Borussia Dortmund dropped points for the first time since the turn of the year as they were held to a goalless draw by Heidenheim on Friday evening.
A rather forgetful performance yielded a disappointing result for Borussia Dortmund as they had to settle for a goalless draw against Heidenheim. The Black and Yellows lacked creativity in their game as they were outplayed by the disciplined and resilient hosts. And a draw was certainly a fair result in the end, although it could have been much worse for BVB.
With several key players sidelined, Edin Terzic retained faith in his two-striker formation and Youssoufa Moukoko started up front alongside Niclas Füllkrug. Jamie Bynoe-Gittens came into the starting XI in place of the injured Jadon Sancho.
The absence of Sancho, as well as Julian Brandt and Marco Reus, was heavily felt in the first-half as Borussia Dortmund struggled to find any attacking rhythm. Heidenheim's high intensity in midfield caused a lot of problems to BVB, and Tim Kleindienst missed a golden opportunity to give the hosts the lead after a huge mistake from Salih Özcan.
One of Borussia Dortmund's rare first-half attacks resulted in Donyell Malen having a goal disallowed for the most marginal of offside calls.
The first-half ended with nothing to separate the two sides, and things did not improve much after the break for Borussia Dortmund, with Heidenheim still looking the more dangerous of the two sides whenever they ventured forward. Füllkrug did force a good save from the Heidenheim goalkeeper with a shot from distance late on. And the home side nearly stole the win at the death, with Kevin Sessa's header going just narrowly wide of goal.
Borussia Dortmund will certainly not find too many positives from their performance against Heidenheim, and the result once again shows that this team is a work in progress. Next up for BVB is a home game against SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga.