US international Christian Pulisic made the headlines as Borussia Dortmund overcame a few early jitters to record what ultimately was a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Hamburger SV.
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Hamburger SV
After their pulsating Europa League match in Liverpool midweek, a much-changed Borussia Dortmund found things hard-going against a Hamburg side that pressed hard and looked to break quickly at every opportunity. The visitors went closest to opening the scoring after a quarter of an hour when Ivo Ilicevic narrowly missed the target with a spectacular flying header. Dortmund were still struggling to find their rhythm when Mats Hummels made a world-class tackle just as Sven Schipplock looked certain to score. Hamburg were left to rue those missed chances a short while later when Christian Pulisic arrowed a shot into the far corner following a neat move involving Shinji Kagawa and Mats Hummels. As half time approached, Adrian Ramos then doubled Dortmund’s lead with almost a carbon copy of the opening goal.
The second half started in dramatic fashion as Hamburg went down to ten men just five minutes after the restart. Goalkeeper Rene Adler received a red card after unceremoniously bringing down Shinji Kagawa on the edge of the area when the Japan international looked set to score. Following that turbulent opening phase, the remainder of the match turned out to be relatively event-free. Neither side created any real chances of note until Adrian Ramos put the finishing gloss on the victory five minutes before time. The Colombian international slotted home the rebound after Shinji Kagawa’s shot was parried. Having lost five of their last seven Bundesliga matches against the northern Germans, Dortmund finally banished their Hamburg hoodoo.
Man of the match
With so many changes to the side, two of Dortmund’s most promising youngsters were given the opportunity to shine and Christian Pulisic did not disappoint. His incisive runs down the wing proved Borussia’s main threat and he capped an outstanding performance with a cool finish to open his Bundesliga account.
The Dortmund conveyor belt continues to produce a seemingly endless supply of talent. Pulisic’s strike means that Borussia have now provided three of the top five youngest ever goalscorers in Bundesliga history, current Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin and Lars Ricken being the others.
- At 17 years and seven months of age, Christian Pulisic became the fourth-youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history.Adrian Ramos recorded his sixth goal in his last eight Bundesliga outing.Rene Adler was sent off for the first time in his career on his 236th Bundesliga appearance.Dortmund are still the only side not to have lost at home this season.Hamburg have now lost four of their last five in the league.
Dortmund:Bürki - Bender, Hummels, Ginter (Schmelzer 75’), Passlack - Castro (Aubameyang 75’), Sahin - Pulisic, Kagawa, Gündogan (Leitner 65’) - Ramos
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Hamburg:Adler - Sakai, Cleber, Spahic, Ostrzolek - Kacar (Drobny 53’), Ekdal - Müller, Holtby, Ilicevic - Lasogga (Schipplock 33’)
Coach: Bruno Labbadia