Moukoko, 16, sets Bundesliga record but Union beats Dortmund

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BERLIN (Globe Live Media) – Youssef Moucoco became the Bundesliga’s youngest goalscorer on Friday, but could not prevent Borussia Dortmund from losing to Union Berlin 2–1.

Mococo, age 16, 28 days, equaled his first goal in his sixth league appearance and with a fierce strike at the hour mark in his second start under new Dortmund coach Edin Terczyk.

However, Union bounced back and Marvin Frederick scored the winner for a corner with a header in the 78th minute for the home side to go just behind Dortmund after the 13th game.

Dortmund were expecting their second win in two matches under Terzyk, who replaced Lucy Favre on Sunday. Terczyk started on Tuesday with a 2–1 win at Vader Bremen, but his team was forced to make mistakes by the well-organized home side of Urs Fischer.

The first big chance was for Union’s Taiwo Avoniyi when Mats Hummels tried hard enough to shut them down.

Terzyk explicitly told his players to pressurize their opponents to press and harass the Union players at any time.

Gio Reyna’s pressure on Mario Frederick led Mokoko on her way. He unwittingly defeated Jadon Sancho, but England fired the target ahead.

A mistake by Thomas Munier proved almost costly for visitors. Avoni was saved by Roman Burke and Cedric Tichart fired on the rebound with no goal. Sheraldo Baker had another great chance 10 minutes later but gave a weak shot at Burki.

Mokoko was widely displaced before Robin Koache cleared the last-ditch from Manuel Akanji from the resulting corner. Mokoko came closer than anyone before the break when he crashed a shot from the right post.

In the end, Avonnay broke the deadlock in the 57th when Gricha Prommel went on a corner, but Maukoko equalized with a rocket inside the left post three minutes later, played by Rafael Guerrero.

Dortmund’s defense then freed Frederick as the winner.

Outside fans lit fireworks to celebrate. The game – like all others in the Bundesliga – was played without supporters present due to the coronovirus ban.

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Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.