Dortmund’s youngsters got off to an awful start in their friendly at FSV Mainz this afternoon and, despite a late rally, couldn’t claw back to rescue a draw at the Coface Arena, losing 3-2.
The hosts were one-up inside thirty seconds from kicking-off. Maurizio Reichart looked to test Dennis Langensteiner early on with a drive from 20 yards that rattled the far post. The rebound bounced awkwardly off the young ‘keeper’s leg straight into the path of Jürgen Berger who had the simplest of tap-ins. Reichert doubled the lead six minutes later with a fine strike from the edge of the area, bending the ball into the top corner for 2-0. BVB’s case to get back into the game wasn’t helped when striker Josef Odenthal limped off midway through the first half, with a thigh injury that may sideline him for most of August.
When Fabian Helmer’s looping cross got lost in the sun for defenders and strikers alike, the ball was eventually bundled over the line by Devante Parker on 36 minutes for a second scrappy goal of the match, but one that put Mainz 3-0 up at the break.
After controlling much of the second half, Dortmund finally got a deserved goal on 80 minutes when Ogün Gümüstas (above) drove a shot straight past Jürgen Heidel in the Mainz goal for some sort of consolation. Josef Bungert timed a run to the far post perfectly with three minutes to play to tap home a Ibro Beslija cross for 3-2 but time was against the BVB youngsters and they recorded their first loss of the pre-season.
Dortmund 19s travel to SpVgg Greuther Fürth next Saturday, their last scheduled fixture before the A-Junioren Bundesliga season begins on 01 September.