Haaland at BVB: Like a violinist in a wind orchestra – sport

On Sunday it was the anniversary of Erling Haaland’s start at Borussia Dortmund. On January 3, 2020, the training center in Dortmund-Brackel only checked how quickly lactic acid forms in the Norwegian’s muscles under exertion (technical term: lactate test). On Sunday, a year later, it was eager to see if the 20-year-old would be able to help at short notice after his injury break to end a result misery that had recently cost the club several places in the table and their coach Lucien Favre the job (technical term : Crisis). Haaland had missed seven competitive games during this phase due to a hamstring tear.

Although Erling Haaland did not score a goal against VfL Wolfsburg, his presence apparently helped to motivate the Dortmund team, who had been unsettled in the weeks before, to win. The patience marked 2-0 (0-0) success through a header from defender Manuel Akanji (66th) and a perfectly formed counterattack by Jadon Sancho in stoppage time meant the first win in their own stadium after three Bundesliga home defeats in a row promoted Dortmund in the table past Wolfsburg to the fourth place that is at least required for Champions League qualification. “We are completely satisfied,” said coach Edin Terzic after the game, “because it was a very difficult task.” In view of the weak phases in play, he particularly praised the effort and body language of his players.

Haaland had scored 33 goals in 32 competitive games since he started in Dortmund a year ago, and this season alone 17 goals in 14 competitive games before a muscle fiber tore in his hip flexor at the beginning of December. Since then Dortmund has won one game each per competition in St. Petersburg, Bremen and Braunschweig, but the more painful for the battered self-esteem were the two Bundesliga defeats at home against VfB Stuttgart (1: 5) and at Union Berlin (1: 2) to book. The disgrace against the Swabians had even cost Favre his job, so that Haaland was now acting under the exclusive command of the trainer Terzic for the first time.

The 38-year-old Sauerland native used the healing of Haaland’s muscles at his personal home premiere as head coach to call the Norwegian directly into the starting line-up. This also seemed appropriate insofar as the 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko was unable to participate due to knee problems. But Haaland immediately felt a bit that the BVB game had lost its self-confidence in the past few weeks. The striker initially felt like a violinist in a wind orchestra – he barely got a ball.

“In the first half we were too far apart to put pressure on the ball,” said Terzic after the game. Haaland also suffered from this. Its first conclusion in the 28th minute was a harmless long-range shot. Five minutes later, a long ball reached him for the first time from below, but he missed this chance. “Erling wins us space, depth and time,” says Terzic about the fundamental relevance of the young Norwegian for the Dortmund game, but almost none of these three factors arose in the first half. But that was also because the Wolfsburg pressed very high. They even had better chances in the first section thanks to Xaver Schlager (5th), Yannick Gerhardt (6th) and Wout Weghorst (41st).

It was only shortly before the break that Borussia became a bit more compelling. Terzic acted noticeably on the sidelines as an extroverted driver, called a lot, applauded successful ball conquests, clenched his fists on occasion. In the 53rd minute, however, he found the first big chance for Haaland to tear his hair down. Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels parried it after a through pass from Raphael Guerreiro. Haaland slowly warmed up.

But before the fruitful phase of this warming would no longer experience the final whistle, the always helpful central defender Manuel Akanji wanted to play it safe. In the 66th minute he headed a corner from Jadon Sancho to 1-0 lead. The Dortmund team is by no means ashamed of hits after dormant balls, it was their ninth standard goal. For Sancho, the 2-0 in the second minute of stoppage time was actually the first Bundesliga goal of the season. Another Dortmund who was inspired by the Haaland comeback.


Borussia Dortmund wins 2-0 against VfL Wolfsburg – Sport

New year, new momentum: Borussia Dortmund has dispelled the curse and regained a place in the Champions League. After three defeats in their own stadium, the Revierclub was spared another setback in the Bundesliga in the hard-fought 2-0 (0-0) win over VfL Wolfsburg. Thanks to the goals of Manuel Akanji (66th minute) and Jadon Sancho (90th + 1), Lucien Favre’s successor Edin Terzic improved to fourth place on Sunday. In contrast, the North Germans remained in the eleventh league game in a row against BVB without a win.

The striker Erling Haaland, who had been sorely missing for weeks and who had torn a muscle fiber at the beginning of December, was supposed to give Borussia more depth and speed to the last sluggish attacking game. His comeback is just in time with a view to the other difficult games in January against Leipzig, Leverkusen and Mönchengladbach. “This month is definitely crucial for the rest of the Bundesliga,” said BVB coach Terzic in the Sky interview before the game.

