Borussia Dortmund can’t get out of the partying and has also transformed the first match ball into the Champions League in the cup frenzy.
The Dortmund Cup heroes continued to celebrate. Coach Edin Terzic and sports director Michael Zorc lay in each other’s arms for a long time after the relieving entry into the Champions League, Erling Haaland bumped his teammates over in the wild cheering dance. Even thunder and lightning did not stop BVB’s storm in the premier class.
“Few people believed in us,” said captain Marco Reus Sky full of pride. “The team deserves an unbelievable compliment. It was really strong, the mentality we have shown over the past few weeks.” BVB have made their own way: “If we have to, we can do great things.”
Just three days after the cup triumph, Borussia won 3-1 (2-0) at FSV Mainz 05, which had already been rescued, and crowned their furious catch-up in the Bundesliga. One matchday before the end of the season, the black-yellows turned eleven points behind into an unassailable four-point lead over Eintracht Frankfurt. “That took a lot of strength,” said Reus, visibly tired.
Raphael Guerreiro (23rd), Reus (42nd) and Julian Brandt (80th) gave Dortmund their sixth league win in a row. Robin Quaison shortened for Mainz (90th + 1, hand penalty after video evidence). In the meantime, a thunderstorm over the Mainz stadium had really mixed up the game, and the second half could only be kicked off with a delay of fifteen minutes.
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Terzic, who will be succeeded by Marco Rose in the coming season despite a successful head coach mission, wanted to take the momentum from 4-1 against RB Leipzig unchecked and sent the trophy heroes Haaland and Jadon Sancho into the race from the start. Only Thomas Meunier and Giovanni Reyna joined the team. BVB immediately took control, but initially found no gaps in the safe and deep Mainz defense.
It was dangerous for the first time in the 17th minute after captain Reus made a strong opening, but Jude Bellingham narrowly missed. Shortly afterwards, left-back Guerreiro aimed better from the edge of the box. The guests kept the pressure up after the opening goal, but they rarely came in front of the goal. Storm giant Haaland, whose whereabouts Zorc confirmed (“He will play for us next season”), remained pale for long stretches.
While Mainz missed the consistency of the past few weeks, Dortmund continued to run with a lot of possession – and was rewarded. Reus poked the ball into the goal shortly before the break to make it 2-0.
After that, the hosts whirled around. Karim Onisiwo (47th), Quaison (51st), Jean-Paul Boetius (53rd) and Danny Latza (64th) had good opportunities. However, BVB regained more control, U21 national goalkeeper Finn Dahmen saved strong against Sancho (65th) in his second Bundesliga game. Brandt’s goal was the decision