Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund made it ten wins in as many outings under Thomas Tuchel after Park Joo-Ho’s header sealed a late 2-1 victory over FC Krasnodar in their Europa League opener.


0-1 Mamaev (12’), 1-1 Ginter (45+1’), 2-1 Joo-Ho Park (90+3’)

Despite making four changes from the weekend’s victory over Hannover 96, Dortmund began in the same high-octane fashion they had finished Matchday 4. Adnan Januzaj was particularly bright, while Ilkay Gündogan fired a warning shot wide in the fifth minute. BVB were stunned shortly afterwards, however, when the visitors took a surprise lead through Pavel Mamaev.

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The opener knocked the stuffing out of Thomas Tuchel’s men, who monopolised possession but failed to rediscover their customary poise until shortly before the break. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came closest with a back-post volley, before Matthias Ginter’s powerful header in first-half added time deservedly levelled proceedings. Although Henrikh Mkhitaryan nodded wide immediately after the restart, the second half quickly developed into one of frustration for BVB against the deep-lying opponents from Russia.

The visitors showed little desire to progress beyond the halfway line, and, despite Januzaj testing Andriy Dykan in the visitors’ goal and Aubameyang putting the follow-up wide, Dortmund struggled to create further chances of note until a late spell of pressure. It took until added time for dominant Dortmund to break Krasnodar’s stubborn resistance, Park heading home Ginter’s inch-perfect cross to complete the perfect ten for Tuchel.


Part of another excellent defensive display and a constant outlet on the right-hand side when BVB were pressing for a winner, Ginter yet again caught the eye.


With ten wins from ten competitive games since taking the helm, the softly-spoken 42-year-old Tuchel is enjoying an extended honeymoon in the BVB hotseat, while his side began a run of six games in 18 days in the perfect fashion.


  • Borussia Dortmund have found the net at least once in each of their last 20 competitive matches.

  • Tuchel has won all ten competitive games as BVB coach.

  • Full-back duo: Park created Ginter’s opener, before the FIFA World Cup winner returned the favour in second-half injury time.

  • On their last appearance in this competition BVB also started with victory: die Schwarz-Gelben overcame Karpaty 4-3 in September 2010.


Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer (Kagawa, 46’) - Gündogan, Park, Castro (Weigl, 61’) - Januzaj, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang (Ramos, 72’)

Krasnodar: Dykan - Jedrzejczyk, Sigurdsson, Granqvist, Petrov - Strandberg – Kabore (Gazinski, 70’), Akhmedov (Ari, 81’) – Pereyra (Laborde, 60’), Mamaev - Smolov