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Bundesliga: Marco Reus seals big win for Borussia Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund 4 – 1 RB Leipzig
(Dahoud 21′, Sabitzer (og) 40′, Witsel 43′, Reus 90+1 – Augustin 1′)

In the end if felt more comfortable than it was. As Marco Reus celebrated being named Dortmund captain with his second injury-time goal in a week, Jean-Kevin Augustin’s opener after 31 seconds seemed a lifetime away.

Lucien Favre’s opening league salvo as Dortmund coach had an air of familiarity about it, with BVB often electric going forward but vulnerable on the back foot. After the shock of Augustin’s early strike, Mahmoud Dahoud performed an act of contortion to head in a sublime Marcel Schmelzer cross before Marcel Sabitzer inadvertently flicked Reus’s free kick in to his own net. 

Axel Witsel got in on the act just before the break, grabbing his second in two Dortmund games with a close range bicycle kick after Peter Gulacsi palmed away Thomas Delaney’s powerful header. Delaney, Dahoud and Witsel made for a powerful and purposeful midfield trio.

Early in the second period Dortmund keeper Roman Bürki came to the fore with a stunning reflex save from Lukas Klostermann’s thunderous volley before denying substitute Timo Werner late on.

Their soft underbelly meant Dortmund’s fans could only really breathe easily when Reus collected a pass from Jadon Sancho, after Ibrahima Konate gave away possession, to hammer beyond Gulacsi and send the Yellow Wall home happy.

Source: DW

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