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B Dortmund 1 – 0 Leverkusen

A first-half goal from Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus was enough to take last season’s runners-up past Bayer Leverkusen in their Bundesliga opener on Saturday, but their winning start was overshadowed by a injury to new signing Karim Adeyemi.

It was also a victorious return for Dortmund manager Edin Terzic, back on the bench after 15 months following his first stint as caretaker manager in 2021.

“We didn’t start very well, we lost the ball a few times but recovered well. They were better after the break but we defended our lead well,” said Terzic, who coached for the first time in the Bundesliga. in front of fans.

“Sometimes it’s not possible to score more than one and you have to protect that clean sheet instead.”

Adeyemi’s injury which eventually forced him out in the 23rd minute was the latest for a new signing as Dortmund are already without defender Niklas Suele, who is nursing a thigh injury, and striker Sebastien Haller , absent for months after the discovery of a malignant testicular tumor.

Adeyemi thought he had scored when he turned a Youssoufa Moukoko backhand on goal in the 10th minute, but the ball was kept on the line by Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky before Reus stabbed him to take the lead .

A first-half goal from Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus gave the hosts all three points.

A few minutes later, German striker Adeyemi was taken off following a kick earlier in the match.

“He tried to keep playing but it wasn’t possible,” said Terzic. “We have to wait until tomorrow to have a clear diagnosis.”

Leverkusen, third last season, had their fair share of chances and had it not been for Mo Dahoud’s perfectly timed sliding tackle in the 42nd minute, Patrik Schick would have had the chance to equalise.

Dortmund closed after the break with Hradecky denying Thorgan Hazard in the 50th before Schick responded with a pair of chances and two good saves from Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel.

It was a much improved performance from Leverkusen after last week’s shock German Cup exit in the first round of Elversberg in the Third Division, but it was spoiled when Hradecky was sent off for holding the ball with his hands out. from the box at the end of the game.

After the game was over, fans were told to stay in their seats due to a suspicious car with a running engine found outside the stadium. Police investigated the vehicle and gave the all-clear 20 minutes later.

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Highlights of the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich

Elsewhere on Saturday, American striker Jordan Pefok scored on his Bundesliga debut to help Union Berlin defeat Hertha Berlin 3-1.

Pefok, who also scored on his German Cup debut on Monday, opened the scoring in the 31st minute to put Union on course for a third straight league victory against their rivals.

Sheraldo Becker and Robin Knoche also scored to secure the continuation of Hertha’s difficult start to the season following their German Cup exit against second division Eintracht Braunschweig last weekend.

Cup Finalists Freiburg road Augsburg 4-0 away, Borussia Monchengladbach defeated on visit Hoffenheim 3-1, Wolfsburg drew with promoted Werder Bremen 2-2, and Mainz won 2-1 in bochum.

Ten times reigning champions Bayern Munich started the season with a 6-1 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt Friday.

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