Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund thrash Wolfsburg 3-0

Pulisic scored Dortmund's first league goal of the season after good work by Mario Goetze, who was making his first Bundesliga start since December after an illness.
Bundesliga Source: AP
Reported by: AP Berlin August 19, 2017 23:39 IST

Borussia Dortmund showed signs it can thrive this season without suspended forward Ousmane Dembele by opening its Bundesliga campaign with a 3-0 rout at Wolfsburg on Saturday.

The United States international Christian Pulisic scored one goal and set up another.

Dembele remains suspended after missing training when Barcelona made a bid for the player. Dortmund is yet to receive a second offer after turning down a bid reportedly worth 85 million euros ($100 million) with another 20 million ($23.4 million) in add-ons.

"We have a clear position and a clear idea. If this is met, Dembele will be transferred this summer. If not, he'll stay with Dortmund," sporting director Michael Zorc said before kick off in Wolfsburg. "We won't wait to the last day of the transfer window with this decision."

Dortmund fans have turned against the 20-year-old Dembele, who had six goals and 13 assists in his debut Bundesliga season after joining for 15 million euros from Rennes last year. One supporter attending Saturday's game altered his Dembele jersey to read "Dumbele."

Pulisic scored Dortmund's first league goal of the season after good work by Mario Goetze, who was making his first Bundesliga start since December after an illness.

Goetze spotted Pulisic free to his right and played in the 18-year-old. Pulisic scored with a great finish inside the far post midway through the first half.

Marc Bartra then made it 2-0 with a brilliantly curled shot from a difficult angle inside the top corner

Dortmund continued its domination in the second half when Pulisic crossed for last season's top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to start his tally for the 2017-18 campaign.

 
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