Gio Reyna once again came to the rescue of Borussia Dortmund as his stoppage-time goal led them to a stunning win over Mainz in mid-week Bundesliga action.
Mainz 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund left it very late but they came away with all three points at the MEWA Arena to secure the win over Mainz.
Gio Reyna came off the bench to play the final 28 minutes, completing 75 percent of his passes, winning three duels, and making one tackle along with the one shot on goal that counted.
The action got off to a very quick start as Mainz opened the scoring within 90 seconds. Edimilson Fernandes’ corner kick would somehow find Lee Jae-Sung among the crowd of players in the box to head it home.
However, the visitors responded with a goal seconds later when a poor clearance by Mainz saw Niklas Sule deliver the ball to Julian Ryerson, and the Norwegian fired a shot from distance that took a deflection before beating goalkeeper Finn Dahmen.
The rest of the first and a majority of the second half would see both sides have chances to score more goals, but Dortmund would have the last word as the game entered stoppage time.
Julian Brandt’s corner kick found Sebastian Haller in the box, leading the Ivorian to head the ball into the path of Reyna who was left unmarked to tap it home. Back-to-back game-winners for the 20-year-old as he continues to make an impact off the bench for BVB.
The win has moved Dortmund up to fifth place in the standings with 31 points.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Kevin Paredes came on to play the final 20 minutes for Wolfsburg as they continued their goal glut with a 5-0 drubbing of Hertha Berlin.
Justin Che made his first appearance on the bench for Hoffenheim and he remained a spectator as the team shared the points with Stuttgart following a 2-2 draw.
Joe Scally was on the bench for Borussia Monchengladbach as they surrendered a late goal in their 1-0 loss to Augsburg.
Jordan Pefok played the final 17 minutes for Union Berlin as they came from behind to defeat Werder Bremen 2-1 and cut the points gap on league leaders Bayern Munich to three points.