Borussia Dortmund come from behind to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2

Rafael Borre's double put Eintracht Franfurt 2-0 up before Thorgan Hazard, Jude Bellingham and Mahmoud Dahoud scored for Dortmund to win the match 3-2.

Borussia Dortmund players in a file photo; Credit: Twitter/@BlackYellow
By Sreejith C R | Jan 9, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

After going down by two goals in the first half, Borussia Dortmund made a superb comeback in the last 20 minutes of the game to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 in the Bundesliga fixture at Deutsche Bank Park on Saturday. A quick fire double from Rafael Borre had put Frankfurt 2-0 up inside the opening half-hour mark. Thorgan Hazard pulled one back for the visitors before Jude Bellingham netted the equalizer and Mahmoud Dahoud scored a brilliant late winner to complete the fight back. The victory helped Marco Rose’s side to within six points of Bayern Munich at the summit.

It was a game of two halves. Frankfurt looked to be cruising going into the break, and they had their chances to add to their two goal lead. But Borussia Dortmund produced a sensational performance in the last 20 minutes and claimed an incredible comeback win in the end.

Dortmund nearly took the lead inside the opening two minutes as centre-back Mats Hummels played a brilliant long ball to find right-back Thomas Meunier’s run. The Belgian full-back’s first touch allowed him to get indie the box before unleashing a thunderous shot that was brilliantly kept out by Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

The home side opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Filip Kostic’s free-kick from the left was slotted home by Borre. Although Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel got his hand to it, the effort had enough power to get the ball over the line. Few minutes later, Kostic’s low drive from the left side of the penalty area tested Kobel at the near post.

Borre got his second of the night in the 24th minute. The striker pounced on some sloppy defending inside the box and slotted the ball past Kobel to make the score 2-0. Frankfurt could have had their third of the night as Jesper Lindstrom  led a breakaway move but side-netted from inside the box.

Meanwhile against the run of play, on the stroke of half-time, Trapp made a superb save to keep out Hummels’ header from a corner. Although the rebound fell to Donyell Malen in front of goal, the Dutchman’s effort hit the post.

Dortmund’s fightback in the last 20 minutes

After the break, Lindstrom nutmegged Emre Can to go through on goal, but he wasn’t able to beat Kobel from close range. Meanwhile Dortmund’s comeback began with the introduction of Hazard, who came in for Julian Brandt.       

The Belgian international halved the deficit in the 71st minute. Erling Haaland played a through ball to Hazard, who showed good strength to hold up the defender before firing into the net. The goal lifted the visitors and suddenly Frankfurt found themselves on the back foot and Dortmund started pushing forward. 

The equalizer finally arrived in the 87th minute through Bellingham. Meunier delivered a brilliant cross from the right flank and the England international got on the end of it to make it 2-2. Dortmund weren’t done yet. The Black and Yellows scored the winner through Dahoud in the 89th minute. The German midfielder’s curler from outside the box beat Trapp and ended up in the bottom corner. It was the 26-year-old’s fourth goal for Dortmund.

The win helped Dortmund to 37 points from 18 games at second place while Frankfurt are placed at seventh spot with 27 points.