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Adeyemi’s Stunning Strike Sees Borussia Dortmund Down Chelsea

16 February 2023, Thursday
Borussia Dortmund emerged victorious in their Champions League round of 16 first leg against Chelsea at Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday night, thanks to Karim Adeyemi's outstanding goal.

Chelsea, having welcomed back a healthy contingent of players and made some changes to their XI following the January transfer window, put forward an impressive performance in the first half, but were unable to make the most of Joao Felix's two missed chances to take the lead before the interval.

Dortmund got the better of Chelsea in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of Sixteen matchup, with Jadon Sancho's first-half goal followed by a sublime solo effort from international star Erling Haaland to secure the 1-0 win for the German side.

The first half saw Dortmund control the game, with chances for both sides, but the home side took the lead shortly before halftime when Sancho connected with a brilliant cross from Bellingham to put the team in front.

The second half was a much tighter affair, as Chelsea pushed for an equalizer, but it was Dortmund substitute Youssoufa Moukoko who put the game away, with a brilliant individual effort from international star Adeyemi that saw him pick up the ball in midfield, outrun his marker, round Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal and slot home the winner.

The teams will meet again on March 7 at Stamford Bridge for the decisive second leg, and with the impressive victory, Dortmund will be looking to take a step closer to the quarterfinals.

Chelsea's lack of efficiency in front of goal continued to be a problem at their match against Borussia Dortmund, as they only managed a single win in 2023. This issue was evident yet again, as the Blues failed to capitalize on a number of good chances created throughout the game, with Gregor Kobel managing to deny Enzo Fernandez in stoppage time to secure the draw for the German side.

The Blues began the game with more intent but were swiftly thwarted as Thiago Silva had a goal disallowed after 16 minutes for a handball offence, having tried to head in a cross.

Dortmund gradually found more room to operate and were almost rewarded when Sebastien Haller's effort hit the side netting in the 27th minute. The visitors, who had invested heavily in transfers during the winter window, then had two opportunities to take the lead falling to Felix, one of which struck the crossbar after beating goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. Both teams had to wait until the second half for the first shots on target, with Kobel pushing Reece James' powerful free kick away and Arrizabalaga making a save on Julian Brandt's low drive.

Chelsea were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Borussia Dortmund in their UEFA Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, despite pushing for a winner in the second half.

Dortmund's various dangerous counter-attacks throughout the game were thwarted by some excellent saves from goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, but it was their final breakaway which proved to be decisive, with Ademola Lookman finishing well after a clearance from a Chelsea corner.

Despite the result, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was still pleased with his team's performance, commending their spirit and determination.

"It's a poor goal, we have to do better," he said afterwards. "But we will focus on the positives. It was another step forward for us. The spirit is there in the team. We need a bit of luck and the performance level we had tonight and just keep improving".

The hosts managed to come out victorious after a tense game, with Kalidou Koulibaly's attempt denied by Emre Can's clearance from the line and Kobel also stopping Fernandez at the end of stoppage time. This victory marked Borussia Dortmund's seventh consecutive win.
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