RB Leipzig lose 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga opener

Augustin scores after only 31 seconds | Dortmund turn the game around with goals from Dahoud, Sabitzer (OG), Witsel and Reus | Bürki busy in goal for Dortmund | Kampl, Sabitzer and Augustin all return

RB Leipzig were defeated 1-4 by Borussia Dortmund in their first Bundesliga match of the season, watched by 80,000 spectators in the sold-out Signal Iduna Park.

Even though Die Roten Bullen went ahead through Jean-Kévin Augustin’s lightning-quick strike after only 31 seconds, Dortmund took control of the game with goals from Mahmoud Dahoud, Marcel Sabitzer (OG) and Axel Witsel in the first half.

After the break, substitute Timo Werner did everything he could to get Leipzig back into the game. Great saves in a strong showing from Dortmund’s keeper Roman Bürki kept Die Roten Bullen at bay, however. Marco Reus then went on to seal the three points for Dortmund from a successful counter attack in injury time.

Ralf Rangnick:

  • “In games of this magnitude, the little things make the difference. I have no complaints about how we played in the first 30 minutes. Roman Bürki was outstanding. We lost the game from set-pieces and balls into the box. Because of this, we weren't rewarded for the massive effort we put in.

    My team looked fresh and were up for it. For that reason, I'm not worried at all. Now we're looking ahead. After the game on Thursday we have three home games in a row, which we're all really looking forward to."

Match facts

Ralf Rangnick rotated the team for the opening Bundesliga game of the season in Dortmund.
Jean-Kévin Augustin put Die Roten Bullen in front after just 31 seconds.
But Leipzig didn’t stay in the lead for long.
Dortmund equalised through Dahoud’s acrobatic effort, before going on to win the game.

Team news

Bundesliga, Matchday 1
Borussia Dortmund


26th August

RB Leipzig
Attendance: 80,365
Signal Iduna Park , Dortmund

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