Borussia Dortmund were able to scrape by FC Köln today to earn a 2-0 home victory. It was far from the prettiest performance from the black and yellows, as the strikerless squad seemed directionless for most of the first half. Fortunately, BVB were able to weather the first half storm and get the victory. Goals from Thorgan Hazard and a first professional goal for Steffen Tigges proved to be the difference in the end. Dortmund, with this victory, also achieved its first clean sheet of the Bundesliga season. That’s right! We got a clean sheet. It FINALLY happened!
Gregor Kobel Is Fearless
In case you needed any further proof that Gregor Kobel will do just about anything to keep the ball out of his net, he gave it to you today. In the 20th minute, after a poor pass from Marin Pongracic, Ondrej Duda, seeing Kobel out of his net, launched a shot from the halfway line towards the Dortmund goal. Just as the ball was about to cross the line, the Dortmund goalie palmed the ball to the side, throwing himself into the post in the process. Between this and his date with the post last weekend, it’s safe to say that the Swiss international doesn’t fear anything except conceding. Also, congrats to him on his first clean sheet in a BVB kit!
Köln’s Suspect Finishing
Despite the victory and clean sheet, Dortmund were outplayed for large spells of the game today. Fortunately, Köln were seemingly unable to put a quality chance away. The billy goats had 20 shots on the day with only 5 hitting the target. Their best attempt of the game came in the 50th minute in the form of an Anthony Modeste header which Kobel did well to save. Beyond that, the visitors were incredibly wasteful with their opportunities. Although it’s great that Dortmund were finally able to blank their opponent in the Bundesliga, this should not be a defensive performance that they should hope to emulate against better opposition.
Malen’s Misery Continues
Donyell Malen has still not scored for Dortmund, but despite that fact, he’s put in a few good shifts for the club. Unfortunately, his performance against Köln was far from a good shift. Malen looked lost on counter-attacks and although he was close to being in the right position for a few good chances, they were always just out of reach. Malen’s frustration was evident today, which is a perfectly reasonable reaction considering his predicament, but he needs to contain it better in future performances. Let’s just hope he was still recovering from his food poisoning during this match.