Borussia Dortmund have narrowed the gap with league-leader FC Bayern Munich to three points, at least for one night. At the start of the 19th match day, BVB won 5-1 (3-0) at home against SC Freiburg. The goals were scored by Thomas Meunier and Erling Haaland, each with a brace, as well as Mahmoud Dahoud, while Ermedin Demirovic scored for SCF.
“We did a lot of things well today. The first half was great in all phases of the game, with good gains and really good positioning. We narrowed the space, came with two or three players and always had good gains,” said BVB- coach Marco Rose afterwards DAZN.
Despite only three points behind Bayern, Rose wanted to keep the ball low. “We always say we want to be there and bring the trophy back to Dortmund. But Bayern don’t give much away and we’ve been too hit and miss in many games. So it’s just a matter of taking care of ourselves.” “
The mood of the guests was completely different. “That was far too little, just a bad game from us. It is extremely disappointing that we are performing like this,” said a visibly pissed off Christian Streich. “Obviously you needed frustration tolerance against Dortmund – some players clearly didn’t. And if we’re not really in a good mood, we have nothing to do with Borussia Dortmund. You saw that today.”
BVB v SC Freiburg: the analysis
BVB with best half of the season! The hosts, who always had just under 70 percent possession of the ball, were always active and clear in their actions – with and without the ball. If the ball was lost, excellent counter pressure occurred, leaving Freiburg barely able to gain space. And then the Black and Yellows, whose passing game was always sharp and goal-oriented, also scored twice with a header after a corner, which was completely unusual.
In their 4-4-2 against the ball, the guests were quite deep and were mostly passive in the duels, often allowing Borussia to find space behind the SC full-backs on both wings. De Breisgauer could hardly get away from behind with the ball at his feet, these balls were gone just as quickly. In the end, there was no real chance to score.
Freiburg, however, was more dangerous with the inclusion of Demirovic as a clear nine and the agile Schade only in the first five minutes of the second half than in the entire first. The parts of the team were now better connected, the distances smaller. SCF’s passing often bypassed Dortmund’s counter pressure and it was easier to find the holes.
BVB’s clear dominance waned and the game became more balanced. After Freiburg’s goal to make it 1:3, both teams had chances for the next goal – not the first clear lead for Borussia, which suddenly became more uncertain. Dortmund eventually used a slight loss of possession from the guests to decide.
BVB against SC Freiburg: The lineups
Dortmund: Kobel – Meunier (76th Wolf), Can (46th Akanji), Hummels, Guerreiro (71st Schulz) – Dahoud – Brandt, Bellingham (85th Witsel) – Reus (71st Hazard), Malen – Haaland.
Freiburg: Uphoff – Kübler, Lienhart, Gulde, Günter – Haberer (65th Keitel), Höfler – Sallai (65th Weisshaupt), Jeong (46th Demirovic), Grifo (46th Damage) – Höler (81st Petersen).
BVB vs. SC Freiburg: the dates of the match
ports: 1-0, 2-0 Meunier (14′, 29′), 3-0 Haaland (45’+1′), 3-1 Demirovic (61′), 4-1 Haaland (75′), 5-1 Dahoud (86.)
- Erling Haaland has scored in each of his last eight Bundesliga home games (14 goals). Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in more home games between 2015 and 2016 (11).
Dortmund lost only one of 22 Bundesliga home games against Freiburg (18 wins, 3 draws): 2-0 in October 2001. Since then, BVB has won 13 wins and one draw in 14 BL home games – against any other current BL team Borussia has been unbeaten at home for so long.
- Dortmund have scored 31 goals since the break this Bundesliga season – no more team.
- Haaland’s 4-1 was BVB’s 2000th home goal.
- Julian Brandt received his first yellow card since April 2014. It was only the second yellow card in his 245th BL game.
The star of the game: Thomas Meunier (BVB)
The Belgian, who has greatly improved in form this season, paved the way for Dortmund’s victory with his two header goals. Defensively with a decent performance too.
The Flop of the Match: Jeong Woo-Yeong (SC Freiburg)
Like many of his colleagues, the attacking player was completely absent and had to stay in the dressing room after 45 weak minutes. He made seven of his 14 passes to the opponents, finishing second in most of the games.
Referee: Florian Badstübner
He had no problem with his 18th Bundesliga game.