Frankfurt - Borussia Dortmund will enter December propping up the Bundesliga table after a 2-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena.
Meier begins with a bang
Alexander Meier put the hosts a goal to the good within five minutes but despite their near-total dominance, BVB couldn't find the net. Miscommunication between Roman Weidenfeller and Matthias Ginter then allowed Haris Seferovic to double the lead in the 78th minute to keep Jürgen Klopp's men bottom.
Bottom of the league at kick-off, Dortmund knew that a win would take them at the very least to the relative security of mid-table. Such ambitions increased in difficulty after Frankfurt went ahead within five minutes when Ginter was caught out by a long ball and the Bundesliga’s leading goalscorer, Meier, made no mistake with a calm finish through the legs of Weidenfeller.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan had an immediate chance to hit back but passed it up and Dortmund spent most of the opening quarter-hour in shock. Despite enjoying plenty of possession, the visitors struggled to up the ante and on the 19-minute mark, Anderson Bamba could have increased Frankfurt’s lead. However, after Dortmund then began to assert themselves. Kevin Großkreutz struck the post in the 24th minute, before Mkhitaryan poked a cross-shot wide and Sebastian Kehl was denied by the agile Felix Wiedwald.
Chance after chance
Jürgen Klopp’s side were pressing high and Erik Durm and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both sent efforts wide, while Mkhitaryan had the ball in the net, only for the goal to be chalked off as Shinji Kagawa was correctly adjudged to be offside. Borussia's high defensive line gave the lurking Seferovic plenty of space to attack, though, and the Swiss spurned two opportunities to double the lead before the break.
After Marc Stendera and Meier wasted good opportunities within minutes of the restart, BVB continued where they had ended the first period. Wiedwald denied substitute Adrian Ramos expertly while only a brilliant headed clearance from Bamba prevented the Colombian equalising on the hour-mark. Kagawa’s low cross then drew the Brazilian into a last-ditch clearance, before Aubameyang blazed over.
Seferovic ends the hope
Although on top, BVB’s familiar defensive shakiness remained, and Meier should have added to his personal total with a free header in the 66th minute that he could only guide wide of Weidenfeller’s goal. Not to be deterred, Klopp’s side regrouped and again threw everything at Frankfurt, and four minutes after Meier’s chance, only a brilliant piece of defensive work from Bastian Oczipka denied Ramos.
Yet despite all their attacking efforts, it was BVB’s defensive shortcomings that proved their undoing. Almost ten minutes from time, Ginter nodded a long Meier clearance back towards Weidenfeller who was stranded in no-man’s-land, allowing Seferovic to round the pair and tap into the beckoning goal. Their confidence shattered, Dortmund's players could find no way to change their fate and the final whistle was greeted with more than a few jeers from the traveling fans, with the home support raucous in their jubilation.
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