Before the match against Union Berlin took place, Dortmund was closely followed by this opponent with only 2 points less on the Bundesliga 2022/23 rankings. If it fails, coach Edin Terzic’s army will lose second place in the table to Union, and the dream of winning the championship will probably disappear. However, when in a difficult situation, Dortmund was rescued by a familiar name: Moukoko. The 18-year-old striker came on in the 74th minute, and only needed 5 minutes to score the decisive goal, helping the home team beat Union 2-1.
Dortmund’s important victory not only helped them to secure second place in the group and continue the championship race with Bayern, but also cut Union itself. Now, Dortmund owns 56 points, 2 points behind the leader of the table Bayern and 5 points more than Union – the third ranked team – 5 points, a temporary difference called safety. This is the 2nd time this season, Moukoko brought 3 valuable points for Dortmund after coming on from the bench. In round 7, Moukoko also scored the only goal to help the home team beat Schalke 1-0 with a powerful header.
In addition to bringing 3 points for Dortmund, Moukoko also entered history when becoming the youngest player to reach 50 Bundesliga matches (18 years, 139 days), surpassing the record previously held by Florian Wirtz ( 18 years, 226 days). With a very young age, the German player promises to be the long-term future of Dortmund. This season, Moukoko has pocketed 7 goals and 6 assists in 29 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions.