KENYA BROWN - Thursday, September 15, 2016
Christian Pulisic notched an assist in his very first UEFA Champions League appearance for Borussia Dortmund, while it was a rough night for Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Legia Warsaw 0-6 Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund got their Champions League campaign off to a flying start with a big win at the Pepsi Arena in Warsaw, Poland.
Pulisic, who had not played a minute so far this season, was put in the starting lineup by head coach Thomas Tuchel and the played the entire game. It was a historic moment for the teen as he became the team's youngest starter in a Champion's League game.
The visitors did not wait too long to open the scoring as Mario Gotze scored in the seventh minute. A cross from Ousmane Dembele on the left found the German international, who made a late run into the area and headed it home.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored the team's second goal eight minutes later as he headed Raphaël Guerreiro's free kick past Legia goalkeeper Arkadiusz Malarz.
Marc Bartra made it 3-0 for BVB in the 15th minute as there was scramble for the ball in the area after a free kick and the Spaniard would blast it in from point-blank range.
Dortmund would continue their dominance in the second half and they made it 4-0 in the 51st minute. Guerreiro would this time get his name on the score sheet as he pounced on the rebound after Dembele's attempt was blocked.
Pulisic would then contribute to Dortmund's fifth goal on the night in the 76th minute. He would make a run down the left and send a scintillating cross in the area that Gonzalo Castro only needed to tap in.
Pierre Aubameyang rounded out the scoring three minutes from time. Castro's through ball would find the striker and he was able to hold off two defenders before chipping it over Malarz.
It was a great night for BVB and they hope to build on this performance before they face reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid on September 28 at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Manchester City 4-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
A Sergio Aguero hat-trick did the damage as Citeh claimed all three points in their Group C encounter at the Etihad Stadium.
Johnson started in midfield for the Foals and played the entire game in the losing effort.
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola's first Champions League game with team since making the move to England in July proved to be rousing success and they made sure the rout started early as Aguero got on the score sheet in the eighth minute. Aleksandar Kolarov's low, swerving cross in the area found the Argentine who redirected towards the goal.
Aguero scored his second on the night from the penalty spot in the 28th minute. Chistoph Kramer was judged to have brought down Ilkay Gundogan in the area and Mancheter's star striker had no problems putting away his shot.
It would take a while in the second half, but Aguero would bag his hat-trick in the 77th minute from a counter-attack. Raheem Sterling's through ball would find him as he was making a run into the area, he rounded goalkeeper Yann Sommer and tucked the ball into the back of the net.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored Manchester's final goal on the night in extra time with Leroy Sane providing the assist.
A rough night for the Foals and it only gets tougher for them as they will welcome Barcelona to Borussia-Park on September 29.
Julian Green watched from the bench as Bayern Munich handed Russian team FK Rostov a 5-0 beating.