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Champions League: BVB deservedly but unluckily eliminated against Chelsea

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It was a penalty that shouldn’t have been awarded and had to be repeated that saw Borussia Dortmund eliminated from the top flight. Ultimately, however, de Chelsea deservedly advance to the next round.

Kai Havertz destroyed Borussia Dortmund’s dream of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a questionable penalty. The German national player in the service of FC Chelsea sealed the end of BVB’s recent successful series with ten wins with his converted hand penalty after two controversial referee decisions (53rd minute) in BVB’s 0: 2 (0: 1) in the second leg of the eighth final in ten competitive games. In front of 39,392 spectators at Stamford Bridge in London, Raheem Sterling (44th minute) had previously put England 1-0 ahead.

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Controversial penalty for Chelsea

But the big excitement was the controversial hand penalty, which referee Danny Makkelie only gave after studying the video and then had it repeated after Havertz first hit the post. Nevertheless, the deserved knockout was the result of an offensive and passive performance by coach Edin Terzic’s team, who after the 1-0 win in the first leg hoped to make it into the last eight teams for the first time since 2021 and additional income of over ten million euros had made. Unfortunately, BVB also has to cope with a longer absence of the recently strong Julian Brandt.

BVB, who had reached the stadium 15 minutes late, had to suppress some bad news first. It was already clear after the final training session in the morning that first-choice goalkeeper Gregor Kobel would not be able to play between the posts because of a muscular problem in his thigh. Another guarantee of success in recent weeks broke after just three minutes when Brandt grabbed his back left thigh and had to be substituted. Giovanni Reyna came into play for the German national player, who has been outstanding since the winter break.

Inadequate exploitation of chances

With the handicap, BVB went into an initial phase in which Chelsea started with a lot of force. It was also clear that the Blues have only scored five goals in twelve games since the beginning of the year. Joao Felix (6th) and Kai Havertz (8th) missed in a promising position. Already in the first leg, the English had lost a better position with a poor conversion of chances.

Only after the 0:2 BVB showed a reaction and pushed the offensive game. But the chances of Jude Bellingham (58th), Marius Wolf (65th) and Niklas Süle (72nd) remained unused. The substitutions of fresh attackers like Jamie Bynoe-Gittens and Donyell Malen did not bring a goal either.

Source: Stern

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