SC Freiburg were tasked with handing Dortmund their first home loss of the season. BVB had won 8 out of their 11 home matches prior to today’s competition, and they added to that today.
Thorgan Hazard set up an easy tap-in for Jadon Sancho in the 15′. Sancho’s goal, his 14th this season, made him the youngest player in Bundesliga history to reach 27 goals. His impressive form this season has propelled the Black and Yellow into contention for the title.
Freiburg increased their pace and pressure following the goal and came dangerously close to equalizing before the break. But, despite some defensive miscues, Dortmund kept their lead entering halftime.
Matts Hummels, after a head-to-head collision early in the first half, was replaced by Manuel Akanji at the start of the second half. Hummels has been in fantastic form all season, and BVB supporters will hope the substitution was merely precautionary.
Despite Hummels absence, Dortmund’s defense held strong. The visitors appeared destined to score, but a clearance on the goal-line and a few huge saves from Roman Burki preserved Dortmund’s advantage. The league-leaders in second half goals failed to score one today. But an adequate effort defensively secured the win.
Dortmund were a little sluggish and failed to capitalize on all of their opportunities in front of goal, and they were fortunate to walk away with 3 points. Dortmund visit Borussia Monchenglabach next Saturday. Both teams need 3 points in their race for the league title.
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.