Dortmund drop points in goalless draw at Heidenheim

Dortmund's Ian Maatsen (L) and Heidenheim's Omar Traore battle for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Heidenheim and Borussia Dortmund at Voith-Arena. Harry Langer/dpa
Dortmund's Ian Maatsen (L) and Heidenheim's Omar Traore battle for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Heidenheim and Borussia Dortmund at Voith-Arena. Harry Langer/dpa
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Borussia Dortmund dropped important points in the fight for a spot in the Champions League in a goalless draw at promoted Heidenheim.

This was Dortmund's first goalless draw in the Bundesliga since October 2019.

"With the performance we showed today, we didn't deserve more than this point," Dortmund coach Edin Terzic told broadcasters DAZN.

The guests endured a lot of pressure from Heidenheim and thought they had their opener in the 26th minute after Donyell Malen received a pass from Jamie Bynoe-Gittens before rounding goalkeeper Kevin Müller and firing it home from a tight angle.

But after a video review, the goal was ruled out because Malen was offside.

After the break, there were only a few goal chances and Dortmund had one of the best opportunities in the 79th, but Müller saved Nico Schlotterbeck's effort from outside of the box.

Niclas Füllkrug also made his bid in the 85th as he unleashed a dangerous rising drive, but Müller was again superb to deny Dortmund a goal.

Heidenheim could have scored a winner in stoppage time, but Kevin Sessa headed the ball across the goal and just beyond the reach of the diving Stefan Schimmer.

"Of course that was not good enough, of course we wanted to take the three points," Füllkrug told DAZN.

He added, however, that it's normal to drop points and that the team shouldn't overreact, especially after winning the previous three games.

"After winning three games against equally fierce opponents, it happens. We move on and next week we have to get the three points again," the forward said.

Dortmund remain fourth, still four points above RB Leipzig, the first team outside the Champions League qualification zone, while Heidenheim are a surprise in ninth.

"We will gladly take this point. They (Dortmund) had their best chance with Füllkrug in the 85th, I think that says a lot about the team, about the team's performance. And we didn't only defend, but also created chances," Heidenheim coach Frank Schmidt told DAZN.

Saturday's action include Darmstadt v leaders Bayer Leverkusen and champions Bayern Munich v Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Heidenheim's Jan-Niklas Beste (L) and Dortmund's Niklas Suele battle for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Heidenheim and Borussia Dortmund at Voith-Arena. Harry Langer/dpa
Heidenheim's Jan-Niklas Beste (L) and Dortmund's Niklas Suele battle for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Heidenheim and Borussia Dortmund at Voith-Arena. Harry Langer/dpa