On the 28th match day of the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund had to put up with what was probably the decisive setback in the fight for the championship. BVB lost 4-1 (0-2) to RB Leipzig in the Signal Iduna Park, which was sold out for the first time in 763 days. Borussia is now nine points behind FC Bayern Munich with six games remaining.
A brisk and physical start without touching and with numerous duels and a dominant BVB, which acted with a back three and was in the majority in the build-up. As soon as Dortmund came out at the back, however, two chains of three and behind them five Leipzig men were waiting. Borussia still found its way to the back of the defense via the wings and should have taken the lead through Reus (7th) and Haaland (13th). After 20 minutes the goal shot ratio was 5:0.
In the early stages, the guests could hardly get out of their own half, and BVB’s pressing was excellent. After Can lost the ball unnecessarily, the Saxons took the lead with the first shot on goal. This changed the game completely, Leipzig found its rhythm better and better and scored a few early ball wins. RBL now moved up well in the switching game and were often outnumbered in the center, Dortmund ran behind.
This remained the same in the second period, BVB lacked speed, depth and ideas on the offensive. Leipzig was very compact in its 5-3-2 and remained extremely dangerous when winning the ball, since the Westphalians could no longer get the middle, had big problems with securing the counterattack and therefore almost always defended with their face to their own goal.
Leipzig took advantage of this callously to score two more goals and scored a well-deserved victory. Except for the good start, Dortmund was extremely disappointing when the fans returned.
Marco Reus played his 350th competitive game for Dortmund.
RB Leipzig has been unbeaten in ten competitive games (seven wins, three draws). The Saxons have all won their last six competitive games abroad.
Away from home, RB have not conceded as many goals with any other team as they did with BVB (14).
Dortmund have scored just five goals in their last five Bundesliga games and have never scored more than once.
Erling Haaland remains goalless in four games in a row for the first time in the Bundesliga.
The star of the game: Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig)
Like the reliable stabilizer of the Leipzig game recently and always at work with high intensity. Scored a brace for the first time in the Bundesliga – and prepared the two goals himself through his previous ball wins. Strong assist at 3:0.
The flop of the game: Emre Can (BVB)
Shortly before his blatant loss of the ball, which made it 0:1, he had a similar situation in which he was lucky not to lose the ball. Should have also followed the path of goal scorer Laimer. Falsified unhappily at 0:2.
The referee: Marco Fritz
In the case of the personal penalties with a rather long leash, yellow cards could theoretically have been distributed earlier. Didn’t make any major mistakes in a long, intense game.