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Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: Morata leads Juve to 1st leg advantage

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Borussia Dortmund will take comfort in a road goal and a decent time in the run of play, but Juventus holds a 2-1 lead after 90 minutes of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

All three goals came in the first half, with Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata scoring for Juventus. Morata also assisted Tevez’s goal, while Paul Pogba set up the other.

Marco Reus scored Dortmund’s only goal.

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Goals were traded early at The Old Lady’s house, where Carlos Tevez’s 13th minute goal was equalized by Marco Reus five minutes later.

Alvaro Morata ripped a shot on BVB’s Roman Weidenfeller, and the keeper gave up a big rebound to Tevez. Not a good idea, and it was 1-0 on a tap-in.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri claimed his side would need to keep a clean sheet on Tuesday, and those dreams were dashed within 20 minutes of kickoff.

On a day where Suarez scored, the man he bit in the World Cup had a gaffe, slipping up in a bad position. Reus beat Gigi Buffon to even the score.

An injured Andrea Pirlo brought a pall to the proceedings after 36 minutes, as he subbed off for Roberto Pereyra.

But Paul Pogba’s low pass glided through the box for Morata to slap home just before halftime.

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The second half flowed fairly well, and Borussia Dortmund continued to build on their positive play from the first half. But Jurgen Klopp’s men still couldn’t find its finish.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was a big part of Dortmund’s hopeful play all game.

Weidenfeller made up for his early error by making several big saves against the Italian side in the second half, as Juve threatened fairly often.

Pereyra found Arturo Vidal for a golden chance with five minutes to go in regulation, but the Chilean attacker’s low shot missed the far post by a foot.

At the halves: Barca bossing Man City, Juve up on Dortmund — FOLLOW LIVE

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A pair of wonderful match-ups greeted Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League play, with Manchester City hosting Barcelona, and German giants Borussia Dortmund bringing their act to Turn for a match with Juventus.

There have been five goals within the first halves, so let’s dig right in.

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Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

The 16th minute saw the match’s first goal, as Suarez fired hard and low past Joe Hart to lift Barcelona into the lead via an all-important road goal. Suarez flashed his trademark big-toothed grin as he raced across the field to celebrate with Messi.

And Barca smelled blood in the water. There was no sitting back with the lead, as the Blaugranas continued with adventurous passing and build-up.

Suarez made it a pair of goals on the half-hour, putting Man City in an awful spot. Jordi Alba sent a gorgeous cross through the former Liverpool man, who left no doubt in making it 2-0.

Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Goals were traded early at The Old Lady’s house, where Carlos Tevez’s 13th minute goal was equalized by Marco Reus five minutes later.

source: Getty ImagesAlvaro Morata ripped a shot on BVB’s Roman Weidenfeller, and the keeper gave up a big rebound to Tevez. Not a good idea, and it was 1-0 on a tap-in.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri claimed his side would need to keep a clean sheet on Tuesday, and those dreams were dashed within 20 minutes of kickoff.

On a day where Suarez scored, the man he bit in the World Cup had a gaffe, slipping up in a bad position. Reus beat Gigi Buffon to even the score.

An injured Andrea Pirlo brought a pall to the proceedings after 36 minutes, as he subbed off for Roberto Pereyra.

But Paul Pogba’s low pass glided through the box for Morata to slap home just before halftime.

 

Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund players meet angry home fans after another loss (video)

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Things aren’t getting any better for Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund.

Shockingly mired at the bottom of the Bundesliga table despite succeeding in the UEFA Champions League and boasting stars like Mats Hummels and Roman Weidenfeller.

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Those two feature heavily in Wednesday’s Bundesliga wrap, as they headed into the stands after another poor performance at home by BVB.

Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Augsburg

Honestly, what is going on here? With loads of respect to an Augsburg side that is contending for a European place, Dortmund couldn’t find an equalizer despite being up a man for nearly a half-hour.

Raul Bobadilla put the visitors up in the 50th minute before his teammate, Christoph Janker, picked up a straight red 14 minutes later. The hosts out-attempted Augsburg 15-8 on the game but could not find a single finish, let alone all three points.

And so Weidenfeller and Hummels tried to explain their woes to a bevy of angry BVB fans at the Westfalenstadion.

It was Dortmund’s first ever loss to Augsburg.

Elsewhere

Paderborn 0-3 Hamburg — Rafael van der Vaert’s 2nd minute goal cues the blowout
Hertha 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen — USMNT’s John Brooks unused sub in loss
Hoffenheim 1-2 Werder Bremen — Philipp Bargfrede breaks deadlock in 52nd
Koln 0-0 Stuttgart — No goals and 12 total shots. Feel the excitement.
Tuesday’s matches — Bayern, Wolfsburg each draw.

