Dortmund (dpa) - Marco Reus was inconsolable and did not even look for excuses.
Remorseful, the captain of Borussia Dortmund took the blame for the poor 1: 1 (0: 0) against the relegation candidate FSV Mainz 05 almost alone.
«I have to apologize to the team.
I could have decided the game or steered it in the right direction.
Unfortunately I didn't manage to do that and I'm very, very sorry for the team, ”commented the unlucky person of the game.
With a missed big chance in the first half and a missed foul penalty to a possible 2: 1, he contributed significantly to the new setback for BVB in the title race.
In spite of all the frustration with the points given away, BVB coach Edin Terzic defended the former national player, who had failed from the penalty spot for the fourth time in his Bundesliga career, from criticism: “That is of course totally annoying.
He knows it himself, we know it, no reproach to him. "
Nevertheless, Reus was a symbol of the misery of his team that afternoon.
Borussia often shines in top games, but weakens in questionable regularity against outsiders.
Just one week after the remarkable performance at RB Leipzig (3-1), she lived up to this reputation again.
As with the surprising home defeats against Cologne (1: 2) and Stuttgart (1: 5), the star ensemble owed a lot, especially in the second half.
«We have so many opportunities to get back into the top three.
Every time something is missing.
It's unbelievable, ”complained Thomas Meunier.
Even his first goal in the BVB jersey did not comfort the Belgian newcomer: "I'm really disappointed."
An inspiration for the tricky duels on Tuesday at third Leverkusen tied on points and three days later in Mönchengladbach was the performance against Mainz with all the commitment really not.
"We have set ourselves a lot, we really wanted to get the three points," complained coach Edin Terzic.
But after a strong first half with 11: 3 shots on goal in favor of BVB, his team lost the thread after Levin Öztunali (57th) scored a remarkable Mainz opening goal and in the end had to be happy that the brave guests did not score the winning goal on one of the counterattacks .
Terzic made no secret of his disappointment: «In the second half we wanted to force it, our opponents have not given up today.
We are not satisfied with the result. "
The favor of the hour, which had arisen through the defeat of Leverkusen or the draw of Leipzig, therefore remained unused.
In addition, BVB gave away the opportunity to put the recently ailing front runner FC Bayern under pressure.
Hardly any other team in the upper house of football is more troubled by the exclusion of spectators in Corona times.
The time when the largest Bundesliga stadium was considered an impregnable fortress is over for now.
In the past five games, there was only one victory.
Many observers see this as a bad omen.
Due to a similar weakness in the first half of the season, the industry giant missed the Champions League qualification in the 2014/15 season.
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