Hat-trick de­lights Reus, Tuchel in record win

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Marco Reus was de­lighted to have net­ted a hat-trick on his come­back in Borus­sia Dort­mund’s record 8-4 ham­mer­ing of Le­gia War­saw in the Cham­pi­ons League after six months out.

“That was an im­por­tant step for me, it’s how you imag­ine your first day back will go,” said Reus with a grin. “I’ve worked hard for this mo­ment and I am pleased that I could help the team.”

The Ger­many winger led the way in a record-goal haul for a Cham­pi­ons League game. The 12-goals in Dort­mund on Tues­day bet­tered the com­pe­ti­tion’s pre­vi­ous record of 11 set when Monaco beat De­portivo de La Coruna 8-3 in Novem­ber 2003. With Dort­mund al­ready through to the last 16, the huge win keeps them top of Group F, two points clear of Real Madrid with one match to go.

Dort­mund’s Shinji Ka­gawa and Le­gia’s Alek­san­dar Pri­jovic also fin­ished with two goals each thanks to some poor de­fend­ing by both teams. Reus, who cap­tained Dort­mund, made his re­turn after 185 days out with an ad­duc­tor in­jury which side­lined him for June’s Euro­pean cham­pi­onships. It was his first match since Dort­mund lost the German Cup fi­nal to Bay­ern Mu­nich on penal­ties in Ber­lin on May 21. Dort­mund coach Thomas Tuchel was de­lighted with Reus’ re­turn as he wel­comed back one of his key stars on a night when the goals flowed.

“You couldn’t have ex­pected him to score three times in his first game back,” en­thused Tuchel. “This is ex­traor­di­nary and a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance,” he added in prais­ing his team. “This is the qual­ity which has been miss­ing for months and Marco has been sorely missed.” But Tuchel ad­mit­ted Dort­mund have clear de­fen­sive frail­ties to fix. He said he was feel­ing sorry for goal­keeper Ro­man Wei­den­feller, who was of­ten left bru­tally ex­posed by his de­fence. “It was sur­real, I’ve never seen any­thing like it,” said Tuchel. “There is clearly room for im­prove­ment in terms of de­fence, es­pe­cially on a counter-at­tack. “I felt re­ally sorry for Ro­man and we have to ad­dress these bla­tant er­rors.” Ex-Ger­many goal­keeper Wei­den­feller, 36, back in the start­ing lineup after first-choice Ro­man Burki broke his hand in Satur­day’s 1-0 league win over Bay­ern Mu­nich, was un­happy with his de­fence. “There are points we should talk about, we must be­have dif­fer­ently in de­fence,” he fumed. “We’re play­ing here in the Cham­pi­ons League, you have to give a dif­fer­ent ac­count of your­self. “It was a great game for the spec­ta­tors, but we should not have leaked four.”

Tuchel had made nine changes to the side which beat Bay­ern on Satur­day and Pri­jovic took ad­van­tage of sloppy de­fence to chip his shot home and stun the Dort­mund crowd on 10 min­utes.

Even though UEFA had banned War­saw’s fans from this par­tic­u­lar match for pre­vi­ous bad be­hav­iour, a small band man­aged to get into the sta­dium and cheered their side’s opener. But Borus­sia roared back with five goals in 16 min­utes. Their first three goals came in 198 seconds when Ka­gawa headed home on 17 min­utes, then slot­ted a sec­ond just a minute later. To com­pound War­saw’s prob­lems, a clear­ance punch from goal­keeper Ra­doslaw Cierz­niak clat­tered off Nuri Sahin’s chest and into the Le­gia goal to make it 3-1 on 20 min­utes.

Pri­jovic pulled another goal back for War­saw on 26 min­utes, and could have claimed a hat-trick when his chip hit the cross­bar mo­ments later.

Dort­mund’s French winger Ous­mane Dem­bele made it 4-2 when he beat sev­eral de­fend­ers to fire home on 29 min­utes.

He then helped Ka­gawa set up Reus for his first on 32 min­utes. Dem­bele weighed in with his third as­sist of the night with a su­perb cross to al­low Reus to claim his sec­ond and Dort­mund’s sixth on 52 min­utes.

War­saw mid­fielder Michal Kuchar­czyk pulled a third goal back for Le­gia on 57 min­utes be­fore Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang came off the bench to hit the post for Dort­mund. Dort­mund de­fender Felix Pass­lack then scored his first Cham­pi­ons League goal be­fore Hun­gary striker Ne­manja Nikolic net­ted War­saw’s fourth in the fi­nal ten min­utes. Reus wrapped up his hat-trick in the 93rd­minute when he con­verted Aubameyang’s fi­nal pass at point-blank range. — AFP

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