TOAway blow in Munich, home defeat against Stuttgart: in Dortmund, just a week after the big victory FC Bayern Disappointment returns. With the 0-1 (0-0) on Saturday, coach Edin Terzic's team suffered its third defeat against VfB this season and suffered a bitter setback in the fight for qualification for the Champions League.

After Serhou Guirassy conceded a goal (64th) in front of 81,365 spectators, BVB fell to fifth place. This does not give much encouragement for the first leg of the quarterfinals in Europe's premier category on Wednesday. Atletico Madrid.

On the other hand, the guests took another big step towards the Champions League. Furthermore, thanks to the fifth consecutive away victory in the Bundesliga (a club record), the difference between third place and fifth place is now seven points. The Swabians are level with FC Bayern on points.

Before the start there was a great atmosphere. Fans celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dortmund Stadium with impressive choreography, a performance by the Dortmund Philharmonic and many other activities.

Dortmund most active

A little later there was nothing comparable to see on the pitch. Both teams treated each other with great respect and avoided taking risks. Only with a long shot from the BVB captain Emre Canthat was stopped by VfB goalkeeper Alexander Nübel, there was a clear danger of scoring (14th).

Compared to the two poor performances against VfB so far this season, BVB were much more active this time. However, bright ideas to shake up Stuttgart's stable defense were lacking for a long time. The waiting attitude of the visitors almost had its reward from the beginning: after a cross from Chris Führig, striker Guirassy almost made it 1-0 with a header, but he missed the mark (25').

Serhou Guirassy scores the decisive goal for VfB Stuttgart.

Serhou Guirassy scores the decisive goal for VfB Stuttgart.

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However, the Dortmund team had the best chance up to that point. Mats Hummels Karim Adeyemi (31) served the fast. But the attacker, who had recently improved his form, failed to score against Nübel.

However, the spectators did not witness a lively match full of scenes in the goal area until half-time. Until then, the duel between table neighbors lived on tactics and fighting, rather than playful finesse.

Even after the resumption, moderation prevailed. Although BVB increased the pressure on the opposing goal, despite all their commitment, they could not find space. Increasingly, both teams seemed to be waiting for the other to make a mistake to win the game.

At least for VfB, this approach paid off. Coach Sebastian Hoeneß's team took advantage of a poor pass from Can to launch an exemplary counterattack and skillfully overcame the previously stable BVB defence. Once again we could count on striker Guirassy, ​​who coolly shot after a low cross from Jamie Leweling. With his 24th goal of the season, Guirassy equaled Mario Gómez's previous VfB record from the 2008/2009 season.

This deficit affected Dortmund. They tried to turn the game around with furious attacks. This could have been successful if Nico Schlotterbeck had not shot the ball from three meters over the goal (80').