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Borussia Dortmund v Beşiktaş Live Commentary, 2021/12/07

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D. Malen (29)
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M. Reus (53)
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That's all from Dortmund today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
With Haaland back in business and Bellingham seemingly improving every week, BVB will be among the favourites when the Europa League resumes, while Besiktas must concentrate on improving their sluggish Super Lig title defence, which sees them sitting in mid-table domestically. 
Absolute dominance from first minute to last helped Dortmund cruise to a 5-0 Champions League victory without breaking sweat; easing some of the pain from their disappointing defeat in the Bundesliga last weekend. Both captain Reus and top scorer Haaland - in a predictably potent late cameo - bagged a brace, as the home side completed a formality ahead of their drop into Europe's second-tier competition. Besiktas are out entirely, ending their campaign pointless and looking like a team that simply didn't want to be there.  
90' + 1' FULL-TIME: BORUSSIA DORTMUND 5-0 BESIKTAS
90' There will be just a minute of added time, to the relief of a dishevelled Besiktas side.
88' Having lined up a free-kick from the left side of the box, just over 20 yards from goal, Dahoud clips the top of the wall. Eventually, Destanoglu collects after a follow-up effort from Witsel.
86' Reinier and Haaland combine well, but the latter fires waywardly over the centre of the Besiktas goal.
84' JUST WIDE! Haaland's hat-trick attempt trickles narrowly wide of Destanoglu's right-hand post, as he latches onto a loose ball on the edge of the box. The big striker - and his father up in the stands - look suitably frustrated. There is still time though!
A. Hutchinson
Josef de Souza
Beşiktaş
82' Souza has been overwhelmed in midfield, so may be glad to be substituted. Besiktas veteran Hutchinson is on for the final few minutes.
M. Dahoud
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
81' Dahoud curled a corner into the right area for Haaland to attack with a powerful downward header.
E. Haaland
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
81' TWO FOR HAALAND! Dortmund go five up, as Dahoud swings in a corner from the left, and Haaland repeats the trick by leaping clear of a hapless Besiktas defence to head down into the net from 10 yards. Haaland is in search of a hat-trick, and it is now 5-0 to Die Schwarzgelben!
78' Despite today's win, BVB will finish third in Group C and find themselves in the Europa League knockout stages for the first time 2017-18. The German giants have never before won the competition or its predecessor, the UEFA Cup.
S. Uçan
C. Bozdoğan
Beşiktaş
76' Bozdogan has been starved of the ball today, and is substituted by Besiktas, with Ucan coming on in his place.
75' The first Besiktas attack of note is brought to an end inside Dortmund's six-yard box, as Bozdogan is penalised for a push.
M. Pongracic
D. Zagadou
Borussia Dortmund
73' After a rare start, Zagadou's game is over: Pongracic is on in his place.
Raphaël Guerreiro
J. Bellingham
Borussia Dortmund
72' Warm applause from the limited home crowd greets the game's star player, as Bellingham is rested for the final 20 minutes. Guerreiro is now on in midfield for BVB.
R. Ghezzal
C. Larin
Beşiktaş
69' With very little opportunity to feature in an attacking sense, Larin comes off for Ghezzal.
N. Schulz
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
68' An excellent clipped ball from the left byline by Schulz perfectly picks out the head of Haaland to head home Dortmund's fourth.
E. Haaland
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
68' HAALAND DOES IT AGAIN! Within minutes of his arrival, Haaland has his 22nd Champions League goal in just 19 appearances, as he rises highest in the centre of the box to power home a header from Schulz's cross. Dortmund now lead 4-0!
66' Though the ball sits up nicely just outside the area, Malen volleys awkwardly wide of the target with a right-footed attempt.
65' Destanoglu has to make a routine save from Haaland's first, heavily deflected, shot. The flag is belatedly raised for offside in any case.
E. Haaland
M. Reus
Borussia Dortmund
63' Reus will not complete his hat-trick, as he makes way for Haaland to make his Champions League comeback.
F. Passlack
M. Wolf
Borussia Dortmund
62' Having made little impact, Wolf comes off to be replaced by Passlack.
60' It could go from bad to worse for the Black Eagles soon, as Haaland has taken off his tracksuit top. The Norwegian striker is ready to come on! 
59' Only the final whistle will put Besiktas out of their misery today, as they have been reduced to statically defending their penalty area. Even a counter-attack looks out of the question.
57' Dortmund look to be toying with their opponents, as Bellingham exchanges extravagant long passes with Reus from a left-sided corner, but the offside flag is raised.
