Borussia Dortmund faced a setback as they were held to a goalless draw by Heidenheim, dropping vital points in their pursuit of Champions League qualification. Hindered by injuries and illnesses, Dortmund, missing eight first-team players, struggled to break down Heidenheim’s resilient defense. Despite dominating possession and having a goal disallowed by VAR, Dortmund failed to secure a victory.
Manager Edin Terzic expressed dissatisfaction with the team’s performance, acknowledging the challenging nature of the match against promoted Heidenheim. The absence of key players, including Jadon Sancho, affected Dortmund’s attacking prowess. The drawn result sees Dortmund level on points with third-placed Stuttgart, widening the gap on fifth-placed RB Leipzig to four points.
Heidenheim’s coach, Frank Schmidt, praised his team’s defensive efforts, acknowledging that a win would have been deserved. The undermanned Dortmund side, frustrated by Heidenheim’s tactics, faces increased competition for a top-four finish in the Champions League race.
The draw sets the stage for Leipzig to potentially close the gap as they face Union Berlin, while leaders Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich also aim to solidify their positions in upcoming matches against Darmstadt and Borussia Moenchengladbach, respectively.