Borussia beaten by Paderborn in second pre-season friendly
The Foals were beaten 3-1 by SC Paderborn 07 in their second pre-season friendly of 2021/22. U23s player Conor Noß scored Borussia’s only goal shortly after his introduction in the second half.
Before Gladbach head to their week-long training camp in Harsewinkel-Marienfeld, a friendly against SC Paderborn awaited the Foals on Saturday afternoon in the Benteler-Arena. The Bundesliga 2 side, who return to competitive action next weekend, took the lead inside quarter of an hour, with Uwe Hünemeier firing into the far corner after a cross from the left had deceived everyone else (14’). Borussia were the team in control of possession, but there weren’t many gaps appearing for Adi Hütter’s side in the first half.
Paderborn demonstrated more clinical finishing in the second half as Jannik Heuer made it 2-0 with a powerful strike in the 54th minute. The Foals hit back only four minutes later though when Conor Noß found the back of the net with a long-range strike moments after coming off the bench. The deficit wasn’t halved for long, however, with Dennis Srbeny restoring Paderborn’s two-goal advantage in the 61st minute to earn them a 3-1 friendly victory.
The second friendly of pre-season preparations saw Tobias Sippel start in goal once more, behind a back-four of Joe Scally, Tony Jantschke, Jordan Beyer and Ramy Bensebaini. Christoph Kramer, U23s player Per Lockl and Hannes Wolf made up the midfield three, with Patrick Herrmann, Lars Stindl and Alassane Plea leading the line.
Alongside EURO 2020 participants Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria (Switzerland), Matthias Ginter, Florian Neuhaus, Jonas Hofmann (Germany), Stefan Lainer (Austria), Marcus Thuram (France) and László Bénes (Slovakia), who won’t begin their pre-season until after the summer training camp, the Foals were also without injured players Manu Koné (knee) and Breel Embolo (hamstring). The squad was bulked out by Per Lockl, Michael Wentzel, Mika Schroers and Conor Noß from the U23s, as well as U19s players Moustafa Moustafa and Yvandro Borges Sanches. Michael Lang wasn’t involved, with the right-back expected to complete away from the club soon.
Borussia: Sippel (46’ Olschowsky) – Scally, Beyer (69’ Wentzel), Jantschke (69’ Bennetts), Bensebaini (69’ Poulsen) – Kramer (56’ Noß), Lockl (69’ Moustafa), Wolf (69’ Lieder) – Herrmann (69’ Schroers), Stindl (69’ Quizera), Plea (69’ Borges Sanches)
Goals: 1-0 Hünemeier (14’), 2-0 Heuer (54’), 2-1 Noß (58’), 3-1 Srbeny (61’)
Yellow cards: Schuster, Pröger – Herrmann, Wolf
Referee: Thorben Siewer (Olpe)