History was made on Friday afternoon after Borussia Dortmund forward Youssoufa Moukoko scored a scintillating equalizer against Union Berlin. Not only did the German become the youngest player (16 years, 28 days) to score in a Bundesliga match, but he also broke the record by more than a year. Prior to today, the youngest to ever bag a goal in Germany’s top flight was Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Florian Wirtz, who was 17 years, one month, and three days old.
Of course there is a bit of a caveat to this. Prior to this season, the Bundesliga didn’t allow players under the age of 17 to appear in a league match. However, thanks in large part to the hype surrounding Moukoko, the age requirement was reduced to 16 over the summer. Moukoko turned 16 back on November 20th and became a full fledged Dortmund first team player a day later. He’s since made appearances in seven matches, including one in the Champions League.
The only downside for Dortmund fans, however, is that they would end up losing to Union Berlin today thanks to a Marvin Friedrich strike in the 78th minute. With that, the BVB fades away a little more from the top of the table. As of right now, they are five points behind both 2nd place Bayern Munich and 3rd place RB Leipzig, and both of those squads have each played one fewer match each.
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