Reus hits hat­trick

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winger Marco Reus claimed a hat­trick on his come­back as Borus­sia Dort­mund ham­mered Le­gia War­saw 8-4 on Tues­day in a record Cham­pi­ons League re­sult which yielded seven first-half goals.

It was the first time a Cham­pi­ons League game has had a 5-2 half­time score­line since Monaco ended up beat­ing De­portivo de La Coruna 8-3 in Novem­ber 2003.

The 12-goal haul in Dort­mund bet­tered the record set in the Monaco-De­portivo game of 11 goals for a Cham­pi­ons League game.

With Dort­mund al­ready through to the last 16, the huge win keeps them top of Group F, two points clear of Real Madrid.

“It was a great game for the spec­ta­tors, but we shouldn’t have leaked those four,” said Dort­mund goal­keeper Ro­man Wei­den­feller, in for in­jured Ro­man Burki, who has a frac­tured hand.

“We have to de­fend bet­ter, this is the Cham­pi­ons League and you have to present your­self bet­ter than that.”

Reus made his re­turn af­ter 185 days out with an ad­duc­tor in­jury which ruled him out of 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 made nine changes to his start­ing line up af­ter ad­mit­ting his side looked tired men­tally and phys­i­cally from Satur­day’s 1-0 win over Bay­ern Mu­nich.

Only de­fend­ers Marc Bar­tra and Matthias Gin­ter kept their places in Dort­mund’s start­ing line-up.

Le­gia took an early lead when Alek­san­dar Pri­jovic was given too much space in the area to chip his shot home and stun the Dort­mund crowd on 10 min­utes. But Borus­sia roared back with five goals in 16 min­utes.

Their first three goals came in 198 sec­onds when Shinji 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.

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 then 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 hat­trick in the 93rd-minute when he con­verted Aubameyang’s fi­nal pass at point-blank range. – AFP

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