En the day after champion FC Bayern Munich’s 6-1 gala in Frankfurt, runners-up Borussia Dortmund also started the new season with a win, but didn’t spread nearly as much glory. In a happy 1-0 (1-0) win against last year’s third-placed Bayer Leverkusen, Edin Terzic equaled a record set by Jürgen Klopp when he came back as head coach after a year: This was after the seven league wins at the end of the 20/21 season the eighth in a row for the 39-year-old. Only Klopp managed that as a BVB coach ten years ago.
The first top game of the new season on Saturday evening was exciting, but didn’t meet the high expectations as an offensive spectacle. After the goal from captain Marco Reus (10th), BVB had a win on the first day for the eighth time in a row. On the other hand, Leverkusen, who inflicted their last opening defeat on Dortmund in their stadium in 2014, also lost their second competitive game of the young season. Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saw the red card for a handball outside the penalty area (90+2). Defender Edmond Tapsoba had to go in goal for the last few minutes because Bayer had exhausted all the substitutions.
At BVB, 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko was allowed to replace Sébastien Haller, who was suffering from a tumor, as in the cup. In the national team players Nico Schlotterbeck and Karim Adeyemi, there were two newcomers in the starting XI, in addition to Haller, Niklas Süle and Salih Özcan were also not available. Bayer started without a signing as the only new player of the summer, Adam Hlozek, was one of five players benched by coach Gerardo Seoane after the 4-3 Cup disgrace at third division SV Elversberg. The 20-year-old, in whom Dortmund had also shown interest, came at the break.
Two early injuries
In front of 81,365 spectators in the sold-out Dortmund soccer temple, BVB started nervously against aggressive guests with many fouls and ball losses, but then took the first opportunity to take the lead. After Jude Bellingham had won the ball and had a ball crossed by Moukoko, Bayer goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saved Adeyemi’s shot and Reus pushed it over the line from just a few centimetres.
After that, both had to change early. At Leverkusen, Robert Andrich had to leave the field with muscular problems (12th), at BVB Adeyemi (22nd). The game then became the hoped-for exchange of blows, but due to many mistakes it was not as high-class as in the duels of the previous season, which ended 3:4 and 2:5. There were still many chances to score.
Patrik Schick, who shot past from 18 meters (20′) and was stopped by Mo Dahoud after a disastrous misguided pass from Schlotterbeck (42′), gave away the biggest Leverkusen players to equalize. On the other side, Reus (20th) and the again strong Jew Bellingham (43rd) missed the 2-0.
Bayer celebrated the equalizer seven minutes after the break – but too early, Palacios was offside when Gregor Kobel saved Schick with a header. Schick then had two more huge chances, but Kobel made excellent saves on both occasions (63’/68′). Overall, however, the game became more disorganized, BVB now hardly set any offensive accents. Leverkusen were unlucky again when another goal was disallowed for offside.
Because of a suspicious vehicle on the stadium forecourt, the spectators were not allowed to leave the stadium immediately after the final whistle. In the arena on Saturday evening, from five minutes before the end of the game, it was announced several times that “due to a police operation outside the stadium” all fans must remain on their seats.
“A suspicious vehicle with a running engine was found in the area of parking lot E3,” the Dortmund police tweeted shortly afterwards: “Since it cannot be ruled out that this vehicle could pose a danger, all stadium visitors are asked not to close the stadium after the end of the game leave.” The first “measures to eliminate the dangerous situation” are being taken. The spectators are not allowed to leave the stadium “so that the police measures can be carried out undisturbed.”