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Match Recap: BVB give away 2 goal lead in Frankfurt

What is defense?

Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images


If you would like a word that currently describes a BVB-game, that would probably be it. This 2-2 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt was no different.

Coach Peter Bosz had to change his lineup once again because of injuries and suspensions and he came up with a rather surprising starting eleven that included a makeshift backline with Marc Bartra at right back and a CB-pairing that consisted of Neven Subotic and Julian Weigl. As a result, the team lacked cohesion throughout the entire game and was once again extremely shaky on defense.

From the get go Frankfurt pressed high and gave BVB’s midfield no time to breathe and similar to the Leipzig game the combination of Sahin and Castro had no control over midfield. Lackluster and inaccurate on offense and simply nonexistent on defense, Dortmund’s midfield was once again a liability that cost them two points.

Despite that it actually looked like Dortmund could get away with three points. In the 19th minute they got the lead when Sahin had an easy tap in after a cross from Bartra found him in the box. The black and yellows saved the lead until halftime even though Frankfurt was arguably the more dangerous side after the goal.

The second half was no different, both teams essentially gave up on defense and it was just a question of who, rather than if anyone would score. Luckily for Dortmund it was Maximilian Philipp who doubled BVB’s lead after a pass from Götze.

Sadly it was all downhill from there. Shortly after everybody thought Dortmund had secured three points, Frankfurt equalized with two goals in just 4 minutes. The first came off a penalty in the 64th minute, when Roman Bürki fouled Rebic who was completely unmarked in the box. Haller had no problem converting, just like Wolf had no problem scoring the equalizer in the 68th minute when a simple through ball was enough to cut through Dortmund’s defense and give him an easy chance to score.

In the end the scoreline could’ve easily been 5-5 with both teams having a plethora of chances in the remaining minutes of the game.

The question is where does this leave Dortmund and Peter Bosz? The team has to improve in the coming weeks or this season that started so promising won’t end well. The high pressing that Bosz planned to implement is failing the team right now and the mistakes in midfield are exposing the high backline.