Halberstadt U19 1, Dortmund U19 1

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Dortmund’s Under-19 side drew 1-1 at VfB Germania Halberstadt in a friendly this afternoon, extending their win-less run to six matches. The cause certainly wasn’t helped when striker Josef Bungert was dismissed in first half stoppage time for elbowing an opponent.

First Team Manager Gray Surman watched the match at the Friedensstadion, and saw the young BVB side have a goal chalked off after 65 minutes when Said Benkarit was wrongly ruled offside when he powered home a header. Salt was rubbed into the wound when Stephan Pientak opened the scoring for the home side barely a minute later.

BVB battled hard despite the numerical disadvantage and scored a deserved equaliser in the 72nd minute when Benkarit drilled the ball home (below) from the edge of the area after some sloppy Halberstadt defending. BVB’s centre back Ole Bongard was given the man-of-the-match award.

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After the match, Surman issued Bungert with a formal warning regarding his dismissal for violent conduct during the match. The player accepted that he deserved the warning and indicated a willingness to control his temperament in future matches.

The U19s are back in league action a week on Sunday (13 Oct) with the visit of Hannover.

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