The Borussia Dortmund U23s paid a visit to the training ground of second-tier SC Paderborn on Sunday lunchtime, where they played their final friendly before heading off to their training camp in Kirchberg in Tirol. BVB produced a very good performance in the first half in particular and beat coach Lukas Kwasniko’s side by a 3-2 (3-1) scoreline. Richmond Tachie (2) and Marco Hober scored for BVB.
Both teams made a high-tempo start to the match, with Paderborn on top in the opening minutes. The Bundesliga 2 outfit impressed with their aggressive pressing and opened the scoring in the seventh minute following a successful press. Prince Owusu won back the ball and beat Luca Unbehaun in the Dortmund goal from close range. BVB grew into the game as the minutes passed and new signings Timo Bornemann and Immanuel Pherai both had efforts from long range. Both teams were brimming with enthusiasm, as epitomised by the passage of play leading up to Dortmund’s equaliser at 1-1. The ball came via Pherai and Bornemann to Richmond Tachie, who scored from the edge of the box (14). Paderborn were a bit out of sorts in this phase, and Marco Hober took advantage only two minutes later to put his side ahead.
BVB were now dictating the tempo, with ventures forward few and far between for Paderborn. The Black & Yellows created chance after chance and got their reward on the half-hour mark with a goal that made it 3-1. Timo Bornemann set up Richmond Tachie, who was left with a tap-in from close range. Despite their energy-sapping training sessions from the previous days, BVB looked fresh and energetic, taking in a 3-1 lead at the break.
BVB boss Enrico Maaßen made four substitutions after the interval, with Tattermusch, Makreckis, Amedick and Ercan replacing Tachie, Bah-Traore, Papadopoulos and Pasalic. The Black & Yellows continued the second half in the same vein in which they had ended the first. Within minutes, Immanuel Pherai and Kolbeinn Finnsson had opportunities to add to the scoring. It was only on the hour-mark when former Borussia Dortmund man Chris Führich entered the fray for Paderborn that the hosts started to get a better foothold in the game. Kai Pröger pulled a goal back to make it 3-2 with 20 minutes of the match to go.
Dortmund struggled to relieve the pressure at this stage, with Paderborn pushing for the equaliser and giving it all they had in the closing stages. The East Westphalians could not finish off their attacks, however, in part due to BVB’s intelligent defending. With the 3-2 win in the bag, the U23s will now travel to their training camp in the Kitzbühel Alps.
BVB U23s: Unbehaun, Bah-Traore (Amedick, 46), Pasalic (Makreckis, 46), Hober, Tachie (Tattermusch, 46), Thaqi (Maloney, 60), Bornemann, Papadopoulos (Ercan, 46), Finnsson, Pherai, Dams (Bafounta, 60)
Goals: 1-0 Owusu (7), 1-1 Tachie (14), 1-2 Hober (16), 1-3 Tachie (32), 2-3 Pröger (70)