Christian Pulisic scored one and laid on another as Borussia Dortmund recorded a routine 3-0 win at Wolfsburg on Matchday 1 of the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign.
Dortmund dominated Peter Bosz's first Bundesliga outing as head coach from the get-go, and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 23rd minute. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Götze were involved, combining to tee up Pulisic for a wonderfully struck effort from the edge of the Wolfsburg box. Marc Bartra made it two moments later, with an equally fine curling finish following a short-corner routine.
Wolfsburg's lack of urgency to turn the tide was punished on the hour-mark when Pulisic skipped into the area and crossed for Aubameyang to poke home one of the easiest goals he is ever likely to score. Wolfsburg striker Mario Gomez had a goal ruled out for offside in the 69th minute, a decision confirmed by the Video Assistant Referee, as Dortmund saw out the remainder of a decidedly one-sided encounter with minimum fuss.
Man of the match
With two goals in as many competitive games, Pulisic has laid down a serious marker for the 2017/18 campaign. Wolfsburg simply could not live with him.
Watch: Pulisic delighted with BVB's start
- Pulisic has six goals in 39 Bundesliga appearances.Götze made his first competitive appearance for BVB in 202 days.Bartra scored his first Bundesliga goal in his 20th appearance in the German top flight.Wolfsburg have lost their last five against Dortmund.Aubameyang has eight goals in 11 Bundesliga appearances against Wolfsburg.Dortmund's Dan-Axel Zagodou and Wolfsburg newcomers Landry Dimata, Ignacio Camacho, Kaylen Hinds and Felix Uduokhai made their Bundesliga debuts.
Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh, Knoche, Uduokhai, Gerhardt – Camacho, Bazoer (Guilavogui 59') – Blaszczykowski (Dimata 42'), Didavi (Arnold 69'), Hinds – Gomez (c)
Coach: Andries Jonker
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Sokratis (c), Bartra, Zagadou (Passlack 77') – Sahin, Castro – Philipp, Götze (Dahoud 61'), Pulisic (Kagawa 86') - Aubameyang
Coach: Peter Bosz
Watch: Highlights of Dortmund's win