On Sunday, Borussia Dortmund capitalized on Manchester United’s defensive lapses to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory in the concluding match of their North American tour. The Bundesliga side outplayed the English Premier League giant during an entertaining clash held at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Moukoko’s Strike Seals Dortmund’s Triumph
The tide turned in the second half when Dortmund’s substitute, Youssoufa Moukoko, delivered a decisive strike, making the difference in the closely contested match. The Allegiant Stadium, also the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, witnessed high-intensity football as both teams battled for supremacy.
Manchester United’s Make-Shift Squad Impresses Early On
Despite United manager Erik ten Hag opting for a virtual reserve team in the starting lineup, the makeshift XI proved their mettle in the first half. They dominated play for extended periods and took the lead in the 24th minute through a brilliant long-range strike by Diogo Dalot.
Dortmund’s Quickfire Double Turns the Game Around
However, Dortmund turned the game on its head in the closing minutes of the first half, with two goals in just one minute from Netherlands international forward Donyell Malen. The first goal came when United’s defense failed to close down Karim Adeyemi’s run down the right, allowing him to set up Malen for a close-range finish.
Malen’s second goal was the result of a United defensive blunder when Victor Lindelof lost possession inside the area while attempting to play from the back. Dortmund’s swift execution capitalized on the opportunity, and Malen made no mistake in doubling his tally.
In the end, Dortmund emerged triumphant, showcasing their resilience and capitalizing on Manchester United’s errors to claim victory in a memorable match.