Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund downed Werder Bremen, with Gio Reyna having a major say on proceedings from the BVB right. - © /
Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund downed Werder Bremen, with Gio Reyna having a major say on proceedings from the BVB right. - © /

A tactical look at how Borussia Dortmund beat Werder Bremen, using Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS

Borussia Dortmund kept their UEFA Champions League qualification hopes alive with a come-from-behind win over Werder Bremen on Matchday 29, but how did they do it?

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Despite going behind in just the 14th minute, Dortmund came romping back to beat Werder as Erling Haaland and Gio Reyna helped instigate a victory that ensured their team kept pace with the top-four.

It was a stunning display from interim coach Edin Terzic’s side, who outpointed their visitors all over the pitch.

Using Bundesliga Match facts powered by AWS, looks at how Dortmund put four goals past Werder.

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Werder couldn't counter Dortmund's possession

The fact that Dortmund went behind early on can be attributed to Werder's ploy to hit the home side on the counter. Their aim was to set-up as defensively sound as possible, forming a narrow base that looked to contain and then counter-punch. It worked almost immediately with Maximilian Eggestein picking up the ball centrally before releasing Milot Raschica with a superb ball beyond the Dortmund defence.

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Rashica's finish was clinical, putting his team in front with their first threatening attack of the game to deliver on an early xGoals rating of just 0.16. In response, Dortmund found their rhythm and had 70 percent of possession after 20 minutes but their own xGoals value was similarly low at only 0.17 as they failed to find the same kind of early penetration as Werder.

The Werder Bremen formation took up a very narrow average position against Borussia Dortmund. - /

Reyna reigns supreme

That was until Reyna started seeing more of the ball and put his stamp on proceedings. The 18-year-old rifled home his team's equaliser with a superb strike in the 29th-minute, emphatically kick-starting Dortmund into gear. Haaland soon converted from the penalty spot to put them in front, before adding his second - after fine work from Reyna on the right - to make it 3-1 as BVB hit three goals in just nine minutes that swung Dortmund's xGoals to 2.03 in comparison to 0.21 for Bremen.

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Dortmund further exerted their control on the game after the break, with the majority of their play coming through Reyna on the right-side of their attack. It is hardly surprising that the USA international was the game's Most Pressed Player, coming under pressure from worried Werder defenders 39 times across the 90 minutes.

Borussia Dortmund youngster Gio Reyna was the "Most Pressed Player" in the match. - imago images / Poolfoto

The pass masters

Florian Kohfeldt's men struggled to get back into the game and, after taking the lead, couldn't muster up many chances of note in front of goal. Dortmund also made it increasingly difficult for their opponents to get a foothold on the game by dominating the ball.

The home team made 750 passes to the away side's 364, and found a teammate 92 per cent of the time. It showed that barely anything went to waste once Dortmund were in possession, as they seized control of the second half knowing they had done the hard work in the first. Mats Hummels' 87th minute header from Thorgan Hazard's cross was a well earned fourth, that could well still earn them fourth.