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Borussia Dortmund 3-1 AC Milan: Die Schwarzgelben dominate Rossoneri at San Siro

Milan are now at risk of failing to secure third place and potentially dropping into the Europa League following a 3-1 home loss to Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund dominated AC Milan at their home in a show of force that made the Group of Death in the Champions League even more complex. The defeat was compounded by Olivier Giroud’s early penalty being saved and another injury.

The hosts started aggressively, earning a penalty after six minutes when Schlotterbeck brought down Samuel Chukwueze’s effort with his arm. However, Giroud’s weak and central spot-kick was parried by Gregor Kobel.

The referee then awarded a penalty at the other end for Davide Calabria’s tackle on Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, and Marco Reus fired it with power into the top corner beyond Mike Maignan’s glove.

Bynoe-Gittens was a constant threat with his pace, drilling over from a tricky angle, and Christian Pulisic’s weak attempt was smothered, but Maignan got down to palm away the dangerous Donyell Malen pull-back from the by-line.

Schlotterbeck made a crucial block on Giroud from six yards, but Milan equalised with a wonderful solo effort from Chukwueze, who cut inside from the right past two defenders and placed the finish into the far bottom corner.

Dortmund vs AC Milan: Rossoneri need to win their next game to qualify

Milan should have gone into the break ahead, but Calabria nodded the Christian Pulisic ball across the face of goal when unmarked at the back post.

After the restart, Pulisic’s acrobatic volley was blocked in the six-yard box, but disaster struck when Malick Thiaw pulled up with a hamstring injury. With no suitable replacement on the bench, Milan had to reshuffle their defense, which showed as Borussia Dortmund restored their lead with a good passing move, Sabitzer’s flick finding Bynoe-Gittens to sweep into the far bottom corner.

Giroud’s header on a corner was straight at the goalkeeper, but Milan conceded a third when substitute Karim Adeyemi hit a sudden strike from the edge of the area, surprising Maignan, who got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.

Fullkrug nodded over, but Milan were unlucky in the final minutes when Luka Jovic saw his header thump the upright. They also risked conceding a fourth, as Fullkrug’s rocket smashed against the underside of the crossbar.

Milan’s confidence was rock-bottom, as Loftus-Cheek’s volley was going for a throw-in, and then Jovic scuffed the finish at Kobel from seven yards. This victory means Borussia Dortmund are guaranteed qualification, but the last-gasp PSG equalizer leaves the group open.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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