Wonderkids Wirtz and Moukoko score to set new Bundesliga benchmarks

By Ben Spratt 7 February 2021 461
Wonderkids Wirtz and Moukoko score to set new Bundesliga benchmarks

Two of the Bundesliga's brightest young stars were on target on Saturday and made history in the process.

Florian Wirtz struck for Bayer Leverkusen in their 5-2 defeat of Stuttgart, while Youssoufa Moukoko scored for Borussia Dortmund in a 2-1 loss at Freiburg.

Wirtz netted Leverkusen's fourth goal in a win that took them fourth, with debutant Demarai Gray adding the fifth.

It was Wirtz's fifth Bundesliga goal and at 17 years, nine months and three days he became the youngest ever player to that mark.

Indeed, no player in Germany's top flight has previously reached five league goals before their 18th birthday.

Wirtz became the youngest scorer in Bundesliga history when he got up and running with a goal against Bayern Munich late last season, then 17 years and 34 days.

But that record was subsequently taken by Moukoko in December, the Dortmund forward 16 years and 28 days old when he hit the net in a 2-1 defeat to Union Berlin.

Moukoko had not scored again until Saturday when another loss by the same scoreline at Freiburg included a consolation strike after replacing Marco Reus on the hour mark.

He consequently became the youngest player to score two Bundesliga goals, getting there when 505 days younger than former record holder Christian Pulisic.

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