Substitute Youssoufa Moukoko was the hero of Saturday’s Revierderby. His header in the 79′ minute in front of the Yellow Wall was the only goal in Dortmund’s 1-0 victory against FC Schalke.
“It felt fantastic,” the 17-year-old told Sky Sport after the game, adding: “When I was a youth player, I fantasized about scoring a winner in a derby in front of the Südtribüne, wondering how I would celebrate. I worked very hard for this. Now it all worked out and I’m elated. We can all be happy as a team now.”
But Moukoko had to show patience as he watched striker Anthony Modeste struggle for over an hour before BVB coach Edin Terzic finally gave him the nod.
Moukoko said: “I had a lot of anger in my belly because I wanted to play from the beginning. But it was the coaches decision to bring me off the bench. The fact that I scored the goal of the day is a beautiful feeling. Rewatching it is just the best.”
The goal was assisted by Marius Wolf, who floated a delightful cross into the box for the teenager to head home. “I expected the cross to come like that. I saw the defender move up, so I dropped back a little bit. It was a beautiful cross. I thank Marius.”
Despite the anger in the belly, Moukoko stressed that he had a very good relationship with his coach. He explained: “I’m very ambitious, I always want to play. Sometimes Edin has to pump the brakes a little bit, but he is always right. The coach is talking a lot to me because I need the coach’s trust. I can feel his trust every day. He told me that I needed to fight hard today, and maybe I would score the winner. I’m very happy, and now we can celebrate. It’ll be a long night.”
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