USA international Christian Pulisic came off the bench to score two and create another as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday.
Liverpool 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 1-0 van Dijk (25'), 1-1 Pulisic (pen. 66'), 1-2 Pulisic (89'), 1-3 Bruun Larsen (90+3')
Dortmund had the first sight of goal within minutes of kick-off as Maximilian Philipp tried to capitalise on a sloppy clearance from Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who had charged out of his penalty area to intercept a through-ball, but hit first-time shot from 45 yards out trickled just wide. The intense heat made for a slow-paced game initially, until Virgil van Dijk powered in a header from a corner midway through the half. That swung momentum firmly with Klopp's side, but despite getting forward well thee were unable to add to their lead before the break.
Sheyi Ojo hit the crossbar early in the second period as Liverpool threatened to pull away, but Dortmund soon muscled their way back into the game. Pulisic, one of a number of substitutes brought on at the interval, was fouled in the box by James Milner and dusted himself off to smash in the ensuing penalty. The match appeared to be heading for a draw until Marcel Schmelzer darted down the left in the final minute before squaring to Pulisic, who made no mistake with a low shot from the edge of the area. Jacob Bruun Larsen added a third in stoppage time, tapping in the rebound after Pulisic's shot had been saved to give Dortmund their second win in as many outings on their Stateside trip.
Liverpool: Karius – Clyne (Phillips 62'), Van Dijk (Klavan 46'), Matip (Gomez 22'), Robertson (Moreno 46') – Fabinho (Keita 46'), Jones (Sturrdige 46') - Camacho (Woodburn 46'), Markovic (Solanke 46'), Lallana (Milner 46')- Origi (Ojo 46')
Unused subs: Kelleher, Grabara,
Absentees: Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Mignolet, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Firmino (all on holiday)
Coach: Jürgen Klopp
Dortmund: Hitz - Toljan (Bockhorn 46'), Zagadou, Diallo (Pieper 46'), Dieckmann (Schmelzer 46')- Sahin (Burnic 46'), Dahoud (Götze 46') - Boadu (Gomez 46'), Wolf (Pulisic 46'), Sancho (Bruun Larsen 46') - Philipp (Isak 46')
Unused subs: Oelschläger, Hakimi, Reus, Rode, Piszczek, Toprak, Sechelmann
Absentees: Weigl (groin), Guerreiro, Kagawa, Delaney, Bürki, Akanji (all on holiday), Schürrle (permission granted to discuss possible transfer)
Coach: Lucien Favre
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- Pulisic, 19, holds multiple records, including being the youngest foreign-born goalscorer in Bundesliga history and the youngest player to have tallied for the USA in a World Cup qualifier.Reus scored and assisted in the last meeting at Anfield in 2016.New signing Hakimi was part of the Real Madrid squad that beat Liverpool to the 2018 Champions League title.Klopp spent seven years in charge of Dortmund, winning the Bundesliga twice and reaching the Champions League final against Bayern.BVB and Liverpool have met five times in competitive action. The first saw Dortmund beat the Merseyside club in the final of the 1966 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.The Bank of America Stadium hosted fellow Bundesliga club Bayern in their 4-1 win over Inter Milan in 2016.