🇩🇪 Borussia Dortmund hold Bayer Leverkusen to tight draw | OneFootball

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Peter Fitzpatrick·3 December 2023

🇩🇪 Borussia Dortmund hold Bayer Leverkusen to tight draw

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Bayer Leverkusen’s 14-game winning run in all competitions came to an end with a tight draw at home to Borussia Dortmund.

Scorers: Boniface 80′; Ryerson 5′


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Dortmund struck first, taking the lead after just five minutes to the shock of the home fans at the Bay Arena.

Some neat play eventually led to Niclas Fulkrig slipping in Julian Ryerson, who finished smartly from close range.It was the Norwegian’s fourth goal for the club since his arrival from Union Berlin last January.

Leverkusen responded in the only way they know this season: dominating the ball and looking to make as many chances as possible, with most of them falling to Granit Xhaka who could not capitalise.

They thought they had found an equaliser in added time at the end of the first half when Florian Wirtz curled home a stunning strike from inside the box after the ball came his way. It gave Gregor Kobel no chance as it cracked off the bar and in.

However, VAR, once again, took centre stage, ruling the goal for an offside that the naked eye could just not see.

The second half started as the first ended with Leverkusen on top and Dortmund remaining largely resolute. Exequiel Palacios came closest but Kobel made himself to big to close the angle for a strike.

Xhaka then blasted over when presented with another goal opportunity with 20 minutes to go after Dortmund fumbled playing out from the back.

Leverkusen finally broke through in the 80th minute. Odilon Kossounou glided up the pitch before playing in Patrik Schick (who had only been on for 40 seconds), who turned the ball across the box for Victor Boniface to tap home from two yards out.

Xabi Alonso’s men could not find a winner and Dortmund were worth a point given their defensive heroics.

Leverkusen sit three points clear of Bayern Munich having played a game more, while Dortmund remain in fifth, ten points off the top.