USMNT star Gio Reyna not needed by Dortmund as they defeat Chelsea in Champions League without in-form American

Gio Reyna Dortmund celebrate Bundesliga 2022-23
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Gio Reyna stayed on the bench for Borussia Dortmund's Champions League round of 16 first leg clash against Chelsea on Wednesday.
  • Reyna named to bench for Dortmund
  • Adeyemi, Brandt and Haller start in attack
  • Dortmund win 1-0

WHAT HAPPENED? Reyna was in the squad but not the line-up for Dortmund, with manager Edin Terzic turning to Karim Adeyemi, Julian Brandt and Sebastien Haller to lead the attack against the Blues. As the match wore on, Terzic called upon Anthony Modeste and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens to join the attack as Dortmund saw out a 1-0 lead thanks to a 63rd-minute goal from Adeyemi.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The USMNT star has begun the second half of the season in fine form, scoring three goals off the bench while establishing himself as Dortmund's go-to super-sub. He started Dortmund's most recent Bundesliga match, a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen, but was relatively ineffective compared to his previous goalscoring performances.

The rest on Wednesday was not the worst thing for Reyna, who has been plagued by fitness issues throughout his time in the Bundesliga. He could very well feature in the second leg.

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Gio Reyna in action for Dortmund in 2022-23 Bundesliga season EDIN TERZIC BORUSSIA DORTMUND

WHAT NEXT FOR DORTMUND? Following Wednesday's first leg victory, Dortmund will face Hertha Berlin, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig in their next three Bundesliga matches before heading to Stamford Bridge on March 7 to finish the last-16 match-up.

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