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DORTMUND (dpa-AFX) – Thanks to goal machine Erling Haaland and artist Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund (BVB (Borussia Dortmund)) has set course for the second round of the Champions League. The two young stars initiated the 3-0 (2-0) over FC Brgge with their remarkable goals in the 18th and 45th minute. With the third preliminary round success in a row, BVB consolidated the table lead on Tuesday in the empty Dortmund stadium and can already make it into the knockout round with a draw in the next game against Lazio Rome (December 2). Only three days after his four-pack from Berlin, Haaland was again in great shape and with his second goal (60th) improved his impressive goalscoring rate in the royal class to 16 in his only 12th game.
Top talent Youssoufa Moukoko was in the squad four days after his 16th birthday, but was not substituted on. Moukoko has been the youngest professional in Bundesliga history since his 5-2 win at Hertha BSC last Saturday, but he was initially denied another record in the Champions League.
After the 1: 3 false start in the group stage at Lazio Rome, BVB had achieved a good starting position thanks to the successes against St. Petersburg (2: 0) and in Bruges (3: 0). But because the Belgians had not given up their hopes for the round of 16, they played courageously, at least in the first few minutes. That in turn opened the Borussia rooms. After a wide ball from Brgge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Mats Hummels won the header duel, Sancho cleared Haaland fine. The 20-year-old Norwegian hit the near corner with a shot that went from the inside post into the goal.
The BVB team, which had changed to five positions compared to the Bundesliga game at Hertha BSC (5-2), impressed with a quick combination game even without Marco Reus or Julian Brandt, who were only substituted ten minutes before the end, and stayed with the rare and overall Far too harmless counterattacks from the guests, always attentive.
After half an hour, the Dortmund team had their strongest and most dangerous phase to date. Guest defender Simon Deli cleared a cross pass from Thorgan Hazard just before Raphael Guerreiro and Haaland (31) were ready to shoot. A minute later, Mignolet failed to capture a shot from Manuel Akanji, but Thomas Delaney was blocked. “We didn’t start that well, but we did well. We have to keep going. We’re doing everything we can to keep the three points on Tuesday,” Akanji had promised before the game – and they actually did a lot.
Giovanni Reyna standing free from 14 meters (41st) or Delaney from a distance (43rd) gave promising chances before Sancho scored 2-0 with a magic free kick. Jude Bellingham, who, alongside Delaney, Sancho, Reyna and Hazard, was one of the five newcomers to the game in Berlin, had been fouled. And Sancho shot the free kick from around 20 meters into the upper corner of the goal, which Mignolet could not hold.
Dortmund’s dominance continued after the break. Had Sancho hit from a good position after a pass from Hazard (48th), this would have been the preliminary decision. Haaland succeeded in doing this after exactly one hour. Bruges captain Ruud Vormer made a bad pass in his own penalty area directly to Haaland, whose offside position was thus canceled. Cool and serene, the 20-year-old scored 3-0 from the turn. BVB coach Lucien Favre used his entire contingent with five substitutions – the victory of the sovereign Dortmund was never in danger./wom/DP/he