Borussia Dortmund got their Bundesliga season underway on Saturday afternoon with a potentially awkward trip to Wolfsburg.
Now under the management of former Ajax boss Peter Bosz, Dortmund will be hoping for an improvement on last season’s third-place finish and have made a fine start at the Volkswagen Arena thanks to Christian Pulisic and Marc Barta.
Indeed, the latter’s strike was a fantastic finish from out wide, as Barta picked the ball up from Gonzalo Castro before getting enough elevation and swerve to give Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels of keeping it out.
After a first season at Dortmund that was riddled with injuries and was severely affected by being caught up in an attack on the team bus before a Champions League clash with Monaco in April, the former Barcelona defender will be hoping to make a much bigger impact this time around – and his first Bundesliga goal is a fine way to signal that intent.
Indeed, Barta celebrated his goal by dedicating it to the victims of this week’s terrorist attack.
However, there is some debate as to whether or not the goal should even have been allowed to stand. Barta appeared to be in an offside position when he received the pass from Casto, but when the referee went to consult the newly-introduced VAR, he found that the camera that looks for offsides was not working.
Cracking finish, all the same…
27′ GOAL!! 2-0 @BVB!
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Marc Bartra with a stunning strike for BVB – celebrates by kissing the black armband being worn for the victims of the Barcelona attack. ??
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