Live football returns to Signal Iduna Park for the first time since Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund side beat Werder Bremen 2-0 on 18 May to snatch third-place from Stuttgart on the final day of the Bundesliga season. Dortmund are set to welcome reigning Belgian league and cup champions Anderlecht as the first of their two home friendlies this summer.
Anderlecht won the double this season for the fourth time in their history, their first since 1994, after their second-consecutive Jupiler Pro League title. The club haven’t finished out of the top three in the Belgian top flight since 1998, though have found it hard to match this domestic success in European club competitions.
Their last final was the now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup in 1990 where they lost to Sampdoria. The club did enjoy UEFA Cup success in 1983 though, beating Benfica 2-1. This season’s campaign saw them drop into the Europa League from the Champions League third qualifying phase, before finishing 3rd in their group behind Leverkusen and Dinamo Bucharest, to whom they lost 0-1 in the final match to be eliminated.
Dortmund and Anderlecht haven’t played each other since 1991 – their only meetings – in the third round of the 1991 UEFA Cup. Dortmund won the home leg 2-1, but Anderlecht’s 1-0 win back in Brussels saw them progress on the away goal rule.
BVB won’t be able to call upon seven senior players due to internationals and loan deals, while Anderlecht will be without central-midfielder Sacha Kljestan who is with the USA squad preparing for the Gold Cup.
Borussia Dortmund 4-2 RSC Anderlecht Reus 23, 32 Mbokani 71 Lewandowski 77 Jovanovic 76 Blaszczykowski 90+2 (Att: 45,903) Friendly, Signal Iduna Park. Drizzle 18°C. Ref: S. Glindemann
BORUSSIA DORTMUND | RSC ANDERLECHT 1. Roman Weidenfeller 7.0 | 1. Arnold Goethals 6.7 2. Lukasz Piszczek 7.0 | 2. Guillaume Gillet 6.9 3. Marcel Schmelzer 6.8 | 3. Behrang Safari 6.5 4. Felipe Santana 7.5 | 4. Roland Juhász 5.6 5. Mats Hummels (c) 7.2 | 5. Bram Nuytinck 6.1 6. Leonardo Bittencourt 7.0 | 6. Mario Holek 6.5 7. Sven Bender 7.0 | 7. Ivan Stoyanov 6.7 8. Ivan Perisic 7.0 | 8. Julio dos Santos 6.6 9. Kevin Großkreutz 7.0 | 9. Tom De Sutter 6.7 10. Julian Schieber 7.0 | 10. F. Canesin Matos 6.7 11. Marco Reus 8.7 | 11. Matias Suárez 6.7 ----------------------------- ----------------------------- SGK Mitchell Langerak 6.8 | SGK Bruno Appels n/a Sub Marcel Halstenberg 7.0 | Sub Marcin Wasilewski 7.0 Sub Marc Hornschuh 7.0 | Sub Olivier Deschacht 7.0 Sub Oliver Kirch 6.9 | Sub Jean-Francois Magry 7.0 Sub Chris Löwe 6.7 | Sub Dieumerci Mbokani 7.4 Sub Marvin Bakalorz 6.7 | Sub Amador Rodriguez n/a Sub Jakub Blaszczykowski 7.2 | Sub Ronald Vargas 7.0 Sub Robert Lewandowski 7.9 | Sub Massimo Bruno 7.5 Sub - | Sub Guillaume Francois 7.0 Sub - | SGK Silvio Proto 7.0 Sub - | Sub Milan Jovanovic 7.2
Live match report by @realtimeFM:
BVB manager GS appears to have made Fürth-bound Oliver Kirch a peace offering, with a place on the bench tonight. Today’s Dortmund side are without Beck, Fischer, Götze, Gündogan, Koch, Leitner, and Sobiech.
0′ Dortmund kick-off their first home pre-season friendly against Anderlecht.
5′ Five played, BVB comfortably knocking the ball between them. Schieber dropping deep to pick ball up and lay off.
8′ First shot of the match, other than a FK Perisic hammered into the wall, Canesin Matos fires a daisy cutter well wide from 25.
10′ Bittencourt plays Reus in but his shot from 10 yards cannons back off the underside of the bar and bounces clear.
