Hull City 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly)


Dortmund’s World Cup players all played a part in a comfortable 3-0 win in their first of three pre-season games in England, including a début goal for Lars Bender, set-up by fellow débutante André Schürrle.

Surman was able to call upon his full 22-man senior squad for the friendly at the KC Stadium against Hull City, back in the English Premier League, four years after relegation to the Championship. Only absentee was Marc Hornschuh who agreed a loan move to Sandhausen yesterday.

It was a very strong squad selected by Dortmund, with seven of their starters having played at the World Cup. Interestingly enough, it was a domestic-heavy starting XI with nine Germans.

BVB were in front after just nineteen seconds when Marco Reus curled in a cross towards the far post that Sven Bender got on the end of to head home the opening goal from six yards out. After an offside scare five minutes later, Dortmund went on to dominate, keeping a morale-boosting clean sheet.

Marco Reus smashed a shot against the woodwork after fifteen minutes, but BVB doubled the lead on the half-hour mark through Lars Bender after André Schürrle faked to shoot before playing through his former-Leverkusen team-mate who had a simple side-foot finish to make it 2-0.

Two of those combined for the third goal, with Julian Koch hit a long-ball into the box for Julian Schieber to head past the oncoming ‘keeper. At 3-0, BVB took their foot off the gas and the match petered out a little due to second-half substitutions for both sides.

BVB are back in action at Southampton on Saturday.

                                  S.Bender 1
                                  L.Bender 30
                                  Schieber 50

                                                  Att: 24,885
     English Tour, KC Stadium. Ref: Mike Jones. Drizzle, 16°C


                      MATCHDAY TEAMSHEETS

         HULL CITY AFC         |      BORUSSIA DORTMUND
 1 Eldin JAKUPOVIC        6.6  |  1 Roman WEIDENFELLER     7.1
 2 Liam ROSENIOR          5.3  |  2 Andreas BECK           7.0
 3 James CHESTER      [Y] 6.9  |  3 Marcel SCHMELZER       7.1
 4 Jack HOBBS (c)         6.1  |  4 Mats HUMMELS (c)       7.5
 5 Paul McSHANE           6.7  |  5 Neven SUBOTIC          7.1
 6 Corry EVANS            6.7  |  6 Lars BENDER        [*] 8.5
 7 Robert KOREN           5.7  |  7 Sven BENDER            7.5
 8 Tom CAIRNEY            5.9  |  8 Robert LEWANDOWSKI     7.0
 9 Nick PROSCHWITZ        6.3  |  9 André SCHÜRRLE         6.9
10 Matty FRYATT           6.8  | 10 Mario GÖTZE            7.1
11 Stephen QUINN      [Y] 6.1  | 11 Marco REUS             7.1
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12 Ben HAMER (GK)         6.8  | 12 Heinz LINDNER (GK)     7.1
14 Alex BRUCE             7.1  | 14 Julian KOCH            7.1
15 James TAVERNIER    [Y] 7.0  | 15 Cimo RÖCKER            7.0
16 Barry BANNAN           7.0  | 16 Felipe SANTANA     [Y] 7.0
17 Aaron McLEAN           6.7  | 17 Ilkay GÜNDOGAN         7.1
18 Craig NOONE            6.6  | 18 Dennis PRAET           6.8
19 Liam COOPER            6.7  | 19 Chris LÖWE              .
20 Cameron STEWART        7.0  | 20 Viktor FISCHER         7.0
21 Jay SIMPSON            7.0  | 21 Kevin GROßKREUTZ       n/a
22 Joe DUDGEON             .   | 22 Ivan PERISIC           6.9
23 Leigh THOMAS            .   | 23 Julian SCHIEBER        7.3
24 Eoghan McCAWL          7.0  | --

Match report by @realtimeFM:

[00] Referee Mike Jones gets the action going, and it’s Dortmund who kick-off.

[00] 12- and 11-man benches for the sides today, though we aren’t expecting BVB to make wholesale changes at the break. For Hull, they have James Tavernier, Craig Noone, Barry Bannan, and Ben Harmer on the bench – all of whom would make their débuts for the Tigers if brought on.

[01] Hull City 0-1 Borussia Dortmund: A goal after just nineteen seconds for the visitors! Götze plays the ball right for Reus who beats two men, curls the cross in to the far post where Sven Bender gets above Rosenior and heads home from six yards out.


