Borussia Dortmund are slight favorites to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after a 3-2 win at Sevilla in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.
The Spaniards were the form team coming into the clash and took the lead after just seven minutes when Suso’s effort was deflected past Marwin Hitz by Mats Hummels.
However, the Germans did not buckle under the pressure of their struggles on the road and recent patchy form with Mahmoud Dahoud pulling them level in spectacular fashion 12 minutes later after being teed up by Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian sensation did not have to wait long to get in on the act when he finished after a delightful combination with Jadon Sancho on 27 minutes.
Two minutes before half-time, Haaland had his second after sweeping home from a Marco Reus assist to give Edin Terzic’s men a 3-1 half-time lead.
It could have been worse for Sevilla too, had goalkeeper Bono not been sharp enough to keep Haaland out or had referee Danny Makkelie opted to award BVB a penalty as Julen Lopetegui’s UEFA Europa League champions took a first half pounding.
The home side came back into it in the second half as Dortmund grew sloppy, but the German Bundesliga side were able to sit on their lead from their first half blitz for most of the second 45.
Sevilla did hit the woodwork with a late free kick, but Hitz was fortunate enough to deflect the ball clear of danger as Lopetegui’s changes only bore fruit six minutes from time when substitute Luuk de Jong scored from an Oscar Rodriguez set piece delivery.