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Dortmund impresses without Dembele in Bundesliga-opener

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Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Wolfsburg’s Nany Landry Dimata, right, and Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek vie for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund in the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany, yesterday. Photo by:Silas Stein

BERLIN

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.

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 yesterday’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 illness. Goetze spotted Pulisic free to his right and played in the teenager. Pulisic scored with a great finish inside the far post midway through the first half.

Marc Bartra 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.

Andrej Kramaric scored late for Hoffenheim to beat Werder Bremen 1-0, and Hannover celebrated its return to the league with a 1-0 win at Mainz. (AP)

Lyon concedes two late

goals in 3-3 home draw

PARIS—Forward Nabil Fekir’s early contender for goal of the season was not enough, as Lyon conceded two late goals to draw with Bordeaux 3-3 in a thrilling French league match yesterday.

After midfielder Lukas Lerager’s 88th-minute goal, forward Malcom earned Bordeaux a point with a fine strike in injury time.

Right back Kenny Tete and forward Bertrand Traore scored their first goals for Lyon, which was reduced to 10 men after midfielder Sergi Darder was sent off in the 36th minute.

Fekir opened the scoring in the 10th, intercepting a wayward Bordeaux pass inside his own half, skipping past one player and sprinting toward the halfway line before sending a stunning shot arrowing over goalkeeper Benoit Costil, who was standing near his penalty spot.

The somewhat low trajectory of the ball, hit with the inside of Fekir’s foot, still beat Costil because of the power and timing.

Tete, who played alongside Traore for Ajax against Lyon in the Europa League semifinal last season, anticipated a free kick from the right and volleyed home neatly from close range midway through the first half.

Five minutes after Darder’s sending off for a second yellow card, Malcom scored with a shot from the edge of the penalty area that deflected off Lyon striker Mariano Diaz.

Diaz, who has three goals since arriving from Real Madrid, shook his head in frustration when substituted for midfielder Jordan Ferri just before halftime.

Diaz seemed disproportionately unhappy, given Lyon was protecting a lead and a man down, sitting with his head buried in his hands.

Traore then whipped in a free kick from 25 meters into the left corner to make it 3-1. But Malcom’s shot, hit with great power from a similar distance and also into the top left, was even better.

Neymar is set for his home debut when Paris Saint-Germain faces Toulouse today. (AP)