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Dortmund deal Porto heavy blow

Published: Thursday 18 February 2016, 21.45CET
Dortmund 2-0 Porto
Łukasz Piszczek and Marco Reus goals leave the hosts strongly placed after the Portuguese visitors were seen off impressively in Germany.
by Matthew Howarth
from BVB Stadion Dortmund
Dortmund deal Porto heavy blow
Łukasz Piszczek is delighted after notching the Dortmund opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

DortmundPorto

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)63
 
37
Total attempts17
 
4
on target6
 
2
off target10
 
1
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners3
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards0
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed6
 
13
Fouls suffered10
 
6

Standings

Published: Thursday 18 February 2016, 21.45CET

Dortmund deal Porto heavy blow

Dortmund 2-0 Porto
Łukasz Piszczek and Marco Reus goals leave the hosts strongly placed after the Portuguese visitors were seen off impressively in Germany.

  • Łukasz Piszczek and Marco Reus give Dortmund healthy first-leg lead
  • Polish defender puts hosts in front with poacher's header
  • Reus and Kagawa go close to doubling advantage before interval
  • No11 sees deflected shot make it two
  • The return leg takes place next week in Portugal before Friday's draw

Goals either side of half-time from Łukasz Piszczek and Marco Reus earned Borussia Dortmund a richly deserved UEFA Europa League round of 32 first-leg victory against Porto.

Boosted by the return of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, BVB took the game to the visitors from the start and went ahead after just six minutes. Piszczek's initial effort was saved by Iker Casillas, but the Polish international reacted quickest to nod in the rebound.

The Bundesliga team continued to dominate possession as the first half wore on and should perhaps have doubled their lead before half-time. Reus's curling free-kick from the edge of the area flew over, before the effervescent Shinji Kagawa sliced a shot wide of the target from another promising position.

Porto, by contrast, only managed one attempt on target in the opening period – a Sérgio Oliveira strike which flew straight at Roman Bürki – and the visitors did little to alter the pattern of the match after half-time. A teasing Reus cross was almost turned into his own net by Silvestre Varela, but Casillas was out quickly to gather the ball.

The former Real Madrid custodian could do little to prevent Reus sealing the victory moments later though. Kagawa's sweeping crossfield pass found Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who laid the ball on a plate for Reus to hit a crisp finish past Casillas and give his side a solid foundation ahead of the return at the Estádio do Dragão.

Fast start pays dividends
Seeing Dortmund boss the pace and rhythm of a game in front of their own fans is hardly a rare occurrence, but the Schwarz-Gelben have not always been able to turn that dominance into goals, particularly in the initial phase of a match. Piszczek's early breakthrough settled the nerves of players and fans alike and set the tone for a comfortable win.

Dortmund's key quartet
Dortmund's fluid front four of Reus, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan and the returning Aubameyang caused the Porto defence all sorts of problems with their pace and movement. If Porto are to stand any chance of reaching the last 16, coach José Peseiro must find a way of keeping the quartet quiet in next week's sequel.

Not over yet
Porto have proved a hard nut to crack in European competition in recent years, particularly on home soil. The Portuguese giants beat Bayern 3-1 at the Estádio do Dragão in the UEFA Champions League last season, and although that result would mean a swift UEFA Europa League exit this term, Dortmund must be on their guard.

Last updated: 19/02/16 0.04CET

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Lineups

dortmund

Dortmund

porto

Porto

38
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
12
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
10
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
3
Martins IndiBruno Martins Indi
11
ReusMarco Reus
Goal71
Substitution87
6
Rúben NevesRúben Neves
15
HummelsMats Hummels (C)
7
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Yellow Card58
17
AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
8
BrahimiYacine Brahimi
Substitution59
18
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
Substitution57
9
AboubakarVincent Aboubakar
Substitution87
23
KagawaShinji Kagawa
Substitution87
11
MaregaMoussa Marega
25
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
13
Sérgio OliveiraSérgio Oliveira
Substitution76
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Goal6
14
José ÁngelJosé Ángel
Yellow Card62
29
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
16
HerreraHéctor Herrera (C)
33
WeiglJulian Weigl
21
LayúnMiguel Layún

Substitutes

39
BonmannHendrik Bonmann (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
4
SubotićNeven Subotić
15
EvandroEvandro
Substitution76
Yellow Card78
14
LeitnerMoritz Leitner
Substitution57
17
CoronaJesús Corona
20
RamosAdrián Ramos
20
André AndréAndré André
Substitution59
22
PulišićChristian Pulišić
Substitution87
39
SukHyun Jun Suk
Substitution87
Yellow Card90
28
GinterMatthias Ginter
Substitution87
48
Francisco RamosFrancisco Ramos
37
DurmErik Durm
73
VerdascaVerdasca

Coach

Thomas Tuchel (GER) José Peseiro (POR)

Referee

Luca Banti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA), Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea Padovan (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Marco Guida (ITA), Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution