Trouble over the whistle against Emre Can: Hummel’s perfect flying header redeems Borussia Dortmund

Trouble over whistle against Emre Can
Hummel’s perfect flying header redeems Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund is under pressure in the fight to qualify for the Champions League. The competitors from Stuttgart and Leipzig achieved impressive victories. Against Eintracht Frankfurt, BVB initially fell behind, but then fought back powerfully.

The competition showed off, and Borussia Dortmund followed suit thanks to a remarkable flying header from Mats Hummels: four days after reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, coach Edin Terzić’s team consolidated their position in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 (1-1) win against Eintracht Frankfurt took the coveted premier class spot. “It was a tough game, we’re going into the international break with a much better feeling than we felt two weeks ago,” said Hummels on DAZN: “Now we’re enjoying it.”

Karim Adeyemi (33′), Hummels (81′) after a free kick from Julian Brandt and Emre Can (90’+3, penalty) turned the game around with their goals. Former Dortmund player Mario Götze (13th) had given the guests the lead. Eight game days before the end of the season, BVB is one point ahead of RB Leipzig, Frankfurt remains sixth. “We hardly allowed anything to come out of the game,” said Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. The way the game went was “unfortunate for us and fortunate for Dortmund. We had a great chance to take something away.”

“It must be a very clear wrong decision.”

Can scored after his red card for serious foul play had been converted into yellow following video evidence (87′). “I’m clearly playing the ball and that’s the important thing,” said Can. Ex-Dortmunder Mario Götze, who had given the guests an early lead (13th), criticized the video assistant’s intervention: “It must be a very clear wrong decision – for me it’s not honest.”

There he is flying, Mats Hummels.

There he is flying, Mats Hummels.

(Photo: dpa)

Terzic changed his team to five positions compared to the second leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven (2-0) for the “necessary freshness”. Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel was missing with an injury, and Jadon Sancho, who was also not completely fit, initially only sat on the bench. Even without the recently strong Englishman, the hosts took command in front of 81,365 spectators in the once again sold-out Signal Iduna Park. Marco Reus (7th) and Ian Maatsen (11th) approached the Frankfurt goal from a distance.

Schlotterbeck misjudges badly

But then came the cold shower for BVB. After a mistake by Nico Schlotterbeck, Omar Marmoush sprinted alone towards the Dortmund goal. Kobel representative Alexander Meyer made a strong save, but World Cup hero Götze scored in the margin to give the guests the lead. BVB only shook briefly and pushed for the equalizer. Willian Pacho saved a header from Niclas Füllkrug off the line (18th).

Füllkrug is traveling to the national team on Monday as the only player from the runner-up. Like some of his teammates, Adeyemi was not taken into account by national coach Julian Nagelsmann. But that didn’t stop him from equalizing from close range after strong preparatory work from Donyell Malen. After that, things got wild. Until the break, both teams carelessly missed good counterattack situations by losing the ball unnecessarily.

In the style of a center forward

The Hessians came out of the locker room bravely. First, ex-Dortmunder Ansgar Knauff slipped in a promising position in the penalty area (49th), and a minute later Dina Ebimbe was denied by Meyer from a tight angle. Dortmund, on the other hand, needed some warm-up time to find their rhythm again. At the start of the second half, the hosts lacked precision and determination.

After almost an hour, the black and yellow took more control again. However, they struggled to find gaps in Eintracht’s compact defense. Terzic responded with a double substitution, bringing on Felix Nmecha and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens. However, BVB still lacked ideas and Frankfurt remained dangerous on the few counterattacks. But Marmoush failed due to Meyer’s strong reaction (68′). On the other hand, Malen tried from a distance (71′). Then Hummels made his big appearance in the style of a center forward.

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