Saturday afternoon saw the Borussia Dortmund first team travel to face Mönchengladbach with the Bundesliga title on the line, but back in Dortmund, the club's U23 side were also in action: the young Black & Yellows hosted Alemannia Aachen on the last matchday of the Regionalliga West season. 364 spectators watched coach Alen Terzic's side run out 3-1 winners.
With the sun shining all afternoon, the Black & Yellows, much like their senior counterparts, offered up some fittingly beautiful attacking football. Borussia certainly started the match as the more switched-on of the two sides. In the ninth minute, Gianluca Rizzo surged through the heart of midfield before playing a perfectly-weighted pass to Joseph Boyamba on the edge of the box. The frontman only had one thing on his mind: he worked space for himself and duly fired the ball into the far-corner of the net to give BVB a 1-0 lead. It was Boyamba's 14th goal of the season - a tally which sees him well out in front of the top goalscorers' list within the U23 squad.
15 minutes later, the Black & Yellows played their way through the Aachen defense once more with some eye-catching combination play. The chance fell to Philipp Hanke, who made no mistake in firing home with his right foot to bring the score to 2-0. Aachen, however, didn't let their heads drop, and some lively play on their part saw them create several good goal-scoring opportunities. It therefore came as no surprise when Aachen's stand-out attacking player, Dimitry Imbongo, headed home from a set piece to pull the score back to 2-1.
Terzic: 'It was great that we were able to extend our good run''
The half-time pause witnessed a memorable reunion for U23 sporting director Ingo Preuß. Former U23 captain Christoph Zimmerman, fresh from achieving promotion to the Premier League at Norwich City with former BVB coach Daniel Farke, paid his former teammates a visit in the dressing room. After both sides reemerged after the interval, the action recommenced at a furious pace. Huseyin Bulut collected the ball, dribbled past his marker, made his way into the box and then unleashed a powerful shot into the far-corner to make it 3-1 in favour of Borussia.
Coach Alen Terzic, taking charge of the U23s for the last time, was content with his side's performance on the day and indeed their impressive end to the season. The young Black & Yellows managed to finish the campaign on a five match unbeaten run, notching up four wins and one draw. ''It was a really intense match again today. Aachen put us under a lot of pressure and are a powerful side to go up against. We had a particularly hard time defending at set-pieces. Our plan was to counter their physical presence with our technical prowess. After taking the lead we had a few problems defending runs in behind. Once we made it 3-1 we were able to set the pace and take the sting out the game. We controlled the match, but we were nonetheless unable to prevent them creating several good goal-scoring opportunities. All in all it was an end-to-end game with lots of good attacking play. It really could have gone either way. It was great that we were able to extend our good run.''
Ingo Preuß brought the post-match press conference to a close by thanking interim head coach Alen Terzic for his excellent work and wishing him all the best for his return to his former job in the BVB scouting department.