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VfB Stuttgart – Borussia Dortmund 3: 3: BVB messed up 2: 0 and 3: 2 against 10 men



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After a ludicrous final phase, there is almost boundless bewilderment at Borussia Dortmund. The 3:3 (2:0) at VfB Stuttgart is a serious setback in the title race.

After the final whistle, Jude Bellingham and Co. froze in bewilderment, their eyes blank. While the Stuttgart fans celebrated their team in the “Tollhaus Cannstatt”, the pros from Borussia Dortmund crept to the small black and yellow block. Even the BVB supporters couldn’t believe what had happened just before.

After a crazy final phase, Borussia Dortmund stumbled in the race for the championship with serious consequences. Despite being outnumbered for more than 50 minutes, a 2-0 lead in the meantime and the supposed winning goal in added time, the negligent Westphalians only managed to win 3-3 (2-0) at the valiantly fighting VfB Stuttgart. It’s a heavy blow in the long-distance duel for the title.

“It’s hard to find words for it,” said Dortmund’s dismayed coach Edin Terzic: “We thought we saw the stupidest thing after the defeat against Bremen at home. But that tops everything. We missed a huge chance .” Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel also seemed incredulous: “We slacked off extremely and were in a bad position. That’s not possible.”

BVB outnumbered for almost 60 minutes

Terzic’s team failed to draw level with FC Bayern, who also made a mistake. The gap is still two points.

Silas Katompa Mvumpa (90+7) had snatched the victory from Borussia deep into added time. Five minutes earlier, Giovanni Reyna had scored the supposed winning goal after Tanguy Coulibaly (78′) and Josha Vagnoman (84′) had surprisingly equalized for VfB – but things turned out differently. Sebastien Haller (26th) and the conspicuous Donyell Malen (33rd) ensured BVB’s 2-0 lead.

VfB defender Konstantinos Mavropanos had further weakened his team when the score was 0:2 when referee Harm Osmers (Bremen) sent him off for two “tactical” fouls within four minutes (39′). However, Dortmund gambled away its advantage with its casual offensive game and careless defensive behavior against Stuttgart who never gave up.

Haller scores after painting preliminary work

In the brisk opening phase, both teams initially had chances to take the lead. Stuttgart’s new international Vagnoman shot the ball over the Dortmund goal from a good position (5th), his goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow was then on the post when Sebastien Haller and Julian Brandt (10th) shot in quick succession.

After that, the hosts increasingly gained control of the game, but weren’t compelling enough. Haller’s close-range goal, prepared by Mal, came as a surprise in this phase. The hosts were not discouraged by this, but were unable to take advantage of their chances against Dortmund, who were often unsure of themselves defensively, through Serhou Guirassy (29′) and Wataru Endo (30′).

Joker Coulibaly makes it exciting again

Malen did better on the other side and scored from a good 15 meters against undecided Stuttgarters. The dismissal of Mavropanos, who first braked Karim Adeyemi (35′) and Malen shortly afterwards, did not stop VfB’s aggressiveness – however, a goal by Guirassy was withdrawn for offside after video evidence (52′). Dortmund’s Jew Bellingham had previously hit the bar (49′).

Despite the lead and the majority, BVB could not convince. Terzic’s team sometimes went about their work too casually and carelessly on offense and defense.

That took revenge in the closing stages: Coulibaly, who had come on as a substitute just four minutes earlier, brought the home side back on track with a powerful shot, Emre Can had deflected from an untenable angle. Just six minutes later, Vagnoman then heralded the crazy final phase with his equalizer.

VfB Stuttgart – Borussia Dortmund: The voices

Sebastian Hoeneß (coach VfB Stuttgart): “What a game, I don’t think it’s possible to reproduce everything. After the yellow-red card, it looked hopeless for a moment. It was important to stay clear, defend deeply and not lose your head. That’s how we did it Then it was done. At the latest after the 2: 1 there was a dynamic in the game, that’s when the momentum shifted. The fact that we fell behind again after the 2: 2 was brutal, that it then becomes 3: 3 again speaks for itself the team. I’m incredibly proud. The morale that we showed was unbelievable.”

Edin Terzic (Borussia Dortmund coach): “I’m having a hard time finding the right words, I’m finding it extremely difficult to express what I’m feeling, there’s far too much anger and disappointment to give a straight factual answer. There are reasons why we’ve said it in the last “We haven’t managed to get to the top in ten years. Still, there’s still so much to fight for. We still have six games left. But it’s important to finally start learning from these unnecessary setbacks. That no one will do for us.”

VfB Stuttgart – Borussia Dortmund: The data for the game

Stuttgart: Bredlow – Mavropanos, Zagadou, Anton – Vagnoman, Karazor, Endo, Sosa – Millot (74th Coulibaly), Führich (62nd Katompa Mvumpa) – Guirassy (74th Tomas). – Trainer: Hoeness

Dortmund: Kobel – Ryerson, Can, Hummels (46th Coulibaly), Guerreiro – Salih Özcan – Bellingham, Brandt (63rd Reus) – Malen (69th Bynoe-Gittens), Adeyemi (82nd Reyna) – Haller (63rd Moukoko) . – Trainer: Terzic

referee: Harm Osmers (Hanover)

Gates: 0: 1 Haller (26′), 0: 2 Malen (33′), 1: 2 Coulibaly (78′), 2: 2 Vagnoman (84′), 2: 3 Reyna (90’+2′), 3: 3 Katompa Mvumpa (90+7)

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Yellow-red card: Mavropanos (Stuttgart) for repeated foul play (39.)

Yellow cards: Endo, Tomas (2), Katompa Mvumpa (4) – Bellingham (7), Reus (4), Reyna (2)