Group D Wrap – Podolski rescues Arsenal, Dortmund rout Galatasaray

Galatasaray fans unveil banner to club legends

Borussia Dortmund crushed Galatasaray 4-0 at the Türk Telekom Arena to remain top of Champions League Group D.

Cesare Prandelli opted for a 4-3-1-2 setup with Goran Pandev replacing Olcan Adın behind the lone striker Burak Yılmaz. The other notable change was Hamit Altıntop replacing Dzemaili in midfield and Alex Telles starting at left-back.

Prandelli opted for an attacking formation but soon found his side exposed on the flanks and susceptible to Dortmund’s breakneck counter attacking moves.

Dortmund stunned Galatasaray on six minutes when Aubameyang converted a low cross from Marco Reus.

Aubameyang had a brace on 20 minutes and Reus scored perhaps the goal of Match Day 3 with a powerful strike from outside the penalty area.

Dortmund effectively won the game at half-time, racing to a three-goal lead going into the interval.

Galatasaray failed to get back into the game and the fans grew increasingly frustrated opting to leave the stands early.

Dortmund wrapped up a comfortable win in the last five minutes when second half substitute Adrian Ramos scored the away sides fourth of the evening.

Galatasaray have now conceded eight goals in their last two Champions League games while only scoring once. Dortmund on the other hand have yet to concede in Group D while scoring nine goals.

The Lions remain in joint last place along with Anderlecht in Group D.

Galatasaray: Fernando Muslera, Çamdal, Chedjou, Kaya, Telles (Oztekin 62′), Melo, Altintop (Dzemaili 61′), Invan, Sneijder, Pandev (Colak 78′), B. Yilmaz

Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Hummels (Gündogan 69′), Subotić, Sokratis, Bender (Ginter 55′), Kehl, Mkhitaryan, Kagawa (Ramos 82′), Reus, Aubameyang

Goals: Aubameyang (6′, 18′), Reus (41′), Ramos (84′)

In the other Group D game Arsenal almost suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Anderlecht.

The Belgium side stunned Arsenal when Andy Najar opened the scoring on 72 minutes.

Anderlecht looked certain to take all three points but fell apart in the last few minutes when Kieran Gibbs equalised on 89 minutes. Podolski then went onto score the winner to give Arsenal the most unlikely of victories.

Anderlecht: Proto, Acheampong, Deschacht, Mbemba, Vanden Borre, Defour, Tielemans, Conte, Praet (Dendoncker 88′), Najar, Cyriac (Suarez 83′)

Goals: Najar (71′)

Arsenal: Martinez, Gibbs, Monreal, Mertesacker, Chambers, Flamini (Oxlade-Chamberlain 75′), Wilshere (Podolski 84′), Ramsey, Cazorla, Welbeck (Campbell 75′), Sanchez

Goals: Gibbs (89′), Podolski (90′)