Legia Warsaw 1-3 BVB (UCL Group G Match 3)

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gotzeThe holders got back to winning ways in the UEFA Champions League with a confident and comfortable display away from home to brush aside Polish champions Legia Warsaw with a 3-1 victory thanks to Julian Schieber’s first of the season and a Mario Götze (pictured) brace.

Five changes were made from the side that collapsed in Wolfsburg at the weekend, with Roman Weidenfeller returning between the sticks, Julian Koch in at right-back, Dennis Praet and Mario Götze in the midfield, and Julian Schieber partnering Lewandowski up-top.

Three of those changes had a hand in each goal, as Julian Schieber turned home a Koch cross just after the opening quarter of an hour, before Schieber squared for Mario Götze to double the lead shortly before the break.

When Neven Subotic slipped, Josh Simpson was able to half the deficit right before the interval, but Mario Götze headed BVB back into a two-goal lead just four minutes into the second-half. Chances were created aplenty, but a fourth goal didn’t come, and Legia rarely threatened to claw themselves back in it.

With Valencia winning heavily in Liège, Dortmund stay third place due to their head-to-head record against the Belgians, but are poised to leapfrog them in a fortnight as tonight’s fixtures are reversed.

 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUP STAGE (3/6)
 Tuesday 21 October
  E                   Arsenal  5-0  BSC Young Boys 
  E                 FC Twente  4-0  Olympiakos
  F         Manchester United  2-0  Paris Saint-Germain
  F           Sporting Lisbon  7-1  Shamrock Rovers
  G              Legia Warsaw  1-3  Borussia Dortmund
  G            Standard Liege  0-4  Valencia
  H                  Juventus  5-2  Barcelona
  H               Rubin Kazan  2-0  AS Monaco

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Welcome to Warsaw where Legia host Dortmund in a match that both sides really need to win to keep up their chances of progression from Group G. They’ve both got just one point fron their opening two matches. Valencia travel to Standard Liege in the other group game tonight.

Dortmund have made five changes from the side that slumped in Wolfsburg at the weekend. In comes Julian Schieber, Dennis Praet, Roman Weidenfeller, Julian Koch and Mario Götze.

Krzysztof Waleciak from the Polish Football Review is with us, and he’s going for an away win. “Legia are going to really struggle to contain Dortmund today. I’m predicting Dortmund to win this by a big margin. The hosts will really miss Jakub Wawryniak.”

[00] The Swedish officials get the thumbs up and Legia kick-off in their white shirts and socks, black shorts. Dortmund are in all yellow, shooting towards their visiting fans in this first-half.

[03] First goal of the night has come at the Emirates where Aaron Ramsey has given Arsenal the lead at home to Young Boys.

[06] Dennis Praet sends a ball out left for Marcel Schmelzer who whips a cross first-time in for Julian Schieber on the edge of the box. Norbert Samiec pushes away his shot and Dortmund win the first corner of the game. Legia clear their lines at the second attempt.

[08] Praet and Schmelzer are creating plenty of space for themselves down the left, but Legia are packing the box to clear. Mario Götze eventually fires a shot just over the bar. Elsewhere, Rubin Kazan are in front at home to Monaco.

[10] Roman Weidenfeller makes a spectacular save to tip a header from Michal Kucharczyk over the bar. Great work from Miroslav Radovic on the right to turn Schmelzer and whip a cross in to the box. Corner for the hosts, but Götze clears.

[12] Lisbon have scored twice inside a minute through Rubio and Neto at home to Shamrock Rovers.

[14] Samiec has to react quickly to push a Sven Bender header from twelve yards out over the top. Julian Koch fired a deep cross into the box from the right, and Dortmund have their second corner of the match.

[14] Praet’s delivery is met by Mats Hummels but he fires his effort a yard wide. At Old Trafford, an Andriy Yarmolenko penalty has put Man United ahead against a PSG side that have already had to make two substitutions.

[17] Legia 0-1 Dortmund: First blood goes to the holders as Julian Koch sends another pacey, deep cross in from the right-hand side. His pinpoint delivery is met by Julian Schieber at the far post who takes it under control, rounds Samiec and slots Dortmund in front.

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[17] Legia are making a change, as Inaki Astiz is replacing Tadeusz Wlecialowski (6.6) who pulled-up moments before the goal.

