Dortmund’s youngster Moukoko said nothing after his record goal, and coach Terzic also warned against exaggerated theater. In the end, BVB lost anyway – and so did soccer on TV.
No chance against the “little lord”: the Christmas classic brought ARD an average of 7.45 million TV viewers during prime time on Friday evening (market share: 21.7 percent), clearly outdoing the live broadcast of the Bundesliga match between Union Berlin and Borussia Dortmund (2:1) on ZDF in terms of popularity. An average of 5.56 million people (MA: 16.5) tuned in to the second channel to watch BVB striker Youssoufa Moukoko become the youngest goal scorer in Bundesliga history with his intervening equalizer at 16 years and 28 days old.
Dortmund’s youngster Youssoufa Moukoko didn’t want or was not allowed to say anything after the game, and his coach would also have preferred to sweep the goal under the carpet for the history books. “If we start talking about him now after every game, after every action, after every goal – that won’t help him,” said new BVB coach Edin Terzic.
And yet, everyone was talking about Moukoko after Dortmund’s 2-1 (0-0) defeat at Union Berlin. The striker scored the interim equalizer (60th) for BVB with a rich left-footed shot and advanced to become the youngest goal scorer in Bundesliga history. Moukoko was clearly more dangerous in the BVB offense than Marco Reus or Jadon Sancho, for example, and hinted that he could have a bright future ahead of him. “He’s shown so many good things, but there’s still so much room for improvement,” Terzic said, “We’ll try to push him to his limit as much as possible.”
Exactly where that limit is, no one can seriously predict. Mats Hummels found it “almost reassuring” that Moukoko, who had made short work of everything in the junior ranks, needed some start-up time for his first goal in the senior ranks. The disappointed defender thought it was a shame that his teammate’s debut goal, half his age, was somewhat devalued by the defeat: “We lost, that doesn’t do us much good.”
Overall, anger outweighed the manner of the bitter defeat in Berlin. Several times and in detail, Terzic had warned his professionals about the special strength of 1. FC Union – and then Borussia conceded two goals in exactly the same way: corner, header, goal. “They come with force and have their quality there. We tried again in the morning to instill it in everyone in all channels,” Terzic reported. In vain. Even the 2:1 winning goal scorer Marvin Friedrich was surprised: “I was amazingly free at the corner kick.”
Hummels couldn’t believe it: “There stands the strongest header of the opponent completely free, that’s unforgivable.” And Borussia goalkeeper Roman Bürki remarked in frustration, “Two standard goals again. This is enormously bitter, because we have addressed this before.” First, Union’s Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi (57th) headed in after captain Christopher Trimmel’s corner kick. Then defender Friedrich (78.) was successful with his fourth goal of the season.
Favre’s successor Terzic also made other deficiencies in his team at the 1:2 in the stadium An der Alten Försterei fan empty because of the Corona pandemic. “Through the standards we lose the game. But of course many other things were not good. We didn’t implement many things.” The game of the guests lacked speed on the ball and in their own movement, precision and courage. With just 22 points, Dortmund sees the top trio of Leverkusen, Bayern and Leipzig continue to slip away.