Arminia Bielefeld 0-3 Dortmund (Friendly)

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BVB completed their winter programme with a hat-trick of wins as three unanswered first-half goals were enough to see-off third-tier Bielefeld at the Schüco-Arena this afternoon.

Sven Bender made his first start for six weeks, while Mats Hummels also returned to the starting XI after a minor knee injury. Robert Lewandowski led the line, with Stevan Jovetic dropping into the hole behind him.

Dortmund were dominant throughout and went ahead with a little over five minutes on the clock when André Schürrle drilled home when the hosts failed to clear a corner, and they doubled the lead twenty minutes later with their second corner when Neven Subotic headed home.

Ten minutes before the break, BVB made it three when Schürrle nodded down a cross for Stevan Jovetic to sweep home. After the interval, Dortmund had chances to extend the lead against an outclassed Bielefeld but weren’t able to find a way through the ten-man defence.

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Welcome to the SchücoArena where Bielefeld take on Dortmund in the last round of winter friendlies before league campaigns resume next weekend. The hosts sit 8th in 3.Liga, eight points outside the playoff spot.

There’s a first start for Sven Bender since 25 November after he suffered a knee injury early on in Dortmund’s Champions League draw at Valencia. It’s almost a first-choice back four for the visitors, with Hummels and Subotic back alongside each other.

Lars Bender, Dennis Praet, and Viktor Fischer are all on the bench, having started both of BVB’s previous friendlies since the new year. Andreas Beck and Neven Subotic are the only players to start all three matches, Beck in as fellow right-back Julian Koch is out with arthritis.

Marvin Bakalorz starts for Bielefeld against his former club, where he never made a Bundesliga appearance and was sold under Surman for £250,000. He was ever-present for the side last season in their league campaign which saw them relegated from the second-tier.


[00] Dortmund kick-off!

[03] Dortmund are awarded a free-kick inside the centre circle. Neven Subotic plays it quickly out wide to an unmarked Andreas Beck. He squares for Samy Bourard but the young Belgian’s shot from 25 yards curls wide.

[05] The home defence haven’t caught onto Beck pushing forward from right-back and he’s unmarked again, but his whipped cross towards Lewandowski is claimed by Platins ahead of the striker.

[05] Marvin Bakalorz has a long-range effort against his former club but it’s always rising from 25 yards.

[06] Corner for Dortmund as Riemer heads behind a ball played through for Schürrle. Schmelzer will whip it in from the left.

[06] BIELEFELD 0-1 DORTMUND: Schmelzer’s corner is headed away at the far post by Hübener, but it only goes as far as André Schürrle fifteen yards out who rifles it home on the half-volley.

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[13] Bender sends a lovely cross-field ball for Schürrle who cuts in and stings Platins’ palms from 20 yards. Reus is first to the loose ball but he can’t work away a shot at goal and the hosts close him down and eventually clear.

[14] Bakalorz gets forward for Bielefeld but his shot from 20 yards is always bending wide, and troubles no one but the ballboy by the corner flag.

[15] Koen van der Biezen takes a great touch to cut insiode past Mats Hummels, Heinz Lindner comes out to narrow the angle, gets rounded, but the Bielefeld striker pokes it wide from 18 yards.

[18] André Schürrle heads inches wide at the far post as he gets on the end of a Sven Bender cross. Again, the ball came forward down the flanks from Beck at wing-back.

[25] Dortmund have a second corner when Salger challenges Beck in the area.

[26] BIELEFELD 0-2 DORTMUND: Schmelzer lifts the corner in towards the near post and Neven Subotic gets up above Hübener and flicks a header past the man on the line. Two corners, two goals.

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[27] Hummels brings down Van der Biezen a yard or two outside the box.

[27] Salger hit the free-kick straight into the Dortmund wall, and the visitors clear.

[28] Third corner for Dortmund as Salger deflects Beck’s cross behind. Can BVB make it three from three?

[29] Almost! Jovetic’s delivery is headed away at the near post but Lewandowski plays it back across goal where Beck heads towards goal and only a fantastic Platins save denies him on the line.

