Wuppertaler SV 1-2 Dortmund (Friendly)


BVB came from behind to maintain a 100% pre-season record, despite an early goal for their fourth-tier hosts, followed by a horrendous offside decision threatening a shock.

Surman kept with the same blend of senior and youth players to give experience to teenagers and new acquisitions in the squad, and save for a 6th-minute setback, played well and looked good for the win.

Dortmund were caught out after five and a half minutes when Praet was penalised inside the Wuppertaler box for an innocuous trip. The free-kick hit over long and wide for a cross to come in that Günter failed to intercept and Marco Quotschalla headed home a fine goal.

Within a minute, Dennis Praet had hit the crossbar with a 30-yard free-kick that Neven Subotic headed home from the rebound, only to be incorrectly denied by the assistant referee’s raised flag.

Around the half-hour and Leitner found Leonardo Bittencourt who beat the ‘keeper at his near post with the first real display of the penetrative Dortmund passing that we’ve grown used to under Surman’s management.

Inside ninety seconds of the second-half, Dortmund went in front with the final goal of the game. Lewandowski played in Moritz Leitner who strode forward on the wet turf from halfway before beating Mathenia with a fine strike from the edge of the box.

The squad wore #1-23. Squad numbers have not been confirmed for the 2014-15 season.

                Quotschalla 6     Bittencourt 29
                                  Leitner 47

                                               Att: 18,026
     Stadion am Zoo, Wuppertal. Strong Wind, Showers, 18°C


                      MATCHDAY TEAMSHEETS

 1 Christian MATHENIA     6.6³ |  1 Heinz LINDNER          6.9
 2 Florian ABEL           7.0¹ |  2 Julian KOCH            7.0
 3 André WIWERINK         7.0  |  3 Cimo RÖCKER            7.0
 4 Felix HERZENBRUCH      6.3♥ |  4 Koray GÜNTER           6.7¹
 5 Felix HAAS             6.0² |  5 Neven SUBOTIC          7.1
 6 Ben REICHERT (c)   [Y] 7.1  |  6 Moritz LEITNER     [*] 8.7
 7 Marcel LANDERS         7.1  |  7 Sven BENDER (c)        7.5
 8 Julian JAKOBS          6.9☻ |  8 Robert LEWANDOWSKI     7.0
 9 Marco QUOTSCHALLA      7.2  |  9 Chris LÖWE             6.9
10 Christian KNAPPMANN    6.9  | 10 Dennis PRAET           7.0
11 Danny CORNELIUS        7.0  | 11 Leonardo BITTENCOURT   7.5
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12 Bastian SUBE           6.8³ | 12 Roman WEIDENFELLER      .
14 Tom MOOSMAYER          7.0¹ | 14 Lasse SOBIECH           .
15 Patrick POLK           7.0² | 15 Viktor FISCHER          .
16 Mehmet BOZTEPE         7.0☻ | 16 Daniel GINCZEK          .
17 Ben ABELSKI             .   | 17 Marvin DUCKSCH          .
18 Dannie JENSEN           .   | 18 Felipe SANTANA          .
19 Dominic MAKOWSKI        .   | 19 Kevin GROßKREUTZ       7.0¹
20 Jan-Steffen MEIER      7.0♥ | 20 Gordon SIEVERS          .
21 Mark HAYDUK             .   | 21 Marc HORNSCHUH          .
22 Christopher RIEDEL      .   | 22 Jeremy DUDZIAK          .
23 Joas MICHALSKI          .   | 23 Mustafa AMINI           .

Match report by @realtimeFM:

[00] We’re under way on a wet and windy night in Wuppertal, home of the oldest electric elevated railway! BVB continue with a mixture of teenagers and senior squad. 12-man bench for both sides, but we understand the visitors aren’t looking to make wholesale changes at the break.

[00] Moritz Leitner starts for Dortmund, potentially his last match for the club ahead of a move to Bayer Leverkusen.

[04] Ball is skipping off the wet turf more than the players appear to be expecting, game starting off quite end-to-end, but neither ‘keeper tested.

[06] Wuppertaler SV 1-0 Borussia Dortmund: The fourth-tier side have taken the lead! Free-kick inside the WSV pebnalty area hit long and wide wich gets to Landers. He swings in a cross which Günter fails to deal with and Marco Quotschalla makes a diving header that beats Lindner from ten yards.


[06] Benjamin Reichert has tangled with Dennis Praet off the ball and concedes a free-kick. Looks very much like the WSV captain flung at arm at Dortmund’s midfielder. Nothing more than a free-kick.

[07] Woodwork! Praet takes the free-kick from fully 30 yards, beats the five-man wall and smashes it against the crossbar. Mathenia was nowhere near it.


