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Internazionale - Borussia Dortmund
Champions League - 23 October 2019
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Inter were far from vintage, but did what they had to do. The pair meet in Germany in a fortnight, a match that will probably decide who progresses alongside Barcelona.
Full-time: Internazionale 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
Whenever I hear the name Brandt, I can't help but think of this chap.
Dortmund have been miserable, it must be said.
There'll be three added minutes.
Valero replaces the excellent Lautaro.
Candreva is booked for removing his shirt while celebrating.
GOAL! Internazionale 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Candreva) Done! Guerreir gives it away on halfway and Candreva sets off, Brozovic playing him through as Weigl fails to step up. Alongside him, Lautaro is screaming for a pass but Candreva doesn't need him, curving a lovely rising finish into the roof at Burki's near post. The group is alive!
Mane and Salah have put Liverpool 4-0 up.
Hummels is done by Gagliardini, pulling him back at cost of a yellow card.
Lautaro isn't hiding, peeling away to the right and trying a chip, which Burki claws down before claiming.
Guerreiro replaces Hazard.
Barca lead again in Prague.
Burki saves! Lautaro doesn't look confident and his shot is nether down the middle nor in the corner, the keeper diving right to parry before Esposito takes a swing at the rebound and misses the ball completely! The game is still alive!
Esposito looks a player, and he tanks towards the Dortmund box with Weigl one side and Hummels the other, hauling himself between them like a man dashing onto the Tube as the doors close. Hummels slides in, catches his trailing leg, and that's a penalty!
Mertens puts Liverpool 3-0 up in Genk.
Asamoah, who's had a decent game, is replaced by Biraghi.
Weigl goes to ground trying to stop Lautaro and gets nowhere near. Booking/
Hazard turns Godin, who drags him back and down in a classic display of Uruguayan defending. Booking.
Dortmund's best move of the match, Hazard skating down the left and crossing low, but instead of finding Bruub Larsen, close to goal, he pulls back for Sancho ... behind Sancho ... and he can't get a proper shot away, allowing Candreva to hump clear.
Why is Gotze still sat on the bench?
Another change for Dortmund, Bruun Larsen replacing Akanji. he goes through the middle, with Brandt dropping deeper and Hakimi moving to right-back.
Lautaro is so sharp - you make the comparison if you must - and when a long ball finds Asamoah, the square pass is turned around the corner, killing the defender, before a shot flies wide of the near post.
Nice from Inter, Gagliardini winning them a corner down the right which is then driven at him around the near post. Hummels clears.
You've got lto augh.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored his second of the night to put Liverpool 2-0 up in Genk, and what a goal it was.
Dahoud has so much potential, but it's time for him to start delivering on it. He's not appeared since September, so this is a big chance for him.
Attacking change for Dortmund, Dahoud replacing Delaney.
Slowly, and in very small increments, Dortmund are improving. First, Hakimi has a shot charged down, then Ssncho finds Brandt who cuts across the face of the box and shoots low, the ball bouncing in front of Handanovic who does well to scoop away from close to his feet.
Esposito replaces the invisible Lukaku.
Excellent defending from Asmoah who, when Hazard pounces on an error to find Hakimi, slides in. Though the flag then goes up for offside.
Apologies, my system crashed, but returns just in time for me to see Skrinar shove Hakimi after conceding a corner. He needs to watch himself; in commentary it's yet another opportunity for them rhapsodise the English referee.
Thought too. There's no guile or enterprise in what they're doing.
Bit of possession for Dortmund, but they can't work an angle - both passing and movement are far too slow.
Inter are ticking, and when Akanji gets to the ball ahead of Barella, Barella can't help but kick him up in the air. He's booked.
Hazard to Hakmi down the right, whose cross is long ... but Sancho knocks it back at the far post. Brandt can't quite get to the ball, though.
Really! Lautaro donates Hazard an elbow - ok, and elbowlet - but gets away with it.
Nice from Sancho, exploding into space and finding Hakimi, who shows too much of it to Asamoah.
It's very odd how ungood Barca are. I imagine that Valverde is running out of chances, though he won the league last season.
Well! Slavia have equalised against Barca and apparently the goal had been coming!
Lovely touch from Asamoah to kill Gagliardini's crossfield pass, before he finds Barella outside the box, who finds Brozovic ... and his lovely pass through a narrow lane gives Candreva a sight of goal! But he has to rush, and can only lash over the bar. Nice from Inter, but.
Barella chucks himself between Akanji and Hakimi to win a free-kick.
Off we go again...
Neither side has played well here, but a slow games suits Inter more than Dortmund, who are playing very strangely. Join me in 15 to see if they can turn it up.
Half-time: Internazionale 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
Inter need to relax themselves: Skriniar foujls Sancho needlessly, and all of a sudden Sancho weaves into the box, moving the ball wideish, away from Skriniar, before shooting low. Handanovic, who's had nothing to do until now, dives to palm away, and there's no one following up to tap home.
There'll be one added minute.
Again, the free-kick is wasted and the English ref gets in the way, allowing Candreva to break but, though he might go down when Delaney challenges him, he eventually runs out of pitch.
...which Hazard passes square to no one. But then he retrieves the clearance and drives; Brozovic sort of shows it his arse, the ball plays him under the armpit, and somehow he's not only penalised but booked.
Skriniar shoves hazard over for no good reason; free-kick Dortmund, deep inside the Inter half, on the right touchline...
