In the last competitive game of 2022, Borussia Dortmund suffered another setback. BVB lost away to Borussia Mönchengladbach on the 15th match day of the Bundesliga after a weak defensive performance with 2:4 (2:3). It was the sixth defeat for Edin Terzic’s team.
- After just four minutes, the foals took the lead through the fifth goal of the season by ex-Dortmunder Jonas Hofmann. Fifteen minutes later, Julian Brandt equalized for BVB. But Ramy Bensebaini (26th) and Marcus Thuram (30th) added a double for Gladbach. Nico Schlotterbeck brought the guests back five minutes before the break. 41 seconds after the break, the home side increased to 4: 2, Kouadio Koné was the scorer.
- Dortmund’s Mats Hummels completed his 400th Bundesliga game. After Oliver Baumann (407), Thomas Müller (423) and Manuel Neuer (477), he is the fourth active BL player to reach this mark.
- Gladbach had to do without Alasane Plea, who was suffering from Corona, at short notice.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – BVB: The analysis
Very entertaining, because the first 45 minutes were extremely wild, in which Gladbach scored three goals with four shots on goal. The game was mainly characterized by blatant defensive mistakes by both teams. When Dortmund, who started awake and pushed up in a risky manner at times, was overplayed in the centre, the Foals came up with top-class counterattacks, which they used to score two goals. The BVB defense at times completely out of place and with major coordination problems.
But even the last chain of hosts had serious difficulties in defending. Dortmund often changed positions in the combination game and moved from the wings to the center in order to overload and play balls behind the defence. 13 shots were managed in this way, but in the decisive moments the action was often too complicated and fragmented.
Dortmund couldn’t remedy its shortcomings during the break. Shortly after the restart, the bell rang again after another attack carried out through the six-man room – and again the defensive defended disembodied. The structure of the game also remained the same: Gladbach didn’t have a hard time levering out and countering Dortmund’s pressing, BVB lacked determination and precision around the opposing penalty area.
After an hour, Terzic brought in a second striker in Modeste. However, this and the other substitutes did not result in more penetrating power or better decisions in the last third, the quality of the chances decreased significantly compared to the first half. The foals, on the other hand, should have improved their results even further. It was frighteningly easy to play balls deep and then run towards BVB keeper Kobel alone – Thuram alone had two great chances.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – BVB: The line-ups
Gladbach: Olschowsky – Scally, Friedrich, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Weigl, Koné (88. Itakura) – Hofmann (90.+4 Netz), Kramer (46. Herrmann), Stindl (90. Ngoumou) – Thuram.
Dortmund: Kobel – Süle, Hummels (78th Papadopoulos), Schlotterbeck (59th Modeste), Guerreiro – Can (59th Özcan), Bellingham – Malen (71st Adeyemi), Brandt, Reyna (46th Hazard) – Moukoko.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – BVB: The data for the game
Gates: 1-0 Hofmann (4′), 1-1 Brandt (19′), 2-1 Bensebaini (26′), 3-1 Thuram (30′), 3-2 Schlotterbeck (40′), 4-2 Koné ( 46.)
- Dortmund conceded their sixth defeat this Bundesliga season, lost five of their last six away games and remained goalless in three of them.
- Dortmund have already conceded six header goals this Bundesliga season. In the entire preseason there were only three.
- Gladbach won the last three Bundesliga home games against Dortmund – before that there had been five home defeats in a row.
- The foals scored 18 out of 22 points at home this season.
The star of the game: Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Great run and finish with his early 1-0. Prepared the 2:1 and 4:2 and also had his feet in the game in the formation of the 3:1.
The flop of the game: Mats Hummels (BVB)
At 0: 1 and 1: 3 with the wrong decision when he pushed out unnecessarily and opened a gap. Thuram sometimes played dizzy and too timid in the duels.
The referee: Sven Jablonski
Denied BVB a corner kick in the 14th minute after the duel between Süle and Stindl. Difficult to clarify whether Hofmann’s ball had already crossed the outside line when the 3:1 came about – however, it looked like it. It was surprising that there was only one minute of stoppage time after five goals in the first half. Correct decision, after consultation with the VAR, to deny the supposed Gladbach 5: 2 after Thuram fouled Hummels.