Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan square off at the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday with each looking for their first Champions League Group F victory at the second attempt.
Edin Terzic’s boys lost to Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in the opening game, while the Rossoneri were held to a scoreless draw by Newcastle United as a result of numerous missed opportunities.
The Ruhr Valley side beat TSG Hoffenheim last week by a score of 3-1 and will be optimistic going into this game.
Dortmund’s domestic unbeaten record was maintained thanks to goals by Niclas Fullkrug, Marco Reus, and Julian Ryerson, and they moved them up to fourth place in the early stages of the Bundesliga table.
Dortmund welcome Milan to their stadium with just one clean sheet to their name in their last six games, but home clean sheets are usual in the Champions League, where the German powerhouses have only allowed one goal in their last five continental games at Signal Iduna Park.
The San Siro audience saw another scoreless first half during Lazio’s visit on Saturday, but two Rafael Leao cutbacks for Noah Okafor and Christian Pulisic did the damage in the second half, keeping the Rossoneri level on points with their neighbours Inter Milan at the top.
The only game Stefan Pioli’s team hasn’t scored in this season is a 0-0 draw with Newcastle, but because of their relatively uneventful knockout games the year before, Pioli’s team has just two goals to show for their last 540 minutes of Champions League play and hasn’t scored in any of their previous three top-tier continental contests.