Borussia Dortmund's U23s remain unbeaten after the fifth Regionalliga game of the season. Coach Enrico Maaßen's team managed a 4-1 win against newly promoted Wiedenbrück, despite going into the break 0-1 down. Alaa Bakir, Steffen Tigges, Taylan Duman and Kolbeinn Finnsson got the goals for BVB.
The scenario: Ten points from four matches is a respectable return for the BVB youth team. In their last outing, coach Enrico Maaßen's team played out a 1-1 draw against RW Essen. Hosts Wiedenbrück come into the game with a solid total of four points after two games. Daniel Brinkmann's team also drew 1-1 with Essen and won at home against Bonner SC.
Personnel matters: Coach Maaßen made six changes to the starting lineup that shared the points with Essen. Lennard Maloney, Maximilian Hippe, Aday Ercan, Marco Hober, Alaa Bakir and Dominik Wanner replaced Haymenn Bah-Traore, Richmond Tachie, Kolbeinn Finnsson, Ansgar Knauff, Henri Weigelt and Florian Krebs.
The match: The black and yellow youngsters got off to a good start in the match. Dominik Wanner knocked a short goal kick from the hosts straight on to Steffen Tigges. The captain rounded SC shot-stopper Hölscher, but the goalkeeper managed to knock the ball away. Just a few seconds later, Alaa Bakir, who was celebrating his debut in the starting lineup, narrowly missed the goal with a free-kick from 20 yards.
After the lively opening, the game settled down slightly. BVB kept control of the ball and had more possession, but struggled to create clear chances in the middle of the first half. Wiedenbrück concentrated on defending, waiting to spring a counter-attack. It was something of a surprise when the hosts managed to score the opener to take the lead at that stage. From over twenty yards out, Phil Beckhoff curled the ball from the right-hand side of the penalty area into the top left corner of Luca Unbehaun's goal, giving the Dortmund keeper no chance. The Dortmund team did not let that distract them from their strategy. All that was missing were clear chances. They went into the half-time break with a one goal deficit.
That deficit did not last long, however. Just four minutes into the second half, Alaa Bakir scored a deserved equaliser. The 19-year-old beat two players and applied a strong finish from the edge of the penalty area to make it 1-1. His shot took a deflection off a defender to beat goalkeeper Marcel Hölscher. Coach Maaßen had found the right words during the half-time break. His team played with greater purpose and created numerous opportunities. Centre forward Steffen Tigges made the most of one of these opportunities in the 64th minute. Aday Ercan helped a long ball on to his captain, who finished with his left foot from eleven yards out. For Tigges, it was already his fourth goal of the season.
Ten minutes later, it was looking like game over at the Wiedenbrücker Jahnstadion. A long ball from Luca Unbehaun found Taylan Duman, who toe-poked the ball past the SCW goalkeeper. His first attempt hit the post, but he made sure of the follow-up to make it 3-1. Finally, substitute Kolbeinn Finnsson applied the finish to an Ercan through-ball for a final score of 4-1 .
Here's what Enrico Maaßen had to say:
"I have always stressed that we have to spread the playing time evenly over the squad, also because our opponents always have no match the day before. Today the plan was to use fresh players. I think we were absolutely the superior team, we had a lot of possession and also did well positionally. We did the things we set out to do very well. We fully deserved to win. I am very satisfied."
Outlook: The next Regionalliga game will take place at on Sunday afternoon. At 14:00 CET, BVB will welcome Bonner SC at the Rote Erde stadium.
Team & goals
BVB U23s: Unbehaun, Maloney, Hippe, Ercan (Tachie, 84), Hober, Bakir (Makreckis, 68), Duman, Tigges, Pfanne, Dams, Wanner (Finnsson, 80)
Goals: 1-0 Beckhoff (32), 1-1 Bakir (49), 1-2 Tigges (64), 1-3 Duman (74), 1-4 Finnsson (81)
Timo Lammert reporting from Wiedenbrück