A brace each by Marco Reus and Erling Haaland smoothed the way for Borussia Dortmund’s 5-0 victory over Besiktas at the last round of Champions League’s group stage on Tuesday.
The “BVB” took the reins from the starting whistle and pressed Besiktas on the back foot.
Dortmund still needed some time to produce goal scoring opportunities and had to wait until the 17th minute before Jude Bellingham puller over the target from promising position.
Besiktas posed no threat and failed to combine its ways through Dortmund’s well-positioned defence.
The hosts eventually broke the deadlock at the half hour mark when Bellingham had a lot of space following a counterattack and teed up for Donyell Malen, who slotted the ball past Besiktas goalie Ersin Destanoglu.
The visitors from Turkey had to swallow another two setbacks before the break as Welinton felled Mahmoud Dahoud inside the box. The defender received his marching orders and caused a penalty. Reus stepped up and made no mistake to double the advantage from the spot.
Dortmund dominated the one-sided affair and made it three with eight minutes into the second half when Reus danced through Besiktas box before finishing off into the bottom left corner.
Haaland came in for Reus at the hour mark but didn’t need long to get his name on the scoreboards as the Norway international made it 4-0 after nodding home Nico Schulz pinpoint cross into the box in the 68th minute.
Haaland gained momentum and wasn’t done with the scoring as he wrapped up his brace after heading home Dahoud’s corner kick in the 81st minute.
Dortmund’s prolific striker had even the chance to clinch a hat trick but for all that Haaland couldn’t turn his two presentable chances into a tangible reward in the closing stages.
With the result, third placed Borussia Dortmund will continue to play in the Europa League meanwhile Besiktas end its Champions League season on the 4th place of Group C.
“We played very well from the start and staged a focussed performance. The red card and penalty before the break played into our cards of course,” Dortmund head coach Marco Rose said.