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Dortmund - Ajax
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Dortmund leave it late to defeat Ajax

Published: Tuesday 18 September 2012, 22.00CET
Dortmund leave it late to defeat Ajax 
Lewandowski says Dortmund primed to improve ©Getty Images

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.

Match in 5

  • Ajax soak up early pressure, Weidenfeller denies them
  • Schmelzer has Dortmund's best chance of first half
  • Lewandowski blazes over after losing two markers
  • Hummels's tame penalty is easily held by Vermeer
  • Lewandowski strikes late to give Dortmund opening win

Reaction

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

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

Siem de Jong, Ajax captain

 

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Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

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Match statistics

Dortmund
Ajax

1

Goals scored

0

45

Possession (%)

55

20

Total attempts

7

13

Attempts on target

4

7

Attempts off target

3

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

6

Corners

4

1

Offsides

4

0

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

8

Fouls committed

10

9

Fouls suffered

8

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Jürgen Klopp's side open with a win. It took them until the 87th minute, but Robert Lewandowski has given them the three points.
  • Substitution
    89
    Sulejmani (in) - Sana (out) (Ajax)
  • Substitution
    89
    Leitner (in) - Gündoğan (out) (Dortmund)
  • Substitution
    88
    Schieber (in) - Götze (out) (Dortmund)
  • Goal
    87
    Lewandowski (Dortmund) scores!
    İlkay Gündoğan's cross finds its way to Robert Lewandowski, he shows good strength to hold off Toby Alderweireld and hits a powerful shot past Kenneth Vermeer into the goal to give Dortmund the lead.

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