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.
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.
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.