BVB Dortmund were mostly comfortable as they claimed a 2-0 win over FC Porto in their Europa League clash at Signal-Iduna Park on Thursday.
- Borussia Dortmund 2 FC Porto 0
- Piszczek breaks the deadlock early on
- Reus makes it two in the second half
BVB Dortmund were quick out the blocks against the Portuguese side, and needed just six minutes to take the lead through Lukasz Piszczek, who headed in the only goal of the first half.
The German side were superior throughout the match, and doubled their advantage in the second half through Marco Reus, who was aided by a deflection as he beat goalkeeper Roman Burki. BVB then seemed content with the status quo, and were able to stroll to victory in what remained of the first leg.
Dortmund came close as early as the first minute, with Marcel Schmelzer bursting down the left flank and sliding a low cross into the box towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who diverted it on target from close range only for Bruno Martins Indi to clear it off the line.
But BVB took the lead just a minute later through Lukasz Piszczek, who cut down the right flank to win a corner, from which he forced Iker Casillas to make a save, and was quickest to react on the rebound and head it in from close range.
Dortmund pushed on after breaking the deadlock, with half-chances falling to the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Schmelzer, but they were unable to build on their lead before halftime.
BVB’s dominance continued in the second period, with the hosts looking comfortable on the ball while searching for a second goal to take a more commanding lead into the second leg in Portugal, and it would arrive in the 71st minute through Marco Reus.
Mkhitaryan picked out the Germany international for a shot, which took a deflection off Porto defender Martins Indi that only served to confuse his own goalkeeper and help Dortmund double their lead.
BVB seemed happy with their advantage, as they successfully wound down the clock by keeping possession and seeing out their two-goal victory.