Borussia Dortmund beat Newcastle 2-0 at home in the fourth round of Group F of the Champions League. The home team made a more lively impression in their 150th match in the millionaire competition from the start, which Niclas Füllkrug turned into the lead goal about halfway through the first half. His fourth competitive goal this season finally brought an important victory, which moved the team from Westphalia to the top of the table at least until the evening match against PSG. The Magpies, who arrived in Germany without a number of supports, had to accept defeat after two scalps by English big clubs, thus complicating their fight for the round of 16.
The course of arguably the strongest group of them all has become considerably more complicated for Newcastle of late. In the first meeting with Dortmund, he broke his teeth on the great Gregor Kobel, who was helped several times by luck, and the Magpies suddenly fell to third place. The English team got into a great mood for possible revenge when they first beat United in the cup and then beat Arsenal in the home competition. BVB, on the other hand, blew up in the most watched match of the Bundesliga and suffered a 0:4 debacle from Bayern.
In an attempt to atone for this result, the black and yellow team took on the island opponent very actively and from the opening minutes moved mainly in the last third of the pitch. The resulting pressure resulted in Füllkrug’s finish after about 10 minutes. The visiting goalkeeper had a slightly more difficult job moments later, but even Karim Adeyemi did not shoot him. However, the first two warnings were obviously not enough for the Magpies, and shortly before the half-hour mark, Pope already fished the ball out of the net. After a breakneck combination, the ball deep inside the goal appeared to Marcel Sabitzer, who addressed the onrushing Füllkrug and he made no mistake from a position very close to the goal.
Even after the change of sides, it was Borussia who created the first scoring opportunity. Julian Brandt guided the ball to the right in front of the goal and fired dangerously, but Pope made another great save. Then Newcastle also finally had a say, but Joelinton sent Kieran Trippier’s millimeter-accurate cross with his head punishingly wide. About an hour later, the audience saw another part of the Brandt vs. Pope fight, and the visitors’ goalkeeper came out as the winner after Němc’s shot hit the post. For the third time, however, the home winger was celebrating after all. In an attempt to equalize, the English left only one player behind, which Brandt took full advantage of. He dragged the ball across the half of the pitch and in the 79th minute finished at the far post to seal the win for Borussia.
The Dortmund players apologized to the fans for the explosion with Bayern in the best possible way. In the next round, they will play at AC Milan on November 28, while Newcastle will play in Paris on the same day.