Closed-Doors Friendly v. Dortmund Under-23s

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Tuesday 18 June:

Borussia Dortmund’s senior squad are set to play a behind closed-doors exhibition match today against the Under-23s, the first time that new manager GS will oversee his new team perform together. A second training match, against the Under-19 squad, is set to be played on Sunday 23 June. 17 of BVB’s senior squad are available for the fixture, with Götze, Gündogen, and Leitner in Israel with the German Under-21s. Viktor Fischer (Ajax, transfer) and Julian Koch (on loan at Duisburg) won’t be available until 01 July.

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bakalorzThe senior squad will feature a strong starting XI, but it’s believed that GS will be looking closely at the performances of second-string players Marvin Bakalorz (pictured), Konstantin Fring, and Hervenogi Unzola before deciding whether further investment in the first team is required.

Update: Marvin Bakalorz, Marcel Halstenberg and Marc Hornschuh have been drafted into the senior squad ahead of the match. BVB’s senior squad will therefore field 9 substitutes.

        Borussia Dortmund XI 5 - 0 Dortmund U-23
         Friendly at Stade Rote Erde, Dortmund
         Schieber 46
         Blaszczykowski 78, 89
         Perisic 82
         Bakalorz 86

BORUSSIA DORTMUND [SENIORS]    |  BORUSSIA DORTMUND [UNDER 23s]
 1. Roman Weidenfeller    7.2  |   1. Tim Hohmann           7.0
 2. Lukasz Piszczek       6.7  |   2. Konstantin Fring (c)  5.6
 3. Marcel Schmelzer      6.8  |   3. Hervenogi Unzola      6.1
 4. Neven Subotic         6.5  |   4. Lennart Zeugner       5.3
 5. Mats Hummels (c)      6.7  |   5. Onur Cenik            7.0
 6. Marco Reus            6.7  |   6. Konstantin Möllering  7.0
 7. Sven Bender           7.2  |   7. Paul Ehmann           6.9
 8. Leonardo Bittencourt  6.6  |   8. Rico Benatelli        7.0
 9. Robert Lewandowski    6.6  |   9. Erik Durm             6.9
10. Kevin Großkreutz      7.0  |  10. Tim Treude            6.2
11. Jakub Blaszczykowski  9.4  |  11. Jonas Hoffman         6.0
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SGK Mitchell Langerak     7.0  |  SGK Zlatan Almerovic      6.3
Sub Felipe Santana        7.8  |  Sub Thomas Meißner        6.0
Sub Marc Hornschuh        7.2  |  Sub Ensar Baykan          5.7
Sub Marcel Halstenberg    7.1  |  Sub Marcel Deelen         4.9
Sub Oliver Kirch          7.3  |  Sub Admir Terzic          5.8
Sub Marvin Bakalorz       8.8  |  Sub Christian Silaj       5.6
Sub Chris Löwe            7.5  |  Sub Mustafa Amini         5.9
Sub Ivan Perisic          8.5  |  Sub Marvin Ducksch        5.7
Sub Julian Schieber       8.1  |  Sub Kiyan Soltanpour      6.1
Sub -                          |  Sub Edin Sancaktar         -

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Livetweets from @realtimeFM:

0′ The reserves kickoff in this exhibition match between the BVB senior and second-string sides.

7′ Blaszczykowski creates space for himself before pulling the ball back to Bender who forces a great save from Hohmann from 25 yards.

8′ The U23s clear the corner and counter quickly. Möllering strides forwards with the ball but Piszczek makes a fantastic clearing header of the through ball.

11′ Subotic and Durm collide challenging for a header and the senior centre-back is replaced by Felipe Santana.

16′ GS may be questioning the logic of a match this afternoon as Leonardo Bittencourt limps to the side for treatment.

17′ Lewandowski hits the inside of the post from 18 yards with a neat first-time strike which curls past Hohmann’s right hand.

19′ Bittencourt is back on and looks OK. He asks a question of Hohmann but the young ‘keeper has the answers, pushing his shot wide.

23′ Blaszczykowski doesn’t give up and chases down a deflected shot, picking out Reus in the six yard box with a cross but Reus’s first-touch is heavy and the ‘keeper gathers.

25′ Kevin Großkreutz cuts inside from the left but fires his shot straight at Hohmann, who is having a solid game for the second-string.

31′ Erik Durm snaps off a shot from the edge of the box and Roman Weidenfeller gets down quickly to tip it round the post.

35′ Felipe Santana involved at both ends in a matter of seconds. He heads a corner at Hohmann then gets back for a great challenge on a threatening Treude.

39′ Santana and Treude have another battle in the final third and Santana comes out on top again, Treude looks like he picked up a knock though.

Half-time: A couple of speculative efforts see out the first half where the players go into the break goalless. 0-0

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46′ The senior side have made six changes at the break, while the under-23s have made nine changes of personnel:

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46′ 1-0! The second half is only 27 seconds old when Julian Schieber runs onto Großkreutz’s through ball and fires past Almerovic. Impact sub!

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56′ Final pair of changes for the senior side: Ivan Perisic and Marvin Bakalorz replace Großkreutz and Schmelzer respectively.

65′ Game slightly devoid of action, but the senior side are, predictably, first to most balls and creating half-chances.

74′ Jakub Blaszczykowski is the most threatening senior player this afternoon, and his cross-come-shot squirms across the goal area, Schmelzer keeps it alive and wins a corner. Delivery from the corners hasn’t been great so far though. Something to work on this summer.

78′ 2-0! Chris Löwe collects a wayward goal kick and breaks down the left. His square ball is perfect for Jakub Blaszczykowski to slam home at the far post:

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82′ Schieber and Perisic cause confusion in the box before Zeugner takes control and hammers the ball clear.

82′ 3-0! The throw-in routine isn’t dealt with and Bakalorz touches the ball back to Ivan Perisic on the edge of the D. He takes a touch and finds the top corner:

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86′ 4-0! Perisic turns provider, flighting his freekick to the far post where Marvin Bakalorz peels away and nods home a fourth:

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89′ 5-0! Jakub Blaszczykowski picks up the ball on the right from Bakalorz, beats his man and drills a shot past Almerovic:

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Full time: Dortmund’s first-choice XI huffed and puffed but ultimately left it to their second-choice to blow away the under-23s after the interval. 5-0

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