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Borussia Dortmund marked their return to Champions League routing Legia Warsaw 6-0

Borussia Dortmund marked their return to Champions League after a year with a thumping 6-0 victory over Legia Warsaw in Polish Army stadium, in Poland. Dortmund raced into a three-goal lead inside 17 minutes against the Polish champion, Legia. There were six goals in their rout of Polish champions, and it also included six different man on scoresheet.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel gave Mario Götze a vote of confidence to start after defeat at Leipzig on Saturday,and he made an immediate impact within 7 minutes of the playing time with an uncharacteristic header. Warsaw playing after two decades in Champions League were completely outplayed by dominant Dortmund. Götze goal was a beginning of the long night for Warsaw as Sokratis scored from a set-piece after 15 minutes, while Marc Bartra bundled home on the goal line two minutes later.

Starting for the first time in the center of midfield, Raphael Guerreiro was impressive. The 22-year-old opened his account in European football, sliding the ball into the corner with a neat left-foot finish on 51 minutes. Götze and Dembele were withdrawn after 75 minutes and substitute Gonzalo Castro made a quick impact, tapping home a Christian Pulisic cross, a minute later.

Besides Guerreiro, another man who was the centre of attraction was Christian Pulisic. The 17-year-old American teenager was impressive on Wednesday night, and deserves to be the man of the match on his debut in Champions League. Although, he didn’t score, but his assist in the Borussia fifth goal, and numerous chances he created for the team deserves to be applauded for a teenager of his age who made his champions league dbut.

Dortmund’s biggest away win in Europe was complete with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike. The Gabon striker who has been the central figure for Dortmund since Robert Lewandowski departure charged halfway down the pitch, before rounding the keeper and scoring.

Borussia Dortmund wasn’t tested in Poland, but  Real Madrid will definitely test them on matchday two at Signal Iduna Park. Real Madrid themselves recovered from a fiery blow against Sporting Lisbon at Santiago Bernabeu with Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata’s late goal to turn an almost defeat to a perfect win.


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