For the moment, Borussia Dortmund fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
This past week, BVB would need extra time to topple Greuther Fürth in their DFB Pokal opener. Then on Sunday, Dortmund and new boss Lucien Favre saw RB Leipzig go up 0-1 within 30 seconds of their Bundesliga opener. Just like that, memories of their forgettable 2017-18 campaign crept in. Last season, Dortmund barely got into the Champions League. Finishing level on points with Bayer Leverkusen (55), Dortmund would top them by three in the goal differential column to finish fourth.
But after those first 30 seconds, the hosts came alive. 20 minutes later, Mahmoud Dahoud — who didn’t fare well in his debut season with BVB — found the equalizer. An own goal from Leipzig gave Dortmund the lead just five minutes from halftime before newcomer Axel Witsel — who saved them against Fürth last week — put them 3-1 up on the edge of halftime.
The second half came and went with Dortmund conceding. And that’s more important to note than you probably think. Last season, the BVB back line would go on to concede 47 goals in 34 matches. They kept it together on Sunday, though, and in the process kept Leipzig off the board during the second stanza.
Just a minute into stoppage time, though, Marco Reus got his 100th Bundesliga goal. If only injuries would’ve been kinder to his career…
Anyway, this is a dream start for Dortmund. Especially after their nearly embarrassing loss to Fürth in Pokal. Up next, they take on Hannover. This is only just one match, of course. And there are so many more left to play. But after a down couple of seasons, they’ll hope to build on this promising triumph. They have to start somewhere, right?
Now if they can just secure a striker…