U19: Late Samy Strike Keeps Title in Reach

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bvb2015_70_bourardDortmund U19 captain Samy Bourard scored in the 93rd minute at home to Rot-Weiß Oberhausen to maintain BVB’s fantastic run which now extends to sixteen consecutive wins, and more importantly, keeps destiny in their own hands.

Oberhausen came to Stadion Rote Erde bottom of the table, without a win to their name all season and were less than twenty seconds away from picking-up their eighth point of the season away at the Group 3 leaders, but when the flag stayed down against Bourard, they were condemned to their 18th defeat in 25.

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Dortmund dominated throughout but couldn’t find a way past Jörn Petersohn in the visitors’ goal, a cause not helped by losing the talented Ibro Beslija and Josef Bungert to serious injuries in the opening quarter of an hour. Bosnian U21 star Beslija landed awkwardly after two minutes and broke his arm, while Bungert sprained an ankle.

The goal came with 92:43 on the clock, after the fourth official indicated three minutes added on. Bourard won a header in the centre circle from a Petersohn goal-kick and started the attack. As Tobias Seufert slotted the ball through to Bourard, the Assistant’s flag stayed down and Bourard drilled home.

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The visiting team were incensed by the decision, rightly so as replays show that Bourard – and two team-mates – were beyond Stefan Leopold when the pass was made. As Leverkusen strolled to a 4-0 home victory against Duisburg, the win keeps the points gap at three with just one game remaining.

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Dortmund have to avoid defeat at home to Gladbach next Sunday to complete add the Group 3 title to their Vereinspokal success from last week. The goal difference is so tight that defeat would likely mean that Leverkusen would pip them to top spot with a win a home to Essen.

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