The 2012/13 Bundesliga season got underway this evening Signal Iduna Park with Borussia Dortmund running out 2-1 winners over Werder Bremen.
€17.5 million summer signing Marco Reus marked his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund with the opening goal of the season on 11 minutes. Werder Bremen’s own debutant, Theodor Gebre Selassie headed home a 75th minute equaliser before Mario Götze struck the defending champions’ winner in the final 10 minutes.
After the opening ceremony, the game kicked off 10 minutes later than scheduled. It was Werder Bremen who had more of the possession in the opening 10 minutes before a mistake from Aleksandar Ignjovski getting his legs in a muddle allowing Marco Reus to calmly roll home the opener one-on-one with Sebastian Mielitz.
Marco Reus was the star of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2011/12 season scoring 18 goals and assisting a further 8 as the Foals finished in a shock fourth position. The young German international continued his form in the yellow and black of Borussia Dortmund this evening, dribbling past a couple of opponents, creating two chances for his teammates as well scoring the opener.
A contender with Reus for man of the match was his Polish teammate Jakub Błaszczykowski, who setup the opening goal, dribbling past a number of opponents as well as winning back possession on numerous occasions. His two attempts on goal failed to hit the target however.
Borussia Dortmund were on top for the majority of the first half but failed to double their lead. Austrian forward Marko Arnautović was played out on the right wing this evening. He had an early effort that he smashed against the foot of the post. Eljero Elia also missed a one-on-one, firing at Roman Weidenfeller.
There were spells in the second half when the ball went from end to end, but with no serious threat on either keeper’s goal. Borussia Dortmund looked content to take a 1-0 victory until the 75th minute when the defence momentarily stopped thinking the ball had gone out of play. Werder Bremen continued, culminating with Arnautović’s cross being headed home by Czech Republic right back Theodor Gebre Selassie.
Straight after the equaliser, Jürgen Klopp threw on Mario Götze for the quiet Kevin Großkreutz. Within 3 minutes, his young superstar dribbled his way past a defender in the area and cut the ball past Mielitz into the goalkeeper’s bottom right hand corner. Götze’s shirt number has dropped from number 11 to 10 from last season.
Werder Bremen pushed unsuccessfully for an equaliser as Borussia Dortmund held on for a 2-1 victory that sends them top of the Bundesliga on the basis that this is the only game played.
Aaron Hunt, Marko Arnautović and Chelsea loanee Kevin De Bruyne all put in respectable performances in defeat for the visitors. This lively attacking unit look set to serve the club well this season, although they will be required to create more threats on the opposition goal. Opposition defences won’t come much tougher to break down than Dortmund’s.
14 Bundesliga clubs are in action on Saturday, with Eintracht Frankfurt hosting Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart playing VfL Wolfsburg in the two televised games in the evening. Schalke 04 travel to Hannover 96 in Sunday’s only game to round up the opening weekend’s action in Germany’s top flight.