Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Wigan Athletic (Friendly)


Stevan Jovetic made his first appearance in Dortmund yellow and black today, but was clattered midway through the first period, and ultimately limped-off having had a yard of pace taken out of his game. Wigan came organised and deserved their 2-1 win against a lacklustre BVB.

In the final pre-season fixture for both sides, Dortmund went with two up-front, and despite creating chances early on, never really looked like taking grasp of the game, missing a playmaker behind the striker. Jovetic’s knock to his right knee, which will rule him out for at least a fortnight,

After a goalless first-half, where it was the fans behind each goal who were most at threat from shots, Tom Ince – making his Wigan début – slotted past Lindner but to have his effort ruled out by an offside call.

Twenty minutes later and Franco di Santo had the visitors in front, with a touch-and-turn that left Mats Hummels for dead and he matched that skill with a delightful finish. Julian Koch got a fine equaliser ten minutes later, but parity lasted just over two minutes before Di Santo headed home a corner.

Big names didn’t turn up for Dortmund today as they gave 4-4-2 another go, and Surman will surely revert to type for Friday’s trip to SC Freucht, where a good performance is a must ahead of the Bundesliga season beginning in a fortnight.

                      Koch 77     Di Santo 66, 81

                                                  Att: 47,311
   Friendly @ Signal Iduna Park. Ref: S.Glindermann. Dry 18°C


Welcome to Signal Iduna Park, for the final pre-season match for both these sides. Dortmund travel to fifth-tier SC Feucht on Friday for the opening round of the cup, while today’s visitors Wigan Athletic open their Premier League campaign at home to champions Manchester United a week today.

Both sides have their club record signings making their first appearance today. Stevan Jovetic starts for Dortmund after his £32m move from Fiorentina, while £6m man Tom Ince dons a Wigan jersey for the first time.

[00] The Latics get us underway at the home of their former manager!

[01] Wigan concede possession on their left flank, and Marco Reus comes forward down his right. He cuts inside, but he’s outpaced his own team and has no options. A bit of magic leaves McCarthy standing, but he fizzes a shot just over the bar from 22 yards out.

[02] Lars Bender is penalised for a nudge on McCarthy. Moments later, Schmelzer’s challenge on Berget is punished. Referee setting his stall out early.

[03] First touch for Stevan Jovetic who looks lively going towards goal but he snatches at his shot and drags it wide from 25 yards out.

[04] André Schürrle dumies and beats James McCarthy, but has his shot from the edge of the box charged down by Ivan Ramis who felt the full force of that drive. Jovetic keeps the ball alive, finding Andreas Beck out wide who wins the first corner of the game off Santiago García.

[06] Corner doesn’t come to much but Dortmund are getting high balls into the box from the right through good work from Reus and Beck. Could be a long day for the two Wigan centre-backs.

[07] Tom Ince drops a shoulder and beats Beck for pace up Wigan’s left wing, swinging a cross in towards Franco Di Santo. Neven Subotic goes to groud making a challenge, and the ball runs loose to Mauro Boselli bu he can’t get any power in the shot and Heinz Lindner saves easily.

[08] Jovetic clips a lovely ball over the top for Schürrle inside the box, but he takes a heavy first touch and can’t get a shot away. Wigan don’t clear their lines and it’s down to Seamus Coleman to make a challenge on Reus to deny him a shot at goal.

[11] García puts Wigan in a whole lot of trouble when his throw-in by his own corner flag is intercepted by Reus, playing Ilkay Gündogan clean through. Al-Habsi saves his effort, before getting to his feet and pushing away a Jovetic drive at goal from ten yards out. Brilliant goalkeeping, but suicidal stuff from García. Corner, which curls out before Schürrle fires wide from distance.

[15] Wigan win their first corner when Subotic gets a touch to a Di Santo header that he didn’t need to, was dropping well wide. Dortmuind clear their lines from the set-piece though.

[17] Free-kick to Dortmund by the touchline, 30 yards from goal, after McCarthy up-ends Robert Lewandowski. Good delivery here from Reus can put Wigan under pressure. He whips it in towards the six-yard box, but Mats Hummels is penalised for a push.

