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Dortmund six-shooters wreck Legia's comeback

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2016, 23.30CET
Legia Warszawa's return to the group stage after 21 years away was spoiled by Borussia Dortmund, who scored three early goals on their way to a 6-0 Group F victory.
Dortmund six-shooters wreck Legia's comeback
Marc Bartra takes the plaudits after scoring BVB's third goal in the 17th minute ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

LegiaDortmund

Goals scored0
6
Possession (%)36
 
64
Total attempts7
 
30
on target2
 
15
off target2
 
7
blocked3
 
8
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
7
Offsides1
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
9
Fouls suffered8
 
11
Passes284
 
627
completed221
 
580

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 19/06/2017 18:52 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 14 September 2016, 23.30CET

Dortmund six-shooters wreck Legia's comeback

Legia Warszawa's return to the group stage after 21 years away was spoiled by Borussia Dortmund, who scored three early goals on their way to a 6-0 Group F victory.

Borussia Dortmund made an emphatic statement of intent in UEFA Champions League Group F by putting six unanswered goals past Legia Warszawa.

The Polish champions are back on European club football's greatest stage for the first time since 1995/96 having negotiated three qualifying rounds. However, Besnik Hasi's side may not yet feel like they belong there, after conceding three goals inside 17 minutes on their comeback appearance.

First Mario Götze nodded Ousmane Dembele's left-wing cross past Arkadiusz Malarz. Then, from one Raphaël Guerreiro free-kick, Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed the second; and following the Portuguese's next set piece, Marc Bartra finished off a goalmouth scramble for three.

Guerreiro, operating in central midfield rather than on the left, swept home the fourth soon after half-time. Substitute Gonzalo Castro later turned in Christian Pulišić's centre, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed the rout on the counter.

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Raphaël Guerreiro

Key player: Raphaël Guerreiro (Dortmund)
The UEFA EURO 2016 winner not only contributed to two of BVB's opening three strikes, he also precluded any possible second-half revival from the hosts with a clipped finish from just inside the area. That effort rewarded a performance that was as good offensively as it was defensively from the versatile left-footer. The summer signing from Lorient certainly played his part in Dortmund's biggest away victory in Europe.

Dortmund's bright young things
Newly returned to Dortmund from Bayern, Götze was at the vanguard of BVB's scintillating start to Group F, his header heralding the visitors' utterly dominant first half. Now 24, the one-time Dortmund prodigy was the most senior of Thomas Tuchel's 'brat pack' in Warsaw, composed of Christian Pulišić (17), Dembele (19), Julian Weigl (21), Guerreiro (22), and subs Emre Mor (19) and Matthias Ginter (22).

No end to Legia struggles
Legia coach Hasi likes to rotate and his selection here contained several surprises, with reliable goalscorer Nemanja Nikolić benched for Aleksandar Prijović, recent midfield recruit Valeri Kazaishvili given a debut, and Maciej Dąbrowski and Jakub Czerwiński forming a new-look centre-back pairing. In that mitigating context, the resulting heavy defeat was perhaps understandable. Even more so when you consider how Legia's Polish title defence has failed to ignite, with the champions currently fourth bottom of the Ekstraklasa.

Reporter's view

Piotr Koźmiński, Legia (@UEFAcomPiotrK)
While the Legia family were thrilled to be back in the land of the giants, the more pessimistic (or realistic) among them worried what the campaign ultimately might hold for the Warsaw club. Unfortunately for Legia, matchday one appeared to preface, at best, a very steep learning curve. That historic 1995/96 season included, the Poles have now not scored in their last six UEFA Champions League outings. How long that run continues is anyone's guess. At least Michał Pazdan and Michał Kucharczyk will be back soon from injury ...

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Last updated: 23/09/16 15.54CET

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Lineups

legia

Legia

dortmund

Dortmund

1
MalarzArkadiusz Malarz (GK) (C)
Yellow Card16
38
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
3
JodłowiecTomasz Jodłowiec
5
BartraMarc Bartra
Goal17
4
CzerwińskiJakub Czerwiński
7
DembéléOusmane Dembélé
Substitution75
5
DąbrowskiMaciej Dąbrowski
10
GötzeMario Götze
Goal7
Yellow Card74
Substitution75
6
GuilhermeGuilherme
Yellow Card30
13
Raphaël GuerreiroRaphaël Guerreiro
Goal51
7
LangilSteeven Langil
17
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Goal87
8
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja
22
PulišićChristian Pulišić
9
KazaishviliValeri Kazaishvili
Substitution66
25
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
Goal15
19
BereszyńskiBartosz Bereszyński
Yellow Card61
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
75
MoulinThibault Moulin
Substitution76
29
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer (C)
99
PrijovicAleksandar Prijovic
Substitution63
33
WeiglJulian Weigl
Substitution79

Substitutes

33
CierzniakRadosław Cierzniak (GK)
1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK)
11
NikolićNemanja Nikolić
Substitution63
9
Emre MorEmre Mor
Substitution75
15
KopczyńskiMichał Kopczyński
18
RodeSebastian Rode
22
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
20
RamosAdrián Ramos
28
BroźŁukasz Broź
23
KagawaShinji Kagawa
32
RadovićMiroslav Radović
Substitution76
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution75
Goal76
77
AlexandrovMihail Alexandrov
Substitution66
28
GinterMatthias Ginter
Substitution79

Coach

Besnik Hasi (BEL) Thomas Tuchel (GER)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Igor Demeshko (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Sergei Ivanov (RUS)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution