Besiktas 1-2 Dortmund: Bellingham inspires BVB to a perfect start | UCL 2021-22

Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund against Besiktas
Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund against Besiktas

The English midfielder put on an impressive display in Dortmund’s win over the Turkish side.

Borussia Dortmund made a perfect start to the UEFA Champions League season after defeating Besiktas 2-1 in their first group stage game.

Jude Bellingham opened the account for the Germans before he set up Erling Haaland‘s goal right before half-time.

Dortmund controlled the proceedings and regularly proved to be a threat for the home side during the counter-attacks.

Besiktas managed to pull one back in stoppage time but they couldn’t avoid suffering a defeat in the end.

Here are the talking points from Dortmund’s impressive win.

Bellingham with a match-winning display 

Bellingham’s exit rumours have been circulating of late, with Premier League’s top clubs said to be keeping tabs on him. And his stock might have risen after tonight’s breathtaking display. The 18-year-old midfielder opened the account for Die Borussen before setting up Haaland’s goal in the first half. Besides, he was always willing to track back and do the defensive duties. The English prospect turned out to be a revelation in the Bundesliga last season and he could take his game to the next level this term.

Unstoppable Haaland opens his account in the Champions League.

It is becoming a cliche that it would be hard to keep Haaland quiet. Everybody must have been shocked after the Norwegian striker squandered an easy chance early on in the game. It looked uncharacteristic considering his quality and the kind of form he is in right now. However, he returned to his best by finding the nets right before the time, thus opening his account in the Champions League this season. He was the competition’s top scorer last term and will look to repeat the heroics this season. Furthermore, the 21-year-old has had a stellar start so far in the Bundesliga, racking up 5 goals and 3 assists in Bundesliga so far.

Batshuayi’s underwhelming display.

It was not quite the night for Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi, who put on an underwhelming display for Besiktas. The Belgian has had a brilliant start to his loan spell with the Turkish giants after scoring 2 goals in Super Lig. However, he failed to deliver tonight on Europe’s biggest stage. Batshuayi was constantly kept at bay by Dortmund’s defenders while he also failed to convert some great chances.

Besiktas showed late scare for Dortmund

The Turkish outfit, who were relatively quiet for the entirety of the game, sprung into Iife after halving the deficit in the injury time. Barcelona loanee Miralem Pjanic, who was arguably Besiktas’ best player on the pitch, set up the header for Montero from the free-kick. However, the home side ultimately failed to find the equaliser.