Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dortmund Are Shot Down by the Superb Gunners

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dortmund Are Shot Down by the Superb Gunners

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0 ARSENAL 1 ARSENAL battled to a superb 1-0 Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund as a second-half goal from Aaron Ramsey proved enough to take all three points away from the Germans' Westfalenstadion fortress.

Dortmund had come into the Group F encounter searching for an eighth successive home Champions League win and had never lost against English opposition.

Jurgen Klopp's well-drilled side, who had won 2-1 in London a fortnight ago, dominated for long spells but were made to pay for not converting their chances when Ramsey nodded home a knockdown from Olivier Giroud on 62 minutes.

It may not have been the flowing display which manager Arsene Wenger would have preferred - but the Premier League leaders again answered questions with a display of real character to hand a rare defeat to last season's beaten finalists.

Dortmund dominated the first half but were left counting the cost of not making the most of that spell in control, where the English side could not muster any attack of note.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed a great chance for Dortmund when he shot wide from the edge of the penalty area after Arsenal were carved open down the right.

Gunners' goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved well from Jakub Blaszczykowski following the restart before Ramsey secured what proved to be the winner just after the hour for his 11th goal of the season.

Dortmund did not take long to open up the Premier League leaders through a determined run from Marco Reus.

However, German centre-back Per Mertesacker was alert and stepped across to put the ball behind for a corner as Robert Lewandowski steamed in at the near post.

Arsenal, though, also posed an attacking threat of their own with Tomas Rosicky, who has a shirt in the Dortmund museum to mark his memorable spell at the Bundesliga club, offering an outlet down the right.

Dortmund went close to an opening goal on 16 minutes when Neven Subotic volleyed a free-kick from Reus just wide of the far post.

Gunners' captain Mikel Arteta picked up a yellow card when he tugged back Blaszczykowski as Dortmund looked to break on the halfway line. …

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