In their third to last match of the season, Dortmund still had something big to play for. Unfortunately, despite playing great in the first half, BVB blew it against Werder. The final score was 2-2. The BVB goals were from Pulisic and Paco.
The first half went so well for BVB. We really looked like the team from the Hinrunde. Pulisic especially was a man on fire this half. Our first goal came from him making a Messi-esq run against the whole Bremen backline and scoring. We kept on dominating the half and despite some good chances our next goal didn’t come until the 41st minute. Then Pulisic drew a free kick right outside the box that Paco scored with style. We had some real close last minute chances but the half ended 2-0.
The second half was typical of the pitiful disaster BVB has shown consistently the past few months. Dortmund started really strong for the first 20 minutes or so in the 2nd half. Then they started to let up pressure. A huge mistake by Burki led to the first goal from Werder. Burki has probably been our best player this year. Most of our first half success comes from him keeping us in games. This goal was definitely his howler of the year. After the first goal it was obvious what was going to happen. This team crumbles into nothing when they make one individual mistake. The second goal came 5 minutes later on an Akanji screw up. From there on out Dortmund were holding onto their lives for just a draw. BVB was lucky not to have a hand ball called against them in VAR. This handball from Gotze definitely would have been a more fair call then the one called against us last week. However VAR is the furthest thing from consistent and saved us the pen. The game ended 2-2 after BVB held off some last minute chances from WB.
Not sure what analysis I can put into this game. We have watched this exact game 7 times so far this calendar year. Watzke and Zorc need to reevaluate some moves they have made and shore up for this summer. If we are ever going to win a trophy that’s not the DFB cup, we will need to make some big changes in the way we do business.