Watch: Christian Pulisic Scores, But Dortmund Loses German Supercup on PKs to Bayern
Christian Pulisic is picking up right where he left off with Borussia Dortmund.
In Dortmund's first official game of the season, the 18-year-old American broke through to score the opening goal against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup on Saturday. The competition is the traditional curtain-raiser for the domestic soccer season in Germany, and features the winners of last year's Bundesliga (Bayern Munich) against the winners of last year's DFB-Pokal (Dortmund).
Pulisic created the opening goal from nothing when he pounced on a poor spell of possession along Bayern Munich's backline, stripping the ball from Javi Martinez, breaking down on the goalkeeper, and finishing easily to give his team a 1–0 advantage:
The lead didn't last too long, though, as Robert Lewandowski broke free to level the scores not long afterward:
That's how the scores stayed until the second half, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke through and lifted a perfect finish over the goalkeeper to regain the lead for Dortmund:
Dortmund did well to hold the lead through the second half, but were dealt a tough blow just minutes from full time when a goal line scramble resulted in a late equalizer for Bayern Munich:
That sent the game to penalties (there was no extra time), where Bayern triumphed after Marc Bartra had his sudden-death effort saved in the sixth round of kicks.
Pulisic, an American international, is looking to build upon last years campaign in which he scored five goals and added 13 assists in 45 appearances across all competitions for Borussia Dortmund.