FC Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund: Winners and Losers from Bundesliga Game
Jurgen Klopp's side could have perhaps ensured victory with a little more ease, having conceded two unexpected goals in the remaining 10 minutes of the match. Yet the coach will be happy just to take all three points, following a surprise defeat to Bayer Leverkusen last week.
It was none other than Marco Reus who opened the scoring for the away side, when he finished off a neat one-two move with Kevin Grosskreutz in the 11th minute with a wonderful burst of pace and casual finish past Marwin Hitz in goals.
Dortmund would then strike again just minutes later, when the aforementioned star crossed a ball in from the corner only to find the head of Greek international Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The strong central defender happily burst the back of the net to make it 2-0 to his side.
We'd have to wait until the 78th minute, and a rather dismissive second half, before Klopp's side added to their tally, when Adrian Ramos converted a simple rebound from a Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot. The Colombian's first league goal for his new side.
Augsburg would later rally and pull back two goals, but it proved too late for a side that had also failed to pick up a single point before the second matchday. Dortmund were worthy winners in the end as they finally kicked off their title race.
Winner: Jurgen Klopp
Although Dortmund were individually brilliant on the night, it was the collective performance—something this side have become famous for over the last few seasons—that really brought a smile to most fans' faces on the eve of the weekend.
"Everyone’s fit, but not fit enough to play," were the comments made by Klopp to the media this week, and it was evident that his side had finally picked up the pace with the blistering pace and intensity that we saw from Dortmund throughout the match.
Adding to that, Klopp was also a little smarter with his selections of personnel, opting to start the industrious Grosskreutz in midfield while pushing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up to the lone striker role, to Ciro Immobile's expense.
Both players excelled, with Grosskreutz setting up the initial goal, showing just how well this team can attack when Klopp picks the right system. A strong victory for Dortmund that was in no small part down to their enthusiastic coach.
Loser: Augsburg's Start to the Season
Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl will begin to feel the heat this weekend, as his side wrap up their second match of the new German season without a single point on the league table yet.
The small Bundesliga club will of course curse their poor luck in the fixture list, facing off against a strong Hoffenheim and Dortmund in the opening two games of the season, yet they'll now know that anything less than a point away to Eintracht Frankfurt next week could spell trouble.
Augsburg were of course one of the surprise packages in last year's Bundesliga and just missed out on the prospect of European football. A task that again looks slightly out of reach for the Bavarian side.
Winner: Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Dortmund may have welcomed back regular central defender Neven Subotic on Friday night, but it was Sokratis who was once again making the headlines with another standout performance for his side.
The Greek defender was perhaps the only member of Klopp's side to walk away from the opening day defeat to Leverkusen with pass marks, and he added to such consistency with a headed goal against Augsburg.
With Subotic now back in the starting lineup and Mats Hummels expecting back before too long, such performances must surely mean that Sokratis is the first name on his coach's team sheet at this moment in time. Even if Klopp will soon be able to count on four strong central defenders to do the job for him.
Loser: Dortmund's Defensive Record
We may have just praised Sokratis for his performance against Augsburg on Friday night, but unfortunately we can't say the same for his teammates in Dortmund's back line as they once again conceded silly goals in the league.
The home side managed to strike twice late in the second half, leaving Klopp's team with a nervous last few minutes to mull over a sloppy defensive performance all round.
Such a porous situation now leaves Dortmund with four conceded goals in their opening two Bundesliga matches. A tally they didn't reach until their fifth game last season.
If Klopp hopes to match his expensive summer signings with some genuine ambition this season, he'll first have to sort out why Dortmund keep conceding goals against all types of opposition.
Winner: Marco Reus
Despite all that went right for Dortmund in their Friday night showdown with Augsburg, it was undoubtedly the renewed form of one Marco Reus that accelerated the fortunes of his side in such a match.
The German international was of course present and accounted for throughout the defeat to Leverkusen last week, yet he looked like anything but his old self. Perhaps rushed back from injury too soon, Reus looked tired and far from his best.
Yet against Augsburg we finally saw what a fully fit Reus was capable of, scoring a wonderful individual goal to open the scoring—via a smart one-two with Kevin Grosskreutz—as well as taking the corner that led to Sokratis' goal later in the opening half.
Unfortunately for Augsburg on the night, what we saw was a perfect example of just how devastating this young man can be when he's at the top of his game.
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