Gio Reyna set up Erling Haaland for both of his goals as Borussia Dortmund overwhelmed Freiburg. - © imago images
Gio Reyna set up Erling Haaland for both of his goals as Borussia Dortmund overwhelmed Freiburg. - © imago images
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Gio Reyna makes history with assist hat-trick for Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund's USA youth international Gio Reyna made history on Saturday by becoming the first 17-year-old to record three assists in a single Bundesliga game.

The attacking midfielder, who doesn't turn 18 until 13 November, spearheaded BVB's 4-0 thrashing of Freiburg on Matchday 3, setting up his side's first three goals – and becoming the youngest player to do so since detailed data collection began in 1992.

With illness forcing Jadon Sancho to miss a Bundesliga game for the first time in 2020, and captain Marco Reus still working his way back to full fitness following a long-term injury, Reyna rose to the occasion at the Signal Iduna Park as Dortmund looked to bounce back from defeats to Augsburg on Matchday 2 and against Bayern Munich in the Supercup on Wednesday.

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Lucien Favre's side initially struggled to break down their hard-running visitors, as the head coach acknowledged at full time.

"We're learning," said the 62-year-old. "We were patient and didn't lose our nerve. The first 20 minutes were very difficult. Almost all teams press you now, it's the same everywhere you go. But we stayed calm and we knew we'd find the gaps."

Reyna certainly did that, paving the way for the opener with a moment of brilliance just past the half-hour mark.

Reus robbed Lucas Höfler of the ball in midfield and it fell at the feet of Reyna, who instantly scurried forward before playing a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Erling Haaland to lash in the opener.

He showed his ability from set-pieces for Dortmund's second, curling in a pinpoint corner from the right for Emre Can to head home.

About 20 minutes later put the outcome beyond all doubt by stealing the ball off Kevin Schlotterbech just outside the centre circle, striding forward and again teeing up Haaland to smash in for 3-0.

"The American dream… finally he played me the ball and then it gets dangerous," Haaland told bundesliga.com afterwards. "They were two nice goals."

Watch: Haaland: "They were two nice goals"

Reyna deservedly received a raucous standing ovation from the 11,500 fans in attendance when he was substituted off on 80 minutes, having become the first Dortmund player since Reus in December 2016 to chip in with three assists in on game.

Not only that, but the teenager now leads the Bundesliga assist charts ahead of the likes of Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich and Sancho.