Dortmund down Freiburg in style

Borussia Dortmund made it three wins on the spin in the Bundesliga as they ran out 3-1 victors over Freiburg at Signal Iduna Park on Friday.

  • Borussia Dortmund 3 Freiburg 1
  • Aubameyang opens the scoring
  • Piszczek extends Dortmund’s lead
  • Philipp halves deficit soon afterwards
  • Guerreiro seals victory late on

Match Summary

Thomas Tuchel’s side made a slow start but they finally took the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the stroke of half-time before Lukasz Piszczek made it 2-0 early in the second half.

The visitors briefly staged a fightback as Maximilian Philipp pulled one back on the hour mark, but Raphael Guerreiro wrapped up the the win at the death.

Full Report

Christian Streich’s newly-promoted side were seeking their second successive win of the season and they made a positive start in Dortmund, with Vicenzo Grifo getting in behind the defence on five minutes, but his weak shot was easily dealt with by Roman Burki.

The hosts began to settle and created their first chance on 18 minutes when Aubameyang was played in on goal by Matthias Ginter, but his attempted lob over the on-rushing keeper went wide of the target.

Emre Mor went close to the opener with Dortmund’s next attack on 22 minutes as as he cut inside from the right and lined up a shot that took a wicked deflection, looping into the air and clipping the top of the crossbar.

BVB kept probing as they gained a foothold in the match, with Marcel Schmelzer and Mor trying their luck from range but both their shots missed the mark.

The visitors were offering very little in attack as the game wore on but they did have a sight on goal on 35 minutes from a counter-attack when Nils Petersen fired straight at Burki from inside the area on the left.

But it was Dortmund who struck first on the stroke of half-time as Aubameyang converted Ousmane Dembele’s cut-back on the slide from six yards out.

Dembele almost doubled their advantage shortly after the restart but Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow did well to parry his fierce strike away on 47 minutes, while moments later the midfielder blazed over after being played into space by Mario Gotze on the counter.

The second goal did come soon afterwards as Piszczek fired home from inside the box on 53 minutes after Gonzalo Castro’s intended pass for Aubameyang was only half-cleared by Caglar Soyuncu.

The Brazilians of Breisgau needed a response and they found one seven minutes later through Philipp, who showed good composure to tuck the ball past Burki after played played in on goal by Janik Haberer.

Schwolow pulled off a superb double save to keep his team in the contest just three minutes later as he had to claw Florian Niederlechner’s header off the line from Dembele’s cross before denying Aubameyang on the follow-up.

Freiburg nearly found the equaliser on 73 minutes as Onur Bulut made his way into the area and unleashed a low shot that Burki had to block to his right, while at the other end Aubameyang threatened to restore BVB’s two-goal cushion with an effort that went wide of the far post three minutes later.

Guerreiro would only make the result safe in stoppage time, however, as he capped off a fine attacking move to net following good link-up play between Aubameyang and Castro.