One played with his hand, the other scored from the spot: Niklas Süle (left) took a penalty, Kylian Mbappé took advantage of this chance. © Franck Fife/afp
DFB Cup? Was nice. Bundesliga? Started. Champions League? Now running too! The first games of the group phase took place on Tuesday evening.
The German representatives from Dortmund and Leipzig were there – away in Paris and Bern respectively. Successful? Answers are available in the quick check.
Sure, BVB’s duel with the not-so-big star ensemble from the French capital certainly sounded more spectacular. How good is this new Paris?
Lionel Messi and Neymar are no longer there. To do this, Luis Enrique offered the new additions Ousmane Dembelé and Randal Kolo Muani alongside the remaining superstar Kylian Mbappé. In addition to Dembelé, another ex-Dortmunder, Achraf Hakimi, was on the pitch. You have to admit: without Neymar, the French game runs more smoothly. Keyword: lamenting on the lawn.
Mbappé, Dembelé, Kolo Muani – a three-man attack line can’t have much more speed. At halftime, Paris had taken ten corners – but not scored a goal. Vitinha had the best chance, shooting from a standing position and hitting the post (19th).
And what did BVB coach Edin Terzic come up with to stop the tempo trio?
Terzic simply did without his strikers. Sebastien Haller, Niclas Füllkrug and Youssoufa Moukoko only sat on the bench, Donyell Malen and Karim Adeyemi stormed. There was a five-man chain for this. And this tactic paid off. The French were quite superior. But Dortmund rarely left room for speed attacks.
Did your strength weaken at some point?
Already. And Niklas Süle didn’t have his arms close enough to his body that evening. In the first half, he was not penalized for a handball. Shortly after the break he blocked the ball again with his arm – penalty. Mbappé stayed cool from the point, Dortmund was behind (49th). And a little later, Hakimi finished off a great Parisian attack with the outside of his foot to make it 2-0 (58th). That happened too quickly.
Let’s take a look at Bern: How fast were the people of Leipzig traveling?
They started like the high-speed attack from Paris – in the third minute, Mohamed Simakan gave RB the lead with a header from a corner. But after a really good start, the Saxons’ motto was: started strong, slowed down a lot.
So that means?
This means that the Swiss equalized in the 33rd minute. And that was apparent. Meschack hit Elia with the pike into the far corner. Leipzig completely lost control of the game in this phase.
Was that revenge?
No. Luckily there was a break at some point. After this, RB got better again. There was no penalty in the 53rd minute when Xavi Simons went down. But Bern ran out of steam. Substitute Benjamin Sesko made it 2-1 – but was offside (67′). But everything was clean with Xaver Schlager’s long-range shot (73′) – his first goal ever in the premier class. In stoppage time, Sesko put the lid on after a counterattack. A tailor-made start for Marco Rose’s team, which only made the young boys from Bern look like young boys at times.
How was the transfer?
BVB could be seen on Amazon Prime. Jonas Friedrichs explained that Mbappé, Dembelé and Kolo Muani could all run at 36 km/h. And once they start gambling, it could be an ugly evening. The trio didn’t really get into gambling. But this 2-0 defeat will probably feel a bit ugly for BVB. (Maximilian Bülau)
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