Die Roten Bullen were beaten 1-0 by league leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening, falling to their first home defeat of the Bundesliga season. Despite the result, RBL still sit fourth in the table.
41,939 watched on in a sold-out Red Bull Arena, as Dortmund started strongly. They capitalised on their early pressure in the 19th minute, when Axel Witsel rifled in a shot following a set-piece situation. RBL bounced back and grew into the game before half-time, but unfortunately they lacked that crucial final pass to unlock the BVB defence. Die Roten Bullen went into the dressing rooms 1-0 down at the interval.
After the break, Péter Gulácsi kept the hosts in the game with a terrific save to deny Maximilian Philipp in a one vs. one situation. From then on, it was Leipzig who took full control, pushing Dortmund to the brink. Both Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen forced good saves out of keeper Roman Bürki, while Sabitzer went close just minutes after, but couldn't poke his shot in the net. Werner had another brilliant chance towards the end when Bürki made an error, but the visitors' goalkeeper recovered just in time to deny RBL's top goalscorer.
Die Roten Bullen kept pushing until the final whistle, and it looked like Matheus Cunha had snatched a late equaliser when he had a free header in the box, but his effort rippled the side-netting. Despite a monumental effort in front of fantastic support, BVB held on to inflict a first home defeat of the Bundesliga season on the hosts. Notwithstanding the scoreline, the RBL players put in a strong performance, and were unlucky not to walk away with at least a point.