Champions League

Besiktas 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: Player ratings as BVB get off to winning start

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Haaland and Bellingham were both on the score sheet
Haaland and Bellingham were both on the score sheet / Alex Grimm/Getty Images

A match-winning display from Jude Bellingham got Borussia Dortmund's Champions League campaign off to the perfect start, as they secured a 2-1 away win over Besiktas on Wednesday night.

Bellingham grabbed a goal and a fine assist, though Dortmund also had goalkeeper Gregor Kobel to thank for some excellent saves throughout proceedings.

The hosts made a bright start, with Barcelona loanee Miralem Pjanic running things in midfield and carving out a few good opportunities.

Against the run of play, Dortmund poked their noses in front 20 minutes in. Mahmoud Dahoud sprayed a cross-field pass to the onrushing Thomas Meunier, who directed a beautiful, one-touch pass into the path of Bellingham to control well and finish emphatically.

The goal took the sting out of Besiktas and Dortmund threatened on several occasions before adding a second goal on the stroke of half-time. Bellingham was involved again, taking down a throw-in before weaving his way into the box to tee up Haaland - who missed a sitter earlier in the first half.

After the break things were open with Haaland spurning a golden opportunity to grab his second of the night. Meanwhile, Besiktas looked occasionally dangerous on the counter and Michy Batshuayi forced a good save out of Kobel.

In second-half stoppage time Besiktas grabbed a consolation with Francisco Montero nodding home Pjanic's pinpoint free kick.

Here are your BVB player ratings from Istanbul...


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Welinton, Raphael Guerreiro
Guerreiro started at left-back / Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Gregor Kobel (GK) - 8/10 - Made a top stop early on and then saved well from Batshuayi just after the hour mark. Looked solid throughout. At last, Dortmund have a reliable goalkeeper.

Thomas Meunier (RB) - 7/10 -
Much criticised in recent times, but did very little wrong this evening. Great assist.

Manuel Akanji (CB) - 6/10 -
His marking and decision making were pretty ropey throughout. Against a better side, he might have been punished. His distribution was good, though.

Mats Hummels (CB) - 6/10 -
Lost Batshuayi in the opening exchanges and would have been punished by a more clinical striker. Not too many problems after that.

Raphael Guerreiro (LB) - 7/10 -
Helped his side out in the final third with a flurry of bursts forward. Little troubled him defensively.

2. Midfielders

Jude Bellingham
Bellingham showed his class once again / Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Jude Bellingham (CM) - 9/10 - Superb. Ran riot in the right half-space, without ever shirking his defensive responsibilities. Finished excellently for his goal and also got a fine assist. Gareth Southgate will have been paying very close attention to this display.

Mahmoud Dahoud (CM) - 7/10 -
Gave Dortmund a solid base from which to work after a shaky start when Pjanic was afforded too much space. Created the opener with an excellent long-range pass.

Julian Brandt (CM) - 6/10 -
Kept things ticking over without being too eye-catching. He was taken off at the break.

Marco Reus (AM) - 5/10 -
Looked a little sluggish to start off with but grew into things somewhat. Spurned a golden chance at the end. Capable of a lot better.

3. Forwards

Haaland's finishing was a bit off all night / OZAN KOSE/Getty Images

Erling Haaland (ST) - 7/10 - Made up for a poor miss in the first half by getting his goal. He could, and perhaps should, have got more than one, though.

Donyell Malen (ST) - 6/10 - Full of energy and ideas. Would have had an assist if Haaland could have finished better.

4. Substitutes

Marco Rose, Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji
Witsel was introduced at the break / Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Axel Witsel - 6/10 - Dortmund gained slightly more control in the middle after he came on. Broke things up nicely too.

Marius Wolf - 6/10 - Matched Bellingham's energy but not his quality in possession.

Marin Pongracic - 6/10 - Solid.

Youssoufa Moukoko - 6/10 - Picked up a harsh yellow card for diving. Full of invention.

Ansgar Knauff - N/A