A primary-half aim by Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus was sufficient to hold final season’s runners-up previous Bayer Leverkusen of their Bundesliga opener on Saturday however their successful begin was overshadowed by an damage to new signing Karim Adeyemi.
It was additionally a victorious return for Dortmund coach Edin Terzic, again on the bench after 15 months following his first stint as an interim coach in 2021.
“We didn’t begin very well, misplaced possession just a few occasions however recovered effectively. They have been higher after the break however we defend our lead effectively,” stated Terzic, who coached for the primary time within the Bundesliga in entrance of followers.
“Generally it is not doable to attain multiple and you need to defend that clear sheet as a substitute.”
Adeyemi’s damage that ultimately compelled him off within the twenty third minute was the newest to a brand new signing, as Dortmund are already with out defender Niklas Suele, nursing a thigh damage, and ahead Sebastien Haller, out for months following the invention of a malignant testicular tumour.
Adeyemi thought he had scored when he turned a Youssoufa Moukoko cutback towards aim within the tenth minute however the ball was saved on the road by Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky earlier than Reus stabbed it over for the lead.
Minutes later, Germany ahead Adeyemi was taken off following a knock on his foot earlier within the sport.
“He tried to play on but it surely was not doable,” Terzic stated. “Now we have to attend till tomorrow to have a transparent prognosis.”
Leverkusen, third final season, had their share of possibilities and have been it not for Mo Dahoud’s completely timed sliding sort out within the forty second minute, Patrik Schick would have had the possibility to stage.
Dortmund got here shut after the break with Hradecky denying Thorgan Hazard within the fiftieth earlier than Schick responded with a pair of probabilities of his personal and two good saves from Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel.
It was a much-improved efficiency by Leverkusen following final week’s shock German Cup first-round exit to 3rd division’s Elversberg but it surely was spoilt when Hradecky was despatched off for holding the ball together with his palms exterior the field late within the sport.
After the top of the sport, followers have been instructed to stay of their seats resulting from a suspect automotive with a working motor discovered exterior the stadium. Police investigated the automobile and gave the all-clear 20 minutes later.
Elsewhere on Saturday, USA ahead Jordan Pefok scored on his Bundesliga debut to assist Union Berlin defeat Hertha Berlin 3-1.
Pefok, who additionally scored on his debut within the German Cup on Monday, opened the scoring within the thirty first minute to set Union on their option to a 3rd consecutive league win over their rivals.
Sheraldo Becker and Robin Knoche additionally scored to make sure Hertha’s troublesome begin to the season continued after their German Cup exit to second-division Eintracht Braunschweig final weekend.
Cup finalists Freiburg routed Augsburg 4-0 away, Borussia Monchengladbach defeated visiting Hoffenheim 3-1, Wolfsburg drew with promoted Werder Bremen 2-2, and Mainz gained 2-1 in Bochum.
Ten-time defending champions Bayern Munich began the season with a 6-1 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.