2,547 spectators witnessed an intense 3. Liga clash between Wehen Wiesbaden and the Borussia Dortmund U23s. The Black & Yellows played some courageous football – especially in the first half – and took a deserved 1-0 lead. Coach Enrico Maassen's charges then defended passionately in the second period and produced another committed performance to take a deserved three points.
The opposition: Like BVB, Wiesbaden had 14 points on the board this season and the men from Hesse, who sat in fourth place prior to kick-off, were only above the Black & Yellows on account of their superior goal difference. In the previous three outings, coach Rüdiger Rehm's charges had beaten Saarbrücken but slipped to defeats against Viktoria Berlin and Magdeburg. In total, the men from Wiesbaden had conceded 10 goals across the aforementioned three matches, having let in just one goal in their previous five matches.
Personnel matters: BVB coach Enrico Maassen made two changes to the starting XI, with new signing Christian Viet making his first start and Tobi Raschl returning to the line-up after overcoming his injury problem.
The match & analysis: The Black & Yellow youngsters made the better start to an entertaining opening half, with Tobi Raschl and Ole Pohlmann failing to take opportunities to give BVB an early lead. A penalty appeal for handball that was waved away by the referee shortly after the Pohlmann chance did not prove to be a talking point for long, as Berkan Taz put BVB ahead only five minutes later. Christian Viet picked out Taz on the edge of the penalty area and he carried it past an opponent before firing an unstoppable shot into the bottom right corner.
BVB continued to look the livelier team in the period that followed. Taz had another shooting opportunity in the 22nd minute, as Wiesbaden struggled for defensive control. Offensively they lacked tempo, as BVB always managed to get enough players behind the ball. It was Dortmund's attacking players that enjoyed the next good chances, with Tachie (35, 45) and Pherai (37) having sights of goal. The half-time whistle sounded with the deserved lead intact.
BVB came racing out of the blocks in the second half as well. A long-range effort from Raschl was palmed over the crossbar by the Wehen Wiesbaden shot-stopper. Wiesbaden then came back into the game more and had frequent spells camped in the Dortmund half. But the final ball was missing, and that meant Stefan Drljaca in the Dortmund goal continued to have almost nothing to do.
With the hosts now going for it, BVB retreated a little and coach Enrico Maassen's side struggled to relieve the pressure. But Wiesbaden did not have clear chances either and only threatened from set-pieces. It was not until the game entered stoppage time that Stefan Drljaca was forced to intervene. The Dortmund goalkeeper reacted brilliantly to a shot from Wurtz and turned the ball over the crossbar. Even though the game went down to the final seconds of the five minutes of stoppage time, BVB's battling performance ultimately meant they came away with all three points in Hesse. The victory saw the Black & Yellows leapfrog Wiesbaden into fourth place in the table.
Match reactions from Berkan Taz: "It feels brilliant. We won 1-0, the three points are ours. We produced a very good performance in the first half. We're taking it game by game, but of course we want to win every match."
BVB U23s: Drljaca – Papadopoulos (Maloney, 83), Dams, Finnsson – Viet (Bah-Traore, 60), Raschl, Pfanne, Pohlmann (Tattermusch, 60), Pherai (Makreckis, 60) - Tachie, Taz (Kamara, 79)
Goal: 0-1 Taz (15)
Outlook: This Sunday (13:00 CET) sees the U23s go up against Türkgücü in Munich's Olympiastadion.