Ingolstadt - All four goals came in the second half as Borussia Dortmund registered a deserved 4-0 win away to Bundesliga newcomers FC Ingolstadt 04.
Dortmund asked all the questions of Ingolstadt in a decidedly one-sided first half, registering nine shots on Orjan Nyland’s goal to the hosts’ one. Marco Reus wasted the best of them, meeting Marcel Schmelzer’s cute lay-off and blasting wide from 12 yards. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went within inches of capping Ilkay Gündogan’s surging run and pass with a goal, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan blasted a decent opening wide.
BVB custodian Roman Bürki was called into action early in the second half to bat away a fierce Moritz Hartmann strike, but Dortmund’s back-to-front quality told in the 54th minute when Mkhitaryan teed up Matthias Ginter for his first goal in a black and yellow shirt since joining the club from SC Freiburg in summer 2014. Reus swiftly made it two from the penalty spot, before Shinji Kagawa and Aubameyang added goals three and four to extend Thomas Tuchel’s 100 per cent winning start to six matches in all competitions.
Dortmund might just have buckled under the pressure in games like this last season, but their relentless and direct attacking approach made all the difference in Bavaria. Between them, the likes of Gündogan, Reus, Kagawa, Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang played some wonderful stuff and, despite failing to score in the first half, it always felt like at least one of them would find a way through eventually.
Man of the match
Julian Weigl put in another impressive display in front of the Dortmund back four. The 19-year-old midfielder completed 94 per cent of his attempted passes in last weekend’s 4-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, but it was his presence and reading of the game that really stood out at the Audi-Sportpark on Matchday 2. On this showing, Sven Bender may struggle to regain his place in the starting XI.
Stats of the match
- Dortmund are the only team yet to concede a goal in the Bundesliga in 2015/16.
- Mkhitaryan’s first-half booking represented the first yellow card awarded to a Dortmund player in the Bundesliga this season.
- Dortmund have scored 20 goals in six games under Tuchel.
- With an average age of 25 years and 2 months, Dortmund named their youngest starting line-up since October 2013.
- The win takes BVB top of the Bundesliga for the first time since Matchday 7 of the 2013/14 campaign.