Borussia Dortmund also left points against Bochum after losing to FC Bayern last week. Meanwhile, Domenico Tedesco celebrated a successful premiere in Leipzig.
Without “Wüterich” Marco Rose, Borussia Dortmund slipped in the small Revierderby. The second in the table reached 1-1 (0: 1) in the first duel at neighboring VfL Bochum since 2010 thanks to a late goal by Julian Brandt (85th). The loss of points in the “Derby at B1” threw BVB back even further without their suspended coach five days after leaving the Champions League in the Bundesliga title fight.
Sebastian Polter (40th) had given the Bundesliga returnees Bochum hope with a penalty kick for the first victory against the overpowering rival since the 2-0 on March 10, 2007. BVB could not use its superiority for a long time and again revealed weaknesses in defense. An alleged further goal by Marius Wolf (54th) was also revoked after video evidence.
That’s how the game went
BVB coach Rose was only Kiebitz at the “substitute derby”: After the yellow-red card because of his outburst in 2: 3 against Bayern Munich, he was forbidden from any contact with the team during the game. His assistants Alexander Zickler and Rene Maric stood on the sidelines. “I have great confidence in the coaching team and in the team that it can work that way, even if it’s not optimal,” said Rose.
The little VfL, who stepped in for the relegated big neighbor Schalke 04 as a derby opponent, confidently went into the B1 duel after five wins from the last seven games. “We don’t have to make ourselves too small,” said coach Thomas Reis, “sometimes David wins against Goliath.” He was again available to goalkeeper Manuel Riemann after thigh problems.
With three corners in the first four minutes, the Goliath initially demonstrated his strength, but the David fought his way into the game. Riemann, however, served BVB the lead on a silver platter when he forfeited the ball against Bellingham in his own six-yard box, but Dortmund couldn’t take the chance (16.).
The VfL goalkeeper made up for his mistake when he saved a little later after a Bochum ball loss in the build-up against the completely free Bellingham with a strong foot defense (18th). Suddenly the favorite was dominant again, Bochum came under more and more pressure, Riemann got more work.
His opponent Gregor Kobel had to intervene for the first time after half an hour in a shot by Christopher Antwi-Adjei (29th). Shortly before the break, the Swiss caused the surprising Bochum lead when he got Antwi-Adjei off his feet in the penalty area, Polter converted confidently. “We are number one in the pot,” sang the VfL fans.
Bundesliga: Sebastian Polter celebrates his goal to make it 1-0 against Dortmund. (Source: Horstmüller / imago images)
BVB went into the second half with anger in their stomach. After a shot by Marco Reus, Erhan Masovic saved on the line (48th). Then the Dortmund team cheered too early: In what was supposed to be 1: 1 by Wolf, Bellingham was offside – and took Riemann’s view. A little later Danilo Soares saved for VfL on the line (62nd). Antwi-Adjei (72nd) was close to 2-0 on the other side – then Brandt struck.
Tedesco celebrates the debut
At the same time, Domenico Tedesco was able to take his first win in his first game as a Leipzig coach. In the duel between the Kriesenklubs, the Saxons clearly won 4-1 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, which kept slipping in the table.
Josko Gvardiol (21st) headed Leipzig the well-deserved lead, André Silva (33rd) increased. Ramy Bensebaini still managed the interim connecting goal (88th) for Gladbach with an overhead kick, Christopher Nkunku (90th + 1) restored the old two-goal gap. Benjamin Henrichs (90. + 4) provided the final point.
In Berlin, Tayfun Korkut celebrated his first victory as Hertha coach against Bielefeld, Freiburg and TSG Hoffenheim drew and FC Bayern are as good as autumn champions after the win against Mainz. You can find all the results of the 15th matchday here.