DORTMUND, Germany (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund made it to the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Tuesday after squeezing past Slavia Prague 2-1 to beat Inter Milan to second spot in Group F and a place in the last 16.
Goals in either half from Jadon Sancho and Julian Brandt were enough for the German side to finish three points ahead of third-placed Inter, who go into the Europa League after losing 2-1 to group winners Barcelona.
“(It’s) a mixture of everything: relief, tiredness, joy. They played really well, pressed us aggressively and high and had several chances,” Brandt told UEFA.com.
Dortmund had goalkeeper Roman Burki to thank for the win after the Swiss stopper pulled off a host of saves to ensure the three points on a nervy night at Signal Iduna Park, which also saw Dortmund having to play the final 12 minutes with 10 men when Julian
Weigl was sent off for a second bookable offence. With Dortmund having to match Inter’s result with Barca to go through it wasn’t until Ansu Fati put the Catalans in front with four minutes to go at the San Siro that the German outfit could breathe easily as bottom side Slavia took the game to their more illustrious hosts.
“I am proud of our performance,” said Tomas Soucek, who equalised for the away side two minutes before the break.