And with that, I’m done. Borussia Dortmund have a special group of players, a few of whom will presumably be ripped from their clutches in the summer. Enjoy them while you can. Bye!
Emre Can talks to BT Sport:
Really important. I think it was a big statement from the team, but we know it’s not the end, it’s just half-time. We’ll have a very difficult game in Paris, but we have to continue like that. We didn’t change that much [defensively], just everybody knew what he had to do. We didn’t change anything. We did it very well as a team and if we continue like that it will be very difficult to score against us. A big compliment to the team.
Of course [Haaland] is a great footballer and scores a lot of goals, but he’s also a great guy. A little bit crazy I think, funny, and hopefully will continue like that.
[To win the tie] I think we have to play like today. It was a good example of how we can play. We defended really well. Of course very difficult in Paris because they have world-class players, but I think we can do it. It would mean a lot to go through. Nobody expects it from us against Paris, but we have a good team and a young team and I hope we will do it in the second game.
Andy Brassell was at Signal Iduna Park tonight. Here’s his report:
In the third season of Project Paris, it was finally set up for Neymar to be the belle of the Champions League ball. It was supposed to be his night. Yet few can hold back the tide that is Erling Haaland these days. Without transforming the team the Norwegian significantly adjusted Borussia Dortmund’s fortunes and swept them to a heady victory over the returning Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain – in classic teenage style, late to rise before injecting the night with drama.
Much more here:
Thomas Meunier has a chat:
It was really difficult, really intense. It was very demanding physically. Obviously, maybe we deserved the draw but Dortmund were very good. They played like a home team, they didn’t lose one game here at home this season and we saw today it is so difficult. We thought they had defensive problems, but we didn’t create many chances. We weren’t really sharp in the last 20m and we can see a little bit of fatigue. We’ve played nearly 15 games since the beginning of January and you saw it tonight. It was really quiet by our side.
I think we just have to be focused. Take care of our rest. Just acting like professional football players, as good as we can, and we’ll see in the second leg. Pressure is there every day. That’s professional football and when we have such a team, we just have to prove every game that we are the best. Today it wasn’t really our best game but I have a lot of hope for the second game.
An excellent performance from Borussia Dortmund, who look so bright and lively, and in Erling Haaland have a striker in astonishing, record-smashing form. A disappointing performance from PSG, who have enough ability in attack to magic up a goal anyway.
Final score: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain
90 3 mins: The corner is headed over the bar, and that’s it!
90 2 mins: Nine seconds of the two minutes to go, and Marquinhos’s shot goes wide. Deflected, says the referee.
90 1 mins: This referee isn’t a fan of stoppage time. There was none at all in the first half, and there’ll be just two minutes in the second.
90 mins: Sancho goes off, apparently with a slight limp, and Marcel Schmeltzer comes on.
89 mins: Another booking, this time Verratti. He and Meunier will both miss the second leg because of their bookings.
87 mins: Thomas Meunier is booked for pulling Reyna down.
87 mins: Borussia give the ball away and Neymar checks onto his right foot and curls in a shot that would probably have gone in had a defender not been standing in the way.
86 mins: Another chance for Dortmund, but Sancho plays in Hakimi, who from an acute angle shoots well wide of the far post.
86 mins: Haaland’s second actually clipped the post on its way in. Tremendous. [Later update after watching further replays: no it didn’t]
84 mins: Can is taken out by Verratti and stays down, forcing a brief stoppage.
83 mins: Sancho beats Verratti, checks back, tries to beat Verratti again and loses the ball. Once was probably enough.
82 mins: Neymar hits the post! A long cross from the left is headed back across goal, is allowed to bobble about a bit, and Neymar latches onto the loose ball and pummels a shot against the outside of the post!
81 mins: That was just outrageous from Haaland. His first was a bit lucky, and converted from about two yards. That, though, was a magnificent strike. And here’s a fine fact:
GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Haaland, 78 mins)
Haaland nearly takes the net off with a left-footed cannonball from 20 yards that gave Navas no chance at all!
77 mins: I’m not sure what that was from Zagadou, but it wasn’t good. Pablo Sarabia has come on for Di Maria.
GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Neymar, 76 mins)
An equaliser! Mbappé sprints into the area, past a really wild challenge from Zagadou that hindered his own teammates rather than his opponent, and slides the ball across goal for Neymar to tap in!
74 mins: An excellent spell of play for Borussia, with Sancho constantly offering himself, teasing opponents and making himself an all-round menace. Eventually Hakimi tries a cross, which deflects to Navas.
GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain (Haaland, 69 mins)
It’s that man again! A fine move, a good cross from the right, Guerreiro’s shot deflects kindly into the path of Haaland, and he pokes in!
67 mins: At the end of PSG’s best few minutes of the match by a distance Borussia make their first change: Giovanni Reyna comes on, replacing Thorgan Hazard.
67 mins: Neymar’s chipped pass from the left is only just too long for Di Maria, who was bursting unchecked into the area.
66 mins: And another! Mbappé exchanges passes with Neymar and slams a right-footed shot towards goal, which Burki saves!
65 mins: A shot on target! From a PSG player! Mbappé has a pop, but it’s from an impossible angle and Burki gathers at the second attempt.
62 mins: Piszczek gives the ball away to Kurzawa and runs after him for about 50 yards, constantly attempting tactical fouls. The full-back does excellently to hold him off and admirably to stay on his feet, but at the end of all that he hits a wild pass straight into touch.
59 mins: Another booking for a foul on Witsel. This time it’s Neymar, who seems to jab an elbow into the Belgian’s jaw, normally a red-card offence but there is so little force that a sending-off would have been a bit disproportionate.
57 mins: Haaland controls Can’s long, high pass and escapes from his marker, but Marquinhos comes round to cover the danger and clear the ball.
54 mins: PSG have survived the storm, it seems. Gueye however gets booked for a foul on Witsel.
50 mins: And close again! Haaland robs Kimpembe and runs goalwards, but rather than crack a shot with his right foot he tries to cut onto his left, and is crowded out.
50 mins: Close! Sancho taps the ball across goal from just to the right, but it finds a white shirt when anyone in yellow would have had a tap-in.
49 mins: Hakimi flies past Kurzawa and into space on the right. He carries the ball into the area but too close to goal, and Navas comes out to deflect the pull-back out of play.
47 mins: Sancho gives the ball to Mbappé on the halfway line, and for a moment the Frenchman threatens to skip away beyond the defence. But then he doesn’t.
46 mins: Peeeeeep! PSG get the second half under way. I’m not sure they’ve particularly dissatisfied with this scoreline, but so far they’ve been much closer to falling behind than to going ahead.
The PSG players are back in the tunnel. Thiago Silva appears to be leading an animated discussion about something.
Half time: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain
45 mins: Just three seconds of stoppage time at the end of a first half played at a high tempo and with frequent outbreaks of skilfulness, but with little by way of goal threat. Borussia have had more pace and endeavour, and been the more impressive side by a distance.