Christian Pulisic teed up Alexander Isak for the first goal of the Lucien Favre era as Borussia Dortmund won 1-0 against FK Austria Vienna at the Generali-Arena on Friday.
Austria Vienna 0-1 Dortmund
Goals: Isak (39')
Austria Wien started brightly, determined to give their revamped stadium an opening night to remember. Dortmund, however, were equally keen to make a positive impression on new boss Lucien Favre: Pulisic did that in teeing up Alexander Isak for the opening goal; new goalkeeper Marwin Hitz made a pair of saves late in the half to preserve that lead.
Favre changed every single outfield player at the break. New signing Marius Wolf would have had a goal but for Ivan Lucic's point-blank save, while Nuri Sahin was handily placed on the goalline to block a volley that would have given the hosts a not entirely undeserved equaliser.
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Dortmund first half: Hitz – Burnic, Pieper, Diallo – Toljan, Pulisic, Götze, Wanner – Schürrle, Isak, Philipp
Dortmund second half: Hitz – Schwermann, Toprak, Schmelzer – Gomez, Rode, Sahin, Bockhorn – Wolf, Sancho, Bruun Larsen
Absentees: Akanji, Bürki, Delaney, Guerreiro, Kagawa, Piszczek, Reus (post-World Cup break), Weigl (adductor)
Coach: Lucien Favre
Vienna: Pentz (Lucic 46’) - Klein, Madl (Kadiri 86’), Igor (Schoissengeyr 75’), Salamon (Gassmann 86’) - Grünwald (c) (Venuto 75’), Ebner (Hahn 17’), Matic (Sarkaria 81’) – Prokop (Serbest 86’) – Edomwonyi (Friesenbichler 63’), Turgeman (Demaku 75’)
Absentees: Monschein, Fitz, Borkovic, Hahn (all injured)
Coach: Thomas Letsch
- Dortmund represent Favre's third Bundesliga club, following spells in charge of Hertha Berlin (2007-2009) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (2011-2015).
- Maximillian Philipp was Dortmund's top scorer in the Bundesliga last season, with nine goals.
- Pulisic registered a team-high six Bundesliga assists last term - his second full season as a professional.
- BVB have faced Vienna on five previous occasions, including two competitive meetings in the opening round of the 2003/04 UEFA Europa League. The Black-Yellows won both ties.
- Vienna coach Thomas Letsch replaced Domenico Tedesco (now of Schalke) at Bundesliga 2 side Erzgebirge Aue last summer, but was dismissed after just three matches in charge.