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Draw in Eindhoven – BVB owes lots once more

Round of 16 of the 2024 Champions League: Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus (at the back, in a duel with Eindhoven's Johan Bakayoko) was also unable to make an impact against PSV Round of 16 of the 2024 Champions League: Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus (at the back, in a duel with Eindhoven's Johan Bakayoko) was also unable to make an impact against PSV

Dortmund's Marco Reus (on the again, in a duel with Eindhoven's Johan Bakayoko) additionally couldn't make an affect towards PSV

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There isn’t a lot reward for BVB this season. And if that’s the case, then within the Champions League. In the primary leg of the spherical of 16 at PSV Eindhoven, nonetheless, Dortmund as soon as once more sloshed and misplaced management of the sport. Only with luck it didn't finish badly.

Borussia Dortmund can nonetheless hope for his or her first quarter-finals within the Champions League since 2021 regardless of a poor efficiency. With the 1:1 (1:0) at PSV Eindhoven, coach Edin Terzic's staff gained an affordable beginning place for the second leg of the spherical of 16 on March thirteenth in Dortmund. But not like within the profitable group section, BVB, which was already far behind within the Bundesliga title struggle, didn’t present its prettier face within the premier class on Tuesday night.

In entrance of 35,000 spectators within the sold-out Philips Stadium, Donyell Malen (twenty fourth minute) gave his former membership the lead. But Luuk de Jong's aim (54th penalty) gave the Dutch, coached by former Dortmund soccer instructor Peter Bosz, a deserved draw.

The first couple of minutes went as anticipated or higher: as feared from Dortmund's perspective. Because PSV put stress on them. Unbeaten within the league with solely two attracts however 20 wins, the hosts pushed BVB into their half. Even in entrance of keeper Alexander Meyer, who needed to transfer into the guests' aim at quick discover, the attackers didn’t cease of their forechecking within the entrance row. And Terzic's staff had a tough time with their type of play – like so typically this season. The end result: the build-up sport was defective, the ball was misplaced instantly, and the reduction didn't final.

BVB is lacking two essential gamers at quick discover

In addition to common goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, who apparently sustained a muscle damage through the warm-up, Westphalia's Niklas Süle was additionally unavailable for a short while resulting from sickness. In his place, veteran Mats Hummels moved into the four-man protection chain, which needed to be careful for PSV captain de Jong. But not simply one of many prime scorers in Europe, within the seventeenth minute Malik Tillmann appeared within the penalty space utterly unchallenged. But his goal was too imprecise.

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Previously, Malen, who was match once more in time, had made an try in direction of the PSV aim, however the shot from the previous skilled of the 24-time Dutch champions was not sturdy or positioned sufficient. At least the hosts' first section of intense stress had been overcome.

BVB obtained a bit caught within the PSV half and the ball landed at Malen through Marcel Sabitzer. The Dutchman, who moved from Eindhoven to Dortmund in the summertime of 2021, prevailed whereas dribbling and shot into the close to nook, and the ball was additionally deflected. Out of respect, Malen shunned extreme cheering at his previous workplace.

He in all probability additionally suspected that the house staff wouldn't admit defeat in any respect. And they’d probabilities once more as a result of BVB acted too incorrectly in protection.

Hummels sort out results in a penalty

Ultimately, substitute Meyer saved Borussia's aim clear till the tip of the primary half. There was solely a breather through the break, after which PSV dominated the sport once more. As at the start of the primary half, BVB appeared too passive, misplaced the ball too simply through the build-up to the sport and have been once more unable to supply any reduction.

When Hummels hit the ball on a sort out and Tillmann too, the referee selected a penalty. Much to Hummels' displeasure, his choice was additionally confirmed by the video referee. It didn't matter to De Jong, the PSV captain coolly and flatly transformed the penalty into the nook for his twenty eighth aim of the season in all competitions.

After a very good hour, Terzic took Marco Reus out of the staff after an not noticeable efficiency and introduced in a recent participant for the offensive in nationwide participant Julian Brand. A bit of later, Marius Wolf got here on in midfield for Jadon Sancho after which narrowly failed with a free kick. But Eindhoven was considerably nearer to the successful aim general. BVB solely saved the draw with plenty of effort.