[21] Corner for Wigan as Subotic puts the ball behind as Jo Inge Berget looks to get on the end of a through-ball. It’s headed away but drops to Ince 22 yards out who fires it narrowly wide.

[25] The match is getting feisty here in the afternoon sun. Ryan Shotton is late (and unpunished) on Jovetic, and Reus repays the favour by leaving a foot in on McCarthy. Jovetic is getting treatment while it’s Wigan who have the free-kick. Ramis heads wide from the delivery.

[26] Jovetic is played through by Gündogan but he looks like he’s taken a knock as Shotton tracks back and gets a toe on the ball. Dortmund work it left and Schürrle gets to a narrow angle but can’t beat Al-Habsi at his near post.

[27] Boselli with a great chance as he gives Subotic the slip but he shoots early and Lindner pushes it away. Dortmund get it straight up the other end and Lewandowski fires at Al-Habsi from 15 yards out. Corner.

[30] Gündogan gives the ball away in the middle and Wigan break with Ince, but his cross is intercepted. Gündogan not looking too sharp this afternoon in the wake of Manchester United’s transfer bid.

[32] Franco di Santo fires a shot wide after Wigan again try to catch Dortmund on the break. Hosts not quite firing on all cylinders yet. Look more dangerous when they have Praet or Perisic sat behind a lone striker. Marco Reus their best player so far.

[33] Reus drags the ball back for Jovetic and he grazes the outside of the post from just inside the box. Al-Habsi was rooted, inches to the left and he had himself a début goal.

[35] Ten minutes to the break here. Dortmund with two-thirds of the possession but really haven’t made Al-Habsi work enough. Need to get the ball into the box for their strikers rather than having them drop off and shoot from range.

[38] Wigan look towards the officials as Lindner comes off his line to close down Boselli. Subotic makes a challenge to take the ball away from the striker but Lindner appears to catch him a yard inside the box. Beck hammers the ball forwards and Reus does well to win Dortmund a corner.

[40] Jovetic and Reus swap roles and it’s the former who slips the ball inside for Reus. Al-Habsi saves well from the shot, and then gathers Beck’s ball back into the box.

[42] Bender again penalised for an innocuous challenge on McCarthy. The Latics man is definitely getting the best of those 50/50 decisions from the referee today. There’s a bit of pinball in the box from the free-kick but it eventually goes wide.

[44] Ironic cheers ring round the Westfalenstadion as Sönke Glindermann awards Lars Bender a free-kick when McCarthy bundles him over.

[45] Ali Al-Habsi pushes away a Schürrle drive from distance, and Wigan’s skipper Coleman gets a good block on Lewandowski which gives Dortmund the corner. Board goes up with one minutes on it.

[45+1] Gündogan whips a corner in towards the corner of the six-yard box where Hummels meets it, but his header clips the bar on the way over.

HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Wigan Athletic (Friendly)


[HT] There’s the half-time whistle, and in truth, Dortmund have been disappointing. Jovetic started looking lively but was given a kick by Shotton midway through the half and lost some momentum. Expect changes.

[HT] Four subs for Dortmund, as they switch back to their regular 4-2-3-1 system. It’s Jovetic who stays out there. Schmelzer is replaced at left-back by Röcker, Gündogan makes way for Praet, Löwe replaces Schürrle on the left, and Perisic is on for Lewandowski.

[HT] Two changes for Wigan: Ryan Shotton and Jo Inge Berget are replaced by Gary Caldwell and Jean Beausejour. Ince switches to the right-flank.

[46] Dortmund kick-off the second period.

[47] Disallowed! Tom Ince celebrates as he slots past Lindner from 15 yards out, but the flag is up on the far side. It’s a good call from the assistant, Ince is half a step ahead of Beck as Di Santo slips it through. Wake-up call for Dortmund.


[52] Mats Hummels is penalised for a nudge on Di Santo 25 yards out, but Wigan go short with the free-kick and it comes to nothing. Ramis should have at least tested Lindner from that.

