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Niklas Füllkrug frustrated despite late goal


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Scene of the game: In the 15th minute, it was actually already over for BVB: Leipzig's Luis Openda stormed alone towards goal and was straddled off his feet by Mats Hummels, who was chasing him. First there was a penalty and a yellow card, then referee Sven Jablonski corrected after minutes and decided on a free kick and red - because the attack allegedly did not take place in the penalty area, but in the penalty area. The video evidence had analysed the scene "frame by frame", which Sky live reporter Wolf Fuss breathlessly recited. It was all downright probably, but in the past it would have been just a penalty and it would have been good.

Result of the game: 75 minutes with a man down against RB Leipzig without probably the most valuable player in the team at the moment. Actually, you can't win a game like that anymore. And that's how it happened: RB won 3-2, Borussia Dortmund fought back bravely, but are now already saying goodbye to what could be described as a title race. The detailed match report can be found here.

The first half: After the sending-off, BVB initially looked like the rabbit in front of the snake. RB organized a target shooting at the goal of Gregor Kobel. For the opening goal, however, they accepted the gracious shooting help of BVB defender Rany Bensebaini, who headed the ball into his own goal. After that, as a Dortmund fan, you should have suspected the worst, but BVB picked themselves up, had a strong five final minutes and crowned them with the 1-1 through Niklas Süle.

The second half: It came as it should for BVB at the moment: Christoph Baumgartner converted a rebound to give Leipzig the lead again, Yussuf Poulsen increased the lead to 3-1 in the closing stages. But when it all seemed to be over and the BVB players probably had to think with horror of the threatening mentality interviews after the final whistle, they tightened up. Niclas Füllkrug headed in to make it 2-3, after which Süle even had the chance to equalise. And the phrases about the "lack of mentality" rotted in the mouths of commentators. That was the best thing about the evening from the Black & Yellows' point of view.

Hummels' déjà vu: Mats Hummels was last sent off four years ago, in the first half. The referee of that match was also Sven Jablonski. At that time, Dortmund also won with a man down, but the opponent was only Hertha BSC.

Quote of the game: "It's not all bad," Wolf Fuss had said about BVB before the game, and normally you always say something like that when a lot of things are bad. Edin Terzic is not having a good time at the moment. The fact that he has to puzzle around with at least six injured players in the team is an argument he has on his side: Moukoko, Haller, Nmecha, Sabitzer, Ryerson and Wolf were missing against Leipzig. But victories would be an even better argument. The coach always had a lot of backing at the club. It begins to crumble.

Insight of the game: During the half-time break, the broadcaster Sky usually shows commercials in which Jürgen Klopp also usually appears. In it, the former Dortmund godfather, who still haunts Signal Iduna Park like the ghost of Canterville, announces PR platitudes for a financial service provider along the lines of: "You have to overcome your weaker self and leave your comfort zone." BVB have slipped to fifth place. The gap to Leverkusen can increase to 13 points on Sunday. Borussia Dortmund have long since left their comfort zone. Now it's getting uncomfortable.