Favre’s golden hand

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Against Monaco Lucien Favre brought the European Cup debutant Jacob Bruun Larsen after a tired first half. A good idea – and not the only one of the BVB coaches.

Initial situation: All the signs were in favour of Borussia Dortmund’s success. Not only did Borussia win their first group match against Bruges, while Monaco Atlético lost to Madrid, but the teams’ season record in their home league could hardly be more different. Dortmund leads the Bundesliga table, while Monaco surprisingly finish third last in Ligue 1 after eight games.

The result: As clear as the starting position, as clear as the result: 3:0 for the BVB, which really turned up in the second half. Read the match report here.

The first half: It was poor in compelling chances. In the 19th minute, Monacos Youri Tielemans fired the first dangerous shot on goal, Roman Bürki parried. Paco Alcácer scored the ball after a remarkable combination with Marco Reus and Thomas Delaney just past the goal (33rd minute). Marius Wolf tried a shot from the spin, but Diego Benaglio was on the spot (39th).

Diego Benaglio Honours 

Grasshopper

  • Swiss Super League: 2000–01

Wolfsburg 

  • Bundesliga: 2008–09
  • DFB-Pokal: 2014–15

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Idea of the game: At the beginning of the second half, coach Lucien Favre Jacob Bruun Larsen brought Larsen for Wolf. For the 20-year-old Dane, it was the first European Cup match of his career. 21 Casino has a wide selection of online casino games.

The second half: This debut could not have been better conceived. He was not in the game for six minutes, when Bruun Larsen had already scored his first Champions League goal (51st). Alcácer took a penalty on the crossbar in the 69th minute, but just three minutes later danced out the Monegasque central defence and scored 2-0 (72nd). The final point was provided by Reus shortly before the final whistle, which was strongly cleared by Bruun Larsen (90.+2).

Well played: The Dane is not the only talent of the BVB that is currently showing off. Jadon Sancho is probably just giving the Manchester City officials some puzzles as to why they let the talent move to Dortmund. His model for Bruun Larsen was Sancho’s seventh in this season’s ninth compulsory match. These are impressive numbers.

Reus in a frenzy: But Marco Reus’s record is even more impressive: In the first nine games of the season, he was directly involved in ten BVB goals, played four of them and scored six himself. With his 17th Champions-League goal in a black and yellow jersey, he is on a par with Robert Lewandowski as the club’s most successful marksman in this competition.

Paco premiere: Paco Alcácer has been on the pitch for his new employer Borussia Dortmund for a total of 50 minutes, but scored three goals in two short Bundesliga appearances. Against Monaco, Favre brought his favourite joker from the start for the first time. It took him 72 minutes and a penalty kick, but he still scored.

Command Centre: But it’s not just the offensive that is currently dominating Borussia. He has already shown several times how important Axel Witsel is for BVB at headquarters. His 100 percent won duels and almost 90 percent successful passes in the match against Monaco speak for themselves.

Encounter with history: What happened in the run-up to the Champions League quarter finals against Monaco on 11 April 2017 will not be forgotten at Borussia Dortmund: There was an attack on the BVB team bus. Nevertheless, the team played the first leg in their home stadium on the following day and were eliminated in the second leg in Monaco. One and a half years have passed since then. Characteristic for the new face of the BVB: With Bürki, Lukasz Piszczek and Reus only three players from then stood on the field.

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