Saturday 21 November 2020
With record debutant Youssoufa Moukoko, Borussia Dortmund takes advantage of Bayern Munich’s mistake. In Berlin, BVB wins the first game against Hertha BSC with the 16-year-old and one-day-old Moukoko 5-2. The goal show does not deliver Moukoko, but once again Haaland.
One two three four! An Erling Haaland in world-class form led Borussia Dortmund to an important victory in the race for the top of the Bundesliga in the historic debut of the super talent Youssoufa Moukoko. BVB won at Hertha BSC after a deficit thanks to a furious four-pack by the Norwegian star striker 5-2 (0-1). Moukoko, who was entitled to play with his 16th birthday on Friday, became the youngest player in 57 years of Bundesliga history in the 85th minute.
Haaland (47th / 49th / 62nd / 80th) with his seven to ten goals this season and Raphael Guerreiro (70th) scored the guests to three points, Matheus Cunha (33rd / 79th, penalty kick) scored for Hertha. The Dortmund team used the 1-1 draw of championship rivals Bayern Munich against Werder Bremen a few hours earlier to their advantage. With 18 points, Dortmund is only one point behind the leaders from Munich.
Before the game, BVB sports director Michael Zorc had warned against excessive expectations of Moukoko. “What is going on about the boy in the media goes a bit too far for me. I don’t like that,” he said. So Favre put him on the bench first, but brought him when victory was certain. Haaland, who was named “Golden Boy”, the best U21 player in Europe, stormed in front after the corona chaos in the Norwegian national team on Saturday. Dortmund pressed in the initial phase without appearing in front of the opposing goal. During this phase, BVB often left the ball to the hosts, Dodi Lukebakio (8th) shot over the Dortmund goal after a counterattack. Only then did BVB play their combination game a little better. After the interaction between Mahmoud Dahoud and Haaland, the ball landed at Marco Reus (17th), whose finish from the left Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow easily fended off.
The Berliners were strong in conquering the ball and played quickly from behind, the 1-0 through Cunha was exemplary. After Schwolow’s tee shot, Lukebakio passed on to the Brazilian, who executed from around 20 meters. In the second half, Dortmund played like transformed and with more pressure to act. It paid off quickly. To make it 1-1, Haaland only had to push in after a cross from Emre Can, and he took the lead moments later with a powerful shot from an acute angle following a presentation by Julian Brandt. The will of the Berliners was broken. Haaland in particular did what he wanted with the Berlin Abwehr.
Then Moukoko came for Haaland and replaced Nuri Sahin (also from Dortmund), who made his debut at the age of 16 years and 335 days – it was a perfect evening for BVB.