Borussia Dortmund kept their eyes on the field and the Leipzig-Munich match on their minds on Saturday. The black and yellow got their necessary win by holding off a late Fortuna Düsseldorf charge, 3-2, and Leipzig and Munich went goalless to keep Dortmund’s title hopes alive. Dortmund trail FC Bayern Munich by two points leading into next Saturday’s final matchday.
Dortmund and Düsseldorf went tit-for-tat in the first half. Dodi Lukebakio ran circles around the Dortmund back line and put one past the keeper less than 20 minutes in, but was ruled offside. On the other side of the pitch, Christian Pulisic headed a corner home on his final home game with the black and yellow to give BVB the halftime lead.
Düsseldorf struck fast on the other side of the break, as Oliver Fink’s header slipped through Marwin Hitz’ fingers and into the net for the equalizer. Thomas Delaney broke the deadlock just seven minutes after that after smashing his blocked shot into the back of the net.
The visiting side was not deterred and got a penalty just two minutes later. Manuel Akanji was guilty of a handball in the box while stuck between his keeper and Lukebakio. With much of the more than 80,000 on hand hissing the decision and Lukebakio, he pushed the free shot wide of the net, much to the delight of the black and yellow fans.
But Dortmund matches don’t end quietly. Mario Götze slotted a shot home two minutes into the five minutes of stoppage time. A two goal lead with a few minutes to go should be easy, but F95 knew it wasn’t over. Dawid Kownacki broke free behind black and yellow lines to smash home Düsseldorf’s second goal. If the red and white got one more goal, any chances for a Dortmund title would be dashed. Düsseldorf crashed the net, even sending their keeper forward for an extra man, but it just wasn’t enough.
Dortmund’s hearts remain intact. It will still be a long shot for the black and yellow to earn the title, but for Dortmund, a chance is a chance is a chance.
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Fortuna Dusseldorf: Rensing, Zimmermann, Ayhan, Hoffmann, Giesselmann, Stöger, Bodzek, Kownacki, Fink (Karaman, 76′), Suttner (Raman, 67′), Lukebakio (Morales, 85′)
Unused subs: Hennings, Barkok, Kaminski, Drobny
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel
Borussia Dortmund: Hitz, Guerreiro, Akanji, Weigl, Piszczek, Delaney, Witsel, Bruun Larsen (Sancho, 61′), Götze (Philipp, 90+5′), Pulisic (90+1′, Schmelzer), Alcacer
Unused subs: Oelschlägel, Balerdi, Toprak, Dahoud
Coach: Lucien Favre