Dortmund 3-1 TSV Aachen (Winter Friendly)

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Dortmund dusted off their boots and beat TSV Aachen in their first winter friendly since the penalty shootout FIFA Club World Cup Final win over Atlético Mineiro a fortnight ago. The starting XI was a strong one, despite Mats Hummels, Mario Götze, Ivan Perisic, Sven Bender, and Julian Koch all being unavailable through injury.

BVB started brightly, going two goals ahead inside ten minutes through Andreas Beck and Kevin Großkreutz barely three minutes apart from each other. Beck turned home a rebound after Neven Subotic headed a corner against the bar, while Großkreutz was fed by a lovely Reus through-ball before slotting home.

With Heinz Lindner untested in goal at the break, both sides made a number of changes before Dortmund quickly increased their lead when Julian Schieber outpaced two defenders and finished neatly from a Benjamin Bella pass. The youngster was making his first appearance in the senior team after his £800,000 move from Aachen in January 2014.

Aachen made a handful of changes on the hour, and almost immediately pulled a goal back through Marcel Reichwein when he converted a cross at the near post. The goal spurred the visitors to push for a second, but BVB’s experienced defence held strong.

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We’re here at Stadion Rote Erde for Dortmund’s first of three friendlies this winter before the Bundesliga season resumes in a fortnight. It’s a strong BVB side named today, despite the absence of Hummels, Perisic, Götze, and Sven Bender through injury.

Nine subs on the bench for Dortmund, including young Benjamin Bella on the bench who joined from today’s opponents last January in an Aachen record £800,000 move. Full complement of a dozen in the dugout for the visitors.

[00] Dortmund get the match under way. Aachen sit fifth in 2.Bundesliga, with just goal difference separating third, fourth, and fifth, so a promotion push is very much on the cards for the club from Neuer Tivoli. Dortmund of course sit fifth in the top tier, four points behind leaders Wolfsburg.

[05] Julian Schieber comes deep to collect a ball forwards, laying it back to Lars Bender. He clips it wide for Cimo Röcker who wins a corner when his cross is deflected behind.

[06] DORTMUND 1-0 AACHEN: The hosts take the lead from the first set piece as Neven Subotic heads Dennis Praet’s corner on to the bar, with Andreas Beck slotting home the rebound from the edge of the six-yard box.

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[09] DORTMUND 2-0 AACHEN: BVB double their lead within 150 seconds as Marco Reus draws two defenders out of position allowing Kevin Großkreutz time and space to latch on to his through-ball which he slots home low from 12 yards out past Steppe.

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[12] Reus cuts in from the right before finding Großkreutz on the overlap, but the latter bends his shot wide from twenty yards.

[16] First touch for Heinz Lindner in the Dortmund goal as Marcel Schmelzer calmly nods an Aachen cross back to his ‘keeper.

[21] Schieber receives a ball on the edge of the box with his back to goal, turns and shoots, but scoops a curling effort just wide.

[22] Viktor Fischer spots Kenny Steppe off his line but his 30-yard lob is saved by Aachen’s on-loan ‘keeper.

[27] Marco Reus has an ambitious low effort from 25 yards but Steppe sees it wide.

[30] Aachen are beginning to come into the game, but their forward line hasn’t managed to penetrate Dortmund’s tight defence so far. The hosts looking very comfortable.

[34] Fischer’s cross is knocked behind and Dortmund have the second corner of the game. Aachen are resolute and get it away, despite Schieber and Bender both having opportunities to have a crack at goal.

[39] Aachen have possession in the Dortmund box for possibly the first time in the game with Oguzhan Kefkir keeping a long-ball in by the goal line, but his square ball in towards the six-yard box is hammered away by Lars Bender. BVB immediately counter attack and Steppe saves well from Reus, and concedes a corner.

[40] Felipe Santana gets on the end of Praet’s corner and his header flashes across goal, clipping the far post.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 TSV Alemannia Aachen (Friendly).

[HT] A one-way first-half with BVB bursting out the blocks then taking their foot off the gas and being comfortable both on and off the ball. That should please the management as recently they’ve been on the back foot from the start and then started to dominate attacking play after twenty minutes or so.

[HT] No changes at the break for Dortmund, but Aachen have made two changes. On come Marcel Halstenberg and Alhassane Dosso for Kefkir (6.1) and Kammlott (6.6).

[46] We’re back under way! Dortmund are warming-up some subs for a change early in the second period, letting the players involved get applauded by the crowd.

[47] Trio of Dortmund changes: Off go Großkreutz (7.2), Praet (7.0), and Fischer (7.0), with Samy Bourard, André Schürrle, and Benjamin Bella coming on.

[50] DORTMUND 3-0 AACHEN: Benjamin Bella has an assist within five minutes of his Dortmund début, playing a ball through to Julian Schieber who has 30 yards to cover, but beats two defenders before slotting it home from twelve yards.

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[50] Aachen make a change before the restart, bringing on Norman Theuerkauf for Velda (6.1).

[53] Julian Schieber gets lucky with a bobble as Dudic slices a clearance and it sits up perfectly for the Dortmund striker but he hits it straight at Steppe from 15 yards out. Olajengbesi makes a great challenge on Reus before he can take a shot with the loose ball. Corner for the hosts, but Olajengbesi is hurt from his tackle.

[54] Aachen defend the corner with ten men, and clear.

[58] Marel Halstenberg has Aachen’s first shot of the game, bending an effort into Lindner’s arms from 22 yards.

[60] Dosso has a wild effort from outside the box for the visitors. Stevan Jovetic comes on for Schieber (7.6) for Dortmund.

[61] Five changes for Aachen: Off go goalkeeper Steppe (6.6), Olajengbesi (5.7), Baumgärtel (5.6), Bohl (7.2), and Thiele (6.7). On come goalkeeper Tim Krumpen, Sven Schffrath, Timo Brauer, Aimen Demai, and Marcel Reichwein.

[62] DORTMUND 3-1 AACHEN: The much-changed visitors immediately pull a goal back as the multiple subs bamboozle BVB. Halstenberg is given two opportunities to get the ball into the box, and his second, driven, delivery is met at the near post on the half-volley by Marcel Reichwein six yards out to beat Lindner.

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[65] Lars Bender is caught late but referee Sönke Glindemann plays a good advantage that sees Dortmund win a corner when Dudic challenges Jovetic in the box.

[68] Jeremy Dudziak replaces Bender (7.7).

[70] Aachen have won their first corner of the game, as Timo Brauer’s cross cannons behind off Röcker.

[71] Double sub for Dortmund: On come Hervé Matthys and Marcel Schmelzer for Subotic (7.2) and Röcker (7.1).

[73] Reichwein has a great chance to grab a second as Beck’s challenge on Halstenberg sends the ball right into his path, but Lindner makes a good save low down.

[75] Half-hearted penalty appeal from Bella as he goes down under a challenge from Levels but nothing gievn and play continues.

[85] We’re into the final five minutes, and the game is all but over. One of the many substitutes on the pitch may be looking to impress with a late spark though, let’s hope so.

[90] We’ll have three more minutes to sit through.

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FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 TSV Alemannia Aachen (Friendly). [PKM]

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A good first run-out of the new year for the hosts, despite conceding on the hour mark as the visitors had just made changes to half their outfield players. The goal spurred Aachen to attack but BVB defended well throughout.

Refreshingly, Dortmund started both halves on the front foot rather than their usual slowburn approach that manager Surman has worked hard to eradicate. The side are missing some big-name players, and will make further changes for Wednesday’s friendly at third-tier Sandhausen.

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