Thanks to Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund just passed the first test of nerves of the Bundesliga season. Against the passionate TSG Hoffenheim, coach Marco Rose’s team won just 3-2 (0-0) at the start of the third matchday on Friday.
With the second win of the season, BVB rehabilitated itself for the extremely weak 1: 2 at SC Freiburg from the previous week. “The coach is happy today because there were three points. Of course there are a lot of things we want to talk about. If you win this game 3-2, it gives you peace and time to work on those things “said coach Rose at DAZN.
Storm giant Haaland (90 + 1) scored Dortmund’s third goal of the season in a crazy final phase, just a minute earlier, BVB had conceded the 2-2 through Munas Dabbur. With six points, Dortmund moved up to the top of the table for at least one night.
Erling Haaland is “a machine”
“We showed enough character – for which we are always criticized. We came back and won the game,” said Jude Bellingham at DAZN and praised Haaland: “He’s a machine. I don’t have enough words to describe how good he is and what a good guy he is.”
Giovanni Reyna (49th) and Jude Bellingham (69th) scored the other BVB goals, Hoffenheim’s Christoph Baumgartner (61st) had scored the interim 1-1. For Hoffenheim and coach Sebastian Hoeneß, who stay at four points, it was the first bankruptcy of the young season.
“That was an advertisement for football. In my opinion, there shouldn’t have been a winner. But sometimes football is tough too,” said Hoeneß at DAZN.
BVB wanted to “show Frankfurt face”
After the sobering Freiburg game, Rose demanded that “we show our Frankfurt face again against Hoffenheim”. What was meant was the wonderful offensive game of 5-2 on the first matchday against Eintracht – it only worked to a limited extent at first. Both teams started wildly, TSG almost took the lead.
Sebastian Rudy came much too easily to the cross on Andrej Kramaric (3rd), whose header hit the aluminum. In direct return, a BVB counterattack over Erling Haaland and Reyna (4th) ended in the arms of Hoffenheim’s goalkeeper Oliver Baumann. After that, BVB, who competed without Mats Hummels (problems with the patellar tendon), brought a little more calm into the game.
Youngsters Reyna and Bellingham set it up for Dortmund
The Rose team kept the TSG busy and showed a clear improvement on the Freiburg game in a playful way. But the guests, for whom the new international David Raum started on the left side of defense, defended the advances well. For a long time, due to the pressure from Dortmund, it was not enough for relief attacks – until Baumgartner (39th) checked BVB goalkeeper Gregor Kobel completely free. Only a minute later, Dortmund’s Donyell painting failed at Baumann from an acute angle.
Although the Hoffenheim team came out of the cabin at high speed after half-time, Dortmund stabbed straight away. Reyna found a strong combination over Marco Reus and Bellingham, who executed from 16 meters. However, this hardly impressed Hoffenheim, due to the residue the Kraichgauer kept on running.
After BVB lost the ball in midfield, TSG quickly switched and Kramaric (59th) ran alone to Kobel, who saved in dire need. Minutes later, Baumgartner, whom Dennis Geiger served with his razor-sharp pass, did it himself from an acute angle and gave Kobel no chance. The 1: 1 lasted only eight minutes.
BVB – TSG Hoffenheim: The voices of the coach
Marco Rose (coach Borussia Dortmund): “The coach is happy today because there were three points. Because we showed a willpower at the back. Because we played a very dominant first half. Of course there are a lot of things we want to talk about. If you like this game If you win 3: 2 here, that gives you peace and time to work on these things. “
Sebastian Hoeneß (coach TSG Hoffenheim): “An achievement that was very positive. We saw two teams that played very passionately. That was an advertisement for football. In my opinion, there shouldn’t have been a winner. But sometimes football is tough.”