BERLIN – Borussia Dortmund forward Karim Adeyemi, scored an outstanding goal from the length of the field to give his team a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at home in their first leg Round of 16 Champions League match on Wednesday.
Early in the second half, the visitors exerted prolonged dominance, and Adeyemi’s goal came during such time. The German forward capitalized on a clearance from a Chelsea corner.
To give Dortmund the important lead that led to their victory, Adeyemi saw the chance and sprinted the length of the field, dodging both Enzo Fernandez and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Even though they lost the match, it was clear throughout how skilled and quick Chelsea was on the counter.
Early on, Mykhailo Mudryk’s pace affected the home team repeatedly, and after 15 minutes, it caused Dortmund centre back Niklas Suele to loop a back-heeled clearance.
Mudryk, who was awarded a free kick to the left of the penalty area, put Chelsea back on the offensive shortly after.
Thiago Silva scored from a free kick for Chelsea, but the home team surrounded referee Jesus Gil Manzano in displeasure.
Silva was issued a booking after a VAR review revealed the Chelsea skipper had purposefully handled the cross.
As the home team dominated possession, Julian Brandt and Jude Bellingham of Dortmund continued to launch attacks, making them susceptible to Chelsea’s counterattacking raids.
After 60 minutes of play, Reece James had a one-on-one opportunity with Swiss goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, but Kobel deflected James’ attempt over the crossbar.
Despite an offside flag, the referee played the advantage after the ball was cleared into Adeyemi‘s path after Chelsea’s corner bounced about in the box.
The Germany forward, who earlier in February was officially timed as the fastest player in Bundesliga history, threaded the ball into the net from a sharp angle past an oncoming Fernandez and then Kepa.
The win gives Dortmund a slight advantage going into the second leg match at Chelsea.