ManCity flawless in Group G – Dortmund wins in Seville and seals Lopetegui-Aus – Sport
- Borussia Dortmund prevailed in Group G on matchday 3 of the Champions League 4-1 in Seville.
- BVB makes the preliminary decision for the troubled Andalusians before the break.
- In Group G’s other game, leaders Manchester City edge Copenhagen 5-0.
- Here’s the round-up of the other Wednesday games.
When Youssef En-Nesyri headed the lead in the 51st minute to make it 3-1, there was a glimmer of hope at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. The badly battered Seville actually fought back against the next defeat and had some good chances to make it 2:3.
But the script did not envisage a heroic turn of events for the Andalusians and their coach Julen Lopetegui. And so the 170th degenerated into the last competitive game of the Basque coach on the sidelines of Seville. Julian Brandt nodded off a quarter of an hour before the end after a pinpoint cross from Youssoufa Moukoko to make it 4-1 and ensured the final decision in favor of Dortmund. Sevilla confirmed Lopetegui’s split minutes after the final whistle.
Double strike just before the break
BVB laid the foundation for away success in the first half. Outside runner Raphael Guerreiro put the guests on the road to victory after just 6 minutes with a well-placed shot. Dortmund, where Gregor Kobel at least took a seat on the bench after surviving his injury, then controlled the majority of the game and dominated especially in the physical area.
As the first half drew to a close, black and yellow struck again on the offensive – twice over:
- 41 minutes: Jude Bellingham made Nemanja Gudelj look like a schoolboy in a 1-on-1 in the penalty area with a body trick and then netted in with an outside instep to make it 2-0.
- 43 minutes: After a remarkable ball control, Moukoko still fails at Sevilla goalie Yassine Bounou. The rebound lands in front of Karim Adeyemi’s feet, who finds the gap and makes it 3-0.
With the 2nd win in the 3rd game, BVB secured 2nd place in Group G. The lead over third-placed Sevilla is a reassuring 5 points. Next week, the two teams will meet in the Ruhr area for the “second leg”.
Man City mercilessly
The group win, however, should be difficult for Dortmund to achieve. Manchester City didn’t give underdog Copenhagen the slightest chance at home and won 5-0. As it should be, Erling Haaland was among the scorers again – the Norwegian scored the first two goals.
Manuel Akanji was not used by the English for once. The Swiss central defender watched relaxed from the bench as his teammates easily brought in the 3rd win in the 3rd game.