Rhede – Borussia Dortmund kicked off the Thomas Tuchel era in fine style on Friday evening with Ilkay Gündogan, fresh from signing a contract extension, scoring the opener in a 5-0 victory over VfL Rhede.
Tuchel opted for different teams in each half of the encounter, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nikolaos Ioannidis added to Gündogan’s 12th-minute strike in the first period, before youngsters Pascal Stenzel and Mitsuru Maruoka rounded off the victory after the break.
The 7,500 fans who flocked to see Tuchel’s coaching bow with the five-time German champions witnessed an aggressive, high-octane Dortmund side. Gündogan, who struck the bar with a free kick, impressed throughout while half-time substitute Gonzalo Castro, making his first appearance in BVB colours, also struck the woodwork.
Dortmund take on an Olympic Gold Medal winners' XI at the Signal Iduna Park on 4 July, before heading to Asia as part of the Bundesliga World Tour a day later.
"Full-time whistle in Rhede: BVB beat the hosts 5-0. Tomorrow is the season opening at the Signal Iduna Park."
Abpfiff in Rhede: Der BVB gewinnt gegen die Gastgeber mit 5:0. Morgen geht's weiter, zur Saisoneröffnung im Signal Iduna Park. #rhedebvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 3, 2015
Borussia Dortmund first half: Bürki – Kirch, Hummels, Sarr, Schmelzer – Weigl – Blaszczykowski, Gündogan, Mkhitaryan, Sauerland – Ioannidis
Borussia Dortmund second half: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Subotic, Stankovic, Durm – Bender – Maruoka, Stenzel, Castro, Dudziak – Kampl
Goals: 0-1 Gündogan (12'), 0-2 Mkhitaryan (19'), 0-3 Ioannidis (21'), 0-4 Stenzel (52'), 0-5 Maruoka (87')