10-man Borussia Dortmund fall to narrow 3-2 defeat against RB Leipzig

A spirited performance was not enough in the end as 10-man Borussia Dortmund suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund striker Niclas Füllkrug
Borussia Dortmund striker Niclas Füllkrug / Christof Koepsel/GettyImages
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A nightmare week ended with another defeat for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening, but not before they put in a courageous and hard-fought performance against RB Leipzig despite being down to ten men. In the end, Marco Rose's side claimed a 3-2 win to open up a four point lead over the Black and Yellows in fourth place in the Bundesliga standings.

The sending off of Mats Hummels proved to be the game-changing moment. And while Borussia Dortmund were the better side despite Leipzig's man advantage, they fell just short of producing what would have been an incredible comeback.

Borussia Dortmund were beaten 3-2 by RB Leipzig
Borussia Dortmund were beaten 3-2 by RB Leipzig / Christof Koepsel/GettyImages

Borussia Dortmund began the game brightly and played through the press really well in the early stages. But then the game completely turned on its head in rather controversial fashion.

Loïs Openda went through on goal before being brought down by Mats Hummels. The referee initially awarded Leipzig a penalty, but the foul was deemed to be outside of the box after a VAR check. However, the veteran defender's card was upgraded to red and BVB went down to ten men.

Despite the man advantage, Leipzig struggled to stamp their authority on the game in the first-half. But they still managed to take the lead in the 32nd minute as Ramy Bensebaini somehow headed the ball into his own net from a corner.

Borussia Dortmund defended with great resilience and ended the first-half with a flurry of chances. And they got a well-deserved equaliser right on the stroke of half-time, as Niklas Süle turned home Julian Brandt's cross.

Niklas Süle brought Borussia Dortmund on level terms late in the first-half
Niklas Süle brought Borussia Dortmund on level terms late in the first-half / Christof Koepsel/GettyImages

The goal gave Borussia Dortmund a just reward for their hard work. But all that was undone in the 54th minute as some poor defending allowed Christoph Baumgartner to score on the rebound after Xavi Simons' initial effort was saved.

Despite having the goal and man advantage, RB Leipzig appeared flat and laboured in possession, with Borussia Dortmund looking the more likely of the two teams to score whenever they ventured forward.

Yussuf Poulsen
Yussuf Poulsen scored what proved to be the winner for RB Leipzig / Leon Kuegeler/GettyImages

Edin Terzic decided to throw the kitchen in search for an unlikely point, bringing on Karim Adeyemi, Gio Reyna and Donyell Malen. And while BVB looked dangerous going forward, they left too much space for Yusuf Poulsen to double Leipzig's lead on the counter-attack in the 91st minute.

Niclas Füllkrug then scored for Borussia Dortmund moments later to ensure a spectacular finale. And while BVB came close to scoring, they just weren't able to find a dramatic late equaliser.

So Borussia Dortmund's winless run continues, and things don't get any easier with a home game against Paris Saint-Germain up next in the UEFA Champions League. While BVB have already qualified for the round of 16, they will certainly be keen to regain their form and relieve some of the pressure on Terzic.

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