Erling Haaland scored twice when Borussia Dortmund ended Sevilla’s nine-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.
The hosts took the lead early through Suzo Fernandez, but Dortmund came together with a goal by Mahmoud Daoud and a double by Halland before the halftime at Ramon Sanchez-Pizuan. Luuk de Jong scored Sevilla’s late second goal to improve the Spanish team’s chances in the return leg.
“The first half, outside the early goal, went exactly as we had planned,” said Dortmund captain Marco Reus. “We sat a little deeper than normal, but we were very compact. We won the ball well, put it ahead in dangerous positions and took the lead. The first half was very good. “
The victory put an end to Sevilla’s good move and put Dortmund back on track after a series of poor results that left coach Edin Terzic under pressure in Germany.
The rematch will be on March 9 in Germany.
In the other match of the round of 16 on Wednesday, Porto beat Juventus 2-1 at home.
Suzo opened the scoring for Sevilla in the seventh minute with a shot outside the area, which deflected two defenders before finding the net. The visitors equalized when Dahud shot with his right foot, a long shot in the top corner in the 19th.
The 20-year-old Haaland led the visitors to the 27th from inside the region after a pleasant exchange of passes with Jaden Sancho, then added to the lead in the 43rd close after a quick break for his 18th goal in 13 Champions League games.
The Norwegian striker follows only Killian Mbape as the player with the most goals in the Champions League before his 21st birthday. The 22-year-old Mbape, who scored a hat-trick in Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-1 victory in Barcelona on Tuesday, scored 19 goals before turning 21.
“We had a good plan,” Halland said. “One was good and I talked to him a lot. He said that today would be my game and that I would get my chances and I did, so it was an important victory.
“It was not good to miss two goals, but it is good to score three guests and take them with us.”
De Jong pulled Sevilla closer with a goal from a set in the 84th.
“They have fast players in attack and they knew how to use their speed,” Suso said. “We were not as focused as we should have been, and they took advantage of that. In the end, it was an honest result. If there is a team that can surprise, it is ours. We will try to correct our mistakes in the next match. “
Dortmund travel to Spain, winning only one of their last six games in the German league. He lost his last four away games in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
“One game is not enough to fix everything in recent weeks,” Reus said. “We took an important step tonight and we should strive to do exactly the same, if not more in the derby (against Schalke) this weekend.”
Sevilla’s last loss in all competitions was the 2-0 defeat of Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league in January. There was a league victory against Huesca and a 2-0 victory over Barcelona in the first match of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.
The reigning Europa League champions Sevilla are playing in the Champions League for the first time since 2018, when they lost to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals. Dortmund are playing in the round of 16 for the seventh time in eight seasons, but last reached the quarterfinals in 2017 when they lost to Monaco.