Gio Reyna got his name on the scoresheet as Borussia Dortmund kicked off the 2021-2022 Bundesliga season with a comfortable win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Borussia Dortmund 5-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Dortmund started their Bundesliga campaign with a bang as they ran over Eintracht Frankfurt in a convincing win at Signal Iduna Park.
Reyna, who many have set high expectations in his second season with the first team following the exit of Jadon Sancho, played 87 minutes with one shot on goal and 77 passing percentage in the game as BVB looks to put up a stronger challenger for the title this season.
Under new coach Marco Rose, Dortmund still maintained their high-pressing style and it paid off for them big time in this game played in front of 25,000 fans.
BVB captain Marco Reus scored his 100th goal for the team in the 23rd minute. However, they would surrender the equalizer four minutes later when Felix Passlack put the ball in his own goal. The host regained the lead through Thorgan Hazard just after the half-hour mark followed by star striker Erling Haaland grabbing the team’s third just minutes later to put them in a commanding position.
Dortmund added their fourth in the 58th minute thanks to another defensive error by Frankfurt. Mahmoud Dahoud’s attempted through-ball was blocked, but it was recovered by Reus who then played it to Haaland. The Norwegian’s attempt was deflected towards a waiting Reyna on the left and he buried the ball in the back of the net just outside the six-yard box.
Reyna’s goal was initially disallowed due to an offside call on Haaland, but the referee overturned the call, giving the 18-year-old his first goal of the season.
Haaland rounded out the scoring for the host in the 70th minute, with Frankfurt’s Jens Hauge adding a consolation goal near the end.
It was a good win for BVB, but they will certainly need to tighten up their defending, which has been their weakness for several seasons.
Dortmund currently sits in third place in the standings.
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