Champions League: Borussia Dortmund leave Mario Goetze out of squad for Benfica clash

Berlin: Germany's World Cup winner Mario Goetze has been left out of Borussia Dortmund's squad for Tuesday's Champions League last 16, first-leg, clash against Benfica.

The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour with coach Thomas Tuchel after a string of below-par performances and is struggling with a leg injury, which kept him out of Saturday's shock 2-1 defeat at Bundesliga bottom side Darmstadt.

File photo of Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle on the bench. Reuters

File photo of Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle on the bench. Reuters

"For him, the game in Lisbon came a bit too soon," Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc told BVB.de.

Injury and loss of form mean Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, has played just 24 minutes of football so far in 2017.

Dortmund have been boosted with the return of both captain Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek, who missed the Darmstadt defeat with injury.

Wingers Ousmane Dembele and Marco Reus have both shaken off knocks picked up in Darmstadt.

Tuesday's fixture at the Estadio da Luz will be the first meeting between Benfica and Dortmund since the first round of the 1963/64 European Cup, a tie the German club won 6-2 on aggregate.

The second leg in Germany is scheduled for 8 March.


Updated Date: Feb 14, 2017 11:13 AM

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