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Borussia Dortmund vs PSG LIVE: Champions League semi-final team news, line-ups and more as Jadon Sancho starts

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG LIVE: Champions League semi-final team news, line-ups and more as Jadon Sancho starts

Paris Saint-Germain are aiming to reach their first Champions League final since their 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in 2020.

Standing in PSG’s way are Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund, who overcame a first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid to progress to the semi-finals.

After ending Diego Simeone’s hunt for a first UCL medal, the German club are now faced with stopping Kylian Mbappe’s search for the trophy he craves most in his career.

Luis Enrique’s side reached the last four with a 6-4 aggregate win over Barcelona and, after wrapping up the Ligue 1 title this weekend, they will be hoping to pick up a statement victory in Germany tonight.

Follow live updates from the Champions League semi-final first leg, below, and get the latest Borussia Dortmund vs PSG predictions and odds here.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG LIVE: Latest Champions League updates

  • Borussia Dortmund host PSG in Champions League semi-final first leg, with kick-off at 8pm

  • PSG hoping to reach first UCL final since 2020 after beating Barcelona in quarter-finals

  • Dortmund into their first semi-final since 2013 when they eventually lost to Bayern Munich in the final

  • Borussia Dortmund XI: Kobel; Ryerson, Schlotterbeck, Hummels, Maatsen; Adeyemi, Brandt, Sabitzer, Emre Can, Sancho; Fullkrug.

  • PSG XI: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Lucas Hernandez, Nuno Mendes; Zaire-Emery, Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz; Dembele, Mbappe Barcola.

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund – Paris Saint-Germain FC

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:10 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain meet for the third time in this season’s Champions League with a place in the final the prize for the winners of their semi-final tie.

The pair were drawn together in Group F with Paris winning 2-0 in France on Matchday 1 before the teams met again in Germany on Matchday 6.

With Dortmund already through to the round of 16, Paris needed a 1-1 draw to join their hosts in the knockout rounds, BVB finishing with 11 points in the section, three above their French visitors, who edged out AC Milan on head-to-head record.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:05 , Mike Jones

Dortmund are unbeaten when facing Paris on home turf, drawing two of the three such encounters across all competitions to date.

Terzic names same team

19:01 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund’s line-up is as expected, Edin Terzić naming the same starting XI that triumphed in a dramatic turnaround in the second leg of the quarter-final against Atlético de Madrid.

There are plenty of attacking options on the home side’s bench to choose from, namely Malen, Haller, Bynoe-Gittens and Reus.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:55 , Mike Jones

PSG are set for their fourth semi-final appearance in the Champions League, and first since the 2020/21 campaign.

Skipper Marquinhos gave PSG a 15th-minute first-leg lead against Man City, but the Premier League outfit would go on to triumph 4-1 on aggregate.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG line-ups

18:53 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund XI: Kobel; Ryerson, Schlotterbeck, Hummels, Maatsen; Adeyemi, Brandt, Sabitzer, Emre Can, Sancho; Fullkrug.

PSG XI: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Lucas Hernandez, Nuno Mendes; Zaire-Emery, Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz; Dembele, Mbappe Barcola.

Here’s a bit more from Jadon Sancho:

18:50 , Mike Jones

“It’s always nice to come back and have the feeling of people, especially 80,000 people, screaming your name. It’s kind of hard to believe.

“I’ve been there before and it’s a nice feeling. It just gives you a lot of confidence going into the game, and having that support behind you is always a nice feeling for a player.”

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:48 , Mike Jones

PSG manager Luis Enrique said his side were “here to enjoy it” when they face Dortmund, who won the Champions League in 1997 and are fifth in the German Bundesliga.

“What’s great about being here is that we can enjoy a really special game at a unique stadium in Europe,” said the Spaniard.

“We have a chance to make our fans really happy by reaching the final. That’s what we’ve earned the right to do. We’ll try to enjoy that.”

Luis Enrique thinks PSG are peaking at right time for Champions League glory

18:40 , Mike Jones

Paris St Germain coach Luis Enrique believes the timing is perfect for their Champions League semi-final against Borussia Dortmund.

Enrique’s side have travelled to Germany for Wednesday’s first leg having been crowned as French champions at the weekend, and with a place in the Coupe de France final against Lyon booked.

The Champions League remains the missing piece for the capital club, and this could be their best chance of securing it before Kylian Mbappe moves on in the summer.

