Borussia Dortmund defeated Austria Wien 1-0 (1-0) in their first friendly game under new coach Lucien Favre. Alexander Isak scored the winning goal in the 39' minute.
Boris Rupert reports from Vienna
Playing without World Cup participants Reus, Bürki, Delaney, Guerreiro, Akanji, Kagawa, Hakimi and Piszczek, and also missing Weigl due to an adductor problem as well as the slightly injured Dahoud, the team applied much of what Favre had taught in the first week of training: a short distance between the two lines of four in a 4-4-2 system, and fullbacks that push forward during build-up play with one of the two "number sixes" positioned between the central defenders. The Borussia men showed themselves to be very comfortable in possession, even though clear chances on goal were only forthcoming halfway through a thoroughly assured first half performance.
Austria keeper Pentz made a strong save with his foot to deny Philipp after he had been played in brilliantly by Isak (20'), and Philipp was foiled again after he reacted quickly to get a shot off after a Schürrle free kick had been blocked (32'). Schürrle was just off target from 17 metres out (29') before an intelligent ball from Philipp out to Pulisic on the right wing began the play that would take the game to 1-0. The American made his way to the byline and then passed the ball back to Isak who was standing unmarked on the penalty spot. He made no mistake, and tucked the ball away (39'). The Swede popped up alone in front of goal just three minutes later after receiving a Schürrle pass. However, he took too much time and ultimately squandered the opportunity.
From a defensive perspective, the Borussia men had only allowed Austria one clear chance on goal up until that point. A misplaced sideways pass during a passage of build-up play allowed Turgemann a free run on goal, but Hitz parried the subsequent low shot strongly (44').
Ten new outfield players were sent out after the break, while Oelschlägel (goal), Schwermann and Boadu remained on the bench. Sancho demonstrated his threat on goal with a curling effort that Pentz cleared with difficulty (53'). Rode was also to have a dangerous shot blocked by the Viennese goalkeeper (69'), while Wolf's header from a Schmelzer cross met with the same fate (79'). At the other end of the pitch, Sahin cleared a deflected shot off of the goal line (61').
The team will return to Dortmund overnight – and on Wednesday things continue in the USA where they will play matches against Manchester City, Liverpool FC and Benfica Lisbon.
BVB First half: Hitz – Toljan, Pieper, Diallo, Wanner – Pulisic, Götze, Burnic, Schürrle – Philipp, Isak
BVB Second half: Hitz – Bockhorn, Toprak, Zagadou, Schmelzer – Wolf, Rode, Sahin, Sancho – Bruun Larsen, Gómez
Goal: 0-1 Isak (39', assisted by Pulisic)
Attendance: 17,000 (sold-out)