September 9, 2017 / 5:00 PM / 2 months ago

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Dortmund held by 10-man Freiburg after VAR red card

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By Brian Homewood

FREIBURG, Germany, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund dropped their first Bundesliga points of the season on Saturday in a feisty 0-0 draw with a gallant Freiburg who played with 10 men for an hour after a red card awarded with the help of the video assistant.

Dortmund looked set to chalk up their 13th successive win over Freiburg after the Black Forest team had attacking midfielder Yoric Ravet sent off 29 minutes into his debut for a tackle from behind on Marcel Schmelzer, who had to go off injured.

Referee Benjamin Cortus initially gave Ravet a yellow card but changed it to a red after consulting video assistant referee Guenter Perl, infuriating the Schwarzwald stadium crowd.

But, despite spending most of the remaining hour camped in the Freiburg half, Peter Bosz’s side were unable to find a way past the well-drilled hosts who themselves remained winless after three games.

Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the ball in the net in the second half but the referee had already blown for a free kick for the visitors in the midfield.

“A draw was too little, considering the quality in our team,” said Bosz.

Until the red card, Freiburg had looked slightly more dangerous and striker Tim Kleindienst missed the best chance of the game when he was put clean through but shot straight at Roman Buerki.

Dortmund, who have still not conceded a goal this season, have seven points from three games, alongside Hanover 96 who drew 1-1 away to VfL Wolfsburg.

Daniel Didavi gave Wolfsburg the lead early in the second half but Martin Harnik levelled for Hanover.

Alfred Finnbogason scored a hat-trick, including a penalty, to give Augsburg a 3-0 win over Cologne who slumped to their third straight defeat.

He became the third Icelandic player to score a Bundesliga hat-trick after Atli Edvaldsson and Eyjolfur Sverrisson.

Kevin-Prince Boateng goal gave Eintracht Frankfurt a 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach although the former Ghana international went off injured early in the second half.

Mainz 05 beat Leverkusen 3-1 to pick up their first win of the season and also their first under new coach Sandro Schwarz.

Titleholders Bayern Munich were away to Hoffenheim in the late game. (Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Neville Dalton and Clare Fallon)

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