Marco Reus didn’t feed the hype. Invited to praise Erling Haaland’s performance on Wednesday night, the Borussia Dortmund captain told Sky Deutschland that “everyone” had turned up for the Germans in Seville, in the first half at least.

Caretaker manager Edin Terzic, too, was a little circumspect in his evaluation of the Norwegian striker after the 3-2 win. Instead of superlatives, Terzic offered up technical explanations. “Haaland was playing a special role [tactically] today,” the 38-year-old said. “We didn’t want him involved in active pressing tonight but behind the ball, for us to hit him directly, beyond the defence.”

It wasn’t quite the gushing praise reporters had hope for after two goals and one assist that amounted to another marquee performance in Europe by Haaland, a giant, blond and yellow exclamation mark. Dortmund, with their rich experience with high-flying youngsters — think Lars…



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