2/14 Stadions ‘A-Brasileiras’ article 2.8 million fans flocked to Stadia Brescia for the opening leg of their Europa League tie with a crowd of just over 16,000.
It was an uninspiring, if successful, start to the competition, with a goal by Andrea Pirlo and a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo giving Borussia Dortmund a comfortable 1-0 lead in the tie.
It was only the second time in Bundesliga history that a team with a winning record and an opening day fixture had not made the top four in the league, following the German club’s 6-0 demolition of FC Schalke 04.
The first leg is expected to be the most competitive in the history of the competition.
The second leg will be played on October 1 at the Stadio San Paolo.
“We have to go through it to get to the Europa League,” Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp said.
Klopp will be hoping for a repeat of the 2-1 win at the Bernabeu in the 2014-15 season, when his team won their opening match on home soil.
Stadion Brescians new women’s team, the ‘Abrasileirias’, will be a mixed bag of talent, with some good players and some not-so-good ones.
Lukas Schulz was a key player for Borussia Borussia Dortmund, but has not featured for the club this season.
Dynamo Kiev defender Marina Caceres is another young defender who is currently on loan at Ukrainian side Vijender.
Meanwhile, the likes of Mariana Stambouli and Karina Vunipola have yet to make an appearance for Borunda this season, but both are likely to be back in the team for the second leg.
Vojtech Grubman is likely to start in the centre-back position in the second match.
Andrea Pirlio’s first goal of the season in the Europa league against Fenerbahce on Monday evening was a brace, and the 21-year-old was also a key contributor to Borussia’s win over FC Schalke 04.
Bundesliga fans could not be happier with the way the teams played, and their team’s form since the new year has been superb.
The ‘A’-grade Bundesliga has a record of six consecutive games without a defeat, and Borussia are the first side to win the title since 1860.
With three matches remaining, Borussia and the Stadia Besiktas could still reach the Champions League final, with the latter’s goal difference in the Champions league this season significantly improved.
But it will take an upset of a similar magnitude to defeat Bayern Munich and Barcelona to progress to the final.
Tournament rules allow Borussia to have one extra goal in their favour at the first leg, as the second round is currently not played.
All six teams will play a double header on October 7 in Stadium.