Borussia Dortmund’s remote chances of winning the Bundesliga and keeping Jude Bellingham took a critical blow with a 4-2 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.
It also marked a terrible two days for club legend Mats Hummels, who followed up his omission from Germany’s World Cup squad with a dire display.
BILD described Dortmund’s ‘frightening defensive chaos’ as all of Gladbach’s first five shots hit the net, with the fifth being called back by VAR.
Bellingham and former Liverpool man Emre Can were singled-out for their part in a dire defensive showing, but the England youngster showed BVB’s only real moment of class.
His exquisite 35-yard pass found Julian Brandt to make it 1-1 after 18 minutes, but that was as good as it got against former Norwich boss Daniel Farke.
Gladbach made it 3-1 by half an hour thanks to some shambolic defending, before summer centre back signing Nico Schlotterbeck cut the deficit, but it hardly distracted from his errors at the other end of the pitch.
Hoping to come out and equalise quickly, Dortmund found themselves 4-2 down from the thrilling Kouadio Kone just 37 seconds into the second period.
It later looked like five when Hummels was robbed by Marcus Thuram, but the play was then called back for a foul.
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That didn’t stop the home crowd at Borussia Park laying into the 33-year-old though, singing: “We’re going to the World Cup without Hummels!”
The 2014 World Cup winner and 76-time capped defender found out the news he wouldn’t be heading to Qatar the day before, and posted an emotional message on social media.
“Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest disappointments of my career,” he wrote.
“I keep my fingers crossed for the team at the World Cup and will use the time to react to such an experience with hard work as I do every time.”
There will be plenty more to react about during the next month though, with Dortmund heading into the World Cup break after back-to-back losses.
Out of the top four, Dortmund could soon be a whopping nine points behind Bayern Munich should the Bundesliga leaders beat bottom of the table Schalke on Saturday.
Not only do their title aspirations look over, but so do their chances of keeping Bellingham, with Liverpool and Real Madrid preparing their offers.
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