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Dortmund's Reyna snatches stoppage-time winner against Mainz

Dortmund's Reyna snatches stoppage-time winner against Mainz

FILE PHOTO: Jun 9, 2021; Sandy, Utah, USA; United States forward Gio Reyna (7) shoots for a goal on a penalty kick in the second half against Costa Rica during an international friendly soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

MAINZ, Germany: Borussia Dortmund substitute Gio Reyna tapped in a stoppage-time goal to give his team a 2-1 victory at Mainz 05 on Wednesday (Jan 25) and lift them back into fifth place in the Bundesliga.

After a lacklustre performance, Dortmund appeared to be heading for a 1-1 draw before Sebastien Haller headed on their first corner of the second half and Reyna stabbed it in at the far post.

The American had also scored a 78th-minute winner in their 4-3 victory over Augsburg on Sunday.

"We are very satisfied with the result," said Dortmund coach Edin Terzic. "The team bounced back after falling a goal behind and levelled quickly."

"With all but the last kick of the game we then were the luckier winners and it could have gone any other way. We are happy with our start of the year (with two wins) but we know we still have a lot of work ahead of us."

The visitors, who have conceded eight goals in their last three league matches, quickly fell behind when unmarked Lee Jae-sung headed in a corner at the near post in the second minute.

New Dortmund signing Julian Ryerson levelled two minutes later with a heavily deflected shot from outside the box but there was little else to come from Dortmund in attack.

They did have a few efforts on goal by Karim Adeyemi in the second half but never really threatened and ended up surviving some late pressure from Mainz, who had their best chance when Anton Stach's low drive flew just wide in the 88th.

Reyna then stepped up to give his team three points and lift Dortmund, who face Chelsea in the Champions League Round of 16 next month, up to fifth on 31 points along with Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt, five off leaders Bayern Munich.

Source: Reuters

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