Maximilian Philipp grabbed a late equaliser as Borussia Dortmund snatched a 1-1 draw in their friendly with Los Angeles FC. Early risers could live-stream the match via "BVB total!" from 4 o'clock German time, while everyone else could watch it in "Re-live" mode.
To mark the final appearance of Roman Weidenfeller, who played the opening 45 minutes, Marcel Schmelzer handed the shot-stopper the captain's armband and he made several outstanding saves to stop his team falling behind. "For me it was a no-brainer that Roman would lead the team out on his last appearance for the club," explained Schmelzer.
"It was a great setting for me to make my final appearance," said Weidenfeller as he kept goal for the last time. "It was really fun," added the veteran shot-stopper, who was given a round of applause by the crowd. "I haven't had the time up until now to let it sink it. While I'm on holiday I'll realise that my career is over and that a new chapter is about to begin."
An audience of 22,000 spectators watched the spectacle at Bank of California Stadium in Los Angeles, where the fledgling MLS club will play its future home games, with Borussia Dortmund the first opponents. In the match itself, which kicked off at the unusual time of 4:00 CET, the Bundesliga outfit initially struggled but started to get a foothold in the game on the hour-mark and had the first good chance through Philipp.
But it was the hosts who took the lead when Aaron Kovar slotted home a cross to make it 1-0 in the 77th minute. Gonzalo Castro spurned a chance to level immediately afterwards and it wasn't until the 87th minute, when Maximilian Philipp rifled home a spectacular long-range effort, that the visitors levelled. Alex Isak then came close to making it 2-1 to BVB in the dying seconds.
After the match in his homeland, Christian Pulisic said: "Coming home is always wonderful. My family was in the crowd today too." (br)
BVB: Weidenfeller (Reimann, 46) – Toljan, Sokratis (Gomez, 73), Zagadou, Schmelzer – Sahin, Götze (Dahoud, 46) – Pulisic (Isak, 55), Schürrle (Castro, 46), Sancho (Yarmolenko, 46) – Philipp
Goals: 1-0 Kovar (77), 1-1 Philipp (87)