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Oct 23, 2013

Klopp hails 'great performance'

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp hailed a ‘great performance’ which saw the German club claim a late 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the Champions League.

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The Group F opponents were locked at 1-1 at the Emirates for the entire second-half until Poland international Robert Lewandowski broke free eight minutes from time to hand the Gunners their first loss in Europe this season.

The home loss is only the second time Arsenal have been beaten this season, the Gunners undefeated in all competitions since their opening day loss to Aston Villa in the Premier League.

And Klopp, who is still serving a touchline ban, was delighted his players were able to stop a club in such ‘sensational form’.

"It was a great performance," Klopp told Sky. "We won away at Arsenal who are in a sensational form.

"It was an open game we won thanks to a fantastic attack which made it 2-1. Arsenal are too strong to keep them away from our goal the whole time. They didn't have that many chances.

"From up in the stands you have a better view! A totally new perspective."

And Klopp’s comments were echoed by his players, with match-winner Lewandowski hailing his strike as an ‘important goal’, while midfielder Nuri Sahin believes the win will give the squad confidence heading into their upcoming Bundesliga match against Schalke.

"I ran many metres before I scored my goal and finished it," Lewandowski said. "It is an important goal and an important win."

Sahin added: "The win will give us a boost. Now we try to use the victory to our advantage against Schalke."

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