Borussia Dortmund 0 Wolfsburg 0 Match Report
A new-look Borussia Dortmund side were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Bundesliga strugglers Wolfsburg at the Westfalenstadion.
The home side had a key absentee in their side with top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being dropped from the side for the second time this season for “disciplinary reasons”.
The Gabon forward has scored 21 goals in 23 games this season and was dropped for the draw against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting.
Head coach Peter Stoger told Sky: “He hinted briefly that he had forgotten the appointment, but the meeting was announced everywhere and several times”.
“But anyone who knows me is aware that I am not vindictive. He can be back in action next week.”
The sacking of Aubameyang gave 19-year-old Jadon Sancho his first league start since his £10m summer move from Manchester City and the youngster impressed, completing the whole 90 minutes.
The first half had plenty of almost moments with Dortmund looking threatening throughout, with the threatening three of Andriy Yarmolenko, Alexander Isak and Sancho catching the eye.
The best chance in the first half came when Sancho was given space to run from his own half where he led a sharp counter-attack that ended in Isak’s fierce snapshot crashing off the post.
Although, the away side could’ve snatched an undeserved lead just a few minutes prior when Daniel Didavi found himself in on goal after a clever flick from Yunus Malli but his effort was brilliantly saved by Roman Burki in the Dortmund goal.
This ended what was a very attacking performance from the home side in the first half but also a very solid defensive from a Wolfsburg side that are yet to win in their last seven away games.
The second-half continued in the same sort of ‘attack v defence’ style with the home side continuing to search for that elusive first goal.
The moment which many will argue would’ve been a game-changer was early in the second half with Yarmolenko missing what was his third and arguably best chance of scoring.
The Ukrainian was set up for a tap-in after a ball across from Mario Gotze but his first-time effort went high and wide of the goal from six yards out.
This sense of doing everything right bar scoring seemed to be the story of Dortmund’s game today and with this result leaves BVB in fourth place and looking to their next game against Hertha Berlin away.
Wolfsburg meanwhile remain in 12th place and now look to their next fixture at home against ninth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.