VPreparer, driver and goal scorer – the outstanding attackers Erling Haaland and Marco Reus gave the new coach Marco Rose a spectacular Bundesliga debut at Borussia Dortmund. The congenial duo led the Revierklub to the deserved 5: 2 (3: 1) over Eintracht Frankfurt. Thanks to goals from Reus (23rd minute), Thorgan Hazard (32nd), Haaland (34th / 70th) and Giovanni Reyna (58th) in front of 25,000 spectators, BVB achieved their seventh opening win in a row. This set Bayern’s league record from 2012 to 2018.
“We are of course happy that we played such a game,” said Reus after the game at Sky and added, looking at the returning audience: “I got goose bumps when warming up.” The captain was also critical in view of the two goals conceded: “I think you saw that we are still a long way from where we want to be and where the coach sees us.”
In contrast, the false start is perfect for Eintracht after leaving the DFB Cup a week ago at SV Waldhof Mannheim (0: 2). The interim 1: 1 equalization through Felix Passlack’s own goal (27th) and the late hit from newcomer Jens Petter Hauge (86th) could not change that.
With the success over Eintracht, Borussia built on the splendid final spurt of the previous season. Thanks to a performance with a lot of passion and speed, the eighth win in a row across all seasons was achieved and thus a similarly strong series as in the championship season 2011/12. Unlike at the beginning of April, when BVB had to accept their last defeat to date in the 1: 2 at the same place against Frankfurt, the Hessians had no chance this time.
Reus’ 100th Bundesliga goal for BVB
Although Borussia had to do without numerous well-known professionals such as Mats Hummels, Emre Can, Thomas Meunier and Julian Brandt, they took over the direction from the start. Inspired by the loud and long-missing support of the fans, the Rose team created their first chances through Haaland (8th) and Reyna (17th).
Above all, the intensive pressing prescribed by Rose caused enormous problems for Eintracht. An example of this was the creation of the Dortmund tour. After a joint conquest of the ball by Jude Bellingham and Thorgan Hazard, Haaland initiated a counterattack, which Reus successfully completed with a low shot from ten meters.
The attacker scored his 100th Bundesliga goal for BVB. Only Manfred Burgsmüller, Michael Zorc, Lothar Emmerich and Stephane Chapuisat had cracked this mark before. In addition, he recommended himself to grandstand guest Hansi Flick for an early return to the German national team. But the joy of the Dortmund team, who had been superior until then, only lasted four minutes. An own goal by Felix Passlack out of nowhere briefly brought Eintracht back into play. The full-back pushed the ball into his own net when attempting to clear it at the edge of the penalty area.
This setback could not stop Dortmund’s vigor. Before the break, they hit back twice as ice-cold – and both times Haaland was involved. The Norwegian did the preparatory work in the 2-1 through Hazard, in the 3-1 he scored after conquering the ball against Stefan Islanker from twelve meters.
After the break, BVB first shifted down a gear. The guests used this to intensify their attacking game. Only a brilliant parade of the new BVB goalkeeper Gregor Kobel with a header from Maury Borré (47th) prevented the Frankfurt goal. But at the latest with the 4: 1 by Reyna from close range after further preparatory work by Haaland, the game was decided. The big show of the two exceptional talent in Dortmund attack was rounded off by the 5: 1 when Reus Haaland served exemplary and the Norwegian turned the stadium into a madhouse with his 62nd goal in the 61st competitive game for BVB.