Jude Bellingham: Borussia Dortmund man becomes youngest English Champions League player

Jude Bellingham: Borussia Dortmund man becomes youngest English Champions League player

Bellingham set a new record but Ciro Immobile (left) took the headlines as Lazio beat Dortmund

Jude Bellingham became the youngest English player in Champions League history as he started in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 defeat at Lazio.

At 17 years and 113 days, the midfielder beat the record held by Phil Foden, who plays for Manchester City.

Dortmund were second best in Turin, with Ciro Immobile and a Marwin Hitz own goal giving the home side control.

Erling Braut Haaland gave Dortmund hope but Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro responded almost immediately to seal Lazio’s win.

The win represents a turn of fortune for Simone Inzaghi’s side, who finished fourth in Serie A last season, but have only won one of their four league matches this season and were beaten 3-0 by Sampdoria on Saturday.

In contrast, Dortmund have had a decent start to this campaign, winning three of their four games in the Bundesliga.

However, they have now lost 10 of their last 14 Champions League away games and have just four wins from 17 matches in Italy.

Bellingham makes history but Lazio have final word

Midfielder Bellingham joined Dortmund from Birmingham this summer.

He had already made himself his new club’s youngest ever goalscorer with his debut goal against Duisburg in the German Cup.

He was unable to make such a lasting impact on Tuesday’s game, although he wasn’t alone in the Dortmund side, particularly in a flat first half that saw the home side seize control of the game.

Immobile had a disappointing single campaign with the German side in 2014-15, during which he managed 10 goals in 34 matches, but since joining Lazio in 2016 he has not stopped scoring.

Last season, he equalled Gonzalo Higuain’s scoring record in Serie A, netting 36 times, and he hit his second goal of this campaign in all competitions courtesy of a close-range finish.

Lazio’s lead was doubled in the 23rd minute when Luiz Felipe, on his return from injury, attacked a corner and got a glancing touch with his head, steering the ball towards the goal though it hit the face of Hitz as it flew in.

Haaland continued his remarkable run of Champions League form with his 11th goal in nine appearances in the competition, but Akpa-Akpro ensured there would be no late home nerves, finishing off a quick counter-attack.

The youngest Champions League player of any nationality is Nigerian Celestine Babayaro, who was 16 years and 86 days when he appeared for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucharest in 1994.

It was a game to forget for the full-back, though, as he was sent off after 37 minutes.

Last season, Barcelona’s Ansu Fati became the youngest Champions League scorer when he hit the winner at Inter Milan at 17 years and 40 days old.

Lazio end long wait for Champions League win

  • Lazio picked up their first victory in the Champions League since beating Werder Bremen at home in November 2007 (2-1) – 12 years and 349 days ago.
  • Borussia Dortmund have lost each of their last four away Champions League matches versus Italian teams, conceding two or more goals in each defeat.
  • Borussia Dortmund have lost four consecutive away games in the Champions League/European Cup for the first time since February 1958, while the fourth defeat in that run also came against Italian opponents (Milan).
  • Haaland has scored nine goals in his seven Champions League group stage appearances and 11 goals in nine games across all stages.
  • Immobile has scored his first goal in the Champions League since netting for Borussia Dortmund in December 2014. Indeed, he’s the first player to score for and against Dortmund in the competition.

Line-ups

Lazio

  • 1StrakoshaBooked at 84mins
  • 4Gabarrón Gil
  • 3Ramos MarchiSubstituted forHoedtat 51′minutes
  • 33Acerbi
  • 77Marusic
  • 21Milinkovic-SavicSubstituted forAkpa Akproat 67′minutes
  • 6Leiva
  • 10Romero AlconchelBooked at 42minsSubstituted forParoloat 80′minutes
  • 96Fares
  • 11CorreaSubstituted forMuriqiat 67′minutes
  • 17ImmobileSubstituted forCaicedoat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Anderson
  • 13Armini
  • 14Hoedt
  • 16Parolo
  • 18Escalante
  • 20Caicedo
  • 25Reina
  • 53Czyz
  • 71Alia
  • 92Akpa Akpro
  • 94Muriqi

B Dortmund

  • 35Hitz
  • 26PiszczekSubstituted forBrandtat 65′minutes
  • 15Hummels
  • 6Delaney
  • 24Meunier
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forReynaat 45′minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 28Witsel
  • 13Guerreiro
  • 7Sancho
  • 11ReusSubstituted forCarvalhoat 78′minutes
  • 9Haaland

Substitutes

  • 1Bürki
  • 2Morey
  • 8Dahoud
  • 19Brandt
  • 20Carvalho
  • 25Unbehaun
  • 30Passlack
  • 32Reyna
  • 36Knauff
  • 37Raschl
  • 39Wanner

Referee:
Clément Turpin

Attendance:
1,000

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Lazio 3, Borussia Dortmund 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Lazio 3, Borussia Dortmund 1.

  3. Attempt missed. Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  4. Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Thomas Strakosha.

  5. Attempt saved. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Julian Brandt with a cross.

  6. Foul by Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund).

  7. Vedat Muriqi (Lazio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Attempt missed. Vedat Muriqi (Lazio) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Francesco Acerbi.

  9. Thomas Strakosha (Lazio) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Attempt missed. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  11. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Foul by Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Lazio).

  13. Substitution, Lazio. Felipe Caicedo replaces Ciro Immobile.

  14. Substitution, Lazio. Marco Parolo replaces Luis Alberto.

  15. Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Thomas Strakosha.

  16. Attempt saved. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Meunier with a cross.

  17. Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Reinier replaces Marco Reus.

  18. Goal! Lazio 3, Borussia Dortmund 1. Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Lazio) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ciro Immobile.

  19. Goal! Lazio 2, Borussia Dortmund 1. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Giovanni Reyna.

  20. Foul by Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund).

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