Gio Reyna was called into action a bit earlier than expected for Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League opener, but kicked off his European campaign in style with an impactful performance.
Reyna registered two assists off the bench in Dortmund’s 3-0 group stage win over FC Copenhagen on Tuesday night. It was an impactful performance from the U.S. men’s national team attacker, who became the first American since 2010-11 to register two or more assists in a single UCL match.
“Gio produced a sublime performance with two assists. He gives us more flexibility,” Dortmund attacker Marco Reus said about Reyna postmatch.
Reyna replaced Thorgan Hazard in the 23rd minute and needed only 19 minutes to help Dortmund pad its first-half advantage. The 19-year-old set up Raphael Guerreiro, who slotted home the second goal for the Black and Yellow in the 42nd minute.
Reyna continued to be a threat in the final third for Dortmund, crossing into the Copenhagen box in the 82nd minute, allowing Jude Bellingham to cap off a 3-0 home win. It was Reyna’s fourth-career Champions League assist.
Reyna finished the match with 67 minutes under his belt, three chances created, and an 82% passing completion rate. It was his longest outing for Dortmund since March 20th, a 1-1 league draw with Cologne.
Dortmund will next travel to RB Leipzig in Bundesliga action on Sept. 10 before visiting Manchester City on UCL Matchday 2.