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Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund played out a 0-0 draw in their Champions League opener on Tuesday evening. Both teams had their moments throughout the 90 minutes but the Bundesliga side can perhaps feel a little aggrieved not to have taken all three points. But looking at all the performances on the night, one man’s battle really did decide this clash.
One missed penalty kick and 13 shots compared to Barcelona’s seven suggest they were closer to claiming the spoils for themselves and they probably would’ve, had it not been for Barca’s hero between the sticks.
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And when your goalkeeper is one of the best performers, it usually means that the opposition’s attack was rather busy.
But that doesn’t take anything away from Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s brilliant display at Signal Iduna Park and even though both teams are full of exciting attackers, the German stopper completely stole the show on Tuesday.
It was actually his direct confrontation against Marco Reus that was perhaps his highlight of the day. The pair faced each other numerous times on the night and luckily for Barcelona, Ter Stegen emerged victorious on every occasion.
Fellow Germany international Reus had four shots on target in the clash and Ter Stegen made four saves in total.
Reus was also the one who took the penalty kick but even that wasn’t enough to breach his compatriot.
Even though the forward kept trying throughout the night and his four shots on target were the only ones Dortmund tallied in the game, Reus just wasn’t able to find the net.
He did deploy one key pass but Ter Stegen followed that up with one successful run out of the box.
SofaScore awarded the goalkeeper’s performance an 8.2 rating while Dortmund’s forward was only given a 5.0.
Taking all of that into consideration, it wouldn’t really be a stretch to say that Barcelona’s point was earned by Ter Stegen’s personal victory over Reus.