Borussia Dortmund remains on Eintracht Frankfurt’s heels in the battle for Champions League qualification. On the 30th matchday of the Bundesliga, BVB won their home game against 1. FC Union Berlin 2-0 (1-0) and is thus four points behind the fourth-placed SGE.
The game began with a bang: Berlin’s Ingvartsen hit the crossbar after just twelve seconds, and Endo followed just 40 seconds later. Dortmund needed something to cope with the brisk pace of the guests, but then came up with three good scoring chances themselves within six minutes. As a result, BVB, despite a slight lack of concentration in possession of the ball, was the better team and often on the right and especially through counter situations towards the Union goal.
With the Iron, Kruse pulled the strings as usual, sank low and thus escaped the guard of Can and Bellingham to distribute the balls. On the offensive, however, Union lacked the courage to come to further deals. Borussia still had it, nine pieces until the break – Haaland missed the greatest opportunity, who failed free before Luthe.
Hardly anything changed in these events in the second section, BVB with the substitute comebacker Sancho stood several times before making the preliminary decision. Union now also more determined on the offensive, but too imprecise around Dortmund’s penalty area. Kruse hit the post after a strong save from Hitz (66th).
Union also failed to bring their strengths to standard situations, as Dortmund defended them well. The home side did not catch dangerous counterattacks either, in contrast to the performance against Bremen at the weekend, the protection was right this time. In the final phase, however, BVB managed to keep the balls in their own ranks less often.
BVB against 1. FC Union Berlin: The lineups
Union: Luthe – Trimmel, Friedrich, Knoche (73rd Schlotterbeck), Lenz – Prömel (80th Prömel), Andrich – Ingvartsen, Kruse (73rd Teuchert), Endo (58th Bülter) – Musa (73rd Pohjanpalo).
Gates: 1-0 Reus (27th), 2-0 Guerreiro (88th)
Special occurrence: Haaland misses a penalty kick (27.)
Confirmed its last rising form. Again very brave in the direct duels, snaked past the opponents a few times at great speed. So prepared three shots on goal and completed three times himself – the best record of all Dortmunders.