Rose happy with win despite conceding ‘unnecessary’ goal

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Germany: Bundesliga

Dortmund M. Reus (3), E. Håland (Pen. 54), E. Håland (90)

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Mainz 05 J. Burkardt (87)

By Rune Gjerulff

Dortmund coach Marco Rose was happy to take three points against Mainz despite conceding an ‘unnecessary’ goal.

Marco Rose.
Marco Rose. Photo: Borussia Dortmund/OneFootball

Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose was happy with Saturday’s 3-1 win over Mainz, although he felt his side made things unnecessary difficult by conceding a goal.

‘Die Schwarzgelben’ went 2-0 up through goals from Marco Reus and Erling Haaland. Jonathan Burkardt then pulled one back for Mainz, providing a glimmer of hope for the guests, before Haaland closed the game in injury time.

“We’re very happy with the three points, of course. We knew what to expect. And that’s what we got,” Rose told reporters at the post-match press conference.

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“We did not think Mainz would be so passive in the first half. But we dealt with that well, got into the game really well and quickly scored a nice goal. We always felt that everything was under control, even though we were sometimes a bit erratic. In the second half, Mainz were more active.

“Making it 2-0 actually gave us the breathing space we needed, but we made life difficult for ourselves again. That was unnecessary. All in all, it was a decent game over 90 minutes, a deserved victory and so a good start to the next phase.”

Dortmund
(4-3-3)
1 Gregor Kobel
24 Thomas Meunier
16 Manuel Akanji
15 Mats Hummels ↩67
14 Nico Schulz
19 Julian Brandt ↩78
23 Emre Can ↩85
22 Jude Bellingham
11 Marco Reus (C) ↩85
9 Erling Håland
21 Donyell Malen ↩66
Bench
35 Marwin Hitz
36 Ansgar Knauff
34 Marin Pongracic ↪67
10 Thorgan Hazard ↪66
20 Reinier ↪85
28 Axel Witsel ↪85
30 Felix Passlack
39 Marius Wolf ↪78
Mainz 05
(3-4-1-2)
27 Robin Zentner
30 Silvan Widmer
16 Stefan Bell ↩69
19 Moussa Niakhate (C)
25 Niklas Tauer
6 Anton Stach ↩83
8 Leandro Barreiro ↩69
23 Anderson-Lenda Lucoqui ↩46
5 Jean-Paul Boëtius
9 Karim Onisiwo
11 Marcus Ingvartsen ↩69
Bench
1 Finn Dahmen
29 Jonathan Burkardt ↪69
3 Aarón Martín ↪46
18 Daniel Brosinski
34 David Nemeth
42 Alexander Hack ↪69
7 Lee Jae-Sung ↪69
22 Kevin Stöger
24 Merveille Papela ↪83

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