Borussia Dortmund secured 3 points after winning their opening match against RB Leipzig 4 – 1 on Sunday.
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Borussia Dortmund recovered from the shock of conceding a goal in the opening minute of the new Bundesliga season to beat RB Leipzig. Dortmund eased past RB Leipzig 4-1 on Sunday after getting from a goal down, to make a winning Bundesliga start under new coach Lucien Favre and validate their status as title contenders.
Following a nervous beginning during which Jean-Kevin Augustin secured a goal for Leipzig after only 31 seconds, Dortmund grew competitive to win the match and grabbed three goals in 22 minutes.
Jean-Kevin Augustin drilled a shot into the bottom corner to give Leipzig a lead but Mahmoud Dahoud leveled 20 minutes later when he scored from Marcel Schmelzer‘s cross.
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Dortmund were granted the lead five minutes before the interval when Marcel Sabitzer turned a Marco Reus free-kick into his own net. Axel Witsel, then made it 3-1 just two minutes later as he secured a goal from close range with a bicycle kick.
Leipzig struggled to keep up with the pace. Captain Reus finally got on the scoresheet in stoppage time as he shot into the bottom corner after being assisted up by substitute Jadon Sancho.
Dortmund, who will compete in the Champions League group stage, needed to do little in the second half other than keeping the visitors out of the box. Leipzig were far too clumsy in their strikes and forward Timo Werner was denied by keeper Roman Buerki late in the match before Reus completed Dortmund’s winning start with an excellent ending also scoring his 100th Bundesliga goal.
Historic Day 🔥
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Speaking after the match, new manager Lucian Favre said: “Leipzig were better than us at the start and we were not defending well. But we showed a really good reaction. I don’t want to say that we were lucky but it went well for us.”
Dortmund faces Hannover in their next Bundesliga fixture on Saturday, 1st September.