From whistles at half time to “The BVB is back again chants” by the end of the game. It was a stunning 4-2 win for Dortmund, that didn’t spare the spectators from drama, as the black and yellows turned around a frantic Friday night match against Mainz to – finally – win two games in a row.
The euphoria after the 3-0 win in Freiburg and the contract extension of Marco Reus was wiped away almost instantly, as Borussia Dortmund conceded yet another slap stick goal within the first minute of the game. Elkin Soto volley from 25 meters out into an open net, as Weidenfeller’s punch did not go far enough and left the goalkeeper stranded. Marcel Schmelzer’s attempt to clear the ball of the line looked only pitiful.
But unlike in the last home match, Borussia Dortmund wasn’t too phased by going behind yet again. Of course, Mainz had the perfect start and put their emphasis on defense in the first half, but Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all had excellent scoring opportunities… only the finishing wasn’t good enough. A few whistles when the referee paused the game after 45 minutes, but the majority of Dortmund fans reacted with chance to overtone them right away.
Anyway, the second half was way more exciting anyway. The black and yellows were determined to turn this game around and pushed the throttle down hard right from the start.
Did Neven Subotic unfairly bullied his opponent when he headed in the equalizer from a set-piece? Frankly, no Dortmund fan will care. It counted. The referee could have also pointed to the spot when Ilkay Gündogan hit the ball with his hand in Dortmund’s box, since it was a clear penalty, but again – Borussia Dortmund was unfortunate enough this season (Might sound a bit biased now).
In the end Subotic’s goal was the most unspectacular goal, although it got the game going. Because, as it turns out, FSV Mainz aren’t very good at dealing with setbacks either, after only one win in 12 games. But no credit to Mainz’s inability, the 2-1 scored by Marco Reus was pure magic. Sokratis moved to pull out a midfielder and used the space to pass it to Kevin Kampl, who had his best moment in a yellow shirt and played it into the path of Reus in one fluid and elegant turn. This was BVB football, this is what people paid to see. Obviously not the Mainz fans, but they weren’t really interested in seeing the game anyway, or they wouldn’t have set off multiple smoke bombs.
The man who extended his contract and was the talk of the town turned it around. Borussia Dortmund in the lead endless euphoria, Jürgen Klopp going bonkers on the sideline… sadly that lasted for only 119 seconds.
Yunus Malli’s equalizer shot Dortmund right into the hard and at this point it has to be said: Marcel Schmelzer hadn’t had his best game. Too often he was overrun on his left side, too often one change of direction was enough to take Schmelzer out of the game.
But thankfully the Ketchup bottle has been opened in Freiburg and the tomato sauce is pouring now. Although it was 2-2 for a good 20 minutes, Borussia Dortmund were in full control of the game and just looked determined. A whole different body language compared to the Augsburg match.
How nice it is to have Marco Reus on your team became evident after 70 minutes. Because besides the great team play, that Dortmund displayed throughout the match with combinations that were easy one the eye, some classy individual skill finally made the difference again. A good sign for restored confidence. And what a pass it was to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Reus. The midfielder bent it from the very left side of the pitch, just past the half-way line into Aubameyang’s feet with the outside of his boot. Naturally the Gabonese striker would score that one, the hardest to convert of all 353 chances he had in the game. Again Aubameyang showed how influential he is for this team, being always around where the danger happens, He picked up a nice amount of fantasy points with one goal and one assist.
When Nuri Sahin volleyed home the fourth through Stafanos Kapino’s legs 10 minutes before full time (another set-piece goal), victory was sealed and the yellow wall made it very clear that Borussia Dortmund are back. 4-2 the end result and we can confidently say, that BVB is slowly but surely starting a positive trend.
Yes, they are still shaky at times, but the sheer amount of quality is forcing itself onto the pitch. Next week the three-day-rhythm starts with Stuttgart, Juventus, Schalke, Dresden, Hamburg, but Dortmund fans will be less worried now.
It was an exciting evening with the team bouncing in front of the yellow wall after the match. Borussia Dortmund was a lot of fun to watch and gained the vital three points, which is the most important message of this match day.