Paco Alcacer made up for a missed penalty by scoring on his first start for Borussia Dortmund, helping the German side beat Monaco 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Spanish striker, who joined Dortmund from Barcelona in the offseason, drove his penalty against the crossbar midway through the second half, then atoned by eluding two defenders before blasting in Dortmund’s second goal.
Marco Reus completed the scoring in injury time as the Bundesliga leader earned its second win from two Champions League games and maintained its unbeaten start to the season.
Monaco had more chances early on and Youri Tielemans drew a fine save from Roman Buerki inside 20 minutes.
Alcacer went close with a curling shot after half an hour, but it sailed just wide of the far post, before Marius Wolf went even closer with a shot that Diego Benaglio did brilliantly to fish out of the corner.
Benaglio was forced off afterward after suffering an apparent groin injury after making the save. The former Wolfsburg goalkeeper was given a round of applause by the home fans.
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre brought on Jacob Bruun Larsen at halftime and the 20-year-old wasted little time in marking his debut in the competition by breaking the deadlock after being set up by fellow youngster Jadon Sancho.
The 18-year-old Sancho, who extended his contract the day before, now has seven assists in nine competitive games for Dortmund.
Alcacer missed his penalty after Reus was brought down by Kamil Glik and Sancho missed another chance before the home side’s pressure was finally rewarded with a second goal.
Source: The Associated Press