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Dortmund are raw, visceral, thrilling and a throwback to Klopp heyday | Andy Brassell


Mario Götze, one of the key pieces in Jürgen Klopp’s glorious apex at BVB, helped grab victory in a thriller against Augsburg

It was as if he’d never been away. He took Achraf Hakimi’s pass in his stride and, steering the ball with the outside of his foot out of the line travelled by onrushing goalkeeper Andreas Luthe, appeared to create a tricky angle. With the next sweep of his right he made light of it, swishing the ball clinically into the far corner. In common with his winner in the World Cup final four years ago, it was a tough chance made to look simple by impeccable, ice-cold technique.

There have been moments – many moments, of late – when Rio must have felt like a lifetime ago for Mario Götze. None of those mattered on Saturday at Signal Iduna Park where, having been a surprise addition to Borussia Dortmund’s bench for the game against Augsburg, he came on in the 77th minute for his first action of the season, with his team in need of some magic.

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