KENYA BROWN - Thursday, November 24, 2016
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund had a record night in their win over Legia Warsaw, while Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach shared the points with Manchester City.
Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw
Borussia Dortmund maintained their hold on to the top spot in Group F with a big win over Legia Warsaw at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Pulisic started for BVB in a 4-2-3-1 formation and played the entire game.
The host would fall behind 10 minutes into the game as Legia Warsaw's Aleksandar Prijovic found the back of the net, with Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe providing the assist.
However, Japanese international Shinji Kagawa would level the score for Dortmund seven minutes later as he was able to find his was behind the Legia defense to head in a cross from teammate Ousmane Dembele.
Kagawa's first goal was not enough as he went on to score his second on the night immediately after the restart. Dembele once again provided his teammate with the opportunity to blast a shot past Legia goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Nuri Sahin made it 3-1 in the 20th minute as Cierzniak failed to handle a Marco Reus free kick to allow the Turkish international to put away the rebound.
Prijovic pulled one back for Legia four minutes later as Dortmund's defending failed them just like the first goal they conceded.
Dembele got his name on the score sheet just minutes later as he fired in a powerful shot just outside of the area that Cierzniak could not stop.
Reus would follow up with his own goal in the 32nd minute when he put away his effort from a cross by Kagawa.
Entering the second half and it only took Reus seven minutes to score his second goal as he easily tapped in his shot from another Dembele assist.
For all the goals BVB were scoring on the night, they still had trouble plugging the holes in their defense and conceded a third to Legia in the 57th minute when Michal Kucharczyk was able to get behind Dortmund's back line to score.
Felix Passlack added Dortmund's seventh goal on the night in the 81st with a headed effort off a shot from Andre Schurrle, but Nemanja Nikolic answered right back for Legia in two minutes later.
Jakub Rzezniczak put the game in the record books in stoppage time when he scored an own goal to give Dortmund their eighth goal.
The 12 goals in the game sets a new Champions League record for the most scored.
Dortmund remain atop of their group with 13 points and will make it all interesting come December 7 when they head to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to face Real Madrid.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Manchester City
David Silva would cancel out a goal from Raffael to ensure that Manchester City left Borussia Park with a point.
Johnson was in the Foals' starting lineup and played the entire game.
City started very uncomfotably and the US international nearly made them pay in the opening seven minutes of the contest with two shots.
Raffael would eventually open the scoring in the 23rd minute. Lars Stindl's cross into the box slipped past a number of players before the Brazilan finally got a foot on the ball and swerved it past City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola, having his on Jurgen Klinsmann moment, adjusted his team's formation from a three to a four-man back line which settled things down for them.
The change allowed the visitors to find the equalizer before the halftime whistle when Silva slid in to get his foot on a pass from Kevin De Bruyne.
Both teams would fall foul to the referee in the second half as Stindl would be sent off in the 51st minute for his second yellow card. Ferdinandinho would follow later on as he also got his second yellow in the game.
Mochengladbach sit in third place in Group C with five points and still have an excellent chance of moving on to the Europa League. However, they have a big test in their last Champions League group game on December 6 as they will head to the Camp Nou to take on Barcelona.
Julian Green watched from the bench as Bayern Munich received a shock 3-2 loss to Rostov. The Bavarians sit in second place in with nine points, but have qualified for the knockout stage.