Bundesliga roundup: Reina starts and scores in Stuttgart rout of Dortmund

Bundesliga roundup: Reina starts and scores in Stuttgart rout of Dortmund

Berlin – Gio Reyna is back.

The American started on Saturday and scored to help Borussia Dortmund beat Stuttgart 5-0 in the Bundesliga.

It was Reina’s first league start of the season and he crowned an impressive strike on the left side of midfield with his first goal of the campaign when he struck well inside the far post before the break.

Reina’s last appearance against Stuttgart ended in tears when he suffered a muscle and tendon injury after kick-off – ending his season prematurely in April.

Jude Bellingham also starred with two goals as Dortmund produced their best performance of the season so far to end a run of three games without a win at the top of Germany.

With Reina (aged 19), Bellingham (19) and Youssefah Mokoko (17) all scoring, it was the first time three teenagers had scored for a team in the Bundesliga.

Reina’s resurgence has provided more welcome news for Dortmund coach Edin Terezik – and his United States counterpart Greg Berhalter – who will announce the national team’s World Cup roster on November 9.

Terezic has been careful to ease Reina back into action after another injury in recent seasons. Reina came on as a substitute in Dortmund’s last three games. On Saturday he started for the second time this season in the Champions League after playing at Manchester City on 14 September.

Reina’s celebration after scoring reflected the stress and frustration he felt after so long on the sidelines. Reyna, 19, got off the wheel and ran toward the corner flag, dropping to her knees and briefly raising her hands before falling face down on the grass. His teammates ran over and sat next to him.

German defender Nicolas Sowell headed home Bellingham’s stunning goal to put Dortmund ahead in the second minute and then made it 2-0 in the 13th minute.

Mokoko set up Reina’s goal in the 44th to confirm the home side’s dominance before Bellingham grabbed their second with a stunning strike in the 53rd. Mokoko completed the goal in the 72nd fire.

First-half goals from Jamal Mosela and Erik Maxim Chopo-Moting were enough for Bayern Munich to win 2-0 at Hoffenheim and drop Union Berlin to a point in the league. Union visit last-place Bochum on Sunday.

Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen missed a penalty, scored an own goal and conceded a penalty as it drew 2-2 at home to Wolfsburg. The visiting club apologized for the “disrespectful” refusal of its players to wear face masks on the train to the game.

Freiburg also beat Wether Bremen 2-0. Bremen captain Marco Friedl was sent off in the 14th minute for a foul that may have prevented a goal-scoring opportunity.

Augsburg had to resent the sending off of Brazilian defender Igo in the 66th as he conceded three late goals to draw 3-3 with Leipzig.

Borussia Mönchengladbach next host Eintracht Frankfurt.

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