Mats Hummels: Borussia Dortmund start at Odd was like a bad film
Borussia Dortmund felt like they were starring in "a bad film" as they trailed Odd by three goals before battling back to win the Europa League qualifier 4-3 on Thursday, defender Mats Hummels said after the match.
Odd took the lead after just 14 seconds of the first leg of the qualifier Norway and were 3-0 ahead by the 22nd minute before Thomas Tuchel's men turned it around thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in addition to goals from Shinji Kagawa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The comeback prompted BVB to reference Alex Ferguson's famous comment after Manchester United's stunning late comeback to beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
Football. Bloody hell. #oddbvb 3-4- Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 20, 2015
However, club captain Hummels acknowledged that Dortmund -- who made a habit of conceding early goals last season -- had performed well below expectations at the start of the match.
"At first it was like a bad film," he told ARD postmatch. "You shouldn't start a game with such a weak performance. It was a nightmare start but we fought back.
"It was clear to us that we could still win despite being 3-0 down. Luckily we managed to bring it back to 3-2 after half-time. At the end it was annoying that we didn't score a fifth or sixth goal. A bigger victory would have been well-earned."
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Odd winger Rafik Zekhnini, 17, made a positive impression on the night, and he created the opening goal when he dribbled past Dortmund's right-back Gonzalo Castro before setting up the unmarked Jone Samuelsen to head past BVB keeper Roman Weidenfeller.
Speaking on Norwegian TV, Hummels was particularly impressed with Zekhnini's display, saying: "I don't know all the names, but they've good players. Left wing and right wing really good. Left wing fast, and really a nice player."
When the reporter informed him about Zekhnini's age, Hummels, who had already left the interview, turned around and said: "Really? He's really 17-years old? What the f---?"