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HIGHLIGHTS: DORTMUND 3-0 GLADBACH
HOFMANN HITS WIDE
The former Dortmund midfielder is on the end of a clearance to the edge of the Dortmund box, but his attempted volley drifts wide of the mark. It's just not been Gladbach's day.
The Dortmund captain is back on the Bundesliga pitch for the first time since February, replacing Sancho, while Brandt is on for Reyna.
OUTSTANDING FROM SANCHO AND HAALAND
Dortmund clear from a Gladbach corner and Sancho leads the way. He races away and plays the pass at exactly the perfect time to meet Haaland's run, and he then clips it over Sommer with a dream finish before celebrating in style with Sancho. What a way to start the season for Haaland and Dortmund.
DORTMUND IN CONTROL
The home side's fans are making plenty of noise with a Mexican Wave and all sorts. As much as they have enjoyed possession in the last few minutes, there's still time for a change to the scoreline should Gladbach get going.
BENSEBAINI'S CROSS A TEASER
The full-back is now out on his favoured position on the left flank and whips a teasing cross low into the Dortmund box. It bounces in front of Bürki and behind the defence, but not Gladbach man is in position to tap it home.
The stats show no major differences between the two sides in this game. The most important statistic, though, is going in Dortmund's favour with the scoreline at 2-0.
ONLY THE SCORELINE SEPARATING THEM
CLOSE FOR PLEA
Thuram wins the ball around the Dortmund box and curls a cross to the back post. Plea is there and the ball just about reaches him, but he can do little to get power behind his effort on goal.
BELLINGHAM APPLAUDED OFF
A dream debut for Jude Bellingham collecting an assist for Reyna's goal. He's replaced by Thomas Delaney.
Dortmund announce that 9,300 fans have been in attendance this evening.
A GOOD OMEN FOR BVB FANS
In the eight Bundesliga games in which Haaland has scored, Dortmund have always ended up collecting three points.
30 TO PLAY...
Dortmund are on course for their 11th straight victory over Gladbach with 30 minutes to play at the Signal Iduna Park...
HAALAND OFF THE MARK
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PLEA AND THURAM ON
The Frenchman are on for Gladbach with all to do to get their side back into this game. Neither of the two forwards were fully fit heading into this game, but both will play just over half an hour in an attempt to earn the Foals some points here.
WHAT A CHANCE!
Dortmund have a double chance to go ahead as Sancho plays Reyna in on goal. The American cuts the ball back across goal rather than shooting and Passlack is on the end of it. He fires at goal, but the ball is cleared off the line! So close to a third goal.
HAALAND HAS HIS GOAL!
The new Dortmund No.9 fires past Sommer from the spot. He races up, then takes a stutter step and sends the Swiss goalkeeper the wrong way. His first goal of the season and Dortmund have a two-goal lead.
Gio Reyna is brought down by Bensebaini in the box.
Dortmund's goalscorer is also the hardest-working man on the pitch so far.
REYNA WORKING HARD
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FIRST CHANCE OF THE HALF
Can races into the Gladbach box with a slick move and his cross is heading towards Haaland, but Hofmann makes a crucial clearance. The ball falls back to Passlack on the edge of the box but his shot drives wide of goal.
The 20-year-old striker is coming deep to get involved on the ball in the early minutes here. He wants to get involved somehow, when he's used to just putting the ball in the back of the net. So far, he's had two attempts on the Gladbach goal.
SECOND HALF BEGINS!
No changes at the break for either side as Dortmund get the second half underway.
REYNA MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
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We're into two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
LAINER HAS A GO!
Gladbach responding well to going behind as Lainer drifts inside from his right-back spot and fires a left-footed shot at goal. It breaches the attempted blocks of Hummels and Akanji, but Bürki makes a good save to keep it out.
SANCHO HITS THE BAR!
Can curls a cross to the box and Sancho meets it on the run with a glancing header towards goal. Sommer stays still and can only watch as it drifts towards goal, but sees it bounce off the crossbar and over.
The Gladbach captain is cautioned for a foul on Witsel in midfield.
REYNA OPENS THE SCORING!
What a moment for the American as he scores his first-ever Bundesliga goal. And what a moment for Jude Bellingham who collects his first assist. Two 17-year-olds combine for Dortmund's first of the season as Bellingham holds up the ball in the Gladbach box and flicks a pass through for Reyna to chase. He reaches it and slides the ball across goal beyond Sommer's reach and into the far bottom corner.
Hofmann weaves his way through the Dortmund defence from the left with a one-two between himself and Wolf. He goes for goal as he falls under a challenge from Bellingham but Bürki makes a dramatic double save from the floor as well. The Dortmund defence is then able to clear.
Both teams have had bright moments but still neither has been able to take real control. Gladbach's high pressing is allowing them to win the ball in Dortmund's half more often than not, while the BVB attack looks dangerous on the counter-attack once again. The water is boiling and it feels like it might explode into action soon.
STINDL CAUSING PROBLEMS
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Doesn't get much closer than that between two sides, does it? Both sides hovering around the 90 percent completion mark as well.
He's coming into the game now as Reyna lofts a ball through for Haaland to race onto. He bullies Elvedi out of the way to shoot at goal, but the defender recovers to get a touch on the ball and it hits the side-netting.
The first shot on target for either side as the new Dortmund No.9 latches onto Sancho's free-kick towards the Gladbach box. He heads at goal, but it bounces nicely into Sommer's hands. The first save of the season for the top shot-stopper of 2019/20.
