Dortmund won the game in Turkey
Dortmund won the game in Turkey against Besiktas. It was the first big win for the Borussia team of Borussia in the Champions League season.
Early storm and win in the game
Dortmund rode an early storm as former BVB striker Michy Batshuayi brought a sensational fingertip save out of Gregor Kobel. Josef de Souza and Rachid Ghezzal threatened with headers, but it was Die Schwarzgelben who drew first blood. Bellingham controlled a cross into the box from Thomas Meunier, before smashing through the legs of Ersin Destanoglu. After chances came and went for Marco Reus and Erling Haaland, BVB doubled their lead. Bellingham was the architect, waltzing in off the left and crossing for Haaland to fire home his 21st Champions League goal in 17 appearances.
Besiktas upped the ante in the second half as Ghezzal flashed an effort off target. Raphael Guerreiro returned fire for Dortmund, but was unable to test Destanoglu. Haaland headed over from Donyell Malen during a furious spell of attacking football. Guerreiro then blocked in front of goal from Atiba Hutchinson, before Destanoglu thwarted the effervescent Bellingham following a teasing run. Batshuayi flunked a one-on-one, while Youssoufa Moukoko tickled the side netting and Ansgar Knauff grazed the bar in an all-action finale. Francisco Montero’s injury-time header from a corner was purely academic as BVB came away with a fully deserved win.
Interesting facts from the game
Aged 18 years and 78 days, Bellingham is the youngest Englishman to score an away Champions League goal. Haaland was the top scorer in the Champions League last season with 10 goals, scoring at a rate of one every 76 minutes he played. Kobel and Marin Pongracic made their Champions League debuts. Dortmund and Besiktas had only been drawn together in European competition once before, BVB winning home and away in the first round of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1989.