German clubs started off decently in the Group phase of the Champions League. Dortmund is in a “group of death” (Real Madrid, Man City, Ajax), and opened up with a nail-biting win over Ajax. The Borussen started brightly, but Ajax began to assert control in the 1st half. GK Roman Weidenfeller was quite busy preventing a deficit. It took a few world class saves to salvage a lucky half-time draw. In the 2nd half, the Neons were a lot better, and seized control of the match. They pressed hard and looked ready to take the lead. A huge chance was wasted as Matts Hummels missed a penalty in the 58th minute. Dortmund remained in control, but it wasn’t until the closing moments that the goal came. Lewandowski controlled the ball in the box and finished with a vicious shot, giving Dortmund a deserved, if hard fought, victory.
Schalke (in with Montpellier, Olympiakos and Arsenal) had a good start with a 2-1 away win in Piraeus. Overall, this was a good Blues victory. Both teams had some good chances that they wasted, but perhaps Schalke was a little more focused in finishing. Schalke also missed a penalty in this one.
Bayern faces off against Valencia tomorrow.
Borussia Dortmund - Ajax Amsterdam 1:0 (0:0) 65,829 1:0 Lewandowski (87., Piszczek) Olympiakos Piräus - FC Schalke 04 1:2 (0:1) 30,922 0:1 Höwedes (41., Farfan) 1:1 Abdoun (58., Djebbour) 1:2 Huntelaar (59., Holtby)