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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Yoric Ravet (29')

Borussia Dortmund held by 10-man Freiburg

Michael Kienzler/Bongarts/Getty Images

Ten-man Freiburg halted Borussia Dortmund's promising start to the season Saturday in a 0-0 Bundesliga draw and also added to the team's injury list.

Dortmund defenders Marc Bartra and Marcel Schmelzer went off in the first half and are doubtful for the Champions League opener at Tottenham on Wednesday.

Tim Kleindienst had the best early chance for Freiburg but failed in a one-on-one with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki.

Dortmund dominated possession afterward but lost Bartra and then Schmelzer as the home side pulled no punches.

French midfielder Yoric Ravet was sent off on his Bundesliga debut for a cynical challenge on Schmelzer after referee Benjamin Cortus consulted with his video assistant. Cortus at first showed a yellow card but TV replays showed Ravet stamped on Schmelzer's right ankle.

Freiburg coach Christian Streich applauded sarcastically, but Schmelzer was unable to continue. He was replaced by new signing Dan-Axel Zagadou.

Down to 10 men, the hosts sat back, stayed compact and defended with every man they had.

Dortmund are yet to concede a goal after three games but dropped points for the first time.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Borussia Monchengladbach 14 +14 31
2 RB Leipzig 14 +23 30
3 Borussia Dortmund 14 +14 26
4 Schalke 04 13 +8 25
5 SC Freiburg 14 +7 25
6 Bayern Munich 14 +15 24
7 Bayer Leverkusen 13 +3 22
8 TSG Hoffenheim 14 -4 21
9 VfL Wolfsburg 14 +1 20
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 14 +2 18
11 FC Augsburg 14 -6 17
12 FC Union Berlin 13 -3 16
13 Mainz 14 -14 15
14 Werder Bremen 13 -6 14
15 Hertha Berlin 14 -9 12
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 14 -13 12
17 FC Cologne 13 -16 8
18 SC Paderborn 07 13 -16 5