April 7, 2016

Europa League Match: Borussia Dortmund 1 – Liverpool 1

Europa League Match: Borussia Dortmund 1 - Liverpool 1

Liverpool held Borussia Dortmund to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinal as Jurgen Klopp made an emotional return to Signal Iduna Park.

Klopp guided Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles during an acclaimed seven-year spell in charge, but there was no sign of mixed emotions when he reacted with typical exuberance to Divock Origi’s first-half opener.

Belgium international Origi was preferred to Daniel Sturridge in attack but he lacked the composure to add a second away goal on the stroke of halftime.

It was a miss the away side would regret as Dortmund captain Mats Hummels, back in Thomas Tuchel’s lineup following a calf injury, headed a 48th-minute equalizer.

Dortmund stormed past Liverpool’s Premier League counterparts Tottenham in the previous round but struggled for similar fluency as Klopp employed the relentless pressing tactics he made his trademark on this ground, leaving the tie delicately poised for when the sides meet at Anfield next week.

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