Edin Terzic denounced Borussia Dortmund’s late implosion as “brutally stupid” after Werder Bremen came from 2-0 behind in the 89th minute to snatch a 3-2 victory in the Bundesliga.
Goals from Julian Brandt and Raphael Guerreiro had put an off-colour Dortmund in charge of Saturday’s game and seemingly on course for three points.
However, Werder never gave up hope and pulled a first goal back through Lee Buchanan, with Niklas Schmidt equalising in the third minute of stoppage time and Oliver Burke completing the turnaround with the winner two minutes later.
With the flurry of late goals, Bremen became the first side in the history of the Bundesliga to score three goals in the 89th minute or later in a single match.
Dortmund head coach Terzic said: “You have to honestly say that it was a deserved defeat. We didn’t play well, and it was a very poor performance from us, both in the first and in the second half.
“We didn’t manage to control the game. The way we conceded goals at the end is brutally stupid, brutally annoying and now we’re empty-handed.”
Captain Marco Reus was similarly scathing, telling Sky: “I have no idea what happened. Despite being 2-0 up, we didn’t have any control over the game, not even over the 90 minutes.
“Then Bremen scored the goal in the 89th minute and came again. But in the end we just didn’t play well throughout the game.”
Former Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann, working as a Sky pundit, said Werder’s victory was “well deserved”.
He said of Dortmund: “I have rarely seen them so confused and desolate over 90 minutes.”
Bremen head coach Ole Werner savoured the moment, saying: “It was a turbulent game with a better ending for us.
“Of course there’s a bit of luck involved in the end. It wasn’t undeserved for the 90 minutes. The last few minutes were pure emotions, that was madness. That cannot be explained rationally.”