uBorussia Dortmund’s games in the new year are also entertaining and eventful, but BVB still don’t look like a stable top team after the many intensive weeks of training this winter. The football club, which started the season as a contender for the German championship title, played convincingly at best in a few phases in the ultimately rather wild 4: 3 against FC Augsburg.
As in most games before the winter break, there were far too many mistakes on the defensive. The emotional 30-minute comeback of Sébastien Haller, who has recovered from his cancer, has not yet led to new penetrating power in the striker. After his contract extension, Youssoufa Moukoko is not yet a top striker for the highest Bundesliga level.
The teenager played before Hallers came on and remained quite pale for an hour. The only good chance he had after a great move and an assist from Julian Brandt was wasted with a poor finish (23rd minute). So once again the ubiquitous Jew Bellingham had to take care of the scoring thing. The Englishman, who was perhaps the most important offensive player in the first half of the season and has come a little closer to the status of a world-class player thanks to his strong World Cup with England, scored the first competitive goal of the year for BVB. He scored from 16 meters to make it 1-0 (29th).
The only player in the starting XI who wasn’t part of the first half of the season was newcomer Julian Ryerson, who was signed by Union Berlin for five million euros during the winter break to alleviate Dortmund’s ongoing problems in the outer positions of the defensive chain. The Norwegian can also play on the left but played on the right on Sunday and had some good moments. But the frightening defensive weaknesses took the team into the new year.
Uncertainty returns at BVB
Before Augsburg made it 1-1, Nico Schlotterbeck carelessly lost the ball in his own penalty area, while Arne Meier had little trouble using the gift to equalize (40′). A whole chain of mistakes followed before the 2:2: Bellingham missed the chance to secure the ball in midfield, Salih Özcan lost a duel, and the central defense was so badly staggered during the subsequent through ball that Ermin Demirovic ran away from Mats Hummels and equalized ( 45.+2).
The actual balance of power and the course of the game would have been good for a 3-0 half-time lead, but BVB is simply not consistent enough in preventing dangerous attacks from the opponent. After the many training sessions during the winter break, however, the handling of standard situations is clearly improved. Immediately after his faux pas, Schlotterbeck scored with a header to make it 2-1. Brandt had delivered the template with a free kick.
After the break, all the uncertainty was back, there was hardly any offensive danger at first, and Demirovic even had a great opportunity to make it 2:3 (61st). Shortly thereafter, Haller came on to the hopeful cheers of the stadium, Bynoe-Gittens and Giovanni Reyna also came later as jokers. Bynoe-Gittens scored from long-range to make it 3-2 (75′) before Augsburg’s David Colina equalized again after a shot by Kelvin Yeboah (77′).
It was now an unleashed football game that Reyna decided for Dortmund with a wonderful long-range shot into the far corner (80th). “Quality at the front – and no quality at the back,” Schlotterbeck summed up at DAZN: “I don’t even know whether I should be happy about the win or annoyed by the three goals conceded.”