This is one of the most frustrating seasons for Borussia Dortmund fans. In on hand, the team hasn’t performed better in years. On the other hand, the title race is also important. Borussia Dortmund welcomed Stuttgart for Match day 25 action. Despite their barely above average performance, Marco Reus and co, are back to winning ways.
Stale First Half Performance
There isn’t much to say about the first half. Stuttgart learned from past teams who made Borussia Dortmund’s season hard. Therefore, the visitors sat very deep and closed gaps so tight that Jadon Sancho couldn’t complete a dribble without being surrounded by 5 players.
In contrast, Manuel Akanji and Abdo Diallo played in the midfield for most of the first half. The referee sent both teams to rest with 0-0 on the scoreboard.
Satisfying second half Performance
The game started where it was left. There wasn’t much change from the overall strategy by both teams. Borussia Dortmund kept pushing forward while Stuttgart resisted with all their power. However, Jadon Sancho wasn’t satisfied with where things were going. In the 62′ minute, Sancho’s quick feet earned the Black and Yellows a penalty which Marco Reus converted into a goal making it 1-0. Stuttgart equalized 9 minutes after Marc-Oliver Kempf scored from a header.
Despite the heavy rain, Paco Alcacer was determined to score a goal. After his freekick effort was denied by Stuttgart’s Ron-Robert Zieler, he fired a shot past the goalie in the 84th minute to make it 2-1. Finally, 2 minutes into the extra time, Christian Pulisic find the back of the net to secure the win for Borussia Dortmund.
Bitter Sweet Win
Despite winning this important fixture, Bayern Munich’s 6-0 win over Wolfsburg fired the Bavarian team to first position with goal difference. It is obvious that from now on, Borussia Dortmund will have to win every game they play and beat their Arch-rivals FC Bayern in the away game on the 6th of April.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.