Ter Stegen the hero as Dortmund rue missed chances against Barcelona
DORTMUND, SEPT 18: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said his team had goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank after they escaped with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.
"The team overcame a bad moment today, mainly thanks to Ter Stegen," said Valverde after watching his side survive a second-half onslaught from Dortmund.
In a game in which Lionel Messi made his return from injury, it was Ter Stegen who shone for Barcelona. The German 'keeper saved a penalty from Dortmund captain Marco Reus and repeatedly frustrated the hosts as his own side struggled.
"It was a difficult game today and I think the result is fair considering what happened," Ter Stegen told Sky, and commiserated with Germany teammate Reus.
"Marco played really well today, and really hurt us," said Ter Stegen.
Dortmund and their captain, however, were left to rue several missed chances.
Reus said he felt "rubbish" after his missed penalty and insisted that Dortmund should have won the game.
"We had four or five chances, and if we had taken one of them, we would have won," he told Sky.
"We said after the draw that we wanted to qualify for the knockout stages. If we continue to play like we did today then there shouldn't be a problem." "We played brilliantly in the second half, and it feels a bit like we have lost two points," Dortmund defender Mats Hummels told Sky. -AFP