An impressive first friendly! Die Roten Bullen beat sixth-division side FC Grimma 7-0 (4-0 ht) in their first pre-season friendly of the summer in front of 2,944 people on Friday night.
Head coach Ralf Rangnick set his starting XI out in a 4-3-3 formation and included new signings Marcelo Saracchi and Matheus Cunha in his starting line-up. Cunha was a livewire down the right wing throughout the first half, setting up goals for Bruma (4') und Jean-Kévin Augustin (14') and winning a penalty, which Augustin missed (20').
Before that, however, our French striker had made it 3-0 (16'). Saracchi then got his first RBL goal to give Die Roten Bullen a 4-0 lead at half time.
The team started the second half with eleven fresh players, six of them from the academy and Massimo Bruno got the fifth goal of the game shortly after the restart (46'). After that the game slowed down a bit with just an own goal from Stefan Maruhn (68') and a second from Bruno taking the score to 7-0 at the final whistle.
The next friendly is on Tuesday (kick-off 18:30 CEST) against ZFC Meuselwitz
Head Coach Ralf Rangnick:
"We set a really good tempo in the first 25 minutes and we played the way we wanted to play - quick, aggressive football. After the penalty miss, we sort of lost our way and we weren't as incisive.
Matheus Cunha was hard to stop, especially when he used his speed. Marcelo Saracchi was also a livewire on the left-hand side and he put in a lot of work going forward.
We have worked well in pre-season so far and created a good basis to go off. It was a good friendly, all in all."
Evers (C) - Konzok, Tröger, Brand, Jackisch, Schwarz, Dietrich, Maruhn, Kurzbach, Wiegner, Ziffert; Mattheus, Käseberg, Diaby, Theinert, Koch
Gulácsi - Laimer, Orban (C), Konaté, Saracchi - Demme, Ilsanker, Kampl - Cunha, Augustin, Bruma
Müller - Klostermann (C), Upamecano, Mukiele, Bias - Mekonnen, Stierlin, Winter - Bruno, Krüger, Hartmann
0-1 Bruma (4'), 0-2, 0-3 Augustin (14', 16'), 0-4 Saracchi (32'), 0-5, 0-7 Bruno (46', 87'), 0-6 Maruhn (68' OG)
2,944 in the Stadion der Freundschaft | Grimma
Augustin missed penalty (20')