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Two goals from Erling Haaland counted for nothing as Edin Terzic’s side were beaten 4-2 by Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night.
Marco Reus showed a frustrated figure on Friday night when he hit Borussia Dortmund’s defensive fragility in their 4-2 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Excellent attacking football and two excellent finals from Erling Haaland counted for nothing, as Dortmund once again proved the architects of their own downfall at Borussia-Park.
Things could have been worse with Gladbach’s first-minute opener ruled out by the VAR, but Dortmund looked shaky in the back throughout and, unsurprisingly, they were penalized with set pieces.
Nico Elvedi scored from two free throws, Ramy Bensabaini shot off a superb curling spike and Marcus Thuram scored on his return from suspension.
Gladbach got ahead of Dortmund and was fourth in the Bundesliga table. Reus and his team will finish the weekend 12 points behind Bayern Munich if the leaders beat bottom-side Schalke on Sunday.
“If we don’t turn things around, it will be difficult,” Reus said, visibly upset. ZDF after full time.
“They are always the same mistakes we make. It absolutely sucks! “
Mats Hummels, by now one of the most experienced defenders at the highest level in the game, couldn’t disagree with Reus’ assessment.
“Our defensive standards are very important to us,” he said. DAZN. “We cannot criticize anything about the same.”
Since starting 2021 with back-to-back wins over Wolfsburg and RB Leipzig, Dortmund have won just one point from their next three matches.
Acting coach Edin Terzic, in command since Lucien Favre was fired in December, was exasperated to see his team make it easier for their opponents in attack after they had initially come back 1-0 against to lead 2-1 in the first means.
“The effort we had to put in to score a goal was significantly greater than Gladbach’s,” he said. “Now we have conceded simple goals in the last three games. It’s a shame and a bitter disappointment when you play a good offensive game and then can’t finish the job on defense.
Dortmund have a week to regroup before their next game, at home to Augsburg on Saturday. This is followed by a cup match with Paderborn before league matches against Freiburg and Hoffenheim, and a Champions League action against Sevilla on 17 February.