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 19 14 4 1 43 9 34 9-1-0 5-3-1 46
VfL Wolfsburg 19 11 5 3 38 19 19 8-2-0 3-3-3 38
Mönchen 19 9 6 4 27 16 11 6-3-1 3-3-3 33
FC Augsburg 19 11 0 8 26 22 4 7-0-2 4-0-6 33
Bayer Leverkusen 19 8 8 3 29 20 9 4-6-0 4-2-3 32
FC Schalke 04 19 9 4 6 30 22 8 6-3-1 3-1-5 31
1899 Hoffenheim 19 7 5 7 31 30 1 5-2-3 2-3-4 26
Hannover 96 19 7 4 8 22 28 -6 5-1-3 2-3-5 25
Eintracht Frankfurt 19 6 6 7 36 39 -3 4-3-3 2-3-4 24
1. FC Köln 19 6 5 8 19 23 -4 1-4-4 5-1-4 23
Werder Bremen 19 6 5 8 30 40 -10 4-3-2 2-2-6 23
FSV Mainz 05 19 4 10 5 25 24 1 3-4-2 1-6-3 22
Hamburger SV 19 5 5 9 12 21 -9 3-2-4 2-3-5 20
SC Paderborn 19 4 7 8 21 34 -13 3-4-3 1-3-5 19
SC Freiburg 19 3 9 7 21 27 -6 2-5-2 1-4-5 18
VfB Stuttgart 19 4 6 9 20 33 -13 1-2-6 3-4-3 18
Hertha BSC Berlin 19 5 3 11 24 38 -14 4-1-5 1-2-6 18
Borussia Dortmund 19 4 4 11 18 27 -9 3-2-4 1-2-7 16

Arsenal 2-0 Dortmund: Sanogo and Sanchez send the Gunners through to the Knockout Stage

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With Dortmund already through to the Champions League knockout stage, it was a night that Arsenal needed to capitalize on if they too were to join the Germans in making it out of Group D. And capitalize they did, comprehensively beating Dortmund 2-0 to send Arsenal through to the Knockout Stage for the 11th consecutive season.

Controversy has surrounded Arsene Wenger of late and today was no different, choosing to start 21-year-old Yaya Sanogo up front. But this time around the French manager got it right as the French striker fired home 73 seconds into the match. It was a brilliant piece of skill as Sanogo exchanged passes with Santi Cazorla before calmly slotting through the legs of Roman Weidenfeller for his first European goal.

With Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain full of energy and ideas, the Gunners oozed confidence. But boosted by 4,000 traveling supporters, Dortmund settled in after the early goal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan causing trouble on a number of occasions. After a linkup with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came close but was knocked away by Kieran Gibbs, the Armenian fired over the bar just two minutes later and directly at third-choice keeper Emiliano Martinez only a minute later.

Dominating parts of the match through possession, Arsenal also were quick off the counter-attack and in the 56th minute, the tactical expansion nearly paid off. After nipping Dortmund of possession around midfield, a looped clearance found Oxlade Chamberlain, who brought the ball down and fired square onto the bar from 30 yards out.

With the crowd amped, Arsenal continued to pour forward and a minute later they found Sanchez on the left side of the pitch. Lukasz Piszczek showed the Chilean inside and Sanchez cleverly touched right before hooking a low dipping shot to the far post that skipped under the arms of diving Weidenfeller. The goal brought Sanchez’ goal tally to three in the Champions League and 13 on the season.

Comfortable in the lead, Arsenal backed in and Dortmund took advantage as Ilkay Gundogan found Kevin Grosskreutz only for his ball across the goal-mouth to go untouched. As time wound down, Gundogan was at it again taking touches outside the box to create space and shoot only for Martinez to collect. Arsenal bent but did not break and just before time Martinez ensured his clean sheet with an impressive save on a turn and shot by Adrian Ramos.

 

At The Half – Arsenal 1-0 Dortmund: Sanogo’s strike the difference

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In only his second appearance in the Champions League, Yaya Sanogo scored 73 minutes into the match on a brilliant piece of skill to hand Arsenal a one-nil halftime edge over Borussia Dortmund.

It was a controversial decision by Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger to hand the 21-year-old French forward the start but his faith was immediately rewarded when he exchanged passes with Santi Cazorla before calmly slotting past Roman Weidenfeller for his first European goal. Eight minutes later and Sanogo found himself in again, the time setting up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a back-heel that the Dortmund defense managed to clear away.

With Dortmund’s traveling support 4,000 strong and in full voice, the atmosphere at the Emirates was electric as the Germans looked to capitalize on a 19th minute counter where Henrikh Mkhitaryan sought to play in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but Kieran Gibbs cleared away.

Two minutes later, Mkhitaryan was at it again, firing over the crossbar from just inside the area, before a minute later testing third-choice keeper Emiliano Martínez with a strike that the 22-year-old did well to save. Dortmund showed well but the edge is well in Arsenal’s favor as they ooze confidence with the ever-active Alexis Sanchez, his skillful counterpart Santi Cazorla and the pacey Oxlade-Chamberlain.