BVB left it late but eventually saw off the challenge of third-tier Sandhausen in tonight’s friendly at the Hardtweldstadion. Dortmund could have been out of sight against their feeder club inside the opening half-hour, with Jovetic being ruled offside after Praet hit the crossbar, and Lewandowski rattling the woodwork.
Dennis Praet scored his first of the season when he swept home mid-way through the half, but the lead was short-lived as Marcel Kandziora drew the host level from close range. Stevan Jovetic restored the lead with an incisive counter attack created by Fischer, but again Sandhausen levelled soon after as the BVB defence backed-off and Sebastian Glasner clipped an equaliser in off the post.
Sven Bender was welcomed back to playing action after missing the last few weeks with a knee injury, coming on at half-time. Mats Hummels was also introduced after a knock in training over Christmas.
Dortmund stepped-up a gear, but were unable to put themselves back in front until Marco Reus bent a free-kick into the top corner with five minutes to play, and substitute André Schürrle headed home a fourth in the last minute to add some gloss to the win.
Welcome to Hardtwaldstadion where Sandhausen, third in 3.Liga, take on Borussia Dortmund. The home side can’t call upon the two players they have on loan from BVB, with Mustafa Amini sidelined with a torn calf muscle and Marc Hornschuh ineligible.
 The home side kick-off on a breezy wet night!
 Sandhausen skipper Pascal Itter is late on Marco Reus 25 yards out, pretty central, and Dortmund have a great chance for a shot at goal from this free-kick.
 Woodwork! Dennis Praet curls the free-kick round the wall but sees his effort come back off the crossbar. Stevan Jovetic fluffs an easy tap-in on the loose ball, but the flag’s up.
 Dortmund happy for the hosts to see a lot of the ball, able to soak up the attacks before breaking quickly. Neither ‘keeper tested yet.
 Dortmund win the first corner when Reus’s mazy run sees him square towards Fischer who lays it back to Bender, wuith a shot deflecting behind off Geyer.
 Pierre Kleinheider, who was at Dortmund last season, claims Praet’s delivery.
 Beck whips a cross into the box that Geyer heads behind for a second BVB corner. Konrad clears with a powerful header. Sandhausen break and win a corner.
 Schmelzer makes it a second corner for the hosts when he gets a touch to Itter’s effort.
 It’s absolutely tipping it down here. Neither side showing many signs of wanting to be out there at the moment.
 SANDHAUSEN 0-1 DORTMUND: Pierre Kleinheider makes a good save from a low Jovetic drive from the edge of the box, but his defence can’t stop Lewandowski putting the loose ball back into the box where Dennis Praet slots home from ten yards.
 Woodwork! Robert Lewandowski tries a spectacular drive from fully 30 yards but sees his shot canon back off the crossbar.
 Kleinheider saves and holds on to a power Marcel Schmelzer header as a long throw-in comes in from Dortmund’s right.
 SANDHAUSEN 1-1 DORTMUND: The hosts draw level on their first penetrating attack into the box. Tim Treude does well down the left before squaring for Glasner, laying it off to Marcel Kandziora who slams past Weidenfeller from twelve yards out.
 Dortmund attack straight from the restart but Kleinheider saves from Reus.
 Stevan Jovetic heads over the top from six yards out.
 A Sandhausen free-kick routine nearly catches BVB out as a long-ball is played straight to Nicolas Roth but his first touch is too heavy and he can’t get a clean shot away, with his effort hitting the outside of the post.
 Roman Weidenfeller pushes a 20-yard Glasner effort over the top and Sandhausen win a corner, headed behind by Subotic for another… which is cleared.
 SANDHAUSEN 1-2 DORTMUND: Classic BVB counter-attack as Reus wins the ball in the area at a home corner, playing it out for Viktor Fischer who runs 60 yards down the right flank before crossing perfectly for Stevan Jovetic to sweep home.
 Fingertip save from Kleinheider to deny Jovetic from 26 yards. Corner. Felipe Santana evades his marker but heads wide at the near post.
 SANDHAUSEN 2-2 DORTMUND: Sebastian Glasner smashes the home side back on level terms from 15 yards as the visiting defenders back off from Tim Treude, letting him get into the box before pulling back to Glasner who rifles it home off the post.
 One additional minute.
 Fantastic fingertip save from Weidenfeller to deny Glasner from 30 yards out with a curling shot towards the top corner.
HALF-TIME: SV Sandhausen 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly).