But the return of Haaland initially fizzled out ineffectively. The Wolfsburg-based team got off to a better start and missed two top-class chances through Xaver Schlager (5th) and Yannick Gerhardt (6th) in the early stages.

Only then did BVB find effective means to get rid of the committed pressing of the “wolves”. Marco Reus (10th) failed from close range to keeper Koen Casteels. Nonetheless, the North Germans remained an uncomfortable opponent. A handball by BVB midfielder Axel Witsel (21st) in his own penalty area after Renato Steffen’s header was checked by the video referee, but was not punished as worthy of a penalty.

Sancho makes everything clear

However, both teams were unable to maintain the high pace of the early stages. Both Wolfsburg and Dortmund were now trying to build up the game in a more controlled and calm manner. Nevertheless, BVB had two good chances to take the lead before the break. First Reus (43.) failed shortly before the goal line with a pass to Haaland, three minutes later Jadon Sancho missed the empty goal.

Even after the restart, both teams continued to duel at eye level – with slight advantages for BVB. It was only thanks to the strong reaction fromschlussman Casteels in the 53rd minute that Haaland’s shot did not land in the Wolfsburg net.

But Borussia’s dedicated and focused work still paid off. After a Sancho corner, defender Akanji headed in and gave his team the lead they deserved with his second goal of the season. This means that four of BVB’s last six competitive goals fell after a standard situation. Substitute for the tired Haaland Steffen Tigges could have increased it to 2-0 with his first shot, but VfL defender John Anthony Brooks saved just before the goal line (82nd). Then Sancho made everything clear with a counterattack in stoppage time.


Martin Schmidt gives up job as a TV expert at Sky

On Monday Mainz 05 confirmed the return of Martin Schmidt as sports director at Rheinhessen. Now it is also clear: The Swiss is giving up his job as an expert at Sky TV.

Mainz ‘new sports director is no longer a football expert for the pay TV channel Sky. A company spokesman t-online confirmed this on request.

“After taking office as sports director of Mainz 05, Martin Schmidt will no longer work as an expert for Sky with immediate effect. We thank him for the cooperation over the past months and wish him all the best in his new role”, Sky told t-online . Whether and to what extent Schmidt’s expert job will be filled with new staff is editorially “still in the planning stage”.

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It was only at the beginning of September 2020 that Sky announced Schmidt’s commitment as an expert for its football broadcasts. A little more than three months later, Schmidt is now returning to a sporting activity.

The 53-year-old had previously been active as head coach in various Bundesliga clubs. From April 2019 to March 2020 in Augsburg, from September 2017 to February 2018 at VfL Wolfsburg and from February 2015 to May 2017 in Mainz. So now the return to the Rheinhessen – albeit in a different role.


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Borussia Dortmund was already tied for second place with Bayern this season, but the many stumbling blocks, especially against supposedly smaller clubs – such as Union Berlin on the last day of the game – meant that BVB only went into fifth place in the short winter break.

The table neighbor VfL Wolfsburg was able to take advantage of this. In the last Bundesliga game of 2020, the Wolves defeated VfB Stuttgart 1-0 and overtook BVB in the table.

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Borussia Dortmund versus VfL Wolfsburg: waiting for Haaland

The good news for BVB coach Edin Terzic is: striker Erling Haaland is about to make a comeback. “The rehab went very well. We assume that Erling can play again against Wolfsburg“said sports director Michael Zorc of the” picture “.

Haaland had torn a muscle fiber in early December during the final training session before the Champions League game against Lazio (1: 1). Without the 20 year old Norwegian, who had scored ten times in his previous eight Bundesliga games, succeeded BVB in the past four point games only one win.

Wolfsburg have only lost one game this season – and that was a close 1-2 against FC Bayern. The team at Oliver Glasner but has already drawn six times, which was especially true at the beginning of the season Almost expulsion of the coach would have taken care of.

