With a lackluster 3-1 win at relegated Greuther Fürth, Borussia Dortmund secured second place in the Bundesliga on matchday 33.
In front of 16,626 spectators in the Ronhof, Julian Brandt (26th, 72nd) scored a brace like a few weeks ago in Stuttgart and put BVB on the road to victory despite Jessic Ngankam (70th) equalizing in the meantime.
Felix Passlack, who had just come on as a substitute, put the lid on it with his second Bundesliga goal (77′).
In the table, BVB can no longer be relegated from second place before the last matchday.
In the last Bundesliga home game of Fürth and the last one coached by Stefan Leitl as coach of Franconia, the result was good, but BVB failed to react appropriately to the two most recent defeats against Bayern and Bochum for long stretches.
“We struggled, but kept calm. We controlled the game overall and therefore deserved to win,” said BVB coach Marco Rose. “But I saw things again that we have to talk about. There were one or two duels that we didn’t really accept. But I also saw beautifully scored goals.”
The outgoing Fürth coach Stefan Leitl, who was said goodbye before his last home game at SpVgg, said: “It was emotionally difficult before the game. The last three and a half years have gone through my head again. It was extraordinary. We would have each other Happy to say goodbye with a better result. It was a committed performance from my boys, but in the end it wasn’t enough.”
Greuther Fürth against BVB: The analysis
Dortmund played to the rule against the relegated team for 25 minutes before Julian Brandt refined the guests’ first shot on goal by Raphael Guerreiro in a follow-up shot. Until then, Fürth was at eye level and even had the better chances to score.
Borussia, on the other hand, despite the arrangement in 5-3-2 against the ball in the last line, repeatedly had problems closing the pass paths between the outer central defenders and the rail player, especially over Dortmund’s left side, Fürth tried again and again and came clean a few times through. But once again, Fürth lacked the quality and callousness to capitalize on these breakthroughs.
Even after the rather flattering lead, Dortmund only managed and did only the bare minimum. Fürth, on the other hand, tried harder, but without means. It continued like that in the second half. Fürth made a couple of nice moves every now and then, with BVB getting a better grip on their problems on the defensive.
Marco Rose’s team also held back offensively, apart from a few counterattacks. That’s how the summer kick splashed away – before Fürth suddenly hit the goal. Just 120 seconds later, Brandt made it 2-1 to show what BVB would be able to achieve – after a well-played attack. Felix Passlack’s goal just a few minutes later finally decided the game.
Like the rest of the team, Brandt always took time-outs, not always cleanly, even with set pieces. But keep the double goal scorer in a game almost at eye level and thus Dortmund’s match winner.
The flop of the match: Andreas Linde (Greuther Furth)
Fürth’s keeper didn’t have much to do, but still conceded three things and at least looked unhappy with two. Guerreiro’s shot slapped Linde straight in the face of Brandt, and Passlack’s deflected shot threw the ball through his legs.
The referee: Christian Dingert
Had little trouble in a quiet game without much excitement, but was always right in the few tricky decisions. Also with the personal punishments with the right measure.