Borussia Dortmund fans filled a capacity of 81,357 for the first time in two years, only to see their side knocked out of the Bundesliga title race with a humble 4-1 loss to RB Leipzig.
Signal Iduna Park was in elated mood ahead of the game as a relaxation of German COVID-19 rules allowed fans to return to Dortmund in full for the first time since the pandemic began.
It’s been 763 days since the Westfalenstadion packed its “Yellow Wall” stand, with fans singing a pre-match rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with streamers in tow.
However, at half-time the home crowd was virtually silenced, with Konrad Laimer scoring a simple brace for the away team.
Leipzig added two more after the break either side of a Donyell Malen consolation goal, ending BVB’s Bundesliga title chances.
Erling Haaland, soon to start, finished the full game with just one shot, which proved to be well off target.
Jude Bellingham also played the full 90 minutes but failed to make an impact as Dortmund’s title hopes crumbled.
Leaders Bayern Munich earlier claimed a 4-1 win over Freiburg to move nine points clear at the top of the table, a likely unassailable lead with just six games remaining.
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This win was not without controversy, however, with Bayern briefly playing with 12 players.
A mix-up with an 86th-minute second-half substitution saw Kingsley Coman stay on the pitch on a double substitution in what Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann called a “bizarre situation”.
Dortmund could have reduced Bayern’s lead to six points had they beaten Leipzig, and are still set to host the Bavarian giants in Westphalia on April 23.
But with such a comprehensive defeat for Dortmund and a simple victory for Bayern, it looks like the Bundesliga crown will remain in Munich for the 10th consecutive year, sealing Haaland’s exit and potentially pushing Bellingham towards the exit door.
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