First leg score: Sevilla 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
Kick-off 8pm, live on BT Sport 3
And welcome to coverage of the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie between Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla at the Westfalenstadion. BVB hold a 3-2 lead from the first leg after falling 1-0 behind, by virtue of two goals from Erling Haaland, the hottest property in world football. So incisive was the young centre-forward’s performance that Marca titled its match report with the headline ‘A monster called’.
Both came in the first half after Mo Dahoud, on the revival trail after frequent injuries and a long slump, equalised with a right-foot stunner from 22 yards. Haaland made it two-one with his left foot after a one-two with Jadon Sancho, who will miss tonight’s game with injury, and his second, again with his left after being out through by his captain, Marco Reus.
Worryingly, however, Haaland left the field injured after scoring two more during the weekend’s 4-2 defeat by Bayern Munich (which left them sixth in the Bundesliga) and Dortmund, who are under the management of a caretaker in Edin Terzic (and won’t be getting the job unless he can ‘do a Di Matteo’ and win the thing), are ill-equipped to win without him. Happily, the injury was more of a wound – his ankle was gashed in a tackle, than a tendon or bone injury and BVB have high hopes that he can lead the line. As well as Sancho, who has been ruled out, Giovanni Reyna and Raphael Guerreiro are touch and go.
Sevilla, fourth in La Liga and, having won a record sixth Uefa Cup/Europa League at the end of last season, come into the match on the back of successive defeats by Barcelona and Elche. Julen Lopetegui, who sacrificed the chance to manage Spain at the 2018 World Cup and arguably sabotaged their chances overall for the sake of what turned out to be four months at Real Madrid, has done a fine job at the Sanchez Pizjuan. They look very dependent on Youssef En-Nesyri for goals and the £68m summer window spree has had mixed results so far. Oussama Idrissi has already gone back to the Netherlands on loan while Suso’s one assist (and three goals) is a poor return for a £20m player.
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