What an emotional night for everyone who loves Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) from North Rhine-Westphalia. The team which had been subject of numerous critics and humiliations after finishing the first part of the Bundesliga season at the very bottom of the league table managed to connect two good games and finally celebrate straight victories.
The last round comfortable win over Freiburg revoked hope within BVB players, coaching staff and fans, and what happened during the week just connected even further everyone in Dortmund as Marco Reus impressed the football world by not leaving the sinking ship and signing a new contract which ties him for his beloved club until 2019. Reus thus showed the football gentlemen are still alive and sent a wonderful message to all people who actually love football as a game, because we all know there is something above the money and individual success.
So, everything which preceded the first game of the Bundesliga 21st round suggested a beautiful night for Dortmund fans, one which they haven’t had in a while. And it was a beautiful night indeed in the end, in spite of the worst possible start of the match.
The visitors took the lead in the very first minute after a terrible mess in Borussia defence as Subotic failed to reach the ball and Weidenfeller wanted to do Neuer stuff, but he only managed to send the ball towards Soto who knew how to take the advantage of the situation and lobbed the ball into an empty net.
That was pretty much everything fans could see in the first half, and just when everyone thought it was going to be yet another awful night for Borussia team, Jurgen Klopp had some other plans. We do not know what he told his players during the half time break, but it obviously worked more than well. Though, it is nothing strange when it comes to Klopp, because we all know him as an outstanding motivator and fighter.
Home side thus needed no more than four minutes in the second half to level the score, and it was Neven Subotic who made up for his mistake in the first minute and scored with a header after a corner from Marcel Schmelzer. The equalizer announced a crazy second half in which fans could see five goals in half an hour. The second one came ten minutes in the second half and it was definitely the most emotional moment of the match as BVB hero Marco Reus scored to complete his team’s comeback and give them the lead. This was the response he got from the home crowd…
However, only two minutes later Soto had an assist to Malli who placed the ball behind Weidenfeller to make it all square again. Borussia then gave all out attack in search for the winner which came 19 minutes from time when Aubameyang reacted well after a magical outside of the boot through ball from Reus, while Nuri Sahin confirmed the second consecutive victory by placing deflected ball into the back of the net twelve minutes before the final whistle.
This was the first home win in this year for the Dortmund side which lifted them all the way to the 13th place as they are now leveled with Mainz with each team at 22 points. The post-match reaction from BVB sporting director Michael Zorc speaks for itself:
We have finally won two matches in a row, and this feels really good. I’m very relieved. We finally managed to turn a game around, and so we can enjoy this win tonight.
Jurgen Klopp pointed out that this was a six-point match and reminded on the challenges which are yet to come for his team:
The whole season remains a huge challenge for us. The first goal by Mainz was another slapstick goal even if Sato finished it off so well. But we responded very well and could have levelled almost immediately through Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa. I told the players at halftime that would get our chances if we just kept playing our game. We didn’t defend the second goal well, but we kept hanging in. It’s a fully deserved 4-2 win as we scored great goals. It was a six-point game for us, and we won it. We are level on points with Mainz now. We need to bring some consistency into our game as the next matches won’t get any easier.
Borussia will travel to Stuttgart in the next round where they will be favorites to win their third match in a row against struggling Stuttgart before the first leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals v Juve in Turin. And that is going to be the match to watch!
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