Sinsheim (dpa) – When competition winner Marco Reus and young star Erling took hold of Haaland, Borussia Dortmund’s concerns about the corona pandemic were momentarily forgotten.
The captain reported himself as a goal scorer in the 1-0 (0-0) at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Coach Lucien Favre’s joy was cautious given the uncertain situation in the Bundesliga and the upcoming European Cup week. “I think we have to be very careful. It is dangerous. There will be more cases, it is not good to travel,” said the 62-year-old Swiss.
For BVB it was the first victory in the Sinsheim stadium since 2012 and a small revenge for the 0: 4 at home against the Kraichgauer on the last day of the previous season. Andrej Kramaric then scored all goals. The Croatian striker was absent on Saturday due to a positive corona test after his international trip.
Kasim Adams also tested positive, and Pavel Kaderabek is also quarantined after a case in the family setting. Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeneß did not want to speak of a shock, “but Andrej is actually an extremely important player for us who can always make a difference”.
Manuel Akanji had a positive test at BVB during the international break. While Hoffenheim will play against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday (9 p.m. / RTL Nitro and DAZN), Dortmund will have to travel to Lazio Rome on Tuesday (9 p.m. / Sky) for the kick-off of the Champions League – and that is possible on Saturday. in the derby against FC Schalke 04.
Favre had already played a lot in view of the full program and left Reus (“He was injured for eight days”) and the Norwegian international striker Haaland until the 64th minute. “He recently played three games in a row. We have to stay sensible”, the BVB coach explained his measure. “We have to keep an eye on our Champions League game. We want it to be fresh.”
The duo then showed the target danger that BVB had missed so far. After the final whistle, sports director Michael Zorc was happy with the “offensive push” of the two Jokers: “We had a lot of chances to score and should have closed the bag earlier.”
Reus met Haaland’s preparatory work in front of 6,030 spectators at the Sinsheim stadium with his first goal since February. In the hype surrounding the Borussia crooks with talents like Haaland (20) or the two 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham, 31-year-old Reus was recently pushed into the background – but now at the right time.
“The decisive factor was that we scored the goal. It turned out relatively early that whoever scored the first goal would also win this game,” said Reus. “We have always struggled at Hoffenheim. It was an even game and in the second half it was important to be more determined.”
Despite several failures in defense, Dortmund remained in the league for the third time in a row without conceding a goal, especially as veteran Mats Hummels and Emre Can cleaned up a lot. The thoughtful Favre struggled with something like a compliment: “We’re not doing this badly today.”