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Dortmunds Langerak delighted at European start

01 Oct 2013 23:17:00

Dortmunds Langerak delighted at European start

Borussia Dortmund's Australian goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak admitted he was delighted to mark his first Champions League start with a clean sheet in Tuesday's 3-0 home win over Olympic Marseille.

With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller suspended after being sent off in the 2-1 defeat at Napoli a fortnight ago, the 25-year-old Langerak put in a composed display in the Group F clash.

With the Queenslander's family all tuned into the match in the early hours of Wednesday morning back in Australia, Langerak said he was delighted to get the win and shut Marseille out.

"Yes, I've talked to them (the family), I think it's 5 o'clock back home and I'm very happy that they've seen the game.," said Langerak.

"Today, it was incredible and I will remember this night all my life.

"I wanna thank all the guys for helping get the job done."

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has said he has no concerns when he calls upon Langerak, who has won 13 of his 14 games in a Dortmund shirt with the Napoli defeat the only blot on his record.

The Australian repaid Klopp's faith with three saves of OM's four shots on goal as Dortmund dominated.

It was a more enjoyable experience than his unexpected Champions League debut at Napoli when he came on after Weidenfeller's dismissal in what turned out to be a painful baptism of fire.

The Australian collided with the post when failing to stop a goal from Italy's Lorenzo Insigne to make it 2-1, which left Langerak with two chipped front teeth.

But Langerak has other big games on the horizon and is set to make his international bow next week.

With veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer having been left out of the Australia squad for the friendlies against France in Paris and Canada in London, Langerak is set to make his Socceroos debut on October 11.


AFP

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