Borussia Dortmund Slump To a 2-0 Bundesliga Defeat In Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (Photo Credit: Twitter)
One week after its young attacking stars impressed in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Augsburg.
Gio Reyna, Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham grabbed the headlines in beating Borussia Mnchengladbach 3-0 in the opening round, but were frustrated by a stubborn defense marshaled by Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz on Saturday.
Dortmund dominated the first half with eight efforts on target, but Felix Uduokhai scored with Augsburgs only chance of the half, heading home a free kick from close range in the 40th minute.
Former Schalke player Daniel Caligiuri doubled the lead in the 54th, holding off Thomas Meuniers challenge before shooting past Dortmund keeper Roman Brki.
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre sent on Marco Reus and Julian Brandt with half an hour to play, to little effect. The 18-year-old Brazilian Reinier followed for his Bundesliga debut in the 69th, but he couldnt lift the side either.
Gikiewicz denied Mats Hummels, then Haaland late on, as Augsburg claimed its second win in two games.
Gikiewiczs former side, Union Berlin, salvaged a 1-1 draw at Gladbach thanks to Nico Schlotterbecks late equalizer. Marcus Thuram scored with a deflected header for Gladbach in the 56th.
Bayer Leverkusen and Leipzig drew 1-1, and promoted sides Arminia Bielefeld and Stuttgart enjoyed wins over Cologne and Mainz, respectively.
Joan Simun Edmundsson scored for Bielefeld to win 1-0, and Stuttgart fought back to win in Mainz 4-1.
Schalke was to host Werder Bremen later, hoping to end a 17-game run without a win. Fans were allowed to attend, but those plans were canceled earlier Saturday due to a high number of new coronavirus infections in the area.
Limited numbers of fans have been allowed at most games since last weekend for the first time since restrictions began in March.