Paris St. Germain 0 – Borussia Dortmund 0


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Brazilian winger NENE (Anderson Luiz de Carvalho) of Paris St. Germain tries to push the ball through the tackle of Borussia Dortmund’s Poland international defender LUKASZ PISZCZEK (26) as die Borussen’s talented 18-year-old midfielder MARIO GOETZE (31) gazes on at the Parc des Princes in the capital city of France. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
11/4/2010

0 – Paris St. Germain (FRA)
0 – Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Either club might have claimed victory were it not for a highly visible, clincal display of top-shelf shot-stopping by both goalkeepers as visiting BORUSSIA DORTMUND and Ligue 1 side PARIS ST. GERMAIN battled to a scoreless draw in Group J of the UEFA Europa League.

Turkey international striker MELVUT ERDINC of Paris St. Germain had an excellent chance to break the scoreless deadlock in the 66th minute but was denied in a one-on-one situation by Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper ROMAN WEIDENFELLER, who did well to cut his angles and confront the shooter.

Six minutes later, Borussia Dortmund midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA was stymied by the diving Armenia international goalkeeper APOULA EDEL of Paris St. Germain, who turned the Japan international’s rising shot over the crossbar with confidence.

In the 90th minute, it was Edel who pulled off what was easily the save of the day to, quite literally, single-handedly preserve the point for Paris St. Germain.

Borussia Dortmund’s 22-year-old defender MARCEL SCHMELZER, who was born in Magdeburg in what was still then the German Democratic Republic, shifted into another gear to leave the Paris St. Germain players behind and made a determined dash down the left flank before finding Poland international striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI in the penalty arc.

Lewandowski beat his marker but had his shot saved by Edel, who went down low with his right hand; the rebound and the chance to be a match-winner fell for the in-coming Kagawa with his right foot.

However, with never-say-die spirit while flat on his back, the Paris St. Germain shot-stopper managed to stick up his left hand to thwart the Borussia Dortmund threat.

Die Borussen might have pulled level with Paris St. Germain in the UEFA Europa League Group J standings had Kagawa scored; instead, Borussia Dortmund remain in third on five points behind the Parisians, who dropped to second with eight points behind the leaders, Spanish La Liga side FC Sevilla.

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Sent in alone with only the goalkeeper to beat, Turkey international striker MELVUT ERDINC (11) of Paris St. Germain has his shot saved by Borussia Dortmund’s in-form netminder ROMAN WEIDENFELLER (1) at the Parc des Princes. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
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PARIS ST. GERMAIN : Edel – Ceara, Camara, Sakho, Tiene – Bodmer (Hoarau 81′), Clement – Sessegnon, Nene (Jallet 66′) – Erdinc (Chantome 75′), Luyindula

BORUSSIA DORTMUND : Weidenfeller – Piszczek (Blaszczykowski 46′), Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – Bender, Sahin – Goetze (Feulner 87′), Kagawa, Grosskreutz – Barrios (Lewandowski 68′)

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Armenia international goalkeeper APOULA EDEL of Paris St. Germain makes an outrageous, one-handed save while on his back from the rebound attempt of Borussia Dortmund’s Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA (23) in the 90th minute to preserve scoreless status at the Parc des Princes. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
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EDEL’s outstanding DOUBLE SAVE

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Bourssia Dortmund supporters pose for a photograph before Paris St. Germain at the foot of, perhaps, the most recognizable iconic setting in the whole of the City of Lights. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)
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Borussia Dortmund supporters proudly show their colors for all to see for the match with Paris St. Germain at the Parc des Princes in the capital city of France. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

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