Luis Enrique thinks PSG are peaking at right time for Champions League glory

Jadon Sancho on returning to Dortmund in January:

18:35 , Mike Jones

“Dortmund’s always a special place for me. This is where I built my name and obviously Dortmund gave me the platform to express myself, so it was a very nice feeling coming back here.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with the club, even when I left. I always followed the club and its position.”

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Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:30 , Mike Jones

Dortmund are ready for another Champions League night in front of the Yellow Wall:

PSG were ‘made to win Champions League’ says Terzic

18:25 , Mike Jones

Paris Saint-Germain were “built to win the Champions League” says Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic. His team meet the French champions in the first leg of the semi-finals on Wednesday.

The French side, who beat Barcelona in the quarter-finals, lost to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final.

“The project in Paris began with the goal of winning the Champions League,” said Terzic. “That’s been their main objective for a decade.

“Maybe we’re the team with less experience, but we may have the greatest hunger.

“When everyone digs in, not just those on the field and on the bench but everyone in the stadium, we’ve got a huge opportunity – and we need to take it.”

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:20 , Mike Jones

PSG looked in good spirits at training ahead of tonight’s match against Borussia Dortmund:

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Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:15 , Mike Jones

Paris will be making their fourth appearance in the Champions League semi-finals this evening.

They’ve previously been eliminated at this stage of the competition by Milan in 1994/95, and Man City in 2020/21.

However, they did prevail against German opposition on their way to their only final, overcoming RB Leipzig 3-0 in a one-legged affair during the truncated 2019/20 campaign.

What happened last night?

18:10 , Mike Jones

A vintage Champions League display from Real Madrid reveals how Bayern Munich can beat them.

A game that had almost everything was never going to leave Real Madrid with nothing. That’s just not how they do things in the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti’s side probably deserved to lose. They were definitely the inferior side. Their English star had a much more challenging night than Bayern Munich’s English star.

And yet it is the 14-time champions that of course leave a big European night that bit more satisfied. Real Madrid have a 2-2 draw and now have the chance to win this semi-final in their own stadium.

It didn’t quite go the way everyone expected after Vinicius Junior’s opening goal, given how impressively Bayern Munich rallied. And yet the Germans – and even Harry Kane – will feel they could have scored far more.

A vintage display from Real Madrid reveals how Bayern Munich can beat them

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:05 , Mike Jones

PSG coach, Luis Enrique, speaking about a possible quad-ruple for the French side: “There’s one month left before the end of the season and we can still win all four competitions; we must manage our emotions well and we must not see pressure as a threat.

“It is a beautiful thing to enjoy a special match in a unique stadium in Europe and to have the opportunity to reach the final for our supporters.

“It’s going to be a very good show, there could be a lot of goals.”

More from Edin Terzic:

18:00 , Mike Jones

“In the group stage, we saw a significantly different game against Paris in our stadium. It was a very open match in which we were a bit closer to winning.

“Paris are currently at their peak and we have to top the performance we showed back then. We are confident we will show we have improved.

“I think every opponent aims to stop Kylian Mbappé, but that doesn’t always work. We have to prepare for everything.”

Terzic on semi-final against PSG

17:55 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic spoke about his team’s chances of reaching the Champions League final and explained how he feels that they learned from the previous encounters against PSG.

“You could sense in the return leg that we had learned the lessons from the first game,” Terzic said, “Now PSG look to be at their very peak this season with only one defeat in 2024 and a good run of results.

“We will have to show an improved performance from that in Dortmund. We are confident that will show it tomorrow and next week in Paris.

“The clear goal is to gain a small advantage after the game tomorrow. We know we have to play at least 180 minutes at the highest level to have any shot at our dream.”

Borussia Dortmund boosted by return of four key players ahead of PSG Champions League clash

17:50 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marcel Sabitzer and forward Donyell Malen are likely to be fit in time for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at home against Paris St Germain, coach Edin Terzic said on Tuesday.

Dortmund will have Emre Can and Ian Maatsen back from suspension while Sabitzer, who was out ill for several days, and Dutch international Malen, recovering from an injury picked up in last month’s international duty, have returned to training.

Dortmund boosted by return of four key players ahead of PSG clash

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

17:45 , Mike Jones

Luis Enrique’s men have been the more prolific of the two sides in the knockout stage this season, racking up 10 goals in their ties with Real Sociedad and Barcelona.

Dortmund have tended to save their best displays for their ‘Yellow Wall’, taking down PSV and Atlético de Madrid in front of their home fans to make it this far.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

17:39 , Mike Jones

Dortmund have only lost one of their previous eight home matches in Uefa competition semi-finals with five wins and two draws.

