Targets galore! Lion Metropolis Sailors vs Borussia Dortmund

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Regardless of taking part in with out lots of their key gamers who’re on worldwide responsibility on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Borussia Dortmund cruised to an emphatic 7-2 victory over 2021 Singapore Premier League champions Lion Metropolis Sailors at a sold-out Jalan Besar Stadium on Thursday evening.

Defender Mat Hummels was seen interacting with followers and obliging their request for autographs earlier than the kick-off however didn’t characteristic within the match, as head coach Malen handed the captain’s armband to Emre Can.

Membership captain Marco Reus travelled with the squad to Singapore but in addition didn’t characteristic within the match as he’s nonetheless recovering from an ankle harm that he initially sustained in a Bundesliga match towards Schalke in September. He returned to motion for the membership in October however was again on the remedy desk instantly after the match.

For head coach Edin Terzic, he was happy with what his staff had proven on the sphere and is glad that no gamers require any severe medical consideration and add to his membership’s harm record. “It was fairly an intense recreation and we’re very pleased with the efficiency. The spectators left the stadium comfortable as properly to see 9 targets. It’s good that lots of our younger gamers had the chance to get some recreation time,” mentioned Terzic.

“So we’re actually pleased with no accidents, that’s most necessary for us. We confirmed an expert recreation. Scored seven targets and conceded two and that’s what we’re going to work on.”

Though the German membership had a number of Below-23 and Below-19 gamers within the beginning line-up, followers have been nonetheless handled to an entertaining footballing spectacle on the sphere by the likes of skilled gamers corresponding to Can, Nico Schulz, Donyell Malen, and Salih Ozcan.

18-year-old Samuel Bamba, and Malen scored a brace, whereas substitutes Julian Rijkhoff and Justin Njinmah scored a objective every in the direction of the tip of the match. Dortmund’s opening objective was an personal objective by Sailors’ Amirul Adli two minutes after the half-hour mark.

Gabriel Quak and Faris Ramli gave the hosts and their followers one thing to cheer about because the duo grabbed a objective every. “To not go to the World Cup is disappointing, however I’m comfortable to be right here. You play some good video games, and you may simply get pleasure from good soccer. That’s crucial factor for me, to get pleasure from soccer wherever it’s, on the World Cup or right here,” shared Malen, who was not included in Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal’s plans for Qatar.

For Sailors’ interim coach Luka Lalic, he additionally included a number of younger gamers in his squad and allowed them to realize match expertise within the latter phases of the sport. “Typically, the primary half-hour we put in a great effort to maintain the rating at 0-0. Particular person errors led to these targets, and halftime to be 3-0 down. The highlights have been the 2 targets we scored have been each assisted by academy gamers. The final ten minutes, these three targets we conceded, that’s the value we paid for the youth,” defined Lalic.

The five-time Bundesliga champions will subsequent have a neighborhood engagement programme on Saturday morning (26 Nov), after which they are going to have a meet-and-greet with followers on the PUMA flagship retailer in Somerset from 11am to 1230pm.

Following that, Dortmund will journey by bus to Johor Bahru to tackle the Johor Southern Tigers on 28 Nov and can fly to Vietnam for a match towards their nationwide staff two days later.


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