Match Report: SC Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund

The international break is over and we are graced by the return of the Bundesliga. SC Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund faced each other at the Schwarzwald-Stadion Saturday where a tale of two stories emerges when looking at the Bundesliga table. Going into the match Borussia Dortmund sat at the top of the table, with SC Freiburg in 15th. Freiburg especially were looking to improve on their previous performances and hoping to get their first win of the season.

With the home field advantage, Freiburg went on the front foot with the blow of the whistle. When Dortmund were in possession, the home side were applying pressure in the opening stages of the match. They were rewarded with the first chance of the game that fell to Tim Kleindienst, whose shot was saved by Roman Bürki. In what appears to be becoming the norm under Peter Bosz, Dortmund started to get into the game and apply the style of play that is becoming familiar at Dortmund. The possession based football with short and accurate passing has proved to be the way going forward. Accurate passing in Freiburg’s half allowed Dortmund to apply pressure and start to control the game. Progressing further into the game, unfortunately for Dortmund, Marc Bartra, who has become a key component in Dortmund’s style of play, had to be taken off due to an injury.

Dortmund were upping the pressure and starting to control possession, but they had limited chances in the opening 20 minutes, with two shots on goal and one chance created, Dortmund were looking for something going forward, while Freiburg were limited in possession and chances. Despite Dortmund upping the ante, the home side were able to withstand what the visitors threw at them. The home side were given an opportunity going forward, but the shot when high and wide. Unfortunately for Freiburg it got worse after VAR came into play and turned Ravet’s yellow card into a red card after a challenge on Marcel Schmelzer, who was stretchered off. The visitors started from where they left off, applying pressure and controlling possession. Taking advantage of Freiburg being down to 10 men, Dortmund were able to work their way around and through the home side.. Freiburg had little opportunity to have the ball. Pinning the home side into their own half, Dortmund were dominating the game. But they were struggling to create chances and get that break through. Half time was a good opportunity to address the situation for both teams.

Coming out in the second half, Dortmund almost immediately sought to go on the attack. Christian Pulisic had a chance to put the away side ahead but his shot was saved by SCF keeper Alexander Schwolow. Dormund were able to essentially keep possession and pass around in Freiburg’s half, with the home side parking the bus down a man. Dortmund appeared to be lacking that extra spark going forward as they were having issues making the most of their dominating football. Shots and opportunities weren’t going into the back of the net.. The shots were coming in but Freiburg were able to withstand Dortmund’s attack. Looking to add something going forward, newly acquired Andriy Yarmolenko was brought on in the 79th minute. Dortmund didn’t slow down and they continued the possession domination. Numerous opportunities came their way but they weren’t able to break the deadlock. Some credit has to be given to Christian Streich’s men who were able to somehow withstand everything that Dortmund threw at them. Considering the red card and Dortmund’s domination in possession, Freiburg will be happy to come away with the point.


Red Card – VARs decision to turn Ravet’s yellow card into a red card totally changed the game. Dortmund were able to control possession and work their way around the home side. After the red card, Dortmund had a total of 25 shots, 93% pass accuracy, 19 chances created and 11 take ons. For Freiburg they had two shots, 45% pass accuracy, 0 chances created, and two take ons after the red card.

Man of the Match

Nuri Sahin – Despite the disappointing result for Dortmund, Sahin yet again played an important role in Dortmund’s style of play, with five shots, 88% pass accuracy, five chances created, two take ons and one interception. Sahin put in a solid performance for the visitors.

Key Stats


  • Freiburg – 17.2%
  • Dortmund – 82.8%


  • Freiburg – 5 (2 On Target)
  • Dortmund – 27 (3 On Target)

Chances Created:

  • Freiburg – 3
  • Dortmund – 20

The stats themselves tell a story of domination by Dortmund but frustration going forward. Dortmund will be hoping to be more clinical in their next match.  To show the uneven flavor of the match, BvB were called on to make only eight clearances, while Freiburg needed 41 to blunt the visitor’s attack.

Talking Points Freiburg

  • Defence – The stubborn defence of Freiburg were able to withstand the domination of Dortmund. 13 interceptions, 44 clearances and 22 blocks, Freiburg did everything they could to make sure the visitors didn’t come away with 3 points.
  • Red Card – The red card totally changed the game for Freiburg. After the red card they struggled to get the ball. Dortmund with their style of play proved to overwhelming when the home side were down to 10 men.
  • 1 Point – Somehow Freiburg were able to withstand Dortmund’s attack. After everything that happened, the home side will be happy to come away with the point

Talking Points Dortmund

  • Possession – Dortmund completely dominated possession. Bosz’s style of play is coming to fruition. The possession based football with short passing was at its height in their match against Freiburg. 82.8% possession and 90.9% pass accuracy resulted in possession domination from Dortmund.
  • Shots – Despite having 27 shots on goal, Dortmund only had 3 on target. The away side were unable to break the deadlock. They will be hoping they are more clinical going forward in the future.

Bosz – It was a frustrating point for Dortmund but the manager is clearly applying his style of play at Dortmund. The former Ajax coach is known for his possession based football and this match is an example of that. Dortmund dominated this match in possession and passing but were just not clinical enough with their opportunities. Despite the frustrating result for Dortmund, Bosz appears to be on the road to possibly leading Dortmund to something special.

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From Yorkshire, Callum fell for the beautiful game at an early age. The Bundesliga first caught his attention in 2014. Since then, his admiration and interest for the Bundesliga has developed greatly. Falling in love with what the Bundesliga and Germany has to offer was easy. So Callum, decided to put his passion into words. You can find him on Twitter @CallumSeniuk

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