Dortmund's Hummels Sent Off in 3-2 Defeat to Leipzig

Dortmund’s Hummels Sent Off in 3-2 Defeat to Leipzig

With ten players, Borussia Dortmund faced a 3-2 defeat at home against RB Leipzig, dealing another blow to their Bundesliga title aspirations following a mid-week German Cup exit.

In the 15th minute, Germany defender Mats Hummels received a red card for a last-man foul on Lois Openda, following an extensive video review. Initially booked and conceding a penalty to Leipzig, Hummels saw his punishment escalate to a red card upon review because the initial contact occurred just outside the penalty area. Consequently, Leipzig was awarded a free-kick.

Ramy Bensebaini inadvertently headed into his own net, granting Leipzig a 32nd-minute lead. Niklas Süle, who joined the game after Hummels’ expulsion, equalized just before halftime at the far post, completing a makeshift four-man defense.

Christoph Baumgartner restored Leipzig’s lead with a 54th-minute tap-in. Yussuf Poulsen extended the lead to 3-1 at the beginning of stoppage time, but Leipzig had to endure a tense finish as Niclas Füllkrug headed Dortmund’s second two minutes later.

In the Bundesliga standings, Leipzig, positioned fourth, moved four points clear of fifth-placed Dortmund, who suffered a defeat to VfB Stuttgart in the Cup on Wednesday.

Dortmund now trails the top spot by 10 points, and the gap could widen to 13 points if leaders Bayer Leverkusen secure a victory at third-placed Stuttgart on Sunday.