Ansgar Knauff and Steffen Tigges got Marco Rose's tenure as Borussia Dortmund head coach off to a winning start in BVB's pre-season opener against Gießen.
Rose was without star striker Erling Haaland and a whole host of first-team regulars at the Waldstadion, but those involved from the off made all the difference in a competitive first half. Julian Brandt was everywhere against the fourth-tier hosts, dropping deep and combining to great effect with captain Marco Reus.
The pair were involved time and again in the final third, before a driving Brandt run set up Knauff to sweep home from inside the box. Brandt combined with Mahmoud Dahoud moments later, with Tigges skilfully rolling his man to finish the move with aplomb.
Rose made a full line change for the start of the second half, electing to leave USA international Gio Reyna on the bench in favour of a team comprising U19 and reserve players. Dortmund’s next generation dominated proceedings in front of the 4,000-strong crowd, with Tobias Raschl and Richmond Tachie catching the eye. Gießen threatened sporadically through substitute Aykut Öztürk, but BVB created the clearest openings as Tachie had a goal ruled out and drove wide from inside the hosts’ penalty box.
Having already tested the Gießen goalkeeper twice, Raschl almost put the icing on the cake with virtually the last kick of game, but his effort was hooked clear in front of the goal-line.