Jadon Sancho has the most successful dribbles since Lionel Messi.

Dortmund won the first leg of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League semifinals at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany, at 4 am on the 2nd (Korea time), losing one to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

It was Dortmund who gained the upper hand first. In the 36th minute, Niko Schlotterbeck connected to the back of PSG’s defense. Nikolaas ̈ Crook hit the ball well with his right foot and then scored with a clean left-footed shot to cut the net. The first half ended with Dortmund leading 1-0.

PSG took the lead in the second half. In need of scoring goals, PSG launched aggressive attacks. Kylian Mbappe and Ashraf Hakimi consecutively hit the post, which was a shame. However, PSG could not open Dortmund’s goalpost in the end, and the game ended with Dortmund’s 1-0 victory.

While playing full time, Sancho touched the ball 100 times, crossed an 88 percent success rate (51 out of 58) and scored a key pass, one long ball (1 attempt), and a decisive goal, according to the football statistics outlet Sofa Score. He recorded one chance creation, 13 dribbles (18 attempts), and 14 ground duels (20 attempts). The highest rating was 8.3.

Lee Kang-in stayed on the bench on the day. Sancho, on the other hand, played a big role in leading Dortmund’s attack. Sancho bothered PSG’s defense with a bold breakthrough on the right flank and showed various moves up front. He did not make an attacking point, but he was competitive.

According to soccer statistics outlet Opta, Sancho’s 12 successful dribbles in this match were the most successful dribbles in a UCL semifinal since Messi’s record 16 years ago. At the time, Messi made 16 dribbles.

Barcelona and Manchester United faced off in the UCL semifinals of the 2007-08 season. The first game was tied 0-0. The second game was held at home to Manchester United. The winner was Manchester United. Manchester United advanced to the final with a 1-0 victory thanks to Paul Scholes’ winning goal.

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