Rangers 1-2 Dortmund (Pre-Season Friendly)


Dortmund’s July tour of Britain comes to a finish tonight when the senior squad travel to Glasgow for a televised friendly at Ibrox Stadium, home of Rangers FC. Dortmund manager Surman – installed at the end of last season – hasn’t seen his free-scoring side falter in eight pre-season matches under his tenure, including a 4-1 win at Newcastle United and a 4-2 defeat of Anderlecht.

Of the senior squad, only young right-back Julian Koch has been ruled out. He’ll miss most of August with a pulled hamstring. Marco Reus, who was suffering from the same injury, played just under an hour with the U23 squad in the match at Tottenham on Sunday and may make a late appearance tomorrow evening depending on his recovery.

That leaves BVB with 24 players plus trialist Roberto from which to pick a matchday squad of 23. It’s likely Chris Löwe will miss out, and one of young centre-backs Lasse Sobiech and Marc Hornschuh who also both played at Spurs on Sunday.

120-rangersRangers are the most successful club side in Scotland – and, in domestic football, have won more league titles (54) and trebles (7) than any other club in the world – though the parent company spiralled into financial ruin and company liquidation after three consecutive titles 2009-11, before the footballing and business assets were bought by a new company in 2012.

Rangers were awarded a playing license after weeks of debate but were only permitted to enter the professional game in Scotland at the fourth tier, which – despite a massive playing staff overhaul – they dominated and had the title wrapped up with a month to play. They faced fiercest rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final shortly after, but were taught a 3-0 footballing lesson by their Glaswegian neighbours.

The two clubs last met each other in the third round of the 2000 UEFA Cup, with Dortmund progressing on penalties after the two legs finished 3-3 on aggregate.

                      Rangers 1-2 Dortmund
                 McCulloch 68     Subotic 29
                                  Leitner 56
                                              (Att: 34,149)
      Friendly, Ibrox Stadium. Gusty 8°C. Ref: David Somers

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            RANGERS            |            DORTMUND       
 1. Neil Alexander        7.1  |   1. Roman Weidenfeller   7.0
 2. Anestis Argyriou      6.8  |   2. Lukasz Piszczek      7.0
 3. Donald McGlinchey     5.7  |   3. Marcel Schmelzer     7.0
 4. Bernard Barlow        6.6  |   4. Neven Subotic        8.2
 5. Dorin Golan           6.8  |   5. Mats Hummels (c)     8.1
 6. Sébastien Faure       6.7  |   6. Ilkay Gündogan       7.0
 7. Dean Shiels           6.6  |   7. Sven Bender          7.0
 8. Lee McCulloch (c)     7.2  |   8. Marco Reus           6.9
 9. Kane Hemmings         6.6  |   9. Viktor Fischer       7.0
10. Francisco Sandaza     6.9  |  10. Robert Lewandowski   6.5
11. Charlie Telfer        5.9  |  11. Mario Götze          7.0
-----------------------------    -----------------------------
SGK Scott Gallacher       6.8  |  SGK Mitchell Langerak    n/a
Sub Marc McGuinness       7.0  |  Sub Andreas Beck         n/a
Sub Greg Pascazio          .   |  Sub Taye Taiwo           6.2
Sub Lewis MacLeod         6.9  |  Sub Felipe Santana       n/a
Sub Tom Walsh             7.0  |  Sub Lasse Sobiech        n/a
Sub Chris Hegarty         6.9  |  Sub Roberto              6.8
Sub Carlos Bocanegra      7.0  |  Sub Moritz Leitner       7.5
Sub Dean Florence          .   |  Sub Jakub Blaszczykowski 6.9
Sub Barrie McKay           .   |  Sub Kevin Großkreutz     n/a
Sub Ryan Sinnamon          .   |  Sub Ivan Perisic         n/a
Sub Emilson Cribari       6.9  |  Sub Julian Schieber      6.6
Sub Ian Black             7.0  |  Sub -                     .

Live match report by @realtimeFM:

Marco Reus starting is the big news from the Dortmund camp today. He’ll probably get 45. Schmelzer and Piszczek at full backs.

Tom Furlong, BBC Radio 5 Live: “I can’t look beyond Dortmund for this. They’re sharp, a good side, and should see off Rangers tonight.”

00′ David Somers blows for kick-off and the hosts get us underway!

02′ Götze and Piszczek attack with pace down right, cross finds Gündogan. He passes to Lewandowski, shot charged down, Fischer rebound saved.

05′ BVB corner. Reus free-kick deflects off wall, he picks up rebound, beats Hemmings but Telfer challenges him in the box.

16′ Another free kick conceded in the final third by Rangers. They’re not holding back in the challenge tonight.

21′ Rangers seeing a lot more of the ball in the last ten minutes, but the BVB full backs working well to cover any danger, no penetration.

22′ First real short on goal so far. Fischer slips the ball into Lewandowski who lifts the ball over the bar from 18 yards out centrally.

