Freiburg holds Dortmund to a 0-0 draw
SC Freiburg put up a valiant effort as they managed to get a draw against first place side Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday evening.
Peter Bosz’s men were into good form coming into the match, winning two games in a row but they failed to break down the Freiburg defense despite having 80% of the possession.
Freiburg went down to 10 men, in the first half when debutant Yoric Ravet took out Marcel Schmelzer with a nasty challenge, in the 27th minute. Ravet was initially shown a straight red card after the referees had to use the VAR technology.
Dortmund had some clear cut chances in the half but could not capitalize on any of them, as the first half ended goalless.
Bosz’s men had the first real chance of the second half in the 48th minute, when Christian Pulisic received a long ball into the box only for Freiburg keeper, Alexander Schwolow who was reflexes was enough to keep it out.
Dortmund did get more opportunities in the second half and kept Freiburg under a lot of pressure in their own half, but thanks to Schwolow his team was able to salvage a point from the match.
Dortmund was mostly on the attack throughout the entire match, due to which they had a vulnerable backline who were kept open due to the attack minded approach. Freiburg, themselves tried to capitalize on those openings but could not find the back of the net.
Freiburg’s Tim Kleindienst had a great chance to open the scoring when he found an opening for himself, but he took the shot straight towards Roman Burki.
With 10 minutes remaining on the, it seemed like Dortmund had taken the lead when Aubameyang put the ball in the back of the net but the referee had to stop the action due to a foul, thus ruling out the goal in the process.
Freiburg were once again lucky not to concede when Lukasz Piszczek’s header went wide of the goal and that proved to be the final chance in an evening full of frustrating misses for the visiting Borussia Dortmund.
During the match Dortmund also suffered two casualties, the first being Schmelzer being taken out by Ravet and the second was Marc Bartra exit after 18 minutes.
It has been reported that both the defenders are now likely to miss their team’s opening Champions League match against Tottenham on Wednesday.