WARNING FOR BENSEBAINI
The Gladbach defender receives a warning from Felix Brych after a foul on Reyna.
Gladbach have covered more ground and won more tackles than their hosts so far. Marco Rose's pressing tactics doing good things for the Foals so far.
PRESSING HIGH AND HARD
A sad start to the season for Hazard who is replaced by Felix Passlack with that hamstring strain. Dortmund will be hoping it isn't a serious one.
The Belgian winger - playing at left wing-back today - is down with a hamstring issue. It looks like he may not be able to play on.
GLADBACH'S FIRST LOOK
Ginter curls an attempted cross forward to meet Stindl's run behind the Dortmund defence. But the Gladbach captain is offside when the ball was played.
EVEN CONTEST SO FAR
Both sides enjoying spells of possession with neither able to take full control of the game. We're still looking for our first shot on target, but Manuel Akanji has been booked for a rash challenge on Lars Stindl.
BELLINGHAM ON DEBUT
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FIRST DORTMUND MOVE
The home side break forward with Sancho through the middle and he finds Reyna's run into the Gladbach box. The American is forced wide slightly and shoots with his left, but can't find the target.
LOUD IN DORTMUND
The home fans singing their hearts out in the opening minutes here in what is a warm late summer's evening. They have waited since March to be able to return in some number, and they're making the most of it.
It is indeed a three-man defence for Gladbach with Ginter on the right, Elvedi in the centre and Bensebaini on the left.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling in Dortmund between the two Borussia's as Gladbach - in lime green - get things underway against the black and yellow of Dortmund.
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE RINGS OUT
Around 10,000 Dortmund fans are in the Signal Iduna Park this evening and all of them now stand to belt out You'll Never Walk Alone before the game tonight. We're almost ready to roll for this mouth-watering fixture.
FANS ARE BACK!
REMEMBERING LAST SEASON
Dortmund came out on top in both games last season with a 2-1 win at Borussia-Park and a 1-0 win at the Signal Iduna Park. In fact, Dortmund have won each of their last 10 games against Gladbach - their best run against any opponent in the Bundesliga.
WILL GLADBACH UPSET THE ODDS?
The Foals have won each of their last three opening weekend fixtures, going unbeaten in the last four. Without Denis Zakaria, Breel Embolo and loan signing Valentino Lazaro - among others - today, it could be an arduous task. Thuram and Plea are also only on the bench due to fitness problems and therefore, the odds are up against Rose's side.
BEWARE OF THE ENGLISH-BORN TRIO
Despite only one of them playing internationally for England, all three of Sancho, Reyna and Haaland were born in the country. And Gladbach will have to beware of them all. Sancho scored 17 goals and contributed 16 assists last season. Only Lewandowski (34 goals, four assists) and Werner (28 goals, eight assists) had a hand in more goals. Haaland figures to run Lewandowski close in the Torjägerkanone race this season. The Norwegian plundered 13 goals in 15 games following his winter arrival from Salzburg, coming in at a rate of one every 82 minutes. While Reyna has arguably been BVB's biggest winner in pre-season, though, scoring four goals in the five games in which he has featured. Both of his goals in competitive action have come in the DFB Cup.
You can also here from the other side of the Battle of the Borussias, as bundesliga.com spoke to Ramy Bensebaini ahead of the first game of the Foals' campaign. Head over to the website or the app to find the full interview, with the Gladbach midfielder stating... "We all know Borussia Dortmund and we know that they're a team who play good football. Our first match of the season is Dortmund away from home. It'll be difficult of course, but we have worked hard to prepare. I hope, and I'm sure, that we'll be ready."
bundesliga.com sat down with Dortmund's new Belgian man, Thomas Meunier, to preview the start of his debut Bundesliga season. Head over to the website to check out all quotes with some featured here. "Dortmund, Bayern, Leverkusen, Mönchengladbach, these are the kind of teams that everyone is talking about. I know the Bundesliga like I know football. I have good knowledge. I follow what's going on in German football."
THE FAMOUS WALK
FANS IN THE SIGNAL IDUNA PARK
Over 10,000 Borussia Dortmund fans are in attendance at the Signal Iduna Park today with social distancing rules applied.
DORTMUND TEAM NEWS
The BVB attack is a sight to behold for fans of young talents in football. Jadon Sancho, Gio Reyna and Erling Haaland are those tasked with leading the line for Lucien Favre's side. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Jude Bellingham makes his Bundesliga debut after signing from English Championship side Birmingham City this summer. He partners Axel Witsel in midfield with another newcomer, Thomas Meunier, on the right flank.
GLADBACH TEAM NEWS
The big news from Marco Reus' first line-up of the season is that both Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea are not fit enough to start this evening. In their place is an attack of captain Lars Stindl, supported on the wings by Hannes Wolf and Jonas Hofmann. Algerian Ramy Bensebaini starts in defensive midfield having trained their during pre-season, with Oscar Wendt in at left-back.
DORTMUND STARTING XI!
Bürki - Can, Hummels (c), Akanji - Meunier, Bellingham, Witsel, Hazard - Sancho, Reyna - Haaland
Hitz, Delaney, Dahoud, Reus, Brandt, Reinier, Wolf, Passlack
GLADBACH STARTING XI!
Sommer - Lainer, Elvedi, Ginter, Wendt - Kramer, Bensebaini - Wolf, Neuhaus, Hofmann - Stindl (c)
Sippel, Lang, Herrmann, Thuram, Plea, Traore, Jantschke, Müsel, Reitz
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