Dortmund frustrated by bogey team again

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Borussia Dortmund failed to convert their dominance into goals as 1. FC Köln held them to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.

  • Borussia Dortmund 0 FC Köln 0
  • BVB in control throughout
  • Both teams spurn good chances
  • Horn denies Guerreiro late winner

Match Summary

Thomas Tuchel’s side had the lion’s share of possession and created numerous chances, but they lacked a cutting edge in the final third with just four of their 23 attempts being on target.

Dortmund remain third in the Bundesliga standings, although they are just two points clear of Hoffenheim, who play on Sunday. The Billy Goats dropped to eighth place after going a fourth game without victory.

Köln, meanwhile, maintain their remarkable record against BVB, which has seen them record three wins and three draws in their last six meetings.

Full Report

The hosts took control of proceedings early on but found Peter Stoger’s men hard to break down, with their first real chance arriving in the 13th minute when Marcel Schmelzer was played in on the overlap down the left and he crossed for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to head wide of the left post.

The Ghanaian star then looked to set up Marco Reus on 28 minutes as he cut the ball back for the German forward, who fired over the crossbar from 12 yards out.

Artjoms Rudnevs created a good chance for Milos Jojic two minutes later as the visitors countered, but the Serbian midfielder failed to capitalise with a shot from inside the area on the right that he dragged wide of the far post.

Leonardo Bittencourt was just as wasteful with his effort on 34 minutes, the German midfielder riding two challenges and surging into the box on the left before shooting wide of the near post.

Reus found space for a shot in the 38th minute as he drove forward from the left, but his shot cleared the bar, in what was the final real action of the first half.

Dortmund made a fast start to the second half, with Reus testing Timo Horn from the left-hand side of the box on 48 minutes, while the visiting keeper pulled off an even better save two minutes later as he parried Schmelzer’s long-range thunderbolt away from the top-left corner of the goal.

But the Billy Goats proved resilient once more after the break as they restricted BVB, whose next chance came in the 67th minute as Shinji Kagawa timed his run into the area to connect with Erik Durm’s first-time cross from the left, but the Japanese playmaker blazed over the target.

Sokratis squandered another decent opportunity to break the deadlock in the 73rd minute from a free-kick that the Greek defender head at Horn.

Dortmund threw numbers forward in the closing stages as they went in search of the opener, but the Cologne club put plenty of bodies behind the ball in the hope of earning a hard-fought point.

They had Horn to thank for ensuring that outcome in stoppage time as the German keeper threw himself to the left to prevent Raphael Guerreiro’s header from finding the corner of the goal.

Saturday’s other Bundesliga results:

1. FSV Mainz 05 1-2 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
SV Werder Bremen 2-0 Hertha Berlin
SV Darmstadt 98 3-0 SC Freiburg
RB Leipzig 0-0 FC Ingolstadt 04

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