Bellarabi scores fastest goal in Bundesliga history as Bayer top Dortmund
Aug 23, 2014 at 2:39p ET
Karim Bellarabi scored the fastest goal in the history of the Bundesliga Saturday, needing just nine seconds and assistance from Hakan Cahanoglu and Sebastian Boenisch to stun Borussia Dortmund and set up an eventual 2-0 victory in the first Saturday night match of the season.
Leverkusen kicked off and Cahanoglu immediately went at the right side of the Dortmund defense, finding Boenisch with a pass that split the midfield and defenders. When Boensich swung inside, Bellarabi was running the inside left channel to accept the pass, turn between defenders and shoot under the dive of goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak.
Although BvB had 89 minutes-plus to cancel that out, Leverkusen proved intractable, limiting the home team's space and preventing any kind of chemistry developing among Ciro Immobile and his two strike partners, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrik Mkhitaryan. Dortmund's Marco Reus was not able to stamp his authority on the match, either.
Stefan Kiessling was sent in by Bellarabi for the second goal. Bellarabi took the ball off Erik Durm deep in stoppage time, turned and spotted his striker one v one against Langerak.
For Leverkusen the quality of the performance was the ideal preparation for Wednesday's Champions League playoff second leg tie against Copenhagen. They will start with a 3-2 lead from the first leg.