BVB 3-0 Legia Warsaw (UCL Group G Match 4)

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Dortmund made six changes from the side that slumped to defeat in Düsseldorf at the weekend to comfortably beat Polish champions Legia Warsaw and keep the defence of the UEFA Champions League into their own hands.

In came Heinz Lindner in goal, with Marcel Schmelzer and Julian Koch returning as full-backs. Ivan Perisic and André Schürrle were restored to the starting eleven too, as was Stevan Jovetic making his first appearance since a rib injury.

After Mario Götze fluffed a one-on-one after just sixty seconds, it was Julian Koch who headed BVB in front  when he met a Dennis Praet corner at the near post. Lars Bender then picked up a pair of yellow cards within a minute of each other and Dortmund faced playing over 70 minutes with a numerical disadvantage, but with their next corner of the match, Mats Hummels doubled the lead.

With Legia offering very little going forwards, Surman made changes, and Robert Lewandowski was able to break an 18-match goalless streak when his diving header turned home a fine Götze cross to seal the win late on.

Valencia still top Group G after a 3-1 win at home against Standard Liège that seals their progression to the last 16. Dortmund travel to Spain next time out, but qualification might not be secured until the final match when a two-goal win over Liège should see them through.

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

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Original match transcription unavailable. Will recreate from highlights at a later date.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Legia Warsaw (UCL Group G)

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Legia Warsaw (UCL Group G). [PKM]

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A much-needed win for BVB after humiliation on Saturday, including a morale-boosting clean sheet, a return from injury for Jovetic, and a duck-breaking goal for Lewandowski after 18 matches without finding the back of the net.

Lars Bender’s dismissal threatened to cast a shadow over affairs, but Dortmund’s ten men were impressive after the dismissal, with Perisic dropping into the middle alongside Praet. Bender accepted a formal warning from manager Surman for his lack of discipline.

BVB host Eintracht Frankfurt here on Saturday, before the visit of Braunschweig in the cup on Tuesday.

speechmarks-leftspeechmarks-rightTo pick up a second yellow within a minute was disappointing, and we’ve chatted to Lars about that moment of ill discipline. Chuffed for Robert and Heinz who were great at either end. Nice to have Stevan back too.

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