Borussia Dortmund blocked the first attack of FC Bayern in the year 2019 a success. The League leaders won the top game in the case of RB Leipzig thanks to a goal from Axel Witsel (19. Minute) earned with 1:0. The team of coach Lucien Favre defended in an exciting and, at times, high-class duel with their Six-point lead prior to the record master. “The first half was not good, in the second we had the game in control. The bottom line is we are just happy about the win,“ said Witsel after the final whistle.

Bundesliga round DISPLAY

Michael Horeni

a correspondent for sports in Berlin.

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the Dortmund game also impressed with a determined, sometimes a strong appearance. Leipzig tried to put especially in the second half, the League leaders with passion and energy under the pressure, but either of the BVB collectively, fighting off the attacks – or could rely on goalkeeper Roman Bürki.

At the end of a success, and felt for the table leaders especially valuable. Because the conditions for the Borussia were not just convenient to the spectacular first half of the season off to a perfect Start into the new year. FC Bayern had increased on the previous day with victory in Hoffenheim the pressure. And the round was clear that Marco Reus, the best player in the first half of the season, would not be in the squad. The 29-year-old captain, who had stood by 1530 minutes, in 1483, on the square, was a twisted ankle in Training. With RB Leipzig, an exceptionally strong home team waited for the BVB, who had come in the first half of the season with seven wins and two draws.

The BVB remains on course

But after a few minutes, it became apparent that the BVB had to be dissuaded from his path. The people of Dortmund presented themselves as the game stronger, and inspire more determined and more Mature Team. The first quick and well-planned attack ran in the 13. Minute about the new captain Lukasz Piszczek, whose steep Pass, reached into the penalty area the Reus-substitute Maximilian Philipp but the Leipzig were able to clarify in dire Need for a corner. Although there had been until then, otherwise, no big chances to score, was the Dortmunder leadership in the 19th century. Minute not surprisingly. A corner of Raphael Guerreiro extended Piszczek with the head on Witsel, who could take the Ball in the penalty area unchallenged and him out of the booth to see the value under the crossbar shot. Leipzig was impressed, and he accomplished first of all no attacks. The BVB was missing in the first half-hour the power to transform its superior design in gates.

Before the break, Leipzig increased and continued to Dortmund now, more and more often under a lot of pressure, as coach Ralf Rangnick had presented from the beginning. Werner was the most promising attacks, but once his passport was, as he positions himself was promising to be inaccurate (30.), then he missed with a beautiful shot of the target (34.). The best Chance of the first half, then had to back out of the BVB. The head ball from Diallo after a free-kick past the line just under the post (43.).