Another long ball catches Lukaku offside. You can't just make straight runs and hope your opponents oblige by standing still.
Inter knock it about before De Vrij sends it forward, seeking Gagliardini ... who runs out of pitch.
Jonathan Pearce is so bored he's waxing lyrical about the ref who is, of course, English.
IK'm not sure what Dortmund are expecting here. You don't score against Godin, De Vrij and Skriniar by not sending men forward.
This is not a good game. The sides are doing a fine job of interrupting each other.
Candreva launches a cross towards Lautaro and he's never getting there, but Akanji makes sure by easing him to the ground. He wants a penalty, but the ref is having no such thing so he calls the physio on instead.
Nice from Sancho, turning up on the left to beat Godin on the outside and tee up Witsel, who spanks a shot over the bar. It's something, I guess.
Asamoah then heads a way a painfully deep and unthreatening corner.
Hakimi gets down the right but delays his cross and Asamoah blocks behind.
Barella and Witsel enjoy a pleasing tussle in midfield before Barella loses patience and dispenses a boot.
Dortmund's lack of a striker is killing them - they're badly missing Alcacer because they've no one to hit with possession or crosses and no one to hold the ball up.
Sombre or what.
Dortmund have showed very little edge,and we've seen very little of Sancho.
Yup, there we go - he was on.
It'd be nice to be allowed a proper look.
It's given! That must've been extremely tight.
VAR is checking for offside...
GOAL! Internazionale 1-0 Borussia Dortmund (Lautaro) De Vrij clips a long, straight ball over the top - a good one, but one nonetheless - which Lautaro chests down, pursues, and swivels to fire home low under Burki.
Not sure that wearing the same-coloured clothes achieves much.
Dortmund are playing a 4-5-1 out of possession, which is stopping Inter from doing much offensively. But then Asamoah sticks a crossfield one into Candreva whose cross is too long for Lautaro and Lukaku, but only just.
A ball in behind for Brandt wins Dortmund a corner, but Hummels seems to duck as it reaches his head and Inter bring it away.
More non-threatening Dortmund possession.
A cute backheel from Lautaro briefly creates space for Barella, but he turns away from his team-mates and eventually Candreva lumps an awful pass up with which Gagliardini cannot catch.
Inter knock it back and forth about the defence like Liverpool in their 80s pomp. Then Godin humps it long and that's the end of that.
Asamoah comes in off the left and slips a ball in behind, seeking Lukaku, but it's nowhere near him.
This game, in theory the best of the night, has started slowly. But it's still Dortmund with the ball, probing.
Apparently Messi has just become the first player to score in 15 straight Champions Leagues. Not bad.
Nothing whatsoever to do with football, but dearie me!
Inter win a free-kick just outside the box, right-hand side. Lukaku comes over for a look, but leaves it for Candreva who shapes to cross, then cuts a cross a low right-footed drive which bobbles wide of the far post.
Elsewhere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has given Liverpool the lead in Genk, and in this group, Messi has put Barca ahead in Prague.
Dortmund have started nicely, keeping possession while circulating the sphere. Inter won't care too much though, because they're set up for the counter.
A quick wow from earlier.
Away we go! For those watching in black and white, Dortmund are in the yellow shirts.
Here they come!
I'm looking forward to seeing Hakimi tonight, who looks to be a real talent. I also wonder what Brandt can do through the middle, and if Weigl will really be wide left as Uefa seem to think. More likely, I'd say, will be he'll play at centre-back, Akanji will be at right-back and Hakimi will be further forward.
Does the same infant run the feed of every single football club?
Similarities between Dortmund and Liverpool, part 1:
Have a look! Christian Pulisic and Michy Batshuayi, two subs, have just combined to put Chelsea ahead! Follow the last five minutes here...
His touch is equally indelicate when tying a tie.
Elsewhere, Ajax v Chelsea is still 0-0, while Leipzig have come from behind to lead Zenit 2-1.
On which point, I read earlier today that the club are in regular contact with Jose Mourinho in case the fore Michael Zorc. I cannot think of as manager less suited to their way of doing things, though I guess he does love to be the underdog.
It's not been a great start to the season for Dortmund - before it, they were fancied to win the Bundesliga. Luckily for them, that's still eminently oissible because Bayern have been poor too; the pair of them sit on 15 points after eight games, one behind leaders Gladbach.
Dortmund, meanwhile, welcome back Jadon Sancho, who was suspended by the club after returning late from England duty. But Marco Reus, club captain and symbol, is missing injured, likewise Alcacer and Schmelzer; Gotze is back though, and on the bench.
Talking of the front two, this is a big game for Romelu Lukaku. He is not reliable against quality opposition - not as a scorer and not in general play - so will be desperate to build on a fine goal at the weekend, created by a first touch, of all the things.
Antonio Conte, of course, fields his usual three at the back, but Godin, who relaxed on the bench during the weekend win at Sassuolo, returns. At left-wing-back, Asamoah comes in for Biraghi, and up front, the front two are the front two.
Let's have some teams...
This is a huge game, particularly for Inter. Their home draw with Slavia was a significant oversight, and now, after losing to Barca - with whom Dortmund have already drawn - they badly need a win to hurl themselves into the mix. Anything less, and they'll likely need a win in Dortmund, then something when Barca visit too. Good luck with that one, lads.
Evening all, and welcome to Internazionale v Borusssia Dortmund!