Borussia Dortmund picked up an important win in their Champions League group on Wednesday night as they beat Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, mounting more pressure Julen Lopetegui. Raphaël Guerreiro opened the scoring with a superb goal in the 6th minute, placing the ball exquisitely beyond Yassine Bounou.
Sevilla could have been back in it but No. 2 ‘keeper Alexander Meyer pulled off four magnificent saves in 37 minutes to keep Borussia Dortmund in the lead. Edin Terzic’s side responded well to pressure with two goals in as many minutes in the closing stages of the first 45, Jude Bellingham and Karim Adeyemi on the scoresheet.
The hosts pulled a goal back through Youssef En-Nesyri but it wasn’t enough to cause BVB any problems. Julian Brandt added a fourth as they picked up their second win in this season’s competition.
How Borussia Dortmund fared:
Alexander Meyer, 8 – Between Borussia Dortmund taking a 1-0 lead inside 6 minutes and Bellingham scoring BVB’s second after 41 minutes, Meyer made 4 key saves. In goal ahead of Gregor Kobel, who traveled despite no intention of playing after recovering from a back injury, BVB have Meyer to thank. Another solid performance, but expect him to be displaced once Kobel makes a full recovery.
Thomas Meunier, 6
Niklas Süle, 6
Nico Schlotterbeck, 5 – At fault for Sevilla’s goal. Again another set piece conceded by Borussia Dortmund. Schlotterbeck caught under the ball, which is becoming a familiar theme, allowed En-Nesyri to head the ball beyond Meyer who could do very little about it.
Raphaël Guerreiro, 7
Emre Can, 6
Salih Özcan, 6
Jude Bellingham, 8 – Another terrific performance from the England international who captained BVB for just the second time tonight in the absence of Mats Hummels and Marco Reus. Excellent defensively with 5 interceptions and 2 recoveries but always looked to drive forward. Assisted Guerreiro for the opening goal before getting on the scoresheet himself, shaping up to shoot but cutting inside, placing the ball past Bono.
Karim Adeyemi, 7 – Has struggled with injuries and fitness since joining Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in the summer but is slowly starting to find form and regain confidence. Proved problematic for Alex Telles and Kike Salas for much of the evening. Showcased explosive pace and neat dribbling, grabbing a deserved goal.
Julian Brandt, 6
Youssoufa Moukoko, 7
Others: Donyell Malen (5), Anthony Modeste (-), Tom Rothe (-), Antonios Papadopoulos (-), Thorgan Hazard (-)
GGFN | Daniel Pinder