Borussia Dortmund's U17s continued their impressive winning run in the B-Junior Bundesliga West with a 5-0 victory at Fortuna Düsseldorf. In the days leading up to the clash in Flingern, coach Marco Lehmann had issued urgent warnings about the strong-at-home hosts, who had already recorded a remarkable success this season by drawing 2-2 with title favourites Bayer Leverkusen.
Lehmann was especially delighted to have kept a fourth clean sheet on the bounce: "The fact that we have placed our focus fully on defensive work in pre-season and in many training sessions is paying off. All parts of the team played a part." The same applies to Dortmund's furious attacking play. The U17s have racked up 23 goals in their last four games and a total of 32 across their eight matches this season. Twelve of those have been scored by forward Diego Ngambia Dzonga, who also made it 1-0 (6) and 2-0 (51) in Düsseldorf.
"The first half was okay. We only gave away one chance, otherwise we were completely in control," reflected Lehmann. The penalty that made it 1-0 in the sixth minute was the result of a foul on the once again very lively midfield strategist Fritz Fleck. Diego Ngambia Dzonga ruthlessly converted the penalty kick.
In the second period, the team brought the tempo and the sharpness on the ball that Lehmann had been missing before the interval onto the pitch. "We discussed that in the break and played a wonderful half with some brilliantly created goals. In the end, we could've won by an even higher margin against an unpleasant opponent," said Lehmann in praise of the performance. The Black & Yellows spurned several notable chances.
Marco Lehmann was without centre-back Tyler Meiser, who was seconded to the U19s, away to Fortuna but the line was led from the beginning by Ousmane Diallo, who joined BVB from Deportivo Alaves this summer, for the first time. Otherwise, the coach largely trusted the team that had recently gone goal crazy in a 9-0 win against Viktoria Köln. Diallo immediately tasted his first success in the second period. The Spain U17 international confidently slotted home from the penalty spot to make it 4-0 after he had been fouled (65). Nick Cherny had scored the goal to make it 3-0, with substitute Len Wörsdörfer later rounding off the scoring (71).
BVB, who have climbed up to second position in the table and are one point behind league leaders Schalke 04, are next in action away to VfL Bochum next Sunday (11:00 CET).
BVB: Herdes – Cena, Benkara (Nwofor, 72) Feddersen, Driedger – Kaba (Blasczcyk, 75), Degener – Cherny, Fleck (Schwarz, 75), Diallo (Wörsdörfer, 67) – Ngambia (Burstedde, 67).