55' Reus has now played more games (56) and scored more goals (21) in the Champions League for BVB than any other player.
M. Dahoud
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
53' Involved in an attractive move in the attacking third, Dahoud's was the pass which allowed Reus to dribble clear and roll home the third.
M. Reus
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
53' ANOTHER FOR REUS! Woeful Besiktas defending allows Dortmund to put together a slick short-passing move on the edge of the box, and Reus then dances through with some neat footwork to slot home calmly for his brace. Dortmund now lead Besiktas 3-0, and they look to be showing no mercy!
50' Dortmund are on course to maintain a 100% record against Besiktas in European competition, having won all three of their previous meetings to date. Victories home and away in the 1989-90 Cup Winners’ Cup and a 2-1 away win in this season’s reverse fixture look set to be followed by a fourth today.
48' The second period has begun in similar manner to the first, with Besiktas listlessly chasing shadows, massed in front of their own goal. The hosts remain dominant, but how many can Dortmund score?
V. Rosier
K. Karaman
Beşiktaş
46' Karaman barely had a kick in the opening half, and is now replaced by Rosier, as Sergen Yalcin seeks to reshape his undermanned defence.
Reinier
T. Meunier
Borussia Dortmund
46' Meunier has been withdrawn during the interval, to be replaced by Reinier for the second half.
46' With both teams set to make a change for the second half, we are back under way in Dortmund!
Having finished the first half without a single attempt on goal, Besiktas are also one man down, so will surely focus on damage limitation after the break. Ten losses from their last 13 matches looks set to become 11 from 14, as the Black Eagles' confidence hits a new low. Meanwhile, BVB will look to cruise comfortably to victory, and Haaland may fancy a run-out to bolster his already impressive scoring stats in Europe's elite competition.
In a game which has already been as one-sided as you could see at the elite level, the first half's denouement leaves Besiktas without even faint hope of salvaging a first point of their sorry campaign, as they now trail by two. A much changed Dortmund have not even been at their sparkling best, but Bellingham - having set up Malen's opening goal - has shone brightest for a team which attacked at will throughout the first 45.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2-0 BESIKTAS
M. Reus
Penalty Goal
Borussia Dortmund
45' + 2' DORTMUND DOUBLE UP! After a delay, Reus step up to slot his spot kick home coolly, as his penalty nestles in the bottom-left corner of the net. Die Schwarzgelben lead 2-0!
Josef de Souza
Yellow Card
Beşiktaş
44' For his vocal disapproval of the red card for Welinton, his Besiktas colleague Souza is booked.
Welinton
Red Card
Beşiktaş
43' Welinton is sent off for bringing Dahoud down in a goalscoring position, conceding a penalty in the process.
43' PENALTY! A couple of crude clips of Dahoud's heels bring the Dortmund midfielder down in the box, and the VAR has been consulted to see what Welinton's punishment should be. Will it be confirmed as a red card?
41' Welinton positions himself well to get a block on Reus' speculative shot, as Besiktas look to hang on until half-time.
39' From the free-kick - which was a hair's breadth away from being given as a penalty - Dortmund are wasteful, with Reus firing over the crossbar.
C. Larin
Yellow Card
Beşiktaş
38' Reus is upended on the edge of the box by the back-tracking Larin, who is therefore booked.
36' Dortmund are not letting up here, and continue to attack with commitment against an already dispirited opposing side. 
34' Including today's strike, Bellingham has had a direct hand in over two-thirds of Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League goals this season (1 goal, 3 assists).
32' Bellingham is to the fore again, and has an effort from the edge of the box deflected behind for a corner. It is, however, wasted again by the home side.
Javi Montero
Yellow Card
Beşiktaş
31' An unpleasant hack by Montero on Bellingham sees the Besiktas defender shown the first yellow card of the game.
J. Bellingham
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
29' An increasingly familiar Bellingham run through the middle of the park ends with the Englishman slotting through a well weighted ball for Malen to score.
D. Malen
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
29' DORTMUND LEAD! On the counter, Bellingham's ball following a surging run down the centre picks out Malen on the edge of the box, and his rather scruffy shot slips under Destanoglu. The Besiktas goalkeeper will be disappointed with his attempt to repel the shot. Deservedly, Dortmund lead 1-0!
26' Welinton's clearance behind gifts Dortmund a second corner kick, but Wolf's near-post run and flick header drifts well over the bar. 
24' Reus and Malen combine neatly in the final third, but the latter just overruns the ball at the vital moment and a brief flicker of a chance is lost. 
