Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona: As it Happened, UEFA Champions League 2019-20
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Shock results elsewhere...

Who had an accumulator on this?


RB Salzburg 6-2 KRC Genk

Napoli 2-0 Liverpool

Benfica 1-2 RB Leipzig

Ajax 3-0 Lille

Chelsea 0-1 Valencia


Alf-Inge Haaland's 19-year old son grabbed a hat-trick for Salzburg.

Marco Reus won't sleep well tonight...

Full-time: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona

Messi is blocked with the final touch of the game...

Dortmund miss out on three points and Barcelona somehow hold on for their first clean sheet of the season.

Only 3 minutes added on...

A late winner?

2-0 Napoli...

If a picture could sum up 90 minutes...

Chelsea have missed a penalty to equalise against Valencia.

Alcacer's run comes to an end

87' The striker is replaced by Bruun Larsen.

Barcelona have settled down and enjoying a spell of possession.

63 touches, 11 in the Barcelona penalty area, 5 shots but no goal for Reus.

Ten minutes to go.

Dortmund will kick themselves if they lose this...

Liverpool are LOSING against Napoli.

Double save from ter Stegen!

78' Incredible!

Dortmund work the ball to Reus who prods against ter Stegen before his effort on the rebound is smothered.

Off the crossbar!

77' Barcelona are hanging on!

A rasping drive from Brandt crashes against the crossbar!

Another chance for Reus!

75' When it's not your night.

Sancho cuts the ball across goal, Alcacer dummies, but Reus blazes over from 12 yards under no pressure.

Brandt on

73' The gifted Julian Brandt replaces Hazard for Dortmund.

Two goals elsewhere...

RB Leipzig lead at Benfica and Chelsea are LOSING at home to Valencia.

Chance for Alcacer!

71' Albeit a tough one.

Hazard drives a ball across goal and it just needs a delicate touch from Alcacer at the near post...

...but the Dortmund top goalscorer gets too much on it and the ball goes high and wide. 

It's been a tough night for Barcelona so far. 20 minutes to play...

66' Reus' header is again deflected away from goal after a pinpoint cross from Thomas Delaney.

Salzburg now lead 6-2! And Ajax are 3-0 up.

64' Reus chops inside Semedo but the Portuguese right-back just about manages to stretch out a foot and deflects the effort wide.

Dortmund on the back foot.

Messi and Rakitic on!

60' Valverde has received his warning and responds by bringing on Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic for Fati and Sergio Busquets.

But replays show ter Stegen was off his line! Where is VAR?

Penalty SAVED!

57' It isn't a bad penalty from Reus, powered towards ter Stegen's bottom left corner.

But the German goalkeeper sticks out a strong left hand to keep the ball out, only for it to spin back towards goal.

It looks like a yellow shirt will get to the ball first to tap home but ter Stegen grabs it to keep the home side at bay.

Penalty Dortmund!

55' Sancho appears to be going down a blind alley but after working hard to keep the ball in play he is chopped down by Nelson Semedo...

Huge Chance!

Dortmund have been awarded two free-kicks in decent positions.

The first from Reus is hit straight into the wall before the second picks out Hummels in yards of space only to head wide when he should have scored...

...but the defender was offside.

Suarez forces a save

48' Clever work from Suarez who flicks the ball past Manuel Akanji and forces Burki to palm the effort wide from a tight angle.

Second half. Goals to come?

We are back underway and Dortmund have started with an increased intensity.

...but their pressure was evident from the number of Dortmund clearances in the first 45 minutes.

19 in total, with six made by Hummels and four by attacking midfielder Reus!

Barcelona had just one shot that wasn't blocked in that half...

A draw would probably suit both sides...

Goals in Austria

Only seven first half goals in the six 8:00pm kick-offs...

Six of those were scored in Austria with RB Salzburg racing to a 5-1 lead against Genk.

The other goal was scored by Ajax who lead 1-0 at home to Lille.

Liverpool and Chelsea both goalless.


Axel Witsel has completed all 26 of his passes...

...but Arthur has been running the majority of the show, finding the target with 42 from his 43.


Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona

Not the scoreline we were expecting after 45 minutes...

