In the first match of Saturday's double-header at the Marbella Football Center, Borussia Dortmund fought their way to a 4-2 win over fifth-placed Eredivisie side Feyenoord. Club captain Marco Reus, making his return from a recent muscle fibre tear, led his side to their first win of the new year.
Borussia were at the races right from the get-go: Mo Dahoud launched a long ball upfield to find Raphael Guerreiro. The Portuguese wideman burst into the box from the left flank before delicately dinking the ball over the keeper's head and into the back of the net to give the Black & Yellows an early lead. Funnily enough, Mo Dahoud had stayed on after yesterday's training session to practice long diagonal balls just like the one that set up Guerreiro. His extra work clearly paid dividends - BVB had their first goal of the new year.
Just as he had done for the previous friendly against Standard Liège , Favre once again sent his charges out in a 3-4-3 system. This time around, however, BVB were far better organised and posed more of a threat going forwards. In the sixth minute, the first chance of the match for the Dutch side fell to Nicolai Jörgensen, whose effort from 20 metres out ended up posing little problem for Roman Bürki in the BVB goal. In the 12th minute, the ever-dangerous Guerreiro again found a route to goal. In this instance however, a last-ditch intervention from a Feyenoord defender meant his effort flew wide of the mark.
Brace for Guerreiro, Führich also on target
In the 22nd minute, the Dutch side were able to capitalise on the first real lapse of concentration in the Dortmund defence. Lukasz Piszczek lost the ball to Luis Sinisterra, who then played it onto the feet of Jörgense, with the striker making no mistake in slotting the ball home past Bürki to level the scoreline. Eight minutes later, it took back-to-back blocks from Piszczek and then Bürki to prevent the team from Rotterdam grabbing the lead. Just before half-time, the Black & Yellows were able to fire themselves back in front. Dahoud once again provided the assist, with his neat pass into the path of Gio Reyna sending the American through one-on-one with Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer: the 17-year-old talent kept his cool to make it 2-1 Borussia.
Favre's side looked to get forward as often as possible in the second half, and found some success doing so. Substitute Chris Führich made a strong impression after coming on: in the 56th minute, his incisive pass found Guerreiro in space in the box. The Portugal international fooled one defender before firing the ball into the back of the net to secure a memorable brace and bring the score to 3-1. Ten minutes later, Führich grabbed a goal of his own. The 22-year-old, who normally plays for the U23s, backed himself from 25 metres out and duly drilled the ball into the bottom-right corner - 4-1 BVB. In the dying seconds of the match, Feyenoord's Luciano Narsingh grabbed a consolation goal from a corner.
From 17.00 CET onwards: BVB vs. Mainz live on BVB-TV
Both Thomas Delaney (ankle injury) and Marcel Schmelzer (torn muscle fibre) are still out of action. All other players in the squad are available for today's second friendly match against 1. FSV Mainz 05 (kick-off 17.00 CET). This match will also be broadcast live on BVB-TV.
BVB: Bürki – Piszczek, Hummels, Balerdi – Hakimi, Dahoud, Witsel, Guerreiro – Sancho (78. Boyamba), Reus (46. Führich), Reyna (70. Pherai)
Goals: 1-0 Guerreiro (1.), 1-1 Jörgensen (22.), 2-1 Reyna (44.), 3-1 Guerreiro (54.), 4-1 Führich (66.), 4-2 Narsingh (90.+2)