Borussia Dortmund have won the first test of 2017! As part of their training camp in Marbella (Spain), the German runners-up defeated the incumbent Dutch champions 4-1 (2-0).
Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa, André Schürrle and Christian Pulisic notched up the goals for BVB in front of 5,400 spectators, with BVB exerting their dominance across long stretches of the game.
Notwithstanding a last gasp block by Bender to curtail the shot readying de Jong (5') and a save by Weidenfeller against the oncoming Sintschenko after Piszczek had lost possession (14'), only one team really played in the first 45 minutes of the game at the "Stadio Municipal La Línea de la Concepción".
Borussia played impressively and flowingly. Ramos found the back of the net in the 15' minute, but the offside flag had been raised, albeit incorrectly, as subsequent replays were to show. After a foul on Kagawa (Schmelzer had already been brought to ground as early as the 43' second of the match without being awarded a spot-kick), Reus' carefully placed penalty kick was saved by PSV's impressive goalkeeper. However, just 60 seconds, he was to swipe home a cross sent in by Ramos from the corner of the six-yard box.
Ramos sets up the first two goals
After Piszczek failed to get round the keeper from 13 metres out, Reus began the move which would bring about the second goal, determinedly winning the ball back by going to ground. Ramos passed the recaptured ball directly to Kagawa, who then got off a flat and well placed shot into the left hand side of goal (40').
BVB changed the entire team for the second half. Schürrle positioned himself at the head of a very flexible formation, and put away Mor's deft cross on the volley to quickly take the score to 3-0 after the break (52'). De Jong got a goal back for the Dutchmen from a suspiciously offside looking position five minutes later.
Borussia Dortmund subsequently created many chances for themselves. After being played on by Schürrle, Pulisic lobbed the ball excellently into the net for a final score of 4-1.
BVB 1. Half: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Bender, Ginter, Schmelzer – Castro, Weigl – Dembélé, Kagawa, Reus – Ramos
BVB 2. Half: Bonmann – Passlack, Sokratis, Bartra, Durm – Merino, Park – Mor, Götze, Pulisic – Schürrle
Goals: 1-0 Reus (19'), 2-0 Kagawa (40'), 3-0 Schürrle (52'), 3-1 de Jong (57'), 4-1 Pulisic (74').