27 October 1999
ROSENBORG 2-0 BOAVISTA
Ricardo flapped at a corner and Berg put away the loose ball. Dahlum's shot bounced off Ricardo hit his shin and went in.
Attendance : 14,167
DORTMUND 1-1 FEYENOORD
By Tim Leidecker
Dortmund dominated Feyenoord who were only able to field a better 2. Bundesliga team for 90 minutes and created a glut of chances but were only able to use one when Micky Stevic picked out Evanilson with a well-timed lob into the area, the Brazilian fullback headed the ball across goal and on the receiving end was Otto Addo, a player comparable to the young Kanu, who headed the ball against the inner post from were it went in.
Feyenoord scored from their only chance all game (that's what I call efficiency) when substitute Van Vossen picked up the ball on the left wing, marched towards the middle and unleashed a precise shot across goal and into the right bottom corner. Great goal, no doubt about it. Borussia stepped up the pressure even more but Bobic and Reina were again guilty of wasting 1000% chances when beeing 1 on 1 with Rotterdam keeper Dudek who also had a superb game you have to admid.
A word about BVB-attacker Giuseppe "Billy" Reina: He truly had a World Class game and truly is a World Class player wouldn't it be for his (lack of) finishing ability which is unfortunately an important part of a strikers game. He ran up and down the pitch all game long, hit the woodwork on both sides and was massively unlucky to have a tremendous long-range efford saved by the brilliant Dudek in the dieing minutes. But watch out for Billy, he will make his way (into the national team).
Attendance : 39,000
19 OCTOBER 1999
DORTMUND 0-3 ROSENBORG
By Tim Leidecker
Borussia lost at home for the first time in almost 3 years (Atlético Madrid were the last to beat them in their successful 96/97 CL campaign) against a Rosenborg team which - if there had still been any - silenced all doubters that they truly are a World Class team. *But* they also profitted from one of the worst pieces of refereeing I have seen since France 98.
As everybody was looking at Carew again it was his strike partner Sorensen who almost single-handedly beat the Yellow-Blacks : His first goal came from a Skammelsrud throughball which Carew poked into his path and Rosenborgs #8 put the ball past Lehmann. At the moment of the pass Sorensen was at least a meter offside though.
13 minutes into the 2nd half he curled in a perfect free kick from the edge of the area and when Ricken was sent off 11 minutes later for two non-yellow cards the game was virtually decided. Fredrik Winsnes made it 3-0 after Rosenborg players were allowed to exchange passes in Dortmunds penalty area.
Red Card(s) : Ricken 69 (Dortmund)
Attendance : 40,000
29 SEPTEMBER 1999
ROSENBORG 2-2 DORTMUND
By Tim Leidecker
Barbarez scored with a circus shot into the right bottom corner from across the area after a quick counterattack by Dortmund via Ricken and Reina. The "Kokser" even made it 2-0 when he tackled in Evanilsons cross. Great to see the old warhorse score Borussia then let Rosenborg back into the game but you also have to give credit to the Norwegians for attacking for 90 minutes. Sorensen used a positional error by Dédé to head in "Mini" Jakobsens cross. John Carew scored the equlizer in the 2nd half from a throughball by Fredrik Winsnes. A word about Carew: That guy at only 20 years old already looks a complete attacker: Can score with both feet, strong in the air (no suprise at 1,95m) but still magnificent handling the ball. I wouldn't go as far as German TV analyser Hansi Muller who compared him to Van Basten but I'd say he's already on the same level than say a Kluivert. Should have played his first and last season for RBK after he was already sought after lots of Western European clubs this year.
Attendance : 14,068 (sold out)
22 SEPTEMBER 1999
ROSENBORG 2-2 FEYENOORD
Thomasson pounced on a rebound to put Feyenoord in front. Carew equalised with a sweet volley. Kalou mesmerised the Rosenborg defence on his way to smashing the ball past the 'keeper but a shot deflected off Carew to end the scoring and match inside 30 minutes.
Attendance : 45,000