[02] Hull have a corner when Hummels heads behind a deep cross from Rosenior. The visitors clear.

[04] Nick Proschwitz concedes a free-kick with a foul on Hummels.

[06] Disallowed! Quinn dives into a challenge on Beck, winning the ball cleanly, but his cross is headed away by Schmelzer. A cross is pumped back into the box and Robert Koran sides foots home an equaliser but the flag’s up.


[06] That was a VERY tight call, and I’m not sure it’s a correct one. Fryatt possibly a step offside but Koren looks like he timed that run perfectly.

[08] Nick Proschwitz outmuscles Beck and cuts inside from the left. His fierce drive from the edge of the box is parried by Weidenfeller, and Fryatt is flagged offside (correctly, this time) as he collects the rebound.

[10] Fantastic passing movement from Dortmund to get the ball forwards. Starting from Subotic, the ball was worked with one-two touches forwards through Schürrle to Lars Bender who is fouled by Evans 25 yards from goal, dead central. No Perisic or Praet, so it’s Marco Reus who takes the free-kick and he curls it straight at Jakupovic.

[11] BVB work the ball into the box, but the ball is taken from Schürrle’s toes as he’s about to pull the trigger.

[14] Woodwork! Lewandowski plays Marco Reus in brilliantly, holding up and laying off, but the winger smashes his shot against the angle of post and bar from 12 yards out. He dives at the rebound and his header drops half a yard wide. Agonisingly close!


[15] André Schürrle bends a low shot well wide from 20 yards out.

[17] Schürrle brings the ball forwards again, before lashing over the bar from even further out.

[19] Schürrle hits another one, still not troubling Jakupovic.

[21] BVB have their first corner, with their closing down winning the ball back high-up the field. Reus’s cross is hammered behind by Chester. It’s the same player who clears the set-piece.

[25] Dortmund continuing to hassle Hull, Schürrle’s low cross into the box nearly causes problems but Hobbs gets it away from Reus.

[28] Proschwitz tests Weidenfeller from the edge of the box, drawing a fine save from the BVB ‘keeper. It goes for a corner, and Lars Bender clears.

[30] Hull City 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Schürrle again causing problems as he drifts in from the left. He shapes to shoot before playing Lars Bender through. He side-foots home a goal on his début, doubling the lead from twelve yards out.


[37] Hull dropping deeper to control the balls forwards to Schürrle and Reus, giving Dortmund the run of the midfield. James Chester makes a fantastic interception to stop Lewandowski having a tap-in, before Schürrle smashes over the top from 18 yards out.

[40] Lewandowski wins BVB a corner. The delivery is flicked across his own goal by Chester, but Andreas Beck can’t get his header on target at the far post. Great chance for the right-back.

[41] Corner for Hull. Beck challenges Fryatt. It’s Lars Bender who clears away again.

[45] André Schürrle gets on the end of a lovely through-ball by Götze, but he shoots straight at Jakupovic. from twelve yards. One additional minute indicated.

[45+1] Sven Bender’s shot from twenty yards hits the back of Lewandowski and falls for Reus who takes it first time on the bounce and it whistles over the bar from the edge of the box. Dominating from the Champions League winners.

HALF-TIME: Hull City 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly)


[HT] Two changes for the hosts at the break: McShane (6.7) and Proschwitz (6.3) are replaced by Aaron McLean and Liam Cooper. Dortmund unchanged but looking to make changes shortly.

[46] Hull City kick-off the second-half.

[47] Tom Cairney and Sven Bender collide in the middle, but play continues. Schürrle hits another long shot wide. Surman probably looking for less speculative efforts from his débutant today.

[50] Koren lashes a 30-yarder well-wide, and BVB make six changes before play restarts. Off have gone Weidenfeller (7.1), Beck (7.0), Schmelzer (7.1), Sven Bender (7.5), Schürrle (6.9), and Lewandowski (7.0). Replaced by Heinz Lindner, Julian Koch, Cimo Röcker, Ilkay Gündogan, Viktor Fischer, and Julian Schieber respectively.

[50] Hull City 0-3 Borussia Dortmund: Instant impact from the BVB changes. Reus plays it to Koch on the right wing who whips in a cross that Julian Schieber heads past Jakupovic.


[51] Hull replace Cairney (5.9) with Alexander Bruce.

