U19 Bundesliga Grp3: Fortuna Köln 2-4 BVB

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Dortmund U19s kept up their winning start to the season with a 4-2 win in Köln this morning thanks to an unfortunate own-goal, a fine Dirk Bauer brace and a late Saeid Hosaini thunderbolt to kill-off the home side’s comeback.

After a dull first-half, manager David Wagner injected some pace into his side with a double-change at the break, quickly followed by using his third and fourth five minutes later (note: competition permits 4 subs from 7 named).

On the hour, after winning a free-kick with his pace, Dirk Bauer swung the deadball into the box where Köln defender Marian Schröder flicked a leg at the ball to divert it past his own ‘keeper. Five minutes later and Bauer had a goal of his own as he raced onto Samy Bourard’s fine ball forwards before slotting it home.

Rico Lehanka pulled a fortunate goal back for the hosts shortly after when his tame shot from 25 yards deflected off a defender’s heel and wrong-footed Kristof Müller, but Bauer restored a two-goal lead when Karl-Heinz Horn crossed for him to divert home with a delicate header.

Lehanka bagged his second for Köln inside the last fifteen minutes by knocking a square-ball past Müller, but Dortmund’s perseverance in the closing stages paid off when Saeid Hosaini brought down a great Bourard ball over the top with one foot before smashing it into the top corner to seal the win.

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In other club news, senior squad coach Bernd Dreher has started work on a coaching course with the aim of gaining a Continental A License. If successful, he will complete the course after approximately twelve months of study. The club are paying the £3,000 course fee.

The club’s league match at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday 21 September has been moved forward from a 1730 to a 1530 kick-off for television broadcast, earning Dortmund around £65,000 in TV rights.

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Austria U19s have confirmed an international friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Tuesday 18 November, to be played at the Red Bull Arena in Salzburg. The sides play tomorrow night at home to Malta (in Linz) in Dortmund manager Gray Surman’s second match in charge.

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