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Champions League: As it happened

After playing each other on Saturday, Dortmund and Leipzig turn their attention to the Champions League. There's already been five goals in the RB Leipzig vs. Porto game while BVB are laboring a touch in Nicosia.

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FULL TIME: That's it. Dortmund didn't do enough to beat the most modest opposition you're likely to get in the Champions League and have to settle for a 1-1 draw in Nicosia. Better news for Leipzig, who won for the first time in the Champions League with a desrved 3-2 win over Porto. 

90+4 -- Apoel Nicosia 1 –1 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund so close to winning it! Aubameyang's shot is blocked by the keeper and the rebound is taken off Bartra's toes with the goal gaping.

90+2' -- RB Leipzig 3 – 2 Porto

Poulsen nearly finds the clincher as he rises to meet Sabitzer's cross after some great work from Werner. But he can't get enough on it.

90+1' -- Apoel Nicosia 1 –1 Borussia Dortmund

Nicosia almost nick it at the death but the ball is cleared following a goalmouth scramble.

90' -- Apoel Nicosia 1 –1 Borussia Dortmund

Götze lifts a corner in to the area but it's cleared. Very disappointing from Dortmund tonight.

87'  -- Apoel Nicosia 1 –1 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund still making a fairly negligible impact. With Spurs drawing away in Madrid, this could have serious ramifications for their European campaign.

80' -- Apoel Nicosia 1 –1 Borussia Dortmund

Bürki gets away with one, almost kicking it straight out to a Nicosia man. Dortmund not building on that leveler as they must have hoped.

77 -- RB Leipzig 3 – 2 Porto

Poulsen on for Augustin.

73 -- RB Leipzig 3 – 2 Porto

Augustin screws an effort wide, he had a decent overlap run on the right there. Timo Werner is about to come on.

68' -- Apoel Nicosia 1 –1 Borussia Dortmund

Seconds after, Kagawa strikes the bar. Dortmund need to go on and win this to keep their chances of progression solid.

67' -- Apoel Nicosia 1 –1 Borussia Dortmund

They're level! Dortmund work a nice short corner routine before Götze spoons one up and Sokratis rises highest to score.

62' -- RB Leipzig 3 – 2 Porto

Bruma almost puts Leipzig two up again. He's played through and his deflected shot dribbles towards th line before being cleared in the nick of time.

62' -- Apoel Nicosia 1 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

Absolute disaster for Bürki. The Swiss keeper passed the ball straight to a Nicosia player, then spilt the tame effort at the feet of Pote, who tapped in to an empty net.

59 -- Apoel Nicosia 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

Toprak is removed, it looks like a hamstring injury. Toljan on, which presumably means Bartra moves to the center.

57 -- RB Leipzig 3 – 2 Porto

A little quieter this half, which is presumably how Ralph Hasenhüttl likes it. Porto bring on Oliver Torres.

52' -- Apoel Nicosia 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund still struggling a little as Kagawa's cross is deflected out before Aubameyang slices the loose ball behind. 

47' -- RB Leipzig 3 – 2 Porto

Orban is booked for taking down Aboubakar on the edge of the box. The free kick is wasted.

46' -- And we're back underway in both games.

HALF TIME: RB Leipzig 3 – 2 Porto, Apoel Nicosia 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

A breathless first half in the east of Germany, with Leipzig dominating but leaving the back door open twice for Porto to stay alive. In Cyprus it's been quite the opposite, with Dortmund having just one shot on target as they struggle to break down the hosts.

44' -- RB Leipzig 3 – 2 Porto

Marcano makes up for his error almost instantly, converting a headed knockdown in the center of the goal. Poor marking there from the hosts.

40' -- RB Leipzig 3 – 1 Porto

And another one! This time it's Augustin, who takes advantage of some comedy defending from Porto with a clinical finish.

38' -- RB Leipzig 2 – 1 Porto

But it is happening for Leipzig who take the lead again through Forsberg. The Swede was played in by a well-judged Sabitzer through ball and took it in his stride before burying it. The hosts deserve that.

38' -- Apoel Nicosia 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

Weigl measures a through ball for Schmelzer who's bursting down the left. But it's overcooked. Not quite happening for Dortmund at the minute.

33' -- RB Leipzig 1 – 1 Porto

Bruma shanks a cross in to the stands from a decent area. But he's looked menacing with the ball at his feet so far.

31' -- Apoel Nicosia 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

Götze's effort from the edge of the box is deflected safely in to the keeper's hands. 

27' -- RB Leipzig 1 – 1 Porto

Forsberg wastes a free kick from a decent position, underhitting it drastically. Then Leipzig break rapidly but can't amke anything of it.

18 -- RB Leipzig 1 – 1 Porto

Oh dear, a defensive horror show from Leipzig allows Porto to equalize with their first shot. First they lost two penalty box headers then Halstenberg fell asleep at the back post and Aboubakar took full advantage. It's his 9th in 10 games this season. Sabitzer then almost scores at the other end. 

17' -- RB Leipzig 1 – 0 Porto

The home side are dominant here, they've had 72 % of the ball. Bruma and Augustin in particular are causing havoc.

16' -- Apoel Nicosia 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

Nicosia break downfield, Ebecilio skins Schmelzer and whips one low to De Camargo, who is put off by a defender and puts it wide.

11' -- RB Leipzig 1 – 0 Porto

Willi Orban puts his side in the lead with a scrappy and controversial goal. Bruma struck fairly tamely from distance and the Porto keeper spilt it. Then Augustin followed up but got little on the ball before Orban tapped in. But he was miles offside from the initial shot. Second phase?

10' -- Apoel Nicosia 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

Yarmolenko, who has been lively so far lifts  a cross over Aubameyang's head.

4' -- RB Leipzig 0 – 0 Porto

Forsberg balloons one over from a decent position on the edge of the box.

3' -- Apoel Nicosia 0 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

The home side are already looking very deep, Dortmund will need Kagawa and Götze to pick the lock tonight.

1' -- And we're off in both games, smoke hangs over the pitch in Nicosia. 


The teams are out in Nicosia, with some impressive choreo in the Cypriot capital and no shortage of flares in the Dortmund end. Worth noting that Apoel Nicosia's keep is called Boy Waterman. 


Borussia Dortmund are looking to get their Champions League campaign off the ground with victory in Cyprus against APOEL Nicosia. Dortmund have lost both games so far against Tottenham Hotspur an then Real Madrid, and Peter Bosz is desperate for three points. The Dutch coach has made a few changes, with Christian Pulisic, Marcel Schmelzer, Julian Weigl and Shinji Kagawa coming in. Nothing but a win will do for Dortmund tonight.

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RB Leipzig's debut Champions League campaign has been far less impressive than their first in the Bundesliga. Ralph Hasenhüttl's men have just one point from their two games and were tepid in losing to Besiktas last time out. They were much betteragainst Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, blowing away BVB with a counter-attacking display built on the pace of  Jean-Kévin Augustin and Bruma. Both those men start tonight but Timo Werner is still only fit enough for the bench. Willi Orban, Lukas Klostermann and Emil Forsberg all return to the side though, with Marcel Sabitzer likely to start up front with Augustin.