Christian Pulisic Scores Magnificent Solo Goal 5 Minutes Into Return To Starting Lineup

Pulisic gave Dortmund an early lead against Werder Bremen in a must-win match.

Christian Pulisic returned to the Borussia Dortmund starting lineup for the first time since March 16 on Saturday against Werder Bremen. Injuries and the form of Jadon Sancho had kept the 20-year-old American out of the first XI for about six weeks, but he returned in some style, scoring a marvelous goal in the sixth minute.

Initial team sheets suggested Pulisic might be starting at right back, prompting plenty of social media mavens to criticize Lucien Favre. 

Christian Pulisic Goal vs Werder Bremen

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But those proved to be wrong when Pulisic began the match on the left wing, where he’s most dangerous. In the first minute of the match, he began a move that ended in a shot from near the penalty spot by Paco Alcácer. 

It didn’t take long for Pulisic to really make his mark. 

On the five-minute mark, Pulisic received the ball near midfield and zipped through the Werder Bremen defense for a spectacular solo goal. 

Pulisic’s third goal of the Bundesliga season — sixth in all competitions — gave Dortmund a huge boost in its attempts to chase down Bayern Munich in the closing weeks of the season. Bayern beat 10-man Hannover 3-1 earlier in the day to go five points clear with two matches to play.

American teenager Josh Sargent started the match on the bench for Werder Bremen. 

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