KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Giovanni Reyna started his first full season with Borussia Dortmund by scoring a goal while Tyler Adams put in another strong performance for RB Leipzig.
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Borussia Dortmund will hope they can give Bayern Munich a challenge for the Bundesliga title this season, and they got their campaign off on the right foot with a comfortable win over Borussia Monchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park.
Giovanni Reyna made his first start of the season and played 78 minutes in a game where fans got to see the maturity and confidence he possesses in his game as he looks to help BVB get to the top.
The host were on the attack from the get go and had some go opportunities to open the scoring through their striker Erling Haaland. But they would have to wait until the 35th minute to find the breakthrough.
And Reyna announced himself to the Bundesliga with his first goal of the season. Emre Can crossed the ball into the area for the 17-year-old who didn't do well to secure on his first touch. Fortunately, it came off a defender's leg and fell to Jude Bellingham who then provided the pass to Reyna to put his shot past Yann Sommer.
Monchengladbach appeared to have trouble dealing with the pace of the young Dortmund attack and it showed as both teams returned to action in the second half.
A Dortmund counter-attack led by Axel Witsel saw the Belgian play the ball to a streaking Reyna as he had an excellent chance to score his second goal on the day. However, he would be brought down in the area by Remi Bensebaini.
The referee initially called for play to continue, but the video assistant referee would intervene, forcing a review of the infraction. After a second look, the referee reversed his decision and awarded a penalty to the host as there was contact. It was then left up to Haaland as he stepped up to convert the spot-kick in the 54th minute.
Dortmund hit their opponents with another counter-attack in the 77th minute, with Jadon Sancho leading the charge. The England international sped down the left side before playing the ball to Haaland who slotted the ball into the back of the net.
A comprehensive win for BVB as head coach Lucien Favre plan on putting a youthful side on the field paid off.
RB Leipzig 3-1 Mainz
RB Leipzig started their season in positive fashion as they came away with the win over Mainz at Red Bull Arena.
Tyler Adams started the game for the team in a defensive midfield role and played the entire 90 minutes as die Roten will certainly want to keep themselves in the conversation for favorites to win the league title.
After a strong run last season that saw them reach the semifinals of the Champions League, Leipzig are looking to build on that as they seek to win some silverware this season. Their performance in the first round of the German Cup should have given some indication of how determined they are to have a successful campaign.
The host had the advantage early as they put pressure on Mainz's goal. And that pressure paid off 15 minutes into the contest when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty. Daniel Olmo would be tripped up in the area by an unnecessary challenge from Leandro Barreiro. Emil Forsberg then put away the spot-kick to give his team the lead.
Leipzig did not have to wait long to double their lead as they scored their second minutes later. Olmo recovered the ball from a free-kick and sent the ball back into the area for Yussuf Poulsen head over the goalkeeper and into the goal.
Mainz tried to make a game of it as they cut the deficit in the 48th minute. Robin Quaison's through-ball found Jean Mateta and the Frenchman did well to put his shot past Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
But Leipzig would restore their two-goal lead three minutes later when Forsberg was able to get the ball to Amadou Haidara to ensure them the three points in the end.
Die Roten will look to continue their good form when they head on the road to face Bayer Leverkusen.
In other Bundesliga action, it was a rough day for Josh Sargent as he played out of position in Werder Bremen's 4-1 loss to Hertha Berlin.
John Brooks started and should have scored on an excellent opportunity, but Wolfsburg maintained the clean sheet in their 0-0 tie with Bayer Leverkusen.
Chris Richards came off the bench for champions Bayern Munich and played 17 minutes as they annihilated Schalke in a 8-0 victory.
Timothy Chandler came off the bench to play a couple of minutes as Eintracht Frankfurt shared the spoils with newly-promoted Arminia Bielefeld in a 1-1 tie.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started and played the full 90 while Timothy Tillman looked on from the bench as Greuther Furth opened their season with a 1-1 tie with Osnabruck.
Bobby Wood remained rooted to the bench as Hamburg came away with a 2-1 win over Alfredo Morales and Dusseldorf.
Kevin Lankford came off the bench to play seven minutes while Leon Flach remained on the bench as St. Pauli scored two late goals to steal a point in a 2-2 tie with Bochum.
Down in the 3. Liga, Chris Richards had a very busy weekend as he was on the field days later along with Malik Tillman as Bayern Munich started the defensed of their title with a 2-2 tie with Turkgucu-Ataspor.
Terrence Boyd was in the starting line-up for Hallescher for their 2-0 win over Magdeburg.
Ryan Malone played the entire 90 minutes as Lubeck settled for the 1-1 tie with Saarbrucken.
Justin Butler came off the bench to play eight minutes while Jalen Hawkins did not play as Ingolstadt held on for the 2-1 win over Uerdingen.
Maurice Malone came off the bench to play the final five minutes for Wehen Wiesbaden in their 0-0 tie with Verl.