Alexander Isak scores as Borussia Dortmund beat Austria Vienna in Lucian Favre’s first game as coach
Christian Pulisic teed up Alexander Isak for the first goal of the Lucien Favre era as Borussia Dortmund won 1-0 against FK Austria Vienna at the Generali-Arena on Friday.
Austria Wien 0-1 Dortmund
Goals: Isak (39′)
Austria Wien started brightly, determined to give their revamped stadium an opening night to remember. Dortmund, however, were equally keen to make a positive impression on new boss Lucien Favre: Pulisic did that in teeing up Alexander Isak for the opening goal; new goalkeeper Marwin Hitz made a pair of saves late in the half to preserve that lead.
Favre changed every single outfield player at the break. New signing Marius Wolf would have had a goal but for Ivan Lucic’s point-blank save, while Nuri Sahin was handily placed on the goalline to block a volley that would have given the hosts a not entirely undeserved equaliser.
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Dortmund first half: Hitz – Burnic, Pieper, Diallo – Toljan, Pulisic, Götze, Wanner – Schürrle, Isak, Philipp
Dortmund second half: Hitz – Schwermann, Toprak, Schmelzer – Gomez, Rode, Sahin, Bockhorn – Wolf, Sancho, Bruun Larsen
Absentees: Akanji, Bürki, Delaney, Guerreiro, Kagawa, Piszczek, Reus (post-World Cup break), Weigl (adductor)
Coach: Lucien Favre
Vienna: Pentz (Lucic 46’) – Klein, Madl (Kadiri 86’), Igor (Schoissengeyr 75’), Salamon (Gassmann 86’) – Grünwald (c) (Venuto 75’), Ebner (Hahn 17’), Matic (Sarkaria 81’) – Prokop (Serbest 86’) – Edomwonyi (Friesenbichler 63’), Turgeman (Demaku 75’)
Absentees: Monschein, Fitz, Borkovic, Hahn (all injured)
Coach: Thomas Letsch
- Dortmund represent Favre’s third Bundesliga club, following spells in charge of Hertha Berlin (2007-2009) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (2011-2015).
- Maximillian Philipp was Dortmund’s top scorer in the Bundesliga last season, with nine goals.
- Pulisic registered a team-high six Bundesliga assists last term – his second full season as a professional.
- BVB have faced Vienna on five previous occasions, including two competitive meetings in the opening round of the 2003/04 UEFA Europa League. The Black-Yellows won both ties.
- Vienna coach Thomas Letsch replaced Domenico Tedesco (now of Schalke) at Bundesliga 2 side Erzgebirge Aue last summer, but was dismissed after just three matches in charge.
As it happened