Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Hoffenheim
Bundesliga Matchday 21
Borussia Dortmund have not won in two now and are three points off the European qualification places after drawing with Hoffenheim.
Dortmund can count themselves lucky to come away with a point today, TSG losing the lead with ten minutes to go and having the better chances throughout.
Jadon Sancho opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season. Mu’nas Dabbur equalised for TSG before Ihlas Bebou put the away side ahead.
Erling Haaland saved Dortmund’s blushes with a determined finish, scoring his first in three games.
If Dortmund had lost it would have been the first time the BlackYellows had lost three on the bounce in the league since 2015.
Stakes high for Dortmund
Stakes always seem high at Signal Aduna Park at the moment. Dortmund have only won one in their last five and are playing a dangerous game with their Champions League future sitting sixth, three points off the CL spots.
Records have been tumbling for Dortmund this season but tumbling the wrong way. Last week Christian Streich got his first win for Freiburg against Dortmund in seventeen attempts, this week Hoffenheim were looking for only their third win in fifteen versus BVB.
With pressure rising Terzic attempted to tighten up his team, reverting from a 4-1-4-1 back to a 4-2-3-1 with two blockers in front of the defence. It meant club captain Marco Reus dropped out for Jude Bellingham and Yousouffa Moukoko remained on the bench having scored against Freiburg last weekend. Emre Can continued as makeshift rightback.
Sancho scores fourth goal of the season
Terzic would have been disappointed at how open the game was. Haaland had a chance saved one-on-one in the opening minutes as did Hoffenheim number nine Ihlas Bebou.
Sancho opened the deadlock midway through the first half. One of the omens that went for BVB today was they have never lost a league game when Sancho has scored, however even the footballing gods can’t help Dortmund at the moment.
Hoffenheim equalised four minutes after Sancho’s opener, Mu’nas Dabbur getting his first goal in the league since October, then Bebou put TSG ahead five minutes into the second half from a corner.
The sooner Roman Burki returns from injury the better for Dortmund. Replacement goalee Marwin Hitz has made some critical errors in the last two games. Hitz somehow let Jonathan Schmid’s winner squeeze in against Freiburg last weekend and today made another crucial error, allowing the lively Bebou to get ahead of him at the near post to score.
Wonderkid and the captain come on
There was lots of speculation that 16-year-old wonderkid Yousouffa Moukoko had played his way back into the starting eleven after scoring his second ever goal in Bundesliga versus Freiburg last weekend. However Moukoko started on the bench, along with club captain Marco Reus.
Reus and Moukoko were introduced on the hour to try resuscitate this dying Dortmund side.
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Haaland scores for first time in three
Dortmund’s woes are so bad that even Haaland is running into some testing form. The big Norwegian hadn’t scored in two before kick-off and, for the first time this season, he’d played more Bundesliga games (15) than scored goals (14).
Haaland had a goal ruled out by VAR on 56’ with the video assistant deeming, rightly so, that Delaney had been offside in the build up, but that wouldn’t deter such a prolific goalscorer.
Cometh the hour, coemth the man. So determined was Dortmund’s number nine to keep his jaw dropping record jaw dropping, you could have planted an ocean liner in front of Haaland and he still would have found a way to drive through the Hoffenheim defence.
Haaland finished expertly, as you’d expect, and then, the pressure blew. The normally serene Norwegian got into a pushing match with Stefan Posch and from there the game turned into a testy affair, with every decision argued over.
Sancho’s record was safe but it was not enough for Dortmund, who have dropped points in five of their last six.