Third friendly match, third win! Playing in front of a crowd of 40,000 fans, Borussia Dortmund defeated the reigning Champions League winners 3-2 in the Notre Dame Stadium. Paco Alcácer, Thomas Delaney and Jacob Bruun Larsen got the goals for the Black & Yellows.
About 4,000 supporters were there to cheer on BVB in the Notre Dame Stadium in Indianapolis, the capital of the US state of Indiana. With just three minutes on the clock, Paco Alcácer stepped up to give the Black & Yellows the lead. Liverpool's Harry Wilson then scored an equaliser in the 35th minute to ensure that the two sides went in level at the break.
Just 09 minutes after the restart, Thomas Delaney was in the right place at the right time and made no mistake in firing the Black & Yellows back into the lead from close range. Jacob Bruun Larsen then increased the advantage to 3-1. Liverpool had the chance to pull a goal back after Mateu Morey committed an infringement in the box. Young Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster stepped up to convert and draw his side to within a goal. Much credit for the win has to go to BVB keeper Martin Hitz, who kept Lucien Favre's side in the game for long spells with some exceptional saves.
Two days previously, the Black & Yellows were able to overcome the Seattle Sounders 3-1. Victory over former BVB coach Jürgen Klopp's side thus marks a successful conclusion to what has been an intensive, exciting and eventful US tour. 1909% Football!
Alcácer provides the early goal
BVB got off to a perfect start. After a throw-in from Piszczek, Brandt elegantly took the ball down at the edge of the box before playing a ball into the middle. It came to Reyna, who, under heavy pressure from opposing defenders, was able to send it onwards to the feet of Alcacer. The Spaniard showed lightning-quick reactions to poke the ball home from six metres out and bring the score to 1-0 in the 3rd minute.
BVB goalkeeper Hitz then gave several impressive demonstrations of his shot-stopping abilities. In the 10th minute, a last-ditch fingertip save was enough to deny Ryan Kent from a tight angle, while shortly afterwards, Hitz was able to get the better of the onrushing Wilson in a one-on-one. In this stage of the match, with the thermometer still reading over 30 degrees celsius, Liverpool were the more agile of the two sides and, in the 35th minute, they got a deserved equaliser. A finely-woven passing move was finished off by Wilson, with Fabinho providing the assist.
In first-half injury time, Götze had a chance to re-establish the Black & Yellow lead. An eye-catching outside-of-the-foot pass played by Hummels sent Götze through on goal out on the right, but a strong reaction save from Mignolet in the Liverpool goal was enough to deny BVB a 2-1 lead.
Delaney and Bruun Larsen make it 3-1
The second half was largely dominated by the side in Black & Yellow. In the 52nd minute, Wolf, who looked lively all evening, was denied from 20 metres out by the Belgian goalkeeper. However, just one minute later, BVB found the goal they had been looking for. Wolf was at the heart of things once more: his smart switch of play found Hazard in space on the right wing. The Belgian then sent a cross into the box which found Delaney, who duly slotted the ball home from close range. BVB, now lined up in a 4-2-3-1 instead of the 4-3-3 they'd started the match in, continued apace. Wolf was able to beat his man out on the right before playing a pass into the area. Bruun Larsen took a touch to control and then unleashed a shot which found the back of the net to bring the score to 3-1.
The excitement was however far from over. In the 75th minute, Morey came in from behind on Woodburn in the box. Despite the BVB full-back getting some of the ball, the referee pointed to the spot. Brewster stepped up to take it, finding the top-right corner no problem to draw the Reds back to within a goal. Down the other end, Pherai had a chance to put the Black & Yellows out of reach with four minutes to go, but Mignolet was once more on hand with a strong save.
Almost exactly a year after Borussia's 3-1 friendly win over Liverpool in Charlotte, the Black & Yellows celebrated another success against the Reds in what proved to be the perfect way to draw the curtain on this year's tour of the USA.
BVB: Hitz – Piszczek (46. Morey), Torprak (46. Balerdi), Hummels (79. Pherai), Guerreiro (46. Schulz) – Weigl (46. Witsel) – Sancho (46. Bruun Larsen), Brandt (46. Delaney), Götze (46. Reus), Reyna (46. Wolf) – Alcacer (46. Hazard)