Hummels hacks a flicked corner clear from under his own crossbar with Barcelona ending the half on top.

Fati has switched to the left and starting to see more of the ball after a quiet period.

Alba forced off...

40' Sergi Roberto is on for the injured left-back. 

The substitute moves to the right as Nelson Semedo comes across to the left.

Big chance for Sancho!

39' Clement Lenglet makes a mess of a ball over the top and Reus is straight onto it.

The German wrestles the ball to Alcacer who, in turn, tees up Jadon Sancho but the young English star can only fire over from a decent position.

Confusion in the Dortmund box!

36' Dortmund keeper Roman Burki is all over the place from a Barcelona free-kick wiping out his own man, Alcacer, when he finally decided to come and punch the second ball.

Fati picks up the rebound and his half-volley is deflected over by a brave Reus block.

Jordi Alba is struggling with a knock...

They are starting to...

30' Dortmund are really pushing forward now, playing with more pace and intensity.

Achraf Hakimi ventures forward from right-back and cuts inside but drags his effort into the side netting.

Hummels heads over

28' Mats Hummels finds himself free in the penalty area but can only head over Reus' free-kick from a difficult angle.

Dortmund growing into the game.

Chance for Reus!

25' Fantastic build-up play from the hosts after previously offering very little.

The move begins with Fati being left on the floor after being turned inside out by a Dortmund defender in his own box.

The side in yellow quickly move the ball forward and a reverse pass from Thorgan Hazard releases Marco Reus, only for Marc-Andre ter Stegen to spread himself wide and block the shot.

And he is definitely doing his bit defensively.

15 touches, just one in the Dortmund penalty area but three in his own box.

Working for the team.

Griezmann enjoying a lot more of the ball, regularly drifting inside from the left.

Chance for Pique!

13' From the resulting corner, Gerard Pique has a good opportunity to open the scoring.

The defender edges a yard of space but glances his header wide.

Probably should do better from that position.

12' Griezmann's placed effort is deflected wide after patient passing from one side to another.

Barcelona are starting to boss possession with Arthur running the tempo.

9' First shot of the game comes from Alcacer.

Antoine Griezmann, who has found himself defending deep on the left a couple of times in the opening ten minutes, passed his clearance straight to the form striker but Alcacer dragged his effort wide.

Dortmund look dangerous down the left through Sancho and Raphaël Guerreiro but Nelson Semedo has stood up well to the threat so far.

Feeling each other out at the moment...

Fati has seen plenty of the ball so far. He isn't hiding away on the big stage...

We are underway with the opening minute of these two sides' 2019-20 Champions League campaign.

How far can they both go?

The teams are out...

An incredible atmosphere as always.

What happened to tiki taka?

Despite winning the league last season, Barcelona super fan Danny Roberts isn't a fan of manager Ernesto Valverde.

He commented: "Valverde's ruined the La Masia philosophy; they no longer play the Barcelona tiki taka way."

Football at the top European clubs isn't just about winning... it is about how you win.

And there is a stellar set of 8:00pm kick-offs...


FC Red Bull Salzburg vs KRC Genk

Napoli vs Liverpool



Benfica vs RB Leipzig



Ajax vs Lille

Chelsea vs Valencia

Full-time: Inter Milan 1-1 Slavia Prague

Early stages but any winner of tonight's game will go top of Group F.

Elsewhere, Lyon also drew 1-1 with Zenit St Petersburg.

Inter equalise!

Eight minutes of injury time at the San Siro and Inter have equalised in the second of those against Slavia Prague.

It wasn't Lukaku, or Sanchez (who, incidentally, has been left on the bench), but Nicolo Barella who saves face for the Italians.

Why is Messi out?

The Argentine star hasn't featured at all this season due to a calf injury.

It has provided the likes of Fati and Perez a chance to impress, which they have duly taken, and Messi only returned to full training yesterday.

A different look for the visitors...

What a wonderful phrase... will it be a wonderful night for the hosts?

What a night for Fati who becomes the youngest player to represent Barcelona in the Champions League.

Can he make an impact against one of the best defenders on the planet, Mats Hummels?

