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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Mkhitaryan dazzles on debut

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Borussia Dortmund's record signing, scored one goal and set up another during his first 45 minutes for the club as Dortmund beat FC Basel 3-1 in a friendly on Wednesday.

Mkhitaryan, 24, joined Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk in a €27 million deal on Tuesday.

And Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told kicker the Armenia international had enjoyed "a great debut", adding: "He instantly took on our game."

Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller was equally impressed, telling Ruhr Nachrichten: "We can be really delighted about Miki. I think we have signed a huge talent that will help us a lot this season."

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp handed debuts to his two other summer signings - defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang, who came close to scoring when his effort came back off a post.

Zorc said Dortmund's summer business was all but complete, adding: "We have strengthened the squad not in numbers, but in quality."

Dortmund will be without right-back Lukasz Piszczek, who underwent hip surgery in June, for the first half of the season, but Zorc said: "It would not make sense to sign someone for half a year."

Th Champions League runners-up have spent some €50 million in the transfer market and brought in more than €40 million for Mario Gotze, Leonardo Bittencourt, David Ginczek, Julian Koch, Lasse Sobiech and Moritz Leitner.

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