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Canadians Abroad September 10th to September 16th


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32 minutes ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

Besiktas looking very sharp, possession, crisp, very well coached. Atiba playing up high to feed the strikers. High level of play vs. Borussia.

Edit: They concede against the play and from a tight angle shot, Atiba covering. Too bad....

Besiktas were probably the better team before the Dortmund goal, which certainly came against the run of play, and probably for a few minutes afterwards, as well. As the half has wore on, Dortmund are increasingly more likely to score the next goal, though. They're absorbing pressure and look very dangerous on the counter.

Larin was looking really good through the first 20 minutes, and has been okay in the next 25. Atiba has been one of Besiktas' worst performers. He's been loose in possession through midfield at times, with one giveaway nearly leading to a Dortmund second, and as you mentioned, he was slow closing Bellingham down on the goal. The English commentators are giving both Canadians plenty of mentions, talking about Larin's international strike rate and twice mentioning his recent goal against the Yanks. Atiba's age, in comparison to Belingham, at one point, has gotten a couple of mentions, as well as a reference to his having scored a UCL goal for Copenhagen against Celtic 15 years ago. Weirdly, Radz got a shout as Canada's record UCL goal scorer.

 

Edit: 2-nil to Dortmund on the stroke of half-time. Both Canadians in the screen when Haaland finished from in close, but neither looked to be greatly at fault. Larin buying a L1O club got a late mention, as well, just before the 2nd Dortmund goal. 

Hutch apparently ran the most of any Besiktas player in the half, 3rd overall in the game, according to stats posted at half-time.

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half-time update
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9 hours ago, SthMelbRed said:

Besiktas were probably the better team before the Dortmund goal, which certainly came against the run of play, and probably for a few minutes afterwards, as well. As the half has wore on, Dortmund are increasingly more likely to score the next goal, though. They're absorbing pressure and look very dangerous on the counter.

Larin was looking really good through the first 20 minutes, and has been okay in the next 25. Atiba has been one of Besiktas' worst performers. He's been loose in possession through midfield at times, with one giveaway nearly leading to a Dortmund second, and as you mentioned, he was slow closing Bellingham down on the goal. The English commentators are giving both Canadians plenty of mentions, talking about Larin's international strike rate and twice mentioning his recent goal against the Yanks. Atiba's age, in comparison to Belingham, at one point, has gotten a couple of mentions, as well as a reference to his having scored a UCL goal for Copenhagen against Celtic 15 years ago. Weirdly, Radz got a shout as Canada's record UCL goal scorer.

They've been lively, and have attacked, but are a bit innocent in their own final third. Giving up this goal at the end of the half, very sloppy in a match when they have not been too sloppy at all. So a bit of a shame. 

I think you are overstating Atiba's role, he's not playing in critical defensive positions and even on the first goal he was there covering when it may not be his role; anyways, that shot should have been stopped.

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