For Dortmund it is was the derby before the derby, a chance to prove which was the better Borussia on the day and to shake off the recent efforts where they dropped points. For Mönchengladbach, it was their chance to show they deserved to stay on top of the league. Despite Dortmund headman Lucien Favre not putting superstar Jadon Sancho on the active list (due to coming back late from international duty), and losing their starting keeper to injury in the second half, Dortmund held on for the 1-0 victory.
The slick pitch from the afternoon rain kept the ball moving, with players in tow. A back and forth first half was broken by Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard, but it was pulled back by VAR showing the Dortmund captain Marco Reus was offsides before Hazard’s shot. Gladbach’s Breel Embolo had his chances in front of Roman Bürki, but two defensive stops (the latter more questionable) kept the game goalless after 45 minutes.
Reus made up for the mistake 13 minutes into the second half, thanks to Hazard. Reus broke through the back lines to slot home the victory. Though Reus came down with the flu before the match, he pulled through when needed most. Gladbach’s efforts for a point late in the match were fast and furious, but back-up keeper Marwin Hitz saved the day again and again, giving Dortmund their first Bundesliga win in a month. A big match and a big win for BvB, with the Revierderby coming up next and Schalke rebounding to steady their ship and return to winning ways.
Marco Reus now has 121 Bundesliga goals. He is tied with Miroslav Klose and Lothar Matthäus (who was covering the match for Sky Sports) for 30th all time.
Just two points separate 1st and 9th place on the table following Saturday’s matches.
Borussia Mönchengladbach Starting 11
Sommer (C), Elvedi, Lainer, Wendt (Stindl, 78‘), Jantschke, Kramer, Benes (Neuhaus, 64’), Zakaria, Embolo (Herrmann, 63’), Plea, Thuram
Unused subs: Bensebaini, Hofmann, Makridis, Beyer, Grün, Poulsen
Head Coach: Marco Rose
Borussia Dortmund Starting 11
Bürki (Hitz, 71’), Akanji, Hakimi, Hummels, Schulz, Brandt (Zagadou, 90’), Delaney, Witsel, Hazard (Piszczek, 90’), Weigl, Reus (C)
Unused subs: Morey, Dahoud, Bruun Larsen, Balerdi, Guerreiro
Head Coach: Lucien Favre
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