Teenage supersubs Youssoufa Moukoko and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens to the rescue as Borussia Dortmund beat Freiburg
Teenage supersubs Youssoufa Moukoko and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens came off the bench to inspire a dramatic late turnaround as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Freiburg 3-1 in the Matchday 2 opener on Friday.
Freiburg 1-3 Dortmund
Goals: 1-0 Gregoritsch 35' (assist: Ginter), 1-1 Bynoe-Gittens 77' (assist: Moukoko), 1-2 Moukoko 84' (assist: Brandt), 1-3 Wolf 88'
A brand-new stadium. A sixth-placed finish in the Bundesliga last season. Freiburg are no longer the top-flight minnows of old; instead they are very much a force to be reckoned with, particularly on home turf. That much was clear in the opening stages of the first half at the Europa-Park Stadion, where Dortmund enjoyed more possession initially but struggled to make any real progress in the final third. Freiburg gradually grew into the game and took the lead when Christian Günter's deep cross into the box from the left was headed back across goal by Matthias Ginter onto the head of Gregoritsch, whose own looping header beat Gregor Kobel and nestled into the net. BVB tried to respond, with debutant Anthony Modeste firing wide from Mahmoud Dahoud's pass, before Jude Bellingham fired straight at Mark Flekken from range on the stroke of half-time.
Gregoritsch was involved again in the first real chance of the second half, flicking a header into the path of the unmarked Roland Sallai, whose low left-footed drive from the edge of the box was well saved by Kobel. The Freiburg forward continued to be a menace, first firing off target from a clever Kiliann Sildillia pass before heading over the bar after Ritsu Doan's cross picked him out. The hosts appeared to be well in control and on course for all three points until Dortmund teenager Bynoe-Gittens came off the bench and hit a speculative long-range shot that seemed to catch Flekken off guard, the ball slipping through the 'keeper's fingers and into the net. It was a moment that changed the energy in the game and BVB were subsequently on top. Bynoe-Gittens was involved again when Dortmund took the lead, his mazy dribble dragging defenders out of position before slipping a pass into fellow substitute Julian Brandt, who flicked it into Moukoko to fire home. A remarkable comeback was sealed moments later when Marius Wolf scampered down the right wing, cut inside and drilled a shot inside the far post, handing Edin Terzic's side their second league win of the campaign.
- Ginter's assist was his first in the Bundesliga since December 2020, when he did so for former club Borussia Mönchengladbach against Hertha Berlin.
- As was the case on Matchday 1, Gregoritsch put his new side 1-0 up with a header here.
- Freiburg scored more headed goals than any other Bundesliga team last season (16) and lead the way this term as well with two.
- Bynoe-Gittens registered his first Bundesliga goal, coming in his fifth top-flight outing.
- Moukoko scored his sixth top-flight goal on this game, becoming the youngest player ever to reach that mark.
- Nico Schlotterbeck made 56 appearances for Freiburg, before joining Dortmund in the summer.
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Freiburg: Flekken - Sildillia, Ginter, Lienhart, Günter (c) - Eggestein, Höfler - Sallai, Doan (Kyereh 85'), Grifo (Weißhaupt 84') - Gregoritsch (Petersen 74')
Unused subs: Uphoff, Siquet, K. Schlotterbeck, Gulde, Keitel, Jeong
Out: Ezekwem (muscular), Höler (metatarsal), Kübler (thigh), Schade (abdominal)
Coach: Christian Streich
Dortmund: Kobel - Meunier (Wolf 46'), Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro - Dahoud (Brandt 76'), Bellingham - Malen (Moukoko 70'), Reus (c), Hazard (Bynoe-Gittens 64') - Modeste
Unused subs: Meyer, Coulibaly, Can, Passlack, Özcan
Out: Adeyemi (toe), Haller (testicular cancer), Morey (match fitness), Reyna (match fitness), Rothe (hip), Süle (muscular)
Coach: Edin Terzic
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