Free kick, goal; Free kick, goal; Corner, door: Borussia Dortmund finished the English week in the Bundesliga with one point. In Mönchengladbach, BVB lost the second consecutive game: again it was due to poor defense of opposing plays. The Gladbachers outscore the Dortmunders at the table and are now in the Champions League. BVB is threatened with falling to eighth place during the 18th round.
The result: Mönchengladbach won the home game 4-2 (2-2) and remains undefeated in 2021.
First half: Four goals, two VAR decisions, nine shots on goal: it was an entertaining start to the second half of the Bundesliga. The round trip was also facilitated by two rows of defenders who carried out their main tasks slowly. Central defender Nico Elvedi scored two goals for Mönchengladbach, after the 1-0 (11th minute), he had to wait three minutes before referee Manuel Gräfe could rule out an alleged offside position for the Swiss . Meanwhile, the BVB also led, with two notable goals from Erling Haaland (22/28).
Dortmund’s reaction: The Borussia away had a difficult week behind them. After the 1-1 draw against Mainz, BVB lost to Leverkusen and was criticized by coach Edin Terzic for body language. Terzic demanded a reaction and got it, even if only after a quarter of an hour. Dortmund won after a confusing start: Gladbach coach Marco Rose had surprised the guests with a three-way chain behind him – most duels, combined ones that are worth watching and could have overcome.
What makes the wrong decisions clear: The referee Gräfe and the video assistant Tobias Welz were not only the center of Elvedi’s first goal. After 43 seconds, the ball had already been in Dortmund’s goal. Gräfe first decided that Jonas Hofmann had won the ball without a foul. The referee withdrew after going to the review area, and was heavily criticized by Rose. Gräfe stepped aside with his usual calm and explained his rethinking to Rose. He hadn’t noticed Hofmann’s push against Jude Bellingham and so it was a wrong decision. Gräfe will retire after this season due to age and will be absent from the Bundesliga.
Dortmund goalkeeper problem: BVB is not a starting team, as DER SPIEGEL wrote after the defeat in Leverkusen. The team has great talent, but the supposedly leading players like Marco Reus, Emre Can or Axel Witsel are allowed too many bad games. Goalkeeper Roman Bürki belongs to this line. The Swiss rarely wins games for his team. He already seemed unhappy when he conceded goals in Leverkusen, but Elvedi’s 2-2 was clearly Bürki’s thing. Lars Stindl’s free-kick was awarded.
Second half: Gladbach made another brilliant start. Some fine movement on the left led to a Julian Brandt goal after 50 minutes, making it 0 – 5. was noted down as the scorer. Again, BVB ran after a deficit, again after it looked good in terms of play. This time, the guests did not return, also because substitute Marcus Thuram led the decision (79th).
Gladbacher Returns: The other Borussia also had a full week. There were many headlines about Breel Embolo, who admitted he violated Crown rules, but did not want to have attended a party in Essen. Embolo was part of the staff and was replaced by Thuram. The Frenchman had to play five Bundesliga games because he spat against opponent Stefan Posch against Hoffenheim. Thuram responded directly with a goal. After a corner, how else?
A victory against the new club? One of the many stories in this game is a possible change of coach at the end of the season. Terzic has a contract at Dortmund until the end of the season, Rose should have a release clause and, according to the newspaper “Bild”, Gladbach is thinking of Ajax coach Erik ten Hag as possible Rose’s successor. go to BVB. Not surprisingly, there has been no news on this topic at Borussia Park this evening. Except for the fact that Rose is an excellent coach.