Aubameyang hands Dortmund victory over Ingolstadt

Borussia Dortmund closed to within three points of RB Leipzig after recording a narrow 1-0 victory over struggling FC Ingolstadt at Signal Iduna Park on Friday.

  • Borussia Dortmund 1 Ingolstadt 0
  • Aubameyang gives BVB early lead
  • Neither keeper seriously tested
  • Matip and Leckie waste late chances

Match Summary

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 14th-minute goal was all that separated the two teams on opposite ends of the table as Thomas Tuchel’s side returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga to consolidate third.

Die Schanzer are in serious trouble after going winless in their last four league matches, a run that has left them seven points adrift of safety in 17th position.

Full Report

Dortmund took control of the match early on as they kept the visitors on the back foot in the opening 10 minutes and were rewarded for their attacking endeavours soon after.

Marcel Schmelzer timed his run to race away down the left flank and cross to the near post, where Aubameyang applied the finishing touch to a superb team move in the 14th minute.

Maik Walpurgis’ men looked to respond and created two chances in quick succession, with Dario Lezcano seeing his shot deflected wide for a 17th-minute corner, which was cleared from Matthew Leckie’s goal-bound header.

Alfredo Morales then hooked a bouncing ball wide from the edge of the box on 25 minutes before heading a cross straight into the ground after finding himself free inside the box two minutes later.

But Erik Durm should have doubled BVB’s lead moments later when he fired over the crossbar, after Christian Pulisic’s initial effort from Shinji Kagawa’s cross had rebounded to the German defender.

The Bavarians threatened again on 34 minutes as Leckie broke through the home defence to get off a shot that flew into the stand behind the goal, while Sonny Kittel was unable to capitalise on a mistake from Roman Burki five minutes later after the keeper spilled a cross from Markus Suttner.

Raphael Guerreiro wasted another good chance to put the hosts clear just before half-time as he blazed over the bar after being played into space on the left.

Another defensive gaffe nearly led to an equaliser for Ingolstadt a minute after the restart when Matthias Ginter played the ball into Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but Leckie failed to seize on the opportunity as he blasted over the target.

Dortmund settled down after that near miss and had chances to extend their advantage, but Papastathopoulos directed his header at the back post just wide from a corner, while Durm forced a save out of Martin Hansen with his 74th-minute volley.

But Die Schanzer could have come away with at least a share of the spoils had Marvin Matip shown more composure when he was played into the area before lashing wayward on 88 minutes, or if Leckie kept his volley down from 12 yards out at the death.

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