[19] Legia nearly find themselevs two-down within seconds of the restart as they get caught on the attack, and Schieber puts Götze clean through on a break, but his second-touch shows too much of the ball to Samiec, who gathers.

[21] Pedro has put Arsenal two-up at home to Young Boys, while Twente are in front against Olympiakos.

[23] Robert Lewandowski is gifted the ball as Astiz miscontrols, and his shot is deflected wide for a corner. Praet curls it in, but Samiec goes up and collects.

[27] Schmelzer able to get crosses in from the left, but Suler and Dudka are playing well to beat Lewandowski and Schieber to the deliveries. In Turin, Juventus are ahead against Barcelona through Torje.

[28] Goals in every game tonight as Fernando Gago has put Valencia ahead at Liege, while Rojo has put Lisbon three-up at home to Shamrock. Alex Song has also just equalised for Barcelona at Juventus

[29] Meanwhile here in Warsaw, Dortmund have won another corner as Wolska puts a cross behind his own goal. Subotic heads it wide at the far post. Christián Benitez has now made it 2-0 to Valencia in Liege.

[32] Corner for Dortmund. Kch’s cross headed behind. Praet puts it into the six-yard box but Stevanovic gets it away.

[33] Schmelzer whips in a cross that Lewandowski is a hair’s breadth away from turning home at the far post. Samiec is a lucky man as he throws himself onto the loose ball.

[36] Dennis Praet looks in some discomfort after a firm challenge from Dudka. Quick chat with the bench and it looks like he’ll play out the half, but it looks sore.

[41] Legia 0-2 Dortmund: The visitors catch the home side on a break and deservedly double their lead. Lars Bender hits a long-ball down the left for Julian Schieber who gets to the goal line before pulling back for Mario Götze. He takes a touch to set himself then slots home from close range.

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[43] Legia 1-2 Dortmund: Out of nothing, the hosts are right back in this! Miroslav Radovic hits a ball into the box, Neven Subotic slips and Josh Simpson comes in at the far post to slot it in off the post past Weidenfeller.

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[45] One additional minute here. In Lisbon, Shamrock have pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time through O’Brien.

HALF-TIME: Legia Warsaw 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (UCL Group G)

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[HT] Scores at the break from tonight’s group games: Arsenal 2-0 YBB, Twente 1-0 Olympiakos, Juventus 1-1 Barcelona, Manchester United 1-0 Paris SG, Rubin 1-0 Monaco, Lisbon 3-1 Shamrock, Liege 0-2 Valencia, Legia 1-2 Dortmund.

[HT] Second change for Legia, as Pawel Karczewski is on for Wolski (6.6).

[46] We’re back under way here! No changes at the break for Dortmund, and Dennis Praet is back out there.

[48] Julian Schieber takes a lovely through-ball in his stride before firing towards the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Good save by Samiec to get down low and push it away. Dudka prevents the corner as Sven Bender looks to get on the end of the loose ball.

[49] Legia 1-3 Dortmund: Dennis Praet collected Dudka’s clearance and immediately fired the ball back to the right flank for Julian Koch who whips in a cross to the far post where Mario Götze gets his second of the night, heading it back across Samiec and into the goal. Two assists for Koch tonight.

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[53] End-to-end stuff here as Simpson and Götze charge towards goal at either end, but defenses hold firm. If BVB can grab a fourth this should be all over, but Legia are pushing everything forwards to get back in this.

[57] A spot of head tennis around the Legia penalty area as the ball remains in the air. It eventually is put back in for Mario Götze to seal his hat-trick but he heads straight at Samiec.

[59] Sven Bender skims the top of the bar as Robert Lewandowski heads down a cross for Bender to smash towards goal from 25 yards out. That would have been some goal! Seconds after the restart, he has another go which Samiec pushes away.

[60] Updates from elsewhere: Juventus 1-2 Barcelona, Twente 2-0 Olympiakos, Lisbon 5-1 Shamrock, Liege 0-3 Valencia.

[63] Final change for Legia, as Krystian Jasinski replaces Astiz (6.0) who came on early in the first-half.

[65] Sounds like there’s a cracking game in Turin, as Juventus have scored twice inside ninety seconds to retake the lead at home to Barcelona. Meanwhile, Lisbon now have six against Shamrock, with Rubio sealing a hat-trick.

[66] Radovic has a rare shot for the hosts this half, drilling well-wide from outside the box.

