BVB signed-off their three-match North American Tour with a third win, fielding a mix of senior and fringe players against NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who reached the final four of last season’s US Open Cup.
Débuts were given to Heinz Lindner in goal, and Cimo Röcker at left-back, with Chris Löwe, Leo Bittencourt and Koray Günter in the starting XI after returning to the club from loan spells elsewhere.
Dennis Praet once again looked like the driving force behind most Dortmund attacks, either holding-up play for others or driving towards the box drawing defenders out of position, but it was from his corner that BVB took a deserved lead.
The delivery was only cleared to the edge of the box where Sven Bender squared for Chris Löwe to rocket one into the top corner from 25 yards through a packed penalty area.
Dortmund took the one-goal lead into the break, though Robert Lewandowski had chances to double the lead despite being double-marked most of the time. All ten outfield players changed, with Lindner remaining in goal.
BVB’s second-half side attacked from the off and were utterly dominant for the next twenty minutes and were justly rewarded with a goal on 64 minutes when Mustafa Amini broke the offside trap on a counter and slotted home a fine breakaway goal.
The flow of the game was interrupted until the final ten minutes as the home side made several changes throughout the half, and one of those, Andy Herrón sparked a frantic final five minutes when he headed in a Mark Anderson cross.
The home side pushed hard for an equaliser against the Champions League winners, but with one minute of stoppage time played, BVB’s attacking prowess proved to much as Viktor Fischer played through Daniel Ginczek who found the bottom corner from 15 yards out to seal the win.
The squad wore #1-24. Squad numbers have not been assigned for the 2014-15 season.
FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 1-3 BORUSSIA DORTMUND Herrón 86 Löwe 20 Amini 64 Ginczek 90+2 Att: 16,298 US Tour, Lockhart Stadium, Miami. Breezy, 21°C
MATCHDAY TEAMSHEETS FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS | (Used Substitutes) | 1 Dave MARTIN 6.9 | 12 Lionel BROWN 6.6 2 Patrick OTTE 6.9 | 14 Scott GORDON 5.8 5 Toni STAHL (c) 6.7 | 15 Scot LORENZ 7.0 4 Gale AGBOSSOUMONDE 7.0 | 16 PECKA 7.0 3 Lance LAING 6.6 | 17 Andy HERRÓN 7.3 6 Alfonso MOTAGALVAN 6.9 | 18 Nickardo BLAKE 6.4 8 Abel GEBOR 6.9 | 19 Jack STEWART 6.5 7 Darnell KING 7.0 | 20 Walter RESTREPO 7.0 11 Nicolas CLAVIJO 7.0 | 21 Emilio OROZCO 7.0 10 Abe THOMPSON 6.9 | 23 Mark ANDERSON 7.1 9 David SANTAMARIA 7.0 | ------------------------------- ------------------------------- BORUSSIA DORTMUND (1st 45') | BORUSSIA DORTMUND (2nd 45') | 1 Heinz LINDNER 7.1* | 1 Heinz LINDNER 7.1* 2 Julian KOCH 7.0 | 14 Gordon SIEVERS 6.9 4 Koray GUNTER 7.1 | 16 Felipe SANTANA 7.1 5 Neven SUBOTIC 7.1 | 17 Lasse SOBIECH 7.1 3 Cimo-Patric ROCKER 7.0 | 15 Kevin GROßKREUTZ 7.1 6 Moritz LEITNER 7.0 | 18 Marc HORNSCHUH 6.9 7 Sven BENDER (c) [*] 7.7 | 19 Karl-Heinz HORN 7.1 11 Leonardo BITTENCOURT 6.9 | 20 Jeremy DUDZIAK 7.1 10 Dennis PRAET 7.0 | 21 Viktor FISCHER 7.1 9 Chris LOWE 7.3 | 22 Mustafa AMINI 7.2 8 Robert LEWANDOWSKI 7.1 | 24 Daniel GINCZEK 7.2
Match report by @realtimeFM:
 We’re underway here in Miami, the home side kick-off. Last match in the States for Dortmund, and they’re joined by two débutantes.
 Space opens up for Dennis Praet as he receives the ball from Chris Löwe on the left. He cuts inside and fires at goal which Martin saves smartly. Koch hits the rebound straight back at the ‘keeper.
 First touch for Heinz Lindner on his Dortmund début as he takes a goal kick when Santamaria fires well wide from 25 yards out.
 Dortmund not pressing too hard on the back four so far, Surman encouraging them to close down quicker.
 Julian Koch finds Chris Löwe with a fine cross to the far post which he connects with, Martin saves well, but the flag’s up.
 Praet and Lewandowski combine well to bring the ball forwards, but Praet goes for the shot when a ball back through to the striker was the better option. Seconds later, Lewandowski wins the ball back and fires over the bar.
