18th September, 2019
For those fans who have been following Barcelona reports of late, it is no news to you that Marc-André ter Stegen better known as MATS has of recent not been happy with the German National Team handlers for not giving him the opportunity to show what he can bring to the team especially during the last international break.
It was therefore not a surprise that the very efficient and reliable Barcelona goalkeeper used the game played against Borussia Dortmund in Germany in front of his compatriots to show what they have been missing in their National Football Team.
He more or less single-handedly saved Barcelona from defeat in Germany with his many unbelievable saves in the match, best of which was the penalty kick he saved in the course of the match.
In the match itself, Barcelona had to work their socks off in order to earn a point away from home against Borussia Dortmund in a game in which Marco Reus and Marc-André ter Stegen proved to be the stars of the night.
It was however the Barça keeper who got the better of his national teammate with one of the best goalkeeping performances we’ve ever seen from MATS, and he was the reason why Barcelona managed to escape with a 0-0 draw despite a very poor attacking game.
The first half saw Dortmund starting the game as the better team with lots of pressure and taking advantage of errors from Barça, who weren’t as precise with their passing and shot themselves in the foot a few times. Marco Reus had a huge chance but Ter Stegen made a great save.
Barcelona eventually took control of the game and forced Borussia to play deep inside their own half, as Arthur decided to take the ball and control the tempo while trying to find teammates in good positions.
The Brazilian was always active and looking to create chances, but he had challenges in the fact that the three forwards didn’t move a lot and mostly waited for the ball.
In spite of all that, Barcelona didn’t create any real chances, but at halftime they looked like the team closer to scoring a goal.
A dumb penalty was committed by Nélson Semedo on Jadon Sancho very early in the second half giving Dortmund a chance to score the first goal of the game.
But then they were up against a Ter Stegen who was bent on showing why he’s the best German goalkeeper around and proved just that as he stopped Reus from the spot with Barça consequently dodging a bullet as they looked for the win.
It was therefore not surprising when Barcelona decided to give their mercurial captain Lionel Messi his season debut 30 minutes to go in the game.
Realising the new danger they face with this change, Dortmund raised their game level and became very dangerous, with a shot against the crossbar and a few incredible saves from Ter Stegen.
With the introduction of G.O.A.T. Messi into the game, Barcelona naturally got most of the ball possession in the final 10 minutes but couldn’t find a way to break down a solid Dortmund defense, and the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
On the whole, Barcelona were lucky to get a point from this explosive match and all of that is because Ter Stegen is a monster.
The Line-Ups for the match were as follows:
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba (Roberto 40’); De Jong, Busquets (Rakitic 60’), Arthur; Ansu Fati (Messi 59’), Suárez, Griezmann
Dortmund: Bürki; Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Witsel, Delaney; Sancho, Reus, Hazard (Brandt 73’); Alcácer (Brunn Larsen 87’)