The final whistle blows at Signal Iduna Park, marking a significant victory for Borussia Dortmund over Newcastle in the Champions League. This win secures their consecutive triumphs in the tournament and firmly places them in control of their Champions League destiny. Unlike their previous goalless draw against Milan in September, Newcastle posed a more significant threat in this encounter. However, they proved no match for Dortmund’s dynamic attacking force, with Fullkrug and Brandt as the heroes of the match.
In the first half, Fullkrug found himself in the right place at the right time to slot the ball into the net, courtesy of Sabitzer’s well-placed cross. Brandt later sealed the deal with an expertly executed finish during a brilliant counter-attack, just 11 minutes from the final whistle. Despite their best effort, Newcastle’s Joelinton missed a golden opportunity, heading wide from Livramento’s cross, leaving them with an uphill battle after falling 2-0 behind.
Eddie Howe now faces the daunting task of lifting his injury-plagued team for an upcoming Premier League clash against his former club, Bournemouth, scheduled for Saturday. Meanwhile, Dortmund approaches their Bundesliga fixture against Stuttgart on Saturday with high spirits, as they edge closer to escaping Group F in the Champions League.