Christian Pulisic made a scoring return to Borussia Dortmund’s starting line-up by getting the opening goal with a fine solo effort as they travelled to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.
The American winger is on loan with the German side until the end of the season, when he will complete his transfer to Chelsea, and was making his first start for Dortmund since returning from a muscle injury in late April.
He certainly wasted no time making his mark on the match. It took just six minutes of the game at the Weserstadion for Pulisic to celebrate his return to the team with a goal, and what a goal it was.
Picking up possession from Thomas Delaney on the edge of the centre-circle, the Borussia number 22 drove forward with the ball, leaving his marker trailing in his wake.
He then beat one man with skill, knocking the ball through his legs with a quick change of direction, and accelerated clear between the two centre-backs before calmly timing his finish and placing the ball past goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka to give the visitors the lead.
Spanish striker Paco Alcacer then extended Dortmund’s lead before the break, but a second-half fightback from Werder Bremen saw them get two goals in five minutes as the match finish 2-2, with veteran former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro, still scoring aged 40, getting the home side’s equaliser in the 75th minute.
Pulisic’s goal tally for the season now stands at six in all competitions, although Werder’s comeback means he missed the chance to become the youngest player ever to win 50 Bundesliga matches for the second week in a row, having reach 49 as a substitute on his return from injury in a 4-0 win over Freiburg, but losing 4-2 to Schalke last week.
The 2-2 draw also leaves Dortmund four points behind first-placed Bayern Munich, who beat Hannover 3-1, with two games remaining in the Bundesliga title race.