A friendly match between Borussia Dortmund and FSV Zwickau ended 4-4 (1-2) on Monday evening. Onlookers numbering 10,134 in the sold-out "Zwickau Stadium" witnessed an encounter laden with goals in fine summer weather, while simultaneously giving the coffers an important injection of cash.
Even though some prominent figures such as Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Roman Bürki had not made the trip to West Saxony, Peter Stöger was still able to send a starting eleven comprised of big-name players out onto the pitch. Nuri Sahin was handed a novel role, though: he was to play as centre half alongside Sokratis.
The fixture away at the third division outfit, who had finished the season in 15th place in their respective table, began as one would expect: Sergio Gómez scored from the edge of the 18-yard box for 0-1 in the 17' minute. Shortly after, Alex Isak hit a Yarmolenko pass on the volley, with the ball fizzing just past the woodwork. However, Zwickau then cranked it up and bagged two goals for themselves via Tekerci before the half was up: he first intercepted a wayward pass in midfield before going in on Reimann alone, whereupon he rounded the BVB goalkeeper and fired home for 1-1 (34'). Ten minutes later he scored with his bonce for a halftime score of 2-1.
After the restart, Yarmolenko found his master in Zwickau's goalkeeper, while a Schmelzer goal was not given because of offside (54'/56'). The equaliser came after exactly an hour of play: Gonzalo Castro laid the ball off for Yarmolenko in the box, with Yarmolenko tucking away from a short distance out to take proceedings to 2-2.
The goals continued to flow: Öztürk lobbed Reimann for 3-2 (68'), after which Gremsl scored from the left-hand side of the 18-yard box for 4-2 (76'). Pulisic, who had been brought on as a substitute, reduced the winning margin to just the one goal a mere 60 seconds later.
Alexander Isak restored parity eight minutes before the end, 4-4. In the dying minutes of the match, Pulisic first hit the post, after which a Weidenfeller header just missed the target after he had come on as a substitute and gone up to the far end of the pitch.
Ultimately the game ran out 4-4 with no losers, only winners in Dortmund's twin city of Zwickau: the proceeds from the gate were collected by the third division team, while BVB handed a €15,000 cheque to FSV's youth squad.
BVB: Reimann (78' Weidenfeller) – Toljan, Sokratis, Sahin Schmelzer – Dahoud, Castro (61' Sancho) – Yarmolenko (61' Pulisic), Gómez, Philipp (61' Schürrle) – Isak
Goals: 0-1 Gómez (17'), 1-1 Tekerci (34'), 2-1 Tekerci (44'), 2-2 Yarmolenko (60'), 3-2 Öztürk (68'), 4-2 Gremsl (76'), 4-3 Pulisic (77'), 4-4 Isak (82').
Attendance: 10,134 (sold-out)