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Batshuayi stars on Dortmund debut with 2 goals and an assist

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AP Revealed five:08 p.m. ET Feb. 2, 2018 | Up to date 6:19 p.m. ET Feb. 2, 2018

BERLIN (AP) — Michy Batshuayi scored two targets and arrange every other on his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund in a Three-2 win over last-place Cologne on Friday.

“It used to be the primary recreation. It used to be tough,” Batshuayi mentioned. “The vital factor is that we gained.”

The Belgian ahead, who joined Dortmund on mortgage from Chelsea on Wednesday, scored his first purpose 10 mins sooner than the smash, blasting the ball previous goalkeeper Timo Horn after an help by means of Jeremy Toljan.

“(It used to be a) dream debut,” Batshuayi mentioned on Twitter.

Batshuayi concept he’d scored every other simply sooner than halftime, once more arrange by means of Toljan, however the purpose used to be dominated offside after an intervention from the video referee.

Christian Pulisic used to be partially guilty for Cologne’s equalizer at the hour-mark after dropping the ball in midfield. Simon Zoller scored at the rebound after Roman Buerki stored Dominique Heintz’ effort.

Batshuayi were given his 2nd purpose nearly straight away in a while, with Pulisic atoning for his mistake with the help.

Jorge Mere equalized mins later with the again of his head from a nook.

However Batshuayi performed Andre Schuerrle via to attain overdue on a counterattack, giving trainer Peter Stoeger a win on his go back to his former aspect.

Cologne, which sacked Stoeger in December after a winless get started, suffered its first loss in 5 video games and remained 4 issues in the back of Werder Bremen within the relegation playoff position.

“It wasn’t a recreation for susceptible nerves,” Stoeger mentioned after his group ended a run of 3 attracts. “It used to be a very powerful win.”

Dortmund moved to 2nd position, forward of Bayer Leverkusen on purpose distinction having performed an additional recreation.

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