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.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2-1 FC KRASNODAR
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.
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.
MAN OF THE MATCH
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