Dortmund rout Legia in opener

Borussia Dortmund secured a thumping 6-0 victory over Legia Warsaw in their UEFA Champions League Group F opener in Poland on Wednesday.

  • Legia Warsaw 0 Borussia Dortmund 6
  • Gotze gives Dortmund an early lead
  • Papastathopoulos doubles their advantage
  • Bartra makes it 3-0 inside 20 minutes
  • Guerreiro, Castro, Aubameyang complete rout

Match Summary

Dortmund were in control early on as Mario Gotze headed home Ousmane Dembele’s cross in the seventh minute. The visitors were dominant and Sokratis Papastathopoulos made it 2-0 from a set-piece situation in the 15th minute.

The game was effectively over as a contest two minutes later when Marc Bartra tapped home from close range after another set-piece.

After the break, Legia rarely threatened as BVB added more goals to their tally. Raphael Guerreiro, Gonzalo Castro and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed the rout in the second half.

Full Report

At a packed Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw, Legia were always going to be underdogs against the German heavyweights.

Thomas Tuchel’s side took control of proceedings early on at the Pepsi Arena when Gotze gave them seventh-minute lead. Dembele’s fine cross found the former Bayern Munich midfielder in space in the box and he headed home past a helpless Arkadiusz Malarz.

It wasn’t long before it was 2-0. Dembele was causing havoc and it was a foul he earned on the left-wing that led to the second goal. Guerreiro’s accurate free-kick found Papastathopoulos and he headed past Malarz.

Dortmund were completely dominant and made it 3-0 inside 20 minutes when Bartra slotted home from another dead-ball situation.

Legia threatened rarely although defender Tomasz Jodlowiec did have an effort saved by Roman Burki in the 32nd minute.

Nonetheless, the Bundesliga giants were in full control and this continued after the break. Dembele had a shot saved in the 51st minute but Guerreiro fed off the scraps to make it 4-0.

It was virtually one-way traffic as Dortmund had plenty more chances to score, though they had to wait until the 76th minute when Castro made it 5-0.

The rout was completed when Aubameyang made it 6-0 three minutes from time with a smart finish following a Castro through ball.