A young Borussia Dortmund side got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a 6-0 win over SV Darmstadt 98 at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday afternoon.
- Dortmund 6 Darmstadt 0
- Castro opens the scoring
- Ramos doubles the lead
- Pulisic adds third shortly after
- Niemeyer sent off after second yellow
- Castro grabs his brace making it 4-0
- Rode makes it 5-0 with clever flick
- Emre Mor scores sixth to finish the scoring
After losing to newly-promoted RB Leipzig last week, Dortmund have reacted well with 12 goals in their past two games as they smashed Darmstadt with six unanswered goals.
It was all Dortmund from start to finish, with Gonzalo Castro starting the rout after seven minutes. The home side went on to toy with their opponents with their teenage attacking line-up.
Though Darmstadt managed to keep it at 1-0 going into break, the second-half would consist of five goals – all to Dortmund – and a red card for Peter Niemeyer.
Borussia Dortmund showed their intent from the first whistle and looked like a side in top form with crisp passing and sumptuous movement of the ball.
Thomas Tuchel handed teenage trio Felix Passlack, Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembèlé starts at Signal Iduna Park, and the latter made an immediate impact as early as the seventh minute.
Goalkeeper Roman Burki did well to start a quick counter attack when he found the French winger in plenty of space on the flank – Demebele then had the simple task of heading to the by-line to provide Gonzalo Castro with a routine tap-in.
Mid-way through the half the home side has a great opportunity to double the lead when striker Adrian Ramos failed to steer a pin-point Dembele delivery on target.
Darmstadt had no answers to the young side's movement and received four bookings before the end of the half for cynical challenges.
Die Lilien head coach decided Norbert Meier decided to bring Slovenian striker Roman Bezjak on at half-time for Bosnian midfielder Mario Vrancic in a tactical switch-up.
But the decision back-fired as the home side scored barely two minutes into the half as Ramos found the back of the net after an impressive spell of one-touch build-up play.
After a diagonal ball to the wing, BVB started some intricate one-touch passing just in front of the away side's box, before unleashing a shot at Michael Esser who did well to keep it out – only for the rebound to fall to the former Hertha Berlin man to double his side's lead.
Moments later, 17-year-old Pulisic got his name of the scoresheet with another tap-in to make it 3-0, while the away side looked totally lost, chasing shadows against the youthful energy of Dortmund.
Darmstadt made life even harder for themselves when Peter Niemeyer received a second bookable offence for a sliding challenge on Ramos and the floodgates then opened for Thomas Tuchel's side.
Pulisic grabbed a further two assists before the final whistle as Castro grabbed his brace and second-half substitutes Sebastian Rode and Emre Mor grabbed the fifth and sixth goals to complete the rout.