It is more of a mixed bag for Paris Saint-Germain, though, as they have won only one of their last five matches in the Champions League semi-finals.

However, they did come out on top in the only Uefa competition two-legged tie against BVB – a 3-2 aggregate win in the 2019/20 Champions League round of 16.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

17:33 , Mike Jones

This is Borussia Dortmund’s fifth European Cup/Champions League semi-final but their first since they saw off Real Madrid in 2013.

A repeat of the final against Bayern that year could be on the cards if their fellow German side come through their last-four tie against Los Blancos following a 2-2 draw last night.

PSG, meanwhile, are through to their fourth Champions League semi-final, having failed to reach that stage in the European Cup era.

Dortmund vs PSG

17:27 , Mike Jones

These two clubs meet again following their two outings in Group F earlier this season.

Those contests may have left Dortmund with a feeling of what might have been given they were defeated 2-0 by Paris at the Parc des Princes in the first head to head before drawing 1-1 at home.

They had already qualified before that latter encounter on Matchday 6, when they took the lead in a game in which would have meant elimination for PSG if they lost given AC Milan’s victory at Newcastle.

Letting that goal slip could come back to haunt the German side if PSG manage to best them over two legs in the semi-finals.

The Champions League has gone stale and is past the point of no return

17:22 , Mike Jones

If the Champions League this week left you feeling bored – and that’s if you were even watching in the first place – it wasn’t quite the sentiment being shared within Uefa.

There is excitement at the fact the quarter-finals is now close to having one club from each of its major TV markets: that’s England, Spain, Germany and France, with Italy still able to make it five from five. This, in the words of Uefa insiders, is much more important than actually competitive and compelling ties.

It is a motivation that explains how the competition has gone so stale, as well as how the wider European football landscape has completely stagnated. The Champions League is only becoming as predictable as many domestic leagues. Profit has been prioritised over the health of the game, leading to growing financial disparities that are now beginning to existentially threaten the sport’s lifeblood of unpredictability.

The Champions League has gone stale and is past the point of no return

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG prediction

17:16 , Mike Jones

This will be the third time that Borussia Dortmund and PSG have faced each other in this season’s Champions League as the teams were drawn in the same group.

The previous fixture in Germany ended in a 1-1 draw after the Parisians had won 2-0 at home. Dortmund have since improved, aided by the return of Jadon Sancho, but a focused and determined PSG may still be too much for them.

Dortmund 1-3 PSG.

Predicted line-ups

17:10 , Mike Jones

Dortmund: Kobel; Wolf, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson; Can, Sabitzer; Adeyemi, Brandt, Sancho, Fullkrug

PSG: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Hernandez, Nunes; Vitinha, Zaire-Emery, Ruiz; Dembele, Mbappe, Barcola

What is the team news?

17:06 , Mike Jones

Edin Terzic will be without Sebastian Haller who has missed the last couple of games with an ankle injury, while Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen and Donyell Malen are both doubts.

Mats Hummels was substituted off in their 4-1 defeat to RB Leipzig at the weekend, but Dortmund hope to have him back for the first leg.

As for PSG, this evening’s game has come too early for long-term absentee Presnel Kimpembe, but they have been boosted by the fact he has returned to individual training.

He is the only player unavailable for Enrique, who rested some of his stars in PSG’s 3-3 draw with Le Havre.

How to watch Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

17:00 , Mike Jones

The match will kick-off at 8:00pm BST on Wednesday 1 May at the Signal Iduna Park, Germany.

It will be shown live on TNT Sports 1, with coverage starting from 7pm BST. Subscribers can stream the action via Discovery+. Purchase a TNT Sports subscription via Discovery+ here, for only £30.99 per month.

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Good afternoon!

14:28 , Mike Jones

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Champions League action as Borussia Dortmund take on Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their semi-final clash.

Yesterday, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid played out a 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena meaning their tie will come down to whoever is triumphant in Spain next week.

Tonight, Dortmund have the chance to put their stamp on this last-four encounter as they play at home against the French champions. They have not reached this stage of the competition since 2012/13 but went on to reach the final that year.

PSG, meanwhile, are still hoping to collect their first European title but know that they will have a difficult task on their hands this evening. Dortmund are wyly competitiors at home and the yellow wall of fans can be intimidating.

We’ll have all the action throughout the afternoon including team news, manager’s thoughts and all the latest updates so stick with us as we build up to kick off at 8pm.

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