Robert Lewandowski spared Borussia Dortmund's frustrations with a late winner in their UEFA Champions League Group D opener against AFC Ajax.
The German champions looked like they would be left to rue Mats Hummels's second-half penalty miss and a string of wasted opportunities as the Dutch title holders held firm throughout, almost pinching a lead themselves in the opening period. However, Jürgen Klopp's young side persevered and eventually earned their reward as Lewandowski secured what could turn out to be a vital three points in a very tough group.
We defended well and finally scored in the end. I always believed we would do it, even though we had missed a couple of opportunities earlier. Robert [Lewandowski] took his goal fantastically.
Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach
They scored in the 87th minute which is very disappointing. We can only blame ourselves for not taking our chances earlier on. In the end they punished us for that.
Siem de Jong, Ajax captain
|1||Weidenfeller (GK)||1||Vermeer (GK)|
|10||S. De Jong (C)|
|20||Langerak (GK)||22||Cillessen (GK)|
|Jürgen Klopp (GER)||Frank De Boer (NED)|
|Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)|
|D||Real Madrid||Man. City|