Frenkie de Jong enjoyed that incredible run by a young Ajax side last season and the 22-year old has started life well at the Nou Camp.

He will be battling to run the tempo of the game against the experienced Axel Witsel who is a disciplined figure behind an electric attacking quartet, alongside Thomas Delaney.

Key battles

Back to Germany and there are a number of key battles tonight.

The ageing Gerard Pique is tasked with stopping Spanish compatriot Paco Alcacer who has scored in every game this season for club and country.

That's ten goals in eight matches!


Scrap that last comment, the away side have just taken the lead through Peter Olayinka!

Also in Group F...

63 minutes in and Slavia Prague are holding Inter Milan at 0-0.

Romelu Lukaku started and a certain Alexis Sanchez is on the bench.

The benches aren’t bad either...

Dortmund boast World Cup 2014 hero Mario Gotze, whilst Barcelona can call on the likes of Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Carles Pérez who has impressed after climbing through the Catalan ranks.

Barcelona XI

ter Stegen; Nélson Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, de Jong; Fati, Suarez, Griezmann

Dortmund XI

Bürki; Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Witsel, Delaney; Sancho, Reus, Hazard; Alcacer

Fati starts!

The 16-year old who has taken Spain by storm in the last month starts his first ever Champions League game.

Messi only makes the bench...


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Join us on Tuesday evening for all the key team news. Will he start?... 

Kick-off at 20:00 BST


But first they need to cope with the yellow wall...


Can Barcelona win the Champions League? Their goalkeeper thinks so...


A worry for Barcelona will be their current defensive record.

Yet to keep a clean sheet in La Liga, they have shipped seven goals in four matches.

Facing an attacking quartet of Alcacer, Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard and Jadon Sancho could prove ominous.

Alcacer averages a goal every 70 minutes with five to his name, Reus has contributed three, and Sancho has more assists than anyone else in the Bundesliga so far this season.

And he netted twice against Kosovo for England last week.

Goals, goals and .... shocks

Both clubs have enjoyed and endured very similar starts to the campaign.

Whilst Dortmund have 12 points from five games, Barca have amassed seven from four. The two clubs have each netted five goals on two occasions but...

...have also been stunned in away fixtures. Dortmund lost 3-1 to Union Berlin, whilst Barcelona were shocked by Athletic Bilbao on the opening day of the season.

But Messi is back...

It leaves an intriguing selection headache for Ernesto Valverde who will more than likely leave Fati on the bench, instead favouring Messi alongside Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez.

Samuel Umtiti is out, as is Ousmane Dembele who won't be able to face his former side.

As for Dortmund, Nico Schulz is unavailable and Lukasz Piszczek faces a late fitness test.

But Paco Alcacer is expected to lead the line for Dortmund against the club where he scored ten goals in 37 Liga appearances between 2016 and 2018.

What about this guy?

One name is currently reverberating around Europe, that of Ansu Fati who was not even born when the last meeting between these two sides took place.

The 16-year old made his full debut at the weekend, scoring one and creating another against Valencia within just seven minutes, two weeks after becoming the youngest ever Barcelona goalscorer against Osasuna - a full year younger than Lionel Messi.

Rare meeting

Remarkably, these sides have only met twice in European competition, all of two decades ago. Barcelona were 3-1 victors over two legs in the 1997 UEFA Super Cup with Rivaldo starring and getting on the scoresheet.

Yet both sides had harrowing meetings with English clubs in the Champions League last season.

Dortmund were knocked out by Spurs after a 4-0 aggregate defeat in the Round of 16, whilst the same scoreline killed off Barcelona's hopes in the semi-finals against Liverpool, despite winning the first leg 3-0.

How did they get here?

Borussia Dortmund went close to pipping Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title, missing out by just two points despite only four defeats.

After losing just one of their opening 23 matches, three defeats in the next eight eventually proved costly, including a 5-0 battering by their title rivals in April.

In contrast, Barcelona cruised to the La Liga title, winning the competition by 11 points after 23 games unbeaten and only three defeats across the entire campaign.


Welcome to VAVEL's LIVE coverage of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona in Group F.

I'm Chris Lincoln and I will be taking you through all of the action with analysis, team news and updates throughout the evening.