Gio Reyna's opening game of the 2020-21 Bundesliga
season went pretty well.
All he did in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday was ...
-- Score his first Bundesliga goal to open the scoring in the 35th minute;
-- Go down for a VAR-aided penalty that teammate Erling Haaland converted in the 54th minute;
-- Finish the game with 30-for-30 in passing.
Reyna wasn't the whole show.
Englishman Jude Bellingham, another 17-year-old player, made his Bundesliga debut and set up Reyna's goal.
Haaland, 20, scored a second goal to give him 15 goals in his first 16 Bundesliga, a record only surpassed by the legendary Uwe Seeler, who scored 16 goals in16 games in the Bundesliga's first season in 1963.
And another 20-year-old, Englishman Jadon Sancho, set up Haaland's second goal on a spectacular counterattack, finshing the play with a nifty little ball played into the area for Haaland to clincially finish off.
What did he think of his youth brigade?
''I like working with young players," said Dortmund's Swiss coach, Lucien Favre, "but, of course, I like working with experienced ones too. The variety is really good, that was there to see in our 3-0 win today. Mats [Hummels] plays the ball forward, and Jadon and Erling sprint the length of the pitch. It was a brilliant goal at the end. The variety gives us a great feeling. We're going to need all of our players over this long season.''
Reyna's performance, though, stood out.
In the French sports daily L'Equipe's review of its man of the match, it described his performance as "brilliant, staggering, impressive." Not for the first time, Haaland jokingly referred to his buddy Reyna -- they both joined the Dortmund first team at the same time in January -- the "American Dream."
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Reyna's view of the opener?
''It was a very good start to the season," he said. "We have a lot of young players, it's really enjoyable. We all have so much energy, but we need to keep working, we need to improve even more. We were so happy to see that some of our fans could be there again. That's very important for us as players.''
Saturday's game marked the first Bundesliga game at the Signal Iduna Park with fans. Dortmund had permission from local authorities to open the stadium to up to 10,000 attendees.
Sept. 19 in Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund 3 Borussia Moenchengladbach 0. Goals: Reyna 35, Haaland pen. 54, 77.
Borussia Dortmund -- Burki; Can, Hummels, Akanji; Meunier, Bellingham (Delaney 67), Witsel, Hazard (Passlack 19); Sancho (Reus 79), Reyna (Brandt 79); Haaland.
Borussia Moenchengladbach -- Sommer; Lainer, Elvedi, Ginter, Wendt (Herrmann 69); Kramer, Bensebaini; Wolf (Plea 57), Neuhaus, Hofmann; Stindl (Thuram 57).
Photos by Kirchner-Media/Imago/Icon Sportswire