·22 October 2022
·22 October 2022
Coach Christian Preusser's Borussia Dortmund U23 side have won 2-0 away to SV Meppen and extended their unbeaten streak to five games. The two strikers, Timo Bornemann and Moritz Broschinski, scored the goals that sealed an important away victory for the Black & Yellows. The U23s are now four points clear of the 3. Liga relegation zone.
The scenario: Coach Christian Preusser's team travelled to Emsland full of confidence on the back of a four-match unbeaten streak. SV Meppen, who were on an eight-game winless run dating back to 14 August, were only above the drop zone by virtue of their superior goal difference. But in Marvin Pourie – a Werner native and former BVB youth player – Meppen possessed a dangerous striker in their ranks who had already found the net six times this term. In addition to Pourie, there were two more former Black & Yellow youth players in the 16th-placed side's squad: David Blacha and Marcus Piossek.
Personnel matters: Coach Preusser had to reshuffle his pack due to illness and was without Abdoulaye Kamara, Justin Njinmah and Bjarne Pudel. Former Meppen player Ted Tattermusch also missed the reunion with his hometown club – as he did last year too. The hosts were without seven players, some of whom have not yet featured at all this season. Yannick Osée was the newest name on the injury list.
Tactics:BVB stuck with the back three – consisting of Soumaila Coulibaly, Niklas Dams and Franz Pfanne – that they have recently deployed. Can Özkan, who has impressed recently, played in central midfield. Falko Michael replaced Kamara and took up a slightly more defensive role, while the two forwards Broschinski and Bornemann, who was making his first start of the season, pulled the strings. There was no change out wide, with Guille Bueno and Marco Pasalic starting on the left and right respectively.
The match & analysis:BVB applied pressure from the beginning and carved open their first opportunity in the second minute, though Pohlmann's header missed the SV Meppen goal. BVB subsequently seized the initiative and created further scoring chances through Pohlmann and Bueno. Pourie had the first attempt at Marcel Lotka's goal for the Emsland outfit in the 14th minute. It went well wide of the mark, however. Lotka was called into action for the first time on the 18-minute mark when he turned a powerful strike from Blacha around the post. Meppen grew into the game and registered their next opportunity in the 23rd minute, but Lotka was able to hold onto the header. The best BVB chance fell to Broschinski, who was nicely picked out in the penalty area by Pohlmann and went clean through on SVM goalkeeper Harsmann. The custodian saved the shot – and then things took a curious turn: Hemlein wanted to clear it but instead hammered the ball against his own crossbar. The half-time whistle sounded with the score 0-0.
BVB increasingly took control in the second period and deservedly went in front with 55 minutes on the clock. Broschinski broke through down the right flank and played the ball to Bornemann, who converted excellently from the edge of the six-yard box. The game subsequently became slightly more disjointed. But BVB gave nothing away in defence and launched a few good counter-attacks themselves. One such instance came in the 71st minute when Broschinski and Elongo-Yombo exchanged passes, but the Dortmund striker's shot was then blocked. The next chance came in the 78th minute and fell to Marco Pasalic, who rounded off a counter with one of his dreaded long-range efforts, though Harsmann made the intervention. Only a few moments later, Bueno capitalised on a loss of possession by the Meppen defence but could not beat the Blue & Whites' goalkeeper. The Emsland side had now reverted to long balls, which led to two chances that were both spurned. And BVB wrapped up the points in stoppage time: Broschinski first won the ball back in midfield and then played it to Hober, who returned it to his team-mate with a lovely through-ball, and Broschinski fired it past the keeper into the back of the net (90+2).
Reactions:Coach Christian Preusser: "We produced a decent away performance. I'm very relieved that we kept a clean sheet again and that we won. We threw ourselves into the game with great passion and went incredibly fiercely into the challenges. I liked that a lot today."
Timo Bornemann: "It hasn't been an easy situation for me recently and that's why I'm particularly pleased I was able to make it 1-0 today."
Outlook: The Black & Yellows will face SC Verl at their temporary home stadium in Wuppertal on Saturday (14:00 CET).
U23s: Lotka – Pfanne, Dams, Coulibaly (Finnsson, 64) – Michel (Hober, 52), Özkan, Bueno, Pasalic (Braaf, 80), Pohlmann (Ercan, 80) – Bornemann (Elongo-Yombo, 64), Broschinski
Goals: 0-1 Bornemann (54), 0-2 Broschinski (90+2)
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