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Mitch Langerak credits Borussia Dortmund team-mates

The humble shot-stopper passed his thanks on to his outfield colleagues for enabling him to shut out the opposition during his first start in UEFA elite club competition

Mitch Langerak has praised the efforts of his Borussia Dortmund team-mates after the Australian goalkeeper made his first Champions League start against Marseille on Wednesday.

In what was a relatively uneventful match for the 25-year-old, last year's beaten finalists cruised past their French opponents, with Robert Lewandowski bagging a brace either side of a Marco Reus free-kick.

Having coming on as a substitute against Napoli on matchday one last month after first-choice keeper Roman Weidenfeller was sent off, Langerak was ecstatic to get his first start in the competition.

"It's something that I will remember for a very long time, to come out on the pitch and to hear the [Champions League] anthem it was honestly unbelievable," said the former Melbourne Victory player.

"To come off the pitch knowing that we got the three points was even better."

Langerak is pushing his coach, Jurgen Klopp, for regular selection in the starting 11 and believes he is becoming more assured of his role between the posts.

"I've played a couple of games now [in the Bundesliga], it's a little bit more comfortable," said Langerak.

However, the man from Emerald still has a healthy appreciation for how far he has come since signing for Victory in 2007.

"Today was more of a special occasion; it's something that I have thought about for a long time," Langerak said.

"In the lead up to the game I was definitely thinking about it so I'm ecstatic that we got the win and to play here was fantastic."

Praising the Dortmund faithful for their support, Langerak wanted to emphasise that an excellent showing by his Signal-Iduna Park team-mates made for a simple night in goal.

"It was good to handle a few balls and get myself involved," said Langerak

"Like every week the boys that are playing in front of me always keep it so clean and tidy ... my job at the back is always so much easier when the boys are on fire."

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