Borussia Dortmund concluded their pre-season with a comfortable 3-1 win over Ajax thanks to goals from Julian Brandt and Felix Nmecha (x2).
Borussia Dortmund delivered an impressive performance in front of 80,000+ fans at the Westfalenstadion on Sunday, as they handed Ajax a 3-1 defeat in their final pre-season friendly of the summer. Julian Brandt gave the Black and Yellows the lead early on, before Felix Nmecha came off the bench and scored two quick-fire goals to seal the win.
It was without a doubt Borussia Dortmund’s best performance of pre-season, as they dominated possession and created a host of big chances over the course of the 90 minutes.
Edin Terzic named a strong starting XI, with Marcel Sabitzer starting in midfield along with Julian Brandt and Emre Can. While Marco Reus joined Sebastien Haller and Donyell Malen in the front three in Karim Adeyemi’s absence.
Borussia Dortmund took the lead in the sixth minute, with Julian Brandt getting on the end of an excellent cross from Mats Hummels before firing his shot past the Ajax goalkeeper. But the Dutch side issued an instant response, and equalised through Brian Brobbey a minute later.
The rest of the first half was a rather end to end affair, with both teams creating a number of decent chances. Marco Reus and Sebastien Haller both came close to scoring for Borussia Dortmund, but the scores remained level going into the break.
Felix Nmecha came on at half-time and made an instant impact. The midfielder restored Borussia Dortmund’s lead in the 54th minute after being set up by Haller. Nmecha then added a second goal six minutes later, with fellow new signing Ramy Bensebaini providing the assist this time.
The brace from Nmecha sealed a 3-1 win for Borussia Dortmund, who now go into the start of the new season with momentum and confidence on their side. Edin Terzic can take plenty of positives from the win over Ajax, as the new signings impressed once again and some of the link-up play in the final third was a joy to watch.
Next up for Borussia Dortmund is a trip to fourth division side TSV Schott Mainz in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.