Borussia Dortmund desperately needed to get something from this evening’s Bundesliga tie against RB Leipzig, but an early red card for Mats Hummels made it an uphill battle that was ultimately too much for BVB to handle.
I thought Hummels was unfortunate to find himself heading for an early shower, after receiving a red card for bringing Lois Openda down. I think a center back has to try and make a play in that moment, and unfortunately Openda was slightly out of reach. Down to 10, Dortmund were really up against it, and the situation went from bad to worse when Ramy Bensebaini buried a Leipzig corner, with a perfect header, to give them the lead. Niklas Süle levelled things just before the half, calmly slotting home a lovely cross from Julian Brandt, but Leipzig went ahead again through Christoph Baumgartner just after the break, and Yussuf Poulsen scored their third in injury time. Niclas Füllkrug pulled one back just moments later, to give everyone at the Westfalenstadion something to shout about right at the end, but unfortunately that was all Dortmund could muster.
Despite a loss at home to a rival, I don’t think this was a terrible performance. It was unfortunate circumstances and it made it very, very difficult for Dortmund in a game they couldn’t afford to lose. But they did. Top four is starting to look like it might be a stretch now.
Here are the nominations for Man of the Match:
Can fought hard to help Dortmund make up for the shortage at the back, and made some important interventions in the first half.
Özcan put himself about throughout the game, and when you’re down a man, I think players getting that “stuck in” probably deserve the credit. I thought Özcan was even pretty handy in possession too.
He also got done once or twice too, as did Can, but I think that both were pretty stretched trying to survive with the numerical disadvantage.
Kobel was asked to make a lot of saves today. I don’t think he could be blamed for either goal (though perhaps if you’re being extra critical he could have held on to Openda’s effort that spilled to Baumgartner). Besides the two goals, Kobel was pretty busy, and it easily could have been a few more if he hadn’t been there.
Brandt was a little sloppy at times, but he also picked up two assists, which makes up for a whole lot!
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