Mark Flekken has mastered his craft.


Otherwise, the 29-year-old Dutchman would not be number one at Bundesliga club SC Freiburg and a pillar of the Dutch national team.

On Friday evening, however, a better shot by the English U19 European champion Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, who had been substituted thirteen minutes earlier, slipped through the fingers of the goalkeeper into the goal net (77th minute).

A nightmarish moment for the keeper, who, like his equally frightened teammates, suspected that the entire game could turn in BVB's favor with Borussia Dortmund's unexpected equaliser.

In fact, Flekken's blackout resulted in a power failure for his team, which had not deservedly been led 1-0 by Michael Gregoritsch's header (35th) and their fans in the sold-out Freiburg stadium with 34,700 spectators, especially in the first half, which was dominated by plenty of vitality had excited.

But now the big end came, because the Dortmund coach Edin Terzic had shown a golden hand in the choice of his substitute professionals.

Marius Wolf, who came on for right-back Thomas Meunier right after the break, impressed in the role of ripper and scored the decisive 3-1 with a precise diagonal shot with the left (88th minute).

The 18-year-old winger Bynoe-Gittens, who replaced Thorgan Hazard in the 64th minute, revealed youthful glamor when he confirmed Terzic's high regard in his sixth Bundesliga appearance.

"He's a game changer"

The German-Croatian, who returned to the coaching position after a year as BVB's technical director, told the broadcasting streaming provider DAZN: "Jamie has the ability to decide games, he's a game changer." Which brings us to Terzic's third substitute, the duel finally turned around with the strong South Badeners: Youssoufa Moukoko, the 17-year-old greatest striker talent from Borussia Dortmund, who from the 70th minute continued to accelerate the Westphalian final spurt for Thorgan Hazard, who seemed a bit tired, and fourteen minutes later the 2-1 from short goal distance scored.

A goal initiated by the glamorous Bynoe-Gittens and Julian Brandt (76th), who was substituted on for Mahmoud Dahoud.

Bremen's Brandt also contributed with his skill and pass security in tight spaces to Dortmund being able to mobilize its reserves in the crucial phase against Freiburg, who seemed paralyzed after Flekken's unexpected blunder.

Anthony Modeste did not attract attention after four training sessions at the new club - in contrast to the youngsters Bynoe-Gittens and Moukoko.

The turning point may have been initiated by Nico Schlotterbeck, who was a young climber at the sports club last season.

Up to the 67th minute, the 22-year-old central defender and national player had kept Dortmund's chances of a turnaround high in conjunction with the slightly weaker Mats Hummels with his well-known penetrating power and vehemence in the familiar atmosphere.

But then he deliberately sought the provocation – right in front of the Freiburg coaching bench.

Schlotterbeck wanted, as he later admitted, to "set an example" and simply sent the Japanese Ritsu Doan, who has been enlivening the right attacking side of the sports club since this summer, to the ground.

A rude action punished with a yellow card, to which the Freiburg coach Christian Streich reacted wildly.

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"We do two things and the game is decided"

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After the end of the game, the day returnee Schlotterbeck wove big wreaths for his training club when he said: “We conceded a goal today, but we could have gotten two or three.

Then comes - hear, hear - unfortunately Flekken's mistake, we do two things and the game is decided .

"I would like to talk to him about that," announced the coach.

While BVB was happy after two matchdays, two difficult opponents, Bayer Leverkusen (1:0) and SC Freiburg, against whom they beat in the previous season – 2:5 against the Rhinelanders in the second half of the season, 1:2 on the second matchday still in the old Dreisamstadion – Freiburg coach Streich looked knocked out long after the final whistle.

His sentences were short, his voice was low.

"There's no point in thinking that we were unlucky to lose," he said, looking as if he were reflecting on how severely football can sometimes punish even the bravest and bravest teams.

Roland Zorn