Paderborn prove no pushovers in Dortmund draw

Paderborn - A nightmarish second half saw Borussia Dortmund throw away a two-goal lead in a hard-fought 2-2 draw with plucky SC Paderborn 07, in which star midfielder Marco Reus was stretchered off with a suspected ankle injury.

Pierre pounces early on

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with his fourth of the season before providing the pass for Reus to extend BVB’s lead late in the first half. Lukas Rupp reduced the arrears mid-way through the second half and, after Reus went off injured, former Dortmund striker Mahir Saglik compounded the visitors’ woes with a late headed equaliser, which snatched a point for the underdogs.

There was no quarter given in the opening exchanges between two of the Bundesliga’s high-octane outfits, but it was Dortmund who proved more adept at coping with the frantic pace of proceedings. Lukas Kruse smothered an early chance at the feet of Marco Reus, but having posed the greater threat in front of goal, the visitors duly took the lead as Aubameyang put the finishing touches on Erik Durm’s inch-perfect delivery.

With both sides pressing in unrelenting fashion, mistakes were being made and one such error almost allowed Paderborn back into the game as Reus’ misplaced pass saw Süleyman Koc played in one-on-one with Weidenfeller, who stuck out a foot to keep his side in front. At the other end, Aubameyang dragged an effort just wide of the far post, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan had his neat finish correctly ruled out for offside.

Half-time hammer blow

The loss of captain Uwe Hünemeier to injury shortly after the half-hour mark threatened to throw a spanner in the works for Paderborn, who had been growing in confidence approaching the hour mark. Koc went closest to an equaliser as his free-kick from 25 yards just whistled past the post, only for BVB to extend their lead as Reus’ first-time finish from Aubameyang’s reverse pass dealt a devastating blow to the hosts’ confidence on the cusp of half-time.

As a result, Paderborn appeared less inclined to commit men forward after the break as they set their stall in the manner of damage limitation by packing out their backline and limiting the space in which Dortmund could operate. Having come through the opening ten minutes of the second half unscathed, with only Aubameyang stinging the palms of Kruse, the belief began to seep back into the hosts’ performance.

Dortmund’s worst nightmare

Paderborn then grabbed the reward their endeavours had deserved as Dortmund failed to get men behind the ball following a corner at the other end, allowing Marvin Bakalorz to play in Rupp, who showed quick feet before finding the bottom corner with his snapshot from the edge of the box. Bakalorz was involved again minutes later in a less positive sense, as his 50/50 challenge ended with Reus being stretched off much to the dismay of head coach Jürgen Klopp.

The loss of their standout performer didn’t detract from Dortmund’s display as substitute Kevin Großkreutz first went with a hairs’ width of restoring his side’s two-goal lead before the linesman’s flag denied the 26-year-old in the 80th minute. Just over 60 seconds later and the scores were level as Saglik came off the bench to head home Koc’s corner and with neither side able to land a late sucker punch, both had to settle for a point.

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