Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi received his Borussia Dortmund profession off to a goalscoring begin on Friday, serving to the Black and Yellows safe a hard-fought Three-2 victory towards FC Köln with a brace on his debut.
The Belgian striker additionally had a objective dominated out by the VAR as Dortmund secured their first three factors of the Rückrunde, with their first league win on the RheinEnergieStadion for nearly six years placing an finish to Köln’s current run of kind.
Batshuayi and André Schürrle had the primary sights of objective however noticed their efforts fly harmlessly large of Timo Horn’s close to put up.
The primary actual likelihood of the sport fell to the fitting foot of former Dortmund midfielder Miloš Jojić. After Sehrou Guirassy cleverly peeled away from the Dortmund backline and crossed the ball into the field, solely the left foot of Roman Bürki stopped the hosts from scoring.
Shinji Kagawa then seemed to reply for the guests and got here shut with a left-footed effort that clipped the highest of the bar.
Batshuayi needed to wait till the 35th minute to get his first clear likelihood of the sport and the 24-year-old striker made no mistake from shut vary.
After Jeremy Toljan breezed previous Frederik Sørensen with ease, Batshuayi confirmed nice approach along with his weaker foot to transform the left-back’s pushed cross previous a static Horn.
Dortmund then appeared to search out some respiration area with half-time simply across the nook. Batshuayi and Toljan linked up as soon as once more within the FC Köln penalty space and regardless of the ball hitting the again of the online by way of Dortmund’s new striker, the objective was dominated out for offside.
Okayöln’s Guirassy got here near levelling the scoreline with an effort at first of the second half, whereas Batshuayi and Christian Pulisic seemed to proceed threatening the hosts’ objective for Dortmund.
Peter Stöger’s facet then cheaply gave up their lead earlier than the hour mark. Roman Bürki poorly tried to clear a long-range effort from Dominique Heintz and Simon Zoller, a second-half substitute for Okayöln, reacted rapidly to move the ball into the again of the online.
Batshuayi restored Dortmund’s lead simply two minutes later after being despatched via by Pulisic, sending a intelligent end via the legs of Timo Horn.
Nonetheless, a glancing Jorge Meré header introduced the Billy Goats degree as soon as once more to spherical off a frantic 10 minutes on the RheinEnergieStadion.
Salih Özcan and Marco Höger have been then made to rue their wasted alternatives within the latter phases of the sport when André Schürrle fired Dortmund again into the lead with an impressive strike from the sting of the field.
Peter Stöger’s facet have been in a position to maintain out amidst fixed stress in added time to register their first win of 2018, propelling Dortmund again into the highest 4 within the Bundesliga desk.