USMNT playmaker Giovanni Reyna had his precision game in order as Borussia Dortmund moved closer to leaders Bayern Munich with a 1-0 win at Mainz on Wednesday.
Reyna back-post free kick met Axel Witsel’s head for a thudded finish that sent BVB 11 points clear of third-place Bayer Leverkusen and more importantly within four points of the longtime defending champions.
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The 19-year-old Reyna gets his first goal contribution since scoring a pair of goals in late August, as a leg injury suffered on national team duty kept him away from club and country.
It’s a great sign for Dortmund, who was eliminated from the Europa League and has only the league on its menu thanks to a German Cup loss to St. Pauli. And it’s good news for Gregg Berhalter, too, as the USMNT boss will know Reyna’s put back-to-back half-hour appearances on his record following a stop-start return from injury.
Dortmund goes to the Allianz Arena on April 23 for the second Klassiker of the Bundesliga season. How close will the margin in a month-and-a-half?
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CLUTCH GOAL FROM AXEL WITSEL!
He puts away Gio Reyna's set piece to give Dortmund a massive late goal 👏 pic.twitter.com/CXG3UUhVAh
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 16, 2022