Marius Bülter scored a brace and Sebastian Andersson struck again as Union Berlin stunned Borussia Dortmund to record their first ever Bundesliga win.
Goals: 1-0 Bülter (22'), 1-1 Alcacer (25'), 2-1 Bülter (50'), 3-1 Andersson (75')
Union were given a 4-0 hiding by RB Leipzig on their Bundesliga debut but, encouraged by their Matchday 2 draw in Augsburg, took the fight to their more illustrious opponents in the capital. Having conceded an early opening to Julian Brandt, who flashed a teasing cross just beyond Jadon Sancho, Union almost got their noses in front when Dortmund old boy Neven Subotic headed wide. Marco Reus tickled the side netting and blazed over, before Bülter brought the house down with a fine finish following a corner-kick routine straight off the training ground. Union’s lead lasted barely three minutes, though, with Reus and Sancho combining for Paco Alcacer to poke in his fourth Bundesliga goal of the campaign.
If Union had been shaken by efforts from Julian Weigl and Reus late in the first half, they were certainly not stirred. Five minutes after the restart, Andersson capitalised on Manuel Akanji’s miscontrol to burst clear and force a smart save from the feet of Roman Bürki. BVB had plenty of men back, but Bülter found a pocket of space to steer the loose ball into the bottom corner and restore Union’s lead. Mahmoud Dahoud shot wide for an increasingly desperate Dortmund, who fell further behind with a quarter-of-an-hour still to play when Andersson tucked away his second goal in as many games following a fine piece of build-up play involving Robert Andrich and Sheraldo Becker. A Sancho curler aside, BVB struggled to break down the banks of red shirts in the latter stages as Union celebrated a famous victory with their cook-a-hoop partisan crowd.
- With a capacity of 22,012, Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei is the second-smallest venue in the Bundesliga this season.
- Union centre-back Subotic made 196 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund between 2008 and 2018, winning back-to-back titles under Jürgen Klopp in 2011 and 201
- Bülter scored his first Bundesliga goals and first career brace.
- Dortmund have conceded the opening goal in all three of their Bundesliga matches this season.
- Alcacer has scored in each of BVB's five competitive games in 2019/20 (six in total).
- Sancho now has three assists for the campaign. He topped the 2018/19 assist charts with 14.
- Andersson was Union's top scorer last season with 12 Bundesliga 2 goals.
Watch: Subotic: "Dortmund win will give us strength"
Union: Gikiewicz – Trimmel (c), Freidrich, Subotic, Lenz – Becker, Andrich, Schmiedebach (Gentner 62'), Bülter (Mees 76') – Ujah (Kroos 80'), Andersson
Unused subs: Nicolas, Ryerson, Polter, Gogia, Abdullahi, Parensen
Out: Hübner (knee), Prömel (leg), Schlotterbeck (suspended)
Coach: Urs Fischer
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Hakimi – Weigl (Guerreiro 76'), Delaney (Dahoud 46') – Sancho, Reus (c), Brandt (Bruun Larsen 86') – Alcacer
Unused subs: Hitz, Zagadou, Schmelzer, Schulz, Wolf, Götze
Out: Hazard (ribs), Morey (shoulder), Witsel (groin)
Coach: Lucien Favre
Watch: Reus: "We need a different mindset"