Saturday, September 25, 2021
Gladbach wins the Borussia duel
Unnecessary expulsion weakens BVB significantly
Borussia Dortmund will compete in Mönchengladbach without a top scorer and a captain – and then weakened with a yellow-red card before the break. Gladbach is more assertive, especially in the crucial situation. A setback for BVB in the hunt for FC Bayern.
DFB Cup winner Borussia Dortmund lost valuable ground to Bayern Munich when his coach Marco Rose returned to Mönchengladbach. Without Erling Haaland and Marco Reus, BVB lost 1-0 (0-1) at Borussia Mönchengladbach and are already four points behind the defending champions after six games.
Mönchengladbach: Sommer – Ginter, Elvedi, Jantschke – Scally, Zakaria, Kone (73rd Kramer), Netz (70th Hannes Wolf) – Hofmann (83rd Benes), Stindl – Embolo. – Trainer: Hutter
Dortmund: Kobel – Akanji, Pongracic (46th Hazard), Hummels – Meunier (82nd Marius Wolf), Witsel, Guerreiro (82nd Nico Schulz) – Bellingham, Dahoud – Moukoko (57th Knauff), Malen (82nd Reinier). – Trainer: rose
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach)
Gate: 1: 0 Zakaria (37th)
Viewers: 25,000 (sold out)
Yellow-red card: Dahoud for unsportsmanlike conduct (40.)
Yellow cards: Zakaria (2), Stindl (2), Netz, Kone – Pongracic, Bellingham
Denis Zakaria (37.) scored the goal in the second win of the season for the five-time German champions. The guests saw the ex-Gladbacher Mahmoud Dahoud (40th) after a foul and subsequent grumbling in midfield yellow-red. “It’s stupid to give the referee a chance. To send him down is wrong. But you shouldn’t give the referee a chance,” said Borussia’s defensive boss Mats Hummels at Sky with criticism of the teammate: “Of course, Erling and Marco have today Very much missing. It would have needed a tick more hardness and will. “
The defeat and the dismissal hurt Rose more than the hymns, whistles and posters against him. BVB also missed out on their own for the first time after 37 league games in a row. Without striker Haaland (muscular problems) and captain Reus (capsule irritation in the knee) Rose switched to a three-man chain. In addition, child prodigy Youssoufa Moukoko stormed alongside Donyell Malen. Adi Hütter also relied on a three-way chain and initially left Florian Neuhaus and Christoph Kramer on the bench. Both teams found it difficult to get involved in front of 25,000 spectators at Borussia-Park. Without the ideas of Reus and the force of Haaland, the dreaded offensive game paralyzed. Meanwhile, the hosts felt the uncertainty after the worst start to the season in six years.
Hazard misses the last chance
So initially there were no scoring opportunities, an encounter with many duels in midfield developed. When the Gladbachers slowly got rid of their nervousness, they also took the lead. After playing with Matthias Ginter, Zakaria met. The Swiss national player underlined his increasing form in the past games.
Things got worse for BVB before the break. The already cautioned Dahoud committed another foul and complained afterwards. Referee Deniz Aytekin showed the traffic light card – a tough decision and from the Dortmund point of view an unnecessary weakening. Rose already increased the risk at the beginning of the second run. He switched to a back four and brought on offensive player Thorgan Hazard for central defender Marin Pongracic.
Outnumbered, the black and yellow continued to find it difficult to create a goal threat. Gladbach tried to control the game and looked for the decision. BVB goalkeeper Gregor Kobel was not surprised by a shot from an acute angle by national player Jonas Hofmann (56th). Manu Kone aimed too high five minutes later and the game remained hectic, with many fouls causing interruptions. Kobel prevented the decision against Zakaria (74th). Thorgan Hazard (90. + 1) had the greatest chance for BVB with his head, but put the ball over the box.