Gala against Monaco: BVB festival continues

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Two games, two victories – Borussia Dortmund is also back on the road to success on the European level. With the 3-0 (0-0) win over AS Monaco, the Bundesliga leaders in the Champions League took another step towards the knockout round. Jacob Bruun Larsen (51.), Paco Alcácer (72.) and captain Marco Reus (90.+2) scored in front of 66 099 spectators in the sold-out Dortmund stadium.

Only a few minutes before his goal, Alcácer had scored a penalty on the crossbar (69th). After a first half marked by tactics, coach Lucien Favre’s eleven increased their game significantly and came to a highly deserved victory and the ninth compulsory game under Favre without defeat. In three weeks at the same venue, this will be the top match against Atlético Madrid in Group A (also 6 points).

Paco Alcácer Honours 

Club 

Barcelona 

  • La Liga: 2017–18
  • Copa del Rey: 2016–17,  2017–18

International 

Spain U19

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2011, 2012 

Individual 

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2012 

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Without Mario Götze, who was out of the squad for the third time in a row, and the injured Christian Pulisic, Marcel Schmelzer and Shinji Kagawa, the BVB had been trying to control the game from the start. But worried about the Monegasque counterattacks, the Favre team shunned the risk at first. In addition, the Ligue 1 18th table proved to be strong despite its poor start to the season and proved to be an equal opponent. As in the lucky 1-0 win two weeks earlier in Bruges, Borussia had a hard time playing out goal chances and was not able to build on the excellent performances in the Bundesliga against Nuremberg (7:0) and Leverkusen (4:2).

The visitors even had their first big chance with a shot from Youri Tielemans (20.), but the BVB goalkeeper Roman Bürki, who had been strong for weeks, parried. “We always want to make the game and master the game, but we also have to find the right balance,” Favre had said immediately before the game on TV channel Sky.

But it took Borussia more than half an hour to get to the first goal-taking scene. The shot from 18 meters from newcomer Alcácer, who had scored two goals against Leverkusen as a substitute and was now for the first time in the Dortmund starting eleven, missed the goal only narrowly (33.). The former Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio parried the second Dortmund chance by Marius Wolf splendidly (39th). During the action, however, the Swiss injured his groin and had to vacate his place for the Croatian national goalkeeper Danijel Subasic shortly before the break.

The picture of the first half – a lot of tactics, little playful brilliance – changed after the change. After a remarkable co-production of the two youngsters Jadon Sancho (18) and Larsen (20), BVB took the lead. Once again Sancho, who had extended his contract with BVB until 2022 the day before, proved to be a jewel. With a fine pass to Larsen, he was already preparing his sixth goal of the season. The visitors from the Principality were no longer so dangerous and creative in the game forward.

Marco Reus was fouled after a successful single action in the penalty area of Kamil Glik. Alcácer talked to Reus, grabbed the ball – and shot at the bar (69.). Sancho also missed a good opportunity (71), but then FC Barcelona lent Alcácer to make up for his miss. His fourth compulsory goal for BVB was the deciding factor. Moon Games is an online instant gaming site like slots and scratch games and there are variety of online casino games as well.