Borussia Dortmund earned a convincing 3 – 0 win over Copenhagen in their Group G opener. The Signal Iduna Park was almost at full capacity with over 81,000 in attendance.
Marco Reus opened scoring in the 35th minute before Raphael Guerreiro doubled their lead shortly before the break.
English youngster Jude Bellingham put the result beyond doubt in the 83rd minute as he became only the second English teenager to feature in 17 UEFA Champions League games, matching Theo Walcott.
“We’ve got some tough trips to come. Tonight was a massive game and people maybe don’t realise how important the first game is,” scorer Bellingham said.
“The key for us is to try and be as consistent as possible, work hard to stay in the competitions as long as possible. If we can stay on this path I think we’ll be alright,” he said.
Dortmund had to play without Mahmoud Dahood, goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens who were out injured.
Copenhagen began the game on a brighter note, as captain Zeca hit the post just 20 minutes in.
Thereafter, Dortmund controlled the game and got a chance to score in the 9th minute, but Anthony Modeste could only fire over.
Dortmund got their breakthrough in the 35th minute as Reus – who received the ball from Julian Brandt beat one defender before firing a left-footed effort into the net.
Seven minutes later, Guerreiro exchanged a one-two with Giovanni Reyna before scoring his team’s second of the night.
Dortmund could have extended the lead before Jude Bellingham’s goal in the 83rd minute.
The German side will face English Champions Manchester City next week in what should be a sterner test of their abilities.
They might however be without Thorgan Hazard who went off injured in the 23rd minute.