Borussia Dortmund II 2, AS Monaco Reserves 1


First Team Manager GS watched the BVB under-23 side create more chances with less of the ball than their Monaco Reserves opponents this afternoon at Stadion Rote Erde, deservedly running out 2-1 winners. The result capped a successful weekend for the Dortmund adult sides, all three winning their respective friendlies.

Kleinheider kept his place in goal behind a strong back-four of Chris Löwe, Lasse Sobiech, Marc Hornschun and Osman Varol. Ducksch, Dytko, Ehmann and Bittencourt played left-to-right across the middle, with Riemann and Durm completing the starting XI up front.

Marvin Ducksch opened the scoring on 17 minutes (below), bringing down Patrick Dytko’s cross on his chest before firing a half-volley home from 12 yards out.


Two minutes after the break, man-of-the-match Lasse Sobiech (below) stole ahead of his marker and volleyed home a Leonardo Bittencourt ball after Monaco conceded a free-kick by the touchline, 25 yards out.


Monaco’s Roland Lebreton pounced at the near post on 72 minutes to halve the deficit, turning home Pandor’s low cross into the six-yard box. Other than late scares spared by the offside flag, BVB saw out the game for their first friendly win of pre-season at their 5th  attempt (previously 3 draws, 1 defeat).

Dortmund II are next in action next Sunday, hosting Olympique Lyonnais Reserves.