Berlin, September 7 (SocialNews.XYZ) Borussia Dortmund started their UEFA Champions League campaign with a win, going 3-0 past Copenhagen thanks to goals from Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro and Jude Bellingham in Group D.
The visitors from Denmark started brightly and almost shocked Dortmund as Zeca’s long-range effort flew seconds from the game.
Dortmund took control quickly but lacked precision in front of goal, as Anthony Modeste headed ten yards out before Salih Ozcan’s hammer fell short on the half hour mark, Xinhua reports.
BVB finally got their reward and opened the scoring when Julian Brandt’s pass entered the path of Reus, who ignored a defender before slotting the ball past Copenhagen keeper Mathew Ryan in the 35th minute.
Dortmund increased the pressure and made it 2-0 just seven minutes later when Giovanni Reyna’s pass allowed Guerreiro to score from eight yards out.
Copenhagen got off to a better start again in the second half and should have halved the deficit after the restart, but Lukas Lerager couldn’t beat Dortmund’s backup goalkeeper Alexander Meyer in a one-on-one from very close range.
Edin Terzic’s side took over as the game wore on, but Ozcan and Brandt squandered promising chances on the hour mark in quick succession.
Dortmund repelled another golden chance in the 80th minute when substitute Youssouf Moukoko failed to score with only Ryan to beat.
The Blacks and Yellows sealed the deal moments later as Bellingham completed Reyna’s assist to make it 3-0.
The visitors thought they had reduced the arrears in the dying minutes of the game, but Rasmus Falk’s consolation goal was ruled out for offside.
“I think we put in a great performance today. It was an important game for us and we took business seriously. We didn’t start both halves well, but we scored twice in a row. It’s good to come out with a win to start,” said Dortmund head coach Terzic.