Mainz 0 Borussia Dortmund 2: Stoger's tenure begins with much-needed victory 📹

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Borussia Dortmund started life under Peter Stoger with a 2-0 win at Mainz on Tuesday as they broke an eight-game winless run in the Bundesliga.

In his maiden match at the helm since replacing the sacked Peter Bosz, Stoger made an excellent start as second-half goals from Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shinji Kagawa second half secured a first victory over top-flight opposition since September.

The Austrian, himself only dismissed by bottom-placed Cologne this month, was immediately appointed by BVB to lead a turnaround and received a glimpse of the work ahead during a laboured first half.

But where they have folded under pressure time and again in recent months, Dortmund persevered through a difficult opening and reaped the rewards.

Sokratis provided the initial relief, bundling home a rebound through a throng of bodies for his second and most important league goal of the campaign.

And Shinji Kagawa, having spurned one clear opportunity, buried the second late in proceedings to sweep Dortmund into a much more palatable fourth after 16 games.


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