22' Eleven men behind the ball for Besiktas has been a feature of the match so far, and the luminous yellow shirts of Dortmund continue to flood forward - with Bellingham now heading well over on the stretch. 
20' With 74 per cent of the possession so far - plus seven shots at goal to their visitors' none - Die Schwarzgelben are certainly not being deterred by the relative lack of support in their reduced capacity stadium. 
18' Dortmund are keeping Besiktas tightly penned in at the moment, but a continuous spell of pressure is eventually relieved when Wolf commits a needless foul.
16' Having taken a couple of heavy touches, Bellingham cues himself up for a volleyed strike 20 yards out, in front of goal. However, the England midfielder's shot favours power over accuracy and soars into the half-empty stands.
14' After some confusion between the officials, Dortmund are awarded the game's first corner. As the ball drops to Reus in space, on the left side of the area, the  Dortmund captain miscues his effort, which flies high over the crossbar.
12' Since city rivals Fenerbahce 20 years ago, no other Turkish club have lost six from six in the Champions League group stage, so Besiktas will want to avoid such a fate by losing again today.
10' Out of nothing, Larin escapes on the left side of the area and hooks the ball back from the byline and into the six-yard box, but his dangerous ball is ultimately cleared.
9' A heavy collision between Souza and Malen in midfield sees Dortmund's Dutch striker hit the turf looking dazed, but after a brief spell of medical attention he can continue.
7' Though beaten 3-2 by league leaders Bayern Munich at the weekend - having previously set a new club record seven successive Bundesliga victories on home turf - Dortmund have, by contrast, won only nine of their last 21 European outings at home.
6' After a passive start, Besiktas are starting to grow into the game: even enjoying a fleeting spell inside the Dortmund defensive third.
4' Before today's game, Besiktas have lost their last three away games in the Champions League without scoring a single goal. In the process, they have conceded 11 goals.
2' Hummels arrives late at the far post, attempting to get a toe on a deep cross, but cannot make clean contact. Dortmund have started on the front foot here.
1' We are under way at the Westfalenstadion!
The players are out on the pitch in Dortmund!
Searching desperately for an upturn in fortunes, Sergen Yalcin makes seven changes to the side beaten by Ajax last month. While Souza and Mehmet Topal start at the base of midfield, on-loan starlet Can Bozdogan features in support of an attack featuring Kenan Keraman and Cyle Larin out wide and former Dortmund striker Batshuayi through the middle.
While Erling Haaland - who recently returned from a hip injury - found the net in Der Klassiker defeat to Bayern on Saturday, he has been rested by Dortmund today. The home side make four changes from their last Champions League fixture in Lisbon, with Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mats Hummels, Mahmoud Dahoud and Marius Wolf all coming into the starting side. Donyell Malen features up front, but Giovanni Reyna is not yet fit for the bench.
SUBS: Emre Bilgin, Ridvan Yilmaz, Rachid Ghezzal, Valentin Rosier, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Serdar Saatci, Salih Ucan, Domagoj Vida, Atiba Hutchinson.
BESIKTAS (4-2-3-1): Ersin Destanoglu; Necip Uysal, Welinton, Javi Montero, Umut Meras; Mehmet Topal, Souza; Kenan Karaman, Can Bozdogan, Cyle Larin; Michy Batshuayi.
SUBS: Silas Ostrzinski, Felix Passlack, Raphael Guerreiro, Ansgar Knauff, Steffen Tigges, Erling Haaland, Marin Pongracic, Reinier.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND (4-3-3): Gregor Kobel; Thomas Meunier, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mats Hummels, Nico Schulz; Jude Bellingham, Mahmoud Dahoud, Axel Witsel; Marco Reus, Donyell Malen, Marius Wolf.
Still without a point in this year's competition, Dortmund's Turkish counterparts are destined for last place in the group. A crisis of confidence at Besiktas reached a nadir in November, when the Istanbul club's 2-1 reverse at home to Ajax saw them record an eighth straight Champions League loss. While drawing 1-1 at Kasimpasa on Friday ended the Black Eagles' run of six successive defeats, they remain winless since beating bitter rivals Galatasaray in October.
Already out of contention for a place in the knockout phase, Borussia Dortmund welcome eliminated Besiktas to Germany knowing that they will finish third in Group C - and enter the Europa League playoffs - regardless of the result. The Bundesliga outfit have lost their last three European outings to slump out of the Champions League, and their hopes of progress were ultimately ended by a 3-1 defeat at Sporting CP last month.
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