Borussia Dortmund and Germany striker Niclas Füllkrug scored his first UEFA Champions League goal against Newcastle United at the Westfalenstadion as Die Schwarzgelben won the game 2-0.
Against the backdrop of a raucous sea of black and yellow, Borussia Dortmund and Germany striker Niclas Füllkrug opened the scoring for Borussia Dortmund in their UEFA Champions League game against Newcastle. Dortmund would go on to win the game 2-0, with Füllkrug playing his part in ensuring victory for his side.
Füllkrug’s goal was the culmination of sumptuous interplay in the Newcastle box, and really underlined Dortmund’s intent for the rest of the game. Austrian international Marcel Sabitzer received the ball from Felix Nmecha, and then sent in a tantalizing flick to Füllkrug. Füllkrug was able to find Sabizter who had moved to the left side of the box, and Dortmund’s midfielder laid it on a plate for the German striker, who buried the ball into Nicholas Pope’s net with conviction.
Füllkrug’s performance set the bar for Dortmund, as they continued to make harrowing runs both centrally and out wide, causing issues for Newcastle’s defense. both Füllkrug and Sabitzer remained pivotal in their efforts to add to their lead in the first half.
Dortmund’s overall performance was both controlled and their attacking play was incisive, with Julian Brandt netting his side’s second after a counter attack was started courtesy of Karim Adeyemi. Defensively, we saw a performance that really underlined Dortmund were out to make a statement after this weekend’s thrashing at the hands of Bayern.
Despite having a more quiet second half, Füllkrug’s goal will hopefully be a launch point for him to emulate his international form at club level and start scoring more regularly for Die Schwarzgelben. This will be a two party process, as Dortmund did very well to include him in the game against Newcastle, playing to his strengths and feeding him the ball in dangerous areas. If Dortmund can mitigate the amount of time Füllkrug remains isolated on the pitch, then they will get the best out of him and really see him start to shine up front.