Borussia Dortmund open their UEFA Champions League knockout campaign with a visit to Sevilla on Wednesday as they look to advance past the competition’s round of 16 for the first time in four seasons.
The Black and Yellows have exited at this stage of the tournament in each of its last two editions, and a first-leg trip to Sevilla makes for an intimidating task in their efforts to correct course. Los Nervionenses are undefeated on home soil so far in 2021 and have won their past seven games at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, although Chelsea did triumph 4-0 here in December.
What TV Channel is Sevilla-Borussia Dortmund on?
Dortmund undergo another stern examination in a bid to break their round-of-16 curse, and their visit to Sevilla will be aired live via Galavision from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Sevilla vs. Borussia Dortmund
When: Wednesday, February 17
Where: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Dortmund are desperate for European success after seeing their league campaign fall to pieces in recent months. Lucien Favre was sacked from the manager’s seat in December following a poor run of form, but interim coach Edin Terzic has won just six of his 13 games in charge.
It was announced on Monday that Borussia Monchengladbach boss Marco Rose will take over at the Westfalenstadion come the end of the current season:
Terzic’s run includes a return of four defeats and two draws, with Erling Haaland striking late to secure a share of the spoils when they settled for a 2-2 result at home to Hoffenheim on Saturday:
Haaland is among the Champions League’s joint-top scorers this term on six goals, but the Norway international has his work cut out for him breaking a back line that’s failed to concede in more than 630 minutes. Dortmund sit sixth in the Bundesliga but reached the Champions League knockout stages as Group F winners, hoping to build some momentum in their European plight.
Sevilla settled for second in Group E behind Chelsea and are hoping to reach this competition’s quarterfinals for only the third time in their history (previous appearances include 1958 and 2018).
Spanish soccer writer Colin Millar underlined some of the threat awaiting Dortmund in Seville, with Julen Lopetegui’s Europa League kings hoping to now conquer Europe’s more prestigious trophy:
Only La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid (seven) scored fewer group-stage goals than Sevilla (nine), although the addition of winter signing Alejandro Gomez promises to boost their prospects in attack.
Defenders Thomas Meunier and Dan-Axel Zagadou will miss Wednesday's trip, but goalkeeper Roman Bürki is perhaps Dortmund's biggest absences, with Marwin Hitz set to deputise between the posts.
Sevilla don't have as many injury worries, though first-choice wing-backs Jesus Navas and Marcos Acuña could each sit if if their issues persist. Aleix Vidal and former Hertha Berlin defender Karim Rekik should start on the flanks if that's the case.
The only previous run-ins between these two teams came during the Europa League group stage in 2010, when Sevilla beat Dortmund in Germany before seeing out a 2-2 draw at home. The travelling team will have done well in at least one respect if they managed to maintain that scoring record in Spain, though it’s a worry for Terzic that his side have lost their last three away games.