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UEFA Champions League

  • November 4, 2014
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: P. Kralovec
  • • Attendance: 65851

Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Galatasaray: Reus helps hosts reach last 16

Marco Reus starred again as Dortmund made its way into the knockout rounds.

Marco Reus helped Borussia Dortmund reach the UEFA Champions League last 16 with a 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Tuesday.

Saturday's 2-1 loss at Bayern Munich was a fifth straight Bundesliga defeat for Jurgen Klopp's side. 

However, Dortmund put its domestic problems behind it by making it four wins from four in Group D following victories over Arsenal, Anderlecht and a 4-0 romp in Istanbul two weeks ago.

This was a tighter affair in the opening stages as a strong contingent of Galatasaray fans helped create a great atmosphere at Signal Iduna Park.

But Dortmund held its nerve as Reus beat the offside trap to net in the 39th minute and Sokratis Papastathopoulos added a second soon after halftime.

Hakan Balta briefly got the visiting side back in it, only for substitute Ciro Immobile to put the home side in control again and a Semih Kaya own goal compounded Galatasaray's misery.

Galatasaray may also face a UEFA inquest after play twice had to be halted briefly due to flares and firecrackers being thrown onto the pitch by the away supporters.

Dortmund was without Mats Hummels, Nuri Sahin, Marian Sarr and Ji Dong-won through injury, while Oliver Kirch and Jakub Blaszczykowski were also absent due to a lack of match fitness.
Galatasaray had Aydin Yılmaz sidelined with a foot problem, but Felipe Melo had sufficiently recovered from a thigh strain to make the starting lineup and Umut Bulut was preferred to Burak Yilmaz up front.
The visiting side had an early penalty appeal turned down when Bulut went to ground too easily after making contact with Erik Durm and Wesley Sneijder's overhead kick was comfortably saved by Roman Weidenfeller.
Dortmund then went close to breaking the deadlock after 25 minutes when Papastathopoulos headed against the crossbar from a Reus corner, while Shinji Kagawa was just wide when curling one in with the outside of his right foot.
The home team went ahead six minutes before the break, though, when Lukasz Piszczek's fine throughball picked out a great run from Reus in behind the Galatasaray back line and the play maker coolly slotted past Fernando Muslera.

Sneijder almost caught Weidenfeller napping with a snapshot at the start of the second period, but Dortmund was in control when Galatasaray failed to clear a cross and Sebastian Kehl headed down for Papastathopoulos to hook the ball home.

The Turkish side pulled one back after 69 minutes when Balta headed in a Sneijder corner, but Dortmund then broke away through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his cross was clinically chested down and forced past the out-rushing goalkeeper by Immobile.

Aubameyang almost added another for Dortmund on the counterattack, but the fourth did come when an Immobile cross deflected in off Kaya for an own goal.