The Borussia Dortmund U23s took on the tradition-steeped Austrian club Austria Salzburg on Friday evening. Amid glorious sunshine and breathtaking scenery, the Black & Yellows claimed a deserved 2-1 victory in what was an intense encounter thanks to goals from Chris Führich and Joseph Boyamba.
BVB were the side in the ascendancy at the Erich-Misoph Stadion – and initially appeared not to be feeling any ill effects from their recent strenuous training schedule in the Kitzbühl Alps as they delivered a dominant display. Little more than 20 minutes had been played when the home side's defence was punished for the first time: Joseph Boyamba played in Chris Führich on the right, who beat an opponent before dispatching a simple finish for what was a deserved opener. It was an extremely well-worked goal and Dortmund's reward for a very decent opening quarter of the match, which was brought to a close with a drinks break in the 23rd minute.
Shortly after that break, Dortmund midfielder Taylan Duman had two good opportunities to extend his side's lead before half-time. But despite those chances and another for Joseph Boyamba, the Black & Yellows did not dominate the second half of the first period in the same way they had the first. "You could see that the lads have trained hard. There were one or two moves in the first 45 minutes where we could have been more precise. But all in all you can certainly say it was a match worth watching," said Ingo Preuß, the U23 team manager, of the opening 45 minutes.
BVB coach Mike Tullberg made two changes at the break, withdrawing the goalscorer Chris Führich along with Magnus Kaastrup and introducing Emre Aydinel and a guest player in their stead. But the Black & Yellows enjoyed little success before the drinks break in the third quarter, although there was one chance where the Dortmund attack could have probably done better. All in all, however, the visiting team did not manage to reproduce the same quality that had been in evidence in the opening period. So it fits that it was during this spell that the Austrians equalised.
But Dortmund managed to re-establish their lead when Joseph Boyamba fired home a shot from 10 metres in the closing minutes of the match. The striker received the ball from Julian Schwermann before hitting an unstoppable effort into the corner of the Salzburg goal. In the minutes that followed, the Black & Yellows had the better of the game and were deserving of their win by the time the whistle sounded. After the match, Ingo Preuß lauded both the hospitality of Austria Salzburg and what was a largely decent Dortmund display.
BVB boss Mike Tullberg appeared to be highly satisfied after the match as well. "We found our way into the game well but should've scored three or four goals more in the opening half. We got off to a poor start in the second half, got our defensive positioning wrong once and then they equalised with a highly fortunate effort. The lads were then slightly unsure of themselves but I've praised them because they snapped out of it and played well in the last 15 minutes. We now need to work on our chance conversion, as that is not yet good enough."
The Black & Yellows will head back to the Ruhr region on Sunday. They are next in action on Wednesday when they face SV Meppen in Varenrode.
BVB U23s: Reckert – Hippe, Rente, Konate, Bünning – Schwermann, Duman, Führich – Kaastrup, Tigges, Boyamba
Goals: 0-1 Führich (22), 1-1 (51), 1-2 Boyamba (83)