Borussia Dortmund played out an unsatisfactory 1-1 draw with VFL Bochum on Friday at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion on Friday evening, a fixture which saw the hosts move three points clear of sixteenth-placed VFB Stuttgart, four points clear of Schalke 04 and six points clear of bottom-placed Hertha BSC.
The league leaders came into matchday 30, leading their rivals, Bayern Munich with a single point at the top of the Bundesliga table and had the chance to go four points clear but squandered it thanks to not being able to find a win on the away ground.
The hosts hit Dortmund with one after roughly four-and-a-half minutes gone, Anthony Losilla firing a swirling shot past Gregor Kobel into the top-right corner of the net.
Dortmund cancelled out the hosts" lead in the seventh minute. Donyell Malen played a nice ball on the right flank to Sebastian Haller in the VFL Bochum area. The Dutch forward teed up Karim Adeyemi who was in space for an easy tap-in .
Terzic"s men had a chance to go ahead in the 26th minute. Jude Bellingham powered down the right flank, picked his spot before forcing a save from Manuel Riemann. The latter being displaced from his goal, the ball fell back to Adeyemi who went for a rebound but struck it just wide of the post.
The visitors got some more chances in the second half of play. Raphael Guerreiro played Marco Reus through in the box, the latter teed up Yossoufa Moukoko who happened to be in a better shooting position but unfortunately fired at the keeper who parried it away.
It was Jude Bellingham"s chance to go at the Bochum goal less than two minutes later, the Englishman testing Manuel Riemann who also saved the shot this time like he had done against Moukoko.
In the end, Bochum came away with the draw, Edin Terzic and his men would be beating themselves up about not being able to find a winner in that match.
What this means for Dortmund and what"s next?
Dortmund"s sloppy 1-1 draw sees them move just two points(61) ahead of Bayern Munich who are on 59 points. The Bavarians have been inconsistent themselves of recent, having lost three out of six fixtures since the sacking of Julian Nagelsmann last month and the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, under whom they have dropped six points in the Bundesliga.
The defending champions play hosts to bottom of the table Hertha BSC on Sunday two-and-a-half hours past lunchtime where they would be seeking to capitalize on Dortmund"s faltering in the race to clinch the crown
A win for Thomas Tuchel"s men looks probable from the records, the Bavarians having not conceded a defeat against Hertha BSC in the past nine fixtures, with a draw and eight wins; six of which are consecutive. Bayern have lost only twice to Sunday"s opponents since 2009 and so it"s not quite the task for Tuchel and co to get one over Hertha on Sunday afternoon. Should they record a seventh consecutive win, they would reclaim their lead at the top of the table.
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