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  • 02.01.2021, 3:30 p.m., 1. FC Cologne – FC Augsburg, Sky Sport Bundesliga 5 HD, Sky Go and Sky Ticket
  • 02.01.2021, 3:30 p.m., TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – SC Freiburg, Sky Sport Bundesliga 6 HD, Sky Go and Sky Ticket
  • 02.01.2021, 6:30 p.m., Hertha BSC – FC Schalke 04, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1 HD, Sky Go and Sky Ticket
  • 02.01.2021, 8:30 p.m., VfB Stuttgart – RB Leipzig, DAZN
  • 03.01.2021, 3:30 p.m., Borussia Dortmund – VfL Wolfsburg, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1 HD, Sky Go and Sky Ticket
  • 03.01.2021, 6 p.m., FC Bayern Munich – FSV Mainz 05, Sky Sport Bundesliga 1 HD, Sky Go and Sky Ticket

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DFB Cup: 2nd miracle – Rot-Weiss Essen also embarrassed Düsseldorf

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The next miracle – Rot-Weiss Essen also embarrassed Düsseldorf

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Three chances, three goals! Eating succeeds in the next surprise

The next miracle is perfect! After beating Fortuna Düsseldorf, Rot-Weiss Essen is back in the round of 16 for the first time in twelve years. The regional league uses the only three chances ice cold. Here are the highlights in the video!

The traditional club Rot-Weiss Essen continues to cause a stir. After Arminia Bielefeld, the fourth division now also eliminates second division Fortuna Düsseldorf in the DFB Cup. The Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg, however, is harmless.

Dhe former Bundesliga club Rot-Weiss Essen is back in the DFB Cup round of 16 for the first time in twelve years after the surprise in the neighborhood duel with Fortuna Düsseldorf. The so far unbeaten front runner of the Regionalliga West came to a happy 3: 2 (2: 1) in the second cup round against the relegated from the Bundesliga. Simon Engelmann (15th minute), captain Marco Kehl-Gomez (39th) and substitute Oguzhan Kefkir (70th) took advantage of the fourth division’s only three real chances.

The clearly superior Fortuna came despite their higher effort only to the interim 1: 1 and the late penalty goal by goal scorer Rouwen Hennings (36th / 87th). As in the previous season, coach Uwe Rösler’s team failed because of a fourth division. In March, Fortuna, as a Bundesliga team, lost the quarter-finals at 1. FC Saarbrücken after a penalty shoot-out.

In Essen, Fortuna was playfully stronger from the start, but had a hard time in front of goal. The self-confident Essenes, who are still without defeat in 20 games of the season, are completely different. The team of coach Christian Neidhart had also eliminated Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld 1-0 in the first round of the cup. On Wednesday almost everything went for the traditional club from the district, which last played in the Bundesliga 43 years ago.

Striker Engelmann took advantage of a bad mistake by Düsseldorf’s substitute keeper Raphael Wolf early on. RWE hit back just three minutes after Hennings’ well-deserved compensation: Kehl-Gomez exploited a coordination problem in the Fortuna defense and headed the ball into the net. In the second round, Fortuna labored as laboriously as in vain. A counterattack by the German champions from 1955 was enough for the decision. More than a converted foul penalty by Hennings was no longer possible for the guests.

VfL Wolfsburg – SV Sandhausen 4: 0 (3: 0)

At the end of a strong first phase of the season, VfL Wolfsburg once again demonstrated its football skills and confidently reached the round of 16 in the DFB Cup. The fourth place in the Bundesliga defeated SV Sandhausen, despite Corona worries and numerous failures, deservedly 4-0 (3-0). Yannick Gerhardt in the 27th minute, Wout Weghorst (30./90.+1) and João Victor (41.) scored the goals on Wednesday evening for coach Oliver Glasner’s team, who were superior in all respects. Second division relegation candidate Sandhausen could not keep up and was completely harmless in attack.

Peat festival! Superior Wolfsburg one lap further

Wolfsburg lives up to its role as favorites against Sandhausen and makes it through to the round of 16 with ease. The Lower Saxony defeat the second division team, despite great personnel worries, well deserved. See all the goals of the game here.

“I am very satisfied,” said Glasner. “It was a great performance from us today.” His team had full control of the game, said the Austrian.

Shortly before the kick-off, the wolves announced the next corona case. After Maximilian Arnold, Jérôme Roussillon and William, central defender Maxence Lacroix had also tested positive for the virus. In total, Glasner had to do without eleven players, in Niklas Klinger and Lino Kasten two regular goalkeepers with field player jerseys sat on the bench. At Sandhausen, captain Dennis Diekmeier injured himself while warming up and could not run up.

Despite the staff worries, Wolfsburg took control directly in the drizzle. The Lower Saxony combined easily through the SVS’s back team. Between the 14th and 21st minute, Sandhausen’s Alexander Rossipal rescued just before the line, and guest goalkeeper Rick Wulle prevented the 1-0 three times.

