Bundesliga is back, with all eyes seemingly on Dortmund in their season opener against Wolfsburg.
The big news prior to kick-off was that World Cup-winning midfielder Mario Gotze was in the staring line-up for the first time in seven months, while wantaway forward Ousmane Dembele wasn’t even in the squad.
But the man who’ll make all the headlines in Germany tomorrow is defender Marc Bartra, after his sensational goal in the first-half.
While Gotze announced his return by setting up Christian Pulisic for the opener, Bartra made the score 2-0 when he ran through the left side of the six-yard box and curled an absolute beauty past Wolfsburg’s goalkeeper Koen Casteels.
Take a look at this:
If that wasn’t enough, the Barcelona native then dedicated his goal to victims of the terrorist attack in the Spanish city by kissing his black armband and pointing to the sky.
Bartra, who was born in Sant Jaume, Catalonia, and was part of Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy as a youngster, made a heart-wrenching tribute to victims of the attack on social media, posting this via Instagram:
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On vaig nèixer, on vaig créixer i on tinc a la gent que estimo. Tot el meu suport a les families. T'estimo Barcelona. #TotsSomBarcelona ⚫️ Donde nací, donde crecí y donde tengo a la gente que quiero. Todo mi apoyo a las familias afectadas. Te quiero Barcelona. #TodosSomosBarcelona ⚫️
Bartra wrote: “Where I was born, where I grew up and where I have the people I love. All my support to families. I love Barcelona. # TotsSomBarcelona”
The Spanish centre-back was the sole casualty in an attack that damaged Dortmund’s team coach ahead of their Champions League quarter-final clash against Monaco.
Police in Germany later charged a man suspected of being behind the Dortmund bus attack, said to be a market trader hoping to profit on fallen shares in the team.
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