Dort­mund must try ‘win dirty’ - Can

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Lev­erkusen

– Emre Can (right) says his new Borus­sia Dort­mund team-mates must learn to “win dirty” af­ter leak­ing two late goals to lose 4-3 at Bayer Lev­erkusen on Satur­day to lose ground in the Bun­desliga ti­tle race.

Can, who marked his first start for Dort­mund with a stun­ning long-range goal, said they only had them­selves to blame af­ter con­ced­ing twice in the dy­ing stages to stay third, three points be­hind lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich.

“When we take the lead, we have to be a lit­tle dirt­ier,” said the mid­fielder, who joined last month from Ju­ven­tus.

“That’s some­thing the team has to learn, de­fen­sively we all have to be bet­ter to­gether.

“It was def­i­nitely a set­back, but any­thing can still hap­pen.”

Dort­mund were 3-2 up go­ing into the fi­nal 10 min­utes thanks to goals by Mats Hum­mels, Can and Raphael Guer­reiro.

How­ever af­ter Kevin Vol­land net­ted two first-half goals for Lev­erkusen, substitute Leon Bai­ley swept home to make it 3-3 on 81 min­utes be­fore play­ing a part in Lars Ben­der’s headed win­ner.

There was just 82 sec­onds be­tween Lev­erkusen’s fi­nal two goals as the Dort­mund de­fence was caught nap­ping.

It was the first time new striker Er­ling Braut Haa­land had failed to score for his new club af­ter hit­ting eight goals in his first four games, and the teenage sen­sa­tion cut a dejected fig­ure as he trudged off.

“That hurts,” said Dort­mund’s sport­ing di­rec­tor Michael Zorc.

“It’s very dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we played well un­til the 80th minute.

“We’re con­ced­ing too many goals, we’re not in a bet­ter po­si­tion (in the league) and we have these (de­fen­sive) prob­lems.”

Dort­mund head coach Lu­cien Favre could not hide his frus­tra­tion.

The Swiss broke off a post­match TV in­ter­view when asked about the ta­ble sit­u­a­tion.

Lev­erkusen coach Peter Bosz en­joyed some sweet re­venge over his for­mer club. “I just told the boys they did re­ally well and never gave up,” said the Dutch­man, who is con­tracted un­til 2022. – AFP

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