Julian Brandt’s late goal helped Borussia Dortmund salvage a point in an electrifying 3-3 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in Sunday’s Bundesliga match.
Dortmund twice came from behind to level the scores against in-form Frankfurt, claiming a draw which keeps them within two points of champions Bayern Munich ahead of next weekend’s clash.
“If you look at the way the game went, we have to be happy with the point,” Dortmund’s Nico Schlotterbeck told DAZN.
Hit by injuries in the wake of their 1-0 win over Newcastle United in the Champions League in midweek, Dortmund struggled to contain Frankfurt in the first half.
The hosts took the lead after just eight minutes, Egyptian striker Omar Marmoush smashing a penalty down the middle after a handball from Marius Wolf in the box.
Marmoush doubled the lead with a poacher’s finish shortly afterwards, as Frankfurt continued to carve through Dortmund on the counter-attack.
The visitors suffered yet another setback when goalkeeper Gregor Kobel was forced to go off with a nose injury after colliding with Schlotterbeck.
His replacement, Alexander Meyer, was then lucky to avoid giving away another penalty with a risky challenge on Marmoush.
“I think he touched the ball before me, so maybe I was a bit lucky,” admitted Meyer.
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Dortmund continued to ride their luck until half-time, with former Dortmund player Ansgar Knauff coming close and Marmoush hitting the post.
Yet the visitors went into half-time with a flicker of hope after a sharp finish from Marcel Sabitzer made it 2-1 against the run of play in first-half injury time.
Marmoush missed another chance to complete his hat-trick early in the second half and Frankfurt were soon left to rue their wastefulness in front of goal.
Just 10 minutes after coming on for Donyell Malen, teenage striker Youssoufa Moukoko drilled in a low shot from the edge of the area to level the scores.
Yet Frankfurt are riding a wave of superb form at the moment, and they quickly restored the lead through Fares Chaibi.
The Algeria international shook off compatriot Ramy Bensebaini in the box to smash home his first Bundesliga goal since joining from Toulouse in August.
Brandt redeemed himself for his part in Chaibi’s goal by scoring at the 82nd minute from a Karim Adeyemi cross. Dortmund will next compete against Hoffenheim in a midweek cup match before their highly anticipated home game against long-time rivals, Bayern, next Saturday.