 First corner of the game goes Dortmund’s way when Löwe’s cross is knocked behind. Praet’s delivery is met around the penalty spot by Bender whose header is saved and put behind again.
 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0-1 Borussia Dortmund: The second corner is headed away and falls to Sven Bender in the penalty arc, he squares it to Chris Löwe who smashes it through the crowd into the far top corner from 25 yards. Great strike.
 Julian Koch gingerly gets to his feet after a challenge with Laing. Able to stand and walk, but he doesn’t look too happy.
 Dennis Praet is at the heart of every BVB attack, but he’ll kick himself after missing a great chance to double the lead. Dortmund work the ball into the box well with neat passing triangles, but Praet fires inches wide from twelve yards.
 Otte gets a header back to his ‘keeper wrong from Lewandowski’s ball forwards and Dortmund win a corner. Lewandowski has a crack but puts it over the top.
 First corner for the home side. Subotic tracks King’s run all the way and takes the ball off him. He clears the corner away too.
 Santamaria’s header gets the ball past Röcker for King to find Thompson with a cross to the far post, but the forward puts his header a yard over the top.
 Dortmund still working the ball into the box through the wingers and Praet, but Lewandowski double-marked most of the time. He has a shot closed down.
 Röcker gets to the goal-line with the ball but can’t get his cross in, when three team-mates were ready to pounce in and around the six-yard box.
 Löwe guilty of the same thing down Dortmund’s left.
[45+1] Bittencourt gets a square ball right into the six-yard box for Praet but his effort is deflected wide. Corner. The home side clear and the half-time whistle goes.
HALF-TIME: Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0-1 Borussia Dortmund
[HT] Two changes for the hosts, Gordon and Restrepo replace Montagalvan and Gebor. All ten outfield players replaced for Dortmund.
 Dortmund start on the attack and work the ball in towards the six-yard box from the left with Dudziak and Amini, but the home defence just about scramble it away.
 Dortmund win their fifth corner, and press back down the right when Hornschuh whips it back in towards Fischer, but it’s cleared away.
 Four more changes for the home side. Both sides had 12-man benches.
 Sobiech concedes a corner. Restrepo has two attempts to whip the ball in, but both are cleared by the BVB centre-backs. Hornschuh looks like he’s taken a knock, though.
 Corner for the home side again, Horn heads away and Dortmund counter at lightning speed, but Brown gathers as Amini overruns in the box. Two more changes for the hosts. Here’s how both sides are represented after all the changes:
 Action at both ends but neither ‘keeper particularly tested as yet this half.
 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: The visitors catch Strikers on the counter from a corner. Sobiech and Horn clear upto Dudziak who brings the ball forwards. Perfect through-ball to Mustafa Amini who slots under Brown for two-nil.
 Into the final quarter of an hour and I’d be surprised if we see a third goal here today. Neither side looking particularly adventurous.
 Corner for Fort Lauderdale, they’re pushing almost everyone forwards here. Sobiech heads it away and Ginczek picks it up on the right, but delays too long and FLS get men back.
 Great work by Orozco down the right who cuts inside and has his shot blocked by Santana. He eventually gets the ball back just outside the box, sending a cross in for Anderson who hits a volley that Lindner pulls off a fantastic save from.
 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: Anderson gets away down the left, coming inside the box to clip a cross into the middle of the six-yard box where Andy Herrón beats Großkreutz to the ball and heads home a consolation. Lindner four minutes away from a début clean sheet.
 Dudziak puts a great cross in towards the penalty spot where three Dortmund attackers are, but Ginczek and Amini put each other off and the home side welly it clear.
 What Dortmund look like they’ve needed in this second-half is a man just sat outside the box to mop up the clearances and recycle the ball back into the box.
 Karl-Heinz Horn has probably just saved the win for Dortmund. when they’re caught out down the left. Anderson crosses for Herrón who takes a touch and is about to pull the trigger when Horn makes a brilliant block.
 We’ll have an extra two minutes.
[90+2] Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-3 Borussia Dortmund: A minute into additional time and Santana lobs a long-ball over the top that Fischer runs onto, beats his man, plays forwards for Daniel Ginczek who slots home from 15 yards out. Game over.
FULL-TIME: Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-3 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly) [PKM]
Surman will be happy with the performance of his two débutantes today, though neither was particularly tested. Both looked solid and worthy of their place in the squad. In seeing the loaned players return and perform well too, particularly Chris Löwe, BVB may have saved themselves some of the transfer kitty as the strength in depth in evident.
BVB return home for a friendly against local side Wuppertal in a week’s time, before heading to England for a trio of matches after the World Cup has finished, and will be able to call upon the eight players still at the tournament. Will seven of those return as world champions with Germany? Here’s hoping!
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