Paco Alcacer didn’t just win a crucial game for Borussia Dortmund when he struck against Bayern Munich on Matchday 11 – he also broke a Bundesliga record that had stood for 55 years.
The now permanent signing from Barcelona was sprung from the bench just before the hour mark in the Klassiker, and he soon lifted the ball past Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer to give Dortmund a 3-2 victory. The 25-year-old’s goal put Dortmund four points clear of Borussia Mönchengladbach and seven ahead of defending champions Bayern at the top of the table.
In the process, however, the Spain international had also set a new Bundesliga record by getting his eighth league goal in 218 minutes on the pitch. The previous landmark had been set by Hamburg’s Charly Dörfel in 1963, who reached the same tally in 519 minutes during the league’s inaugural season.
After smashing Dörfel’s best by 301 minutes, Alcacer is now averaging a goal every 29 minutes in the German top flight. That, too, is a record for players who have at least eight league goals. The top goalscorer in Bundesliga history – ex-Bayern striker Gerd Müller, who hit the net 365 times in 427 games – averaged a goal every 105 minutes.
Alcacer’s achievements don’t end there. Four of his six league appearances this season have come as a substitute, and a league-high seven of his goals have come after he started on the bench. The Dortmund forward has also scored more times than anyone else in the second half (seven goals) and in the final quarter (five goals).
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Those statistics are all the more impressive when you consider that Alcacer only arrived in Dortmund – initially on loan from Barcelona – in late August. How many more records will he break now that he is confirmed as a permanent fixture at the Signal Iduna Park?