Dortmund 1-1 Mainz: Reus misses penalty as Dortmund held to draw

Marco Reus-Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund were held to 1-1 draw by bottom table club Mainz.

Borussia Dortmund‘s hopes of a comeback win were thwarted by Marco Reus, who missed a penalty in the final quarter, thus allowing his side to share spoils with struggling Mainz.

Dortmund put in all the hard work in the first half, with Reus looking dangerous on multiple occasions and midfielder Jude Bellingham hitting the post once.

However, it was Mainz who drew first blood in the second half after Levin Oztunali fired in a brilliant goal from some distance.

Die Borussen managed to equalise when Thomas Meunier found the nets after Mainz’s defence failed to clear the ball long.

The hosts were presented with a great opportunity to go ahead of the bottom dwellers after a penalty was awarded. But Reus was lacklustre from the penalty spot, firing his shot wide. Mainz also had a chance denied by the post later in a thrilling second half.

Dortmund, who managed to thrash high-flying Leipzig last week have failed to keep up their winning momentum.

Terzic’s side are now fourth in the Bundesliga table, four points off the leaders Bayern Munich.

Reus appeared not to be happy with his penalty as he apologised to the team post following the draw.

“I have to apologize to the team. In the first half, I had a huge chance to make it 1-0 and then in the second half with the penalty kick.

I could have decided the game. I wasn’t able to do that today, I’m sorry.”