Borussia Dortmund’s double-winning U19 side have confirmed their entry into the 2015-16 Junioren-Bundesliga, defending their Group 3 title. Their league season will begin on 30 August with a trip to FC Köln before hosting Schalke the following Sunday.
The Junioren-Pokal draw will be made on 10 August.
Dortmund U19s needed to avoid defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach today, and when Josef Odenthal smashed a shot into the top corner inside ten minutes before doubling the lead mid-way through the first-half, it was job done with their seventeenth win in a row.
BVB went into the game with a three-point lead over Leverkusen and just a single goal ahead on goal difference, with the sides level on goals scored meaning defeat would likely mean a surrendering of first place as Leverkusen hosted lowly Essen.
The two sides were evenly-matched throughout, and arguably the visitors deserved their injury time consolation through Fazli Atalay. Leverkusen duly beat Essen 4-0, but BVB’s win sees them finish top of Junioren-Bundesliga Group 3 to complete a league and cup double that the senior side will try and match next week.
Dortmund 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.
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.
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.
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.
The BVB academy squad are two matches from the U19 Group 3 title after their fourteenth consecutive victory, a run stretching back to the first week of January. Josef Odenthal hit a fine hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Essen, with Osman Varol and Josef Bungert also scoring.
Varol stroked a penalty into the top corner after quarter of an hour to open the scoring before a Bungert brace extended the lead to 3-0 before the break. Within thirty seconds of the restart, Bungert headed home a cross to complete his treble.
Dirk Bauer was denied a stonewall penalty on the hour mark, with the hosts immediately breaking forwards and Erhan Weigl scored for Essen to make it 4-1. Bungert restored the four-goal lead seven minutes later with a free-kick, before Serkan Schönfeld pulled another back for Essen in stoppage time.
Leverkusen won 4-1 at Düsseldorf to remain within three points of Dortmund, with just two matches remaining. Dortmund play in the youth cup final next weekend, before the final matches at home to Oberhausen and Gladbach. Leverkusen also play their final matches at home, facing Duisburg and Essen respectively.
Goals from Marwin Kerstiens, Benjamin Bella, Ibro Beslija, Tobias Seufert, and Dirk Bauer fired Dortmund’s U19 side to a thirteenth straight victory with a 5-1 thumping of MSV Duisburg at Stadion Meiderich this morning.
The result maintains BVB’s three point-lead at the top of U19 Group 3 over Bayer Leverkusen who nearly threw away a three-goal lead in their 3-2 win at Düsseldorf. There are just three matches remaining, and Dortmund’s proficiency in front of goal today increased the goal difference to +32 compared to Leverkusen’s +28.
Kerstiens and Bella struck within five minutes of each other midway through the first-half, before Beslija added a penalty inside the final twenty minutes. Seufert turned home a cross three minutes later, before Bauer stretched the lead to five with ten minutes left.
BVB couldn’t keep a second successive clean-sheet however, and Bernhard Schöpf snuck behind the back four to slide home a long ball to score a consolation with six minutes remaining on the clock.
Dortmund’s remaining Group 3 matches are at Essen before two home games against Oberhausen and Gladbach. Leverkusen travel to Oberhausen, before ending the season at home to Duisburg and Essen. Dortmund U19 also compete in the national youth cup final in a fortnight against Cottbus (5th in Group 1).
BVB’s U19 side are matching the senior team’s late charge towards the title after finally pulling clear at the top of Junioren-Bundesliga Group 3 with a 2-0 win over Düsseldorf at home this morning, while Leverkusen were stunned at home by Köln who came from two-down to take all three points.
Leverkusen who have been top for all but the last fortnight have only won two of their last six, while Dortmund have won eight in the row in the league and have on 20 of their last 22 matches in all competitions.
The opening 45′ barely merits a mention, with neither goalkeeper being called into action as both sides found it hard to break down resolute defending and wayward shots from distance being the only efforts on goal. The first time either ‘keeper was significantly involve was when Ingo Knoche picked the ball out the back of his net following Benjamin Bella’s fine 66th minute opener for Dortmund.
Dortmund started to turn the screw and were in complete control, and sealed the win when Marwin Kerstiens swept home a cross in stoppage time to make it 2-0. In Leverkusen, the home side were 2-0 up midway through the first-half, but three Köln goals in seventeen second-half goals saw them take all three points.
There’s just four matches to go in the competition. Dortmund face trips to Duisburg and Essen, before ending the campaign at home to Oberhausen and Mönchengladbach. BVB also compete in the national youth cup final against Cottbus on 03 May.