This Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund hosted Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park in Matchday 32 in the German Bundesliga. Well-aware of Bayern’s eighth-successive Bundesliga title confirmed just the day before, Lucien Favre’s man got to the pitch seemingly with a low-energy and a lack of will, which culminated in a 2-0 home loss to Mainz.
The 2-0 win was just like a boost in Mainz’s fight against relegation. The goals were scored by Jonathan Burkardt and Mateta.
The hosts actually started the game as the brighter side, dictating the pace of it. With two minutes, Thorgan Hazard risked from a distance as the ball went dangerously wide.
The Yellow & Black kept on with the press, but they ended up conceding counter-attacks that proved to be lethal. On 32, Burkhardt headed home a Baku cross to break the deadlock at the empty Signal Iduna Park.
After the break, Favre’s men kept on trying, but always with the same little inspiration. Mainz 05 wrapped it up as Dortmund’s keeper Roman Burki brought Mainz’s Latza down inside the box. Penalty to the visitors, which was converted by Mateta from the spot.
After that, the game got tense, and the referee had to show some yellow cards, as Favre had to sub Guerreiro off due to the risk of the Portuguese full-back to get a red card for violent and silly fouls.
It was a bad game in general for Borussia Dortmund. No fans, no Yellow Wall, no inspiration, and a bit of uncertainty atmosphere amid the uncertainty brought by the pandemic.
Many players could be on their way out, as well as Swiss manager Favre, who honestly is not that bad, but just doesn’t feel right commanding Borussia Dortmund.
Despite the 2-0 home defeat, Dortmund retained the 2nd place in the Bundesliga and even guaranteed UEFA Champions League football for next season. Their next match will be against 3rd-placed RB Leipzig, as Mainz 05 will take on Werder Bremen.