SLOPPY PSG GIFT BVB PARC DE PRINCES VICTORY
Champions League (A) : Borussia Dortmund 3 - Paris SG 2
It’s hard to tell exactly what would send PSG into a tailspin like this, one of the favorites to win the competition playing a home game should have been a tap in. BVB went into this game just looking to get a point, dealing with Neymar would not be an easy task.
As things turned out, former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel could only stand by and watch his team give away goals and close it out by gifting a winner to his former team. BVB held their own through the entire first half with both teams playing fairly evenly on paper, the indicator of trouble being PSG getting more shots on target. It finally became a serious issue just before the half at 45’ when Juan Berat found himself cornered by Thomas Delaney and Christian Pulisic and lost the ball, Delaney took the ball off him and Dortmund made a quick transition into attack, but Berat turned aggressor and pressured Delaney. In a panic he blindly booted the ball toward the middle of the field and found Christopher Nkunku hanging out just beyond the penalty arc. He collected it and fired an absolute laser that found its way into the upper right corner.
Things continued in this manner after the break, it looked like PSG might make it 2-0 and close the game out a number of times. Everything started to turn against them at 60’ when Berat and Thiago Silva crunched Delaney in the box, sending him sprawling to the ground and Marco Reus to the penalty spot. He easy converted and pulled BVB even 1-1.Things got worse as PSG crowded into Dortmund’s box, hitting a few shots and looking like a goal was inevitable before a sloppy pass found Lukasz Piszczek, who found Pulisic wide on the right for an incredible long ball that hit Paco Alcácer in stride between two defenders. Alcácer stopped abruptly, losing his markers, and tapped the ball to his left for a charging Reus who hammered it in to put his side up 2-1.
The mood in Paris suddenly sank, but Favre wasn’t ready to celebrate just yet with 20’ left to play. The man who had been mostly silent all game would remind everyone why they spent so much time accounting for him. Delany would make a poor header into Thiago Silva, who would pass forward to Julian Draxler on the right, who would pick out Neymar streaking down the middle. He collected the ball and did not waste an open shot on goal, slamming it in to tie things up. PSG looked like they would make it 3-2 a number of times, but Dortmund continued to deflect them and launch their own counter attacks. Finally, almost exactly at the 90’ mark, PSG put the ball in the back of the net for the final time. Unfortunately for them, Marquinhos managed to put in his own net to give Dortmund an improbable 3-2 lead. With 5’ of extra time given, BVB parked the bus and kept PSG from getting another chance.
Tuchel did not look happy, and the PSG fans filed out feeling they were deserving of a win. This one game doesn’t decide the group, and PSG are likely to advance, but losing a home game you should have won never feels good.