On the rise after the restart of the German Championship, Borussia Dortmund defeated Wolfsburg 2-0 this Saturday, away from home, in a duel valid for the 27th round of the tournament and went back just one point behind leaders Bayern Munich. In addition, it boosted morale for the classic in the next round against the Bavarian team, the main rival in the fight for the title.
In the second place in the leaderboard, Borussia Dortmund has 57 points and has won the sixth consecutive victory, also considering the matches prior to the tournament stoppage due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus. The Dortmund team, in this way, will arrive in a good phase for the most awaited duel of the competition against Bayern Munich, which still enters the field this Saturday. The classic will open the 28th round next Tuesday and will be played at Signal Iduna Park.
Dortmund were less dominant over the 4-0 win over Schalke in the classic played in the previous round. However, he showed defensive security, efficiency in attack and relied mainly on the technical quality of his players to decide the match, marked by balance. Before the game, players respected a minute’s silence in honor of the victims of Covid-19.
Wolfsburg even submitted more times in the match – eight against four. However, Dortmund was lethal when they got ahead. The Portuguese Raphael Guerreiro, in one of the few attacks of the visitors in the first half, opened the scoring after 32 minutes, concluding a beautiful collective play involving Hakimi, Brandt and Hazard.
In the final stage, the hosts grew in the game, increasing the pressure and building opportunities to tie. However, they did not reach their goal and still saw the rival seal the triumph after a quick counterattack pulled by the young striker Sancho and concluded by the lateral Hakimi, in a low cross shot. In the end, Wolfsburg’s Klaus was still sent off the pitch after a revised decision with the help of VAR.
GERMAN JEWELRY DECIDES FOR LEVERKUSEN
In a decisive duel for a place within the squad of the first placed, Bayer Leverkusen defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach by 3 to 1, away from home, and provisionally took third place, with 53 points, one more than Mönchengladbach’s rival, who fell to fourth place.
The highlight of the match was midfielder Kai Havertz, considered one of the main promises of German football. The young man scored two goals for the visitors, who also rocked the net with Sven Bender. Striker Marcus Thuram, son of former French defender Liliam Thuram, scored for the hosts.
Off the field, the game was marked by unusual support. Without being able to count on the physical presence of the fans at the stadium, Mönchengladbach placed 13,000 life-size cardboard mannequins of the club’s fans in the stands of Borussia Park. Posters with cardboard pictures of Bayer Leverkusen fans were also displayed there.
In the other two matches that ended this Saturday, the competition’s leading player Paderborn and Hoffenheim (ninth) drew 1-1, and second-placed Werder Bremen ended a seven-game winning streak by defeating Freiburg (seventh) 1-1. 0. The goal was scored by midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt, son of Brazilian Franklin Bittencourt, a former Fluminense and Bragantino player.