Bundesliga: Dortmund suffers shock 1-0 loss to Monchengladbach

Denis Zakaria scored the lone goal of the match in the 37th minute and then things got worse for Dortmund as Mahmoud Dahoud was shown a red card.

Borussia Monchengladbach beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Saturday; Credit: Twitter/@borussia_en
By Sreejith C R | Sep 26, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Borussia Monchengladbach beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in a Bundesliga fixture at Borussia Park on Saturday. Denis Zakaria scored the lone goal of the match in the 37th minute. Things got worse for the away side as Mahmoud Dahoud was shown a red card in the 40th minute. In another match, Dortmund, who were playing without their star forwards Erik Haaland and Marco Reus struggled up front and weren’t clinical in front of goal. Dortmund boss Marco Rose was given a heated atmosphere by the home fans as he was making his first return to Borussia-Park since his bitter switch between the teams.

Early in the match, Mats Hummels thought he had given the lead to Dortmund after his header from a free-kick went inside the goal but the linesman raised his flag for offside. The opening was tense and even as both sides fought hard, but the chances were few and far between. The first opening was created by the home side but the ball didn’t fall kindly to Matthias Ginter as it ricocheted around the penalty area. 

The hosts were comfortable while defending and Dortmund found it difficult to break their defence. The absence of Haaland and Reus were pretty much visible as Dortmund were not able to make things happen despite having the ball possession.

“Many, many others were missing, too,” Dortmund captain Mats Hummels said. “You could tell that we were lacking that cutting edge. Without Julian (Brandt), Without Gio (Reyna).”

Adi Hutter’s side broke the deadlock through Zakaria. Raphael Guerreiro’s back-heel clearance fell to Zakaria, who exchanged passes with Ginter and then got a lucky rebound of Jude Bellingham before slotting the ball past Gregor Kobel and into the Dortmund goal. Few minutes after the goal. Dahoud received his second yellow card for a foul on Joe Scally and his reaction after the foul.

“For me it was about a lack of respect,” Aytekin said.

After the break, Jonas Hoffmann attempted the first shot on target which was turned away by Kobel. Although Dortmund brought in Thorgan Hazard to turn things around, the home side defended well and didn’t give ance space to the opposition.

Zakaria’s shot from the edge of the box was parried away by Kobel and Ginter headed wide from  the subsequent corner. Meanwhile at the other end, Hazard wasted a golden opportunity to level the score for Dortmund at the end of stoppage time. The Belgium international’s free header at the far post looped over the crossbar.

The win helped  Monchengladbach to 11th spot with seven points from six games whereas Dortmund and fourth in the table with 12 points from six games.

Leipzig thrashed Hertha Berlin

Elsewhere, RB Leipzig thrashed Hertha Berlin 6-0 courtesy of a brace from Christopher Nkunku and goals from Yussuf Poulsen, Nordi Mukiele, Emil Forsberg and Amadou Haidara at Red Bull Arena.

“I always believed in the team and stayed optimistic,” Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch said. “But it’s easy to stay optimistic when you have so much quality in the team. It wasn’t an optimal start to the season but we simply kept working. We’re not yet done, but today we showed how well we can play.”

After the victory, Leipzig have seven points from six games and are placed 10th in the table while Hertha Berlin are in 12th spot with six points from as many games.

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