Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels stated his membership are dealing with a “catastrophe” after a 2-1 Bundesliga house defeat to rivals Eintracht Frankfurt left their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread on Saturday. A late winner from Portuguese striker Andre Silva means Dortmund are seven factors adrift of Frankfurt and the Champions League qualification locations with simply seven video games to go. “Realistically, it’s going to be very difficult to finish in the top four, even if we get six or seven more wins,” Hummels advised Sky after his aspect slumped to a tenth defeat of the season.
He stated that lacking the highest 4 could be disastrous for Dortmund, who face a struggle to carry on to coveted key gamers resembling Erling Braut Haaland and Jadon Sancho within the subsequent switch window.
“Not qualifying for the Champions League would obviously be a sporting and financial catastrophe, and we are close to that now,” stated Hummels.
Frankfurt took the lead by means of a freakish personal purpose on 11 minutes, as Nico Schulz despatched a looping header into his personal web after a cross from Filip Kostic.
Kevin Trapp denied Haaland with a sensible save ten minutes later earlier than Hummels hooked the ball in at a nook to degree the scores on the stroke of half time.
Frankfurt’s Stefan Ilsanker had a headed purpose dominated out for offside simply after the hour-mark, however the company restored the lead on the counter-attack within the dying minutes, Silva heading in from shut vary after one other Kostic cross.
– Schalke lose once more –
Frankfurt are 4 factors off third-place Wolfsburg, who beat Cologne 1-0 due to a second-half purpose from Josip Brekalo.
Dortmund are degree on factors with Bayer Leverkusen, who eased to a 2-1 win over backside membership Schalke of their first sport beneath new coach Hannes Wolf.
Lucas Alario opened the scoring with a one-touch end within the first half, earlier than Patrik Schick got here off the bench to safe the three factors after the break.
Dutch veteran Klaas-Jan Huntelaar grabbed a comfort purpose 9 minutes from time, scoring for the primary time since his shock return to Schalke in January.
Defeat pushed crisis-hit giants Schalke nearer to a primary relegation in over three a long time,
Two brutal counter-attack objectives from Ruben Vargas and Andre Hahn gave Augsburg a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim, regardless of an excellent late half-volley from Robert Skov.
In the relegation struggle, Mainz’ current revival was halted by a 1-1 draw at house to fellow strugglers Arminia Bielefeld.
Bielefeld’s Andreas Voglsammer struck quarter-hour from time to cancel out Daniel Brosinski’s penalty and hold second-from-bottom Bielefeld inside a degree of security.
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