Christian Pulisic was the match-winner in the 3-1 victory over Liverpool, scoring two goals himself and setting up the third − albeit unintentionally − for his friend Jakob Bruun Larsen, who netted his first "real" goal for the first team as BVB came from behind to win in Charlotte.
The Dane previously had cause for celebration in a DFB Cup Second Round tie against Union Berlin on 26 October 2016, when he had been a surprise inclusion in the starting XI and pressured an opponent into scoring an own goal following a low cross from the right flank. Stadium announcer Norbert Dickel had certainly been within his rights to name Bruun Larsen the goalscorer.
Having spent half a season on loan at VfB Stuttgart, Jacob Bruun Larsen has now returned to Dortmund. "We're confident that his development will follow a similar path to other former A-Youth players such as Christian Pulisic or Felix Passlack," said Sporting Director Michael Zorc of the Dane after the latter had finished progressing through the ranks at youth level. He made his Bundesliga debut for the Black & Yellows on Matchday 5 last season in a 3-0 away win in Hamburg. During the six-month loan spell in Stuttgart, he made four further top-flight appearances.
The 19-year-old has been getting more minutes under his belt in pre-season – and using them to his advantage. "Christian should've actually crossed," he said as he reflected on the build-up to his stoppage-time goal. "Fortunately, I was waiting where the ball landed. The defender was pulling me down from behind, which is why the ball went into the roof of the net."
Pulisic and Bruun Larsen are firm friends, having both become U17 German champions together in Dortmund three years ago. "I'm proud of him. Christian is living his dream. Although we're the same age, there's a lot I can learn from him," said Bruun Larsen of the young American. The Dane was satisfied with the display against Liverpool. "It was very hot. But the team still performed well. Scoring three goals against an opponent like that is a really decent return." (br)