U19s continue league run with 7-1 win

2024-02-11 12:36 PM by Borussia Dortmund–  3m read

Borussia Dortmund's U19s have showed a good reaction to their elimination in the UEFA Youth League and won their Bundesliga match against Wuppertaler SV 7-1. The goals in the second period of this one-sided game were scored by Paris Brunner, Kjell Wätjen (two each), Alexander Niziolek, Vincenzo Onofrietti and Ousmane Diallo. The visitors had levelled the scores at 1-1.

"I have to pay the boys a huge compliment. They have now won 14 out of 15 Bundesliga games and have done so despite our difficult personnel situation. We didn't even have a full squad," explained Mike Tullberg, who once again had to improvise. In addition to the injured Filippo Mane, he was without the suspended Cole Campbell and the ill Rafael Lubach.

Niko Adamczyk moved into the back three alongside Tyler Meiser and Leonardo Garcia Posadas, with William Rashidi and Jaden Korzynietz in the full-back roles. Kjell Wätjen, Vincenzo Onofrietti and Danylo Krevsun formed the central midfield trio, while Alex Niziolek and Paris Brunner lined up in attack. BVB brought on some fresh legs in the 58th minute: Elias Benkara came on for Adamczyk, while Almugera Kabar and Ousmane Diallo took over from Korzynietz and Rashidi in the wide berths. In addition, Marlon Ubani replaced goalscorer Niziolek in the 70th minute.

BVB made a dream start to the match: Wuppertal goalkeeper Emil Metz fouled Alex Niziolek, with Paris Brunner hammering home the resultant penalty to make it 1-0 (second minute). But Wuppertal, who had recently achieved some remarkable results, appeared unperturbed, went forward courageously and scored a not-undeserved equaliser through Emirhan Unal (19). "We had a few problems getting into the game, but then we did really well," summarised Tullberg.

Kjell Wätjen the provider and scorer

The Borussia players adapted better and better to their opponents, increased the pressure on the opposition goal and created good chances for themselves. Alex Niziolek, who had previously been denied by the good reactions of Metz (21), converted Brunner's assist to make it 2-1 in the 32nd minute. The indefatigable Danylo Krevsun (Tullberg: "It feels as though he has run four marathons in the last week") and Vincenzo Onofrietti got into promising shooting positions, only to be denied by the alert WSV custodian Metz (43, 45).

BVB had more structure in their play after the interval and the team forced their opponents into passing errors, which they exploited. Kjell Wätjen slotted home Onofrietti's cross to make it 3-1 (48), before Paris Brunner decided the match when he made the score 4-1 in the 70th minute. The once-again outstanding midfield engine Kjell Wätjen provided the assist.

During the closing stages – in which Wätjen (78), Onofrietti (85) and Diallo (87) increased the margin of victory – the team benefited from the introduction of fresh legs and did not slip into game management mode despite holding a comfortable lead. "That was the third game in the space of a week directly after the winter break, but the boys stayed hungry," said a delighted Mike Tullberg.

They will now have a few days to recover before beginning their preparations for the next "English week": the Black & Yellows are away to Viktoria Köln on Sunday and will then play their rescheduled match away to FC Schalke 04 (Wednesday 21 February at 18:30 CET), before hosting Arminia Bielefeld at the BVB Youth Performance Centre (Sunday 25 February at 11:00 CET).

BVB: Lisewki – Adamczyk (Benkara, 58), Meiser, Posadas – Rashidi (Diallo, 58), Onofrietti, Wätjen, Krevsun, Korzynietz (Kabar, 58) – Niziolek (Ubani, 70), Brunner.


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