Borussia Dortmund welcomed FC Augsburg to Signal Iduna Park for their first league match. After a successful summer tour, the Black and Yellow looked to erase last season from their memory. Just half a minute into the match, Augsburg’s Florian Niederlechner opened the scoring for the visitors. Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer answered with a goal of his own less than 2 minutes later to level the score.
The remaining 42 minutes of the first half saw opportunities for both sides, but neither team capitalized. Dortmund’s play signaled they were the stronger side, and a 50′ goal from Jadon Sancho established Dortmund’s dominance on the scoreline. Just six minutes later, captain Marco Reus extended Dortmund’s lead. Sancho’s and Reus’ goals were assisted by Witsel and Alcacer, respectively.
In the 58′, last season’s Bundesliga leader in assists tallied his first of this season, as Sancho set up Paco Alcacer for his second goal of the match, extending Dortmund’s lead again. Sitting comfortably ahead 4-1, Dortmund tightened up defensively and controlled possession to help them see out a victory. In the final ten minutes, Axel Witsel lofted a ball over Augsburg’s back line, connecting with Julian Brandt as he crashed the far post. Brandt seized the moment with a first-touch finish to cap Dortmund’s advantage at 5-1.
Dortmund dominated the match with 78% of the possession and 22 shots (10 on target). Augsburg’s lone shot on target was their early goal, despite adding 5 more attempts. Dortmund’s 5-1 victory suggests the Black and Yellow are not interested in last year’s result. Rather, they seem determined to keep this year’s title in their grasps. With Bayern settling for a draw at home in their opener against Hertha Berlin, Dortmund appear to be legitimate challengers to Bayern’s defense of their Bundesliga crown.
A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ryan is an aspiring sports writer with a profound passion for the Black and Yellow. On match day, Ryan can likely be seen draped in Dortmund’s colors, perennially pacing the living room of his Ann Arbor apartment. He dreams of one day watching a match from world football’s largest and most impressive standing terrace, The Yellow Wall.