Doncaster v. Dortmund (Pre-Season Friendly)


Dortmund’s senior squad play their first match outside of Germany for four months, as they are set to take on Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight. Marco Reus will definitely not feature, as he’s back in Dortmund receiving hamstring treatment after the last time out, but Neven Subotic may make an appearance as he recovers from his ankle injury.

The two Brazilian trialists Roberto and Paulinho are both fit enough to feature in the friendly, and both will likely play some part in the centre of midfield over the course of 90 minutes. Julian Koch and Leonardo Bittencourt are likely to be rested after playing for the Under-23s in the 1-1 draw at Accrington on Sunday. Mario Götze may make his first start under Surman ahead of Ivan Perisic who has scored 4 in 5 so far this summer.

120-doncasterDoncaster Rovers are an English League One side who finished 9th last season – 6pts outside the playoffs – in their first season following relegation from the Championship. Rovers have spent the majority of their playing history between the third and fourth tiers and are one of only four clubs to win the League Two title three times, most recently in 2004.

Rovers will be without Shelton Martis who is at the Gold Cup with Curaçao, and James Husband who may feature tonight for England against Lithuania at the European Under-19 Championship.

After tonight, Doncaster head for matches at Crewe, Dutch second-tier side Telstar, Harrogate, and Dagenham & Redbridge, before hosting Peterborough in a friendly ahead of their League One opening fixture at MK Dons on 17 August.

             Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
                     Brown 58     Perisic 31
                                  Schieber 80
                                      (Att: 14,585)
   Friendly, Keepmoat Stadium. Dry 9°C. Ref: Dean Whitestone

Click the above image to open a full-size version of the starting lineups in a new window.

 1. Gary Woods          6.6  |   1. Pierre Kleinheider    7.0
 2. Paul Quinn          7.0  |   2. Andreas Beck          6.9
 3. Mitchell Lund       6.9  |   3. Taye Taiwo            7.0
 4. Rob Jones (c)       7.0  |   4. Marc Hornschuh        7.0
 5. Phil Edwards        6.0  |   5. Mats Hummels (c)      7.4
 6. Josh Payne          6.9  |   6. Moritz Leitner        7.0
 7. Kyle Bennett        7.0  |   7. Paulinho              6.9
 8. Martin Woods        7.2  |   8. Ivan Perisic          7.5
 9. Billy Paynter       6.9  |   9. Kevin Großkreutz      6.9
10. Jordy Hiwula        6.9  |  10. Robert Lewandowski    7.0
11. Ian Westlake        6.9  |  11. Mario Götze           7.0
---------------------------     ----------------------------- 
SGK Jon Maxted          7.0  |  SGK Roman Weidenfeller    6.8
Sub Ben Askins          7.0  |  Sub Marcel Schmelzer      6.9
Sub Jamie McCombe       7.0  |  Sub Felipe Santana        6.7
Sub James Coppinger     7.0  |  Sub Lasse Sobiech         6.9
Sub Ashley Grimes        .   |  Sub Lukasz Piszczek       6.8
Sub Paul Lawson          .   |  Sub Sven Bender           6.9
Sub Paul McKenna        7.0  |  Sub Roberto               6.1
Sub David Cotterill     6.9  |  Sub Marvin Bakalorz       n/a
Sub Chris Brown         7.2  |  Sub Viktor Fischer        6.7
Sub David Syres         6.9  |  Sub Jakub Blaszczykowski  6.9
Sub Liam Wakefield       .   |  Sub Ilkay Gündogan        6.9
Sub Joshua Meade        n/a  |  Sub Julian Schieber       7.3

Live match report by @realtimeFM:

Surman has given a first pre-season start to Mario Götze, and continues to operate one experienced centre-back alongside a youngster. It looks like we’ll see two different XIs either side of the interval from both sides tonight. Trialist Paulinho joins Leitner in the middle for the first 45, while his countryman Roberto is on the bench.

Perisic starts ahead of Gündogan, and both summer full-back signings Taiwo and Beck start too. Only Marvin Bakalorz features in the squad from the U23 friendly last Sunday, he owes Surman a performance.

Neven Subotic not selected in the 23-man squad as he recovers from his ankle ligament injury, expect we’ll see him at the weekend in the Newcastle friendly. Reus injured.

Confirming that it’s Mitchell Lund at left-back for Doncaster, ahead of his twin Spencer.

0′ Dortmund get us underway in an all-yellow kit here at the Keepmoat Stadium, and it looks like a near-capacity crowd.

1′ Lewandowski puts the ball a foot wide from 8 yards. Perisic gets the ball into the six yard box, Götze knocks it down but Lewandowski fires wide.

5′ Götze turns Lund inside and out on the right of the box but his cross is over hit.

8′ Paulinho with his first real contribution so far, playing a great ball through for Lewandowski, but the striker is penalised for a foul.

10′ Andreas Beck is playing quite high up the field tonight. Nearly causes Hornschuh some problems covering him, but he’s dangerous on a run.

11′ Paulinho’s pass to Leitner is under hit and Rovers counter quickly. Hummels is cool at the back and mops up the danger.

13′ First corner is Dortmund’s. Woods gets across to cut out Götze’s low cross as he breaks when Paulinho intercepts a header.

14′ Perisic plays Götze in, but his first-time cross is snatched from Lewandowski’s head by Gary Woods in the Doncaster goal.

15′ Leitner plays Götze in this time, and Perisic’s header is strait at Woods. Lund being given a torrid time at left back.

17′ Perisic has the ball on the edge of the D, works to get a shot away but the sting is taken out of it when Edwards charges it down.

19′ Jordy Hiwula puts a take effort well wide from 18 yards. Good attacking movement dragged Hornschuh out of position to allow room.

