Derby County dumped Borussia Dortmund out of the UEFA Youth League with a well-rounded performance at Pride Park on Tuesday afternoon.
A late goal from Louie Silbey put the gloss on a fine win for the Rams, who had led through strikes from Eiran Cashin and Jordan Brown, Reda Khadra with the consolation for the German side.
Dortmund went immediately on the front foot in the first half and almost took the lead with six minutes gone. Youssoufa Moukoko wriggled away from three challenges before a low drive was well palmed away by Bradley Foster-Theniger.
Two minutes later, Alaa Bakir robbed Eiran Cashin in the box and with time and space couldn’t connect well with his shot.
Derby County began to find their way into the game, with Morgan Whittaker and Louie Sibley getting joy down the channels. The pair combined well on 15 minutes with Sibley slipping in Whittaker who jinked away from his man, but his low shot was saved well by Luca Unbehau at his near post.
Ten minutes before the break, Moukoko was given a golden chance to give the visitors the lead. Cashin misjudged his headed clearance, giving Moukoko a double chance – first being denied by Foster-Theniger, and then firing wide at the second bite of the cherry.
After the break, Derby raced into a two-goal lead with little over two minutes on the clock in the second period.
A corner from Archibald Brown caused a goalmouth scramble that eventually saw Cashin stab home from the pack of players.
Four minutes later, the Rams were two up. Jordan Brown’s 25-yard strike took a deflection and looped up and over the Dortmund keeper.
The visitors looked to force a way back into the game and reduced the deficit just after the hour mark. Red Khedra found some room in the box before slotting coolly under Foster-Theniger to set up a tense last half-hour.
Derby had a number of chances to restore their two-goal cushion after that. First, Callum Minkley blazed over from inside the box before Cashin met a free kick to flash a header narrowly wide.
Dortmund would have one more golden chance. Tobias Raschl slipped a ball through to Moukoko who spun and hit a screwed shot wide.
It was left for Sibley to make it safe in the dying seconds. Substitute Tyree Wilson picked the ball up just over halfway before playing a fine slide rule pass through to Sibley who controlled well in the box and fired low beyond the keeper.
Derby County Foster-Theniger, Ebosele, Buchanan, Thompson (Dixon 78’), Minkley, Cashin, Whittaker, Jordan Brown, Stretton (Wilson 83’), Sibley, Archibald Brown Subs not used Halwax, Charles, Bardell, Rogers, Matthews
Borussia Dortmund Unbehaun, Ferjani, Khadra, Bakir (Gurpuz 68’), Pherai Hetemi 78’), Raschl, Knauff (Rauch 78’), Terzi (Amedick 89’), Gockan, Moukoko, Schell Subs not used Klussman, Knoop, Schlusselburg
Goals Derby County (Cashin 47’, 51’ Jordan Brown, Sibley 90+4’) Borussia Dortmund (Khadra 62’)
Star Man Jordan Brown (Derby County)
Referee Kevin Clancy