[07] Disallowed! Neven Subotic has headed home the rebound but the flag is up on the near side. Baffling decision, he’s two yards onside when Praet hits the free-kick.


[09] Koray Günter has given away a couple of free-kicks on the goalscorer in the last minute, being given a tough time so far, but Surman given the youngsters their chances to prove themselves.

[15] Heavy pressure from BVB but ball not quite worked into the box as well as they can. Need to test the goalkeeper, especially with a wet ball.

[25] Not much to report over the last ten minutes, until Wiwerink’s sliding challenge brings down Bittencourt 25 yards out, dead central. Praet will fancy another effort here.

[25] Over the top but it drops comfortably for Mathenia, his first save.

[27] Sven Bender looking BVB’s best player so far, he’s dropping back in front of their back four and mopping up any balls forward, maybe wouldn’t be so deep with more experienced centre-backs behind him.

[28] Dortmund win the first corner, Bittencourt’s cross is headed behind. Set piece comes to nothing, but BVB have gone up a gear.

[29] Wuppertaler SV 1-1 Borussia Dortmund: It’s been coming, but the visitors draw level through Leonardo Bittencourt. Röcker works the ball from the left to Leitner who plays through Bittencourt who beats the ‘keeper at his near post.

[30] Mathenia probably should have done better with the shot from 15 yards, but the ball skipped off the wet turf. He was a fingertip away from it. First goal for Bittencourt since rejoining from a loan spell at Sandhausen.

[35] Leitner playing very well so far, he knows he’s in the shop window, but looks a little light in the challenge. Outmuscled a handful of times.

[42] Chris Löwe wins Dortmund their second corner when his cross is deflected behind, but WSV get it away from Praet’s delivery. Röcker and Löwe combining well down the left.

[45] Five seconds of the half remaining and Robert Lewandowski fires a shot past a wrong-footed ‘keeper from 15 yards otu but sends it inches wide of the post. He holds his head in his hands, knowing that was a glorious chance created by Löwe and Praet.

HALF-TIME: Wuppertaler SV 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly).

[HT] Two changes for the hosts, Haas and Abel replaced at the back by Polk and Moosmayer (who takes the captain’s armband). Dortmund bring on Großkreutz for Günter, shuffling to a wing-back system.

[46] Dortmund kick-off the second-half. Just the one change for them, we’re not expecting two different XIs today. Six days until their next friendly (at Hull), with six German World Cup players available to them.

[47] Wuppertaler SV 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: A fantastic solo goal puts BVB in front just ninety seconds after the break. Lewandowski gives Moritz Leitner the ball on half-way and he strides to the edge of the box in the rain before slotting home with his wrong foot.


[53] Great run down the right by Röcker who has switched flanks. Cross towards Lewandowski is just intercepted by Herzenbruch before the ‘keeper gathers.

[56] Cornelius clatters through Bender and gets a ticking off. Surman not happy with the challenge.

[60] WSV have made two more subs as we hit the hour mark. Sube (GK) replaces Mathenia in goal, and Boztepe is on for Jakobs.

[62] Großkreutz lashes one wide from 25 yards out. Sube not tested at the first opportunity.

[63] Sube makes his first save at point-blank range from Praet. Großkreutz whips a low cross in, Lewandowski flicks it on and Praet drills it at goal from inside six yards. Great reaction save.

[69] Caution for Benjamin Reichert as he brings down Leitner from behind.

[80] Dortmund closing the game out it seems, it’s the same pace as they move the ball around but we haven’t had an effort at either end for ten minutes.

[82] Knappmann hits a shot from 25 yards that may well have left the stadium. No chance of getting that ball back.

[86] Final five minutes, Dortmund looking good for the win as they win another corner. Leitner clean through but a good saving challenge deflects his shot beind.

[88] Ball finds Sven Bender 25 yards out and he hits a wicked, curling half-volley that bends towards goal but whisles round the post. That would have been quite the goal, save for it being six inches wide.

[90] BVB looking very dominant in these closing stages, but haven’t go enough on target.

FULL-TIME: Wuppertaler SV 1-2 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly). [PKM]


A competent enough performance from BVB, but nothing inspiring or unexpected against a fifth-tier side. Surman experimented with shape after the break, giving Cimo Röcker some time on the right to see how he fares.

The squad head to England next week for three friendlies where they’ll be able to call upon the likes of Marco Reus, Mario Götze, Julian, Schieber, Ilkay Gündogan, and Mats Hummels.

    • 13.07: FIFA World Cup Final, Brazil v. Italy
    • 15.07: Hull City v. Borussia Dortmund (KC Stadium)
    • 17.07: UEFA U19 Championship, Germany v. England
    • 19.07: Southampton v. Borussia Dortmund (St Mary’s Stadium)