Dortmund lost in Cologne, missing the chance to go top

Dortmund lost in Cologne, missing the chance to go top

BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund failed to hand Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin their first loss when they surrendered a one-goal lead to beat Cologne 3-2 on Saturday.

Eintracht Frankfurt beat Union 2-0 at home, ending the last unbeaten team’s record in the league, although Ors Fischer’s side stayed on top for a third straight match – ahead of Freiburg on goal difference in

Freiburg enjoyed a 2-1 win at home to Mainz to consolidate their excellent start after eight rounds.

Instead of going top, Dortmund dropped to fourth behind Bayern Munich, which ended a four-game winless streak with a 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

Jude Bellingham led Dortmund as captain for the first time in the absence of Marco Reus and Mats Hummels. The 19-year-old England star became Dortmund’s youngest ever captain in the Bundesliga – and he celebrated with a hand when he scored the first goal.

Julian Brandt scored after a tough opening half hour when he picked off a Bellingham pass perfectly on his first touch and stayed well to flick the ball past Marvin Schwabe in the 31st.

But Dortmund again failed to push on – bringing thoughts back to Werder Bremen’s recent comeback in the Bundesliga and Manchester City’s 2-1 win in the Champions League.

Florian Keens equalized for Cologne in the 53rd, then sent in a corner for Stefan Tiegs to score against his former team in the 56th. Dejan Ljubicic sealed it in the 71st with a curling shot inside the far post.

When 17-year-old Tom Roth’s cross was looped in by some sort of deflection in the 78th, it was too late for the visitors.

The Union paid the price for an extraordinarily flawed defense in Frankfurt.

Mario Gotze scored for Frankfurt in the 12th on the counter-attack as a good run from Randall Mewani, easily beat two defenders to help the former Germany star score his second goal of the season. .

Jesper Lindström stole the ball from Paul Jackel, then cut inside him before unleashing the ball inside the left post in the 42nd.

Gotze was injured in the 66th and Kolo Mevani was sent off for his second yellow card two minutes later for a hard tackle on Andras Schaefer’s leg.

Leipzig spoiled Thomas Letsch’s first game as Bochum coach with a 4-0 win, and Yank Gerhardt scored in injury time to give Wolfsburg a 3-2 win over Stuttgart.

Borussia Mönchengladbach visited promoted Werder Bremen late in the match.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *