The return of various regular staff has helped Borussia Dortmund to boost their performance. With a deserved 3-0 (2-0) over SC Freiburg on Friday evening, coach Edin Terzic's team made amends for their dismal performance a week earlier in Heidenheim (0-0). Thanks to goals from Donyell Malen (16th minute/45th+7) and birthday boy Niclas Füllkrug (87th) in front of 81,365 spectators in the sold-out Signal Iduna Park, BVB consolidated fourth place in the table and got 13 points from the last five league games.
After fan protests, the game was interrupted for a few minutes in both halves. For Freiburg, the long wait for their first success in Dortmund since 2001 continues. The current seventh-place team has not won against BVB in 16 games.
BVB fans throw chocolate coins and tennis balls onto the lawn
Dortmund's starting eleven, which had changed in four positions compared to the Heidenheim game, found their way into the game better. Malen (13th) was already close to taking the lead when an overhead kick was saved by Freiburg goalkeeper Noah Atubolu. Three minutes later, after a pass from Füllkrug, he drove the ball with force and precision into the top right of the Freiburg goal.
Despite the early deficit, the guests were not as passive as in previous years when visiting Dortmund. But she wasn't really a threat to score. BVB goalkeeper Gregor Kobel was only required for a header from attacker Michael Gregoritsch (21'). Even a ten-minute break in the game did little to change the balance of power. In protest against the investor involvement sought by the German Football League (DFL), BVB fans threw tennis balls and chocolate coins onto the lawn from the south stand.
When the game restarted, Dortmund were back to operating temperature more quickly. Once again, top scorer Füllkrug made a name for himself as a passer when he played the ball into Malen's path in an exemplary manner. The fast winger scored with a well-placed shot into the far corner to give his team the lead at the break.
Even after the restart, BVB remained dominant in the game. Two brilliant saves from SC goalkeeper Atubolu on shots from Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (46') and Füllkrug (53') prevented Dortmund from scoring another goal. The goalkeeper was also there for a header from returnee Marco Reus (71'). Luck was on his side when new signing Ian Maatsen hit the outside post two minutes later. The deserved victory was no longer in danger in the final phase.