New head coach Edin Terzic of Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a winning debut as they narrowly beat Werder Bremen 2-1 away on Tuesday to secure their first victory in four league matches.
Lucien Favre, who was sacked by VfB Stuttgart on Saturday after their 5-1 demolition, succeeded Terzic, a former Dortmund assistant coach.
The 12th-minute volley by Raphael Guerreiro gave the visitors a perfect start, but the euphoria soon fizzled out and Kevin Moehwald of Werder leveled with a powerful shot on the 28th.
Throughout all, Werder keeper Jiri Pavlenka was kept busy and also denied 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko, making his first start from becoming the youngest scorer in league history in the absence of injured striker Erling Halland.
But in the 78th minute, the keeper clumsily crashed into Manuel Akanji to concede a penalty. He did well to save the spot-kick from Marco Reus but was beaten on the rebound by the Dortmund captain.
Terzic said What was important was that we not only won but we defended the victory until the end,” “Everyone worked hard. The boys that then came on, everyone. We were a team.”
The first victory of the Ruhr valley club since mid-November brings them up to the fourth position on 22 points. Werder is 13th out of 11.
On Wednesday, Bundesliga leader Bayer Leverkusen, 25, travels to Cologne, while champions Bayern Munich, a point behind in the second position, host VfL Wolfsburg unbeaten.