Jadon Sancho scored the opening goal for Dortmund in the 24th minute, Munas Dabbur (31st) and Ihlas Bebou turned the game around (51st), before Erling Haaland equalized again for BVB (81st). BVB’s deficit on fourth place in the Champions League could now increase to six points in the worst case on Sunday. TSG remains in the middle of the table.
Because Hoffenheim had to do without Dortmund-Schreck Andrej Kramaric due to an ankle injury, who scored seven goals in eight games against BVB and Dortmund coach Edin Terzic Marco Reus put on the bench, the two goalscorers from the last clash were initially missing.
Hoffenheim’s equalizer goal controversial
Ten minutes were up when the Dortmund team turned their possession advantage into a good chance to score for the first time. Haaland failed, however, when Oliver Baumann quickly rushed out of his box. The re was an almost identical scene seven minutes later on the other side: Bebou forgave, pressed by the previously played Manuel Akanji against Marwin Hitz. Shortly afterwards, the Togolese failed again on a counterattack, this time on the side netting. Sancho punished that in direct return and completed a quick counterattack after a pass from Raphael Guerreiro free in front of Baumann to 1-0.
After half an hour, the deserved but controversial equalization fell in view of the opportunities. Jude Bellingham missed a promising opportunity in the opponent’s penalty area and although Haaland was held off the ball right in front of the penalty area and fell, Dankert initially inexplicably let go. The following attack by TSG then equalized: Sebastian Rudy found Dabbur, who executed flat in the penalty area. Kevin Vogt’s hold against Haaland had been clear, but the goal counted and was not corrected by the video referee. The latter possibly, according to the referee experts “Collina’s heirs” on Twitter, because the Hoffenheim attack that followed heralded a “new phase of attack” – and the scene would not have been a penalty anyway. The 1-1 break at the break was in any case fair enough.
Hard and turbulent second half
After the change of sides, it went on lively. Both teams went for the second goal – and TSG was successful. A cross after a briefly played corner, Hitz fisted on the short post exactly against the Bebou jumping to the header – from whose body the ball jumped over the line (51.). The Dortmund goalkeeper, who again represented the injured Roman Bürki, at least didn’t look happy, but the Hoffenheim attacker was also largely unguarded. The hosts now had to invest even more. Terzic reacted and switched to two strikers, including Reus and Youssoufa Moukoko. A dust goal from Haaland rightly did not count after an hour, because Thomas Delaney had been sidelined during the creation.