Borussia Dortmund won one and lost the other of two friendlies on Saturday, with Erling Haaland making his debut in a 2-0 defeat to Mainz, and Gio Reyna scoring in a 4-2 win over Feyenoord.
Dortmund 0-2 Mainz
Goals: 0-1 Onisiwo (45'), 0-2 Niakhate (54')
Haaland was left on the bench by Dortmund coach Lucien Favre, as he fielded a new team to the one which had defeated Feyenoord 4-2 earlier in the day, but he might not have been given much service anyway as it was Mainz who did most of the running and created more opportunities. Karim Onisiwo tested Marwin Hitz, who could only push the ball to the feet of Jean-Philippe Mateta. He tucked in the rebound, but the offside flag came to Dortmund's rescue. Mainz kept Hitz busy before Julian Brandt sent Dortmund's only chance of the first half straight at Robin Zentner. Just as the referee was about to blow the half-time whistle, Mainz snatched the lead with Onisiwo capitalising on a Manuel Akanji slip to stroke a shot through Hitz's legs.
Haaland's moment came at the start of the second half, when he replaced Jacob Bruun Larsen, but it was Mainz captain Moussa Niakhate who took centre stage to head Mainz 2-0 up from a corner. Mainz coach Achim Beierlorzer continued to make changes to his team, but their superiority remained constant as a jaded Dortmund side struggled to give Haaland an opportunity to shine. Alexandru Maxim wasted a gilt-edged chance to make it three for Mainz as they continued to pose the greater threat, before Haaland almost marked his debut with a goal, testing Florian Müller from close range with one of Dortmund's all-too-rare opportunities.
- Haaland scored 29 goals in 27 competitive appearances for Red Bull Salzburg, 28 of which fell during the first half of the current season.
- Onisiwo missed just two games in the first half of the season due to injury - one was against Dortmund, but he made amends with the opening goal
- Dortmund ended the year in fourth place, seven points behind Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.
Dortmund: Hitz (c) - Morey, Akanji, Zagadou, Schulz - Brandt, Raschl (Pherai 72')- Hazard (Führich 63'), Götze, Bruun Larsen (Haaland 46') – Alcacer (Boyamba 79')
Subs: Oelschlägel, Ferjani, Bakir, Tigges
Out: Delaney (light training)
Coach: Lucien Favre
Mainz: Zentner (Müller 46') – Pierre-Gabriel (Brosinski 46'), Niakhate (c), Hack (Meier 80'), Martin (Gürleyen 80') - Baku (Mwene 65'), Kunde (Barreiro 46') - Öztunali (Burkardt 65'), Quaison (Maxim 65') – Mateta (Szalai 46'), Onisiwo (Ji 65')
Subs:, Dahmen, Liesegang, Awoniyi
Out: Bell (fitness)
Coach: Achim Beierlorzer
Watch: Haaland on why he joined Dortmund
Feyenoord 2-4 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Guerreiro (1'), 1-1 Jorgensen (22'), 1-2 Reyna (44'), 1-3 Guerreiro (56'), 1-4 Führich (66'), 2-4 Narsingh (90+2')
After drawing 0-0 with Standard Liege on Tuesday, Dortmund wanted to get into scoring form in the first of their final two friendlies before the Bundesliga’s restart and they did so inside the opening minute against Feyenoord. Guerreiro was found with an outstanding long ball from Mahmoud Dahoud and he continued into the box after bringing it down before the Portugal international then dinked the ball over Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer with a delightful finish. The Dutch side levelled on 22 minutes after Roman Bürki spilled a low cross into the box and Nicolai Jorgensen poked home. But Dortmund went ahead again before the break after a lovely goal from Reyna, the American teenager found by Dahoud in the box before firing low across goal into the far bottom corner.
Dortmund’s goal before the break clearly gave them confidence as the Bundesliga giants took control of the game in the second half. Guerreiro added his second 11 minutes into the restart with a tidy finish having cut past Vermeer in the Feyenoord box. Chris Führich gave Dortmund a three-goal lead with a stunning goal just 10 minutes later, cutting inside from the left wing beyond three defenders before curling into back of the net from the edge of the box. Dortmund continued to dominate possession with Leonardi Balerdi especially impressive in defence but Feyenoord did get a late consolation just before the end through Luciano Narsingh.
- American youth international Gio Reyna - who scored the goal of the game - has eight goals and eight assists in 16 outings for the BVB U19s in 2019/20.
- BVB have only ever faced Feyenoord in one competitive match, losing 3-2 in final of the UEFA Cup in 2002.
- Winger Steven Berghuis is Feyenoord's 11-goal top scorer so far in 2019/20.
Feyenoord: Vermeer - Geertruida, Botteghin (c), Sensei, Malacia - Fer (Tapia 46'), Kökcü, Toornstra (Larsson 70') - Berghuis (Narsingh 70'), Sinisterra - Jorgensen (Burger 70')
Out: Haps (unknown), Karsdorp (groin), van Beek (ankle)
Coach: Dick Advocaat
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek (c), Hummels, Balerdi - Hakimi, Dahoud, Witsel, Guerreiro - Sancho (Boyamba 78'), Reus (Führich 46'), Reyna (Pherai 70')
Unused subs: Unbehaun, Bakir, Tigges, Ferjani
Coach: Lucien Favre
Watch: Highlights of Dortmund's win over Feyenoord