Borussia Dortmund missed out on qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League. BVB only drew 1-1 (1-1) in the home game against FC Sevilla on matchday 4 of the group phase.
- Tanguy Nianzou gave the visitors the lead with a header (18′). At 20 years and 126 days, the ex-Bayern player is now the youngest player in CL history to score for the Andalusians.
- With his fourth goal in the fourth CL group game, Jude Bellingham equalized for BVB (35th).
- The 17-year-old left-back Tom Rothe was in the top league for the first time in BVB’s starting XI.
- After UEFA lifted the standing room ban in the European Cup in the summer, BVB welcomed a German record crowd of 81,000 spectators to a CL game at the sold-out Signal Iduna Park against Seville. 70,700 fans attended the first home game against Copenhagen.
- A dissatisfied Mats Hummels criticized his team’s performance after the game. Here’s the news.
BVB- FC Sevilla: The analysis
Dortmund found it difficult to create chances against the guests’ five-man line consisting of three tall central defenders. Sevilla acted in a disciplined manner, were defensively compact, very stable and were in control of the game, because in possession of the ball they kept going deep against the defensively insecure BVB wings.
After falling behind, Borussia gained a little more access in the center and played higher pressing. The depth of the run was also increased, so that Sevilla’s offensive efforts could be slowed down early on and the Andalusians appeared more often in front of the box. The equalizer at the break was deserved.
The Westphalians initially remained the more active team in the second half. Sevilla almost only reacted and didn’t come forward as orderly as at the beginning because Dortmund was stable on the defensive. In possession, BVB managed to get into dangerous areas from the outside, but didn’t play the last few balls clearly enough to threaten the visitors’ goal.
The Andalusians weren’t out of the game, however, but became dangerous through standard situations, as they did with the opening goal. A brilliant save by the returning Kobel against Lamela prevented the home side from falling behind. A good 20 minutes before the end, Dortmund changed attacking flanks, but the old story stayed the same: BVB missed their chances in promising situations and therefore could not get top-class deals.
BVB FC Sevilla: The lineups
Dortmund: Kobel – Meunier (83rd Schlotterbeck), Süle, Hummels, Rothe (46th Guerreiro) – Bellingham, Özcan – Adeyemi (71st Reyna), Brandt, Malen (71st Hazard) – Modeste (64th Moukoko).
Seville: Bono – Carmona, Nianzou, Marcao (90+1 Jordan) – Jesus Navas (90+1 Montiel), Gudelj, Rakitic, Acuna (71 Telles) – Suso (59 Januzaj), Lamela – En-Nesyri (59 .Isco).
BVB- FC Sevilla: The dates of the game
Gates: 0-1 Nianzou (18′), 1-1 Bellingham (35′)
- Dortmund have only lost once in ten home games against Spanish teams in the Champions League (5 wins, 4 draws. This happened against Real Madrid in the 2017/18 season.
- Sevilla have not won their last five away games against German teams in European competitions (4 draws, 1 defeat). The last win was in the Europa League in a 3-2 win against Gladbach in February 2015.
The star of the game: Tanguy Nianzou (Sevilla FC)
Strong performance from the centre-back who headed in his first CL goal. Although Bellingham’s opponent made it 1-1, the Dortmunder kept his leg in rather happily. With the most clarifying actions and most ball conquests among the guests.
The flop of the game: Tom Rothe (BVB)
Pretty nervous performance in his CL starting eleven debut. Had big problems with his opponents and often let himself be pulled out of position, which is why Hummels had to defend too much. That gave Sevilla a lot of space. Also faulty on the ball. BVB had the most ball losses at the break (14) and accordingly the weakest pass rate. Stayed in the dressing room at the break. A learning game for the 17 year old.
The referee: Srdjan Jovanovic (Serbia)
It was generous not to give Bellingham a yellow card after a tactical foul in midfield (19′). Even if it was not a clear wrong decision, Sevilla were lucky that Jovanovic did not decide on a penalty for BVB in the duel between Carmona and Bellingham (28th). Modeste fought a similar duel against Marcao (17th), where Jovanovic whistled – and the subsequent free kick led to Sevilla’s opening goal.