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BVB concedes a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw

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Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 (0-0) on matchday 30 of the Bundesliga season. This makes BVB the first club to remain undefeated in both matches against the new German champions this season.

After 80 quiet minutes, the 81,365 spectators at a sold-out SIGNAL IDUNA PARK witnessed a spectacular finish. Füllkrug gave the Black & Yellows the lead (81), then there was a pile-up (88) and a long injury time of eight minutes. Shortly before the end, Stanisic made it 1-1 after a corner kick.

The scenario: fifth versus first. Leverkusen were confirmed as German champions for a week, while BVB focused on qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Borussia had won seven of their previous eight home games against Bayer; the reverse match in Leverkusen had ended 1-1.

Personnel matters: The Black & Yellows were without forwards Malen, Haller (both injured) and Adeyemi (suspended), while Bensebaini also missed (injured). Coach Terzic made one change to the starting line-up that took the field five days ago in the Champions League win against Atlético Madrid: Bynoe-Gittens replaced Adeyemi.

Tactics: BVB lined up in their usual 4-3-3 formation; despite several personnel changes, Bayer went with a 3-4-3 with Hofmann in a central attacking position.

The match & analysis: After the great successes that both teams achieved in the European cup competitions in mid-week, things started quietly. Leverkusen had a little more possession in the first half hour, but until then there was no penalty area – on either side. BVB could therefore consider themselves somewhat fortunate after Can’s challenge on Frimpong on the edge of the penalty area (32), while an attack on Bynoe-Gittens on the edge of the penalty area immediately afterwards went unpunished. Grimaldo’s free-kick from 21 yards ended up on the roof of the net in the 38th minute, as did a shot from 18 yards beforehand, but Kobel would have been there to deal with it.

It wasn’t until the 42nd minute that Borussia created their first chance. And it might have brought them to the fore. Ryerson initiated the move down the right flank and skipped past Tella, before directing the ball to Sabitzer, who fired powerfully from 14 yards out. Hradecky made a powerful save and parried to the side, where Maatsen could not convert in the follow-up.

BVB emerged from the changing rooms again with Wolf in place of Maatsen, prompting Ryerson to move to the left. The Norwegian had to deal with three Leverkusen players on the counterattack after a corner. Fortunately, Sabitzer also returned in time and was able to deal with the extremely dangerous situation (48). After Ryerson’s foray and cutback, Wolf had a good chance for Xhaka to make the block from 16 yards out. Overall, however, BVB’s game was too slow and full of mistakes. Leverkusen might not have produced much either, but they looked set to open the scoring when Hofmann squared in the 68th minute, only for Kobel to stop Tella’s ball on the line.

But it was BVB who scored the first goal! Brandt played the ball after a throw-in to Sabitzer on the right side of the penalty area and he subtly crossed towards the back post. The unmarked Füllkrug took stock and met the ball with a scissor kick. Hradecky could only parry the volley attempt through the inside of the post and into the back of the net. Bonifatius initially received a red card after coming off the bench (88), but VAR overturned the decision. Kobel denied Grimaldo (90+6), but then the ball found the net after a controversial corner: Wirtz played the ball from the left towards the near post, where Stanisic rose higher than Füllkrug and sent the ball into the right corner. Kobel didn’t stand a chance.

Outlook: Deep Breath! BVB will continue their campaign in just six days with another big clash: their head-to-head battle for fourth place this Saturday (3:30 PM CEST) against Rasenballsport Leipzig.

Bundesliga matchday 30BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1-1 (0-0) BAYER LEVERKUSEN

Bor. Dortmund: Kobel – Ryerson, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Maatsen (Wolf, 46) – Can (Nmecha, 69) – Sabitzer, Brandt (Özcan, 83) – Sancho (Reus, 69), Füllkrug, Bynoe-Gittens (Duranville, 83) Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky – Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapie (Schick, 83) – Stanisic, Andrich, , Arthur, Kossounou, Mbamba, Palacios, Puerta Molano Goals: 1-0 Füllkrug (Sabitzer, 81), 1-1 Stanisic (Wirtz, 90+7) Corners: 2-6 (0-1 at halftime), chance ratio: 3-4 (1-1) Referee: Siebert (Berlin), yellow cards: Maatsen (5), Can, Füllkrug, Schlotterbeck – Tella, Frimpong, XhakaAttendance: 81,365 (sold out), weather: sunny, 8 degrees