But then the 26-year-old was powerless. Diekmeier representative Robin Scheu faked a shot from Gerhardt untenable. A little later Weghorst headed the second VfL goal, and at the latest when João Victor had scored the 3-0, it was clear: That evening, the weak exploitation of opportunities in the early stages for Wolfsburg should not take revenge.

The will could not be denied Sandhausen. The guests showed commitment in the duels and tried to support themselves as much as they could against enthusiastic Wolfsburg players. However, they could not do anything against the superiority of VfL, neither in defense nor with their harmless offensive.

Wolfsburg, on the other hand, played with a comfortable 3-0 in the back and came through Weghorst to 4-0 in stoppage time. After the pre-Christmas victory, there is now a short break. On January 3rd, the next opponent in the Bundesliga is Borussia Dortmund.


Interview with Oliver Glasner: “Friction generates energy” – sport

VfL Wolfsburg goes undefeated to Bayern. Coach Oliver Glasner talks about his game idea, the friction with manager Schmadtke and his personal experience with head injuries in football.

Interview by

Felix Haselsteiner and Thomas Hürner

Oliver Glasner, 46, has been the coach of VfL Wolfsburg for a year and a half. He came from his home country Austria, where the former defender had worked successfully as an assistant at RB Salzburg and as head coach in Ried and ASK Linz. The German soccer republic still knows little about Glasner. Werkself skeptics in particular felt confirmed: a rather inconspicuous coach at a rather gray club. Or not? Glasner greets via video switch, behind him: a bright green VfL poster. And in terms of sport, the Wolfsburg season has not been gray at all: Before the top game this Wednesday at FC Bayern, VfL is undefeated fourth in the table.


Hansi Flick brings Joshua Kimmich into play

Mhe last effort, Bayern Munich wants to avoid a Christmas depression after an outstanding year. “We’ll put everything in there that we have. These are important games, big obstacles that we have to jump over. You can already say that it would be big points, ”emphasized coach Hansi Flick before the top games of the triple winner, without a win in two games, against VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday (8.30 p.m.) and then three days later at Bayer Leverkusen (both in the FAZ- Live ticker for the Bundesliga and Sky).

The quick return of “mentality monster” Joshua Kimmich would be all the more important. Flick indicated that the 25-year-old, who is so sorely missed by the record champions, could play against the Werkself again on Saturday.

“We have to see how he copes with the training in the coming days. He has to listen to himself and weigh things up. And then we will decide together whether he will be there for the weekend, ”said Flick this Tuesday. Kimmich sees “everything very factually. Emotions are not a good guide in this matter ”.

Injury to the external meniscus

Kimmich, who sustained an injury to the outer meniscus of his right knee in the game at Borussia Dortmund (3-2) on November 7, started team training on Monday. So far, Bayern had assumed that the midfielder would make a comeback in January. But now everything goes faster. According to Flick, it “looks very good”. Against Wolfsburg, Kimmich is “not an issue, I think”.

National player Leon Goretzka, who has been complaining of muscular problems since the 1-1 draw at Union Berlin, will also fail against the Wolves. “We hope that he will be back against Leverkusen,” said Flick. After all, Niklas Süle (thigh contusion) returns.

Particular attention is also paid to striker Robert Lewandowski against Wolfsburg. The Pole scored more often against VfL than against any other club: 21 goals in 19 games, including that special moment with five goals in just under nine minutes on September 22, 2015. “It would be nice,” said Flick, “if he can build on it. “

The game has priority before Fifa chooses the world footballer, world coach and world goalkeeper on Thursday. Munich’s Lewandowski, Flick and Manuel Neuer are favorites. Even if this title is the “big dream” for Lewandowski, according to Flick: “That is secondary. The focus is on Wolfsburg. “

Apart from Leverkusen, VfL is the only unbeaten Bundesliga club of the season and is accordingly self-confident – even if right-back William, who tested positive for Corona, is missing and there is a question mark behind central defender John Anthony Brooks. “We want to see what’s going on,” said striker Wout Weghorst boldly.

So far, very little has gone against Bayern. In 23 games in Munich, the North Germans got just two points. In addition, Bavaria’s current home strengths: across all competitions, the record champions remained undefeated in all 21 competitive games in 2020 in the Allianz Arena (18 wins, three draws).


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1. FC Köln: Anthony Modeste frustrated after not being substituted on

Cologne –

When referee Sven Jablonski (30) whistled after 93 minutes, 1. FC Köln had the next important point in the relegation battle with a 2-2 draw against VfL Wolfsburg.

