Supersub Jamie Bynoe-Gittens keeps Borussia Dortmund perfect with win at Werder Bremen
Borussia Dortmund youngster Jamie Bynoe-Gittens scored within seconds of coming off the bench to pave the way for a 2-0 win away to Werder Bremen, extending BVB's winning sequence to five straight Bundesliga games.
Bremen 0-2 Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Bynoe-Gittens 67' (assist: Schlotterbeck), 0-2 Brandt 85' (assist: Guerreiro)
With the dramatic 3-2 defeat back in August still fresh in their memories – Dortmund having thrown away a 2-0 lead in the 89th minute – the visitors began with purpose here and soon dominated possession. Marco Reus had a shot well saved by Jiri Pavlenka and Julian Ryerson drilled wide from the edge of the box in a first half that was short on clear-cut openings. At the other end of the pitch Niclas Füllkrug kept Nico Schlotterbeck on his toes, but could only head wide from eight yards with the best of his chances.
It was a similar story in the second half, with Dortmund on top and creating more opportunities but struggling to convert them. Jude Bellingham had the best of the lot early on with a close-range volley that draw a fine save from Pavlenka. Füllkrug looped a header over before a Bynoe-Gittens’ introduction changed the course of the game, the teenager smashing in an unstoppable left-footed shot within seconds of taking to the pitch. Bremen were forced to commit more men forward in search of an equaliser as a result and were eventually caught out on the counter when Raphael Guerreiro played in Julian Brandt, who finished expertly to seal a well-deserved win for Edin Terzic’s side.
- After scoring a goal in each of his three substitute appearances in 2023, Gio Reyna made his first Bundesliga start since Matchday 15.
- Jiri Pavlenka made his 200th competitive appearance for Bremen.
- Brandt now has six Bundesliga goal this season, making him Dortmund's joint-leading scorer alongside Youssoufa Moukoko.
- A Dortmund substitute has scored in each of the team's five league games so far in 2023.
- BVB have found the net a league-high 10 times from supersubs this season.
- Bynoe-Gittens' efforts was his third overall in the Bundesliga.
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Bremen: Pavlenka - Pieper, Veljkovic, Stark - Weiser (Schmid 80'), Bittencourt (Schmidt 46), Groß (Philipp 70'), Stage (Gruev 70), Jung – Füllkrug (c), Ducksch
Unused subs: Zetterer, Buchanan, Chiarodia, Salifou, Dinkci
Out: Agu (patella tendon), Friedl (suspended), Mbom (calf)
Coach: Ole Werner
Dortmund: Kobel - Ryerson (Meunier 88'), Süle, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro - Can, Bellingham - Brandt (Dahoud 89'), Reus (c) (Özcan 66'), Reyna (Bynoe-Gittens 66') - Moukoko (Haller 29')
Unused subs: Meyer, Hummels, Modeste, Malen
Out: Adeyemi (suspended), Kamara (knee), Morey (match fitness), Wolf (shoulder)
Coach: Edin Terzic
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