Dortmund’s Reserves side played their first match for a month, and kept up their seven-match winning streak with a 4-0 defeat of Fürth II at Stadion Rote Erde this afternoon. Manager David Wagner was given access to a number of senior squad members who didn’t feature in the Milan win yesterday, and also called upon some of the youth squad to give them experience at this level.
Mitch Langerak kept a clean sheet, with Julian Koch, Lasse Sobiech, Felipe Santana and Taye Taiwo starting in the back four. Dennis Praet, Marc Hornschuh, Jakub Blaszczykowski, and man-of-the-match Moritz Leitner started in a midfield four, with Viktor Fischer and Daniel Ginczek leading the line up front.
After peppering the Fürth goal throughout the first half, Dortmund finally made the breakthrough when Moritz Leitner was given far too much space by his marker and he turned home a cross from Taiwo at close range.
Eight subs later between half-time and the hour mark, it was one of those – Alex Lacey – who doubled the lead with a superb diving header at the far post when he got on the end of a Leitner free-kick. The goal was his first for die Schwarzgelben since following First Team Manager Gray Surman from Wigan Athletic.
Fürth made changes of their own five minutes later, including bringing on goalkeeper Florian Simon, and his very first touch gave Dortmund their third goal. Leitner clipped another free-kick into the box where Marvin Ducksch prodded the ball between Simon’s legs, but the ‘keeper got down well to get a hand on the ball… only to see it squirm from his grasp and trickle over the line.
If that goal going down as an own-goal was harsh on Ducksch, he got a goal of his own with fifteen minutes to go when Scott Tanser crossed from the right that was volleyed home by the striker.
Dortmund Reserves (who’ll become Dortmund II when they return to 3-Fußball Liga next season) are next in action on Tuesday, with the visit of Kaiserslautern II.