Borussia Dortmund hosted a Friday night thriller against bottom of the table Paderborn, fighting back from three goals down at half time to rescue a vital point.
Pressure has been rising at Signal Iduna Park following some questionable performances and poor results this season, and the weekend’s early encounter hardly helped.
Streli Mamba had inspired Paderborn to a 3-0 half-time lead and the visitors were much the better side, continually devastating Dortmund on the counter-attack.
However, fatigue set in for the visitors and the hosts fought their way back into the light courtesy of goals from Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel and Marco Reus, completing a marvellous night of football in Germany.
Let’s take it back to the beginning.
It was a lightning-fast start from visiting side Paderborn, who deservedly grabbed the opening goal of the game after only five minutes in Dortmund. Streli Mamba bagged the first, converting a wonderfully-worked break from the visitors.
Streli Mamba puts Paderborn 1-0 ahead at Borussia Dortmund, fantastic counter attack from the bottom Bundesliga side.
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) November 22, 2019
Shades of last season‘s 2. Bundesliga version of Paderborn. Cracking counter attack and Mamba finish. Schulz caught out and BVB all over the place. What a start in Dortmund. #BVBSCP, 0:1.
— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) November 22, 2019
And soon enough, Mamba was back at it, netting his second of the evening and stunning the home fans.
Mamba strikes again! #BVB are down 2-0 against #Paderborn. Great run and finish by Mamba but Dortmund’s defence is just to easy to dissect. #BVBSCP
— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) November 22, 2019
Things were getting out of hand for Dortmund, who went in at half time 3-0 behind to Paderborn – oh, did anyone mention they’re bottom of the Bundesliga?
Ever heard of SC Paderborn 07? They are bottom of the league in the Bundesliga, having conceded 26 goals while only scoring 11.
They are currently leading 3-0 away against Dortmund within 45 minutes. WOW! pic.twitter.com/IGO5IcSHM9
— 퐀퐅퐂 퐀퐉퐀퐗 (@TheEuropeanLad) November 22, 2019
The first 45 minutes couldn’t end quickly enough for Lucien Favre and his Dortmund defence – who had an absolute shocker!
Dortmund back line has zero pace and then on top of that they put weigl in
— alay patel (@alaypatel4) November 22, 2019
Favre must have given his players an almighty kick up the backside during his half-time team talk, especially given how close he is to being shown the exit door.
In all fairness…it kind of worked.
English dynamo Jadon Sancho grabbed a crucial goal back for the hosts only two minutes after the restart.
Dortmund chances then came and went, with the hosts guilty of missing a couple of sitters.
But in the 84th minute, Axel Witsel’s header gave the hosts hope and spurring the sixth-placed side back in to life.
GOAL!! Witsel gets another goal back for Dortmund! Can they complete the comeback?
— Marissa Thomas (@marissatfooty) November 22, 2019
Witsel with the Header, 2-3. 6 Minutes + extra time left to play.
— Patric (@Simplblue88) November 22, 2019
With the game on a knife’s edge, could Dortmund grab an equaliser? Yes, yes they could.
And who else but their main man Marco Reus.
Marco reus !!!! What a comeback !!!
— idrisnurwahid (@idrisnurwahid) November 22, 2019
Got your breath yet?
It was an extraordinary battle between the two sides, and above anything else, a stunning game of football.
And the weekend has only just begun.
Paderborn just absolutely exhausted by the 75th min, let alone the 90th. Dortmund bring it back to 3-3 and rescue a point. What a game 勞
— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) November 22, 2019
An extraordinary night in Dortmund, what a way to kick off Match day 12. The Bundesliga is just amazing!#BVBSCP
— Louis_Nexus (@louisnexusdrax) November 22, 2019
@SCPaderborn07 oohhh. What a game! What a team!! Absolutely speechless. If these guys keep playing this kind of football, they can stay in the @Bundesliga_EN for as long as they like. Simply amazing!
Dortmund another top draw second half performance to take a point.#BVBSCP
— Akshay Badarayani (@red_by_choice) November 22, 2019
Great comeback from Dortmund to snatch a pt but embarrassing result still.
Favre job is safe for now maybe thanks to Reus 浪
— ❌Ra’id❌⚽⚡️ (@MesutsTouch) November 22, 2019
However, many people weren’t ready to let Dortmund manager Favre off the hook that easily…
Actually feel for Paderborn, could’ve had their 1st ever away win in the Bundesliga. Dortmund papering over massive cracks once again, thanks to individual quality. Brilliant start to the football weekend, have a great one everyone pic.twitter.com/vi7iR12hnw
— Mahad (@AFCMahad) November 22, 2019
Yeah, I think Favre will be sacked
— Biko Stephen (@BikoIntellect) November 22, 2019
Terrible performance, good comeback, Favre out.
— Cam (@cblackett11) November 22, 2019