Basel 1-3 Borussia Dortmund: Mkhitaryan shines in impressive debut

The new BVB arrival set up Marco Reus for the first goal before scoring a brilliant half-volley as Jurgen Klopp's men waltzed to victory in the pre-season clash

Henrikh Mkhitaryan enjoyed an impressive debut for Borussia Dortmund as he grabbed a goal and an assist in a 3-1 friendly win over Basel on Wednesday.

The Armenian, who completed his switch to the Bundesliga side on Monday, set up Marco Reus to score an early goal before producing a fine left-footed finish after Fabian Schar had levelled for the hosts on Wednesday.

And, with ex-Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Mkhitaryan long since withdrawn as one of numerous substitutions, Jonas Hofmann completed the scoring for Juergen Klopp's men with some fine control and a cool finish in the second period.

Dortmund named a strong team ahead of the fixture at St Jakob Park, with recent arrivals Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Mkhitaryan backed by familiar faces such as Roman Weidenfeller, Nuri Sahin and Robert Lewandowski.

A combination of old and new soon brought about the first goal, with Mkhitaryan bursting through on the right before teeing up Reus for an easy tap-in from close range.

But Basel were soon back on terms, as a free kick from the right was nodded in by a grateful Schar.

There was still time for Mkhitaryan to put a further stamp on the half, however, as he linked up brilliantly with Sahin before half-volleying into the far corner from the left.

Klopp made nine changes to his team at the break and the game lost some of its fluency as a result. 

However, the 2013 Champions League finalists rounded off their victory with a moment of brilliance in the dying moments.

Hofmann pulled off a fantastic touch to push a cross-field ball past a despairing Basel defender before showing the presence of mind to slot the ball home and complete the win.