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Dortmund Advances: Bynoe-Gittens Stars in Milan.
- Updated: November 29, 2023
Borussia Dortmund sealed their place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage with a convincing 3-1 away victory over AC Milan. The star of the night was Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, who played a pivotal role in Dortmund’s success. The match, played at the San Siro, saw both teams battling for a spot in the round of 16.
The game started with a dramatic moment as Gregor Kobel, Dortmund’s goalkeeper, made a superb penalty save from Olivier Giroud. The penalty was awarded after Nico Schlotterbeck was deemed to have handled the ball in the box. This crucial save set the tone for Dortmund’s resilient performance.
Dortmund quickly turned the tables by earning a penalty of their own, with Bynoe-Gittens making a decisive run into the box. Marco Reus confidently converted the penalty, giving Dortmund an early lead in the 10th minute. The young talent, Bynoe-Gittens, continued to impress with a brilliant run into the box, although he narrowly missed the opportunity to extend Dortmund’s lead.
Against the run of play, AC Milan managed to level the score with a stunning goal from Samuel Chukwueze in the 37th minute. The Nigerian forward showcased his skill with a mazy run culminating in a powerful finish into the bottom corner, leaving Kobel with no chance.
As Milan increased the pressure with Davide Calabria heading wide and Christian Pulisic attempting an acrobatic shot, Dortmund weathered the storm. Moments after a crucial goal-saving challenge by Mats Hummels on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dortmund regained the lead. Niclas Füllkrug and Marcel Sabitzer combined to set up Bynoe-Gittens for a composed finish in the 59th minute.
Dortmund solidified their victory with a third goal in the 69th minute, courtesy of substitute Karim Adeyemi. Despite a hand from Milan’s goalkeeper Mike Maignan, Adeyemi’s shot found the back of the net. The woodwork denied Füllkrug a late goal, but Dortmund’s 3-1 triumph secured their place in the Champions League knockout stage.
Key statistics from the match highlighted Dortmund’s achievement, including their back-to-back away wins in the Champions League, a feat they hadn’t accomplished in almost three years. Marco Reus further etched his name in Dortmund’s history as the club’s record scorer in the Champions League with 23 goals, including three against Italian opposition.
Dortmund’s defensive prowess was evident as they conceded only three goals in five group matches, with only Inter Milan having a better defensive record. The victory against AC Milan added another chapter to Dortmund’s success against Italian teams, with their most notable triumph being a 3-1 victory over Juventus in the 1997 UEFA Champions League final.
Interestingly, Dortmund had historical significance against AC Milan, being the last German team to win away at the San Siro, accomplishing the feat on March 18, 2003, with Jan Koller as the matchwinner. Christian Pulisic, who made 127 competitive appearances for Dortmund, faced his former club but couldn’t prevent Milan from succumbing to defeat.
Looking ahead, Borussia Dortmund joins Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig in the last 16 and has the opportunity to top their group if they avoid defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain in their final Group F fixture on December 13.
In terms of the lineup, Dortmund’s coach Edin Terzić deployed a starting XI that included standout performances from Kobel, Reus, and the emerging talent Bynoe-Gittens. Milan, led by coach Stefano Pioli, faced challenges with key players missing due to injuries and suspensions.
In conclusion, Borussia Dortmund’s triumph over AC Milan showcased their resilience, attacking prowess, and defensive solidity. The team’s blend of experienced players like Marco Reus and Mats Hummels, coupled with the emerging talents like Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, bodes well for their prospects in the later stages of the UEFA Champions League. As they advance to the knockout stage, Dortmund fans have reasons to be optimistic about their team’s chances in the prestigious competition.
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By- Sahiba Suri