​Borussia Dortmund picked up a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain, with Erling Haaland scoring both goals - including a stunning long-range strike - for Lucien Favre's side.


Chances came at a premium in the first half but Keylor Navas was forced into a save to keep out an effort from Jadon Sancho, who dictated almost everything good that came from Borussia Dortmund..


Paris Saint-Germain started to find their feet after the break and Kylian Mbappé had a couple of sighters at Roman Bürki's goal, but it was Haaland who broke the deadlock at the other end after reacting quickly to Raphaël Guerreiro's deflected shot.

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Dortmund's joy didn't last long as Dan-Axel Zagadou's slip inside the penalty area allowed Mbappé to set Neymar up with a simple tap in, but Haaland restored their lead with an outstanding long-range effort into the top corner.


Neymar hit the post as Paris Saint-Germain looked to get another equaliser, but Borussia Dortmund held on to their narrow lead and will travel to the Parc des Princes for the second leg next month with something to defend.


Here's 90min's review of the action.


Borussia Dortmund


Key Talking Point


It was Paris Saint-Germain who had the majority of possession, but for the most part, Tuchel's side only retained the ball to stop Borussia Dortmund from being able to hit the visitors on the counter-attack.


It was an obvious and sensible approach from Thomas Tuchel, but they were helpless to stop Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi orchestrating attacks in transition, with the visitors struggling to match Dortmund's energy across the pitch

Jadon Sancho

At the other end, Dortmund were uncharacteristic impressive as a defensive unit, although they were helped by Paris Saint-Germain's attacking players deciding to move into narrow positions at every opportunity.


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Burki (6); Piszczek (7), Hummels (7), Zagadou (6); Hakimi (8), Can (7), Witsel (7), Guerreiro (6); Sancho (9*), Haaland (9), Hazard (6).


Substitutes: Reyna (8), Schmelzer (N/A).


Jadon Sancho


It was a big night for Jadon Sancho as he looked to take his domestic form into the Champions League, and fans weren't disappointed either, as the England international acted as the conductor in Dortmund's counter-attacking orchestra.

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Achraf Hakimi was a vital outlet for the hosts, but it was Sancho's ability to drift across the pitch which made it so difficult for Paris Saint-Germain's defenders to pick up their markers.


Paris Saint-Germain


Key Talking Point


Despite appearing like they'd set up with a 4-3-3 formation, Thomas Tuchel actually decided to match Borussia Dortmund's 3-4-3 to ensure they were able to keep bodies on the likes of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland throughout the game.


While Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Ángel Di María stayed quite central, Dortmund's wide players were sticking to the wing, helping to mitigate most of their threat but also increasing their problems when it came to defending counter-attacks - especially when Achraf Hakimi and Raphaël Guerreiro came forward in support.

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As much as Paris Saint-Germain were prepared for what they'd face, it still proved too much to handle and they rightly ended up on the wrong end of the scoreline - although Neymar's goal could be crucial in the return leg.


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Navas (7); Meunier (6), Silva (6), Kimpembe (7), Kurzawa (6); Gueye (5), Marquinhos (6), Verratti (8*); Di Maria (6), Mbappe (5), Neymar (7).


Substitutes: Sarabia (6).


Marco Verratti


It certainly wasn't a vintage performance from Paris Saint-Germain, but Marco Verratti proved his worth once again in one of the club's biggest games of the season.


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The Italy international was dictating possession from the base of midfield and helped to keep things ticking over as Paris Saint-Germain tried to find a way through Dortmund's defences, even breaking up attacks alongside Idrissa Gueye.


Looking Ahead


Things should be a little bit easier for Borussia Dortmund this weekend when they travel to face Werder Bremen, although their recent exit in the DFB-Pokal will still be fresh in their memory.


For Paris Saint-Germain, they'll look to return to winning ways in Ligue 1 against Bordeaux.


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