Bochum 1-1 Borussia Dortmund: BVB lose ground in title race with draw

Bochum 1-1 Borussia Dortmund: Marco Rose’s side lose crucial ground in the Bundesliga title race as they slump to a disappointing draw, needing a late Julian Brandt goal to rescue a point as Bayern Munich open up a six-point lead

  • Borussia Dortmund fell to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Bochum on Saturday 
  • Marco Rose’s side went 1-0 behind following a first-half Sebastian Polter penalty 
  • They were rescued by a crucial Julian Brandt strike with just five minutes to go
  • The German giants fell six points behind leaders Bayern Munich with the draw

Borussia Dortmund needed an 85th minute equaliser by Julian Brandt to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw at promoted VfL Bochum on Saturday as they fell six points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

Brandt bagged a fully deserved leveller after Bochum had taken the lead in the 40th minute with a Sebastian Polter penalty.

Second-placed Dortmund, with suspended coach Marco Rose in the stands, avoided a second straight loss but dropped further behind in the title race on 31 points with Bayern on 37.

Sebastian Polter gave the home side a crucial 1-0 lead at half-time, converting from the spot

German forward Julian Brandt rescued a point for the German giants with five minutes to go

England midfielder Jude Bellingham missed a golden opportunity to put his side ahead 

Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham missed a golden chance to put his team in front when he only had Manuel Riemann to beat but the goalkeeper flicked his shot wide with a reflex save.

Erling Haaland was then denied by Riemann a little later, with Bochum putting up a fight in their mini Ruhr valley derby.

Despite the pressure it was the hosts who scored first, with Polter’s well-taken penalty.

Polter celebrated after scoring the opener against Dortmund on Saturday afternoon

Erling Haaland failed to score  as Dortmund fell six points behind leaders Bayern Munich

Dortmund, who lost 3-2 at home to Bayern last week, had chance after chance in a strong second half and Marius Wolf thought he had scored the equaliser in the 53rd only to be overruled by a VAR review for offside.

Bochum were desperately hanging onto their slim lead with Dortmund by the 85th minute having fired 21 shots on goal compared to the hosts’ three.

The visitors were finally rewarded with Brandt’s low drive.  

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