BVB celebrates after the derby: cheers for Moukoko, Reus is injured
Marco Reus' injury shocked BVB. The captain is threatened with the next long injury break. In the end, however, BVB can celebrate the derby victory. And the acclaimed goalscorer is a teenager.
When the BVB pros jumped in front of the south stand and celebrated the derby victory, championship lead and the youngest heroes in the history of the Revier classic with their fans, the worries were over Marco Reus briefly in the background.
"It feels so wonderful. Unbelievable. The night will definitely be long tonight," said 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko, who won 1-0 (0-0) with his joker hit (79th). Borussia Dortmund secured against FC Schalke 04. The teenager dedicated his goal and victory to Captain Reus, who is threatened with the next long injury break in a World Cup year of all times due to a foot injury.
Moukoko: "I already heard about that in the youth dreamed"
"I hope and pray it's not that bad," Moukoko said, visibly moved: "He's our captain. When he's on the pitch, you feel better." In terms of sport, it was the biggest day in the young professional career of the exceptional talent. "I dreamed of that every day when I was young," said Moukoko: "And I had this fantasy in my head: How am I supposed to celebrate when I score a goal in front of the south stand shoot." But the jubilation was quite unspectacular; with outstretched arms and gaping mouth, Moukoko ran to the corner flag.
"We are very happy that Youssoufa has become a derby hero," said coach Edin Terzic, who was the first BVB-Coach since Karl-Heinz Feldkamp won his first two derbies in 1983. "It's only three points," said the coach, "but it's the sweetest three points we can win in a season."
Concern about Reus' health was still great. "Especially because the ankle didn't look so good at first glance," said Mats Hummels, Reus' deputy as captain: "We're all keeping our fingers crossed for him and hope it's not as bad as it looked at first glance ."
BVB captain Reus is out for the time being
Immediately after twisting his foot when he came up, Reus slapped his hands in front of his face in pain. But Terzic was able to give the all-clear. "It looks like the ligaments were injured. We don't know how long he'll be out for now, so we'll have to wait for more detailed investigations," he said. That could take a few days. When asked if Reus would be out for about six to eight weeks, the coach said: "No, we don't think it will take that long."
This would not jeopardize participation in the World Cup in Qatar in November. He has already missed the 2010 and 2014 World Championships with the triumph in Rio and the 2016 and 2020 European Championships. He was only present at the 2012 European Championship and the disappointing 2018 World Cup. The fact that Reus will be in the two upcoming Nations League games on September 23 in Leipzig against Hungary and on September 26 against England in London is illusory. The captain was not taken to the hospital after the game, but home, said Terzic.
Also positive: Feared clashes between the two fan groups did not materialize at first. According to the police, it had remained largely peaceful before the game, which was classified as a high-risk game.