Borussia Dortmund vs. Mainz – Match Report – October 16, 2021

Borussia Dortmund vs.  Mainz - Match Report - October 16, 2021

Borussia Dortmund defeated Mainz 3-1 this Saturday, with a goal from Marco Reus and two from Erling Haaland, one of them from a penalty, with what has become provisional leader of the Bundesliga, waiting for him to that happens this Sunday in the duel between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich.

The other team that could have reached the top of the standings today, Freiburg, drew one goal against Leipzig and remains in fourth position, although without losing defeat.

Union Berlin are now fifth after beating Wolfsburg 2-0.

Dortmund had almost absolute control of the game in the first half. Marco Rose’s men monopolized possession of the ball, did not allow Mainz to weave counterattacks and went ahead early, in minute 3, with a great goal from Marco Reus.

The play began with a combination between Julian Brandt and Thomas Meunier on the right wing. The center of Meunier, who was looking for Erling Haaland, rebounded at the feet of Reus who scored with a left-footed shot to the square.

Later, Dortmund continued to command and the only thing that could be missed was that they did not have more arrival against Mainz whose priority was to defend themselves.

There was a deflected shot by Meunier in the 21st minute and another by Brandt in the 31st, both from a good position and, at the end of the first half, an excellent double chance from Haaland that first saved goalkeeper Robin Zentner and then Niakhaté on the goal line.

Already in the second half, in the 54th minute, Haaland scored the second for Dortmund by converting a penalty for one hand inside the area detected by the VAR.

The goal came just when Mainz had begun to show a clear improvement with their forward lines and had begun to appear threatening in their counterattacks.

In 62 Onisiwo had an excellent chance with a Vaseline that went over the goal when goalkeeper Gregor Kobel was already beaten. In 64 Mats Hummels responded with a header to the post that would have been the sentence. Then, in 76, Kobel had to stop a shot from Boethius with his fists.

In 88, when Mainz had managed to put the game in the opposite half, Burkard got the discount.

In the 94th minute Haaland sentenced with a shot inside the area to a pass from Jude Bellingham, who had stolen a ball near the line in the middle of the field.

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