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
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
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.
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).
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.
Jadon Sancho is top shelf. To stamp his authority on games of this calibre at this age the way he did in that first half is special— Robbie (@robbiearra) February 18, 2020
It took me time but im officially on the : Jadon Sancho Bandwagon— YoungAdobo (@KickinItWitKeef) February 18, 2020
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.
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).
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.
marco verratti really keepin psg’s midfield all together by himself. such a underrated player.— 햎햊햘햍 (@iesh_xo) February 18, 2020
Marco Verratti is one underrated baller. Have been PSG’s best player so far— Yuwan (@u1_lionel) February 18, 2020
Verratti > KDB and its not even close— cameron. ☔️ (@fcbcam_) February 18, 2020
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
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.