[69] Sven Bender holds his head in his hands as he fails to score from inside the six-yard box as he meets a Dennis Praet free-kick ahead of anyone else. The flag’s up, but there’s no way he’d have seen that. Let off for the hosts.

[70] Corner for Dortmund, and Julian Koch wins it off Dudka. Koch’s been getting into so much space all game. Very impressive from the young full-back. Praet’s corner gets put behind for another, but that comes to nothing.

[74] Pawel Karczewski brings down Praet from behind just as the Belgian was shaping to shoot from 25 yards out. No caution from the Swedish referee who has been quite lenient tonight, letting the game flow nicely, which is being played in good spirit. Praet might have a go from the free-kick himself…

[74] …he does, bending it round the wall, but it curls straight into Samiec who has an easy save to make.

[75] Yarmolenko has a second for Man United at home to PSG, Arsenal now lead Young Boys three-nil with a Lukas Podolski header, while Shamrock are down to ten men in Lisbon.

[76] Julian Schieber again tests Samiec from range, but the home ‘keeper pushes it away. Dortmund look like they’re preparing a couple of changes.

[76] Dennis Praet lets fly from twenty yards and Samiec gets something behind it to divert it away from goal. Lewandowski flings himself at the rebound but Samiec somehow keeps it from crossing the line.

[77] Double sub for Dortmund before they take the corner. On come Viktor Fischer and Marco Reus, replacing their goalscorers Götze (9.1) and Schieber (8.6).

[81] Christián Benítez has put Valencia four-nil up at Liege.

[82] The two Dortmund subs nearly combine to grab a fourth goal but Fischer’s final ball into Reus is overhit and the chance passes them by.

[83] Dortmund continue to create opportunities, as Schmelzer squares into the six-yard box but no one can get on the end of it before Legia clear. BVB deserve a fourth goal here tonight as they’ve been far more impressive than a two-goal win implies.

[83] Twente are now 3-0 up at home to Olympiakos, while Wuytens has been sent-off for Monaco who are a goal down at Rubin Kazan.

[84] Marco Reus comes so close to that fourth goal. He gets on the end of a Schmelzer cross, doing everythubng right, heading it down low but Samiec somehow palms it over the top. tenth corner of the game for Dortmund. Simpson heads it away.

[85] Yellow card for Sven Bender as he holds back Suler. In Turin, Torje has sealed his hat-trick from the spot against Barcelona to put Juventus 4-2 up.

[88] Two minutes plus stoppages to play here and Dortmund look good for the win. Dominated throughout. Stoppage time might be longer than expected though as Mats Hummels is now receiving treatment after landing awkwardly.

[89] Ivan Perisic is on for Dennis Praet (7.6) for BVB’s final change. We’ll have two minutes added on. Elsewhere, Park Chu-Young has scored a three-minute brace to extend Arsenal’s lead to 5-0 over YBB, while Twente are now 4-0 up against Olympiakos, and Lisbon are now 7-1 up against ten-man Shamrock.

[90+1] Krystian Jasinski has a rare effort at goal for the hosts, blasting over from the edge of the box.

[90+2] Dortmund seeing out the game by holding on to the ball in the corner.

FULL-TIME: Legia Warsaw 1-3 Borussia Dortmund (UCL Group G). [PKM]

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A very convincing win for the holders as they blew away the cobwebs after a terrible last forty-five last time out. Julian Koch has staked his claim to a starting spot after replacing Beck at right-back, creating two of BVB’s three goals tonight and being involved in several chances down the flank.

No goal yet for Lewandowski, but Schieber is off the mark this season. Lewandowski did what he was there to do though in their two-man attack, holding the ball up well to bring others in. Saturday brings the visit of Schalke in one of the fiercest rivalries in German soccer.

speechmarks-leftspeechmarks-rightSome eyebrows may have been raised by taking Mario off when he was on a hat-trick, but the game was won and we have a huge match on Saturday. Everyone  is happy – the team won, and that’s what matters. 

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    • 26.10: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. Schalke (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 29.10: Bundesliga Hamburger SV v. Borussia Dortmund (Imtech Arena)
    • 01.11: Bundesliga Fortuna Düsseldorf v. Borussia Dortmund (Esprit Arena)
    • 05.11: UEFA Champions League Dortmund v. Legia Warsaw (Signal Iduna Park)
    • 08.11: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. Eintracht Frankfurt (Signal Iduna Park)

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