Borussia Dortmund win their first friendly of the preseason 5-2 against fifth tier side Spvgg. Erkenschwick.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 8, 2016
Oer-Erkenschwick is a small town 30 kilometre northwest of Dortmund and was the destination for Borussia Dortmund’s first preseason friendly on Friday.
The Sportvereinigung Erkenschwick are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, which is enough reason for the Black and Yellows to honour the German fifth tier side from the Oberliga-West with a visit.
Thomas Tuchel opted to start two different starting XIs for each half – a procedure that is also to be expected in Saturday’s friendly in Wuppertal.
First half XI (3-2-4-1): Weidenfeller – Ginter, Sokratis, Burnic – Leitner, Rode – Bruun Larsen, Dembele, Mangala, Baxmann – Aubameyang
As per usual, there are not too many takeaways from the first friendly of the preseason – not only because of the long list of absentees.
Raphael Guerreiro is still at the Euro 2016 with Portugal, while Julian Weigl, Shinji Kagawa, Emre Mor, Nuri Sahin, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Lukasz Piszczek, Roman Bürki, Marc Bartra, Christian Pulisic and Mikel Merino are on vacation and will re-join the team later. Erik Durm (knee problems), Joo-ho Park and Marco Reus (adductors) were missing due to injury. Neven Subotic, meanwhile, is in search of a new club.
Borussia Dortmund had to fill the gaps with players from the U19 and U23. “I don’t know if everyone knew all the names, when we got on the bus,” Tuchel joked after the match (quoutes via WAZ).
Jano Baxmann certainly being one of those referred by Tuchel. The 17-year-old attacker joined Dortmund’s U19 from Werder Bremen’s U17 this summer.
However, there were already some early hints to see. Ousmane Dembélé surprised his own coach Thomas Tuchel by showing a lot of promise in the 45 minutes – which are to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Tuchel said after the game on the 19-year-old Frenchman: “Ousmane showed a great game, which I didn’t expect to that extend. I thought the strain of the training would hamper him more than it did. He already showed glimpses of the things we are all looking forward to.”
It took only 3 minutes for Dembélé to find the back of the net, showing his pace and dribbling skills to create the space for himself before playing a one-two with Baxmann.
It became evident quickly that Aubameyang’s and Dembélé’s good understanding off the pitch also translates onto the field, as both combined almost blindly at times.
Though that shouldn’t be reason to get carried away just yet. The attacker will still have a lot to learn, wearing the Dortmund shirt and Tuchel emphasised that too after the game: “He still has to get used to the strain, the intensity and the amount of training. There are a lot of new impressions for such a young man – the culture, new surroundings – one mustn’t underestimate that.”
Erkenschwick put one into their own net in the 15th minute. Defender Konarski was confused after his goalkeeper missed a cross by Jacob Bruun Larsen and couldn’t steer the ball away from his own goal.
BVB 2. HZ: Bonmann, Bender, Zimmermann, Schmelzer, Castro, Karazor, Passlack, Hober, Eberwein, Dieckmann, Ramos https://t.co/mYWSzO7SLX
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 8, 2016
6.000 spectators had to wait until the second half to see more goal action. Felix Passlack beat the keeper after just three minutes to make it 3-0 with an effort from close to the penalty spot.
The game slowed down a lot after the third, but goals were still flying in. U23 defender Christoph Zimmermann headed in a corner in the 72nd minute. Eight minutes later Gonzalo Castro hit the target from range to make it 5-0.
After that the match petered out, but still had two highlights in store for the Erkenschwick fans. Own-goalscorer Konarski redeemed himself by heading in a corner past Bonmann in the 83rd minute and Abulhanov doubled the goal tally of the hosts close to the final whistle.
- Orel Mangala, who joined BVB’s U19 from RSC Anderlecht looked well up for the task in offensive midfield.
- Marcel Schmelzer did not only hit the bar with a free kick, but also wore the captain’s armband with Sven Bender on the pitch
- Wuppertal are next on Saturday, which you can watch live on live.bvbtotal.de. Kick-off will be at 15:30 CET.
- Finally BVB football! Oh, how we’ve missed it!