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Marc-Andre ter Stegen of FC Barcelona saves a penalty from Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona at Signal Iduna Park on September 17, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany.

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ByMichael Hincks
17/09/2019 at 17:36 | Updated 17/09/2019 at 21:12
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Champions League Group F - Signal Iduna Park – Borussia Dortmund 0 Barcelona 0

Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved Marco Reus’ penalty as Barcelona battled to a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener.

Having publicly declared his frustration at playing international deputy to Germany's Manuel Neuer, Ter Stegen made a statement by putting in a man-of-the-match display back on home soil.

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Marco Reus and Marc-André ter Stegen

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The Barcelona goalkeeper rose to the occasion when saving Marco Reus’ penalty in the second half, before denying the Dortmund captain again with a double save later on.

Lionel Messi did return for his first minutes of the season, but after replacing Ansu Fati – who became Barcelona’s youngest ever player to feature in the Champions League – the club’s all-time top scorer could only see his injury-time effort deflect wide as the visitors were denied a smash-and-grab win.

TALKING POINT

Ter Stegen makes a point, and earns a valuable one – It’s somewhat poetic that Ter Stegen returned to Germany so soon after the international break, so soon after declaring playing second-fiddle to Neuer was a “tough blow”, to put in a performance like that. It may do little to sway Joachim Low, but in doing so, the goalkeeper earned his side a valuable point which could make all the difference in Group F. They’ve drawn their toughest away game, and they have Ter Stegen to thank.

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Oh, and he was off his line for the penalty – having been given a talking to by the referee for some 20 seconds prior - but that would ruin the narrative.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Marc-Andre ter Stegen – For reasons stated above and even further above. The only reason Barcelona came away from Germany with a point.

PLAYER RATINGS

Dortmund: Burki 7, Hakimi 7, Hummels 8, Akanji 7, Guerreiro 7, Delaney 7, Witsel 7, Sancho 7, Reus 6, Hazard 6, Alcacer 6. Subs: Brandt 6, Larsen N/A

Barcelona: Ter Stegen 8, Semedo 6, Lenglet 6, Pique 7, Jordi Alba 6, Arthur 7, Busquets 6, De Jong 7, Suarez 6, Griezmann 6, Fati 6. Subs: Roberto 6, Mess 6, Rakitic 6

KEY MOMENTS

25’ - BIG SAVE! Hazard cuts onto his right foot and threads through a delightful pass for Reus, who looks to blast it under Ter Stegen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper gets a vital boot to it.

55’ – PENALTY TO DORTMUND! Sancho cuts back inside and goes down when Semedo treads on his boot. Booking for the Barca defender, penalty to Dortmund...

57’ - WHAT A SAVE! Two Germans face-off, but it's Ter Stegen who brilliantly dives to his left to keep out Reus' spot-kick!

77’ - OFF THE BAR! What a strike, and what an impact that would have been from Brandt, whose strike from distance rattles the bar and had Ter Stegen beaten.

80’ - DOUBLE SAVE! Ter Stegen denies Reus again... twice! Brandt's low cross picks out Reus, but the Dortmund captain sees two attempts saved by Ter Stegen in a matter of seconds.

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