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Champions League: Erling Haaland again sets records in BVB victory


Scene of the game: Mats Hummels brought the ball forward in the 78th minute with an intelligent pass to the only 17 year old Giovanni Reyna, who forwarded to Erling Haaland, who was two years older. The chased the ball from 20 meters untenable in the left corner and cheered in a yoga pose. It was his tenth goal in the seventh Champions League game – nobody has done it before. The Norwegian is also the first player in BVB history to score in his first game in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Champions League.

The result: Borussia Dortmund won the first leg in the round of 16 of the Champions League 2-1 (0-0) against Paris Saint-Germain. The first half: Dortmund's last title trainer Thomas Tuchel, as PSG coach, did what he has enjoyed doing since the beginning of his career: mirroring the opponent. So the guests, like BVB, started with a chain of three, which defensively expanded to a chain of five if necessary. Attacking nothing came to his team, only a free kick from Neymar (11th minute) caused danger. Dortmund coach Lucian Favre also relied on balance after the failures of Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, his team rarely took risks. It was Jadon Sancho's best chance, but his 27th-minute shot was excellently parried by Keylor Navas.

Dortmund's record player: Lukasz Piszczek was the first BVB player to play in the Champions League for the 50th time. Not only could there be a few more this season – negotiations are underway to extend the contract, which expires in the summer, but it remains that the negotiations on the future of Emre Can have already been concluded. The international player loaned by Juventus will be firmly committed in the summer and will receive a contract until 2024. According to Juventus, the transfer fee of 25 million euros is "to be paid over three business years". The second half: PSG was increasingly perplexed and relied almost exclusively on the Stabilization of the last line of defense. The guests came under pressure because the offensive stars preferred to do magic rather than work. After Neymar wanted to tunnel his opponent in the 59th minute midline, he got a whistle from Tuchel. Attacked in this way, he was lucky a few moments later to get away with a yellow card after a slight elbow strike against Axel Witsel (59.). In the 69th minute, a shot by Raphael Guerreiro was blocked by two PSG players so unhappily that Haaland was able to overcome from a few meters. On the other side, Dan-Axel Zagadou slipped, MbappĂ© searched and found Neymar in the middle – 1: 1 (75th). Then Haaland scored for the second time and because Neymar only hit the post (81st), Borussia's victory remained.

The return of the Tuchel: The unpopular ex-coach was silenced when he was introduced. From the start, he showed how much this game meant to him: gesturing wildly, he readjusted his team almost every second in the early minutes. But that was also necessary because the initial order gradually waned in the second half. While BVB maintained the balance that is so often lacking in the Bundesliga, discipline was increasing at PSG. Marco Verratti and Thomas Meunier picked up unnecessary yellow cards shortly before the end of the game – both will be missing in the second leg.

The duel of the goalkeepers: Haaland and Jadon Sancho on the one hand, MbappĂ© and Neymar on the other – the goals seemed logical. Since both coaches had strongly encouraged their attackers to work in the backward movement, there was initially little room for the stars. Neymar was sometimes 40 meters in front of the opposing goal for little dances with his opponents doubling him. An art that is commonly described as "breadless". In the second half he met on the basis of Mbappe and Haaland's dream series can still be celebrated until the second leg. The show was canceled: Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz is considered a diva in his home country Spain. The 42-year-old likes to be the focus of the game and shows yellow cards like other people's vacation pictures. In this game, however, he was neither impressed by Neymar's theatrics, nor did he influence the gameplay with extravagant whistles.The outlook: PSG failed in the last sixteen of the Champions League in the past three seasons, BVB last reached the round of 2016/2017 last night. Paris are at home without conceding this season (3-0 against Real Madrid, 1-0 against Bruges, 5-0 against Galatasary) and will certainly be more punchy than in the first leg. However, BVB can go to Paris with the good feeling that they were the better team in the first 90 minutes of the duel. And since Haaland always scores, PSG already needs two goals to at least reach the extra time. The spectacle gets an exciting part two on March 11 (9 p.m., live ticker: SPIEGEL.de, TV: Sky).
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