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Batshuayi enjoys dramatic Dortmund debut

Batshuayi enjoys dramatic Dortmund debut”

Michy Batshuayi has taken a fitting first step toward replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund, becoming the first player to score two goals in his Bundesliga debut since the Gabon global did so in 2013. FC Köln at the Rhein-Energie Stadion on Friday night.

Schurrle with the victor on 84′.

Bottom club Cologne refused to give up and thought they had done enough to earn a point with Jorge Mere's 70th minute header before Schuerrle unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner six minutes from time to earn Dortmund their first three points of 2018.

In recording a debut double, Batshuayi accomplished a feat last seen in August 2013 when Aubameyang marked his first match following a move from Saint-Etienne with a hat-trick in Dortmund's 4-0 win over Augsburg.

Roman Burki though was forced into the first save of the game, with his feet, from a Milo Jojic shot from inside the box as he latched onto a good Sehrou Guirassy cut-back.

The Belgian striker made his first Bundesliga start after joining Dortmund on transfer deadline day as a direct replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Batshuayi converted again off a Christian Pulisic through ball mid-way through the second half and that time, the goal stood.

Astonishingly though, Cologne were back on level terms with 59 minutes played, as half-time substitute Zoller headed home following a parry from Burki, as he kept out a Dominique Heintz, who had stormed forward after breaking up a Dortmund attack.

Simone Zoller equalised for the hosts in the second half, but Batshuayi restored Dortmund's lead just a minute later.

Dortmund needed a late victor from another former Blue, Andre Schurrle, as the attacker fired in a goal in the 84th minute.



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