[53] McLean has a good chance to pull one back, but Lindner is quick off his line to close down the angle and the Hull man can only find the side netting.

[53] Caution for Stephen Quinn as he brings down Koch on the wing.

[54] Quinn wins Hull their fourth corner (to Dortmund’s two) when he cross deflects behind off Koch. It’s Lars Bender again clearing at the near post. Great début from him so far.

[55] Dortmund immediately counter and win a corner themselves. Cooper gets it away at the second attempt.

[56] End-to-end stuff here all of a sudden. Lindner comes off his line to make a clearance which only drops as far as Bruce. He closes him down, but Koch has to get back and clear behind. Another corner!

[56] Hull making changes before they take it, six of them. Off go Jakupovic (6.6), Rosenior (5.3), Hobbs (6.1), Koren (5.7), Quinn (6.1), and Fryatt (6.8). On come Hamer, Tavernier, Bannan (all for their débuts), as well as Stewart, Simpson, and McCawl.

[56] Dortmund’s remaining subs are back out for a warm-up. We’ll bring you the formations after all the changes as soon as they’re made. Time for this Hull corner. Koch and Reus clear it.

[58] Corner for Dortmund, Röcker winning it down the left. Trio of changes for BVB: Off go Lars Bender (8.5), Subotic (7.1), and Götze (7.1). On come Dennis Praet, Felipe Santana, and Ivan Perisic.

[59] Ben Hamer gets his first touch as a Hull player as Hummels heads Praet’s corner straight at him.

[60] For Hull, only James Chester and Corry Evans remain from the starting XI. For BVB, it’s skipper Mats Hummels and Marco Reus. Another corner for Hull, Chester challenges Fischer. It’s Bruce who gets it away.


[65] Stop-start last five minutes as the substitutes find their rhythm.

[67] Safe hands from Heinz Lindner as he has to backpeddle all the way to his far post to collect a Stewart cross. he’s then quick off his line to save at the feet of Simpson moments later. Corner.

[72] Another corner for Hull. Simpson looks liveliest for the hosts.

[74] Another change for Hull: Craig Noone makes his début, replacing Evans (6.7).

[76] Caution for Felipe Santana as he body-checks Bannan in the middle of the park.

[78] Perisic clips a lovely ball forward for Schieber who beats the offside trap and bears down on the box, he’s hauled back by James Chester who could be in big trouble here.

[78] Yellow card for James Chester, says Mike Jones. From the replays it looked like Bruce was getting across to cover. Big call. Perisic scoops the free-kick over the bar.

[80] Looks like Dortmund are making a further change, Kevin Großkreutz replacing Röcker (7.0) who has only been on the field 20 minutes. He’s holding his ankle after making a challenge on Stewart.

[81] Mats Hummels heads away Hull’s eighth corner of the game.

[81] Reus has a shot charged down on the edge of the box before Gündogan hits the rebound wide.

[82] Viktor Fischer doesn’t give up chasing a ball, wins it on the far left and sends a huge deep cross towards Reus at the far post. Cooper puts it behind. Both BVB’s centre-backs are up this corner.

[83] Santana nods the ball on at the near post and Schieber has his shot saved at point-blank range by Hamer. BVB think they’ve won another corner, but Alex Bruce let-off by the officials as his deflection wasn’t spotted.

[84] Ilkay Gündogan encouraged to shoot, and duly obliges. Hamer equal to the 20-yarder.

[85] Five to play here, and I’d expect another chance or two yet.

[87] Chester concedes a corner, Dortmund now on seven to Hull’s eight. Comes to nothing.

[89] Ivan Perisic hits wide from 25 yards. Fourth Official says we’ll have at least two extra minutes.

[90+1] James Tavernier is late on Fischer and joins two team-mates in the book. Operation to keep the ball and a clean sheet now for the visitors.

FULL-TIME: Hull City 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly) [PKM]


Surman looked very pleased at the performance, and most importantly, keeping a clean sheet. His two débutantes shone throughout, with Lars Bender the stand-out performer tonight. André Schürrle looked lively, and the assist was perfectly-weighted, but his wayward shooting either side of that may need addressing.

No injuries picked-up at all, only Cimo Röcker took a knock but it shouldn’t rule him out of Saturday’s trip down to Southampton. With Marc Hornschuh allowed to go out on loan, BVB may look to bring in cover at centre-back for the busy opening period.

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