Title contenders Borussia Dortmund were at the end of a shock result this weekend as they were beaten by relegation-threatened FC Koln.
Following their midweek heroics against Club Brugge in the Champions League, Lucien Favre would have expected this to be a routine win as their visitors had been winless in 18 games going into the game.
The game started in a frantic pace with Jadon Sancho hitting the bar in the fourth minute. But that only proved to be a scare as the visitors raced into a two-goal lead in the first hour.
The first goal came in the 9th minute after Marius Wolf – on loan from Dortmund – guided Ondrej Duda’s corner to the path of Skhiri to tap home at the back post.
A response was expected from the hosts who continued to huff and puff without being able to break the Koln’s resilient defence. When they managed to find the back of the net through a Mats Hummels header, the offside flag denied them.
Although they enjoyed the better share of possession during the first half, the home team ended the first half without a single shot the target.
To their credit, Dortmund re-emerged from the break with a greater sense of urgency. Just four minutes into the second half, Dortmund forced the visiting keeper into action for the first time with a Marco Reus’ free-kick forcing Horn into an uncomfortable save.
However, Dortmund were stunned again in the 60th minute as the away side doubled their lead through Skhiri who was on hand at the far post to score from Duda’s corner—his third game in two games.
Dortmund did threaten to fight back through a Thorgan Hazard in the 74th minute, but the goal at the end proved to be a consolation for the home side.
The loss sent Dortmund down to the third place, four points shy of leaders Bayern Munich. Koln meanwhile are up to 15th place.