Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Marco Reus’ early attack seals victory for the hosts in the Bundesliga season opener with goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky sent off in stoppage time for the visitors
- Dortmund started their campaign with a 1-0 win at the Westfalenstadion
- Marco Reus scored early for Borussia Dortmund in their first game of the season
- Gerardo Seoane’s Bayer Leverkusen side failed to react in the match
- Leverkusen ended with ten men as goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saw red
A first-half goal from Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus was enough to take last season’s number two past Bayer Leverkusen in their Bundesliga opener on Saturday, but their winning start was overshadowed by an injury to new signing Karim Adeyemi.
It was also a win for Dortmund coach Edin Terzic, back on the bench 15 months after his first stint as interim coach in 2021.
But Adeyemi’s injury that eventually forced him into the 23rd minute was the third of a new signing, as Dortmund are already without defender Niklas Suele, who has a thigh injury, and forward Sebastien Haller, who is out for months after discovering a malicious attacker. testicular tumor .
Marco Reus scored the match winner to start Borussia Dortmund’s home league
Adeyemi thought he had scored when he turned a cut from Youssoufa Moukoko towards goal in the 10th minute, but the ball was held on the line by Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky before Reus put him over the lead.
Minutes later, German striker Adeyemi was sent off after being punched to his foot earlier in the game.
Leverkusen, third last season, had his chances and had it not been for Mo Dahoud’s perfectly timed sliding in the 42nd minute, Patrik Schick would have had the chance to equalize.
Dortmund won under coach Edin Terzic and returned 15 months after a first interim period
Dortmund came close after the break with Hradecky denying Thorgan Hazard in the 50th before Schick responded with a few chances of their own and two good saves from Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel.
It was a much better performance from Leverkusen after last week’s shocking German Cup first-round exit to Elversberg in the third division, but it was ruined when Hradecky was sent off for hitting the ball late in the game with kept his hands outside the penalty area.
Champion Bayern Munich kicked off the season on Friday with a sensational 6-1 breakdown of Eintracht Frankfurt.