Dhe actually most important news of Wednesday evening almost went under. Borussia Dortmund is early in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Due to the 1-1 draw in the home game against Lazio Rome, the Bundesliga club cannot be ousted from the top two positions in the group before the final game at Zenit St. Petersburg next Tuesday. The ten points reached so far to run in the final before the knocked-off Russians (one point) and Lazio (nine) or FC Bruges (seven), who will face each other in a direct duel next week.
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The interim goal that BVB set itself in this complicated Corona season has therefore been achieved. Nevertheless, the mood in the Dortmund camp was anything but good. Because the day had left its mark. Even before the game, the news of Erling Haaland’s failure was alarming. For the best striker, who has scored six goals in four games for Borussia in the Champions League and ten goals in eight games in the Bundesliga this season, the football year 2020 is probably already over. After a muscle fiber tear in the final training session, the Norwegian is expected to be out until January.
“It hurts a lot, of course, because Erling Haaland has been responsible for the goals and the will to win in the last few weeks,” said sports director Michael Zorc on TV channel Sky before the game against Lazio. “He is a very important player for us and set the tone on the offensive. But up to 12 months ago we played without him and of course we have to make it more flexible now to compensate for the risk of goal. ”It won’t be easy. Against the Romans, BVB created few scoring opportunities. One uses Raphael Guerreiro (44th minute) to lead 1-0.
The fact that it wasn’t enough to win was of course also due to the Borussia, who did not step up and let the up-and-coming Lazio get better and better into the game in the second half. “We played against good opponents. It is impossible to always win high. We definitely had our scoring chances and could take a higher lead, ”said coach Lucien Favre. Captain Marco Reus also saw his own shortcomings: “We were too low in the second half, we dropped too far, that shouldn’t happen to us at home. Unfortunately we didn’t reward ourselves with a win. “
Even more than the Dortmund deficits, the black and yellow were concerned with a decision by the referee team. In a duel with the recently substituted Nico Schulz in the far corner of the penalty area, the Roman Sergej Milinkovic-Savic took off. Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz initially let the game continue, but then suddenly turned around, whistled and gave a penalty. Even the Romans didn’t know what was happening to them at first, the Dortmunders reacted puzzled and then angry. Ciro Immobile, who played a rather unfortunate season in Dortmund in 2014/2015 despite his ten goals, did not miss the chance to make it 1-1 and converted the penalty (67th).