Hosts Borussia Mönchengladbach stunned 10-man Borussia Dortmund 1-0 with a Denis Zakaria goal on Saturday to break their opponents’ three-game winning streak in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund, playing without injured captain Marco Reus and top striker Erling Haaland, suffered their second loss of the season, dropping to fourth place with 12 points, four from leaders Bayern Munich as Gladbach notched his second win in six matches.
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Haaland, who has scored 47 goals in 48 league appearances for Dortmund, was sent off earlier on Saturday after injuring himself in Friday’s final training.
Zakaria struck in the 37th minute after charging into the box, getting a lucky deflection to keep possession, then signing in for the lead.
Things got worse for Dortmund, which host Sporting in the Champions League next week, three minutes later when Mahmoud Dahoud received his marching orders following a second booking, putting his team firmly on the back foot and leaving the defender Mats Hummels furious.
“It’s stupid to give the referee a chance [to send him off]”Hummels said of Dahoud’s dissent which triggered a second foul warning.” I hope Mo knows what he did was wrong.
“It’s wrong to send him off but you shouldn’t even give the referee a chance to do it.”
The hosts had a string of good chances in the second half on a frustrating return to Gladbach for Dortmund coach Marco Rose, who had coached the Foals for two years but left this season to join the Ruhr Valley club .
Home fans gave him a fiery welcome, with taunts and whistles, after he angered them by announcing his departure in the middle of last season, with the team missing out on European places.
Rose’s side, without Haaland and Reus in attack, failed to manage a single effort on goal in 90 minutes and fell to fourth place, one point behind third-placed VfL Wolfsburg, who lost 3-1 to Hoffenheim, and Bayer Leverkusen.
Gladbach climbs to 11th place with seven points.