15′ Stats after quarter of an hour: Possession 65% BVB, 4 shots to 1, 91% pass completion.
23′ BVB take the lead through Marco Reus. He loses his man drifting in from the right and is on hand to poke home Piszczek’s cross.
Borussia Dortmund (Marco Reus 23′) 1-0 RSC Anderlecht
31′ Schieber has been asked not to drop off so deep and it almost pays off, he flicks the ball to Großkreutz who skims the bar.
32′ …It has! Marco Reus bags a second. Schieber pulls his marker to near post for Reus to tap home unmarked from Großkreutz’s cross.
Borussia Dortmund (Marco Reus 32′) 2-0 RSC Anderlecht
35′ Felipe Santana grazes the top of the bar, heading BVB’s corner just over the top from the penalty spot.
42′ Santana beats his marker to the corner again and crashes the ball against the crossbar but he’s adjudged to have fouled Dos Santos in the process.
Half Time: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 RSC Anderlecht (Friendly)
Four changes at break for BVB: Langerak (GK), Blaszczykowski, Bakalorz and Lewandowski replace Weidenfeller, Reus, Bittencourt and Schieber. Anderlecht have also changed their ‘keeper, Proto for Goethals. Also on is Deschacht, replacing Nuytinck.
47′ Nice touch from the Dortmund manager, sending on Oliver Kirch a minute after the break to say his farewells to the BVB faithful. Kirch might not have too long to wait to return though. His new Fürth side are here for BVB’s first home league game on 31st August.
54′ Five changes for Anderlecht as the PA announces the attendance of 45,903: Wasilewski, Mbokani, Vargas, Bruno, Jovanvic replace Juhász, Canesin Matos, Suárez, Stoyanov and De Sutter.
61′ Great chance for Mbokani as he arrives unmarked at the far post but he nods wide from Bruno’s looping cross.
63′ Anderlecht have found a higher gear here after the break, forcing another corner after a spell of possession.
65′ Chris Löwe replaces Kevin Großkreutz on the left for Dortmund. Anderlecht bring on Jean-Francois Magry for Julio dos Santos.
67′ Vargas beats Langerak from 15 yards but hits the inside of the far post. There’s a foul on a defender during the melee on the rebound.
68′ Anderlecht substitution: Francois replaces Holek.
70′ Lewandowkski rifles the ball from 10 yards out. The net ripples, the crowd cheer, but he’s put it wide of the near post.
71′ Dieumerci Mbokani pulls one back for Anderlecht. He prods Bruno’s pass towards goal, it deflects off Santana and wrong foots Langerak.
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 RSC Anderlecht (Dieumerci Mbokani 71′)
75′ BVB substitution: Marc Hornschuh replaces Sven Bender.
76′ Anderlecht have drawn level through Milan Jovanovic. A simple ball bisects the centre backs as Hornschuh is settling in and he slots home the equaliser.
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 RSC Anderlecht (Milan Jovanovic 76′)
77′ Parity lasts just 58 seconds as Lewandowski scores his first goal here since mid-February’s 2-0 win over Hoffenheim. Kirch lobs over the top, Lewandowski rounds ‘keeper and finished from a tight angle.
Borussia Dortmund (Robert Lewandowki 77′) 3-2 RSC Anderlecht
82′ Dortmund dropping deeper to see the game out, they look a little vulnerable to a ball over the top with the pacey Anderlecht forwards.
85′ Final change for Dortmund, Halstenberg replaces Schmelzer.
89′ Glorious chance for Lewandowski to wrap it up as BVB pour forwards on a counter attack but his 20 yard lob bounces agonisingly wide. Before the restart, Anderlecht give their third-choice ‘keeper a few minutes as he replaces Proto.
90+2′ That seals it! Lewandowski keeps the ball in on the right, bending a cross in for Jakub Blaszczykowski to steer his header over Appels and into the far corner despite a suspicion of offside. 4-2!
Borussia Dortmund (Jakub Blaszczykowski 90+2′) 4-2 RSC Anderlecht
Full Time: Borussia Dortmund 4-2 RSC Anderlecht (Friendly)
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