[HT] Five changes for Dortmund. Off go Weidenfeller (7.0), Santana (5.9), Lewandowski (6.9), Fischer (6.9) and Jovetic (7.2), being replaced by Heinz Lindner, Mats Hummels, Julian Schieber, Sven Bender and André Schürrle respectively.
[HT] Two changes at the break for the hosts: Marco Pischorn and Michele Rizzi are on for Treude (7.4) and Konrad (6.2).
 Dortmund kick-off the second-half.
 The Bender twins win the ball back 30 yards from, goal, with Lars slipping it wide to André Schürrle but he lashes at a shot that bends well wide.
 Schieber and Schürrle combine well to win Dortmund a corner. Kleinheider makes a great save to deny Subotic’s fine near post header. Five-each on the corner count now. Hummels heads straight at the ‘keeper from the next delivery.
 Kleinheider pushes away a curling shot from Sven Bender. Reus picks up the loose ball but can’t work the ball towards goal.
 Schürrle wins Dortmund their sixth corner, and Praet’s delivetry is knocked behind for a seventh. Geyer hoofs it clear from the six-yard box.
 Double change for Sandhausen: Dennis Schmidt and Hendrik Helmke replace Fleuren (6.1) and Glasner (7.2).
 Dortmund follow suit, replacing Subotic (7.3) and Lars Bender (6.6) with Hervé Matthys and Samy Bourard.
 Corner Dortmund. Schieber lays the ball off for Reus who is challenged in the box. Delivery is cleared away at the near post.
 Hendrik Helmke has a go with a 30-yard free-kick after Beck’s foul, lifting it over the Dortmund wall, but Heinz Lindner gathers.
 BVB counter and win themselves a corner. It’s played into the six-yard box but Schieber’s effort on goal is blocked on the line.
 After Schieber grazes the outside of the post from 20 yards, Sandhausen make three more changes. On come Danny Blum, Mathias Wittek, and Pascal Stelletta, replacing Danneberg (7.0), Roth (7.1), and Kandziora (7.2).
 The hosts appeal for a penalty as Schieber comes together with Helmke in the box, but the Dortmund man is judged to have played the ball as the cross comes in and Sandhausen have a corner and nothing more.
 Mathis Wittek gets away from Mats Hummels and meets the corner, sending his header inches over the bar.
 Matthys concedes possession inside his own half, and Schmidt smashes a drive over the top. Dortmund attack from the goal-kick but Schürrle drags a shot wide.
 Another Dortmund corner. Wittek heads behind Schmelzer’s deep cross. Schmidt is first to the delivery from Praet.
 More changes for the hosts: Off go Kleinheider (6.8) and Schlitte (7.1) replaced by Michael Titz in goal, and Christian Günter.
 Double change for Dortmund: On come Cimo Röcker and Kevin Großkreutz to replace Schmelzer (6.7) and Praet (7.4).
 Marcel Pischorn clears off the line for Sandhausen as Röcker heads down a Beck cross for Schieber who sweeps the ball past Kleinheider, but for Pischorn’s interception.
 Thomas Geyer clatters Julian Schieber in the middle of the penalty arc.
 SANDHAUSEN 2-3 DORTMUND: Marco Reus steps up and hits a cracking free-kick right into the top corner, despite a touch from a diving Michael Titz. Brilliant execution.
 Matias Wittek (7.1) limps after a challenge on Samy Bourard and after the ball’s played out for him to receive treatment, he’s replaced by Tobias Schweinsteiger.
 SANDHAUSEN 2-4 DORTMUND: Game, set, and match for the visitors as Sven Bender is given time on the edge of the box to clip the ball towards the far post where André Schürrle gets past Itter and heads past Titz to double the Dortmund lead, with thirty seconds of normal time to go.
 Three additional minutes.
[90+1] Janusz Domanski has come on for Schweinsteiger, with the Sandhausen man lasting barely two minutes on the pitch before pulling up.
FULL-TIME: SV Sandhausen 2-4 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly). [PKM]
Eventually a deserved win for BVB, but they had to work for it before Marco Reus’s cracking free-kick. Things could have been much different if Jovetic was onside, and the woodwork was slightly higher, but Dortmund need to work on taking the chances that come their way.
More importantly, after a friendly run-out, the playing squad will all report fully fit tomorrow and seeing Sven Bender and Mats Hummels back on the field will be a boon ahead of the league season resuming in ten days.
Dortmund are back in action on Saturday with their third and final winter friendly, travelling to DSC Arminia Bielefeld. The 1.Bundesliga season resumes on 17 January when Dortmund will continue their title defence at Werder Bremen.