Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Reyna scored a brilliant goal to win Dortmund, Heller made his debut

DORTMUND, Germany ( Associated Press) — Geo Reyna scored the decisive goal in his first game since the World Cup as Borussia Dortmund beat Augsburg 4-3 in the Bundesliga on Sunday, a game in which Sebastian Haller returned to Dortmund’s side after treatment. Returned for for testicular cancer.

Reyna entered after 70 minutes for Dortmund. It was the first competitive game for the American midfielder since the World Cup in Qatar, where he made barely a few appearances as a substitute.

Reyna’s few minutes at the World Cup prompted her parents, former players Claudio Reyna and Danielle Egan, to contact the US Soccer Federation to report a domestic violence incident involving national coach Greg Berhalter. The federation named an interim coach while a law firm investigated Berhalter.

Eight minutes after coming on, Augsburg left a gap on the right side of the box for Reyna to head the ball over the line before passing past goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz. He was able to score the second goal, but he could not dribble well past Gikiewicz.

Goals from English midfielder Jude Bellingham and central defender Nico Schlotterbeck put Dortmund ahead in the first half. But midfielder Arne Maier and Bosnian striker Ermedin Demirovic countered to make it 2–2 before the break. England youth attacker Jamie Bino-Gittens’s volleying shot restored Dortmund’s lead at 75, but Croatian defender David Colina equalized again a minute later for Augsburg.

Haller played one German league match after cancer treatment, which included two surgeries and chemotherapy. The Ivorian striker came on after 62 minutes.

Six months earlier, Haller received the diagnosis during the preseason, something that put his career as a footballer in jeopardy. His Dortmund debut had to wait, as he was diagnosed with cancer less than a month after signing from Ajax. He received a standing ovation from over 81,000 fans.

On his first day after a two-month break for the World Cup, he scored 41 goals in nine matches. Bayer Leverkusen ended it with a 3–2 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Swiss goalkeeper Jonas Omlin conceded three goals on his German football debut. Omlin joined Gladbach from French club Montpellier last week to replace compatriot Yann Sommer, who signed with Bayern Munich to replace the injured Manuel Neuer.

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