Jude Bellingham (c.) contributed to two goals for Borussia Dortmund in their first pre-season outing ahead of the 2020/21 season with Erling Haaland (r.) and Gio Reyna (l.) also on the scoresheet. - © Borussia Dortmund
Jude Bellingham (c.) contributed to two goals for Borussia Dortmund in their first pre-season outing ahead of the 2020/21 season with Erling Haaland (r.) and Gio Reyna (l.) also on the scoresheet. - © Borussia Dortmund
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Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland star in Borussia Dortmund's first 2020/21 pre-season win

Jude Bellingham played a starring role from midfield in Borussia Dortmund's first pre-season fixture of the summer ahead of the 2020/21 season, with Erling Haaland also scoring twice in a 6-0 victory over SC Rheindorf Altach.

Having signed a long-term contract with Dortmund at the end of July before joining the first-team training camp in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, 17-year-old Bellingham started the club's opening pre-season match of the summer.

The English teenager played alongside fellow countryman Jadon Sancho, as well as Haaland and Gio Reyna in a strong starting XI, with Bellingham partnering Thomas Delaney in holding midfield.

Bellingham, despite playing in a deeper midfield role, contributed to two of Dortmund's goals in his 45 minutes on the pitch. The first coming from his pressing and reading of the game as he intercepted a pass out from the Altach defence before setting up Haaland, who in turn found Reyna for a tidy finish.

Haaland tucked away a penalty before Bellingham then turned direct provider for the Norweigian striker's second of the first half, his backheeled flick at the near post teeing up Haaland to smash home. Lucien Favre changed his entire team at half-time with the score already at 3-0 and Dortmund added three more goals in the second period through Thorgan Hazard, Emre Can and Julian Brandt.

"I loved every minute of it," Bellingham told BVB.TV after his debut for the club. "It was great to familiarise myself with the boys and finally have some competition in black and yellow. I'm buzzing. We got some goals, had some fun. I really enjoyed it.

Despite having only just turned 17 at the end of June, Jude Bellingham produced an accomplished midfield performance on his Borussia Dortmund debut. - imago images

"I'm confident in my ability but the boys made it so easy for me. They were outstanding at times and we played some really good stuff even though it's our first game back. I'm really happy to be part of this team."

Bellingham will be looking to impress further in Dortmund's next friendly against Austria Vienna, to be played on Sunday 16 August.