Dortmund dropped two points at 10th-placed Freiburg, conceding an equaliser inside the final five minutes after controlling the game throughout. Gray Surman will be disappointed with the shooting efforts of the side, who too often drilled shots wide from outside the area when a better option was probably on.
Sven Bender was carried off after half an hour, with a suspected groin strain, in the only action of note during the first-half. Dortmund took the lead on 78 minutes when Marco Reus latched onto a ball by Mario Götze, turned his man and slotted home. Alas, the lead didn’t last and Freiburg captain Julian Schuster slammed home a late equaliser.
Sebastian Freis twice had the ball in the back of the net, but denied. The first for a clear push on Weidenfeller, and the second for an offside decision that replays have proven to be correct. Manager Christian Streich was furious in his post-match interview, and subsequently may face action from the DFB.
Schalke won 3-0 in their evening fixture against Wolfsburg, and have closed the gap at the top to six points with a game in hand.
SC FREIBURG 1-1 BORUSSIA DORTMUND Schuster 84 Reus 78 Att: 22,755 Bundesliga, Mage-Solar-Stadion. Drizzle 10°C. Ref: P.Gagelmann
SC FREIBURG BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1. Oliver Baumann 6.6 | 1. R.Weidenfeller (c) 7.3 25. Oliver Sorg 6.9 | 2. Andreas Beck 6.9 2. Pavel Krmas [*] 8.4 | 4. Neven Subotic 7.2 4. Beg Ferati 6.8¹ | 17. Marc Hornschuh 7.1 3. Fausto Pinto 7.1 | 3. Marcel Schmelzer 7.1 23. Julian Schuster (c) 7.6 | 6. Sven Bender 6.8¹ 28. Matthias Ginter 6.9 | 11. Marco Reus 7.2 40. Daniel Caligiuri 7.5 | 8. Ilkay Gündogan 7.9 14. Anton Putsila 6.7² | 7. Viktor Fischer 6.7 8. Jan Rosenthal 6.9³ | 23. Julian Schieber 6.6² 35. Sebastian Freis 6.8 | 9. Robert Lewandowski 6.7 ------------------------------ | ----------------------------- 36. Alexander Schwolow . | 20. Mitchell Langerak . 5. M.Raimondo-Metzger . | 5. Mats Hummels . 6. V. Eggen Hedenstad 7.0³ | 10. Mario Götze 6.8² 7. Cédris Makiadi 6.6¹ | 18. Moritz Leitner . 13. Daniel Royer n/a² | 19. Kevin Großkreutz . 22. Fabian Menig . | 28. Kostas Katsouranis 6.7¹ 26. Erik Jendrisek . | 30. Jakub Blaszczykowski .
Match report by @realtimeFM:
Just one change for Dortmund, enforced by Dennis Praet’s suspension, sees Ilkay Gündogan replace him behind the front two. Hornschuh and Subotic continue to partner each other at centre-back, though Mats Hummels and Mario Götze have both been passed fit enough to take the bench.
Felipe Santana (virus) and Ivan Perisic (broken arm) are both injured and unavailable.
“Dortmund have got to be favourites for this one. They have been impressive away from home recently and I expect them to have too much for Freiburg.” – Leon Horn, The Express.
 We’re underway with the 10th-placed home side shooting right-to-left in this first half, towards the away support.
 Dortmund win the first corner of the match when Beck’s ball forwards to Lewandowski is knocked behind. Julian Schieber had a long-range efort earlier which didn’t trouble the ‘keeper, but this is the match’s first real opportunity for either side.
 Ferati heads Gündogan’s corner behind for a second. The second delivery is whipped to the far post but cleared well.
 Weidenfeller jumps above Putsila to claim Caliguiri’s cross.
 A couple of goals have gone in elsewhere: Köln are 1-0 up at home to Frankfurt, and Adam Szalai has given Mainz the lead at Stuttgart.
 Marco Reus cuts inside from the right and fizzes a shot wide of the far post. Dortmund just shading the early exchanges so far.
