Borussia Dortmund got off to a good start in the new Bundesliga season. BVB won their home game on Matchday 1 against Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 (1-0).
Hard-fought first half with many duels and also fouls, which interrupted the flow of the game at times. Dortmund stuck to the 4-2-3-1 that was successful in the cup with Moukoko as a striker, although Malen kept moving into the center from the left. BVB was particularly strong against the ball. The ball-carrying Leverkusen man was usually surrounded by two men, at times they were a little lower.
That took Bayer in possession of the ball straight over the wings, there was no getting through. The guests usually only started to become dangerous when, after Dortmund lost the ball, they attacked the spaces behind the highly advanced full-backs Guerreiro and Meunier and Borussia’s remaining defense didn’t fit. However, that was true for both teams, top-class chances were scarce – even if Reus had the second goal after his opening goal (20th).
The intensity did not change in the second section either. Leverkusen changed offensively and stayed in the game, despite Hazard’s early big chance (49th), Dortmund lacked relief as the game went on. Bayer became more and more present in the last third, got the wings better and managed to get behind the Dortmund defense a few times – but BVB goalkeeper Kobel reacted very strong twice.
The guests threw everything forward in the last quarter of an hour and noticeably increased the pressure, Dortmund only reacted and switched to a three-man chain in the last few minutes. The spaces for BVB counterattacks grew, but brought nothing. The hosts saved the tight result over time.
BVB – Bayer Leverkusen: The analysis
Gerardo Seoane (Leverkusen coach): “In the end, the disappointment stands out. We made too many mistakes in the first half, but then we showed a clear improvement in performance in the second half. Given that, we would have wished for a better result.”
Dortmund: Kobel – Meunier, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro (84th Wolf) – Dahoud, Bellingham – Adeyemi (23rd Hazard), Reus, Malen (84th Can) – Moukoko (69th Brandt).
Leverkusen: Hradecky – Frimpong, Tah, Tapsoba, Hincapie (78th Bakker) – Andrich (13th Aranguiz), Palacios (78th Amiri) – Bellarabi (46th Hlozek), Demirbay (66th Azmoun), Diaby – Schick.
Goal: 1-0 Reus (9th)
Red card: Hradecky (90+3/Leverkusen)