Europa League Review: Borussia Dortmund Stay In After Home Win
Borussia Dortmund’s Europa League form has been nowhere near as good as their domestic form, and that’s probably because they’ve had to prioritize their league fixtures over their Europa League ones. They’ve looked uninterested in their Europa League duties up until last night, where they whacked their Ukrainian opponents by a score-line of three goals to nil.
It’s been coming from the would-be German champions. This competition may have been a distraction for them up until now, but if they find themselves at the quarter-finals stage, Jurgen Klopp will definitely go for the win. Can you imagine if they did a double over Bayern Munich? And out of nowhere too, because they didn’t look anywhere near as good as this last season!
Borussia Dortmund were without Lucas Barrios who was ruled out with a knee injury, so they started Robert Lewandowski. Shinji Kagawa (who else) opened the scoring after just 5 minutes, when Nuri Sahin chipped a cross over to the back post for the Japanese sensation to head in. The hosts continued to create chances in the first half, but failed to add to their tally. Just minutes after the break, Mats Hummels headed home a Nuri Sahin free-kick and essentially put the game to bed. Robert Lewandowski finally got his goal with just a minute left on the clock after Nuri Sahin put him through on goal.
The win puts them on 8 points, three behind group leaders PSG and just one behind second-placed Sevilla. If they can win their next match away at Sevilla, then they’ll have secured qualification into the next round. It’ll be anything but easy, and this isn’t high on the list of priorities for Klopp, but it’d be nice to see them make a run for this cup too.