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03/10/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/10/2024 13:58

U19s drop two points, U17s win all-Ruhr clash

Borussia Dortmund's U19s had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their match away to 1. FC Köln - but they will still head into the home straight of the season as the dominant leaders in the A-Junior Bundesliga table with a comfortable lead of 14 points. The U17s defended second spot in the table courtesy of a 2-0 victory over VfL Bochum.

The U19s had to without suspended defender Tyler Meiser at the Franz-Kremer-Stadion in Cologne. Mike Tullberg was also without Ousmane Diallo and Nick Cherny, who were playing for the U17s against Bochum. Nico Adamczyk was drafted into central defence alongside Filippo Mane. Young first-team player Julien Duranville led the line until the interval and had several standout moments - including a shot that he fired narrowly over the bar following a demanding technical piece of skill after the half-hour mark.

It was one of several chances spurned by a confident BVB. Kjell Wätjen, Paris Brunner, Danylo Krevsun and Rafael Lubach, who failed to get the better of Köln shot-stopper Blazic with a quickly taken free-kick, had chances to open the scoring. Julian Pauli also made a headed clearance to deny Krevsun with Blazic already beaten (28). The lively Borussia players dominated their regional rivals, while Köln countered their superior footballing opponents with great commitment and a well-organised defence. "That was one of the best halves we've played this season," lauded Mike Tullberg, who was nonetheless critical. "We should've scored two or three goals."

The opening goal seemed to be only a question of time. But it surprisingly came at the other end. And in highly unfortunate fashion: Filippo Mane, who had delivered a confident display until that point, scored an own goal with a mishit backpass. Due to a positioning error, Mane fired the ball past baffled goalkeeper Robin Lisewski and into the net from a very tight angle (59). "I've never seen an own goal like that before. It was a bitter setback. That's why I have to praise the boys for fighting their way back into the game," explained Tullberg.

BVB responded with a deluge of attacks, but sometimes overcomplicated things in the final third. Up until the 82nd minute, when Danylo Krevsun played in Vincenzo Onofrietti after a fine individual run and the attacker, who had replaced Cole Campbell, scored a well-deserved equaliser with a well-placed shot into the far corner. In the closing stages, Alessandro Blazic made a save to deny Marlon Ubani (86) and then intervened in stoppage time to thwart Mane and Onofrietti and earn Köln a fortuitous point. "I also have to praise the strong opposition. It was an absolute top game from both sides," reflected Mike Tullberg.

The U19s will play their first match in the Verbandspokal away to VfL Eintracht Mettingen (Steinfurt district) next Sunday. After the Easter and international break, the Bundesliga will resume with a Little Derby against VfL Bochum on Sunday 7 April.

BVB U19s: Lisewski - Korzynietz (Rashidi, 77), Mane, Adamczyk, Kabar - Lubach, Wätjen - Campbell (Onofrietti, 69), Krevsun, Duranville (Niziolek, 46; Ubani, 77) - Brunner

Marco Lehmann gives a "straight A"

The U17s kept their chances of qualifying for the German Championship alive with a hard-fought 2-0 victory in their clash with local rivals VfL Bochum. The visitors, who currently sit fifth in the table, kept a clean sheet until the closing stages when Nick Cherny broke the deadlock with a penalty. Substitute Joshua Burstedde wrapped up the victory with a goal in the 88th minute.

"I'm incredibly proud of the boys," said coach Marco Lehmann, who was delighted with his team's committed display. BVB took control of the game from the outset and had plenty of possession, fought for every metre and also created clear chances throughout the second half. "In terms of passion and attitude, it was a straight A," lauded Lehmann, who especially singled out the highly focused performance from the back three (Luca Riedl, Luca Reggiani and Jonas Feddersen), who kept a cool head even in the turbulent final phase.

The substitutes also played a decisive role and injected additional quality into the team. Oskar Schwarz, Justin Hoy and goalscorer Joshua Burstedde were all involved in the decisive goal that made it 2-0. The scoring had been opened by Nick Cherny, who could only be stopped with a foul in the penalty area and stepped up to take the spot-kick himself.

The U17s will host TSG Sprockhövel in the Verbandspokal next weekend (Sunday at 11:00 CET) and will play their next Bundesliga match away to 1 FC Köln on Sunday 7 April.

BVB U17s: Herdes - Riedl, Reggiani, Feddersen - Degener Blaszczcyk - Cena (Ngambia, 70), Cherny (Hoy, 83), Fleck (Schwarz, 83), Diallo (Wörsdörfer, 59) - Fidjeu-Tzemeta (Burstedde, 70)