Donyell Malen scored his first goal for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at the 10th attempt to secure a tense victory. The Dutch striker had come under fire after failing to score or assist since joining PSV Eindhoven for £25 million as a substitute for Manchester United's Jadon Sancho. On Tuesday night, Malen scored off a through pass by Jude Bellingham in the 37th minute. The Germans were without star scorer Erling Haaland, who was injured, and they might have utilized the Norwegian's strength and finishing ability up front while dominating possession.
Dortmund's first meaningful chance came in the 37th minute, when Malen, a 22-year-old Dutch international, finished a fast three-pass move across the whole pitch with a well-placed low shot for his first ever Champions League goal. Dortmund scored two more goals in the second half, but both attempts were called offside. Six points separate the Germans and group leaders Ajax Amsterdam, who defeated Besiktas 2-0. Sporting and Besiktas, a Turkish club, are both without a point.
It appears that Dortmund haven't stumbled down after selling their 'alleged' star to Manchester United, unlike other teams such as Real Madrid, who stumbled and are still stumbling after selling Ronaldo. Real Madrid have become the joke of Europe as they lost to a team unheard of by the name Sheriff, 2-1. Barcelona is another team that is stumbling after Messi left the club to join French giants, PSG.
Sancho hasn't been impactful at Manchester United and people keep on defending him by saying that he needs more time to adjust to the team and the playing system. If that's the case then United made a mistake by signing him because it appears that he will only slow down the team progress.
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