Marco Reus’ goal in the first half was enough as Borussia Dortmund started the Bundesliga with a narrow win over Bayer Leverkusen.
The goal came after 10 minutes as Reus charged home on the goal line after Karim Adeyemi’s attempt was saved by Lukas Hradecky’s legs.
In stoppage time, Hradecky was sent off after a lengthy VAR check for handling outside his penalty area.
The win follows that of Bayern Munich 6:1 victory in the opening game Friday night.
The game was Dortmund’s first since Erling Haaland joined Premier League champions Manchester City and they are currently without his replacement – former West Ham and Ajax striker Sebastien Haller – who is undergoing chemotherapy for a testicular tumor.
Adeyemi was also substituted after 23 minutes with an injury but Dortmund, who finished second to Bayern Munich last year, looked forward to the game to start the season.
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End of game Borussia Dortmund 1, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0.
Second half ends, Borussia Dortmund 1, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0.
Mitchel Bakker (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Mitchel Bakker (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) commits a foul.
Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the right wing.
attempt failed. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.
Lukas Hradecky (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the red card.
VAR decision: Card promoted Lukás Hrádecky (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).
Hand ball by Lukás Hrádecky (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).
Offside Borussia Dortmund. Jude Bellingham tries a through ball, but Marius Wolf is caught offside.
attempt saved. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top center of the goal.
Corner Borussia Dortmund. Jonathan Tah equalizes.
attempt failed. Marius Wolf (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Substitution Borussia Dortmund. Emre Can replaces Donyell Malen.
Substitution Borussia Dortmund. Marius Wolf replaces Raphael Guerreiro.
Offside Borussia Dortmund. Mats Hummels tries a through ball, but Julian Brandt is caught offside.
Charles Aránguiz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund).
Corner Borussia Dortmund. Cashed in by Charles Aranguiz.
Offside Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Nadiem Amiri tries a through ball, but Sardar Azmoun is caught offside.