Borussia Dortmund made a winning start to their Bundesliga campaign as goals on either side of the half-time break secured a 2-1 victory over FSV Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday afternoon.
- Borussia Dortmund 2 FSV Mainz 1
- Aubameyang hands BVB a 17th-minute lead
- Mainz create several good first-half chances
- Aubameyang adds second from the penalty spot
- Muto nets late consolation for Mainz
The hosts were in control for much of the first half, thanks in no small part to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 17th-minute goal.
And Dortmund were given a hard time in the second half as Mainz put up a real fight, although the match was effectively over as a contest when Aubameyang netted his second from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.
Yoshinori Muto pulled one back in the second minute of injury-time, but it was nothing more than a consolation as BVB held on to claim all three points in their Bundesliga opener.
The visitors stated the encounter on the front foot and created a couple of clear-cut chances in the opening five minutes of play.
Yunus Malli saw his goal-bound effort kept out by Roman Burki in the BVB goal in the first minute, before teammate Daniel Brosinski fired just inches wide of the top-left corner a few minutes later.
However, it was Dortmund who would claim first blood, breaking the deadlock with their first attempt on goal. Aubameyang bagged the all-important goal, heading home from André Schürrle’s inswinging cross on 17 minutes.
Mainz redoubled their efforts after falling behind, with Fabian Frei and Karim Onisiwo seeing their respective efforts saved by Burki, while Christian Clemens shot over from the centre of the box.
The hosts gained control of proceedings as the half wore on, though, with Schürrle’s driven effort saved in the bottom-right corner by Mainz keeper Jonas Lossl, before Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa failed to capitalise on good chances in the final minutes of the half.
The second half started at a frantic pace as both sides threw caution to the wind.
Schürrle squandered two early chances to add his name to the scoresheet while, at the opposite end of the pitch, Christian Clemens and Karim Onisiwo failed to hit the target with their respective attempts.
Dortmund had the lion’s share of the chances, though, and managed to sharpen-up in front of goal as the half wore on, Schürrle, Marc Bartra and Sebastian Rode all forcing Lossl into action.
And a sustained period of pressure finally took its toll on the Mainz defence in the 89th minute, when Karim Onisiwo fouled Schürrle in the danger area. Aubameyang stepped up to take the spot-kick and converted with aplomb.
There was enough time left on the clock for one more goal, though, as Mainz pulled one back just moments after the restart, Muto heading home from Pablo De Blasis’ inviting cross to add some respectability to the scoreline.
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