Haaland leads Dortmund past PSG in Champions League last 16, Why Tuchel is the ‘pain in the ass’ at the heart of Dortmund vs PSG, Ranking every team’s chances of winning Champions LeagueThe IndependentJurgen Klopp’s reigning champions remain in pole position to clinch back-to-back European titles, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. 66 mins: And another! 47 mins: Sancho gives the ball to Mbappé on the halfway line, and for a moment the Frenchman threatens to skip away beyond the defence. 77 mins: I’m not sure what that was from Zagadou, but it wasn’t good. From a PSG perspective, if they can draw the CAMs out of position, bypass those and feed into the central areas, causing an overload in the middle, it will leave the Dortmund centre mids potentially outnumbered 4 to 2.

Not everyone is a fan of the PSG team it seems. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Borussia Dortmund teenager Erling Haaland scored twice in eight minutes to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over Paris St Germain in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.

Mbappé has a pop, but it’s from an impossible angle and Burki gathers at the second attempt. Mbappé exchanges passes with Neymar and slams a right-footed shot towards goal, which Burki saves! No one's coming back from those deficits... Just the eight goals for Erling Haaland so far in this year's Champions League. It provides a challenge for Dortmund who have more recently played 3-4-3/3-4-2-1 more often than not, but have also played 4 … All rights reserved.

First published on Tue 18 Feb 2020 18.30 GMT. Subscribers can also stream the game via the BT Sport app. With kick-off over an hour away, why not fill the time by reading our verdict on the remaining sides' chances of lifting the Champions League come May? PSG line-up like this: Navas, Kurzawa, Silva, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Meunier, Gueye, Verratti, Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Thiago Silva appears to be leading an animated discussion about something. The full-back does excellently to hold him off and admirably to stay on his feet, but at the end of all that he hits a wild pass straight into touch. 87 mins: Thomas Meunier is booked for pulling Reyna down. PSG go into the Champions League knockout stages with a more balanced midfield than before, and a lot will rest on Idrissa Gueye’s defensive work. An excellent performance from Borussia Dortmund, who look so bright and lively, and in Erling Haaland have a striker in astonishing, record-smashing form. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Haaland starts for Dortmund. But then he doesn’t. If BVB hadn’t played 4-2-3-1 in their last game, I’d be sure they’d stick to the 3-4-3 they’ve been playing since results improved under Lucien Favre. PSG vs Borussia Dortmund: injuries and suspensions. Creating a mash of Football Index related info and stats from IndexGain with what's happening tactically, hopefully gives an insight into another way to play the Index.

Once was probably enough.

Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? 45 mins: Just three seconds of stoppage time at the end of a first half played at a high tempo and with frequent outbreaks of skilfulness, but with little by way of goal threat. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Take care of our rest. Follow live coverage from the crunch Champions League match this evening, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile.

Erling Haaland should make his Champions League debut for the hosts. PSG get the second half under way. And with that, I’m done. We’ll have a very difficult game in Paris, but we have to continue like that. If we expect there to be goals in this game, which sounds likely given both teams records, it might be a case of predicting who will score the goals, and if they will have enough involvement overall to take the star man prize. 90+1 mins: This referee isn’t a fan of stoppage time. 62 mins: Piszczek gives the ball away to Kurzawa and runs after him for about 50 yards, constantly attempting tactical fouls. PSG’s shape has been pretty consistent over their last few games, with Di Maria & Neymar tucking inside to the CAM role, with two defensive midfielders behind and Icardi and Mbappe. Obviously, maybe we deserved the draw but Dortmund were very good. What we also know is both teams love a goal. Bye!

The PSG players are back in the tunnel. 59 mins: Another booking for a foul on Witsel. 65 mins: A shot on target! Which player from the top 200 has the largest % discount from 30d peak. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium.

There are worse options to bring on if you're chasing a goal. If you want to read more about Dortmund’s switch to 3-4-3, I covered it in a previous thread here. This time it’s Neymar, who seems to jab an elbow into the Belgian’s jaw, normally a red-card offence but there is so little force that a sending-off would have been a bit disproportionate. We didn’t change anything. Sancho taps the ball across goal from just to the right, but it finds a white shirt when anyone in yellow would have had a tap-in. It’s much tougher to call than a potential ‘baseline’ duel which we might see between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool which you can read more about here.

The match kicks off at 8pm UK time at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion. And here’s a fine fact: Dortmund’s current attack born in Leeds, Sunderland and London. Pablo Sarabia has come on for Di Maria. Dortmund have looked very vulnerable in defence in recent games and PSG are likely to exploit any weakness. Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Haaland, 78 mins), GOAL! © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. 87 mins: Borussia give the ball away and Neymar checks onto his right foot and curls in a shot that would probably have gone in had a defender not been standing in the way.

Discover PSG Experience. Both teams are used to dictating the ball and the play in their respective domestic leagues: However, in the Champions League group stages that dropped, as you’d expect, but both sides maintained the majority of the ball: It’s not a huge surprise then, given the narrow 4-2-2-2 of PSG, that their highest average scoring PB players are from the central areas of the pitch.

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