Dortmund thanks to Malen in Eindhoven with a good starting position in the Champions League

dortmund thanks to malen in eindhoven with a good starting position in the champions league

Last Update: 20.02.2024 23: 43

Despite shaky defense and many mistakes in the game, Borussia Dortmund advanced in the Champions League round of 16 at the PSV Eindhoven with a 1:1 on Tuesday evening (20.02.2024) a good starting position developed – thanks to ex-PSV Star Donyell Malen. The compensation was due to a wrong decision.

The first setback had to be put away by Dortmund shortly before the kick-off. Regular goalkeeper Gregor Kobel signaled muscular problems during the warm-up, Alexander Meyer had to jump in spontaneously. Subsequently, the 32-year-old could not complain about the lack of employment. The very active ex-Napoli Star Hirving Lozano closed in the 12th minute. The completely free-standing Malik Tillmann also failed after a good quarter of an hour on the play of Luuk de Jong from the penalty area.

Fill jug and paint fail-then paint hits after all

But also the sometimes quite airy defending BVB was always looking for a quick way to the top after winning the ball. Donyell paint warped in the 15th. A Minute short, then Niclas Füllkrug put the Ball completely free-standing from a central position far above the crossbar.

From a scene that promised far less danger of scoring than the previous two, Dortmund then went in the 24th. A Minute of leadership. Emre Can had captured the Ball on the sideline, Malen marched half-right into the penalty area. The angle was actually unfavorable for a degree. But the former Eindhoven, who stormed for PSV between 2018 and 2021, before he hired BVB for 30 million euros, dared to take the shot: slightly faked by Sergino Dest, the bullet hit at a right angle.

BVB defensively very vulnerable

PSV responded with furious counterattacks, Dortmund got no security on the Defensive. But the hosts remained too inaccurate in the end, Ismael Saibari and Johan Bakayoko gave up further big chances, the BVB was lucky to save the 1-0 lead in the break.

Even after the change of sides, Eindhoven remained at the mercy, Dortmund lost the balls far too quickly in their own attempts to attack and hardly got any relief. A controversial decision by the referee then brought the equaliser.

Hummels hits the Ball first, then Tillman

In the 55th. Dortmund’s defensive boss Mats Hummels first hit the Ball during a clearing action, then Tillman tumbled over his crease. Srdan Jovanovic pointed quite decisively at the penalty spot and tried to appease the attacking Dortmund by checking the decision on the video screen. There, however, they apparently thought the whistle was not so seriously flawed that they thought a correction was necessary – de Jong accepted with gratitude and scored 1:1.

Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck were rightly upset about this serious interference in the game after the game: “Zero percent penalty”, Hummels said on “Prime”. “I hit the Ball first. The Eindhoven people knew that too, Tillman kept grinning at me for minutes after this scene.” Hummels in Rage: “I don’t understand the referees at the moment. You are on a completely wrong path and I unfortunately think the video referee has made the referees worse.” Schlotterbeck saw it the same way: “Clearly played Ball. No defender in the whole world whistles such a penalty.”

Hoe from Wolf-at The Post

Even after that, Dortmund continued to wobble defensively, but almost regained the lead through a stroke of genius by substitute Marius Wolf. A free kick from Ian Maatsen, Chelsea loanee with PSV training, Wolf circled the left post with his hoe (72.).

For the return match on 13. In Dortmund, BVB nevertheless has a promising starting position. Schlotterbeck commented confidently: “21: 00 Champions League in our stadium-we will definitely get there.”

Now at home against Hoffenheim

BVB Coach Edin Terzic summed up: “With the result, we can live quite well. If you want to progress in the Champions League, you have to win your home games. In many phases we defended well here, even if we were behind a lot in the second half and suffered a lot.” On the penalty, he said: “We can’t change it, it’s part of the game. What we have in hand is the return game.”

Before that, the Bundesliga will take place on Sunday (25.02.2024, 17.30, Live Ticker at sportschau.de) continue at home against TSG Hoffenheim, where a one-point lead over fifth-placed RB Leipzig is in contention for re-qualification to the Champions League.

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