Fullkrug, Brandt steer Dortmund to back-to-back wins over Newcastle in Champions League
Tue, Nov 7, 2023
Soccer News (AP)
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) - Germany forward Niclas Fullkrug scored his first Champions League goal and national teammate Julian Brandt added another for Borussia Dortmund to beat Newcastle 2-0 on Tuesday.
The German team's back-to-back victories over the Premier League team - Felix Nmecha scored for a 1-0 win in Newcastle last month - boosts its chances of progressing to the knockout rounds.
Dortmund moved atop Group F with seven points, one more than Paris Saint-Germain, which was playing at AC Milan in the other group match later Tuesday. Newcastle had four points and Milan two before the late game on matchday four.
Dortmund dominated from the start with Brandt and Karim Adeyemi causing problems for the Newcastle defense.
Fullkrug broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when Marcel Sabitzer crossed for him to sweep the ball in under the crossbar. The goal came after the visitors missed several opportunities to clear the ball.
But they regrouped before the break, forcing Dortmund into giving away free kicks and set pieces. Joelinton had Newcastle's best chance with a header from a corner before the break, but it was a routine save for Gregor Kobel.
Joelinton headed just wide early in the second half, when Brandt drew a good save from Nick Pope. Nmecha was next to test the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Brandt finally sealed the result on a counterattack in the 79th, set up by Fullkrug and Adeyemi after Kieran Trippier delivered a free kick for Newcastle.
Dortmund fans threw fake money and fake bars of gold onto the field during the match to protest UEFA's planned Champions League reforms.
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