The Borussia Dortmund U23s were firmly on course for a home victory by half-time in their clash with basement boys SV Bergisch Gladbach 09 on Saturday. Joseph Boyamba struck twice – in the ninth and 43rd minutes respectively – either side of a Chris Führich penalty on the half-hour mark to put the Black & Yellows 3-0 up at the break, with Taylan Duman adding another from the spot to make it 4-0 in the 69th minute.
The pre-match scenario: The promoted outfit arrived at the Strobelallee with a meagre total of seven points to their name this term. Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, were looking to take their tally up to 24. The visitors had only won twice this season – against Bonner SC in September and 3-1 away to TuS Haltern last time out.
Personnel matters: With the trio of Mateu Morey, Leonardo Balerdi and Tobias Raschl having all travelled to Berlin with the senior squad on Friday, Julius Schell was handed his Regionalliga debut at the heart of defence. The centre-back recently spent a long spell on the sidelines but returned to action in the Youth League clash with FC Barcelona on Wednesday and will continue to be a defensive option for BVB boss Mike Tullberg going forward. He was partnered with Marco Rente, who was making his comeback after six weeks out with injury.
The match & analysis: This match – against a promoted side languishing at the foot of the table – was perfectly set up for the Borussia Dortmund youngsters, who had lots of possession, a whole host of chances and were up against an opponent that spent much of the match chasing shadows. The Black & Yellows, out to make amends for their defeat in Verl, were hell-bent on getting the three points. Tullberg's charges played some spectacular attacking football – even if it didn't all come off – and were rewarded in the ninth minute when Joseph Boyamba deservedly opened the scoring. Taylan Duman played the ball into the path of the captain, who rounded the defenders and goalkeeper to slot home.
The second goal of the game came from the spot on the half-hour mark. Marco Hober was fouled in the box and Chris Führich comfortably dispatched the resultant penalty. And just when Bergisch Gladbach thought they were about to be saved by the half-time whistle, BVB added a third. Tigges won the ball back and played Boyamba clean through, the captain rounding the goalkeeper once again and slotting home to put his team in a commanding position. Shortly before the break, the visitors had their first and only goalscoring opportunity with a shot from long range that struck the frame of Eric Oelschlägel's goal – but he was otherwise entirely untroubled.
BVB took a slightly slower approach to the second period – in the knowledge they would be kicking off the second half of their Regionalliga campaign when Rot-Weiss Essen visit Stadion Rote Erde next weekend. The Black & Yellows managed the rest of the game intelligently and had plenty of opportunities to score against their overexerted visitors. Another penalty was awarded for a foul on Duman in the 68th minute and he stepped up to take it himself, converting it to wrap up a victory that will do the world of good for the young Black & Yellows' confidence.
What BVB coach Mike Tullberg had to say: "There's been an improvement in the way we've played over the last few weeks, even if we did lose to Verl. I'm very content with the performance; it was difficult on this surface. We kept the tempo high when we had possession and created some great chances. I'm highly satisfied.
Outlook: Next on the agenda is a clash with Rot-Weiss Essen on Sunday (14:00 CET).
BVB U23s: Oelschlägel – Hippe, Rente, Bünning, Finnsson – Tunga, Hober, Duman (Relucio, 88) – Boyamba (Wanner, 83), Tigges (Rizzo, 72), Führich (Kaastrup, 72)
Goals: 1-0 Boyamba (9), 2-0 Führich (30), 3-0 Boyamba (43), 4-0 Duman (69)