A brace from Adrian Ramos helped Borussia Dortmund cruise to a 3-0 win over 10-man Hamburger SV at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday.
- Dortmund 3 Hamburg 0
- Christian Pulisic opens the scoring
- Ramos doubles lead for Dortmund
- Rene Adler sent off for Hamburg
- Ramos completes brace
Dortmund took a 2-0 advantage into the break following two quick-fire goals from Pulisic and Ramos moments before half-time.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Alder received a straight red card and Ramos completed his brace in the closing stages as Dortmund maintained the seven-point gap to Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were looking to return to winning ways after being knocked out by Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday and they threatened early on through Sven Bender, whose shot from outside the box was easily saved by Alder on five minutes.
The visitors looked to catch Dortmund on the counter after absorbing some pressure in the opening stanza, but the hosts nearly took the lead from a set-piece as Matthias Ginter saw his header fly agonizingly wide of the upright in the 17th minute.
Hamburg tried to make inroads into opposition territory, but the Dortmund defence, led by Mats Hummels held firm. They were then forced to try their luck from distance, with Ivo Ilicevic coming close with a right footed shot in the 28th minute.
Dortmund eventually broke the deadlock through Pulisic after he combined with Hummels from a set-piece to score in the 38th minute.
Dortmund then doubled their lead just before half-time with a strike from Ramos following a well-timed lay-off from Nuri Sahin.
Not long after the resumption Hamburg’s problems were compounded after Adler received his marching orders. They tried to show some resistance, but the numerical disadvantage would take its toll.
Ramos finished off Hamburg with a left footed shot from the centre of the box in the 86th minute to keep Dortmund’s slim title hopes alive.