“Borussia Dortmund” is going to the long winter break in a bad mood. The supposed title candidate loses in Mönchengladbach and only winters in sixth place.
The BVB specialists hung their heads from the field, coach Edin Terzic was visibly served. “Borussia” Dortmund. goes into the long World Cup break with a bad hangover.
In the last match of the championship held before the start of the tournament in Qatar in “Borussia” Mönchengladbach with a score of 2:4 (2:3), the presumed title contender said goodbye to the top group of the Bundesliga for now. Gladbach goalscorers Jonas Hoffmann (4th), Rami Bensebaini (26th), Marcus Thuram (30th) and Kwadio Kone (46th) made it sixth in front of 54,042 at Borussia Park in an extremely entertaining game on Friday night. : loss of the season to a defensively desolate team coached by Edin Terzic.
“If you score two goals here, it’s actually a good foundation. But we conceded too many easy goals because of our incompetence,” said national player Julian Brandt on DAZN. In the second half, the team was “too harmless” offensively. Brandt admitted that it was a “shameful feeling, because now you can’t change anything.”
This means that BVB are likely to spend the winter in a disappointing sixth place in the table and have six points less than at the same time last season. Brandt’s (19th) and Nico Schlotterback’s (40th) goals were not enough given the glaring defensive errors. On the other hand, the home team managed to make up for the 2-1 loss in Bochum three days ago. Last season’s record of 22 points is better than the year before (18).
BVB coach Terzic and sporting director Sebastian Kell once again made their team understand the huge importance of the last game before the long winter break, but just like the defeat at Wolfsburg three days ago, they got off to a false start. With the first attack, the “Gladbachers” punished the negligence of the guests, who did not bother Lars Stindl, the goal assister, and did not see the run of the excellent goal scorer Hoffmann. Stindl started for Alasan Plea, who was infected with the coronavirus.
Brandt meets to equalize
Dortmund weren’t shocked at first. After Jude Bellingham’s dream pass into the penalty area, Brandt deftly picked up the ball with his hip and, after spinning, immediately struck the ball to equalize. “Gladbach” goalkeeper Jan Olszowski, who was the third goalkeeper between the posts due to the injuries of Jan Sommer and Tobias Sippel, had no chance to defend.
Even after that, the game between two strong attacking teams remained very entertaining, with Dortmund once again having to chase down the deficit. Bensebaini’s header from the penalty spot was preceded by a foul on Mats Hummels. BVB’s defensive boss, who was not shortlisted for the World Cup, had a very poor day defensively in his 400th Bundesliga game, just like his neighbor and World Cup winner Schloterbeck. The centre-back pair, who had risen too high, also looked poor when they conceded the third ball.
And Yusufah Mukoko? The young star, who was somewhat surprisingly nominated for the World Cup, made his debut in the 34th minute when he headed home Olszowski from close range. When Giovani Reina followed up, Bensebaini successfully dived into the path of the shot. As Schloterbeck then scored in top centre-forward style to clear the dust to make it 2-3, Dortmund really got their hopes up again.
But just 41 seconds after the restart, the next setback came on a missed fourth ball. This had a visible effect on BVB and from then on the attacking forces looked more desperate than thoughtful. On the other hand, “Gladbachers” convinced with a fast and direct game.
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