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Borussia Dortmund interim head coach Edin Terzic and Axel Witsel praised Youssoufa Moukoko after his historic performance in the Bundesliga.
Moukoko became the youngest goalscorer in the Bundesliga in Dortmund’s 2-1 loss at Union Berlin on Friday, aged 16 years and 28 days.
The prodigious forward struck a fierce shot from inside the penalty area to restore parity at the hour mark, after Taiwo Awoniyi’s first goal three minutes earlier.
Union won thanks to Marvin Friedrich’s goal in the 78th minute, but Moukoko, who broke the record set by Florian Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen (17 years, one month and three days), earned praise after the match.
“Youssoufa played a really good game,” Terzic told Bundesliga.com.
“The goal he scored. He had one or two good chances where he didn’t get the ball in the first half, then he had a clear good chance and even scored.
“We are talking about four chances he had and we are very happy with his performance.”
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The Dortmund midfielder and teammate Witsel added: “Of course I’m happy for him for his first goal.
“I am sure that it will be brilliant for the team and for the future of the club.”
Moukoko had already become the youngest player to appear in the Bundesliga after coming off the bench against Hertha Berlin the day after his 16th birthday last month in a 5-2 win.
He was named to Dortmund’s starting XI for the first time in their midweek clash against Werder Bremen, a 2-1 win in Terzic’s first game as coach following the sacking of Lucien Favre.
Earlier this month, Moukoko became the youngest player to appear in the Champions League. He came off the bench in a 2-1 win at Zenit in the 58th minute, with his 16 years and 18 days eclipsing Celestine Babayaro’s 16 years and 87 days during the 1994-95 Champions League group stage for Anderlecht. .