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Later winning goal in 2-1 in Mainz: Giovanni Reyna redeemed Borussia Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund got rid of its misery away from home in the new year and clinched a happy victory in its intended race to catch up in the Bundesliga. Thanks to Joker Giovanni Reyna, BVB drew 2-1 (1-1) at FSV Mainz 05 in injury time on Wednesday and, after five defeats from six guest appearances, they once again enjoyed a sense of achievement.

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With 31 points, coach Edin Terzic’s team is well represented again in the fight for the Champions League places at the end of the first half of the season. Mainz, who have only won one of their eight home games, occupy a midfield position with 20 points.

In the third minute of added time, Reyna was there from a short distance and was the match winner, just like in the 4:3 win against Augsburg on Sunday. In the early stages, South Korea’s World Cup participant Jae-Sung Lee scored Mainz’s fastest goal of the season after less than two minutes, but Dortmund’s newcomer Julian Ryerson equalized in the fourth minute in front of 31,500 spectators, before BVB even did so in the final stages could celebrate three points.

Ex-Unioner Ryerson in focus

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The focus in the early stages was Ryerson. When the goal was conceded, the Norwegian, who was signed by Union Berlin for around five million euros, was not close enough to opponent Lee. The full-back made up for his mistake with his first goal in a BVB jersey. His shot was deflected by Edimilson Fernandes and was unstoppable for goalkeeper Finn Dahmen. The keeper again represented the ailing Robin Zentner in the Mainz goal.

Terzic wanted to finally get the defensive problems under control after the 4:3 win against FC Augsburg on Sunday was sometimes wild. But after less than 100 seconds, Gregor Kobel was defeated again in the BVB goal. Terzic had changed his central defense. This time national player Niklas Süle was allowed to defend for ex-world champion Hummels together with Nico Schlotterbeck.

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Borussia Dortmund collected points in the first half of the season.

Süle also got involved in the offensive game and forced Dahmen to make a save with a 30-yard shot (8′). Shortly before that, young national player Youssoufa Moukoko also had a good opportunity (7th). The 18-year-old was allowed to play in the center of the attack again, while Sebastien Haller, who had recovered from cancer, came on in the second half, just like he did against Augsburg.

“His last competitive game before the brief assignment was in May. That’s why we’re a bit more careful there,” Terzic explained the decision on the Sky TV station. Haller had a good opportunity when he put the ball too far (69′).

The young English star Jude Bellingham, who was serving a yellow card suspension, was sorely missed on the Dortmund side. “If you saw him last weekend, with what passion, with what focus he is on the pitch, then we cannot replace him at all at the moment,” said sporting director Sebastian Kehl and explained that “there are no inquiries at the moment” for the young star traded at numerous top clubs.

In the second round, Mainz invested more in the offensive. Marcus Ingvartsen caused danger with a header (60′), while Angelo Fulgini tested the Dortmund keeper (74′). Striker Ludovic Ajorque, signed by Racing Strasburg, made his Bundesliga debut with Mainz in the closing stages. And the Frenchman almost paved the way for the winning goal when he staged Anton Stach. The 24-year-old just missed the goal. That should pay off. (dpa)

Source: Tagesspiegel

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