Claudio Pizarro handed Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga title hopes a potentially fatal blow when he scored Werder Bremen’s equalizer.
Bremen: Forty-year-old Claudio Pizarro handed Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga title is a potentially fatal blow when he scored Werder Bremen’s equalizer, his fightback from two goals down, in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday.
Two stunning first-half goals, a solo effort from Christian Pulisic and a free kick from Paco Alcacer, gave Dortmund a 2-0 lead and put them in full control before they self-destructed after halftime.
Kevin Moehwald pulled one back with a shot which slipped through the goalkeeper Roman Buerki’s legs in the 70th minute and Peruvian veteran Pizarro rifled home the equalizer as Werder on a defensive mix-up five minutes later.
Dortmund dropped four points back Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with two matches each to play, meaning that the Bavarians, who have 32 matches from 74 points, can wrap a seventh consecutive title by winning at RB Leipzig next Saturday.
“We got the chances to make it 3-0, three clear chances in the second half, and we have to stay calm when that happens,” said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre. “Of course, we gave away two unnecessary goals, that is clear.”
The visitors got off to a flying start as Pulisic collected the ball near the halfway line, nutmegged an opponent, six minutes into the Werder defense and slipped the ball between Jiri Pavlenka and his close post.
The 20-year-old American, who had a mixed season, was standing in for suspended captain Marco Reus.
Both teams created openings in an interesting first half but another moment of inspiration, this time from Alcacer, put Dortmund 2-0 ahead.
The Spaniard sent a dipping shot over the wall and in the bottom corner from 25 meters as he scored his 18th goal of the season and the third from a free kick.
Pulisic had a shot blocked and Goetze saw another effort saved by Pavlenka as Dortmund threatened to grab a third before halftime.
The Czech goalkeeper kept Werder in the game with further saves from Thomas Delaney and Alcacer in the second half before the game took a dramatic twist with Buerki’s mistake, the Swiss Moehwald’s 20-meter shot to squirm through his legs.
“Roman had had a great season, he has rescued a lot of points for us,” said Favre.
Five minutes later, Ludwig Augustinsson took advantage of hesitation between Manuel Akanji and Buerki and pulled the ball it back for Pizarro to score the fourth goal of his 19th Bundesliga season.
Dortmund then escaped a penalty when the ball hit Mario Goetze’s arm but the referee gave a throw-in after review.
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