26′ Piszczek does brilliantly to make the overlap with Reus. Lewandowski meets the cross at the far post but can’t get enough power on it.

27′ Lewandowski thumps a header into back of the net but is penalised for a foul on the ‘keeper. Great ball from Schmelzer. BVB unconvinced.

DISALLOWED! Rangers 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (Robert Lewandowski heads home but penalised for foul on ‘keeper. 27’)

28′ McCulloch is late on Götze, not for the first time tonight, and referee Somers puts the former-Wigan in the book. Caution.

28′ Götze bends the free kick towards the top corner from 25 yards but Alexander does brilliantly to tip it over. Corner.

29′ 1-0 DORTMUND. Hummels gets to the corner at the near post, his header is saved but NEVEN SUBOTIC smashes home the loose ball.

GOAL! Rangers 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Neven Subotic 29′)

31′ Schmelzer clears a Rangers set piece and Lewandowski and Shiels have an 80-yard race between them. Lewandowski denied a goal by a great save.

32′ Götze works the ball to Fischer on the edge of the box, he strikes it first time but Alexander gets behind it and gathers the rebound.

35′ Alexander is getting a real work-out in the Rangers goal. He’s at full-stretch to push a Lewandowski shot round the post.

40′ Bender gives the ball away in the centre circle trying to find Götze. Shiels plays Hemmings through but Subotic is on hand to clear.

42′ First real ball into the box by Rangers. Argyriou overlaps Shiels, but his cross onto the six yard box is hoofed clear by Hummels.

43′ BVB sit back and let Faure come at them. He hits a clean strike from 20 yards which just whistles over the top. Not closed down.

45+1′ There’s the half-time whistle. Dortmund comfortably in front by the one goal, thanks to Neven Subotic.

Half-Time: Rangers 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly)


HT: Two changes for Rangers – Cribari and Black replace Barlow and Telfer. Dortmund come out unchanged, expect 4th official to be busy soon.

48′ BVB Subs: Taiwo for Schmelzer, Kuba for Reus, Schieber for Lewandowski. Leitner set to replace Gündogan who just took a knock.

53′ Sandaza has a go from long range but can’t get his shot to dip in time. Rangers have started this second half keenly.

56′ 2-0 DORTMUND! Kuba hits half-volley from corner clearance against the far post, Hummels rebound cleared off the line, LEITNER taps home.

GOAL! Rangers 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Moritz Leitner 56′)

58′ Rangers subs after the second goal: McGuinness, MacLeod, Walsh, Hegarty, Bocanegra replace Golan, McGlinchey, Shiels, Faure and Hemmings.

61′ Rangers win their first corner (1-5). Sandaza seeing a lot more of the ball in this half, looks dangerous when allowed to drift wide.

63′ Rangers captain Lee McCULLOCH receives the ball from Bocanegra, dummies past Leitner and smashes a shot into the top corner from 18 yards.

GOAL! Rangers 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (Lee McCulloch 63′)

70′ Dortmund change. Roberto replaces anchorman Sven Bender. Fischer just spurned a great chance by shooting early, Schieber played him in.

74′ Dortmund have made the rest of their changes. XI on the pitch now completely replaced by those from the bench.

74′ Change for Rangers too: Goalkeeper Neil Alexander is replaced by Scott Gallacher.

78′ Taiwo plays a great ball down the left for Schieber. He whips the ball into six yard box for Blaszczykowski, but keeper beats him to it.

81′ Leitner plays a terrible ball back which Walsh intercepts. Roberto gets back and makes a fantastic challenge to put the ball out.

86′ Schieber rattles the underside of the crossbar with a crashing drive from 25 yards after collecting Kuba’s through ball.

90′ Four minutes will be added on, as BVB win a corner from a move down the left involving Großkreutz.

90+4′ Kuba denied by Gallacher’s fingertips. BVB counter, Schieber and Leitner work ball wide and Blaszczykowski curls it towards top corner.

90+4′ Black heads off the line as Felipe Santana meets the corner powerfully at the far post.

Full-Time: Rangers 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly)


Hosts had 10 minutes of good pressure but BVB attack frequently with pace and guile. One-way traffic. Marco Reus played 45 minutes comfortably, if a little quiet by his own high standards. Mario Götze the source of Dortmund’s first-half chances, him and Piszczek down the right created chance after chance.

Nine wins from nine under manager Surman, but he’s probably for a higher shot conversion rate though, will we see BVB pick up an out-and-out goalscorer in this transfer window?


Next matches:

  • 03 August:  Eintracht Rheine v. Borussia Dortmund (Friendly, Delsen Stadion)
  • 03 August:  SpVgg Greuther Fürth U19 v. Dortmund U19 (Friendly, Trolli Arena)
  • 04 August:  Dortmund U23 v. AS Monaco Reserves (Friendly, Stadio Rote-Erde)
  • 10 August:  Borussia Dortmund v. Juventus (Friendly, Signal Iduna Park)