller from 20 yards but it clips the bar and goes over.

[58] Standard have made a change. On came Kilian Overmeire for Spelmann (6.8).

[60] Corner for Standard.

[62] And another. Last one came to nothing.

[63] Fischer gets a cross in to the near post for Bender, but his flick towards goal is smothered and cleared before Lewandowski can apply a finish.

[64] Double change for Dortmund: On come Samy Bourard and Mario Götze, replacing Praet (6.8) and Reus (7.1) who both look exhausted. Meanwhile in Spain, Roberto Soldad has his second of the night to put Valencia 3-0 up against Legia Warsaw.

[65] Elsewhere, Santi Cazorla has put Arsenal 3-1 up against Olympiakos, while Helenius has struck twice in five minutes to complete his hat-trick as Twente lead 4-0 at Young Boys.

[69] Dortmund spurn a great shooting opportunity when Beck picks out Lewandowski in the middle. He works the ball left for Fischer but he pulls it back instead of going for the shot and Standard get bodies back behind the ball to clear.

[71] Fischer’s everywhere lately. His cross for Götze is put behind for a corner. He takes it himself, in-swinging for Mats Hummels but the Dortmund skipper grazes the bar with his powerful header.

[72] Quagliarella has put Juventus 4-1 up at home to ten-man Monaco.

[75] Jack Wilshere has missed from the spot for Arsenal, and Lionel Messi has a second to put Barcelona 5-1 up at home to Rubin Kazan.

[77] Dortmund temporarily down to ten as Mats Hummels is receiving treatment behind their goal.

[80] Ten to go here. Hummels is back on but looking a little uneasy on his feet. Standard just starting to take their time over restarts.

[81] Lars Bender looks caught in two minds as he puts a volley back into the box. It’s neither a ball over the top for Götze nor a shot and it sails high and wide.

[83] Valencia 4-0 Legia (Guardado).

[84] Standard have everyone behind the ball as Dortmund pour forwards, but the Germans just can’t find the shooting opportunity that they’re looking increasingly desperate to find. They’ve managed just two efforts since the break.

[86] Corner for the hosts as they catch Dortmund on the break, but it comes to nothing.

[89] Daniel Opare is cautioned as he brings down Fischer on half-way as Dortmund look to attack again.

[89] Vidic is on the scoresheet now as Man United put a seventh past Shamrock Rovers at Old Trafford.

[89] Lars Bender drills a low shot at goal, but Moris is behind it all the way. Meanwhile, Valencia now lead Legia 5-0.

[90] We’ll have an additional three minutes here.

It’s as good as over here and Dortmund have misfired tonight. Both full-backs not in the game at all, and the early goal knocked them for six.

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FULL-TIME: Standard Liege 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (UCL Group G) [PKM]

For the first time in a while, we’ve seen a poor second-half performance from a Dortmund side and it’s cost them points today. Too many times they gave their opponents the chance to hit a ball deep into the box and were made to pay for it, without offering any incisive play in the final third themselves.

While it has changed games for Surman’s Dortmund, the two up-top system just doesn’t seem to suit them from the off, and I don’t think we’ll be seeing that for a while.  Jovetic, while he scored a fine hat-trick a week ago, doesn’t look like he’s the £32m man he should be. Dortmund will be disappointed with this tonight.

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