But one of them couldn’t be happy at all: Anthony Modeste (32) immediately stomped angrily into the cabin instead of clapping with his colleagues.

1. FC Köln versus VfL Wolfsburg: Anthony Modeste was available for substitution

Frustration with the French! Modeste was available as a substitute in stoppage time, should come for goal debutant Jan Thielmann (18) and collect at least one comeback minute after his injury break.

Anthony Modeste was available to replace, his number was even displayed.

But nothing there! Jablonski whistled off punctually. Assistant coach André Pawlak (49) gave Tony an encouraging pat on the way, then the striker had already disappeared into the catacombs.

After missing three games due to spinal disc problems, the 32-year-old was again only a spectator, as in the 2-1 win in Dortmund. Even a one-minute mission would not have significantly improved Modest’s mood on Saturday – that is simply not the goal scorer’s claim!

1. FC Köln against VfL Wolfsburg again without a striker

Coach Markus Gisdol (51) could “understand” the frustration and explained: “The referee said that he doesn’t want to whistle the game again. That was a shame, I would have loved to bring Tony. “

Modern storm colleague Sebastian Andersson (29), who was absent from Dortmund due to knee problems, did not fare much better. The Swede – previously always in the starting XI – is just like Tony a long way from 100 percent and was only substituted after 88 minutes.

Markus Gisdol praises Jan Thielmann and Ondrej Duda

In the forefront, like last week, Gisdol relied on birthday boy Ondrej Duda (26) and Jan Thielmann (here the scores from 1. FC Köln), so he acted without a striker. Both thanked them with goals.

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Jan Thielmann celebrates at 1. FC Cologne.

Jan Thielmann (center) scored his first Bundesliga goal against VfL Wolfsburg.

The FC coach praised after the game: “Both are very team-friendly and hardworking workers against the ball. They really work a lot away from us up there. But they are also very important and dangerous for goals in the switching movement. I’m glad we have these options. “


1. FC Köln: Individual review of the game against VfL Wolfsburg

Cologne –

1. FC Köln missed their first home win of the season, but after a courageous performance they managed to draw a 2-2 draw against VfL Wolfsburg.

The FC gave twice a lead against the unbeaten Wolves, but should be happy about the point win in the end.

1. FC Köln against VfL Wolfsburg: FC professionals in the individual review

Timo Horn 2

Confirmed his good shape. Prevented the early deficit with a strong save against Weghorst. Powerless with the goals conceded.

Sava Cestic 3

An astonishingly routine performance until he lost track of Weghorst at 2-2. Got increasingly distressed in the second half.

Sebastiaan Bornauw 3

Very impetuous, how he caused the free kick before the 1-1. Had my hands full with the massive VfL offensive.

Sebastiaan Bornauw brought down Maximilian Arnold. Wolfsburg then scored 1: 1 with a free kick.

Jannes Horn 4

I was lucky that Weghorst did not punish his stumbling block. Didn’t always look firm in an unfamiliar position.

Marius Wolf 3

Made a lot of traffic on the right side. The last bit was missing. Stumbled on a promising counterattack.

from 88. Schmitz –

Saved the point with over time.

Salih Ozcan 2

An example of commitment and will. In addition, the 1-0 prepared exemplary. Was the best from Cologne until he had to go out injured.

from 39th Drexler 4

Found it difficult after being substituted on, also because Wolfsburg got much stronger after the break.

Ellyes Skhiri 3

Not a scorer this time, but a hardworking worker. Didn’t look spectacular, but it was eminently important.

Elvis Rexhbecaj 3

Was motivated to the tips of his hair against his ex-colleagues. Proved a great eye before the 2-1. Dived a little in half time two.

ab 88. Andersson –

He was supposed to initiate the final offensive, but remained ineffective.

Ismail Jakobs 4

Outstanding his diagonal pass to Elvis before the 2-1, otherwise offensive pale. Looked unhappy with the 2-2 equalizer.

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1. FC Köln celebrates against VfL Wolfsburg.

Jan Thielmann (2nd from right) gave 1. FC Köln a 1-0 lead against VfL Wolfsburg.

Jan Thielmann 1

Crowned an outstanding performance with his first Bundesliga goal. At the age of 18, six months and nine days as old as Lukas Podolski when he scored his first Bundesliga goal.

Ondrej Duda 2

Wasn’t there for a long time, then he struck coldly. Gave himself presents on his birthday. Worked tirelessly.