 Putsila makes a challenge on Beck that gives Dortmund their third corner. Home side able to clear away and block the follow-up shot.
 Freiburg working wider, overrunning Dortmund’s midfield at the moment. Gündogan looks to drop back and just shore up the gap.
 Julian Schieber sends a low drive from 18 yards narrowly wide.
 Dortmund defenders back-off Daniel Caligiuri until the edge of the box when they manage to force his shot wide.
 Sven Bender (6.8) requires treatment after a collision on half-way, and doesn’t look like he’ll be able to continue. Kostas Katsouranis¹ replaces him.
 Köln are now 2-0 up at home to Frankfurt, while Mainz are 2-0 up away at Stuttgart. 0-0 everywhere else.
 Corner for Dortmund. It’s headed away only as far as Viktor Fischer who smashes a volley towards the top corner. It’s a great save to deny him.
 Freis clatters Reus just outside the box, Gündogan will try to pick out one of the big BVB centre-backs with this.
 Rosenthal heads off the line to deny Gündogan!
 Rosenthal keeps the ball in right on the goal line when he outpaces Schmelzer. He gets a cross in towards the near post for Rosenthal, but he and Freis get in each other’s way and Weidenfeller has an easy save to make.
 Krmas has to clear the ball away as it drops towards the far post from Andreas Beck.
 First half ending with a number of niggly fouls to break-up attacks. Dortmund haven’t really got behind the 6-man Freiburg defence in this first half.
HALF-TIME: SC Freiburg 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)
[HT] Change at the break¹ for Freiburg: Cedrick Makiadi is on for Ferati (6.8).
 Dortmund get the second 45 underway and win a corner inside 30 seconds. Baumann saves from Subotic’s header on the penalty spot.
 Baumann is at full stretch to tip over a Lewandowski shot from the edge of the box. From the corner, Marc Hornschuh flicks a header across th six-yard box and Lewandowski somehow heads over from close range.
 Freis and Hornschuh are in a right tussle, which ends up with the Freiburg man rounding Weidenfeller and slotting home, but the whistle had long-gone for a free-kick to Dortmund.
 Marc Hornschuh gets a toe in to deny Freis a tap-in at the far post.
 Second change for Dortmund²: Mario Götze replaces Schieber (6.6).
 Dortmund win their seventh corner of the game.
 It’s Stuttgart 1-3 Mainz now.
 Andreas Beck gets back to make a great challenge and break up a promising Freiburg counter.
 Dortmund peppering the Freiburg back four with crosses and shot from distance, but no breakthrough as yet.
 Sebastian Freis powers a header beyond Weidenfeller, but for the second time today it’s been disallowed. Offside, correct call.
 Makiadi and Götze have had a great battle since they were both introduced. The former fouls the latter 25 yards out and Marco reus is lining up the free-kick. It skims the top of the bar.
 1-0 DORTMUND! A great touch-and-turn by Marco Reus on the edge of the box bamboozles his marker as he controls a through-ball from Mario Götze, comes inside the box and drills a low shot past Baumann.
 Substitution for Freiburg²: Daniel Royer replaces Putsila (6.7), while Jan Rosenthal comes off second-best in a challenge with Ilkay Gündogan.
 Daniel Royer pulls down Marcel Schmelzer and is cautioned.
 Final change for Freiburg³: Vegar Eggen Hedenstad replaces the injured Rosenthal (6.9).
 GOAL, EQUALISER! Hedenstad makes an immediate impact. He plays in Caligiuri who cuts inside from the left, squaring for Julian Schuster to drill past Weidenfeller to make it 1-1.
 Freiburg are gfoing to have to see the match out with ten men after Daniel Caligiuri pulls up and can’t continue.
 Three additional minutes.
FULL-TIME: SC Freiburg 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)
We’ve had a cracking second-half, but the teams will have to share the points. For all their possession and shots at goal, Dortmund really needed to do better – often opting to try and test the ‘keeper from long range rather than slip a man inside. Freiburg the far happier side with a point.