Borussia Dortmund 1 Sunderland 1: Cats end pre-season unbeaten after draw with German giants

Lamine Kone scores the equaliser for Sunderland
Lamine Kone scores the equaliser for Sunderland
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Unbeaten Sunderland rounded off their pre-season programme with a spirited draw against German giants Borussia Dortmund.

David Moyes named his strongest available team for the final friendly at the Cashpoint Arena, in picturesque Altach, Austria.

Nuri Sahin opened the scoring in the 17th minute for Dortmund, who were in control for the opening 45 minutes.

But Sunderland didn't cave and scored a deserved equaliser through Lamine Kone's free header at the backpost midway through the second half.

It capped off a successful pre-season for Sunderland on the pitch, despite the growing urgency for action in the transfer market.

You only had to take one look at the miss-spelt teamsheet to realise the threadbare options open to Moyes with just a week before the new Premier League season.

There was no Jermain Defoe (thigh), Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring) Billy Jones (hip) or Seb Larsson who all missed the game through injury.

Neither triallists Charles N'Zogbia and Steven Pienaar, who joined in training at the club this week, had travelled to Austria.

It meant the bench was again packed with youngsters, with Jordan Pickford the most experienced when it came to first team career appearances.

Joel Asoro, Michael Ledger, Tommy Robson, Rees Greenwood, George Honeyman among the younger players on the bench.

Sunderland remain the only top flight side yet to make a single signing, with fans growing increasingly concerned.

Sunderland, who had sold 500 tickets for the game, wore their new all-white away strip for the first time as Fabio Borini sliced a shot wide in the opening seconds.

Jack Rodwell started the game at right-back, although the former Man City man looked to get forward at every opportunity with John O'Shea - in the holding midfield role - covering.

Dortmund - backed by more than 4,000 of their supporters - looked far more dangerous in the opening stages of the game.

Ousmane Dembele ghosted past three Sunderland players at one point before whipping a dangerous cross across the face of goal.

Sebastian Rode then tried his luck after a poor clearance from Lee Cattermole. Rode's effort from the edge of the area whistling past Mannone's left-hand post 13 minutes in.

Dortmund took the lead 17 minutes in, Sahin with a clinical low volleyed finish from the edge of the area that flew past Mannone.

The impressive Dembele whipped in the cross from the right, Rodwell did well to head clear but Sahin was quick to pounce and volley home the opener.

Lamine Kone was down on the floor at the time after taking a knock to the head as Rodwell cleared but the referee was happy to play on.

Wahbi Khazri and Borini attempted to hit back straight away but their speculative efforts didn't cause Roman Burki much trouble in the Dortmund goal.

It was a strangely subdued atmosphere as the clock ticked down towards half-time, with Khazri picking up a needless booking after shoving Felix Passlack to the floor.

Dortmund deservedly went into the break with a one-goal advantage.

Half-time: Borussia Dortmund 1 Sunderland 0

Moyes made two changes at the break, with Jordan Pickford on for Mannone in goal and Josh Robson replacing Khazri.

The impressive Robson replaced Rodwell at right-back, with the former Everton man joining Cattermole and O'Shea in midfield.

Sahin again went close for Dortmund, curling an effort just wide of Pickford's right-hand post before Rodwell blasted an attempt high and wide over the Dortmund goal.

Sunderland kept plugging away and equalised in the 66th minute through Kone's free header at the back post.

Jeremain Lens curled in a free-kick and Kone rose highest to head home past sub Roman Weidenfeller.

Two minutes later it was almost 2-1 to Sunderland. Rodwell's header shaving the crossbar from a Lens corner.

Dortmund then made mass substitutions, with Thomas Tuchel changing his entire side for the rest of the second half.

Despite the changes it didn't spoil the tempo of the game, which was improved from the first half showing.

Pickford got down low to save well from Christian Pulisic, while Patrick van Aanholt had to be alert to deny Emre Mor with a sliding challenge after Pickford had been rounded.

Joel Asoro, 17, was handed another chance to impress from the Sunderland bench and showed glimpses of his potential in the latter stages of the second half.

Neither side could find a winner though as Sunderland completed their pre-season programme with a good draw against Bundesliga giants Dortmund.

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Full-time: Borussia Dortmund 1 Sunderland 1

Dortmund: Burki (Weidenfeller, 45), Bartra (Merino, 45), Dembele (Aubamayeng, 45), Sokratis (Schürrle, 66), Schmelzer (C) (Pulisic, 66), Sahin (Guerreiro, 66), Rode (Mor, 45), Kagawa (Gotze, 66) Castro (Weigl, 66), Passlack (Piszczek, 66), Ramos (Burnic, 66).

Subs Not Used: Reckert

Booked: None.

Goals: Sahin (17)

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Mannone (Pickford, 45), O'Shea, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt, Rodwell(Gooch, 78) Cattermole (Greenwood, 84), Khazri (J. Robson, 45), Lens (Honeyman, 82), Watmore (Asoro, 67), Borini (Embleton, 84)

Subs Not Used: Ledger, T.Robson.

Booked: Khazri (40), Cattermole (81)

Goals: Kone (66)

Attendance: 5,238