[53] Ince runs at the Dotmund back four, drawing Hummels out of position before slotting through to Boselli, but Subotic’s challenge gets the ball behind for a Wigan corner.

[54] Great fingertip save from Lindner to push Boselli’s header over the top. Second, and third corners follow for Wigan as Subotic nods behind the next. Praet clears the third.

[58] Double change for Dortmund. On come Viktor Fischer and Julian Schieber, for Marco Reus and Stevan Jovetic.

[60] Attendance here today is 47,311.

[61] García is caught out with another throw in his own final third, Perisic closes down and finds Beck who whips a cross in for Schieber but Al-Habsi gets there just ahead of him to collect.

[65] Jean Beausejour puts a deep cross in from the left after he beats Dennis Praet. Cimo Röcker slices his clearance straight up into the air at the far post. As Subotic heads it away, Bradley Johnson smashes a half-volley from 30 yards that Lindner beats away with his wrists. Flag up against Beausejour before he can hit the rebound.

[66] Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Wigan Athletic: It’s been coming, as Wigan are winning all of the midfield battles. McCarthy finds an unmarked Tom Ince who knocks it into Franco di Santo. The Argentinian spins round Hummels and lashes past Lindner for the opening goal.


[66] Substitution for Wigan: Ian Evatt on for Mauro Boselli.

[70] Twenty minutes to go, and Surman looking unimpressed with his side at the moment. He’s taking some light-hearted teasing from the fans he left last summer to come here. More Dortmund changes coming.

[72] Wigan corner, Ince’s corner charged down by Praet. They’re going to make a change before they take it, Ben Watson is on for Tom Ince.

[74] Four changes for the hosts, as the importance of the result looks to have made way for a run-out. Lindner replaced by Weidenfeller in goal, while Beck, Hummels and Subotic all swapped at the back for Koch, Matthys and Santana respectively.

[76] A Wigan corner is hammered clear and Dortmund break with Bender and Schieber, 5 on 3.

[77] Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Wigan Athletic: Marvellous breakaway goal from the hosts draws them level. Lars Bender looks to have over-hit a ball to Julian Koch but the young right-back collects, takes out two defenders with his first touch and slots home at the near post. He’s only been on the pitch two minutes.


[79] Chris Löwe limps towards the Dortmund bench and is replaced by Mario Götze.

[80] Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Wigan Atletic: Latics go back in front within three minutes! Seamus Coleman wins a corner when he gets away down the right but has his cross turned behind. Beausejour lifts it into the six-yard box and Franco di Santo heads home his second.


[85] Into the final five minutes now. Dortmund are being undone in the midfield. No one from the home side has stamped his authority in the middle third and they’re paying for it today. Lifeless performance from them today against a well-organised Wigan.

[87] Flag stays down for Mario Götze as he gets on the end of Schieber’s ball forwards. His first-touch is great to get the ball out of his feet and the second sends a cross right across Al-Habsi’s six-yard box, but Perisic is inches away from connecting at the far post.

[90] Half-hearted penalty shout as Götze goes to ground under a García challenge, but the ball is played back to Dennis Praet who curls it towards the top corner from 22 yards out. It’s a fantastic save from Al-Habsi to push it behind.

[90+1] Three additional minutes indicated as Dortmund’s corner comes to nothing.

[90+2] Perisic wins another corner for the hosts. It’s 8-7 to the visitors on that count. García heads it away and Schieber’s ball back into the box is cut out.

FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Wigan Athletic (Friendly). [PKM]


There goes the final whistle and Wigan can be very proud of their performance today. Solid in the midfield and won the majority of the key battles. Dortmund only looked to offer anything down their right through Reus and Beck, and later Koch coming forwards.

Stevan Jovetic was sadly not allowed time to shine on his first appearance in the yellow-and-black, the first-half knock clearly having an effect on his performance. Aside from Lars Bender, no one shone for the hosts today, having just three shots in the second-half compared to 13 before the break.

Surman will be sorely disappointed with the performance but now comes the job to dust his talented squad down and head to SC Feucht on Friday night for the televised season opener. He’ll be without Jovetic for at least a fortnight and his knee injury may force him out of the UEFA Supercup.

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