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Borussia Dortmund’s journey to the Champions League final

Borussia Dortmund v Newcastle United FC: Group F - UEFA Champions League 2023/24

Borussia Dortmund were hardly mentioned among the early favourites for the 2023/24 Champions League but have the chance to win their second title in the competition in Saturday’s clash with Real Madrid at Wembley.

BVB sold star midfielder Jude Bellingham to their upcoming opponents last summer and struggled for consistency in the Bundesliga after finishing second in 2022/23, when they agonisingly missed out on the championship on the final day.

However, after topping a stacked group earlier in the tournament, Dortmund produced some wonderful performances in the knockout stage to reach the showpiece event at England’s national stadium.

Here’s how they booked their spot in the 2023/24 Champions League final.

Group F

Borussia Dortmund v Newcastle United FC: Group F - UEFA Champions League 2023/24

Dortmund got through a deadly group / Ralf Ibing – firo sportphoto/GettyImages

Dortmund were handed a rather monstrous set of opponents in Group F. Paris Saint-Germain were the top seeded side with Milan and Newcastle United making up the quartet.

However, after a somewhat ropy start, Edin Terzic’s side won three of their last four games to finish top.

PSG, who Dortmund would come up against later in the competition, set their stall out on Matchday 1 with a dominant 2-0 victory over their German visitors in September, while their second fixture ended in a goalless home draw with Milan.

The first of their three wins on the trot arrived at Newcastle. Felix Nmecha’s first half-effort was enough to separate the two sides as Dortmund impressively kept their hosts at bay before bagging another victory over the Magpies on home soil.

It was a more comprehensive showing back at Signal Iduna Park as Niclas Fullkrug and Julian Brandt struck to take BVB to the top of the group, a position they wouldn’t relinquish.

A Marco Reus penalty put Dortmund ahead early on in the second encounter with Milan at San Siro and second-half efforts from Jamie Bynoe-Gittens and Karim Adeyemi powered them to a 3-1 success after Samuel Chukwueze’s equaliser.

Those three points saw the German side reach the knockout stages but first place was still up for grabs when PSG visited North Rhine-Westphalia. There was more pressure on the French outfit to secure a result but it was Adeyemi who struck first before Warren Zaire-Emery levelled things up.

Date

Fixture

19/09/2023

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Borussia Dortmund

04/10/2023

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Milan

25/10/2023

Newcastle United 0-1 Borussia Dortmund

07/11/2023

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Newcastle United

28/11/2023

Milan 1-3 Borussia Dortmund

13/12/2023

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