Controversial penalty – BVB loses victory in Eindhoven

BVB has achieved a reasonable starting position for the second leg in Dortmund. However, the evening didn’t go as planned for Mats Hummels.

After the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Eindhoven, Borussia has a good chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite a weak performance. Donyell Malen gave BVB the lead in the first half (24th minute), and former Gladbacher Luuk de Job equalized for the hosts from the spot (56th). National player Mats Hummels caused the controversial previous penalty.

PSV, trained by ex-BVB coach Peter Bosz, created a number of good opportunities. The Bundesliga club was well served with the draw in the end.

That’s how the game went

In front of 35,000 spectators in the sold-out Philips Stadium, Donyell Malen took the lead against his former club. But Luuk de Jong’s goal gave the Dutch, coached by former Dortmund football teacher Peter Bosz, a deserved draw.

The first few minutes went as expected or better: as feared from Dortmund’s perspective. Because PSV put pressure on them. Unbeaten in the league with only two draws but 20 wins, the hosts pushed BVB into their half. Even in front of keeper Alexander Meyer, who had to move into the visitors’ goal at short notice, the attackers did not stop in their forechecking in the front row.

And Terzic’s team had a hard time with their style of play – like so often this season. The result: the build-up game was faulty, the ball was lost immediately, and the relief didn’t last.

Two players are out at short notice

In addition to regular goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, who apparently sustained a muscle injury during the warm-up, Westphalia’s Niklas Süle was also unavailable for a short time due to illness. In his place, veteran Mats Hummels moved into the four-man defense chain, which had to watch out for PSV captain de Jong. But not just one of the top scorers in Europe, in the 17th minute Malik Tillmann appeared in the penalty area completely unchallenged. But his aim was too imprecise.

Previously, Malen, who was fit again in time, had made an attempt towards the PSV goal, but the shot from the former professional of the 24-time Dutch champions was not strong or placed enough. At least the hosts’ first phase of intense pressure had been overcome.

BVB got a bit stuck in the PSV half and the ball landed at Malen via Marcel Sabitzer. The Dutchman, who moved from Eindhoven to Dortmund in the summer of 2021, prevailed while dribbling and shot into the near corner, and the ball was also deflected. Out of respect, Malen refrained from excessive cheering at his old place of work.

He probably also suspected that the home team wouldn’t admit defeat at all. And they had chances again because BVB acted too incorrectly in defense.

Hummels tackle leads to a penalty

Ultimately, substitute Meyer kept Borussia’s goal clean until the end of the first half. There was only a breather during the break, after which PSV dominated the game again. As at the beginning of the first half, BVB appeared too passive, lost the ball too easily during the build-up to the game and were again unable to provide any relief.

When Hummels hit the ball on a tackle and Tillmann too, the referee decided on a penalty. Much to Hummels’ displeasure, his decision was also confirmed by the video referee. It didn’t matter to De Jong, the PSV captain coolly and flatly converted the penalty into the corner for his 28th goal of the season in all competitions.

After a good hour, Terzic took Marco Reus out of the team after an inconspicuous performance and brought in a fresh player for the offensive in national player Julian Brand. A little later, Marius Wolf came on in midfield for Jadon Sancho and then narrowly failed with a free kick. But Eindhoven was significantly closer to the winning goal overall. BVB only saved the draw with a lot of effort.