The Black and Yellow traveled to Bremen following their thrilling mid-week Champions League win over PSG. Bremen knocked Dortmund out of the German Cup just under 3 weeks ago, but Dortmund had other plans, today.
The steady rain at kickoff provided a rather sluggish start as both sides failed to hit the target in the opening half. Bremen are no strangers to slow starts, they’ve spent the majority of this season fighting to stay out of the relegation zone. Conversely, Dortmund have scored more goals than any other club. Specifically, Dortmund have scored more second-half goals than any other club this season.
Dortmund struggled to find space in the final third through the first half and couldn’t create chances. But the lack of space proved to be a non-factor when Dan-Axel Zagadou opened the scoring in the 52′ connecting with Jadon Sancho’s corner.
The goal provided a much-needed spark for the Black and Yellow as they increased their pressure on the hosts. They were rewarded for their efforts as Erling Haaland hammered home Hakimi’s cross to double their lead.
Haaland’s goal-scoring surge has been instrumental in his time at Dortmund as he tallied his 9th Bundesliga goal in 6 matches. Moreover, Dortmund seem to have corrected their defensive mistakes and managed to preserve their two-goal lead late in the match with relative ease.
Dortmund look to carry this weekend’s momentum into next weekend’s matchup with Freiburg. Dortmund and Leipzig currently trail league-leaders Bayern by 4 points, but Dortmund have the edge on Leipzig in goal differential.
A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ryan is an aspiring sports writer with a profound passion for the Black and Yellow. On match day, Ryan can likely be seen draped in Dortmund’s colors, perennially pacing the living room of his Ann Arbor apartment. He dreams of one day watching a match from world football’s largest and most impressive standing terrace, The Yellow Wall.