Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool

8 Apr

Divock Origi scored a vital away goal for Liverpool as they drew 1-1 at Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.


Match Reports: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 LiverpoolMatch Reports: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was given a warm welcome on his first return to the Signal Iduna Park since leaving at the end of last season.

And it looked like his side would take a vital lead back to Anfield for next ThursdayÂ’s second leg when Origi scored in the first half.

However Mats HummelsÂ’ equalised early in the second half to give the hosts hope of progressing to the semi-finals, although Liverpool will no doubt fancy their chances having secured an away goal.

Dortmund enjoyed the majority of the early possession but it took until the 17th minute for them to open up the Liverpool defence.

Julian Weigl did well to pick out Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the area, but his goalbound effort was brilliantly blocked by Mamadou Sakho.

Liverpool should have gone in front with their first real opportunity on 21 minutes.

James MilnerÂ’s inswinging free kick from the right was met by the head of the unmarked Dejan Lovren, but his effort was straight at Roman Weidenfeller.

The Dortmund keeper couldnÂ’t gather at the first attempt which resulted in the RedsÂ’ central defender going back for a second bite of the cherry but he only succeeded in clashing heads with Weidenfeller which left both players requiring treatment for cuts.

Liverpool came more into the game but it was Dortmund who went close again on the half-hour when a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang free kick was deflected just wide of Simon MignoletÂ’s upright.

On 34 minutes Mkhitaryan went on a surging run towards the Liverpool area before dragging a left-foot effort just wide from the edge of the box having slipped as he pulled the trigger.

Despite DortmundÂ’s pressure it was Liverpool who broke up the field to score a vital away goal on 36 minutes.

Alberto MorenoÂ’s long ball was flicked on by Milner to Origi who got to the edge of the area before hitting an effort which deflected off Lukasz PiszczekÂ’s ankle and rolled into the bottom corner of the net.

Lovren denied Aubameyang a certain equaliser in first half stoppage time when he blocked his close-range effort.

However Liverpool had the final world of the half when Origi was played in on goal by Moreno, but Weidenfeller made a vital save just inside his own area.

LiverpoolÂ’s lead only last until the third minute of the second half when Hummels got above Adam Lallana in the area to get on the end of MkhitaryanÂ’s right-wing cross and powered in a header from close range.

LiverpoolÂ’s response was impressive as they went to the opposite end and would have gone back in front on 52 minutes had Weidenfeller not produced a world-class one handed save down to his right to keep out Philippe CoutinhoÂ’s low strike from inside the area.

The Reds maintained their spell of pressure but Weidenfeller was again on hand to pull off two more good saves to keep them at bay.

Neither side could produce a winning goal in the remainder of the game which sets the tie up nicely for next weekÂ’s second leg.

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