Dortmund beat Leverkusen to win opening match 1-0 Matchday 1 Bundesliga 2022/23
Borussia Dortmund scored the opening goal of the 2022/23 German Bundesliga against Bayer Leverkusen by defending the first goal scored by captain Marco Reus (33) with tenacity.
Dortmund won 1-0 in the Bundesliga 1st round match against Leverkusen held at Signal Iduna Park at their home stadium on the 7th (Korean time) thanks to Reus’s winning goal .
Dortmund won 3-0 in the first round of the DFB Pokal (German Cup) against Munich on the 30th on the 30th. Dortmund manager Edin Terzic came out with an aggressive 4-3-3 formation in his first Bundesliga match after taking over as official manager.
To the left and right of the offensive line, where the conservative Mukoko was at the forefront, were placed Daniel Marlon and Karim Adeyemi. The midfield team consisted of ‘Captain’ Royce, Mahmoud Dahoud, and Jude Bellingham. The defense consisted of Rafael Guerreiro and Thomas Meunier on the left and right flanks, and Mats Hummels and Nico Schlutterbeck in the center, and Gregor Kobel kept the goal.
Leverkusen used a strong forward press early in the game to disrupt Dortmund’s build-up. However, the home team, Dortmund, scored the opening goal in the first 10 minutes of the game, giving a clue to the game that seemed to be difficult to solve.
Bellingham caught the ball from the attacking half and the ball flowed into the penalty area with an accurate tackle towards the opposing defender Yonatan Ta, who fell into the back space and Mukoko caught it and dug into the left side of the penalty area.
Mukoko connected a ground cross towards the opposite post, and Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradeki managed to block Adeyemi’s shot, but defender Piero Inkapier couldn’t handle the ball that was about to go past the goal line. One Royce broke the goal net with a so-called ‘single shot’ in which he swung his right foot wide towards the ball.
Dortmund, who took three points, actually suffered quite a bit from Leverkusen’s offensive that day. On the contrary, the away team Leverkusen took the lead with 55%. Dribble breakthroughs (Dortmund 7 times, Leverkusen 12) also had more Leverkusen than Dortmund. In particular, Dortmund had great difficulty breaking through the reckless dribbling of second-line striker Moussa Diaby in the first half. In addition, in the 23rd minute of the match, Dortmund suffered an injury and was substituted for Thorgang Hazard. However, the match ended without a goal and won the first game of the season.
However, after taking the lead, Dortmund changed the defensive formation to 4-4-2, effectively pressing Leverkusen. Leverkusen, who finished the first half without a shot on target, tried to equalize in the second half in the number of shots on target (Dortmund 2, Leverkusen 3) and decisive scoring opportunities (Dortmund 1, Leverkusen 2). However, it was declared offside and no goal was scored. Dortmund goalkeeper Kobel, who kept the team’s lead until the end with a decisive save, was also noticeable.
Dortmund, who decorated the opening game with a victory, will play the second round of the Bundesliga at 3:30 a.m. on the 13th at Freiburg. Coincidentally, Freiburg also faced Dortmund in the second round of the Bundesliga last season. At that time, Dortmund were the first to score two goals in Freiburg, and they lost 1-2 after being dragged away.