Borussia Dortmund qualified for the Last 16 of the Champions League in dramatic style but were so close to exiting due to their own poor finishing.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side may have left it extremely late to win Group F or even qualify, but doing it in that fashion is always the best; that’s the most exciting and spirit building way. But it could have all been so different had Kevin Großkreutz not found the net in the 86th minute.
After peppering Marseille‘s goal throughout the game with half chances, the golden opportunities were shockingly executed. Robert Lewandowski missed the mother of all sitters as the game edged towards its conclusion, but only minutes later Marco Reus fired over the bar from six yards.
It was the type of night that will make BVB fans feel slightly confused as to whether it was all worth it, but the place in the Last 16 draw will only excite them.
Had they not found the second goal to win 2-1 then it would have been quite a unique sense of regret. Dortmund almost always plays to their best on the big occasions, and their effort is second to none. They ran as a team over one kilometer more than the Marseille team on the night, and on any other occasion the scoreline would have been drastically different.
Most importantly, though, is that Klopp’s side have won the group. That means they avoid Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid just now. With the knock out stages of the Champions League returning in February Dortmund must focus on clawing back the ten point gap that Bayern Munich have at the top of the Bundesliga.