Michy Batshuayi bagged a brace on his Borussia Dortmund debut as they ran out 3-2 winners over Bundesliga basement side Cologne bare two days after signing on loan from Chelsea.
Thrust in at the deep end to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by head coach Peter Stoeger, the Belgian international proved an instant hit in Friday’s late night thriller.
“I am very happy, but the most important thing was the win,” Batshuayi told Eurosport.
“It’s my first match, it was always going to be difficult, so I am really happy we got the three points.”
Batshuayi, 24, has been in relatively good form this season having netted 12 goals for Chelsea, and proved his value by firing home a cross from left-back Jeremy Toljan after 35 minutes.
Cologne equalised with an hour gone as midfielder Simon Zoller finished off a counter-attack, but Batshuayi once again showed ice-cool finishing to restore the lead less than two minutes later after good work from American Christian Pulisic.
He could have finished with a hat-trick having put the ball in the net just before the break, but the video assistant referee (VAR) spotted he was offside.
Cologne levelled for the second time when Jorge Mere headed home from a corner, but Batshuayi provided the final pass for another former Chelsea boy Andre Schuerrle to smash home the winner as Dortmund broke a run of three straight draws.
It lifts them to second in the table, level on 34 points with Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke who play on Saturday, behind leaders Bayern Munich.