Borussia Dortmund's U23s recorded a 4-1 (2-0) home victory over SC Wiedenbrück on Matchday 30 of the Regionalliga West season. Goals from Bockhorn, Rizzo and Chato put the hosts into a 3-0 lead at the Rote Erde Stadium, before Duschke scored an own goal for the fourth.
It was fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund versus fourth-placed SC Wiedenbrück. While the two teams' promotion aspirations had already faded, they both wanted to finish their respective campaigns in the best-possible fashion. And ultimately, an early red card for the visitors and some outstanding attacking football by the Black & Yellows paved the way for a deserved home victory at the Rote Erde Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
SC Wiedenbrück still had a score to settle with the Black & Yellows, who recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory at the Jahnstadion in the reverse fixture in October 2017. Much has happened since that first meeting, and both teams went into this clash on equal footing with only four points separating them before kick-off.
It was very tight in the opening stages and the match did not spring into life for the first time until the seventh minute. It was then that a seemingly harmless header from Patrick Mainka was caught and spilled by visiting shot-stopper Hölscher, who brought down Chato as he raced towards the loose ball. Referee Hüwe blew his whistle and pointed to the spot, brandishing a red card. The ensuing penalty kick was slotted home by Herbert Bockhorn to make it 1-0 (9).
It goes without saying that the numerical superiority on the pitch played very much into the hands of BVB coach Jan Siewert's charges. Anagyros Kampetsis had a clear opportunity to double the advantage in the 22nd minute of the match but the Greek failed to beat substitute goalkeeper Marius Weeke, who had taken his place between the sticks following the red card. But Gianluca Rizzo did manage to get the second of the afternoon three minutes later, latching onto an excellent Amos Pieper pass to slot home. The visitors from Wiedenbrück started to play a more active role in the game after the hosts had gone 2-0 ahead. Sören Dieckmann misjudged a long ball but Yannik Geisler could not capitalise on the mistake, sending his shot blazing over Dominik Reimann's goal. BVB had a real opportunity to extend their lead to 3-0 on the stroke of half-time, but a strike from the excellent Kampetsis hit the side-netting.
Barely five minutes of the second period had elapsed when BVB put the match to bed, with Chato rising the highest and encountering little resistance as he headed home a Massimo Ornatelli free-kick to hand the hosts a deserved 3-0 lead. BVB were superior to their visitors from Wiedenbrück in every respect in the period that followed, but in the 63rd minute the travelling supporters finally had cause for celebration: a long ball found its way through the Dortmund back four and the pacey Yildirim reduced the deficit to 3-1.
But the Black & Yellows' rhythm was not disrupted by the goal. The 212 fans in attendance saw some outstanding link-up play in and around the box and some good attempts on the Wiedenbrück goal. Following a cross from Massimo Ornatelli, a visiting defender scored an own goal to round off a 4-1 victory for the hosts.
Coach Jan Siewert was very satisified after the match: "We wanted to getting back to winning ways today and we certainly managed that. We created a lot of chances to score and put the game beyond them early on."