21′ Doncaster survive when again Götze breaks away, his cross causes problems but no one can get a final touch. Rovers hack it clear.

23′ Mats Hummels, Dortmund captain, has impressed so far. Looks solid at the back, coming out to clear lines before Rovers can penetrate.

29′ Dortmund look for a flag as Westlake is in on the left, his cross fizzes across the six yard box but no one can get a touch.

30′ Martin Woods forces the first save from Kleinheider. Ball drops nicely and he volleys from 15 yards. It’s a smart save.

31′ Dortmund take the lead here on the half hour mark! Götze doesn’t initially know much about intercepting Westlake’s miss-hit clearance, but he picks up loose ball and curls a cross in to Lewandowski who heads against the bar from 10 yards. Ivan Perisic stabs home the rebound from close range.

GOAL! Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Ivan Perisic 31′)

32′ Götze stings Woods’ palms from 25 yards out and the defenders have to react quickly to clear before Lewandowski can smash the rebound.

34′ Götze’s shot is headed away, but only falls to Leitner who takes a touch before half-volleying from 18 yards. Great save from Woods.

35′ Rovers have a corner, Bennett and Westlake combine down the left before Hornschuh heads out.

39′ Game being broken up by some niggling fouls from aerial coming-togethers. Rovers reacting to the goal putting high balls forwards.

40′ Followed by their third corner. Payne rides two challenges from Großkreutz and plays a nice ball into Paynter who is deflected wide.

41′ Westlake’s cross towards the far post drifts and actually bounces back off the top of the crossbar. Inches from a goal he’d remember forever.

42′ Dortmund’s second corner. Götze’s through ball to Perisic knocked out.

43′ …and a third. Götze picks out Hummels in the six yard box but he heads straight at Woods.

45′ One minute will be added on.

Half-Time: Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly)


HT: BVB management confirming a wholly different XI for the second half. Bakalorz only unused man.

HT: Attendance at the Keepmoat Stadium has been announced as 14,585, larger than any match here last season.

46′ Doncaster get us underway. They’ve made two changes at the break, we’ll cover everyone in the next few moments as more are likely.

49′ Hiwula holds up the ball nicely before playing Paynter through but Weidenfeller reacts quickly to claim the ball at the striker’s feet.

49′ Gündogan chips the ball over the top for Blaszczykowski, Lund gets a touch to a goal-bound shot and it rolls inches wide for a corner.

49′ Gündogan’s corner is flicked on at the near post by Sobiech but Woods gathers.

52′ Schmelzer gets a great deep cross into the far post, Woods flaps under pressure from Fischer but the teenager can’t capitalise.

53′ Here come the Doncaster changes, four more. We’ll update the lineups graphic below.

Click the above image to open a full-size version of the starting lineups in a new window.

56′ Syers penalised for a trip on Blaszczykowski 20 yards out, but Schieber lifts the free kick over the wall and straight at Woods.

58′ Equaliser for Doncaster! Piszczek fails to intercept Askin’s pass out wide to Woods. His cross is met by Chris Brown’s header which comes back off the far post, hits Roman Weidenfeller and squirms over the line off the Dortmund ‘keeper for 1-1.

GOAL! Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (Chris Brown 58′)

65′ Game and tempo has changed since the equaliser. Rovers not letting Dortmund get the ball down and play.

70′ 5th corner for BVB. Coppinger heads behind Blaszczykowski’s cross-field pass for Schmelzer.

74′ Dortmund haven’t kept the ball as well in this half, balls out towards the wide men often astray.

76′ It’s Blaszczykowski drifting in from right that might be undermining their attacking. He’s dangerous, but Götze was more penetrative.

77′ Doncaster win a corner, quickly followed by another.

79′ Surman encouraging Fischer to get forward more, and let Gündogan drift to the left to cover.

80′ Instant results! Blaszczykowski crosses for Fischer who nods the ball back for Julian Schieber to finish low from 12 yards out. 1-2.

GOAL! Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (Julian Schieber 80′)

81′ Very nearly a third. Fischer is cutting into the box more, he gets on the end of Bender’s pass, but fizzes a shot past both posts.

83′ Schieber goes past three on a surging run forwards, but has his shot palmed away. Gündogan can’t turn the rebound goalwards.

85′ Rovers win a corner with a neat move down the left. Marvin Bakalorz gets an extra run-out. He replaces Roberto who hasn’t impressed.

85′ Late Doncaster changes, three more. Maxted replacing Woods in goal, with McCombe and Meade on for Jones and Lund.

89′ Askins gets back to clear off the line. Schieber’s shot is deflected by McKenna and totally wrong-foots Maxted in goal.

90′ Two minutes to be added on this evening.

90′ Maxted saves at point-blank range from Blaszczykowski as he gets on the end of Schieber’s cross.

90+1′ Fischer goes down under a challenge in the box, corner given.

Full-Time: Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly)


Dortmund keep the wins coming in pre-season, but didn’t hold on to the lead which will cause Surman some concern. The first-half line-up looks remarkably close to the one we’ll see BVB starting with as competitive games come round, I’d imagine. Götze was stunning on the right of attack early on. When Reus is fully fit, the pair may swap positions with ease.

The trialists Paulinho and Roberto both had good run-outs but it’ll be Paulinho that did more to capture the attention.  Got the ball forwards more, and was quick to cover and win it back if the move broke down. Roberto looked for much safer options a lot, when better balls were on. When he tried getting an attack going, balls often over-hit.

With tougher opposition coming on Saturday at Newcastle United, I think we’ll see Dortmund drop back and protect a lead if and when they have it. Surman will like the midfield options he has at his disposal though.


Next match: Newcastle United v. Borussia Dortmund (Friendly, St James’s Park) 20.07.13