Borussia Dortmund, with the losses of Marco Reus and Erling Haaland, fell 1-0 against Borussia Mönchengladbach in a commitment in which they had to play the entire second half with ten men due to the expulsion of Mahmud Dahoud.
The only goal of the match was scored by Denis Zakaria in the 36th minute. With the defeat, Dortmund fell to fourth place, four points less than Bayern, which is leading.
The game soon became a kind of pulse in the center of the field between the two teams with many frictions and many fouls, little order in the attack game and few arrivals to the area.
Gladbach began to gain some advantage by winning second balls and with greater precision at the start.
At the beginning Dortmund had two good approaches. A good overflow down the right wing in the 6th minute from Jude Bellingham who, however, missed in the middle and did not find Moukoko, who was in a good shot position.
In the 7th a goal by Mats Hummels was annulled for clear offside after a free kick by Raphael
Later the Gladbach began to prevail, without much order but with insistence. And in minute 36 Denis Zakaria opened the scoring with a shot from inside the area.
The play before the goal was a summary of how the game was developing. First, a Lars Stindl cross into the area was cleared by Guerreiro. Then the ball was left to Zakaria, who tried a wall with Mathias Ginter and came to the finish after the ball returned to him after hitting Bellingham’s foot.
The second blow for Dortmund came in the 40th minute when they were left with ten men after Mahmoud Dahoud was sent off for a double yellow.
In the second half, Dortmund opted to change the scheme after having started with a defense of three centrals. Pongracic, one of them, stepped out to make way for Thorgan Hazard.
This, added to the numerical inferiority, changed the dynamics of the party. Dortmund began to find more spaces to attack but also to give Gladbach more freedom
Gladbach were for most of the second half closer to third than Dortmund tied, although in added time Hazard was able to score with a header, but sent the ball over the goal.