Jude Bellingham (3rd from left) jumps into Karim Adeyemi (hidden) after the 1-0 win for Borussia Dortmund through Marco Reus (left).

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BVB trembles at the opening win against Leverkusen: Marco Reus scores, Gregor Kobel outstanding!

By Florian Mentele

Dortmund – Exciting start! Borussia Dortmund defeated Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the first day of the game 1st National League in an extremely competitive and intense game just 1-0 (1-0).

Jude Bellingham (3rd from left) jumps into Karim Adeyemi (hidden) after the 1-0 win for Borussia Dortmund through Marco Reus (left). © Bernd Thissen/dpa

Marco Reus scored the black and yellow goal of the day in the 9th minute in front of 81,365 spectators in the sold-out Signal Iduna Park. B04 keeper Lukas Hradecky was sent off with a red card shortly before the end (90+2).

The new BVB coach Edin Terzic only had to change once after the comfortable 3-0 win in the first round of the DFB Cup against TSV 1860 Munich: Mats Hummels moved into the back four for Niklas Süle (muscle injury).

Werkself coach Gerardo Seoane, on the other hand, made five changes compared to the embarrassing 3-4 cup disgrace against SV 07 Elversberg: Jonathan Tah, Piero Hincapie, Kerem Demirbay, Exequiel Palacios and Karim Bellarabi started instead of Odilon Kossounou, Mitchel Bakker , Charles Aranguiz, Adam Hlozek and Sardar Azmoun (all Bank).

BVB race for the starting places: This is how Borussia Dortmund could line up against Bayer Leverkusen
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BVB race for the starting places: This is how Borussia Dortmund could line up against Bayer Leverkusen

The guests were immediately willing to show an appropriate reaction to the surprising cup defeat and ran up the back of the runner-up, but the runner-up wasn’t impressed, combined forward in spite of the pressing and was rewarded early on.

With a bit of luck, Youssoufa Moukoko caught the ball on the edge of the box after a mistake by Tah, then skilfully dribbled his way into the penalty area from the left and placed it across Karim Adeyemi, who had run in.

Borussia Dortmund’s starting eleven for the Bundesliga home game against Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s starting formation for the away match at Borussia Dortmund

Marco Reus brings Borussia Dortmund in front, Robert Andrich and Karim Adeyemi have to leave early

Responds quickly: Marco Reus (2nd from left) throws the ball into the box from a few centimeters to make it 1-0.

Responds quickly: Marco Reus (2nd from left) throws the ball into the box from a few centimeters to make it 1-0. © Bernd Thissen/dpa

Bayer keeper Lukas Hradecky somehow kept the DFB youngster’s low shot from around five meters on the goal line, but Reus stayed in the situation and poked the ball into the net before Hincapie made it 1-0 for the home side (9′).

Shortly thereafter, the next bad news for Seoane and his men: Robert Andrich, who cleared the field, had to be treated on the sidelines and ultimately injured, Aranguiz came on for him in the match (13′).

But BVB was not spared either. Adeyemi twisted his left foot when Hincapie tackled him and was replaced by Thorgan Hazard (23′).

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What followed was a classy game with a high tempo, because Leverkusen kept their heads up and pushed for the equaliser, even if the Terzic squad was often a step faster and more precise in the passing game.

However, both teams lacked consistency in the last third, which meant that there were hardly any clear chances. Only Bellingham plucked up courage in the 42nd minute, but his shot from around 20 meters swept past the Bayer box on the right and Dortmund went into the dressing room with a narrow lead.

BVB was able to celebrate early on: Marco Reus (3rd from left) put the home side in front in the 9th minute.

BVB was able to celebrate early on: Marco Reus (3rd from left) put the home side in front in the 9th minute. © Bernd Thissen/dpa

Bitter!  Karim Adeyemi (on the ground) had to leave injured after 23 minutes in his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund.

Bitter! Karim Adeyemi (on the ground) had to leave injured after 23 minutes in his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund. © Bernd Thissen/dpa

Gregor Kobel holds the narrow lead for Borussia Dortmund

Gregor Kobel (l.) secured Borussia Dortmund's triumph with numerous strong saves.

Gregor Kobel (l.) secured Borussia Dortmund’s triumph with numerous strong saves. © Bernd Thissen/dpa

The Werkself continued their courageous efforts in the second half, but the supposed equalizer from Palacios after a shot initially parried by BVB keeper Gregor Kobel was conceded when the Argentinian midfielder was very delicately offside (52′).

But the guests just kept storming and posed a few problems for Borussia’s defense, but in the person of top striker Patrik Schick failed twice at the home team’s outstanding goalkeeper (63./68.).

Ten pointer turns before the end, the ball was again in the Swiss keeper’s box, but this time Azmoun had released himself too early and netted from a forbidden position (80′).

Edmond Tapsoba has to go in goal, police action causes unrest

Unusual position: Defender Edmond Tapsoba had to be in the box for about a minute.

Unusual position: Defender Edmond Tapsoba had to be in the box for about a minute. © Bernd Thissen/dpa

In injury time, referee Felix Brych also sent B04 goalkeeper Hradecky into the shower with a red card because he had his hands on the ball after a long pass outside his own penalty area (90+2).

Central defender Edmond Tapsoba replaced him for a few seconds between the posts as all the visitors’ options for substitutions had been exhausted.

A little later, the referee blew the whistle, and it remained a narrow 1-0 win for Dortmund.

The fans were then initially not allowed to leave the stadium because a suspicious vehicle had triggered a police operation in front of the arena.

Edin Terzic’s team will continue with the away game at SC Freiburg next Friday (8.30 p.m.), while Leverkusen won’t play until Saturday (3.30 p.m.). FC Augsburg receives.

Cover photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa

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