[30] Jovetic and Schmelzer work the ball down the left and the latter’s cross takes a deflection which falls for Lewandowski, but his prod at goal is cleared off the line by Riemer. Dortmund pushing for a third.

[34] Dortmund briefly think they’ve won a penalty when Schürrle and Riemer collide in the box, but the free-kick has gone against the Dortmund man. Beck and Reus overlapped on the right to work the ball into the box, and the hosts don’t seem to have a counter for it.

[36] BIELEFELD 0-3 DORTMUND: Reus sends a cross to the far post from the right, where Schürrle heads back across goal and Stevan Jovetic hits a volley home from eight yards.

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[40] 13 goals in 20 starts from BVB’s record signing.

[45] BVB win a corner as the fourth official shows one additional minute on the board. Visitors have been dangerous from set-pieces today…

[45] So very nearly four as both Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic are denied at close range by ‘keeper Platins and then Testroet on the line.

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HALF-TIME: DSC Arminia Bielefeld 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly).

[HT] Two changes for the hosts at the break: On come Lorenzo Ebecilio and Soufian Benyamina for van der Biezen (5.9) and Testroet (6.2). Dortmund make a sole change, replacing Sven Bender (7.0 with older twin Lars.

[46] Bielefeld kick-off the second half!

[51] Double change for Dortmund: Felipe Santana and Julian Schieber replace Hummels (7.1) and Lewandowski (7.0).

[54] Platins punches away under pressure from Schieber. Not sure the ball has left the Bielfeld half since the restart, one-way traffic.

[56] Bielefeld make four changes: Off go Hornig (5.7), Hübener (5.1), Salger (6.5), and Klaassen (6.6), being replaced by Marcel Appiah, Florian Brügmann, Felix Burmeister, and Okan Koyun.

[58] Schönfeld nicks the ball off Bourard’s toe as Jovetic and Schieber exchange passes in the box.

[58] Dortmund empty their bench, making six changes. On come Roman Weidenfeller, Cimo Röcker, Hervé Matthys, Dennis Praet, Viktor Fischer, and Kevin Großkreutz. Off go Lindner(7.2), Subotic (8.0), Schmelzer (8.0), Bourard (7.1), Jovetic (7.6), and Schürrle (8.7).

[66] Reus wins Dortmund a corner as his cross goes behind off Brügmann.

[67] Reus has a crack from inside the box but his shot canons back off a defender, with the hosts packing the area with bodies.

[69] Matthys reads a through-ball into the Dortmund box brilliantly, cutting out the danger and sending the ball forwards.

[72] Großkreutz fires over top from just outside the box.

[74] Schieber sends a header wide. Bielefeld make a change, replacing their goalkeeper Platins (6.9) with Stefan Ortega.

[77] Felix Burmeister (7.0) has only been on fifteen minutes but he goes down under a challenge with Röcker. After the stoppage he’s replaced by Nick de Bondt.

[80] We’re inside the final ten minutes and the multiple changes have made the game peter out a little. Dortmund look far more likely to score again if either side does. BVB will be unhappy if they don’t keep a clean sheet today.

[82] Viktor Fischer’s drive from 18 yards skims the top of the bar.

[83] Ortega saves from a Fischer header as he tries to send Praet’s cross back across goal towards the far corner.

[87] Roman Weidenfeller is called into action for the first time as he beats away a shot from Ebecilio. Röcker clears the danger.

[88] Excellent move from Dortmund, but Schieber’s header is straight at Ortega.

[90] Two additional minutes, Dortmund looking very good for their win.

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FULL-TIME: DSC Arminia Bielefeld 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Friendly). [PKM]

A comfortable win for Dortmund who can have a week rest before travelling to Werder Bremen to resume their Bundesliga title defence. No injuries from the match, some squad rotation, and everyone came through this final friendly impressively.

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It’s back to regular league action next weekend with BVB’s trip to Werder Bremen, before a midweek visit of third-place Hamburg. Just four points separate the top five in 1.Bundesliga, and the next round of fixtures should shake the table up a bit. Mario Götze should be fit again come next weekend, but Ivan Perisic will miss out until March with a dislocated shoulder.

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