Daily Dortmund Diary: Sunday 22 March

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DAILY DIARY, 22 MARCH 2015:

Viktor Fischer, Ivan Perisic, and youngster Josef Bungert have been called-up to their respective national squads ahead of their fixtures next weekend. Fischer’s Denmark squad are away to Montenegro, while Perisic’s Croatia travel to Romania as qualifying for Euro 2016 resumes.

Bungert has been drafted in to the German U19 squad replacing the injured Sebastian Simon, and they travel to France for a friendly on Tuesday night.

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Academy player Gordon Sievers has celebrated his seventeenth birthday by signing a three-year contract with the club. The right-back has made 24 appearances for the U19 squad this season as they top Junioren Group 3. Dortmund bought the teenager from Hamburg for £1.1m last summer.

Manfred Kerstiens has put pen-to-paper on a pre-contract agreement which means he’ll sign a three-year contract with Dortmund on his seventeenth birthday on July 2017. The young midfielder has been singled-out as one of the key players who joined the academy system this year.

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Halberstadt U19 1, Dortmund U19 1

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Dortmund’s Under-19 side drew 1-1 at VfB Germania Halberstadt in a friendly this afternoon, extending their win-less run to six matches. The cause certainly wasn’t helped when striker Josef Bungert was dismissed in first half stoppage time for elbowing an opponent.

First Team Manager Gray Surman watched the match at the Friedensstadion, and saw the young BVB side have a goal chalked off after 65 minutes when Said Benkarit was wrongly ruled offside when he powered home a header. Salt was rubbed into the wound when Stephan Pientak opened the scoring for the home side barely a minute later.

BVB battled hard despite the numerical disadvantage and scored a deserved equaliser in the 72nd minute when Benkarit drilled the ball home (below) from the edge of the area after some sloppy Halberstadt defending. BVB’s centre back Ole Bongard was given the man-of-the-match award.

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After the match, Surman issued Bungert with a formal warning regarding his dismissal for violent conduct during the match. The player accepted that he deserved the warning and indicated a willingness to control his temperament in future matches.

The U19s are back in league action a week on Sunday (13 Oct) with the visit of Hannover.